• 10/14/20 - Email from Dr. Benway to OTHS Students and Families

    OTHS Students and Families:

    Blended learning begins tomorrow, October 15th!  We are so excited to see many of our students that have chosen to attend school in-person as assigned under the 50% blended learning model.  As we open our school buildings tomorrow, I am again attaching the FAQ document for your review.  Please refer to the FAQ document for the schedule regarding which groups attend on each day and other detailed information. (FAQs Blended Learning

    As OTHS has prepared for our students to return, I encourage families to review the safety video and documentation prepared by Mr. Wallis, member of the OTHS Safety Committee (https://www.oths.us/Page/8029).  Members of the faculty, staff, and administration have worked diligently to implement protocols to support the safe return to partial in-person instruction.  

    OTHS doors will be open as follows:

                    7:00 am for Smiley Early-Bird students

                    7:30 am for all other Smiley students

                    7:00 am for Milburn students

    In addition, please note the important reminders below for those students who will be attending in-person:

    • Masks must be worn.  Substitute face coverings such as gaiters or bandanas will not be allowed (FAQ 2.2).
    • Students must bring their electronic devices to school with them (FAQ 1.11).   Devices should be fully charged and ready to use.  Students should also bring their charging cables.  The district is not able to provide devices to students who forget them and is not able to provide charging cables to students for their devices
    • Parents/Guardians must certify the health status of their student(s) each day.  Students will not be allowed to board the school bus without a parent or guardian completing the health certification process (FAQ 2.1).  Health certifications can be completed by parents/guardians online through Skyward, or by using the health certification form attached {form}.  Please see the tutorial to complete health certifications online through Skyward at https://www.oths.us/Page/8026.
    • Attendance will be taken for in-person and remote learners (FAQ 1.24)
    • Parking passes will not be required for the remainder of first semester (FAQ 3.5).  Students will be required to park in the student parking lots in authorized spaces that are not reserved for faculty, handicapped, visitors and others as specified.
    • Meals will be available to students both in remote and in-person learning (FAQ 3.3).

    To continue our efforts regarding mental/emotional health, OTHS has implemented a new process for scheduling social work services.  Students may schedule an appointment with a social worker by simply using their cell phone to scan the QR code on the attached document. (Social Work QR Codes)  The document with QR codes will be displayed throughout both campuses. 

    As shared previously, the goal of our Return to Learn Framework is to provide the highest quality of academic instruction and extracurricular opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, while prioritizing the safety, mental health, and physical health of our students and employees.  We all have a responsibility to do all that we can to endure the safety of the OTHS community.

    Again, I ask parents and students to be patient during the transition.  Blended learning under the 50% model will be new to all of us.  As with anything new, there may be some glitches to be worked through, and some adjustments required as we get underway.  We must be mindful that this is a new way of teaching and learning, and education will be delivered under a new environment with masks, technology, and needed safety protocols.  Patience and grace will be very important as we work through this transition.  We have amazing students and educators at OTHS.  We must work together in a positive manner as we create, and eventually master, the blended learning experience for both the remote and in-person learners.

    Be well.

    Dr. Benway

  • 10/9/20 - Email from Dr. Benway to OTHS Students and Families

    OTHS Students and Families,

    I hope all is well with you as we look ahead to fall weather and the start of second quarter.  As we move into second quarter and the transition to blended learning, we wanted to provide you with some updated information.  We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and encourage all students and families to read through it.  The FAQ document is attached here:  FAQ 10/09/20 

    We ask parents and students to be patient during the transition.  Blended learning under the 50% model will be new to all of us.  As with anything new, there may be some glitches to be worked through, and some adjustments required as we get underway.  We must be mindful that this is a new way of teaching and learning, and education will be delivered under a new environment with masks, technology, and needed safety protocols.  Patience and grace will be very important as we work through this transition.  We have amazing students and educators at OTHS.  We must work together in a positive manner as we create, and eventually master, the blended learning experience for both the remote and in-person learners. 

    Important items to note:

    • Masks must be worn.  Substitute face coverings such as gaiters or bandanas will not be allowed (FAQ 2.2).
    • Students must bring their technology device to use when at school (FAQ 1.11).
    • Parents/Guardians must certify the health status of their student(s) each day.  Students will not be allowed to board the school bus without a parent or guardian completing the health certification process (FAQ 2.1).
    • Attendance will be taken for in-person and remote learners (FAQ 1.24)
    • Parking passes will not be required for the remainder of first semester (FAQ 3.5).

    Important dates for next week:

    • No school Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th.  These are planning days for educators.
    • Wednesday, October 14th will be a testing day for juniors and seniors who signed up for the SAT/PSAT/NMSQT.  Not school for those not testing.

    We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as we transition to blended learning.   We will continue efforts toward our goal of providing high quality educational and extracurricular opportunities for our students while maintaining safety as the top priority.

    Panther Safe! Panther Strong.

    Dr. Benway

  • 9/29/2020 - Email From Dr. Benway to OTHS Families and Students

    OTHS Students and Families,

    OTHS has created a calendar for the months of October, November, and December that includes the transition to blended learning.  The calendar is attached here: Blended Calendar.  It will also be posted on the OTHS website at www.oths.us.

    Important dates to note in the calendar:

    • October 9th - Teacher In-Service on Employee Wellness - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 12th - Remote/Blended Planning Day - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 13th - Remote/Blended Planning Day - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 14th - SAT/PSAT/NMSQT Testing - Only Juniors/Seniors who are testing should report to school
    • October 15th - Blended learning begins

    Reminder regarding the assignment of learning groups:

    • Group A:  Last Names Beginning with A through D
    • Group B:  Last Names Beginning with E through K
    • Group C:  Last Names Beginning with L through R
    • Group D:  Last Names Beginning with S through Z

    Remember that we must all be flexible and able to adapt as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change.  OTHS will continue to monitor metrics, OTHS incidents, and other items related to COVID-19 and will adjust plans if appropriate to do so.  

     

    On another note, I am very excited to announce the OTHS Virtual Open House.  You may access the open house at the following link ( www.oths.us/openhouse ) or on the OTHS web site.  Our faculty and staff have worked very hard to provide our families access to information regarding their student's classes, support services, athletics, clubs and activities, etc.  We hope families will take the time to see all of the great things OTHS has to offer our students.

     

    Thank you, again, for your support and partnership throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    Stay well.  

     

    Panther Safe.  Panther Strong.

     

    Dr. Benway