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Order the 2018 Senior Class Photo. See the attachment below for all the details.
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Safety and Security for Olathe North
Dear Parents and Community,
I am writing this for the purpose of safety and security at Olathe North. I am requesting your help. Please sit down over the weekend and address these concerns with your student. Over the last several months we have had an increased concern in several areas and as an administration and staff we feel we need to deal with each of these concerns. These may seem like small issues, however when you are a building of 2,300 people in a confined space it can significantly impact the educational day and safety and security of our school.
Hoodies, Hats and Beanie Caps
We have been dealing with several students that consistently wear their hats or hoods of their sweat shirts up throughout the school day. What we notice is that when a student is requested to take their hoodie down or hat off, they do so, then when they turn the corner they put it right back up or on. This is a fashion trend and I understand that is how the students want to wear it. However, any type of headwear can block the view of a student’s face or appearance from the hundreds of cameras in our building. This is a major safety and security concern. If there were an emergency and administration or local authorities would need to use our surveillance cameras it would be difficult to identify students as victims, by-standers or witnesses. We will be dealing with these violations swiftly for the remainder of the school year. Please see the policy from the Olathe North Student Handbook listed below.
Dress or appearance that is likely to cause disruption of the educational process or create a health or safety concern will be considered inappropriate.
The following provides a guide for dress and appearance. School authorities do reserve the prerogative to counsel students regarding their manner of dress and grooming:
-Hats, caps, any headgear will not be worn in the school building during instructional time.
Student ID to enter Olathe North between 8:00am and 3:00pm.
We are averaging 15-25 students a day that do not have a picture id with them when they want to enter Olathe North between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. This is new protocol for the 2017-18 school year due to the new camera/buzzer system. This is a major security risk and time commitment when the attendance secretaries are forced to look up pictures of every student that comes to the student entrance without a picture id. We constantly visit with our students that, due to safety and security, they must have either a driver’s license or a school id to enter the building. If this were a parent, community member, or visitor we would not allow them to enter without appropriate ID. We will be dealing with these violations swiftly for the remainder of the school year.
I.D. Cards must be on students at all times. Students will be charged $5.00 for each replacement.
Students Opening Locked Doors for Other Students at Olathe North between 8:00am and 3:00pm.
All doors at Olathe North are locked down promptly at 8:00am. It is the responsibility of all students to report to the 600/student entrance and for all visitors to report to the front office entrance if they want to enter the building after 8:00am. It is important that students do not push locked doors open to let anybody in to the building. This is a safety and security concern. Please direct the individual to the appropriate entrance so that they can show photo ID to enter the building. We will be dealing with these violations swiftly for the remainder of the school year.
Students standing around and or walking in large groups during Eagle Halftime.
Another concern is the grouping of students in the hallways during Eagle Halftime (EHT). When students are walking or standing in large groups in the hallways it can become a major concern. It becomes a blockage in the hallways and can deter flow for the students that are headed for academic support or lunch. When students tend to be in larger groups they are louder and a disturbance to the academics occurring in the nearby classrooms. We are also having a problem of students that are “Mall Walking” during EHT. They are walking through the halls in large groups for the entire 50 minutes. They are eating lunch while they are walking, they are stopping throughout the building and distracting other students, and they never find a specific location to sit down to eat lunch or work on assignments. I am certainly concerned with the students that are struggling academically and do not use this opportunity appropriately. We also are having a problem with trash throughout the hallways.
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.
Students using E-Cigarettes or Vaping at Olathe North
We are seeing much more vaping or the use of e-cigarettes across the Olathe School District then we have in the past. This is not just an Olathe North concern. Obviously this is a safety concern for our student. Kids are willing to share their vapes with other students, in many occasions students do not know what they are inhaling. It could be a vanilla flavored nicotine to cannabis oil (THC which is the narcotic in marijuana). This is a safety concern for the health and well-being of our students. You truly do not know what is in the vape!! Our punishment is much more severe for vaping. If you are caught vaping it is a minimum of three days out of school suspension. You could also be ticketed by our School Resource Officer for tobacco consumption or arrested for drug consumption.
Students at Olathe North are expected to abide by the following guidelines:
-to refrain from the use or possession of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products on school grounds or at any school event.
-to refrain from possession, use, consumption, sale, or distribution of alcohol or restricted drugs on school premises (This includes any evidence of being under the influence of such substances. This applies during the school day as well as during school activities before or after school hours.)
Thank you for reviewing this document and understanding that safety and security for the staff and students at Olathe North High School is the administration’s number one priority. If you are aware of anything that you would like to report to Olathe North please feel free to contact an administrator at any time. Also please download the new Olathe Public Schools mobile app. This is an outstanding way to communicate anonymously if you have a concern you want to share with the administration at Olathe North.
Olathe North High School
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Sports Med and Exercise Science students were at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) in sunny California last week. Out of 47 teams, our sport med students finished 4th.. moving up from last year and taking a more rigorous test.
Also, a testament to Olathe North, Georgia Mitchell was named overall Champion; AACI Student Trainer of the Year. The criteria included:
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OLATHE ~ Three Olathe North High School students recently achieved a perfect score on the ACT exam: Brian Beach, junior; Wade Boohar, freshman; and Anchal Gupta, junior. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students taking the ACT earn a top score. These make seven perfect ACT scores in the Olathe School District for this school year.
"This is exciting news and we are very proud of our students who received perfect scores on the ACT," Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. "They represent the hard work ethic and preparation we want for all students at Olathe North. Our staff, students and community congratulate Wade, Brian and Anchal."
Beach is involved in cross country, track and field, orchestra and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Boohar is involved in student council, DECA, debate and forensics, Scholar’s Bowl, Science Olympiad and is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
Gupta is involved in debate, DECA, Olathe Youth Court, dance team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
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FAQ’s about the Academic & Military Signing Ceremony
What is the Academic & Military Signing Ceremony?
Ten years ago, the faculty and staff of Olathe North decided that we needed to honor the students who excel in the classroom and receive scholarships to attend post-secondary institutions based upon their academic talents and performance, just like we do those students who receive scholarships for post-secondary institutions for athletics.
What students are eligible to participate in the ceremony?
Seniors who are in good standing with Olathe North and on-track to graduate may participate in the ceremony if they meet one of the three criteria listed below. He or she needs to be:
The first step is to fill out the Google Form that is located at this web address: http://tinyurl.com/ONhsasc20182
There are a few other tasks to take care of, but this is where he or she will need to start. the registration deadline is April 30.
Will the students be informed about this ceremony?
The students will have the opportunity to visit with Mr. Belske during Halftime A on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 & 29 in the Auditorium. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions. While attendance at one of these meetings is not required, it is highly encouraged.
When and where does the ceremony take place?
The ceremony will be during an all-school assembly in the North Gym on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 10 am. More specific details regarding parking and other items will be mailed home to the parents of those students participating prior to the ceremony.
If you have other questions or for more information, please e-mail Mr. Richard Belske at email@example.com
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Dear Senior Parents,
We are getting closer to the big day so I thought I would remind everyone of a few dates from the rest of this year's calendar. There were a couple of typos on the previous letter, so please pay special attention to the events happening May 14-18 (these are listed in red).
As dates/times could be subject to change – please check the Monthly School Calendar at http://schools.olatheschools.com/olathenorth/ for most current info.
3rd: Jostens Graduation Announcement Delivery, South Commons (11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)
4th: Jostens Graduation Announcement Delivery, South Commons (7:30 – 8:00 a.m.)
11th: SAT Test (Check Online for Locations)
12th: Spring Athletic Signing in Aux. Gym (Time-TBD)
14th: ACT Test (Check Online for Locations)
19th: 21st Century Presentations (Does not include Distinguished Scholars)
20th: Deadline to Submit Commencement Address Applications (by 3:00pm in Main Office); Senior Academic Signing Information due.
21st: Prom at the Ball Conference Center (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
30th: Senior Awards Night in the Auditorium (7:00 p.m.)
MAY (Big Month!)
3rd: Academic Signing in North Gym (9:45 am)
5th: SAT Test (Check Online for Locations)
14th: Regular 7 hour day
15th: Senior Finals: Hours 2, 4, & 6
16th: Senior Finals: Hours 1, 3, 5, & 7
17th: NO SCHOOL for Seniors
18th: Senior Breakfast in the Commons (8:00 a.m.); Commencement Rehearsal in North Gym (9:00 a.m.), Pick-Up Caps/Gowns – (10:00 a.m.); Senior Picnic at Shawnee Mission Park (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) (All Outstanding Fees Due Prior to Receipt of Caps/Gowns)
20th: Commencement Ceremony at ODAC Football Field (7:00 p.m.); Project Graduation Party (10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.)
2nd: SAT Test (Check Online for Locations)
The Project Graduation team is still working hard. Please see Mr. Herman’s blog and support the fundraiser through The Flower Man for your prom flowers. They are also looking for monetary donations or prizes from any local businesses. As always, you may contact Scott Mayes (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Need more info?
Mrs. Andrea Cronin
Senior Class Sponsor
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Attached below is the senior ad forms for the 2017-2018 Cornerstone yearbook. Please complete form and submit pictures, design and money no later than March 30th, 2018. For any inquiries please contact Gail Carpenter email@example.com
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High School Technology Parent Updates
District Continues Work on 1:1 High School Technology Initiative
District staff continue to work toward implementing a 1:1 high school technology initiative at the remaining four high schools, following the launch of a 1:1 program at Olathe West High School. Making sure that the launch of a vital technology initiative is successful, district staff has developed 10 assurances that staff are working to meet before the scheduled launch of a 1:1 initiative at the remaining four high schools. Some of these assurances include the implementation of vital infrastructure, wireless accessibility, professional development, device determination, among others.
District staff are still working through some of these assurances. We continue to learn from Olathe West students and staff as they engage in high levels of learning using 1:1 devices. Their experiences, both positive and negative, allow us to continue creating an even better experience behind the scenes as we prepare for our next deployments. Once a timeframe has been determined for Olathe North, we will communicate with parents.
Thank you for your patience as we work to implement a successful 1:1 technology initiative at our high schools.
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This year Olathe North is hosting Camp Invention from June 4-7 from 8 a.m-4.pm for students ages K-6 grade. Camp invention is a national camp through the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Help your child become the next great inventor by securing their spot at Camp Invention this summer where they’ll use reverse engineering to take apart items and look for interesting new parts to create the next big thing! Campers will also get to build their own DIY solar-powered cricket, they'll also create their own language through code and build the best new tourist theme park! Head over to www.campinvention.org to learn more or call 800.968.4332 for more information! Ready to sign up? Click here:
CAMP INVENTION (K - 6th) | NIHF
What is Camp Invention? Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed ...