O'Connor students interested in taking Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses next year should begin planning now. Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes are valuable ways students can earn college credit while in high school and save hundreds of dollars once they graduate. Legislative updates now mandate that Texas colleges and universities award credit or placement for any AP scores of 3, 4, or 5 and have also removed the cap on the number of Dual Credit courses students can take while in high school. See the Powerpoint under Panther Alerts on the right for more information.
Students will finalize course selections for next year in the Spring, but if you plan to take Dual Credit classes, that process has already begun. Interested students must complete the Apply Texas college application by the deadline of Feb. 6. Click on the link labeled Dual Credit Manual & Forms on the right under Panther Alerts for step by step instructions and important Dual Credit dates. Please join us on Wed., Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in G110 for an Apply Texas Application work session. This event is open to current 8th through 11th graders interested in taking advanced courses next year and their parents.
The O'Connor Class of 2017 will graduate on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Alamodome so mark your calendars! A mandatory practice will be held the morning of June 5 at 8 a.m. at the Alamodome. More information about graduation will be forthcoming after the Winter Break.
The Texas Education Code requires that all school-aged children attend school daily through the age of 19, so daily attendance is the law. But beyond the law, we want our O'Connor students here every day because great things are happening in classrooms throughout the campus! A missed school day is a missed opportunity for our students to learn, and when students are absent student achievement falls. Absenteeism and falling student achievement can put students at a disadvantage for college and career readiness and even on-time high school graduation. If a student is absent without a valid excuse 3 or more days or parts of days within a 4 week period an attendance warning notice is issued, and if absences continue, the student and/or parent can be subject to legal action.
Additionally, students who miss excessive amounts of days may be in jeopardy for losing credit for a course in which they are enrolled, no matter the grade they earn. To earn credit for a course, students must be in attendance for 90 percent of the days the class is offered, so students who miss more than 9 days in a semester course or more than 18 in a course offered for the full year will not be awarded credit even if they earn a passing grade. Students who exceed 9 days in a semester or 18 for the year in a course must attend Attendance Recovery. Click Here for a flyer with more information.
It's equally important for students to show up on time every day and not be tardy to classes throughout the school day. Even just missing the first five minutes of a class due to tardiness can cause a student to miss learning opportunities and fall behind. Students who are are tardy multiple times within a grading period will have parents called and will have to serve lunch or after school detention.
Absences and tardies can be trackd on Parent and Student Connection. Parents, if your student has an attendance problem and has exceeded the allowed number of absences for credit or has a health issue we need to know about, contact clerk Laura Kilgore at 210-397-4822 or assistant principal Cynthia Barrett at 210-397-4819. If your son or daughter is chronically tardy and you you have questions about detention, contact assistant principal Thomas Johnson at 210-397-4818.
Please help us by making sure you son or daughter is here every day and encourage them to be on time to every class. Working together, let's make student attendance a priority! - Mrs. Horras
There are many ways parents, students and the O'Connor community can stay on top of the latest OC news. Come to this webpage often to check for updates, and follow us on Twitter at @NISDOConnorHS. Parents can set up a Remind account to receive text message reminders by signing up at the following link: https://www.remind.com/join/oconnorhs. Parents and students are reminded that all users need to create a new account in Parent Connection and Student Connection for the 2016-2017 school year starting Sept. 1. To do so, click on the Parent Connection or Student Connection link on the bottom right of the webpage. To assist you in creating an account, please click on the Parent Connection Guides in either English or Spanish located on the right side of the screen in the blue column. When in Parent Connection, don’t forget you can update your preferences in the NISD School Messenger System by creating an account under “Contact Manager” in the bottom right-hand corner. Designate your home or cell phone number to get all the campus callouts, and add email and text messaging options to get all the news from OHS! We want you to be a part of everything happening at O'Connor so stay connected!
6 OHS seniors were recently recognized in the National Merit Recognition Program for their PSAT/NMSQT scores from 2015. Congratulations to senior Michael Perce who has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. This prestigious recognition is awarded to only 2% of all of the seniors in the United States. Additionally the following seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Program: Alex Brehm, Jade Evenstad, Brandon Johnson, Tyler Knudsvig, and Joseph Wright, ranking them in the top 5% of more than 1.6 millions students from across the US who took the PSAT. We've very proud of these fine seniors! This year the PSAT will be given to sophomores and juniors on Wed., Oct. 19.