OVS High School Weekly Update

September 28, 2018 Volume 83

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training Next Week


Coffee Chat With Wendy Follow-up

I will send out a form for LCs to share their input anonymously to share feedback regarding the learner and LC experience so far this year. We are always striving to improve, so we appreciate your input.


Our new attendance practices for this school year have been going well. Just a refresher, that high school learners need to be engaged in learning for 26 hours/week at home.
  • Learning Coaches must enter learning that takes place OFF K12.com.
  • Log minutes for Online lessons AND when learners watch recordings.
  • Log hours daily
  • Have your learner support you by keeping track of their time off K12.

High School Hangout


We are half way full for our Escape Room outing! We need 4 more high school learners to make this event happen! First come, first served!

When: October 26th (time TBD)

Where: The Escape 6314 Center Street

Cost: $15

Please call or text Erin Cox at 402.739.7632 to reserve your spot!

OVS Synergy Updates

Box Tops--There is a collection box at the high school!

Bring in your box tops for Sept 24-Oct 5! The high school will be competing with the K-8 classes to see who collects the most box tops. Loose box tops will count as 1 point. If they are glued on a sheet when turned in then they will count for two points. Blank box tops sheets can be picked up at the school! Help us reach our goal of collecting 100 sheets!

High School Learning Coaches Facebook Group

A few learning coaches have requested a separate facebook group for high school only. Here is the link for that group.



Shirts for Sale

Need a shirt for spirit days this year? Purchase shirts here! Orders will close on Oct. 3rd!


Open House Highlights

Open house had a small, but mighty showing of OVS parents. OVS Synergy signed up some learners for the October hangout, teachers connected with learning coaches, and learners were able to show their LCs around.

Classroom happenings

Mrs. Mendoza's Updates

Students should be working on the below units:

English 9: Unit 1 – Narrative Techniques and Structure

English 10: Unit 2 – Theme and Characters

Mr. Brannan's Updates

Week in Review:

Please ensure that your students are keeping up with the Pacing Guide. The students were all given instructions on how they can make up assignments that they did not receive A's on. Please encourage them to make up as many of these as they can. Thanks

Looking Ahead:

Students were introduced to a project in History class that is a "virtual" time capsule, more info will follow. In Economics we actually started looking at companies and will begin investing next week!

Weekly Online Lessons:

Online lessons have already begun. The schedule for my regular online lessons is below.

  • Computer: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 9:15-10:15
  • History: Wednesdays OR Fridays 8:30-9:30 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Economics: Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:15-11:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)

Mrs. Ignowski's Updates

Week in Review

Physical Science: Students focused on getting caught up or completing the summative assessment, which was a lab to be completed at the learning center. If students were behind they will be expected to complete their overdue assignments in order to complete this lab.

Biology: Students shared their brochures with their peers with a gallery walk or identified cell organelles using an activity within classflow. Students were able to take away different ideas they would like to try for upcoming projects.

Earth Science: Students were able to meet at Western Hills for our elective day. Students gained clarification on the Unit 2 Project and pinpoint their next steps needed to turn this in. Again, this course is composed of many lab reports and students will have to reach out for clarification often, as the lab reports can be confusing. Email has been the most successful method.

Looking Ahead

Physical Science: Students will begin Unit 5, which focuses on energy. Those that are behind will possibly complete the Unit 3 summative lab.

Biology: Students will continue to work through cell biology, which has a great deal of reading. Again this unit is quite extensive and will span 4 weeks.

Earth Science: Students will continue to work through the composition of the Earth. Many students are needing to address items from previous units. Please do your best to get keep close with the pacing guide, this will ensure a successful end to the semester.

Weekly Online Lessons

Online lessons have already begun. The schedule for my regular online lessons is below.

  • Physical Science: Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:15-11:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Biology: Wednesdays OR Fridays 11:30-12:30 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Earth Science: 2nd Monday of the month 10:15-11:15

Mr. Gamble's Updates

Week in Review:
Our face-to-face time is running smoothly. We are in full swing of addressing learners where they are in their lessons. This has allowed us to do a lot of reviewing, reteaching, and retaking of assessments to assure comprehension of topics. Learners are learning the system and adjusting to the new flow using our “road map” each day.

Online lessons continue to happen daily. We are missing A LOT of "Required" learners in the online sessions. See below for the schedule to ensure your learners are in attendance. I am looking into why K12 is not listing some learners as “Optional” when I change their status. If a student is optional, they are not required to attend, but are welcome to for additional assistance.

Looking Ahead:
Learners will continue to use their Passports to check in with each Learning Facilitator and discuss that subject area. These passports will also notify Learning Coaches what was done in class and what the next steps are for learners. There may be days when your learner does not visit with me as they are on pace and showing mastery of topics.

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.

PIT Stop is available on Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 for learners that need assistance. This is an ONLINE session. I will be actively in the session and available to answer questions or model lessons for learners in need.

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. Desmos provides a free graphing calculator that is helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Most online sessions will not last the entire block of time, unless needed for individual help. We will work in mini-lessons addressing specific needs. If “Required” is listed on the session, you must attend that session. If “Optional” is listed, you do not have to attend, but CAN attend if you’d like help or a review.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:
  • PreAlgebra: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Tuesdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 2 & Honors: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.
  • PreCalc/Trig: Thursdays @ 1:00 – 2:00.

Mr. Koneck-Wilcox's Updates

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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