OVS Weekly Update

January 18, 2019, Volume 97

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OVS Location Update

As you know, OVS will be moving for the upcoming school year, because the land our current building is on is for a NEW Omaha Public School's high school.

We will be moving our WHOLE program to the Omaha Public Schools' Teacher and Administration Center or the TAC building. At this time, we know that the K-8th grade classrooms will be on the 4th floor. It is the plan that this will be our LAST move. We will share more information as we learn more.

Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, Jan 21st--NO SCHOOL!

  • No online lessons

Wednesday, January 30th

  • 1:30-2:30pm
  • Kindergarten Roundup -- Bring your soon-to-be kindergartner to engage with Mrs. Rogers and learn about our KG classroom. Please invite those who may be interested in our program!

Thursday, January 31st

  • Picture Retakes--or "first-takes" for new families
  • 8:30-9:30am at High School - room 206
  • 11-12:00 at 60 & L location
  • Students can attend either session

Coming in February

  • High school infosessions and registration for 8th grade learners and learning coaches on the last week of February.

School Pictures

If you ordered pictures and did not receive them, please contact Brooke!
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If you were unable to finish testing this week, please contact your student's teacher to set up a make up session.

STEAM Fair--HUGE Success!

Our STEAMfair was a huge success this week! Thank you to our families who attended and supported their learners who brought their STEAM projects. Thank you Mrs. Felten and Mrs. Barry for planning this event together, and to LC Kelly Anderson for her coordination and partnership.

We encourage our MS learners to enter their science projects in the Metro Science and Engineering Fair on March 7th. More details can be found here: https://www.msefomaha.com/

OVS Synergy

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Order your OVS Gear

T-shirt orders are back open! All orders must be submitted by Jan 24!
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LC Book Club
We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out

The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Exchange

Jan 29-31st will be the OVS materials exchange in the basement of the K-8 building. Please also bring lightly used OVS Gear you no longer need. Synergy Socials will be taking place in the Learning Lounge during this time as well.

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/26- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

Week in Review:

K-1 had 100% testing attendance!!! No make-ups!! I can't wait to share how much growth we have made. Way to go K-1 learners!

Thank you so much for those that were able to come to STEAM Fest, we had a great time!

Looking Ahead

We are back to our regular face-to-face sessions next week! We will use the book Julius: The Baby of the World to look at character traits and how characters change over time. Our Math focus will be on addition and subtraction. We will play a couple of games to help with our fact fluency. Our sight words have been left out the past couple of weeks! We will get back at it and work on writing sentences using our sight words.

I will be online Friday, January 25 from 9:00-10:30 if you have any questions or send me an email or call. Thank you for all you do!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had a great week of testing! I believe the students really tried to show us what they know. I’m proud of them! Thank you for those who were able to come to our STEAM Fest. There is always a great variety of things to see.

Next Week:

We are almost back to normal next week. There will be no school activities on Monday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be having our regular face-to-face classes, though. Also, please make sure to bring your new book to school, but don’t start reading it yet. There were only 2 choices this quarter: How to Eat Fried Worms and The Pain and the Great One. Hopefully you have it already. If not, check your email as I sent out a link before winter break.

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

Thank you for attending the orientation, if you have any questions about anything we talked about please email me! We talked in class about how MAP testing is just to find out what you know and we just need to do our best!

Next Week:

We will be having Map testing next week so please make sure you are signed up for three sessions. This means we will not be having regular classes. Please be prompt for drop off and pick up next week for the testing sessions. Students may also bring a book from home if they would like, or they can pick one from my library to read quietly after the test.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
Welcome back! We got in the flow this week with our orientations. If you have any questions about what was covered, don’t hesitate to contact me. I apologize for my absence in a few sessions as I was at the high school and in training at the teacher center.

Looking Ahead:
This week we will be having MAP testing all week. Sessions are in the Sign-up Genius. Each student will attend three sessions to take our Winter MAP to see how much growth was achieved during the first semester.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Mathway is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. It is set in the form of a scientific calculator for all notations.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have resumed. Remember that all math lessons are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

  • Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
  • Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • PreAlgebra: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.
  • Algebra 2 & Honors: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • PreCalc/Trig: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

Thank you all for your hard work on this year's science fair. We got to see some great work from our hard-working students. This week in class we did the MAP test. Next week in class, 6th grade science students will be learning about the CoCoRahs program for weather monitoring, 7th grade students will work on an energy diagram using the 3D printer, and 8th grade students will be learning about kinetic and potential energy using a pendulum.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Wow….this week seemed to fly by! Wink. Wink.

Many learners are digging into that first module in ELA! Soon, it will be time to think about our writing assignments! One thing that will help with our writing (as well as reading, speaking and listening) is knowledge of vocabulary. Please check in with your learner. Each of them has a list of vocabulary words that they are responsible for learning. In fact, they must prove to me that they are doing something on their own to learn this vocabulary! This evidence is due to K12 by Monday at 11:00 PM. I would encourage you to look at their list and become familiar with the words. You can help them to expand both the breadth and depth of their word knowledge by incorporating these words into conversations as often as possible!

As a reminder, each learner should have a notebook for ELA. One of the things middle schoolers need help with is learning how to learn. Taking notes is a strategy that everyone can learn, refine, and use throughout life! Please ensure that your learner has their notebook out at home AND remind them to bring it to school during our Face 2 Face days.

Kids are excelling at Excel! A surefire way to earn all points for each assignment is to follow all instructions to a “T.” I am noticing some learners are simply trying to mimic what the final spreadsheet should look like. They will be able to create the final product if they follow the lesson step-by-step.

If you have any questions about ELA or Computer Apps, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

*PM Art Families- Please remember to have your learners choose their favorite art work from first semester to bring in to be displayed at STEAMFair. Place in the art drop box THIS WEEK.

AM students created work during face to face time to be displayed.

Coming Up:

  • Week of January 21st - 6-8 Face to Face Art - Bring in portfolios with any completed art projects.
  • Week of January 28th - Note only two open art times -Tuesday and Wednesday- in January. Sign up here.

9th Grade Newsletter

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Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

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