Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7th and 8th Grade Orientation: Monday, August 21/Tuesday, August 22
7th Grade Orientation takes place Monday, August 21*. 8th grade students do not attend on the 21st. 8th Grade Orientation is held on Tuesday, August 22. 7th grade students do not attend on the 22nd. Both days will be full school days (8:15-3:15). Drop off and pick up can take place on the north side (back) of the school at Entrance F. Breakfast will NOT be served either day, however, lunch will be served. Our breakfast program will begin on Wednesday, August 23. The uniform policy is in effect on the Orientation Days. We ask that you send all the necessary items (paperwork, money, etc.) back to school with your child on their Orientation Day. In addition, students should bring all of their items from the “back to school list”. It may also be of benefit to have your child bring a lanyard as school ID’s will be given out. We have found that ID’s are not as easily lost when a lanyard is attached. Please let us know if you have questions regarding the Orientation Days.

*There are plans for 7th grade students to briefly observe the solar eclipse on the 21st. Certified, protective eyewear has been purchased to view this rare and historical event.

Parent Open House: Thursday, August 24
The OGJH Parent Open House will be held on Thursday, August 24, for both 7th and 8th grade parents. We will meet in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. During this time, parents will be presented information that will be beneficial for the 2017-2018 school year.  You will also have the opportunity to go through your child’s schedule and meet their teachers. We will finish at approximately 8:15 p.m.

School Pictures—Casual Dress: Friday, August 25
School pictures will be held on the morning of Friday, August 25. Students will be allowed casual dress that day. All “Dress-Down” rules apply. (See Uniform Policy in Student-Parent Handbook). Students will receive their new pictures in a couple of weeks, along with a new picture ID card. Students should turn in their picture packet and payment to their homeroom teacher during their Orientation Day.

Fall Athletics
All fall athletic schedules are available on-line by visiting our calendar tab on the OGJH Website. During the first full week of school, informational meetings will be held and practice will begin the second week of school. The informational meetings are for students only and should last less than 30 minutes. If your child has equipment checkout (football), it will take closer to an hour to an hour and a half. Physicals are not required to participate at sports at the junior high level. Please note the dates below:

Thursday, August 24: Junior High Volleyball, Cross Country, and Football Informational Meetings after School (Students Only); 8th Grade Football Equipment Checkout
Friday, August 25: 7th Grade Football Equipment Checkout
Monday, August 28: Junior High Volleyball, Cross Country, and Football Practice Begins after School

Our on-line calendar format will allow our families to sign up/register for notifications for each activity.  The notifications can be sent to you via email, text or both. Visit our calendar tab on the OGJH Website for more information.

One Time Fund Time
Thank you again to the families who have been so generous to donate to our annual One Time Fund Time. One Time Fund Time is an opportunity to support the students and faculty of OGJH for the upcoming year. This is the only fundraiser for the junior high. Please consider donating if you are able and have not done so. For more information, please click here .

Traffic Control: Drop Off/Pick Up
Students should be dropped off and picked up at the north entrance (Entrance F) facing 37th Street. The entrance can be reached by turning west at the intersection of Kiwanis Avenue and 37th Street. You may use both lanes to pick up your child. Students should use the crosswalk if they need to cross over to the parking lot or the lane closest to the parking lot. We would suggest using the lane closest to the school if your child is quick to leave the building after dismissal.

Entrance B (east side) may only be used by students who have a sibling who utilizes the parking lot between the two schools. We ask that parents do not pick up in this lot because it is very busy after school. Stopping and waiting in this lot is not allowed.

Accessing Daily Assignments
Teachers post their assignments on-line for the day by 4:00. You may access all O’Gorman Junior High School’s daily assignments by following these steps:
1. Go to ogormanjh.sfcss.org
2. On the very top banner, click “Class Assignments.”
3. You will find all teachers assignments on one spreadsheet.

First Lego League/Robotics Student-Parent Meeting: Monday, August 28
There will be a meeting for all students and their parents who are interested in Lego League/Robotics for this school year. The meeting will be held in the OGJH Music Room on Monday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Nutritional Snacks at OGJH
OGJH has a controlled bring-your-own nutritional snack program for both the 7th and 8th grade. The program will begin on Wednesday, August 24. Here are the guidelines associated with this program:

  • Snacks that are brought to school must be individually packaged, sealed,  a snack-sized portion and labeled with a first and last name.
  • Individually Packaged: Items should not be brought to school in bulk. Snacks should be brought daily as lockers should not be used to store future snack items. No eating utensils should be used.
  • Sealed: Must be either pre-packaged or sealed in a snack-sized Ziploc baggie.
  • Snack-Sized: Pre-packaged= 1 to 2 oz; Ziploc: 6 ½” x 3 ¼”

Snacks will be limited to the following options:

  • Fruit Snacks/Dried Fruit/Raisins (No candy)
  • Crackers: Club, Cheeze Nips, Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Triscuits, Wheat Thins (No Chips)
  • Fruits: Limited to grapes, bananas, and apples
  • Vegetables: Limited to carrots and celery sticks
  • Nutrigrain Bars (No granola bars)
  • Pretzels
  • Graham Crackers: Teddy Grahams, Cinnamon Grahams, Honey Maid Grahams
  • Beef stick/jerky

This list was formulated by certified physicians, parents, and educators. Many factors were considered in the formation of this list including nutritional value, cleanliness (especially around electronic devices), not requiring refrigeration, etc.  Additionally, while OGJH is not a peanut free school, we have encouraged snacks that are free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs to protect students with allergies. Thus, this list is comprised of commonly available snacks free of those ingredients. Many of the above snacks can be purchased through our school cafeteria from 7:30-8:00 a.m.

Process for Students: Students must drop off their snack (labeled) with their 3rd period teacher prior to homeroom every day (after dismissing from the gymnasium). At the beginning of 3rd period, students who brought a snack will be allowed the first few minutes of class to eat their snack. Teaching and learning will still occur during this time. If procedures and expectations are not followed, the teacher and administration reserve the right to disallow this privilege from a student.

*We are accepting donations of the snack options to help provide to our students that are on the free and reduced lunch program. Please consider donating to help students that may not afford this privilege.

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