OVS Weekly Update

December 7, 2018 Volume 92

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training

BrainPop--Trainer: OPS Tech Trainer, Eileen Heller

BrainPop s a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.

Tuesday, Dec. 4- 11:00 and 1:00

Wednesday, Dec. 5- 11:00

Thursday, Dec. 6--Recording available

Eileen will record the Wednesday session and LCs will watch it on Thursday in the lounge.

Lockdown Drill Schedule (more information below)

  • Thursday, December 6 at 10am
  • Thursday, December 6th at 1:15-1:45

  • Tuesday, December 18th anytime between 9-11:30am
  • Tuesday, December 18th anytime between 1-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 19th anytime between 9-11:30am--Omaha Police Department representative will be present during this drill to provide feedback on our drill details


  • Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30
  • All students will have projects displayed--Learning Facilitators are helping
  • See details below to volunteer at this event

Other Upcoming events:

  • Friday, December 7th @ 5-8pm: Parent's Night out
  • Thursday, December 20th--Last day to turn in student work

OVS INFOSESSIONS--Please share out--Enrollment for 2nd semester start is now open!! Link to share and with more info is: https://ovs.k12.com/events-calendar.html

OVS High School Infosession

  • Tuesday, December 11th @ 3-4pm,
  • at OVS High (Metro Community College- Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 208

OVS K-8 Infosession
  • Weds., December 19th @ 1-2pm
  • Fri., December 14th @ 1-2pm


Thursday January 17, 5:30-7:30

We need judges for the middle school Science Fair portion of STEAM Fest! If you'd like to help out that night (Thursday, January 17), use the sign up below!

On Line Lesson Changes for December!!!!!

Check with your child's teacher for the December on line lesson schedule. To allow for more support and time for the students to work, we are not having traditional online lessons in the month of December. We are providing open times for your students to check in with the teachers to ask questions and get added help. Again, look in your email for the new schedule!

Student Safety--Lockdown Drills

Our priority at Omaha Public Schools is to ensure a safe learning environment for our learners. Earlier this semester you received an email regarding student safety and the Standard Response Protocol that OPS has adopted.

In the next few weeks we will be practicing a lockdown drill with ALL sessions at the K-8th grade building using the Standard Response Protocol. Please refer to the below image in regarding what a lockdown entails. Teachers will speak with students prior to and after the drill to explain the actions required. This training can be applied to any and all public places they frequent. We recommend that you discuss this at home with your learner(s) as well. After each drill, Dr. Loewenstein will drop by the Learning Coach Lounge to discuss additional details and the procedures for parents who are in the building during a

Standard Response Protocol (see image below) is widely adopted amongst the districts in the state in the hopes that it does become a standard language and protocol to ensure safety. Additionally, here is a resource that the state recommends as an educational resource for us all https://iloveuguys.org/.

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Community Opportunities

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Youth Voices

Enter a writing or art piece for a chance to win $1,000-$1,500!

OVS Synergy

OVS T-Shirts make a great gift!!

We do have some extra shirts for sale if you were not able to order! They are $20 a piece. Sizes are limited. Brooke has these available at the front desk.

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

This Week:

This week we focused on making a text to self connection with the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. We used Seesaw to draw a picture and include words that described our connection. Finally, learners recorded more information about their connection. We worked and will continue to practice working with our sight words. This is such an important learning experience when learning how to read. We want learners to be able to say the sight word without having to sound it out, they just automatically know the word. Many learners were able to color in more sight word bubbles, keep practicing! We also participated in #hourofcode, was your learner able to tell you what their favorite coding activity is? Check Seesaw for an activity to design the next class icon!

Next week:

We will be reading the book Corduroy and talking about sequencing of events. Review your sight words from this past week!! We will be progress monitoring them. I will also be Benchmarking kindergarten learners and completing running records for 1st grade learners.

Please check your email regarding online lessons for the month of December. Last day of 2nd quarter is December 21.

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We had a great time last week taking part in Computer Science Education week. We were able to join a webinar from the creators of Seesaw. We also took part in Skype in the Classroom and learned about Minecraft Education.

Next Week:

We will be back to a regular classroom schedule next week. Some of us will be starting our book projects for Lit Circles. Others will be completing their books. Some of us will not be able to start our book projects until after winter break. We will be determining our 3rd Quarter books this week. I will email you when we have decided.

There are only days of school left this quarter. Please make a push to finish work on time. Also, please turn in any artifacts you have completed. We have this week and next week to do this.

Mrs. Walker's class update

Week in Review:

This week we worked in our Lit Circle groups and made some great connections about the theme of the book. We started a new program called hands on fractions and the learners had great success with it!

Looking Ahead:

We will have Art next week with Mrs. Barry, bring your Art Portfolio to turn in! We will be discussing Computer Science Education week and participating in the Hour of Code. For more information on the Hour of Code, click here.

Please check your email regarding online lessons for the month of December. Last day of 2nd quarter is December 21.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
The semester is going quick! We are looking at about 3 weeks left for learners to complete all lessons and submit all required work. December 20th at midnight will be the final day to submit work as the courses will be removed from the learner’s dashboard that night.

Looking Ahead:
Should your learner have a question or struggle, please encourage them to reach out to us. If they are reserved, then please email the appropriate teacher and we will make note of that need and address it. We are a team and encourage all parties (facilitator, coach, and learner) to communicate.

Regular PIT Stop continues Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00. Reach out to your teacher for information.

There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Geogebra provides a free graphing calculator and many other tools that are helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities as well as drawing geometric shapes and finding their properties. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have been suspended for the month of December. In return I am offering online PIT stop from 10:00 - 11:00 every Monday and Friday for the month. This is to offer students time for focused instruction on a topic they need. Encourage your learner to join me online during this time to get help and step toward mastery of their course.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

Our learners are busy as ever!

Most students have started the science fair process. They are working through lessons in the Online Lesson Module 1.06, 1.07, and 1.09 to learn the procedures. Many students are ready to start their actual experiment at this point. These experiments can take place now until January. Our printer is available for student use for their science fair tri-fold boards.

6th grade science students are working through the Geologic History and Plate Tectonics units.

All social studies students are working through their workbooks. World history is working through chapter 9 Greece. Global studies is working on finish South America. American history students are on unit 10.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

One week remains! And, the deadline to turn in work is less than that! As a reminder, all work must be turned in by midnight, December 20. Please be aware of what your learner has completed and what they have left to do! Check with your student to see if they have completed the summative assessments for their final module. These will include writing assessments in addition to module exams.

Also, all ELA students are required to complete a Hot Read for their final semester project. The leg work for preparing the Hot Read will be done this semester and students will share their books with their class at some point in second semester! I can’t wait to have students share their books! Ask them to show you their project. I am pleased with what has been turned in thus far. I am even more excited about their excitement.

Learner’s enrolled in Computer Apps are finishing lessons in Microsoft Word. I am hoping they can transfer these newly learned skills to future documents to increase the professionalism in the work they turn in! Again, all work is due by December 20th at midnight for this course.

If you have questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mrs. Barry's Art class update

All learners should be following the pacing guide for their grade band and completing one art lesson/project per week.

Week of December 3rd: K-5 Face to Face Art

*Please remember to bring your portfolios with any completed art work that has not been turned in yet. Portfolios will be returned the following week.

Coming Up-

Week of December 10th: 6-8 Face to Face Art

Week of December 17th: Open Art, Sign Up here: http://bit.ly/OVSDecOpenArt

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any support!


9th Grade Newsletter

Troubles with your device?

If you are having issues with your student's device, please email your issue/concern to this email address: ovs-techhelp@ops.org

Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

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