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Orono Middle School Newsletter A NEWSLETTER FOR ORONO MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS May/June 2010

Dates to Remember Important Reminder: The last day of school is June 15th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. on June 15th. Message from the Principal I greatly appreciate the wonderful support that parents provided to our middle school this year. Your willingness to devote your time and energy to our school programs and activities has contributed greatly to our school. It has been an enjoyable, productive and rewarding school year. I also want to thank our eighth grade students for the many positive contributions they have made to our middle school. Their leadership and commitment to academic excellence and outstanding school citizenship have been instrumental in creating a positive learning environment. Best wishes to all our eighth graders for future success! We will miss you! The strong educational partnership that exists between students, parents, and school staff has enabled our school community to develop a shared vision which focuses on high expectations for learning, personal caring and outstanding school citizenship. Our collective efforts help each student realize their greatest potential. Have a great summer!

May 20 May 21 May 22-23 May 27 May 31 June 1 June 2

-Eighth grade from 11:47 a.m.-12:31 p.m. -Sixth grade from 12:34 p.m.-1:18 p.m. -Seventh grade from 1:21 p.m.-2:05 p.m.

June 3 June 3 June 9-10 June 11 June 11 June 14 June 15

Sincerely, Robert J. Lucy Principal Orono Middle School

RSU 26 Art Festival from 5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. in the Orono High School Gym Middle School Dance from 7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria OMS Outing Club Rafting/Camping nd Trip from 6:00 a.m. on May 22 to rd 6:00 p.m. on May 23 Middle School Honors Reception at 6:30 p.m. in the OMS Gym Memorial Day – No School Middle School Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m. in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine Yearbook distribution and signing in the Gym

September 1

Sixth Grade Exhibition Evening from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the OMS Hallways & Classrooms Eighth Grade Career Fair from 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at the United Technology Center in Bangor Eighth Grade Technology Fair from 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Technology Room Eighth Grade Pizza Party & Slideshow from 11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the OMS Gym Eighth Grade Pool Party from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Orono Municipal Pool Rain Date for the Eighth Grade Pool Party Last Student Day of the 2009-2010 school year; Recognition Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in the Gym; Field Day and Cookout from 10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. on the fields and basketball court behind the school; 11:55 a.m. students will prepare for 12:00 p.m. dismissal First Student Day of the 2010-2011 school year

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There will be a public budget meeting on Tuesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Orono High School Gymnasium. The next RSU 26 School Board Meeting will be on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Veazie Community School Cafeteria.

Veazie Community School The Grade Eight Play, "The Beatles Slept Here," will be presented on May 19th at 7:00 p.m. for families, friends, and community members.

Glenburn Elementary School The Glenburn Civil Rights Team raised $281.63 for Haiti with our “Day Without Shoes” just before April vacation. Our goal is $1,000. Plans are in the works to raise the balance. Stay tuned!

Mini-Day We will be having a mini-day on June 15th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Buses will be available to pick up students who ride the bus and transport them home.

RSU 26 Art Festival The RSU 26 Art Festival will be held on May 20th in the Orono High School Gymnasium from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please join us for an evening full of beautiful artwork created by RSU 26 students from grades K-12. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Orono High School A Midsummer Night’s Dream June 2-4 at 7:00 p.m. in the OHS Cafeteria

Asa C. Adams School The Asa C. Adams Spring Concert will be held on June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine. This concert includes band, orchestra, and chorus students.

Cookout! Students will celebrate the last day of school with a field day and cookout. The school will be providing the hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs. Advisory groups will be asked to bring in drinks, condiments, and desserts (cookies, brownies, etc.). Please look for a written request towards the end of the month and ask your child what he/she has been asked to bring in for the cookout. Thank you!

Honors Reception

Outing Club News

We will be having our annual Honors Reception on May 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Orono Middle School Gymnasium. At the Honors Reception, we will be recognizing all 8th grade students for completion of their middle school experience. We will also be recognizing all students who have been on the Honor Roll (all A’s and B’s) and/or achieved Perfect Attendance (no absences or unexcused tardies) for all three quarters (1, 2 and 3) this year. In addition, we will be presenting grade level Scholarship Excellence Awards in each content area. We will also present the eighth grade Secretary of State’s Citizenship Award. All middle school parents and students are invited to attend the Honors Reception.

The spring edition of the Outing Club is gearing up for the whitewater/camping trip. About twenty-four students and six chaperones will head to the North Maine Woods on Saturday, May 22nd to do whitewater kayaking/rafting and wilderness camping. Students have been learning some whitewater basics as well as how to camp in the wilderness to help prepare them for the trip.

Core Value Recognition

Lost and Found We have many items in our lost and found box. Please stop by the lost and found box and see if any of your missing items are there. The lost and found box is located in the hallway near the middle school office.

We had the names of 14 students in our Core Value Recognition Box for the month of April. These students were recognized for demonstrating one or more of our school core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, fairness, courage). Five students’ names were randomly selected from the Core Value Recognition Box to receive gift certificates from Spotlight Cinemas and Subway. We greatly appreciate the generosity and support of Spotlight Cinemas and Subway in helping us recognize students who demonstrate our school core values.

Physical Education News

Seventh Grade Science

All students in the middle school are currently participating in a spring fitness improvement unit. Students are learning how to set fitness goals as well as a wide variety of exercises that can be done on their own to help improve their cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Students will soon take the fitness tests again to see if they met their goals and/or improved on their previous score during the unit. Ask your student to take you through Mr. Kirkpatrick's abdominal workout!

Seventh graders visited the school library shortly after April vacation in order to begin research on a science discovery/ invention/advancement that interested them. Students spent a class period researching their selected topic using a variety of resource books. Research continued in the classroom using book and online information. The information found will be used to write a short report and create a supporting visual. Some of the topics selected include: stem cells, x-rays, anesthesia, c-section, penicillin, forensics, microscopes, artificial limbs and CAT scans, just to name a few. In addition to independent research, students have been studying microbes: the good and the bad! Seventh graders recently did an activity to analyze their hand washing methods. A lotion called Glogerm was used on their hands. The lotion glows under a blacklight to show students the areas they miss when handwashing (typically their wrists, cuticles and sides of their hands). Students have also used the Kids Discover Germs magazine to gather information about the types of pathogens and the transmission of pathogens. The remainder of the school year will be devoted to studying the human body systems.

Eighth Grade Language Arts As we approach the end of the school year, students will complete end of the year assessments in reading and writing. Additionally, students will create and present poetry.

Student Council News The Orono Middle School Student Council recently helped with Staff Appreciation Week. The student council purchased gift cards from Dunkin Donuts for staff members and also wrote cards/letters thanking the staff for all they do. We are currently planning the last dance, which will take place on Friday, May 21st from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

Eighth Grade Technology Spring Concert The Middle School Concert will be held at the University of Maine's Hauck Auditorium on Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. Sixth and Seventh and Eighth Grade Choruses will perform as well as the Orchestra and Band. Parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to attend the concert. We like a big audience!

8th Grade Chorus or Concert Choir Sign Up Eighth grade students are encouraged to sign up for either High School Chorus or Concert Choir to be taken their freshman year. Those who wish to take Concert Choir will need to audition. Please see Mr. Henry before the end of the school year if you want to audition. No audition is necessary to sing in the High School Chorus. Both groups meet Block 1.

District V Music Honors Festival Some of the Sixth Grade Chorus members performed at the District V Music Honors Festival in Dexter on Friday, April 30. The students spent the day working with Mr. Kevin Rhein from Oakland and performed in a "standing-room-only" concert at Dexter High School.

The Eighth Grade Technology Fair for the second semester will take place on Wednesday, June 9th and Thursday, June 10th from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Orono Middle School Technology Room. Parents are invited to attend. The topics to be presented are: Wheels & Axels Drones Insulin Pumps How M & M’s are Made Wind-Up Toys 3D Movies Lasers Video Games Drones Nixon D3000 Camera Video Camera Laser Beam Bar Codes Paintball Markers Blast Proof Tents Microscopes Aluminum/Wood Baseball Bats Rotary Milking Parlor Duct Tape Glow Sticks Television Remote Controls Microscopes In the shop, the technology classes are working on woodworking projects. All students will finish this project individually for their classroom grade and may purchase their project for the cost of materials.

Sixth Grade Exhibition Night

Eighth Grade Career Day Mrs. Mountcastle/Mr. Buehner and five other area guidance counselors have been meeting regularly to organize a career fair for 300 eighth grade students on June 3rd. This year the fair will be held at the United Technology Center in Bangor and will include over 50 different careers that students have had the opportunity from which to choose. Student suggestions were incorporated into the offerings. Each presenter will have no more than 8 students per session, giving students the time to interact with the presenter and ask questions. Some presentations will be held outside the school. These include presentations with large construction trucks, Bangor Hydro vehicles and a K-9 unit. Presenters have been strongly encouraged to bring visuals. For example, the veterinarians will be bringing animals and the photographer will have photos to share. Students will be selecting the six career presentations they will attend. They are expected to complete a worksheet and evaluation for each presentation they attend

Mrs. Carr’s Math Class Students are completing Module 5, which reviews slope, y-intercept, rules of exponents and angles. A new concept is the tangent ratio, which students use to determine side lengths of right triangles. At this point in the year, the course will focus on developing algebra skills and reviewing earlier concepts.

On Thursday, June 3rd, the sixth graders will be presenting a variety of projects representing work from across the curriculum. Students will entertain guests with posters and brochures of Ancient Greece, and unveil their photo exhibit on the music industry and their favorite music icons. We hope that you will come and share this experience with us and marvel at the creativity and hard work of the sixth graders. The evening will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Orono Parks & Recreation News Orono Basketball School (Grades Three through Nine) Boys: June 21st - June 25th Girls: June 28th - July 2nd The cost is $85.00 and the clinics will be at Orono Middle/High School. Please contact the Orono Parks & Recreation Department at 866-5065 for additional information.

Eighth Grade Social Studies Students are currently studying a chapter called “The World War II Era (19351945)” in social studies. The following information will give you some background and some activity suggestions to support him or her in this chapter. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, dictators took control of Italy, Japan, and Germany. Japan occupied Manchuria, Italy invaded Ethiopia, and Germany took over Czechoslovakia. At first, democracies opted for diplomacy to avoid open conflict. In the United States, isolationist policies forbade both aid to nations at war and involvement in foreign wars. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. In response, Britain and France declared war on Germany, and a new world war began. Meanwhile, Japan had invaded countries along Asia’s Pacific rim. The United States responded by halting sales of essential raw materials to Japan. But since Japan’s military operations depended on those imports, Japan decided to go to war. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, leading Congress to declare war. The war ended with an Allied victory in 1945, after bloody fighting in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and elsewhere. Japan held out the longest. U.S. leaders did not want to risk heavy American casualties in an invasion of the Japanese homeland. After FDR died in 1945, Harry Truman became President. He decided to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shocked and disheartened by this new weapon, the Japanese surrendered within a few days.

Use the following suggestions to help your student understand the important concepts of the chapter. • Explain to your student that during the 1930’s, Germany, Italy, and Japan all became aggressors toward other countries. Aggression is an unprovoked warlike act. Ask your student to think about how it would feel to have another country invade your country. • Knowing that an invasion of Japan would cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers, President Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in an attempt to end the war. Explain to your student that the development of the atomic bomb gave the United States a military advantage, but the bomb’s power was not completely understood in 1945. Ask your student to consider President Truman’s choice to use the atomic bomb and what he would have had to think about in making such a decision. Encourage your student to answer his or her questions about the content by reading the chapter or by doing independent research.

Math Team News Orono Middle School earned second place overall in the Eastern Maine Large School Math League Competition for the 2009-2010 school year. Our seventh grade team finished first, and our sixth and eighth grade teams were third overall in the grade level competitions for the school year. Orono Middle School students also did well in the individual results.

Reminder From the Office... DRESS CODE As warm weather approaches, we would like to remind parents and students of our dress code, which is included in the Student and Parent Handbook: The School Committee recognizes that the responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests primarily with individual students and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The Committee will not interfere with this responsibility unless the personal choices of students create a disruptive influence on the school program; cause a serious distraction to the learning environment; or affect the health and safety of student(s). It is also expected that clothes meet a reasonable standard of cleanliness. Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress and grooming. In keeping with the goal of the school to provide a safe, healthy and nondiscriminatory environment, the following restrictions on dress will be enforced on school grounds, at school functions or on school sponsored transportation: A. Articles of clothing, which promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal activity, may not be worn. B. Articles of clothing with displays that are sexual, vulgar, lewd, indecent, or include insulting words or gestures are not permissible. C. Articles of clothing with displays that are racially inflammatory or violate the school committee’s discrimination or harassment policies are not permissible.

D. Clothing that is destructive of school property (e.g., cleats, pants with metal inserts that scratch furniture) is not permitted. E. Clothing, footwear, insignia, or accessories that are intended to identify the wearer as a member of a particular gang are prohibited. F. Clothing worn in such a manner as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and midthigh is not permissible. (Clothing not permitted would include, but not be limited to, one-shoulder shirts, lowcut tops, spaghetti straps, halters, midriff tops, very short skirts and muscle shirts.) G. Tattoos that violate any of the provisions of the student dress code must be covered at all times in school and at school sponsored activities. H. Students must wear shoes (sneakers, sandals, etc.) at all times. The school administration may require special clothing for health and safety reasons for students participating in physical education, certain extra curricular activities, and specific academic activities. Hats, bandannas, headgear, coats and jackets are to be kept in students’ lockers during the school day.

Orono Middle School Email Addresses Anthony, Julie Archer, Jessica Berthiaume, Larry Bishop, Debra Bowler, Jayne Brady, Sharon Buehner, Peter Caballero, Waldo Carr, Ellen Chapman, Dan Connor, Nancy Estabrook, Amy Gallant, Brian Glueck, Richard Hennessy, Terrie Henry, Terry Hodgdon, Steve Jimenez, Christina Josselyn, Jane Kirkpatrick, Chad Krause, Sarah Ledger, Jack Libby, Jessica Lucy, Robert Luthin, Elaine Mountcastle, Carolee Pelletier, Lissa Poulsen, Erik Schmidt, Christine Soderberg, Deborah Tardie, Matt Thibodeau, Teena True, Thomas Van Arsdale, Jane

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