OVS High School Weekly Update

February 22 2019 Volume 98

Mark Your Calendars!


Last day to turn in 3rd quarter work for 3rd quarter report cards.

  • Thursday, February 28th


March 4-8th Parent teacher conferences week

  • Monday, March 4th -- NO ONLINE LESSONS
  • Wednesday, March 6th --Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4:30 to 8pm @ 60 & L
  • Thursday, March 7th--NO ISL
  • Thursday, March 7th--Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 to 8pm @ MCC
  • Friday, March 8th – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS-No Online lessons

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!

High School Hangout


Where: Spielbound 33rd and Harney

*When: March 8th 1pm-3pm (No School!)

Cost: $5.00 for day pass (you can bring extra money for snacks if you would like)

What: Come play games with other OVS High School Students!

Spielbound website: http://spielbound.com/

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!

OVS Synergy Updates

Upcoming OVS Family Events Sponsored by OVS SYNERGY

2/22- Parents night out 5-8pm at 60 & L—Cancelled due to weather

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:

  • The Next Parents Night Out was cancelled tonight, due to forecasted weather. Stay tuned if we re-schedule.

  • 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.


Upcoming Sophomore/Junior Opportunity

Classroom happenings

Mrs. Mendoza's Updates

English 9: Unit 2 The Power of Language: We focus on rhetoric and informational works!

English 10: Unit 3 Cry the Beloved Country: Literature and themes at its finest!

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

Online Lessons:

Monday: No Lessons (President's Day)

Wednesday: 9:15-10:15am - English 10

11:30 - 12:15pm - English 9

Friday: 10:15-11:15am - 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

I have had 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: https://www.allmetrodrivingschool.com

Looking Ahead

Encourage your students to read their content and follow assignment rubrics closely. We have a lot of students attempting to complete assignments without reading content, or instructions

No online lessons Monday and no Computer Fundamental online lesson Friday.

Please do not forget about the Computer Fundamentals class. The computer class is a required, credit bearing class and many of our students are far behind.

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

Physical Science: Students should be working on making an atomic model.

Biology: Students should be working within Unit 3, Survey of Living Things.

Honors Biology: Some students need to revise their Honors Project game for Unit 2. Lesson numbers and sources were left off.

Earth Science: Students should be working in Unit 3, Cycles on Earth.

Astronomy: Students should be working in Unit 4. At this point in time many are behind.

Physical Education: Students should have completed Unit 7 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 present their atomic model.

Biology: Students will come to the learning center ready to troubleshoot any assignments necessary.

Honors Biology: Students should be developing questions for their Honors Project game for Unit 3.

Earth Science: Students will come to the learning center ready to troubleshoot any assignments necessary. Our third "dedicated" F2F session will be Friday March 29th.

Astronomy: Students will come to the learning center ready to troubleshoot any assignments necessary. Our third "dedicated" F2F session will be Friday March 29th.

Physical Education: Students will start Unit 8. 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 next and last session will be Friday May 10th
  • Astronomy: 2nd Monday of the month 11:30-12:30 our next and last session will be Friday May 10th

Mr. Gamble's Updates

Week in Review:

A lot of work has been accomplished this past week, despite our days off with holiday and snow. Thank you to all who worked hard to keep pace and reach out with questions.

Looking Ahead:
We want to continue riding the momentum we have gained due to the hard work the learners are putting forth in their coursework. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available during PIT on Wednesday (60th & L) 1-3, Friday (online) 10-11, as well as the normal required online sessions.

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

February 22. 2019

Snow continues to blanket the city and state. Stay warm and keep up with your studies .

Students visited the EducationQuest.org site . An interesting activity was the 'Reality Check' where students selected the lifestyle and budget they preferred. The next step was to discover if the career they might choose would provide enough income .

Parents and guardians are welcome to visit the site.

E + P = O

The E stands for events in your life. The P stands for perception and the O stands for outcome. Remember , we can not control all the events in our life , but we can control how we perceive them and our perception and response to the events determine our outcome."

---Jon Gordon "The Energy Bus"

February 15,2019

Students worked with Mrs. Nommenson regarding their PreACT results. Scores are good indicators on how students will perform on the ACT. Keep studying , reading and working those tough math problems !

Students brainstormed ideas for a community service project. A car wash, cookie sale, snow shoveling and April yard clean-up for the elderly were a few ideas.

"Do not be afraid to live, to run after dreams. Be afraid to stand still. "

---- Ania Garibaldi

February 8, 2019

Did you check what happened on Ground Hog Day ?

Did your favorite team win ?

Are you current with the pacing guide ?

Some short questions , relevant or trivial , may get you going.

During advisement, I always ask the students, " How were you creative this past week, what did you accomplish ?" I want them to plan ahead, to review , to adjust what they are doing.

We will use Naviance to work on portfolios.


"Your TALENT determines what you can do. Your MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

February 1,2019

Yeah ! Naviance works for our students !

Each student had the opportunity to navigate the nuances of Naviance. This program will be available for the rest of their high school years.

Career exploration , job searching , college choices , resume writing are just a few of the tasks that students will complete.

Today we took a look at 'Road trip nation ' , a short interview with someone in a profession. The task for next week is to look at two more interviews. The students have over 5,000 videos to select from for a quick look at an occupation.

Ask your student to show you one. Maybe they could even find your profession !

" Intelligence plus character--- that is the goal of true education. "

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

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.

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.


Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset