It feels as though we’ve arrived at winter break in the blink of an eye. We get caught up in the day to day planning and grading and grading and planning and here we are, another school year nearly half way complete. Looking back on the school year so far, I can say our students are making strides, pursuing excellence, and rising to the expectations we set for them – in record numbers.
In terms of athletic and extra-curricular eligibility, we have 11% more students eligible and they’re taking advatage of it. We have almost as many students participating as athletes in the fall and winter seasons as we had in all three seasons last year (995 student-athletes in two seasons in 2014-15 compared to 1,003 in all three seasons in 2013-14). This fall 142 student-athletes earned Baltimore County All Academic Honors and 109 of those students earned MPSSAA Minds in Motion recognition by maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or higher as a student-athlete.
Music students from each of our ensembles – band, orchestra, and chorus – qualified for County Honors ensembles. Our Theater students put on an outstanding performance of Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and now they are preparing for Shrek, The Musical – don’t miss it! Students represented OMHS as scientists learning at the Columbus Center, as ambassadors at Model UN, as caring neighbors with Adopt-a-Family, and as good friends visiting a classmate in the hospital. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities you provide for our students and allowing them to meet and exceed expectations at every turn.
As 2014 comes to a close, I hope you’ll find time during this winter break to rest, relax, and reflect on all that you, your students, family, and friends have accomplished. Here’s a quick review of our world in 2014 from the folks at Google: http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Google-Year-Search-2014-36284320 Enjoy!
Many fond wishes for good health, happiness, and relaxation during winter break and 2015!