OVS Weekly Update

November 16, 2018 Volume 90

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training

There are no learning coach trainings for this week! Enjoy your break!

Other Upcoming events:


  • Tues., Nov. 20th-See details below

NO SCHOOL/No Online lessons- Thanksgiving Break

  • Weds., Nov. 21st - Friday., Nov. 23rd
  • Great time for learners to get caught up!

Robotics Competition

Support OVS MS/HS Robotics team this weekend!

Our robotics teams are working hard! All teams have operational robots and have begun their work on attacking the course and accomplishing the game goals. It is going to be a great year!

This Saturday, November 17th, is our first competition for the middle/high school teams. Our teams will put in a full day from 8:00 until about 4:30. They are competing at Norris Middle School. Qualification matches begin about 10:00 and last until about 3:00. Finals to follow that for qualified teams. All of us Ocelots wish them the best of luck.

Good luck to Elijah Muller, Ethan Huebert, Caleb Cummings, Aidan Anderson, Grant Diederich, Ethan Nelson, Jasper Payne, Carter Muller, and Ethan Cox. Pictures and follow up to follow next week.


November 20th

Because of break, we have decided to have a STEAM Day on Tuesday, November 20. The day is a required day for all Tuesday students. However, we don't want everyone to miss out on the fun. Students that attend Wednesday or Thursday are invited to sign up using the link below to come to our Steam Day! We will have Nebraska Wildlife Rescue presenting. Students will get to play with a HoloLens and explore the OPS Technology Bus. Jessica Urban (Food Stylist), Native American Education, Prairie Stem, and UNO STEM will also be presenting!! Spaces are limited. If you normally attend on Tuesday, you DO NOT need to sign up. If you come on Wednesday or Thursday and would like to come to our STEAM Day, you MUST sign up.


Parent Survey

This will be the 4th year our district has partnered with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, to learn more about our schools’ technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our district's technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.

OVS Synergy


If you ordered a t-shirt, they will be available for pick up at parent/teacher conferences.

We do have some extra shirts for sale if you were not able to order! They are $20 a piece. Sizes are limited.


What: Parents Night Out

When: Dec. 7th 6:00-8:30 pm

More info to come!!

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!


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.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

This Week:

We had so much fun participating in the #Skypeathon with other classes in our district. Some students saw what the Robotics Club at Omaha North High School does, others got to ask questions and be part of an Animal Mystery Skype.

We reviewed Non-fiction Text Features and continued to practice our addition facts.

Next week:

Tuesday Learners will be a part of STEAM Day. There are so many great activities planned! Remember there are no F2F classes on Wednesday or Thursday due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Keep working hard! I appreciate all you do!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had a busy week with Art and coding. It didn’t leave us much time for our regular rotations. So instead of the usual, we broke it up. We did a Breakout EDU box. I gave them a set of clues to unlock 6 different locks. I think they really enjoyed it! We posted some pictures to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We also started our Literature Circles. We had some great conversations. Please make sure that all learners bring their books to school each week.

Next Week:

We will get back to a regular schedule next week. We will have our rotations in Math and Language Arts. I have given each learner a task to complete for Lit Circles. It is located in their purple folder. Please make sure this gets completed before next class time. We don’t have enough time in the day for them to fill out the sheet and also discuss it. Thanks for the help!

Resources: Click here for the link to Epic Books.

Mrs. Walker's class update

Week in Review:

Students had fun this week learning how to weave in art! They also got to spend time coding! This did not leave a lot of time for our regular rotations, but we did have our first Literature Circle! For next week students have a new job for them to do after they read the chapter in their book. Please make sure they complete both before class. Please send your learner with their Lit Circles book. We will be using it during Silent Reading so they can get a jumpstart on their reading at home.

Looking Ahead:

Many of the students are starting fractions in math. There are some great anchor charts they can make so they can remember the steps! Here is one for adding and subtracting fractions.

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Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
The semester is going quick! We are looking at about 5 weeks left for learners to complete all lessons and submit all required work. I have sent home pacing guides with plans for those learners who are behind in their work. December 21st will be the final day to submit work as the courses will be removed from the learner’s dashboard that night.

Online lessons continue to happen daily. See below for the schedule to ensure your learners are in attendance. If a student is optional, they are not required to attend, but are welcome to for additional assistance. “Required” learners must attend the session for lesson assistance. We are still missing numerous learners for their required online lessons. Please ensure your learner is logging into the Class Connect sessions for their instruction and assistance. This is vital to their progress and comprehension.

Looking Ahead:
Next week we will only have learners here on Tuesday. Wednesday teachers are in training and the holiday break follows. The break is a great time to spend with family and enjoy each other’s company. It is also a great time to get more work done since the pacing guide does not assign work on those days.

Should your learner have a question or struggle, please encourage them to reach out to us. If they are reserved, then please email the appropriate teacher and we will make note of that need and address it. We are a team and encourage all parties (facilitator, coach, and learner) to communicate.

PIT Stop is available on Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 for learners that need assistance. This is an ONLINE session. I will be actively in the session and available to answer questions or model lessons for learners in need. Regular PIT Stop continues Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00. Reach out to your teacher for information.

There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Geogebra provides a free graphing calculator and many other tools that are helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities as well as drawing geometric shapes and finding their properties. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Most online sessions will not last the entire block of time, unless needed for individual help. We will work in mini-lessons addressing specific needs. If “Required” is listed on the session, you must attend that session. If “Optional” is listed, you do not have to attend, but CAN attend if you’d like help or a review.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:
  • Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

Our learners are busy as ever!

Most students have started the science fair process. They are working through lessons in the Online Lesson Module 1.06, 1.07, and 1.09 to learn the procedures. Many students are ready to start their actual experiment at this point. These experiments can take place now until January. Our printer is available for student use for their science fair tri-fold boards.

6th grade science students are working through the Geologic History and Plate Tectonics units.

7th grade science students are working through a photosynthesis lab and other labs on respiration.

8th grade science students are finishing their density labs and working on the science fair.

All social studies students are working through their workbooks. World history is working through chapter 4 Ancient Egypt. Global studies is working to get used to using the workbook in Onenote. They are working on the South America Unit. American history students are on unit 9 right now.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

The final countdown has begun! Or, at least it will soon! Learner’s have 3 weeks to complete all coursework for the first semester. As notified, all work must be turned in by midnight, December 20.

Please be aware of what your learner has completed and what they have left to do! Here are a few things on the horizon…..

  • 6th Grade: Reading - Greek Mythology/Poetry
  • 7th Grade: Writing assignment - Autobiographical Essay
  • 8th Grade: Writing assignment - Memoir

You may have heard rumblings (or maybe complaints) of the Hot Read assignment! All ELA'ers will be required to complete this final semester project. This project is noted on their pacing guides and was explained to them this week. For instructions on the project, check the announcement on your learner's Class Home page.

Students enrolled in Computer Apps should also be thinking about finishing up their EduTyping and Word lessons. They may also need to go back to Quarter One and complete any assignments that are still missing.

If you have questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art class update

All learners should be following the pacing guide for their grade band and completing one art lesson/project per week.

Week of November 5th: K-5 Face to Face Art

*Please remember to bring your portfolios with any completed art work that has not been turned in yet. Portfolios will be returned the following week.

Coming Up-

Week of November 12th: 6-8 Face to Face Art

Week of November 26th: Open Art Times - registration will be sent out soon

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any support!


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.

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