OVS Weekly Update

December 14, 2018 Volume 93

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training

BrainPop! Thank you to all that were able to attend the session live. If you were unable to attend and want to learn more about this wonderful resource, please follow the link below!


Lockdown Drill Schedule (more information below)

  • 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:

  • 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

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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Computer Science Week

During computer science week, Microsoft hosted a lot of Skype events in which they interviewed professionals in the computer science field. These events were unfortunately not during our scheduled call. Learners and families and welcome to enjoy these at home!


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 read the book Corduroy and used a strategy called the 5 finger retell to help us retell the important events in the story. 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!

Next week:

We will be using Corduroy to do more thinking about retelling a story. 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. In Math we will continue to practice addition and subtraction facts.

Next week is the last time to turn in artifacts for 2nd quarter. Last day of 2nd quarter is December 21.

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

This week our big lesson in class was using three words to describe a character from our Lit Circle books. Once those 3 words were chosen, learners were to give a reason why they chose those words. We uploaded them to Seesaw. Check them out!

Next Week:

We will wrap up this semester next week. Most learners will be working on a book project they have chosen. We will not finish them next week. We will be finishing them when we come back to school in January. We were not able to choose a book for 3rd quarter yet. We will be doing this next week. I will email you by the end of next week. This will give you about a month to find, purchase, or check out your book. We will be having our MAP testing during the week of January 14th. We will start 3rd Quarter Lit Circles the following week.


Next week is the last week of the quarter. Please make sure you turn in all artifacts next week. Any missing artifacts will be entered as a zero and will affect your grade.

Mrs. Walker's class update

Week in Review:

This week in during class we finished up our Lit Circles! Students got to pick from 3 different projects to complete for their book. They brought home the rubric and planning page to help them complete the project. It is due next week, and I'm excited to see what they come up with! We also did another Hands on Fractions lesson and a Geometry Scoot where we moved around the room answering geometry questions.

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will be picking our next Literature Circle Book. I will let you know which book you need to buy over the break and have ready for the second week we are back.

Artifacts are due next week by the 20th! Please have them graded and ready to turn in when your student comes to class. Any missing artifacts will be marked as a 0 and bring down their grade.

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!

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, but the last week will be this week. Students who want their letters cut out on the Cricut must also do so before the winter break. When school is in session after winter break, we will not work on these science fair projects during class because of orientation and MAP testing. The science fair will take place January 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 and is required for all middle school students.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

If you are following the pacing guides, you will notice that we are coming to the end of our first module. In each module, your learner will have an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through writing assignments and module exams.

For the module exams, please remind your learner that there are two parts to each test. The first part will be multiple choice. The second portion of the exam will be a written exam. Remind your learner that they will need to read and answer all parts of the questions! As a reminder, good grammar and mechanics are always expected!

Your learner should also be spending time on their writing assignment (if they haven’t already turned it in!). Please help them by reviewing the rubrics and being that second eye that can provide some helpful hints when revising and proofreading. As a reminder, the writing assignments for the first module are:

ELA 6-Compare/contrast essay after reading two poems.*

ELA 7-5-paragraph essay on a topic of their choice.*

ELA 8-Short story or personal narrative.*

*Rubrics for all assignments can be found in K12.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

This has been a great semester! I am so privileged to get to make art with OVS Learners!

All artwork to be included on first semester report cards is due Dec. 21st. Bring any artwork to your last face to face class day or email me a picture to get it in!

It is not too late to sign up for Open Art to finish up any last minute artwork:

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! Have a wonderful winter break!


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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