Orrick High School Bearcat Update
Dear High School Parents and Students
Dr. Scott Archibald
High School Principal
Ms. Parnacott - JH & HS School English
My name is Debbie Parnacott and I am so proud to join the Orrick Bearcat family! I grew up in smaller towns like Cameron and Hamilton and there’s nothing better than a community like this one!
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in English Literature from William Jewell College, and just finished my Masters of Science in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Central Missouri. This is my 10th year of teaching, all in Excelsior Springs, where I live now. I taught high school English for seven years and the last two years I taught in alternative education.
I have two children: my daughter Amanda lives in Kearney with her husband and their two children, and Levi who is a senior in high school. In my free time I love to read books (of course), sew, and cook.
Thank you all for welcoming me to the community…I’m so happy to be a Bearcat!
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
I encourage all parents to come in and meet with your child's teachers. This will help with building strong parent-teacher partnerships. We all want is best for your child and building these partnerships will only help in their educational development.
As a staff we are excited about the type of education we are able to provide your children. Please come and join us. We are excited about visiting with everyone.
Orrick R-XI School District PUBLIC NOTICE
Ray County Attendance Court
With this is mind the RAY COUNTY ATTENDANCE COURT has been created encompassing numerous community stakeholders and agencies committed to promoting the best interests of the children in Ray County, Missouri, including local school districts, Ray County Prosecutor, Ray County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies, Ray County Juvenile Office, social service agencies, community health and mental health providers,and members of the judiciary of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Missouri.
New Reassessment Policy
Our goal at OHS is to ensure every student is college or career ready when they
graduate. We want to strive for every student to be proficient learners so they will be
prepared for a global society.
For our students to be competitive in today's workforce they must be critical thinkers, collaborative, creative, have citizenship skills and be able to effectively communicate. Our students need to show they are competent in these skills to meet the challenges that they will face in the future. The teachers and I want to help develop these skills so our students will be successful when they graduate from OHS.
The new reassessment policy is a way we feel as a staff can better service our students to meet the skills they will need to be successful. Grading will now be subdivided into two parts: Competencies and Assessments.
Competencies will be based on students being able to demonstrate their proficiency in their daily learning (ex. daily objectives, classwork, homework, showing understanding of the material). Daily learning will help develop their citizenship, ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, be creative, and become critical thinkers. With our students working to be proficient on these competencies it will show higher success when it comes to their assessments.
Our students will be assessed through a variety of ways: projects, labs, essays, long term assignments, or traditional tests. We want to know our students are becoming competent in their learning.
With the new policy if a student scores below an 80% on what is categorized as an assessment in SIS then they will qualify for reassessment. Again, our goal at OHS is to ensure every student is college or career ready when they graduate. We want to strive for every student to be proficient learners so they will be prepared for a global society.
A full version of the 7 -8 and 9-12 grade reassessment policy and form can be found on the High School Website or in resources on the school district app.
UPCOMING EVENTS in ORRICK High School
October 15th Missouri Western Parade
October 17th End of quarter/Midterm
October 17th- 20th – District Volleyball @ Lone Jack
October 20th U.S. Air Force school visit on October 20 during lunch
October 24th – 27th Red Ribbon Week
October 25th William Jewell School admissions visit for juniors and seniors
October 25th – JH BB @ Wellington 5:00
October 27th District School Counseling Advisory Meeting at 2 p.m. in high school counselor's office.
October 27th – Parent Teacher Conferences 1-7:00 pm
October 28th – No School
November 5th – District Band Auditions @ St. Joseph
November 7th – Veterans Concert 6:30
November 18th – 20th School play “Night of the Living Dead”
November 19th – All-Conference Choir @ Sweet Springs