OVS Weekly Update

January 11, 2019, Volume 96

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OVS Location Update

As you know, OVS will be moving for the upcoming school year, because the land our current building is on is for a NEW Omaha Public School's high school.

We will be moving our WHOLE program to the Omaha Public Schools' Teacher and Administration Center or the TAC building. At this time, we know that the K-8th grade classrooms will be on the 4th floor. It is the plan that this will be our LAST move. We will share more information as we learn more.

Mark Your Calendars!


  • Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30
  • All students will have projects displayed--Learning Facilitators are helping
  • See details below to volunteer at this event

Winter MAP Testing

  • January 14-18
  • Sign up below
  • No face to face sessions
  • K-2-Sign up for 2 sessions
  • 3-8- Sign up for 3 sessions

Thursday, January 31st

  • Picture Retakes--or "first-takes" for new families
  • 8:30-9:30am at High School - room 206
  • 11-12:00 at 60 & L location
  • Students can attend either session
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The week of January 14-18 will be winter MAP testing for all students. This testing guides our instruction with the students and allows for a more personalized learning experience. Learners in K-2 will take Reading and Math. Learners in 3-8 grades will take Reading, Math, and Science. Please sign up using the button below.

  • K-2: Sign up for 2 sessions
  • 3-8: Sign up for 3 sessions

REQUIRED MAP Testing-Winter

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Sign up for 2 Sessions 3rd-8th Grade: Sign up for 3 Sessions


Thursday January 17, 5:30-7:30

We need judges for the middle school Science Fair portion of STEAM Fest! If you'd like to help out that night (Thursday, January 17), use the sign up below!

Learning Coach Training Follow-up From Wendy

Thank you for attending class with your learner(s) this week. We are confident that this first week’s sessions will result in a strong start for ALL of us—learners, learning coaches, and OVS Staff. A follow-up email will be sent to LCs that attended and those who were unable to attend to ensure that we are all setup for success.

Reflection with your learner

If you haven’t done already, please take some time to reflect with your learners about:

  • schedule and routines
  • learning environment (in the kitchen, office, library?)
  • what worked first semester and what didn’t

and make adjustments accordingly.

The skills that learners in our program practice daily, making a schedule, making to do lists, reflecting on time, reflecting on learning, etc., are all skills that align with our vision of Future ready, today! These are skills that I’m still working on refining!

Reflect with yourself!

On that note, please take time to do reflection with yourself. What routines work for you, which don’t? Tweak, adjust, and repeat (and share out!). Remember, we are all learners at OVS. It was wonderful to see learning coaches sharing their tips and tricks this week during training!

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to your learner's success!


OVS Synergy

STEAM-Fair and Sweatshirts

STEAM-Fair is next week! January 17th from 5:30-7:30pm. There will be preorders for OVS Hoodies available. Come see all the hard work the students have been doing!

Parents' Night Out
The Next Parents Night Out is Feb 22nd from 5-8pm. We are still looking for more volunteers so if you're interested please email Michelle at Michelle.leigh@hotmail.com

Learning Coach Exchange

Jan 29-31st will be the OVS materials exchange in the basement of the K-8 building. Please also bring lightly used OVS Gear you no longer need. Synergy Socials will be taking place in the Learning Lounge during this time as well.

Learning Coach Lounge

We are in need of disposable coffee cups! If you are at the store this weekend, please consider picking up a bag or two! Thanks!

Synergy Dates to Know!!

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm

2/28- Skate Daze--this may change based on LC feedback--stay tuned

3/5-8 Book Fair

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30

OVS Synergy Facebook Group

Connect with OVS learning coaches in a closed group on Facebook!

This group is for those of us who are enrolled in OVS. The group focuses on questions as we begin the year, questions regarding the children's homework, technology related questions that pertain to OVS, field trip information and updates, and anything else that comes up that we wish to discuss. Click the below link to request to join and engage in the conversations!


OVS Synergy- Our non-traditional version of a parent teacher organization. All are included and invited to participate, donate, and engage.

OVS Synergy Mission: A collaborative Organization that Creates Engagement and Learning Opportunities for Teachers and parents to support Student success.

Ms. Rogers' Class Update

Week in Review:

Thank you so much for attending our 2nd Semester Orientations. It is so important for all of us to be on the same page in order to do what is best for our learners. Please let me know if there are any questions you have.

Looking Ahead

There will not be regular face-to-face sessions next week. We will be MAP Testing in the areas of Reading and Math. I am so excited to see all the growth that has been made this first semester!!

Please be prompt to pick up your learner after their testing session. If you have signed up for a 9:00 and 11:00 session, you may drop off at 8:45 and pick up at 12:30. If you signed up for 11:00 and 2:00 session on the same days, you will need to pick up your learner between testing. They may not stay here unattended between sessions. Thank you!

Mr. Dowling's Class update

Week in Review:

Thank you for attending our 2nd Semester Orientations! I’m hoping everything we discussed makes sense to you and will help you pace your learning. Please contact me with any questions.

Next Week:

**Reminder** There will be no regular face-to-face classes next week. Second Grade Learning coaches should have signed up for 2 time slots for MAP Testing. Third Grade Learning Coaches should have signed up for 3 time slots. Please make sure your learner has eaten a healthy breakfast and/or lunch on the days of testing. (You can actually do that everyday. ;) )

Testing Sessions:

Monday: 2:00-3:30

Tuesday: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, and 2:00-3:30

Wednesday: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, and 2:00-3:30

Thursday: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, and 2:00-3:30

Please be prompt to pick up your learner after their testing session. If you have signed up for a 9:00 and 11:00 session on the same day, you may drop off at 8:45 and pick up at 12:30.

If you signed up for 11:00 and 2:00 on the same day, you will need to pick up your learner between testing. They may not stay here unattended between sessions. Thanks!

Mrs. Walker's Class Update

Week in Review:

Thank you for attending the orientation, if you have any questions about anything we talked about please email me! We talked in class about how MAP testing is just to find out what you know and we just need to do our best!

Next Week:

We will be having Map testing next week so please make sure you are signed up for three sessions. This means we will not be having regular classes. Please be prompt for drop off and pick up next week for the testing sessions. Students may also bring a book from home if they would like, or they can pick one from my library to read quietly after the test.

Mr. Gamble's Class Update

Week in Review:
Welcome back! We got in the flow this week with our orientations. If you have any questions about what was covered, don’t hesitate to contact me. I apologize for my absence in a few sessions as I was at the high school and in training at the teacher center.

Looking Ahead:
This week we will be having MAP testing all week. Sessions are in the Sign-up Genius. Each student will attend three sessions to take our Winter MAP to see how much growth was achieved during the first semester.

This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Mathway is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. It is set in the form of a scientific calculator for all notations.


Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have resumed. Remember that all math lessons are required for all learners. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

  • Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
  • Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • PreAlgebra: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.
  • Algebra 2 & Honors: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • PreCalc/Trig: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.

Mrs. Felten's Class Update

This week students used sticky notes to mark special pages in their history textbooks. Many of them completed virtual labs in class if they had extra time. Next week we will be MAP testing, so there will be no science done in class.

Remember: The science fair is on January 17th at 5:30 - 7:30 PM. This is required for all science students. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Robison's Class Update

Happy 2019! A new year brings a new start! Fresh notebooks, clean folders, sharpened pencils and a re-commitment to organizational strategies are all things that will help kick off a successful second semester!

ELA and Computer Apps are going to continue to provide opportunities for your learner to grow and challenge themselves to be the best they can be! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!

Please bring notebook to Face to Face time next week! This will be a helpful tool to get the year jump started! Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to learning with you this year!

Mrs. Barry's Art Class Update

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

*PM Art Families- Please remember to have your learners choose their favorite art work from first semester to bring in to be displayed at STEAMFair. Place in the art drop box THIS WEEK.

AM students created work during face to face time to be displayed.

Coming Up:

  • Week of January 21st - 6-8 Face to Face Art - Bring in portfolios with any completed art projects.
  • Week of January 28th - Note only two open art times -Tuesday and Wednesday- in January. Sign up here.

9th Grade Newsletter

Troubles with your device?

If you are having issues with your student's device, please email your issue/concern to this email address: ovs-techhelp@ops.org

Parents will get an email response following your submission. One of our staff members will email parents back to provide assistance, so be sure to check your email after sending your concern.

Mission Statement

We are a dynamic and nurturing community of learners that empowers students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.


Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset