Change of Dates for Ohio Achievement Assessments for Solon Students in Grades 3-8Thursday, February 27, 2014
Given the unseasonably harsh winter and accompanying unusual number of calamity days school districts around Ohio have been forced to use this year, the Ohio Department of Education is extending the testing window for Ohio Achievement Assessments by one week. The Solon Schools are taking advantage of this permitted flexibility and will adjust our testing schedule by one week.
Solon students in grades 3-8 will now take Ohio Achievement Assessments the week of May 5. This schedule change will benefit students as it will provide a week of additional instruction.
The new schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 6: Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – OAA Reading
Wednesday, May 7: Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – OAA Math
Thursday, May 8: Grade 5, 8 – OAA Science
Please check your calendars now to see if you have any doctor, orthodontist or other appointments scheduled during the week of May 5. We ask that you reschedule those appointments if they are during the school day and avoid any other unnecessary absences that week.
Lunch changes for Orchard Middle School for January 30 & 31 due to cold days offWednesday, January 29, 2014
Please note the following changes to the elementary and Orchard lunch menu for the rest of the week due to cold days off school on Tuesday and Wednesday:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
Hamburger or cheeseburger on
*Lewis – Domino’s pizza
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Super Bowl Blast
Football shaped chicken nuggets
Oven roasted potatoes
*Parkside – Domino’s pizza
Saturday Enrichment Program for Solon Students in Grades 1-6Thursday, December 19, 2013
Registration is under way for the Solon Saturday Enrichment Program classes. More than 30 classes are being offered this year for students in grades 1-6 covering topics such as crafts, baking and cooking, culture, languages, sciences, math, acting, dance, music and much more. To see an updated course catalog with information about each class, use the link below.
Classes are held at Solon Middle School from 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the following Saturday mornings February 8, 15 & 22 and March 1, 8 & 15.
All classes are taught by Solon High School students under adult supervision.
The cost for these 6-week classes is only $40. To register or for more information, contact Pam Bulson at the Solon Board of Education at (440) 349-7306. Registration deadline is January 24, 2014.Resources: Saturday Enrichment Program Book
Orchard Middle School Receives U.S. Blue Ribbon School Award in WashingtonWednesday, November 20, 2013
During an upbeat celebration of achievement yesterday, Orchard Middle School received the official award citation as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award recognizes the high achievement of all Orchard students. Traveling to Washington to accept the award were Orchard Principal Cari Mineard, Lewis Principal Mike Acomb (who was principal at Orchard when the school was nominated for the award) and Orchard teacher Dave Sheppard.
Congratulations to the students and staff at Orchard on earning this prestigious national award!
Orchard Nominated as a Fox 8 Cool School of the Week- Vote Today!Monday, October 28, 2013
Orchard Middle School has been nominated as a Fox 8 Cool School of the Week. To vote for Orchard, follow the link below.
Voting continues through 5:59 a.m. on Thursday. Resources: Vote for Orchard as the Cool School of the Week here
Solon students invited to show their artistic talents in the PTA Reflections programThursday, October 03, 2013
Solon students are encouraged to unleash their creativity and submit original works of art for the national PTA Reflections art program. The Reflections program offers students an opportunity to explore their artistic talents and create works of art for fun and recognition.
“PTA is a strong advocate arts education,” said JoEllen Weingarten, Solon’s PTA Reflections chair. “We saw an increase in submissions for the program last year and were thrilled to learn that two Solon students were recognized at the national level. Through the program this year, we are hoping again to tap into the talent of our Solon students.”
This year’s theme is BELIEVE, DREAM, INSPIRE. Students may submit artwork incorporating this theme in six categories: Visual Arts, Film Production, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music, Composition and Photography.
Artwork is judged locally in grade divisions. All participants will be recognized. The work of 22 local Solon winners will move on to the state competition, and the state winners advance to the National PTA finals.
Read MoreResources: PTA Reflections Art Contest Entry Form 2013
U.S. Department of Education names Orchard Middle School a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Students and staff at Solon’s Orchard Middle School today are cheering the news that their school is a National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the list of 286 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013, citing their overall academic excellence and success in raising student achievement. In Ohio, 15 schools, including only two middle schools, received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award.
“Excellence in education matters, and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award recognizes schools in which students perform at very high levels or demonstrate significant improvements in student achievement. Orchard Middle School was honored as an “Exemplary High Performing” school, one of Ohio’s highest performing schools as measured by state achievement assessments.
First PTA Meeting and New Family Welcome Program are Tuesday, August 20Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This first Orchard PTA meeting of the year is Tuesday, August 20, at 7:15 p.m. Please note this evening meeting time. The Orchard PTA looks forward to meeting new members and welcoming back existing volunteers!
The New Family Welcome Ice Cream Social and Orientation Program is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, at 6 p.m. just prior to the PTA meeting. This program is for students and their parents who are new to Orchard Middle School and the Solon Schools this year.