What's been happening!


On April 20th and 21st, the 8th grade Energy and the Environment students hosted the annual GTT Energy Expo.  Students became experts on a renewable energy source and presented to an audience of teachers, parents, and other students throughout class.  The presentations included solar, geothermal, biomass, wind, hydroelectric, and hydrogen power.  We had a very large turnout in most of our classes and students developed a greater appreciation for renewable energy and honed their presentation skills.​

OFMS Innovation 

OFMS Innovation class and GTT were awarded a $5,000 grant from Boeing employees!  Mr. Schneider and Mrs. Liscombe will use the money to purchase new gadgets for next school year including drones, supplies for the ​​MakerSpace, a solar motor and generator.  They are very grateful and look forward to seeing students learn with the new purchases! 

FAREWELL Mrs. Riordan
Dear Students at OFMS,
   I wanted to let everyone know that I have decided to stop teaching for a few years so that I can focus on my family at home.  I look forward to spending my days at the playground with my daughter, and being available for my son who will be starting Kindergarten, but I will REALLY miss everyone here!!  I have LOVED my 12 years at Orchard Farm Middle School and have enjoyed teaching all of you and/or coaching the MS cheer leading team. Each and everyone of you will always have a special place in my heart! As you continue through your education try to remember my favorite saying as one of the keys for success, "Do what you gotta do, and then have fun...and there will be plenty of time for fun!!" 
With lots of love, 
Mrs. Riordan 

A 6th grader just wrote this poem about her friend, Kiera, who recently lost her battle with cancer. I'm attaching it. This might be a good thing to add to the newsletter, since our school wore purple and yellow to honor her and recognize childhood cancer.

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“Little fighter”

By:Jenna Overstreet

There once was a fighter.

Who fought very very hard.

This fighter had Childhood Cancer.

The cancer was one monster.

The Cancer took her life away.

Keira, was a strong girl, who always kept fighting

Each and every day.

I miss her so much

She taught me many lessons during the time I knew her.

She taught me how to be Strong, be happy, and never give up.

Most of all, she taught me how to be SILLY at the best of times.

Even though she is not here with us any more,

And we are all sad,Image result for #keirastrongImage result for #keirastrong

But we all known that

She is now in a better place where we know that she is in no pain

We are forever and always #KEIRASTRONG!!!

This year’s average daily attendance 
6th Grade – 96.12% 
7th Grade – 94.87% 
8th Grade – 94.65% 
Overall this year – 95.22% 
90/90 – 92.50% of our students have been here 90% of the time 

Solar Eclipse 
August 21, 2017
Prepare yourself for a 'once-in-a-lifetime' event!
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The 8th Grade Bash will be from 
7:00-9:30 pm, Friday May 12, 2017
What happens at 8th Grade BASH
Lots of things:
DJ, Kona Ice, Pizza, Taco Bell, Games, Photo Booth, FREE T-Shirt and AWESOME PRIZES!
To celebrate the end of middle school and summer!
TEN Things Students Can Do to Make a smooth Transition from Middle School to High School 
10. Be sure you understand how high school credits work and how many you are required to take. 
9. Learn to breathe—really. Deep breaths can help lower your stress. Know the name of at least one adult at high school that you can ask for help. 
8. Explore student organizations, athletics, band, choir and other options that exist for you at high school. It will help you form a supportive group. 
7. Keep an eye on upcoming events, grading periods, and announcements and write important dates down.  
6. Take advantage of any summer camps or orientation sessions offered at the high school.  
5. Meet teachers, counselors, and the principal BEFORE school starts, if possible. Pay attention when they talk about attendance, grading, and policies. 
4. Get together with friends and find out what they know about high school. Chances are good you all know a little and can share with each other.
 3. Be sure to complete your four-year plan. Ask questions if you don’t understand.  
2. Ask for help! Find out what tutoring or extra help is offered for academics. 
1. Remember, your friends are nervous about high school, too. Stick together, and you’ll find out that high school is not as scary as you once thought. 

May 16, 2017

The bus will be leaving Orchard Farm Middle School at 8:45 a.m. and will arrive back to school at 1:45 p.m.  

The field trip will cost $17.00 per student which will provide them with lunch (pizza*) and full access to the facility including the following attractions: laser tag, miniature golf, rock climbing, dodge ball, obstacle course, laser maze, arcade, and mini basketball/volleyball court.  

Please make sure participants come dressed for the types of activities listed above and are wearing appropriate athletic shoes and socks.


Orchard Farms Middle school

students gather to compete in

the Special Olympics.