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Oregon-Davis will Miss Mrs. Christy VanDeMark

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After 38 illustrious and accomplished years of teaching here at O-D, Mrs. Christy VanDeMark has decided to move to the next chapter of her life. She will certainly be missed, but everyone in the O-D family wishes her all the best in her retirement. A retirement reception to honor her was held May 20. Best wishes and good luck Mrs. VanDeMark. You will be missed!!

A Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

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Attention students! Take the Achieve 3000 Summer 40-Activity Challenge this summer!  Continue Achieve 3000 and earn a chance to win an iPad Mini. Just complete 40 activities this summer at 75-percent or better and be eligible to win!  For more details, click here.

Commencement

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It has been an amazing year and an amazing journey for our seniors at Oregon-Davis. They have put in years of hard work, and as a result, their futures are coming together before their eyes. Some have been accepted to colleges across the country, some are perusing a specific vocation while others are taking advantage of community college.

We will come together as a community to celebrate these students’ accomplishments together at our annual commencement ceremony on June 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Oregon-Davis Seniors Travel To Florida

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As 10 seniors began to see the light at the end of the tunnel ahead of graduation, they also felt the familiar glow of the sun on their faces after embarking on the 2015 Oregon-Davis senior trip. Schedules were jam-packed as students visited Hollywood Studios, the Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Cocoa Beach and Capone’s Dinner and Theater over the course of a handful of days in Orlando, Fla. Spirits were as high as the humidity as students tackled each amusement park and attraction with rabid enthusiasm.

Students had several opportunities to experience the wildlife that the sub-tropical Floridian climate had to offer. On the way to the hotel, Delaney Shively identified many different types of cattle, recalling knowledge she gleaned from years of FFA at Oregon-Davis. Within an hour of de-planing, Jack Minter and Dalton Good had already spotted an alligator living under a bridge only a few yards from the hotel. A few days into the trip, many students experienced Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, spotting white rhinos, elephants, lions, flamingos, cheetahs and many other exotic animals amidst the colossal West-Africa baobab trees. The week was capped off by a beautiful visit to Cocoa Beach where students enjoyed swimming in the ocean (many for the first time) as well as walking in its wake. There were few occasions to see or experience any fishing, though Cameron Mattson is sure that something large and menacing bumped into his leg about 25 yards off shore.

In terms of meeting new people, Oregon-Davis seniors were not shy about branching out and chatting with other students as well as adults. Dalton Good and the group’s week-long Venezuelan driver, Ray, became fast friends, sharing stories about fishing and what life is like “back home.” At Universal Studios’ Grad Bash, thousands of seniors from all over the country came together to ride roller-coasters, visit attractions, and attend a Trey Songz concert. Carl Shnekenburger, Blake Hurford, Kevin Avery, and Camron Mattson danced the night away at the aforementioned concert and met a lot of people in the crowd, exchanging Snapchat and Instagram accounts as they talked and danced into the night. In dense lines for rides, O-D seniors also joined in chants and loud exchanges of internet memes, leading Blake Hurford to make a lot of new and interesting friends while simply waiting in line. Meanwhile, Delaney Shively and Jack Minter explored all things Harry Potter for the entire duration of the visit.

In a brief, whirlwind tour of central Florida, O-D seniors were happy to experience the climate, wildlife, scenic landscapes, world-class amusement parks, dinner theater, and bevies of multi-cultural interactions that played out. Their positive attitudes and enthusiasm are symbolic of their curiosity, interest, and desire to experience the world beyond graduation. In a matter of weeks, the Oregon-Davis class of 2015 will do just that.

Chemistry Students Put Their Skills to Work

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On April 10, Mrs. Kathleen Gainey took her Chemistry 2 students to the Starke County Humane Society to donate pet treats that her students made in class. They used the principles of stoichiometry to manipulate the ingredients in a recipe. This allowed students to compare this chemistry concept to something that they are very familiar with in real life—baking. Students produced videos about their process that included why they wanted to donate their treats to the local humane society, and they showed these videos to the staff there. The students had a great time sharing their work with the animals at the humane society. They were nervous about sharing their videos, but it ended being a very positive experience that allowed them to connect with the community outside the walls of the school. Visit the Starke County Humane Society Facebook page here.

Commencement

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It has been an amazing year and an amazing journey for our seniors at Oregon-Davis. They have put in years of hard work, and as a result, their futures are coming together before their eyes. Some have been accepted to colleges across the country, some are perusing a specific vocation while others are taking advantage of community college.
We will come together as a community to celebrate these students’ accomplishments together at our annual commencement ceremony on June 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Preschool Registration

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Oregon-Davis will be holding preschool registration on April 15. A child is eligible to attend preschool if he or she is 4 or 5 years old and will be entering kindergarten during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school year. Preschool has a limited number of openings and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a fee for children to attend preschool. Parents of preschool children are also to bring birth certificate and immunization records when they come in to register.

Kindergarten Round-Up

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Calling all kindergarten parents! Kindergarten Round-Up is right around the corner. Please mark your calendars. If you child will be 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2015, please plan to attend the Kindergarten Round-Up to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year. Kindergarten Round-Up at Oregon-Davis Elementary School is Wednesday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call  Oregon-Davis Elementary School at (574) 867-2711 to schedule an appointment before April 15 or if you have any questions concerning kindergarten.

Parents are to bring:

  • Child’s official birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Bring your child! The Kindergarten teachers will be conducting a basic skills assessment with each child.

Sleep and Learning

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Many studies have been done that link sleep and learning. Researchers have found that well rested minds are able to learn easier and retain more information. So, how much sleep does your child need?

  • 1-3 years old:  12-14 Hours per day
  • 3-6 years old:  10-12 Hours per day
  • 7-12 years old:  10-11 Hours per day
  • 12-18 years old:  8-9 Hours per day

Welcome to the New Oregon-Davis School Corporation Website!

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Welcome to our new website! We are excited to showcase our school corporation in a user-friendly way. Information and events happening across the corporation, as well as student pictures will be updated regularly. Any breaking news or school closings/delays will scroll across the top of the homepage on the news ticker. A color coded weather widget is also on the homepage for a clear visual of closings and delays.

Be sure to check out the link to the corporation newsletter. This will highlight exciting events and news going on in our schools. We also have a way to report bullying right on our site as well as a simple way for new students to register online.

We hope you take advantage of what our new website has to offer. Please feel free to visit us anytime!