Welcome to the ORMS PTA website. Our PTA is a volunteer, parent-run organization committed to making our community closer, more active and better informed! Throughout the year ORMS PTA meetings will usually be on the 2nd Monday of the month. Some months we will have special speakers and some months we will be taking field trips to different parts of the building to see what our children are learning. Please join us, children are welcome to hangout in the media center with us. Look around our website to learn more about who we are and what we have in the works for this school year.
Dear Oklahoma Road Middle Families:
Wow—what a spring and summer we have had! I still can’t believe that we will have such an unprecedented start to the school year. Even though we will be starting the year virtually, please know that as a staff we are all very committed to getting to know and being able to support all of our students the best we can. We know there will certainly be challenges as we start this school year in a virtual setting, so we continue to ask for your patience with any bumps we may encounter along the way and would love to hear any feedback that you have with regard to your son/daughter’s online learning. Teachers will work together when they return, to learn about and brainstorm ways to help build a positive online learning environment with their students. We truly believe that one of the most important factors in middle school is building a positive relationship with our students, and so we want you to know that we will continue to strive to do this in our online environment as well. With that said, as we start the school year, hopefully your son/daughter can share some fun icebreakers or activities they complete within their google classrooms to help not only get to know their teachers, but also their classmates. If at any time, your child shares concerns regarding their experience whether it be in our virtual environment or when they do get to come back to ORMS, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a counselor or administrator so that we can find a way to best support your student.
This newsletter has a great deal of important information that will be helpful to you and will be a wonderful resource to reference throughout the school year. We included some resources and information that will be useful as we start the year virtually, but also kept some information regarding topics that will be important for when our students are able to return to the building. Student homerooms and schedules will be posted on Home Access Center around mid-August. Within this newsletter are the list of teachers by team, with the team leaders being listed as the first person in each team.
Once the school year gets underway, we will be sending weekly connection letters home to you on Fridays that will contain some valuable resources, any updates we may have to share, and also some technology tips for you and your child.
Although we know there will be some challenges we continue to face as we begin this school year, I’m real- ly excited to get to know our new students and to see all of our students continue to meet with success and watch them grow and mature into young adults. We are so proud of everything our students accomplished in the spring as they faced a lot of unknowns and adversity when they jumped into online learning, and I know they will continue to amaze us with their knowledge, creativity and wit as we enter a new school year.
I’m looking forward to an exciting and again unprecedented, yet successful school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time. We know that it takes a village to help our children reach their fullest potential, so we value being able to work with our families to support your son/daughter’s social/emotional needs while also providing them the best education possible.
Oklahoma Road Middle School
6300 Oklahoma Rd
Sykesville, MD 21784