February 2016

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences this Thursday February 11th from 1:00-7:00 pm. I encourage you to please come in and visit with your students teachers and see all of the great things we have going on here at OHS.

Composting Grant Awarded to our District

In a partnership with Project Central, the Orrick School District has been awarded a Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Grant for the calendar year 2016. This grant helps work toward our District goal of being environmental consciousness. It is specifically geared toward reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills. The main way this is achieved is through cafeteria waste. Our students and staff will learn that more than 80 percent of school waste can be recycled or composted! Waste audits will be conducted with the students to help the them understand how much waste is generated, and how much can be recycled and composted. There will be a kick-off assembly for the elementary on March 1 at 1:30 in the elementary gym.

Composting Program Goals:

  1. Reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, and turn it into products we can use.

  1. Provide educational opportunities about the environment for students and the community.

  1. Teach students to become good environmental stewards.

I-70 Conference Band

On Saturday Feb. 6 Orrick hosted the annual I-70 all-conference band. Orrick students, Dylan Opoka, Walker Easley, Alex Derrickson, Tucker Murry, Daylan Swartz, and Karly Jennings represented Orrick in the all-conference band. This year the band was directed by Dr. Trent Hollinger of Culver-Stockton college. The 75 piece band rehearsed all day and performed a concert that evening. Alex Derrickson was awarded his senior 3 year pin, for being a member of the band three of his four years in high school.

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NHS/NJHS Book Drive

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a Book Drive to benefit youth local shelters in Honor of Read of Across America day on March 2nd. We are asking for gently used or new books from board books to young adult. We will have collection boxes at the high school and businesses around town. The book drive will start February 22nd and end Friday, February 26th, so that we can deliver books before Read Across America Week.

Boys & Girls State

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to Boys & Girls State:

Bank of Orrick is sponsoring Elijah Smith for the 2016 Missouri Boys State and Madison Fulte for the 2016 Missouri Girls State this summer. Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is sponsoring Madison O'Dell for 2016 Missouri Girls State.


Though this week hasn't given much indication of winter approaching, it is November and we're sure to see some inclement weather soon. Last year was the first year school delays were used. In order to give road crews time to finish clearing roads or the temperatures time to rise, school may be delayed rather than cancelled. School starts at 8:20 every day but Wednesday. On a 2-hour delay, school will start 2 hours later - at 10:20. Busses will run 2 hours later. On a 3-hour delay, school will start 3 hours later - at 11:20. Busses will run 3 hours later.

School delays, cancellations, or early dismissals will be announced using the district app (see above), Bearcat Alert, and Twitter @aodellOrrick. All efforts will be made to get the information to KC news stations, but that has not been a very reliable means of communication the past couple of years. Please know that a cancellation may appear on one news station but not another despite our efforts to get it on all stations.

As in the past, school delays and cancellations will NOT be announced on any of the district Facebook pages. However, those pages WILL be used to give information regarding any schedule changes due to delays or cancellations. Because Bearcat Alerts limit the amount of communication we can send out, the district app and Facebook will primarily be used to communicate schedule changes. Coaches and sponsors may also have their own means of communication through apps such as Remind, so check with them if you're not sure how to access it.


All secondary students are expected to attend school regularly in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.

Students are expected to keep at least a minimum of 90% attendance.

Absences will not be classified as excused or unexcused but simply accumulate. If a student is absent more than eight days in a semester, he/she will not be allowed to make up any work beyond the eighth day. The purpose of these eight days is for illness, doctor or orthodontist appointments, and other emergencies. In the event of extended illness or injury, a parent may request an extension through the high school principal. The principal may grant an extension if the reason for the absence is unavoidable (example: In the hospital, serious accident, etc.). The parent and the student, if necessary, may be asked to meet with a committee made up of the principal, counselor, and the student’s teachers to determine if an extension is to be granted and with what stipulations (example: Doctors’ verification, make up time, etc.).

An absence is defined as missing a whole class period, or missing ten minutes of class at the beginning or end of class. Leaving during lunch will still count as time missed during that class period.

Parents need to notify the school if their child is going to be absent. If this is not done, the school will make every effort to contact parents. If this is not accomplished, the absence will be considered truancy and disciplinary action will be followed.



Reminder: Every Monday grades will be submitted to the office for every student from every teacher. From these grade checks, an F List will be compiled. Students may not participate in extracurricular activities while on the F List. The results of the weekly grade checks will only be mailed home at the request of the parent/guardian. Teachers will not be allowed to sign a student off of the F list. They will be ineligible for the whole week if on the F list.


Homework Blitz days will be offered prior to scheduled grade checks. Students are invited to attend a scheduled Homework Blitz in order to make up missing work. The teacher who assigned it will grade work completed at a Homework Blitz and 30% will be deducted.

Homework Blitz will be offered every Thursday. If a student does not take advantage of that Homework Blitz to complete the missing assignments, he/she will receive a zero and have no other opportunities to turn in those assignments even though another Homework Blitz is offered the following week. Work due prior to a Homework Blitz will no longer be accepted after the Homework Blitz.


February 9th - Basketball vs. Sweet Springs 4:30

February 11th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:00 pm

February 12th & 15th - NO School

February 12th - Basketball @ Wellington-Napoleon 4:30

February 16th - Basketball @ Concordia 4:30

February 18th - Basketball vs. Lawson (Senior Night) 6:00

February 22nd - 27th District Basketball @ Santa Fe