May 21, 2016 - 4:59pm
O'Connor High School and NISD are offering summer instructional programs for students who are behind in credits or working to get ahead to make room for other courses, have failed a course, or who still need to pass one or more STAAR End of Course tests to graduate. All programs begin Monday June 13. Students who qualify to retrieve or accelerate certain credits can register for OHS Summer Credit Retrieval (information flyer HERE) with their counselors and an application is attached HERE. NISD Summer School will be offered at Stevens High School and will offer a wide variety of courses for both students who need to make up credits or who wish to take an elective to make room in their O'Connor schedule for other courses. A full list of courses with the summer schedule and costs is available HERE. Note that O'Connor students can avoid long lines and secure their spots in summer school courses by registering with the OHS Bookkeeper between May 2 and 27. Finally, students who still need to pass a STAAR End of Course test previously taken should plan to attend Accelerated Instruction, a program designed to especially focus on prepping for the July EOC Retest. Information is available HERE. EOC Retests will be given on our campus July 11-15 beginning at 8 a.m. according the following schedule: English 1 - July 11, Algebra 1 - July 12, English 2 - July 13, Biology - July 14, US History - July 15.
May 13, 2016 - 9:23pm
The O'Connor High School Class of 2016 will graduate at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Alamodome. A mandatory practice will take place at 8 a.m. that morning, also at the Alamodome. Bus transportation will be provided from O'Connor TO PRACTICE ONLY, and buses will leave campus at 6:45 a.m. Graduates should return to the Alamodome at 2 p.m. for check-in in their caps and gowns. As seniors prepare for graduation, here's a list of important things to remember: Graduation Check List. For the ceremony, the District produces a listing of all scholarships that have been awarded to O'Connor seniors. To be included in this publication and have a scholarship announced at Graduation, seniors must complete the senior scholarship form and turn it in at the Counselors' office by the end of the day Monday, May 16. Seniors should include all scholarships they have been awarded, no matter if they will use them or not. Find the form here: Senior Scholarship Form.
The ceremony will be live-streamed on the NISD website, for those unable to attend. That evening after the ceremony, O'Connor graduates are encouraged to attend Project Graduation, an all-night drug-free and alcohol-free party. Tickets are currently on sale for $40. Download more information and the registration form here: Project Graduation Registration Form. We're also looking for parent volunteers interested in chaperoning the event that night. If you'd like more information or you want to help with the event, email us at email@example.com.
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Congratulations O'Connor High School Class of 2016!
May 12, 2016 - 11:15am
Students at O'Connor High School will take semester exams in all their courses Friday, May 27 through Thursday, June 2. A complete schedule with times can be found HERE. Students will be released at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 31-June 2 . The cafeteria will serve lunch to those interested at that time, and buses will run at 12:30 p.m. Don't forget Monday, May 30 is a student and staff holiday. Students must make sure to clear all fines, fees, and obligations, and turn in all textbooks to teachers by dismissal on Thursday, June 2. Failure to do so can impede participation in the graduation ceremony for seniors and course scheduling for next year for underclassment. Final report cards and official STAAR End of Course score reports will be mailed the week of June 6.
April 24, 2016 - 5:29pm
The O'Connor PTSA will hold a workshop for teens and parents centered around the dangers of social hosting and driving under the influence on Tuesday, Apr. 26 as part of their regularly scheduled general meeting. The meeting and workshop will take place in the OHS Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. After a brief PTSA meeting, guest speakers from the San Antonio Police Department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will educate participants about the dangers of hosting parties where underage guests partake in alcohol consumption, no matter how it is provided and the social host liability laws. Representatives of MADD will share how all can assist in their mission of ending drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, and preventing underaged drinking. Teens and adults are invited to join us for this free workshop hosted by the O'Connor PTSA. You don't need to be a PTSA member to attend this event.
April 24, 2016 - 5:28pm
The second round of End of Course Testing will take place the first week of May with tests administered for Algebra 1, US History and Biology. On Monday, May 2, students enrolled in Algebra 1 will take the Algebra 1 EOC Test. On Wednesday, May 4, US History students will take their EOC Test, and on Thursday, May 5, students taking Biology will take the Biology EOC Test. Students are required to pass these tests to graduate. These End of Course Tests are four hour tests and testing will begin at 8:50 each day. Students will be released to eat sixth period lunch and will attend 7th and 8th periods as usual. Students testing should bring several number two pencils and something to read if they finish early. OHS students not testing each day will attend classes as usual.
April 7, 2016 - 7:19pm
On Tuesday, Apr. 12, O'Connor High School juniors will take the SAT college entrance exam for free during the school day, thanks to money allotted by the NISD Board of Trustees. The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges. Students will take the SAT with the essay, so the test will include a reading test, a writing and language test, a math test, and an essay portion. The test will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at approximately 2 p.m. It's critical that students arrive on time as we are unable to start students late. This is a timed test and will include mandatory breaks, but students will not be released for lunch until testing is complete around 2 p.m. Students should eat a big breakfast and can bring a snack if they'd like. Students should also bring several number 2 pencils for the test. In preparation for the SAT, each O'Connor student who took the PSAT last year received an individual login to free, personalized SAT practice at Kahn Academy. We encourage our students to use this tool prior to Tuesday's test and any future tests they take.
April 3, 2016 - 9:52pm
The O'Connor Boys Bowling Team made an impressive showing at the Texas State High School Bowling Championship Tournament. After entering the tournament as the top ranked team, they notched three strong matches averaging 1117 pins per game and a 224 per bowler in the preliminary round of 36 teams to qualify for the final bracket rounds ranked first of the Elite 16. The Panthers plowed through the first two rounds of the Baker format finals winning both matches 2 games to 0. In the semi-finals O'Connor beat Denton in three games 235-189, 181-203, and 260-180. They faced Georgetown High School in the State Finals where they fell by 10 pins in the final game 181-191 after taking the first game 199-191 and dropping the second 191-202. The team consists of Jason Barrientes, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Nicholas Hoyas, Aaron Loera, Blake Louton, and Charlie Reed. Congratulations on a great season!
March 23, 2016 - 7:46am
End of Course Testing for English 1 and English 2 is scheduled for the last week of March. On Tuesday, Mar. 29, students enrolled in English 1 will take the English 1 EOC Test. On Thursday, Mar. 31 students taking English 2 will take the English 2 EOC Test. Students are required to pass these tests to graduate. The English End of Course tests are five hour tests and testing will begin at 8:50 each day. Students will break for lunch around 11 am and then continue testing until approximately 2:30 p.m. Students testing should bring several number two pencils and something to read if they finish early. Students have been working with their English teachers to make sure they are prepared and ready. Parents who have questions about the test should contact their child's English teacher. OHS students not testing will attend classes as usual both days.
March 23, 2016 - 7:45am
During Spring Break, a team of O'Connor FFA students won first place at the Houston Livestock Show State FFA Tractor Technician competition. The team consisted of Austin Clay, Noah Haycraft, and Jared Taylor. After a written test of 100 questions the team was seated 7th. In the final round the students had to diagnose and repair 5 intentional malfunctions in 5 tractors supplied by manufacturers in a timed setting. When the team got the tractor running, a designated driver then drove the tractor around a predetermined course. Their near-perfect work in the second round moved them out of 7th and earned them the title of State Champions. The winning students received over $10,000 of tractor-related equipment as part of the prize package. The team is coached by Mike Tondre and was participating in this event for the first time. Congratulations!
March 11, 2016 - 3:35pm
In addition to the individual tutoring opportunties offered by O'Connor High School teachers before and after school, the Campus Tutoring Center provides additional academic support for all O'Connor students. The Campus Tutoring Center is located in the school library in rooom B-102. Open every day and staffed by OHS teachers and college tutors, tutoring in all subject areas is provided during all three lunches. Students can spend their entire lunch period getting help or just drop in to ask a quick question. Additionally on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:20-5:20 p.m., students can get additional help from OHS teachers in the areas of math and science. Finally, English tutoring and a Writing Lab staffed by an English teacher is open every morning from 8:00-8:40 a.m. in room H-221. OHS students are encouraged to utilize these great resources! CLICK HERE for a tutoring flyer.