OVCA High School Bison Blast

September 2016

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2016-17 School Academic Calendar

OVCA Teachers are the BEST!

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Wondering what events are coming up for OVCA this year?

Sept. 15th - National Online Learning Day (online) - More information below
Sept. 22nd - Oklahoma City Community College campus tour day
Sept. 28th - Pizza in the Park - Oklahoma City (details below)
Sept. 29th - Pizza in the Park - Tulsa (details below)
Oct. 26th - Meet the Teacher Event in Shawnee, OK - for all grades! -Details coming soon
Dec. 2nd - Ice Skating Outing in Tulsa & Oklahoma City
Feb. - Virtual Education Day at State Capitol - (date TBD)
Feb 13-17 - Spirit Week (online)

National Online Learning Day

On September 15, join us in celebrating National Online Learning Day. As online students, families, and educators, let's showcase our amazing community and help raise awareness about what’s possible with online learning. So visit the website and go on social media, using the hashtag #OnlineLearningDay, to share how online learning has made a positive difference in your life. You can also join the online Facebook event. Stay tuned for more details.

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K12 Student Clubs

K12 offers a variety of student clubs where like-minded students can share their areas of interest. These clubs are offered typically two times a month, and last one hour. Browse our 2016–2017 club listings by clicking here, and register for your favorite clubs today!

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 September sessions.

Who to contact for help...

LIVE Help Desk! Available August 8th-September 16th from 1:00pm-4:00pm each school day. Click here to access. Link is also available in your class connect sessions list.

Need Technical Help?

1-866-512-2273

http://help.k12.com/


Course Questions?

Contact your teacher by phone or email

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!

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Wednesday, September 7th, 4pm –Creating A Schedule
Click Here to Attend

Wednesday, September 14th, 4pm –Setting up a School Space
Click Here to Attend

Wednesday, September 21st, 4pm –Schooling at home with multiple students
Click Here to Attend

Wednesday, September 28th, 4pm –What is Good Writing?

Check OLS Links for School Specific Links

Get Connected!

Co-ops are groups of students that organize to share learning experiences and instructional responsibilities. Some Co-ops elect one person to be the learning coach for all the students. Other Co-ops join together for only one subject or assign different learning coaches to be the facilitator for each subject. Parents are encouraged to form groups that best support the needs of their families. Please note that although the academy offers support and assistance in locating and setting up Co-ops, they are not sponsored by the academy and the academy is not responsible or liable for activities or actions of Co-ops. Parents are free to choose the fees, organization, membership, or other policies associated with their individual Co-op group.

Co-Op pages have been created on Facebook to offer a place for collaboration and connecting families.
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/
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Parents Right to Know


At the beginning of each school year, a school district that accepts Title I, Part A funding must notify parents of students in Title I schools that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher, including, at a minimum:

(1) whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject-matters in which the teacher provides instruction; and

(2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or their provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

(3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

(4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

In addition, each Title I school must provide each parent timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To receive any of this information please contact Nicole Ellison, Title I Coordinator, at nellison@okvirtual.org

OVCA is proud to provide your student the best possible educational experiences. OVCA strives to recruit the most qualified, experienced, and passionate educators to work with our students. All teachers employed at OVCA for the SY16-17 are highly qualified as defined by the State Department of Oklahoma. For more information regarding highly qualified criteria or other public school related matters you may go to the Oklahoma State Department website at http://ok.gov/sde/.

Sincerely,
Nicole Ellison
Title I Coordinator

405-259-9478 ext. 2064

Gifted and Talented Program

At OVCA, we have a program for gifted students at all grade levels, which includes opportunities for virtual and in person enrichment classes, as well as clubs, a Quiz bowl team and coding classes.

How can you tell if your child might qualify as gifted? Gifted children stand out from their peers by developing interests in philosophical and social issues. They are also very sensitive, both emotionally and physically. They tend to have extensive vocabularies and may read earlier than their peers. Even if they read at the standard age, they tend to read rapidly and widely. They also love to ask "what if" questions. (https://www.verywell.com/characteristics-of-gifted-children-1449114)

If you are not already a part of the Gifted and Talented program, but feel like it might be a good fit for you, please watch the following recording for more information and to sign up for testing: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2016-08-23.1443.M.B9D768B77090B9C6C0F0272E37D32A.vcr&sid=559

Questions? Contact Amy Conder, GT teacher at AConder@okvirtual.org

Notification of Language Assistance Services

Any parent/guardian who is limited in speaking, writing, or reading English may request the school to provide access to services such as an interpreter and/or translated documents. To request services please email the ELL Coordinator, Nicole Ellison, at nellison@okvirtual.org

Are you just getting started with OVCA?

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OVCA Strong Start

We are excited to welcome you to OVCA! Visit our Strong Start site to help you get your year off to a great start.

On this site:

· *Getting Started

· *School Calendar

· *K12 Learning Coach University classes (optional)

· *School website

Join a Co-Op in your area!

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