Students at O'Connor High School will take semester exams in all their courses Friday, May 26 through Thursday, June 1. A complete schedule with times can be found HERE. Students will be released at 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 1 . The cafeteria will serve lunch to those interested at that time, and buses will run at 1:15 p.m. Don't forget Monday, May 29 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 1. Failure to do so can impede participation in the graduation ceremony for seniors and course scheduling for next year for underclassment. Final report cards will be mailed approximately a week after school ends.
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 O'Connor-based programs begin Monday June 5. Students who qualify to retrieve or accelerate certain credits can register for OHS Summer Credit Retrieval (information flyer and application HERE) with their counselors. NISD Summer School will be offered at Marshall High School starting June 12 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 completing registration with their counselor and paying the OHS Bookkeeper before May 26. 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 June EOC Retest. A letter with preliminary End of Course tests results was distributed to all students who tested this spring on Monday, May 22. Based on that information, students who did not pass should sign up for Accelerated Instruction to prep to restest. Information is available HERE. Transportation for summer programs at O'Connor is available based on this schedule: SUMMER BUS SCHEDULE. EOC Retests will be given on our campus June 19-23 beginning at 8 a.m. according the following schedule: English 1 - June 19, Algebra 1 - June 20, English 2 - June 21, Biology - June 22, US History - June 23. Contact your student's counselor for more information or assistance registering for any of these programs at 210-397-4832.
The O'Connor High School Class of 2017 will graduate at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at the Alamodome, and we're excited to celebrate this important milestone in our students' lives! 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 Friday, May 12. 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 $30. Download more information and the registration form here: Project Graduation Information & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations O'Connor High School Class of 2017!
Yearbooks for this school year will arrive by May 22, and there are a few still available for purchase. Order them online now by clicking HERE. Online sales for these extra books end Friday, May 12. If you missed last year's 2016 yearbook, a few remain and can be purchased for $75. Finally seniors and senior parents, if you ordered a book anytime over the last 4 years and haven't picked it up, you can still do so. To purchase last year's 2016 book or to pick up previously purchased editions of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 book, email email@example.com or call Mrs. Scott, the journalism teacher.
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