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Hello from all of us at Orchard Hills School!

At OHS our mission is to plan, implement, and evaluate rigorous and engaging tasks for students that are aligned across grades and levels within a restorative environment. Thus, all students will be more authentically engaged in collaborative learning that challenges their ability levels. They will develop a stronger understanding of academic and social practices necessary for college/career readiness. As a community we strive to ensure that our school will be a safe, orderly and caring place that supports and promotes student learning and positive relationships.

Our Pledge:  As OHS Eagles we care for others, we act responsibly, we show respect,
and we never settle for less than our best!

Thank you,  Dr. Cliff Dudley, Principal

Orchard Hills News

Dr. Dudley's Message Home - Friday, May 3rd
  • Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for reading and math starting May 7.
  • Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm.
  • Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7th, and School Nurse Day is May 8th.
  • Congratulations to:

*Gr. 5 students who represented OHS at the city spelling bee – Shea Pangu (school winner) & Mathew Rozzi (school alternate)

*OHS Student Leadership Team, Safety Patrol, and Litter Patrol who were all nominated for Mayor’s Youth Award

*Classroom Respect Stars:Sean Scalzi/Jace Alamo, Emilia Krzywosz/Juliana Torres Parra, Ayden Rosa, Max Fischetti, Rilynn Zayas, Ethan Macri, Tyler Corris, Christopher Beers, Vera Semanchik, Zachary Lagasse, Jason Zuraw, Meadow Kaufman, Hayden Holthaus, Jacob Charlesworth, Joe Meade, Jack Henkel, Erva Ozhan

*OHS Respect Ambassadors:Brendan Auscavitch & Alexandra Capozzi

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Dr. Dudley's Message - April 26th
  • OHS Talent Show in gym at 7pm tonight!
  • Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for reading and math starting May 7.
  • Congratulations to Derek Macri in Gr. 5. He was recognized at the South Central Area Superintendents’ Association Award Luncheon today for his service and achievements.
  • As the weather gets warmer students will be outside more often. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately; sandals & “flip-flops” are not the safest footwear for outdoor activity.
  • Students may bring water bottles into class, but no soda or sticky juices.
  • Congratulations to the OHS PTA. It is being honored by the honored by the CT PTA for growth in membership this year!
  • Please be sure contact information on your child is current. We have had several instances where we found incorrect/outdated phone numbers when trying to reach a student’s parent.
  • Upcoming Events:

*April 30:Gr. 5 City Wide Spelling Bee (winners from each school) – City Hall, 7pm

*May 3 Respect Stars Assembly

*May 6: Orientation Night for Incoming 6th Graders and Their Families, 6:30pm at ESMS!

*May 8 & 9:Plant Sale

*May 10:Gr. 5 Art field trip

*May 14: Gr. 5 visit to ESMS

*May 15:Gr. 4 & 5 Spring Concert (7pm) Attire:Girls = white shirt, black skirt or pants, shoes/sneakers; Boys = white shirt, black pants, shoes/sneakers, tie (optional)

*May 16: Gr. 4 field trip

  • Upcoming Parent Universities:

1. Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know: open to all parents – Tuesday, April 23rd 6-7pm at Foran High School Auditorium  Vaping Presentation.pdf

2. Financial Planning for Post-Secondary: open to all parents as - Thursday, April 25 6-7:30pm at Parsons Auditorium  Financial Planning Flyer 2019.pdf

Read More... about Dr. Dudley's Message - April 26th
Upcoming Important Dates May and June, 2019

Friday, May 3rd - Respect Star Assembly - 2:30PM.

Monday, May 6th ESMS 5th Grade Open House 6:30PM.

Wednesday and Thursday, May 8th and 9th - Mother's Day Plant Sale.

Tuesday, May 14th - 5th Grade visit Middle Schools.

Wednesday, May 15th OHS Spring Concert 7PM in gym.

Thursday, May 16th - Volunteer Tea 8:20AM.

Friday, May 17th - Up and Out Dance 6:00PM.

Tuesday, May 21st - 5th Grade DARE Graduation 2PM.

Wednesday, May 22nd - 1:25PM Early Dismissal.

Monday, May 27th Memorial Day - no school.

Wednesday, May 29th 5th Grade Colonial Day.

Thursday, May 30th - Field Day (May 31st rain date.)

Read More... about Upcoming Important Dates May and June, 2019
Dr. Dudley's Message Home - Friday, April 5th
  • ‘Thank You’ to the PTA and all the volunteers who helped make our Spring Book Fair a success.
  • As part of the district plan to provide Grade 5 students with Chromebooks, there will be informational sessions at schools for parents of students in Grade 5. The OHS family session will be on April 10th at 6pm at OHS. Please read the attached Gr. 5 Chromebook Invite.docx 
  • Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for reading and math in May. Please read the attached letter from the Assistant Superintendent for further information.SBA Letter to Parents.docx 
  • Schools will be close for Spring Vacation from April 15 through April 19.
  • Grade 2 Field Trip on April 22.
  • We have been having issues with unkind comments between students, with many of these issues arising from the online games & videos. Please partner with us and review with your child what constitutes appropriate talk between peers.
  • As the weather gets better, more students tend to walk to school. Please exercise extra caution when driving by the school at entrance and dismissal times.
  • Handicapped parking spots are reserved for people with permits, or who need to drop off a child with an injury.
  • Other Upcoming Events:

*April 11: Grade 5 will be hosting Poetry For Parents at 2pm. Please let teacher know if you can attend.

*April 22:Spring After School Program starts at OHS

*April 22:Middle School Art Show opens 5:30pm at Parsons

*April 26:OHS Talent Show in gym at 7pm. Application forms were sent home and are available through Facebook

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