OCS Digital Learner News

A weekly newsletter for DL Families - October 30, 2020

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Write Score

Digital learning students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be participating in an online writing task through the Write Score platform. The testing window for digital learning students to complete this experience will be from Tuesday, November 10th through Wednesday, November 11th. Please note the amount of tasks in Accelerate Education will be lightened during this particular week to accommodate the Write Score writing assignment.

Below is the link to an informational slideshow which includes a Write Score introductory video and login instructions. Your student's home school Assistant Principal will send the required login information to you on the day of the Write Score task. Please contact your school's AP if you have any questions.


Spelling Bee

4th and 5th grade digital learners are invited to participate in this year's Spelling Bee. Parents of interested students need to register online by Monday, November 9 at 12pm. Please view the Instructions for Parents document and the Online Testing Platform Tutorial for Parents video.

Below are the links to the word lists students can study to prepare for the first round of the Spelling Bee, which will be held between November 16-19. Participating digital learning students will compete with their home school. Your school's Assistant Principal will reach out to you with more details regarding the first round of the Spelling Bee.

Good luck, Spellers!




Young Georgia Authors

The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition will take place November 2, 2020 through February 11, 2021. The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.

YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 1900-word maximum length. Entries may include:

  • Short Stories

  • Poetry

  • Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis

  • Journalism

  • Academic/Research Reports

  • Personal Narratives

  • Any Other Original Student Writing

Your child is encouraged to submit an original piece of writing to the assistant principal at your home school by 5:00pm on Monday, February 1, 2021. Entries submitted by this date will be entered in the school level competition based on grade. Entries will be evaluated on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective/voice. Please contact your home school with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Events

  • DL Write Score Window for 3-5 - Nov 10-11
  • 75th Day of School - Nov 20
  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov 23-27
  • Science Fair Projects Due to Home School - Dec 14
  • End of Q2 (90th Day of School) - Dec 18
  • Holiday Break - Dec 21-Jan 4

DL Student "Shoutouts"

Using the Files App on Your iPhone to Upload PDFs to a Student's Google Drive

Using Files App to Upload PDFs to Drive on iPhone