OVCA High School Bison Blast

February 2017

In this edition...

OVCA Spirit Week Feb. 13-17

Upcoming Events

Important Testing Reminder

COLLEGE CORNER: Find Infomation on preparing for college prep and available scholarships!

Learning Fun

Learning Coach Resources

Get Connected with OVCA

Teacher Shout Outs

Box Tops for Education

Celebrate Spirit Week at OVCA!

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Watch this video on how to make a rocket!

Mrs. Barbara Hinkle and her son demonstrating how to make the rocket.


Here is what's coming up!

February 13-17 - Spirit Week (online) - Details above!

February 20- Presidents Day – no school

February 24 - Oklahoma City Art Museum Outing (RSVP below)
March 3- Teacher professional day- no school

March 9/10- Parent Teacher conference – no school on Friday 3/10

March 13-17 – spring break – no school

April – state testing- look in email for information on locations/times/days

May 6 - Prom at Wes Watkins Center International Exhibit Hall, Stillwater, OK

May 20 - Graduation *Cap and gown below

May 25th – last day of school!

Join us for an outing at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Friday, Feb. 24th, 11am-1pm

415 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK

OKC Museum of Art Tour

Museum is located at 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

6th-12th grade families meet and greet 11:30am-12:00pm

6th-12th grade self-guided tour at 12:00pm

OKCMOA 6th-12th grade RSVP link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oklahoma-city-museum-of-art-tour-for-6th-12th-graders-tickets-31295661165

Kdg-5th grade guided tour at 11:00am

Kdg-5th grade families meet and greet 12pm-12:30pm

OKCMOA Kdg-5th grade RSVP link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oklahoma-city-museum-of-art-tour-for-kdg-5th-graders-tickets-31295604997

For parking information http://www.okcmoa.com/visit/map-directions-and-parking/

We have a limit on the number of free tickets for adults. We are using Eventbrite for our sign up and you will see additional information about the number of tickets when you RSVP. Additional tickets will be available for the admission fee of $7. If you plan to purchase an adult admission ticket, please click here and complete this survey so we can let the museum know how many to expect.

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Oklahoma City Thunder - 2017 Black History Heroes Challenge

As you know, the Thunder is committed to providing opportunities for Oklahoma teachers to incorporate the Thunder into the classroom. To that end, I want to invite your students to take part in the 2017 Black History Heroes Challenge.

Presented by Sprite, this contest challenges Oklahoma students in kindergarten through 12th grade to use their creativity in honoring an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their lives. Students are encouraged to create an essay, art piece, collage or video describing their hero and how they've had an impact on their life.

Winners in each of five age groups will receive a Thunder prize pack, including four tickets to the Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans home game on Feb. 26, recognition at center court prior to the game, an autographed Thunder item and an award plaque. Select entries will be displayed on the concourse at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Feb. 26 game.

Your student must mail or deliver their entry, along with a completed entry form, to the Thunder offices no later than Feb. 16, 2017.

Click here for entry form.


Resources to help you on your road to college.

Click here: College Corner

Wondering about graduation?

Our 2017 graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the Choctaw High School Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is located at 14300 NE 10th Street, Choctaw, OK 73020. The building labeled Choctaw High School Performing Arts Center is a separate building from the high school and is located toward the back of the school property.

All graduating seniors need to arrive at 11:00 am in preparation for our 1:00pm ceremony.

>>>> Facility will be closed to student’s/guests until 11:00 am. This will allow for OVCA staff to set up and prepare for your arrival.

More info below! Keep scrolling!

How to Earn Credits for High School Graduation

Grade level promotion is based solely on credits earned.

Credit is NOT awarded if a student’s final grade is below 60% (F). Student has to pass the class each semester to earn the .5 credit that semester.

If student failed course the 1st semester, student will be assigned a Credit Recovery course in that same course the 2nd semester. IE: Student failed 9th grade English Fall semester of 2016-will be assigned a CR course for Spring semester 2017.

All CR courses HAVE to be completed within 6 weeks (February 17th is 1st CR course deadline) and have a passing grade to earn the .5 credit for that course.

Usually, just Unit tests and specific TGAs or labs in Science are due. Follow your teacher’s specifics as outlined in the Course Announcements on your CR Course home page.

Oklahoma High School students have to earn 23 credits to graduate:

0 – 3.5 credits 9th grade

4 – 9.5 credits 10th grade

10 – 16.5 credits 11th grade

17 – 23 credits 12th grade

OVCA High School - Who to contact

OVCA HS – Who to contact – 405.259.9478

9th grade – Lori Egnor ext. 2062

10th grade – Raedean Rafferty ext. 2055


11th grade – Deb Mackey ext. 2056


12th grade – Ms. Mackey or Ms. Rafferty

Learning is fun!

Check out these great opportunities for some learning fun!
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Oklahoma City Ballet's ArtsReach program still has plenty of spots available for your student! The program is FREE and serves as a great introduction to ballet and the performing arts. This year boasts an ALL NEW CURRICULUM, with a specific curriculum geared towards elementary and middle school students and a separate one for high school students

For more information and to access the required forms please visit www.okcballet.com/artsreach.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Stephanie@okcballet.com or


I hope you can join us this year!



The culmination of ArtsReach will be a special professional

performance by OKC Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall.


Covering ballet history, terms,

and steps: Included in this are unique lesson plans with

interactive links to exciting ballet websites that create

a creative learning environment.

Monday, Apr. 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Monday, Apr. 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Performances last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

and are filled on a first come first served basis.

For additional questions, please contact:

Stephanie Pitts at stephanie@okcballet.com

K12 Online Clubs

K12 offers a variety of student clubs where like-minded students can share their areas of interest. These clubs are offered typically two times a month, and last one hour. Browse our 2016–2017 club listings by clicking here, and register for your favorite clubs today!


Check out this great resource from K!2! Learning Liftoff

K12's annual art contest was quite a success! We received a number of impressive submissions from students in grades K–12 showing off their artistic abilities. We thank all our winners and participants for sharing what they want to be when they grow up. Click here to view the winners.

Introducing Wednesday Workshops

Click HERE to watch a 2 minute video from Nicole Ellison explaining what Wednesday Workshops are!

Check out the calendar to see which topics will be offered this school year @ http://ovca.k12start.com/calendar/

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!

Wednesday, February 1st 4pm

Elementary: How to Help with Struggling Math Students

Middle School: Writing Refresher
High School: Life Skills and College Prep
Links in OLS

Wednesday, February 8th , 4pm

Love Bug - What do you LOVE about OVCA?

Here to Attend

Wednesday, February 15th, 4pm

Testing FAQ - Locations, Confirmation, Arrival, Etc.

Here to Attend

Wednesday, February 22nd, 4pm

Falling Behind - How to Get Back on Track

Here to Attend

Learning Coach University

K12 Learning Coach University™ was created to support the Learning Coaches who guide the schooling of their children at home. Online classes provide a clearer understanding of the developmental process of learning as well as effective strategies and resources to use at home to help every child succeed. Click here to view the upcoming sessions.

Motivate 2 Activate

K12 and School at Home Effectively are pleased to offer the Motivate 2 Activate Series for Learning Coaches. Click here to view the sessions.


Holding Students Accountable

Tuesday, February 7

7:30 PM (ET), 6:30 PM (CT), 5:30 PM (MT), 4:30 PM (PT)

Learning to use consequences instead of punishments

to motivate students is key. Allowing students to

experience the natural consequences of their behaviors

can result in good student outcomes.

Click on the topics below to watch previous session from Motivate 2 Activate!

What Motivates Your Student

Your Role as a Learning Coach

Practice Makes Progress

Game Plan for Chronic Issues

K12 Customer Support

K12 Customer Support https://www.help.k12.com/s/

Wondering what browser you are using?

Click here to find out!

Watch this video on how to check grades and progress.

Click here

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smooth, 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

Come Join the OVCA Booster Club!

Below is a recording link for the Booster Club meeting held on January 10th.

Recording link: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2017-01-10.1454.M.099539A2EB04172CAFAA89E9773C8B.vcr&sid=559

Would you like more information about OVCA Booster Club?
Sign up for our email list here

Thank you for supporting OVCA students and families!

Get Connected!

Want to meet other families in your area? Get connected with our Co-Op’s around the state. Click here to sign up for additional information on OVCA Co-Op’s.

OVCA Co-Op Email List

OVCA Military CO-OP https://www.facebook.com/groups/385954058264501/

OVCA CO-OP South Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426537394234389/
OVCA CO-OP Northeast https://www.facebook.com/groups/168538123342038/
OVCA CO-OP North Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/547015578702224/
OVCA CO-OP Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396437950590840/
OVCA CO-OP OKC https://www.facebook.com/groups/ovcacoop/
OVCA CO-OP Southwest https://www.facebook.com/groups/678593742152182/

Students and families in the OVCA Military Co-Op were interviewed and photographed recently by the k12 marketing team! They will be featured in future advertising to military families nationwide! Join us today to be a part of what we are doing! Email OVCA's Military Base Site Coordinator at chnichols@okvirtual.org for more information!

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Family Fun in Oklahoma

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Let's show our teachers some love!

Click on the link below and give your teachers a special shout out!

Teacher Shout Out!

McDonalds Teacher of the Month contest - Make your submissions on Twitter!

McDonalds of Central Oklahoma is proud to announce their sponsorship of the “Teacher of the Month” program beginning Oct. 17.

Every month a teacher will be selected based off of a submission on why they are deserving of this recognition, submissions can be made by anyone.

Submission will be received via Twitter, @McDCentralOK using #McDTeacher.

Winners receive a $100 Gift Card, $25 McDonald’s Arch Card, School Supplies for their classroom and featured on our Twitter page.

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Got Box Tops?

OVCA Booster Club is collecting Box Tops for Education. You can mail them to the office or bring them to one of our outings. We appreciate your support!

OVCA Office
Box Tops- Attention: Sondra Callaway

1160 S. Douglas Blvd.

Midwest City, OK 73130

2016-17 School Academic Calendar

OVCA Graduation is May 20, 2017

Our 2017 graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the Choctaw High School Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is located at 14300 NE 10th Street, Choctaw, OK 73020. The building labeled Choctaw High School Performing Arts Center is a separate building from the high school and is located toward the back of the school property.

All graduating seniors need to arrive at 11:00 am in preparation for our 1:00pm ceremony.

>>>> Facility will be closed to student’s/guests until 11:00 am. This will allow for OVCA staff to set up and prepare for your arrival.

Students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony are required to purchase the $33.25 Black cap and gown unit. The cap and gown unit may be ordered online any time now through Friday, January 20, 2017. If you wait to order the unit until February or later the price will increase and orders will have to be made through a representative in the Oklahoma City area. *It is not guaranteed that you will receive a cap/gown in time for the ceremony if you wait to purchase one. We encourage you to order early online. All other supplies located on the website are optional.

>>> Do not delay to order after deadline as your cap and gown may not make it to your home by the ceremony. ***You must have a cap/gown to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

If you have a problem ordering online with Jostens please call them at: 1-800-JOSTENS (1-800-567-8367)

Please note – Students must continue to pass their courses and gain the necessary credits to be eligible for May graduation in addition to attending the required State Testing. Participating in a graduation ceremony does not mean you have officially graduated. All students will need to continue to meet these requirements in order to be eligible to participate in May.

Again, if you have questions regarding your status this should be discussed with your HS Counselor (Counselor's list provided above).

****Honors Graduates/ Valedictorians and Salutatorians: Cumulative grade point average through the fall semester of the senior year will be used to determine all graduation honors. If you have questions you should contact your HS Counselor.

Upon arrival seniors will need to:

1. Check in at the front table.

2. Use the restroom/put on cap and gown.

3. Be prepared to take an individual photo (if desired).

4. Be seated in the auditorium by 12:30 PM in designated section. We will complete a brief walkthrough explaining the ceremony and will need all seniors seated and present at 12:30 PM. It is imperative you remember to bring your cap and gown to the ceremony as they are required to participate.

5. You should remind those you invite to attend that the ceremony does not begin until 1:00 PM. >>>> Only YOU are required to be there early for pre-ceremony sign-in and walk-through. Again, the facility will not open until 11 AM for graduates.


1. How do I order my cap and gown?

Information has been sent to you via e-mail and will be placed in Bison Tracks. Our vendor is Josten’s. You will order online from their website and it will be sent to the mailing address you provide when ordering. You need to order early to ensure you get it by graduation as it is required to participate in the ceremony. There will be a Josten’s cutoff date regarding ordering to receive by graduation date. >>> Ways to order: Online: www.jostens.com Phone: 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) Deadline to order: Friday, January 20, 2017 (Orders placed prior to the deadline will ship to the home by April 8,2017) Do not delay to order after deadline as your cap and gown may not make it to your home by the ceremony. ***You must have a cap/gown to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

1. Can I decorate the top of my graduation cap?

No, students are not permitted to alter the appearance of their cap or gown.

1. How many people can I invite to the ceremony?

An RSVP survey will be sent to you via e-mail for you to complete around the end of February. Once we receive an estimated number of invites we will determine if a limit must be set. However, we ask that it be 10 or less.

1. May I bring food and/or drink (such as bottled water) to the ceremony or in the theater?

No, the Choctaw Performing Arts Theater has a strict no food/drink policy (including bottled water). You will not be permitted to enter the facility with these items.

1. Will there be a photographer at the ceremony?

Yes, students will be asked to take an individual picture prior to the ceremony.

1. Glitter is NOT allowed inside the PAC center. NO GLITTER!

1. Will students be permitted to throw their caps in the air at the close of the graduation ceremony?

No, the Choctaw Performing Arts Theater has a rule that will not allow us to do so as the caps may get caught in their lighting/ceiling.

Your teachers and families are excited to share in this special day with you. We look forward to seeing you there!

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