OVS Update

K-11th grade newsletter

Calendar of Events

Next week: September 23-27th--

**Mid-Quarter--We are officially at the middle of Quarter 1. Teachers will be sending mid-quarter progress communication next week**

Monday., September 23rd-Teacher Training -No School/No Online Lessons

Thursday, September 26th-- Middle & High School Independent Study Lab (ISL)

  • Session times: 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-3:30 (More information below)

Upcoming Dates

Monday., September 30th- Last day to submit Scholastic Book orders

Tuesday, October 8th- Cook's Night Out Fundraiser- Chipotle (9820 S. 71st Plaza)

October 22-23rd- 10th Grade Pre-ACT test (DURING CLASS TIME)

October 23rd --Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30 to 8pm

October 24th -- Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 to 8pm

Friday, October 25th- No School and No online lessons

Thursday, October 31st--High School Physical Education class @ 1pm

November 5th and 6th- School Pictures

Friendly Reminder: Learner Pick-up

Be on time

Please be on time for drop-off and pick-up for learning center time. We have a few short hours with your learners and every minute counts! Beginning of class procedures and routines in the classroom set the stage for learning time and is critical for learner success.

Learners can be dropped off 15 minutes prior to session start times and the learning coach lounge is available to relax in, if you arrive super-early! We have a VERY quick turnaround in between sessions for teachers to eat lunch and prepare for our afternoon sessions.

Please watch your clocks and plan accordingly.

Handbook Highlight

We will have a handbook highlight in our newsletters as a quick refresher on program practices and expectations. This newsletter's highlight is to provide clarity on Independent Study Lab.

Please note: We will be sending an updated OVS student handbook to families next week.

Middle & High School Independent Study Lab (ISL)


  • Available for 6th-12th grade learners


For learners who want to work independently with learning facilitator support available.

    • Learners should arrive with a specific goal in mind.
    • It is strongly encouraged that the LC emails the LF specific goals to inform support.


High school (9-12th grade) learners:

  • Tuesdays- 1:30-3:30pm --No math support available
  • Wednesdays- 8:30-10:30am--No math support available
  • Thursdays- 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-3:30pm

Middle School (6th-8th grade) learners

  • Thursdays 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-3:30pm


  • To ensure student safety, drop-ins during these times are NOT allowed.
  • Thursday Afternoon time has shifted due to Career Center dismissal/bus schedule


Drop-off and pick-up on the Career Center side.

  • High School--High School classroom
  • Middle School--Middle school homeroom (Room 350)

Lunch details

If your learner plans to attend an ISL during the week (high school learners: Tues., Weds., and/or Thurs.; Middle school learners: Thursday). Lunch order must be placed by Friday, the week prior to Mrs. Kitko at christmas.kitko@ops.org

We do not accept cash or check for lunch. Learner lunch account must be set up with funds by clicking here: https://www.schoolcafe.com/

Free/Reduced lunch application is online, here (paper copy is available upon request):


QUESTIONS? Reach out to one of your teachers.

MAP Testing Follow-up

MAP testing is DONE! If your learners has to complete a MAP assessment, your teachers will be reaching out for makeup testing. These will more then likely occur during class time. Questions? Contact your teacher.

A huge thank you to:

  • learning coaches for your extra trips to school these last few weeks.
  • learners for patience with technology issues.
  • Mrs. Nommensen and teachers for facilitating testing and creating positive testing environments.

In the next few weeks, OVS teachers will be analyzing data, setting goals with learners, and MAP scores will be distributed at parent teacher conferences in October. Below are resources for families to help you learn more about NWEA MAP.

Family Guide to MAP Assessments

Learn more about how MAP works and what it measures

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth

Welcome Mrs. Hinderaker

OVS Elementary School Counselor

This year, OVS K-5th grade learners will be connected with our elementary school counselor Mrs. Hinderaker for quarterly counseling lessons on social-emotional learning. Next week, September 24 & 25, during class time she will be teaching K-3rd graders and 4th-5th graders lessons on friendship. Be sure to ask your learner what they learned from Mrs. Hinderaker!

More about Mrs. Hinderaker

This is my 15 year in the district.

First four years I was a classroom teacher at Skinner. I taught first grade for one year, second grade for two years and third grade for a year.

I received my Masters in Counseling from UNO. I was a counselor at King Elementary for 10 years before moving over to Gifford Park.

I love what I do as a school counselor but my pride and joy is my two year old daughter Naomi.

Scholastic Book Orders--ONLINE

ORDER BY: September 30th

Do you remember how fun Scholastic Book orders were?! Well, they still are, but they are ALL online, now!

Here's how:

  • Go to: https://clubs.scholastic.com/
  • Click on "Parents-Get Started" (see image below)
  • Enter our class/school code: KQTWN
  • Choose your books, pay with credit card or PayPal and submit your order
  • Books will be delivered to school and distributed to learners

Ms. Rogers facilitates this for our whole program. Each order supports our school with FREE books! We will facilitate orders periodically throughout the year.

Thank you for your support!

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OVS Synergy

Synergy is our Parent Teacher Organization that works to create a strong parent community and raise funds that go solely to support our learners. We urge you to get involved! Volunteer, donate, share ideas.

Learning Facilitator Updates

Every week, your learning facilitators will send out updates regarding class time, upcoming assignments, and activities. These will also be linked in our bi-weekly OVS newsletter.
Ms. Roger's K-1

Click here to view Ms. Rogers' newsletter

Mr. Dowling 2-3

Click here to view Mr.D's newsletter

Mrs. Walker 4-5

Click here to view Ms. Walkers' newsletter

Mrs. Felten

Click here to view Mrs. Felten's newsletter

Ms. Robison

Click here to view Ms. Robison's newsletter

Mr. Gamble

Click here to view Mr. Gamble's newsletter

Mr. Brannan

Click here to view Mr. Brannan's newsletter

Mrs. Ignowski

Click here to view Mrs. Ignowski's newsletter

Mrs. Kitko

Click here to view Mrs. Kitko's newsletter

Mrs. Barry-Art

Click here to view Mrs. Barry's newsletter

Omaha Virtual School


OVS is committed to empowering life-long learners by developing collaborative relationships. Within our community, we provide an innovative, personalized learning experience. Success in this mission will cultivate critical thinkers who have the tools to contribute to a changing global society.


Future ready, today.

Core values:

Growth Value, Positivity, Collaboration, Integrity, Accountability, Self-advocacy