The Orchard Park High School Drama Club is proud to present Chicago:Teen Edition. Adapted for young performers, the Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb musical will be presented March 16-19. (not suitable for children under 12) Set in Prohibition-Era Chicago, aspiring performer Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines. With the help of “celebrity” attorney, Billy Flynn, and the corrupt but helpful Matron Mama Morton, they ultimately join forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score by Kander and Ebb and delivers an homage to legendary director and choreographer Bob Fosse. With the iconic songs, All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle, Chicago:Teen Edition will delight audiences who have seen the show and captivate those seeing it for the first time. Click here for more information including how to purchase tickets.
Throughout the month of January, Enterprise students at OPMS have been exploring Ancient Egypt. Each student posed a question of their choice, and utilized books, websites and databases to answer their focus question. The culmination of their work was presented in a final project, showcased in the school library on Thursday, January 26. This marked the return of the Egyptian Expo, the first in three years! Mrs. Daniszewski and Mrs. Hartke were excited to bring it back and work with Mr. Kloster and Mrs. Tempestoso in the Library!
Students in 7th Grade Spanish prepared for el Día de los 3 Reyes Magos, traditionally celebrated on January 6th in many Spanish Speaking Countries and the United States by constructing and decorating mini boxes for the 3 Kings to leave treats (as done in Puerto Rico). Students learned about foods like the Rosca de Reyes, and how families around the world celebrate this continued Christmas Season. These lessons with Mrs. Kinsley, Mrs. Loftus, and Mrs. Pikula create opportunities for understanding cultural perspectives when they create products and practices while learning authentic language and customs used in different countries.
The Orchard Park Central School District, along with Erie 2 BOCES, has joined with Sandy Hook Promise to deploy an anonymous reporting system as an additional layer to our school district safety plan. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Click here to learn more.
The Orchard Park Central School District is hiring bus drivers. There are great benefits including: competitive pay, annual wage increase, health insurance coverage, paid training, flexible schedule and NYS retirement. If you are interested, please contact the Orchard Park Central School District Transportation Department at 716-209-6237.
This fall the district will launch its K-5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at all four district elementary schools. Over the course of the summer, the spaces that once housed the elementary computer labs have been renovated to create elementary STEM classrooms. The renovation includes flexible and collaborative seating options, open floor space for robotics lessons, Lego walls and dry erase surfaces and upgraded classroom technology. Students in grades K-5 will have STEM once every 6 days which is approximately thirty STEM classes per school year. Click here to learn more about the K-5 STEM program.
On August 9th, Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Patrick Burke announced $1 million in school safety funding for Orchard Park and West Seneca schools at a press conference held at West Seneca West High School. Orchard Park will receive $500k from the NYS Assembly and these funds will be used to enhance the safety and security of our school buildings. This generous funding will help Orchard Park continue to build upon our strong foundation of safety measures that are currently in place.
Mr. Gill, OPMS Technology Teacher, offered his 8th grade students an opportunity to take the FAA Recreational Drone Pilot exam. Already, approximately 50 middle school students have become FAA certified Recreational Drone Pilots and more students have pledged to take the exam soon! This means that the students have the basic understanding to safely fly their drones for non-commercial purposes. With the immense access to drones that students have outside of school, it is wonderful that so many students will now have the knowledge of how to conduct safe drone flights when they are flying on their own.
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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM MS PTO Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MS STEAM Expo
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Screenagers: The Next Chapter
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