7-12 OVLC Updates

2020-2021 School Year

April 21 Update

ACT Aspire Testing - Thursday, April 22nd

This is a reminder that all 9th-10th grade students are taking the ACT Aspire on Thursday, April 22nd. This test is on-site at East Campus for all OVLC students. Families should have received communication regarding this test and the specific room assignment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Anders (andersm@oasd.org.

Forward Exam

We are in the middle of Forward Exam testing for all 7th, 8th, and 10th grades. If you have a 7th-8th grader and haven't signed up for a testing date please sign up for one of the remaining dates. All OVLC 10th graders are testing on Tuesday, April 27th in the upper gym at OHS. Communication regarding the schedule was recently sent out.

Post-Exam Plan for Advanced Placement (AP) Students

Taking an AP course requires an increased time commitment and focus in order to successfully master specific skills and content, and be adequately prepared for the Exam at the end of the course. Traditionally, OHS teachers will prioritize content and skills necessary for success on the exam, in order to fit the limited time available. Subsequently, after the exam, the teachers cover topics, skills, and content the students were unable to cover prior to the exam due to these time restraints.


Due to limitations on restructuring course content in Edgenuity, students taking an AP course in the OVLC are completing a higher work load prior to the exam than their face-to-face piers. As a result - Once students in OVLC complete their assignments in an AP course in Edgenuity and take the exam, they have completed the course. There will be no further assignments in the class. If the student is on pace for the course, their last date will be the date of their AP Exam.


If you have any questions about this, please let me know!

Parent Teacher Conferences

This is a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences in OVLC are conducted throughout the semester on an as needed basis. A teacher will reach out if there is a concern needing attention, otherwise families can also reach out to teachers if they have a concern they'd like to address.
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March 22nd Update

Forward Exam Information (7th-8th, 10th Grades)

All 7th, 8th and 10th grade students will be taking the Forward Exam in April. This exam is required to be completed on-site, at East Campus. See the attached letter for complete information about the test and to sign up your 7th-8th grade student for a testing date. All 10th grade students in OVLC will take this test on the same date as the rest of OHS. This date is Tuesday, April 27th, and further information for this testing date, will be communicated.


Let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Summer School 2021

Summer School information has been published and can be found at https://www.oasd.org/page.cfm?p=8633.

Spring Break Almost Here!

This is a reminder that Spring Break is almost here! There will be no school next week, Monday, March 29th - Monday, April 5th. Enjoy the time off!

High School End of Term 3

This Friday signifies the end of Term 3 for OHS. While OVLC students (9th-12th) in all core courses will receive a Term 3/Mid-Semester Final Exam either this week or the week following Spring Break, there will be no term report cards. All grades will be finalized for all Semester 2 courses at the end of the school year in June.

March 5th Update

Trimester 3 Explores for 7th-8th Grades

This trimester the 7th-8th grades have new Explores options - Explore Coding and Explore Game Design. Foundations of Personal Wellness will continue for the rest of the year. If you have questions about what you signed up for, let me know!

Grades for Trimester 2 Posted (7th-8th Grade)

Report Cards for Trimester 2 have been posted to Skyward Family Access. If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to the teachers.

Pass/Fail Option for Trimester 2 Explores

Since we are unable to support the Explore courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Trimester 2 to select a Pass/Fail option for these courses (Personal Wellness, Art and Music), instead of a traditional letter grade. A form to request this option is available in Skyward through next week (March 12th). Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).

Attendance Auto-Caller

Students receive an unexcused absence if they do not have any activity in either Edgenuity or Canvas during regular school hours (7am-3pm). Families will now start receiving an automated phone call the evening of the unexcused absence, informing them of the absence. This is another way we in the OVLC can help families stay informed of their student's work.


If a student will be absence, families are encouraged to either call their home school attendance line or record the absence in Skyward Family Access. If you have any questions, let Mr. Eichstadt (eichstas@oasd.org) know.

ACT Day is Tuesday, March 9th - Impacting ALL 9th-12th Grade Students

Mr. Curtis recently published on his blog information regarding the ACT test on March 9. Please read the linked letter regarding how OVLC students will be taking the ACT.


Contact Mrs. Anders (andersm@oasd.org) with any questions or concerns about the ACT.


Note about coursework on March 9th:

  • 7th/8th Grades will have a regular schedule on Wednesday, March 9th.
  • 9th-12th Grades will not have any live sessions but are expected to stay on track with any assignments for the week. Contact individual teachers with questions/concerns about a specific course.

Spanish Tutors

The Spanish National Honor Society is offering tutoring to any OVLC Spanish students. If you're interested please contact Mr. Eichstadt (eichstas@oasd.org) or Ms. Chausee (chaussed@oasd.org).

OVLC Spiritwear!

We are excited to offer an OVLC Spiritwear Sale!

The sale includes youth apparel, women's apparel, men's apparel, and unisex apparel.


The sale will be open now until March 21st.


Items are expected to be ready by Friday, April 9th.

In collaboration with our OVLC PTO, we will have an OVLC Spirit week in Mid-April to show our OVLC / OASD Pride!


Here are the details:

  • LINK to ORDER
  • Due to turnaround times, no late orders will be accepted.
  • The last day to order is Sunday, March 21st, 2021.
  • Items are expected to be ready by Friday, April 9th, 2021.
  • Orders will be available for pickup at OHS East Campus.
  • All sales are final. No changes, returns, or exchanges with online apparel orders.

February 17th Update

No School Thursday, February 18th-Friday, February 19th

Reminder: Due to staff Professional Development days, there are not live sessions or new assignments on Thursday and Friday. Students are encouraged to use this time to catch up on late work if needed.

ACT Info - Impacting ALL 9th-12th Grade Students

Mr. Curtis recently published on his blog information regarding the ACT test on March 9. Please read the linked letter regarding how OVLC students will be taking the ACT. Note that all OVLC Juniors are expected to attend a pre-test registration session through Zoom on Tuesday, March 2 at 1pm.


Contact Mrs. Anders (andersm@oasd.org) with any questions or concerns about the ACT.


Note: 7th/8th Grades will have a regular schedule on Wednesday, March 9th.

9th-12th Grades will not have any live sessions but are expected to stay on track with any assignments for the week. Contact individual teachers with questions/concerns about a specific course.

Pass/Fail Option for Trimester 2 Explores

Since we are unable to support the Explore courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Trimester 2 to select a Pass/Fail option for these courses (Personal Wellness, Art and Music), instead of a traditional letter grade. A form to request this option will be made available in Skyward after grades have been posted. Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).

Parent/Teacher Conferences

7th-12th graders in the OVLC do not have specific dates for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Teachers have and will continue to request conferences with parents/guardians on an as-needed basis. If anyone would like to have a conference with their child's teachers, please don't hesitate to reach out, we will be happy to find a time that works for you!

February 5th Update

CURRENT JUNIORS: ACT March 9th

State ACT Testing Date on March 9. Students from OVLC will be testing at East Campus in small groups with social distancing mitigation practices in place. A letter from Mr. Curtis will be going out to all families shortly with more details about the testing schedule and materials to bring on testing day.


Please Note: The ACT test is state required and there is no online option for this test.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

7th-12th graders in the OVLC do not have specific dates for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Teachers have and will continue to request conferences with parents/guardians on an as-needed basis. If anyone would like to have a conference with their child's teachers, please don't hesitate to reach out, we will be happy to find a time that works for you!

OVLC Transition - Third Trimester

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Electives/Explore Grades Updated In Skyward

Reminder: Grades for all Electives/Explore courses are updated in Skyward every couple of weeks. If you want the most updated view of your current Elective/Explore grade, please look for the "Actual Grade" in your Edgenuity account.

Attendance Expecations

Reminder: Attendance in OVLC is taken based upon a student having activity in either Edgenuity or Canvas every school day, during the regular school hours (7am-3pm). If a student does not have activity in one of these learning platforms, they will be marked absent. Students are still welcome to complete their work at another time of the day, but should minimally plan to check in on their work in Edgenuity/Canvas and attend all live sessions.

January 29th Update

MAPS Testing

On Friday February 5th and Monday, February 8th, the 7th-8th graders in OVLC who have not taken the MAPS test at East Campus, will be taking in remotely. Students should plan on being logged into their Chromebooks and at the following dates/times, their device will be switched into testing mode. Let Mr. Eichstadt know if you have any questions concerns about MAPS Testing.


7th-8th Grade Remote MAPS Testing

Friday, February 5th - 8:40-9:45 - Reading Test

Monday, February 8th - 9:55-11:00 - Math Test

9th-12th Grade ACP Launch

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) was launched this past Monday. Students are expected to work through these modules posted in their grade level Canvas course as well as complete assignments as listed in Xello and/or Method Test Prep. This work helps prepare students for taking the ACT Aspire or ACT in high school and ensures they are set up for success as they leave high school after graduation.


Please review the linked slides with additional information.

2021-2022 Course Request

For students planning on returning to OHS, face to face next fall, the grade level course request sheets are linked below. Be sure to use the appropriate form for your grade level next year.

21-22 Request Form - 9th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 10th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 11th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 12th Grade.pdf


Here is the link to the Academic and Career Planning Guide which offers additional information about the courses being offered.

If you need a review of the process, I encourage you to watch this video.


How to enter your course requests: (video coming!)


Starting on January 25, you will be able to enter your course requests in Skyward. The deadline for entering your course requests is Feb. 1.


If you missed the deadline to select OVLC for Fall 2021, please contact Mr. Eichstadt.


If you have any questions, please contact your guidance counselor.

January 22nd Update

ACP (Academic and Career Plan) Launch on Monday!

On Monday, January 25th - all 9th-11th graders are expected to attend a live Zoom session to learn more about how the OVLC will be guiding them through their ACP work this semester. Please plan on joining at the following times:


9th-10th Graders - 8:00am-8:30am

11th Graders - 8:30am-9:00am

2021-2022 Course Request

For students planning on returning to OHS, face to face next fall, the grade level course request sheets are linked below. Be sure to use the appropriate form for your grade level next year.

21-22 Request Form - 9th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 10th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 11th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 12th Grade.pdf


Here is the link to the Academic and Career Planning Guide which offers additional information about the courses being offered.

If you need a review of the process, I encourage you to watch this video.


How to enter your course requests: (video coming!)


Starting on January 25, you will be able to enter your course requests in Skyward. The deadline for entering your course requests is Feb. 1.


If you have any questions, please contact your guidance counselor.

Pass/Fail Option for Semester 1 Electives

Since we are unable to support the elective courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Semester 1 to select a Pass/Fail option for their electives, instead of a traditional letter grade. A form to request this option will be made available in Skyward after grades have been posted. Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).

Edgenuity - Canvas - Skyward Reference Guide

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January 18th Update: Start of 2nd Semester Information - Continuation of 2nd Trimester

January 18th Update

For those new to OVLC:

Welcome to the Oconomowoc Virtual Learning Community!


We are excited to see you join our online community and look forward to getting to know you! As the OVLC Team Leader, I wanted to reach out and introduce myself, and provide some basic logistical details about your transition, and provide my contact information if you have any questions/concerns.


Your first day in OVLC is Wednesday, January 20th. Please plan on attending an initial Orientation listed below in the update. Your orientation time will be based upon your grade level. In this orientation, we will cover the basic structures, expectations, schedules, and learning platforms in OVLC. It will be a great opportunity for students to learn how to structure their day and ask any questions. Parents/Guardians are also welcome to attend, but are not required. Individual conferences can be scheduled if needed to review specific student information.


As you note below, our first week of the semester will be operating on a different schedule so please check for the daily goals. As this is a new semester, all students will be given and walked through their daily schedule in their orientation on Wednesday.


The Elective courses are student-driven and are supported by myself and Mr. Todd Rohrer (rohrert@oad.org). If you have any questions about these courses, don’t hesitate to let either of us know.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!


Sincerely,


Steve Eichstadt

eichstas@oasd.org

262-955-8953

2nd Semester Kickoff

In order to kick off the 2nd Semester successfully and welcome in those new to OVLC, we will have a different schedule for the first week of the semester. Please see the information below to ensure you are attending the necessary live sessions, and completing the expected work.


7th-8th Graders - As the OVLC staff works to launch the new semester for our 9th-12th graders, please plan on completing the asynchronous work as detailed on your Canvas courses' home pages for Wednesday and Thursday. We will return to our normal schedule of live sessions on Friday, January 22nd.

Wednesday, January 20th - Launch Day!

On the first day of the semester, we ask all students to ensure they have a conducive work environment, have access to Canvas and Edgenuity, and are ready to begin their new courses!


NEW to OVLC Students:

Please attend the live session as listed below:

9th Graders - 7:30-8:30 - Zoom Link

10th Graders - 8:45-9:45 - Zoom Link

11th Graders - 10:00-11:00 - Zoom Link

12th Graders - 11:15-12:15 - Zoom Link


RETURNING OVLC Students:

9th-12th Graders - 1:00-2:00 - Zoom Link


7th-8th Graders:

We will not have any live sessions today, so please complete the asynchronous work as detailed on your Canvas courses' homepages.

Thursday, January 21st - Start Electives and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

On the 2nd day of the semester, we will take some time to ensure we are comfortable with our learning platforms and start our electives and college level courses asynchronously. Specific assignments will be posted to Canvas courses (AP courses) or will be available in Edgenuity (Electives and AP courses).


Non-AP Core Courses will kick off on Friday, January 22nd.


Edgenuity Training Sessions: Join the Zoom Room at any of the times listed below:


7:30am

8:00am

10:00am

10:30am


If you need another time to go through Edgenuity, please contact a teacher. Thank you!


7th-8th Graders:

We will not have any live sessions today, so please complete the asynchronous work as detailed on your Canvas courses' homepages.

Friday, January 22nd - Regular Schedule For All of OVLC!

On Friday, we will fully operate a regular schedule of live sessions and supports. Please see the schedule that you received on Wednesday from your teachers.

Pass/Fail Option for Semester 1 Electives

Since we are unable to support the elective courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Semester 1 to select a Pass/Fail option for their electives, instead of a traditional letter grade. A form to request this option will be made available in Skyward after grades have been posted. Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).

2021-2022 School Year Plans


We have started the process of planning for the 2021-22 school year!


If you are planning to be in the OVLC next year, please follow the instructions that were detailed in the communication from John Flannery - Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

OVLC Registration Letter

OVLC Program Planning Guide




For students planning on returning to OHS, face to face next fall, the grade level course request sheets are linked below. Be sure to use the appropriate form for your grade level next year.

21-22 Request Form - 9th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 10th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 11th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 12th Grade.pdf


Here is the link to the Academic and Career Planning Guide which offers additional information about the courses being offered.


If you need a review of the process, I encourage you to watch this video.


Starting on January 25, you will be able to enter your course requests in Skyward. The deadline for entering your course requests is Feb. 1.


If you have any questions, please contact your guidance counselor.

January 8th Update

Final Exams and End of 1st Semester

Final Exams for all core content courses will be conducted next week (January 11-15). Individual teachers will be communicating details for these exams.


The First Semester ends on Friday, January 15th. Please plan on having all assignments submitted by the end of this day to ensure they are counted in your final Semester 1 grade. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your teachers as soon as possible.


Please check Skyward Family Access for an updated view of current grades. If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to the teacher.

Pass/Fail Option for Semester 1 Electives

Since we are unable to support the elective courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Semester 1 to select a Pass/Fail option for their electives, instead of a traditional letter grade. A form to request this option will be made available in Skyward after grades have been posted. Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).

Transitioning to OHS

As previously communicated, families who are interested in transitioning to OHS for Semester 2 have until Friday, January 15th at noon to fill out this form requesting the change. Information concerning the instructional model for OHS at the start of Semester 2 will be released on Wednesday, January 13th. If you have any questions concerning a possible transition, please reach out to your guidance counselor.

2021-2022 School Year Plans


We have started the process of planning for the 2021-22 school year!


If you are planning to be in the OVLC next year, please follow the instructions that were detailed in the communication from John Flannery - Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

OVLC Registration Letter

OVLC Program Planning Guide




For students planning on returning to OHS, face to face next fall, the grade level course request sheets are linked below. Be sure to use the appropriate form for your grade level next year.

21-22 Request Form - 9th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 10th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 11th Grade.pdf

21-22 Request Form - 12th Grade.pdf


Here is the link to the Academic and Career Planning Guide which offers additional information about the courses being offered.


If you need a review of the process, I encourage you to watch this video.


Starting on January 25, you will be able to enter your course requests in Skyward. The deadline for entering your course requests is Feb. 1.


If you have any questions, please contact your guidance counselor.

Happy Holidays!

The OVLC Staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and enjoy the time off from school! We will return to school on January 4th!


Draw a Hippo Challenge from "Share Your Genius!"

December 11 Update

1 Week Until Break!

We have one week left until our break! Make a big push on your work this coming week, so you can enjoy taking two weeks off and come back in January, ready to continue the great work!


Share Your Genius!

OVLC students have the opportunity to participate in a fun activity each week called “Share Your Genius.” These various activities will be posted on Friday and are meant to be a fun change of pace from the normal routine of school work. You can find the challenges on your grade level Canvas course’s discussion board. Last week we asked students to post a “Glamour Shot” of something they dressed up. This week you have a choice! Either a push-up challenge or a Flying Hippo challenge. Upon posting to the discussion board, you will be entered into a contest to win a prize! Let’s see your genius contributions!


Edgenuity/Canvas/Skyward Differences

We use three different learning platforms/systems in the OVLC. At times this can be confusing to know where to go for assignments, grade updates, progress, etc. Below this update you will find a document to help identify the purposes of each of these platforms. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to a teacher.



Slides from Grade Level Meetings

It was great to see so many students last week Friday in our grade level Zooms/meetings! We were able to review our commitments, expectations, and strategies for being a successful online learner. The slides we went through are linked here for your benefit and review.


7th-8th Grade Daily CPR Meetings

Please remember that all 7th-8th graders are expected to attend their daily CPR Zoom meeting with a teacher from either NHI/SLI. If you haven’t been attending regularly, the teachers would love to see you! Let Mr. Eichstadt know if you have any questions or issues attending these live sessions.


Transitioning to OHS for 2nd Semester

For those families considering leaving OVLC and returning to OHS for the Spring Semester, please refer to the letter sent out on Monday and remember to fill out the form requesting to change schools. Let Mr. Eichstadt know if you have any questions.

Parent Resources

Please continue to access our Tech website for parents and students, which can be found at www.oasd.org/techhelp.


In particular, parents may find the following helpful-


How to use the Canvas Website as a Parent (OASD)

How to Use the Canvas Parent App (OASD)

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November 24th Update

Happy Thanksgiving!

The teachers and staff in the OVLC hope you have a wonderful break and a happy Thanksgiving! It has been great getting to know so many students and seeing the supportive families that make online learning a success. We look forward to our continued partnership in preparing your students for success, wherever their next steps lead them. There is no school the rest of this week - Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th.



End of Trimester 1

7th-8th grade students are ending their trimester today! Over the course of the next week, grades will be finalized and posted to Skyward Family Access on Tuesday, December 8th. Please pay attention to email as individual teachers may be communicating important information about the end of the trimester.


During Trimester 1, students had the opportunity to explore a foreign language. This course has now been completed and in Trimester 2, students will be able to explore Music and/or Studio Art. Their “Intermediate Foundations of Personal Wellness” course will continue to run the whole school year.


Since we are unable to support the Explore courses in the same manner as the core courses, students and families will have the option after grades are posted for Trimester 1 to select a Pass/Fail option for their Explores, instead of a traditional letter grade. Look for additional information concerning this next week. Please note: this option will only be available for the Explores, not for the core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, English).



Adjusted Schedule for Friday, December 4th

Next Friday, December 4th, we are operating an alternate schedule with specific grade-level Zoom meetings instead of specific course meetings. Students will get an opportunity to reflect on their start to virtual learning, review strategies for being successful - especially as we enter the busy holiday season, and take part in a community building exercise! Students will still have regular coursework to complete that day, as directed by their teachers.


Schedule for Live Sessions on Friday, December 4th



8:00-8:40 - 7th Grade



8:50-9:30 - 8th Grade



9:40-10:20 - 9th Grade



10:30-11:10 - 10th Grade



11:20-12:00 - 11th Grade



12:30-1:10 - 12th Grade




ZOOM LINK for the Sessions

November 13th Update

Good Online Learning Practices

As we continue to progress in this unusual school year, please keep in mind good practices for online learning.


  • Establish a schedule for your day to ensure work is completed on time
  • Attend any and all Zoom sessions with teachers and reach out if you have questions
  • Complete your work in an environment conducive for reading/learning
  • Take regular breaks from your computer screen to ensure you stay productive
  • Keeping your video on during a Zoom call is helpful for the teacher and other students - we want to see your smiling faces!
  • Don't be afraid to say "Hi!" to your teachers! We love talking with you!




End of 1st Trimester (7th-8th Grade)

For the 7th-8th grade students, we are only 7 school days away from the end of the First Trimester! We encourage all students to make a big push to the Thanksgiving break, and ensure they are caught up in all of their courses. If there are specific questions, please contact the individual teachers for those courses, all other questions please direct to Mr. Eichstadt (eichstas@oasd.org)


A new trimester also means a new Explore course for the 7th-8th graders! Their foreign language course will be completed at this point and either an Art or Music course will be added to their schedule for the Second Trimester. This is in addition to "Personal Wellness" which will continue to run the whole school year. The Third Trimester will be an opportunity for students to explore a STEM course.



Parental/Guardian Access to Courses/Technology

This is a reminder that all parents/guardians can gain access to see more information about their students' work in both Edgenuity or Canvas. Please contact a teacher to gain access to the Family Portal in Edgenuity and follow this link to set-up access to your student's account in Canvas. This is a great way to gain regular updates to help your students stay on pace in their coursework.


GoGuardian is another great way for parents to stay informed about their student's engagement. This letter was sent out previously, and it details information about how parents/guardians can see the website activity of their student.


Attendance Reminders

Please remember that all students are expected to be active daily, during normal school hours (7am-3pm) in either Edgenuity or Canvas. This is how attendance is taken and if a student does not demonstrate activity/engagement during the normal school hours, they will be marked absent.

NHI Musical Info Meeting

We are excited to share that we are hosting our 2021 NHI Musical Revue Meeting over Zoom for more information for families. Any NHI Student or OVLC Student whose home school, is eligible. Wondering about what our musical revue entails - more info is in the doc linked, including the link to our Zoom on Wednesday.


We WILL record our info meeting, and update and link the meeting recording and other docs to this info sheet if you are interested.


If you have any questions, please contact Amy Jappinen, Director, at JappineA@oasd.org or Tracy Garon, Musical Director, at GaronT@oasd.org

OVLC Survey

As we approach the quarter way point of the 2020-2021 school year, we ask all OVLC families to please take a few minutes to complete this survey. This will help us in continuing to develop and improve the learning experience for our students.


Thank you!


https://forms.gle/42sdczCFDBCvDhCt5

October 22nd Update

Friday, October 23rd - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 23rd, is an off day for OASD, including the OVLC. If you are behind pace in any of your classes, this is a great opportunity to take the day to catch up!


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Families are encouraged to set up conferences (on Zoom) with teachers at any point during the trimester/term. There will be no formal conference days, but teachers have availability during the day and in the afternoon-early evening upon request. If your student is struggling or if you have questions and concerns, please reach out to the teacher to set up a Zoom meeting.


High School Term 1 Finals and Report Cards

High School students in OVLC will be taking their cumulative, Term 1 Finals, for their core courses, during a two-week window from October 26-November 6th. Teachers will be communicating the date and structure of their finals in the coming week. While there are finals, students in OVLC will not be receiving Term 1 grades on a report card, due to the structures of the OVLC classes. This is different from those students who are at OHS who do receive a term grade. OVLC students will receive a final semester grade at the end of the Fall Semester in January along with the corresponding credits. If you have any questions/concerns please contact Mr. Eichstadt (eichstas@oasd.org).


Mentorship Program for 7th-9th Grade

This year the 7th and 8th graders in the OVLC will have the opportunity to be partnered with a National Honor Society member from OHS to help encourage good academic habits and positive connections! This opportunity will allow students to form relationships and get mentored by some of the wonderful student leaders in our community! This will be a year long mentorship, with students meeting with their mentors via Zoom/Google Meet 2-3 times per month. If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out this interest form so they can be matched with an NHS Mentor that is right for them!



Electives Progress Report Update in Skyward Family Access

For all 7th-12th grade OVLC students, a progress report was inputted into Skyward, showing student's current Term/Trimester grade for their Elective/Explore courses. If a student is behind pace, this was taken into account in calculating their grade. This grade is not final, and can be improved before the end of the Term or Trimester. Please let Steve Eichstadt (eichstas@oasd.org) know if you have any questions or concerns.


Daily Attendance Reminders

Attendance Reminders

*Brief Presentation Regarding Daily Attendance Reminders for Families

MAP Testing Updates 3rd through 8th Grade OVLC

MAP Testing for 3rd through 8th Grade Students


  • Families will be receiving communication about OVLC MAP testing for 3rd through 8th-grade students soon.

  • We will have two options for how your child(ren) will be able to MAP test - in person or virtually. For validity and technology purposes, we would prefer to have students test in person. However, we recognize families will have different preferences.

  • Please use the following form to indicate how you would prefer your child(ren) to take the MAP test. OVLC MAP Assessment Initial Preference

7-12 OVLC Updates: Week of September 28th

  • Families are encouraged to stay up to date on their child's current grade in their classes. For Core Courses, this can be done by looking in Skyward Family Access which is where the most accurate and current grade is located. For the Electives, parents can view their student's progress report in their Edgenuity updates. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to reach out and ask any of the teachers.

  • In an effort to provide additional support for the Elective courses, students are now able to contact Mr. Todd Rohrer as well as Mr. Eichstadt. Mr. Rohrer will have open office hours as well as meetings by appointment or help via email. As a general reminder, students are able to access the links and times for open office hours through the Canvas Electives homepage.

  • The 7th and 8th graders are on a rotation for Social Studies and Science units. Starting next week, Monday, September 28th, the 7th graders will be switching to Social Studies with Mrs. Rincon-Stegner and the 8th graders will be starting their first Science unit with Mr. Starr. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this rotation.

  • OHS Live Streamed announcements will be switching from 8:35 to 8:55 due to the change in schedule at the high school. We still encourage students to tune in and watch every day, but recognize there may be some days where this interferes with an already scheduled live session. Please attend the live session for your core courses when this conflict occurs, and plan to watch the announcement recording later in the day.

  • High School students should be completing their two College and Career Seminars each week. These can be found under "Modules" in their grade level Canvas courses. If you haven't done all of these modules yet, please find the time to work on these. They will each take roughly 30 minutes to complete and it is a required component for high school students in OVLC. Let Mr. Eichstadt know if you have any questions.

OVLC 7-12 Updates: September 21st

7th through OHS Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences:


  • OVLC Teachers will contact parents if a conference is needed and will coordinate a time.
  • OVLC Parents who desire a conference should contact the teacher. Teachers will continue to utilize flexible time periods to meet with families during the day.
  • Parents should utilize those periods to make sure they are staying connected to their child(ren's) teacher(s)
  • Edgenuity Parent Access: Please contact one of your child's teachers if you are struggling with access to view your child's academic progress through the Edgenuity platform
  • Please take a few minutes to read: "How to be a Successful Student in OVLC"


Have a great week,

7-12 OVLC Staff

OVLC Introduces "Character Strong" to 5th through 8th grade students

Character Strong Introductory Meetings THIS WEEK!!


Zoom Link (Password is 123).

If a student misses their grade-level introductory meeting, they should just join another one later in the week.


OVLC Advisory Kickoff

*If your child is unable to attend this week's introductory session with Mrs. Holzbauer, please reference the above presentation prior to Sept.14th.



Character Strong live sessions will formally begin on Monday, September 14th


5th Grade

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:30-7:55



6th Grade

Wednesday, September 9th, 7:30-7:55




7th Grade

Thursday, September 10th, 7:30-7:55




8th Grade

Friday, September 11th, 7:30-7:55



"Character Strong" is being used by 5th through 8th-grade teachers at NHI and SLI this year. The purpose of this advisory curriculum is to provide students with age-appropriate strategies to improve peer to peer relationships, self-motivation, and individual accountability. OVLC students will be introduced to Character Strong this week by Mrs. Holzbauer, an 8th-grade teacher at NHI and one of the teacher leaders in charge of implementing this new resource in our building. Connecting OVLC students to Character Strong will not only help to support the social/emotional needs of remote learners but will also ensure OVLC students will stay connected to this core learning resource in the event they return to Face to Face instruction second trimester.

7-12 OVLC Week 2 Updates

Hello 7-12 OVLC Families-


It was a great first week getting to see and meet our online classes in the OVLC! We've been able to build a solid foundation with common commitments, expectations of the OVLC, and a weekly schedule focused on the core content courses. This week we will take the final step in launching the school year, by introducing the learning platform Edgenuity and starting students in their various Elective courses!


We will also be launching the OVLC connections to NHI/SLI and OHS this week. These include:


For the 7th-8th graders, they will be participating in Circle of Power and Respect (CPR), and Character Strong Lessons, to support the students in creating connections with teachers and further building on our amazing OASD Community.


  • Students at NHI/SLI are currently receiving these lessons daily and OVLC 7th and 8th graders will be connecting in a live session to an Explore teacher, at their home intermediate school
  • 7th graders will have their initial session on Thursday, September 10th
  • 8th graders will start on Friday, September 11th.
  • This will be the only session for each grade level next week, before it fully starts on Monday, September 14th on a daily basis for all 7th-8th grade students. This fits into their early morning schedule from 7:30-7:55. The links for these Zoom sessions will be posted on their grade level course home pages.



The high school students will start connecting into the seminars OHS face-to-face students will also complete.


  • Seminars are focused on helping to develop students who are College, Career, and Life Ready, as well as ensure a strong school community.
  • Seminars will be posted to their grade level Canvas courses twice per week.



Parents/guardians can help ensure their students are equipped and held accountable in this online environment by setting up a Canvas account as an "observer" of their student. Follow the instructions on this website for more information.


Thank you for your support as we continue to develop a strong online learning community and have a great start to our school year!


-OVLC 7-12 Teachers

Week of September 1st Updates:

Our 4K-12 OVLC Teachers will be working this week to develop the necessary structures and supports for your students to be successful as virtual learners. We respectfully ask for your patience this week as teachers work to ensure all 698 OVLC students K-12 are set-up for success. Our week 1 goals are as follows:


  • Students feel comfortable and confident with daily schedules and expectations
  • Students feel comfortable and confident with accessing core learning resources
  • Students know how to access their teacher(s) for support and live sessions
  • Students have established a productive work station and routine at home to be successful as a virtual learner



We recognize each student (and family) will meet these goals at different times this week. Please continue to be patient as our teachers work through issues with each student and family. Our intention is to be ready to begin delivering academic lessons and/or assignments at the beginning of next week.


Thanks for your partnership as we launch the OVLC this week.

OVLC Staff

Student Placement Questions

The OASD administration has developed the following transition points for students to return to their in-Person/Face to Face schools or transition from in-Person/Face to Face to the OVLC. In order to maintain appropriate, consistent staffing for both models, we can't move students at any other time during the year. Please refer to the following dates if you desire to move your student to a different model:



OHS

Transition between Face-to-Face and Oconomowoc Virtual Learning Community

Second Trimester Transition


  • Notify Diane Silkey (Silkeyd@oasd.org) no later than January 5, 2021
  • Students would begin their new placement on January 19, 2021





Elementary Schools and Intermediate Schools

Transition between Face-to-Face and Oconomowoc Virtual Learning Community



Second Trimester Transition


  • Notify Diane Silkey (Silkeyd@oasd.org) no later than Friday, November 13, 2020
  • Students would begin their new placement on November 30, 2020





Third Trimester Transition


  • Notify Diane Silkey (Silkeyd@oasd.org) no later than Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Students would begin their new placement on March 1, 2021

Who to Contact for OVLC Support

7-12th Grade General Questions:

Steve Eichstadt (Eichstadts@oasd.org)


General OVLC Questions

Michele Koper (Koperm@oasd.org)


Questions Related to Transitioning to OVLC or to In-Person Learning:

John Flannery (Flannerj@oasd.org)


Attendance or Questions Related to Class Schedules:

7-12: Steve Eichstadt (Eichstas@oasd.org)


General Technology and Access Questions:

HelpDesk@oasd.org 262-560-2126

Family Resources

OVLC Introductory Video: 2020-2021 School Year


OVLC Program Planning Guide: 2020-2021


*Please see the attachments below. These were communications sent by staff during the orientation meetings in August.

Meet the Teachers

7th through 12th Grade: (click link for video intros)

  • Mr. Eichstadt: Specials and OVLC Team Leader
  • Mrs. Donovan: English Language Arts
  • Mrs. Hopkins: Math
  • Mrs. Rincon-Stegner: Social Studies
  • Mr. Starr: Science
  • Mr. Rohrer: Electives


7-12 Learning Strategists: Mrs. Sobol and Mrs. Busalacchi