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. 

Organization
  • 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. 
Schedule
  • 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
Communication 
  • 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.
Transportation
  • 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.