As part of the middle school’s “Vision for Our Futures in 2020 and Beyond” theme, our students will be treated to two nationally, well-known youth speakers. On January 9, 2020, Erin Gruwell will speak to the entire student body and staff at OSMS. Erin Gruwell is an American teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. She and her students were also the subjects of a major motion film called Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. After her presentation, Ms. Gruwell plans to attend some of the classes.

On February 14, 2020, the middle school will receive a visit from David Edward Garcia who has been voted one of the top youth speakers in Northern America for several years running. David empathizes with students who face challenges because he was once considered an “at-risk student” himself before defying the odds and graduating with a bachelor’s degree and then earning his Masters Degree. His message of facing challenges and persevering for a successful and bright future will resonate and greatly impact our students in a positive way for years to come. In addition to Mr. Garcia speaking at the middle school, he will also be presenting to our parents on February 13th at Oneida High School. More details will become available as his visit to Oneida gets closer. Please be sure to have discussions with your middle school students about these exciting experiences.

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Back to School Tips

Welcome back to an exciting 2019-2020 school year!


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