This Thursday, September 12th, students will begin participating in the FLEX program for their personal growth and to help achieve their goals. Remember, FLEX days are Tuesday and Thursday of each week. The past three weeks consisted of five training sessions to prepare students for the transition. By now, students should be able to log in to FLEXISCHED, view their scheduled session, and flag themselves to available sessions if they haven't been flagged by a teacher. If you see a red checkmark on their schedule, that indicates the teacher listed has flagged the student to work with them. These sessions are created by our teachers to offer intervention, enrichment, and extensions. Students who haven't been flagged by a teacher for the next day's FLEX period have until 5 p.m. the day before to flag themselves to a session. Students who miss that cut-off and haven't been flagged by a teacher will be automatically assigned to an area for study time. In all areas attendance will be taken. Students may access their schedule at anytime using FLEXISCHED and will receive an email reminder to their student email address at 8 am each FLEX day telling them where to report. Please help your child by reminding them to use FLEXISCHED to flag themselves to an area that will benefit their individual needs. A link to the website can be found under Panther Alerts. We encourage you to log in with your student so you're able to see what they will see. For more information on how students flag themselves and the FLEX program, visit our FLEX website under “Students/Parents” on the O’Connor homepage. Additionally they can talk to any teacher or stop by the Lunch Tutoring Center, B102 in the library, for assistance or if they are having trouble utilizing the system. We are excited about the possibilities this program provides for our students, allowing them extra time to work in small groups with teachers, collaborate with classmates on projects, work on enrichment activities that are interesting to them, or study and get ahead on homework. Please help us by encouraging your student to take full advantage of the extra 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and make the most of this time our new schedule and this program provides.
Ninth grade parents are invited to join us for a evening created especially for you. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 we'll be hosting a Ninth Grade Transition Parent Seminar with campus staff sharing information to guide you in helping your ninth grader make a smooth transition into high school and make the most of their four years here. Featuring information about academic planning and success, student involvement, campus support programs, and staff who can help you and your student, those who attend will leave with valuable information. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Please note, this is not a Meet the Teacher event. Meet the Teacher was Wed., Aug. 28.
O'Connor Seniors have the opportunity to complete one of three tests during the school day on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Based on their post-high school plans and tests already taken, students will opt to sign up for either the SAT, the TSI, or the ASVAB. Here's a brief description of each one to help guide students' and parents' decisions. SAT: Students planning to attend a 4 year college or university should sign up for the SAT. This testing opportunity is being paid for through funds made available to NISD so there is no charge to students. TSI: Students planning on attending Northwest Vista College or any junior college should sign up to take the TSI. The TSI is necessary for enrollment unless students meet a certain score with their SAT. There will be an $5 charge for the TSI and O'Connor will fund the remaining $9 of the $14 fee. ASVAB: Students who have an interest in joining the military or who want to take advantage of the great career exploration tool included in the ASVAB should sign up for this test. It gives students insight regarding their aptitudes and interests and allows them to make post-secondary decisions with confidence and certainty. There is no charge for this test. All tests will be given beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 while sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT.
Students will sign up for one of the three tests during their senior conferences with their conselors this week. Parents can get additional information at Senior Parent Night on Thurs., Sept. 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Ag Multi-Purpose building. Additionally parents can commit their students to the SAT test by completing this form and having their student drop it off in the Career Center. SAT Registration Form
Parents are invited to join us on Wednesday, Aug. 28 to meet their students’ teachers. We will begin with a brief informational session in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Included will be information about our new FLEX program, District safety initiatives, and a brief PTSA meeting. After this, parents will move to their student’s first period class and proceed through their daily schedule. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers who will be working with your students, hear about the goals and objectives for their courses, and find out ways to support them in their learning this school year. Student schedules will be provided but you can avoid waiting by having your son or daughter share the one they get Monday. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night and kicking off a great partnership for the 2019-20 school year.