August 2011

7th Grade Orientation

Seventh grade AEO students were given a positive beginning to the new school year through the opportunity to visit the school prior to opening day. On August 17, seventh graders became familiar with their bus stops and were given pertinent information in the auditorium about their schedules, the curriculum, the dress code and other school policies by Principal Joe Fishell, Assistant Principal Paul Houde, and guidance counselors, Mr. Joe Miller and Mrs. Nicole Kociela. Approximately 305 students took advantage of this orientation program.

Oblock Junior High Walk Through
Seventh and 8th graders, along with their parents and siblings, had an opportunity to visit the school on August 23 and walk through their schedules in order to become familiar with room locations. Approximately 1200 people circulated through AEO between 12-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. One of the biggest benefits of this walk-through, especially for the 7th graders and students new to the school, was being able to locate their lockers and practice their combinations. Several Oblock parents were also present to distribute PTSA enrollment forms and answer questions. This special day made the transition from summer to school more comfortable for both students and parents.

Student Handbook Orientation
A review of the Student Handbook was presented in the auditorium to the 7th graders on September 1 and the 8th graders on September 2. Important policies and procedures were explained to each group, focusing on the dress code, weapons policy, drug and alcohol policies, cell phone policy, and discipline procedures. Students were directed to read more comprehensively all aspects of the handbook and to discuss the information with their parents in order to understand important policies and avoid any infractions. They were reminded to return the sign-off pages in the front of the handbook referring to FERPA, computer usage, random drug testing, and school policies.

Fall Sports
Fall sports are in full swing at Oblock Junior High School with almost 200 students competing as either players or managers. Seventy-four young boys (45 8th graders and 29 7th graders) are playing on the Mustangs Football Team, coached by AEO teacher, Mr. Ryan Silvis, and assisted by Mr. Bill DePew, Mr. Phil Beatty, and Mr. Dave Dziewulski. Holiday Park’s Mr. Wade Campbell and his assistant coach Mr. Jake Klemencic, are getting 51 Oblock boys and girls in shape through cross country. Mr. Chris Allen is coaching 21 young boys in soccer, and Ms. Courtney Martz is back and now coaching the girls’ soccer team, overseeing an enthusiastic team of 22 young women. Mr. Bernie Pucka is coach the 8th grade girls’ basketball, while Mrs. Malloy-Cubarney is coaching the 7th grade girls’ team. Go, Mustangs!

Reading Challenge
Oblock students have been encouraged to begin their journey to the Reading Hall of Fame. Soon, a monthly book challenge will begin. The idea behind the monthly challenge books is to encourage students of all reading levels to explore both the great classics and modern literature and to begin their climb to the top in the Team Read program. Last year 266 AEO students made it into the Reading Hall of Fame and the teachers hope to increase that number this year.

Professional Learning Communities
AEO teachers have already begun to collaborate with their colleagues in professional learning communities. The reading and English teachers determined nightly reading policies, evaluated the summer reading requirement and began collecting data, determined how to set goal books in the AR program, and discussed how to incorporate more nonfiction into the curriculum.

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