OJ DeJonge Middle School
Thank you for your interest in O. J. DeJonge Middle School! We take pride in being
educators who are committed to providing a top-notch academic experience for each of our students. Our school’s vision is more than just words to us; it is the culmination of rich and meaningful work involving our entire faculty on what middle school students need, why we teach and the importance of every curricular area to the development of our students. We pride ourselves in offering a broad and rich curriculum, as well as a growing complement of co-curricular groups and organizations that provide a comprehensive and meaningful education for students. Please click on links located on this page to see our course offerings, co-curricular groups, 8th-grade camp overview and other information about the student experience at OJMS.
The O. J. DeJonge Middle School community inspires learning through inquiry, relationships and self-awareness in an experience-rich environment that promotes independence and responsibility.
Teaching is a critical, complex and rewarding endeavor. It is arguably the most important job in the world. O. J. DeJonge Middle School teachers strive to inspire their students, but even the most reflective and dedicated teachers need support to continue developing and refining their practice. To that end, our faculty is committed to engaging in professional learning opportunities that result in actual improvements in teaching and learning. We participate in multiple professional development sessions each month for teachers to learn of new research-based practices, share what they are trying with their colleagues and have professional conversations meant to increase their reflectiveness about their practice. Much of this work occurs on Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Days, and we are truly grateful for our own community's support that allows us to take several days throughout the year for learning with colleagues. Additionally, we have on-site instructional coaches with us each week who model new techniques, observe and provide feedback and co-teach with our instructors to improve performance and get the learning results we want for our students. We are proud of our educators' dedication to the constant refinement of their craft.
New Staff @ OJ
Karen Shineldecker, Science Teacher
What do you love about teaching Science?
I like teaching Science because I am privileged to witness my students' natural curiosity emerging. I love nurturing new ways to critically think about our world.
What is one of your favorite memories from middle school?
One of my favorite memories as a middle schooler was going on field trips and experiencing new things.
What are you most looking forward to at LASD?
I am looking forward to creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs that encourage my students to become leaders and innovators in Science.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking, everything nature, beekeeping, and my family.
|‹ December 2017 ›|
OJ: Holiday Band Concert 7:30 PM to 8:30 PMOJ: Holiday Band ConcertDec 117:30 PM to 8:30 PMOJ DeJonge Middle School EventsHoliday Band Concert featuring our OJ 7th and 8th grade students. The dress code for the concert is all black, but students may wear Santa hats, Elf ears, reindeer antlers, etc. OJ band members need to arrive at 6:45, 7th graders will meet on stage and the 8th graders will meet in the choir room. A reception will follow in the band room. The cost of the concert is $2 per person or $5 per family. This year we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the LHS Holiday Program.
OJ: 7th Grade Vision Screening 8:00 AM to 2:50 PMOJ: 7th Grade Vision ScreeningDec 128:00 AM to 2:50 PMOJ DeJonge Middle School Events7th Graders will have their vision screened. Please have your student bring their glasses with them.
OJ: 7th Grade Vision Screening Makeup 8:00 AM to 2:50 PMOJ: 7th Grade Vision Screening MakeupDec 158:00 AM to 2:50 PMOJ DeJonge Middle School EventsVision screening for any 7th grade students who missed the original screening day. Please bring your glasses if you normally wear them.
OJ: No School/ Winter Break BeginsDec 20OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
20 Decthru Jan 2
No School; BreakDec 20 - Jan 2District EventsNo School; Break Begins