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Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

We are at the final countdown of the year and are so excited for the prospect of warm weather, summer activities and time with family. We still have several events and announcements that we need to share with you.

Our Wellnest, the student wellness room, will be closed for the year on May 24. The Wellnest has been a great addition to our school and will be back after we start school in August.

The end of the quarter is officially May 31, but all work should be turned in by May 24. That will give teachers enough time to thoughtfully evaluate student work. Grades will be posted for 4th quarter by June 13.

We were very pleased with the results of our RISE tests last week. Our students scored above the state and Jordan District averages on every test. The students worked very hard to do this. This week, teachers are giving the final assessments for their courses, and we are so glad to have them here in class and working.

We are celebrating the end of testing by having a “RAD” activity on Friday, May 24 during 7th period. Students will be able to choose from many different activities. Teachers will be offering everything from karaoke to study hall. Students need to sign up with their TA teacher by the end of today, May 22. If students don’t sign up, it’s the luck of the draw.

Ninth grade students will be cleaning out their lockers on Friday at the end of the day. Now would be a good time to remind your students to bring home any coats, shoes or water bottles they may have left behind. (We also have our Lost and Found in the hallway in the hopes of reuniting students and their property if you have noticed something missing). Ninth grade students will need to turn in their Chromebooks, their chargers and the padded envelope issued to them on Tuesday, May 28 during Geography classes. (7th and 8th grade students will be keeping their Chromebooks for the summer.)

Memorial Day is on Monday, but we will be returning to the Nest on Tuesday morning for some special activities. We will have our grade-level awards assemblies on Tuesday Morning during 1st, 2nd and 4th periods. There will be no TA that day. During these assemblies, we can celebrate students and their progress. In classes, teachers will be winding up the year with some enrichment activities.

Wednesday, 9th graders who are riding the bus to Lagoon will be reporting to the auditorium at 8:30 for information about the bus ride and the park. We will be boarding buses at 9:00. The park is open to the public that day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but our buses will be loading up at 4:45 p.m. They should arrive at OHMS by 6:00 p.m. depending on traffic. Students who want to stay longer will need to arrange for their own ride home. Permission slips and payment for the bus must be received May 24 at 3:00.

Classes will be held for 7th and 8th grade students on Wednesday, the 29th. It will be a regular schedule, but the halls won’t be very crowded.

Thursday, May 30, memory books will be distributed in first period classes. The PTSA may have a few extra books available for sale if your students were not able to purchase one earlier, but when they are gone, they are gone. Students will be able to sign yearbooks in their classes and during our Field Day, which will be held at 1:30 that afternoon. The PTSA and other Specialty TAs have some great activities planned. If you live in the neighborhood, I’m apologizing in advance if we get a little loud – we will have a DJ. Thursday the 30th will be the last day of school for 7th graders.

Friday, May 31, school will start at 8:00 and end at noon for 8th and 9th grade students. There will be a cold breakfast available, but no lunch will be served. Classes will be approximately 35 minutes long with a 5-minute break between each. Students in the building will be expected to be in their normally scheduled classes and roll will be taken.

There are still opportunities for your students to do something fun during the summer. Crushin’ It, the fitness program sponsored by Riverton Police Department has some openings, and our Summer School also has space for students who want to do something academic or just fun for the week of June 10-14. See the attached flyers.===

Most of you already know that I am leaving OHMS at the end of the year. After 32 years in education, it’s time for me to spend more time with my family and reading real books. I am not alone in my exit and I wanted to thank the teachers and staff who will also be leaving the Nest. Together, they have contributed over 50 teaching years to our community. That adds up to a lot of lessons given and many papers, tests and projects evaluated. The following teachers and staff members will not be returning in the fall:

  • Jennifer Jarrard-Pace, Assistant Principal
  • Jennifer Wojciechowski – School Psychologist
  • Brittney Broadhead, English/Language Arts
  • Jamie Buttars, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Lisa Kmonicek, Special Education
  • Janae Rindlisbacher, English/Language Arts
  • Kirk Nielsen, Social Studies and Science
  • Lori LeBeau, CTE and Digital Studies
  • Mark Roberts, CTE and Business
  • Tim Su, World Languages Chinese and DLI Chinese
  • Krystal DeJesus, Theater

Join me in thanking these wonderful people for their contribution to OHMS and our Riverton Community. They made the Nest a better place.

Whenever we get to May, everyone is always tired. The school year is comparable to a marathon, and we are now at mile 26. We only have .2 miles to go, and the finish line is in sight! We are doing our best to make sure everyone finishes the race well.

Kindest regards,

Donna C. Hunter, Principal