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January 14, 2019 O’Maley Family Focus


Dear Families,


The weeks between December and February breaks tend to be jam-packed with learning and activities. It is also a great time to reflect and revisit goals our students set and how we can help them be most successful. Both excitement and challenge awaits!


Geography Bee: Each year, students across the country participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee. Students begin in individual classes answering questions related to, you guessed it, geography! Last Thursday, the high-scoring student from each house competed. The winner, 6th grader Jane Herman, will participate in the next step, a qualifying exam for the state wide competition.


Awesome Gloucester O’Maley Pitch Night: The generous members of Awesome Gloucester devoted an evening just to O’Maley students last Thursday. Four applicants were selected as finalists to make their pitches for the board. The four proposals were: Flexible Seating for Classrooms, Community Mural on O’Maley Bricks (Outdoor), Solar Panels, and Backstage Cleanup. The two winners selected were the Solar Panels and Backstage Cleanup. The solar panels are intended to be constructed on the roof and will power the 8th grade biolab projects on an independent grid from the rest of the building. The backstage cleanup will involve much needed renovation of the dressing rooms and stage areas for increased organization and privacy for our performers. Congratulations to all of the students who made it to the finals and presented their projects!


The Challenge of Social Media: Social media opens up new worlds for our youngsters, but also brings with it a multitude of challenges. Our guidance staff will be hosting a parent night on January 30th with social media as one of the topics. In the meantime, I recently read an interesting article about this issue that impacts all of us: Why Social Media Is Not Smart for Middle School Kids. Many of the disagreements and incidents of hurtful behavior, some bullying and some not, are traced to use of social media. Though most of this activity happens outside of school, when it becomes hurtful, it inevitably impacts students’ school life. The article gives reasons against allowing middle school kids to access social media, and provides strategies to try with your own children. Though I am a techie myself, I found it difficult to disagree with anything in the article!


Assistant Principal Hiring Process: Mr. Jeff Strong will be retiring at the end of the school year, and though no one can really replace him, we have begun the search for the individual to take on his role. An email was sent out to the community earlier today, but if you missed it, please link here for all of the information. We look forward to getting input from as many community members as possible as we conduct this important process. And for those 7th graders among us, the Washington DC trip will continue and will be led by Ms. Alves.


Important Information & Upcoming Events


O’Maley PTO - Next Meeting rescheduled for January 23rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons Seminar room.


For parents of students traveling to Washington DC this year: Please be aware that if you are NOT enrolled in the automatic payment plan, your child's trip must be paid in full by February 13, 2019.  Pay online at: www.efexploreamerica.com/2088413YK  or by calling customer service at 888-333-9756.  We can also accept payments here at school. If you are enrolled in the automatic payment plan, no further action is required.  Contact Mr. Strong with any questions you may have.


Attention Grade 7 Parents and Students: The Spring 2020 DC Trip Mandatory Meeting is scheduled for January 24th 6:30 - 8:00 pm.


O’Maley Talent Show: January 25th 7:00 - 8:30 pm, O’Maley Auditorium


Winter Dance: February 8th, 6:00-8:00 pm, O’Maley Commons


Yearbooks are still available for purchase online for $15.00. Please pre-order to ensure that your child receives a copy in the spring.  

Link here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03461970


O’Maley Academy Winter Session - Runs through the week of 3/4/2019



Enjoy your week!

Lynne Beattie, O’Maley Principal

lbeattie@gloucesterschools.com




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