Sponsors: Mrs. LaDonna Walker and Mrs. Virginia Parra
NJHS Attention returning 8th graders to NJHS who are in good standing academically and possess strong leadership traits: Those who are interested in an officer position should submit a letter of interest stating the officer position that you are interested in together with your resume to Mrs. Tucci or Mrs. Parra by Wednesday, September 21st. The officer positions to be filled are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Know in advance that officers of NJHS are required to attend separate board meetings, be present to preside over all NJHS meetings, and participate in all major NJHS service projects. As part of the process for consideration as an officer, there will be an interview with the faculty counsel after school on Wednesday, September 28th in Mrs. Marcoux’s room at 2:00 P.M.
Osceola Middle School has an active chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. 7th and 8th grade students with a 3.8 grade point average will be invited to apply for membership each October. Members are selected based on leadership, character, and service.
As a service organization the expectation exists that during the academic year students earn a total of 18 hours of service – NJHS membership meetings count towards the service requirement. 7th grade students must submit their completed service requirement by the last NJHS meeting of the year to have their membership renewed for their 8th grade year. Hours accrued during the summer before 8th grade will not be credited to the service requirement. 8th grade students must be in good standing of Osceola's National Junior Honor Society to receive a positive recommendation from the Society to a high school honor society.
Membership is granted by the Faculty Council and is based on an application and survey process. The National Junior Honor Society selects members who demonstrate outstanding performance in five areas: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Only those 7th and 8th graders who have attended Osceola Middle School for a minimum of one semester and who have maintained a grade point average of 3.8 may be considered.
Scholarship is only one criteria used to consider a candidate for National Junior Honor Society. Leadership in both the school and community is also important. Selection will be based on, but no limited to, the following leadership qualities: Student will demonstrate initiative in promoting school activities; exercise a positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals; inspire positive behavior in others; be a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities.
The selfless service of others in the community without financial or material compensation is of great importance to the National Junior Honor Society. Selection will be based on, but not limited to, the following service criteria: Student will volunteer and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance; work well with others and will be willing to take on difficult responsibilities; participate in some activity (organization) outside of school; show courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement. This student will demonstrate mature participation and responsibility through involvement with activities such as Scouting, community organizations, and school clubs, and has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect of the American form of government.
The National Junior Honor Society recognizes important elements of character such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Selection will be based on, but not limited to, the following character criteria: Student will take criticism willingly; uphold principles of morality and ethics; demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability; exercise the power self-discipline and sustained attention as shown by the application to studies.
Check out this flyer for information on the March of Dimes Walk 2010
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This is not a ‘club’ but an after school opportunity for students
Practices are till 3:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays unless otherwise noted. Please arrange for a pickup at 3:30 pm. Performances for Osceola and 8th Street will take place during the day. There will also be an evening performance at 7pm to be announced. All are welcome to attend and support the many talented actors and dancers and stage crew.
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Cross Country meets every Monday and Wednesday from 1:55 p.m.-3 p.m.. Please check back for meets and changes.
Remember if the day is early release there is not practice.
I am excited to begin a new Season and wanted to share some information and news about some up and coming events for the program. Osceola Middle School’s Cross Country program is open to all students for participation and will have a county meet scheduled for Friday, October 28th at 8:00AM. I encourage all runners to attend and participate in this event for the experience. Osceola Middle School’s Cross Country team will also have a practice scheduled for Monday October the 24th at Forest High School. This practice is to give the runners a chance to run the county meet course to get a feel for what the 1.5 mile course is like. Transportation is the responsibility of the runners to get there and have a ride when they finish. I think this will be a great opportunity to get a feel for the course before the meet at the end of the week. The time of this practice will be announced soon.
A few things to remember:
* Practice time is from 1:50 to 2:50
* All runners should be picked up or walk home at the end of practice or by 3:00.
* Practice days are Mondays and Wednesdays with the exception of Wednesday 9-21 due to an early release
* Wear comfortable running clothes and shoes for practice, Sleeveless shirts are allowed but no tank tops please.
* Grades and conduct must be kept at acceptable levels for school based sports programs.
* During practice horseplay and other inappropriate behavior is not accepted.
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Sponsor: Ms. McCambridge
The Volleyball Team has started meeting after school at the basketball court and gym. Practices are Mondays and Thursdays.
We are scheduled for eight volleyball matches this season against N. Marion Middle and Fort King Middle. There will be no charge for you to come and watch. The schedule is..
Thursday October 6th B-Team N. Marion Middle @ OMS 4 p.m.
Wednesday October 12th A-Team N. Marion Middle @ OMS 4 p.m.
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Boy's Intramural Basketball Team
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Future Business Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit, local, district, state, regional, and national organization for all middle and high school students participating in business and business-related programs. In Florida, FBLA functions as an integral part of the instructional program of the business education program in secondary school.
This organization provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom instruction in business practices and procedures to leadership development activities and competitive event experiences. The purpose of the organization is to "...provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students (6-12) in business education to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibility."
Sponsor: Mrs. Herold
Dues are $15.00 per year and meetings will be after school on Thursday each week. Check back for the announcement of the first meeting.
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Sponsor: Mr. Avery
If the ancient game of chess has always intrigued you and you'd like to learn how to play the game - then please join us. If this game of strategy and skill has you frustrated at times, then come practice with us and learn better strategies and moves. If you are interested in the competitive nature of chess, then please consider trying out for a spot on Osceola's Chess Team. Team members travel to many tournaments and Osceola's team returns with many trophies.
Chess Club will be playing on Mondays. The club and team practices in Mr. Avery's classroom.
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ATTENTION ALL CHRISTIANS!!
Do you feel like surrounding yourself with awesome people and fun music? Do you want to help your community grow to know God? Then sign up today to become a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. You don't have to be in a sport to join, just a child of God!
FCA will meet once a week in Ms. French's room. We welcome you with open hearts!
FCA meets every Wednesday from 1:45 - 2:30.
Check back for the beginning of the 2011 school year.
See Ms. French or Mr. Duncan for a permission form or if you have any questions.
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Health Occupations Students of America promotes interest in Health Occupations and develops leadership and fellowship skills.
Sponsor: Mrs. Scott-Mikell
HOSA is meeting every Thursday from 2 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. in Mrs. Scott's room. If you are interested in HOSA, please make sure to pick up a permission form from Mrs. Scott-Mikell before or after school.
Marion County Humane Society
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Sunshine State Readers
Join this book club to read and discuss books from the Sunshine State reading list.
Sponsor: Mrs. Cox
Check back for meeting dates and times.
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Meeting dates: February – May (August Orientation)
Pathfinder candidates are sixth grade students recommended by their teachers to help with the student led orientation in the spring. After being selected as a Pathfinder, attending their training, and preparing a presentation, they will be prepared to speak to the visiting fifth grade students about Osceola and give tours of our campus in May. They also assist with orientation in August.
The recommendations are based on the following criteria:
-All grades of C or better in each subject
-Good character and conduct (no N’s or U’s, no referrals)
-Demonstrates responsibility and dependability
-Relates well to peers and adults
-Will attend after school training
-Willingness to speak in front of large groups
-Desire to contribute their time and skills to help others learn about Osceola
Students must meet the criteria listed above to be recommended to try out and each student will have to provide a copy of his report card and a short statement telling why he or she wants to be a Pathfinder after receiving a recommendation from a teacher. Interested students will then turn the recommendation, statement, and report card in to Mrs. DeNaro, the sixth grade guidance counselor. Though it is an honor to be recommended, all of the students who are recommended do not become Pathfinders. From these recommendations a limited number of students will be selected. Those students are then required to consistently attend training, independently complete a project and presentation with guidance from sponsor, and participate in conducting the orientation activities.
Pathfinders are recognized in the awards assembly at the end of the year.
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Future Farmers of America is sponsored by Mr. Suggs.
The first meeting is Thursday, September 8th. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month, Chapter Officers, and general meetings the first Thursday.
FFA is the student organization for agriculture students. The dues are $17 for the year. We will have Chapter meetings once a month and judging practice, working on projects and in the green house at least once a week. Tuesdays we will meet from 2:00 – 3:00 for practices(Chapter Officers).
"FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education."
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Japanese Culture Club
The first Thursday of the month from 1:45-2:45, in Mrs. Campagna's room.
Sponsor: Mrs. Campagna
Japanese Culture Club -The purpose of the club is to provide students with opportunities to learn about Japan, it's culture and traditions. The club meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1:45 to 2:45PM
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