OVS Weekly Update

October 14, 2016, Vol. 3

Mark your Calendars!!!

Learning Portfolio Content Due

  • Wednesday, October 19th- Please provide lesson and unit assessments from all core courses via OneNote Portfolio, email, or hand in to teacher

Monday Class Connect Sessions

  • 9:00am-Mr. Dowling
  • 9:30am-Mr Gamble
  • 10am-Mr. Jamshidi
  • 10:30am-Ms. Rogers

Learning Coach Online Office Hours

  • Monday, October 17th @ 11am -- Topic: Learning Coach Best Practices and Q&A with former LC (will be recorded)

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Tuesday, October 18 from 1:30-4pm @ DoSpace
  • Wednesday, October 19 from 4:30-6:30PM @ DoSpace
  • Thursday, October 20 from 1:30-4pm @ DoSpace

Conferences with Mr. Gamble are first come, first serve. Please come prepared with questions!

K-5 Portfolio Assessments

Attention K-5 Learning Coaches

Lesson Assessments/Checkpoints

Thank you for submitting lesson assessments/checkpoints for two of your classes to your teachers last week. Please submit one lesson checkpoint/assessment for the remainder of your student's core classes by Weds., Oct. 19th.

Unit Assessments/Checkpoints

Additionally, we will need a unit assessment/checkpoint by Weds., October 19th for all courses.

Options for Submission

-Upload to your student's OneNote Class Notebook Portfolio section

-Take a picture with your phone and email it to your teacher

-Scan it and upload it to OneNote Notebook or email it to your teacher

We are working to make this a more seamless process for LC's in the future. Thank you for your help with this as we work on how assessments, grading, and report cards will work for our school.

Scholastic Book Order

You can browse and order books online at scholastic.com/readingclub, where you will find a wide selection of quality books that are just right for your child's reading level and interests. If you prefer not to order online, you can pick up a paper form at DoSpace and return with a check made out to "Scholastic Reading Club." All orders due October 21st!

Our school will use our Scholastic points to start building up our classroom libraries.

First time ordering online?

  • Go to scholastic.com/readingclub
  • Enter our one-time Class Activation Code: KQTWN
  • (All OVS students will order under Ms. Roger's class)
  • Create an account
  • Shop and submit your child's book order
  • Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom

Learning Coach Lounge @ DoSpace

We would like to have a Learning Coach Lounge at DoSpace. This station will have student laptops setup for LC's to login to K12 to print, plan, and prepare for student learning. This will also be a place to collaborate with and support each other. Wendy and Beth will visit the lounge regularly. This will be in the public space on the 2nd floor, so keep an eye out for it! We are open to suggestions on how to make this even better.

After watching the video, take some time to talk with your student about neurons and challenges that may arise in learning and life:

  • What are neurons and how do we make connections between our neurons?
  • Think of an example where you made some new connections in your brain. What were you doing?
  • What can you do this week to make some new connections? Set one specific goal for the week of one thing you would like to accomplish.

Tech Tip Corner

Learning Coach Office Hours Recording

Click the link below to watch the recording from this week's office hours where LC's learned about OPS grading practices and how to upload assessments to OneNote Notebook Portfolios.

Classroom Happenings

Ms. Rogers' Class

Week in Review


  • continued to identify characteristics of the seasons using their 5 senses.
  • practice writing numbers 1-20
  • focus on keeping their fingers on the home row while working in EduTyping.

Looking Ahead

Students will:

  • write a story about fall using Storybird.
  • identify numbers using a ten frame and ways to make 10.
  • practice identifying letters and reading sight words.


Mr. Dowling's Class

Week in Review


  • Learned the importance of standard units of measure.

  • Were introduced to perimeter.

  • Continued working through the EduTyping program.

  • Continued coding in Course 2 on Code.org.

Looking Ahead

Students will:

  • Continue working with perimeter inside Minecraft.

  • Practice typing using the home row keys in EduTyping.

  • Reinforce measurement skills.


  • We watched this quick video on Perimeter. Feel free to watch it as a review.

Mr. Jamshidi's Class

Week in Review


  • Expanded their knowledge of area with multiplication.

  • Found the perimeter of multiple figures.

  • Showed their understanding of area and perimeter within Minecraft.

  • Used manipulates to illustrate the perimeter of several measurements.

Looking Ahead

Students will:

  • Be assessed on area and perimeter we've covered in class.

  • Begin classifying the different states of matter - solids, liquids, and gases.

  • Use real-life examples of what constitutes a solid, liquid, and gas.


Mr. Gamble's Class

Week in Review:

This week we worked on descriptive analysis. Within each program, students had the following targets (objectives):

  • I can continue to work on my proficiency with the home row keys in Edutyping.
  • Upon completion of my settlement, I can descriptively write about it using grade-level appropriate vocabulary so readers may visualize it.
  • Using an interactive word web, I can show high-level understanding of what a settlement is.

Looking Ahead:

The class will work on comparing and contrasting. Their targets will be:

  • I can collaborate and begin creation of an authentic settlement in Minecraft.
  • After comparing two different types of maps, I can identify similarities and differences between the two.
  • While examining various rock and mineral samples, I can notice how they are alike and different based on geology tests.



  • Language Arts families: we have removed a unit within each course that duplicated skills from other units. This should help streamline the lessons and allow for better completion as we focus on content, assessments, and mastery.
  • History families: it has been verified that both History courses are year-long. Percentages of completions have been adjusted to show this. We apologize for any confusion and frustration.
  • All courses: after discussion, we have suspended the use of Portfolios and Discussion Posts until further notice so we may properly instruct students on the usage of these tools.

Mission Statement

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