OBHS Monthly Newsletter

September 10, 2021

Principal's Message

Thank you to all parents, students, and staff for a great start to the year. Students, we are halfway through the first 9 weeks. Make sure you are taking care of business in the classroom and keeping your grades up as we near the first report card. This first term is crucial in setting the tone for a great academic school year.

Parents, make sure you are also keeping track of your students' grades and in communication with teachers as needed. Information on ParentPortal is below. Be sure to sign up so you can see all grades each day. Volleyball season is off and running, and our first home football game is Friday versus Starkville. Come out and support your Quistors each chance you get. Stay informed with our social media outlets and school website, all of which are listed below.

Jacob Stripling
Principal, Olive Branch High School

DeSoto County Schools

2021 Homecoming Spirit Week September 13-17

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Nurse Jessica Allen

Dear OBHS parents,

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all our students at Olive Branch High healthy and safe this school year. Here are some helpful reminders as we continue to navigate the Covid pandemic:

  1. Please keep students who are sick at home. Students may return to school when fever free for 24 hours and symptoms/illness have improved.
  2. Please notify the school if someone in your household tests positive for Covid.
  3. Students who are tested for Covid may not return to school until their results are final. Students with family members who are testing for Covid and symptomatic should remain at home until pending test results are known. Please email these results to the school nurse at jessica.allen@dcsms.org.
  4. Please notify the school nurse of any positive Covid test results in your household ASAP. The school requires documentation of all positive cases so please ask for this at the time of your test. These results may be emailed to jessica.allen@dcsms.org.
  5. If someone in your child's class tests positive for Covid, you will receive an email alerting you to this. You should monitor your child for signs and symptoms of Covid (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, digestive issues, headache, fatigue) and keep them home if any of these develop. At that time, notify the school.
  6. If your child is identified as a close contact to a positive Covid case in the classroom, you will receive two emails and someone from the school will notify you via telephone. At that time, your child will need to quarantine.
  7. Please send documentation of any Covid vaccinations to jessica.allen@dcsms.org. Covid vaccination will excuse your child from quarantine if you choose, but documentation must be on file.
  8. Communication is key. Please email or call the school if you have any questions.

Jessica Allen, RN

Spring Dual Enrollment

Interested in applying for dual credit for the spring semester?

To qualify for any dual enrollment class, students must have a minimum of 14 credits, a 3.0 grade point average AND an ACT requirement. See specific classes below for details.

***There is a one-time per semester registration fee of $50***

ENGLISH COMP I(Must have 17 on English portion of ACT) School day-T3 $50 OR Online $95

ENGLISH COMP II-(Must successfully complete Comp I) School day-T4 $50 OR Online $95

PUBLIC SPEAKING-(Must have an ACT score)-- Online $95

MUSIC APPRECIATION –(Must have an ACT score) School day $150 OR Online $195

PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I – LECTURE AND LAB- (Must have an ACT score) School day $75

COLLEGE ALGEBRA- (Must have 19 on the MATH portion of ACT) Thursday after school $218

COLLEGE TRIG(Must have 19 on the MATH portion of ACT) Online $95 OR School Day $75

AMERICAN HISTORY II-(Must have a 17 on the READING portion of the ACT) Online (Cost TBD)

State Testing UPDATES

MAAP Score Reports for English 10 and Algebra went home with students on September 3. We will be handing out the Score Reports for US History and Biology on September 17.

Please email me at amanda.rhymer@dcsms.org if you have any state testing questions or concerns.



OBHS Interact Club

What is Interact? Interact is a community service club sponsored by OB Rotary that works with several organizations within the Olive Branch community and Mid-South area.

Who can join? Anyone can join! This includes ALL students in grades 9-12 with no GPA or grade requirements.

How do I join? You can join by filling out the google membership form.. Due to Covid, meetings will be limited but information & signups will be available in a variety of ways.

Why should I join? Interact is great way to make friends, make connections, give back to others, and get involved within the community and school. Service projects look great on college resumes and job applications.

When do we have meetings? Meeting dates and times will vary due to Covid. Our first meeting will tentatively be on Thursday, Aug. 16th for 9th & 10th graders and any other new members.

When do we start? NOW. Event signups are already available!

Who do we work with? Interact works with many different organizations including the Mid-South Food Bank, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Memphis Botanic Gardens, etc. There are project choices that fit everyone’s likes!

What’s the benefit of community service hours? Community service hours are great for job applications and college resumes/applications. Plus you get to feel good that you helped make a difference in the life of others!

I have a busy schedule and I’m worried that I won’t have the time. The great thing about Interact is that there are enough projects offered that you can find projects to fit your schedule. Many of our members are involved in multiple sports, band and choir, or hold jobs, but still have the time to be an active member.

What if I have questions? See any of our board members, Mrs. Ashley in A3, or message our Interact sponsor, Mrs. Harris, by using our Remind101 account.

Want to join now? Click this link to fill out google membership forms!


Signed up and ready to volunteer? Click this link to see available sign ups for Sept events!


Transcript Request Form

Students can request their transcript online through ScribOrder. The first five transcripts will be sent for free, after the fifth transcript students will be charged $6.00 for each request.

Request your transcript at https://desotoms.scriborder.com/

ACT Fee Waivers

Register your child for an upcoming ACT at www.act.org. Dates and deadlines are listed on ACT's website. If your child receives free or reduced lunch and is in 11th or 12th grades, he or she may qualify for a fee waiver. Contact Vicki Garrison in the guidance office for a fee waiver.

Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. The OBHS Counseling Department will be using the Core Essential Values Curriculum to promote positive character traits and healthy social emotional relationships with our students. Each month we will spotlight a different character trait. Below is the Parent Newsletter for September with the focus trait Initiative. We hope that you will support our efforts and discuss taking initiative with your child at home as we are at school.


OBHS will utilize Schoology if students are quarantined. Instructions on how students can log into Schoology are attached below.

Parent Portal

For access to your child's schedule, attendance, and grades please make sure you have access to Parent Portal. If you need your password reset or a new account set up, please email a copy of your photo ID to Vicki Garrison at vicki.garrison@dcsms.org.

Guidance Office Staff

Hilary Carpenter, MSIS/Registrar


Vicki Garrison, Records/Cohort Clerk


Katelyn Hutchens, Last names A-G Counselor


Lindsey Chunn, Last names H-O Counselor


Angela Burkes, Last names P-Z Counselor