OMS Village News Graduation 2021!

Congratulations to our 8th Graders!

Here are some final words of wisdom from teachers and staff.

From our Principal

Dearest 8th graders,

I bid you farewell as you leave Okeeheelee and pursue your education in high school. You are a special group to me as you were sixth grade students when I became the principal of Okeeheelee. We learned the ropes together and it has been my pleasure to see each of you grow and mature into the fine young ladies and men that you are today. In high school, I encourage you to get involved in as many activities as you can. You will only be in high school once in your life; why not have fun while you are learning? Success in high school is simple: attend classes, do your work, and do what you know in heart is right. Simple, right? At some point in your life, when you remember the teachers and staff that made a difference in your life, send them a message of gratitude. We are all in this profession because we are passionate about helping kids and changing lives. Thank you for sharing your middle school years with Okeeheelee and allowing me to be a part of your journey. I wish you love, peace and health.

Mrs. Morales

From Your Assistant Principal

I remember your first day on campus when you were all 6th graders. Your first year at Okeeheelee Middle School was my first year at Okeeheelee Middle School. You walked the halls very scared and then quickly found your place on our campus. By the time you reached 7th grade, you began making new friends, many of you faced challenges that you have never faced before, and you became more curious about life. When you became 8th graders you have experienced a lot of “Firsts” at Okeeheelee Middle. This is the first year that you began your journey into becoming young adults in a virtual environment. It was a difficult year for everyone, but you made it! You saw your way through to the end because of your perseverance. American author Gail Sheehy once said “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.” Continue to grow into the wonderful young adults that you are already becoming.

I have watched you grow into beautiful, amazing people that you have become over the past 3 years. I credit your parents, our teaching staff, and each other for shaping who you are now and who you will be in the future. To be where you are right now means that you have worked hard and you have earned it. Do not forget the lessons that you have learned from the staff at Okeeheelee Middle School and the three shared values: Respect, Responsibility, and Community. Remember the sacrifices that your parents or guardians made for you along the way and remember to keep a strong moral compass as you go into your future.

Take with you all of the challenges, heartaches, and lessons learned and forge your way into your new journey in high school. I am excited about the future ahead of you and I am so very proud of all of you. Although it is hard for me to say goodbye, you will always be in my heart. Congratulations Okeeheelee class of 2021. Remember to always do the right thing when no one else is watching. Know that I will miss seeing you walk the halls of Okeeheelee Middle.

A Musical Farewell from the Retiring Ms. Harper

Congrats to the Grads! This is your time! Grind EVERY DAY, ALL DAY for the things that you want in life. Find and stick with your PASSION and don't ever let anyone or anything steer you away from achieving your dreams no matter how hard it gets. To my little DIAMONDS in the rough...Much love! -- Ms. Lopez

As I come to the close of 21 years teaching here at Okeeheelee Middle School, some thoughts come to mind that I would like to share with you all.

Students- you will never know how deeply you touch your teachers lives until many years have passed. Your smiles bring us joy, your gains give us encouragement, and your achievement and success are the prized possessions we live for! You all continue to live in our hearts for years and years.

Colleagues- This is my opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your professionalism, collegial spirit and continued support and friendship over the past 20+ years. Many say teaching is a very solitary profession, but I beg to differ. Here at Okeeheelee we work together to bring out the best in ourselves and our students. We work hard but we play hard and maybe, just maybe this is the reason our community is like no other!

Every ending is really just another beginning -I appreciate having taken this journey with you all.

Stay tuned-there is always more to come.

With my sincerest thanks to everyone,

Ramona Bradlyn

Almost retired teacher!

Hello 8th Graders!

Congratulations on finishing middle school. You survived quite a whirlwind especially this past year 2020. I hope you think back often to this moment in life and may it remind you that you can overcome any obstacles regardless of the size even if it's a global pandemic. You are stronger and smarter than you think. As you move forward I challenge you to be leaders not followers. That you determine your value not by your social media platforms, its followers or by the amount of money you get paid when you start a career. The most important thing in life is to love, to be a person that inspires others to be better, to appreciate time with your family and to cherish every moment in life. We believe in you. Believe in yourself & run with it! We love you!

Love, Mrs. Vizcarrondo

"Lo único que les puedo desear es éxito

en sus vidas. Esta pandemia nos ha dejado tanto

que aprender, pero lo mas importante es que podemos

seguir adelante, que hay alguien mas poderoso que nosotros

y que guía nuestros caminos. A la clase 2021 le deseo lo mejor del mundo,

que las metas que tienen ahora se logren,

siempre cuenten conmigo para lo que necesiten.

Felicidades!!! Los quiero mucho".

Sra. Moreira

A preacher once said, “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” The point should be clear: the snail had to put forth effort repeatedly.

In the days to come, you too will be called upon to show diligence, that is, steady effort. You have done so in getting this far, and all of us at OMS encourage you to continue to succeed.

Mr. Trzasko

Eighth graders:

Best of luck as you continue your journey through education and life! I hope your short (yet weird these last two years) stay here at Okeeheelee helped to broaden your horizons and expand your ideas of what is possible.

Many of you have missed out on interaction in the educational setting this year, so my advice to you as you enter high school: Engage. Listen to what your teachers are saying, listen to what your peers are saying, absorb the knowledge from books you read, analyze articles and other media posts that you come across. Share your opinion and back it up with facts. Engage. Pay attention to what's going on and don't let opportunities pass you by. Engage.

Remember that everything you do now is either preparing you for or hindering you from the things you may want in the future. Engage in your life and make it count.

Mr. Douglas

This is what I have learned in a very short time with the pandemic. Be quick at listening, slow to speak, and slow to anger. And don't give half of the truth, because the other half will hunt you down eventually.

Ms. Antonacci

"It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." - Oprah Winfrey

Good Luck in HS, Mrs. Borowski

From Ms. Bot

And one note from a departing student...

Well, I don't really have a favorite OMS memory because every day spent at OMS was my favorite memory. All the teachers were great to me, and they were really cool, especially Ms. Exline, she was the coolest teacher there by far. I think I'm really going to miss OMS and all those crazy middle school years I spent there. And one thing I'm going to miss the most is all the amazing teachers and friends that helped me learn and grow each passing day. They taught me so much and I'm really thankful for them. I'm really thankful for everyone, really. All the wonderful memories OMS gave me I will never forget. I've learned a lot this year, more than I wanted to learn. I learned that when life doesn't go as planned, make exceptions. Adapt to the changes life throws at you, just go with the flow. That's what OMS taught me because every day I spent there was as random and exciting as the last. My days there were never planned out detail by detail and I never had a schedule of what I was going to do that day or goals that kept me on track because OMS taught me to just go with the flow. Just be chill, and have fun. Also, I learned this year that not everyone will always be kind to you, no matter how hard you try to be kind to them. Those are the people who are using you, you have to find out who appreciates your kindness, and not waste your time on the people who take advantage of your kindness. That lesson was the hardest lesson I learned this year. So goodbye middle school! Goodbye all my wonderful teachers! Goodbye to all those people who taught me a lesson in life! Goodbye to all of the friends I made at OMS! And goodbye to everyone I know and love! I will never ever ever forget my crazy life changing years spent at OMS.

XO, Layla Caesar :)