Oak Harbor High School | January 2021 Issue
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Happy New Year Wildcats,
We made it to 2021! We survived our first trimester and are now a few weeks into our second trimester. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and patience during this very different school year.
Here are some things you and your student can talk about this month:
Attendance is important. Please ensure that your student is logging in to each of their classes every day and completing assignments.
If needed, ask for help. If your student is struggling, please reach out to the teacher and ask for help. If they would like peer tutoring help online, contact our National Honor Society Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org. If you give him three days to a week, he can try and set you up with an NHS tutor.
Cut down on stressors. If your student is overcommitted and does not have time for studies, January is a great time to back off some of these extra commitments and take a breather. Also, schedule student time carefully so they are not just working on academics but also have time for fun. This can be a reward for a job well done in the virtual classroom.
Get some fresh air. Get outside and walk or exercise regularly.
Being successful in school takes work, and January is a time of renewal. Students can increase their efforts, be on time online daily, and finish the month strong!
We are excited to launch our new college and career readiness software, Xello. This is a wonderful tool that students will use to build self-knowledge, personalized plans, critical life skills, and create their high school and Beyond Plan. Students will use the tool in their advisory class throughout the year. Students have access to Xello in the Google app waffle or use the clever app to access Xello.
Financial Aid - See the Newsletter that went out on December 15, 2020
Applying to colleges - Students have been busy applying to colleges. Application deadlines are approaching (some have passed). January is a busy month in the college application world. Many of the State Public College and University applications are due in January. UW-Bothell Campus is due January 15, WWU, WSU due January 31. CWU, EWU, and Evergreen State College on February 1st.
Some colleges/universities have their own application, and some are using the Common App or Coalition App. You can find the school’s application by going to their website and looking for words such as “admissions” or “apply now.” In Washington, all Community and Tech schools use one application WA Community & Tech Colleges.
Scholarships - There are many local, state, and national scholarships to apply for. Please visit our website under OHHS > Learning > Counseling Resources >, scholarships. We will have a scholarship workshop in January. We will have a scholarship workshop for students on January 22nd after school from 2:30-3:30 in the Counseling Center.
Hey, Juniors, are you planning for Life after High School?
So often, students wait until their senior year to really start exploring their options for post-secondary education or training. Juniors should be taking steps now to prepare them for their pathway after high school. In February, we will have a Next Step Preparation in Advisory to discuss post-secondary planning. Here are some things Juniors should be doing now to prepare for their future beyond high school:
Want to get a head start in the scholarship process? Visit the College Board Opportunity Scholarships https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/.
Explore Xello (app in student's school account) or College Board (www.collegeboard.org) to find educational programs that meet career interests.
Take the ACT and/or SAT this spring if four-year college or university-bound.
Register with the NCAA (www.ncaa.org) for student-athletes who plan on playing college sports.
Visit college campuses during spring break or summer vacation.
Start the application process this spring if interested in attending a military service academy.
Speak with a recruiter if interested in enlisting in the military.
Prepare a resume and evaluate extracurricular activities and leadership positions.
Use summer vacation to gain work experience, complete an internship opportunity, or participate in a summer enrichment activity.
Visit with Mrs. Kellison, College & Career Counselor, for assistance with post-secondary planning.
SAT and ACT Students applying for college admissions for fall 2021 do not need SAT and/or ACT scores. Colleges have either waived them or made them test-optional. Visit sat.org or act.org. Our next scheduled SAT will be May 8, 2021.
PSAT will be offered on January 26, 2021. The PSAT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also serves as a practice test for the SAT. There is a limited number of seats due to the pandemic. Students will want to sign up with their student account: Sign up here. The fee is $20. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch can get a waiver. Priority will be given to juniors. Sophomores may take the exam if space is available. Students can prepare by taking a practice test: PSAT Practice Test.
ASVAB - will be February 2, 2021. Sign up here. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. ASVAB Practice Test
One of the strengths of the CharacterStrong curriculum is the relationships it builds between students to peers, students and school staff, students and family, and students and the greater community. This is done through intentional relationship-building activities that put a daily and weekly focus on what is most important to making this happen. We need to be reminded more than we need to be taught.
Interact Club is connected with one of the two Oak Harbor Rotary Clubs.
"Interact" stands for "international action," and according to the Interact Club handbook, there are 200,000 young people in more than 110 countries belonging to some 8,700 Interact Clubs.
Interact Club is for 14-18-year-olds. It allows young people to participate in fun, meaning service projects. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.
Some service projects we have done in the past were:
- Volunteer at Hydro's for Hero's
- Volunteer at Walk of Honor Car Show
- Fill weekend food packs for elementary school students
- OHHS warm clothing drive
- OHHS Holiday-grams fundraiser
- Walk 4 Water Awareness walk-a-thon
Email Mrs. Christensen for more information.
Check back soon for updates on the new senior ads timelines.
Shout out to Caitlin Dennen, Lola Chargualaf, Jake Swanson, and Casey (Jaedine) Cabigting, for their extra efforts in helping run swim camp— these 4 ohmazing swimmers co-coached our newer girls on the team in preparation for our hopeful season coming soon in 2021.
*Due to Covid sports have been postponed, but some teams have been able to gather to condition and workout in small cohorts and following all safety guidelines.
Don't forget to login to your classes on Wednesdays too!
On Wednesdays this year, you will have school, but it will be asynchronous.
Asynchronous refers to a school day without live online learning. You will still be meeting with your Advisory Teachers from 9:50 am-10:20 am. This will be the only live meeting on Wednesdays. What you do need to get done, however, is the work that is posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom page. That is how you will both be counted for attendance, and do the assignments that will earn you that grade that you work so hard for. So make sure that you are getting on to the Classroom page, complete, and submit those tasks on Wednesdays.
Distant Learning Only During the week of January 4- 8, 2021
This FLU season, it is especially important this year to be proactive. COVID-19 and the FLU are both contagious respiratory diseases that have many similar symptoms. Parents can help their child during this FLU season by learning more on what to look for: please click on this link CDC.gov for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm
· The flu vaccine will help prevent the illness from turning severe and possibly leading to hospitalization. Deaths from influenza-related complications range from 12,000 to 60,000 people per year in the United States. Getting the flu vaccine can also protect others that cannot get the shot, but are at high risk of developing complications, should they contract the illness.
· Unfortunately, there will not be a FLU Shot Clinic this year, so being proactive in getting the vaccine is important this 2020 FLU season.
As COVID19 is on the rise, please check out Washington's Department of Health's Chart below as a helpful resource & timeline guide if you were exposed to COVID19 or if you have symptoms.