J. W. O'Banion Middle School
An AVID National Demonstration School
Mr. Tucci gives a brief calendar update twice a month. He highlights the events and happenings around our campus.
Last update: 12-05-2013
AVID Makes a Difference
At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, O’Banion was validated as an AVID National Demonstration School for a term of three years! This is a huge honor and tells the world that O’Banion Middle School has a college-going culture and that all students (not just AVID students) receive some of the best instruction going on anywhere.
On Tuesday, December 10, O’Banion hosted an AVID Open House which gave our campus the chance to showcase our nationally renowned AVID program to teachers, superintendents and AVID staff from across the nation. Our visitors experienced O’Banion’s best practices in teaching and learning through classroom visits in all three grade levels in all departments. One particular highlight was a carousel gallery where AVID students showcased and presented their AVID Passion Projects. Garland AVID Director, Mrs. Janice Howard remarked, “The AVID students articulated their research so well, and they all were so interesting! It was an excellent learning experience to see the students excited about learning and sharing!” With deliberate and purposeful AVID implementation across all grade levels to ALL students, AVID at O’Banion is truly making a difference in the lives of all our students.
Garland ISD is taking action to save energy with a new policy. During extended breaks from school, all electrical appliances must be turned off and/or unplugged in every building within the district. Additionally, the heating and air conditioning set points in all district buildings have been adjusted. The new policy will not only save money, but it will save energy as well.
Many opportunities are available for each one of us to join in this conservation effort. Recycling materials at home has never been easier. The City of Garland's Environmental Waste Services is implementing single stream recycling. This presents a wonderful opportunity for each one of us to take action in reducing our carbon footprint.
O'Banion Students Step Up
The annual canned food drive was a huge success. Organized by the Student Council, we collected over one thousand cans. We also accepted monetary donations, which totaled $600.
The Student Council also joined efforts with the National Junior Honors Society to make blankets and Christmas cards for a local senior center. They delivered over fifty hand-made blankets to the seniors. The residents were quite touched, as were our students. In fact, there was not a dry eye in the house! It was truly a remarkable lesson in humanity for all.
Attention All 8th Graders
Ms. Joseph, Mrs. Favela and Mr. Gatlin would like to remind all 8th grade students that science projects are due on Monday, December 16. The projects consist of two parts: a 3D model of an atom and a report. The report may be presented as a PowerPoint, poster, or a research paper. Projects must be turned in on time to receive full credit and will count as a final exam grade. We look forward to seeing the innovative and detailed projects your students create.
Basketball season has begun, and intramural soccer is underway. Basketball games are held on Mondays and Thursdays, and soccer games almost everyday. Check the game schedules and support our Bisons!
Yearbooks are on sale now for only $28 per book. Pick up an order form in front of the office and reserve your copy today! You can also order online directly from Jostens. This low price is good through December 24.
Speak Up 2013 Survey
Parents, students, teachers, staff and community members are encouraged to complete the online Speak Up 2013 survey to share ideas about the use of technology in education. The survey is available through December 20.
Student insurance is made available through the company “Student Insurance Plans” for accidents. This company provides coverage for “school time” protection or “24-hour” protection. You may apply online.
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