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Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Families of Ockerman Middle School (OMS):

My name is Darla Payne and I’m extremely happy to begin my new assignment at OMS as the new Principal. I’m very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience. As the parent of two sons ages 30 and 25, I recognize the importance of a strong home to school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met.

Before joining OMS, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles over the past 14 years. Some of the roles I have held include classroom 8th grade math and algebra I teacher, math instructional coach/staff developer, national curriculum trainer, college professor at Thomas More College and K-12 assistant/vice principal. My academic background includes a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education (focus on Math and Social Studies), and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership and Administration.

I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at OMS. In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to ensure our students are prepared for college and 21st century careers.

I will be working closely with our Assistant Principal, Mr. Brauch and Vice Principal, Mr. Ryan, to guarantee that all of our scholars are intellectually challenged and have access to the social and emotional support critical to students during the middle school years. Please get involved with the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) to ensure that your voices are heard or send me an email directly at darla.payne@boone.kyschools.us.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Sincerely,

Darla Payne

Principal, Ockerman Middle School

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Recent News

Archery Club

If you woud like to sign up for the OMS Archery Club see Ms.Stalnaker in the gym for an application! They are due October 27th so go see her soon!

What’s happening in October?

10/2 – 10/6 Book Fair during School

10/5 PTSA Night of the Arts (Book Fair shopping, Food Trucks, other activities) 5:30 – 7:30 PM

10/10 Vision Screenings for 6th & 8th Graders

10/12 Kona Ice during lunch

10/12 End of Term 1

10/12 SBDM Meeting, Library, 5:15 PM

10/13 No School

10/16 No School

10/17 PTSA Skate Night at Florence Fundome 6 to 8 PM

10/18 – 11/10 PTSA Magazine Fundraiser Drive

10/23 – 10/26 Basketball Tryouts

10/25 PTSA Menchie’s Fundraiser Day

10/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 5 to 8 PM

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is 9/29-10/6!  Students can shop the fair during school hours, in addition there will be a "Family Night", October 5th from 5:30-7:30.  Cash and checks made out to OMS can be used during school hours, credit cards (not pre-paid cards) can also be used during the "Family Night".  You can also shop the Online Fair from 9/22-10/10, all online purchases will be shipped to the school for free. The link is below, happy reading!

 

Shop Scholastic Book Fair

Basketball Tryouts

Below is the NEW schedule for basketball tryouts if you have any questions please contact Mr. Finch.

Basketball Tryout Schedule:

Monday 10-23 and Wednesday 10-25

2:45 – 4:45    8th Boys

4:45 – 6:45    7th Boys

6:45 – 8:45    6th Boys

Tuesday 10-24 and Thursday 10-26

2:45 – 4:45    6th Girls

4:45 – 6:45    7th Girls

6:45 – 8:45    8th Girls

You must have a KHSAA Physical on file with Mr. Finch to tryout.  Please note that this is different than a physical for school.  Questions please see Mr. Finch.

Gifted and Talented Camp

If you are interested in NKU's Camp Innovation: Pathways To College For Gifted And Talented Youth, follow the link below for dates, times, classes, and how to sign up! Classes are first-come, first-serve so check it out today!

 

Camp Innovation

Ockerman Middle School Clubs and Activities

See the daily announcements for a list of  Clubs and Activities that are available at Ockerman Middle School this year.

Daily Announcements

Be sure to check out the Daily Announcements by clicking on the tab on the left hand side of the OMS homepage.

Remind Sign-Up Link

If you would like to sign up for important updates from OMS click the link below and sign up today!

 

Remind Sign-Up 

Kroger Rewards Program for OMS

Through Kroger’s generous Community Rewards Program, OMS can earn funds if you use your Kroger Plus Card at check out and have it enrolled in the Rewards Program. Please help us with this passive fundraiser, by enrolling in the program today! Enrollment is simple and fast, and participating involves just using your Kroger card.  Click on the link below to learn more!

Kroger Rewards Program

Broadway Across America

Once again we are partnering with Broadway Across America to get students discount tickets to Cincinnati Broadway shows! If you would like to purchase tickets follow the link below and enter the promo: EDUCATE to receive discounts! When purchasing tickets please use one of the following browsers: Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome, these browsers work best for purchasing. Enjoy the show!

 

http://cincinnati.broadway.com/groups/promo/

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Our Mission

Our mission at Ockerman Middle School is to develop life-long learners and to inspire every student to achieve his or her potential.  Additionally, all people involved in the educational process work together to create a safe and challenging environment in which students make successful transitions.


Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Families of Ockerman Middle School (OMS):

My name is Darla Payne and I’m extremely happy to begin my new assignment at OMS as the new Principal. I’m very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience. As the parent of two sons ages 30 and 25, I recognize the importance of a strong home to school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met.

Before joining OMS, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles over the past 14 years. Some of the roles I have held include classroom 8th grade math and algebra I teacher, math instructional coach/staff developer, national curriculum trainer, college professor at Thomas More College and K-12 assistant/vice principal. My academic background includes a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education (focus on Math and Social Studies), and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership and Administration.

I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at OMS. In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to ensure our students are prepared for college and 21st century careers.

I will be working closely with our Assistant Principal, Mr. Brauch and Vice Principal, Mr. Ryan, to guarantee that all of our scholars are intellectually challenged and have access to the social and emotional support critical to students during the middle school years. Please get involved with the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) to ensure that your voices are heard or send me an email directly at darla.payne@boone.kyschools.us.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Sincerely,

Darla Payne

Principal, Ockerman Middle School

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