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.
- 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.