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Penny Oss

7th-8th Grade Reading/English

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Contact Info:


Work Phone:

918 423-6265

Conference Times:

11:05 - 11:45

About Me

Educational History:

I have lived my enire life in McAlester attending William Gay Elementary School (when we had neighborhood schools), Parker Middle School, and graduating from MHS in 1980. When my children started school, I went back to college graduating from Eastern with an Associate’s in English in the early 1990s. I then attended East Central University and recieved my Bachelor’s and a few years later my Master’s. This will be my 25th year teaching English/Language Arts.  Before beginning my official career, I substituted two years filling in for two English teachers. One was on sick leave and the other on maternity leave. I taught at Savanna High School for seven years and Puterbaugh Middle School for two. Prior to coming to Haywood, I taught junior and senior English at McAlester High School. 

I also sponsored and coached pom while at MHS. 

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Associate’s in English
  • Bachelor’s in English Education
  • Master’s in English Education
  • AP and Pre-AP certifications from the University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa.

Professional Development:

Over the years, I have attended numerous professional development workshops, but I am most proud of being a two time recipient and fellow of the Fund for Teachers Grant in 2012 and 2015 which allowed me to study English/Language Arts in various places the United States and Great Britain.

Current Position:

This is my first year with Haywood, and I am very excited about this opporutnity!  I will be teaching 7th and 8th English/Language Arts.

Previous Position:

I began my formal career in 1997 at Savanna High School. I was there seven years before teaching two years at Puterbaugh Middle School (where I happened to have completed my practice teaching.) An opening came up at McAlester High School, so I changed campuses and taught there twelve years before coming to Haywood.

Family Information:

I have been married to Wade Oss for 42 years. We have three grown children, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.  Jason; Christen and Mark Clark and Sylvia; and Hannah and Anthony Duff and Aorion.  Myself, my husband, and my children all attended McAlester Public Schools where we/they were very involved with all kinds of school activities. 

Seven years ago, we moved to Arpelar as we had always wanted to live “out in the country.” We have a few acres and are remodeling an older home. We love the peace and quiet – and I have chickens – and a goose and ducks (there ended my quiet country life) - and a garden. 


Personal Information:

I enjoy traveling!! I've been fortunate and have had the opportunity to travel to other countries leading education tours with many students. My husband and I love taking trips to historic places. 
I also am always doing DIY projects. We have a nice vegetable garden. I like to read and go for walks.

More than anything else, I love spending time with my family and playing with my grandkids! 

Penny Oss

Upcoming Events

Letter From Mrs. Oss

Dear Haywood 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families,

I hope you all had a good spring break. I certainly hope we get to have school in the near future! 

Who knows what might happen over the next few weeks (or months) in regards to the COVID-19, but in case we are out for the long haul, this will keep you on track as far as what we would be reviewing/learning/mastering for the remainder of the year. 

  1. We would be studying argumentative writing. We would continue various modes of writing in general - who knows what the state writing prompt will be. (Well, we don’t have to worry about that this year - BUT - you still need to be more prepared for next year and/or high school. 

  2. We would continue vocabulary lessons. 

  3. We would continue GUM (grammar, usage, and mechanics). 

  4. We would be studying and analyzing more literature from our literature books. 

  5. We would be reading independently. 

  6. We would be reading at least one more novel as a class study. 

Keep your English Language Arts skills on track and that gray matter working!! 

  • FIRST  - keep a journal of your experience during this time of your life. How has/is this pandemic affecting you and your family?

  • SECOND - finish up all the Language Arts IXL practices. There aren’t many left. 

  • THIRD - keep up the independent reading! Go to to make sure your books are Accelerated Reader books. This way you can take those lovely AR tests when/if we get back to school (and earn tons of points). 

  • FOURTH - On USA Test Prep, I have created practices for you. I’ll make some more later. This will do for now. 

After we know more, and if we are continuing school later somehow, here is the link to our literature book. I will get your login info when necessary. 

Many of you have probably already seen social media posts of educational websites and activities. Conduct your own research for English Language Arts for 7th or 8th grade or middle school. Find several sites and study. Here are a few I have run across:


I do have some study material for you if you would like. If you do not have access to the internet, I encourage you to get these from me in the near future:

  • A language arts packet. When finished, I will send you an answer key.

  • A vocabulary packet. When finished, I will send you an answer key .  

  • If you would like the novel we were planning to read, let me know. 

    • 8th grade - Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir of a man who survived concentration camps during WWII and all the pain and loss he experienced .

    • 7th grade - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor is based on her life in Mississippi at the height of the Depression. The Logan family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.

  • We have lessons in our binder still also!! 

Please, READ, READ, READ!!  Please do some of the suggestions I’ve given you. If you find something that’s great, let me know and I’ll pass it on to your classmates.

That’s it for now. I hope to see you all soon!!  



Mrs. Oss


Contact Penny Oss

School Phone:
918 423-6265
Conference Time:
11:05 - 11:45