Omaley School Principal - Debra Lucey

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Imagination Station transforms popsicle sticks in artwork to support SAILS!
When the upcoming 5th graders visited O'Maley last spring to learn about the SAILS program, which promotes building a respectful community through Service, Acceptance, Integrity, Leadership and Success, they each wrote their name on a colorful popsicle stick. This fall, the students in the Imagination Station classroom took the popsicle sticks and turned them into a work of art to support the SAILS initiative. The colorful mosaic mural is on display in the commons at O'Maley. Inspiration through Art!

O’Maley is Structured to Meet Student Needs

O’Maley Middle School is organized around the unique needs of 6th-8th grade students. From the team format to the looping of Assistant Principals and Guidance Counselors, the school structure is tailored to build relationships that enhance both academic and social development.


Middle school students are maturing as learners. They are moving from concrete to abstract thinking. They are beginning to:  take responsibility for their learning, work more independently, and be self-motivated. The team format nurtures this evolving academic maturity by giving students opportunities for growth while maintaining consistent relationships with fellow students and teachers. 

Grades are divided into three Teams consisting of two or four 23-26 student homerooms. A core-subject teacher (English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies) leads each homeroom. [See Organization Chart.] Together these teachers form a teaching Team. Team members practice agreed upon classroom management strategies to give students consistency. The Team works closely together, meeting often for planning and to discuss individual student needs. This close cooperation enables teachers to better differentiate and customize lessons. Students within a homeroom form bonds which create a unique group dynamic. Teachers quickly learn how to utilize this dynamic to further learning.

While Teams have their own identities, all students in a grade are taught the same material. Curriculum is consistent across Teams. Regular grade level and subject area meetings are held to keep everyone on the same page.

Social Development

6th – 8th graders are developing their sense of self, of who they are, and how they fit in. Gaining exposure to new people, they are defining what they want in friendships and learning how to resolve conflicts. Nurturing social skills is a crucial piece of middle school education. Assistant Principals and Guidance Counselors play a huge role in directing that leaning.

Each incoming class will have the same Guidance Counselor for all three years at O’Maley.  Guidance Counselors move up, or loop, with their students. Looping allows the Guidance Counselors to build strong bonds with students and, in many cases, their parents. They are the go-to people for student and parent issues and concerns.  This year’s 6th grade team will be next year’s 7th grade team and the 8th grade team will start fresh next year with the incoming 6th graders.

Friendship and its associated ups and downs take up a great deal of middle schoolers’ energy. When things go wrong concentrating on academics can be impossible. Guidance Counselors serve as a refuge, someone who will listen and help. They can provide an outlet to air the situation and give a student the tools they need to process it. Students are encouraged to: identify the crux of the issue, reflect meaningfully on it, and come to an appropriate resolution. Then their focus can return to academics.

Middle schoolers are often impulsive and, striving for independence, they can make mistakes and fail to meet school standards. Assistant Principals intervene to address disciplinary issues and restore the focus on leaning. The goal in these circumstances, as always, is to teach. Students are given meaningful consequences for their missteps. The AP, GC and classroom teachers work together to resolve the issue and, where needed, continue to monitor the situation. Everyone with whom students interact strives to create a culture of respect and a climate of consistent high expectations.

Growth is explosive in the middle school years. O’Maley allows administrators, counselors and teachers to truly get to know their students and guide them during this important time.

School News

  • O'Maley Happenings - January 19, 2017
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:06 AM by Christine Leveille
  • Students of the Month - December 2016
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:58 AM by Christine Leveille
  • O'Maley Happenings - January 12th
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 11:39 AM by Christine Leveille
  • O'Maley Happenings - January 5, 2017
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 10:51 AM by Christine Leveille
  • Community Service forms are now online! Community Service forms are now online! O'Maley is working toward our goal of 4,200 community service hours this year. Please submit your hours by clicking on the link ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 10:40 AM by Christine Leveille
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O'Maley Innovation Middle School

Thank you Matt Provost, Shaw's of East Gloucester Store Director for adopting O'Maley Innovation Middle School this year!

Recent Uploaded Documents

  • OMaley School Pledge.pdf   459k - Jan 28, 2014, 11:34 AM by Christine Leveille (v2)
  • Innovation Plan.pdf   280k - Nov 9, 2012, 5:50 AM by Grant Harris (v1)
  • Bullying Prevention Plan   0k - Sep 14, 2011, 2:17 PM by Grant Harris (v1)
  • SOS Student Newsletter.pdf   1281k - Jul 7, 2011, 6:02 AM by Brenden Henry (v1)
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Bike Generator Project

I just want to give a HUGE thank you to Dave Brown for helping our students with their bike generator, genius hour project.

This started as an Awesome Gloucester project with students from last year who are now 7th graders, but came to a screeching halt when they moved upstairs (it seems as though the different grades are on alternate planets at times). I tried to hunt them down, but got the sense that they were too busy and/or lost interest. ​​

I asked four of my current students (Kayla Calomo, Anya Lichtenwald, Neville Clancy, and Kenny Barbagallo) if they would like to take it on for this round of genius hour projects, and they enthusiastically adopted the idea. I worked with them as best as I could while also having a classroom full of students, but we needed so much more in terms of tools, a working space, and expertise.

They reached out to Dave and he went above and beyond to work with them each week. The pride and sense of accomplishment that they exhibited during their presentation today was overwhelming; the t-shirts say it all. Thanks again for making this happen!

Jess Haskell

O'Maley Innovation Middle School
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Gloucester, MA 01930
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