February 21, 2017 - 9:22pm
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.
February 5, 2017 - 8:10pm
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.
January 30, 2017 - 2:47pm
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
January 29, 2017 - 8:01am
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!
January 28, 2017 - 3:32pm
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
October 29, 2016 - 9:25am
Events for March 20- April 1 are now posted on the events calendar. Check out these events by clicking on the Event Calendar Link: CLICK HERE
Give someone another birthday and DONATE BLOOD! Your opportunity will be at O'Connor on March 22nd and 23rd. CHICK HERE for more information.
October 27, 2016 - 4:42pm
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.
September 26, 2016 - 2:19pm
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.
September 10, 2016 - 7:47am
OHS Seniors and their parents are invited to join the counselors for Senior Parent Night on Thursday, September 15th at 6 pm in the auditorium. Valuable information regarding completing the FAFSA, college admissions, financial aid, and college, military and career options after high school will be presented. After the presentation, several college admissions officers will be available to answer questions and provide materials to you and your student. Some of the colleges who will be present include The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary’s University, Northwest Vista College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State, and Texas Tech. Military representatives from each branch will be here as well as the UTSA Army/Air Force ROTC. Whether you are a first time senior parent or have already had students graduate from O’Connor High School, this is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the necessary steps for your student to take during their senior year and to hear about the changes to the FAFSA and the new Oct. 1 access date. A copy of the presentation and handouts will be available on the O’Connor Counseling link on Friday, September 16th. Please access the OHS Counseling webpage at http://oconnorcounseling.weebly.com/index.html.
July 17, 2016 - 11:32am
Reserved tickets for the 2016 O'Connor football season will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 1. Tickets will be sold on the OHS campus on Aug. 1 only at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria. After Aug. 1, tickets will be available from Aug. 2 to Aug. 19 at the NISD Athletic Office in Paul Taylor Field House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days only. Click HERE for more information regarding ticket sales and prices.