Greetings OMS Families,
On Wednesday, March 14th, we will be having an event to recognize the students and staff members who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many conscientious OMS students have expressed a desire to demonstrate their support in response to this tragedy in a constructive and positive way. Student leaders and the administration have worked together to provide an event with options for students. This event is for students and staff only and is not open to the public. The event will take place from 10 until 10:17am here at OMS and will consist of three options. The first option is for students to walk out of class to a designated and supervised area in the school. There, students will observe a seventeen minute moment of silence. During this observation, OMS students will read the name of one of the victims from Parkland, Florida each minute. Students choosing this option will be required to write a brief statement about why they want to participate in this way. The second option is for students to complete a recognition activity based on the #whatsyour17 movement. Students will be given a choice of several activities that turn the number 17 from a negative to something positive in support of school safety. Examples of this type of activity are to introduce yourself to 17 students you've never met or to think of 17 kind words you could say about a classmate. The third option is to opt out of the event entirely. These students will be able to enjoy some extra time in their classroom for schoolwork or reading. Students will be able to choose an option that feels most comfortable for them. They will be choosing their option on Monday (or the next school day if we have more weather). Student leaders made the announcement this morning and encouraged their classmates to choose the option that was right for them, and to participate with maturity and sincerity. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the event.