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Calling all Eagles! The Olathe North Chronicle has gone digital! Now you can read the Chronicle and other online exclusive articles on onhsnews.com! Not only has the paper moved online, but the Olathe North journalism department is live on twitter @o_n_e_voice, on instagram @o.n.e.voice, and on snapchat @onjournalism.
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With the upcoming possibility of snow and cold weather we will be rescheduling the Powder Puff game to a time during seminar in the Spring.
Assistant Principal, Activities Director
Caseload alpha A-D and Center Based Resource
Olathe North High School
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Dear Parents and Community,
I am writing this requesting your support. To returning parents this will sound familiar from last year. Please sit down over the weekend and address these concerns with your student. Last school year the staff of Olathe North High School set a persistence with our expectation of behavior during Eagle Halftime and appropriate dress code expectations. It is the blog from April 6th, 2018.
Several of these concerns have been addressed and are so much better today. As parents of students at Olathe North I know I have your support when it comes to the dress code and appropriate behavior during Eagle Halftime. Therefore we are again addressing some continuing concerns and some new concerns.
1. Dress Code (Hoodies, Hats, Beanie Caps, Sagging Pants, Midriffs and Strapless Tops
2. Not having student id’s when they arrive to ON after 8:00am/opening locked doors for fellow students between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm.
3. Students standing around and walking in large groups during Eagle Halftime.
4. Opening lock doors for students and others to enter the builds/Leaving the building during EHT
5. Consistently leaving trash during Eagle Halftime.
These five areas of concern will be dealt with swiftly starting on Monday November 7th. We will be assigning sideline, lunch time/Eagle halftime detentions, for these violations. Friday we will be communicating this to all students first – fourth hour in every class. This will be considered the students warning. The administration will communicate to parents and guardians via email or phone call for all violations and consequences.
Hoodies, hats, beanies: Our students have done a great job with this. I am so proud that our students respect and understand the safety concern having hoodies or hats on in the building. Sagging pants has become an issue again. This is a violation of the dress code and students will receive consequences if they choose to sag their pants. Midriff and strapless tops: This has been one of the biggest issues this year. I understand that the tops are cute, however it is not appropriate for school unless they are wearing an undershirt or a jacket zipped up over the top. 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.
- Pants must be worn around the waste. Sagging is not allowed.
-Shirts or tops that do not cover the midriff, back, or chest area (tube tops, halter tops, tops with straps over only one shoulder, or too low cut). All tops must have two shoulder straps
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 was 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.
Consistently leaving trash during Eagle Halftime
Another concern is the amount of trash that is being left by students during EHT. It is the responsibility of our students to pick up after themselves during lunch. WE will be implementing a very detailed recycling, compost and food saving system hopefully by second semester. I want our students to take pride in Olathe North and understand that if we all leave our spaces better than we found them it would solve this concern. Therefore, if a consistent mess is left by the same students we will be dealing with those individual students.
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 or go to the Olathe North webpage to report any concerns. This is an outstanding way to communicate anonymously if you have a concern you want to share with the administration at Olathe North.
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Did you know that your junior or senior may have the opportunity to take the ACT or the ACT WorkKeys FOR FREE at ONHS in February? ANY Junior or any Senior (that hasn’t taken the ACT or ACT WorkKeys) has a chance FOR FREE to take the ACT on February 20 during the school day or the ACT WorkKeys, a workplace oriented assessment, on February 21 during the school day. BUT, THEY HAVE TO SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER 16 at the link in Mr. Herman’s weekly newsletter or at the link below.
If your ONHS student has a plan to head off to a four year university, then read on about taking the ACT and the ACT WorkKeys.
If your ONHS student is planning on going into the military, into the workplace, or perhaps to JCCC for two years, then the ACT WorkKeys may be a good choice for them. Read ahead for more information or have your junior/senior speak further with a teacher, their advisory teacher, or their counselor.
Click on the link below if you wish to read about what Mr. Herman had to say in his blog to parents:
February 20 ACT – For ALL juniors and for only those seniors that have NOT taken the ACT in advance of February 20.
February 21 ACT WorkKeys– For ALL juniors and for only those seniors that have NOT taken the ACT WorkKeys in advance. This would very likely be all seniors as most know little or nothing about the ACT WorkKeys. This assessment is relatively new compared to others and is designed more to tell students, parents, and employers if they are career-ready.
To Register for either (or both) exams, please use the link below. (Or hand-enter the shorter URL or scan the QR to the right)
ACT and ACT WorkKeys Registration LINK
Or a shorter URL: https://goo.gl/wd2vSi
Some things to consider:
Should I take the ACT? Although everyone is eligible, it may not be in everyone’s best interest to take the ACT.
*Enrollment for both the ACT and the WorkKeys will run from Oct. 26th through Nov. 16th and ONLY THROUGH THE DISTRICT LINK (only on their own, not in the office at ONHS).
FROM THE DISTRICT (for additional information about each):
ACT and ACT WorkKeys Assessments
February 20th and 21st, 2019
FREE to Juniors and eligible Seniors
The Kansas Department of Education will offer ALL Juniors the opportunity to take the ACT and/or the ACT WorkKeys assessments without cost on February 20th (ACT) and February 21st (WorkKeys). Additionally, Senior students are also eligible (at no cost) to take the ACT and/or the WorkKeys, as long as they have not taken that specific test prior to the February date. The assessments will be offered during the mornings of those days in the student’s home school, and each of those days will be a full day of school for all students. This is a tremendous opportunity for Olathe students to take either (or both) of these assessments at no cost to the families. Both assessments do count as official tests.
ACT® (Feb. 20th, 2019)
The ACT® is a paper-and-pencil entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants (in addition to GPA, courses taken, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, etc.). The tests are multiple choice and the four-part assessment measures:
WorkKeys® (Feb. 21st, 2019)
ACT® WorkKeys® assessments are the cornerstone of the ACT workforce solutions. The paper-and-pencil assessments measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, and across industries. Additionally, successful completion of WorkKeys assessments can lead to earning a National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®)—a credential that verifies foundational workplace skills. Tens of thousands of employers recognize the value of the NCRC, and many recommend the credential to candidates. The tests are multiple choice and the three-part assessment measures:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible? ALL Juniors! Additionally, Senior students are eligible to take the ACT and/or the WorkKeys, as long as they have not taken that specific test prior to the February date.
Which test may I take? Students may take either test, or both tests. Both are paid for by the Kansas Dept. of Education.
How do I enroll? Enrollment to both the ACT and the ACT WorkKeys will be done online using the link on the front side of this flyer. Additionally, the link will be supplied to families by the building principal in their weekly newsletter and will be open from Oct. 26th through Nov. 16th.
Where do I take either test? Both tests will be given at the student’s home school.
Are these official tests? YES! You may send ACT scores to 4 schools and receive a work-ready certificate from the WorkKeys
What if I have a need for accommodations? The ACT and the WorkKeys provide for accommodations, and those will be applied for by the Olathe school district. If you believe you are eligible for ACT-approved accommodations, you must meet with your counselor by November 30 in order to give the school time to submit the request to ACT and for ACT to have time to respond.
Which test is right for me? The ACT measure college readiness and the WorkKeys measures workplace skills and career-readiness. Go to https://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents.html for more information about ACT and https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-job-seekers.html to find out more about the ACT WorkKeys.
Are Feb. 20th and 21st full days of school? Yes. Each school will have their own, unique schedule while students are testing in the morning and have regular classes in the afternoon on both days.
Are there local businesses who recognize the WorkKeys certification (NCRC)? Yes, and the list is growing! Here are a few locally: Olathe Toyota, Honda of Olathe, Legends Toyota and Honda, GFI Digital, ITS Technologies and Logistics, Midwest Concrete Materials, GTM Sportswear, Ventria Bioscience, Keller Williams Realty, Steward Title Company, Cosentino’s Food Stores, Pyramid Roofing Company, Continental Siding supply, ASQ Irrigation Supply.