Oak Ridge High School

Wildcat iNews for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 1/13/2020 #119

SENIOR PARENTS - VERY IMPORTANT - LAST FAFSA NIGHT - JAN 16TH

Thursday, January 16th will be our last FAFSA Night before the February 1st deadline for TN Promise. If you have not completed your senior’s FAFSA and need assistance, please attend this event to assist you with completing the FAFSA. You will need to bring a laptop device and your 2018 tax returns and other financial information such as child support received, SSI benefits, etc. if applicable. It will also save you time to have your FSAID for one parent and your senior. You can also register for those at www.fafsa.gov prior to this event. 5:30-7:00 in room CS 208 beside the Library/Media Center. Signs will direct to this location.

MAJOR CHANGES TO THE TOBACCO & VAPING POLICY FOR OAK RIDGE SCHOOLS! PARENTS PLEASE VIEW THE VIDEO!

New Vaping Policy (effective January 1, 2020)

SENIOR PARENTS!

Starting next week, there will be a new section JUST FOR YOU! The dates, expectations and deadlines will begin fast and furious in the next few weeks. Our goal is to keep you informed. Please watch the iNews weekly for the latest news and deadlines. Also, if you are not a member of the ORHS Class of 2020 Facebook page, please go and "like" the page. We keep important information and pictures of our 2020's on this page.

SPRING ACT PRACTICE TO BEGIN!

ACT Prep Dates for Spring:

January 29, 2020 ACT English Practice at ORHS (2:00-3:30)**

January 25, 2020 ACT Reading and English Practice at Scarboro Center from 8:00-11:30 AM**

February 1, 2020 ACT Math and Science Practice at Scarboro Center from 8:00-11:30 AM**

February 12, 2020 ACT Math Practice at ORHS (2:00-3:30)**

February 26, 2020 ACT Science Practice at ORHS (2:00-3:30)**

March 4, 2020 ACT Cram Sessions (2:00-3:00 at ORHS)

March 11, 2020 ACT Strategies (2:00-3:00 at ORHS)

The dates with asterisks (**) require pre-registration so that we know to reserve a seat for you. To pre-register, email Coach Etheridge (aetheridge@ortn.edu) and indicate the session that interests you. While we are specifically targeting juniors, who take the State ACT on March 31, all ORHS students are welcome.

ACT PREP PRACTICE AT THE SCARBORO CENTER

ACT Practice: The Oak Ridge Chapter of the NAACP and Oak Ridge Schools are co-sponsoring Saturday ACT Prep sessions at the Scarboro Center on Saturday, January 25, and Saturday, February 1, from 8:00 AM-11:30 AM. On the 25th we will focus on the English and Reading tests, and on the 1st we’ll focus on the Math and Science tests. Instructors include Ms. Estep, Ms. Hale, Ms. Vaughan, Ms. Hondorf, Dr. Thomas, and Coach Etheridge. If you’d like to participate, please email Coach Etheridge (Aetheridge@ortn.edu) and indicate the date(s) that interest you. In particular we’d like to see students who cannot attend our Wednesday afternoon sessions, but all students are welcome. We’ll have door prizes and lunch.
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INTERACT CLUB FUNDRAISER

DON'T COOK! Help out the Interact Club on January 14 at Dos Bros between 3-9pm. Please mention the Interact Club when checking out!

NJROTC chosen for Pearl Harbor Parade

Read the article about our NJROTC unit being chosen for a very special honor! Congratulations to Chief Ryan Nicholls and all of his cadets!

https://www.oakridger.com/news/20200109/njrotc-chosen-for-pearl-harbor-parade?fbclid=IwAR02J1z8FcUYpLZonN2Oh15caUdlIAKP5LSvXdKNMarmOfE7stHWMgkHqw0

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WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO SUBMIT AN ESSAY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

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WINTER FORMAL TO SUPPORT SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK!

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NJROTC FUNDRAISER - MONDAY NIGHT!

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AVID FUNDRAISER AT FREDDY'S!

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SENIOR CP ENGLISH PARENTS! MAJOR AUTHOR DEADLINE!

The next MAJOR AUTHOR deadline is the January 21st for the secondary research cards and the bibliography entries. That work is due at the beginning of class on the 21st.

THE AMC 12 MATH EXAM!

The AMC 12 A Mathematics exam will take place on Thursday, January 30th, 1st and 2nd periods. Students that have registered to take the exam should report to the Amphitheatre by 7:45 am. Please bring #2 pencils, but calculators are not allowed.

The AMC 10B and 12B will be administered on Wednesday, February 5th in LC327.

French Exchange 2020!

Attention French students! There is still time to register for our 2020 Exchange! If you need more information about the trip or to sign up, please see Madame Barry in CS 307! Merci!

NATIONAL GERMAN EXAM

The National German Exam will take place on Tuesday, January 28th during 1st until 3rd period in the Library classroom.

Visit at Woodland Elementary School “Santa Claus” is “Sankt Nikolaus”?”

The German 3 Honors students followed an invitation from a Woodland Elementary first grade teacher to present a unique holiday from another country.

The German 3 Honors students were immediately excited. They brainstormed, planned and delivered a skit, appropriate for first graders, on Sankt Nikolaus, one of German children’s favorite Christmas traditions.

The students showed team spirit in writing the skid, picking roles, organizing the transportation to and from the event and being open for a question and answer session following their presentation.

Abigail Shanken, Jonathan Hiatt and Bence Kertesz were the narrators while Levi Parish and David Joy came as “Bischof Sankt Nikolaus” with his helper “Knecht Ruprecht”. Props and skid left the first graders glued to the Oak Ridge High School students lips. Lots of questions were asked figuring out the difference between Santa Claus in the USA and Sankt Nikolaus in Germany. They did not fear “Knecht Ruprecht” when he gave them all a traditional gift of mandarins. No, not coals! – they all were good kids in 2019.

Special thanks go to two other students who could not participate in the performance but played a role in the preparation: Brandon Herandez and Terrance Ladd. Thank you to the German 3 Honors students!

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COOKBOOK FOR SALE BY ORHS CHORUS!

The Choral Department is selling cookbooks with recipes collected from ORHS Choral students, ORHS Choral Boosters, ORHS Faculty and Staff, and friends of the ORHS Choral Department. The cookbooks are $10. They can be ordered directly from the ORHS Choral Boosters President, Karen Vacaliuc (kvacaliuc@gmail.com ) This is great for birthdays or that New Year’s resolution to cook more?! for your friends, family and ORHS alumni! Help support the chorus and purchase several copies of their cookbook. Copies are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer!

Has someone lost an iWatch???

An iWatch was found this fall and just turned into the office. It was found in the soccer stands. If you or your student has lost an iWatch, please email Mrs. Thompson with a description! sathompson@ortn.edu

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF ORHS ORCHESTRA "ALL EAST" SELECTIONS!

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CONGRATS TO ALL EAST BAND MEMBERS!

Congratulations to the 15 ORHS Band students who earned a chair in an ETSBOA All East Band.

Becca Godfrey earned an All State Band chair as well.


11/12 Blue Band

Nick Bader Bassoon, 3rd Chair

Elijah Hoffmann,Trombone, 6th Chair

Rodney Ellison, Trombone, 15th Chair


11/12 Red Band

Travis Pitz, F Horn, 1st Chair

Nolan Robertson, Tuba, 1st Chair


9/10 Blue Band

Josh Mercado-Valdez, Trumpet, 10th Chair

Isaac Ford, Trumpet, 13th Chair

Madie Galaska, F Horn, 5th Chair

Christian Goethert, F Horn, 8th Chair

Becca Godfrey, Percussion, 2nd Chair*

Eli Roth, Percussion, 5th Chair


9/10 Red Band

Amelia Thomson, Bb Clarinet, 21st Chair

Beatrice Shea, Oboe, 2nd Chair

Kacey Brown, Trombone, 5th Chair

Andrew Frost, Percussion, 5th Chair

BUY A MATTRESS - SUPPORT ORHS WILDBAND!

The Oak Ridge High School Band Mattress Fundraiser is coming soon! There will be 30 different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows and adjustable power bases!! Please share this information with family and friends!
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SKI CLUB SETS TRIPS FOR THE WINTER!

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OUR TEACHERS HAVE A TUTORING SCHEDULE!

Often you will ask your teen, "When can you get help from your teacher?" Their response may go like this..."I have no idea," or "I don't think they do." Well, here is a document JUST FOR YOU! Check out the PDF document below that has the staff tutoring schedule. Keep in mind, it is the student's responsibility to ask or email if they need to come early or stay late!

NHS TUTORING HAS BEGIN!

NHS Tutoring—The National Honor Society holds tutoring sessions every week. No matter if you need math help or assistance writing an essay, NHS students are here to help! Come get tutoring relief for assignments on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-3:45.

OH MY GOODNESS - PLANNING FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR IS ABOUT TO START!

Mark your calendars!!!


Junior SeminarsFebruary 4, 2020 – Students come with their US History classes. Coordinator – Ms. Rowland

Sophomore Seminars February 6, 2020 -Students come with their 10th grade English classes. Coordinator – Ms. Foster

Freshman SeminarsFebruary 11, 2020 – Students come with their STEM and Honors Biology classes. Coordinator – Ms. Bennewitz

High school course registration will take place February 17-28. This is when students will again report to the Auditorium with the above listed classes for one day to register for their 2020-2021 classes.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR YOU!

Have you looked at the updated Scholarship, Testing and Career website on the ORHS Counseling page! There is information for all ages – summer programs for current high school students, ACT/SAT prep and testing, surveys to help find a career path, and tons of scholarships ranging from local organizations to 4-year universities. A lot of scholarship and summer programs have deadlines early in the Spring semester, so go to the website or stop by the Counseling Office to find an opportunity for you!

https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/testing-scholarship-and-career/

WILDCAT ATHLETIC NEWS THIS WEEK!

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PARENT MTG FOR TRACK TEAM!

2020 Outdoor Track Parent meeting will be Thursday 1/23 @ 6 pm in the amphitheater. We will go over schedule, expectations & give out pancake breakfast tix.
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TENNIS CATS UPDATES!

September Two National Merit Semifinalists Are Members Of ORHS Tennis Teams – Wildcat Andrew Brady & Lady Wildcat Melody Guo

October Tennis Fundraiser – Car Wash at Advanced Auto LtoR: Isabella Zolnierczuk, Sofia Filigenzi, Mily Vidal, Avery Parish, Andrew Brady, & Levi Parish.

November “Play Day” Prize Winners – Sidney Ozcan, Levi Parish, Avery Parish, Bence Kertesz

January 16, 2020 Tennis Orientation Meeting from 6-7:00 PM for players/parents in ORHS Amphitheater. New and returning players can scan QR Code for the CANVAS Course “Tennis Program” to peruse goals and policies to be covered during the meeting. Students can self-enroll in “Tennis Program” using join code JEXWKK.

A YEAR OF SPORTS FOR A FLAT FEE!

Students can purchase an All-Sports Athletic Pass for $55.00. This pass will grant admission to all home games for ALL sports! The exception would be TSSAA hosted playoff games. Passes can be purchased at any time in the Main Office from Mrs. Seals.

OH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTENING....WHO TO LISTEN TO FOR INFORMATION!

With colder weather upon us and the "snow" word creeping into the forecast, we want to remind families of important Inclement Weather Procedures:


1. We are OAK RIDGE CITY SCHOOLS - NOT Anderson County

2. Decisions are made by 5:15 am - at the latest and notifications will begin thereafter

3. Delay schedules can include - 1 hour delay (breakfast is served); 2 hour delay (no breakfast; or Full day cancellation.

4. Notification for families:

a. A Skyalert message will be made - phone calls are sent to the phone numbers on

file in Skyward. PLEASE make sure these phone numbers are up to date.

b. The ortn.edu website will be updated

c. Media outlets will be notified - WFIV; WYSH; WRJZ; TYLV; B97.5 = Radio

Channel 12, WBIR-TV (www.wbir.com/weather; WVLT-TV (www.local8now.com),

WATE-TV (wate.com,

d. Look for Twitter announcement from @ORSchools

WAYS TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AT ORHS!

FOOD CITY SCHOOL BUCKS PROGRAM!

It’s time for Food City’s School Bucks Program that helps support ORHS-CDC! The program begins Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and ends on May 5, 2020.

Parents can use this to easily link their ValuCard to their school of choice at checkout.

• At the cash register, have the cashier scan the barcode along with your Food City ValuCard. This will automatically link the two together, which means you only need to scan this barcode one time. The PLU listed below may also be entered at the cash register by the cashier in lieu of scanning barcode.

• Parents also can register their ValuCard online by visiting www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks

From that point, it’s simple… just shop and earn valuable points for your school. Remember this is a ValuCard program… use your ValuCard and save for ORHS-CDC. Nothing has to be done again until next school year!

*Please share the barcode information with family and friends! You can only register your ValuCard with one school/program so please make it ORHS-CDC! Thank you in advance for your support!

KROGER SHOPPERS!

Do you shop at Kroger?? Please choose one of our three Oak Ridge High School groups to support while you are shopping! Get your grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings - anyone - to choose an organization, too! EVERY PENNY HELPS!

Oak Ridge High School Band Boosters

Oak Ridge High School Orchestra Boosters

Oak Ridge High School PTSO

SHOP AMAZONSMILES AND SUPPORT MANY ORHS ORGANIZATIONS!

Do you shop Amazon??? We all do! Login using www.amazonsmiles.com using your same Amazon Prime account and a donation will go towards your organization of choice! Same discounts and prime shipping that you are accustomed to apply!

More Info: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas


Support: Wildcat Football Boosters Club

SAVE YOUR COKE LIDS AND CASE CODES FOR CDC

CDC is asking everyone to continue to save your Coke product lids/case codes. You may send those Coke lids/codes in to us here at the high school or you can set up your own account @ https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools , input your codes and donate them to Oak Ridge High School. All proceeds donated go to CDC to help pay for classroom supplies, materials and student needs. Thank you for your support!!!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

If you are like me, I can't throw a Box Top away. I diligently cut them out, put them in a baggie and bring them to school a couple of times a year! Well, Box Tops have jumped into the 21st Century and made it super easy! No more clipping, no more guilt! Download the Box Tops for Education APP. Scan your APP every time you go shopping, and all qualifying Box Tops will automatically load and support ORHS! It's super easy! I downloaded the APP tonight and had it set for ORHS in less than 5 minutes.

All Box Top funds go to support our CDC classrooms!

WHO IS YOUR ADMINISTRATOR??

Class of 2020 - Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu

Class of 2021 - Amber Roberts ahroberts@ortn.edu

Class of 2022 - Beth Estep kestep@ortn.edu

Class of 2023 - David Foust djfoust@ortn.edu


Executive Principal - Martin McDonald mgmcdonald@ortn.edu

COUNSELING STAFF

Our Counseling Staff is tremendously important in the educational and emotional life of your teenager. Please take note who to which counselor your student is assigned:


Last Names A - C - Ms. Paige Redman hpredman@ortn.edu

Last Names D - H - Mrs. Ashley Bennewitz abennewitz@ortn.edu

Last Names I - M - Mrs. Brianna Ottinger bottinger@ortn.edu

Last Names N - R - Mrs. Kelly Rowland KSrowland@ortn.edu

Last Names S - Z - Mrs. Heidi Foster hafoster@ortn.edu

Social Worker - Mrs. Alison King aking@ortn.edu

Registrar - Mrs. Audrey Morris amorris@ortn.edu

TECHNOLOGY TRAGEDY??? DO YOU NEED HELP???

Mrs. Witick has been an Instructional Technology Coach in Oak Ridge Schools for 13 years. Students and parents can also contact her for assistance with Skyward Family Access, our Canvas Learning Management System, and Office 365 apps.


If you have questions for Mrs. Witick about these items, you can contact her at 425-9587 or email nwitick@ortn.edu

DOWNLOAD ACT TEST REGISTRATION & TEST DATES!

OAK RIDGE SCHOOLS CALENDARS!

Attendance is IMPORTANT! Check the calendar before planning your trips!

Ways to Connect and STAY INFORMED!

It is our desire to keep our families informed of all of the activity and awesome news coming from Oak Ridge High School. We have multiple platforms for connection. We encourage you to explore the many ways and provide feedback!


Website - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/

Daily Bulletin - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/daily-bulletin/ this is the Daily Announcements and are published on the website.

Channel 15 at 7:50 AM - Watch the announcements each morning by our Crew! YouTube Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL9N_azmWeQByrIW6pWLBlQ

Live in Knox/Anderson/Roane - If you live throughout Anderson/Roane/Knox counties and have ATT Uverse you can find us on Channel 99 – just select the Oak Ridge Schools option.

INews - this is the weekly Newsletter; distributed Monday morning at 7:00 am by email; it is also sent out on Twitter on Sunday evening on @stefthompson63 @ORSchools All previous issues can be found at http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/news-events/news-links/

Skylert Messages and Emails - Please make sure your current email address and phone numbers are up to date!!!

PTSO Newsletter - PTSO distributes a VERY detailed quarterly newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events and LOTS of counseling information! This comes to your email! They also have a presence on the website: http://www.orhs-ptso.org/news-information with tons of information! PTSO also has a Facebook presence, and we encourage you to "LIKE" their page! https://www.facebook.com/ORHSPTSO/

Twitter - While we know not everyone is on Twitter, many, many are! We keep the list of Twitter accounts for sports, clubs, teachers, principals, class information, etc. updated on the Wildcat iNews. We encourage you to follow us! Twitter provides us an opportunity to share quick information throughout the day as well as celebrate our awesome kids and their accomplishments!

Class of 2020 families - We have started a Facebook page as well https://www.facebook.com/ORHSClassof2020/ in addition to our @ORHSClassof2020 Twitter account.

FOLLOW US ON @TWITTER!

Our goals include celebrating students and increasing our communication to families! Twitter is an avenue by which we try to accomplish these goals! Just try it! Follow these accounts!


NEW ACCOUNTS ADDED ARE IN BOLD


@Wildcats2020vi1 - Class of 2020 Information Maintained by Senior Steering

@ORHS_NJROTC - ROTC, WIldcat Company

@DavidJFoust - David Foust, Class of 2023 admin

@KITTYCOMMITTEE1 - ORHS Student Section

@ORHSSchoolcraft - Jonathan Schoolcraft, ORHS Math teacher

@ORHS_FB_Boostr - ORHS Football Boosters

@ORHSWildBand - ORHS Marching & Concert Band

@OrhsJam - ORHS Jam Club with Mr. Alexander & Mrs. Whitaker

@davidbowman10s - ORHS Tennis Team

@orhsinteract - Interact Club

@HealthyORS - ORS Coordinated School Health

@Alison_King23 - ORHS Social Worker

@ORladysoccer- ORHS Lady Soccer Cats

@ORHSOakLog2017 - Oak Log Yearbook for 2018-19

@ORHSClassof2021 - Mrs. Roberts' Class of 2021

@ORHSvolleyball - ORHS Girls Volleyball Team

@ORHSXC - ORHS Cross Country Team

@ORHSLibrary - ORHS Library & Media Services

@ORHSCreditUnion - ORHS Credit Union

@ORHSBaseball15 - Varsity & JV ORHS Baseball Team

@MasquersORHS - Masquers and Theater for ORHS

@orpsef - Oak Ridge Public Schools Educational Foundation

@orhs_gsa - Gay/Straight Alliance Club

@ORSTechnology - Updates from IT Dept. for technology in @ORSchools

@ORHSTennis - ORHS Tennis Team

@GraduationCeleb - ORHS Graduation Celebration 2019

@ORSchools - District Twitter Account

@ORHSWIldcatMGM - Mr. McDonald

@ORHS_PTSO - PTSO for ORHS

@ORHSCounseling - Counseling Office

@ORHSClassof2020 - Senior Information

@estepintime - Mrs. Estep, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2022

@ORBoysBball - Oak Ridge Boys Basketball

@ORLadyWildcats - Oak Ridge Girls Basketball

@orhs_cheer - Oak Ridge Cheerleaders

@ORHSDanceCats - Oak Ridge Dance Cats

@OakRidgeSports - Oak Ridge Sports

@frc4265 - Secret City Wildbots

@ORHSOrchestra - Orchestra

@APES_ORHS - AP Environmental Science

@wildcats_AT - Athletic Training for ORHS Sports (Mighty Terra Davenport!)

@ORHSgolf - Golf Team/Scott Estep

@PhysicsCats - ORHS Betsy Hondorf's Physics Highlights