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The Ontario-Montclair School District and OMSD TV are proud to present our second episode of the 2014-2015 school year. In this episode we visit Lehigh Elementary School who was recently accepted in the No Excuses University (NEU) Network of Schools last year. Lehigh takes us on a journey into the future where we get to see how No Excuses University helped our students realize their dreams.

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Oaks Middle School Commits to No Bullying

Oaks Middle School Students celebrated their commitment to PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support) over the week of September 21st-25th.  At the culmination of this event, Oaks students came together on the field and created a human “NO-BULLYING” sign. The Ontario Police Department helicopter flew over the field and took pictures. The event was followed by a PBIS assembly where students worked in teams to understand the values set forth by PBIS and worked with Oaks acronym PRIDE P=Prepared R=Respectful I=Integrity D=Determined E=Empathy.


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

Vernon Dance Team Performs at the Los Angeles County Fair

The award winning Vernon Middle School Dance Team danced in the L.A. County Fair Parade on Friday, September 11. Dancing for the entire mile long parade route with smiles on their faces, the students were excited to show their panther pride for “Montclair Day” at the fair for the second year in a row. Vernon’s dance team had a great time representing their school and OMSD and are hoping to continue this annual tradition!

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!

Mariposa Kicks Off their Positive Behavior Movement

On Monday, September 14th, the students and staff at Mariposa Elementary celebrated positive behavior with their Superhero-themed PBIS kick-off!  This positive behavior movement began in the morning with a Sprinkle of Happiness as students and parents were greeted by Superheroes with positive and encouraging messages.  The day continued with assemblies where students learned what it means to truly be a superhero and how they can be superheroes at school and in the community.  Special guests from the Ontario Fury came to share how they can be superhero teammates as well as demonstrating positive behavior on and off the field.  The day was filled with activities which students could participate in to show teamwork, encouragement, have fun!  The day was wrapped up with a school-wide rally that included positive poems written by Mariposa students, positive messages from Mr. Hector Macias and Michael Bui, and a teacher/superhero flash mob that all of the students loved!  The Mariposa students are ready to show their positive superpowers!!!

  Haynes Elementary PBIS Kick-Off 2015!

After 3 weeks of learning and practicing our Haynes Elementary Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) expectations, our whole school Husky Team participated in our second annual “kick-off” event to get us set for a great school year!  Each class took part in a three station rotation where students were explicitly taught what it means to be a PBIS school and what personal actions demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible behaviors. Students, Parents and Staff all worked together to make this year’s event a successful experience for all. (Read More...)

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.

Ramona Hosts 3rd Annual Watch D.O.G.S. Event

On September 16th, 2015, Ramona Academy hosted its 3rd annual Watch D.O.G.S. event.  As part of the National Center for Fathering, Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program.  Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures are encouraged to volunteer at least one day throughout the year as a means of supporting their children and reinforcing the power of a positive, male role model.  The program began at Ramona in 2013 to address a need that was evident in encouraging a more active and committed participation on behalf of the dads within the school community. 



Corona Elementary Is A Member Of The “No Excuses University”

The Board of Trustees celebrated Corona Elementary School for earning membership to the No Excuses University Network of Schools.  Corona Elementary earned the recognition by demonstrating 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.

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.

About OMSD
The Ontario-Montclair School District was founded in 1884 and is currently the third largest elementary school district in California.  The district covers most of the City of Ontario, Montclair, portions of Upland, and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.  Serving 22,755 students, the district has 26 elementary schools, and six middle schools.

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