OVS High School Weekly Update
December 21, 2018 Volume 90
Mark Your Calendars!
-Monday, January 7, 2019
- Students have access to 2nd semester courses. NO ONLINE LESSONS!
-Tuesday, January 8 OR Thursday, January 10th
First days of school for Tuesday and Thursday students. It is requested that LCs and/or parents attend for the first hour of class as the teachers review the semester for learners (new pacing guide format, online lesson schedule, among other important topics will be shared).
- After this time with teachers, there is a required LC training about attendance from 10:00-11:00. Room number is forthcoming.
-Friday, January 11th- ONLINE Lessons begin with optional check-ins for student course support (navigation concerns, pacing guide questions, etc.)
- Mr. Brannan--- 9am-10am
- Mr. Gamble--10am-11am
- Mrs. Mendoza --11am-noon
- Mrs. Ignowski--1pm-2pm
-Monday, January 14th
Required Online lessons begin
MAP Testing - During class time on Tuesday or Thursday
- January 15 or January 17 -Science & Reading
- January 22nd or January 24th--Math
-Thursday, January 17th 5:30-7:30
- STEAM Fair at 60 & L
- All students will have something displayed
-Friday, January 25th- 8:30am-12:30
PE at Western Hills Elementary
6523 Western Ave, Omaha, NE 68132
High School volunteer opportunities
OVS MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR JUDGING
Mrs. Felten, the middle school science teacher, is looking for volunteers (students and adults) to support our STEAM fair on Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-7:30.
Click HERE to sign-up and learn more about this event.
Last weekend's Christmas wrapping at Barnes and Noble was a success!
High School Hangout--Winter Edition
OVS Synergy Updates
Robotics t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies are available!
We have a new design and color! They look great. If you'd like robotics apparel, go to the below link and make your purchase. Orders close December 22.
Upcoming OVS Family Events Sponsored by OVS SYNERGY
2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm at 60 & L
2/28- Skate Daze 6-8pm
3/5-8 Book Fair- @ 60 & L
4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30 @ 60 & L
High School Learning Coaches Facebook Group
A few learning coaches have requested a separate facebook group for high school only. Here is the link for that group.
We made it! Here's to a wonderful break and a happy start to 2019!
Mr. Brannan's Updates
Thank you all for your hard work this semester. Have a restful break!
Mrs. Ignowski's Updates
Week in Review
Students were asked to focus on finishing their remaining assignments within K12 by MIDNIGHT on December 21st and most were able to complete everything within their course. I quite enjoyed reading the final portfolios. I have several additions and considerations to make on behalf of these portfolios.
Students will start back January 7th. My courses will setup in the same manner they were 1st semester. I also look forward to the additional Astronomy elective.
Weekly Online Lessons
Will begin January 14th. More information will come as schedules are solidified.
Mr. Gamble's Updates
Week in Review:
Thank you for a great first semester. We accomplished a lot and learned so much. Your learners put forth a great amount of effort and showed who they truly were. Thank you to all learning coaches for the support of those learners.
January 7th we start the second semester. I hope all learners and learning coaches have a great, restful break. I am eager to start our work again and make more great strides in the next five months.
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. Mathway is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. It is set in the form of a scientific calculator for all notations.
Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have will resume to their normal times beginning in January. Sessions will resume Friday, January 11th with Math08 at 9:15. Reach out with questions.
Mr. Koneck-Wilcox's Updates
This week the students reviewed their academic goals and the wellness goals each felt were important. Some of the students realized that high school expectations are greater than middle school. More reading , writing , and collaboration projects across the board all mean less time to just hang out or watch TV.
I visited with each high schooler regarding their second semester schedule and plans for improvement .
We awarded the perfect attendance certificates and Star Student Awards for self advocacy.
Enjoy the time with families ! See you in 2019 !
Officer Bell and Officer Brady shared their experiences with the students regarding active killer training. The students learned about ALICE and the protocol for Omaha Public Schools in the case of intruders in a building.
Before the officers left , the students were able to show what they had learned. They blocked the doorway , picked up items to throw and found a safe spot in the classroom.
The officers were impressed with our young people !
Get all your work completed , for the semester ends next week !
Sophomores , check with your parents regarding HGD for second semester .
Every week I ask the students what did they create in the last seven days . As we near the end of the semester I leave you with this quote from The Energy Bus authored by Jon Gordon :
" You can take the wheel and choose to create your life, one thought, one belief, one action , one choice at a time."
Sophomores completed the Pre-ACT this week! Mr. K-W was out on Thursday and will be back next week to engage with learners during advisement.
November 27 and 29
Sophomores jumped right into the answer folder for the PREACT. They completed the interest inventory and all the basic bubbles. Now they are ready for the four section test on Tuesday, December 4th !
Remind the students to get a good night's rest and eat breakfast before they test.
The ninth graders reviewed test taking skills and learned the PQRST study method. Ask your student about this.
Encourage everyone to work hard each day, show up prepared to learn , respect others and themselves, do your best !
" How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
The Metro Community College Tour gave students a good vision of the future, a chance to see post secondary life up close !
We will be back next week working on more skills for test preparation. The PRECAT will be Tuesday , December 4th.
" Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. "
----Henry van Dyke
November 13 and 15
We began the test preparation section this week. Students identified study strategies that they might use . Visualization , first-letter mnemonics, analogies , chunking of information, highlighting main ideas, were all discussed as useful tools.
Ideally , one will be most prepared for tests and remember to stay calm , not letting stress and anxiety overcome our thoughts.
Next week will be the Metro Community College Tour at Fort Omaha.
Parents are to sign the permission slips .
OVS High School
Metro Community College
Tuesday, November 20,2018
Walking Tour on Fort Omaha Campus
I give permission for________________________________ to attend the tour.
Parent signature Date
The test prep sessions will continue November 27th and 29th.
The PREACT will be given on Tuesday , December 4th. The make-up date will be Thursday December 6th.
"The secret to happiness is being grateful for what you have , not what you don't have or what you've lost. "
November 6 and 8
One step in the third mindset, 'We are all connected', asks us to seek ways to serve others. The folks who have chosen career paths in the rescue, fire , police and military domains give examples of serving others.
The students this week will write letters of thanks as part of Operation Gratitude. Our collected letters , some typed some hand written , will join nearly 250,000 being distributed in care packages. Ask your student to whom and what they wrote about.
Parents and students sometimes feel a need to visit regarding issues at home, school, work. The Community Counseling Program offers an option for families at school sites or neighborhood locations. Students were all given the lists and phone numbers. Mr. Victor Sherman directs the program, and may be reached at 402-354-8005.
October 30 and November 1
The 7 Mindsets--- an awesome path to follow through our lives.
During advisement we reviewed the first two, 'Everything is possible' and 'Passion first'.
The third one , 'We are all connected', allows us to see the wide array of ways we are touched by others throughout our lives, whether in person or digitally. We may even ask ourselves , 'how may I better serve others ?'
The students took a character strengths inventory and shared their perspectives.
Next week we will participate in Operation Gratitude.
" Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay."
Advisement this week included awards for attendance and growth mindset.
Our EQ, essential question , was " What helps us to remember new information ?"
Ask your student to share the three parts of our memory experiment. We had 63 words to recall and write down . What total did they get ?
Mnemonic devices help many folks . Some of us are better auditory than visual and even some truly excel in kinesthetic learning. Share with your student what your best might be.
School-Connect module 3: Building Academic Strengths and Purpose
" How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. "
During advisement , the students discussed the issue of bullying. Ways to prevent it and methods of responding were part of our dialogue.
Ask your student to describe the three parts of a bullying scenario.
Some informational reading could be found at 'Steps to Respect, Committee for Children ' and www.respect2all.org.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-------Ralph Waldo Emerson
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