Olean Intermediate Middle SchoolMr. Gerald TrietleyPrincipal 6 and 7
Dear Sixth and Seventh Grade Families and Students:
It is with great excitement and pleasure that I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope all of you are having an awesome summer and that you are enjoying the remaining days of the summer vacation. This year classes will begin for students on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. I have enclosed a copy of our 2019-2020 OIMS Bell Schedule, School Emergency Closing Policy, our Academic Wall of Fame information, and A Plan for Success.
As family members, stay involved with your student’s education throughout the school year. Please keep in mind that OIMS is your school and we welcome all family involvement. Communication is an essential component of a truly successful school/family partnership. I encourage each family to establish positive communication with your student’s teachers. A strong partnership between home and school will result in success for our students. I encourage you to stop in, email, or call me whenever you have any issues, questions or concerns. At OIMS, we value your input and we will assist you in any way that we can. Together we can help every child experience success throughout sixth and seventh grade.
Our school day ends at 3:10 p.m. each day. Students are expected to promptly leave the building at dismissal time in order to board their bus or walk home. Students are not permitted to remain after school unless they are involved in an activity supervised by a staff member. We offer a wide array of athletic, extra- and co-curricular activities after school, so please encourage your student to get involved with these outstanding opportunities.
As a reminder to families, in order to enhance our school-to-home communications we distribute an agenda book and family/student handbook to each student. These publications serve as vital links between home and school. Additional communication networks such as our school website, www.oleanschools.org, and Parent Portal can help keep you up-to-date on your student’s homework assignments, projects and test dates.
Our goal for the 2019-2020 school year is to create an outstanding intermediate/middle school where all children can learn, grow and experience success both inside and outside of the classroom. Our theme for this school year is PURSUE: A Quality Education.
PURSUE: A Quality Education at OIMS
When you approach learning with persistence, strive for understanding, nurture resilience and strength, celebrate what makes you unique and aim for expertise in the topics you study, you will make the most of your educational opportunities and achieve success!
OIMS — PURSUE A QUALITY EDUCATION!
As the principal of sixth and seventh grade, I feel it is necessary to establish high, yet attainable expectations for all of our students, both academically and behaviorally. Here at OIMS all of our staff will work diligently to help our students demonstrate positive behavior and work to the best of their abilities. Our dedicated staff and faculty provide many opportunities to learn through standards-based instruction and challenge students in order to prepare them for the New York State Assessments. Additionally, the staff will help students to develop the positive habits essential for success at the next level of their education and for adulthood. We encourage every OIMS student to take advantage of these wonderful learning opportunities so that they may experience growth as a person and as a student.
In order to foster an environment that encourages this kind of academic and personal success, we firmly adhere to the guidelines outlined in the District Code of Conduct and the OIMS Progressive Disciplinary Matrix. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these documents as they contain clear expectations and consequences for student behavior and important information related to the rights and responsibilities of students and their families.
- Your help is appreciated and needed. Please consider doing the following to ensure your student has a successful school year:
- Make sure your student comes to school on time (8:24 a.m. homeroom) and is ready to learn every day.
- Keep up-to-date on your student’s academic progress, homework assignments, daily school work and assessments. Sign up for Parent Portal.
- Be enthusiastic about OIMS. Your support of the staff and programs are essential.
- Participate in school events, activities, and committees.
- Encourage your student to work hard, be respectful and do their best.
- Talk to your student about the importance of keeping our school clean, safe and bully-free.
Your family is truly blessed to have a middle-schooler living in your house. We are fortunate to have 300 of them here at OIMS. The staff and I are here because we prefer working with this most interesting group. These children are unique, and we pride ourselves in offering them the instruction, time and support to be successful academically. The middle grades are an opportunity for students to grow intellectually, physically and socially, and to develop a sense of academic and personal commitment to their education. Except for infancy, more changes occur in our middle schoolers than at any other time of life. They are experiencing changes in the way they learn, feel, look and deal with other people. We welcome the challenge of teaching and mentoring our students during this critical time of growth and development.
If you have any concerns, comments or questions, please do not hesitate to call, email or stop in the school; my door is always open! I look forward to working with you and your student as he/she prepares for the challenges that lie ahead.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
SCHOOL-WIDE FUNDRAISER KICK-OFF - Friday, September 13, 2019
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - Monday, September 16, 2019
Gerald A. Trietley
If you have any questions about the PTO, please email Angela Mest at amest followed by @oleanschools.org.