OVS Weekly Update

November 2, 2018 Volume 88

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training


K-8 Coffee Chat with Wendy

Wendy will sit with LCs in the lounge and talk about what is going well, what isn't, and listen to feedback on how we can continue to grow as a program and a community of learners. All of these sessions are the same, we strongly encourage you to attend one so your voice can be heard.


Tuesday, November 6th @ 9-10am

Thursday, November 8th @ 3-4pm

Tuesday, November 13th @ 3-4pm

Wednesday, November 14th @ 9-10am

Thursday, November 15 @ 9-10am

School Pictures--This Week!!

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K12 Clubs!

Did you know that K12 offers clubs for our students? Students are able meet up with others across the country virtually to learn about their passions! Search the clubs available. Try something new or dig deeper into something you already love!
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Tech Tip--Clear your browser cache and cookies

Try clearing your browser cache and cookies, if:


  • OLS continually loads or redirects – “Redirecting…Please wait”

  • OLS navigation between pages is slow

  • OLS pages load but missing information

  • Browser error messages

  • Getting booted out of the OLS or LMS

  • After a planned maintenance outage

  • After an unexpected outage



How to clear you cache and cookies in Firefox (Windows OS):

  1. Click the Firefox menu on the browser toolbar (the 2 horizontal lines located under the X to close the window)
  2. Click Library
  3. Click History
  4. Click Clear Recent History and then select the items you want to delete (e.g., Browsing History, Cache, Cookies)
  5. Click Clear Now
  6. Close all open Mozilla-Firefox browser windows
  7. Open a new Mozilla-Firefox browser window

OPS Text Messages

Receive text messages from OPS that gives updates about your school. Before you can begin receiving text notifications, you must first opt-in. On November 16, all cell phone numbers int eh OPS database, that currently are not signed up to receive texts, will receive a text message to opt-in. Stay connected with OPS and opt-in by replying Yes or Y to 67587. Parents and staff who are already signed up to receive text messages will receive a confirmation text on November 16.

Attendance

Our new attendance practices for this school year have been going well. Just a refresher, that K-8 learners need to be engaged in learning for 27 hours/week at home.


  • K-5 Learning Coaches must enter ALL learning in the attendance module in K12.com.
  • 6-8th grade Learning Coaches must enter learning that takes place OFF K12.com.

SkateDaze!!

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Hubbard Sustainability Series

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OVS Synergy

PT Conference Chili Cookoff & Raffle Winners:


Chili Cook-off winner--Dallas Keeney

OVS raffle winner--Allie Hengen


OVS Family Bowling Night

We had a BLAST at Family Bowling Night!! Thank you to everyone that came out to have fun and support our program!


T-SHIRTS ARE IN!!

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.



SAVE THE DATE!

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!


https://www.facebook.com/groups/ovsfamilies/


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:

This week we reviewed fiction and non-fiction. I read the book Millions of Cats and learners were asked to think about their favorite part of the story. We then used Seesaw to document our favorite part of the book by taking a picture of one page, using words and emojis to represent why it was our favorite. Finally, we recorded why we chose the part as our favorite. Learners really seemed to enjoy this, they can do this at home with books they read too! We will continue to practice looking at books and identifying why they are fiction or non-fiction. We played sight word memory and sight word dominoes. We worked on addition in Math.

I introduced the students to Keyboard Zoo this week. It is a game that helps them recognize where letters are on the keyboard. This will help us as we move toward more official keyboarding skills.

Next week:

We will continue focus on writing, as we will work on writing our 5 Star Sentence: Capital letter to start my sentence, Punctuation to end my sentence, Use Finger Spaces, Use Neat Handwriting, and My Sentence Makes Sense. We will also make sure our sentences have a subject and a verb. In Math we will work on putting numbers together and adding.

Keep working hard! I appreciate all you do!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

I created accounts for all students on a website called Epic Books. This is a website that has thousands of books for students of all reading abilities. They have “Read to Me” books, Audiobooks, Videos and much more. Students are well come to access this site at home during school hours. It will not let you access it later in the evening. Learners have the link and class code in their OneNote under Quick Links.

We also started our Literature Circles. We had students do a prediction activity during class. I assigned the first chunk of reading for all learners. Please make sure they have finished their assigned reading before we have class next week. It is important for our discussions that all students are caught up and current in the book.


Next Week:

We will be continuing with Epic books during our Station Rotations. Learners will be working on skills using reading books at their level. I’m super excited to see how this will look in class. Please send your learner to school with their purple folder each week. Even if you don’t have artifacts, I may have something to send home with them.

Also, 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.


Resources: Click here for the link to Epic Books.

Mrs. Walker's class update


Week in Review:

I created accounts for all students on a website called Epic Books. This is a website that has thousands of books for students of all reading abilities. They have “Read to Me” books, Audiobooks, Videos and much more. Students are welcome to access this site at home during school hours. It will not let you access it later in the evening. Learners have the link and class code in their OneNote under Portfolio.

I assigned the first chapter of reading for all learners. Please make sure they have finished their assigned reading before we have class next week. It is important for our discussions that all students are caught up and current in the book.


Looking Ahead:

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.


Picture Day is next week during class.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
Thank you to all for working so hard on getting assignments and assessments done for quarter grades. If there are lesson assessments not completed, learners may still submit work through the end of the semester. Learners will receive full credit for work submitted and the “0”s will replace themselves.


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.

Looking Ahead:
Learners will continue to use their Passports to check in with each Learning Facilitator and discuss that subject area. These passports will also notify Learning Coaches what was done in class and what the next steps are for learners. Follow up with your learners and see what their next step is. Keep checking their progress and using the pacing guides to know what is due.


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.


We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences. Be sure to use the Sign Up Genius link in the newsletter to choose a block of time you will visit the middle-school team.


Resources:
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.

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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.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

Our learners are busy as ever!

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. They will have an optional field trip to the Homestead National Monument on November 9th.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

If you are following the pacing guides, you will notice that we are coming to the end of our first module. In each module, your learner will have an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through writing assignments and module exams.


For the module exams, please remind your learner that there are two parts to each test. The first part will be multiple choice. The second portion of the exam will be a written exam. Remind your learner that they will need to read and answer all parts of the questions! As a reminder, good grammar and mechanics are always expected!


Your learner should also be spending time on their writing assignment (if they haven’t already turned it in!). Please help them by reviewing the rubrics and being that second eye that can provide some helpful hints when revising and proofreading. As a reminder, the writing assignments for the first module are:


ELA 6-Compare/contrast essay after reading two poems.*

ELA 7-5-paragraph essay on a topic of their choice.*

ELA 8-Short story or personal narrative.*


*Rubrics for all assignments can be found in K12.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Have a great weekend!

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!

shannon.barry@ops.org

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.

Mission Statement

We are a dynamic and nurturing community of learners that empowers students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.

Vision

Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset

Positivity

Collaboration

Integrity

Self-advocacy

Accountability