OVS High School Weekly Update

February 1, 2019 Volume 95

Mark Your Calendars!


Friday, February 15th @ 8:30-12:30pm

  • Physical education day at Western Hills

Monday, February 18th

  • No School--President's day (No online lessons)


March 6th-7th

  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 60 & L location (K-8 building)
  • Thursday, March 7th, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at MCC-High School classrooms

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (With Parents)

  • Tuesday, March 5th @ 8:30-9:15am at MCC-room TBD
  • Thursday, March 7th @ 8:30-9:15am at MCC-Room TBD

High School Registration Infosession and Q&A (With Learners-during advisement class)

  • Tuesday, March 5th
  • Thursday, March 7th

Coming in March

  • Re-registration information will be coming during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Stay tuned!

Snow Day clarity

We all love a good snow day! However, it tends to complicate schedules.

If OPS has a snow day, Omaha Virtual School is closed. This means teachers and staff do not report. So, no online lessons, no one to answer the phone, and emails sent that day may not be returned.

If there is a snow day on your learner's assigned day, we do not count that as an absence. It is a lost day. It is NOT required for your learner to make up that day at the center or those hours on campus.

It IS an option for your learner to come on the next session during the week. If you would like to do so, please EMAIL the team of teachers, so they are prepared for your learner.

Learning Coach Training Survey

How would you like to view learning coach trainings?

Complete this 2 question survey to provide input.

Penny Wars

Each year, Mr. Gamble takes part in the Polar Plunge, which is in support of the Special Olympics of Nebraska. This year, we would like to support his fundraiser with money raised by a Penny War!

Bring your bills and coins and to your face-to-face session on the weeks of February 5th-14th.

If you didn't do the Penny War last year, this is how it works:

  • Pennies and bills are positive points, put them in the jar for your class.
  • Silver coins are negative points, so put those in the jar for another class.

All the money collected from the first week will go to Mr. Gamble's Polar Plunge Fundraising. Money collected the second week will go directly to the Special Olympics of Nebraska.

High School Hangout

The February hangout will be at Spielbound for our learners to play games!

More info to come.

Spielbound website: http://spielbound.com/

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OVS is hosting a WCA official Cube Competition on March 23rd!! If you can solve a cube, register to join this amazing group of people from around the world! If you can't solve it, come and watch! It's truly INCREDIBLE to see!! We are also looking for volunteers. I will send out more information about volunteering soon!

When: March 23, 8:00-5:30

Where: 60th and L basement

Who: Anybody that wants to watch, compete, volunteer

How: Register using the link below!

The Book Fair is coming!

Books and Volunteering!

During the week of Parent-Teacher Conferences, the OVS Synergy is hosting a book fair at the 60 & L location to raise funds for our school.

Volunteer opportunities are available. We welcome parents and high school students to volunteer. Sign up by clicking HERE

*Please note: to sign-up to volunteer, you have to make an account. This account lets you also preview the book fair books and specials!

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OVS Synergy Updates

Upcoming OVS Family Events Sponsored by OVS SYNERGY

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm at 60 & L

2/26- Skate Daze 6-8pm

3/5-8 Book Fair- @ 60 & L

4/26- Game Night 5:30-7:30 @ 60 & L

More info:

  • LC Book Club:
    We are gauging LC interest in a book club! This is a way for us to gather and get to know one another, AND model a love of reading for our learners! If you are interested, please email Ashley at mullerfam6@gmail.com

  • 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

  • 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. High School Parents can join any session. Tues/Thursdays at 9am or 1pm, Wednesdays at 9am.

  • OVS is looking for a parent volunteer to help with the PTO taxes this year. Email Wendy if you are interested.

High School Learning Coaches Facebook Group

A few learning coaches have requested a separate facebook group for high school only. Here is the link for that group.


Classroom happenings

Mrs. Mendoza's Updates

Feeling Poetic? There is an opportunity to have your poem read on the radio! Listen to the following Podcast for the prompt!


I will be reading the poems next week before our submission. So get those metaphors, rhythm and rhyme hopping! In other words, START WRITING!

English 9: Unit 1 Arguments and Speeches: Here come the summatives! You'll be writing and presenting speeches, take tests, and completing Honors Projects! The Unit will end on February 6, so be sure to check the pacing guide for the assignment restrictions in order to open Unit 2!

English 10: Unit 2 Symbols and Imagery: We've moved on to a new unit. So be sure to check the pacing guide for the assignment restrictions in order to open Unit 2! !

Yearbook/Journalism: Yearbook Ladder: Cycle 1 of yearbook production has begun! Check your page assignments on K12 and start building content.

Weekly Online Lessons:


  • 9:15-10:00am English 10
  • 11:30-12:15pm English 9


  • 9:15-10:00am English 10
  • 11:30-12:15pm English 9


  • 10:15-11:15 Journalism/Yearbook

Mr. Brannan's Updates

UNL is offering a "Hack Day" February 23. Sounds like it may be pretty fun if any of your students are interested. Pl;ease follow this link for more information: http://cse.unl.edu/cse-hack-day

A few students and parents inquire about driver's ed. I teach for All Metro Driving School during the summers and they conduct classes year round. Please visit their website:


Looking Ahead

Students are doing really well in history but don't forget about computer class!

The Post WWII-Required Semester Project is due Feb 4.

Geography has started well and students are about complete with the first unit.

Weekly Online Lessons

Monday: History 8:30-9:15

Geography 10:15-11:00

History-As Needed 1:00

Geography-As Needed 2:00

Wednesday: History 8:30-9:15

Geography 10:15-11:00

History-As Needed 1:00

Geography-As Needed 2:00

Mrs. Ignowski's Updates

Week in Review

Another atypical week due to my MIE training and a cold weather day. It seems like a typical week will always be atypical.

Physical Science: Students should complete Unit 2, States of Matter. Remember students will not have access to the next unit (4: Atoms) until they have submitted their project.

Biology: Students should continue working through Unit 2, Evolution. We are close to completing this unit.

Earth Science: Students should be working in Unit 2, Oceans. The fewer number of graded assignments seems to have a positive impact on student grades :-)

Astronomy: Students should complete Unit 2, The Universe. Remember students will not have access to the next unit (3: Stars) until they have submitted their project.

Physical Education: Students should have completed Unit 4 by the end of this week. This includes daily quizzes, 30 minutes of daily activity, and an activity outlining their daily activity. Please take a look at the pacing guide and reach out if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead

Physical Science: Students will come to the learning center ready to share their Unit 2 Project.

Biology: Students will come to the learning center ready to discuss their plans for their Unit 2 Project.

Honors Biology: I will touch base with you to ensure you are finishing this in a timely manner.

Earth Science: Students will come to the learning center ready to troubleshoot any assignments necessary. At this point students should be working within Unit 2 "Oceans". Our second "dedicated" F2F session will be Friday February 15th.

Astronomy: Students will come to the learning center ready to troubleshoot any assignments necessary. Our second "dedicated" F2F session will be Friday February 15th.

Physical Education: Students will start Unit 5. Please be sure you are inputting your students daily 30 minutes for attendance purposes. This will accumulate towards their engagement expectations of 1,080 hours of instruction.

Weekly Online Lessons

The regular online lesson schedule see below.

  • Physical Science: Mondays OR Wednesdays 10-10:45 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Biology: Mondays OR Wednesdays 11:30-12:15 (each student in this course was assigned a specific session)
  • Earth Science: 2nd Monday of the month 9:15-10:15 our first sessions will be Friday February 8th
  • Astronomy: 2nd Monday of the month 11:30-12:30 our first sessions will be Friday February 8th

Mr. Gamble's Updates

Week in Review:
I'm glad to see that learners have gotten into math and are moving right along. Please log in to your LC portal to ensure this is the case for your learner.

Looking Ahead:
This week we will be having MAP testing all week 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:

  • 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.

Mr. Koneck-Wilcox's Updates

January 25, 2019

This has been a testing week , both MAP and driving !

Students touched base regarding schedules, changes , and plans for the semester.

Next week students will be creating portfolios on the Nebraska Career Connections site.

As the weather shows the strength of winter , I am reminded of what my grandma used to say." May you always have enough wood to stay warm , potatoes and apples to be fed, and family around to comfort you."

January 17, 2019

The students discussed the opportunities to attend college in Nebraska . They mentioned UNL, UNO, Creighton , Kearney and St. Mary's to name a few. Ask your student what they might like.

This weekend take a look up at the moon. UNO Durham Planetarium will have free viewing of the lunar eclipse between 8:30 and midnight on Sunday , January 20th. Go check it out !

We have scheduled two more college visits ! Creighton University is our next trip on Thursday , March 21 . On April 9, we will head to Midland University .

All high school students may attend these field trips.

These discussions are making our students think about the future and where they may be creative, working and helping others the best way .

" Everyone has an opportunity to be great because everyone has an opportunity to serve."

---- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to 2019 !

This week students worked on setting schedules for school work at home. Thanks to all LCs for encouraging and helping.

We have plans to visit colleges this Spring. We want to check out Creighton and Midlands.

The students will be creating portfolios on the Nebraskacareerconnections.org site.

This will be a good start for post high school endeavors.

Dream big !

" Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination."

----Mae C. Jemison

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.

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