ISOK Mission Log

December 2017

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Have you been to Phoenix Rising? You don't want to miss it!

Friday mornings at 8:15am. Join us for Phoenix Rising! Stay in the know and start your day off with us. Link is in your Class Connect Session list. See you there!

Upcoming Events

December 1: Outing - Service Projects
December 5: English Language Night
December 12: Virtual Art Show

January 19: Outing - Career Technology Centers

February 23: Outing - Focus on Health Care/Career Tech

March 30: Outing - Focus on Hospitality/Tourism

*Watch student email for details on upcoming outings!

Electives for 3rd Block

Students need to choose their block 3 Electives by completing the Google Survey sent to you in email by your Counselor, Mrs. Sanders. If you are interested in taking additional classes in Block 3, you will need to let Mrs. Sanders know ASAP.

If you have any questions, please let her know.

Block 2 Career Check In.

ALL Students need to complete the Block 2 Career Check In!

Please follow the directions below.

You need to go to to create an account and complete the Kuder Career Interest Assessment. (If you did this last year, you will not need to create a new account, but take the same assessment.) I


Oklahoma Career Guide

Oklahoma Career Guide, powered by Kuder Journey ®, is an easy online tool to explore your career interests and skills. You can identify occupations, establish ...

*When you have done this, please send me a screenshot of your results.

Complete this survey:

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English Language Night

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 6-8pm

This is an online event.

Come check out a fun night with ISOK English teachers on tips and strategies in English

4th Annual OVCA/ISOK K-12 Online Art Show!

Tuesday, December 12th
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Friday January 19 at 1:00 PM

In January we will be visiting several technology/training centers. All students are encouraged to sign up and attend this outing.

We want to encourage 10th grade students to look at concurrent enrollment for their 11th grade year at local career techs . Students can attend training programs and get high school credit. Depending on the training program credit in math, science and elective credit can be given. Also current 11th grade students can look at concurrent enrollment for 12th grade year.

Any student that cannot make the outing, but would still like help with finding a technology center, please do not hesitate to contact your advisor or Ms. Sanders, we would happy to help a student find a technology center and training program they are interested in.

Below are links to the technology centers and training programs we will be attending on Friday January 19 at 1:00 PM. Check out the sites and see if any programs interest you.

OKC- Moore Norman Technology Center-

Woodward- High Plains Technology Center-

Fort Cobb- Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center-

Tulsa- Tulsa Welding School-

McAlester – Kiamichi Technology Center-

December – How to Stay Fit in the Winter

Did you know that the average person gains 5 to 7 pounds in the winter?

What are three main culprits that make the scale go up in the winter?

  1. Decreased physical activity
  2. Greater number of empty calories
  3. Seasonal affective disorder (Winter Blues)

10 Ways to Exercise While Watching TV

  1. Walking in place or on treadmill
  2. Jumping Jacks
  3. Pushups
  4. Leg Lifts
  5. Crunches
  6. Jogging in place
  7. Squats
  8. Light weight lifting
  9. Dancing
  10. Step exercises

This site has several videos of exercises that can be completed at home:

Winter Eating Tips

1. Eat low calorie soup before a large meal

2. Indoor Grill

3. Give away baked goods when you make them

4. Eat winter fruit and vegetables

5. Eat oatmeal for breakfast

6. Make your favorite comfort food with low fat and fat reduced ingredients

7. Drink water

It’s Cold Outside but Go Out!

1. Hike through parks

2. Ice Skating (indoor and outdoor)

3. Go sledding

4. Snowball fight

To provide resources for our ISOK school community, we'd like to hear more about your family’s activities!

Learn more about Title 1

If you haven’t met me before I am the Title I Coordinator at ISOK. This is my 8th year in virtual education and I have been with ISOK since our first year. I LOVE year in and year out being able to help support our families in many different ways.

If you were unaware ISOK is a schoolwide Title I school. Perhaps you are unsure what “Title I” is, that is ok! Last week we held our annual Title I parent meeting. If you did not get a chance to join the session I have placed the recording link here for you to view:

I hope you take the time to view the recording and reach out to me if you have any questions at

Attention: Use Firefox Browser

For the best user experience, we recommend accessing your online classes using the Mozilla Firefox browser. To download the most recent version of Firefox, please visit:

How to Enable Flash in Chrome 62+

Recently Chrome updated to version 62, where the functionality to enable flash has changed from previous software versions. Chrome 62 was released within the past week. K12 IT department has documented how to enable Flash within version 62.

As a reminder, for the best experience, OVCA recommends using the Mozilla Firefox browser. To download the most recent version of Firefox, please visit: . Families have noted that when using other browsers, particularly in the OLS, they may receive a "Loading" screen that does not load any additional content. However, should a staff member or family need to use Chrome.

Step by step directions found in this 2 minute recording--

The end results should look like this and the user can close this tab

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!

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Counselors Corner

Attention 11th and 12th Graders! Regional College Fair Programs

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

Contact your Advisor or Dr. Sanders if you have questions.

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Scholarship Spotlight

"It's always been my dream to attend college. My parents never went to college, so most of the college prep fell on me. I researched college costs as well as financial aid because I knew I couldn't do it on my own. Being named a Community Foundation Scholar helped take the weight of tuition costs off my shoulders. I can't believe someone believed in me and my future enough to support me in my dream!"

Hear more from Gabriela Rueda, a 2016 Dove Science Academy graduate and Community Foundation Scholar, on how receiving a scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation helped her achieve her dream!

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like....Scholarship Season!

It's coming. The end of the fall semester is almost here. Have you encouraged your students to apply for a scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation? If you haven't, don't worry! The majority of our scholarship opportunities have deadlines in February, March and April. However, the upcoming holiday break is the perfect opportunity for students to perfect their resumes, reference letters and scholarship applications! As they say, the early bird gets the scholarship....or the worm. Or just a really great start to finding the scholarship of their dreams. Encourage your students to login and submit applications today!

The Importance of a Strong Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation is a critical component to any scholarship and/or college application! A compelling letter can truly help an applicant stand out in the selection process as it gives the reviewer a deeper understanding of the applicant's character, accomplishments and potential to succeed. This article will help your students think creatively about whom they could ask to write a letter on their behalf. Additionally, this article will help those who are writing the letters to author a powerful and persuasive recommendation.

It's not too Late to Sign Up for the ACT!

High school seniors, it's not too late to register for the ACT! The ACT is accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities and can help you make up for a low GPA. Find what to expect from the ACT, how to prepare (including free test prep questions), how to register and upcoming exam dates for the 2017-18 academic year here.

Additonal Scholarship Resources

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarship Program is a great tool to prepare your college-bound students for the next step! But, it shouldn't be their ONLY resource. Check out these other sites for more scholarship opportunities:



Scholar Snapp

New This Year!

Don't forget! We've created this brief, five-minute video that walks students through every step of our application process! This video is a great tool for teachers, counselors and administrators to use when working with college-bound students considering applying for a scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Upcoming Scholarship Application Deadlines:

Dec. 6

Community Foundation Scholars Application Closes

Jan. 24

Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network Spring Workshop (ACM @ UCO)

Feb. 6

New Opportunities Scholars Senior Workbooks due to Counselors

Feb. 15

New Opportunities Senior Workbooks due to OCCF

Mar. 1

New Opportunities Junior Application Closes

Apr. 3-6

Community Foundation Scholars & New Opportunities Luncheon

Are you Social?

Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay informed with daily scholarship deadlines, application tips and more! You can also find us on Twitter (@occforg) and Instagram (@okccommunityfoundation).

Contact us at with any questions.

Attention 11th and 12th Graders! Regional College Fair Programs

Sign up here:

Please take the opportunity to attend a college fair near you.

A representative from Oklahoma colleges/universities will be on hand to answer questions regarding their institution and programs offered on campus.

***It is your responsibility to contact the college fair site before traveling to ensure the event has not been cancelled. These are not OVCA sponsored events therefore, we do not have control over the events or sites.

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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

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 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: ISOK 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, December 6th, 4pmWhat is Learned Helplessness?

Click HERE to Log In

Wednesday, December 13th , 4pm
First Semester Celebrations

Click HERE to Log In

Wednesday, December 20th and December 27th
Winter Break – No Wednesday Workshops Hosted

Child Find Survey for Special Education

Click here for information on Special Education Services at ISOK.

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 completed it once.

K12 National Online Clubs

K12’s ’17-’18 Club signup is set to launch on August 16th. A mass email will be sent out to families announcing the opening of club signups, and announcements will be placed. Families can find the list of clubs and signup links by visiting

For a flyer of all the national clubs being offered this school year visits:

A few points of reminder about national clubs:

· National Club sessions will not begin until September 18th

· National Club sessions will appear on the student Events schedule with other Class Connect sessions

· National Club teachers will send emails approximately 1 week in advance of the club session to let students and families know when to watch for the scheduled session

· In the beginning it may take up to 4 weeks to hear from their club leaders

· Families can email for questions regarding clubs

· Grade ranges are closely observed

Share the Love

Sharing is easier than ever! With one click, let everyone know how much you love online schooling with K12. Share today!

Support Your School!

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!

Insight School of Oklahoma

Attn: Rhonda Bellah

1156 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130

Use Amazon Smile and support ISOK!

Go to On your first visit, you are prompted to select a charitable organization for the list of eligible organizations. We are listed as Insight School of Oklahoma. If someone is already supporting another charitable organization but would like to change to support Insight, they can do so under their account information. Click “Change your Charity” and then select a new charity. Anytime they order from Amazon using Amazon Smile, we get 0.5% of the purchase price for any eligible items.

Thank you for your support!

Prom Donations

Anyone that simply wants to make a donation to prom can send this into the office at any time and will receive a taxable receipt. J

Insight School of Oklahoma

Attn: Rhonda Bellah

1156 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130

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

ISOK is proud to provide your student the best possible educational experiences. ISOK strives to recruit the most qualified, experienced, and passionate educators to work with our students. All teachers employed at ISOK 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

Nicole Ellison
Title I Coordinator

405-835-2133 ext. 2064

ISOK 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 Supervisor, at 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 or 405.835-2133 ext. 2064. Nicole Ellison will coordinate prompt access for the parent/legal guardian to the appropriate services and/or translator service.

2017-18 Academic Calendar

Please click here for our 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
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