OVCA Middle School Bison Blast

September 2017

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In this issue...

Meet your teachers!

Upcoming Events

Help Desk is OPEN!

Stuff for Students

Visit our New Website

Gifted and Talented Testing info

Learning Coach and Student Resources

You've got to watch this video!

Opportunity to help students at Texas Virtual Charter Academy following hurricane Harvey

Hundreds of our TXVA students and their families have been affected by the devastating hurricane Harvey. Many of our students have been forced out of their homes and have lost so much, including personal belongings like school supplies. We are asking for donations so that we can support as many students as possible by replacing these much needed school supplies. The donations will be transferred to gift cards and mailed to the student. We want our amazing students to return to school feeling as prepared and supported as possible! Every donation is appreciated and will help a TXVA student.
You can make a donation by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

September 14: In Person Support Sessions

OKC and Tulsa locations 5:30pm-7:30pm *details below


September 22: Regional Outings

Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville; Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid; Wildlife Expo in Guthrie; Chaddick Park in McAlester; Greer Park in Lawton; Broken Arrow Bowling Lanes in Broken Arrow; Virtual Field Trip online


September 27 and 28: School Choice Picnic 11:00am-1:00pm

27th - South Lakes Park in Oklahoma City, 28th - LaFortune Park in Tulsa

*details coming soon


September 28: In Person Support Sessions

OKC and Tulsa locations 5:30pm-7:30pm *details below


October 6: Meet the Teacher Day

Mohawk Park in Tulsa, OK

Families will bring picnic lunch and get a chance to meet their teacher. Some families may choose to go to the zoo or the Oxley Nature Center following the Meet the Teacher activities. *More Details will be sent in email.


October 12: In Person Support Sessions

OKC and Tulsa locations 5:30pm-7:30pm *details below


November 3: Regional STEM Showcase and Rubik’s Cube Competition

Bartlesville Public Library, Enid library, OKC Metro Public Library, Ada Public Library, Lawton Public Library, Hardesty Library in Tulsa


Hope you will plan to join us for some fun at our outings this year!

September Regional Outings

We hope you will join us for an outing on Friday, September 22nd! If you are unable to join us in person, be sure to sign up for our virtual field trip. All the details for each outing are in the Sign-Up link below. Hope to see you at an outing soon!


Click here for outing details and to sign up.


Wildlife Expo @ Lazy E Arena

9601 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie, OK 73044

12:00pm-2:00pm


Greer Park – Lawton

467-513 NW 38th St. Lawton, OK 73505

11am-1pm

Families bring picnic lunch and park games


Woolaroc Museum

1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville, OK 74003

10am-12pm

K-5th students & teachers (parents) are free.

6th-12th students and teachers (parents) are $5 each


Broken Arrow Bowling Lanes

4701 E. Elm Place, Broken Arrow, OK 74011

12pm-2pm

$2.71 one game/$5.42 two games


Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

507 S 4th Street, Enid, OK 73701

10am-12pm

$4 per student; $6 per adult


Chaddick Park – McAlester

S 3rd St & East Chaddick Avenue, McAlester, OK 74501

11am-1pm

Families bring picnic lunch and park games


Virtual Outing - Visit to Hershey, PA

Elementary Session

Middle School/ High School Session

Link will be in your Class Connect session list. *Be sure to sign up!

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OVCA Help Desk is Open until September 15th!

Our LIVE Help Desk is open every school day from August 7th-September 15th

Link to session is in your Class Connect sessions list or use the link below.


Middle School: 12pm-2pm

Middle School Live Help Desk


Need Technical Help?

1-866-512-2273

http://help.k12.com/


Course Questions?

Contact your teacher by phone or email

Way to go Bria!

OVCA senior Bria Cornforth is a member of the US national kayaking team and thanks OVCA for giving her the flexibility to be able to compete at a high level. At 17 years old, she is one of the youngest members on team USA's competitive kayaking team and a rising start on the world stage.Click here to see her story!

Learn how to set up your school email on your mobile device!

Bison Basic Outlook on Mobile Devices
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Click here to join the Rubik's Cube Club

Last day to sign up is Sept. 8

In Person Support Sessions for OVCA Families!

OVCA is hosting In Person Support Sessions! These informal, optional sessions are offered as a place for families to come and ask questions regarding the Online School. Families are encouraged to bring their laptop computers if they have them for trouble shooting.

Commonly asked about topics include: Navigation, CC Session Questions, Student motivation, Scheduling, Course expectations, and more!


Click on sign up link to see all the details. Be sure to sign up if you plan to attend so we can have enough staff available to help all families.


Click here to sign up

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Attention 8th Graders - Apply for Oklahoma's Promise!

Don't miss this great opportunity to submit your application for Oklahoma's Promise:

http://www.okhighered.org/okpromise/


Contact your Homeroom Teacher if you have questions.

Submit your art for Oklahoma License to Educate!

Student Art Contest ( students can submit original art for a new license plate)

Submissions due by Sept. 22nd

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister invites all Oklahoma Pre-K through 12th-grade students to enter their best work. The winner’s creation will be featured on the new Oklahoma License to Educate Plate to benefit teacher recruitment efforts.

http://sde.ok.gov/sde/licensetoeducate

Check out our new website!

Have you had a chance to check out the awesome new OVCA Website? www.okvirtual.net

You can find some great information here and even log directly into the online school. Check out things like school calendars, purchase spirit wear, parent resources, and more. If you have ideas for improving the website feel free to email Nicole Ellison at nellison@okvirtual.org with yours ideas!

Attention: Use Firefox Browser

For the best user experience, we recommend accessing your online classes using the Mozilla Firefox browser. To download the most recent version of Firefox, please visit: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/.

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smoothly, you will need to clear your cache and cookies on a regular basis. What are cache and cookies? Check out this article! https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies

Gifted and Talented Testing

At OVCA, our program is for gifted and talented students at all grade levels. If you are identified as gifted or talented, you will be invited to attend virtual and in person enrichment classes, as well as clubs and extracurricular classes designed to specifically to fit your needs.


Watch a recording to learn more about the program by clicking here.

To sign up to take the GT test, please click here.

Contact Amy Conder at aconder@okvirtual.org for more information.

Learning Coach Resources and Info

OVCA Learning Coach Connections - Find us on Facebook

Click here to request to join the group.

•Open to all current OVCA Learning Coaches grades Kindergarten – 12th grade

•Share your tips for successfully schooling at home in a positive environment

•Please include your students grade level in your posts. There is a progression of learning through the grade levels so each school has different requirement to meet the needs of students.


•Contact your student’s teacher if you have specific questions or concerns about courses and grades. They are the BEST source for those answers.

Calling all LC’s! Check out Wednesday Workshops! You will NOT regret it!

Click HERE to watch a 2 minute video explaining what Wednesday Workshops are and why we want you to attend!


Check out the calendar to see which topics will be offered this school year at http://okvirtual.net/p-resources.php


Are you an expert at one of the topics being offered? Or do you have vast experience as an LC and you would love to share your knowledge with others? PLEASE email Nicole Ellison at nellison@k12.com She is always looking for LC’s to share the mic!


What: Wednesday Workshops will offer a weekly topic to help LC’s and high school students school more effectively getting the most out of online school. They are held weekly at the same time & place.


When: Every Wednesday school is in session at 4pm


Where: Online in BBC – The links can be located in the OLS announcements, and under class connects for the LC.


Why: OVCA looks to partner with both the LC and student to make virtual schooling as smooth as possible. Providing the LC and student resources like a weekly support session is just one way we can partner together. #teambison #comecheckitout


Wednesday, September 6th 4pm – Computer Basics

Click Here to Attend


Wednesday, September 13th, 4pm – HELP! 9-1-1 Being an LC is not easy!

Click Here to Attend


Wednesday, September 20th, 4pm – How to get to know other enrolled families

Click Here to Attend


Wednesday, September 27th, 4pm – Creating a Schedule/Managing Long Days

Click Here to Attend

Here is how to find the OVCA Family Directory


1. Log into the LC account.
2. Click the Link icon to the left of LC name and then select k12 LMS from the dropdown.
3. Select the My Info from the Quick Links box
4. Select Family Directory from purple box on left.

OVCA Military Co-Op

OVCA offers additional support to our students who are connected to the military. If you have access to Tinker Air Force Base, please contact the coordinator Christine Nichols at cnichols@k12.com.

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Read this article about the unique way OVCA Support military families

Click here to read the article written by OVCA Middle School Math Teacher, Beth Watts. #OVCAROCKS

Fall Family Events at the Oklahoma History Center

Saturday, September 9 – Septemberfest 10am-3 pm

FREE family event! Bring the family to enjoy arts and crafts, chuck wagon cooking, living history, face painting, laser tag, museum exhibits, pony rides, storytime with Governor Mary Fallin, square dancing, live performances, and more! The Governor's Mansion will also be open for tours.


Saturday, September 23 – Leaf and Flower Printing Class 1-4 pm. Revel in the beauty of nature and create handmade cards or paper artwork! Participants will survey local plant species and make their own leaf or flower print. To register for the class, visit http://www.okhistory.org/historycenter/classes


October 9 – Homeschool Day 10 am-2 pm

FREE family event! Intended for homeschool families, but everyone is welcome! Activities for all ages, including two Abraham Lincoln Living History performances! (Performances will be at 11 am and 1 pm, seating is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE for these performances.)


October 9 – Abraham Lincoln Evening Living History Performance 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for members, $20 for non-members.


Tickets will be sold starting at 10 am on Monday, September 25th. Please call (405) 522-0765 for ticket information.

K12 National Online Clubs

K12’s ’17-’18 Club signup is set to launch on August 16th. A mass email will be sent out to families announcing the opening of club signups, and announcements will be placed. Families can find the list of clubs and signup links by visiting www.k12.com/k12-student-clubs.


For a flyer of all the national clubs being offered this school year visits: http://www.k12.com/content/dam/k12/sites/default/files/pdf/K12_National_Clubs_17-18.pdf


A few points of reminder about national clubs:

· National Club sessions will not begin until September 18th

· National Club sessions will appear on the student Events schedule with other Class Connect sessions

· National Club teachers will send emails approximately 1 week in advance of the club session to let students and families know when to watch for the scheduled session

· In the beginning it may take up to 4 weeks to hear from their club leaders

· Families can email clubs@k12.com for questions regarding clubs

· Grade ranges are closely observed

Got Box Tops?

You can now use the Box Top app to increase your Box Tops for our school! Don't have the app? You are welcome to drop off your Box Tops at any of our in person outings or mail them to our office at the address below. Please check the expiration dates of your Box Tops before turning them in. Thank you and we appreciate your support!


OVCA Office
Box Tops- Attention: Sondra Callaway

1160 S. Douglas Blvd.

Midwest City, OK 73130

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Share the Love

Sharing is easier than ever! With one click, let everyone know how much you love online schooling with K12. Share today!

Notification of Language Assistance Services

Any parent/legal guardian who is limited in speaking, writing, or reading English may request the school to provide access to services such as interpreter and/or translated documents. To request services please email or call the ELL Coordinator, Nicole Ellison, at nellison@okvirtual.org or 405.259.9478 ext. 2064. Nicole Ellison will coordinate prompt access for the parent/legal guardian to the appropriate services and/or translator service.

Parents Right to Know

At the beginning of each school year each Title I school must notify parents of students that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher, including, at a minimum:

(1) whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject-matters in which the teacher provides instruction; and

(2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or their provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

(3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

(4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

In addition, each Title I school must provide each parent timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To receive any of this information please contact Nicole Ellison, Title I Coordinator, at nellison@okvirtual.org

OVCA is proud to provide your student the best possible educational experiences. OVCA strives to recruit the most qualified, experienced, and passionate educators to work with our students. All teachers employed at OVCA for the SY17-18 are highly qualified as defined by the State Department of Oklahoma. For more information regarding highly qualified criteria or other public school related matters you may go to the Oklahoma State Department website at http://ok.gov/sde/.

Sincerely,
Nicole Ellison
Title I Coordinator

405-259-9478 ext. 2064

Important Information about Special Education Services

Click here for information on Special Education Services at OVCA.


Please complete this Child Find Survey for Special Education

To reach all families, this information has been sent through multiple avenues, however you only need to complete it once.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=LUmWRm1kPE2UZWxaNvMaFqrlNGVqKrZEn_DO-EAh4IBUMkE1TURLUDdLRjNCM0NRWlBXQzdGQkRCNy4u

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