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Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High Welcomes New Staff

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We are pleased to introduce a few new members of the Bobcat staff. Joining the staff for the 2015-16 school year are Elisabeth Caudill (English), Amanda Lester (Music/Band), Hannah Shipley (Special Education), and Jacob Hogan (Science). They are eager to get into classrooms and work with students, and we are very pleased with the energy and expertise they all will bring to OD Jr/Sr High.

Welcome Back

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Oregon-Davis School Corporation looks forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Please remember to keep an eye on the schedule this year to keep up with our new balanced calendar.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to save the world.”  -Nelson Mandela

Three Keys to Success

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Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High faculty and staff regularly emphasize three keys to succeeding throughout school: attendance, work ethic and extra participation. Students who show up on time, work hard and get involved will certainly get the most out of their middle school and high school years. This is not to say that they will not face challenges. School should be challenging to adequately prepare students for life after graduation. Students who work on these three keys, however, will find the strength within and the resources around them necessary to achieve in the face of obstacles. These keys not only help students to find academic success but lifelong fulfillment as well. Let’s get the 2015-16 school year started off on the right foot!

Training and Technology

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During July and August staff will begin receiving technology training from Five Star Technologies in a variety of Google Apps, which will improve the way our teachers deliver instruction and manage information. Additionally, this will give us an opportunity to set up for E-learning days to mitigate the need to add make up days at the end of the school year.

Student Shines this Summer

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From July 6-10 Hannah Clark attended the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington. During this time, she worked with journalism professors and student publication representatives from schools all across the country. At the end of the week, Hannah was one of two students recognized for her work throughout the conference. As a result, she was recognized as a “Visionary” and awarded a $400 scholarship to IU. Congratulations, Hannah! You have made us all very proud!

Avoid Brain Drain This Summer—Read!

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We encourage our students to read this summer. Read for fun! Read for information! Read to learn! Information was sent home with students regarding Achieve3000 and their summer 40 Activity Challenge! Read more about the program here.

Also, the Starke County Public Library is hosting several events this summer reading program themed around Every Hero has a Story. Visit the library site here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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On Friday, June 5, our Commencement Exercises were held in the O-D gymnasium to honor the Class of 2015. We wish to thank the graduates for their service to Oregon-Davis and the community and offer best wishes to them as they begin the chapter of their lives.

Additionally, we want to recognize Dalton Good and Carl Schnekenburger as the salutatorians for the Class of 2015. Our valedictorian this year is Blake Hurford. Congratulations to these young men on their stellar academic careers!

Registration

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Please keep an eye on the website for information regarding online registration. Parents will need a username and password that was printed on the bottom of their child’s report card.

When this service is up and running, we will make an announcement. Our registration hours will be 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on July 27-31. You have any questions that need personal attention, you may call the office and schedule a time during this week.

ECA Results

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We received some very good news in the form of our Algebra I and English 10 ECA results. The quality scores are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff. Of course we want to especially recognize our Algebra and English teachers Ms. Vogel, Mrs. Budka, and Mr. Dale for their efforts, but truly the entire staff bought in and helped as well. Our school wide strategies this year were the RACE strategy, which gives students a model for providing responses to constructed response questions, and a Question, Answer, Relationship strategy. The students were able use these across all content areas, and we are confident they helped our students to attack the test. Here are the results:

  • Algebra I ECA – 74% Passing
  • English 10 ECA – 86% Passing
  • 88% of testers showed mastery in writing applications
  • 100% of female testers (22) passed ECA English 10

“Nifty Fifty” Attend Local Ball Game

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The O-D Jr/Sr High School took several students to a South Bend Cubs game on May 12. The “Nifty Fifty” were selected based on attendance and grades during the last quarter of the school year. While the weather was a little chilly and overcast, it was a good day. We wish to acknowledge students who work to do the right things. Congrats to all who were invited and attended.