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OEMS Reality Store

8th Graders experienced Reality Store/Life Unplugged on the morning of Thurs., Nov. 19th. With the help of many community volunteers, 8th graders learned a little bit about what it is like to pay monthly bills and how their career and life choices can have an impact. 
With a career of their choosing, students moved through various booths paying bills, including housing, utilities, food, childcare, transportation, and insurance. Many were surprised by random things at the Reality Check booth, where they may receive a bonus at work or have to pay for a new transmission, for example.
When asked what they learned from it, here are a few responses:
“…that your parents have a limited amount of money.”
“I enjoyed seeing the costs I had to pay, and see what I will have pay for. This helped me have a better understanding and makes me want to think more about my future.”
“That you have to be careful what you buy because sometimes surprises pop up…”
Much appreciation goes to the volunteers who helped us provide this experience for our 8th graders!


OEMS Christmas Project

OEMS has started working on our 3rd annual Christmas Project - collecting items and putting together totes for the kids at St. Vincent's Home in Lansing. We have names of 40 kids that will be there over Christmas time. Each 1st hour classroom has an item that they have been asked to bring in. We are asking each class to bring in 40 of each item (we try to supply both needed items, as well as fun items) requested. Student Council will then purchase any extra items not brought in and deliver to St. Vincent's on Friday, December 18th. Please see below to see what your child has been asked to bring in! We are asking all items to be turned in by Friday, December 11th. This will give us time to purchase, assemble and wrap 40 totes! Please check out St. Vincent's website to learn more about what they do: Thank you so much. 
6th grades:
Mr. Perdue: Fun Socks
Mr. Powell: Non Chocolate candy
Ms. Acre: Hair Accessories
Mr. Grandstaff: Chocolate candy
7th grades:
Mr. Latz: Pens/sharpies/journals
Mr. Kingsbury: chapsticks
Mr. Wooley: Winter gloves
Mrs. Willbanks: Mixed Fun (stress balls, glowsticks, nail polish, hackey sacks etc)
Mr. Wertz: winter hats
8th grades:
Mr. Hazle: Toothbrushes
Mrs. Huhn: travel shampoos & conditioners and body wash
Mrs. Sternburgh: Lotion - travel size & smaller size
Mr. Zalud: deodrant


6th grade Science Saturday U of M

6th grade OEMS Science Saturday next trip info:
This is a is new activity open to the first students who register by Dec. 3, 2015 
To participate in this workshop we are required to send the names of around 22-24 students in advance so therefore no late sign up. 
Community Resource Volunteers (CRV Saturday Science)
304 N. Brush St. St Johns, 48879 517-331-4620 Web is

The U-M Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will be sponsoring:
• An exciting display of Michigan aerospace engineering students' class projects, featuring remote-controlled blimp and hovercraft races
• Fun activities for all ages coordinated by our student project teams
• Tours of the Michigan aerospace engineering department and Wilson Student Team Project Center
• Building a large blimp watch flying blimps contest student operate the hovercrafts 
• Breakfast and lunch are provided by the AIAA for all parents and participants free of additional charge
Students will NOT need a sack lunch. Please wear appropriate school clothing Cancelation policy When you have registered we will set aside a spot for you. If decide later not to attend and do not notify Mrs. Palen or Bill Richards by Friday 11:00 am before the trip that you are canceling so that we can offer the spot to another student, we expect you to pay for the trip. If you have not paid in advance, decide not to attend and have not contacted us by 11:00 am Friday; we will ask that on future trips that you get your money to us before we accept your registration if there is space available. additional information: call Bill Richards call 517-331-4620 or Mrs. Palen at 989-277-0480
Schedule: Lv Ovid Middle School 8:30 am Rtn 5:00 pm

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U of M U of M Aerospace Workshop Dec. 5, 2015

Student >____________ ____________ __________________ _____ __________ ________________
First Last Address City Zip email or (see below)
Parent > ___________ _____________ _________ _________ # seat belts____ __/__/__ ___/__/__
Can you drive a group in your own van if requested? Date birth 
Phone______________ Work___________________ E-mail_________________________
School_____________ Teacher_______________________ 
__Yes _No (Approve CRV taking photos) __Yes __No I hereby release field trip driver of liability.
Deposit $_____ $20.00 per trip Checks to=>CRV Science signed by __________________________
Parent or other 
Phone __________ Email _____________________________of person who would like registration info 
other than above


Weekly Middle School Menu

Monday, Nov. 30th: Chili

Tuesday, Dec. 1st: Crispito

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd: Turkey wrap

Thursday, Dec. 3th: Pizza

Friday, Dec. 4th: Chicken nuggets


*  Choice 2 Daily: Chef Salad with roll

*  Choice 3 Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: Pizza

Thurs: Grape PB&J

*  Milk choices: Fat Free Chocolate or 1% white

*  Hot breakfast available every day $1.40

*  Lunch prices: $2.25



Middle School Weekly Events:

Monday, November 30th: Girls basektball 4:30 vs. Swan Valley - 7th home, 8th away. Early release for 8th graders 2:50pm.

Tuesday, December 1st: Wrestling at Ithaca 4:30.

Wednesday, December 2nd: Girls basketball 4:30 vs. Alma - 8th grade home, 7th grade away. Early release for 7th grade 2:50pm.

Friday, December 4th: PALS training with Mrs. Martin in Charlotte, leaving 8:05 and back at 2:00pm

Saturday, December 5th: Wrestling @ St. Louis, Science Saturday for 6th graders at Uof M Aerospace. Contact Mrs Palen at 989-277-0480 for more info. 



Middle School Students of the Month 

November's Student of the Month:

Congratulations to the Middle School Students of the Month for the month of November: as pictured, Callum H. (7th), Aurora H. (8th), Mr. Barton, Jordan H. (7th), Audrey B. (6th), Kaden W. (6th) and not pictured Skyler B. (8th). Congrats!

October's Student of the Month:

Congratulations to the Middle School Students of the Month for the month of October: 6th graders Abigail H., Jonathan K., 7th graders Karli S., Brennan T., and 8th graders Canyon T. and Josie N. 


8th grade Washington DC Turkey Trot 2016

8th grade Washington DC Turkey Trot 2016!
Tuesday, November 24th the 8th grade class will be having a turkey trot during their 7th hour class. Pledge sheets (and info) to go home tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th. Dress up as turkeys and the top 3 best dressed turkeys will win money towards their trip! All pledge money will be due no later than Friday, Dec. 4th.



Friday November 13th - Popcorn Day and Movie Night

Monday November 16th & Wednesday November 18th Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday November 20th - PD Day - No school students

Wednesday November 25th - November 27th - Thanksgiving Break

Friday December 11th - Popcorn Day

Monday December 21st - Friday January 3rd 2016 - Christmas Break

Monday January 4th - School Resumes



2015-2016 Saga Middle School Yearbooks

There are order forms in the middle school office for the yearbook (to be given out next year fall). $40.00 (hardbook) if ordered in the 1st semester - if ordered in 2nd semester it will be $45.00.


Parent/Teacher Conferences for Leonard and EEK

Parent/Teacher Conferences for the Elementaries will run November 16th - November 20th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Leonard will run on Monday November 16th & Wednesday November 18th.

EEK will run on Tuesday November 17th & Thursday November 19th. 


Parents will sign up for Conferences on line like last year. Please watch for a letter coming home with your student. It will have the passcode needed to get into the site to sign up. The website site is the following:

At that link you will be asked for your entry code for that teacher.

 If you do not have internet access please contact the Elementary office. Leonard - 989-834-5029 or EEK - 989-862-5170


Washington D.C. Trip 2016

8th graders who are interested in going on the D.C. trip April 20th-April23rd  need to register this month! Call NationsClassroom at 877-270-1776 or go to their website and use trip id #34091603. Price per student is $399.99 and for adult is $444.00. Register this month with your $99.00 deposit and then it will be $60.00/month for 5 months (Nov. 5th, Dec. 5th, Jan. 5th, Feb. 5th and March 5th.). Once you register we will put your child's fundraising money on your account. Your monthly payment will then be less then the $60.00 (it will be balance due divided by the remaining months left to pay). You cannot use fundraising money for your child's $99.00 deposit. If you end up overpaying then NationsClassroom will reimburse you that amount overpaid. Please do not send money to the school for any payment towards the trip. All money needs to be directed to NationsClassroom. They take credit cards, debit cards and checks (and check by phone too). Please call NationsClassroom with any questions trip specific or the Middle School Office for any other trip related questions - 989-862-4238. 


Welcome to Leonard!!

Welcome to the new school year! There has been changes throughout the district and Leonard Elementary will now house Kindergarten, First Grade, Pre-K (Keez), OE Little World, Daycare, and Alternative Education. To help keep us organized there will be separate entrances. There will be signs to mark areas of entrances.

There will be as follows:

      Kindergarten and First: North Main Entrance

      Pre-K, OE Little World, Daycare - Southwest Entrance (KDG doors by pine trees)

      Alternative Education: Southeast Entrance (back of building by playground )


The only drop off for Kindergarten and First Grade will be the North Main Entrance.

  There is a new dismissal policy for Leonard Elementary Students as follows:                                              

Leonard Elementary School will be using a new dismissal system this school year for parents who pick up their children after school.  Parents picking up students will pull into the front school driveway where several school staff members will be guiding them through a flowing line.  Any child that is being picked up from school will exit through the main (office) doors with a teacher.  Parents will be provided a bright colored dismissal card that MUST be clearly displayed at pick up time.  Cards will be distributed at Open House and/or the first day of school.  Below you will find step by step directions to help this process run smoothly and safely:


  1. Pull into the front driveway of the school with your colored sign displayed on the windshield.  Please pull up as far as the school staff advise.


  1. Please be prepared for your child/ren to enter your car on the passenger side of your vehicle.  The pick up line will be a flowing line, so we ask that parents do not get out of their vehicles as this would disrupt the flow of traffic.


  1. Once your child is secure please move ahead and exit the parking lot.  



  • The front parking lot will be closed and blocked off from 2:00 pm until 3:05 pm.  Parents will not be able to park in this front lot as it will be a flowing line.

  • If a card is not displayed parents will be asked to park in the side parking lot (south end of the building) and walk into the school.

  • If there is a change in your child’s daily pick up routine please notify your child’s teacher in writing or call the office by noon on that day.


We are asking for your patience, especially at the beginning of the year, while staff and parents work through this new process.


Morning Drop Off Routine

School starts at 7:45 am.  Drop off will run similar to our dismissal routine.  The front lot will be used as a flowing line of traffic for parents dropping their children off from 7:30-7:45 am.  There will be an adult at the entrance making sure the children enter safely.  We ask that if you are entering the building in the morning please use the south parking lot and enter through our main doors (please do not use the daycare entrance).  All visitors must check in at the office.


There will be no breakfast served the first week of school.
10/2/2015 - Yankee Candle Sale
10/7/2015 - School Count Day - Important day for students to attend school. 
10/18/2015 - Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are due
10/22/2015 - Picture Day
If you plan to volunteer, visit, or chaperone any of the schools in the district please make sure to fill out a Background Check Form available at any of the offices. 



High School and Middle School Open House!

Students and Parents,

   Just a reminder, open house for all 6th-12 grade students is Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5:30-7:00. 

High school students can pick up their schedules in the high school cafeteria. Your schedule may have been adjusted since they came out last week, please make sure you double check that schedule.

Middle school students please report to the lobby of the middle school to get your schedule and see what teacher you have 1st hour. 1st hour middle school teachers will have your schedules.

 If you have transportation, PowerSchool, or food service issues, we will have staff available to answer questions and help with set up in the information center. 

*New this year, we have pictures available at open house as well. You can still take pictures later this year at our regularly scheduled picture day. Please use the flier labeled for the building your child attends.

MS Picture File-Click Here

HS Picture File-Click Here

Open house is a great way to take care of your 1st day needs like getting an ID card, entering money into lunch accounts, signing up for weekly emails for grade updates, getting answers to any transportation issue, and getting to know your teachers! We look forward to seeing you there!

It's going to be a great year! Go Marauders!

Mr. Barton and Mr. Tokar


Middle and High School Schedules Now Available

Students and Parents,

   All middle and high school schedules for 6th-12th grade students are ready. Our counseling department of Mrs. Spcier, Mrs. Horak, and Mrs. Martin have worked extremely hard to provide you with the best schedule possible. We have limitations to our scheduling movement as many of our secondary classes are at maximum capacity. Please keep that in mind when considering a scheduling change.  A schedule change request may or may not be an option for many students. Also, we will not be addressing schedule change requests outside of the normal working day. If you email a request change, we will not address it until the following business day. 

To view your schedule go to and click the PowerSchool link on the right side of the page. 

  If you don't have an account, you need to register for one with the school office starting Monday, August 24 from 8:00-3:00
Please remember, if you need a schedule change, you need to make time to request that prior to the 1st day of school. Further, your request may or may not be an option based on class sizes and offerings. 
Thank you for your patience! Go Marauders!



The Open Houses for Leonard and E.E.Knight Elementary Schools will be WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Middle and High School Update

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! We hope you enjoyed summer and look forward to seeing you all soon. Our fall athletes kicked off practices this past Monday and are gearing up for a great season of Marauder sports.

The Open House for the middle and high school will be on Tuesday, September 1, from 5:30-7:00. Lifetouch will be available so that you can actually take your school pictures and get new ID cards for new and incoming transfer and foreign exchange students. For a copy of the picture form, click here. Any student that does not take their picture at open house can still do so at the regularly scheduled picture day on September 15, 2015 during the school day. High school parents and students please report to the auditorium at 5:30 to kick off the open house. 

All secondary schedules (except alternative education) should be available for parents and students by Friday, August 21, 2015 by 3:00. ALL SCHEDULE CHANGES WILL NEED TO TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO THE 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL. 1st day of school schedule changes will be for new students only. Adjusting your schedule to fit your needs is a priority, make sure to make time to get that taken care of prior to September 8. 

The middle school office will be open 8:00-3:00 every day starting Tuesday, August 18th. 

The high school office is open everyday from 8:00-3:00 already.

We all would like to offer our apologies for not being diligent or able to return every phone call this summer as our team is working to complete a phone system overhaul. Administrators have moved buildings and receiving messages has not occurred as effectively as we would like. Please remember that you can email all staff as well by using our directory. We hope to have our phone system in place within the next week or two, but we do not have a definite date.

Middle School Office: Secretary Counselor Principal

High School Office: Secretary Counseling Secretary Counselor Assistant Principal Principal Athletic Director

For any other staff, please go to and you can search the staff directory by name or building.

We hope you enjoy the last month of summer! We look forward to seeing you all at our open houses! 

Go Marauders!


Leonard November Newsletter

To access Leonard's November newsletter please click here.


Leonard October Newsletter

To view the Leonard October newsletter click here


O-E Memorial Monument Fundraiser

Ovid-Elsie Area Schools is about to start a creative fundraising project that will also benefit our community and we want to encourage you to participate!

The O-E Memorial Monument will be replacing the old slat at the football stadium wit...h personally engraved giftbricks. It is designed to be a place to honor ANY person who has ANY tie to our community.

The first 1,000 giftbricks are going in the first section, which is to the left of the press box. If this section is where you'd like to place a brick, two, or seven... you may want to consider ordering in the next few weeks.

More information is available on the ordering website:

Enjoy, and thank you in advance for your tax deductible donation to this project!


Mobile Announcements

Did you know you can now receive Ovid-Elsie webpage announcements in real-time on your mobile device via Twitter? Those interested in receiving mobile (SMS) alerts containing announcement updates can follow these 5 steps:

1) Follow us on Twitter (@OvidElsie) 
2) Visit our profile from your mobile device
3) Click the gray/black user profile button (looks like a headshot shadow)
4) Select Turn on notifications 
5) Confirm & receive up-to-date info!