Oak Harbor High School | November 2020 Issue
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
This week we kicked off term two of our first trimester. Periods one and three from the first term have now ended, and your student will continue their second period along with newly added periods 4 and 5. If you want to see your student's final grade in their first and third periods, you will need to check your Skyward/Family Access account. Paper report cards will be sent home at the end of the first trimester in December, including final grades for periods 1-5.
Our team is currently constructing a master schedule for the second and third trimesters. If you have not responded to our online questionnaire or phone calls, we are placing your student in our Distance Plus (online only) model. Thank you for helping us collect this important information.
If your high school student has siblings in other schools in the district, we will do our best to match the sibling's schedules. You may also call the high school office at (360) 279-5800 if you have any questions.
If you didn't get a chance to meet with your student's 2nd-period teacher on Wednesday, Oct. 28, you have one more chance on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Feel free to reach out to your student's 2nd-period teacher or call (360) 279-5800.
Every year, the Oak Harbor Youth Coalition conducts the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Community Survey in Oak Harbor. Please take this brief survey to help improve prevention programs for the youth in Oak Harbor.
Who should participate?
Adults who interact with youth on a regular basis – parents, school staff, family, youth-serving organizations, etc. The survey is completely anonymous.
THIS MONTH IN COUNSELING AND CAREER
Counseling Office Appointments
Students wishing to meet with their counselor should email their counselor for an appointment. It may take a couple of days to get an appointment, so please plan ahead. See the list below for counselor assignments. Parents may schedule an appointment by emailing the counselor direct or calling 360.279.5717.
Pat Tang, Freshman Class of 2024 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Hilberdink, Sophomores-Seniors A-Di email@example.com
Anna Chargualaf, Sophomores-Seniors Do-K firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Mahoney, Sophomores-Seniors L-Q email@example.com
Denise Waller, Sophomores-Seniors R-We firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Kellison, College & Career, Sophomores-Seniors Wh-Z email@example.com
Representative Visits—Several college representatives will be doing virtual visits. Check out the OHHS Website Calendar for a list of visits. Students interested in attending one of these informative sessions can use the link to sign up.
Applications—Parents of Seniors intending on applying to 4-year colleges should encourage their students to start the college application process early. Many applications are now “live” online, and deadlines are quickly approaching. Colleges encourage students to apply early for admissions, housing, and financial aid consideration.
Students who plan to attend a college in the Fall of 2021 will want to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please see our FAFSA newsletter https://www.smore.com/jncsd for workshops and application completion events. Colleges have Financial Aid deadlines to be aware of.
Local Scholarships—Most of these scholarships will become available after December. Students should check the scholarship listing on the OHHS website frequently for updated information about available scholarships and deadlines.
SAT and ACT Students applying for college admissions for fall 2021 do not need SAT and/or ACT scores. Colleges have either waived them or made them test-optional. Visit sat.org or act.org. Our next scheduled SAT will be May 8, 2021.
PSAT will be offered on January 26, 2021. The PSAT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also serves as a practice test for the SAT. Sign up will be after winter break. Students can prepare by taking a practice test: PSAT Practice Test.
ASVAB - will be February 2, 2021. Sign-ups will be after winter break. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command to determine enlistment qualification in the United States Armed Forces.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR | Nov. 8
Do you know what you are looking for in a college, (i.e., Big or small? Public or private? Special programs? Close to home?)? The virtual college fair will bring college from all around into your home and help you to find the perfect fit. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the college admissions for questions or more information.
For more information Register Here.
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One of the strengths of the CharacterStrong curriculum is the relationships it builds between students to peers, students and school staff, students and family, and students and the greater community. This is done through intentional relationship-building activities that put a daily and weekly focus on what is most important to making this happen. We need to be reminded more than we need to be taught.
Have family members share some things they do at school or work that require cooperation. Do the same thing at home. Discuss why that's important.
CHARACTER DARE - Practice Patience:
Look to see if someone is coming behind you each time you open a door.
We are the Parent Academic Booster Club at OHHS! Otherwise known as
OHHS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
We need your support to keep our programs at OHHS and for parents to
volunteer for the Open Board Positions! All of the PTO Board Positions are
open, and if you are interested in more information, please send us an email.
Why does a High School need a Parent-Teacher Organization? If you haven’t
noticed OHHS has a lot of Parent Groups that support a small interest group of
the school (Band, Choir, Robotics, NJROTC, Grad Night) but the PTO at the
High School supports ALL the students at OHHS, not just a certain interest group,
and our hard-working staff.
All of the PTO funds stay at OHHS to support the students at OHHS by donating
to the Invest Ed Program, Snacks for Final, OHHS PTO Scholarship, and our
largest expenditure, the Academic Letter Program.
Since the mid-1990’s we have sponsored the Academic Letter Program. This
program encourages students ranked with their cohort class to
maintain their GPA at 3.5 or greater. Each year we award over 140 Academic
Letters to students who have received a GPA of 3.5 or greater for 3 consecutive
trimesters. We also recognize an additional over 300 students each year who
have maintained their GPA at 3.5 or greater once they have received their
We are also:
• Informational source for parents and community members
• The volunteers at upcoming events around the High School Campus
• Support the staff at OHHS
• Address issues that directly affect your student
Please consider joining OHHS PT0 and support YOUR child's education!
We strive to be the link between the staff, administration, and families. If you
don’t want to join but would still like to support our programs, we welcome
donations, and you can designate it to the program that you would like to support:
Academic Letter, Scholarship, Invest Ed, Snacks for Finals, Staff Appreciation.
To join the PTO, visit our PTO page on the OHHS Website.
PTO meetings are currently held by zoom on the first Wednesday of
each month at 5:30 pm. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an
Join our Facebook group:
Gender Sexuality Alliance
Hello OHHS students! Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally? Well The Gender Sexuality Alliance Club is the perfect place for you. We provide a safe educational and social environment for LGBTQ+ students as well as students of color. We teach students about the community as well as build community within our school. We meet every other Wednesday. Our next metting from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Novebmer 4th. See you there!
Advisory Students volunteer
Last fall, when our Advisory classes discussed the community service ideas and brainstorming on the whiteboard, someone said it would be cool if we could clean the beach together, and I jumped on board. So we made it our goal to do a service every season, and last year, they cleaned the beach and volunteered to play games with seniors at Regency on Whidbey. Our plan last spring was to help Habitat for Humanity, but Covid got in the way. My Advisory kids come up with ideas; we coordinate and invite other students to join us. It's especially great for kids who are not in clubs or classes that already volunteer. It's really bringing our class together. Right now, we can only volunteer outside, so we will research the city if we could paint some of the old parks in town.
Yearbook photographers can’t be everywhere – especially in times like these – so if you’ve got great photos of school events, or of you and your friends just having fun, please share them with us. The more photos you share, the better our yearbook will be for everyone!
Each week the yearbook is asking all high school students to help make our yearbook great for everyone. Please respond to as many weekly prompts as possible – Keep an eye out for the weekly prompt on social media, website, or Wednesday announcements.
NJROTC Color guard
For more information on the NJROTC Program, please visit our page on the OHHS Website.
Why and How to Say Thank You to a Veteran
On Veteran's Day, Americans honor all living military veterans. (Another holiday, Memorial Day, honors those who died while in military service.) Veterans Day is always observed on November 11th with speeches and parades across the United States.
Veteran's Day Facts
When the holiday first began, it had a different name, Armistice Day. Here is how the day has progressed over time:
- The first Veterans Day was on November 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
- In 1926, Congress passed a resolution that requested President Calvin Coolidge to issue annual proclamations to observe the holiday.
- In 1938, November 11 became a national holiday through a Congressional Act.
- In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans Day to honor all American wars veterans.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971 but reverted to November 11th in 1975 by President Ford because of the important historical significance the data held.
Wondering how to thank a veteran for serving in the armed forces politely? Try these phrases:
- "Thank you for your service."
- "Thank you for stepping up when others took a step back."
- "Thank you for delaying your personal plans so that you could serve our country."
- "Thank you for sacrificing so much, like being away from your friends and family so that you could keep them and the rest of us safe from harm."
- "Thank you for all you've done and for what you continue to do. We are all safer because of your actions."
- "Thank you."
FLU season: This FLU season, it is especially important this year to be proactive. COVID-19 and the FLU are both contagious respiratory diseases that have many similar symptoms. Parents can help their child during this FLU season by learning more on what to look for: please click on this link CDC.gov for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm
· The flu vaccine will help prevent the illness from turning severe and possibly leading to hospitalization. Deaths from influenza-related complications range from 12,000 to 60,000 people per year in the United States. Getting the flu vaccine can also protect others that cannot get the shot, but are at high risk of developing complications, should they contract the illness.
· Unfortunately, there will not be a FLU Shot Clinic this year, so being proactive in getting the vaccine is important this 2020 FLU season.