Weekly Update 10

Weekly Update 10
Weekly Update 10

Weekly Update 10

Competency Based Learning at ORMS

ORMS has moved to competency based learning in grades five through seven.  Our goal has been to focus on student learning and making sure they can demonstrate what they have learned, not what points they have accumulated.  We plan to schedule a parent forum shortly after student progress is released on 11/13.  For more information, please check out this link: http://orms.orcsd.org/for_parents/cbl


This is our current electronic device policy found in the student handbook:

Student Use of Personal Electronic Devices

Students are allowed to bring in personal electronic devices for educational purposes (smart phones, laptops, tablets, fitbits, iWatchs, etc.). Students need adult permission to make cell phone calls during school hours. Texting is only allowed during lunch. Inappropriate use of personal electronic devices may result in confiscation by ORMS staff and the loss of the privilege to have a device at ORMS. (See Board Policy) JICJ-Technology Devices


Several parents spoke at the board meeting on Wednesday asking the school board to consider banning cell phones (electronic devices) at ORMS.  The school board plans to revisit our policy and get insight from all groups (parents, teachers, etc.) with any potential changes being determined this Spring (May).


“ORMS News will have its first meeting Monday, November 6th in the Library. Please attend if you are interested in being part of ORMS News.”

6th grade Women In Science

The next few dates for Women in Science are Tuesday, November  7th and Thursday Nov 16th  (sorry we have a teacher workshop on Thursday the 9th). We will be exploring buoyancy and density with a super subs challenge,  a cartesian diver challenge, and a slowest plankton race. We meet in room 226 Ms. Bissell’s room

2017-2018 7th/8th Grade Basketball Try-out dates:
7th Grade Girls
Monday 11/13  3:15-4:30
Tuesday 11/14  4:30-5:45

8th Grade Girls 
Monday 11/13  4:30-5:45
Tuesday 11/14  3:15-4:30

Wednesday 11/15  4:30-5:45
7th Grade Boys
Thursday 11/16  3:15-4:30
Friday 11/17  3:15-4:30

8th Grade Boys
Wednesday 11/15  3:15-4:30
Thursday 11/16  4:30-5:

Math Counts

 Mathcounts will meet on Monday 11/6 in room 123 afterschool.



 The ORMS Holiday Bazaar is one of the PTO's biggest fundraiser and will be held this year on Dec. 2nd from 9-3pm in the ORMS Cafeteria.  We are currently looking for vendors to participate.  If you or anyone you know would like a Registration Form to participate please email the PTO at ormsptodurham@gmail.com.  Please visit our Bazaar fb page at:  @ORMSHolidayBazaar for more information about the Bazaar. 



We have some very exciting news!  The Hannaford Supermarket located in DURHAM has chosen ORMS PTO as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag Program!  For the entire month of November, every time the blue reusable bag with the good karma message is purchased at the DURHAM Hannaford we receive $1!  This is truly a great opportunity for us, and an easy way for you to show your support for ORMS.  Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few bags! For more PTO news and information please "like" our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ormspto/ or email us at ormsptodurham@gmail.com

  If you have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to contact Principal Jay Richard or Assistant Principal Bill Sullivan at jrichard@orcsd.org bsullivan@orcsd.org