Arizona Report Card:
Pride in Poetry
District poetry contest winners have been announced and OG students captured five out of six possible spots. All winners and honorable mentions receive a certificate, and their poems will be published on the district website. Grade level winners also receive a medal. Congratulations to contest winners, and thanks to all students who participated in this year's contest.
First place: Renz I., "10,000 Feet Up"
First place: Yulia S., "She"
Honorable mention: Ella P., "Bubbles"
First place: Kiri K., "Color"
Honorable mention: Max R., "On a Median"
Excellence in Economics
Congratulations to our two-person team Sydney and James who won the Arizona Council for Economic Education Case Study Competition (Middle School Division). Students had to prepare a case-study for review by a committee of judges. The head judge, head of the Phoenix Area Financial Planners Association, commented at the Awards Ceremony that their case presentation was better than most professionals working in the field. Congratulations to our winning team, the other teams that participated in the event, and our sponsoring teachers Mrs. Willman and Mr. Flynn.
Math Counts team takes 2nd
to our Orange Grove Math Count’s team. They had their best showing ever
at the Southern Arizona Chapter competition, coming in 2nd as a team, and
having two students, NK and JY, score in the top 10. These students will compete on Saturday,
March 18 at the state competition, which will be held at Cienega High School in
Distinguished Educator: Tim Malan
Mr. Malan is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher here at Orange Grove. He has a BS, magna cum laude, in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an MA, summa cum laude, in Education, both from the University of Arizona. Mr. Malan currently serves as the science content leader and data team leader and is working on his National Board Certification. We congratulate our distinguished educator and appreciate all his efforts for Orange Grove.
The Drive of Student Council
Helping others in need is what OGMS Student Council, students, and staff do best. This school year, Student Council has sponsored a food drive in December, collecting food for the local food bank. February brought on a new goal, a Sock Drive where 656 pairs of socks were donated to help support Youth On Their Own. What an accomplishment! Thank you OGMS for your dedication to helping others.
Sportsmanship Award Dec 2016
Congratulations to 2nd quarter athletes for helping OGMS receive the Sportsmanship award for this past quarter. The players and coaches did a great job exemplifying Panther Pride. Great job Panthers!!
FIRST Lego League
Orange Grove students participated in the FIRST Lego League with mentor teacher Ms. Ackerman. The Varmint Vigilantes were recognized for their Robot Design Award Winner and will advance to the State tournament. The recognition for their robot was well earned, and it reflected a true team effort. The requirements to advance to state are recognition in 2 of the 3 categories (research, robot design and performance, and Core Values) plus a qualifying robot performance score. The Homeland Snakecurity were truly gracious professionals. They gave extra time and hard work but never gave up despite seeing their robot missions fail repeatedly. They were an inspiration to others and their research may inspire some respect for rattlesnakes and reduction in the number face certain death when they are relocated. The Birdbrains were the only team in the tournament to successfully hang their robot on the wall despite not winning any awards. Congratulations to all the teams and students in their participation and effort.
Art and Collaboration
8th Grade art students created collaborative complementary color scheme paintings. Students worked in groups of four to select a scene and color scheme. They then collectively made decisions regarding design and style before individually painting their panel. Here the panels are combined to then create the collaborative artwork.
National Board Certified Teacher Brian Bindschadler
Here, The Arizona Daily Star recognizes English Language Arts teacher Brian Bindschadler as one of Tucson's National Board Certified Teacher on their Tucson.com news site.
Tucson Values Teachers Award Winner
Carol Schaedler, Orange Grove social studies teacher, was honored in November 2015 with the Tucson Values Teachers/Office Max/Depot Teacher Excellence Award. Carol has been teaching for 29 years and was nominated by fellow teacher Andrea Chadwick who wrote, "Carol Schaedler is dedicated to her craft, her students, and her school community. Throughout her career, Carol mentored new teachers, created an innovative program for at risk students, developed creative curriculum, and implemented an alternative program involving peer justice...Carol inspires her students to be passionate about learning.
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