OVS High School Weekly Update

December 14, 2018 Volume 89

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming events:


PE class @ Western Hills on Monday!!! See you @ 8:30am!


-Online lesson Schedule has been modified for December.

Every Monday and Friday, Teachers are available online during the below times.

  • Mr. Brannan--- 9am-10am
  • Mr. Gamble--10am-11am
  • Mrs. Mendoza --11am-noon
  • Mrs. Diaz for Mrs. Ignowski--1pm-2pm

These sessions are required for learners who are behind and/or failing a course. Optional for those who are on pace and passing.


-Thursday, Dec. 20th @ midnight

  • Last day to turn in Semester 1 work


-Friday, Dec. 21st-- NO ONLINE LESSONS


-January 7, 2019

  • Students have access to 2nd semester courses.


-Thursday, January 17th 5:30-7:30
  • STEAM Fair at 60 & L


Learner volunteer opportunities (more info later in newsletter):


Saturday, December 15th 2-4pm

  • Gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble-Crossroads
  • Optional meet-up in the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble from 4-4:30pm

MCC and OPS Safety Protocol


This week, we had an MCC police officer train our learners and staff on what to do in the event of an active intruder. This training can be applied to any and all public places they frequent. Sadly, this knowledge and awareness is a life skill that we feel a responsibility to teach our learners.


Additionally, Omaha Public Schools has adopted the Standard Response Protocol for safety. You should have received an email from me that outlines these measures. Please review these with your learners. Standard Response Protocol (see image below) is widely adopted amongst the districts in the state in the hopes that it does become a standard language and protocol to ensure safety. Additionally, here is a resource that the state recommends as an educational resource for us all https://iloveuguys.org/.


As always, please let Dr. L know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Computer Science Week

The first week of December was computer science week. For this celebration, Microsoft hosted various Skype events in which they interviewed professionals in the computer science field.


These events were not during our class times, so we were unable to participate, However,. learners and families can watch the recordings at home!


Some of the topics are:


  • Gaming: Behind the Scenes with Minecraft
  • Digital Storytelling: How Technology Brought the Harry Potter Kindle Book to Life
  • Animation: How Computer Science Powers Movies


Click the below button to access the recordings.

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High School volunteer opportunities


OVS MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR JUDGING


Mrs. Felten, the middle school science teacher, is looking for volunteers (students and adults) to support our STEAM fair on Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-7:30.

Click HERE to sign-up and learn more about this event.

OVS Synergy Updates


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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/269153923721409/?source=unknown

Classroom happenings

English Updates

THIS IS YOUR LAST WEEK!! If you have questions and need help, I am here to help!


Upcoming: Final tests will be administered in your Tuesday/Thursday F2F time!

English 9 is working on the final unit of the semester: Medium and Message!
English 10 is finishing up the short novel "Night"!

Creative Writing is developing a multimedia presentation project!

Journalism is putting all the knowledge together for a final journalism project!


Online ISL

Monday: 11am-12pm

Mr. Brannan's Updates

Week in Review:

Our 12th place team did really well but ended up finishing 45th. I think the students had fun and learned a lot about how stocks function.


*When reviewing your students grades please make sure to check their missing assignments and low assignment grade. Your student may be showing a 'C' even thought they are have many zeroes for assignment scores. You may do this by clicking on "Grades" at the top of the K12 page


Looking Ahead:

History: Students are working on a Unit about WWII. They have an RSP to complete for this era due before break.


Economics: Students should be working on Unit 7.


Online lessons The schedule for my online lessons changed. I plan on using this time to help students where they need it or give them a chance to complete work.

I will be available from 9-10am on Monday's and Friday's

Mrs. Ignowski's Updates

Week in Review

Students were to asked to focus on finishing their remaining assignments within K12.

Looking Ahead

Physical Science: Students will have until December 20th at MIDNIGHT to submit all work. We will use time at the learning center to focus on this again.

Weekly Online Lessons

Online lessons have already begun. The schedule for my regular online lessons is below.

  • Science: Monday 1:00-2:00

Mr. Gamble's Updates

Week in Review:
The semester is going quick! We are looking at about 2 weeks left for learners to complete all lessons and submit all required work. December 20th at midnight will be the final day to submit work as the courses will be removed from the learner’s dashboard that night.


Looking Ahead:
Should your learner have a question or struggle, please encourage them to reach out to us. If they are reserved, then please email the appropriate teacher and we will make note of that need and address it. We are a team and encourage all parties (facilitator, coach, and learner) to communicate.


Regular PIT Stop continues Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 at the K-8 building on 60th & L. High school learners are welcome to attend to get help from me there, in person.


Resources:
There are countless resources on the internet for math. Throughout the year I will post some here that could assist your learner or yourself. Learning coaches can use these to check the work of a learner or preview topics.


This month’s resource can be effective for all courses. Geogebra provides a free graphing calculator and many other tools that are helpful for verifying or graphing equations, expressions, and inequalities as well as drawing geometric shapes and finding their properties. It can be used to show graphs if equations in assignments or to check the work of a learner.


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Weekly Online Math Lessons:
Online lessons have been suspended for the month of December. In return I am offering online PIT stop from 10:00 - 11:00 every Monday and Friday for the month. This is to offer students time for focused instruction on a topic they need. Encourage your learner to join me online during this time to get help and step toward mastery of their course.

Mr. Koneck-Wilcox's Updates

December 11


Officer Bell and Officer Brady shared their experiences with the students regarding active killer training. The students learned about ALICE and the protocol for Omaha Public Schools in the case of intruders in a building.


Before the officers left , the students were able to show what they had learned. They blocked the doorway , picked up items to throw and found a safe spot in the classroom.


The officers were impressed with our young people !


Get all your work completed , for the semester ends next week !

Sophomores , check with your parents regarding HGD for second semester .


Every week I ask the students what did they create in the last seven days . As we near the end of the semester I leave you with this quote from The Energy Bus authored by Jon Gordon :

" You can take the wheel and choose to create your life, one thought, one belief, one action , one choice at a time."


December 4th


Sophomores completed the Pre-ACT this week! Mr. K-W was out on Thursday and will be back next week to engage with learners during advisement.


November 27 and 29


Sophomores jumped right into the answer folder for the PREACT. They completed the interest inventory and all the basic bubbles. Now they are ready for the four section test on Tuesday, December 4th !


Remind the students to get a good night's rest and eat breakfast before they test.


The ninth graders reviewed test taking skills and learned the PQRST study method. Ask your student about this.


Encourage everyone to work hard each day, show up prepared to learn , respect others and themselves, do your best !


" How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

----Anne Frank



November 20


The Metro Community College Tour gave students a good vision of the future, a chance to see post secondary life up close !


We will be back next week working on more skills for test preparation. The PRECAT will be Tuesday , December 4th.


" Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. "

----Henry van Dyke

American Educator





November 13 and 15


We began the test preparation section this week. Students identified study strategies that they might use . Visualization , first-letter mnemonics, analogies , chunking of information, highlighting main ideas, were all discussed as useful tools.


Ideally , one will be most prepared for tests and remember to stay calm , not letting stress and anxiety overcome our thoughts.


Next week will be the Metro Community College Tour at Fort Omaha.

Parents are to sign the permission slips .


OVS High School

College Tour

Metro Community College

Tuesday, November 20,2018

Walking Tour on Fort Omaha Campus


9:15---11:00am


I give permission for________________________________ to attend the tour.


__________________________________________ __________________

Parent signature Date




The test prep sessions will continue November 27th and 29th.


The PREACT will be given on Tuesday , December 4th. The make-up date will be Thursday December 6th.


"The secret to happiness is being grateful for what you have , not what you don't have or what you've lost. "

-----Muniba Mazari




November 6 and 8


One step in the third mindset, 'We are all connected', asks us to seek ways to serve others. The folks who have chosen career paths in the rescue, fire , police and military domains give examples of serving others.

The students this week will write letters of thanks as part of Operation Gratitude. Our collected letters , some typed some hand written , will join nearly 250,000 being distributed in care packages. Ask your student to whom and what they wrote about.


Parents and students sometimes feel a need to visit regarding issues at home, school, work. The Community Counseling Program offers an option for families at school sites or neighborhood locations. Students were all given the lists and phone numbers. Mr. Victor Sherman directs the program, and may be reached at 402-354-8005.


www.OperationGratitude.com


www.BestCare.org/CCP

October 30 and November 1


The 7 Mindsets--- an awesome path to follow through our lives.


During advisement we reviewed the first two, 'Everything is possible' and 'Passion first'.

The third one , 'We are all connected', allows us to see the wide array of ways we are touched by others throughout our lives, whether in person or digitally. We may even ask ourselves , 'how may I better serve others ?'


The students took a character strengths inventory and shared their perspectives.


Next week we will participate in Operation Gratitude.


" Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay."

----Michael Josephson



October 24,2018


Advisement this week included awards for attendance and growth mindset.


Our EQ, essential question , was " What helps us to remember new information ?"


Ask your student to share the three parts of our memory experiment. We had 63 words to recall and write down . What total did they get ?


Mnemonic devices help many folks . Some of us are better auditory than visual and even some truly excel in kinesthetic learning. Share with your student what your best might be.


School-Connect module 3: Building Academic Strengths and Purpose


" How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. "

----Anne Frank

October 16,2018


During advisement , the students discussed the issue of bullying. Ways to prevent it and methods of responding were part of our dialogue.

Ask your student to describe the three parts of a bullying scenario.


Some informational reading could be found at 'Steps to Respect, Committee for Children ' and www.respect2all.org.


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

-------Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Vision

Future ready, today.

Core Values

Growth mindset

Positivity

Collaboration

Integrity

Self-advocacy

Accountability