The annual Holocaust Survivor assembly returned to OPMS this spring. Mr. Greg Shershnevsky, of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo was able to come in and speak to eighth grade students on Friday, May 19. Mr. Shershnevsky shared his Holocaust experience with the eighth graders. He was smuggled out of a ghetto as a baby in a cleaning bucket. His memories of the time were limited as he was so small so he also shared stories of many of the heroes of the Holocaust. After the assembly Mr. Shershnevsky was able to meet with a smaller group of students and social studies teachers in the library to have a more informal discussion about his experience. The Orchard Park Middle School PTO was able to sponsor the assembly and the reception afterward. They have been sponsoring this event for more than 30 years! Though this year’s presentation was the first in person presentation since 2018 the district was able to partner with the Holocaust Resource Center to provide virtual presentations during the pandemic. Mr. Shershnevsky is a speaker through the Holocaust Resource Center. Its mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust; remember the survivors and victims; promote social justice, civic responsibility, and human rights.
Orchard Park Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Click here to learn more
Congratulations to Orchard Park teachers, Nicole Costello and Jim Roland on becoming New York State Master Teachers! The NYS Master Teacher Program fosters a collaboration among the selected outstanding STEM educators (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), whereby they develop expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and student's families and communities. Their efforts engage talented students and introduce them to careers in STEM fields. Nicole and Jim join nine other Master Teachers within the Orchard Park Central School District.
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.
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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