Orrick High School Bearcat Update

January 2016

2nd Semester

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and enjoyed the break! As a staff we are excited to have the students back in the building. As always if you have have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the high school office.

1st Semester Grade Cards

1st semester grade cards will be emailed directly to parents. If you would like a hard copy please contact the high school office.

Attention 2015 Seniors

Attention 2015 Seniors, if you completed and passed 12 college credit hours, please submit your transcript and address to the high school office by January 30th, 2016 for the Rick Wrisinger Scholarship.

Test Taking Strategies

On Wednesday 1/6 Dr. Tim Wall from Northwest Missouri State University presented to our staff during professional development time and then to our juniors and sophomores to help them with test taking strategies. When he presented to our students 2 years ago as a whole, our students improved their ACT scores 1-3 points!

Open House

Join us in the celebration of the completion of the re-build and addition to the High School from damage sustained in the May 2014 tornado. Next Friday, January 15th - 5:00 ribbon cutting; 5-7pm Open House.
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Though this week hasn't given much indication of winter approaching, it is November and we're sure to see some inclement weather soon. Last year was the first year school delays were used. In order to give road crews time to finish clearing roads or the temperatures time to rise, school may be delayed rather than cancelled. School starts at 8:20 every day but Wednesday. On a 2-hour delay, school will start 2 hours later - at 10:20. Busses will run 2 hours later. On a 3-hour delay, school will start 3 hours later - at 11:20. Busses will run 3 hours later.

School delays, cancellations, or early dismissals will be announced using the district app (see above), Bearcat Alert, and Twitter @aodellOrrick. All efforts will be made to get the information to KC news stations, but that has not been a very reliable means of communication the past couple of years. Please know that a cancellation may appear on one news station but not another despite our efforts to get it on all stations.

As in the past, school delays and cancellations will NOT be announced on any of the district Facebook pages. However, those pages WILL be used to give information regarding any schedule changes due to delays or cancellations. Because Bearcat Alerts limit the amount of communication we can send out, the district app and Facebook will primarily be used to communicate schedule changes. Coaches and sponsors may also have their own means of communication through apps such as Remind, so check with them if you're not sure how to access it.

Attendance Policy

All secondary students are expected to attend school regularly in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.

Students are expected to keep at least a minimum of 90% attendance.

Absences will not be classified as excused or unexcused but simply accumulate. If a student is absent more than eight days in a semester, he/she will not be allowed to make up any work beyond the eighth day. The purpose of these eight days is for illness, doctor or orthodontist appointments, and other emergencies. In the event of extended illness or injury, a parent may request an extension through the high school principal. The principal may grant an extension if the reason for the absence is unavoidable (example: In the hospital, serious accident, etc.). The parent and the student, if necessary, may be asked to meet with a committee made up of the principal, counselor, and the student’s teachers to determine if an extension is to be granted and with what stipulations (example: Doctors’ verification, make up time, etc.).

An absence is defined as missing a whole class period, or missing ten minutes of class at the beginning or end of class. Leaving during lunch will still count as time missed during that class period.

Parents need to notify the school if their child is going to be absent. If this is not done, the school will make every effort to contact parents. If this is not accomplished, the absence will be considered truancy and disciplinary action will be followed.

Grades/Homework Blitz


Reminder: Every Monday grades will be submitted to the office for every student from every teacher. From these grade checks, an F List will be compiled. Students may not participate in extracurricular activities while on the F List. The results of the weekly grade checks will only be mailed home at the request of the parent/guardian. Teachers will not be allowed to sign a student off of the F list. They will be ineligible for the whole week if on the F list.


Homework Blitz days will be offered prior to scheduled grade checks. Students are invited to attend a scheduled Homework Blitz in order to make up missing work. The teacher who assigned it will grade work completed at a Homework Blitz and 30% will be deducted.

Homework Blitz will be offered every Thursday. If a student does not take advantage of that Homework Blitz to complete the missing assignments, he/she will receive a zero and have no other opportunities to turn in those assignments even though another Homework Blitz is offered the following week. Work due prior to a Homework Blitz will no longer be accepted after the Homework Blitz.


January 11th - Basketball vs. Santa Fe 4:30

January 12th - Basketball @ Wentworth 5:30

January 15th - Open House (New Addition) 5:00-7:00

January 15th - Basketball vs. Tina-Avalon 6:00

January 18th - No School

January 27th - Financial Aid Night 6:30 Library

January 28th - NHS/NJHS Induction 6:30 Cafeteria