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1911 E. Orange Grove Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone 520-209-8200 | Fax 520-209-8275
Attendance Line: 520-209-8290
Anonymous Tip Line: 520-209-8299
School Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Mark Rubin-Toles

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Arizona Report Card:

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Niche Rating:

Orange Grove Middle School - #2 in 2016 best public middle schools in Arizona

Festival Readers (March 2018)

Eighth graders Noah W. and Alexandra Z. who were chosen to read their writing at the Festival of Books.

Noah meets festival authors. Alexandra meets festival authors.

School Poetry Finalists (March 2018)

Grade level winners have been selected for Orange Grove. These grade level winners will move on to the district contest. Congratulations to the following students:

6th grade: Jordan A. - "Reflections", Simon R. - "The Life We Want", Jamie M. - "The Mighty School Bell"

7th grade: Rowa B. - "Two Red Shoes", Allison C. - "Dreams" and "Spider"

8th grade: Natasha M. - "Mask", Yulia S. - "Denial", Melina L. - "The Psychic's Dream"

A Visit with a Veteran (November 2017)

6th grade students visit Veteran Adolfo Celaya

Orange Grove 6th graders went to Florence, AZ on Saturday November 11 to hear about Adolfo Celaya's experience floating in the water for five days after his ship was sunk. Celaya survived the USS Indianapolis sinking in 1945 during World War II. Students in Mrs. Goodson’s 6ht grade class are reading the non-fiction book, Left for Dead, that recounts this historic event. Students had the honor of meeting this real life veteran and hero.

In the News (October 2017)

Students investigate the wildlife bridge on Oracle

Congratulations to Sa'id Badareen, Maija Hildebrand, Luke Sadalla, Conner Bates, for spearheading the investigation with the support of Ms. DeBenedetti and Mrs. Fisher’s 4th graders on monitoring the wildlife bridge on Oracle Road. This Is Tucson recently published an article, “Is the Oracle wildlife bridge working,” features these Orange Grove students. We are so proud of your work and accomplishments. Way to go! Learn more about their project.

OGMS Hurricane Relief Drive is a Success (September 2017)

At Orange Grove, we love when our students take the initiative to help others in need. This September, 8th grader Ian Britanik saw the opportunity to help others by taking part in the World Care organizations hurricane relief efforts. He planned and organized with the help of other students and staff to collect donations over a week and coordinate with World Care for pick-up. Students, staff, and families not only donated supplies for those suffering from the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, but many volunteered their time to the cause. Thank you Orange Grove community for all you do!

Students from OGMS gather donated supplies for World Care hurricane relief.

OGMS Bands Succeed at ABODA Festival (May 2017)

Congratulations and Well Done … our 7th grade band students received a Excellent at the ABODA Festival and the 8th grade band received an Superior. Thank you Mr. Chilson and Dr. Puzzo for supporting our students and we thank the the volunteers who helped at this event!

Pride in Poetry (May 2017)

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.

6th grade:

First place: Renz I., "10,000 Feet Up"

7th grade:

First place: Yulia S., "She"

Honorable mention: Ella P., "Bubbles"

8th grade:

First place: Kiri K., "Color"

Honorable mention: Max R., "On a Median"

Excellence in Economics (April 2017)
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.

Students win the financial case-study statewide competition in Economics.

Math Counts team takes 2nd

Congratulations 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 Vail.

Students place at math counts

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.

Student council delivers socks for fundraiser

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.

students participate in the first lego league

First Lego League group from CFSD

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 news site.

Mr. Bindschadler, national board certified teacher, instructs his class

Excellent Teachers:

  • 2 National Board Certified Teachers
  • 2 CFSD Teachers of the Year
  • 2 Distinguished Educators
  • 1 NCTM grant recipient for the International Congress of Mathematics Education
  • 1 National Council of Teachers grant recipient

Student Involvement and Accomplishments:

  • Southern Arizona Chess Organization
  • First Lego League participants
  • Southern Arizona Science Fair
  • National Geographic Geography Bee
  • Math League
  • Northwest League Schools Athletic Conference


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