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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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Hawthorne Elementary Welcomes #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Brandon Mull!

Hawthorne International Baccalaureate World School was honored to welcome Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. He has also earned the bestselling author title for USA TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal for the Five Kingdoms and Candy Shop War series. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students gathered to hear Brandon share his message about how “Imagination Can Take You Places.” 

He explained about how a book gets from the imagination, to pencil and paper, to the word processor, to the editor and then published for the public to read.  He encouraged students to pull from their personal experience, add some imagination and create their own stories!  He spoke to them about how important it is to hold onto their dreams, and to not let rejection halt their pursuit of them as he worked many years before he was able to publish his first book.  He commented that, “Sometimes it takes many years, and a lot of patience and persistence before a dream can come true.”  

Kingsley Elementary Spreads Kindness and Compassion

Kingsley Elementary kicked off this morning with a little cheer. Students and parents were surprised to see staff members dressed in yellow shirts scattered around holding signs. The organized event, known as “Week of Kindness and Compassion”, was designed to welcome all families with powerful messages of love and support.


2014 Reindeer Run is a Tremendous Success!!

On Saturday, December 13th, approximately 2,000 participants took part in the 2014 Reindeer Run benefitting the Promise Scholars Program!  The day began with the Rudolph Dash for children, followed by the 5K run for both runners and walkers.  This year’s winning team “Fast Food” was represented by the OMSD’s Food and Nutrition Department!

Congratulations to Norma Lopez of Hesperia who won the beautiful new Kia Soul which was donated by Allstar Kia.

The City of Ontario staff, along with Promise Scholars volunteers,  did an outstanding job in producing this event for the community, and most importantly, our students!!

Welcome and Congratulations Board of Trustees

At the December 11th Organizational Board Meeting, Dr. Michael C. Flores and Mr. Alfonso Sanchez were administered the Oath of Office along with re-elected members Elvia M. Rivas and Samuel Crowe.  

Congratulations to OMSD’S 2015 Board of Trustees:  President Maureen “Moe” Mendoza; Vice President Samuel Crowe; Clerk Alfonso Sanchez; and Members Michael C. Flores and Elvia M. Rivas.

OMSD Students Perform at Montclair Plaza

On Saturday Dec 13th, OMSD elementary music groups performed at Montclair Plaza as part of the yearly Holiday entertainment. The Elementary Honor Band and Choir, made up of students from almost all the OMSD elementary schools performed Holiday music for parents and shoppers. Directing the groups were our own Ontario-Montclair School District Music Teachers; Daniel Salcido, Doug Elkins and David Moody.  The event showcased 100 student musicians from Haynes, Moreno, Sultana, Lincoln, Montera and Vineyard.

OMSD Performing Arts Students Spread Holiday Cheer At The Annual Christmas on Euclid 2014

Students from the Ontario-Montclair School District enjoyed participating in the annual Christmas On Euclid Event on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Some highlights were "Feliz Navidad" performed by the Wiltsey Middle School Advanced Band, "Santa's Angry Elves" performed by the District Elementary Honor Band, a fantastic (and complicated) 9 minute "Frozen" medley performed by the District Elementary Honor Choir, and several string and band seasonal highlights performed by De Anza students.  The students had such a great experience performing at the new Ontario Town Square amphitheater. 

Do You Want to be a Scientist?

Can you extract DNA from fruit? Can you determine the best soil composition for growing fruits and vegetables? The Wiltsey International Baccalaureate World School students learned these things during their annual Science Fair. Every Wiltsey student participated in this year’s event and there were over 500 project entries. There were so many projects that they could not all be displayed within the Multi-Purpose Room and additional rooms were needed. There was a large crowd for the Science Fair family night event where awards were presented to students in all three grade levels. The winners of the science fair will move onto the District Science Fair. Click here to see our winners.

Moreno AVID Academy is Making Their Mark

Moreno AVID Academy is making their mark with their commitment to AVID. Thank you to Montclair Police Department for the aerial photos. All 4th- 6th grade students participated in spelling out AVID while reading their books. The students were excited to show their school pride. A school wide Preschool – 6th grade AVID program is the focus at Moreno AVID Academy and students and staff are very proud. The level of commitment to the Advancement Via Individual Determination holds students to a high standard of organization and study skills in preparation for college and careers. Moreno AVID Academy students are making their mark for a better future.

Montera Students Jog for Joy… and Health!

On November 19, 2014 Montera Students dressed in jogging clothes and tennis shoes for a Jog-A-Thon event that focused on the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.  The purpose of the Jog-A-Thon was twofold:  To promote health and fitness for our students and it was a fundraiser for the school.

“When students did their laps, teachers, parents and support team members were there to cheer them on and support our school,” said Ms. Strait, Elementary Administrator of Montera.  “Our students had a great time while participating in a healthy activity.”   Read More...

Ramona Communication Arts Academy Holds 2nd Annual WATCH D.O.G.S. Event

WATCH D.O.G.S.  encourages the presence of “positive male role models for the students, demonstrated by their presence stating that education is important.” Over 200 Ramona students and fathers attended our event this year.  Students enjoyed pizza and conversation throughout the evening.  Fathers and father figures of Ramona students were invited to volunteer their time at Ramona Academy at least one day this year.  It was a great event that will provide students with a positive example from the men of the Ramona community!

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. Read More...

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!

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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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