It's the start of the winter sports season at the O'Donnell Middle School with tryouts being held. We are offering boys and girls basketball and coed wrestling at the middle school level this winter. Here is a look at the boys and girls basketball teams.
Here is a look at some 7th grade artwork at the O'Donnell Middle School. Students practiced observation drawing by looking very closely at little pumpkins. Then they practiced value scales and added value to the pumpkins (again by looking very closely at them on the tables) using both pencil and charcoal. Lastly, the students learned about color theory to choose color schemes for a watercolor resist background using crayons and watercolor.
Congratulations to O'Donnell Middle School 8th grade students Jhayla Sealy (1st place), Colin Thornton (2nd place), and Jason Ikonitskiy (3rd place) for winning the VFW's Patriot's Pen Essay Contest at the local level this school year! All students on team 8B at the OMS recently participated in this annual contest. The Patriot's Pen contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300-400 word essay expressing their views on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The 2023 essay theme was “How are you inspired by America?” Stoughton American Legion Commander Michael Pazyra, representing the Stoughton VFW on behalf of Commander James Kelly, presented certificates and prizes to the winners at the O’Donnell Middle School Wednesday morning. The three winners from OMS are pictured here with Commander Pazyra, OMS Principal Katrina Crowley, and team 8B social studies teacher Caitlin Valair.
Here are some pictures of students arriving at the O’Donnell Middle School for the first day of school.
Incoming 6th grade students got a chance to explore the O'Donnell Middle School during an orientation event before the start of the school year. Take a look at some pictures here...
Here are the school breakfast and lunch menus for September: https://www.stoughtonschools.org/page/menus
. Please note that free school breakfast and lunch has been extended for the 2023-2024 school year for all students!
After 14 years at the O'Donnell Middle School, including the last 11 as Principal, Matt Colantonio was honored at the OMS 8th Grade Class Day Ceremony with a certificate for his "completion of the middle school program" - the same one the 8th graders received. Mr. Colantonio will be joining the team at the SPS District Office as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Health in July. Katrina Crowley, current OMS Assistant Principal and the next Principal of the OMS, is pictured here with Mr. Colantonio and presented him with his certificate.
Take a look at some pictures from the O'Donnell Middle School's 6th grade spring dance
Students at the O'Donnell Middle School recently took part in a month-long NCAA basketball tournament style competition called "Mammal Madness." The competition, run by Arizona State University, encourages students across the country to learn about animals and their habitats. This is the 11th year of the tournament and the third year students at OMS have participated. Students research specific animals and create information slides or battle posters to share with their classmates (we posted some examples here). They then use that information to fill out a bracket in a who-would-win simulated tournament between species. The habitat of the battlefield comes into play, and much like in the wild, species do not always fight, but one may lose by walking away, leaving the playing field, or through external interference. This year, the wolverine defeated the okapi in the championship battle. Justin Koch, who had the highest scoring bracket on team 8B, is pictured here with his trophy. Other winners for different class periods on Team 8B include: Emmanuel Saint-Hilaire, Adalynn Giunta, Carl Thompson, and Henrique Dos Santos. Congratulations!
The Stoughton School Committee unanimously approved a three-year contract for incoming Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Baeta, effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Baeta, pictured here just before signing the contract, is a Stoughton resident and graduate of Stoughton High School, and has been the Superintendent of the Norton Public Schools since 2013. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Holbrook and has experience as a principal, curriculum coordinator, and teacher, in addition to years of service on various committees in town. Congratulations Dr. Baeta! We look forward to when he formally joins us in July.
The Hon. Thomas S. Kaplanes, Associate Justice at Boston Municipal Court, spoke with O'Donnell Middle School 8th graders about the judicial branch, civil rights, and constitutional law. 8th grade students Xavier Gallardo Padron and Ernsia Valeur read the Cry of Court to introduce Judge Kaplanes, who gave a wonderful presentation.
The O’Donnell Middle School’s Project 351 ambassador and nominees were recently honored at a School Committee meeting. Each year 8th grade students are nominated for consideration to be the OMS ambassador for Project 351. Project 351 is a statewide youth-led service program that convenes a new class of 8th grade ambassadors, representing the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, who “embrace the responsibility to lead with a determination to make a difference.” Nya’Lia Lindsey was chosen as the O'Donnell Middle School's Project 351 Ambassador for this school year! The other nominees from OMS were Arializ Michel-Gaines, Chloe Hannaford, Jaileen Guerrero, and Janelle Nashawaty. Congratulations to Nya’Lia and the other nominees! Nya’Lia, Arializ, Chloe were at the meeting and are pictured here.