Monthly Archives: August 2015
As the new school year quickly approaches, I want to share a few changes at OHS. Probably the most significant changes will be that we have four new teachers at the high school. Katy Hansen and Seth Carreno are our two new Social Studies teachers and Mrs. Hansen will be teaching Civics and World History, while Mr. Carreno will be teaching US History, AP US History, and Psychology. (We could still use a few more students in AP US History, so we would encourage anyone who may have an interest in that option to discuss it with your student.) Mrs. Hansen’s new room is in Mr. Keller’s former room and Mr. Carreno’s room is in Mr. Guy’s room. We also have two new math teachers. John Rentmeester will be teaching AP Calculus, Pre-calculus, and Algebra 2 from Mrs. Pribek’s former room. Kevin Telschow will be teaching Geometry and Stats/Probability in room 104.
Mr. Cole will be in his office on Wednesday and Thursday this week if any students need to make schedule chances. Making these changes prior to the start of the school year is very important to getting off to a good start. He also wanted all freshmen and their parents to know that he will be hosting a freshmen orientation session during our Open House on Wednesday, August 26th at 5:00 pm in the Multi-purpose room/Auditorium for anyone who is interested in attending.
The OHS staff looks forward to seeing many parents for our Open House—Brat, Burger, and Brownie Bash–on Wednesday from 3:30-6:30 pm.
Enjoy the last week of summer,
Students and Parents,
Late last school year we began discussing possible changes to homecoming court with our new Student Council advisers (Ms. Immel and Mrs. Navis), and over time we also had discussions with the varsity football players most immediately impacted by any potential changes. As we discussed new ideas, I shared our plans in a district-wide blog which spurred some conversations with parents as well. Our hope in talking with the football players and being open with students and parents through the blog was that we wanted to understand many perspectives in ultimately coming to a solution. While I tried not to overstate it, my biggest concern was that we were not selecting boys and girls in the same manner. While this is an issue that involves tradition, we do not believe it is appropriate, so I asked the Student Council advisers to develop a plan to correct the situation.
The Student Council plan for the selection of homecoming court is a two-step phased in plan in an attempt to be as fair as possible with the senior football players who are impacted most immediately. This year the homecoming court will be comprised of four football players, one boy cross country runner, and one boy soccer player, as well as two girl cross country runners, 2 volleyball players, and two dance team members. Each of these team representatives will be seniors and will be selected by their teams based on a set of criteria developed by the Student Council. After the teams have selected their representatives for the court, the entire student body will vote and the boy and girl with the highest vote tallies will be crowned King and Queen. In the second year of the transition, the court will move toward greater balance in representation of the boys fall sports teams. We will also be making some similar adjustments to the procedures around Snowball Court because there too we need to select the boys and girls in same manner.
We know changing longstanding traditions can be difficult and we know good people can have very different perspectives on the same issue. We hope students and parents understand our motivations behind these changes, and also perceive our desire to be reasonable.
Have a great week.
We have updated our resources page to make it easier to find our most common links and information. Infinite Campus, Lunch menu, etc.
The tiles we replaced were not “searchable” on the site. This new layout fixes that as each link is an individual post instead of an image.
We also moved many of the commonly accessed forms from Google Drive to the site itself to fix the same issue. The reason for wanting to use Drive in the first place for the resources, as well as these forms, was to make it as easy as possible for many of us involved to update and maintain information. We’d rather you be able to easily information easily instead.
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