Middle School Principal's Message

"Rider Strong”

Respect, Prepare, Perform, Persist

Principals’ Message

May, 2021
Dear Parents,
As we are approaching the end to the 2020-21 school year, I just wanted you to know how proud I am of our students for the hard work and cooperation they have demonstrated this year.  We just wrapped up our State Testing and all of our students completed all of the tests and did so in a productive manner.  We are starting to prepare for next school year and when we have opening of the year events planned we will pass that information on to you!  We hope that you and your families have a relaxing and enjoyable summer!
  1. There are many sports opportunities for OMS students through summer camps and fall sports information. You may find all of this information and forms on our website at this link: http://www.orrville.k12.oh.us/ms/news/sports-news-oms.  We recently met with the students and shared this information with them.  We encouraged them to participate in school and community activities, whether it be sports, music, the arts, or community service projects.  Please encourage your kids to get involved in various events and activities.
  2. To celebrate the end of the year, we have scheduled a frozen yogurt truck and Warrior Dash obstacle course for our students.  The Grades 5 & 6 day will be Thursday, May 20 and the Grades 7 & 8 day will be Friday, May 21.  The cost for the frozen yogurt will be $1 and students can turn that into their social studies teacher.  While we are hopeful that all of our students can participate in these fun activities, the students need to continue to work hard for the remainder of the year and follow school expectations.
  3. All in-person learning students need to return Chromebooks, chargers, and any borrowed hot spots to their homeroom teachers on Tuesday, May 25.  Remote learners will receive directions to turn in all school equipment in the near future.  Students who are attending our summer school programs need to keep their Chromebooks, chargers and hotspots and will turn them in once summer school is complete. We are in the process of contacting families who have students who need to participate in the summer program.  We are calling families and then will send home a written letter as well.  If you feel your student could benefit from summer school, please contact Mr. Sovacool to see if there is space available.
Again, we appreciate all of the support and cooperation we receive from our students, parents and community.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at school.
Go Riders!
Dave Sovacool, Principal
Sly Slaughter, Asst. 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!