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.
On Monday, Feb. 13, O'Connor 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be taking part in our campus course advising day where their current teachers will be providing information and advising regarding course selections for next school year. Current 8th graders slated to attend O'Connor next year will complete course cards at their middle school later in February. To assist in selecting courses, all current O'Connor students, 8th graders slated for O'Connor, and parents are invited to the O'Connor Course Showcase Monday, Feb. 13 beginning at 7 p.m. to learn about all of the courses and programs offered at OHS. Teachers and coaches from every subject area and department along with counselors and administrators will be available to answer questions. 8th Graders and their parents should plan to start in the auditorium at 7 p.m. for a brief presentation about Graduation requirements and Endorsements. Current O'Connor students and parents can proceed directly to the Course Showcase unless they want to hear more about Endorsements.
On Feb. 15-17, 9th graders will meet with counselors in small groups for additional advising about creating their individual graduation plan and registering for courses. 10th Graders will do the same on Feb. 21-23. 11th Graders will meet with their counselors and register for courses Feb. 27-28. You can view a copy of the O'Connor Course Planning Guide and Endorsement Strands below. To access the O'Connor High School Course Catalog click here. After Spring Break, students will be mailed a copy of the courses they select during online registration and they will have until April 13 to make any changes.
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
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Before you select your courses for next school year, come and find out all about your options at the O'Connor High School Course Showcase to be held Mon., Feb. 13 beginning at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for current 9th, 10th and 11th graders along with 8th graders from our feeder middle schools and parents to learn more about the courses that are available next school year. Teachers from classes within each Graduation Endorsement Strand will be available to share information and answer questions while department coordinators will be able to discuss the differences in the levels of courses (regular, Pre-AP, AP, Dual, etc.). Athletic coaches and fine arts directors will provide information about their programs, tryouts, and summer camps. OHS Counselors will be on hand to answer general questions as well. The Showcase will begin at 7 p.m. with staff located in the cafeteria, library and gyms. Maps will be available in the Courtyard. 8th Graders and their parents, along with those wanting more information about graduation plans, Endorsements, and the course registration process can start with a brief presentation also beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium before moving to the other locations. We hope to see you Monday night! Course Showcase Flyer