Oak Ridge High School

Wildcat iNews for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 5/26/2020 #136

YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD

Yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 3rd 9:00 - 12:00 pm in the bus loop. Details will come in Skyalert later this week and published in June 1st iNews. Orders for a discounted price will last until FRIDAY, May 29th. https://www.balfour.com/tennessee/oak-ridge/oak-ridge-high-school Students waiting until June 3rd to buy should bring $85.00 CASH! Less than 75 books remain, and they books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

COLLECTION OF ALL ORHS ASSETS IS THIS WEEK!

Enter Providence Road from the POOL end; turn into the Arena parking lot by Ben Martin Track & Field and follow signage for each stop!!


Can't come on your specific day? Come - one of the days.


SCHOOL ID BADGES SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE FRONT POCKET OF LAPTOP CASE.


Below is a spreadsheet of assets ORHS needs to collect the week of May 26th - 29th! Items will be collected in the bus loop from 9 - 3 daily!
May 26th - Seniors

May 27th - Juniors

May 28th - Sophomores

May 29th - Freshman


ALL DAYS:


A - C - 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

D - G - 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

H - J - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

K - L - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

M -N - 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

O - R - 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

S- V - 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

W - Z - ALL REMAINING - SHUT DOWN IS FIRMLY AT 3:00 PM


Computers, Calculators, Textbooks, School calculators, ROTC uniforms, Chorus uniforms, Athletic gear and uniforms

Oak Ridge High School Commencement 2020

BADGES....WHAT DO STUDENTS DO????

Badges for ALL students - even Seniors - should be placed in the front pocket of the laptop case. Start looking for them NOW! Badges that have to be replaced by the City of Oak Ridge for the 2020-21 school year are subject to a $10.00 replacement cost!

IT'S TIME TO SIGN THE COMPUTER PERMISSION FORMS FOR 2020-2021

Parents of RISING Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors! ACTION REQUIRED!


With the uncertainty regarding how "school will look" as we continue through the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever to take care of signing the computer permission forms! The Technology User Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year is now LIVE in the Family Skyward account - NOT THE STUDENT account. There are three items which need to be checked and the date added to complete. A step-by-step instructional is below. Should you have problems, please contact Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu or Carrie Harvey charvey@ortn.edu for assistance.

Access Oak Ridge Technology User Agreement

GRADUATION PHOTOS!!!

Parents - we know you want to capture the memory of your Senior obtaining their diploma from ORHS! We are so thankful to McEachern's Photography who stayed for all 30 hours of filming to capture this moment for. your family. To order: www.mceachernphotos.com then go to view galleries, miscellaneous graduations, Oak Ridge High School 2020, and look for your graduate! Pictures should be LIVE by Monday NIGHT - May 18th!

RSCC - MIDDLE COLLEGE GRADUATION PLANS!

First of all, let me congratulate each of you on the amazing and wonderful accomplishment you each have achieved. You have earned your high school diploma and graduated from your respective high schools as a college junior. I know it has been a difficult road at times, but you stayed the course and finished the race. You will now move forward as a Roane State alum with your associates degree to your university. Before you go, we are hoping you will be able to participate with one more thing – Graduation.

The college has announced that plans are being made to hold our graduation ceremonies Saturday, July 25. Roane State will be sending an email out this coming Tuesday, May 26 on this development. The specific details are being, and will continue to be, worked out as we determine the number of students who wish to attend and the number of guest allowed according to CDC and TBR guidelines.

For Middle College graduates, we will participate as a group in the 2:00 service. If this arrangement should change, we will adjust accordingly as a group. Please keep this in mind as you submit if you plan to participate in the ceremony.

HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT TO CAFETERIA

No one expected March 13th to be our last day. Many accounts in our cafeteria were left with outstanding balances. In order to "Make A Payment" to zero out an account for the year, we have made an easy to follow, step by step screencast.


Payments can be brought to the school in check or cash during lunch distribution (11-1) each day to give to our cafeteria manager. Payments are NOT accepted by ORHS but through Aramark, our lunch provider.

Make A Lunch Payment Via Skyward

SENIOR ART STUDENTS

Seniors' artwork will be available for pickup on Tuesday, May 26th in the art garden in the front of the school. After seniors drop their laptops, come to the front of the building to collect your masterpieces! Everything is tagged in large garbage sacks for safety!

WHERE ARE STUDENT LOCKER ITEMS?

Parents, student lockers were cleaned out by our staff two weeks ago. Items have been "bagged and tagged" and can be picked up the week laptops are returned. Should your student need the items prior to that time, please contact the Main Office at 425-9601.

FRENCH STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS!

On March 10, ORHS French students had the opportunity to test their abilities against other French students from across the United States. The results are in, and the students of Mesdames Bailey and Barry performed very well, both within the State of Tennessee and in the United States!

We had two Gold medal winners, six Bronze medal winners, and eight Honorable Mentions! Level 2: Ella Kendall --Honorable Mention Aidan Onash—Honorable Mention Bryan Rivera—Honorable Mention Riley Gelb—8th in Tennessee/ 8th in USA—Bronze Medalist Jonathan Scott—8th in Tennessee/8th in USA—Bronze Medalist Level 3: Amelie Nagle—Honorable Mention Selena Piercy—Honorable Mention Beatrice Shea—Honorable Mention Manuel Bastien—8th in Tennessee/9th in USA—Bronze Medalist Macy Shiller—2nd in Tennessee/ 3rd in USA—Gold Medalist Level 4: Matthew Kendall: 7th in Tennessee/ 17th in USA—Bronze Medalist Breanna Slessman: 9th in Tennessee/20th in USA—Bronze Medalist Level 5: Miles Jackson—Honorable Mention Leah Manning—Honorable Mention Zane Accawi—2nd in Tennessee/ 13th in USA—Bronze Medalist Melody Guo—1st in Tennessee/ 6th in USA—Gold Medalist

SENIOR DANCE CATS DANCIN' AT THE NEXT LEVEL!

Congratulations to Calista and Katie, for making the University of Memphis Pom Squad! They join SEVEN Dance Cat Alumni who made college dance teams! Congrats to Chloe (Clemson), Sydney (Tennessee Tech), Kate (ETSU), Harley (Memphis) , Rylee (Memphis), Olivia (Memphis), and Ally (Memphis)

TOP WRENCH WINNER, BRADY HUTSON!

Congratulations 🎉🎈 to Brady Hutson, who received a mechanics tool set from Top Wrench. He scored 2nd overall in his automotive class and certified on all 10 ASE test areas! Mr. LaDue says he was a great help in the shop, often helping students and answering questions as needed.

CITY OF OAK RIDGE YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

The Youth Advisory Board is accepting applications for the next school year. The term of office begins on August 1st, 2020. Participation on the City of Oak Ridge YAB requires attendance at bi-monthly meetings on Wednesday afternoon right after school and also at special events throughout the year. All interested students are encouraged to fill out the online application located at www.oakridgetn.gov or you may call the Front Desk of the Civic Center at 865-425-3450 to obtain a paper copy. Application requirements include being an Oak Ridge resident and a student that is entering 8th-12th grade. Applications will be due by June 15, 2020 to the City Clerk’s Office. For any further questions, please contact Matt Reedy at 865-425-3450 or at mreedy@oakridgetn.gov.

Direct link to the application: https://oakridgetn.granicus.com/boards/w/b28b9ab627896ecd

GRADUATION DRIVE BY EVENT - MAY 26TH - 3:10 PM PROVIDENCE ROAD!

CELEBRATE THE ORHS GRADUATES ON MAY 26TH - 3:10 - 3:40 PROVIDENCE ROAD

Get your cow bells, horns, balloons, streamer, decorate your cars and be ready to drive down Providence Road from the pool to the stop sign to celebrate our seniors in a celebratory drive by! The event begins on May 26th at 3:10 pm sharp. Hosted in partnership between Senior Steering, Matt Reedy & OR Parks & Recs and approved by the ORPD! Get ready for the drive by and see all of our seniors - socially distanced up and down the road!

SENIOR LUNCH REFUNDS

Is there still a balance in your Senior's Aramark lunch account? This link will provide access to requesting a refund. Underclassmen balances are rolled to the following school year.


Procedure: https://www.ortn.edu/pdfs/Food_Service_Refund_Procedure.pdf


Refund Form: https://www.ortn.edu/pdfs/Food_Service_Refund_Form.pdf



SENIOR DEBTS

After laptops, textbooks, athletic gear, etc. have been collected, our staff will work to determine if seniors owe any money. Thank you to everyone who has reached out; however, we are unable to determine this amount until items are returned to us.

SUMMER READING - LOOKIN' A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!

Oak Ridge High School will not be requiring students to complete a traditional summer reading assignment for the upcoming summer break. We feel under the present conditions the task would be too burdensome and the logistics too difficult to overcome. Instead, this year, we are posting to the school’s website a list of recommended readings for students in order to provide options for continued learning and to mitigate potential losses in reading skills over the summer. The list includes selected works from different disciplines and departments at the high school for students who might be interested in science, math, technology, history, social science, and classic literature. There is a mix of all nonfiction and fiction genres, and the selections range from high-interest contemporary works to traditional, canonical texts. Although we have made every effort to consider content and subject matter in order to avoid sensitive topics, controversial issues, or mature subject matter, parents or guardians are ultimately the best judges of what is suitable for their students. Therefore, we strongly suggest that parents or guardians evaluate each selected text to determine whether a work is appropriate for their students. The list also identifies if and where a text may be available online in a free eBook or audiobook format. We hope that students enjoy the works we have selected, and if there are any questions, please contact Michael Feuer, Oak Ridge High School Department of English Coordinator: mfeuer@ortn.edu. More information about the suggested summer reading list will be available on the Oak Ridge High School website
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READ THIS SUMMER A WIN A CHANCE FOR A GIFTCARD!

The English Department and Mrs. Milloway have teamed up to encourage you to read this summer. Log your pages, provide a quick summary and it automatically enrolls you for a chance of a weekly drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card through the month of June! Find a book and start reading today!


https://forms.gle/x9mzCVEmQePsP3LY7

FLEA MARKET UPDATE

Due to continued COVID concerns and implementing necessary social distancing recommendations, the ORHS Flea Market will continue to be closed through the month of June.

VIRTUAL YEARBOOK SIGNING!

Balfour may be slow to open and print our actual books, but they have prepared a way to begin yearbook signing! The instructions are in the flyer below!
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"READY TO RETIRE" USA FLAGS NEEDED

ROTC is still accepting torn and tattered American flags to be properly retired (destroyed). Flags can be dropped off at the school or a person can contact me by email to arrange drop off. Thank you.

TNPromise Community Service Hours Information

Please refer to the most recent opportunity provided by TNAchieves to earn TNPromise community service hours through online work.


https://tnachieves.org/community-service/webinars/?fbclid=IwAR0Moj2qEfq7yPbtxKAjOjtTUcxOKUdVkXRSi6JCA3wa7xD7htdN2ZjMyTw


If you are interested in community service in Oak Ridge, which still will incorporate social distancing, contact Mrs. Thompson for more details through email. sathompson@ortn.edu

DOES YOUR TEEN NEED AN SF-1010 FORM FOR THEIR DRIVER'S PERMIT???

In order for a student to take their permit test, a form is required from the school. Mrs. Thacker, our attendance secretary, prepares these forms. Please fill out the Google form from the link below, and she will mail the form to your home. Please be assured this information will be kept confidential by only Mrs. Thacker and Mrs. Thompson. If you have questions, please email PThacker@ortn.edu or sathompson@ortn.edu


https://forms.gle/zZYGgTLZq4rEefnN8

WANT TO BE AN ORHS MEN'S BASKETBALL WILDCAT???

If your son is interested in trying out to be a ORHS Basketball Wildcat, please fill out the Google form below. We have removed the ortn.edu requirement to open the form. If access can't be obtained, please download the form below and send to Coach Ronnie Scott @ sco34tt@yahoo.com


https://forms.gle/Ch846S7owMkSn5qBA

UPDATE ON SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Free athletic physicals have been postponed. As soon as the Covid-19 social distancing practices allow, we will reschedule.


The physical FORM has not been finalized at this time. As soon as it is ready to publish, it will be posted in the iNews, the ORTN.EUD/HIGHSCHOOL website as well as all social media platforms schools use for communication.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

The link below outlines the guidelines for support of the Oak Ridge Schools Technology Department. We encourage you to review these guidelines in the event your student has a need for support while we are on our extended break from "normal" school.


https://www.ortn.edu/ORHS/TDRemoteSupportInstr.pdf


We are SOOOOO grateful to the men and women who support the thousands of devices under these difficult circumstances!!!!

RIDGEVIEW COUNSELING SERVICES

Ridgeview continues to maintain regular outpatient clinic hours at all of our county locations. As we continue to monitor CDC recommendations, our response will continue to evolve. All Ridgeview facility locations are being maintained per CDC guidelines.

For all school-based services STAR therapists will begin contacting their current Ridgeview clients the week of March 30th to discuss continuing care and treatment at home via phone or telehealth. During periods of heightened stress and anxiety around your overall health, please know a variety of services remain available to you. Ridgeview understands the need for ongoing accessibility to services and the importance of meeting people where they are by offering timely access to care and treatment. If there are any questions regarding school-based services, please contact Amy Olson at 865-441-8470. To learn more about our walk-in clinic hours, please visit https://www.ridgeview.com/services/same-day-access-availability.

THE DISTRICT CORONAVIRUS SITE IS UPDATED REGULARLY TO REFLECT THE MOST RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS BY ORS!

The District has provided information regarding Coronavirus located on its website. Please refer to the official information.

https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/2020/03/02/information-regarding-coronavirus/

INTERNET ACCESS A PROBLEM?

Internet Access

Do you need internet access for online learning?

Comcast – https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

  • Open Wifi-hotspots to all users, even non Comcast subscribers.
  • No Data Caps – 60 days of Unlimited access
  • No Disconnect or Late Fees
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers – 60 days of Internet access for free – normally $9.99/month

AT&T – https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

  • No Disconnections or Late Fees for customers
  • Free open wifi hotspots
  • Unlimited Data
  • Limited/Fixed income residents and sign up as a New customer for $10/month.

Charter/Spectrum – https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

  • Free broadband/Wifi for 60 days to home with K-12 and/or college students that do not already have a Spectrum Account (Call 1-844-488-8395)
  • Spectrum will open it’s wifi hotspots for all public use.
  • No Data caps

TDS Internet (large portions of East TN) – https://tdstelecom.com/about/news/categories/tds/CoronavirusStatement.html

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS FOR ALL OAK RIDGE HS TEACHERS

UPDATE: Virtual hours is an "evolving" process! After reviewing the list in its entirety, teachers have modified their hours. Below you will find a link which will update in Real Time for teacher's office hours!


https://ortn-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/ahroberts_ortn_edu/ESgmSUesxEZApuxDdF4Oa3wBPHSd5VRquPeARXeaRnYKjA

PARENTAL CANVAS SUPPORT - SO IMPORTANT NOW W ONLINE LEARNING BEGINNING!

With online educational opportunities beginning April 6, we encourage all parents to monitor Canvas along with their student. We encourage all parents to contact Mrs. Witick for assistance at nwitick@ortn.edu if you have struggled to have your OWN login!


Below are some instructions in PDF form for your assistance.

PARENTS OF 2022'S!!

If you are a parent of an ORHS Class of 2022 student, there is a new resource of information designed JUST FOR YOU! Mrs. Estep has started a new Facebook page specifically to celebrate the great students of 2022 and provide up to date information pertaining to our sophomores as they journey through high school. Take just a minute to "join the page!"


https://www.facebook.com/groups/265859534437549/

NEED TO CONTACT YOUR TEACHER????

Students and parents will be reaching out to teachers over the next several weeks, and we want to provide an easy link for the staff email addresses! This link will take you to the full list of staff and email! Clicking on the "name" will open an email in Outlook.


https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/contacts/school-staff/

ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES!

Thank you to Caramia Milloway, our Media Center Specialist, who has prepared resources which will help students, parents and staff as we work through online learning activities. The link provides links to a variety of (now) free eBooks and digital audiobooks.


https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/library/academics-library-free-ebooks-and-digital-audiobooks/

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

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