OVS High School Weekly Update

October 25, 2018 Volume 87

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming events:

Friday, Oct. 26th

  • High School Hangout @ The Escape

    6314 Center Street--

    Cost: $15

  • Please call or text Erin Cox at 402.739.7632 to reserve your spot!

Monday, Oct. 29th--8:30-12:30 @ Western Hills Elementary
  • Physical Education/Elective Day
  • Bring fully charged laptops & wear gym clothes

Tues., Nov. 6th & Thurs., Nov. 8th @ 8:30-9:30


Tues., Nov. 20th

  • ALL learners attend class for an activity, TBD, due to no school on Thursday, Nov. 22nd

Weds., Nov. 21st - Friday., Nov. 23rd

  • NO SCHOOL/No Online lessons- Thanksgiving Break

Tues., Dec. 4th OR Thurs., Dec 6th

  • All 10th graders will take the Pre-ACT during their regular class time
  • FREE! Provided by the Nebraska Department of Education


This year, OPS is having all 10th grade students take the Pre-ACT. We will use this data to inform our instruction at the center and help prepare them for the ACT. Taking the Pre-ACT also opens up a free resource for them the master the skills necessary for the ACT!
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Parent Teacher Conferences--Attendance & Reflection

We had a great turnout at conferences this week 80% participation by our families. Thank you to all of you who participated. Those who did not, will have their learner's report cards mailed home next week.

Back on Track plans- Learners who are failing one or more class, will be put on a back on track plan after they meet with Mr. K-W and one of the OVS staff in the weeks to come. All learners will be back on track for success!

Top Teacher Nominations!

CHI Health is seeking nominations of Omaha Public School teachers who are changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a school supply basket and gift card. Winners will be drawn on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will randomly select winners from four different grade levels across the district.

Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers.

Quarterly Awards--Attendance and Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset


These learners were nominated for the growth mindset award by the OVS staff because they have retaken assessments and used teacher feedback to improve and grow.

-Aaliyah W.

-Lexi P.

Learning Coach

-Karen Crawford

Karen has attended all learning coach trainings, consistently contacts OVS for clarification on school related questions, and strives to improve her practices at home to support her learner, Gabe.


Face to Face Perfect Attendance (no tardies)

-Ethan C.

-Nate T.

-Mercy D.

-Josh E.

-Skyler K.

-Mercedes H.

-Lexi P.

-Eli M.




Perfect Online Lesson Attendance

-Ethan C.

-Mercy D.

-Nate T.

-Benny V.

-Shay W.

-Joe P.

-Eli M.

OVS Synergy Updates--UPDATED INFO!!


We do have some extra shirts for sale if you were not able to order! They are $20 a piece. Sizes are limited. If you are interested in getting one, email Ashley at ashmuller2103@yahoo.com.


Parents Night Out--drop your kids (ages 5+) off at 60 & L and we will babysit. This is a fundraiser for our school.

Dec 7th


More info to come!

High School Learning Coaches Facebook Group

A few learning coaches have requested a separate facebook group for high school only. Here is the link for that group.


Classroom happenings

English Updates

Be sure to check announcements in your learner's classes, as these are updated with weekly information.

Contact Mrs. Diaz, long-term sub, at laura.diaz@ops.org

Next week:

-Monday, Oct. 29th--PE/elective class at Western Hills-8:30-12:30pm

Online lessons

English 9 Online Lessons: Wednesday @ 11:30am (this change was made recently due to maternity leave scheduling conflicts)

English 10 Online Lessons: Wednesday @ 9:15am

Mr. Brannan's Updates

Week in Review:

Looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences this week!

Looking Ahead:

Students were introduced to a project in History class that is a "virtual" time capsule, more info will follow. In Economics, student teams entered their first trades and actually "bought" stocks. We discovered a SMG app that the students may get on their phones.

Online lessons have already begun. The schedule for my regular online lessons is below.

  • Computer: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 9:15-10:15
  • History: Wednesdays OR Fridays 8:30-9:30 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Economics: Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:15-11:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)

Mrs. Ignowski's Updates

Mrs. Ignowski has had her baby boy! Mrs. Justice has started her role as our long term sub for science and PE. Her email is anjanette.justice@ops.org.

Weekly Online Lessons

  • Physical Science: Wednesdays OR Fridays 10:15-11:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Biology: Fridays 11:30-12:30 (this change was made recently due to maternity leave scheduling conflicts)
  • Earth Science: 2nd Monday of the month 10:15-11:15

Welcome Mrs. Justice, Mrs. Ignowski's long term sub!

Anjanette Justice has a passion for education that​ ​stems from being the oldest of five children, and a mother who is also an educator. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Education and a specialization in English and Language Arts. Professionally she has taught in Iowa, Wisconsin, and three school districts in Nebraska with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. Anjanette is also a dedicated mother to four children and has been married for 25 years. She makes some of the best cookies in the metro area and loves to take on new projects in graphic art whenever she can.

Mr. Gamble's Updates

Week in Review:
Thank you to all for working so hard on getting assignments and assessments done for quarter grades. If there are lesson assessments not completed, learners may still submit work through the end of the semester. Learners will receive full credit for work submitted and the “0”s will replace themselves.

Online lessons continue to happen daily. See below for the schedule to ensure your learners are in attendance. If a student is optional, they are not required to attend, but are welcome to for additional assistance. “Required” learners must attend the session for lesson assistance.

Looking Ahead:

Should your learner have a question or struggle, please encourage them to reach out to us. If they are reserved, then please email the appropriate teacher and we will make note of that need and address it. We are a team and encourage all parties (facilitator, coach, and learner) to communicate.

PIT Stop is available on Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 for learners that need assistance. This is an ONLINE session. I will be actively in the session and available to answer questions or model lessons for learners in need.

We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences. Be sure to use the Sign Up Genius link in the newsletter to choose a block of time you will visit the middle-school team.

There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Geogebra provides a free graphing calculator and many other tools that are helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities as well as drawing geometric shapes and finding their properties. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Most online sessions will not last the entire block of time, unless needed for individual help. We will work in mini-lessons addressing specific needs. If “Required” is listed on the session, you must attend that session. If “Optional” is listed, you do not have to attend, but CAN attend if you’d like help or a review.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:
There are NO online lessons this week due to conferences and teacher training.

Mr. Koneck-Wilcox's Updates

October 24,2018

Advisement this week included awards for attendance and growth mindset.

Our EQ, essential question , was " What helps us to remember new information ?"

Ask your student to share the three parts of our memory experiment. We had 63 words to recall and write down . What total did they get ?

Mnemonic devices help many folks . Some of us are better auditory than visual and even some truly excel in kinesthetic learning. Share with your student what your best might be.

School-Connect module 3: Building Academic Strengths and Purpose

" How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. "

----Anne Frank

October 16,2018

During advisement , the students discussed the issue of bullying. Ways to prevent it and methods of responding were part of our dialogue.

Ask your student to describe the three parts of a bullying scenario.

Some informational reading could be found at 'Steps to Respect, Committee for Children ' and www.respect2all.org.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

-------Ralph Waldo Emerson

Troubles with your device?

If you are having issues with your student's device, please email your issue/concern to this email address: ovs-techhelp@ops.org

Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

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.


Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset