OVS Middle School Newsletter

6th - 8th grade

Schedule

2nd semester start

This week, Omaha Public Schools announced that the district will begin the second semester of this school year with a phased return in-person.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021: All students begin with remote instruction. Students will have access to 2nd semester courses.
  • Week of Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: Students return to blended learning

We will send out a new survey in January for families to inform OVS if they plan to stay online or return to blended on the week of January 19th.

Our First Two Week Schedule:

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For the first two weeks, students will have online lessons for their classes EACH DAY. During this time, students will work on completing K12 lessons with their teacher to insure everyone has a strong start. Mrs. McGovern will be teaching advisory and counseling during those days as well. We will also have a time for Learning Coaches to check in if needed during the LC Office Hours.


This will start Jan. 5th and go through Jan 14th.


The week of Jan. 18th, face-to-face students will return on Tuesdays and our regular schedule for Thursdays will begin with our remote learners.

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Report Cards

Report cards will not be ready in time for our curbside event. We will be mailing them out and they should be received at your home by January 11th.

Anxiety Workshop for Parents

If you were not able to join our counselor, Ms. McGovern for her anxiety workshop, feel free to watch below. We appreciate the great information she shared.
Anxiety Workshop

iPad Support

Need help with your iPad?


Check out the our YouTube channel for a quick video tutorial that can answer your question.


Omaha Virtual School YouTube


If you do not see what you need here, feel free to email the Middle School teachers with additional or specific questions.

Science/Social Studies

We are off to a great start this week in science and social studies. Students have done several lessons in both academic areas and were able to have a "free day Friday" because they were all caught up with the pacing guides. Next week we will start strong agin with our lessons and be done on Thursday as Friday is a work day for teachers. If you have any questions, please reach out! Thanks :)

Great Strong Start

It was impressive how many learners are fully caught up after two weeks of our strong start. Learners were present, engaged, and attentive during our daily sessions and the product of their work shows this. Thank you for everyone who engaged in these sessions and completed their expectations.


Though this level of contact may not be available moving forward, I am still available per request. As long as I have time open, I am willing to meet with learners to assist how I can. Have your learner reach out to me and I will see what I have open to assist. There will be some new sessions for learners moving forward as we identify those who need a more structured approach.


Next week we are back in to our normal(ish) schedule. I will see all our face-to-face learners on Tuesday, including newly added (switched) learners. I will connect with our remote learners on Thursday, as usual. All learners will be doing PE on Thursday afternoons now. This will open up our Wednesday mornings for other sessions we are creating.


Please reach out with any questions and encourage your learners to self-advocate for themselves and make those connections with me for assistance. Thank you.

Have a GREAT break!

Week in Review

All learners spent the week completing their first lesson in ELA like a “BOSS.” I am not sure what that really means (it sounds cool and authoritative), but I think it means in the best way and in the right way!


As a class, we discussed the “How To’s” of completing a lesson. This includes:

  • Checking Pacing Guides
  • Preparing to Learn
  • Digging In (reading ALL content and taking comprehensive notes)
  • Completing Assignments/Tasks
  • Marking off the pacing guide
  • Checking their feedback and grades


I want your learner to learn how to learn for themselves. I also want them to do their schoolwork as it is designed. The content and opportunities are there. They simply need to know how to use it!


We will do the same thing next week, but more responsibility will be put on the learner. The majority was on me this week. Please check in on them and ask to look at their notes. They should impress you!


Encourage your learner to take advantage of this intentional slow start. We want them set up for success!


Looking Ahead

Work will slowly begin in Computer Apps next week. We will discuss this in one of our daily meetings.

Counseling Sessions Now Available!

Our counseling intern, Ms. Ali McGovern has met most of our students during counseling time to introduce herself. Now she will be reaching out to learners for 1:1 discussions to better support them. Possible topics:
  • Areas of Interest
  • Questions/Concerns so far this year?
  • Academics
  • Attendance
Please be on the lookout for an email or invite from Ms. McGovern to connect with your learner in the coming months. If you would like to schedule a session, please reach out to Mrs. Felten.

OVS Synergy Newsletter

Join us live online, Friday, December 11 at noon, for semester awards and the big reveal of our fundraiser winners! We will post a video after the event for those unable to join live.


Click here to join the meeting

Second Semester material pick up/drop off

January 4th, 1-3 pm, we will have an opportunity for families to come up to the building and pick up/drop off items. Here are some things you can do.


Pick up:

  • Printed pacing guides
  • School pictures/proofs

Drop off:

  • Devices and accessories for students leaving the program
  • Items to donate to the food bank

Information from Dr. Loewenstein


2nd semester start

This week, Omaha Public Schools announced that the district will begin the second semester of this school year with a phased return in-person.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021: All students begin with remote instruction. Students will have access to 2nd semester courses.
  • Week of Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: Students return to blended learning*

*We will send out a new survey in January for families to inform OVS if they plan to stay online or return to blended on the week of January 19th.