• Greetings OKMS Family and Students,

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our webpage. While we find ourselves in uncharted territory, Okanogan School District is moving forward with continued learning. We initally sent home packets to engage students in reviewing what they had learned. Teachers are now moving forward with new learning. Please check your child's school email and Teams in Office 365 to look for the appropriate week's learning video and assignments. Inside Teams, you will find learn at home plans with activities to complete during the week when school is not in session. These activities are no longer optional, suggested activities. It is now the expectation students are logging in daily to complete activities created by your teachers to keep their skills growing while we are not in school. I have emailed all students with the spreadsheet of the live teacher check in times. You can select the calendar on this webpage to see the times teachers are meeting with their classes. 

    Students who do not have internet or devices will be mailed packets home. These packets will need to be returned, so teachers can provide a grade. If you wish to receive a packet instead of having your child(ren) do their work online, please call Mrs. Brown in the middle school office and let her know. 

    Meals will continue to be served Monday-Friday. Please have your children come and get free breakfast and lunch. Children up to 18 can receieve this food. 

    Students, please take a few hours each day to do some school work- it is good for your brain and you are being graded. May I also suggest you do your best to keep your sleep cycle consistent. This way, it won't be too hard to get back to your routine when we do return to school. I miss all of you, and I am available daily should you have any questions or concerns. 

    Mrs. Belcher

    dbelcher@oksd.wednet.edu

     

    This is Mrs. Belcher, the principal of Okanogan Middle School, with some new updates.

    Let me begin by saying how much we miss all of our students. We are concerned for our students' health and well-being as well as their families. Although none of us have experienced a pandemic before, the Okanogan County family of students, parents, educators, county and community leaders, and all other stakeholders has quickly risen to the occasion! We would like to thank everyone for your kindness and support, especially our health professionals, truck drivers, grocery store employees, first responders and all other essential operations personnel.

    As you may know, Okanogan School District vision is "Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Present, Shaping the Future". That is just what we are doing from afar in order to serve our most important assests - your children! The present is challenging right now, and there will be mistakes, problems and concerns as we move forward. Staff are embrassing the present and are here to patiently support our students and you throughout this challenging time. For this to be more successful, we ask for you to please check your emails and have your students check their school emails as teachers are reaching out this week to do a survey.  Rest assured the future will bring more successes, happiness, hope, laughter, fun and purpose! Teachers will be at school when this is over ready to academically shape your children's future.

    Frustrations are high right now due to our circumstances, so please do not stress over the packets of school work. We are going to do our best to provide schoolwork to keep our students' minds moving forward; but you are the parents and they are with you, so you have control to adjust as needed for your child. Please contact your teacher via email if you have questions or need help. Thank you for your patience and understanding as our teachers work from home while navigating this new territory.

    I would encourage you to have your child check out Mr. Mitchell's webpage. Spiderman is featured under Links to Videos discussing his history classes. He also has links to World Geography for 6th and 7th grade. Mrs. Blayne breaks down her Reading, Writing and Math classes. In addition she shares the link to MobyMax, a great free resource for Mrs. Blayne's students. Mr. Streeter has a list of science units for the year with links to curriculum under Useful Links. Thank you for taking the time to investigate your teacher's webpages.

    Again, let me encourage you to contact your teacher via email. You can also call the office and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. As OSPI and the govener make decisions regarding the remainder of the year, we will update you.

    This is Mrs. Belcher signing off from OKMS, where what happens here will change the world. Stay safe and stay healthy.

     

    Week of March 23rd to March 27th

    I’d like to thank you for your patience, support and flexibility during this time.  While we are unable to provide distance learning to all students, we will be providing students enrichment opportunities through the mail. You will be receiving a packet in the mail from teachers with optional review worksheets and links students can do to stay current and prevent learning loss.  Packets will be mailed out March 25th to give our teachers time to prepare them. 

    Teachers are continuing to work; planning, collaborating, signing up for professional development and preparing for your children's return. Some teachers are posting links on their school websites to additional online activities. Check out Mrs. Lesamiz webpage, she has a blog on her website to stay connected with students while they are apart. Mrs. Cheeseman has two new pages dedicated to supplemental learning opportunities and how to access Scholastic News Magazine for free. Miss Weisner's March Mammal Madness is still open for prizes! Check out the tab for the latest survey. Mrs. Hennigs has a Useful Links page with many useful links and class codes for students. Our libraian, Mrs. Brown, would like you to see the many resources the library has to offer. Please check out other teacher's webpage resources as well. We hope you and your children will take a look.

    Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunch are available to students Monday through Friday. Please note we have added a site in order to reach more students:

    Virginia Grainger Main Entrance - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Okanogan MS/HS Main Cafeterium Entrance - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Malott HUD - 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    Malott Improvement Club - 11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    M Bar J Trailer Park - 12:20 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.

    Caso's Grocery Store - 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Please continue to check the district website for daily updates and our Home Page school website and Teacher pages.

    Again, as we navigate through these uncharted waters please remember to remain calm. Remain patient and practice forgiveness and grace.  We will get through this and I have the utmost confidence in our teachers and continued collaboration with you throughout this journey. 

    This is Mrs. Belcher signing off from OKMS, where what happens here will change the world. Stay safe and stay healthy.

     

    Welcome to Okanogan Middle School

    The staff of Okanogan Middle School is committed to excellence in education. We feel it is vital to show enthusiasm for learning. We believe social and emotional learning must be embedded in instruction and that we are responsible for engaging families and communities in support of learning. Okanogan Middle School strives to educate students through engaging in collaborative and reflective practices that accelerate learning and growth. We believe that attendance at school each day is very important and we communicate that attitude to our students. We know that once children want to attend school, chances are very good they will find learning is enjoyable and school is a great place to be.

    There is a strong emphasis on mastery of subject matter at Okanogan Middle School. Beyond that, our school is a place where many of our students work through the problems of growing from childhood to adulthood. Students learn how to relate to and to communicate with other children, to work with adults, to form friendships and to resolve conflicts. They learn to work as members of groups and teams. Perhaps one of the most important experiences students have in our school is sharing common academic learning with others of varying backgrounds.

    Our school is not just a link between the elementary school and the high school. It has a purpose all its own. The Middle School provides an environment that:

    • acts as a stabilizing force in the lives of early adolescents
    • equips students with the necessary academic and social knowledge skills and attitudes to succeed in the middle-level grades, high school and beyond
    • serves as a special place for students - a refuge and a support during a time of dramatic change
    • establishes in students a connection with school and with its purpose
    • instills in students a sense of positive self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence and a belief that they can succeed
    • provides opportunities for self-exploration, self-definitions and self-development in the cognitive, affective and physical domains
    • provides opportunities and experiences for students to develop and practice responsible personal behavior, individual accountability and initiative and a respect for others

    As educators we know we can help students feel good about the successes they are having no matter how small they may be. We want Okanogan Middle School to be recognized as a school that provides for the academic, emotional and social growth of its students. If we continue trying at school, and you keep trying at home, we can realize our objectives.

    Dorinda Belcher

    Principal

    SafeSchools  

    SafeSchools Web Reporting Site 

    When loging in, use code 1677


     
    Reporting reminder, at any time, students, parents, staff, community may now report safety issues or concerns anonymously.  This system allows reports to be made by phone call, text, email or on the website.  There is a link at the top of this page to the web reporting site. (Please use code 1677 when making a report.)  Reports of bullying, harassment, drugs, violence at school or anywhere involving students may be reported.  In addition concerns of students doing self-harm may be reported as well.  Reporters will be given a case code specific to them so that they may check back to see what follow up was able to be done on their report.  We're very happy to be rolling out this program and are confident it will be a positive tool in helping to keep our community kids safe. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Dorinda Belcher, Principal | Katherine Brown, Secretary
    244 5th Ave S.
    PO Box 592
    Okanogan, WA  98840
    Phone (509) 422-2680 | Fax (509) 422-0068