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Ten OMSD Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Award

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson presented ten schools from the Ontario-Montclair School District with their Golden Ribbon Award during the California School Recognition Program Regional Awards Ceremony for Southern California.

The District is proud to celebrate: Berlyn Elementary School, Buena Vista Arts-integrated School, Edison Elementary School, Elderberry Elementary School, Howard Elementary School, Kingsley Elementary School, Lehigh Elementary School, Monte Vista Elementary School, Ramona Elementary School, and Sultana Elementary School.

Congratulations to each of these ten schools, including their students, staff, parents, and communities.


Middle School Track and Field Event

The new Ontario High School stadium was filled with over 400 Ontario-Montclair School District’s middle school students competing in the District’s Track and Field Event.   Students and coaches were excited and ready to compete in eight events under the lights and on the new high school track.  Taking home team trophies at the end of the night were: De Anza’s 7 Grade Girls; Wiltsey’s 7th Grade Boys and 8th Grade Girls; and Edison’s 8th Grade Boys.   Every runner displayed sportsmanship and strong character.  Congratulations to all!


OMSD Rising Stars

OMSD recently hosted its 2nd Annual “Rising Star” Dinner.  This special event recognizes students who have worked with their school Mentor and have made a positive change, which has made an impact on their school experience.  These students are on the road to success.

During this wonderful evening, 41 students, from every school, were recognized by District Mentors as “Rising Stars”.  Students were presented with plaques, certificates, t-shirts, and a Rising Star pin. Over 250 family and staff members took part in the celebration to honor these well-deserving students. Congratulations to the 2016 “Rising Stars!”


District Cross Country Event

The 3rd Annual Cross Country event brought over 400 students to the Briggs Education Center for a morning of fun and competition.

The first race of the day was for Special Needs students, who participated with the assistance of Briggs Center employees.  Following, there were four races for the general education students (7th grade boys and girls; 8th grade boys and girls). 

At the end of all the competition, Serrano Middle School was awarded the top team prize; Edison GATE Academy earned second place; and Wiltsey Middle School took home the third place plaque.

Congratulations to all participants, coaches, parents and schools.  Thank you to District Office personnel for assisting students and to Melissa Scotti, Stacia Neer, and Wanda Rhodes, along with the leadership of Coordinator Wayne Bradley for organizing the extraordinary event.  Another thank you to the City of Ontario’s Police Department and Public Works Department for closing and securing the streets for our students.

Thank You Promise Scholars Donors

Over 160 guests helped celebrate Promise Scholars’ 2015-16 accomplishments at the 5th Annual Partner & Donor Appreciation Event. The event marked the fourth year of programming, nearly 9,000 K-12 students and 1,300 parents were served this school year.

Hosted by the Cardenas Family the event highlighted the roles of key volunteers and partner organizations and businesses, including Cardenas Markets, Inland Empire United Way, AllStar Kia, the City of Ontario, Southern California Edison, HMC Architects, John Elway’s Crown Toyota, Bank of America, Southern California Gas Company, Kaiser Permanente, The Community Foundation of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Credit Union of Southern California, Image 2000, Ontario-Montclair School Employees Federal Credit Union, Soroptimist International of Montclair/Inland Valley, and the Building Industry Association-Baldy View Chapter.  The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre was honored as a Key Champion.

Promise Scholars Student Advisory Council members (high school students from Chaffey, Ontario and Montclair High) welcomed guests and staffed information booths at the event. Special guest, Gary Ovitt, Chaffey College Board of Trustees Member, was recognized for being a founding partner in Promise Scholars.



Robot Battle!

Over 300 Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) students came together to compete in the District’s Annual Robot Rally held at Vineyard STEM Magnet School.  Students were engaged in testing their robots against one another in friendly competition.  This Rally was the perfect opportunity for teams to make adjustments to their robots prior to the upcoming Robotic Rally at Cal Poly Pomona.  OMSD students from Vineyard STEM, Lincoln, Corona, Euclid, Sultana, and Edison have been working over the past several months to program their Lego Robotics to compete in several different robotics competitions including The Sumo Challenge, Follow the Line, and Obstacle Course.

Chess Tournament!

Oaks Middle School’s MPR was filled with quiet tension as students competed in the District’s Annual Chess Tournament.  Students’ chess skills were put to the test as they battled each other for the title.  Congratulations to Fabian Becerra, El Camino Elementary for winning the 2/3 Grade Division; Luis Avila, Central Language Academy, for winning the 4/5 Grade Division; and Luis Perez, Vine Dansk Middle School, for taking the 6/7/8 Grade Title.


Arizona Cardinal Safety Deone Bucannon and Chicago Bear Marquess Wilson visited Lincoln and Mariposa Elementary Schools to encourage and motivate students.  They reminded students that education is the key to success, but respect and responsibility are an important part of everyday life.  Students were fascinated and very attentative.  Thank you Deone and Marquess for sharing part of your day with OMSD.

Middle School Congress

Over 80 students and staff representing all six middle schools and three K-8 schools gathered at the Briggs Education Center to learn how the current Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals and actions support learning and student engagement. Students participated in thought provoking discussions, guided by district and site facilitators, on what instructional supports and resources would benefit them to accelerate their academic growth.  Students gave input into all five LCAP District goals and provided written comments to the Superintendent on ideas and supports they feel would enhance their educational experience at Ontario-Montclair School District.  Thank you to all students and staff who participated!

Annual Parent Leadership Conference

Over 430 parents, community members, teachers, and administrators participated in the District’s Annual Parent Leadership Conference. The variety of sessions offered to parents included: individual and family empowerment, California Content Standards, technology, special education, parenting, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), and parent leadership. Special guest presenters were featured, including the keynote presenter, Consuelo Kickbush, who gave a heartfelt and passionate talk dedicated to helping families connect with their culture and supporting their child to be successful in school. Also, Dr. Roberto Vargas presented three full sessions on family empowerment.  Delightful students entertained all participants. Everyone enjoyed performances from student groups representing Vina Danks Middle School, Serrano Middle School, Mission Elementary School and Hawthorne Elementary School.

Enjoy highlights from Buena Vista Arts-integrated and the Arts Conservatory at Vernon Middle School’s production of the “Lion King Jr.”

Parent District Advisory Representatives Attend CABE 2016!

The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) hosted its Annual Conference in San Francisco in March 2016. Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) sent representatives from the various district parent advisory groups. The process of selection for parents to attend was gathered from each participating advisory group. Parents were given the opportunity to complete an interest form and a random drawing determined which parents attended. Parents who attended CABE enjoyed a variety of presentations and workshops that inspired them to come back and share their newly acquired information with other parents at both the district and site levels. Parents were excited to meet State Superintendent Tom Torlakson!

OMSD Students Demonstrate Their O.U.T.S.T.A.N.D.I.N.G. Skills

OMSD is committed to providing a world-class education to all students; and on Saturday, February 20th, 25 students proudly demonstrated the rewards of that commitment at the 8th Annual OMSD Spelling Bee. Oaks Middle School hosted the event, which showcased the school site Spelling Bee winners from each of the participating elementary and middle schools in the Ontario-Montclair School District and prepared them for the upcoming Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held on March 5, 2016 at Mt. San Antonio College.

Following one vocabulary round and  15 rounds of a very challenging spelling competition, including a head-to-head competition with Kimberlyn Edwards from Buena Vista Arts-integrated School, Austin Leong, a 4th grade student at Monte Vista Elementary, was named the winner.

OMSD congratulates all of the site winners and cheers them on as they continue on to the Regional Spelling Bee:  Isabella Herrera (Arroyo), Vivian Valadez (Berlyn), Amani Arredondo (Bon View), Kimberlyn Edwards (Buena Vista), Nadya Hernandez (Central), Jael Aguilar (Del Norte), James Lindstrom (Edison), Jenefer Lor
(El Camino), Kahliyah Thomas (Hawthorne), Julien Ledesma (Haynes), Grace Bui-Luu (Howard), John Aschenbrener (Kingsley), Lily Dixon (Lincoln), Jason Roush (Mission), Austin Leong (Monte Vista), Brian Nguyen (Montera), Delana Nunez (Moreno), Karina Quinones (Ramona), Juan Sifuentes (Sultana), David Garcia (Vineyard), Nicholas Sin (Vista Grande), Dmitri Lopez (De Anza), Robert James De Vera (Oaks), Anna Nguyen (Serrano), Kyle Aniel (Vina Danks), Andre Jones (Wiltsey).

Ontario-Montclair School District’s Annual Science Fair

Over 250 projects from grades TK-8 were on display for families to enjoy at the Ontario-Montclair School District’s Annual Science Fair.  Students who earned their spot at this community event had projects that showcased creativity, innovation, and an understanding of scientific and engineering principles.  While all students were able to bring their projects to Oaks for judging, students in 6th-8th grades had the added experience of being interviewed by the judges.  Middle school students came dressed professionally, and handled themselves with poise and confidence as they answered the judges' questions about their projects. 

OMSD was honored to have professionals throughout the community volunteer to judge our student's projects and speak with our students.  While students of all grades were able to win medals and trophies, the judges worked as a team to select 23 winners from grades 4-8 that will move on to represent the district at the RIMS County Science and Engineering Fair.  Student groups from Cal Poly Pomona such as the Society of Women Engineers, Transportation Engineers, and STEM majors were among the judges.  They worked hand in hand with other science and engineering professionals, as well as high students and teachers from Ontario High School and Chaffey High School.  OMSD’s esteemed board members, Trustee Samuel Crowe and Trustee Maureen “Moe” Mendoza helped judge the projects as well.  The judges were amazed at the high quality of student work.  A few judges are even looking forward to helping mentor students as they improve their projects before bringing them to the RIMS County Fair in April.

After judging, the public viewing of projects brought over 500 people to Oaks to look at all of the fantastic science and engineering work.  At the awards ceremony, the audience heard from Julia Walls, an OMSD student who not only won at the RIMS County level, but went on to compete at the state level Science Fair.  Families also learned about cutting edge robotics technologies from Lyle Travernier of NASA JPL.  Finally, Joel Greene of Curiosity Quest, reminded students to always be curious and ask questions about the world around them.

In all, this was fun community event in which families, students, and schools came together to support the Sciences and our talented OMSD students.


State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Visits OMSD Schools

 OMSD Board Members, staff, and students were honored to welcome California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as he visited our Vineyard STEM Magnet School and De Anza Middle School.  

Since 2010, Mr. Torlakson has served as chief of the California’s public school system and has expressed his passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.  During his visit to OMSD, he toured Vineyard STEM Magnet School where he witnessed STEM students using robotics, computer classrooms, learning gardens and science labs.

Next, State Superintendent Torlakson traveled to De Anza Middle School where he was interviewed by students Mr. Torlakson talked to students about becoming 21st Century learners and citizens, as well as how to become college and career ready. Following the interview, De Anza students proudly shared their campus with him.

Second Annual Rube Goldberg Challenge

OMSD hosted the Second Annual Rube Goldberg Challenge at Serrano Middle School.  The OMSD Rube Goldberg Challenge is a district wide competition that challenges teams of students to compete in designing and engineering the most elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine.  A Rube Goldberg Machine is a complicated contraption that uses a series of steps to accomplish a very simple task.   This year’s task was to open an umbrella.  Congratulations to Vineyard STEM Magnet School for winning the Rube Goldberg Championship! Congratulations to  De Anza Middle School for winning the Creativity Award and to Howard Elementary School for winning the Collaboration Award!!

Monte Vista Water District Aides OMSD in Promoting Water Efficiency

The Monte Vista Water District (MVWD) presented the OMSD Board of Trustees a check in the amount of $34,064 to assist in funding the replacement of hundreds of toilets, urinals, and aerators with more water-efficient models.  The funds are from a MVWD grant that assist local public agencies in reducing water use.


Student Poets

Annually, the District hosts a Poetry Day which offers an opportunity for students throughout the District to write and recite their own poems in a public event. The integration of poetry in classroom instruction helps our students to meet the challenges of Common Core.   At the October 1st Board Meeting, several talented student poets recited their poems and were recognized by the Board of Trustees

The Parent Educational Center (PEC) opened their doors to our parents, community members, and education partners during their Open House on September 28, 2015!  

During the Opening Ceremony, the District and Board President, Maureen ’Moe’ Mendoza initiated the event. Deputy Consul, Hugo Rene Oliva Romero, was honored to present certificates to parents who have completed the Plazas Comunitarias elementary and secondary education program offered in partnership with the Mexican Consulate. Other external groups were recognized for their partnership with the center, such as Chaffey Adult School and San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Carmen Beck, on behalf of Ted Alejandre, Superintendent of San Bernardino County, donated over 300 books to the center!

Guests enjoyed light refreshments and a tour of the PEC and learned about class offerings.  A special thank you to our education partners:  San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Chaffey Adult School, EL Sol, and the San Bernardino Mexican Consulate. Special thanks to all our parent volunteers who worked so hard to make this event spectacular!

Great News!  OMSD’s Promise Scholars is being recognized by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  This Initiative recognizes “Bright Spots” in Hispanic Education from across the nation and Promise Scholars is being honored as one of only two “Bright Spots” in San Bernardino County.

As a “Bright Spot”, the Promise Scholars Program is part of a national online catalog that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanic students.

Click here to read the Press Release for more information.

Kinder Go Early Literacy

Ontario’s Ovitt Family Community Library is working collaboratively with OMSD to help promote early literacy.  Representatives from the City of Ontario will be visiting all of the kindergarten classes in Ontario to read the book Beekle and deliver a goody bag for each child that will include a library card.  Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Reporter David Allen is supporting the program and recently read to students at Sultana Elementary School. On October 10th, the Ontario City Library will host the first annual Kindergarten Resource Fair which will showcase a number of community resources, as well as the Caldecott Award winning author, Dan Santat.

OMSD Reviews Wellness Policy

The Ontario-Montclair School District’s Board of Trustees is currently in the process of reviewing the District’s Wellness Policy (BP 5030). The revision of the OMSD WELLNESS POLICY was made possible with the support and contributions from over 90 percent of elementary and middle school principals, several elementary administrators, classroom teachers, Family and Collaborative Services, Dairy Council of California, Kids Come First, Health Advisors, elementary school parents, Learning and Teaching, Think Together, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools' NEOP, and Food and Nutrition Services. The goal of revising the policy is to meet the needs of our students and community as it relates to nutrition, exercise, and overall well-being.

The most significant recommendations for changes to the wellness policy includes adding or revising language in the following areas:

    Providing healthier options for breakfast, lunch and supper
    Incorporating food/nutrition into the academic curriculum (e.g. Harvest of the Month)
    Raising awareness of various wellness practices, including the use of healthier foods
    Eliminating the use of food as a reward
    Prohibiting discipline that specifically withholds physical activity
    Discouraging the use of food for fundraising activities, particularly the use of non-
      nutritious foods

The Board will consider the revised policy for first reading on September 10.  The Board will then receive the revised policy for second reading and possible adoption on October 1.


Four OMSD Schools Receive State Recognition

Buena Vista Arts-integrated School; Edison Elementary School; Elderberry Elementary School, and Monte Vista Elementary School were chosen by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as 2014 Honor Roll recipients!  

This campaign is known for it’s extensive and rigorous analysis of every public school throughout California. These schools stood out among the thousands because of their success to get students to higher levels of achievement and beyond.


University of La Verne Joins Promise Scholars Team

The Ontario-Montclair School District and Chaffey Joint Union High School District are partnering with the University of La Verne to expand services through the Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars Program.  A signing ceremony was held at the University of La Verne on Friday, May 8, 2015 to mark the occasion.  Dr. Devorah Lieberman, University of La Verne President, Mat Holton, Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent, and Dr. James Q. Hammond, Ontario-Montclair School District Superintendent signed the Promise Scholars agreement to expand services for OMSD student.

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Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Make The
1st Annual Promise Scholars Golf Tournament
A Great Success!

Corona Elementary School is Now a Member of the No Excuses University Network of Schools!

Corona Elementary School has earned membership to the No Excuses University Network of Schools. To earn this recognition, Corona School demonstrated a commitment to college readiness and through efforts to ensure all children meet standards in reading, writing and math, no matter their challenges. Corona Elementary now is part of a growing No Excuses Network of Schools across the country.

Congratulations Corona Elementary School.


Four OMSD Schools Receive State Recognition

Buena Vista Arts-integrated School; Edison Elementary School; Elderberry Elementary School, and Monte Vista Elementary School were chosen by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as 2014 Honor Roll recipients!  

This campaign is known for it’s extensive and rigorous analysis of every public school throughout California. These schools stood out among the thousands because of their success to get students to higher levels of achievement and beyond.


OMSD to Provide Summer Meals

All students attending a summer program will receive delicious meals at no cost provided by our wonderful Food and Nutrition Services Department. 

OMSD will also be providing summer meals free of charge for any child (ages 1 -18 years) at a variety of school sites and community centers. 

Please click here for more information (dates/times) on Summer Meals at School Sites

Please click here for more information (dates/times) on Summer Meals at Community Centers

Kingsley Elementary School Celebrates being a Music Conservatory

The wall that sits front and center in Kingsley Elementary School’s quad is now home to an artistic rendering of the school mascot, Leo the Lion, serving as a music conductor while students sing and play their instruments.  The mural is a fitting backdrop to the mix of musical talent and student performances that take place on the stage as the school celebrated the culmination of their first year as a music conservatory.

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Step into California History

There is no better way to learn about our rich California history than to experience it. That is precisely what the OMSD eighth grade students did. On May 3, 2015, one hundred sixty-eight OMSD eighth grade students and twenty OMSD teacher and mentor chaperones set out for a five day field trip to Sacramento and San Francisco. Day one was spent traveling in luxury charter busses to Sacramento. In the evening the group went to the movie theater to see “Little Boy”. On day two students took a private tour of our State Capitol Building and traveled to Old Town Sacramento where they toured the historic city. Read more... 



Multilingual Recognition Awards

Congratulations to Arlene Rodriguez (Central Language Academy Principal), Isabel Santos (Vernon Middle School Newcomer Teacher), Silvia Vargas (Paraprofessional), Lourdes Mendoza (Parent Volunteer) and Soledad Franco (Administrative Assistant, Learning & Teaching) for being honored during the San Bernardino County Superintendent Of Schools Multilingual Recognition Dinner.  This annual recognition program promotes the quality of education for language learners by celebrating the dedication of individuals who have made a difference in the lives of students and families.

Rising Stars

OMSD hosted its first Annual “Rising Star” recognition ceremony. This fantastic event was created to recognize students who have experienced a variety of challenges in their lives which have had an initial impact on their academic growth and school behavior.  However, through hard work, perseverance, and guidance, these students have “turned a corner” and are now on a path to academic growth and success.

District Mentors recognized students for taking charge of their lives and making a positive future for themselves.  Over 250 family and staff members joined the celebration to honor these wonderful students.

Congratulations to the 2015 “Rising Stars”!

University of La Verne Joins Promise Scholars Team

The Ontario-Montclair School District and Chaffey Joint Union High School District are partnering with the University of La Verne to expand services through the Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars Program.  A signing ceremony was held at the University of La Verne on Friday, May 8, 2015 to mark the occasion.  Dr. Devorah Lieberman, University of La Verne President, Mat Holton, Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent, and Dr. James Q. Hammond, Ontario-Montclair School District Superintendent signed the Promise Scholars agreement to expand services for OMSD student.

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Over 200 Vineyard STEM students and Euclid Elementary students came together for the second annual OMSD Robotics Rally held at Vineyard School.  Students were engaged in testing their robots against one another in a series of team competitions. This battle gave our OMSD robotics teams the opportunity to make adjustments to their robots’ design and revisions to their programming prior to the upcoming Robotics Rally at Cal Poly Pomona on May 8th.  At this upcoming Rally, OMSD students will challenge other robotics teams from across the Inland Valley.  Read More...


OMSD Hosts 2nd Annual Cross Country Event

The 2nd Annual Cross Country event brought over 400 students to the Briggs Education Center for a morning of fun and competition.  The morning began with over 40 special needs students racing, with the assistance of staff, through the streets in the surrounding neighborhood.  Every special needs student finished the route to the cheers of other students encouraging them.  Once they crossed the finish line, each received a medal.

There were four heats for the general education students (7th grade boys and girls; 8th grade boys and girls). 

At the end of all the competition, Edison GATE Academy was awarded the top team prize; Vernon and Wiltsey tied for second; and Oaks and Vina Danks tied for third.

Congratulations to all participants, coaches, parents and schools.  Thank you to District Office personnel for assisting students and to the Aspiring Administrators Group (Melissa Scotti, Stacia Neer, Wanda Rhodes, Maria Dunlap, Michelle McMahon, and Armando Arredondo) , along with the leadership of TOA Wayne Bradley for organizing the extraordinary event.  Another thank you to the City of Ontario’s Police Department and Public Works Department for closing and securing the streets for our students.

OMSD Schools Attend Vertical Team Teacher Conference

April 21, 2015, several schools, Arroyo, Corona, Del Norte, Mariposa, and Wiltsey, held the first Vertical Team Teacher Conference.   The purpose of this conference was to bring teachers together from TK-8th grades to begin discussions around universal best practices that would support our students to be College and Career Ready.  Common Core, as part of our huge educational shift, has ushered in a deeper level of instructional practices, in addition to the need to explore new models where teachers work collaboratively to strengthen their students and their practice.   April 21st was a huge success as teachers were able to reacquaint themselves with long time colleagues, as well as meet new colleagues.  Teachers’ ideas were captured and will later lead to continued planning to launch a systematic process of instructional practices starting from TK through 8th grade to support the success of our students.

The Board of Trustees Recognized Six OMSD Alumni as “2015 Models of Excellence” 

The District’s Excellence Campaign is a celebration of OMSD alumni who serve as models of excellence for our students by continuing to give back to our community through their service.


Congratulations and thank you to the 2015 Recipients:  Richard Delman, Maribel Garnica, Richard Hurtado, Fabian Martin, G. Michael Milhiser, and Michael Vo.

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Stephanie Owens, an OMSD Teacher on Assignment, has been named Agatha Christie Master Teacher of the Year!

The Agatha Christie Master Teacher Search is a competition in which a middle school teacher of Agatha Christie’s works is selected to create an original lesson plan and teaching materials for an Agatha Christie novel, and teach a video-taped master lesson.

As The Master Teacher, Stephanie will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500, a trip for two to England to attend events during the annual International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay, Devon in September and a visit to Agatha Christie’s estate at Greenway. She will also receive tickets to The Mousetrap in the West End, a school cash prize of $2,500 and a complete set of Agatha Christie’s books.

LCAP Season Continues!

An important part of the development of our Local Control Accountability Plan includes gathering input from our stakeholders.  Who better to give input than our primary clients…OUR STUDENTS!  On Wednesday, March 18th ninety student representatives, from our nine schools with 8th grade students, gathered in our first LCAP Student Congress.  Dr. Byrd presented information about the LCAP, including the eight state priorities and the Local Control Funding Formula, to our student ambassadors.  Draft goals were presented to these young adults and then the students generated feedback about what was working at their school as well as giving ideas for improvement.  The students actively engaged in the discussion around each goal and provided earnest input about how to help the district to create action plans to impact the education of the children in the district.  It was an amazing group of thoughtful students in action in OMSD.  Thank you to the students and staff at the sites that helped to make this first effort to gain stakeholder input from our students a resounding success!   


OMSD's Annual Spelling Bee

At OMSD's 7th Annual Spelling Bee, students from 1st grade through 8th grade, representing 25 elementary and middle schools, matched their spelling talents in a robust competition that went 46 rounds.

After two and a half hours, Montera Elementary School 6th grade student, Anna Nguyen, was crowned OMSD's Spelling Bee Champion. Anna, along with all other 24 competitors, will have the opportunity to represent the Ontario-Montclair School District at the San Bernardino County level competition being held at Mount San Antonio (Mt. Sac) College. Good luck to all! 

Congratulations De Anza Middle School! 

De Anza Middle School was one of only seven exemplary middle-grades schools in the State of California to be named a “School to Watch” as part of a recognition and improvement program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.   Recently, Board Members Alfonso Sanchez, Sam Crowe, and Elvia Rivas traveled with De Anza Middle School staff members to receive this honor in Sacramento.

Congratulations to all of the De Anza Middle School community; you are indeed a “School to Watch”.

Congratulations to the Arroyo Community for their Recent Authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School!

Arroyo is pleased to offer the IB Primary Years Programme to students and families in the Ontario-Montclair School District and beyond.    Arroyo teachers have been planning, writing and implementing their IB units of study, which encourage students to inquire and critically think about the world in which we live.  Action is an important component of the IB Programme, and students have been engaged in taking positive action in our community and beyond.  Recently, Arroyo fourth and fifth grade students participated in a field study about water waste. They created an action plan for water conservation and implemented changes in a neighborhood yard and garden, presenting their plan to the homeowners. Read more...

Congratulations De Anza Middle School

The De Anza Middle School community came together to celebrate the announcement of De Anza being named a “Schools to Watch --  Taking Center Stage” Model Middle School.  De Anza is one of only seven schools in the state of California to receive this recognition.  De Anza will be formally recognized in Sacramento in February and will showcase their accomplishments during the California League of Schools’ Annual Conference.  Congratulations De Anza Middle School Community!!! 

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100 District Families Received A Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast

As an International Baccalaureate School, Bon View seeks to instill in our students a world view that encompasses the attitude of care and empathy for others. On November 22nd, we had the honor of hosting a very special event that embodied these ideals of care and empathy, the Viramontes Family’s Annual Thanksgiving Meal Gift. As coordinated by Bon View’s Outreach Consultant, Shawnna Viramontes, the event provided one hundred district families with a Thanksgiving meal, complete with all side dishes, dessert, beverages and a huge turkey. “This year we were blessed to be able to distribute meals to students attending five different OMSD schools: Bon View, Edison, Sultana, Euclid and Haynes,” shared Mrs. Viramontes. This event was created by Mr. Pablo Viramontes as a living memorial to his son, Daniel, who passed away in 2009.  Mr. Viramontes chose to help families in need through this annual meal give away because he wanted to keep the memory of his son alive. The event started in 2010 with the distribution of 10 meals to Bon View families and 10 meals to Oak Park Elementary school in Fontana, where Pablo’s brother Antonio is the Principal. Each year since its inception the event has grown. This year the event provided 200 complete meals, 100 to our OMSD families and 100 to families in the Fontana Unified School District.

Traditionally, the Viramontes immediate and extended family have organized and distributed the meals. Joining in this year’s event were several volunteers from the Ontario Police Department and their family members who were touched by Pablo’s story at a recent LEO fundraiser. All meals were funded by direct contributions from the Viramontes Family as well as additional donations from individuals and organizations such as the Law Enforcement of Ontario group, LEO. “My grandma made the turkey and it was so nice, it fed our whole family of nineteen and we even had some left over,” shared Bon View fourth grader, Isaac Melgoza. Bon View parent Mrs. Rocio Michel expressed her utmost gratitude to the Viramontes family. “We fed our entire extended family of twenty people. I cooked the turkey and all the children helped prepare the meal. I felt so fortunate to be picked to receive this blessing, my whole family felt very special.” Although Mr. Viramontes and the other sponsors sought no recognition for this selfless act we wish to highlight this inspirational event as an example to our students of what care and empathy for others looks like in a real world setting.

OMSD's Inaugural Rube Goldberg Challenge 

The pressure mounted as student ingenuity and creativity was on full display on Saturday, November 22nd for OMSD’s inaugural Rube Goldberg Challenge. The district event, modeled after the international Rube Goldberg Contest, challenged student teams from ten OMSD schools to design and engineer a machine that could erase a chalkboard (or whiteboard). A Rube Goldberg machine is a complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to complete a simple task. Over 250 students participated from Oaks, De Anza, Haynes, Monte Vista, Mission, Sultana, Ramona, Vernon, Vineyard STEM, and Serrano. Cheers of excitement reverberated throughout Linda Vista as Sultana Elementary took home the top prize, the Rube Goldberg Champions Trophy. Serrano Middle School won the award for Best Teamwork and Oaks Middle School won for Most Creative. Many thanks and congratulations to all involved, we hope to see everyone again next year!

Thank you Cardenas Markets, Inc. for your continued support for OMSD
Thank you
Cardenas Markets, Inc. and Public Affairs Director Mr. Marco Robles
for demonstrating the importance of education and commitment to the families of OMSD by providing educational opportunities through philanthropic work.  Cardenas Markets was one of the first donors to the Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation and the Promise Scholars program.  To date, Cardenas Markets is the single largest donor who helped build the Promise Scholars scholarships and demonstrates to other companies and donors the value of the program.  Cardenas Markets supports Promise Scholars events, school site events, and local community events through their monetary contributions, as well as food donations, and many other resources that make these events successful and possible.

Currently, Marco Robles serves as Public Affairs Director for Cardenas Markets and has been invaluable in building the relationship between OMSD and Cardenas Markets. The leadership of Marco Robles, along with his commitment to making a difference for students throughout the Inland Empire has opened doors for further opportunities and a partnership with Cardenas Markets and the OMSD.

We Are Happy to Present Our 2014 Chess Tournament Winners!

The 2014 elementary chess tournament was held this past Saturday at the Montclair Recreation Center.  A big Thank you to the city of Montclair and THINK Together for their assistance with this great event. The event began with 56 students. Students competed in the first round robin contest playing three games with contestants at their table. After the first round, the field was cut to 28 students. Those 28 students then competed in another round robin session. They once again played three games with the contestants at their table. After the second round robin, the field was cut to 14 students. Those 14 students then competed in a single elimination format to cut the field to the final 4. In the end, Emmanuel Peralta from Euclid Elementary was the winner. Congratulation to all the contestants and a special congratulation to Emmanuel! 

1st Place – Emmanuel Peralta (Euclid Elementary)

2nd Place – Charles Gonzales (Moreno Elementary)

OMSD Board of Trustees Honors Wiltsey Middle School

Gaining International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization is a lengthy and time intensive process that involves in-depth staff development, careful instructional planning, and deliberate changes to the school environment.  Wiltsey Middle Staff members took on that challenge and have become an IB World School!  At the September 4th Board of Trustees meeting, a Resolution was unanimously passed honoring Wiltsey Middle School.  Congratulations to the Wiltsey Community!

 Thank You David Choi, Allstar Kia of Pomona and San Bernardino

David Choi, owner of Allstar Kia of Pomona and San Bernardino is a founding donor to the Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation and the Promise Scholars Program.  Mr. Choi’s generosity, including the annual donation of a new Kia Soul to be given away at the Reindeer Run has been instrumental in the growth of the Promise Scholars Program.    Kurt Anderson (on behalf of Mr. Choi and Allstar Kia) accepted recognition from the OMSD Board of Trustees. 

Elementary Music Teachers Encourage Music Participation

To promote and expose elementary students to the arts and to encourage participation in music, the elementary music teachers visited every elementary school and performed a musical skit featuring the music from the popular movie “Frozen”.    OMSD is one of the very few districts who continue to offer music to elementary students.   The Board of Trustees were also entertained by the teachers at the September 4th Board of Trustees meeting.


Promise Scholars Signing Ceremony
Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) participated in a signing ceremony that formally accepted the pledge from California State, Bakersfield to become a Promise Partner to ensure a place in college for all OMSD students and encourage students to pursue a higher education.

The “Promise Partner” education institutions, OMSD, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Chaffey College, California State University, San Bernardino and now California State University, Bakersfield are committed to making college a reality for all OMSD students through the Promise Scholars program.
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Serrano Middle School Recognized Nationally as a School To Watch 

Serrano Middle School was one of 116 exemplary middle-grades schools nationally to be named a “School to Watch” as part of a recognition and improvement program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.   Recently, Board President Elvia M. Rivas and Board Trustee Maureen “Moe” Mendoza traveled with Serrano Middle School staff members to receive this national honor in Washington, DC. 

Congratulations to all of the Serrano Middle School community; you are indeed a “School to Watch”.

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Ontario-Montclair School District
At the 2014
Ontario Independence Day Parade

Meet Our Grammy Music Educator Award 2014 nominee, Eufemio Escalante!

The GRAMMY and Recording Academy Foundation has published their 222 quarterfinalists for Music Educator Award.  Vina Danks Middle School Teacher Eufemio Escalante has been named a quarterfinalist! There were 7,000 initial nominations from all 50 states. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2015. 

Mr. Eufemio Escalante began teaching at Vina Danks Middle School over six years ago in the fall of 2008. As a new teacher, his goal was to restructure and expand the music department, taking into account its great past and hoping to expand its future. After a few years of recruiting and bringing the community together, both the bands and orchestras were doubled in size, along with initiating a project with an afterschool mariachi.  Eventually, teachers, students and parent boosters also helped to create the Folklorico of Vina Danks a new dance class.

Mr. Escalante you are a shining star – Congratulations!!

Ontario-Montclair School District's
First Annual Cross Country Event

If you were in the neighborhood of the District office on May 6, 2014, you may have seen 275 students racing through the streets during our inaugural OMSD Cross Country Event.  With the assistance and collaboration of the City of Ontario Public Works and the Ontario Police Department, General and Special Education students in grades 6 - 8 from eight different schools participated in the fabulous 3k race. The day began with a kick-off race for our wonderful OMSD students with special needs.  Students were escorted by District office staff who joined them in the race.     Each one of these students received a medal for completing the course. Four more competitive heats followed the kick-off race.  Medals were presented to the top six finishers in each race.   Overall times were accumulated and Oaks Middle School took first place, Vernon Middle School was awarded second place, while Vina Danks Middle School took home the third place plaque. This fantastic Cross Country Event was coordinated by the OMSD Aspiring Administrators Group Melissa Scotti, Stacia Neer, and Wanda Rhodes, with the assistance of Wayne Bradley. I would like to thank all staff who participated in making this exceptional event a special day for all the students!

Congratulations to Buena Vista Arts-integrated School

Congratulations to Buena Vista Arts-integrated School for receiving the Title I Academic Achievement Award for the 2013-14 school year.  The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given to schools receiving federal Title I funding.  To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards.  Additionally, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantage students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.  This is no easy task!!  Congratulations to the hardworking staff and students at Buena Vista Arts-integrated School!!!

Recognizing our Student Mentors

The Board of Trustees recognized the Student Mentors and the excellent support they provide to our school sites, and most importantly, to our students.  The Student Mentor program was created in 2011, with the primary intent to promote positive relationships and healthy middle school campuses.  The program has grown and expanded to be district-wide.  Schools have experienced increasing attendance while reducing suspensions since the inception of the Mentor program.  Thank you Student Mentors!   Lead West Region Seth Davis and Lead East Region Mike Garcia;  Mentors: Ryan Escalante (De Anza Middle School); Juvenal Castillo (Oaks Middle School); Anthony Ross (Serrano Middle School); Johnny Dukes (Vernon Middle School); Eric Hernandez (Vina Danks Middle School); Christian Vargas-Rojas (Wiltsey Middle School).