Middle School Principal's Message

"Rider Strong”

Respect, Prepare, Perform, Persist

Principals’ Message

The Orrville Middle School community is eager to welcome our remote learning and in-person students back for the 2020-2021 school year. We have been working hard to prepare to open school in a manner that is safe for students and staff! The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 18. We would like to welcome Mrs. Erica Erdos who will be our new school psychologist, Miss Maegan Storad who will be teaching 6th grade social studies, Mrs. Rebecca Tetlow who will be our 7th grade small group instructor. Please make our new staff members feel welcome!

Our goals this school year will be to keep our students safe and secure, continue to work on improving our academic performance, as well as developing a sense of pride in our school community. The middle school staff will continue to work hard to make sure that all of our students have a successful learning environment structured in a safe and orderly manner. We encourage our students to get involved in school activities, make new friends, and enjoy themselves at school. However, we must remember that our focus is on student learning and safety. Our staff, students, and parents all have an active role in producing a successful learning environment.

We would like to stress to our parents the importance of the students being at school on a consistent basis, arriving on time, and completing assignments in a proper manner. As we begin a new school year, please take some time to review the school dress code with your child. A good rule of thumb regarding the dress code is that if you are not sure if it is appropriate to wear at school then it is best not to wear it. Our staff will review with the students all new procedures and routines developed for their safety.

We have a very engaged PTO and we suggest that all of our parents join and participate in the activities. We encourage our parents to take an active role in their child’s education. Our Fall Parent / Teacher Conferences for our in-person students will be Monday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 7 from 3:30-7:30. Currently, we are planning to hold our fall conferences by phone or computer. Communication for the remote leaning conferences will be sent to parents later.

Mr. Sovacool, Principal

Mr. Slaughter, Assistant Principal


The philosophy of Orrville Middle School centers on the belief that all students have the capacity to learn, grow and develop into knowledgeable and caring citizens of the Orrville community. Our students will be engaged in learning that is relevant, challenging and exploratory. It is our goal that our students develop socially, emotionally, and academically in a trusting and respectful environment in which family and community are actively involved. In order to achieve these goals it is necessary for the school and family to work closely with each other so that the child is successful at school. During the middle school years, our students may face many important life choices and needs the support of both home and school to make wise, healthy decisions.
The mission of the Orrville City School District, in partnership with the parents and the community, is to inspire all students to become successful and lifelong learners and to be prepared to responsibly contribute to our community and society.

All middle school students follow three basic school rules. These rules are followed in every location of the buildings. The students pride themselves on following the three R’s.

  • Respect yourself!
  • Respect others!
  • Respect property!

Go Riders!