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Oskaloosa Middle School

Dear Oskaloosa Middle School Families and Friends,

I truly hope you have enjoyed the summer. I also hope you are peaceful, re-energized and ready to start a new school year. I am thrilled that you are part of our amazing learning community and I welcome and value your positive energy and commitment to quality in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

I can already tell that it is going to be another incredible school year. Our caring and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for school to begin. Our office secretaries are registering new families, ordering materials and updating student files.  Our hard working and thorough custodians and maintenance staff have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning and preparing the building. We hope that it is plain to see that we are indeed a professional learning community with a common aim to foster responsible, respectful, safe and caring students and promote nothing but the highest-level of learning for everyone.

Each year brings some changes in staff.  This year, we are delighted to welcome Makenzie Kauffman, our new vocal and general music teacher.  We are also very lucky be joined by some amazing new team members from our elementary school this year, Dawn Deffenbaugh, TAG, Jennifer Arnold, 6th grade math and science, and Michelle Nelson, special ed.

You may have driven past the school and noticed numerous maintenance and construction projects happening. First, we repainted our parking lot area to better delineate parking, drop-off and student walking spaces and lanes.  We appreciate parents who pay close attention to drop off and pick up lanes and please remind your children to walk on the sidewalk so everyone remains safe.  We also are replacing a large portion of concrete sidewalk in the front entry to the building.

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2018-2019 school year.  Careful consideration was given to assure our classes are balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.  Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher and keep in mind that ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students.

Everyone at OMS is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that OMS is successful is remarkable. I look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Yours Truly in Education,

Andy Hotek, Principal
Oskaloosa Middle School