Monday Morning Message

Oologah High School

New Semester

Good Morning Mustangs!

The second semester is fast-paced. Buckle in and enjoy the ride. With the beginning of the second semester underway, we are reminded that the month of January represents the midway point of the 2013-14 school year. Even though there are grades issued each quarter, the Semester Grade is the one that goes on the transcript, which then becomes the permanent record. The permanent record is what colleges and scholarship and other financial aid organizations receive, so it is important that you do your very best. That starts with attendance. In order to achieve at the level you are capable of, you must attend school each day and arrive in class on time. As adults, our employers require this of us. If you think of Oologah High School as an “employer”, which we are for the four years of your high school education, regular attendance isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. Keep in mind also that you need to be thinking of the future. For seniors, that means finish strong and prepare for your post-secondary endeavors. For the rest of you, that means preparing for the 2014-2015 school year. What does that look like? One, pass all your classes and EOI's. Two, begin thinking about what courses you want to enroll in next year and retake classes you didn't fare so well in. Three, rather it be extra-curricular activities or community service, get involved at OHS. And four, care about your Grade Point Average. My last bit of wisdom is that you stay away from the drama and have far too much more important stuff on your agenda to worry about than that.

Have a marvelous Monday!

Mr. Schornick

Mustang PRIDE

As I think about what you have accomplished the first semester in and out of the classroom, I am struck by how our athletics, arts, and co- curricular programming pays dividends in reinforcing the important skills that are part of Mustang PRIDE. Critical thinking and reasoning happens on the stage, on the field, in the gym, and out in the community as well as in our classrooms. During every game or competition you have to communicate and collaborate effectively in order to bring success to the team; the same is true of the student musicians, actors, and debaters. In robotics and multiple other clubs and activities, you consistently show yourselves to be thoughtful and creative problem solvers and innovators. And in commitment to community service, your ability to juggle the multiple responsibilities that claim your time and attention, and your resiliency in overcoming obstacles, you demonstrate every day the qualities of self-direction and resourcefulness that are critical to your success now and in the future. None of this happens by chance; it is the result of the hard work, planning, and time and effort devoted by you, your teachers, coaches, advisers and other mentoring adults. And the support and guidance of your parents is the most crucial factor of all—we are grateful for their support and their active participation in your education in school and out!

Weekly Events

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A BIG thank you!

I want to call your attention to an especially rewarding and heartwarming example of service to our school and community that took place last month, but which reminds us of the spirit of giving that is so much a part of this school community. Thank you to all students and adults, as part of their advisory groups, that participated in the Christmas Angel Tree. We collected gifts and toys for eight local families. I would also like to recognize the OHS National Honor Society for collecting 146 coats for people in need during a very cold winter. I could not be more proud of what we accomplished. This is what makes Oologah High School such a special place!