Wednesday's tragic school shooting in Florida is a reminder to all of us that the first step in keeping our students and staff safe is by being aware of and reporting unsafe conditions or concerning behavior. It also reminds us as a campus to review our security procedures, and like schools throughout Northside ISD and the country, we at O'Connor High School are doing that. Below, you'll find the text of my recent callout and in the next story, an open letter from Superintendent Brian T. Woods about School Safety. Thank you for continued support! - Mrs. Horras, Principal
Callout to OHS Families - Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
O'Connor Families, this is Mrs. Horras calling.
I'm reaching out in an attempt to alleviate any fears or concerns you might have regarding rumors circulating about events at O'Connor over the last few days. Rumors include students being arrested on campus for weapons or threats to the school. Know that these are only rumors and are simply not true. Had something of this nature happened, you would have been notified accordingly. While campus administrators and NISD police are investigating various reports, and we take them all very seriously, at this time nothing has been substantiated. However we will continue to monitor situations and investigate if necessary.
I ask that you and your students continue to report unsafe conditions or concerning behavior to us. This can also be done by using the NISD Safeline, 210-397-SAFE, which is manned for phone calls and texts 24/7. But I would also ask students, parents and the community to refrain from repeating rumors that heighten concerns unnecessarily. Students and parents, please contact me or one of our administrators by phone, email or in person to report something or check the validity of something you hear that concerns you.
Student safety is our priority, and so is preserving the sense of community we have at O'Connor High School. By continuing to work together I know we can do both. Thank you!
An Open Letter to Northside ISD Staff, Students, and Parents from Superintendent Brian Woods:
Like many of you, I watched with sadness and horror as another school shooting unfolded in our country. For me, I watch these events as both an educator and the parent of a child enrolled in a NISD school. We all grieve for those involved in this tragedy. (Continued)
On Monday, Feb. 12, 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 in the next few weeks as well. To assist in selecting courses, all current O'Connor students, 8th graders slated for O'Connor, and parents are invited to the O'Connor Endorsement & Elective Night Monday, Feb. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. to learn about all of the courses and programs offered at OHS. Teachers, coaches, and directors 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 before moving to the Elective Fair. Current O'Connor students and parents can proceed directly to the Elective Fair in the Cafeteria and Gym unless they want to hear more about Endorsements.
On Feb. 14-16, 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. 28-Mar. 2. 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.
Eighth Graders who are interested in studying and training for diverse careers in the agriculture field can apply to be a part of the Agriculture Science Program at O'Connor High School for the 2018-19 school year. Each year a limited number of spots are made available for students interested in transfering to OHS as part of this program. Applications are currently being accepted and must be submitted to the O'Connor Vice Principal's office by Friday, Feb. 16. Once applications are received, applicants' grades, test scores, and discipline reports will be reviewed as part of the application process. Click HERE for an Ag Program Transfer Application. For more information about the Agriculture Science program view the program brochure HERE. Additional information about Agriculture Projects, FFA membership and extra-curricular participation by students enrolled in the program can be accessed HERE. If you have questions, call 210-397-4800.
For 45 years, the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show has provided an avenue for thousands of FFA and 4-H members from the Northside ISD to exhibit their animals and agriculture mechanics projects and compete against each other for coveted titles and thousands of dollars of scholarship money. This year's 45th Anniversary show will be no different as 823 entries are scheduled to participate in the event that begins Monday, Jan. 22, runs all week and concludes with the Auction of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 27. The event will take place at the Gerlach Show Barns located at 18945 Babcock Rd., three miles outside Loop 1604. There is no admission for the show or the sale and the event is open to the public.
After months of preparation, O'Connor FFA students and Northside ISD 4-H members will have their opportunity to showcase their projects, their knowledge, and hopefully impress the eye of the judges. Students whose animals place in the show will qualify for the Auction of Champions where their hard work is rewarded with money to help the students pay for college. Last year's auction raised a record $957,000 of scholarship money for students thanks to generous business and community partners and individual donors. Over the past 45 years, the Show's auctions have raised nearly $16 million of scholarships.
Come out, enjoy the action, and show your support for these hard-working students!
- Monday – 10 a.m. Poultry Judging (chickens and turkeys); 4 p.m. Rabbit Judging
- Tuesday – 8 a.m. Goat Judging; 11 a.m. Lamb Judging (or 30 minutes after Goat Judging ends)
- Wednesday – 10 a.m. Ag Mechanics Projects; 5 p.m. Steer Judging
- Thursday – 8 a.m. Swine Judging
- Saturday – 11 a.m. – Auction and Sale (Opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.)