Traffic Duty

Good morning. This email is going out to parents of all of our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. As you know, our students participate in traffic duty, to help assure the safety of our students and increase the efficiency of picking up your child/children. Each student in each of these grade levels is required to participate, as they "do their part" for the OTA community. The amount of time for this responsibility is 15-20 minutes, once every 4 weeks. It's not too much to ask, and I appreciate your support in picking up your child a little later on their "duty day." This week, it's 5th grade's turn, then goes to 6th grade, and so on. Your child's teacher will communicate your child's duty day, so you can prepare. Thanks again for your support.


Week 3 Updates

Last week the Jog-A-thon Packet went home. This event is very important for OTA.   The packet includes how to track pledges and ideas to raise money; from asking friends and family to bake sales. Besides feeling good about giving back to OTA, students can win prizes! Please return the T-shirt order form by October 1st (each student receives 1 free shirt). The Jog-A-Thon will be held October 19th.

The field trip at the end of the year is expensive, but with the help of the Jog-A-Thon, that cost can be lowered with the money raised.

Social Studies

  • 9/17: Desert Unit Test
  • 9/20: Test Re-takes (If necessary)
  • 9/21: Newspaper Update Due
  • 9/21: Map of Ancient Greece Due

Q1 Week 2 Homeroom/ Social Studies Update

Happening this week:

  • Back to school Night: Thursday, 9/13 at 5:30 on the field (6:00-6:25 PM 1st middle school session, 6:30-6:55 2nd session in Mr. Watt’s room)
  • Newspaper update due every Friday
  • This day in history: 9/11-Carson, 9/12-Sarah, 9/13- Finn, 9/14-Izzy
  • Next Monday 9/16: Test on Desert Unit
Once again the middle school families will have as their major community outreach project, StandUp For Kids. The middle school families have, for the past six years, served dinners each month to the homeless kids at the center. We need families to volunteer to serve dinners for September 27th and October 25th. If you would be interested in helping us, please contact Bob Hamm at [email protected] for more information.
Thank you!!!

Openings in 6th grade

Good morning everyone, I hope your 6th grader is enjoying "middle school." ๐Ÿ™‚ Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or just see me at Back to School Night. I want to let you know that we have several openings in 6th grade, so if you know of a family that would like to send their 6th grader to OTA, please encourage them to contact us to apply. Or, they can just go to and apply. Thanks, and have a great day!


First Week of School

School begins Tuesday, September 4th at 8:00 am! Tuesdays and Thursdays are Spanish days for 6th graders, so please wear your regular uniform.

6th graders will also be responsible for traffic duty the first week of school. Please click on the link HERE to sign up for a job. It is important that all 6th graders volunteer. Helping out at traffic duty counts towards community service hours, which we’ll learn more about the first week of school ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope everyone is having an amazing summer! The first day of school is right around the corner ๐Ÿ™‚ For middle school History this year, students will need pencils and a highlighter. Some materials that might be helpful, but not necessary include scissors, erasers, ruler, colorful pens, markers, or crayons, glue stick, and lined paper. Students will have the option of typing or handwriting notes this year. If they are handwritten, students should purchase a spiral notebook.

If you would like to help out and donate some general classroom supplies, please click on the following Amazon wish list. We use a lot of art supplies in my History class as well as Art Elective. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m looking forward to a great year!

See you soon, 

Ms. Church 

Welcome Back!

In addition to the essentials, whole class supplies are always welcome. Please CLICK HERE to explore the amazon list. Items can be shipped to the school or donated in person. All classroom supplies will be used for 6-8th grade. Thank you in advance! 

Book and magazine donations are always welcome! I would love to add a few magazine subscriptions to the library as well. Please check out Scholastic if you would like to donate a subscription to the middle school ELA classes. 

See you on September 4th!!