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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).