The Oregon-Davis School Corporation continues its efforts to step up school safety, with some help from the State of Indiana. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the corporation’s two schools will each be getting a handheld metal detector, as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s program to provide them free of charge to schools around the state.
“It’s not going to be something that we’re going to use daily,” Harman explains. “It’s not something that we’re going to check every visitor who walks in. I would envision that we’ll have the metal detector in an emergency situation, if we’re aware of possibly a parent or student having a weapon, that we may have to search them. I would say that’s how we envision using these metal detectors at this time.”
Harman adds that Oregon-Davis will also be updating security cameras, thanks to a Secured School Safety Matching Grant for just under $35,000. “The grant will be used to put new cameras in all of our buses, as well as update eight cameras on our campus,” he says.
Last week, the Oregon-Davis School Board also finalized the School Emergency and Crisis Response Plan for the upcoming school year. “We’ve worked very diligently on that,” Harman says. “Our school resource officer John Kohles assisted in that. We take crisis and school emergency very seriously, so we approved that. We will be giving all of our staff training with our new procedures.” Harman previously said the school corporation will be adopting the ALICE procedure for responding to potential intruders.
The school board also officially reappointed Kohles as resource officer for the 2018-2019 school year, during last week’s meeting.
Oregon-Davis School Corporation is passionate about ensuring that every student experiences success with learning every day. We are committed to providing high-quality services in all that we do. Our School Board of Directors and our school community will play an active role in establishing an environment to ensure that our students are offered the very best education possible. Oregon-Davis School Corporation strives to educate our students to reach their academic potential by developing independent thinking, respect for self and others, positive attitudes, everyday living skills, and the motivation to achieve in the competitive world in which we live in. We are up to date with all of the state requirements for schools, and we strive to go above and beyond those expectations!
To achieve this:
- Staff displays dedication, high-level teaching skills, and individualized student attention.
- Each student will experience a vibrant environment where students master new knowledge, tap their creativity, and explore their potential.
- Specialized programs support students with learning difficulties or extend students with gifts and talents
- Our schools offer rigorous academic courses, including numerous opportunities for students to excel in athletics, the arts, academic teams and more.
- Our classrooms and facilities offer contemporary learning environments enriched by the latest in technology
Dual Credit and Vocational Opportunities AvailableOregon-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.
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 require 12-14 Hours per day
- 3-6 years old require 10-12 Hours per day
- 7-12 years old require 10-11 Hours per day
- 12-18 years old require 8-9 Hours per day