OCS High School Newsletter

Thursday, September 23, 2021

ALL STUDENTS

🗓️SAVE THE DATES FOR HIGH SCHOOL 🗓️


Friday, October 1-New Student Luncheon

Wednesday, October 13 - Half Day/ PSAT

Thursday, October 14- Monday 18 - Fall Break

Saturday, October 23-Monday October 25 - Junior Retreat

Wednesday October 27 - Make Up Picture Day


Sophomores and Juniors -

There are PSAT practice materials available for you in the Media Center. If you would like to pick one up, see Mrs. Jones.


Also, Freshmen, if any of you are interested in taking the PSAT, please contact Mrs. Jones.

PSAT will be given on the morning of Wednesday, October 13th, from 7:50 - 11:45.


Juniors and Seniors:

On Wed, Sept 28 John Brown University and Lubbock Christian University will be visiting and bringing Chick Fil A for any students who sign up. Sign up for food here.


SPACE Update: SPACE point update as of Tuesday:

Seniors: 139

Juniors: 61

Sophomores: 57

Freshmen: 58


Check in Friday night for the football game! Remember to check in at home events. The winner this semester will get a party during school including food and fun in class



Homecoming Court/Lip Sync Voting: Voting is open for homecoming court and lip sync. Lip sync will be a part of the homecoming week. Students must be logged in to their OCS Google account to access the forms. Links are in your email from Mrs. Pless. Check your SPAM folder.



The Kingdom: On Tuesday, September 28th The Kingdom will officially launch at the home volleyball game! What is The Kingdom? The Kingdom is the new and improved Saints Student Section! Check out the video in your email for more information.

To kick it off, we have a BRAND NEW student section shirt. Shirt orders were due yesterday and payments need to be turned into Mrs. Pless by break today.


New Student Luncheon: On Friday, October 1 at 12:30, the Admissions Office will be hosting a luncheon for all new high school students in the Commons. Please do not order lunch for that day.


Saints 5K
Mark your calendars for November 6 for our 3rd Annual Saints 5K. Make plans to join the fun and think about how you would like to be involved in one of our favorite community events of the year. Check out the links below to find out more information.

Contact ocssaints5k@ocssaints.org with questions.



Saints Spirit Store

Come shop at the Saints Spirit Store located in the old upper elementary building on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We will also be set up at high school home football games through half-time.



Chapel

Chapel will take place in the auditorium this year and only live streamed if we have scheduling issues or need more space. Worship Leadership students will do praise and worship. Speakers will be teachers or students of OCS, with outside speakers intermittently arranged by Mr. Hitchcock. Yes, we will still have chapel dress on Wednesdays.


Food/Material Drop-off for Students
If a parent must drop off lunch or school supplies for their student, please use the red table in the vestibule at the main entrance to the HS (north side) to leave the lunch or material. Please write the student’s name on the lunch/material.

Community Service
We will require community service hours this year; however, we are reducing the number of hours per semester for this year to seven hours. Community service done during the summer counts toward the fall semester hours; those hours done on Christmas Break will count toward spring semester hours.

ATHLETICS

Cheer: Cheer State Competition will be Saturday, 9/25 at Union High School in Tulsa, time TBD. Masks are required for all spectators. Tickets must be purchased in advance: https://gofan.co/app/school/OSSAA

COLLEGE UPDATES

EXCUSED ABSENCES FOR COLLEGE VISITS:

Juniors and Seniors are allowed 2 excused absence days per year that can be used for college visits, military inquiries, or job shadowing experiences. For students visiting multiple schools or scheduling out of state visits, Mrs. Sage can approve additional days on an individual basis. An absence will not be marked as excused until the student submits the College Visit Permission Form, which should be turned in on the next school day following the absence.


UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS:

Thurs, Sept 23 Baylor @ 12:30 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

Tues, Sept 28 Univ of Arkansas @ 12:40 in HS Media Center (LIVE)

Wed, Sept 29 John Brown Univ @ 12:40 in HS Media Center (LIVE)

*Sign up for Chick Fil A Lunch with JBU HERE

Wed, Sept 29 Lubbock Christian @ 12:40 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

*Sign up for Chick Fil A Lunch with Lubbock Christian HERE

Thurs, Sept 30 Edmond CHRISTIAN COLLEGE NIGHT 6-8 p.m. @ Crossings

Tues, Oct 5 Oklahoma Baptist @ 12:30 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

Wed, Oct 6 Kansas Wesleyan @ 12:40 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

Thurs, Oct 7 Seton Hall @ 12:30 in Mrs. Sage's Office (LIVE)

Thurs, Oct 7 OC Senior Parent Session @ 12:15 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

Thus, Oct 7 EDMOND COLLEGE NIGHT 6-8 p.m. @ UCO

Mon, Oct 11 Rose State @ 12:30 in Mrs. Sage's office

Mon, Oct 11 Univ of Oklahoma @ 12:30 in HS Conf Room (VIRTUAL)

Tues, Oct 12 TCU @ 12:30 in HS Conf Room (LIVE)

Tues, Oct 12 OSU @ 12:30 in HS Media Center (LIVE)


ACT/SAT

Oct 1: LATE Registration deadline for the Oct 23 ACT test. Register here.

Sept 22: LATE Registration deadline for the Oct 2 SAT test. Register here.


ACT/SAT TEST PREP:


  • Access Mrs. Sage's complete list of recommended test preparation options here.
  • Coach Weaver offers an ACT prep opportunity prior to each test date. Access information here. He will NOT be offering an Oct 2021 prep due to the due date of his new baby.
  • Mr. Bowlware offers an ACT prep opportunity prior to each test date. Access information here.

OTHER COLLEGE EVENTS:


COAST TO COAST COLLEGE TOUR:

Coast to Coast is a partnership among Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University. Because each of our institutions practices holistic admissions within a highly selective environment, we have partnered to offer insight into the seemingly complex admissions process. We hope you will join us for the program most convenient for you. The Coast to Coast program is intended to be an introduction to each of our institutions and an opportunity to answer some of your questions. For more specific information about our institutions, please visit our websites or arrange a visit

Register for Coast to Coast here

Questions? Contact us at questions@coasttocoasttour.org


OKLAHOMA'S PROMISE:

Now is the time for qualified 8th-11th graders to register for Oklahoma Promise! Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a full scholarship for college tuition.
REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be an Oklahoma resident.
  • Must enroll in the 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade.
  • The parents' federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $60K per year.

Click here for more information or visit the website.

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2022.


EDMOND CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR: The NACCAP Christian College Fair is Thursday, September 30th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in The Commons at Crossings Christian School (14400 N. Portland Ave., OKC, 73134). Students and parents should go through this link to register. CCS will be offering giveaways to students in attendance, including two, $500 Amazon gift cards; several $50 gift cards, several Echo Dots, and BlueTooth speakers.


EDMOND COLLEGE NIGHT @ UCO Thursday, Oct 7 6-8 p.m.

During this event students are able to visit with colleges and universities across the state of Oklahoma and surrounding states. Representatives from these institutions will be at UCO’s campus to answer your questions regarding admission, financial aid, scholarships, housing and degree programs. All students and adults interested in learning about options for their future are invited!

Plunkett Park, University of Central Oklahoma Campus. Parking: Complimentary parking is available in Lots 26, 27 and 57, just east of Old North.

All students are asked to preregister for Edmond College Night.

Student Registration

MILITARY INFORMATION

Founded in 1916, ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It's a college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the US that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation. As detailed below, each Service branch has its own take on ROTC.

SCHOLARSHIPS

HERE IS A LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS FROM Scholarships.com . Please browse this list for possible matches.


OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is home to more than 120 scholarship funds established by individuals, organizations and companies. Students must complete a general online application for scholarships. After you complete and submit your General Application, click on “View Opportunities” to review the recommended scholarships that match up with your information. Before you apply for a specific scholarship, please review the qualifications and any restrictions to ensure that you qualify. You will need to complete the additional questions for each scholarship that you apply for. Apply here: OKCCF Scholarships.

Check site for monthly deadlines.


OKLAHOMA'S PROMISE (FOR SOPHOMORES)

Earn free college tuition! Check out the requirements and apply at www.okpromise.org by the end of 10th grade. Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be an Oklahoma resident.
  • Must enroll while in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade.
  • Parents' federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $55K per year.
Apply here: www.okpromise.org.

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

YOUTH LEADERSHIP EDMOND

This is a six-session leadership development program for high school juniors in the Edmond school district providing community education and opportunities for community service. The mission of the organization is to provide an opportunity for Edmond High School Juniors to develop and use their leadership potential in a way that positively impacts themselves, their families, their schools and their community.

Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VQ6mMEBZ2N7jnmmna5FzV7PiM71sX3_l/view?usp=sharing

Application: https://www.edmondchamber.com/events/committees-programs/youth-leadership-edmond/

Deadline to apply: Oct 1 2021


EDMOND MOBILE MEALS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Sophomores - Seniors: The EMM Leadership Council is a program founded by Edmond Mobile Meals to create awareness of social issues and inspire young leaders to serve their community. Click here for more information and application.

Deadline: Wednesday, Sept 15.


SWOSU Pharm Corp for FUTURE PHARMACISTS

PharmCORP is a day filled with information and hands-on activities for high school students in 9th - 12th grade who are interested in a career in pharmacy. This year, PharmCORP will take place on Sat, Oct 2 2021. There are eight workshops packed with exercises in pharmacy skills. Online registration is available, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis until the 75-student limit is reached. There is a $20 non-refundable fee to register for PharmCORP to help cover the costs associated with the program which is due with registration. More information can be found here.

Registration deadline: September 17, 2021.


GOOD SHEPHERD TEEN BOARD

Good Shepherd is a nonprofit medical and dental clinic offering free health care to vulnerable members of our OKC community. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Teen Board is accepting new applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The board is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For more information visit www.goodshepherdokc.org or email Makena at myarbrough@gsokc.org.

The application can be found here.

Deadline: Sept 30, 2021


VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download and complete the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy entry form as all student entries must be submitted to our sponsoring by Oct 31, 2021. Mail to:
VFW Post 4938

16 E. Campbell St

Box 421

Edmond, OK 73083


PERRY INITIATIVE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

We’re very excited to announce upcoming sessions of the Perry Virtual Experience in September and October 2021. The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged female students who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on the website: https://perryinitiative.org/pve/

Birthdays

Happy Birthday Today to:

Gunnar Wantland

KP Workers

Thursday September 23

Ben Sears, Junior Nsengiyumva, Cade Cooper

Savanna Meek, Hailey Nesselrode, Hadley Watson


Friday September 24

Isaac Shoop, Elijah Shrader, Tyler Smith

Braddock Snow, Henry Soper, Noah Springer


Monday September 27

Luke Gray, Daniel Stanford, Brody Stovall

Riley Collins, Lucy Sargeant, Bryelle Giorgi


Tuesday September 28

Brandon Orme, Connor Owens, Thomas Strauss

Gunnar Wantland, William Winfield, Logan Austin


Wednesday September 29

Ben Ramsdell, Vic Roberts, Jake Bingaman

Madison Shelton, Maci Slack, Reese Bates