March 2014

2014 OGT Letter to Parents

Dear STEM Families:

The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is a mandated state assessment to ensure that all learners are armed with the minimum knowledge they need in order to be successful contributors in our society. Additionally, it is one measure that determines their level of college and career readiness. Learners must pass all five parts of the (OGT) in order to receive a high school diploma. The OGT will be administered at NIHF STEM High School to all sophomores and freshman the week of March 10-14, 2014. While the assessment given to freshman will not be counted toward their graduation requirements (until next year) we are using the result of this assessment for future scheduling metrics.

We have a modified the daily schedule so that we can effectively administer this test without disrupting or missing a week of instruction in morning classes. Attendance is critical, as you will see, any learner who is tardy, or missing during the beginning of the assessment will have to wait in the office until lunch and will be required to make the test up at a later date. It is our goal to have every learner take and complete each day of assessments March 10-14, 2014. The Advisory with the best attendance will earn two Lunch Field Trip coupons at the University of Akron’s Student Union. Additionally, Friday March 14th will be an early dismissal at 2:00pm.

All learners will receive a letter this week indicating where they will be taking the OGT. Learners will report to school at their regular time, however there will be no Morning Meeting this week, learners will report directly to their testing room. Learning Coaches have been assigned to proctor each of the five sections Monday - Friday. At the end of the two hours, any student not finished with the test will remain in the classroom until the scheduled release time. As you can imagine, testing security is critical, and the staff and learners have agreed to several testing non-negotiables, your support is appreciated.

1. Time Management

Learners will maximize the total testing time allocated, two and a half hours of testing

2. Behavioral

Ethical and Integrity will be displayed at all times, no talking or sharing answers

3. Personal Space

No electronic devices, including phones; no food, escorted to bathroom by one coach, must use ONLY the red OGT calculators-only for 10th.

Freshmen will either use the calculators we have in the building, or provide their own.

The modified afternoon schedule for the OGT testing is included as an attachment.

OGT Prep: 8:00am – 8:25am - Test Taking Strategies

Testing begins: 8:30AM-11:30AM 8:30 – 11:30-OGT Testing (current 9th and 10th, grade learners)

Monday Reading

Tuesday Math (OGT Calculator may be used)

Wednesday Writing

Thursday Science (OGT Calculator may be used)

Friday Social Studies

9th & 10th graders will report to a designated classroom to complete the following

OGT Practice Testing (mandatory)

If you have any questions regarding OGT testing, do not hesitate to contact the school at (330)761-7965.

Your partner in education,

Larry Johnson

Operation Encouragement

Join us in encouraging our learners March 10 – 14. This year our current sophomores take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) as a requirement for graduation. Our learners have worked incredibly hard to prepare for this test; however, I know they will be nervous and experience some anxiety during that week. Here is how you can help. With the help of AASL, we have organized a way for you to encourage a learner each day of the test.

To participate, enter the main office and let Coach Derrig know you are here for “Operation Encouragement”. She will provide you with five cards to write a special note to your learner. We currently have 42 learners without letters for next week’s test. It won’t take long and the benefits of your words could be enormous.


I want to send a special thanks to all of the parents who volunteered your time and energy to make our first Lock In a success. Whether through desserts, serving dinner, monitoring stations, watching the halls, or chaperoning the movie, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

A total of 65 learners (almost 39%) participated in our first Lock-In. Activities ranged from Dodgeball, Movies, Karaoke and Gaming. The night’s activities were highlighted on our twitter page @NIHFHS throughout the evening.

Planned 100% by learners, across three different clubs (Fun Squad, Student Council & Spirit Committee), your support made this event a success THANK YOU!

Important Reminders

Save The Date

Early Release

March 6, 2013 - 2:00pm

March 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

March 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING. Interested in hearing more about the University of Akron pathways and requirements for dual credit? This session is a MUST. Coach Howard will lead you through general information, ACT benchmarks, ACT testing days, ACT practice sessions and application requirements. The meeting is from 6:00pm - 8:00. If you are unable to attend these dates please email Coach Howard choward@akron.k12.oh.us

· March 4th

Upcoming Testing Schedule

Our learner have endured an enourmous amount off assessing this year, and March is no exception. For the next two weeks, we will be working to ease their anxiety around these mandated assessments and encourage them throughout this most difficult time.

Compass (College Readiness Measure) -February 24th - April 26th

MAP (Progress Monitoring) - March 3rd - 7th

OGT (9th and 10th graders) - March 10th - 14th. This testing schedule will be released to all learners next week.

A night for the adults...

AASL is excited to announce and invite you to our first annual STEM Parents Night Out. This annual scholarship fundraiser includes a raffle dinner and crazy fun. Funds raised will benefit graduating NIHF STEM learners. The event will be held on May 16, 2014 from 6p.m. - 9p.m. and is a perfect way to unwind, enjoy the company of wonderful friends and support our school and dedicated learners. More information regarding ticket sales coming soon.

Pack the Park

Pack the Park is our annual event where the STEM High School welcomes our new incoming freshman class, during the home opener of the Akron Rubber Ducks. Join us on April 10, 2014 at 6:30pm and help us give the class of 2018 and their families a warm STEM welcome. I can't wait to see you there. Tickets are $6 and go on sale March 21, 2014 and our Diamond Ball fudnraiser can be purchased at the same time, $11 guarantees your learner 5 chances to win and an incredible evening at the ball park. Join us as we give new freshman STEM class (2018) a GRAND WELCOME!


March 24 - 28, 2014 (NO SCHOOL)

March 31, 2014 - School resumes

Do you believe expectations can make a difference in a child's performance in school?

Come add your voice and solutions to the discussion

Sponsored by Project Ujima

When: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Crouse CLC, 1000 Diagonal Rd.
What: Book Discussion of Brainwashed - Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
Chapter 8 - "D's Will Do, Why Do We Expect So Little of Each Other & Ourselves?"
Guest Presenter - Larry W. Johnson, Jr., Principal Akron Stem High School
Free & Open to Public......Prize Drawing for parents of school-age children

STEM High School Explores the World of GOOGLE

Take a look at Coach Griffith's website and get a preview of next years (potential) online management system for the high school. We are exploring Google Drive as our online platform to replace Blackboard, for a more personal and user friendly system. There will be more information regarding this (possible) transition in the coming months, but for now take a sneak peak and find more information regarding upcoming engineering events and competitions.

Follow the link to Coach Griffiths webpage for more information.


Snow Days & School Cancelations

The STEM High School will follow the Universtiy of Akron cancelations policies. To check Universtiy of Akron cancelations call 330-972-SNOW (7669).

APS' new innovative website engages families in a fresh and exciting way. This resource site allows families to find and interact with district and school information faster and allows schools more freedom to create and display information relevant to their schools. We are working to streamline all of our content through this new website in the coming months. In the meantime, get familiar with the new APS and some of its new features.

APD Joins STEM High School

As part of the district's initiative to ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors: Student Services has assigned APD Resource officers to the high school Monday - Friday. This week, APD Resource officers will work with Tenable Security to ensure a smooth transition. Join me in welcoming our new partners to the high school.