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OMS Parent Student Handbook - Introduction

Overlook Middle School

Parent-Student Handbook

2021-2022

Introduction
Principal's Letter

Welcome Overlook Middle School Families:OMS Word Block


The staff and I are eager to welcome our students to Overlook Middle School after an unbelievable time in education for what promises to be a very productive school year. 


Overlook Middle School has a dedicated and caring staff who work each and every day to make a difference in the lives of our students.   At OMS, we offer a supportive team approach while focusing on rigorous academic programs designed to improve growth and promote independence.  


In an effort to maximize student success, we will continue to encourage and build strong parent & community partnerships.  We believe that we are stronger together as a learning community and that our team efforts and differentiated approach helps prepare our students for their future experiences.  


Overlook has various and diverse opportunities for our students to develop lifelong skills and we hope that your student participates in all that Overlook Middle School and Ashburnham/Westminster has to offer.  


The OMS Handbook provides a great deal of important information regarding our programs and services, as well as our policies and procedures. Please take time to read the handbook thoroughly and discuss this information with your student(s). This relationship between home and school helps to promote the well-being of our children and their learning process.


We strive to keep the lines of communication open between home and school. To do this, we will utilize our school website, google classroom, weekly news & notes, email and Rediker and to get information out to our families in a timely manner.


Please feel free to contact any member of our school staff if you have any questions or concerns. We encourage a close proactive relationship with our parents and look forward to working with you. Overlook is an amazing environment for developing young minds and we hope to create lasting memories for the students. Please remember that our door is always open for questions, comments or concerns.


Thank you for your support, and we look forward to an exciting and successful school year!


Warmly ~

Christine

 

Assistant Principal's Letter

Image of children on a circle

 

Dear Parents and Students, 

 

It is an honor to begin the 2021-22 school year as your assistant principal.  I look forward to each day helping you and your students grow and take flight into their future endeavors.  While I have always eagerly anticipated the beginning of the school year, it is particularly meaningful because it will mark the beginning of a new experience for me here at Overlook Middle School. 
 
I bring over 10 years of administrative experience to Overlook Middle School.  As I have done in those 10 years, I am committed to helping all students develop their intellectual capacity, academic skills, and social competence so that they will be prepared to effectively tackle the demands associated with living in an ever-changing 21st century world.  Beyond the rigors of their academic program, it is my aim to instill within each student the essential principles of pride, respect, and responsibility so that they will become contributing members of our increasingly global society.  

Each fall we have an opportunity to start off the new academic year with fresh hopes and the chance to reach new heights as we set goals and strive to reach our full potential.  Overlook has a new group of 6th graders coming to us, along with 7th graders continuing on with one year of middle school experience and 8th graders preparing for high school --- all of which I can not wait to meet and build relationships with.  There will always be challenges ahead of us, but it is important to recognize that those challenges are there to give us a chance to build character and to learn and grow.  I am excited to be part of these challenges your students may face in the upcoming school year.   
I am eager to work with you to help make Overlook Middle School a wonderful place for our students to learn and grow.  I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and your students. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Kellie O’Brien

Assistant Principal

 

Middle School Philosophy

 

The middle school staff of the Overlook Middle School recognizes that the middle school years are unique and challenging ones for the adolescent passing through them.  Adolescence is a wonderful time, a time of profound change for youngsters as they make the adjustment from childhood to adulthood.  It is a time when most students experience significant physical growth and become increasingly concerned about their appearance and social connections.

 

Our philosophy recognizes that the middle school must be a place where the gradual transition from elementary school to high school is accomplished.  We believe that the middle school must be a place where students are encouraged and assisted in developing all areas of individual personality – physical, intellectual, social, and emotional.  We accept the responsibility of responding to the individual needs, abilities, and interests.

A wide variety of teaching styles will meet the diverse learning styles of students.  Staff and students will strive to create a learning environment that is intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing.  The ultimate goal of the middle school is to develop students who are equipped with the skills to be successful and who have gained a life-long appreciation for learning.

 

Mission Statement

 

Recognizing the unique needs of our early adolescent students, the staff of Overlook Middle School is dedicated to ensuring a successful transition from middle school to high school by:

  • Providing a caring, welcoming, supportive environment for all;
  • Teaching a standards-based curriculum, fostering intellectual, emotional, physical and social development;
  • Cultivating individual strengths and talents within a heterogeneous environment;
  • Collaborating and communicating with parents and the extended community;
  • Developing learners, who value, respect and accept the diversity of others.
 

Guiding Principles ~ Our School Believes In

 

  • Working collaboratively with dedication and knowledge to create exciting possibilities for all students.
  • Building a strong sense of community that actively cultivates respectful, supportive relationships among students, teachers, and parents to help all students reach their potential.
  • Creating an integrative, challenging, and exploratory curriculum that is student-centered and taught in a nurturing, caring, and structured setting.
  • Providing guidance programs that support the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle level students.
  • Providing a wide range of opportunities which emphasize maximum involvement, group unity, good sportsmanship, and the well-being of students.
 

Parent Note

 

We encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in the education of their children.  We welcome your involvement.  Parents can help in many ways, including the following:

  • Providing an atmosphere at home that encourages students to study and complete their schoolwork,
  • Knowing and supporting school policies, especially in the area of teacher expectations and disciplinary procedures,
  • Calling the school and/or arranging for conferences with the teachers when you have questions,
  • Sharing your ideas or constructive criticism directly with the staff members involved,
  • Cooperating in discipline problems,
  • Keeping informed of your children’s school progress,
  • Attending Parent Information Nights, monthly PTO meetings, School Council and other school programs and activities, 
  • Calling with any questions. Our telephone number is 978-827-1425,
  • Accessing OMS web page for information regarding academic requirements and current school events. 
  • Volunteer for fundraisers and other school activities that benefit your school. Your caring presence speaks volumes to your child about how highly you value his/her education.

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

 

The Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, homelessness, age, disability, military/veteran status, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.