STUDENT ACADEMICS: All of our students can learn and be successful. Students are actively engaged in the learning process through differentiated instructional practices, cooperative learning and the use of technology. High academic expectations in all endeavors are established for each student subgroup. Collaboration, communication and mutual respect among students, teachers, parents and community stakeholders. Rigorous and challenging state curriculum standards and assessments are the cornerstones of research-based and data-driven classroom instruction.
Pre‐AP classes are considered preparation classes for students interested in taking AP courses in high school. These advanced classes incorporate all the core subject areas: Math, Reading/English, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. Algebra I is available for 8th grade students and upon successful completion of the EOC, it will be high school credit. Spanish AP is also available as an advanced class. Students who successfully pass the AP Spanish Language exam will earn high school and possible college credit.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Our STEM program allows students to experience in-depth exploration and hands-on project making. The use of hands-on (kinesthetic) learning helps students to bridge the gap between concrete observable phenomena, and the theoretical abstract concepts.
All students in the 8th grade take the PAA and possibly the Pre TSI and if they meet qualifying criteria they can start taking Dual Enrollment college/high school classes in the 9th grade.Identified 7th grade students participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Eligible students are invited to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams, which allows them greater insight into their abilities and also provides them with valuable benefits and resources.
Programs and Activities
Oliveira Middle School has many clubs and organizations created to enhance the middle school experience as students take on responsibility and enjoy the camaraderie of their peers. It has been proven time and time again that successful students are not only academically strong, but also involved in extracurricular activities. Among the many advantages of involvement are increased leadership skills and heightened awareness of commitment. This is a listing of the clubs and activities that may be available at Oliveira Middle School.
The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Names are posted and students with the highest points receive recognition.
Athletics at Oliveira Middle School encourages sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, a sense of personal worth and a feeling of well being through physical fitn. Athletics also develops a sense of responsibility, commitment and school spirit, while encouraging the desire to develop to one’s full potential.
The Ballroom Dancing Club is for students interested in learning different styles of dance. The club practices year round and competes against other Brownsville middle Schools.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. Students read books and come together usually in groups to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read.
Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills and creative thinking. Students use creative imagination to scientifically develop problems, solutions, and procedures in selected categories such as: Environment/Safety, Helping with Disabilities, Hobbies/Games/Sports, Household/Food/Industry, Medicine/Health/Grooming, Pets, and Technology. Young inventors can either develop a new product or improve upon an existing invention.
This energetic group of Oliveira students works year round beginning in the summer. They practice almost every day to assure they are flawless in their dynamic movements to cheer the crowds on and keep our athletic teams’ hope and spirit alive to the end. Tryouts are scheduled in the spring for incoming 6tth, 7th and 8th grade students.
The Chess Club invites you to join and play the ultimate strategy game. Whether you are a rookie or a champ, you are bound to enjoy these chess battles. They compete at the state and national level.
Choir is offered to help enrich a student’s appreciation of music through a classroom atmosphere and is part of an extensive music program that garners much praise as well as awards for its top students.
The Coding Club provides opportunities for students to develop coding skills and learn how to use technology to create their own computer games, animations and websites.
The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. DI participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.
The Dolphin Band performs throughout the school year. The Oliveira Band participates in the Christmas parade, the Charro Days parade, UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competition, All-Region Band competition, and campus concerts. If you are interested in participating in band, contact our Band Directors, at the Oliveira Middle School Band Hall. The Oliveira Middle School Band has had a long standing tradition of excellence dating back to the first year of the school’s existence. For the 2nd time consecutively in school history, the Oliveira Middle School Band is the recipient of the National Winner Award from The Foundation of Music Education! By accomplishing this amazing task, they have earned themselves the honor of being named one of the elite middle school bands in the entire United States.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
The FCA is a Christian based organization where athletes of all religions come together for spiritual growth and unity. Activities and meetings are held throughout the year.
The purpose of the Garden Club is to introduce gardening, conservation, and a love and appreciation of nature.
The purpose of Greenpower USA is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. The Greenpower team enters engineering challenges for schools based around designing and building a single seat electric powered race. https://youtu.be/CDFy6z-cDvs
HISTORY FAIR: Participants are encouraged to learn about the history of their community and state through a variety of activities and conducting individual or group research on topics of interest. Competitive opportunities for prizes are available for participants in District History Fair.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
The National Junior Honor Society is a prestigious organization that promotes appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service.
ONE ACT PLAY
Modern educational theater is a creative, culturally enlightening activity. Students learn the principles of democracy and civic responsibility because these principles are inherent in an effective educational theater program. Students develop such qualities as self-confidence, poise, cooperativeness, initiative, resourcefulness, self-control, self-discipline, and a sense of understanding and appreciation of the abilities and efforts of others. They learn the importance of systematic organization, orderly procedure, and detailed planning for their district UIL competition.
Robotics is a program to encourage students and develop an understanding of robotics and practice creative problem solving. Students will learn about robotic technology and use what they learn to build a robot.
Our goal is to give Middle School Students a variety of running experiences. We want our students to gain a love of running. They will run distances they decide is best for them. They experience running and competing in different relays and marathons.
Students utilize the scientific process in conducting an experiment and defending the results before members of the scientific community. The District Science fair shows that science is as exciting as a young mind seeking discovery!
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for those with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
Campus competition for those who do exceedingly well in spelling and campus winner goes on to District competition.
Student Council is a group dedicated to promoting unity among the student body. It acts as a medium between students, faculty and administration. The Student Council helps coordinate student activities and is a means for students to learn about governmental practices. It also carries out projects that are beneficial to the general welfare of the school and community.
The purpose of the Yearbook Committee is to give students the opportunity to assist in the development of the school yearbook
End of the Year Recognition and Awards
Student obtains an academic average of 90-100 in all courses.
Student obtains an academic average of 80-89 in all courses.
Outstanding Boy and Girl
Each team selects a boy and girl student who demonstrates outstanding behavior, citizenship and academic excellence.
Most Improved Boy and Girl
Each team selects a boy and girl student who demonstrates positive growth and improvement in the areas of academic excellence.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Recognition of all officers for the 2016-2017 school year.
Student shows the most improvement in chess rating skills.
Student is a member of the Student Council – a group dedicated to promoting unity among the student body.
School Champion and Alternate
Top 5 readers per grade level of accelerated reader books.
Students that participate at the Regional Science Fair
Students that participate at the Regional History Fair
DUKE University Talent Identification Program
Recognizes 7th grade students who participate in the DUKE University Talent Identification Program’s SAT/ACT testing.
DUKE University Talent Identification Program
Recognizes 6th grade student who have enrolled in DUKE TIP.
STEM Robotics Competition
Recognizes students who placed in BISD’s 2016 Middle School STEM Robot Competition.
Student Participants in the Following Activities:
Battle of the Books