To our senior members of National Honor Society, we wish to thank you for your service, leadership, character, and scholarship here at school and in the community. Best wishes to you all!
We are BOBCATS: Bringing Our Best Character, Attitude, Teamwork, and Scholarship!
To the Oregon-Davis Community:
Thank you for your support in the approval of the referendum tax on Tuesday, May 8. The results of the referendum vote is a direct reflection of how our community values the Oregon-Davis School Corporation as the centerpiece of our community.
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation will continue to promote the mission of the corporation which is to develop students with strong character and a positive attitude who exhibit personal growth, citizenship, and academic mastery through collaboration, academic and social opportunities. Through academic readiness and career development, the Oregon-Davis School Corporation will strive to teach next generation skills that benefit students and the community. The Oregon-Davis School Corporation continues to foster a B.O.B.C.A.T.S. environment everyday for all students – Bring Our Best Character, Attitude, Teamwork, and Scholarship!
Thank you again.
Dr. Don Harman, Superintendent
Oregon-Davis has many vocational opportunities and dual credit options available for students, which prepare students for life after high school. Vocational courses and industry certifications equip students with marketable skills that can be used to get a job after high school graduation. Dual credit courses allow students to earn college credits while still in high school, saving money in two ways: by earning college credit through less expensive courses in high school and by helping students graduate college faster, minimizing the college tuition bill.
O-D students are encouraged to pursue dual credit and vocational opportunities while in high school to prepare for success after graduation, no matter the path they choose.
As students begin to look at scheduling for the 2018-19 school year, they should be aware of the various vocational programs offered. Oregon-Davis Jr-Sr High School has a partnership with the North Central Area Vocational Cooperative (NCAVC) to offer several half-day courses that provide students with an opportunity to earn dual credit through Ivy Tech and Ancilla College, as well as industry certifications. Visit the NCAVC website for more information: http://ncavcindiana.weebly.com/. Available vocational classes are:
- Automotive Services Technology I & II
- Construction Technology I & II
- Cosmetology I & II • Criminal Justice I & II
- Culinary Arts and Hospitality
- Early Childhood Education I & II
- Graphic Imaging Technology I & II
- Health Science Education I & II
- Industrial Automation & Robotics I & II
- Networking I & II
- Precision Machining I & II
- Welding Technology I & II Interested students should speak to their counselor about taking advantage of vocational and dual credit opportunities.
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 pursuing 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 graduation ceremony on June 1, 2018 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!
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
Some children are born with an inner drive to keep trying over and over when they fail. Most children aren’t, though, and it is up to us to help them see that failing is actually the key to succeeding.
Teaching our children the word YET is key. They may come to you and say, “I don’t know how to read” or “I can’t ride a 2 wheeler” or “I can’t get good grades.” We need to teach them to add the word “yet” to the end of those sentences so they start to realize that these things take time and with the right mindset, they will happen!
Sit down with your child and list out things that they now do, that at one time they thought were hard. Have them tell you that with practice they learned to do hard things. They are able to do hard things! Using this type of thinking and dialogue around our children will teach them that by trying, failing and learning from their mistakes, they will succeed at doing hard things.
Oregon Davis Elementary will be accepting signups for preschool throughout the rest of this school year for the 2018-19 school year. Please stop by the elementary office to fill out a brief information sheet and bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. A child is eligible to attend preschool if he or she is 4 or 5 years old and will be entering kindergarten during the 2018-19 or 2019-20 school year.
It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Every once and awhile, we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?” Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.
- Reading exercises your brain.
- Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
- Reading improves concentration and focus.
- Reading helps develop creativity.
- Reading is entertaining.
- Reading provides knowledge and information.
- Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
- Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.
Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Oregon-Davis has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.
- Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
- Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
- Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
- Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.
This month students will be taking the ISTEP+ assessment. While teachers have been dedicated to preparing students academically for this test, parents have a role in the test taking process as well. Please make sure your child receives the following on test days:
*Make sure your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test
*Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast
*Keep a positive attitude about assessments
*Talk about the assessment with your child, as this can reduce stress
*Encourage your child to do their best
We wish the best of luck to all students taking the ISTEP+ this month.