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OJCS Library Catalog (Check it out!)

We are so excited to announce that the OJCS Library catalog is now online! Students and teachers will have access to browse our collection from their classrooms, home, or even on your device as there is an app available for download.

Click the link below to access our library:

Log Ins for students and staff are uniform: first letter of first name, a period, then last name.  Password is books

So for example mine would be:

Username: m.washerstein

Password: books

Here is an example of what a full record in the new system looks like…

Teachers will have the ability to create book lists for their students and students will be able to write book reviews!

Middle School Language Arts Update!

I had a wonderful time chaperoning and bonding with the students on the Middle School Retreat! This experience provided students with an opportunity to start the new year off with a variety of educational/personal development activities.

Citizenship Points

Yesterday I introduced the concept of Citizenship Points into the classroom. These points are to encourage each student to be a “good citizen” in the classroom. Each student will start each trimester with a 50/50 in this category. Students will lose citizenship points for the following: Excessive talking, disrespect to the teacher/peers, excessive lateness, off-task behavior. I will document these points along with any comments for deductions


Reading Comprehension Pre-Test/Reading Buddies

Each class has now taken a reading comprehension pre-test. This week we are reviewing basic skills/tips that can be used to improve reading comprehension.

We are also in the process of kicking off our “Reading Buddy” program. This program is designed to help students model good reading skills. Reading buddies also provides students with an opportunity to mentor younger students and continue to build upon our values. The following grades will be paired together:

  • Grade 1- Grade 6
  • Grade 2- Grade 7
  • Grade 3- Grade 8

Link to Introductory Activities/Reading Comprehension Notes

Welcome Back! (River of Life Assignment Due Friday Grades: 6, 7, and 8)

Good morning OJCS Middle School students and families,

This year is going to be extremely exciting at OJCS! We had a wonderful first day in Language Arts class. Students participated in a non-verbal communication team building challenge (which was won by Grade 7). We also reviewed the rules of the classroom and expectations for the year.

Today students will be participating in an online “Get to Know Mr. Washerstein” Kahoot game. We will also be introducing the first homework assignment of the year which is the River of Life. Students will be provided with a model of this assignment in class today.

Please feel free to reach out via email at   with any questions/concerns.



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