OVCA Middle School Bison Blast

January 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Get Organized
Help Others
Learn Something New
Get Out of Debt

More Family Time

Enjoy Life More

Quit (insert bad habit)

Lose Weight


Give to Charity

In this edition...

Upcoming Events
Spelling Bee
Friday Funday
Testing Info
Student Learning Fun
Learning Coach Resources

Get Connected with OVCA

Teacher Shout Outs

Box Tops for Education

Booster Club Meeting - Tues., Jan 10th @ 4pm

Here is what's coming up!

January 16- Martin Luther King day – no school
January 20-
Spelling Bee (online)
January 30 100th Day of School - Fun things happening in classes today!

February - Arts Outing in Tulsa *new date coming soon!

February 13-17 - Spirit Week (online)

February 20- Presidents Day – no school

March 3- Teacher professional day- no school

March 9/10- Parent Teacher conference – no school on Friday 3/10

March 13-17 – spring break – no school

April – state testing- look in email for information on locations/times/days

May 20 - Graduation *Cap and gown below

May 25th – last day of school!

Family Fun in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City Thunder - 2017 Black History Heroes Challenge

As you know, the Thunder is committed to providing opportunities for Oklahoma teachers to incorporate the Thunder into the classroom. To that end, I want to invite your students to take part in the 2017 Black History Heroes Challenge.

Presented by Sprite, this contest challenges Oklahoma students in kindergarten through 12th grade to use their creativity in honoring an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their lives. Students are encouraged to create an essay, art piece, collage or video describing their hero and how they've had an impact on their life.

Winners in each of five age groups will receive a Thunder prize pack, including four tickets to the Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans home game on Feb. 26, recognition at center court prior to the game, an autographed Thunder item and an award plaque. Select entries will be displayed on the concourse at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Feb. 26 game.

Your student must mail or deliver their entry, along with a completed entry form, to the Thunder offices no later than Feb. 16

Click here for entry form.

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Setting Goals & Sticking With Them!

Ahhh, it’s a brand new year. Full of promise and fresh starts! We always start a new project with the best of intentions, but it’s easy to quickly fall off the wagon. Life gets in the way, and slowly but surely we end up back at square one.

Here are a few tips to help you Set and Stick to your goals this year:

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.


Your goal should be clear and specific, this way you can focus your efforts and be truly motivated to achieve it.


It's important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Tracking progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.


Your goal also needs to be realistic and achievable to be successful. In other words, it should get you out of your comfort zone, but remain possible.


The root word of realistic is “real.” A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives. There are some goals that are simply not realistic. You have to be able to say, even if it is a tremendously stretching goal, that yes, indeed, it is entirely realistic—that you could make it. This is in no way to say it shouldn’t be a big goal, but it must be realistic.


Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end—a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. You may even want to break down a big goal into different parts of measurement and timeframes—that is OK. Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time!

Learning Coach University - Motivate 2 Activate

Motivate 2 Activate


Practice Makes Progress
Tuesday, January 17
7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT/5:30pm MT/4:30pm PT

Did you miss the last session on motivating your student? Click here to watch the recording.

Introducing Wednesday Workshops

Click HERE to watch a 2 minute video from Nicole Ellison explaining what Wednesday Workshops are!

Check out the calendar to see which topics will be offered this school year @ http://ovca.k12start.com/calendar/

Are you an expert at one of the topics being offered? Or do you have vast experience as an LC and you would love to share your knowledge with others? PLEASE email Nicole Ellison at nellison@k12.com She is always looking for LC’s to share the mic!

Wednesday, January 11th 4pm

Elementary: What is Good Writing

Middle School: Motivating My Student & Creating 2nd Semester Plan
Links in OLS

Wednesday, January 18th , 4pm

Creating a Schedule/Time Management

Here to Attend

Wednesday, January 25th , 4pm

Computer Refresh (Clearing Cache, Saving Files, and More)

Here to Attend

Learning Coach University

K12 Learning Coach University™ was created to support the Learning Coaches who guide the schooling of their children at home. Online classes provide a clearer understanding of the developmental process of learning as well as effective strategies and resources to use at home to help every child succeed. Click here to view the upcoming sessions.

Learning is fun!

Check out these great opportunities for some learning fun! Click here

Come Join the OVCA Booster Club!

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Would you like more information about OVCA Booster Club?
Sign up for our email list here

Thank you for supporting OVCA students and families!

Get Connected!

Want to meet other families in your area? Get connected with our Co-Op’s around the state. Click here to sign up for additional information on OVCA Co-Op’s.

OVCA Co-Op Email List

OVCA Military CO-OP https://www.facebook.com/groups/385954058264501/

OVCA CO-OP South Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426537394234389/
OVCA CO-OP Northeast https://www.facebook.com/groups/168538123342038/
OVCA CO-OP North Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/547015578702224/
OVCA CO-OP Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396437950590840/
OVCA CO-OP OKC https://www.facebook.com/groups/ovcacoop/
OVCA CO-OP Southwest https://www.facebook.com/groups/678593742152182/

Students and families in the OVCA Military Co-Op were interviewed and photographed recently by the k12 marketing team! They will be featured in future advertising to military families nationwide! Join us today to be a part of what we are doing! Email OVCA's Military Base Site Coordinator at chnichols@okvirtual.org for more information!

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Let's show our teachers some love!

Click on the link below and give your teachers a special shout out!

Teacher Shout Out!

McDonalds Teacher of the Month contest - Make your submissions on Twitter!

McDonalds of Central Oklahoma is proud to announce their sponsorship of the “Teacher of the Month” program beginning Oct. 17.

Every month a teacher will be selected based off of a submission on why they are deserving of this recognition, submissions can be made by anyone.

Submission will be received via Twitter, @McDCentralOK using #McDTeacher.

Winners receive a $100 Gift Card, $25 McDonald’s Arch Card, School Supplies for their classroom and featured on our Twitter page.

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smooth, you will need to clear your cache and cookies on a regular basis. What are cache and cookies? Check out this article! https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies
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Got Box Tops?

OVCA Booster Club is collecting Box Tops for Education. You can mail them to the office or bring them to one of our outings. We appreciate your support!

OVCA Office
Box Tops- Attention: Sondra Callaway

1160 S. Douglas Blvd.

Midwest City, OK 73130

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