ISOK Mission Log

August 2017

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Welcome ISOK Students! It's going to be a great year!

Your teachers have been working hard and are preparing to have an amazing year of learning with you. Be sure to watch for their emails and anticipate their phone calls as we get this school year kicked off on Monday, August 14th. Make sure you log in for class on Monday at 10am. See you there!

REQUIRED Strong Start Sessions - Start Monday, August 14th at 10am! See you there!

All ISOK students are required to attend the Strong Start Orientation Sessions starting Monday, August 14th at 10 a.m. You will find the link in your class connect session list. Come build relationships with ISOK teachers and staff! We will help you get started reaching your academic goals and achieve success!

Use Firefox Browser

For the best user experience, we recommend accessing your online classes using the Mozilla Firefox browser. To download the most recent version of Firefox, please visit: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/.

Preparing for iReady Readiness Assessment

Attention ISOK families!! Your student will be taking the readiness assessment in iReady. This diagnostic assessment helps staff know what skills your child has mastered as well as skills that can be worked on this school year. In preparation of this assessment, we ask you take a few minutes to ensure your Internet browser will work with the iReady program. If you use Google Chrome on Windows, Chromebooks, or a MAC device, please continue with the below directions to adjust your Adobe Flash. It is imperative that this update is done before your child begins the iReady assessment next week. All other browsers are set up correctly and are ready for iReady next week.


*****************Critical Flash Settings for i-Ready*****************

Due to upcoming changes to the way browsers handle Adobe Flash, we are proactively making districts/schools aware of the necessary setting(s) needed to run Flash content in i-Ready.


The following document explains the settings needed to run Flash in Chrome on Windows, Chromebooks, and MAC devices (the document is also attached to this email):

http://www.curriculumassociates.com/FlashGuide

The settings/configurations in the guide above are 100% critical/required for this coming school year.


If you need any support in adjusting these settings, our customer support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached at 866-512-2273. If you have any additional questions please let us know. Have a great weekend!!

2017-18 Academic Calendar

Please click here for our 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Upcoming Event

August 14-18 LIVE Face to face help *see details below

September 22: Outing - Focus on Agriculture and Natural Resources

October 6: Outing - Focus on IT/Broadcasting

November 3: Outing - College Tours

December 1: Outing - Service Projects

January 19: Outing - Celebrate ISOK

February 23: Outing - Focus on Health Care/Career Tech

March 30: Outing - Focus on Hospitality/Tourism


*Watch student email for details on upcoming outings!

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Face to Face - LIVE Help - We are here for you!

We will have live help, face to face sessions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Staff will be at these sessions to help students become familiar will our online learning system and answer any questions that students and learning coaches may have. These sessions are come and go.


Monday, August 14-10:00-4:00

Tuesday, August 15-10:00-4:00

Wednesday, August 16-10:00-4:00

Thursday, August 17- 10:00-4:00

Friday, August 18- 10:00- 4:00


Locations:

ISOK Office- Midwest City: 1156 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130


Central Library– Tulsa: 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103

Mervin Bovaird Foundation Large Group Study Room (222)

Parking is free for the first three (3) hours for library & Starbucks customers and the full length of library classes or programs.

Overnight parking is not allowed and there is no access to the garage after hours. The garage closes at 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, 8 p.m. Fri & Sat and 5 p.m. Sun.


Other Parking Near Central Library

These suggested parking lots are owned and operated by other entities and charge their own parking rates.

  1. Central Parking System - Sixth Street and Denver Ave
  2. American Parking - Sixth Street and Elwood
  3. Parking Meters - West Side of Courthouse, 2 hours maximum
  4. Civic Center Parking Garage - 520 West Third Street
  5. Tulsa City-County Library Parking - 400 Civic Center


If you are not able to make it to the live in-person events, there will be a virtual Strong Start Orientation Sessions on the same dates. You will see the link to your Strong Start Orientation Sessions in your Class Connect Session list.

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Gifted & Talented Info Session

On Tuesday, Aug. 22nd, Mrs. Conder will be holding a virtual information session regarding the gifted and talented program. She will be discussing how a student is identified as gifted or talented and the enrichment opportunities available for students in the GT program at ISOK.


To attend the Middle School session on Aug. 22 at 10:00am, click here.

To attend the High School session on Aug. 22 at 11:00am, click here.

ISOK Health & Fitness with Coach D.

Welcome to Schooling Online… what does this mean for your Health & Fitness?

You remember what is was like to sit in a brick and mortar school building all day? How did that affect you? Sitting at a desk all day did have an impact on your health. In that environment you did not have a choice… but, now you do! What plans have you made to make sure that you are NOT sitting all day?

One of the first things you need to do as an online student is make a schedule. Include your class connect sessions and the times you have to meet with teachers and staff such as Monday Assembly and Study Hall. The next thing you should include on your schedule is “GET UP AND MOVE” breaks!!!

You can get up and go for a walk. Remember to take your dog on the walk with you as they need the exercise too. You could turn on some music and dance. (Now that you are schooling online, you can dance at schoolJ.) You could get your daily work out in… jogging is great… and so are yoga and Pilates. As a matter of fact, yoga has been shown to counteract the damage of sitting all day better than any other exercise. If you were in our health or PE class last year at ISOK then you know all about doing yoga.

How many of these breaks do you need in a day? Studies show that for every hour you sit, you should get up and move. You can just get up and walk around the house… then finish with some simple stretches before you go sit again.

What if you have back to back classes? Then you can always stand as you work with your classmates.

Why do you need these breaks? Science has proven that sitting too long can increase your risk of blood clots which can cause brain damage from a stroke or a heart attack. Sitting all day leads to fluid retention in your legs, lungs and neck… none of this is healthy. Some studies believe sitting over 11 hours a day will shorten your life span. Sitting too much is part of the reason our country has problems with obesity and diabetes. Both of these have become an epidemic in the USA. Do not become one of those statistics! You can “GET UP AND MOVE”!

Does Coach D practice what she preaches? Yes I do! I have 3 work areas. I have the normal sit at desk with a proper chair (plus a ball chair) for back support and a wobble foot rest to keep my legs changing positions. (You should always sit with your back totally against the chair backrest and your feet flat on either the floor or a foot rest.) I have an inexpensive “garage sale buy” treadmill by my desk and I have placed a laptop holder on it so that I can walk and work at the same time. And last, but not least I have a stand up desk. It is right beside my sit down desk so I can easily move from one to the other during the day. Also, I do not have a real office. This is all set up in a closed in back porch off of my kitchen as my house is not big enough for me to have a separate office. So, no excuses. You can find a way to “GET UP AND MOVE” as you school at ISOK.

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Calling all LC’s! Check out Wednesday Workshops! You will NOT regret it!

ISOK understands learning the “how to” of virtual schooling is not easy for everyone! We also understand LC’s need a community to learn and talk to one another. Therefore, we offer WEEKLY sessions for Learning Coach’s to come connect and discuss a variety of topics. (High School students are invited to attend also) These are every Wednesday school is in session from 4-5pm. These are online in the Blackboard Connect classroom and the links can be found under the links for the Learning Coach.

Check out this video to understand more about Wednesday Workshops and why we should see YOU there weekly this year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVP0Eq6uw2I

If you have questions or need the link emailed to you please email Nicole Ellison, nellison@insightok.org


Upcoming Topics:

August

08/23/2017 Setting Up A School Space
08/30/2017 Creating a Schedule/Time Management

September

09/06/2017 Computer Basics
09/13/2017 Help! 9-1-1 Being an LC is not easy!
09/20/2017 How to Get to Know Other OVCA/ISOK Families
09/27/2017 Creating a Schedule/Time Management/Managing Long Days

Click here for information on Special Education Services at ISOK.

Please complete this Child Find Survey for Special Education

To reach all families, this information has been sent through multiple avenues, however you only need to completed it once.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=LUmWRm1kPE2UZWxaNvMaFqrlNGVqKrZEn_DO-EAh4IBUNVBDQUtIVjMwVjg0UlZHNlIwSzlVOElDSS4u

Share the Love

Sharing is easier than ever! With one click, let everyone know how much you love online schooling with K12. Share today!

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smoothly, you will need to clear your cache and cookies on a regular basis. What are cache and cookies? Check out this article! https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies

K12 National Online Clubs

K12’s ’17-’18 Club signup is set to launch on August 16th. A mass email will be sent out to families announcing the opening of club signups, and announcements will be placed. Families can find the list of clubs and signup links by visiting www.k12.com/k12-student-clubs.

For a flyer of all the national clubs being offered this school year visits: http://www.k12.com/content/dam/k12/sites/default/files/pdf/K12_National_Clubs_17-18.pdf


A few points of reminder about national clubs:

· National Club sessions will not begin until September 18th

· National Club sessions will appear on the student Events schedule with other Class Connect sessions

· National Club teachers will send emails approximately 1 week in advance of the club session to let students and families know when to watch for the scheduled session

· In the beginning it may take up to 4 weeks to hear from their club leaders

· Families can email clubs@k12.com for questions regarding clubs

· Grade ranges are closely observed

Ag in the Classroom

Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet

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Parents Right to Know

At the beginning of each school year each Title I school must notify parents of students that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher, including, at a minimum:

(1) whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject-matters in which the teacher provides instruction; and

(2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or their provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

(3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

(4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

In addition, each Title I school must provide each parent timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To receive any of this information please contact Nicole Ellison, Title I Coordinator, at nellison@insightok.org

ISOK is proud to provide your student the best possible educational experiences. ISOK strives to recruit the most qualified, experienced, and passionate educators to work with our students. All teachers employed at ISOK for the SY17-18 are highly qualified as defined by the State Department of Oklahoma. For more information regarding highly qualified criteria or other public school related matters you may go to the Oklahoma State Department website at http://ok.gov/sde/.

Sincerely,
Nicole Ellison
Title I Coordinator

405-835-2133 ext. 2064

Notification of Language Assistance Services

Any parent/legal guardian who is limited in speaking, writing, or reading English may request the school to provide access to services such as interpreter and/or translated documents. To request services please email or call the ELL Coordinator, Nicole Ellison, at nellison@insightok.org or 405.835-2133 ext. 2064. Nicole Ellison will coordinate prompt access for the parent/legal guardian to the appropriate services and/or translator service.

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