Monday, January 24, 2011

Huntsman Awards

Nomination forms for the Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education 2011 are now available online at  This award is open to teachers, administrators, and volunteers who represent the ranks of public school education.

We have so many wonderful teachers and administrators at OHMS that I hope you will take some time to give them the recognition they deserve!

PTA Board Members for 11-12

We are currently looking for individuals interested in serving on the PTA board for the next school year.  There are many positions open ranging from a time commitment of a few hours per year or several hours per month.  If you are interested, please contact or for more information.

"Take Your Parents to School Day"

Friday, February 18th has been designated as the "Take Your Parents to School Day" for OHMS students.  Students are encouraged to bring one or both parents to one or more classes that day.  Teachers will be planning lessons to involve parents.

We ask parents to please observe the bell schedule so as to not disrupt classes already in progress.  Also, please do not bring children.  This is a parent-only event.

If parents would like to eat cafeteria food with their student, we ask that they RSVP by Friday, February 11th so the cafeteria can have sufficient food available.  Parents will have to pay for their meal.  You can RSVP by clicking on the RSVP on the right or by emailing

Please plan to participate!

"Golden Apple Awards"

The PTA nominated Ms. Kelsey Jones, a 7th grade English teacher and the OHMS newspaper advisor, as the "Golden Apple" Educator of the Year.

Mr. Mike Anderson, Principal, was also nominated as the "Golden Apple" Administrator of the Year.

Both are fairly new to OHMS but have already made a big impact.  Congatulations to both of them who will now go on to compete at the state level.  Good luck!

Friday, January 7, 2011

January = Parent Engagement Month

Whereas studies have shown that the number one factor in individual student success in school is parent involvement; and

Whereas when schools, families, and groups work together to support learning, children do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more; and

Whereas Parent Engagement in a child's educational experience assures better cooperation between student, teacher, home ,and school; and

Whereas studies show that students of involved parents earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, and are promoted more often, attend school more regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school; and

Whereas students supported by the participation and engagement of their parents are more likely to graduate and go on to postsecondary education; and

Whereas the vision of Utah PTA for education is to help all children and youth reach their full potential and assure the involvement of parents in the education of their children;

Therefore be it resolved that January 2011 is hereby proclaimed in the state of Utah to be:  Parent Engagement Month

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 2011 Events

January 3rd - 7th
Thursday the 6th -  Math Counts Competition
                             Student of the Month Recognition
                             Noon PTA meeting in board room, anyone invited
Friday the 7th: Failing notices mailed home

January 10th - 14th
Monday the 19ath - Scoliosis testing for first semester PE students
Tuesday the 11th - Eagle of the Quarter for 8th graders, 7th grade CRT Science Testing
Wednesday the 12th - Eagle of the Quarter for 9th graders, 7th grade CRT Science Testing
Thursday the 13th - Eagle of the Quarter for 7th graders, CRT make-ups
     6 p.m. Fine Arts Festival
Friday the 14th - Last day of 2nd term, CRT make-ups

January 17th - 21st
Monday the 17th - No School, Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday the 18th - No School, Grade Transmittal Day
Wednesday the 19th - First day of 3rd term, Spelling Bee
Thursday the 20th - Spelling Bee cont.

January 24th - 28th, 31st
Monday the 24th - Scoliosis testing for second semester PE students
Thursday the 27th - Hearing screening for Sp Ed students and students new to the district.