Owyhee High School: Must Read Info for OHS - 9/21/21

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Important Information from Principal Cliff Rice

Storm Families,

I just have a few helpful reminders and conversational points that could help us tremendously at OHS.

  • Each student should have their student ID with them every day. This gives them access to the building since the doors are locked and allows them to check out books and materials from the library.
  • Students are to wear a mask while in the classroom. I am very thankful for how well students have adapted over the last week!
  • If you have a question about your students attendance, please email their teacher first. They are the one that can confirm if they were in the classroom and can change it if there was a mistake made.
  • Vandalism to schools have been an issue across the country this last week. Please have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of our beautiful school. If they see someone vandalizing our school, please encourage them to report it to security or administration immediately.

Our students and staff have been amazing and working hard to build a positive culture at our school during a tough time. We will continue to build on this as the year goes on! Thank you to all of the parents who have been very complimentary of the work that is being done by our staff. We cannot express to you enough how far your kind words go!

Have a great week! Go Storm!

Mr. Rice, Principal

Owyhee Homecoming 2021

    • Homecoming Football Game: Friday, October 15th vs Boise
    • Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 16th, 7 pm - 10 pm, Owyhee High School Courtyard - Outside
    • Cost is $25 Single/$40 per Couple
    • Tickets will be on sale September 24 - October 13 on-line through myschoolfees.com ONLY. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at school. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
    • Have you filmed your Homecoming Proposal? Student Council is giving away Dutch Bro Cards to the Most Creative Proposal and Best Reaction. Send your video to the Student Council Instagram Page @owyheestuco.

Dance Passes Required for Non-Owyhee Guests

Any student who brings a guest to homecoming that doesn't attend Owyhee High School is required to fill out an Owyhee Dance Pass.

  • Owyhee students can pick up a dance pass in the Main Office.
  • The guest must get approval from an administrator at their home high school.
  • Parent signatures are required for students under the age of 18.
  • Completed Dance Passes are due to the Owyhee Main Office by Thursday, October 14.
  • Both students are required to bring a photo ID to the dance.

News from Our School Nurse

To minimize the spread of illness, PLEASE do not send your student to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100.0 F
  • Prevalent cough, sore throat, or chest/nasal congestion
  • Chills and/or sweats
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue, muscle aches, or an overall feeling of unwellness

Just as a reminder, the health office does not carry antacids, allergy medication, or cough drops. Students are allowed and encouraged to carry and self-administer a one day’s dose of over the counter (OTC) medication such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Tums with parental consent. Medication must be in original packaging or container and can be stored in student’s locker or backpack.

Important Covid Information

If your student is ill or has had an exposure, please refer to the links below: "Exposed: How to Quarantine" and "Symptoms/Illness Flowchart." These links provide District guidance on both subjects.

Attendance Line: 208-350-4623

Please call the Attendance Line when:

  • Your child is sick or going out of town and you need to report their absence.
  • Your child has an appointment and you need to check them out early.
  • Please give at least one hour notice when checking students out so we have time to get your student from class.
  • Students who drive can leave at the requested time after they receive their pass.
  • Due to time constraints, we can't guarantee requests to leave school early, past 2:00 pm.
  • Please limit calls to our Main Office number for non-attendance related needs so we may better serve our parents and students. Thank you!
  • If you question an absence, please reach out to your child's teacher directly via email.

Fall Concurrent Credit courses & Fast Forward funding - Deadline September 24th!

Many concurrent credit courses are registering this fall. For a complete list of courses, as well as information about college registration and accessing Fast Forward funding, click HERE.

If you did not receive a registration confirmation email from the college and want to verify your student's registration, ask your student to show you the confirmation email they received (that means they didn't share your email when they registered) or contact the classroom teacher.

To verify that Fast Forward funding was secured, ask your student to access their Advanced Opportunities account and click on "course submissions." You should see the course listed and approval from the school. If the course isn't approved, or have other Fast Forward questions, contact Lynn Scheppers at scheppers.lynn@westada.org.

Please also read important information found HERE regarding risk of losing Fast Forward funding if a grade is not earned in a concurrent credit course.

PSAT/NMSQT - only 10 test remain for Juniors

The PSAT/NMSQT test will be held at OHS on October 13th. All sophomores will take the exam at no cost to the student.

Juniors should consider taking the exam due to the opportunity to qualify for the NMSQT scholarship, as well as the opportunity to practice for the SAT they will take in April. The cost for juniors is $25, payable at the OHS bookkeeper's office. No additional registration required.

*More information about the National Merit Scholarship Program can be viewed HERE.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Save the Date

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held VIRTUALLY on:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 21, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

More information to follow.

Contact Us!

Please add this important numbers to your cell phone:

Main Office: 208-350-4620 (for non-attendance related matters)

Fax Number: 208-350-4621

Attendance Line: 208-350-4623

Schedule Change Deadline Has Passed

Please note that the deadline for schedule changes has passed. You are at risk of receiving a Withdrawal F if you pursue withdrawing from a class. If you have a concern with a class, we are more than willing to work with you to problem solve as changing your schedule is not an option at this point in the semester per district policy.

If you need to schedule an appointment, please:

  • Go to the Owyhee website
  • Click on the Counseling/Career Tab
  • Counseling Department Staff
  • Click on Request an Appointment

Thank you,

Owyhee Counselors

Senior Parking Spaces for Sale

Do you want a space reserved for you the entire year? Paint your parking space for $35. Sign up details are in the Office. WINNER OF BEST DESIGNED PARKING SPACE WILL RECEIVE THEIR PARKING SPACE FOR FREE!!! See images below for ideas:

Travel to Europe!

Parents, Students & Staff wanting to travel next summer to Europe:

Please sign up to hold your place by October 30th. If you missed our meeting and would like more info, please contact Julie Hatcher at hatcher.julie@westada.org. There will be one more informational meeting on Thursday, October 7th at SAWTOOTH MS Library.

Click below for sign up information:

Picture Re-Takes are October 7

Picture re-takes will be Thursday, October 7. Student's who want a picture re-take can sign up outside Mrs. Zuroeveste's Room #212.

Owyhee Spirit Gear

Are you ready for some Owyhee High School spirit gear? Check out all the Owyhee Storm gear you have been waiting for!

Please click on the" OHS Spirit Gear" link below or copy and paste this link into your browser:

Important Yearbook Information

Yearbooks are now on sale! Don't miss out on the FIRST EVER Owyhee yearbook! Such a valuable way to capture this monumental year. The program is already starting strong, and we can't wait to showcase all that Owyhee has to offer this year.

Yearbooks are $65 and are sold through myschoolfees.com AND through this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21856. If you use the second link (Yearbook Order Center), you can also customize your front cover with a name stamp!

SENIOR PARENTS - Owyhee yearbook will customize the senior section with senior photos YOU can submit, so schedule your senior photo sessions early! These will be due October 29th to https://hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=owyheestorm. If you aren't interested in submitting your own photos, we will also take tux and drape photos on October 15th during the school day. If we don't receive a submitted senior photo from you by October 29th, we will use the tux and drape photo instead. Here are the guidelines for submitted senior photos:

  • Submit senior photos to HJeshare.com
    • School code: owyheestorm
  • Digital photos ONLY
  • Must be 300 DPI
  • Headshots ONLY – full-length shots do not print well in yearbook and would be cropped
  • Prior to uploading, save photo file as Lastname_Firstname.jpg
  • All photos must meet OHS dress code and are subject to review
  • No standing/sitting on railroad tracks (it’s a law)
  • All photos with an American flag must follow the law – 4 U.S. Code §8 – Respect for Flag
  • Please do not include photographer watermark
  • Senior photos that do not follow these specifications are not usable and may not be included in the yearbook!

Thanks Owyhee! Email zuroeveste.angela@westada.org with any questions. 🙂

Optional Device Protection Plan

West Ada School District offers optional device protection to families to cover the accidental breakage or damage that might occur to a child’s iPad or laptop. This voluntary protection plan is available for $25 per device and covers repairs or replacement due to accidental damage from drops, spills, vandalism, loss, theft, and incidental damage to another student’s device. Device protection does not cover intentional damage to a device, or damaged or lost accessories such as district provided cases, chargers, pens, or hotspots. Please see the Parent Student Device Handbook or Optional Device Protection Plan in the Student Handbooks for detailed information on the District’s Optional Device Protection Plan.

The optional device protection plan enrollment period is August 16-October 31. Families may sign up and pay for optional device protection through the Payment Portal located in PowerSchool.

Families are responsible for the repair or replacement of devices which are damaged, lost, or stolen outside acceptable use guidelines published in student handbooks. Device protection is a voluntary, non-refundable, yearly cost for each device. Families may be able to add devices to their homeowner’s or renters’ insurance plan and may consider these alternatives prior to purchasing optional device protection.

Teaching Substitutes Needed at Owyhee!

Owyhee High School is looking for friendly, caring parents who might be interested in subbing in the classroom! You can choose to only sub at Owyhee, if you want. If you are interested, please click on the "Substitute Application Information" link.