News Archive

Daily Attendance & Being On Time Is Crucial
October 30, 2016 - 3:47pm

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

Stay Connected to OC Through Twitter, Remind and Parent Connection
October 28, 2016 - 9:01am

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!

Campus & District Summer Programs Available to Retrieve & Accelerate Credits
May 21, 2016 - 4:59pm

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 programs begin Monday June 13.   Students who qualify to retrieve or accelerate certain credits can register for OHS Summer Credit Retrieval (information flyer HERE) with their counselors and an application is attached HERE.  NISD Summer School will be offered at Stevens High School 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 registering with the OHS Bookkeeper between May 2 and 27.  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 July EOC Retest.  Information is available HERE.  EOC Retests will be given on our campus July 11-15 beginning at 8 a.m. according the following schedule:  English 1 - July 11, Algebra 1 - July 12, English 2 - July 13, Biology - July 14, US History - July 15.