OCHS NEWS UPDATES
October 1, 2021
DATES TO KNOW:
Oct 1 AP Registration is Open
Oct 5 Nat'l Honor Society Meeting 8:00-8:30AM in F112
Oct 5-7 2021 Yearbook Distribution (see below)
Oct 6 NEW! Wednesday Early Release at 2:30PM (see below)
Oct 8 SAT Registration Deadline for November Test 12:00PM
Oct 8 NO SCHOOL- State Inservice Day
Oct 10 Homecoming Hall Decorating 4:00PM
Oct 11 Student Council Fall Applications Due 12:00PM
Oct 11-15 Canned Food Drive
Oct 11-15 Spirit Week
Oct 13 Virtual Financial Aid Night 6:00PM
Oct 15 Homecoming Parade 5:00PM
Oct 15 Homecoming Game v. Lake Oswego 7:00PM at Pioneer Memorial Stadium
Oct 22 NO SCHOOL- Teacher Grading Day
Oct 25-28 Respect Week
Oct 26 Fall Choir Concert 7:00PM
Oct 27 "Virtual Club Fair"
Oct 27-28 Fall Conferences 4:30PM
Oct 29 NO SCHOOL
Nov 1-5 College Application Week
Nov 1-5 Bear Necessities Week
Nov 3 Nat'l Honor Society Meeting 8:00-8:30AM in F112
Nov 4 Apple Pie Band Concert 7:00PM
Nov 5 Picture Retake Day
Nov 11 NO SCHOOL- Veteran's Day
Nov 13 Wrestling Holiday Bazaar 9:00AM-4:00PM
Nov 18, 19 Blood Drive 9:00AM-2:00PM
Nov 18-20 Fall Drama Production Radium Girls 6:30PM
Nov 24 NO SCHOOL
Nov 25, 26 NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break
Nov 29-Dec 3 Pioneer Pageant Week
Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back former students and members and celebrating an organization's existence. We are so excited to be celebrating our 2021 Homecoming the week of October 10! We have a variety of events and celebrations planned, culminating with our home football game against Lake Oswego. The Homecoming theme this year, chosen by our Student Council, is “Homecoming through the Decades.” Here are the events we have planned for the week:
- HALL DECORATIONS: Sunday, October 10 from 4:30-8:30PM. Each grade level will decorate a hallway with our Homecoming Theme! 12th Grade: The 70's, 11th Grade: The 80's, 10th Grade: The 50's, 9th Grade: The 90's, Staff: The 60's
- SPIRIT WEEK: Each day will be a dress-up day with specific themes to have fun and show school spirit. Monday: Decade Days (dress for your decade listed above). Tuesday: Jersey Day. Wednesday: Class Color (12th Grade: Green, 11th Grade: Yellow, 10th Grade: Pink, 9th Grade: Red, Staff: Neon). Thursday: Pattern Day (stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc.). Friday: It's Spirit Day so wear your red/white/black Pioneer gear!
- ASSEMBLY FILMING WITH SENIOR CASTING CALL! Tuesday, October 12 at 6:00-8:00PM we will be filming our assembly that will be shown to the entire school on Friday morning, October 15. Seniors are invited to attend as audience members for the filming of the assembly. There will be class games, cheer/dance performing, band, and food trucks. Wear your SPIRIT GEAR! Masks are required and social distancing will be expected. Please be ready to show your student ID.
- VIRTUAL ASSEMBLY: Friday, October 15 at 9:51AM. OCHS Students will watch the Homecoming Assembly in their 2nd Period Classes! This will be made available for community viewing following the student presentation!
- PARADE: Friday, October 15 from 5:30-6:15PM. Starting point at Gardiner Middle School. To see the full parade route, click the link. This long-standing tradition will take the same Parade Route as in past years! We invite our community to attend and participate in the fun!
- FOOTBALL GAME: Friday, October 15 at 7:00PM against Lake Oswego! Homecoming Halftime Show will include many fun traditions like an outstanding field show, the Introduction of our OCHS Homecoming Royalty and a fireworks finale!
DON'T FORGET YOUR MASK!
Please remember to send your student to school with one or two reusable cloth masks. These are the most comfortable and you can make sure they are a good fit.
Fabric masks come in a wide variety of materials and can be something you make at home or buy at a store. While research into the use of fabric masks is ongoing, their effectiveness depends on the types of fabric used and the number of layers.
Whatever type of face covering you choose; it should cover the nose, mouth and chin and be secured with elastic loops or ties. Thank you for your help as we try to conserve resources.
DELIVERY & DROP OFFS FOR STUDENTS
We DO NOT receive food delivery services for students. Students can receive a FREE lunch in the cafeteria during lunch time if they are hungry.
The OCHS Main Office is able to receive forgotten homework and lunches for students during school hours; however, we are unable to receive food delivery services, beverages, balloons or flowers. The Main Office is unable to secure drop off items and is not responsible for undelivered items or theft. Delivery to the classroom or interrupting classes for students to pick up deliveries is not possible.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
Picture retake day is Friday, November 5. Students receive their student body ID card when they get their picture taken.
For picture orders or questions about school pictures, please go to the Dorian Photography website or call customer support at 800-826-3535.
QUESTIONS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?
Bus information can be accessed through the District's Versatrans eLink portal:
- The login is the 6 digit lunch/student ID number, the password is their 8 digit birth date (for example, April 8, 2021 would be 04082021)
- Hover over "Students" and click "View My Students"
- Click on your student's name for exact route information
- The days of the week are coded in this way: M = Monday, T = Tuesday, H = Thursday, F = Friday
- Students are required to wear a mask on the bus.
ASKING TO RIDE A DIFFERENT BUS AFTER SCHOOL?
OCHS is not able to honor bus notes for students asking to ride a different bus than they are scheduled to ride.
Our District Transportation Department is struggling to keep up with tracking and seating charts for students who ride a different bus other than the one they are scheduled to ride. As a result, students MUST ride the bus they are scheduled to ride to and from school.
Will your student be missing school? Please call the direct line to the Attendance Office at 503-785-8730 for all student absences.
Attendance Office Email: email@example.com This e-mail address may be used for attendance issues such as:
- Excusing absences (parent emails will be confirmed)
- Pre-excusing vacations/appointments/college visits/etc.
- Changing student information-phone #'s, addresses, emergency contacts, etc.
- ParentVUE user name and passwords
Please see our Attendance Office homepage for details about excused absences, unexcused absences, and attendance procedures.
Students who are 18 years old still require parental permission to leave campus or to miss school.
WHAT DOES MY STUDENT DO IF THEY FEEL ILL WHILE AT SCHOOL?
To request an appointment at our School Based Health Center, please call 971-201-0060. If you would like to speak with a Clackamas Health Centers Advice Nurse, please call 503-655-8471.
STUDENT ACADEMIC SUPPORTS
LUNCH ACADEMY: Looking for a quiet place to eat and work on assignments? Come to F104 during your lunch break on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Tutors and college & career advising are available.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACADEMY: Come to the Library and enjoy a quiet place to work and receive assistance from tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:45PM.
TEST CENTER: OCHS offers test retake opportunities on Wednesdays in the Library at 2:45PM. Please schedule your test retake with your teacher before coming.
Also, here are some other ways to get support in order to be successful in your classes:
- Get to know your teachers and let them know when you need extra help. Each of your teachers have their own office hours where they offer support to students.
- Ask a friend for help! Each of us has our own strengths and can help others out. You can also form your own study group with other students from your classes or a group of your friends.
- Talk with your Counselor. The Counselors at OCHS are able to help you with prioritizing, problem solving, and getting the assistance you need. Additionally, Counselors have a list students in National Honor Society who volunteer (for free) to help out other students in a variety of academic areas.
For questions, please contact Dr. Kristene Baldwin, OCHS Success Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-22 STUDENT HANDBOOK
JOIN STUDENT COUNCIL!
Student Council is receiving applications for the 2021-22 school year for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors interested in joining Student Council, the group behind our school's events and activities! Interested students will need to fill out an application that includes having their attendance and GPA approved by Holly Stone in the Attendance Office, and submit three teacher's recommendation.
Click here for the "Fall Application" and "Teacher Recommendation" forms. Applications are due by October 11 at 12:00PM!
International Seminar is an extra-curricular course designed for advanced students who are interested in comprehensive, interdisciplinary learning experiences about different regions of the world. This year's International Seminar will focus on South & Central Asia.
While we're working on finalizing the exact schedule, our start date is January 29, 2022 and end date is April 23, 2022. Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, please contact Ms. Pittenger at email@example.com if you have questions. This is a fantastic program!
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Welcome back current National Honor Society (NHS) members! Our first meeting is Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00-8:30AM in the Presentation Room (F112). If you can't attend, contact Ms. Pittenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alena Markum at email@example.com.
Beginning November 3, our monthly general meetings will be the first Wednesday of every month. Please mark your calendars to make NHS a priority!
Seniors, if you're interested in applying, application forms will be available soon. Please check our website and apply. Other students interested in joining NHS, please reach out to Ms. Pittenger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AP CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
COLLEGE VISITS ARE BACK
College admissions representatives are back in the building and meeting with students. Meeting with a college admission representative can help students answer questions about the admissions process, learn more about the college academic programs and make connections with contacts at that college.
We are offering two types of visits this year:
- In-person visits will be at 10:30AM in the College & Career Center (F104).
- Virtual visits will be online at 4:00PM.
Students can register for visits through Naviance. Look for the "What's New" tab to find the most up-to-date list of colleges visiting. College visits are open to all students at OCHS. For questions, contact email@example.com or call 503.785.8768.
FAFSA & ORSAA OPENS OCTOBER 1
Financial aid is money to help pay for college. Everyone can get financial aid, regardless of income, GPA or citizenship. You can get financial aid based on need or merit. Need is what your family can contribute to college costs. Merit refers to achievement in academics, sports or other areas. Don't miss the opportunity to file for financial aid today!
In Oregon, there are two ways to apply for federal/state financial aid:
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that most students are eligible to file for. Filing for the FAFSA allows the student to be eligible for Grants, Work-study and Federal student loans. Grants (money from the state or federal government that you don't have to pay back) include the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise Grant.
- ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application) is the application for students who are undocumented or DACA in the state of Oregon. Filing for the ORSAA will make students eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise Grant.
Need more information about Financial Aid? Come to our Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00PM. Hear from the experts about what financial aid can do for your student and how to apply. Click here for the Zoom link!
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.785.8768.
SAT & ACT TESTING DATES
There are still copies of the 2021 Yearbook for sale. The cost is $70.00. Please see Lori Kitts in our Accounting Office (503-785-8765 or email@example.com) and pick one up on Tuesday, October 5. For questions, contact the Yearbook Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION TIMES
The 2021 Yearbooks have arrived! Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who pre-purchased last year's Yearbook can pick it up on Tuesday, October 5 through Thursday, October 7 at the Ticket Booth near the Trophy Hall before school from 8:00-8:30AM, during both lunches, and after school from 3:35-4:00PM. Bring your photo ID!
If you would like to purchase a 2021 Yearbook, you can purchase one in the Accounting Office for $70 starting on Tuesday, October 5. Check the posters outside the Yearbook room (E108) to see if you've purchased one already.
PICK UP INFORMATION FOR 2021 SENIORS:
Students or relatives of students can drive through and pick up pre-purchased Yearbooks on Wednesday, October 6 from 4:30-6:30PM. Please bring your photo ID. If this time does not work for you, you can pick it up from the Accounting Office starting Thursday, October 7 during their normal operating hours: 7:00-4:00PM when school is in session.
Click here for the list of 2021 Seniors who have already purchased a 2021 Yearbook. If you would like to purchase a Yearbook, we have some available for $70. You can buy one in person from the Accounting Office on October 7.
WATCH PIONEER GAMES VIA NFHS NETWORK FOR FREE!
Follow the directions below to watch Pioneer games via the NFHS Network for FREE! If you already have an account, do steps 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. If you don't have an account, do steps 1-6. Account set up is FREE, here's how to watch:
- Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com
- Search for Oregon City High School and go to our page (Save as a bookmark)
- Click the event you want to watch
- First-time users will need to set up an account
- Log in
- Watch the event
After you sign up for an account, you will only need to go to the Oregon City High School Athletics page and click on the event and sign in.
Incident Statement Forms are available for students to fill out regarding issues concerning students, staff, or our building facilities. Incident Report forms are located in the Student Services Department and online and can be turned in to Administration Secretary, Deby Webb, or Dean of Students, Lynn Barry. See more information at OCHS Security.
Phone: 503-785-8900 x5020
OCHS Safety Hotline: 503-785-8817
Online Form: OCHS Incident Statement Form
Safety Incidents or Tips can also be reported at SafeOregon.com. The tip line is operated in cooperation with SafeOregon.com - a program created for Oregon students, parents, staff, and community members to report student safety threats. The tip line is constantly monitored and tips are routed to the appropriate people and organizations including law enforcement and school administrators.
Web Form: tips.safeoregon.com
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