Thursday, May 23, 2013
Selectmen John Anzivino and Cynthia Walsh recently visited Caitlin Murphy's 8th grade social studies class at the O'Donnell Middle School.
John Anzivino and Cynthia Walsh, the chairman and vice chair of the Stoughton Board of Selectmen, visited Caitlin Murphy's 8th grade social studies class at the O'Donnell Middle School last Friday, May 17 to discuss the role of local government and their position as Stoughton Selectmen. Learning about local government and the role active and responsible citizens should play in it, 8B students wrote letters to the Stoughton Selectmen, voicing their various concerns for the town. The letters addressed topics including roads, crosswalk/sidewalk safety, environmental concerns, improving Stoughton center, education/school support, underage issues, and parks/playgrounds. Many of the topics were discussed with Anzivino and Walsh when they …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Results from the Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton (OASIS) 2013 Stoughton Youth Survey, which collected data about alcohol and drug usage rates among high school and middle school students in Stoughton.
A whopping 83-percent of Stoughton High School students are currently using marijuana. Well, at least that's what the students perceive. In actuality, the current marijuana use rate (having used over the last 30 days) is much lower - 21.5-percent, according to a survey run by the OASIS group (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton). Statewide, that number is 28-percent, and country-wide it is 23-percent. In the last OASIS survey, conducted in 2011, 28-percent of Stoughton students admitted to using marijuana over the past 30-days. The 21.5-percent is the lowest rate since the 2008 survey (19-percent). Lifetime usage rate for marijuana is also down, with 37-percent of SHS students having tried marijuana, vs. 42-percent in the 2011 …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The O’Donnell Middle School Wednesday Jazz Band and 6th Grade Jazz Band were honored for their performances at the recent MAJE Middle School Jazz Festival, a regional competition held at Stoughton High.
The following is from the Stoughton Public Schools Music Department: The Stoughton Public Schools Music Department hosted the 2013 MAJE Middle School Jazz Festival on Thursday, May 9 at Stoughton High School. This festival was sponsored by the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education. Middle school bands from Stoughton, Mattapoisett, Easton, Hull, East Bridgewater, Norwood, Rochester, Medfield, Needham and Foxborough attended this year's festival. The OMS 6th Grade Jazz Band directed by Ann Dorgan received a Silver Medal for their strong performance. Three 6th grade students were recognized for their individual performances and received Outstanding Musicianship certificates. Students who received certificates included Hanna Holden on …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The O'Donnell Middle School released its third term honor roll for grades 6-8.
The O'Donnell Middle School released its third term Honor Roll May 17 for grades 6-8. In order to make the Honor Roll at the O’Donnell Middle School, students must have A’s and B’s in all subjects and have good conduct, according to the OMS handbook. "High Honors" is for students with all A's and "Honors" is for students with A's and B's, principal Matt Colantonio said. Take a look at the Term 3 Honor Roll below. (Click on the link to see the Term 1 Honor Roll and click on the link to see the Term 2 Honor Roll).
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Eleven music students - eight from the O'Donnell Middle School and three from Stoughton High School - recently participated in the 2013 Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association Honors Festival.
The following is a press release from the Stoughton Public Schools Music Department: Eleven music students from the O’Donnell Middle School and Stoughton High School recently participated in the 2013 Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association Honors Festival. The festival was held at Rockland School on Saturday, May 4. Stoughton High School Freshman Connor Nye performed with the Honors Orchestra. Trumpeter Hannah Peterson and trombonist Adam Potter, also freshmen at SHS, performed with the Honors Concert Band. Eight O’Donnell Middle School musicians also participated in the SEMSBA Festival. 8th grade students Samantha Roane and Courtney Weiner, along with 7th grade students Isabel Solem, Tess Widberg and Alison Carter, …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Anna Panacy, a seventh grader at the O'Donnell Middle School, recently won the school's annual Geography Bee.
Tuesday, April 23
The following information is from the O'Donnell Middle School. Photos courtesy of OMS teacher Kathleen Wasik. Seventh grader Anna Panacy recently took home top prize at the Seventh Annual O'Donnell Middle School Geography Bee. Fellow seventh grader Andrew Schlehuber, who won this year's spelling bee at the OMS, was the first funner-up. The geography bee was held during the OMS Knight of Excellence on April 4 and lasted longer than any previous bee as contestants answered question after question correctly. Other contestants included: Brendan Campbell, Will Eckhart, Brian Fallon, Daniel Hakhili, Emma Harrington, Zachary Hoffman, Kate Howe, John Jolley, Brittany Kaplan, Tim Kellogg, Sarah Mullen, Nicholas Rinaldi, Vendela Rogers, and …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Photo and video highlights from the 2013 Singers Night, featuring musicians from Stoughton High and the O’Donnell Middle School.
The Stoughton Public Schools Music Department held its 2013 Singers Night Concert March 22 at the Stoughton High auditorium. The concert featured the Stoughton High Concert Choir, SHS Jazz Choir and the O'Donnell Middle School 8th Grade Chorus. A number of SHS vocal students also performed solos or duets including Kimara Merceron, Abbie Roane, Maggie Widberg, Ilisa Flum, Katherine Scabia, Dan Block, Olivia Quattrucci, Caroline Cusack, Becky Detore, Kassandra Melo, Jess Morse, Christina Solem, Tessa McKeen, Nzinga Moore, Ella Viera, Sierra Watson, Jackie Hausman, Corey Shore and Amber Ais. Darlene Irons, Detore, Melo and Solem provided musical accompaniment during these performances. Take a look at photo and video highlights from the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The 53rd annual Stoughton Woman's Club Spelling Bee was held at the O'Donnell Middle School media center on March 21, with 45 students competing.
The following was submitted to Stoughton Patch; photos by OMS teacher Kathleen Wasik: The 53rd Annual Stoughton Woman's Club Spelling Bee was held at the O'Donnell Middle School media center on March 21, 2013. Forty-five students, grade 6 through 8 competed for the coveted first prize. This year's Spelling Bee proved to be the longest one yet, as seventh graders Abe Korenblyum and Andrew Schlehuber went head-to-head and toe-to-toe. In the end, Schlehuber prevailed as the winner, with Korenblyum coming in second. Schlehuber came in second place as a sixth grader last year. In third place this year, giving a stellar performance himself, was eighth grader, Conor Kavanagh. Hallie Burak, sixth grade teacher, coordinated the event. This year…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Seventh graders at the O'Donnell Middle School got the chance to explore North America with a map from National Geographic measuring 35 feet by 26 feet. The map was set up in the school's media center.
Instead of squinting to see a map scaled down to fit on part of a page in a textbook, seventh grade students at the O'Donnell Middle School in Stoughton had the chance to explore North America in a big way - with one of the largest maps of the continent. The map, measuring 35 feet by 26 feet gave students a fun, interactive experience through rich content and exciting activities that enliven the study of geography. The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map accurately illustrates North America’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. Seventh graders in Rachel Killion's seventh period social studies class spent last Wednesday afternoon in the OMS Media Center, where the map was laid out on the floor, covering …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Professionals from a variety of fields recently spoke to eighth grade students at the OMS.
Tuesday, March 12
The following information is from O'Donnell Middle School teacher Kathleen Wasik: Eighth graders at the O'Donnell Middle School got to hear from professionals in a number of different during the school's annual Career Day, held March 7. Despite the inclement weather (last Thursday was the first day of a two-day storm to hit the Stoughton area) and a power outage at OMS, the presenters were on their game. Presenters included: Jackie Bruno from NECN (pictured with students and Mrs. Mezzetti in the media gallery); John Linehan, president of the Franklin Park Zoo; Stoughton Police officer Roger Hardy; Stoughton firefighters Jim Bertram and Jay McNamara; an FBI agent; a CSI agent; a chef; nurses; a software engineer; musicians; a physical …