Decision Time!

OMIS Fifth grade students and parents,

Believe it or not, it’s time to think about your elective for sixth grade!

In their January/February guidance lesson, fifth grade students learned about electives at OMMS.  It is of utmost importance that students and parents begin having conversations about their choices.

Sixth grade students are required to take Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and PE.  Students, with parent approval, get to select their elective.  Electives at OMMS are:

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Elective Wheel

If your child is considering OMMS band, here is what you need to know:

No previous experience is required!  The fundamentals of playing an instrument and reading music are stressed.  Students who choose band as their elective will try different instruments in the spring during instrument selection, which is held at OMIS.  The date for instrument selection will be announced.  During instrument selection, trained observers work with the parents in selecting the best instrument for the students.  Students can play sports and be in the band!  The only homework band students have is to practice their instrument.  There are band fees that cover expenses not paid for by the school system such as equipment, music, transportation, uniforms, and competition fees.  The exact amount of the band fee is set each year by the directors.  Band students either purchase or rent their instruments in most cases.  If you select band you are making a year-long commitment.

If your child is considering OMMS Choir, here is what you need to know:

Sixth grade choir consistently receives Superior ratings at festivals.  At OMMS there is only one choir for sixth graders.  The sixth grade choir is made up of students from all three teams.  This gives the students the opportunity to not only be with friends from different teams, but also to make new friends that they might not have had the opportunity to meet.  There is a reasonable choir fee that is determined by the directors.  The fee covers expenses not paid for by the school system such as equipment, music, transportation, uniforms, and competition fees.  If you select chorus, you are making a year-long commitment. Students may audition for seventh grade show choir in the spring of their sixth grade year.

If your child is considering the elective wheel, you need to know the following:

Elective wheel is a nine week rotation of classes. The Elective Wheel may include Introduction to:  Art, Computer Essentials, Family and Consumer Science, Drama, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Each nine week period your child will have a different subject.  Random selection of classes is determined by the computer.

Please note that an additional Math or Academic Enhancement class may be scheduled for students who are struggling and in danger of failing an academic subject for the year.  These classes will be scheduled in the place of an elective.

On Tuesday, February 13th, our fifth grade students will have an assembly for the annual OMMS Battle of the Electives.  The OMMS Advanced Symphonic Band and Show Choir will perform for our students and the directors will share information to help with decision-making.

On Tuesday, February 13th, fifth grade students will receive the 2018 Course Selection form to take home to parents.  Students and parents should talk about their options and make a decision, returning the form to their homeroom teacher at OMIS by Monday, February 19th.

Please be aware that the deadline to change an elective is May 24, 2018.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to leave a comment or email me at lboone@shelbyed.org.

Power UP 2018

Power UP empowers young women and their mothers to become engaged, educated and excited about exploring career opportunities in the construction industry through targeted outreach efforts. This collaborative effort recognizes the importance of educating young talent, creating partnerships at all levels and removing barriers for women in an effort to develop a qualified, diversified and stronger workforce for the construction industry.

Power Up has proactively led the charge toward engaging young girls, along with their mothers, to explore careers in the construction industry.

Power Up is the first organization of its kind, and has been at the forefront of educating young talent, creating partnerships at all levels and removing barriers as factors in developing a diversified and stronger workforce for the construction industry.

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.poweruploud.org/.

The deadline for applying has been extended to February 15, 2018.