OVS Weekly Update

April 13, 2018 Edition, Volume 70

Mark Your Calendars!

Learning Coach Training:

April 17-19th: OVS Synergy Social

April 18: 9th grade Coffee Chat with Wendy at MCC Fort Omaha Cafeteria @ 8:30am

May 1-3rd: LC Coffee Chat with Wendy-Reflection on 2017-18 School year

Math Club Mondays: Join LIVE from home for a LC training offered to utilize the Math manipulatives received from K12. Monday is the LAST Math club of the year!

Other Important dates

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game @ 7:05

Tailgate in the parking lot at 5:45pm

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit OVS
Once you purchase your tickets, you will be able to pick them up at the front desk. Purchase by clicking HERE.

Friday April 20th: K-1st grade Field Trip to Lauritzen Gardens @10 a.m.

Permission Slip will be sent home next week!

Instructional Dates:

Friday, April 20th: No online lessons or ISL- OVS staff attending NETA conference

Friday, May 4th: No online lessons or ISL- Staff Professional development day

Principal's Corner

A Time For Reflection

We are actively working on what our student experience will look like next year. Your voice is important for us to continue to move towards a more focused learning environment based on our learner’s needs. As you may be aware, we are in the middle of working through the strategic design process in order to develop our mission and vision. As you know, I like to say that “We are all in this together,” as we are all working towards building a unique educational experience with the learner at the center. Developing a mission and vision of our program will help us better articulate what “this” is!

In conversations with learning coaches and staff, we have started to identify our core values for our curriculum, instruction, assessment, and environment. In the next few weeks we will be solidifying these and discussing with learning coaches, along with opportunities for Learning coaches to reflect on this year as we build next year’s experience.

I invite learning coaches to join me the first week of May to do exactly that. I will be scheduling our last coffee chat of the year for LCs to share glows and grows of the year. While we are not done with the school year, we want to make sure we are taking time to reflect on what we all have done well and where we can improve. One area where we know we can improve on is LC support and engagement. We want to continue to grow in this area, so we can ensure that all LCs feel equipped, prepared, and confident in their roles of supporting their learners. Our current LCs will be an integral part in identifying what and how this looks like. Please take some time in the next few weeks to reflect and be ready to share how we can continue to work together as we start looking ahead to the fall.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Pass Along to Anyone Interested in Learning about OVS

Each year, we host a variety of different information sessions to potential new students. We want to encourage families to assist in our recruitment efforts. We will have fliers available next week for families to take and share. Our best recruitment tool is parent and student testimonials of their experience. Many of our current families have been referred by another family in our program.

We will also being needing volunteer at multiple events we will be hosting in May and June. Please consider volunteering for the Curriculum Night and OVS 360 Experience. More details to come.
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Synergy Corner

Learning HQ Deal: Missed out on getting a game? Take your OVS badge into Learning HQ and they will give you 20% off. Learning HQ is located at 2932 S 84th St.

OVS T-shirts Available: We still have grey and blue t-shirts available for sale. There are limited sizes and quantities. The blue shirts are $10 and the grey shirts are $17. Here is what is available:

  • Blue Shirt: Youth Medium (2) and Youth Large (1)
  • Grey Shirt: Youth Small (3), Medium (3) and Large (5), Adult Small (2) and Adult Medium (2)

Friday April 20th: Storm Chasers Game
Game Starts at 7:05pm

Tailgate in the parking lot at 5:45pm

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit OVS

Tickets can be purchased at the link below or with Brooke at the front desk

Once you purchase your tickets, you will be able to pick them up at the front desk.

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FREE Community Events

Creighton Soccer Games

Creighton University is offering FREE admission to select soccer games this spring. All games are played at Morrison Stadium on Creighton's campus at 1804 California St.

The following games have FREE Admission:
  • Saturday April 14th at 7pm vs Hastings
  • Saturday April 21st at 1pm vs Northern Illinois

Movie hosted by Dyslexia Association

On Saturday April 21st, the Dyslexia Association will be hosting " The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia." The free showing of the movie will discuss how dyslexia is a language-based learning disability in a "sea of strengths." The movie will be shown at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church, 4814 Oaks Lane at 2 p.m. For more details, call the Dyslexia Association at 402-434-6434.

Classroom Happenings

Art with Ms Barry

Coming up in K-5 Art

  • This Week is Drop in Art Time with Ms. Barry on April 17th-19th.
  • Register TODAY to attend

Ms. Roger's Classroom

Kindergarten & 1st graders were introduced to EduTyping this week. We walked through how to get to EduTyping in the Office365 waffle and the students had a little time to practice their beginning keyboarding skills. Our focus is keeping our fingers on the home row keys. We will continue to work on this the rest of the year.

On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to participate in a Skype call with Three Oaks Farm in Maryland. Students learned about the animals on this farm and most importantly we all decided that we would like to have an alpaca as a pet!

Please join me for Math Clubs on Monday, this will be our last one! Keep working on your K12 Curriculum., I know there are some students who have finished or are close to finishing different courses. Let me know if you have any questions.

Ms. Rogers Skill Support Sign Up

Ms. Nommensen's Classroom

The students have been doing a wonderful job focusing on their individual learning goals in Reading. Each student set a reading focus area and shared that goal with their parents at conferences. In class, the students read during silent reading time with their learning goal in mind. They then write in response to reading using a graphic organizer of their choice. I have seen so much growth and maturity from them during this time!

In Hands on Equations in math we are learning about using inverse variables to solve and evaluate equations! Wow, right?!? Math clubs will be ending this week on April 16! We’ve had so much fun and I have loved seeing how differently the kids think!

We have 6 weeks left in the school year, so our K12 work should be nearing the end. I recommend doing a quick progress check to make sure you are on track to finish before the last week of school. We will be checking technology into the school during their last face to face session the week of May 22-24. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Mr. Gamble's Classroom

Week in Review:
Students learned varied concepts from their K12 curriculum.

  • Fundamentals: Read and interpret data represented on a histogram.
  • PreAlgebra: Calculate the probability of an event with long-term frequency.
  • Algebra: Identify what steps of rotation a figure has gone through.
  • Algebra 1: Calculate and factor monomials and polynomials.
  • Geometry: Identify trigonometric ratios and special right triangles.

Looking Ahead:
In class we will work on varied math concepts from their curriculum involving real-world math.

  • Fundamentals: Read and interpret data represented on a box-and-whisker plot. (Lesson 9.07 – Box-and-Whisker Plots)
  • PreAlgebra: Determine percentage of each category and draw a circle graph to represent it. (Lesson 10.02 – Circle Graphs)
  • Algebra: Identify what steps of transformation a figure has gone through. (Lesson 9.10 – Congruent Transformations)
  • Algebra 1: Identify the parts of the quadratic formula and apply it to equations to solve (Module 5: Quadratic Equations)
  • Geometry: Identify the shapes of two-dimensional cross sections of three-dimensional objects. (Module 5: Conic Sections)


  • Fundamentals: Math is Fun has explanations, models, and practice on quartiles and their application to box-and-whiskers plots.
  • PreAlgebra: Math if Fun has models, sample problems, explanations on circle graphs.
  • Algebra: Helping With Math has practice problems, examples, and explanations of congruent transformations.
  • Algebra 1: Math Is Fun - Discusses quadratic equations. Offers sample problems with solutions and vocabulary related to the topic.
  • Geometry: Math Is Fun - Discusses conic sections in depth with examples, models, and practice problems.

Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Each week I am teaching the current math lesson, per the pacing guide, for each subject online via ClassConnect. These sessions are mandatory and students will learn the concept through interaction with the teacher. Upon completion, students will take their check-up and be complete with that lesson. Recordings are available within the Content area after each session has completed.

  • Fundamentals: (Monday @ 9:30) Measures of center (9.05).
  • PreAlgebra: (Friday @ 9:30) No lessons due to Teacher Professional Conference
  • Algebra: (Monday @ 10:15) Similarity (9.11).
  • Algebra 1: (Friday @ 10:15) No lessons due to Teacher Professional Conference
  • Geometry: (Friday @ 11:15) No lessons due to Teacher Professional Conference

Ms. Blackburn's Classroom

This week in class, students focused on social studies. World history continued their Medieval project and will continue to do so the next couple of weeks. Geography students are mapping out an international highway in Africa and justifying it with facts about culture and physical geography. American history students are learning how to take Cornell notes while learning about the 1960's. All students will continue their social studies units for the next two weeks in class.

Ms. Robison's Classroom

9th Grade Newsletter

Phase 2 Bond Program Overview

On May 15th, Phase 2 of the bond issue will be placed on the primary ballot for voting. The bond will fund a variety of renovations and additions to current OPS schools while also adding five additional schools to assist with overcrowding. More information can be found at bond.ops.org.
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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.