OVS High School Weekly Update

August 24, 2018 Volume 78

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training Next Week


PE/elective day

Monday, August 27th from 8:30-12:30

6523 Western Ave, Omaha, NE 68132

See below for more details & virtual tour of Western Hills

MAP testing--

Tuesday learner's MAP testing

August 28th from 1-3pm--Reading and Science

September 4th from 1-3pm--Math

Thursday learner's MAP testing

August 30th from 1-3pm--Reading and Science

September 6th from 1-3pm--Math

All OVS learners will take the MAP reading, math, and science MAP assessments the week of August 27th and September 3rd during the 1-3:00 ISL time. Please have your learner pack a lunch and be prepared to share what they know on this adaptive assessment. More information below.

Physical Education/Elective Day on MONDAY!


This will be held at Western Hills Elementary. 6523 Western Ave, Omaha, NE 68132


Students can be dropped off at the driveway. Mr. Brannan will be waiting inside the front doors to let learners in. Mr. Brannan will distribute Visitor stickers for learners to wear, and they will head up the stairs to room 200. Which is right at the top of the steps.

If your learner arrives late and/or Mr. Brannan is not at the front door they will have to buzz-in to the front door and enter through the front office to get their visitor sticker to enter.


At 12:30, we will take all learners outside for pick-up. Please arrive promptly for pick-up.

If you need to reach the high school staff on this day, please email them. We will check regularly. If it is an emergency, you can call the Western Hills front office at (402) 554-1510. They know we are there.

PE Coursework on K12

Monday will be the first official day of PE coursework. Please be sure your student is engaging in the PE curriculum next week. Mrs. Ignowski will be walking them through it on Monday as well.

Western Hills Virtual Tour

Some of you might be nervous about Monday's arrival at Western Hills, so Dr. Loewenstein did a virtual tour. Please view and share with your learner if you think this will help.
Entrance to Western Hills
Finding our classroom

NWEA-MAP test information

NWEA-MAP is the interim assessment that OPS learners take in the fall, winter, and spring to measure individual learner's strengths and areas of concern. This data will be shared with learners, learning coaches, and learning facilitators to ensure that we are all on the same page with what each learner needs to grow.

The testing schedule is found in the "Mark Your Calendar" section above.

Practice MAP test sessions

If your learner is nervous with test taking, that is normal! If you would like them to experience what the MAP is like, click on the NWEA icon on the desktop of your learner's laptop.

Click "Take the practice test" and enter the username and password

Username: Grow

Password: grow

Here they can practice the reading, math, and science assessments for their grade level.

If you want to exit the test at any time, hold the Control, Alt, Shift, K button. That will escape the test

Learning Coach Q & A highlights

We had great discussions this week at the LC trainings Q & A. It was great to see LCs work and learn together to brainstorm solutions and sharing tips and tricks that they have learned already! Here are some questions that were repeated through the week.

Q: When my learner went to take a test, it asked for an admin username and password. What is this?!

A: This is Respondus, lock-down browser. The lockdown browser keeps the learner locked into the testing browser so they cannot go to other websites and find answers to a test. This requires the learning coach to enter the parent admin username and password. This was emailed to you by the learning facilitators. If you do not know it, please email your learning facilitator (teacher). Please do not ever share this username and password with your learner!

Q: What hours do I manually log for my high school learner's attendance.

A: Learning coaches log ALL work that is done OFF K12, this includes the online lessons. These use a different program, and therefore need to be logged, whether they attend live or watch the recording. These are logged in the content area in which the lesson was for.

Q: The attendance log for my middle/high school learner does not show the total time he/she has spent on K12, it is only showing what I enter? What is wrong?

A: Nothing, the attendance that the learning coach logs for middle/high school students is only for work that is completed OFF or OUTSIDE of K12. The attendance log in K12 only includes what you have entered, not the learner's online engagement. The K12 system logs the online hours and is available within each course.

Q; Then how will I know how much their total attendance is for the week?

A: There is no place in K12 for the learning coach to get the total hours for the week. BUT, learning coaches can look in each course in the progress tab for the total hours spent in each tab.

Since this time will be a running total, K12 recommended for LCs to keep track weekly and deduct totals every week. In the picture below, the learner engaged for 5 hours and 15 minutes in the first week. Next week on Thursday, if he has 12 hours, you would subtract 12 hours from the previous week to determine his hours for the 2nd week. In this case, the second wee, he worked for 6 hours 45 minutes. You can keep a running record of this.

Read more HERE.

See below screenshots on how to access progress and time spent in course.

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OVS Synergy Updates

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.

OVS Board: We are reviewing new board member applications. We will be announcing our new board members soon. If you are interested in serving, we are still seeking a treasurer, vice-president, and secretary. We do have interested parents, so thank you for engaging. More to come, soon!

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!


Tshirt Orders

Our first round of Tshirt orders were a fundraising success! We made $320 that will go right back to supporting our program. Look for another Tshirt order in November for the holiday season!

Box Tops

We will do another Box Top Competition in the very near future! So be clipping those Box Tops. More information to come!

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OVS High Teen Hangout

Our OVS Synergy would like to invite our high school students to the first annual high school hangout!!

The purpose of the high school teen hangout is to get our learners together in an informal environment to socialize and have FUN! With just a little bit of parent supervision.;)

The high school learners voted at our beginning of the year picnic on the first day of school on activities that they would like to participate in together. The votes have been calculated!

The first teen hangout will be A Smash Bros. gaming tournament at Legendary Wolf Games at Oakview Mall. More details and a date in September is coming soon.

Classroom Happenings

Mrs. Mendoza's Class Updates

What a week! Thank you all for your patience as we work our way through the first few assignments in English! You may notice that English 9 and 10 have some assignments that don’t resemble your standard K12. That is because we have supplemented some lessons and activities to meet your ELA state standards! Those include some Speech components that we worked on writing over the summer that will be implemented DISTRICT WIDE! So exciting! Have a great weekend and we will see you next week!

Mr. Brannan's Class Updates

It was great to see everyone back from last year and to meet all of the new students. I am excited to get the Stock Market Game going for sophomores and looking forward to a great year.

Mrs. Ignowski's Class Updates

Week in Review:

Our first full week of curriculum work appears to be going swimmingly. Students have hit the ground running by taking quizzes, submitting assignments, attending online lessons, and reaching out for clarification. This week's primary focus was to ensure students had access to materials and were able to navigate through their coursework in K12.

Looking Ahead:

Students will share their Unit 1 projects at the learning center, as well as listen to others'. This will be a common occurrence at the end of each unit of study.

Weekly Online Lessons:

Online lessons have already begun. The schedule for my regular online lessons is below.

  • Earth Science: 2nd Monday of the month 10:15-11:15
  • Physical Science: Tuesdays OR Thursdays 10:15-11:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Biology: Tuesdays OR Thursdays 11:30-12:30 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)

Mr. Gamble's Class Updates

Week in Review:
We are off to a great start! This week we were able to work on the initial discussion posts with many learners and learn the expectations for all future posts. Learners were very involved and seemed comfortable with the process. We also began working in content areas with some learners and they were able to ask questions and get clarification on multiple topics.

Looking Ahead:
This coming week we will be taking the NWEA-MAP test for math and reading. Each session is about an hour and a half and will provide valuable data for our learning times during face-to-face days. Each learner is required to be signed up for TWO different sessions. If you have done so already, thank you. If you have yet to sign your learner up, please do so as soon as possible so we have accurate numbers for testers each session.

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.

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 week’s resource can be effective for all courses. It provides procedures and solutions for algebra, geometry, and more. I would encourage coaches to use it sparingly with learners so they don’t rely on it for solutions. It can be effective to check your learner’s work.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons will begin next week, August 27th.

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:
  • PreAlgebra: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Tuesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 2 & Honors: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • PreCalc/Trig: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.

Mr. K-W's Updates

All sophomores have met with Mr. K-W to develop their academic planner in their personalized learning plan. Next week freshman will touch base on schedules and graduation requirements.

Quote of the week: 'Most people see what is, and never see what can be.' Albert Einstein "

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.


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Core Values

Growth mindset