Trojan Talk

Osawatomie High School

To Graduation and Beyond

Volume 1 Issue 2

August 23, 2019

Welcome to Trojan Talk, Osawatomie High School's weekly newsletter. Thank you for your patience as we build the newsletter to include important information about classes, clubs, activities, events, deadlines, etc. Happy to see we've had over 1,000 views of last week's newsletter. We're off to a busy start at OHS in classes, clubs, sports, and various other activities and events. Please let us know if you would like something added to the Trojan Talk. Previous week Trojan Talks are linked at the bottom of the OHS page within the USD #367 website.

USD #367

Mission & Vision


The Osawatomie community is committed to excellence in our schools and to developing students who achieve their full potential as lifelong learners.


The staff, students, parents and patrons of the Osawatomie School District will know we are accomplishing our mission when all of our learners are Effective Workers, Competent Community Members, Problem Solvers, Self-Confident and Technologically Literate.


Clubs, sports, classes, and various organizations were represented at the Trojan Fair Friday afternoon. Students had the opportunity to see the many activities they can participate in at OHS.

What's Going On at OHS

Kansas State University

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 11:45am-1pm

OHS Lunchroom Hallway

K-State Lunch Visit

OHS Volleyball Alumni Scrimmage

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 4:45pm

Mac Steele Gym

Come support our OHS Volleyball players, past and present!!!

Sophomore Class Ring Orders

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 11:30am-1pm

OHS Library

The Balfour sales representative will be here during lunch to take class ring orders. A $50 deposit is required if ordering a ring. The sales rep will help students complete the order form if needed.

Student Council & KAY meetings during Advisory.

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 12:45pm


OHS Football Jamboree (Scrimmage at Central Heights)

Friday, Aug. 30th, 6pm

3521 Ellis Road

Richmond, KS

Come support the OHS Trojan football team as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Varsity Volleyball Tournament at Burlingame

Saturday, Aug. 31st, 9am

417 North Dacotah Street

Burlingame, KS

Varsity volleyball kicks off their season with a tournament at Burlingame. Good Luck VB Team!!!!

Trojan Pride!!! You were ticketed!!!

Jaelyn Scales

You were ticketed by Dr. Menefee for showing HONESTY, RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY!!!! Jaelyn and Dr. Menefee will enjoy lunch Friday from Jaelyn's favorite local restaurant. Congratulations!!!
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Counselor's Corner

We have made it through a full week of school!!

This week: Students who are taking college courses through FSCC finalized enrollment and testing this week.

Next week: The K-State Wildcats will be visiting during lunch on Wednesday, August 28th. This is a great opportunity for students to talk to a representative, ask questions and receive information about the university.

Did you know? There is information on colleges, financial aid, scholarships, graduation requirements, ACT test dates and more on our district website? Visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Ms. Mildfelt

Every day is a fresh start.

Important Dates Coming Up

Course Information

What we did this week and whats coming up next week.

Mr. Alphin

Art 1

This Week- We discussed lines and how lines can convey all different meanings and ideas.

Next Week- Students will begin working on their first big project of creating a work of art completely out of different kinds of lines.

Art 2

This Week- We reviewed the basics of drawing and how everything we draw can broken down into simple shapes.

Next Week- Students will begin applying this weeks review in creating a portrait of their favorite celebrity.

Advanced Art

Advanced Art students are continuing to work on their portfolios.

Mr. Bailey

All P.E. classes discussed weight room rules and expectations. Health classes took the Impact Test which is used for a baseline for concussions.

Mrs. Bailey


This Week-We will begin sight-reading each of the five songs for the fall performance.

Next Week-We will continue working on our concert pieces in sectionals.

Concert Choir

This Week-We will begin sight-reading each of the three songs for the fall performance.

Next Week-We will continue working on our concert pieces in sectionals.

Music Appreciation

This Week-Section 1: Music Identity; how music changes you and your views and why you listen to “your” genre of music.

Next Week-continuation of Music Identity with the production of a personal sound collage.

Mr. Brandt

Ag Welding II/III:

This week, we finished talking about and took our SMAW safety exam.

Next week, we will begin working on projects.

Animal Science/Small Animal Care & Management:

This week, we discussed and completed work over world hunger, the domestication of animals, and the history of the animal industry.

Next week, we will examine the role of farm animals in the animal kingdom.

Welding I:

This week, we are completing our notes over SMAW safety and becoming more familiar with the arc welders used in the shop.

Next week, we will begin working on SMAW skills in the shop.

Introduction to Agriculture:

This week, we are exploring the history of the National FFA Organization.

Next week we will complete our exploration of the history of the National FFA Organization.

Horticulture/Greenhouse Management:

This week, we have been examining soil and how soil is made.

Next week, we will examine the structure of soil and the texture of soil.

Small Gas Engines:

This week, we have been working with general safety in the small gas engines shop, as well as, identified tools used in the small gas engines shop.

Next week, we will begin taking apart a small engine as a class.

Mr. Dages

World Geography

This week we have taken notes over the basics of geography and discussed topics like longitude and latitude, as well as the 5 themes of geography. We have also worked on our flag project which researches other countries flags and works on designing our own.

Next week we will be doing our final copy of our flag, and actually taking our design and putting it to paper. We will also be continuing our discussion and note-taking over the basics of physical and human geography.

Reel Movie Reviews

This week we finished Braveheart. We also started the movie Amazing Grace which deals with ending the slave trade in England. We will be writing a one-page review over the accuracy of this movie.

Next week we will be starting the movie Tombstone. This movie is about the shoot out at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone AZ and the famous Wyatt Earp.

Mrs. Draper

Business Communications:

This week we reviewed and practiced email etiquette and wrote emails to staff. We also reviewed a business article and wrote a reflection.

Next week, we will take a Microsoft certification pre-test and start working in Microsoft Word on introductory skills.

Mrs. Gorman

Teaching as a Career

This week students have been writing the syllabus for our class and putting it into a pamphlet form that can also be shared with students who might be interested in this class.

Next week they will be working on their presentation skills by preparing a short presentation on a topic of their choice. They will also create a rubric as a class to score each other's presentations.

Ms. Hampton

English II

This week we've focused on stretching our creative muscles with a writing assignment and studied character types with Ray Bradbury's "The Sound of Thunder."

Next week we will study types of conflict in "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" and plot structure in "Ordeal by Cheque."

English III

This week we've focused on our unit, Writing Freedom, specifically introducing the period surrounding the Revolutionary War to better understand arguments and documents of the time which include The Declaration of Independence, Preamble, and Bill of Rights.

Next week we will continue the Study of Writing Freedom, focusing on the American Revolution: Visual Propaganda, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, and the Gettysburg Address.

Ms. Henness


This week Advisory classes are working on getting to know each other and team building activities.

Next week we will begin setting up our grade graphs and finalizing team names.

Independent Study

This week students have been finalizing their course enrollment, setting up their email through their course university, and completing their Online Orientation assignment. Most online courses start Module 1 this week.

Next week we will be continuing with Module 1 assignments.

Mr. Ingle

ECONOMICS (teacher Carl Ingle)

Weeks of August 19 and 26

We are using an online video series titled "Crash Course in Economics" to study and understand basic economic principles.

This week we will conclude our study of scarcity, incentives, cost/benefit, and opportunity cost and then take a test on these concepts.

Next we will study about specialization and trade as presented in program #2."

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (teacher Carl Ingle)

Weeks of August 19 and 26

We have been and will continue to study the foundations of the U.S. system of government beginning with Hammurabi's Code through Greece, Rome, England, the Declaration of Independence, American Revolution, Critical Period and to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. We will have tests over selected sections of this study.

SPANISH (teacher Carl Ingle)

Weeks of August 19 and 26

We are reviewing/learning vocabulary for greetings, descriptions, articles in the classroom and articles at home and in the community. We are learning correct pronunciation and the creation of simple sentences with an emphasis on speaking the language. We will have several written vocabulary tests.

Mrs. Jenkins


This week we learned about FCCLA, character and leadership.

Next week we will start to discuss kitchen safety and sanitation.

Family Studies:

This week we discussed healthy relationships.

Next week we will discuss birth order and how it affects families.

Culinary Arts:

This week we learned about kitchen safety and sanitation.

Next week we will learn about kitchen equipment.

Human Growth & Development:

This week we learned about the reproductive systems.

Next week we will learn about pregnancy.

Mrs. Johns

Resource Room English

This week we are working on Email Etiquette. We have learned the parts of a professional email, analyzed good and bad emails and have written both.

Next week we will wrap up the email unit and begin working on resumes.

Mrs. Kremer

Physical Science/Earth & Space Science

This week we learned about metric units of measurements and the OHS Science Club.

Next week we'll be learning how to be metric/imperial measurement conversions and start our introductory sections of matter and the Earth!

Mr. Madden

Carpentry 1&2 classes worked on Safety, Wood, and Tool Identification. We will continue working in these areas next week.

Drafting: Worked this week on orthographic projections. We will continue working on this next week.

Intro. to Tech: Worked on Drafting Skills and introduced study of Arches. We will continue working on this next week.

Dr. Menefee

Junior English

This week, we began discussing freedom and read some of our country's founding documents.

Next week, we will continue discussing freedom and begin creating our own definitions.

Senior English

This week, we worked to update our resumes and began work on cover letters and requesting references.

Next week, we will begin reading Beowulf and discussing heroes.

College English

This week, we worked on creating documents needed for scholarship applications, including resumes and cover letters.

Next week, we will begin analyzing advertisements to learn how they target their audiences.

Mr. Needham


This Week

Working on different functions and relationship to tables, graphs and equations in sections 1.1.2 – 1.2.1. Homework, Review/Preview problems are assigned every day for each section

Next Week

Working in teams on projects to evaluate different functions in sections 1.2.2 – 1.2.5 and take a homework (Review/Preview) quiz on problems from 1.1.1 – 1.2.1 on Tuesday.


This Week

Working in teams on projects to evaluate different shapes and patterns from sections 1.1.2 – 1.1.5. Homework (Review/Preview) are assigned every day for each section.

Next Week

Evaluate reflections, rotations, and transformations of different shapes in sections 1.2.2 – 1.2.5 and take a homework (Review/Preview) on problems quiz from 1.1.1 – 1.1.5 on Tuesday.

Mr. Packard

Band got outside for the first time to parade! Next week we will continue that and work on passing out uniforms.

Trojan Band Schedule

Mrs. Pitts

Freshmen Health & PE

This week: Reviewed remaining lifts in weight room.

Next week: Get to start full workouts.

Weight Training

This week: Reviewed remaining lifts in weight room.

Next week: Continue getting faster and stronger.

Mrs. Pixler

Freshman English - We started reading "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and should be able to get through the first 4 chapters this week. Next week we'll have a vocabulary test and a brief quiz over chapters 1-3.

Essential Skills - We worked on how to get organized, and focused on a particular way of taking notes in class this week. Next week we'll learn different ways to study for tests and how to organize a study area at home.

Sophomore English - We have had a couple of creative writing assignments this week. We're learning how to continue writing a story that has already been started. Next week we'll focus on reading, and other short writing assignments.

Mr. Rush

Biology and Advanced Biology: We brainstormed all of the aspects of what Biology class should be. We registered for the online book. We talked about the Outcomes for the chapter 1 test and will be taking notes over chapter one for the next couple of weeks exploring life and a variety of introductory topics.

Mr. Schainost

Chemistry: dimensional analysis & Lab Safety/ precision, accuracy & significant figures Physics: physics primer/ science & measurement Adv Chemistry: Working in the chemistry laboratory experiment/ ionic formulas & names

Mr. Stephens

All of my classes started the year with the 100 lockers problem, we struggled together as teams.

Next week we are going look at predictions in Geometry and graphs of functions in Algebra 2.


This week: Predictions and logical arguments

Next week: Homework quiz on Monday, then look at angles and rigid transformations

Algebra 2

This week: Function basics, Domain and Range

Next week: HW quiz on Monday, then more exploring functions using calculators. "

Mrs. Stout-Rhine

Web & Digital Design

This week we talked about different duties within class and students submitted what they would be most and least interested in. We developed and presented theme ideas. We worked through the yearbook ladder, and sold ads.

Next week we'll go to Herff Jones to design the yearbook cover with an artist and assign specific duties within class.


This week we learned about the accounting equation and how business activities and transactions change it.

Next week we will test over Chapter 1 Starting a Proprietorship: Changes that Affect the Accounting Equation. We will also begin analyzing transactions into debit and credit parts.


This week students worked on and began presenting their teen entrepreneur research. We watched and analyzed an episode of Shark Tank and began Chapter 1 All About Entrepreneurship which defines entrepreneurship, discusses the role entrepreneurs play in the U.S. economy, and talks about why businesses succeed or fail.

Next week students will finish presenting their teen entrepreneur research. We'll discuss great entrepreneurs, whether or not entrepreneurship is right for each person and explore ideas and opportunities to become an entrepreneur.

Ms. Tooley

Algebra II

This week we worked on linear functions, factoring quadratics, and solving quadratic equations.

Next week we will finish work on quadratic equations and we should be ready for a quick test over linear functions, factoring, and solving quadratic equations.

Advanced Algebra

This week we worked on Lesson 1.2 and 1.3.

Next week we will work on Lesson 1.4 and 1.5 and start preparing for our first unit test.


This week we worked on trig ratios of special right triangles, Lesson 9.1B, 9.2 and 9.3.

Next week we will work on Lesson 9.4 and prepare for our first unit test.


This week we worked on more review topics and had a quiz Friday.

Next week we will begin chapter P."

Mrs. Williams

Comp. Graphics

This week: Continued Photoshop Tutorials

Next week: Begin Beginner Photoshop Projects


This week: Continued Court Structure & Started Jury Selection Unit

Next week: Discussing Federal Courts, United States Supreme Court, and Gideon's Trumpet

College Prep

This week: Completed a unit over Paying For College and started a unit over Applying for FAFSA

Next week: Discuss units over Scholarships & Grants and Student Loans

Oz Envy

This week: Planned Trojan Fair activities

Next week: Make new products and learn equipment