Transition to Middle School

The transition to middle school can appear overwhelming for some students and families. Common concerns include moving to a larger school building and population, and transitioning to several different classes. O'Maley Middle School is structured around building smaller communities within our building allowing better relationships between teachers and students. 

  • Each grade occupies it's own floor of the building
  • Each grade is divided into three smaller teams and student's stay within their team with few exceptions. Teachers get to know the students in their team well as individuals.
  • Each grade has it's own lunch and specialist times.
Familiar faces
  • 6th grade students are carefully placed in classes based on academic needs, parent input, elementary teacher input and observations. 
  • We make our best effort to place incoming 6th graders in a homeroom with at least one friend. 
  • Guidance counselors and special education liasons follow their class of students from 6th grade to 8th grade to build strong relationships with students and families. 
  • Morning homeroom begins at 7:40am and students are dismissed at 2:00pm
  • Classes are organized around a six day rotating schedule
  • Lunch times are different depending on the day of the schedule
    • Days 1+2  11:05-11:35
    • Days 3+4  10:30-11:00
    • Days 5+6  11:45-12:15
  • Academic time consists of:
    •  Four core classes: English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
    • A 40 minute literacy block 
    • An 80 minute specialist block. Specialists are art, health and wellness and performing arts
  • Teachers do not have regular access to the phone in their classrooms during the day. The best way to reach staff is by calling the school office at 978-281-9850. Messages for guidance counselors can be left on the guidance line as well at 978-281-9855. 
  • Staff emails are listed on the O'Maley Staff Directory
  • Students may use phones in the guidance counselor or assistant principals office to call home with permission. Cell phones are not allowed to be used during the school day.
  • Forgotten items (lunches, books etc.) can be dropped off in the office and will be delivered to your student. Please inform the secretary of your students name, grade, and homeroom.
  • District buses are available for students who live greater than 2 miles from the school. Please see thedistrict website for specific information.
  • The Cape Ann Transit Authority also provides bus service to the school. Please see the CATA website for specific information. 
  • Two late buses are available for students with bus passes.These buses leave the school at approximately 3:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students must have a bus pass to ride the late bus.
  • A late CATA bus is also available. Students taking the late CATA bus should notify the office by 3:00 to make arrangements. A bus pass is not needed for the CATA bus.