OVS Weekly Update

February 15, 2019, Volume 101

Mark Your Calendars!


Monday, February 18th

  • No School--President's day (No online lessons)

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Parents)
  • Tuesday, February 26 10:30 and 1:30
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:45
  • Thursday, February 28 10:30 and 1:30

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (Learners)

  • Tuesday, February 26 11:30 and 1:00
  • Wednesday, February 27 9:00
  • Thursday, February 28 11:30 and 1:00

Coming in March

  • Re-registration information will be coming during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Stay tuned!

Penny Wars for the Polar Plunge

Mr. Gamble and Mr. D did the polar plunge last weekend for the Special Olympics!

The money collected from the first week went to sponsor Mr. Gamble's and Mr. D's Polar Plunge Fundraising for Special Olympics. The money collected the second week will go directly to the Special Olympics of Nebraska. We raised over $85 total.

It was almost too close to call. Middle school won by a slight margin. Since we all win when we come together for a good cause, ALL LEARNERS grades K-10 may wear pj's on their class day. They may also bring their favorite stuffed animal. Please keep pj's appropriate, and ensure that stuffed animals are clean before you bring them.

Thank you all for your support!

Support our Robotics Teams!!!

The robotics teams have performed wonderfully this season. All students involved have worked so hard the past several months to represent themselves and the school. I am extremely proud of all the students and the effort they put into this program.

The middle school concluded their regular season with three tournaments under their belt. The teams placed 4th, 17th, and 23rd at the recent tournament at Beveridge. One team even reached the semi-finals! I just received the final season standings for the Skills competition and ALL THREE QUALIFY FOR REGIONALS! All three teams will compete March 1-2 in the Heartland Regionals in Council Bluffs. More information to follow on this.

The elementary teams did outstanding at the Davis Middle competition with one team (C4149C) winning the tournament! This automatically qualified them for the Heartland Regionals this past Saturday, WHICH THEY WON!! Congratulations to them on their hard-fought victory. This win automatically qualified them for the US Open on April 3-4. This is the top tournament for the Create Jr. level. Good luck to them.

I’m eager to see what the middle school Regionals and Create Jr. US Open brings for these students.

Learning Coach Training Survey

How would you like to view LC trainings?

Fill out a 3 question survey to help decide how LC trainings are done this semester when it comes to Instructional Strategies.

Learning Coach Corner

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Do you ever find yourself teaching for hours, yet your child still isn’t getting it? Let’s look at what your child is doing to get the information. This pyramid shows the retention rate according to how content is experienced. Reflect: How does my child experience content the most? How can I adjust how my child experiences content for a higher retention rate?

LC Training Materials

CommonSense Media--Digital Citizenship resources

Here are the materials our wonderful Keegan Korf used during the training! Thanks Keegan!!

Flocabulary Oversharing Video

Digital Dilemmas Conversation Starters

10 Things to Think About Before You Post Poster

Snow Day Clarity

We all love a good snow day! However, it tends to complicate schedules.

If OPS has a snow day, Omaha Virtual School is closed. This means teachers and staff do not report. So, no online lessons, no one to answer the phone, and emails sent that day may not be returned.

If there is a snow day on your learner's assigned day, we do not count that as an absence. It is a lost day. It is NOT required for your learner to make up that day at the center or those hours on campus.

It IS an option for your learner to come on the next session during the week. If you would like to do so, please EMAIL the team of teachers, so they are prepared for your learner.

Please click the OPS Parent Voice Survey title above to let OPS know how we are doing.
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OVS is hosting a WCA official Cube Competition on March 23rd!! If you can solve a cube, register to join this amazing group of people from around the world! If you can't solve it, come and watch! It's truly INCREDIBLE to see!! We are also looking for volunteers. I will send out more information about volunteering soon!

When: March 23, 8:00-5:30

Where: 60th and L basement

Who: Anybody that wants to watch, compete, volunteer

How: Register using the link below!

OVS Synergy

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Book Fair

We have a virtual book fair going right now! Get some new books and support our school all in one spot! It's a win-win! Follow the link below after February 20!

Shop in person

Wednesday March 6th 4pm-8pm

Thursday March 7th 12pm-8pm

All For Books Raffle

Feb 19-28 purchase raffle tickets for 50 cents each to be entered to win one of 3 gift certificates for the book fair!

Winners will be drawn on Monday, March 4th.

LC Book Club
We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out

The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/26- Skate Daze

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

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

Week in Review:

We continued talking about community helpers this week. Learners listened to a book about a community helper and worked on an organizer to show their understanding. I was able to meet with learners and check in with them on how they are doing with their sight words. In Math, we continued to work on our money book and math fact fluency.

Looking Ahead:

We will be working on retelling a story inside of Seesaw this week. In Math we will focus on addition and subtraction fact fluency. We will also continue working on our "Show Me the Money" book.

Reminder: No Class Connect on Monday due to President's Day. See you for F2F time!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

We have been working with Main Idea and Supporting details in class. The learners seem to be getting a solid grasp on the concept. I assigned the last set of chapters in their Lit Circle books this week. Please make sure they finish their book. One of the students took home my copy of How to Eat Fried Worms. It has a couple of Turkey bookmarks in it as well as some yellow sticky notes. Please return it with your learner next week.

Looking Ahead:

We will be finishing our unit on Main Idea and Supporting details over the next two weeks. We have been practicing both fiction and nonfiction. In math we will be breaking down story problems and explaining them in multiple ways.

Please double check your learner’s backpack. They need to have their Lit Circle book and their purple folders each week. Also, please turn in graded artifacts as they complete them. Please do not wait until the end of the quarter. We only have 3 weeks left. Stay focused on working hard everyday to keep up with the pacing guide. We’re getting close to the final push.

We will be deciding on our 4th Quarter Lit Circle books this week. I will be emailing you with the selection next Friday. That will give you 3 weeks to locate/order the book. Thanks!

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

This week we tried something new and used Flipgrid in our classroom. This is an online classroom similar to SeeSaw and students have the opportunity to record a video answering questions where other students can see their responses and reply with a video! Students had fun this week trying this out with introductions in our classroom! We also played battleship with a partner in class using what we learned about coordinate planes!

Next Week:

We will be using Flipgrid to answer some questions about our Lit Circle books! Excited to try something new!

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
The week was productive and learners accomplished a lot. Middle school students got new devices with an image that addressed many problems in the past. High school students can look forward to this next week.

Looking Ahead:
We want to continue riding the momentum we have gained due to the hard work the learners are putting forth in their coursework. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available during PIT on Wednesday (60th & L) 1-3, Friday (online) 10-11, as well as the normal required online sessions.

This month’s resource is a return to a reliable site. Symbolab is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. Learning coaches can use this to verify learner answers and get steps on difficult problems.


Weekly Online Math Sessions:
Remember that all math sessions are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics. It also allows a check-in with the teacher for verification of progress. Learners: come prepared with questions or concerns on lessons or topics of your choice.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

This week in class, 6th grade students will work on the water cycle project. 7th grade will begin the Endangered Animals of Nebraska project. 8th grade will begin making solar ovens.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Happy 2019! A new year brings a new start! Fresh notebooks, clean folders, sharpened pencils and a re-commitment to organizational strategies are all things that will help kick off a successful second semester!

ELA and Computer Apps are going to continue to provide opportunities for your learner to grow and challenge themselves to be the best they can be! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!

Please bring notebook to Face to Face time next week! This will be a helpful tool to get the year jump started! Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to learning with you this year!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

Week in Review:

This week middle school learners explored the textile media of circle weaving. It was a new experience for many of the learners and all learners got off to a good start and caught on quickly. Their circle weavings will stay at OVS and be used as a finished early activity, brain break or after testing choice.

Looking Ahead:

Week of February 18th: Last Open Art of 3rd Quarter, Sign up here.

If you were unable to attend STEAMFair or didn't get to take a look at the art displays, check out your learner's hard work:

OVS STEAMFair 2019

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Mission Statement

We are a dynamic and nurturing community of learners that empowers students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.


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Core Values

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