OVS Weekly Update

May 11, 2018 Edition, Volume 74

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training: Week of May 15th-17th

Omaha Public Library-Summer Programming

  • Tuesday: 9am and 2pm
  • Wednesday: 9am
  • Thursday: 2pm ONLY

Study Island Resources for Summer

  • Tuesday: 9:30am and 2:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am
  • Thursday: 9:30am and 2:15pm

Middle School Transition for 5th Grade

  • Tuesday: 12pm and 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm
  • Thursday: 12pm and 3:30pm

LC Coffee Chat with Wendy-Reflection on 2017-18 School year & planning for next year!

  • Thursday: 2:45pm

Other Important dates

Principal's Corner

2018-19 School Year Experience

We have solidified our schedules for next year! Thank you for your patience as we work through what the best possible learning experience can be at OVS. We are still working through some details, but below outlines the experience for the 2018-19 school year for our learners.

K-8 Experience

Students are required to report to class once/week for 3 hours and can pick from the below sessions (sessions may change depending on enrollment).


9am-12pm or 1-4pm


9am-12pm or 1-4pm


9am-12pm or 1-4pm

  • Required online lessons will occur on Mondays and Fridays.

K-8 Course changes

  • Art will be offered for middle school learners!! Mrs. Shannon Barry will offer art to K-8 OVS students in the fall. Face to Face art instruction will only occur in the mornings and still will be once/month. Afternoon session art families can drop in for art during open art.
  • PE staffing is still being determined for the middle school. At the time of course selection for learners, middle school students will decide between PE or art. If PE isn't offered, then art is the required elective for middle school learners to have 7 total courses.
  • Homeroom course- We will have a homeroom curriculum that will be completed onsite with learners. This "course" will closely align to our core values and continue our focus on supporting learners with soft skills (growth mindset, empathy, etc.) that we have been using during our assembly time at the center.

High School Experience

OVS High School will serve 9th and 10th graders. High school learners will report once/week and one additional day/month depending on the elective the learner is enrolled in. See below information for more details:

Learners will report to Campus (Metro Community College, Fort Omaha Campus) on Tuesday OR Thursday:

8:30am-12:30pm- Required Class time

12:30-1pm lunch (only if learner is staying for Independent Study Lab)

1-3pm (Independent Study Lab-optional. Only required if student is behind on progress. This is a time to work with teacher support onsite and students can leave when needed. Parent sign-out required.)

One Wednesday a month


Required for SOME elective courses and/or club meetings from •

Electives that require attendance on this one Wednesday/month, are:

Speech, Spanish*, Yearbook, PE*, Earth Science

  • Clubs will be offered on this day.
  • *We are still finalizing staffing for Spanish and PE and this will determine if these courses are offered.
  • Required online lessons will be offered on Mondays and Fridays for core classes and Wednesday for electives.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let Wendy, Beth or your teacher know. We are here to create the best possible experience for all of our learners, so you input is imperative!

Returning Device and Materials

The last day of school is fast approaching! The week of May 22-24th, students will be required to return their device and all accessories during their face to face session.Within the next two weeks, you will receive instructions and labels for returning your materials to K12. For additional information please check out the K12 website!

Upcoming Information Sessions

Pass Along to Anyone Interested in Learning about OVS

Each year, we host a variety of different information sessions to potential new students. We want to encourage families to assist in our recruitment efforts. We will have fliers available next week for families to take and share. Our best recruitment tool is parent and student testimonials of their experience. Many of our current families have been referred by another family in our program.

We will also being needing volunteer at multiple events we will be hosting in May and June. Please consider volunteering for the Curriculum Night and OVS 360 Experience. More details to come.
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Synergy Corner

Learning HQ Deal: Missed out on getting a game? Take your OVS badge into Learning HQ and they will give you 20% off. Learning HQ is located at 2932 S 84th St.

OVS T-shirts Available: We still have grey and blue t-shirts available for sale. There are limited sizes and quantities. The blue shirts are $10 and the grey shirts are $17. Here is what is available:

  • Blue Shirt: Youth Medium (2) and Youth Large (1)
  • Grey Shirt: Youth Small (3), Medium (3) and Large (5), Adult Small (2) and Adult Medium (2)

Time to Stock Up on Books!!!

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Summer Activities for Youth

Many children look forward to having a break from school, homework and tests. However, it typically does not take long for children to feel bored. Here is a list of healthy summer activities available throughout Nebraska to help keep children active. Check out a list of summer activities below:
  • General list of free activities in Omaha for your family! Click HERE!
  • Great resource of Fun summer ideas for parents HERE!
  • Omaha Public Libraries: Check out the Summer reading programs and other events!
  • YMCA: The YMCA offers several activities like summer camps, day camps and sports programs to keep youth active all summer long. There are over 20 locations in Nebraska offering activities for all ages. Find a YMCA near you.
  • Kids Bowl Free Summer Program: Sign your children up to receive two free games of bowling per day all summer long.
  • Parks Nebraska Game and Parks has information about parks, trails, hunting and fishing on their website! Check out what they have to offer around you!
  • The Durham Museum in downtown Omaha is a great attraction to explore and expand on the history of our community and state.
  • Visit the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha for FREE!
  • There are hundreds of museums statewide that have educational opportunities for all ages.
  • Science and Math Camps: Aim for the Stars Science and Math camps at the University of Nebraska Omaha!
  • The Henry Doorly Zoo offers day camps for ages 3‐12 and educational courses for all ages.
  • The Lincoln Children’s Zoo offers day camps and overnight stays for ages 3‐12 and adventure camps forages14‐20.
  • Aksarben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center is one of four education centers in Nebraska. Aksarben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center offers an interactive classroom experience, tours
  • Pioneers Park & Nature Center is an 1,100‐acre park that includes public art, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas, hiking/biking trails, ponds, a sled run and a golf course.

Great Resource for Students up to 3rd Grade

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Classroom Happenings

Art with Ms Barry

Coming up in K-5 Art:

  • Open Art for May 15th-17th
  • Registration will be sent on Monday to sign up!!
  • All Art assignments are due May 18th

Ms. Roger's Classroom

This week:

All students did a great job of doing their best on the Spring MAP Test! There has been so much growth in our classroom since the beginning of the year! Spring MAP Reports were emailed on Friday.

Next week:

The Omaha Public Library will visit with us about the Summer Reading Program. I know there are many cool prizes for participating! We will be finishing up our paragraph writing from our 4-Square organizer about Spring.

Kindergarten students will be choosing 10 Scholastic books to take home for the summer, thank you to Mr. Evans and the Sherwood Foundation for this awesome opportunity for our students!

Continue working on your K12 courses, don't forget to enter attendance!

Ms. Rogers Skill Support Sign Up

Mr. Dowling's Classroom

Week in Review:

We had a great week of testing. Students worked hard to finish both tests. I’m proud of how respectful they were when others were still testing.

Looking Ahead:

We only have 2 weeks of class left! Our goal for progress in K12 is 90% in each subject. Most of us are right there! If you’re not quite there, really try to push through during the last 2 weeks. Next week is the last week I will be collecting artifacts. I need 6 of each subject(except Social Studies). Please turn these in to me on the 15th,16th and 17th. If you’re not sure how many you need, check the bluish purple/purple artifact folders. This document is also in your student’s OneNote under Portfolio.

You may have noticed there were some ELA lessons marked as complete inside your K12. I went in and marked the units complete that I was responsible for.

We will continue to use Seesaw this week in school. Students have the ability to add content, record their voice, add captions to photos, comment on others’ work and much more! They have access to this at home from their computer. Please let them feel free to add content as they see fit.

Our final week of school, May 22nd-24th, will be Field Days. We will be doing fun activities inside and outside! I think the students will truly enjoy it!

Mr. Dowling Skill Support Schedule Sign up

Ms. Nommensen's Classroom

What a week of testing! Thank you so much everyone for coming in and getting the testing done! The students seemed happy with their scores. We will be updating their data folders this week and will send it all home this week, so you can celebrate their growth!!

This week we also have a guest speaker from Wells Fargo to talk about Financial Literacy! We also have a guest speaker from the library to talk about the summer reading program!

All literature circles will be done this week and all packets need to be turned in completed! I will be entering grades at the end of the week.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Mr. Gamble's Classroom

Week in Review:
Students crushed the MAP test. Thank you to all families for getting the students to OVS and allowing them to create more data that we can use to see improvements! Students did a great job staying focused and completing tests in ELA and Math.

Looking Ahead:

We will be completing the Science MAP this week to wrap up our assessments for the year. Students will also take part in a variety of hands-on Project Based Learning activities.


  • Fundamentals: Math is Fun has explanations, models, and practice on quartiles and their application to outliers and their effect on data.
  • PreAlgebra: Kidzsearch has a definition and link to key words on inferential statistics.
  • Algebra: Study.com has practice problems, examples, and explanations of scale.
  • Algebra 1: Math Is Fun - Discusses rational expressions. Offers sample problems with solutions and vocabulary related to the topic.
  • Geometry: Math Is Fun - Discusses geometric modeling in depth with examples, models, and practice problems.

Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Each week I am teaching the current math lesson, per the pacing guide, for each subject online via ClassConnect. These sessions are mandatory and students will learn the concept through interaction with the teacher. Upon completion, students will take their check-up and be complete with that lesson. Recordings are available within the Content area after each session has completed.
  • Fundamentals: (Monday @ 9:30) 9.15 - Statistical Claims.
  • PreAlgebra: (Friday @ 9:30) Module check-up.
  • Algebra: (Monday @ 10:15) Module check-up.
  • Algebra 1: (Friday @ 10:15) 6.05 - Add/Subtract Rational Expressions.
  • Geometry: (Friday @ 11:15) 6.05 - Geometry on Earth.

Ms. Blackburn's Classroom

Ms. Robison's Classroom

9th Grade Newsletter

Phase 2 Bond Program Overview

On May 15th, Phase 2 of the bond issue will be placed on the primary ballot for voting. The bond will fund a variety of renovations and additions to current OPS schools while also adding five additional schools to assist with overcrowding. More information can be found at bond.ops.org.
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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.