Oak Ridge High School

Wildcat iNews for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 05/20/2019 #96

PARENT & Student Instructions for Blankenship Field Graduation

We are adding a new tradition to graduation this year! At the end of the ceremony the graduates will recess up the 72 steps to the upper concession area to meet and greet with family and friends. Please keep the steps clear to allow the graduates to get to the top. Oak Ridge High School is very excited about the new turf on Blankenship Field. We are proud to unveil it to the community at Graduation. However, with this amazing upgrade comes a few new requirements in order to keep the field in pristine condition.


Ladies - No High Heels will not be allowed on the turf (wedges or sandals are fine)

NO CIGARS can be lit on the field


Expectations for Dress at Graduation:


*Students will not be allowed to wear decorated mortar boards. Both men and women must wear dress shoes (Women & Men: no flip-flops or tennis shoes; men: no sandals). Men must wear a button down shirt (tie is optional) and long pants (no jeans). Tassels should hang on students’ right to begin the ceremony). Only school sanctioned cords or sashes may be worn.

SENIOR LAPTOP COLLECTION IS WEDNESDAY!

Seniors will turn in their laptops on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on when the student's final exams are completed. If students owe charges for lost items or damages, the student will receive a letter with pictures at the time of turn in. All charges must be cleared by Wednesday, May 29th, at 4:00 pm to participate in graduation activities. A picture with charges is below.

UNDERCLASSMEN LAPTOP COLLECTION IS DURING FINAL EXAMS!

Parents, we will be collecting laptops during Final Exams for underclassmen. Students MUST turn in their ORHS badge at that time. Please make sure students have their laptop, case, charging cable and stylus. Below is the price structure for lost/damaged items.
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RENTED CALCULATOR COLLECTION!

ORHS Calculators that have been rented for this year will be collected on the following dates during your Math class: Seniors, Monday May 20th , All others on Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, 29th.

Calculators should be returned in clean, working condition. Students who have lost or broken calculators will be charged $125.00.

NOTE: If it's YELLOW - It belongs to ORHS!

PARENT DEADLINE FOR ONLINE FORMS FOR 2019-20 IS JUNE 4TH

Parents, it is time to complete the Technology User Agreement for the 2019-2020 school year. These forms will be available until JUNE 4th! The electronic form is located in the Family Skyward account - NOT THE STUDENT account. There are three items which need to be checked and the date added to complete. A step-by-step instructional is below. Should you have problems, please contact Nancy Witick nwitick@ortn.edu or Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu for assistance.


Update: 299 of 1097 students have a signed form.


Rising Sophomores: 25.3% complete

Rising Juniors: 27.4% complete

Rising Seniors: 28.9% complete:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPeVB98HWeM&feature=youtu.be

SUMMER SCHOOL DATES

Please mark your calendars for June 10th - July 10th for Summer School if your student will need to attend to recover credits! The cost of this program is $140 per course. If your family qualifies for a fee waiver, there is no charge. Students must earn a grade of 50% or above in order to participate. Please keep in mind, rising sophomores and juniors who are "off grade level" and do not attend summer credit recover will not have open campus lunch privileges.

YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION DAY!

We want to thank Ms. Becky Byrd and her staff for an incredible 2018-19 Oak Log! Yearbooks were distributed on Friday afternoon. There are 15 copies remaining. The price is $85.00 cash. If your student still wants a book, send them to Ms. Byrd's room! They will sell out by Monday or Tuesday!
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Lost Wedding Ring!

This Spring a men's wedding ring was found in the Amphitheater. It has gone unclaimed by staff members so we are hoping a parent can claim it. Please contact Mrs. Thompson at 425-9604 or sathompson@ortn.edu if you have lost a ring.

SENIOR PICTURES - CLASS OF 2020

Save the date! Senior pictures for the Class of 2020 will be Friday, July 26th. Seniors will take pictures and pick up their laptops for the 2019-2020 school year!

PARENTS OF RISING SENIORS - THE CLASS OF 2020

As promised! Below is a printable PDF of everything you ever wanted to know about the memorable year ahead of your rising senior! Breath and take it a day at a time!

GETTING A DRIVING PERMIT THIS SUMMER???

Students planning on getting a permit over the summer are required to have a SF10-10 Form from school stating that they are in compliance with the Tennessee Laws. Please come to the Attendance office and fill out the request to receive this form and it will be good all summer.


Stay Safe - review the Teen Graduated License Expectations for TN

https://tntrafficsafety.org/teens

THE DRIVING CENTER

The Driving Center is again offering Driver Education Classes during summer break. Two classes the first starts June 5th and the second June 24th. Please visit our website for further information. www.thedrivingcenter.org.

The Incredible Artists of ORHS! 2018-2019

https://youtu.be/qrXB5RhhG5M

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica!

Please congratulate the following students who were inducted into La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica on Tuesday, May 14, 2019:

Brenna Allred, Gonzalo Ayala-Torres, Lynley Baldwin, Olivia Beu, Leonardo Bocanegra, Andrew Brady, Aamariah Crow, Taylor Del Toro, Jayden Ellis, Olivia Fouche, Addison Groff, Marlene Guzman-Rodriguez, Sarah Hammons, Abigail Hausladen, Megan Henley, Adam Herron, Elizabeth Hull,

Kevin Li, Devin Loflin, Madelyn Kittrell, Sophia Krusen, Evan McFarland, Jocelyn Mercado, Anna Moran, Ainsley Patrick, Jennilyn Pont Briant,

Logan Roeling, Lucy Sabine, Agustin Salas-Vaca, Cameille Schubert, Julia Steed, Chrynea Thompson, Alyssa Tittsworth, Connor Tobler, Brigitte Turner, Mily Vidal, Isabelle Wang, Scarlett Warrington, Maya Wilson, and Lindsey Young.

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SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

Congratulations to Alexander Greenhalgh, Sophia Hitson and Steven Qu for being awarded the Ned McWherter scholarship for 2019.

The state received 1800 applications and selected 180 winners from across the state.

Students were eligible to apply if they had a 3.5 unweighted GPA and a minimum 29+ ACT composite (or SAT equivalent).

Students apply for this scholarship in their senior year through their TSAC Student Portal account.

YOU ARE INVITED -- MATH THESIS OPEN HOUSE!

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GO TO FREDDY'S ON TUESDAY!!!

FUNDRAISER AT FREDDY’S

347 S Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

TUESDAY, MAY 21ST 5-10pm

Come to support the ORHS Choral Boosters!

This will benefit all the choral groups at the high school,

for purchase of music, trips, and wardrobe.

Please mention you want to donate to the Choral Boosters when ordering,

we will receive 10% of all orders that evening!! Thank you!

NJROTC BANQUET AND AWARDS CEREMONY

ALL parents and cadets are invited to the annual NJROTC awards night on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. It will start at 7 p.m. in the ORHS Food Court. We will be serving dinner at 6 p.m. with awards to follow.

TRAVEL TO 5 COUNTRIES IN JUNE 2020!

Students have the opportunity to travel to Italy, the Vatican, Monaco, France and Spain in June of 2020. A $300 discount is currently available if students enroll by the end of June. Travelers who enroll with a deposit of $99 dollars and use the EZpay Monthly Automated Plan will find that their monthly payments are about half as much as they would be if they wait until the fall to enroll (and students could get a summer job to help pay for the cost). Additionally, 3 college credits from the University of California at San Diego are included in the cost of the trip for those students who wish to participate in the coursework. To enroll, go to: www.educationaltravel.com/Bailey-2020. Contact Madame Bailey (lbailey@ortn.edu), Señor Gonzalez (jgonzalez@ortn.edu), Mr. Pickering (apickering@ortn.edu) or MS Toler (dvtoler@ortn.edu) if you have questions.

¡Vamos a COSTA RICA! Information Meeting on May 7th!

The Spanish Department is traveling to Costa Rica in the Spring of 2020 and still has spots open for student travelers! It will be an 8 day trip around the country where you will be able to experience horse-back riding around Lago Arenal, zip-lining in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, as well as many opportunities to use Spanish, interact with locals and see lots of wildlife! It will be an unforgettable experience with tasty food and lifelong friendship that you don’t want to miss! For more information come to our interest meeting on Tuesday, May 7 @ 3:15pm in CS 312, Sra. Mas-Effler’s room. Refreshments will be served! Watch the promotional video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLsoD4tD-Nw&feature=youtu.be

FLEA MARKET SIGNUPS!

Student Council’s Flea Market starts March 2 and runs through the end of October. The flea market is held in the parking lot on the turnpike side. It is every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm. The items to sale set up fee are $5.00 each month for tax registration and $12.00 for three parking spaces. Proceeds support Student Council and clubs. Contact Connie Rhinehart at 425-9604 for additional information.

WILDCAT ATHLETICS THIS WEEK!

ALL SPORTS - TRYOUT INFORMATION FOR 2019-20

The PDF file below has the sport tryout information for all sports - all seasons. If your student is interested in trying out, please note the important summer dates!

BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON

Do you have a son who has thought about trying out for baseball for next year??? Baseball tryouts will be held June 4th & 5th 4:00- 6:00 (This is a change!) at the baseball complex. If you have questions, contact Coach Travis Free at tafree@ortn.edu

GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS!

Tuesday, June 4 – Freshman - B-Gym 3:00-4:30

Varsity – Arena 4:30-6:30

Wednesday, June 5 – Freshman – B-Gym – 3:00-4:30

Varsity – Arena 4:30-6:30

FIVE DANCE CATS HAVE NEW COLLEGIATE HOMES!

I am proud to share that we had 5 Dance Cats tryout for college teams this year and all 5 made it. Please congratulate these ladies.


ETSU- Emily Huffman

Memphis- Rylee Anderson

Memphis- Natalie Connely

Memphis- Ally Spraker

Memphis- Olivia Wereszczak


It cannot be expressed enough how much of an accomplishment it is to have a dancer make the University of Memphis Pom Squad. The Memphis Pom Squad is ranked 2nd in the nation of all college dance team programs. They have earned 14 National Titles and have placed 2nd for the last two years. To have one dancer from a team make this squad is hard, but to have 4 make it is incredible. We now have 7 ORHS graduates on the Memphis Pom Squad.

SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS!

SENIOR PARENTS - HELP US!

PARENTS - Please ask your Senior to make sure they know the row number and seat number for Graduation by Friday, May 24. These lists are posted in the Food Court, Wildcat Arena Area, and Guidance Area. Any Questions? Contact Dr. Vaughan

GRADUATION SUPPLIES information

Seniors: do you have your cap, gown, and tassel? If you borrowed a cap & gown, did you remember to purchase the "19" tassel? If you need anything in order to be prepared to walk the stage May 30, please see Mrs. Ledden immediately in CS347. Tassels are $10. Also, extra announcements are available for $1.25 each. Please bring correct cash.

SENIORS - ALL FEES MUST BE PAID

ORHS 2019 graduating class, please remember to pay your food service bill in full also if you have a credit on your account please feel free to purchase items or you can request a refund. Any penalties for lost books, equipment, athletic equipment, computer damages, etc. must be paid IN FULL to participate in graduation exercises.

SENIOR MOVIE NIGHT!

The annual Senior Movie Night will be Thursday evening, May 23rd on the soccer field. students will enjoy The Incredibles. Snacks and drinks will be provided and everything is free for students. Start time is after the band concert – and when it is dark enough to see it – somewhere around 9pm.

HELP US, PLEASE!

Please remind your seniors to request their final transcript and to complete the senior exit survey that was linked to the student Skyward account by their counselor. If you have any questions, see Ms. Wendt in the counselors office. Final transcripts will be sent out mid-June once all grades are in Skyward.

PARENTS OF SENIORS!!!

Parents of ORHS Seniors - Registration for volunteers and for students is open for Graduation Celebration! Use the link below to sign-up to help or to sign-up your graduate. Consider getting involved now to help raise money or to help plan the event. Feel free to ask questions on this post too. Thanks!

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/oak-ridge-youth-advisory-board…

GRADUATION CELEBRATION!

Parents, Graduation Celebration has lots of activities for your graduate to have a exciting, fun, memorable final experience with their classmates. One game that is ALWAYS a huge "hit" is the baby game! Parents need to scan a picture to Matt Reedy with the child's name. The flyer below has LOTS of information for parents regarding the entire evening - not just this game. Please print it out and absorb all of the information!

SCUBA DIVING, ANYONE???

SENIORS attending Graduation Celebration are required to have the following paperwork if they plan to participate in the scuba diving activity. Please download the PDF file below!

GRADUATION CELEBRATION - PERMISSION!

Parents of Seniors! Everyone attending Graduation Celebration must have a permission form! Please take care of this early!! Below is a PDF form for Graduation Celebration or permission can be completed online! https://www.graduationcelebration.org/
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LINDEN LION ALUMNI!

If you were a Linden Lion, you are invited back to Linden to take part in the Linden alumni Senior Events. On May 23 at 4 pm we will have a reception in the cafeteria to take a walk down memory lane from when you were a student at Linden. There will be pictures, refreshments and a showing of your fourth grade musical. Then on Wednesday, May 29th at 9 am we are inviting you to walk through the halls of Linden in your cap and gown and help inspire our young Linden students. Please check into the office by 8:45 on May 29th. For additional information please email Cindy Nidiffer at cnidiffer@ortn.edu.


Linden Parents: Your help is needed! We need parents to sign up to take snacks, etc. Any parents of Linden graduates willing to help with the reunion or provide food or photos can call or text Miriam Pitz at (865)250-7674.

GLENWOOD ALUMNI!

Glenwood Cubs are invited to participate in our Senior Walk on May 29. Breakfast in your honor will be served beginning at 8:15 and the Walk will be at 9:00 during our Awards Day celebration. Wear your cap and gown to inspire the next generation of Cubs! We look forward to having you back at Glenwood one more time!! If you have any questions, please email Amelia Bell at abell@ortn.edu or text at 865-621-7405.

WILLOW BROOK ALUMNI

If you were a Willow Brook Bear, you are invited back to Willow Brook to take part in a Senior Walk on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 AM. Walk through the halls of Willow Brook in your cap and gown and help inspire our young students. Stay and visit your former teachers, and enjoy a cake reception in your honor beginning at 10:00 in the secret garden. Please come a little before 9:00 and bring an ID to check into the main office. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Goethert at mgoethert@ortn.edu. Hope to see all of our alumni there!

Woodland Hawks Class of 2011

NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE!!


It’s been eight years since you walked Woodland’s hallways -

Yet from afar we’ve watched the trails you’ve each blazed - In two winks and a nod it’ll be time for your graduation - And we are all so anxious to share our congratulations So mark your calendars – Tuesday, May 28th 11:00a-12:00 for our Woodland Graduates Celebration! Please come to room 41 at 10:50 to put on your cap and gown. There will be time to visit with past teachers and refreshments after the walk! We can’t wait to see you!

SERVICE HOURS OPPORTUNITY!!! SECRET CITY FESTIVAL

The 2019 Oak Ridge Secret City Festival is looking for volunteers who need to fulfill Community Service hours. The Festival is June 7 & 8 from 10 a.m. - approximately 11:00 p.m. Please go to www.secretcityfestival.com and press the Volunteer button. Please contact celebrateoakridge.volunteers@gmail.comfor any questions

STAYING IN TOWN TO GO TO COLLEGE? TN PROMISE OPPORTUNITY!

Chess club aide (2):

Assists students with focusing on playing and getting boards and sets put out and collected, assigning opponents, helping pass information to students and parents. Can answer basic rules questions and maybe tests beginners with help of computer app. No prior chess experience required, need to have good people skills and positive reinforcement ability.


Chess club tutor

Helps more experienced players continue to improve by teaching tactics, testing knowledge of winning and drawing concepts, time management, recording and analyzing games. Helps with organizing team for tournament play Should have prior experience competing in tournaments at the middle school or high school level.


CONTACT: GILBERT CHAN g_wchan@yahoo.com

Dept of Public Works - Earn TNPromise Hours!!

TN Promise students can earn 4.0 hours of service at the Department of Public Works Open House. You would be helping set up for the event and then working various booths during the Open House. You will need to report to Tasha Pitsenbarger at the Central Services Complex (100 Woodbury Ave.) on Thursday, May 23 at 4:00pm and should be out of there by 8:00pm. Please call Tasha at 425-1875 if you have any questions.

HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO DO THIS??? THE TIME IS NOW!!!! SEND THOSE PICTURES!

The Senior Steering Committee asks that you send any group pictures you have of your children during their pre-k through high school years to orhsseniorsteering1819@gmail.com as soon as possible! These pictures could be anything from school field trips to birthday parties or simply a sleepover with friends. We do ask that you refrain from sending individual pictures of your child. The pictures will be placed in a PowerPoint that will be presented during Convocation. Thanks!

GRADUATION FLOWERS!!!!

The Commencement Group and the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcat Basketball Boosters are working together to provide floral services for the 2019 ORHS Graduation Commencement. Our aim is to provide our ORHS graduates and their guests with the opportunity to purchase top quality flowers at an excellent price on the day of the ceremony. A portion of these sales will support the Lady Wildcat Basketball Team. Purchases can be made on-site at the graduation ceremony floral kiosk or by pre-ordering online using the link below. All pre-orders will be available for pick-up at the kiosk on-site at the commencement. If you have questions or need assistance ordering, please contact Kim Holt at khurd1@yahoo.com or 865-382-8497.

https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/oakridgehs/

Note: NO products purchased may be taken on the field or across the stage during the ceremony.

KEEP TRACK OF SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Please visit the ORHS Counseling Scholarship webpage for up to date Scholarship opportunities. This page is updated frequently with new Scholarships so visit regularly so you don't miss out!


https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/testing-scholarship-and-career/

PARENT SKYWARD CREDENTIALS

Parents, if you are not using your child's Skyward OR Canvas credentials, you are missing out on valuable information! Every parent and/or guardian has personalized credentials, please contact Nancy Witick for those credentials by emailing her at nwitick@ortn.edu


We want all families to access all of the educational tools we have provided not just for the student BUT FOR YOU AS WELL!!! #TEAMEFFORT

Who is your Student's Administrator??

Not sure who to reach out to when your child has a problem? The assistant principals each have a class they work with throughout their high school career. We encourage you to get to know them and use them as a resource to support your family and especially your student.


Class of 2022 - Mrs. Beth Estep kestep@ortn.edu

Class of 2021 - Mrs. Amber Roberts ahroberts@ortn.edu

Class of 2020 - Mrs. Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu

Class of 2019 - Mr. Scotty Herrell bsherrell@ortn.edu

Ways to Connect and STAY INFORMED!

It is our desire to keep our families informed of all of the activity and awesome news coming from Oak Ridge High School. We have multiple platforms for connection. We encourage you to explore the many ways and provide feedback!


Website - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/

Daily Bulletin - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/daily-bulletin/ this is the Daily Announcements and are published on the website.

Channel 15 at 7:50 AM - Watch the announcements each morning by our Crew!

INews - this is the weekly Newsletter; distributed Monday morning at 7:00 am by email; it is also sent out on Twitter on Sunday evening on @stefthompson63 @ORSchools All previous issues can be found at http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/news-events/news-links/

Skylert Messages and Emails - Please make sure your current email address and phone numbers are up to date!!!

PTSO Newsletter - PTSO distributes a VERY detailed quarterly newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events and LOTS of counseling information! This comes to your email! They also have a presence on the website: http://www.orhs-ptso.org/news-information with tons of information! PTSO also has a Facebook presence, and we encourage you to "LIKE" their page! https://www.facebook.com/ORHSPTSO/

Twitter - While we know not everyone is on Twitter, many, many are! We keep the list of Twitter accounts for sports, clubs, teachers, principals, class information, etc. updated on the Wildcat iNews. We encourage you to follow us! Twitter provides us an opportunity to share quick information throughout the day as well as celebrate our awesome kids and their accomplishments!

Class of 2020 families - We have started a Facebook page as well https://www.facebook.com/ORHSClassof2020/ in addition to our @ORHSClassof2020 Twitter account.

TWITTER! WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Our goals include celebrating students and increasing our communication to families! Twitter is an avenue by which we try to accomplish these goals! Just try it! Follow these accounts!


NEW ACCOUNTS ADDED ARE IN BOLD



@KITTYCOMMITTEE1 - ORHS Student Section

@ORHSSchoolcraft - Jonathan Schoolcraft, ORHS Math teacher

@ORHS_FB_Boostr - ORHS Football Boosters

@ORHSWildBand - ORHS Marching & Concert Band

@OrhsJam - ORHS Jam Club with Mr. Alexander & Mrs. Whitaker

@davidbowman10s - ORHS Tennis Team

@orhsinteract - Interact Club

@HealthyORS - ORS Coordinated School Health

@Alison_King23 - ORHS Social Worker

@ORladysoccer- ORHS Lady Soccer Cats

@ORHSOakLog2017 - Oak Log Yearbook for 2018-19

@ORHSClassof2021 - Mrs. Roberts' Class of 2021

@ORHSvolleyball - ORHS Girls Volleyball Team

@ORHSXC - ORHS Cross Country Team

@ORHSLibrary - ORHS Library & Media Services

@ORHSCreditUnion - ORHS Credit Union

@ORHSBaseball15 - Varsity & JV ORHS Baseball Team

@MasquersORHS - Masquers and Theater for ORHS

@orpsef - Oak Ridge Public Schools Educational Foundation

@orhs_gsa - Gay/Straight Alliance Club

@ORSTechnology - Updates from IT Dept. for technology in @ORSchools

@ORHSTennis - ORHS Tennis Team

@GraduationCeleb - ORHS Graduation Celebration 2019

@ORSchools - District Twitter Account

@ORHSWIldcatMGM - Mr. McDonald

@ORHS_PTSO - PTSO for ORHS

@ORHSCounseling - Counseling Office

@ORHSClassof2020 - Junior Information

@estepintime - Mrs. Estep, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2022

@ORBoysBball - Oak Ridge Boys Basketball

@ORLadyWildcats - Oak Ridge Girls Basketball

@orhs_cheer - Oak Ridge Cheerleaders

@ORHSDanceCats - Oak Ridge Dance Cats

@OakRidgeSports - Oak Ridge Sports

@frc4265 - Secret City Wildbots

@ORHSOrchestra - Orchestra

@APES_ORHS - AP Environmental Science

@wildcats_AT - Athletic Training for ORHS Sports (Mighty Terra Davenport!)

@ORHSgolf - Golf Team/Scott Estep

@PhysicsCats - ORHS Betsy Hondorf's Physics Highlights