OVS Weekly Update

September 14, 2018 Volume 81

Mark Your Calendars!


What does that mean? No online lessons, OVS staff is not on site, learners CAN STILL work online and learning coaches can still log attendance.

Learning Coach Training Next Week

Learning Coach Collaboration Time

Your fellow Learning Coaches are a wonderful asset!! If you have questions, now is the time to talk to each other and get some tips or tricks!!

Upcoming Learning Coach Training

Synergy Social-Materials exchange & LC Tips and tricks

September 25-27

Learning Coach Resource Exchange-Are you going to do a science experiment but don’t have all the materials? Do you have a bunch of materials that you don’t need anymore? Bring in materials that will be needed in the curriculum starting this week. We will have it sorted and learning coaches can trade items that are needed!! We will have a learning coach exchange setup in the basement, so bring in your materials in the next few weeks and be prepared to exchange.

We will also be sharing tips and tricks in regards to what works at home with learners and what doesn't! Be prepared to share your knowledge with the group.

Possible Items:

  • disposable aluminum baking dishes (large casserole size) 5
  • aluminum foil 3
  • Large bag of play sand
  • hair dryer with cool setting
  • cooking spray (oil) 3
  • toothpicks 500
  • craft sticks 500
  • 20 pennies
  • plastic dish tubs 5
  • white vinegar (1 jug)
  • Rolling pins 3
  • thick rubber bands 100
  • protective gloves 500
  • scalpels 5
  • sewing pins 50
  • Vegetable oil 2 bottles
  • measuring cup 5 sets
  • hydrogen peroxide 3% 2 bottles
  • yeast 24 pkg
  • tea light candles 24
  • matches 1 box
  • eyedropper 5
  • cranberry juice 3 jugs
  • diet cola 24 cans
  • orange soda 24 cans
  • hot pads (for science) 2
  • hot mitt 5
  • cotton swabs 100

Past LC Training

MAP Results

Learning Coaches learned how to read the Progress Report from MAP; as well as how to use those results to help guide instruction at home. If you would like to meet for more information about how to use the results, feel free to contact me at sarah.nommensen@ops.org.

Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook

Thank you to all the families that came to the training done by Eileen Heller. Eileen covered how to download the Office products for personal use computers, how to access and use OneDrive to store your work, and how to access and use Outlook for email. Click here if you’d like a refresher on any of those topics!

MAP testing-Make Up Sessions

All OVS learners took the MAP reading and math MAP assessments the week of August 27th. Mrs. Nommensen has contacted those learners that need to make up tests. The make up session is Friday on August 21st at 1:00.

Open House

Thursday, September 27th--More info to follow

District Math Night!

Math Night!

Parents are invited to the District Math Nights to learn instructional strategies to help support their learners in math. Are you confused about how to teach math with manipulatives? Is your child frustrated with the traditional way of learning math? This workshop will teach you how to teach at home using proven instructional strategies.

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We continue to look for aspiring robotics engineers at OVS! Our robotics clubs will begin the week of September 10th. We will be running two nights for elementary and middle school robotics. Middle school (7th – 8th) will be on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30. Elementary (4th – 6th) will be on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30.

All practices are at OVS in the robotics room. During the year up to two (2) Saturdays will be required for competitions around Omaha. Competitions usually last a full day at local schools.

If your learner is interested, please reach out to Mr. Gamble, our robotics coach, via email to express interest. He can be reached at thomas.gamble@ops.org. We look forward to working with learners and accomplishing great things with our robotics program!

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OVS Synergy

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.

OVS Board: We have full board and are excited and motivated for a wonderful year!!

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!


Box Tops

Bring in your box tops for Sept 24-Oct 5! The class who collects the most box tops will receive a prize!

School Spirit Week

Sept 25-27

Show your school spirit but wearing your OVS or blue shirts!


Shirts for Sale

Need a shirt for spirit days this year? Purchase shirts here! Orders will close on Oct. 3rd!


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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.

Mission Statement

We are a dynamic and nurturing community of learners that empowers students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.


Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset