The Newsletter of OECHS --January 21, 2022
OECHS Placement Testing Cancelled
With freezing rain and possible snow, our placement testing has been cancelled this weekend for prospective Owls. Our test takers need to go to the OECHS website and sign up for another testing session. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want ensure everyone's safety!
Drivers Education Class February 2nd--24th* (Dates have pushed back by one day)
Students can sign up for Drivers Education in the OECHS office or parents can call the office at 910-938-6702. Space is limited to the first 25 students!
National Honor Society
OECHS Graduation: May 13th, 2022
Thanks to our friends at White Oak High School, we have a venue for our graduation ceremony. We will hold our graduation in the Earl Taylor Performing Arts Center at 7:00PM on May 13th. Since it is indoors, we will not have to contend with weather. The tradeoff is that we will issue tickets. Luckily, we have the smallest graduating class in the county and there should be plenty of room for everyone. Let's finish strong and have a great sendoff for our Owls!
Junior and Senior Seminar
Seniors: As I need to travel out of town for a funeral, there will be no seminar this week. Keep applying for scholarships! As you receive financial aid (scholarships and grants), please email Mrs. Whitehurst (email@example.com) with the details.
(Ms. Meyer)- This week, we began our study of Unit 2: Epics of the World. We first examined the famous Epic of Gilgamesh and discussed elements of the Hero’s Journey. We will reexamine this next week when read the classic epic poem Beowulf. We also studied excerpts from India’s Ramayana. We will continue our study of the Ramayana next week. Students were also assigned their first essay of the semester – the Expository Essay on Early Writings & Culture, which is due Fri. Feb. 4th. There will be a test on Unit 2 next Friday, the 28th. ⛄❄
(Mrs. Huggins)-This week, students were introduced to their first formal writing assignment, the expository essay. They reviewed how to search databases for good sources, using keywords in their search terms, and analyzing sources for relevance and usefulness. They also began their study of Unit 2, Epics of the World. They explored the Mesopotamian epic, Gilgamesh, and began the Indian epic, the Ramayana. They will continue to study epics as we move into next week, with their first graded peer review on Feb 3, and their final essay due Feb 4 at 11:59 p.m.
English III Honors (American Studies)--Mrs. Huggins: This week, students continued their study of realism with the Progressive movement in American literature. This included an analysis of primary source texts, and an introduction to Upton Sinclair's controversial look at the effects of urban poverty in Chicago's meatpacking industry in the novel The Jungle. Students continue to work on their literature reviews, and synthesizing their source material in a cohesive essay. Their final drafts of these are due Feb 10, with a peer review on Feb 9.
AP World History (Mrs. Knox)- We finished up our study of Unit Six this week with our test this past Wednesday. We are taking a short break before moving on to Unit Seven to work on our DBQ writing (Document Based Question) for the AP Exam in the spring.
American History Honors (American Studies)--Mrs. Knox: On the history side of American Studies this week we have focused on immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We completed a SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) based on how immigration has shaped and defined the United States throughout its history. Next, we will move into the Progressive Era and focus on the reform movements that defined much of the early 20th century.
Chemistry Honors (Mr. Stallard)- We are working on finishing up Unit 2 in Chem. Students have an online lab that has been assigned to replace our lab we were going to do tomorrow. It is due on Wednesday Jan 26. Our Unit 2 Test is also scheduled for Wednesday Jan 26.
AP Environmental Science (Mr. Stallard)- We are working on finishing Unit 6. Students have their Unit 6 Test scheduled for Thursday Jan 27. We will begin Unit 7 Air Pollution on Friday Jan 28.
Precalculus Honors (Mr. Walsh)-We will continue working on Unit 2 next week. Early in the week we will cover Polynomial Functions, Dividing Polynomials, and Complex Numbers. Later in the week students will put the previously learned material to use and move on to Solving Polynomial Equations of Degree Greater than Two.
February 2nd-Drivers Ed Begins (No class on 2/11/22)
February 11th- OECHS Workday (no school for 9th and 10th graders)
February 24th-Drivers Ed Ends
February 26th- OECHS Dance (sponsored by SGA)
March 1st and 2nd- ACT (11th Grade)
March 3rd-6th- Senior Trip?
March 4th- OECHS Workday (no school for 9th and 10th graders)
March 4th-6th- No Homework Weekend (9th and 10th grade)
March 5th- Kay B. Gresham Rotary Academic Challenge
April 8th- Day of Awesomeness
April 11th-15th- Spring Break
April 18th- OECHS Workday (no school for 9th and 10th graders)
April 23rd- Prom
May 13th- OECHS Graduation@WOHS
May 14th- CCCC Graduation
May 17th-May 20th- High School Exams