ORMS Weekly Update

ORMS Weekly Update
Weekly Update



Jay Richard ♦ Principal

Bill Sullivan ♦ Assistant Principal

Brittany Prendergast♦ Assistant Director Special Education



Dear ORMS Parents and Guardians,

Happy Easter for those who celebrate! We had a successful Press for Change coin drive last week. Grade 7 Forest (team timber) earned the snow cone truck celebration, raising over $800.

The ORCSD School Board finalized the end of year calendar recently. The last day of school for all students will be Friday June 16th. In addition, the teacher workshop day scheduled for 5/26 will now be a regular school day.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Jay Richard

[email protected]

ORMS Principal


Important Dates

First day of last Quarter 4/10

Student Progress Reports 4/14

Spring Recess 4/24-4/28

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is full! Items not found will be donated over April break.  Feel free to visit to help your child recover a lost item.


7th Grade (Sexual Harassment)

April 10th and 11th – Ocean Team

April 12th and 13th – Forest Team

8th Grade (Consent, Awareness, Respect and Empathy)

April 17th and 18th – Mountain Team

April 19th and 20th – River Team

ORMS Yearbooks

2023 yearbook orders are now open at ORMS!

A few reminders about yearbook purchase:

  • All books will be shipped home
  • All book purchases include a customized 2 page spread to be created by families to commemorate the year. The pages must be school appropriate and will be checked by school staff. Note your child’s customized pages will only appear in their books.
  • There will be no extra books available for purchase at the end of the year. Families can still order books after the school deadline, but they may be delayed by 3-4 weeks. Please plan accordingly.
  • Orders must be placed through the online website link below.

Purchasing options

  • The cost of the base softcover book is $28.49 (which includes the shipping home). An option to upgrade to a hardcover book is also available for an additional $6.25
  • Orders need to be received by May 5th (with optional customized pages finished and finalized) to be included in the school order. Orders placed after May 5th may arrive late.

Please use the following link to order an ORMS yearbook. You will be asked to make an account with the company Tree Ring. After purchase you will be able to login and begin customizing your included 2-page spread.


If asked to select a teacher, please select ORMS yearbook


If you have any school related photos you would like to submit to the yearbook (fall/winter sports, clubs, other events/activities) please email them to [email protected] with the subject “photo submission”. The yearbook is in need of basketball, cross-country, field-hockey, and the Seussical play photos.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the yearbook advisor at [email protected]

ORCSD Community Dinner April 13, 2023

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The Oyster River Sustainability Committee invites you to a community dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2023, to enjoy a delicious, locally and sustainably sourced spring BBQ dinner (grass-fed beef or veggie patty burgers and hot dogs - each meal also includes a side potato or coleslaw salad, chips, beverage, and dessert) at the High School's cafeteria. 

All are welcome to join us for this early Earth Day celebration! One bite, and you'll know why our students love their cafeteria so much! Kindly RSVP by April 11 by using our sign-up sheet so we can prepare enough food for everyone and include the total amount of adult(s) and children. Let us know of any special dietary needs in the comments section.

Cost: $8 per adult or $20 per family (a family includes up to 2 adults and children living within the same household).

Date: 04/13/2023 (Thu.) | Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT | Location: Oyster River High School (55 Coe Dr, Durham, NH 03824)

April Advisory Curriculum

The SEL Spotlight Skill for the month of April is Healthy Relationships. Students will be learning about conflict resolution strategies. The week of April 17-21st is Earth Week! The Sustainability Club will be creating special lessons during Advisory that week that focuses on a variety of environmental topics. 

ORMS Concert Dates

4/20 MS Band Concert: 5th-8th band students perform. Concert begins at 7 pm 

5/18 MS String Orchestra Concert: 5th-8th orchestra students perform. Concert begins at 7 pm 

5/24 ORHS Music Concert: ORHS Band, String Orchestra, and Chorus perform. Concert begins at 7 pm. 

6/1 MS Chorus Concert: 5th-8th Chorus students perform. Concert begins at 7 pm. 

NH State Assessment Dates

Annual state testing, please be aware of these dates when making student appointments. All grade levels will be participating in these assessments except for science.

Tuesday 5/9 Reading 8:30-10:30 

Thursday 5/11 Writing 8:30-10:30 

Wednesday 5/17 Math 8:45-10:45 

Tuesday 5/23 Science 8:30-10:30 (Grade 5&8 Only) 

Staff Directory

During the school year, we encourage you to reach out to ORMS staff with questions.  Here is our current staff directory.

Cell Phone Policy

Student cell phones and personal electronic devices are not allowed during the school day and need to be turned off and placed in student lockers between 7:50AM-3:00PM. This includes wireless ear buds/pods. We have a student phone in the ORMS front office for use as needed.

District Laptop Use

Students should not be using district laptops for anything non-school related (e.g. games). District 1:1 technology expectations and guidelines.


Have a question or need help?

Please always feel free to contact the ORMS office at (603) 868-2820, our office hours are 7:30AM-3:30PM.

Rheanna Cote is the grade 5 school counselor [email protected]

Kim Felch is the grade 6 school counselor [email protected]

Sarah Gahm is the grade 7 school counselor [email protected]

Stephanie Kadden is the grade 8 school counselor [email protected]

Principal Jay Richard [email protected]

Assistant Principal Bill Sullivan [email protected]

School Nurses Cheryl Thibodeau [email protected] and Mike Hope [email protected]

ORMS Assistant Special Education Director Brittany Prendergast [email protected]