OVS Weekly Update

October 12, 2018 Volume 85

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training

Quarterly Check In

Our training this month is going to focus on creating a positive classroom environment at home and monitoring data inside K12. We will be taking a look at your student's data and reflecting on what is going well and what we can improve. Your attendance at one of the sessions is required.

Thursday- Oct. 11- 9:30 and 1:30

Tuesday- Oct. 16- 9:00 and 1:00

Wednesday- Oct. 17- 9:00

Wednesday- Oct. 24- 4:30 and 6:30 (during Parent-teacher conferences)

Thursday- Oct 25- 12:30 (during parent-teacher conferences)

Past Training

Earlier this year, LCs at the high school learned about OneNote. We will have Eileen coming for the K-8 families at the end of October. Here is a link to refresh your memory or to get you started in OneNote. OneNote is used often, especially in the K-8 building and can be a powerful tool to use throughout the school experience. *To view it, you will need to log into Office 365.


Parent Teacher Conferences

When: Wednesday October 24 4:30-8:00 and Thursday October 25 12:30-8:00

Where: The Den at 60th & L

Why: Parent teacher conferences are a time for the learning team (learning coach, learning facilitator, AND learner) to connect regarding the learners' growth goals for the school year using MAP data, current progress, and how the team can work together to finish this semester off strong. Think of it as a huddle in football! You are strongly encouraged to attend so you can rally the team around your learner to ensure a winning season!

Who: Learning Coaches AND Learners

Parent-Teacher Conference Chili Cook-off

Since Parent Teacher Conference week is a LONG week. OVS Synergy likes to support our teachers by providing them dinner. This year, we want to add a competitive TWIST to our dinner. We would like to have a chili cook-off at 60 & L. Families are welcome to be chili "judges" too! If you would like to participate in the chili cook-off or just provide materials, sign up in the Sign-UP genius below.


Community Events


Come join the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park for Baseballoween on Friday, October 26 5:00-8:00. There will be games, movies, and, of course, CANDY!! This is a fun, safe environment to go trick-or-treating with the whole family!

Engineering Carnival

On Sunday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00pm the Engineering Ambassadors Network will be hosting an Engineering Carnival Fundraiser! The event will take place in the City Campus Nebraska Union (1400 R St) in the Ballroom on the 2nd floor. There will be a variety of activities geared towards students in grades 2-8, but all are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Engineering Ambassadors Network. Drop by for as long or as many activities as you'd like.

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Sunday with a Scientist

"Sunday with a Scientist" is an event that will take place at Morrill Hall (South of 14th & Vine St.) on October 21, from 12:30-4:30pm.
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Our new attendance practices for this school year have been going well. Just a refresher, that K-8 learners need to be engaged in learning for 27 hours/week at home.

  • K-5 Learning Coaches must enter ALL learning in the attendance module in K12.com.
  • 6-8th grade Learning Coaches must enter learning that takes place OFF K12.com.

Growth Mindset

Last week during K-5 assembly, we showed the below video that is an example of never giving up after failure. It is a powerful demonstration of how learning from failure can help you achieve and compete at the highest level. Everyone fails, but how you learn from it and react to it is what sets you apart!

OVS Synergy

OVS Family Bowling Night

Where: The Mark

When: Monday night, October 22nd from 6pm to 7pm.

Details: $10/person includes pizza, pop, shoes, and an hour of bowling.

**Optional after bowling families can do laser tag on their own for an additional $5 each.


The middle school classes won the Box Top War!! Students in the middle school classes will receive a prize the week of October 15th.

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.

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Ms. Rogers' Class Update

This Week:

This week we read Stellaluna and focused on problem and solution. Learners were able to identify many different problems and their solution in the book. For word work, learners worked on identifying beginning sounds or making words. Learners recorded their reflection in Seesaw. Make sure you take a look!! Some learners have been commenting on the likes and comments they are receiving on their work! Please be sure to ask your learner about the sight word book they worked on this week. We worked with numbers and place value in Math.

Next week:

We will continue to focus on place value and numbers next week too. Learners will be working in small groups to demonstrate mastery of this area of number sense. Writing will continue to be a focus, as we will work on writing our 5 Star Sentence: Capital letter to start my sentence, Punctuation to end my sentence, Use Finger Spaces, Use Neat Handwriting, and My Sentence Makes Sense. Learners will choose a picture or two and write their own sentence about the picture.

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had a successful severe weather drill today. The learners did a great job of following procedures. In class we tweaked our Math and ELA Center rotations. We did some modeling of what that looks like. I’ve been very impressed with the attitudes of everyone. They come ready to learn.

Next Week:

I will be out of the building on Wednesday and Thursday for professional development. There will be a substitute in the building. The learners are doing well with routines and procedures so I have no doubt those days will go smoothly. I’m still missing a few parents on Seesaw. If you’re not connected with us, please do so this weekend. The contest between Mrs. Rogers and I ends on Monday. ( I think I’m winning!)

There will be parent/teacher conferences on the 24th and 25th. The Sign-up Genius link is below. Please sign up as soon as you can!


Mrs. Walker's class update

Week in Review:

This week we continued developing our story we wrote last week by creating a beginning, middle, and end. We then added a picture for each! We also completed a pumpkin puzzle using our multiplication facts.

Looking Ahead:

This week we will be getting into guided reading groups during reading. We will also be working some more with place value and numbers. Artifacts are due this week so make sure you turn in everything you have when your learner comes to school.

There will be parent/teacher conferences on the 24th and 25th. The Sign-up Genius link is below. Please sign up as soon as you can!


Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
The quarter’s end is approaching quickly. Grades for quarter one will be accepted through Sunday, October 14th at 11:30 PM. If there are lesson assessments not completed by then learners may still submit work through the end of the semester. Learners will receive full credit for work submitted and the “0”s will replace themselves.

Online lessons continue to happen daily. See below for the schedule to ensure your learners are in attendance. If a student is optional, they are not required to attend, but are welcome to for additional assistance. “Required” learners must attend the session for lesson assistance.

Looking Ahead:
Learners will continue to use their Passports to check in with each Learning Facilitator and discuss that subject area. These passports will also notify Learning Coaches what was done in class and what the next steps are for learners. Follow up with your learners and see what their next step is. Keep checking their progress and using the pacing guides to know what is due.

Should your learner have a question or struggle, please encourage them to reach out to us. If they are reserved, then please email the appropriate teacher and we will make note of that need and address it. We are a team and encourage all parties (facilitator, coach, and learner) to communicate.

PIT Stop is available on Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 for learners that need assistance. This is an ONLINE session. I will be actively in the session and available to answer questions or model lessons for learners in need.

We are still missing numerous learners for their required online lessons. Please ensure your learner is logging into the Class Connect sessions for their instruction and assistance. This is vital to their progress and comprehension.

There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Geogebra provides a free graphing calculator and many other tools that are helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities as well as drawing geometric shapes and finding their properties. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Most online sessions will not last the entire block of time, unless needed for individual help. We will work in mini-lessons addressing specific needs. If “Required” is listed on the session, you must attend that session. If “Optional” is listed, you do not have to attend, but CAN attend if you’d like help or a review.

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.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Tuesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

Our learners are busy as ever!

6th grade science students are working through some labs on rocks and minerals. They are enjoying hands-on identification.

7th grade science students are working on labs about cells.

8th grade science students are working on density and measurement labs. We did a lab using gum drop models to balance equations this week as well.

All social studies students are working through their workbooks. World history is working on a book about Early Man using Minecraft to create pictures. Global studies is working to get used to using the workbook in Onenote. They will do a research project in class before the end of the semester. American history students are on unit 8 right now. They will have an optional field trip to the Lewis and Clark Headquarters coming up. Be on the look out for an email from Angela Nelson for group details. Learners can also choose to read the book Jefferson's sons.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Wow! There’s a whole lot of writing going on in ELA! And soon, there will be a lot of talking…. in the form of presentations and speeches!

Learners in every grade have been working on applying their research skills to learn about, write about, and eventually tell us about something new!

In 6th grade, learners have been looking into the intelligence of animals. 7th graders have been dabbling in the field of science. And 8th graders have been listening and reading through some famous speeches to prepare for their own mini speech!

Encourage your learners to finalize their big writing projects. Ask to read their papers or speeches. Offer feedback on how they can improve their writing. Help them to ensure that they have given credit where credit is due by using citations. Pump them up for that public speaking opportunity. I have promised them I will make it as painless as possible! I can’t wait to hear about all the interesting things they have discovered or want to share.

In Compute Apps, we are ending our first quarter. Many of you will be happy to know that we will be finished with 3-D design (TinkerCad) for the year. Second quarter will officially kick off EduTyping. In addition, we will be working on becoming more proficient with Microsoft Word.

If you have questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art class update

All learners should be following the pacing guide for their grade band and completing one art lesson per week.

All artwork to be included on 1st quarter report cards is due by October 14th. Turn in any labelled work to the blue "Art Drop Box" in front of the art cabinet.

Week of October 8th:

6th-8th Face to Face Art for AM art students

**All 6-8 art students bring your portfolio with any completed work.**

If your middle school learner is on pace they will have the following lessons/projects completed:

(Each lesson they do has an "Explore" section with an art project to be completed)

  • 1.01/1.02 An Artist's Role (Self Portrait)
  • 1.03 Styles of Art (Mini art gallery)
  • 1.05 Color Choice (Painting using a color scheme)
  • 1.07 Composing Artworks(Composition plans/sketches)

Week of October 15th:

October Open Art

To register for October Open Art- http://bit.ly/OVSOctOpenArt

9th Grade Newsletter

Troubles with your device?

If you are having issues with your student's device, please email your issue/concern to this email address: ovs-techhelp@ops.org

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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