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    The fourth and fifth grade students had the opportunity to participate in a base Frisbee tournament during their physical education classes this fall.  Base Frisbee is a game which combines Frisbee throwing and catching skills with base running, somewhat similar to baseball.  Each grade level had ten teams participating in the tournament.   Each team played five games.  Winners of the tournament were determined by a point system.      

     All the teams performed well, exhibited good sportsmanship, improved their skills, and most importantly had a great time.  Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. McAllister really enjoyed watching our students improve in their own personal skills as well as in their ability to work as a team.    We had a tie for 5th grade champions between the dual immersion classroom and Mrs. Capson’s class.    The fourth grade champions were from Mrs. Bradshaw’s class.  Congratulations on a job well done!

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  • snow

    Old Mill Elementary students were excited to return to school after winter break. It was especially fun to be welcomed back to a playground full of fresh snow to play in.  A survey of students indicated that winter is their favorite season because of all the fun things you can do in the snow that you can’t do any other time of year.

     

    A great way to start off the new year is by setting a goal to read at least twenty minutes a day with your child or set aside time for them to read on their own.  Research indicates that twenty minutes a day of reading will greatly increase your child’s lifetime reading abilities.  Students at Old Mill have the opportunity to visit the school library each week for book checkout.  The community also has a wonderful county library with an extensive children’s section.  The secret to helping your child form a love of reading is to find a book on their reading level and also find something they have an interest in. 

     

    Second term ends on Thursday of this week.  Students will not have school on Friday as it is a professional learning day for teachers and also no school on Monday, January 20th, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Old Mill Elementary students were excited to return to school after winter break. It was especially fun to be welcomed back to a playground full of fresh snow to play in.  A survey of students indicated that winter is their favorite season because of all the fun things you can do in the snow that you can’t do any other time of year.

     

    A great way to start off the new year is by setting a goal to read at least twenty minutes a day with your child or set aside time for them to read on their own.  Research indicates that twenty minutes a day of reading will greatly increase your child’s lifetime reading abilities.  Students at Old Mill have the opportunity to visit the school library each week for book checkout.  The community also has a wonderful county library with an extensive children’s section.  The secret to helping your child form a love of reading is to find a book on their reading level and also find something they have an interest in. 

     

    Second term ends on Thursday of this week.  Students will not have school on Friday as it is a professional learning day for teachers and also no school on Monday, January 13th, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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  • blanket

    Last week was exciting and magical as Old Mill students prepared for Christmas with special programs and parties.  On Friday, before the break, all students had the opportunity to have their names drawn for a variety of gifts rewarding them for their good behavior.

    The third-grade dual immersion Spanish classes presented a program for their parents filled with Christmas songs showcasing their Spanish skills. Second graders exchanged gifts with their special friends from The Abbington.  Fourth graders spent time making gifts for their parents.  Fifth graders tied quilts to donate to a pediatric hospital unit.  All grades held class parties which involved a lot of parent help.  We want to thank all the parents who offer so much support to our school. 

    Classes will resume on January 2nd.  We hope you have a great winter break and we look forward to a fantastic new year at Old Mill Elementary.

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  • turkeys

    Our third graders are just gobbling up everything they can learn as we get close to the end of this year! They are learning to write opinion papers, and they started it off by adding in a Thanksgiving twist. They wrote a letter to Farmer Frank convincing him not to eat them, or any other turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Using rich reasons and convincing evidence, they worked to persuade him that there were much better options for the main dish. And, just in case that didn’t work, they disguised their turkeys to make sure they could stay safe during the holiday. 
    They have also started working on their second book talk-the Cereal Box book talk. After reading a chapter book the students will create a cereal box to represent their book. They will create a fun name, outline the nutritional facts, and decorate the box based on what they read. They also will describe the setting, main character, and character traits as well as outline the summary, theme, and their favorite part. These boxes are fun to make and let the kids get creative, as well as practice the different skills we have been working on in reading and writing. Many of the kids have already started reading their books and sharing what they have read with their classmates. Reading really is the thing to do in Third Grade!
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  • PLC Model School

    OME was chosen to be an International Model PLC School by one of the leading K-12 educational professional development companies in the world, Solution Tree.  We are only 1 of 175 schools in the country who have been given this honor.  In order to be considered for this award, OME had to provide evidence of the following:

    • Demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts.
    • Implement those concepts for at least three years.
    • Present clear evidence of improved student learning.
    • Explain the culture, practices, and structures of the school or district, and submit it for consideration to the PLC Review Committee using our online submission process.
    • Update school or district information on the site each year to show your data continues to meet the criteria of the PLC at Work process.
    • Demonstrate a shared understanding and commitment to the PLC at Work process. 
    • Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement in our school. 
    • Describe the process that our school uses to create and implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum. 
    • Describe the strategies our school uses to monitor student learning on a timely basis. 
    • Share how we are creating and implementing systems of intervention and extension to provide students with additional time and support for learning. 
    • Explain how our high-performing, collaborative teams focus their efforts on improved student learning.

    Our staff, students and community are dedicated to helping all children achieve at high levels and the PLC process has been a invaluable asset to our student's education.  Thank you Solution Tree for considering us, we are extremely humbled and honored!

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  • OME Reading Brag Tag Challenge

     

    Let's get reading OME...

     

    We spent some time chatting with adults and children alike about what hooked them into reading and almost every one of them said it was a particular series, character, genre or author that peaked their interest.  Therefore, we created the OME Brag Tag Reading Challenge.  Students choose a book series that they would love to read and then get a bookmark from Library.  After they read each book in the series, students then complete a graphic organizer to share what they have learned and loved about the book and turn it into their teacher.  Students then check out the next book in the series.  When they finish all the books on the bookmark, they turn it in at the office. Mrs. Discher will come around once a week with the Reading Brag Tag cart to award the students with their grade level super cool Converse keychain and a new brag tag or two for their efforts.  The goal is to have students fall in love with characters, settings, genres and authors, as well as allow their imaginations to take them on amazing adventures!  (Currently we have students who are completing 2-3 series a month and we are struggling to keep up with them, which is great and we are up to the challenge)  Students proudly display their keychains on their backpacks with all the brag tags that they collect.  We hope students will "brag" about the books they are reading to share their excitement and encourage others to do the same.  The journey of a lifetime could start with the turning of a page...Happy Reading OME!

     

     OME Brag Tag Challenge Video

    1st Grade Bookmarks

    2nd Grade Bookmarks

    3rd Grade Bookmarks

    4th Grade Bookmarks

    5th Grade Bookmarks

    6th Grade Bookmarks

     

     

     

     

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  • Mrs. Discher Principal's Message

    Old Mill Elementary is a great place to be. I believe that strong community/school relationships are essential to high academic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational and extracurricular activities. Therefore, our school expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character and commitment. It does take an entire village to raise a child, therefore please talk to your child’s classroom teacher about volunteering opportunities.

    We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We know everyone has busy schedules, therefore we want to keep everyone in the loop to allow families to plan for and attend school events. You will find that all information sent out via email can also be found on this site. Our monthly newsletters are emailed to parents and will be uploaded to the website as well. We have also entered all dates for events and activities in the “Calendar” feature. Additionally, we have a Facebook page that we will use to send out updates and quick announcements throughout the year. 

    It is truly an honor to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and to a very exciting and successful school year … Go Owls!

    Sincerely,

    Stephanie Discher
    Proud Principal of Old Mill Elementary

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