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Principal's Message: 3/30/20

Dear OHS Families,

As we start our third week of distance learning, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all your work at home supporting the class activities.  I know it is challenging, especially when balancing your own work and other children in the household. Your work and support is very much appreciated.

Friday’s PD Day

This past Friday, our teachers attended PDs put on by all the district Library Media Specialists in a host of different programs to apply to their distance learning lessons.  I am exceedingly proud of the work our teachers have put into learning many new programs over the last weeks.  Most had not used Google Classroom prior to this and jumped right in. They have been adapting their approaches as they have developed their skills with Classroom and other programs.  We are all still learning and evolving as we go.

The Week Ahead

This week we will implement the revised Flexible Learning Plan, as shared by the superintendent last week. We will also be welcoming back our paraprofessionals, special education trainers, and our intern.  They will be involved in training this week to prepare for working online.  I am very excited to have them all back with us.

Placement Letters for 2020-2021

We will be moving into April this week.  It is almost time for our classroom placement teams to begin working on creating balanced groupings of students for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have some information that would help our teams, please feel free to send an email to [email protected] with the subject line Class Placement Letter by Monday, April 20th.  We have some guidelines for what can and cannot be included in letters.  Thank you in advance for following these important guidelines.

Spirit Day

Today is Spirit Day at OHS. Please wear your OHS gear or green/white to show your spirit.  Also, please check the morning announcements classroom page (join code: lqbynxk) later this morning for a surprise from our staff.

I have been finding myself full of pride, joy, and appreciation for our students, staff, and families who have come together and made the most of this very challenging time.  I am also grieving for our lost time together at school.  Wishing you all good health and safety during these trying times.

With appreciation,

David