OVCA Middle School Bison Blast

November 2017

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Check out this video of a current OVCA student sharing her powerful story of how OVCA has changed her life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZiHhldzVRQ

In this issue...

Upcoming Events

Tech Tip

Learning Coach and Student Resources

Upcoming Events

November 3: Regional STEM Showcase and Rubik’s Cube Competition

*Locations subject to change. Watch student email for details.

Bartlesville Public Library, Enid library, OKC Metro Public Library, Ada Public Library, Lawton Public Library, Hardesty Library in Tulsa


November 9-10: Parent/Teacher conferences

Conference times below and links will appear in your Class Connect schedule


November 10: No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)


November 10: Veteran's Day Activities

More info below


November 21: Art show Submission Deadline


November 22-24: No School (Thanksgiving Break)


December 1: Ice Skating and Gingerbread House Contest

Blazers Ice Rink in Oklahoma City; Oilers Ice Center in Tulsa


Hope you will plan to join us for some fun at our outings this year!

K8 STEM Showcase and Rubiks Cube Competition Friday, November 3rd

Watch for more information coming in email!!


Hardesty Library

8316 E 93rd St, Tulsa, OK 74133

10am-12pm


Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

2201 SW 134th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

10am-12pm


Virtual option for cancelled locations (Ada, Bartlesville, and Enid)

Link will appear on your Class Connect Schedule


Why: This is a chance for OVCA k-8 students to get together and learn from each other! Show off your STEM skills, creations and experiments! You can set up an exhibit or just browse.


•Why, part 2: we will also be hosting a competition to see who can solve the Rubik’s Cube the fastest!


•Who: All OVCA students, k-8

Check out this video!

Organization for Success

Click here and watch this fun video! There are some great tips just for you!

Proficiency Based Testing

Sign up before November 7, 2017


Proficiency Based Promotion is a process that awards credit for students’ knowledge allowing them to test out of certain courses or grade levels depending on the grade the student is in.

For students in grades K-8 in order to promote an entire grade level the student is required to take and pass a proficiency test in person in all core subjects. (Math, English, Science, and Social Studies) Opportunities for students to do this will be provided May – August. If your student is currently advanced in one subject area you may work with your homeroom teacher to create an individualized plan to ensure your student may progress at the rate best for the student which may include assessing out of set units/chapters in order to advance to the next grade level curriculum in one or more courses.

Students in high school in grades 9-12 students may test per course to earn high school credit. If your high school student is interested participating in proficiency based testing there is an opportunity in person on November 17th. Failure to demonstrate proficiency will not be noted on the student’s transcript. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency may submit another request to sign up for proficiency based testing during the next testing window. For example, if your student is currently taking Algebra I but has the academic ability to pass a proficiency test to show proficiency in Algebra 1 then your student may test out of the course earning Algebra I credit.

In order to sign up please click this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4bafaf23a5f94-proficiency

The sign up must be completed no later than November 7, 2017 for the November test. Further testing opportunities and sign-ups will be available late spring for summer testing.

All proficiency based testing must be completed in person. The school provides opportunities for the testing to take place multiple dates and location during summer months for all grades and an additional date during the month of November for HS students.

Questions: Email Nicole Ellison at nellison@okvirtual.org

National Awards Program Seeking Oklahoma's Top Youth Volunteers Of 2018

Through November 7, 2017, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Oklahoma's top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

To apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

  • Students complete the online application by November 7, 2017.
  • Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
  • Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 17, 2017.

Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network. (Students can request a paper application by calling 855-670-4787.)

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences!

November 9th (Thursday Evening)
6:00pm-8:00pm

November 10th (Friday)
8:00am-11:00am
12:00pm-3:00pm
No School for Students

Links will appear in your Class Connect Schedule
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4th Annual OVCA/ISOK K-12 Online Art Show!

Submission Deadline; Tuesday, November 21st
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December All School Outing: Ice Skating and Gingerbread House Contest

Friday, December 1st
Please bring canned foods to donate to a local food bank.
Ice Skating and Gingerbread House Contest RSVP link:
https://goo.gl/forms/x4OJldmak0X3H7ut2

November is Fire Safety Month!!


Did you know that it only takes a minute for a fire to ignite and have serious consequences to you and your home?


Watch this horrific video of how long it takes for a Christmas tree to ignite and fill a room with fire and smoke: http://viewpure.com/GQT8yOYJKxQ


After watching this video – ask yourself these important questions:


· Do the batteries in your smoke alarms need to be replaced?

  • According to FEMA smoke alarms that are powered by ‘battery only’ run on either a disposable nine-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium battery. Alarms that get power from your home’s electrical system, usually have a back-up battery that will need to be replaced once a year.



· Do you need to take additional “safety” precautions against fires during the holidays?

  • Check out these ‘Safety Tips’ from the National Fire Protection Association:


  • Additional Safety Tips can be found on this page:


· Does Your Family have a plan?

  • Watch the video and download the planning materials to plan a fire-escape for your family by following this link:

8th-10th Graders - Apply for Oklahoma's Promise!

Don't miss this great opportunity to submit your application for Oklahoma's Promise:

http://www.okhighered.org/okpromise/


Contact your Advisor or Homeroom Teacher if you have questions.

Check out our new website!

Have you had a chance to check out the awesome new OVCA Website? www.okvirtual.net

You can find some great information here and even log directly into the online school. Check out things like school calendars, purchase spirit wear, parent resources, and more. If you have ideas for improving the website feel free to email Nicole Ellison at nellison@okvirtual.org with yours ideas!

Tech Tip: Need to Take a Screenshot? Use the Snipping Tool

PC Snipping Tool and Print Screen for Windows 7 or above (they can always use the print screen feature for almost any windows version, but Windows has included this awesome new tool called the Snipping Tool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQqwLkrqvmQ

Learning Coach Resources and Info

Parent Meeting!

Annually OVCA hosts the Annual Title I Meeting for parents to be informed of what Title I means and other key aspects of OVCA focused on school improvement.

We hope you will consider joining us for the session! The link can be found under class connect sessions on October 25th at 4pm.

Nicole Ellison, Title I Coordinator is always seeking parents to join her in collaborating on making OVCA the best it can be!

For more info on upcoming parent sessions please click the below link:

http://okvirtual.net/p-resources.php#content

Parental Involvement Plan

OVCA partners with parents to update the Parental Involvement Plan annually. Click the below link to check out the SY 1718 Parent Involvement Plan.

http://okvirtual.net/p-title-one_16_3298887865.pdf

OVCA Learning Coach Connections - Find us on Facebook

Click here to request to join the group.

•Open to all current OVCA Learning Coaches grades Kindergarten – 12th grade

•Share your tips for successfully schooling at home in a positive environment

•Please include your students grade level in your posts. There is a progression of learning through the grade levels so each school has different requirement to meet the needs of students.


•Contact your student’s teacher if you have specific questions or concerns about courses and grades. They are the BEST source for those answers.

Calling all LC’s! Check out Wednesday Workshops! You will NOT regret it!

Click HERE to watch a 2 minute video explaining what Wednesday Workshops are and why we want you to attend!


Check out the calendar to see which topics will be offered this school year at http://okvirtual.net/p-resources.php


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!


What: Wednesday Workshops will offer a weekly topic to help LC’s and high school students school more effectively getting the most out of online school. They are held weekly at the same time & place.


When: Every Wednesday school is in session at 4pm


Where: Online in BBC – The links can be located in the OLS announcements, and under class connects for the LC.


Why: OVCA looks to partner with both the LC and student to make virtual schooling as smooth as possible. Providing the LC and student resources like a weekly support session is just one way we can partner together. #teambison #comecheckitout


Wednesday, November 1st 4pm – Behind? How to get back on track!

Click HERE to Log In


Wednesday, November 8th , 4pm – Staying Motivated

Click HERE to Log In


Wednesday, November 15th, 4pm – Being an LC to multiple students

Click HERE to Log In


Wednesday, November 22nd Thanksgiving Week – No Wednesday Workshop


Wednesday, November 29th, Healthy Balance (Wearing Multiple Hats of LC and Parent)

Click HERE to Log In

Here is how to find the OVCA Family Directory


1. Log into the LC account.
2. Click the Link icon to the left of LC name and then select k12 LMS from the dropdown.
3. Select the My Info from the Quick Links box
4. Select Family Directory from purple box on left.

OVCA Military Co-Op

OVCA offers additional support to our students who are connected to the military. If you have access to Tinker Air Force Base, please contact the coordinator Christine Nichols at cnichols@k12.com.

The High School students of our Military Co-Op and our Gifted and Talented programs visited the UCO Forensic Science Institute and learned about careers in forensics and enjoyed a few hands-on activities.

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Fall Family Events at the Oklahoma History Center


November 4First Saturday (American Indian Heritage Month/Hispanic Heritage Month) 1-4 pm Crafts and activities for family members of all ages!

Got Box Tops?

You can now use the Box Top app to increase your Box Tops for our school! Don't have the app? You are welcome to drop off your Box Tops at any of our in person outings or mail them to our office at the address below. Please check the expiration dates of your Box Tops before turning them in. Thank you and we appreciate your support!


OVCA Office
Box Tops- Attention: Sondra Callaway

1160 S. Douglas Blvd.

Midwest City, OK 73130

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Prom Donations are always accepted!

Anyone that simply wants to make a donation to prom can send this into the office at any time to: Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, Attn: Sondra Callaway, 1160 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, OK 73130 and will receive a taxable receipt. J

OVCA provides McKinney-Vento/Homeless assistance and supports to qualifying students.

You may be eligible for assistance through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Below is the definition of what qualifies a family to be considered eligible for supports and services.

According to section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), the term “homeless children and youths”—

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and

(B) includes—

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Children and youth are considered homeless if they fit both part A and any one of the subparts of part B of the definition above.

If you feel you may qualify or if you have any questions, please contact Raeshelle Sharpnack, District Homeless Liaison & Family Resource Coordinator, at rsharpnack@okvirtual.org or (405) 259-9478 ext. 2140

Notification of Language Assistance Services

Any parent/legal guardian who is limited in speaking, writing, or reading English may request the school to provide access to services such as interpreter and/or translated documents. To request services please email or call the ELL Coordinator, Nicole Ellison, at nellison@okvirtual.org or 405.259.9478 ext. 2064. Nicole Ellison will coordinate prompt access for the parent/legal guardian to the appropriate services and/or translator service.

Parents Right to Know

At the beginning of each school year each Title I school must notify parents of students 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 SY17-18 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

Important Information about Special Education Services

Click here for information on Special Education Services at OVCA.


Please complete this Child Find Survey for Special Education

To reach all families, this information has been sent through multiple avenues, however you only need to complete it once.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=LUmWRm1kPE2UZWxaNvMaFqrlNGVqKrZEn_DO-EAh4IBUMkE1TURLUDdLRjNCM0NRWlBXQzdGQkRCNy4u

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smoothly, you will need to clear your cache and cookies on a regular basis. What are cache and cookies? Check out this article! https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies
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