Expired: Back to School Information – UPDATED 08/18/17

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at O’Neill Middle School. I am excited to begin another year with the O’Neill Middle School learning community. It is truly a privilege to serve as the principal of OMS. I am also happy to welcome Miss Haley Underwood as the Assistant Principal at O’Neill. Haley has been with us since August 1st and has met some of you and most of our 7th graders during Sneak Preview earlier this week. We are excited to have Haley join our team.

I hope your family was able to spend time together this summer. The months away from school allow us to relax, rejuvenate, and prepare ourselves for another successful school year.  The hardest part of summer coming to a close is getting back into a routine. I encourage families to re-establish the school year routines starting next week so the return to school next Thursday is less of a shock to our students.

This is an important time for your child as they continue the educational journey.  The success of this journey is directly correlated to the partnership that is developed between your home and our school.  Please help us develop that partnership by communicating with us and attending our school functions.  We are fortunate to have a learning community that puts education at the top of the priority list and we value the relationships that have been formed and will be formed over the course of the school year.  We are truly strong when we work together.

The O’Neill Middle School staff is looking forward to welcoming your child to school and providing the top-notch education upon which we have built our tradition of excellence.

LOCKER SETUP NIGHT: We are prepared for our annual Locker Set-Up Night on Tuesday, August 22nd. The hours for 7th grade are 4:30-5:45 PM and 8th grade is from 5:45-7:00 PM. Students will be receiving their class schedules, locker information, assignment notebook, and other school information. Students are welcome to bring their school supplies, set up their lockers, and tour the building to find the location of their classes ahead of the first day of school. Staff will be available to assist with any questions or problems you may have.

All middle school students will receive a laptop this year and they will be distributed to students after Labor Day. Please note that in order to receive the laptop, a parent and the student must sign the District 58 1:1 Agreement

The O’Neill PTA will be on hand Tuesday to distribute school supplies to the families who pre-ordered last Spring. They will also have a a table of OMS Spirit Wear for sale.

Any student that cannot attend on Tuesday night can pick up their schedule and other materials in the office on Wednesday, August 23 or on the first day of school Thursday, August 24. Parents will also be sent an email later today with directions to access student schedules via the Internet. Please note that student schedules will not be accessible on line until after 4:30 PM on Tuesday, August 22.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: The first day of school will be on Thursday, August 24th. Both Early Bird and Regular bus routes will run on Thursday morning. Early bird band, choir, and orchestra class will meet beginning at 7:45 AM on Thursday but instruments are not needed. Music students should plan to bring instruments on Friday, August 25and the first practice with instruments will be on Monday, August 28Students in music classes should attend early bird on Thursday even if your schedule does not indicate band, orchestra, or choir. Student schedules will be updated in early September after the music classes have stabilized.

CURRICULUM NIGHT will be on Thursday, September 7th beginning at 7:00 PM. Parents will follow their child’s schedule and visit each of their classes. More information will be sent soon.

Here’s to a great school year!

If I can ever be of an assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me mdurbala@dg58.org, Miss Underwood hunderwood@dg58.org, or our school counselors: Grade 7-Barry Kincaid bkincaid@dg58.org or Grade 8-Venessa Jeris vjeris@dg58.org.

Enjoy the last few days of summer break.

All my best,

Matt Durbala, Principal

O’Neill Middle School