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Be sure to watch the latest episode of OMSD TV featuring Hawthorne Elementary School who reminds us that it truly is a wonderful world. This episode also highlights the very successful district-wide annual chess tournament.

 



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WILTSEY MIDDLE SCHOOL IB AUTHORIZED

For the past two years, the Wiltsey Middle School staff has worked tirelessly to meet the philosophy, aims and objectives of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).  After sailing through their authorization visit, OMSD proudly announces that Wiltsey Middle School is now an official International Baccalaureate World School!

Wiltsey’s accreditation was approved without any corrections or conditions to their application.  Wiltsey is the second middle school in San Bernardino County to be IB Authorized. Congratulations to the Wiltsey Middle School community, staff, students, and community.
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Bon View IB Exhibition MMXIV

Bon View Elementary completed its first year as an International Baccalaureate World School. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the elementary level of the IB education, which transitions to the Middle Years Programme and culminates in the Diploma Programme at the high school level. This past year Bon View sixth graders participated in a PYP culminating project known as Exhibition. Students were required to engage in a collaborative inquiry process that involved: identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. Read more...


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. Read more... 

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!!!


Eighth grade students “STEP INTO CALIFORNIA HISTORY”

One hundred fifty students participated this year in the Eighth Grade Sacramento Field Trip, May 4th-8th. The trip included a tour of the State Capitol, a special meeting with Senator Norma Torres and Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, a tour of Marshal Goldfield State Park and Sutter’s Mill where students learned how to pan for gold, a train ride along the Sacramento River Delta, a tour of the UC Davis campus, and a trip to San Francisco where students rode on a cable car and visited Alcatraz Island.  Read More... 




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. Read More...


The Imagination Machine arrives at Vista Grande.
Thanks to the Vista Grande Student Council for sponsoring a wonderful assembly by the Imagination Machine. Students saw their creative writing stories come to life, when the Imagination Machine performed two assemblies on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.   Professional actors, using costumes, props and music, performed their stories.  Students in grades K-6th submitted stories to their teachers. The Imagination Machine actors then selected about 6 stories to perform. The stories included a range of genres: fantasy, realistic fiction, and autobiographies. The student authors each received a Certificate of Writing Achievement. Students and teachers look forward to collaborating with Imagination Machine again!


Bon View Students, Parents & Staff Work to Commemorate Earth Day 2014

Students and teachers at Bon View International Baccalaureate Elementary School have endeavored to commemorate Earth Day 2014 by creating a way for students to enjoy the great outdoors and foster their love for reading.  IB students of all ages have sprung into action by volunteering to renovate the Bon View Reading Garden and make it a more beautiful and user-friendly place for children to enjoy.   Students from Mrs. Roose-Baker's class, along with students from Mrs. Del Real and Mrs. Friend's pre-school classes, and their parents, spent time during the day and on the weekend to weed, spread mulch, lay turf, plant drought resistant plants, set stepping stones and repair and paint tables. Read More..


Howard GATE students experience the Discovery Science Center

Eighty GATE students at Howard school visited the Discovery Science Center. The students got the opportunity to explore and participate in many hands-on activities, interactive programs and live demonstrations, independently and in small groups.  They particularly enjoyed the cube, where they got the chance to experience a rocket simulation, smoke and all.  Several students visited the featured exhibit, “Animal Grossology,” where they got an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on Earth through hands-on, interactive displays. Finally, students became research assistants, in search of dinosaur fossils.


Vernon visits UCI! 

On Friday, April 25th, Vernon Middle School AVID students toured the campus of University of California, Irvine.  One of their assignments while on the field trip was to interview three college students to get their perspective of college life at UCI.  7th graders Karla Alvarez, Sadie Holguin, and Malia Harrison  approached 7’6” freshman UCI basketball player, Mamadou Ndiaye, from Senegal, Africa and asked if you would mind answering their questions.  He graciously responded to all their questions and posed for a picture with them.  The girls were very impressed with his answers and acknowledged that he was a second language learner like them. It was a highlight of their trip especially after finding out he is the tallest college basketball player in America.


Successful 2nd Annual Poetry Day

OMSD students shined in the limelight as they got on stage and shared their creative works at the Second Annual Poetry Day.  Former OMSD student Brian Oliva served as Master of Ceremonies.  Mr. Oliva, currently teaches poetry at Azusa Pacific University, is also one of the district’s recipients of the Model of Excellence Campaign.  Mr. Oliva brought some talented poets with him who supported the students and shared their poetry with our families.  Additionally, talented poet Antonio Edwards, the 2010 Poet Laureate from Tacoma Washington joined students.  Mr. Edwards is an Inspirational Speaker and writer who came to perform several of his poems and talk individually with students about their poetry. Read more...


Technology Planning for Common Core
The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe what students are expected to know and be able to do.  CCSS will require students to use technology to produce writing, analyze data, gather and present information using technology tools.  In preparation for the new standards, OMSD conducted an extensive process for creating a technology plan. This process included many meetings and conversations with various stakeholders such as teachers, administrators, parents,  and consultants. 

As part of the process, several surveys were conducted to gather information in the use of technology in the classrooms.  Click here to view survey results which were provided by OMSD teachers. The survey results were used as part of the planning process with the District Stakeholder Committee. The plan was adopted by the Ontario-Montclair School District Board of Trustees at the regular meeting held on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Click here to view the Three Year Technology Master Plan.


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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