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Below is a letter that you received from the district about the Eclipse day on Monday 8/21/17. It is extremely important that you have a conversation with your student(s) about the safety concerns during the eclipse moment. I have attached a link to a PowerPoint that will explain what we, at Olathe North, will be doing on Monday. Thank you to our Geo-Science staff for creating a great lesson plan so that all our students can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Dear Olathe Public Schools Parents,
As you know, a historic event will occur in our area on August 21, when a Total Solar Eclipse will cross the continental United States from coast to coast. Olathe will be just outside the path of totality, with the eclipse beginning at 11:40 a.m. through 2:35 p.m., experiencing 99.4% of totality at 1:08 p.m.
As educators, we could not be more thrilled to have school in session that day and be able to provide students with amazing learning opportunities. The district has been preparing for this event since the spring semester. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided for every student and staff member in the Olathe Public Schools. These solar eclipse glasses meet NASA safety certification guidelines. We will teach and practice with all students the safe viewing of an eclipse and stress the importance of ONLY viewing the eclipse through the glasses. Students will be required to wear their glasses anytime they are observing the sun and eclipse. Our early childhood classes will not be participating in any viewing of the solar eclipse event.
The following link provides additional safety information https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
Principals may be scheduling special school-wide activities for celebrating and viewing. Teachers have access to educational classroom activities to enhance students’ experience of this amazing event. In addition, we have put together a public web page of online resources for our families. That site can be found by going to https://teachers.olatheschools.com/eclipse/.
While we believe students and staff of Olathe Public Schools will have an incredible experience viewing the eclipse by participating in planned activities in their school building, we wanted to let any parents who would prefer their child NOT participate in eclipse viewing to please contact their child’s principal. Parents will have an option for their child to have an excused absence or a supervised, alternative activity will be provided at school.
We look forward to sharing this once in a lifetime experience with students and staff on August 21. Please let your child’s principal know if you have any questions.
Olathe Public Schools Administration
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Dear Olathe North Senior Parents,
National statistics show that more young people between the ages of 16 and 20 are injured or killed between the hours of 10p.m. and 4a.m. during graduation season(May/June)/night of graduation than during any other time of the year. PROJECT GRADUATION is one way to fight these alarming facts and teach our kids to celebrate smart! Project Graduation provides our graduating seniors with a safe and fun environment that is drug and alcohol free to celebrate their accomplishments. We need our school community to once again come together and support this great tradition.
ON Project Graduation is a mostly senior parent volunteer group that will organize an all-night drug and alcohol free event on Sunday May 20th, 2018. Your support will help ensure our graduating seniors have a place to celebrate all their hard work over their last 12 years of school.
We will be holding fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money to cover the costs of renting out the Fieldhouse in Gardner and to provide the entertainment, food and alchohol free drinks for the seniors on Graduation Night. Please support these efforts as possible. Events will Include dine-outs, 50/50 raffles at football games, bagging groceries at Hy-Vee, and selling trash-bags.
Our first event is a dine out at Chipoltle 119th and Blackbob on August 22, 2017 from 4 PM to 9 PM. Please take the attached flyer , or a copy the flyer on your phone with you and present it when you pay. A great way to get dinner for your family before back to school night at ON. Please also invite all your friends and neighbors.
If you are interested in being on the steering committee for 2018 ON Project Graduation please contact Scott Mayes at 913 219 4038 or email@example.com.
On behalf of the graduating class of 2018 Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and support of this truly special program for our graduating seniors. We look forward to a fun year and great end of the year party.
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Please see the blackboard email from Olathe North that is titled "Printable Olathe North Map".
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Students and Parents,
I am so excited to kick off the 2017-18 school year this week. I wanted to post some information that are just reminders as the students return to school this week. First, this school year we will have different procedures for parents and students coming and going from Olathe North. The district has installed an Audio/Visual Surveillance System. This is the bell and camera system at our two points of entry for parents and students. To enter Olathe North during the instructional day, from 8:00am-3:00pm, you will need to ring the bell and show your Id to the camera. Students that arrive after 8:10 will need to enter the building in the student entrance, south 600 entry. This is the entrance to the auditorium lobby. Parents dropping students off will need to enter the student parking lot on the east side of the building and drop their student off at the south 600 entry. Please be understanding with my staff as we are just learning how to use the system. Thank you for support in advance.
Schedule for the week of Aug 16th and 17th...
Wednesday, August 16th, all freshman are to report to the North Commons before 8:00am. Freshman do not need to bring anything to school with them that day. Lunch will be provided for all students. If your student wants to bring their own lunch, they are welcome to do that. Students will be released at 12:15. Buses will run normal pick up times in the morning and will leave Olathe North at 12:22. Please make sure your student knows what bus they ride by number. That evening all Olathe North freshman and parents are invited to our annual "Welcome to the Eagles Nest Night". A post card was mailed home with this information. The freshman will have a 9th grade only mixer in the Auxiliary gym from 6:30-8:00. There will be an informative parent meeting in the North Gym, with yours truly, from 6:45-7:15. Then parents will breakout to meet your student's alpha administrator and counselor. Both events will conclude at 8:00pm.
Thursday, August 17th, all students return to school for a full day. We will run a traditional 7 hour schedule on this day and school starts at 8:00am. We will not start block schedule until the following week. We are asking students to know where their first hour is when they come on Thursday. We will post first hour teachers and room numbers by student name around the building to help any students who do not know where their first hour class is located. Students will receive updated schedules in their first hour. We will have Eagle Halftime on that first day. Please see previous posting for all Eagle Halftime information.
***Students earning Eagle Extra privileges for 1st quarter 2017-18 should have received an email, sent to your parents from Olathe North. If you did not receive an email and believe you should have received Eagle Extras, you are welcome to email your assistant principal as to why you didn't receive it. Here is the criteria to receive EE: Zero unexcused absences, no D's or F's, no more than 3 tardies in the previous quarter, no more then 14 hours of excused absences (not counting field trip, activity or athletic absences), and no referrals in 4th quarter. Eagle Extras changes every quarter. All students are eligible to receive Eagle Extras for 2nd Q. Make sure you take care of business in the classroom, you attend classes, and stay out of trouble and you can receive Eagle Extras next quarter. Freshman were not eligible 1st quarter to receive Eagle Extras.
****Parking will be open for all students in the student lot until August 28th. Beginning 8/28/17, we will expect students to park in their assigned spot with their parking tag displayed from the rear view mirror. Here are the dates for students to receive their parking tags.
Eagle Extra Seniors Only Monday, August 21
7:30 – 7:50 am
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Eagle Extra Juniors Only Tuesday, August 22
7:30 – 7:50 am
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Seniors Wednesday, August 23
7:30 – 7:50 am
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Juniors Thursday, August 24
7:30 – 7:50 am
3:00 – 4:00 pm
All Remaining Eligible Students Friday, August 25
7:30 – 7:50 am
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday, August 21st the Olathe North science department and administration team have join forces to give every Olathe North student the opportunity to experience and view the solar eclipse that will take place that day. The Olathe School District has provided every student in the district with appropriate eye protection to view the eclipse. It is very important that you visit with your child about the dangers of looking at an eclipse without appropriate eyewear. The staff will provide detailed information and instructions to the students throughout the day on the 21st.
Olathe North High School
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What is Eagle Halftime?
It is 50 minutes in the middle of the day for students to use for tutoring, clubs, lunch, socializing, studying, academic review sessions and more.
There are two 25 minute blocks. Teachers have a 25 minute lunch and 25 minutes of office hours to work with students.
Why Eagle Halftime?
Academic Support (Goal 1)
ART is only 1x/week and limited in its impact. Eagle Halftime provides daily academic support for students within the confines of the school day.
(125 additional minutes of support/week)
Emotional Well-Being (Goal 2)
Eagle Halftime provides an opportunity for students to decompress, and for staff and students to connect.
College & Career Readiness
Most high school schedules are compartmentalized and leave little or no room for students to develop the soft skills necessary for being college and/or career ready. Eagle Halftime provides the opportunity for students to develop these skills while still in high school.
Eagle Halftime can fit into our current schedule with only minor adjustments. All classes in a given day are 48/88 minutes in length with no disruptions. This new schedule results in an additional 125 min/week contact time with students without changing our start or end time.
What would it look like at ONHS?
Eagle Halftime would begin August 17 and January 4.
High School Bell Schedule 2017-2018:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
1st Hour 8:00-8:48
2nd Hour 8:53-9:41
3rd Hour 9:46-10:34
4th Hour 10:39-11:29
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:32-11:57
B = 11:57-12:22
5th Hour 12:26-1:14
6th Hour 1:19-2:07
7th Hour 2:12-3:00
1st Hour 8:00-9:28
3rd Hour 9:33-11:01
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:05-11:30
B = 11:30-11:55
5th Hour 11:59-1:27
7th Hour 1:32-3:00
2nd Hour 8:15-9:43
4th Hour 10:18-11:46
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:49-12:14
B = 12:14-12:39
6th Hour 12:42-2:10
Mon/Tues/Fri – 48 min. classes, Wed. – 88 min., Thur. 88 min. classes. 5 minute passing periods.
A/B Office hours
During Eagle Halftime, teachers will have office hours for 25 minutes and a 25 minute duty free lunch. Office hours will be assigned by department. Students will have the opportunity to visit teachers for academic support during this time. A bell will ring at the 25-minute interval signaling a change from A office hours to B office hours. A bell will ring at the end of Eagle Halftime signaling to students that they need to move to their next class destination.
Locations where students MAY and MAY NOT eat their lunch:
Students MAY eat their lunch in the commons, hallways, classrooms with teachers present (designated by a sign) and courtyards (main hall, 400 hall, 800 hall).
Students will NOT be allowed to eat their lunch in the computer labs, restrooms or library media center.
Students will NOT be allowed to congregate on steps or ramps, no blocking of easements.
Students will NOT be able to access gyms, locker rooms, auditorium, weight room and wrestling room during Eagle Halftime.
*There will be “peanut/tree nut free” signs on 2 tables in the lunch room and in all of the classrooms that students with allergies have on their schedule.
Advisory and Seminar will occur each week on Thursday. Advisory is 25 minutes, with designated lessons for each grade level. No movement is allowed during this time. Seminar is 45 minutes and will be used for assemblies and other special events that occur during the school day, so as not to interrupt instructional time.
What will students do during Eagle Halftime?
Initially, students will have the freedom to choose how they use their time. It starts as “their” time. Students will be required to remain on campus, but may choose when to eat their lunch and where to eat their lunch. Students will also have the opportunity to spend time in acceleration, enrichment and/or involvement activities of their choice, based on individual need or interest. Students who have a D or an F will be assigned a 25 minute office hour by their teachers, during Eagle Halftime. Students will only have ONE 25 minute office hour assigned per day. Teachers will have that assigned by 8:00 a.m. that day and students will be reminded to access that, through StudentVue, during 4th hour announcements.
ACCELERATION, ENRICHMENT, and INVOLVEMENT
It is important that we help students to use their time responsibly. Students develop that skill by being given the freedom to make decisions about how to best manage their time. Staff cannot mandate student time. The only mandatory sessions will be for students with Ds and Fs. If a student has a D or F in a course, the student will be required to meet with that teacher once a week until the grade improves to a C or higher.
What are the consequences for a student who does not use Eagle Halftime appropriately?
If a student uses Eagle Halftime inappropriately (fails to report to assigned location, creates a disruption to others, leaves campus, etc.) he/she will be assigned to a mandatory study hall during Eagle Halftime, known as a “Sideline”. The privilege of Eagle Halftime may be suspended indefinitely if there are repeated incidents. The student will eat his/her lunch in the mandatory study hall and complete class assignments.
Can Eagle Halftime be taken away?
Yes, it can be taken away, if responsibility is not taken for trash pick-up or there are behavioral issues. Eagle Halftime may be suspended for a day or multiple days.
Computers in the library will be available to students. We will work to also have another computer lab available. By second semester, all students will have laptops and North will be one-to-one.
Library Media Center
The library will serve as a quiet work area where students can study and have availability for printing student class work.
Clubs can meet once every two weeks during Eagle Halftime. There are no restrictions on meeting after school. We will create a google.doc, displaying the club meetings for the two week period. All sports and co-curricular activities cannot mandate a rehearsal or practice, or schedule a “voluntary” practice.
There is a five minute overlap of Eagle Halftime and the start of OATC on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. There is no overlap on Wednesday and Thursday. This will give PM OATC students an opportunity to stay for the first half of Eagle Halftime on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. PM OATC students would be available for both sessions of Eagle Halftime on Wednesday and Thursday.
Students will be expected to exit at the nearest exit and move to the curb away from the building. Teachers will encourage students to exit the building using the route indicated on the fire maps posted in their classrooms.
Students should proceed to the nearest designated tornado shelter. Teachers will prompt students in their area at that time to the nearest designated tornado shelter using the tornado maps located in their room.
Students will report to the nearest available classroom/secured space. Teachers will follow protocol used throughout the day to admit students into their rooms as they secure their doors and wait for further instructions.
If students and staff need to evacuate the building, the practice football and soccer fields will be the congregation area. Students should locate their Advisory teacher and check in with that teacher. Teachers will have an assigned location on the field and will communicate that with students at the beginning of the year.
Parent Excusing During Eagle Halftime
If students have a doctor’s appointment, Eagle Halftime will be a good time to sign your student out. Requests must be submitted at the beginning of the school day. Last minute requests will not be possible since passes CANNOT be delivered once Eagle Halftime is under way.
Outside Food and Drink
Students are expected to remain on campus and eat from the cafeteria or bring food from home. Outside fast food and drink CANNOT be dropped off for students.
Honor societies MAY decide to offer tutoring on certain days. This will be organized by the honor society supervisors and officers. Students who provide this service may receive community service credit for it. This is currently a work in progress.
We will have three food serving areas. We will utilize the cafeteria in the Commons and the 2 kiosks, which are located in the South Commons and the main hall/200 hall intersection. Students will NOT be allowed to charge any food items, if their lunch account is in the negative.
We will use the first week of school, during advisory, to teach students the procedures related to Eagle Halftime.
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Hello from Olathe North High School.
We look forward to seeing you at REGISTRATION Thursday, July 27, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Now that it is possible for you to completely register your student online, we understand that we may not see many of you until the Welcome to the Eagles Nest, August 16 (Freshman parents only), or the Back-to-School Open House on Tuesday, August 22. More information will be sent to you as we get closer to these dates.
As you probably already know, it is the expectation that all parents register their children using the ParentVUE system. NOTE: Online registration can be done only from a computer, not a mobile device.
The registration process will take place in the Olathe North front entry and main hallway near the front office. All returning students and parents will be welcome to come and use the computer lab to complete registration. Staff will be on hand to help with the registration process if needed.
New students to the Olathe School District, will need to enter the front office and enroll with our registrar in the counseling department. We recommend doing this on or before July 27th in the front office at Olathe North.
There will be an opportunity to receive and pick up a few things during the registration day. Please see the attached checklist.
What you can see at Registration:
Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved with our Olathe North Parent Organization and Project Graduation for our graduating seniors.
What you will NOT see at registration this year:
Hope you are having a great summer and we are looking forward to a great 2017-18 school year. Please feel free to email me with any questions.
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Olathe North will be live streaming the 2017 Graduation from ODAC or Olathe North.
As stated in the other blog, if we need to come inside due to weather we will have a live stream of graduation in the overflow seating in the south gym. This same broadcast will be available to watch from any device on line. All information to watch the graduation on line are listed below.
We will be broadcasting the 2017 Olathe North Graduation on YouTube.com, our channel is eaglestudiosONHS. The link to our channel is
Families should be able to find the Graduation going live just prior to 2:00 Sunday, rain or shine.
The link will be Gone by Monday so if any senior wants a copy they need to fill out the order form (See Attached).
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Congratulations to Olathe North Junior Amanda Yoksh and Freshman Daytona Hodson for their hard work with the city to initiate a proclamation from Mayor Copeland and the City of Olathe that May 14-20, 2017 is known as Food Allergy Awareness Week. Read the proclamation below from the City of Olathe.
Activities to celebrate this week will consist of: Daily announcements and Tweets @JasonHermanON; Food Allergy Awareness Slide Shows during lunch each day this week; Administration and students wearing the teal ribbon that supports Food Allergy Awareness; May 17th Olathe North will host a spirit day, staff and the student body will wear teal or light blue to show support for food allergy awareness. There will also be a table with trivia and information about safe snack items. See Amanda, Daytona, or an administrator for any additional information.
Olathe Proclaims May 14-20, 2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week
[Olathe, KS] [May 12, 2017] – The City of Olathe Mayor, Mike Copeland, has proclaimed May 14-20, 2017 as Food Allergy Awareness Week. National organizations including Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), and Centerview Food Allergy Management of the Kansas City area would like to invite the community to participate. Food Allergy Awareness Week is an event created to transform how people think about food allergies across the nation. This week-long learning event provides a platform for schools, physicians and families to share information about food allergies, raising awareness about this potentially life threatening medical condition that affects 15 million Americans, including 6 million children. Researchers are unsure of why, but food allergies are on the rise. There is no approved treatment and the only proven option is total avoidance of the allergen.
Two local Olathe teens are responsible for initiating the Proclamation from the City of Olathe. Daytona Hodson and Amanda Yoksh both attend Olathe North High School.
Daytona Hodson was diagnosed with food allergies by doctors in the Olathe Health System when he was an infant. He attended most of his elementary school years in Olathe District Schools. His family recently returned to Olathe and Daytona is a freshman at Olathe North High School. He is a member of the Olathe North Freshman Baseball team. He serves as a member of FARE’s Teen Allergy Group, FAACT’s Teen Allergy Council, Camp TAG summer camp counselor, and Camp Centerview camp counselor. He advocates for others like him whenever he can.
Amanda Yoksh’s parents first discovered she had a severe allergy to peanuts when she was 10 months old after she had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter. Another reaction at 2 years old would require a blood test to find out what other allergens she had. Turns out Amanda was severely allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts, sesame, soy, coconut. Amanda has been in the Olathe public school system since first grade and have been grateful to meet such helpful and understanding staff in the district. Amanda is now a junior at Olathe North High School. Amanda is co-president of the Olathe North National Honors Society, member of ON Student Council, Link Crew, and is part of the Distinguished Scholar program. Amanda has made it her goal to reach out to other students with severe food allergies to combat bullying and spread awareness.
Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those who are interested in joining Amanda, Daytona, and Centerview Food Allergy Management in our efforts during Food Allergy Awareness Week, can visit www.CenterviewFAM.org. for information about our Food Allergy Awareness event May 17 6-8 P.M. at Thompson Barn 11184 Lackman Road in Lenexa, KS. For more details about the Food Allergy Awareness Week movement, visit FAACT at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org or FARE at www.foodallergy.org
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Project Graduation will be held on Sunday night, May 21 from 10 pm to 3 am at The New Century Fieldhouse in Gardner. Tickets will be sold Mon, Tues, & Wed, May 15-17 during all lunch periods. Tickets are $25 and include lots of food, fun and prizes for our graduating seniors. The last chance for the seniors to buy tickets will be at the senior breakfast/grad practice Fri, May 19 from 8 am to 11 am.
Seniors will meet in the Olathe North Blue Room at 9 pm on Sun night, May 21 to check in for the event and receive their bus assignment. Buses will be loaded and leave by 9:40 pm for The Fieldhouse. The kids will be supervised by many parent volunteers and will have the opportunity to play open gym sports like volleyball, badminton, and basketball as well as soccer and kickball/dodgeball on the turf. There will also be inflatable fun like human scooter bowling and human foosball. A DJ will be provided for karaoke, dancing, and music bingo. There will be numerous prizes for them to win like Garmin Vivofits, apparel, gift cards, entertainment packages, and lots of electronics. The buses will be back at Olathe North at 3 am.
We still need many parent volunteers for this event. The below Sign Up Genius has been created to sign up for various time slots to help with the food and entertainment for the evening. If you are unable to help, then please consider a donation to help fund the event. You may send a check into the office in an envelope marked "Project Grad" or you may donate on our Go Fund Me page, which is below as well.
Go Fund Me: Olathe North Project Grad 2017 by Olathe North Class of 2017
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Graduation tickets are being handed out on 5/10, 5/11, and 5/12 at lunch. Every senior is receiving 4 tickets. These tickets will have important meaning if we are unable to have graduation at ODAC. If the ceremony is forced to be inside the ticket will be the only way family members will be able to enter the North Gym.
If we are moved inside for graduation, due to weather, only 4 seats are available for senior guests in the gym. Overflow seating will be located in the south gym where the ceremony will be live streamed. Also, the live stream will be available online from any computer on the internet.
Requests for handicap seating must be made through Kathy Stanley in the front office. Seniors will need to turn a ticket in for a handicap ticket. Olathe North only has the availability for 80 handicap spots. Therefore we are asking if you request a handicap space in the North gym that all other guests sit in the bleachers. We will accommodate those that need to sit together in the handicap section if space is available. This is a first come, first serve opportunity.
Graduation Practice is 8:15 in the Olathe North Commons on Friday 5/19/17. Please make sure you have the following items taken care of.
1) Go to www.mypaymentsplus.com or Renee Hambleton (Olathe North Bookkeeper) to ensure that all fees have been submitted and paid.
2) Make sure all Jostens orders are in so you can receive your cap and gown after graduation practice.
3) Senior picnic will follow graduation practice. A separate blog will be completed with Senior picnic information early next week.
4) Please see the other blog in the newsletter section that speaks to the outdoor graduation.
On Sunday 5/21/17 all graduating seniors must report to Olathe North by 12:00pm. Graduates will report to assigned classrooms that they will receive at graduation practice. The graduates will load busses headed for ODAC at 12:45pm. We will arrive at ODAC at 1:15pm to line up for the procession into the stadium.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Mr. Herman recommends that graduates are dropped of at Olathe North at 12:00pm and catch a ride home with family from ODAC after the graduation. We will have 15 one way busses to ODAC, if your graduate needs a ride back to Olathe North after the graduation they will need to sign up for the return bus ride at graduation practice. We will only hold as many busses needed to return students to Olathe North after the graduation.
After the graduation is completed, graduates will have a recession out of the stadium to return their red stole and receive their diploma. Graduates and families then have the opportunity to return to the football stadium for pictures. We will clear ODAC at 4:30 so that Olathe South can prepare for their graduation that evening.
Keep checking the newsletter blogs for more information about graduation.