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Twenty-three students from the Falcon's team participated in a Fishbowl Science activity through Northern Kentucky University's CINSAM program.  Middle school teachers from Northern Kentucky observed the hands-on lesson, which directly related to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Students were given a variety of unknown solids and liquids with the task of finding what specific combination would make the best hand warmer.  This activity was a relevant review of concepts from a previous unit of study in their 7th grade Science class, and one they thoroughly enjoyed.

Bridge Club

Ockerman students are one of a kind!  All of the crafts were peer led and organized! 

Blind Date with a Book!

Be sure to swing by the library this week for "Blind Date with a Book"!

February Staff of the Month

Congrats to Mrs. Stutler for being February's staff of the month! Next time you see her tell her congrats!


Regional Governor’s Cup Competition Awards

OMS did a great job at Regional Governor's Cup this weekend and the following will be going to state in Louisville in March:

Composition 4th Mendenhall 

                       3rd Kim Furlong

A&H  2nd Charlotte Webster

           5th Audrey Richards

Math   1st Allen Lin

            5th Masaki katagiri

Science 3rd Kaleb Workman

               5th Alan Ditthet

 Social Studies  3rd Darius Klein

                           5th Kaleb Workman

 Language Arts  3rd Charlotte Webster

 Quick Recall  2nd overall

 Ockerman placed 2nd overall behind Conner.  1st-3rd was separated by less than 2 points!

Cooper Boys Track and Field

Any 7th or 8th grade boy interested in track and field at Cooper who will be attending Cooper in the future, practice will begin on Monday February 12 at the Cooper High School track fieldhouse.  You must have a high school KHSAA physical and sign up online at mrv.yolasite.com Practice is every day after school at 2:45-4:15 or as soon as you can arrive at Cooper.


Contact coach Van Laningham or Coach Smith at eric.vanlaningham@boone.kyschools.us or smacfit365@outlook.com if you have any questions

February News Letter

Click here to view February's News letter! 

Archery Tournament

The OMS Hawks Archery team participated in a tournament this weekend and Jenna Gripshover shot a 50 on her first flight at 10 meters. Brinley Herbstreit shot a personal best at 256 and Justin Seiter shot 262. Justin finished 23rd for middle schools boys. Jenna Gripshover shot a 274 and finished in 2nd place for 6th grade girls and 8th place for middle school girls. Overall the team score was 2740.



Intramural Leagues

Ockerman Middle School has 3 Intramural Leagues this year! Remember all paperwork and money is due by February 16th. Find the papers by clicking here or you can click under the Clubs and Activities link and selecting Intramurals.


Team Intramurals will include Basketball, Ultimateball, and Dodgeball.

Intramural Badminton for you and a partner.

Intramural Volleyball beginning after Spring Break.

January Teacher of the Month

January's teacher of the month is Ms. Turner in the 8th grade! If you see her tell her congrats! 

OMS Parents Honored

OMS parents were honored at the BOE meeting on January 11th for their dedication. Great parent participation is one strong point that is provided at OMS





High School Visit

All 8th grade students will soon be receiving field trip permission slips for high school visits. Students will be going to their respective high schools on February 1st for a tour. Students must attend the school in which they are districted to attend in Infinite Campus, according to your address.

Parent Informational Nights will be held at each of the high schools to provide schedule and class information, and for parents to ask questions about the different opportunities available at each school. Parent Informational Sessions will occur on the following nights:

Cooper High School:

Thursday, 2/1/18– 6:30 p.m.

Cooper HS Auditorium

Ryle High School:

Thursday, 1/25/18- 6:30pm

In the large gym at Ryle.

Boone County High School:

Thursday, 2/15/18– 6:30-7:30 p.m.

BCHS Commons (cafeteria)


Tuesday, 2/20/18– 6:30-7:30 p.m.

BCHS Commons (cafeteria)

Cooper Tennis

Any 7th grade to 12th grade boy who is or will be attending Cooper High School and has an interest in trying out for the tennis team, needs to contact Coach Terry Trame by email atterry.trame@boone.kyschools.us by January 17th.

January Newsletter

Click here to view January's Newsletter!

Girls Who Code Club

Attention girls!

We are starting a ‘Girls Who Code’ club at OMS. Where girls will meet to learn about technology, the world of coding, and make lasting friendships. No experience in technology or coding is needed! We will meet Monday’s from 2:45-3:45 in the library starting January 22nd. If you are interested in signing up or want to know more please see Miss. Leah (in the library) by January 18th so we can get permission slips to you and get a head count for our first meeting! You can also click here for a permission slip.


Team Voting
Mrs. Davis' Community Class

This quarter, students in Mrs. Davis' Owls Community class learned about homelessness in the Tri-state. As a part of this unit,  students, lead by Parker Wehrman, organized a sweatpants fundraiser to benifit Fairhaven Rescue Millsion in Covinton.  Today Parker and Zachariah presented a check ($351.85) to Fairhaven and enjoyed a tour of the facility.  We also donated about 100 pairs of socks and underclothes collected by OMS staff.



Immunization Requirements

Below are the new immunzation requirements for elementary, middle, and high schools. You can read them by clicking their links.

Elementary School     Elementary School (Spanish)

Middle School       Middle School (Spanish)

High School        High School (Spanish) 


Girl Scout Club

Looking for a new club to join for the remainder of the school year? How does making forever friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, using your powers for the greater good sound? That’s what being a Girl Scout Cadette is all about. Cadettes can blaze trails in the wilderness, write and direct their own movies, express themselves with confidence, make delicious meals from around the world, mentor younger Girl Scouts, and pick up practical life skills. Try out new experiences and learn new skills as we earn badges together—from Special Agent to Babysitter to Digital Movie Maker and more!

OMS will be starting our very own Girl Scout Club for all girls in grades 6th-8th. We will have our first meeting on Wednesday January 17th from 2:45-3:45 in the OMS cafeteria. The club will meet every Wednesday for nine weeks.

Parents, please be aware that we are looking for volunteers to help with the club. This is a great way to get involved in after school activities with your daughter! Please know that you will need to have a Boone County Schools Background Check completed before attending. The Background check paper work is attached.

If you have any questions please contact Patrick Ryan at Patrick.Ryan@boone.kyschools.us

Click here for Background Check Paperwork


Band Concert

On Wednesday, December 6 – the OMS Bands presented their first performance of the semester.  6 – 8th grade musicians were proud to showcase much of their work since the beginning of the semester for an audience of over 300 spectators.



Staff of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Gittner she is December's Staff of the Month! If you see her tell her congratulations! Thank you for all you do at OMS!


Cincinnati Comedy Sportz

Cincinnati Comedy Sportz performed  for the 8th graders. Comedy Sportz is the award winning, improv comedy show where two teams battle for laughs and audience points! The matches are light-hearted, fast-paced entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Their improv acting teaches students to think on their feet, collaboration, confidence, and communication.


Early Childhood Learning my pre k
Annie Jr. Auditions

Annie Jr. auditions will take place Tuesday, Dec. 5th after school in the cafeteria. Students must bring their audition form and grade sheet to the auditions. 

Click here for the aduition form

Helping the Homeless Mrs. Davis' Homeroom

 Mrs. Davis' homeroom made plarn (yarn out of plastic grocery bags).  The plarn will be used by Mats that Matter to make sleeping mats for the homeless.  This is one activity in their Helping the Homeless community project.

December Hawk's Nest Newsletter

Click here for the Hawk's Nest monthly newsletter!

Kentucky Immunization Requirements doctor
X-Games Champion Matt Wilhelm Visit BMX Visit

X-games champion Matt Wilhelm visited OMS. Students that had more than three magazine sales were able to watch the event today. Thanks Matt for your great message and taking the time out of your busy schedule.



History Reenactor Visit Hat

Deks the living history reenactor visited with the 8th graders today to share artifacts from the Revoulutionary War time period. The students to see what clothing, military uniforms, and other various daily objects looked like back then. Thank you Deks for coming and sharing your passion with OMS. 


Performing Arts & Spanish Collaboration Spanish Dance

Performing Arts & Spanish classes collaborated to learn the cha-cha-cha Latin dance and dance terms in the Spanish language.


3D Printing Club 3D Printing

The district-wide 3D printing club will start again this winter/spring! Students need to complete the brief application, and students will be notified of acceptance/meeting dates after winter break. Meetings will be once per week shortly thereafter.

Click here for the application

Teacher of the Month Pifer

Congratulations to Mrs. Pifer she is October's Teacher of the Month! If you see her in the halls or in the Library tell her congratulations!


Archery Archery

Attention students there are two Archery meetings for students this week, they are on Tuesday and Wednesday until 3:30pm in the cafeteria.

Candy Collection! Candy

Have extra Halloween candy that you want out of your house?!  OMS is collecting candy now through Nov. 9th.  The candy collected will be taken to Marlette Family Dentistry who sends it in care packages to our service women and men as part of the Halloween Candy Buy Back program.  Students can drop off candy in the bins located in the library or on the cafeteria stage. Visit the link below for more information!



Newsletter Newsletter

Click here for The Hawk's Nest monthly newsletter!


Community Time Halloween Carnival

Mrs. Stutler's 8th grade class went on a field trip to Cincinnati Children's Outpaitent center as a community project. The students picked a way to better their community, through student led discussions the students organzied carnival games and treats to hand out the the patients. The students did a great job and made OMS very proud!













Odyssey of the Mind Odyssey of the Mind

Practices will be held at Ockerman immediately afterschool on Tuesdays starting November 7, 2017 in room A-8. 


If anyone is still interested in joining the deadline to join in November 4th.


Ski Club Ski Club

Do you enjoy skiing? Would you like to learn how to ski? If so, join the OMS Ski Club today!

To find out more information Click Here, also check out some awesome pictures below!


Ski Club


Ski Club


Ski ClubSki Club

Energy Team Energy Team

Congrats to the OMS Energy Team and their award winning energy bike! Here they are with the bike at the Governor's Conference on Energy in Lexington.


Energy BikeEnergy Bike

Report Cards Report Cards

Report cards were sent home October 19th

NJHS Induction Ceremony NJHS Induction Ceremony

Induction ceremony for our newest members of the National Junior Honor Society.








Phoenix Math Class Math Class

On the Phoenix Team students in math played a web-based “twenty questions” type game to practice identifying locations of points on the coordinate plane. The record was ONE QUESTION!! (Ask your student to explain how the game was played and what kinds of questions they asked.)


Boone County High School Swim Team

Attention middle school students interested in swimming or diving: the middle school swim and dive seasons will soon be getting underway. If you live in Boone County High School's district and are interested in swimming for the Rebels' middle or high school team, there will be an informational meeting tonight (October, 11th) in the BCHS cafeteria at 7:15. If you will be attending Cooper, Conner or Ryle, please contact their main office for information about their programs.


8th Grade Shirt 8th Grade Shirt

Attention 8th grade students--don't forget to order your 8th grade class t-shirt!  Only $15.  Orders are now through November 3!  See Ms. Magee or Mrs. Wilder for details!

Click here to see the shirt!

Cooper High School Academy of Math and Science

Any 8th graders who will be attending Cooper High School next year and would like to be apart of their Academy of Math and Science click the link below for more details!

Academy of Math and Science

Vote for Kyla!

Kyla Bryson (8th grade) is a varsity cross country runner for Cooper. She was nominated for the Cincinnati Enquirer's high school cross country athlete of the week and is in need of votes. She's currently in 3rd place. 

Everyone can vote 1 time per day until Friday 3pm this week. 

We would appreciate any and all votes. Thank you! Here is the link:



KB 1

KB 2


The OMS NJHS induction ceremony will be held in the OMS cafeteria on Thursday October 19 at 6:30 P.M.  Students (inductees)  will be bringing an invitation flyer home.

Teacher of the Month

The teacher of the month for September is Mr. Randy Franzoi! If you see him in the hallway tell him "Congrats!". Thanks for all you do Mr. Franzoi!


Mr. Franzoi

School and Community Partnership

Student are taking ownership of their role in OMS’s gutsy goal by inviting local NKY business leaders to partner with students and staff. OMS hosted local NKY business leaders in hopes to have a partnership where students can create after school programs that contribute to student and community success. Staying involved in the community is only one way our students look to improve the well-being of everyone around them. Thanks to Larry Banas at Johnstone Supply Company, Gregory Mueller from Mueller Financial, Phyllis Lynch at Minutemen Press, Beth Hinden from Sanctuary of Integration and Wellness, and Gary Lindhurst from Midas Tire & Auto Repair.

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The Hawks Nest

Check out this months newsletter below!

The Hawks Nest

Family Night



On Thursday, October 5th OMS will be holding FAMILY NIGHT from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Come and shop at the Book Fair, watch our talented students perform, eat some yummy food from several Vendors ( Kona Ice, Lita's Tacos (homemade authentic tacos), Pretzelfuls (more than pretzels they have yummy sandwiches of all kinds), & Wicked Hickory, smoked meats/BBQ) and purchase Spirit Wear!  Bring your family and friends, tell your neighbors, and help make it a fantastic night!

Pizza & Pages

This month's Pizza & Pages is right around the corner! If you want to sign up follow the directions below, remember sign up before midnight on 10/10!Pizza & Pages

8th Grade Goals

8th graders went through a goal setting session and ultimately considered the type of college/university they would like to attend after high school.  Each student on the Seahawks team then created a pennant to be able to keep an eye on the prize (military branches also showed up on the pennants).


8th Grade Goals


Staff and students playing a friendly game of handball as a reward. The students earned this reward by persuading a panel of judges that their sport should be at OMS, congrats to those students and great job on your hard work!


Game Day 

Boone County High School Bowling

If you are in the 7th or 8th grade and will be attending Boone County HIgh School, you are invited to try out for their bowling team! Tryouts are October 3rd and 5th. Click on the link below for more information!

Bowling Info.

Odyssey of the Mind

We are holding a parent information meeting for Odyssey of the Mind: 

An Odyssey of the Mind “Awareness Informational Meeting” will be held on

Wednesday, October 4th  at 6:30 pm @ ERPENBECK ELEMENTARY , in the school library.       

Any questions, contact Stephanie Sutter at   Stephanie.sutter@kyfb.com   or visit Kentucky’s Odyssey of the Mind website: www.kyootm.com

Mid-term Grades

Mid-term grade reports for term one are going home with students today 9/25/17.

Careers Class

Mrs. Stephenson’s 8th grade careers class talking with McDonald’s about career opportunities

Mrs. Stephenson’s 8th grade careers class talking with McDonald’s about career opportunitiesMrs. Stephenson’s 8th grade careers class talking with McDonald’s about career opportunities

Community Time

Mrs. Stutler's class has launched Community Time. Her class has elected two leaders to help lead the discussion. This video demonstrates students brainstorming ideas on how OMS can impact our community and world. At OMS, we strive to be the change to better our world. 



Students on the Phoenix team created foldable number lines in math to have a visual representation of the concept of opposite number. They also explored positive and negative numbers in the context of elevation! 


What’s happening in October?

10/2 – 10/6 Book Fair during School

10/5 PTSA Night of the Arts (Book Fair shopping, Food Trucks, other activities) 5:30 – 7:30 PM

10/10 Vision Screenings for 6th & 8th Graders

10/12 Kona Ice during lunch

10/12 End of Term 1

10/12 SBDM Meeting, Library, 5:15 PM

10/13 No School

10/16 No School

10/17 PTSA Skate Night at Florence Fundome 6 to 8 PM

10/18 – 11/10 PTSA Magazine Fundraiser Drive

10/23 – 10/26 Basketball Tryouts

10/25 PTSA Menchie’s Fundraiser Day

10/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 5 to 8 PM

Archery Club

If you woud like to sign up for the OMS Archery Club see Ms.Stalnaker in the gym for an application! They are due October 27th so go see her soon!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is 9/29-10/6!  Students can shop the fair during school hours, in addition there will be a "Family Night", October 5th from 5:30-7:30.  Cash and checks made out to OMS can be used during school hours, credit cards (not pre-paid cards) can also be used during the "Family Night".  You can also shop the Online Fair from 9/22-10/10, all online purchases will be shipped to the school for free. The link is below, happy reading!


Shop Scholastic Book Fair

Gifted and Talented Camp

If you are interested in NKU's Camp Innovation: Pathways To College For Gifted And Talented Youth, follow the link below for dates, times, classes, and how to sign up! Classes are first-come, first-serve so check it out today!


Camp Innovation

Basketball Tryouts

Below is the NEW schedule for basketball tryouts if you have any questions please contact Mr. Finch.

Basketball Tryout Schedule:

Monday 10-23 and Wednesday 10-25

2:45 – 4:45    8th Boys

4:45 – 6:45    7th Boys

6:45 – 8:45    6th Boys

Tuesday 10-24 and Thursday 10-26

2:45 – 4:45    6th Girls

4:45 – 6:45    7th Girls

6:45 – 8:45    8th Girls

You must have a KHSAA Physical on file with Mr. Finch to tryout.  Please note that this is different than a physical for school.  Questions please see Mr. Finch.

Remind Sign-Up Link

If you would like to sign up for important updates from OMS click the link below and sign up today!


Remind Sign-Up 

Ockerman Middle School Clubs and Activities

See the daily announcements for a list of  Clubs and Activities that are available at Ockerman Middle School this year.

Broadway Across America

Once again we are partnering with Broadway Across America to get students discount tickets to Cincinnati Broadway shows! If you would like to purchase tickets follow the link below and enter the promo: EDUCATE to receive discounts! When purchasing tickets please use one of the following browsers: Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome, these browsers work best for purchasing. Enjoy the show!



Daily Announcements

Be sure to check out the Daily Announcements by clicking on the tab on the left hand side of the OMS homepage.



SMILE!  Fall pictures will be held on Wednesday, September 13th.  Order forms will be coming home soon!

Parent Curriculum Night

Ockerman Middle School will be holding our annual Parent Curriculum Night this Thursday evening, August 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Ms. Payne, our Principal, will speak with parents in the cafeteria from 5:00 - 5:50 p.m.  At. 6:00 p.m., parents will be asked to follow their child's schedule beginning with first period. Please have a copy of your child's schedule with you.  You will be in each class for approximately fifteen minutes.

Classroom teachers will discuss class syllabus and review general academic structures and expectations of their course. You may go over the teacher website and review any assignments or projects.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening!


Transportation Department “Rehearsal/Mock Run”

Transporation Announcement:


  • “On Monday, August 14th, the Transportation Department will conduct a community wide rehearsal of all bus routes.  The busses will be running all routes at the regularly scheduled times.  This will include mid-day Kindergarten runs as well as our normal morning and afternoon routes.
  • We hope students and parents will take this opportunity to meet and greet their drivers and become familiar with the stops in their neighborhood.
  • We ask that members of the community take some extra precautions on Monday morning as the busses and some students will be on the streets.
  • Please remember students will be allowed to come on board the bus.  However, we request parents abide by the District Policy of not boarding the bus.”
Solar Eclipse


Important Information about the Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21st, 2017 we will experience a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred over the U.S. mainland since 1979.  A total solar eclipse, which is when the moon completely covers the sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country.  While Boone County is not located in this area, we will still be able to view the partial solar eclipse.

This event will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for our students.  Many of our schools will have special activities or lessons planned for this day to accompany the event.  While this event is extremely exciting for our students, we must also acknowledge the importance of proper eye safety.  While it should be common sense not to stare directly at the sun with your naked eyes, this advice will be even more important during this event.  The eclipse must be viewed only through proper eclipse glasses.  Schools with planned viewing activities will require students to wear proper solar eclipse glasses.

In order to protect our students’ eyes during this event:

  • Students will not participate in any unstructured outdoor activities, including recess
  • Students will be advised to not look directly at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses
  • We will provide additional personnel until 4pm for parents who do not want their children riding the bus during the eclipse.Children who do not ride the bus for that reason will have to be picked up by parents at 4pm.
Camp Hawks

Attention Incoming Sixth Grade Students!  Camp Hawks will be held at OMS on Friday, July 28th, 2017. This is a great opportunity for your child to become familiar with our school and participate in fun games and activities.  Registration is required.  Forms are available in the office.  The fee is $15.00.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 859-282-3240.

Camp Hawks

Attention Incoming Sixth Grade Students!  Camp Hawks will be held at OMS on Friday, July 28th, 2017. This is a great opportunity for your child to become familiar with our school and participate in fun games and activities. You can also FOLLOW THIS LINK to print one at home. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 859-282-3240.


Schedule Pick Up Day

Schedule Pick Up for Grades 6, 7, and 8 will be held on Wednesday, August 9th between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bus transportation and parent portal information will be available, and school fees of $60 can be paid by cash or check at the school.  We look forward to seeing you!

If you are unable to make it on Schedule Pick Up Day, fee payment and schedule pick up only will be available in the OMS office on Monday, August 14th between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.


Volleyball tryouts will be held July 17th, 18th, and 19th. Sixth grade will be 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Seventh and Eighth grade will be 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  You must have a current sports physical on file to participate. Hope to see  you there!

2017 School Supply Lists

2017 School Supply Lists are now available.  Please CLICK HERE to view and print.

Monday, June 26th

The Ockerman Middle School Building and Office will be closed this Monday, June 26th, 2017.  There will be no Summer Scholar Program on this day.  The school will reopen on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00 a.m.   Normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Order Your 2016/2017 Yearbook Today

It's not too late to get your 2016-17 yearbook!  The final deadline to order is July 20th.  You can use the link under the Parent tab (Yearbooks), and the code needed is shown as well.  We only have a few copies left to order, so place those orders quickly!

Blended Learning/Summit Teams Information for 2017-18


Information about the new Blended Learning teams is now available on our website.  This includes an overview of the Blended Learning platform from Mr. Poiry, an explanation of the parent portal and how to monitor student progress, how the 1:1 mentoring works and what PLT time is.  Follow THIS LINK to view more, or you can find a new "Blended Learning/Summit" tab on our home page.

New Principal Announced for 2017-18 School Year

Darla PayneLast week, your SBDM Council had the privilege of interviewing several outstanding candidates for the position of Principal at Ockerman Middle School.  On behalf of the entire council, we are excited to announce that Ms. Darla Payne has been selected to fill the position.  We are confident that Ms. Payne has the instructional leadership skills and contagious commitment to student achievement that will help us continue the tremendous growth and success we have recently enjoyed. 

Thank you for your feedback, encouragement, and support through this challenging, but exciting selection process!

Important Information About the 2017-18 School Year at OMS

This full article will provide parents with information about:

- Courses being offered at OMS for high school credit
- Upcoming World Language offerings
- New blended learning teams
- Rosetta Stone 

Click the link below to read the full article.