Notes from the Principal's Desk. .
Sophomore Parents: Jostens Tonight
Don’t forget tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4pm – 6pm in our front foyer of ON, Jostens will be here for you to come view the Class rings. Order forms were given to sophomores on Sept. 6, there will be extra packets available as well. Come by to check them out!
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Olathe Public Schools Mobile App La aplicación para aparatos móviles de las Escuelas Públicas de Olathe
The Olathe Public Schools mobile app is the latest communication tool for students and parents. This free app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Mobile app features include:
As student safety is a priority for Olathe Public Schools, an engaging feature of the mobile app is the Safe Schools Safe Students Tip Line. Users can submit a concern and attach a picture of their concern with GPS location services for any building across the district. Users can submit their contact information for follow-up or remain anonymous.
District news, notifications and alerts are now sent directly to your phone.
La aplicación para aparatos móviles de las Escuelas Públicas de Olathe es la última herramienta en comunicación disponible para estudiantes y padres. Esta aplicación gratuita puede bajarse desde la tienda Google Play o, desde Apple App.
Las características de la aplicación móvil incluyen:
• Acceso al calendario del distrito
• Notificaciones del distrito y, de la escuela a la que asiste su estudiante
• Noticias a la medida de sus necesidades
• Acceso a ParentVue
• Recursos para padres y estudiantes
• Menús de los almuerzos
• Enlaces rápidos para el servicio de transporte
• Línea de ayuda para “Escuelas seguras- Estudiantes seguros”
• Directorio del personal y, de los planteles escolares
Los usuarios de la aplicación móvil fueron notificados el 11 de enero acerca de la cancelación de clases debido al clima a través de esta aplicación.
La seguridad de los estudiantes es una prioridad en las escuelas públicas de Olathe, es por ello que la línea de ayuda “Escuelas seguras- Estudiantes seguros” es una de las características más importantes de dicha aplicación. A través de la misma, los usuarios pueden someter su inquietud y, adjuntar una foto con la locación a través del servicio de GPS desde cualquier plantel escolar dentro del distrito. Los usuarios pueden someter su información de contacto para que se le dé seguimiento o, pueden permanecer anónimos si así lo desean.
Las noticias del distrito, las notificaciones y, las alertas ahora son enviadas directamente a su teléfono.
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You are invited to attend ON Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Performances are February 1-3 at 7:00pm, as well as February 3-4 at 2:00 with meet and greets afterwards- including the GeoScience touch tanks and conversations with the characters of the show. We have around 130 students involved in the production this year either in the cast, crew, or pit. They can’t wait to show you everything that they’ve been working on for the last three months. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 by going to www.olathenorththeatre.com. and clicking “Buy Tickets!”
Also if you come to the show you will be able to see Mr. Herman as the Pilot of the Ship. We hope to you see you there and even if you can’t make it we hope you will help us advertise the show.
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Enrollment has started for the 2018-19 school year here at Olathe North. Students should have received enrollment information on Thursday of this week. Below are some important dates to keep in mind for your students. The counseling team and administration team will be hosting a parent enrollment meeting on 2/12/18 in the Auditorium and Little Theater. More information to follow.
Enrollment Dates for 2018-19 School Year
Thurs, Jan 25th
Advisory: Enrollment folders/info handed out
Seminar: Enrollment PowerPoint-NO MOVEMENT
Thurs, Feb 1st
Advisory: Discussions/questions continue; students to complete enrollment worksheet
Seminar: Students continue making selections/completing worksheet. There can be movement if students are done with their enrollment worksheet.
Monday Feb 12th
Parent Enrollment Meeting @ Olathe North 7:00pm in the auditorium.
English Presentation in the Auditorium
Spanish Presentation in the Little theater.
Wed/Thurs Feb 14th/15th-Current 11th graders come to library during US History to complete online enrollment
Wed/Thurs Feb 21st/22nd-Current 9th graders come to library during PE to complete online enrollment
Friday, Feb 23rd-Current 9th graders in Drill/Cheer/Weights only/Sports Med PE come to 004 to complete online
Wed/Thus Feb 28th/Mar 1-Current 10th graders come to library during English to complete online enrollment
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Mental Health series event being held at the Technology Support Center beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February 6th. Jeremy Didier, PCAC, PCC will be presenting on the topic of ADHD. Also see the flyer for the Midwest ADHD Conference Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. on April 26th and 27th at the Matt Ross Community Center. If you would like to print the files please click the PDF file.
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Teen of the Month - Brandon Clark
Brandon Clark: Brandon suffered a stroke in October that has said to have been to be 85% fatal. Brandon not only survived the stroke but has faced his situation as an opportunity to appreciate daily living. He has been a self advocate with all his doctors and a hard worker with his therapists. He can not wait to run again and the experience has open up a world of careers for him as he wants to help others who find themselves in similar situations.
Star Award - Alisha Martin & Tammie Milke
Alisha is an outstanding, self-motivated freshmen who has a good relationship with Mrs. Milke who helps her navigate high school despite life challenges thrown her way.
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The Olathe North Language Arts Department and Administration are proud how these students represented our community in the Scholastic Writing Competition. Congrats to all the students below!!!
Jared Parker Abrams The Journey out of Castles In The Sand Poetry Honorable Mention
Hailey Alexander The Mortality of a Candle WickFlash Fiction Honorable Mention
Anniversary Poetry Honorable Mention
Renee Born Perspective Short Story Silver Key
Karen Castro Ma Poetry Silver Key
Molly Duke Wanderer Flash Fiction Honorable Mention
Katelyn Gillette The Last Reminder Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key
Hannah Hart Raindrop GirlShort Story Honorable Mention
Ashley Honey Rebirth Poetry Honorable Mention
Alice Kogo Antithesis of Coconut Oil Poetry Honorable Mention
Blk Grl Writing Portfolio Silver Key
Oreo Kid Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key
Black Pearl Poetry Honorable Mention
Afrofuturism: a concept Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention
Alyssa McCue A Synopsis of the End of the World Poetry Honorable Mention
Kirsten Osei-Bonsu For My SonPoetry Silver Key
Ana Schulte Journey Across the Messhall Poetry Honorable Mention
Supernova Sings Goodnight Short Story Gold Key
Release Poetry Honorable Mention
Dream Poetry Honorable Mention
The Art of Whispering Goodbye Writing Portfolio Silver Key
Hailey Sears My Dads Bottle Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key
Kylie Volavongsa A Candlelight Insomniac Short Story Honorable Mention
Magda Werkmeister Chicago O'Hare at 2 AM Poetry Honorable Mention
Not in Kansas Anymore Writing Portfolio Honorable Mention
Lauren Yoksh Morning Prayer Poetry Silver Key
Girl Crush Short Story Honorable Mention
Here and Beyond Writing Portfolio Honorable Mention
Summer Abundant Short Story Silver Key
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1/22/18 Social Justice Council Meeting 6:00pm OWHS
1/23/18 ON Area Orchestra 7:00pm North Gym
1/25/18 ON Area Band 7:00pm North Gym
1/25/18 9/10/11 Enrollment Advisory/Seminar
1/31/18 Musical Matinee 10:00am Auditorium
2/1-2/3 ON Musical 7:00pm Auditorium
2/2/18 No School For Students
2/3-2/4 ON Musical 2:00pm Auditorium
2/3/18 Middle School Cheer/Dance 9:00am North Gym
2/3/18 Little eaglette Dance Clinic 1:00pm North Gym
2/5-2/7: 7 hour day. (No block on Wednesday)
2/7 & 2/8: Parent Teacher Conferences
2/8 & 2/9: No school for students.
2/10: ACT Test 8:00am ON
2/12: 8-11 Parent Enrollment meeting 7:00pm Auditorium
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This past weekend 8 of our novice debaters competed at the Sunflower Debate Invitational (i.e. Novice State), The team of Wade Boohar and Khushi Kohli finished in 3rd place in the Novice Open division (open to any 1st year debater in Kansas from grades 9-12). They lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champions from SM East. Additionally, individual students are recognized for their speaking ability at this tournament. Out of 128 students in this division, Wade was ranked as the Best Speaker in the division and Khushi was ranked as the 2nd best!
In the Novice division (open to 9th graders only), the team of Madison Krakar and Khushi Parsai finished in 9th place. Khushi was recognized as the 4th best speaker in this division out of 136 debaters.
Tasmin Sangha, Samuel Liu, Michelle Chen, and Neha Sridhar also competed for ON this past weekend and performed well. The future of ONHS Debate looks very bright! Congrats all!!!!
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Congratulations to the following students for being selected as finalist in the Martin Luther King Day competition sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission. We were the only high school with a finalist in every category. Are staff and our students put many hours of hard work together to create these amazing products. Congratulations to:
David Genis – Multi Media 3rd Place
Jillian Maul – Visual Arts 3rd Place
Brian Beach – Written 1st Place
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Olathe North Theatre took 30 students to the State Thespian Festival this weekend. They were incredible! They performed and represented Olathe North like true Eagles. We had a very successful weekend, bringing home more awards and accolades then we have brought home from Festival ever in the past. If you see these students please congratulate them on a job well done.
Olathe North will be taking a show to the International Festival this summer for the first time ever. The repertory theatre class produced and performed a one-act entitled “The Bible in 30 Minutes or Less” which was the only one-act of at least 12 from the festival to be selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival in June.
The Olathe North Theatre improv team placed third (second, because 1st was a tie) among 65 other improv teams. They are the first Olathe North Improv team to place at a state competition. This is even more impressive knowing that this team has only been working together for just at a month. They were formed from those that attended our 3 improv nights. This team practiced throughout the month of December and went to state hoping to place, and ended up on the podium.
Emily Martin (junior) was elected as a state thespian officer. Emily is the first Olathe North student and one of less than 5 from across the district to be elected as an STO. State Thespian Officer is one of the highest leadership positions a thespian can receive. Emily will be helping to plan the festival for next year, 2019, as well as representing the state at thespian events, advocacy events and others ways across the state.
Thursday we had 28 of the 30 participate in Individual Events. This is a competitive event sponsored by to Thespians. Students are ranked superior, excellent, good, fair on a rubric provided by the Education Theatre Association. Participants can compete in many different acting and technical theatre areas.
9 Individual Events (12 students)receiving a Superior (which qualifies them for the national festival in June):
Kendall Gross (Senior)- Lighting Design (An Olathe North First)
Caleb Bishop and Lauren Morse (Seniors)- Duet Acting
David Genis and Jackson Wilks (Seniors)- Duet Acting
Allyson Tinker (Senior)- Solo Musical (also received a superior last year)
Alexa Edmonds (Senior)- Set Design (An Olathe North First)
Alex Shine (Junior)- Costume Construction (An Olathe North First)
Emily Martin (Junior)- Stage Management (She also received a superior last year)
Chloe Van Kam and Sophia Hillman (Sophomores)- Duet Musical (Sophia also received a superior last year)
Katelyn Gillette (Sophomore)- Sound Design (An Olathe North and we believe OSD First)
In addition to this, Sophia Hillman and Chloe Van Kam were one of 10 superiors out of all the superiors awarded at the festival to be selected to perform at the Individual Events showcase Friday Night.
11 Individual Events (16 students) received an Excellent:
Natalie Crane(Senior)-Solo Musical
Ashley Elliot(Senior)- Costume Design
Ashton Gohman (Senior)- Solo Musical
Ryan Foster and Sam Schaper( Senior and Freshman)-Duet Acting
Prinston Hoang and Deprise Lons (Senior and Junior)- Duet Acting
Amy Kaba and Sarah Lewis(Senior and Junior)-Duet Acting
Mady Edmonds and Ashley Strella (Juniors)- Duet Musical
Matt Ferguson(Junior)- Solo Acting/Monologue
Drew Bellamy and Hannah Shiefielbein(Sophomores)- Duet Acting
Hannah Guzman (Sophomore)- Solo Musical
Molly Martin(Sophomore)-Costume Design
Drew Bellamy (sophomore) wrote an original play entitled “Wish Agent” which was the only piece(among submissions from across Kansas) selected to be directed and then performed at the state festival. He received the Larry Shue (a Kansas Native playwright) award and was awarded a plaque that Olathe North will become the home to for the next year.
This year our thespian troupe also received a “Gold Honor Troupe” award meaning that our troupe actively participates in theatre outreach, bringing theatre to the community, Theatre productions, and Theatre participation. This is the highest award a thespian troupe can receive at the state level.
Olathe North had 5 seniors audition for colleges and receive a total of 112 callbacks. They were:
Natalie Crane (19 callbacks)
Alexa Edmonds (27 callbacks)
Amy Kaba (21 callbacks)
Allyson Tinker (19 callbacks)
Jackson Wilks (26 callbacks)
In addition, Natalie Crane and Amy Kaba were 2 out of 5 Seniors at the Festival to be selected for automatic admission into AMDA, a performing arts conservatory in New York City.
Students also participated in a Creative Costume, Theater Scholar Bowl, Speed Charades and Technical Theatre Olympics. Scoring better in many of these areas then we have in the past.
We also learned at the beginning of the semester, but it applies now, that Olathe North Thespian Troupe 3310 is currently the Largest Thespian Troupe in the state.
It was a very successful weekend for the theatre department, the thespian troupe, and its students. Please congratulate them as you see them.