OVCA Middle School Bison Blast

March 2017

In this edition...

Upcoming Events

Important Testing Reminder

Community Service Project for Military

Spring Break Fun!

Fun Learning Activities

Wednesday Workshop details and Learning Coach Resources

Getting Connected with OVCA families & Booster Club

Teacher Shout Outs

Box Tops for Education

Here is what's coming up!

March 3- Teacher Professional Day- no school

March 9-10- Parent Teacher Conferences – no school on Friday 3/10

March 13-17 – Spring Break – no school

March 23 - Re-registration open for 2017-18 school year

April – State Testing - Look below for details on how to check your schedule

May 10 - Super Kids Day

May 25 - Re-registration ends for 2017-18 school year

May 25 – Last Day of School!

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming!

OVCA is hosting Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, March 9th - Friday, March 10th

Check your email for all the details and plan to log in!
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Order your OVCA Merchandise! Sale ends March 20th!

Click here to order yours today! https://ovcamiddleschool2017.com

Testing! Testing! Are you ready?

You will receive a State Testing reminder email after Spring Break. We will include your student’s testing schedule and information about the testing site. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t forget! You can check your testing schedule at any time by going back into Testing Nirvana at www.testingnirvana.com/login

You can also join us on Wednesday, March 29th at 4:0 pm for Wednesday Workshop and we will review what you can expect at testing. Session link is in your OLS. Hope to see you there!

Help us help others!

Our Military Co-Op students have been working on a community service project to bring in donations to be sent to Oklahoma soldiers away from their families. If you were not at the recent art outings, but would like to still donate, please email our coordinator at chnichols@okvirtual.org

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Have a Spring Break Adventure!

Student Contests - Check these out!

Newspapers in Education is offering every Oklahoma student the opportunity to participate in five different student contests for a chance to win $250.00. TEACHERS, if your student wins, YOU WIN $500.00! All student contests listed below are ending at midnight on April 30th, 2017. Every student submission equals an entry into the drawing!

History Day 2017

The 2017 Oklahoma National History Day contest will be May 3–4, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Once you have chosen a historical topic related to the annual theme you will conduct primary and secondary research. ENTRIES ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2017

STUDENTS: Share your History Day Idea with us and both you AND your teacher will be entered to WIN! Click here to share your ideas!

Soaring Oklahoma: Aerospace & Defense

There are over 108,000 jobs currently available in the state of Oklahoma in Aerospace and Defense, it is clear that the industry is growing at a rapid rate! ENTRIES ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2017

STUDENTS: Share your career summary or scavenger hunt results with us and both you AND your teacher will be entered to WIN! Click here to share your summary or results!

Oklahoma Rocks!

Fossils Come Alive!

Becoming a Geodetective—Solving Earth's Mysteries ENTRIES ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2017

STUDENTS: Answer the questions on Activity #1 or Activity #2, submit them and both you AND your teacher will be entered to WIN! Click here to submit your answers!

Fire Prevention 2016

Have some fun while learning about fire safety! ENTRIES ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2017

STUDENTS: Share your comic, news story or video with us and both you AND your teacher will be entered to WIN! Click here to share!

Lung Health 2017

Learn more about lung health and share what you learned!

Mail your entry by April 30, 2017

STUDENTS: Share your comic, poem or rap with us and both you AND your teacher will be entered to WIN! Click here to submit your comic, poem or rap!

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Learning is fun!

Check out these great opportunities for some learning fun!
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Oklahoma City Ballet's ArtsReach program still has plenty of spots available for your student! The program is FREE and serves as a great introduction to ballet and the performing arts. This year boasts an ALL NEW CURRICULUM, with a specific curriculum geared towards elementary and middle school students and a separate one for high school students

For more information and to access the required forms please visit www.okcballet.com/artsreach.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Stephanie@okcballet.com or


I hope you can join us this year!



The culmination of ArtsReach will be a special professional

performance by OKC Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall.


Covering ballet history, terms,

and steps: Included in this are unique lesson plans with

interactive links to exciting ballet websites that create

a creative learning environment.

Monday, Apr. 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Monday, Apr. 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Performances last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

and are filled on a first come first served basis.

For additional questions, please contact:

Stephanie Pitts at stephanie@okcballet.com

K12 Online Clubs

K12 offers a variety of student clubs where like-minded students can share their areas of interest. These clubs are offered typically two times a month, and last one hour. Browse our 2016–2017 club listings by clicking here, and register for your favorite clubs today!


Check out this great resource from K!2! Learning Liftoff

K12's annual art contest was quite a success! We received a number of impressive submissions from students in grades K–12 showing off their artistic abilities. We thank all our winners and participants for sharing what they want to be when they grow up. Click here to view the winners.
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Introducing Wednesday Workshops

Click HERE to watch a 2 minute video from Nicole Ellison explaining what Wednesday Workshops are!

Check out the calendar to see which topics will be offered this school year @ http://ovca.k12start.com/calendar/

Are you an expert at one of the topics being offered? Or do you have vast experience as an LC and you would love to share your knowledge with others? PLEASE email Nicole Ellison at nellison@k12.com She is always looking for LC’s to share the mic!

Wednesday, March 1st, 4pm

Avoid Burnout! Spring FEVER

Click here to attend

Wednesday, March 8th , 4pm

So Much to Do…So Little Time. (How to Finish the Year STRONG)

Here to Attend

Wednesday, March 22nd, 4pm

Offline/Supplemental Work (Challenge Your Student Until the FinishLine)

Here to Attend

Wednesday, March 29th, 4pm

Elementary: What to Expect at State testing

MS/HS: Testing Prep and What to Expect at State Testing

Links in OLS

Learning Coach University

K12 Learning Coach University™ was created to support the Learning Coaches who guide the schooling of their children at home. Online classes provide a clearer understanding of the developmental process of learning as well as effective strategies and resources to use at home to help every child succeed. Click here to view the upcoming sessions.

Motivate 2 Activate

K12 and School at Home Effectively are pleased to offer the Motivate 2 Activate Series for Learning Coaches. Click here to view the sessions.


Objectives - Why They're So Important February 28th

Praise Versus Encouragement March 7th

Helping Student Self-Correct March 14th

Click on the topics below to watch previous session from Motivate 2 Activate!

#1 What Motivates Your Student click here for recording

#2 Your Role as a Learning Coach click here for recording

#3 Practice Make Progress click here for recording

#4 Game Plan for Chronic Issues click here for recording

#5 Arguing, Complaining, and Whining click here for recording

#6 Holding Students Accountable click here for recording

#7 Responsibility for School Work cick here for recording

K12 Customer Support

K12 Customer Support https://www.help.k12.com/s/

Wondering what browser you are using?

Click here to find out!

Watch this video on how to check grades and progress.

Click here

Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

Too keep your computer running smooth, you will need to clear your cache and cookies on a regular basis. What are cache and cookies? Check out this article! https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies

Come Join the OVCA Booster Club!

Next Booster Club meeting is Monday, March 20th at 4pm

Below is a recording link for the Booster Club meeting held on February 6th.

Recording link: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2017-02-06.1459.M.CB419E4E3AAE7E6AA4E851E228B910.vcr&sid=559

Would you like more information about OVCA Booster Club?
Sign up for our email list here

Thank you for supporting OVCA students and families!

Get Connected!

Want to meet other families in your area? Get connected with our Co-Op’s around the state. Click here to sign up for additional information on OVCA Co-Op’s.

OVCA Co-Op Email List

OVCA Military CO-OP https://www.facebook.com/groups/385954058264501/

OVCA CO-OP South Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426537394234389/
OVCA CO-OP Northeast https://www.facebook.com/groups/168538123342038/
OVCA CO-OP North Central https://www.facebook.com/groups/547015578702224/
OVCA CO-OP Tulsa https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396437950590840/
OVCA CO-OP OKC https://www.facebook.com/groups/ovcacoop/
OVCA CO-OP Southwest https://www.facebook.com/groups/678593742152182/

Students and families in the OVCA Military Co-Op were interviewed and photographed recently by the k12 marketing team! They will be featured in future advertising to military families nationwide! Join us today to be a part of what we are doing! Email OVCA's Military Base Site Coordinator at chnichols@okvirtual.org for more information!

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Let's show our teachers some love!

Click on the link below and give your teachers a special shout out!

Teacher Shout Out!

McDonalds Teacher of the Month contest - Make your submissions on Twitter!

McDonalds of Central Oklahoma is proud to announce their sponsorship of the “Teacher of the Month” program beginning Oct. 17.

Every month a teacher will be selected based off of a submission on why they are deserving of this recognition, submissions can be made by anyone.

Submission will be received via Twitter, @McDCentralOK using #McDTeacher.

Winners receive a $100 Gift Card, $25 McDonald’s Arch Card, School Supplies for their classroom and featured on our Twitter page.

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Got Box Tops?

OVCA Booster Club is collecting Box Tops for Education. You can mail them to the office or bring them to one of our outings. We appreciate your support!

OVCA Office
Box Tops- Attention: Sondra Callaway

1160 S. Douglas Blvd.

Midwest City, OK 73130

2017-2018 Academic Calendar will be in your email soon!

2016-17 School Academic Calendar

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