• Sunday, March 29,2020

    Good afternoon OMS Community,

    I hope you are well and safe as we prepare to initiate our first week of Digital Learning effective tomorrow, March 30th.  Parents/Guardians please support our efforts through having your son/daughter log into the Microsoft Teams platform daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to actively engage in their academics.  Individual questions may be directed to your child’s Teacher who will be facilitating lessons daily.  Attendance and academic grades will be captured based upon your child’s active participation, performance, and completion of assignments.  This information will then be entered into FOCUS.  Support and a variety of resources may be found on our Digital Learning site to support you in this modified way of schooling.  

    Reminder:

    If you are still in need of a laptop for your son or daughter, the District has set up sites for additional computer distribution which will occur Monday, March 30 from 8-10 AM and 2-4 PM at five locations:

    Ozona Service Center, Coachman Service Center, PCS Administration Building, Meadowlawn Service Center and Title I Center.

    In order to receive a device YOU MUST:

    • Email Mrs. Kelly (kellykel@pcsb.org) with the following information:
      • Your Child's Name
      • Your Phone Number
      • Your Child's Grade
      • Whether you need a device or internet or both

    Additional Important Information:

    The Exceptional Student Education department is sharing several webinars to support students with special needs.  

    The workshops will help families set up their children's home learning environment and address special needs.

    • The Setting Up Your Home Learning Environment webinar will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.
    • The Addressing Special Needs in the Virtual Environment webinar will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

    Details and registration links are available at www.fdlrs.org.  

    Please be safe and let’s have a great OMS Week of digital learning!

    Thanks,

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School


    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Good evening Osceola Middle School community,

    This is your Principal, Dr. Lowery following up to remind you about the student technology distribution scheduled this week in addition to our plan to transition to digital learning next week (beginning March 30th).  Teachers and Staff are currently participating in professional development to support their efforts to engage our students through Microsoft Teams.   OMS will be distributing digital devices for students and families that do not have access to a computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone tomorrow and Wednesday. Any existing device that can access Clever and the Internet will work.

    If you already have such a device, visit our district webpage for next steps (Digital Learning Students and Families webpage). For any family that needs a digital device, we will be distributing devices for at home learning on Tuesday, March 24th  and Wednesday, March 25th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the carline at OMS. Both the student(s) and a parent or guardian must be present to check out the device (or the parent must have their child’s R2D2 user id and password). I encourage you to come at your assigned time to ensure we do not have a large crowd.

    The following link provides OMS Staff information needed to determine the needs of our community.  Please complete only if your child needs a computer to access online curriculum:  OMS Student Technology Needs Request. Thanks to the families who have already communicated their needs through this link.

    Technology Distribution Schedule & Forms:

    • 6th Grade:  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • 7th Grade: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
    • 8th Grade:  12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                    Parent and Student Tech. Responsibility Form 

                    Property Removal Contract 

    • The front office and school campus will be closed and inaccessible to the public as of March 26, 2020. If you need assistance, you may reach out to me or my Administrative Team by email.
      • Once online learning begins, please email individual teachers with any questions you have regarding their lessons and/or your child’s progress in their individual classes.
    • WiFi Access: Thanks to Spectrum, free WiFi will be provided to all students.  For students to enroll, they will need to call 1-844-488-8395.  All installation fees will be waived for new student households.  WiFi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use.
    • Medication
      • We are requesting all medication be picked up between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  You may contact Nurse Dusting at GUERTIND@pcsb.org to coordinate your pickup time.  He will walk the medication and paperwork out to your vehicle.

    Digital Learning for Students

    Pinellas County Schools is prepared to transition to student digital learning during the week of March 23-27.  During this time our goal is for students and families to access grade level, academic enrichment activities and get to know the digital platforms that are available through our Digital Learning Students and Families webpage.

    On Monday, March 30, the district will transition to course/class specific assignments developed and led by their teachers utilizing the Microsoft 365 Teams (Microsoft Teams) platform. On Microsoft Teams, your student’s teacher(s) will be able to give class specific lessons and messages directly to their students. The district will use the week of March 23-27 to ensure staff is trained and students are connected in order to effectively transition to Microsoft Teams.

    We want to make this change as easy as possible. All resources for students and families, including frequently asked questions and how-to tutorials are available on our dedicated webpage for Digital Learning Students and Families. To prepare, students and families can:

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Thanks,

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School


    Saturday, March 21, 2020

    Good afternoon Osceola Middle School family,

    I know this is a time of uncertainty for many of us as we continue to support our families and one another. As we make the transition to digital learning, I want each of you to know that the safety and learning of your child is of the utmost importance. While our school building may be closed, learning will continue. Over the next week I encourage you to engage in the academic enrichment activities available through our school website as our teachers prepare for their class specific lessons that will begin on March 30th.

    I also want to make sure you know that our school will be distributing digital devices for students and families that do not have access to a computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone. Any existing device that can access Clever and the Internet will work. If you already have such a device, visit our district webpage for next steps (Digital Learning Students and Families webpage). For any family that needs a digital device, we will be distributing devices for at home learning on Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the carline at OMS. Both the student(s) and a parent or guardian must be present to check out the device. I encourage you to come at your assigned time to ensure we do not have a large crowd. The assigned times will be posted on the school website and I will share them now:

    • The following link provides OMS Staff information needed to determine the needs of our community.  Please complete only if your child needs a computer to access online curriculum:  OMS Student Technology Needs Request

    Technology Distribution Schedule & Forms:

    • 6th Grade:  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • 7th Grade: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
    • 8th Grade:  12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                    Parent and Student Tech. Responsibility Form 

                    Property Removal Contract 

    • WiFi Access: Thanks to Spectrum, free WiFi will be provided to all students.  For students to enroll, they will need to call 1-844-488-8395.  All installation fees will be waived for new student households.  WiFi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use.

    If you have any concerns or special needs, please contact the school or me directly. We want to ensure all families have the necessary technology and Internet access to engage in online learning while school is closed. Again, see our website for more information or contact the school via telephone at 547-7689 with questions. I will continue to keep our families updated. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We are a strong community and I know we will continue to support each other as we move forward.

     

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    Message Sent by Dr. Grego last week:

    Pinellas County Schools Community,

    Thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19. How we come together to support one another, and our students says so much about our community. This afternoon, Governor DeSantis and the Department of Education extended a directive requiring all school districts in the state of Florida to close for students until April 15. Therefore, all Pinellas County Public Schools will be closed for students from Monday, March 16-20 for Spring Break and continue to be closed through April 15, 2020. From March 23-27, all schools will undergo deep cleaning by our plant operations and maintenance staff and all employees will engage in activities that will support preparation for digital instruction.

     

    Digital Learning for Students

    Pinellas County Schools is prepared to transition to student digital learning during the week of March 23-27.  During this time our goal is for students and families to access grade level, academic enrichment activities and get to know the digital platforms that are available through our Digital Learning Students and Families webpage.

    On Monday, March 30, the district will transition to course/class specific assignments developed and led by their teachers utilizing the Microsoft 365 Teams (Microsoft Teams) platform. On Microsoft Teams, your student’s teacher(s) will be able to give class specific lessons and messages directly to their students. The district will use the week of March 23-27 to ensure staff is trained and students are connected in order to effectively transition to Microsoft Teams.

    We want to make this change as easy as possible. All resources for students and families, including frequently asked questions and how-to tutorials are available on our dedicated webpage for Digital Learning Students and Families. To prepare, students and families can:

     

    Additional Supports                                                                                                                                                       

    • Digital Device Needs:  If your Child needs an electronic device to access the online instructional platform (Microsoft Teams) starting March 30th, please click on the link below to provide OMS general information in supporting our school in determining the devices needed for our community.  Additionally, you will need to complete the attached Technology Responsibility Form and Property Removal documents attached (hard copies available at OMS).  Should you need to coordinate a time outside of the designated time(s) below please email Mrs. Kelly at kellykel@pcsb.org to coordinate alternative timeframe (please note that the building will close at 3:00 p.m. and limited access will be provided during our hours of operation 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).

     

    • The following link provides OMS Staff information needed to determine the needs of our community.  Please complete only if your child needs a computer to access online curriculum:  OMS Student Technology Needs Request

    Technology Distribution Schedule:

    • 6th Grade:  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • 7th Grade: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
    • 8th Grade:  12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • WiFi Access: Thanks to Spectrum, free WiFi will be provided to all students.  For students to enroll, they will need to call 1-844-488-8395.  All installation fees will be waived for new student households.  WiFi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use.

     

    Student State Assessments

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that all PK-12 student state assessments will be cancelled for the 2019-20 school year. FDOE will provide guidance to school districts in the near future regarding any potential impacts for students.  As the district learns more information we will share this with our community.

    State School Grade Designations vs. Student Grades

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that all school grade designations will not be calculated for schools for the 2019-20 school year.

    Students will continue to earn grades based on their progress in their classes. Student grades and credits will continue to count toward promotion and/or graduation.

    Student Instructional Hours

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that the Commissioner is evaluating how digital instruction will count toward student instructional hours. The Commissioner may reduce required K-12 instructional hours, as necessary, to accommodate for school closures.

    Food & Nutrition Resources for Students

    During the week of March 23-27, our district will establish Grab-and-Go feeding sites at nine Pinellas County Schools to ensure that students have accessibility to meals during this timeframe.  Our Food & Nutrition Services Department has identified the locations listed below that will provide both breakfast and lunch to all individuals 18 years old or under.

    As school closures through April 15 were announced, additional information with regard to longer-term food distribution will be forthcoming.

    From March 23-27 each location will serve a lunch and breakfast, in a single bag.  While we encourage parents and caregivers to drive to our locations, we will be accepting walk-ups.  Additionally, Pinellas County Emergency Management will be coordinating with other local food providers to allow students to have access to nutritional options at other locations as well.  The school sites below will be utilized as distribution sites.  A complete list of sites throughout our community can be found at  https://211tbc.myresourcedirectory.com/index.php/food.

    Distribution Points and Times:

    School

    Time

    Dunedin Elementary
    900 Union St., Dunedin 

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Eisenhower Elementary
    2800 Drew St., Clearwater 

    11:00 am - Noon

    Fairmount Park Elementary
    575 41st St. S, St. Petersburg

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

    Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary
    6505 68th St. N, Pinellas Park

    11:00 am - Noon

    John Hopkins Middle
    701 16th St S, St. Petersburg

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    New Heights Elementary
    3901 37th St. N, St. Petersburg

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Ponce De Leon Elementary
    1301 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Clearwater

    11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Southern Oak Elementary
    9101 Walsingham Rd., Largo 

    11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Tarpon Springs Elementary
    555 Pine St., Tarpon Springs

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

     

    We thank you for your patience during this time. My hope is that we all use Spring Break to focus on self-care and time with your families and loved ones.  Please continue to monitor our social media platforms and district webpage at www.pcsb.org/coronavirus. Thank you for working with us through this unprecedented situation. Pinellas County is a wonderful, strong and vibrant community, we will get through this challenging time together!

    Have a safe OMS Weekend!

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School


    Friday, March 14, 2020

    Good evening Osceola Middle School Community,

    3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 6.pdf      3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 7.pdf      3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 8.pdf 

    I hope you have plans to enjoy your Spring Break vacation.  Please support our efforts in keeping students engaged through participation in the PCS Spring Break Challenge (see attached).  All 7th graders who received National Junior Honor Society Applications, the applications and essays are due when students return from Spring Break.  Please turn them into the media center.  Email Mrs. Kelly if you have any questions at kellykel@pcsb.org.

     

    Important Update Regarding School Closure:

    Dr. Grego, Superintendent of Pinellas County School has shared the following update regarding the closing of schools:

    Based on the direction of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Pinellas County Schools will now be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. All extra-curricular activities are also cancelled for this time-period. During this time, deep cleaning of all school buildings will occur.

    • We will issue further instruction for staff regarding reporting and leave requirements in the upcoming days. Please be sure to monitor communications to inform your work status for the week of March 23-27.
    • Please note that FDOE has announced that statewide assessments that were scheduled during the first week of April will be postponed to dates that will be determined by the state.
    • We continue to coordinate with our local health officials, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education and Pinellas County Emergency Management within the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

     Thank you for your continued commitment and service to our community, children and families during this rapidly changing time. We will continue to update the community of any changes through email, our website (https://www.pcsb.org/coronavirus) and social media.

     

    Have a great OMS Break!

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School


    Sunday March, 8, 2020

    The PTSA Fundraiser is coming to an end.  Please send your PowerUp money to the front office.


    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    Good morning Chiefs,

    OMS Chiefs Updates Week of Mar. 9. 2020.pdf 

    3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 6.pdf 

    3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 7.pdf 

    3.5.20 PCS Middle School Bingo Spring Challenge Grade 8.pdf 

    Thanks for another busy but exciting week at Osceola Middle School.  Attached you will find the updates for the week of March 9, 2020.  Please join us for our St. Patrick’s Day dance Tuesday after school.  This would be a great opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Spring Break vacation.  Also, Pinellas County Schools will be holding the Spring Break Bingo Challenge to keep students engaged during the break.  I encourage you to have your child participate in this fun opportunity (see attached).

    Have a great weekend!

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School


    Friday, March 6, 2020

    Good evening Pinellas County Schools Families,

    Pinellas County Schools is focused on keeping your student safe, healthy and learning, and to do so, we are working very closely with the Department of Health (DOH) and Pinellas County Emergency Management to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The district is continuously monitoring the situation, coordinating with local and state agencies and ensuring we have the latest information to help keep our students and staff safe. Pinellas County Schools continues to prepare and plan for all contingencies that could result from COVID-19 in the coming weeks. 

    Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County, and the risk of infection remains low for the general public in Florida and across the United States. The DOH will contact the school district in the event someone tests positive for the virus.

    Preventing the spread of germs for all respiratory diseases including coronavirus is among the most powerful tools for staying healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following the CDC K-12 school guide, the district has intensified the daily cleaning and disinfecting of all our classrooms, schools and buses.

    • Classroom desks, chairs, door knobs and any touchable areas are being disinfected daily.
    • We are ensuring soap, paper towels and hand sanitizers are available in all facilities.
    • Principals and school nurses are reminding students how to prevent the spread of germs: wash your hands frequently, cough into a tissue or your elbow not your hand, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth and stay home when you are sick.
    • Flyers from the CDC on good hygiene practices are posted in schools.
    • We have provided an overview video to schools to share with students.
    • School bus drivers are disinfecting seats and areas students frequently touch at the end of their route each day.

    Students who are sick are encouraged to stay home. While our general attendance policy remains in place, schools will address extended absences on a case by case basis. Families are encouraged to communicate with teachers to stay up to date on lessons as needed.

    The district has suspended the attendance portion of the exam exemption policy for high school students, for this semester only.  All other portions of the policy remain in effect.

    Athletic activities continue as usual. The district is disinfecting equipment more frequently. Post-game handshakes are optional, being replaced with fist-bumps or head-nods at the athlete’s discretion.

    In the unlikely event the Department of Health closes one or more schools, the district has a digital learning plan in place to ensure no interruption in learning.

    As spring break approaches, we encourage families to be mindful of traveling to high risk areas as determined by the CDC. As of this writing, these areas include China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. The CDC’s current travel advisory can be found at the link listed below. Families traveling to high-risk areas should notify their school by telephone immediately upon returning so that direction or guidance from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health can be implemented prior to the student’s return to school. Reentry may include precautionary measures, such as self-isolation for up to 14 days, if recommended by the Department of Health.

    We ask parents, families and employees to remain calm, stay informed, continue using disease-prevention strategies and trust only reliable information sources including www.floridahealth.gov.

    Pinellas County Schools will remain diligent in following the latest data available and will communicate with parents as we receive new information. All district updates will be posted at www.pcsb.org/coronavirus.

    The safety, health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.

    For more information visit:

    Florida Health
    Florida Health - Pinellas County
    CDC Coronavirus Information Page
    CDC Travel Advisory


    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    2020 Say Something Week Flier.pdf 

    OMS Chiefs Updates Week of 3-2-2020.docx 

    STEAMAppLink.pdf 

    Good morning Chiefs,

    Please join the OMS Sandy Hook Promise Save Club in celebrating Say Something Week (see attached flier).  Parents/Guardians, please be mindful of the traffic procedures as you arrive/vacate our campus.  We’re noticing unsafe practices by some of our Parents’ failure to abide by the carline procedures and I’m asking for your support in keeping our campus safe by only dropping off/loading in approved areas. Lastly, I encourage bike riders to use helmets as required by law to ensure their safety as they ride their bikes to/from school.  Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

    Say Something Week!

    M – 6:30 p.m. Annual Maria Edmonds Hispanic Achievement Awards Ceremony

    T – 8:50 a.m. Dept. PLC

          6:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Parent Cadre Mtg. (Pinellas Park High School)

    W – 10:00 a.m. Rigor Walk

             5:30 p.m. 6th Grade Expo

    Th. – 9:00 a.m. Chorus MPA

             4:30 p.m. Track Meet vs. P. Park Middle

    F – 8:50 a.m. UNCLUB (Rm. 5-202)

    Thanks,

    Solomon J. Lowery, Ed. D.

    Principal, Osceola Middle School