Oak Ridge High School

Wildcat iNews for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 12/11/2017 #40

STEM CERTIFICATION WEEK AT OAK RIDGE HS!

We are excited to announce that Oak Ridge High School will be visited by an external review team from AdvancED on December 14th and 15th. This two-day process will focus on 11 STEM standards as the school is seeking to receive certification as a STEM school. This designation is distinct because most schools seek STEM programs, but ORHS has decided to include everyone in this process through a focus on the 4 C’s which are Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. If we receive this certification we will be one of the first, if not the first, public high school in the United States to achieve this as an entire school rather than a program. We are extremely excited for this visit as all other schools in the district have already navigated this process. If certified, Oak Ridge Schools will be the first district in the state of Tennessee to have all schools STEM certified by AdvancED.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN NASHVILLE FOR STUDENTS!!!

The Youth Advisory Board is sponsoring a holiday trip to the Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, TN for Oak Ridge High School students on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Bus tickets are $10.00 per person. For an extra fee, students can enjoy lots of winter activities at the Opryland Hotel like snow tubing, ice skating, and much more. Permission slips are available at the Civic Center Front Desk, in the Student Affairs Office, and online at www.orrecparks.org. Spots are limited. To register, call Matt Reedy at the Civic Center at 425-3450. (11/28, 12/1, 12/8)

ORHS WILDBAND IS SURE TO PUT YOU IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT!

Finally, the ORHS Wildband will have their holiday concert on Thursday, December 14th to put you in the festive mood! Doors will open at 6:30 with the concert beginning at 7:00 pm in the ORHS Performing Arts Center.

ORHS ENSEMBLE BRINGS CHRISTMAS CHEER TO GROUPS ALL OVER OAK RIDGE!

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TIME IS TICKING BEFORE THE FINAL PRICE INCREASE FOR THE OAK LOG!!!!

On January 1st, the price goes up to $70.00 and there will be NO further discounting. The Yearbook staff has sold over half of the ordered inventory! The Oak Log would be a fabulous Christmas present for your Wildcat!!!


September 2 - December 31st - $60.00

January 1 - June 1 - $70.00


http://www.balfour.com/tennessee/oak-ridge/oak-ridge-high-school/


Instagram: orhsoaklog

Twitter: @ORHSOakLog2017

Facebook: Oak Log

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR WITH THE "S" WORD IS IN THE FORECAST!!!

With colder weather upon us and the "snow" word creeping into the forecast, we want to remind families of important Inclement Weather Procedures:


1. We are OAK RIDGE CITY SCHOOLS - NOT Anderson County

2. Decsions are made by 5:15 am - at the latest and notifications will begin thereafter

3. Delay schedules can include - 1 hour delay (breakfast is served); 2 hour delay (no breakfast; or Full day cancellation.

4. Notification for families:

a. A Skyalert message will be made - phone calls are sent to the phone numbers on

file in Skyward. PLEASE make sure these phone numbers are up to date.

b. The ortn.edu website will be updated

c. Media outlets will be notified - WFIV; WYSH; WRJZ; TYLV; B97.5 = Radio

Channel 12, WBIR-TV (www.wbir.com/weather; WVLT-TV (www.local8now.com),

WATE-TV (wate.com,

WINTER BREAK!!!

Winter Break begins Wednesday, December 20th. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018! BE SAFE!!!


TUESDAY, December 19th, will be an Assembly Schedule day for the Winter Band Assembly with dismissal at 1:49!

WE CELEBRATE OUR TEACHERS WHO SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!!!

Cynthia Cheshier (Department Coordinator), Anita Dearing, Lettie Graham, Angela Leach, Heather Lintz, Katie McLeod, and Will Waterson! We couldn't do this job without the extra support from our teaching assistants: Carol Carr, DawnHammer, Patti Hensley, Helen Jenkins, Julie Marler, Tara Linthicum, and Dawn White.
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HAVE A NEW DRIVER IN YOUR HOUSE???

The Driving Center is again running our Driver Education classes over Winter Break. Please check their website for class schedules and information. www.thedrivingcenter.org

WINTER DRESS CODE

Parents, as the weather is getting colder and students are looking for warm clothing items to wear, they are increasingly choosing to come to school in warm, fuzzy pajamas and even house slippers. The handbook states on page 15, "Clothing that resembles sleepwear such as lounging pants, or other lounging items - including house shoes .... is prohibited.

Please help us by supporting your student to objey this policy. Students choosing to disobey this policy will receive a disciplinary referral and be required to change clothes.

ORDER CAP & GOWN BEFORE LATE FEE APPLIED!!

Parents of Seniors: It is important to order Graduation cap and gown set ordered by mailing it to Jostens, phoning it in, or placing it online. The final date to place an on-time order and avoid increased prices (DOUBLE) is Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Questions??? Contact Mrs. Ledden at tledden@ortn.edu. Jostens--423-787-0025 or 800-567-8367 Jostens P.O. Box 1717, Greeneville, TN 37744 http://www.jostens.com

IMPORTANT SENIOR SLIDESHOW ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Calling all parents of the class of 2018 to dig into scrapbooks and baby boxes! We'd like to see all of the adorable photos from elementary school and the all the cringiest memories from middle school for this year's senior slide show. We'd love to use group photos of your children and their classmates from sporting events, school parties, and more! Please send in your photos to classof18@gmail.com

ANDREW CHAN TIES FOR FIRST IN CHESS TOURNAMENT!

Senior Andrew Chan tied for first out of 17 players at a tournament at UT Knoxville Dec. 9. Online registration ($15) is now available at www.reg4chess.com for the Tennessee Chess Association regionals to be held Jan 27 at ORHS.

TENNIS WILDCATS! PARENT MEETING/ATHLETIC FORMS INFO

The tennis team is holding informational meetings on Tuesday, January 9th at 3:15 and 6:00 in the amphitheater. Any interested players and/or parents are invited to attend. All required forms are currently being accepted and must be submitted no later than February 1st. New & returning players can obtain permission forms at http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/community-social/sports-physicalsinformation. Medical evaluation forms are available in the main office. For additional questions, please contact David Bowman at davidbowman.usptapro@gmail.com

Oak Ridge City Recreational Volleyball Signups!

The City of Oak Ridge Recreation & Parks Department Co-Ed Volleyball Leagues

Registration for the City of Oak Ridge Recreation & Parks Department’s co-ed Volleyball league will open on November 13, 2017. Early registration will end Saturday, December 9, 2017. Late registration will end Saturday, December 16, 2017. Games are scheduled to begin the week of January 9, 2018, and will be played on Tuesday evenings. Interested teams can obtain registration information at the front desk of the Oak Ridge Civic Center, or retrieve them online at http://orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov/volleyball. Teams may request either a competitive A Division or a recreational B Division in the 2018 season. Division placements will be dependent on registration numbers.

For additional questions, please contact Matt Reece with the Oak Ridge Recreation & Parks Department at 425-3440 or via social media at @ORRecSports.

Thank You, Youth Advisory Board!

Read the article in the Oak Ridge Today about the hard work to help families have a blessed Christmas and Holiday Season! http://oakridgetoday.com/2017/12/01/youth-advisory-board-drops-off-donated-toys-holiday-bureau/

TOP WRENCH - STATIC ENGINE TEAM FINISHES FIRST!

We covered this event in the iNews when it happened; however, the Oak Ridge Today had a great article this week to celebrate this victory with all the details!. Congratulations to this team. Static Engine Team: Jack Borchers, Brian Dittner, Matthew Thompson, Matthew Powers, and Brooke Bigi


http://oakridgetoday.com/category/news/education/

CHECK OUT THE STUDENT PROMOTION FOR THE WILDCAT CREDIT UNION!

We want to encourage ALL of our students to learn the value of saving money! The Wildcat Credit Union is the perfect place to build financial habits. Check out the incentives going on right now! Contact Mrs. Archer at rarcher@ortn.edu if you have questions.
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UNIQUE HOMEWORK HELP!

Does your student need homework help???? Can't get them to go in early or stay late? Try this resource!!! http://www.homeworkhotline.info. They offer free tutoring Monday-Thursday 5pm- 9 pm by phone or by computer. Check out the link. Support includes all subjects, levels - including AP!

CHRISTMAS VARSITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

The Varsity Boys Basketball Wildcats will travel to Nashville for the Next Level Hoops Fest at CPA. More information can be found on their website: https://www.cpalions.org/page/news-detail?pk=971202&fromId=182286


The Varsity Lady Basketball Wildcats will travel to Greeneville for the Andrew Johnson Bank Greene County Ladies Classic. More information can be found at this website: http://ladiesclassic.greenevillesun.com/home


The link to the bracket for the Lady Wildcat Tournament is here: http://ladiesclassic.greenevillesun.com/home

UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS THIS WEEK!

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NEED TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY??? ORS NEEDS BUS DRIVERS!!!!

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CALLING ALL SKIERS! SKI CLUB IS READY TO HIT THE TRAILS!

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NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP SIGNUPS - GRADUATING SENIORS

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. Application deadline is January 31st, 2018. For more information visit apply.nysc.org or see Mrs. Morris in the Counseling office for a handout.
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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!!!

The East Tennessee Foundation and the Oak Ridge Rotary Club are offering multiple scholarship opportunities. Details and to apply may be found at www.easttennesseefoundation.org/receive/scholarships.aspx

Feel free to stop by the Counseling Office for more information.

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FAFSA - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIOR PARENTS!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main financial aid application that all students who are enrolling in college must complete to determine if he/she qualifies for any state or federal scholarships and/or grants. If you have already completed your 2018-2019 FAFSA, save the confirmation email for your records!

The 2018-2019 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2017 at www.fafsa.gov. All students are required to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA by January 16, 2018 in order to remain TN Promise eligible. Please read the points below which highlight important information you can utilize to ensure you meet this crucial TN Promise deadline:

  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA is the correct year's FAFSA that you must complete. Double check that you are filing the correct year's FAFSA. Failure to complete the correct year's FAFSA by January 16 will result in the loss of your TN Promise scholarship.
  • You will NEVER have to pay to complete the FREE financial aid application. Please make sure you file online at www.fafsa.gov only.
  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA is based on parent/guardian and student 2016 tax information. Even if you are 18 years old, you will need your parents/guardian(s) financial information unless you are married, have children who receive more than half of their support from you, were in foster care, are a ward of the court, are emancipated from your parents, are homeless and/or have parents who are deceased. All could require documentation from a court. Keep in mind, the federal government defines an "independent" as an individual age 24+.

SENIOR PARENTS!

It's a busy year for our 2K Babies! PTSO has done a great job outlining important dates! Check out the Senior Newsletter and mark those calendars!


http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/35a7b2_40532e751f554499a052324097f17e18.pdf

TUTORING SCHEDULE FOR INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Our staff is HERE to help!!!! Attached to the email is the tutoring schedule for individual teachers. We encourage parents to communicate with teachers via email and phone when you student is struggling. Please refer to the schedule

http://www.ortn.edu/ORHS/2017-2018_Tutoring_Schedule.pdf

FROM THE WILDCAT FAMILY TO YOURS....

The Oak Ridge High School Administration, Faculty, Support Staff and everyone who works hard for your children every day - We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


The Wildcat iNews will resume Wednesday, January 3rd.

Ways to Connect and STAY INFORMED!

It is our desire to keep our families informed of all of the activity and awesome news coming from Oak Ridge High School. We have multiple platforms for connection. We encourage you to explore the many ways and provide feedback!


Website - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/

Daily Bulletin - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/daily-bulletin/ this is the Daily Announcements and are published on the website.

Channel 15 at 7:50 AM - Watch the announcements each morning by our Crew!

INews - this is the weekly Newsletter; distributed Monday morning at 7:00 am by email; it is also sent out on Twitter on Sunday evening on @stefthompson63 @ORSchools All previous issues can be found at http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/news-events/news-links/

Skyalert Messages and Emails - Please make sure your current email address and phone numbers are up to date!!!

PTSO Newsletter - PTSO distributes a VERY detailed quarterly newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events and LOTS of counseling information! This comes to your email! They also have a presence on the website: http://www.orhs-ptso.org/news-information with tons of information! PTSO also has a Facebook presence, and we encourage you to "LIKE" their page! https://www.facebook.com/ORHSPTSO/

Twitter - While we know not everyone is on Twitter, many, many are! We keep the list of Twitter accounts for sports, clubs, teachers, principals, class information, etc. updated on the Wildcat iNews. We encourage you to follow us! Twitter provides us an opportunity to share quick information throughout the day as well as celebrate our awesome kids and their accomplishments!

Class of 2020 families - We have started a Facebook page as well https://www.facebook.com/ORHSClassof2020/ in addition to our @ORHSClassof2020 Twitter account.

Updating the Twitter account list for ORHS Groups! Have YOU followed us yet??

We celebrate students Every Day on Twitter! Just try it! Follow these accounts!


NEW ACCOUNTS ADDED ARE IN BOLD


@HealthyORS - ORS Coordinated School Health

@Alison_King23 - ORHS Social Worker

@ORladysoccer- ORHS Lady Soccer Cats

@ORHSOakLog2017 - Oak Log Yearbook for 2017

@ORHSClassof2021 - Mrs. Roberts' Class of 2021

@ORHSvolleyball - ORHS Girls Volleyball Team

@ORHSXC - ORHS Cross Country Team

@ORHSLibrary - ORHS Library & Media Services

@ORHSCreditUnion - ORHS Credit Union

@ORHSBaseball15 - Varsity & JV ORHS Baseball Team

@MasquersORHS - Masquers and Theater for ORHS

@orpsef - Oak Ridge Public Schools Educational Foundation

@orhs_gsa - Gay/Straight Alliance Club

@ORSTechnology - Updates from IT Dept. for technology in @ORSchools

@ORHSTennis - ORHS Tennis Team

@GraduationCeleb - ORHS Graduation Celebration 2017

@ORSchools - District Twitter Account

@ORHSWIldcatMGM - Mr. McDonald

@ORHS_PTSO - PTSO for ORHS

@ORHSCounseling - Counseling Office

@ORHSClassof2020 - Freshman Information

@estepintime - Mrs. Estep, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2018

@ORBoysBball - Oak Ridge Boys Basketball

@ORLadyWildcats - Oak Ridge Girls Basketball

@orhs_cheer - Oak Ridge Cheerleaders

@ORHSDanceCats - Oak Ridge Dance Cats

@OakRidgeSports - Oak Ridge Sports

@frc4265 - Secret City Wildbots

@ORHSOrchestra - Orchestra

@APES_ORHS - AP Environmental Science

@wildcats_AT - Athletic Training for ORHS Sports (Mighty Terra Davenport!)

@ORHSgolf - Golf Team/Scott Estep

@PhysicsCats - ORHS Betsy Hondorf's Physics Highlights