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Mission Statement of Orient-Macksburg School At Orient-Macksburg we provide a nurturing environment in which every Student can develop a passion for learning and reach personal excellence

Newsletter of the Orient-Macksburg Community School District

January 2018 Judy Johnson, Editor __————————_________________________________________________________—______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________-______——-

Happy New Year! I wish all of the families of Orient-Macksburg Community Schools a healthy and prosperous 2018.

During the past two months, patrons of our school district have participated in a school district “needs assessment” survey. Many of the surveys were completed during fall Parent/Teacher conferences and others have been submitted online through the school web site. In addition to the parents, staff members and 4 th-12th grade students took the survey. The survey results have been compiled and there is much for Orient-Macksburg Community Schools to be proud of!

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The school district survey indicated that 90% or more of the survey completers Agreed or Strongly agreed with the following statements: Students in the school feel like teachers care about them Teachers are helpful when students ask questions Teachers check to make sure that students understand what is being taught Teachers want students to improve their thinking skills The environment of the school is clean and in good condition Children feel safe at this school

Orient-Macksburg CSD P.O. Box 129 201 S School Street Orient, IA 50858-0129


At this school, students are encouraged to respect each other’s differences Adults who work at this school treat students with respect

Mon & Tues January 1 & 2 No School

Students in this school have access to a variety of resources to help them learn Administrators at this school model respect for students, staff, and parents

Wed January 3 School in session Friday Jan 5 Deadline for Feb ACT Tuesday January 9 Lego Camp

In addition, nearly all of the survey items indicated that 80% or more of the completers Agreed or Strongly agreed with the survey statements. The areas in which less than 80% of the survey participants Agreed or Strongly agreed with the statements included: Teachers help students set goals for their learning and keep track of progress Parents are well-informed about how their children are doing and receive the information they need about the school and its programs This school’s discipline policies are effective

Wed. January 10 Red Cross Blood Drive

These three statements provide a direction and opportunities for continuous improvement. Staff, the School Board, and the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) will be discussing ways to address and improve in these areas.

Monday January 15 NO SCHOOL—PD Saturday January 20 Speech lg group district Saturday Jan 30 FFA Legislative Symposium

Overall, the survey results were extremely positive and parents, staff, and students have indicated that they are pleased with Orient-Macksburg Community Schools’ programs, teachers, support for students, and school environment. Thank you to all who

participated in this survey—your input is valuable! Dr. Norene A. Bunt Superintendent of Schools

Christmas Tree: Thank you to all the students who made ornaments for the library For Activities: See calendar inside



JANUARY 2018 Sunday














5 6 Reg Deadline NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL School ResumesBB JH @PC 4:00 Feb Act BB V G/B M-U BB V G/B [email protected]:00 BB JVB ACA (H) (H) 5.:00 Lamoni (H) 6:00 WR JV/V 4:30 WR V @ PCM @Clarinda 5:30 BBV G/B ACA 9:15 A.M. (H) 6:00

BB JV/V B Audubon (H) 6:00


BB JH G/B EU (H) 4:00




22 BB B BGC tourney




BB G BGC tourney WR JV/V @


30 FFA Legislative BB V G/B Symposium @ Diagonal (H) Des Moines 6:00 BB V G/B MT (H)

18 BB JH NV (H) 4:00 WR JV/V (H) 5:30


19 BB V G/B @ Seymour 6:00 WR V @ SWV 4:00

25 BB B BGC tourney

Harlan 4:30



End 2nd Qtr RED CROSS BB JH DIAGONALEnd 1st Sem WR V @ BLOOD DRIVE (H) 4:00 BB JV B @ TC CENTERVILLE 11-5 WR JV/V @ 4:30 10:00 A.M. Winterset 5:30 BB V G/B @ TC 6:00

PD-NO SCHOOL Start 3rd Qtr BB V G/B @ EU 6:15







20 Speech LG Group District BB BGC tourney WR V @ SWV 10:00 A.M.

26 BB G BGC tourney

27 BB BGC tourney finals WR [email protected] 10:30 a.m.


K TO 8

PD = Professional Development Events are subject to change. Please check for updates on the Activities Calandar at O-M School Facebook page January 1-2 January 15 NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL

Orient-Macksburg Monday 1

Tuesday 2


Breakfast/Lunch Wednesday 3 Oatmeal Pizza Corn Romaine Lettuce Pears

Thursday 4 Pancakes Chicken & Gravy Mashed Potatoes Baby Carrots Peaches

8 9 10 11 Omelet & Toast Breakfast Pizza Blueberry Squares Bagel Chinese Chicken Port Patty/Bun Burrito Italian Pasta Bake Rice Oven Browned Potato Romaine Lettuce Black Beans Savory Carrots Fresh Broccoli Peas Cauliflower Pineapple Tidbits Apple Mixed Fruit Banana Broccoli Breadstick Pepper/Onions 15 16 17 18 Oatmeal Breakfast Stick Scrambled Egg/Toast Pizza Chicken Strips Meatballs Corn Cheesy Broccoli Sweet Potatoes Baby Carrots Cucumber Slices Dinner Roll Mandarin Oranges Rosy Applesauce Cauliflower Bread & Butter Pears

NO SCHOOL 22 Omelet & Toast Shrimp Baked Beans Celery Sticks Peaches

29 French Toast Chicken Nuggets French Fries Fresh Spinach Mixed Fruit Breadstick

23 Waffles Mr Rib/Bun Potato Wedges Fresh Broccoli Orange

24 Breakfast Pizza Chili Cinnamon Rolls Baby Carrots Pineapple Tidbits

January 2018 Friday 5 French Toast Hamburger/Bun Baked Beans Tomato Slice Mandarin Oranges

12 Dutch Waffle Tomato Soup Cheese Breadstick Green Beans Peaches

19 Pancakes Chicken Fajita Tortilla Shell Refried Beans Romaine Lettuce Tropical Fruit Breadstick 25 26 Egg Patty & Biscuit Long John Crispitos Sausage Gravy/Biscuit Romaine Lettuce Sausage Patty Green Beans Cooked Carrots Banana Coleslaw Grapes

30 31 Bagel Breakfast Stick Walking Taco Chicken Patty Romaine Lettuce Mashed Potatoes Cheese Red Pepper Slices Corn Apples Pears Bread & Butter Student Meal Prices: Breakfast $1.00 Lunch $2.30 Breakfast served from 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast will not be served after 8:00 a.m. Anyone with account balances $-10.00 or below will not be served the menu meal The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. (Menu subject to change)

Fire Safety Poster Contest Left to Right Harlea Hanscomb—3rd place Emily Butler—2nd place Lakota Whitney—1st place

In November, O-M Preschoolers visited the Creston Hy-Vee store. They had the opportunity to explore different departments in the store. Afterwards, the students participated in a scavenger hunt for classroom snacks. HyVee provided the students with doughnuts and milk.

Weather-Related Announcements When school will have a late start, early dismissal, or there will be No School due to inclement weather, students and parents will be notified over local radio and television stations. The following stations will be notified: Radio KSIB 5120 AM 101.3 FM Television KCCI - Channel 8 WHO - Channel 13 In addition, this information is posted as soon as possible on the school web site. Parents may also sign up through the school webpage for “R School Today” notices to receive current updates. Call the school office for more information about how to sign up (641) 337-5061. In the case of inclement weather, or potential inclement weather, please check regularly for weatherrelated school announcements, as conditions may change throughout the school day.

Public Resource Technology Center - Orient Public Library Located on the East side of the O-M School P.O. Box 182, 201 School St., ORIENT, IOWA 50858 [email protected] 641.337.5061 X124

Bank of Memories: Interested in history? The Bank of Memories collection was recently digitized and is available at (Click on Browse Collections, then scroll down to “Places”, Click on “Orient Historical Collection: Bank of Memories”). See 78 photos and various artifacts that were on display at Bank of Memories. The Bank of Memories collection was moved to the Adair County Historical Society museum if you would like to see it in person

Public library hours: 3:00 - 6:00 pm weekdays. Saturday 10:00 am - Noon. To contact the public library after school hours: 641.337.5061 X124. Weather: Remember, during the winter weather season the public library is closed if there is no school or an early dismissal due to weather. Also closed on Saturday morning if roads are bad. Call the public library anytime when in doubt about hours, 641.337.5061 X124.


Lego® Camps Lego Camp at the public library for kindergarten - fifth graders occurs on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on January 9, February 13, March 13, and April 10. Parents be sure to send a note to school on the morning of the Lego Camp. All Lego Camp sessions are held at the public library and supervised by public library staff and volunteers. Snacks are provided after school before the camp starts at 3:30. In the event of an early dismissal due to snow or ice the Lego Camp will be canceled. The public library is always closed if the school dismisses early or when school is closed due to bad weather. Check the library Facebook page for weather related announcements, “Public Resource”.




Adult Coloring Program: Next Adult Coloring at the public library will be Thursday, January 4 and February 1. Coloring pages and colored pencils, crayons and gel pens are provided, so there is no cost to you! Come between 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Invite a friend! Knit & Crochet: Join us most Tuesdays at 4:00 pm to work on your knitting and crocheting projects. No meeting on January 9, February 13, March 13, and April 10. New Books: Check out all the new books at the public library for your winter reading. Some titles are: The Gift by Shelley Shephard Gray, Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne, The Farmers' Market Mishap by Wanda Brunstetter, Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto by Tilar J. Mazzeo, No Place I'd Rather Be by Cathy Lamb, and If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss. Adopt-A-Book: Thank you to everyone for supporting the Adopt-A-Book program this year. Lots of great new reads are now available for everyone thanks to the donors who adopted books. Some of the new adult books by authors you may recognize are: Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck, To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon, Summer that Made Us by Robyn Carr, Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain, Seeing Red by Sandra Brown, Right Time by Danielle Steel, and Proving by Beverly Lewis. Other new books from the Adopt-A-Book donations are: Need to Know by Fern Michaels, Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs, Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods, Haunted by James Patterson, Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter and Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macombe Other interesting books donated by Adopt-A-Book are: Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller which is a retelling of the early pioneering journeys of the Ingalls family told from the perspective of a pregnant Caroline. Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, and 7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life by Mary C. Neal, M.D. Adult Winter Programs: There will be a variety of programs in January, February and March for adults on Saturday mornings. Details will be available early in January, 2018. Check the library website, Facebook page, or bulletin boards at the post office or bank for the schedule. Or ask about the schedule when you are at the library.

On December 19th and 20th the 3 and 4 year old preschool children performed their Winter music to family and friends. They had a special visitor to see them, Santa! Each student was able to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him their Christmas list and receive a goody bag.

January 2018 Newletter.pdf

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