2014 Inductees: Rishabh Agrawal, Taylor Andrews, Marie Benoit, Brian Bowden, Joshua Burke, Jocelyn Carver, Michael Catoe, Sara Cotton, Jared Daniel, Jack Edelen, Mara Hancock, Godfrey Hendrix, Savannah Johnson, Sara Lewis, Allison Maier, Cameron Mallett, Kay Mallett, Lacey Martin, Andy Kate McCannon, Parish McWhorter, Jesse Michael, Megan Morris, Jonathan Munneke, Clark Nelson, Jordan Osborne, Hannah Peterson, Claire Rasmussen, Angel Ransby, Ashlie Robertson, Rudy Rodriguez, Emily Rojewski, Cooper Saunders, Justin Sharma, Andrew Shuford, Noah Smith, Virgille Sonon, Catherine Sumner, Doug Tiller, and Louise Zhuang
Congratulations to Both the boys and girls varsity Cross Country teams who came in first place at Saturday's meet in Conyers. Michael Hans PR'd at 16:48 and came in first place overall in the boys varsity race, followed by Isaac Krumm (17:30), Jon Gogal (17:56), Jake Hadden (18;14) and Baxter Hunt (18:28).
The varsity girls were led by Bethany Terpin, who also PR'd (21:20), Alyssa Beckstead (22:03), Jocelyn Carver (22:54), Caroline Ferguson (23:36) and Anna Purucker (24:02). The JV boys finished in 3rd place and the JV girls finished in 5th place. Next race will be Thursday--Mountain Invitational at Unicoi.
Students should turn the form into Mrs Yauck in Room A6 by October 10th for approval
Oconee County High School has announced that twelve students have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The Commended Students from OCHS are pictured from left to right: (Top row) Alyssa Beckstead, Evan Brook, Leah Frantz, Erica Gattiker, Jackson Keene, Anna Kellett, (Bottom row) Claire Rasmussen, Roby Redwine, Marshall Reed, Ashlie Robertson, Lena Wayson and David Weisenborn.
Chorus and Drama Field Trip to New York City
By: Missy Tucker
OCHS Student Journalist
Mrs. Katie Williams and Mr. Scott Tucker are sponsoring a field trip to New York City in May for the OCHS chorus and drama students. Any student involved in the performing arts, such as show choir, musical theatre, drama, or chorus may participate.
The annual chorus trip has been a tradition since before Mrs. Williams started teaching at OCHS 15 years ago. For the first time since the tradition started, both the chorus and drama classes will be taking the trip together.
The group will depart Watkinsville and arrive 14 hours later in New Jersey, where they will say for the duration of the trip. Mrs. Williams listed the itinerary for the trip, which includes: two Broadway Musicals, a workshop with a cast from a musical and the typical sightseeing (the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, and a tour of lower Manhattan which includes the 9/11 monument and Chinatown). We will also have to two dinners all together as a group.”
She explains that part of the trip cost will be funded through the chorus concerts and drama productions throughout the year. “A portion of our spring musical will also go towards the trip costs. Other events that will help raise funds include a dessert theater and the OCPS/OCES Daddy-Daughter Dance as well as an Improv Show”.
The funding will go towards a variety of activities for the group, “We have a very special dinner at a place called O’Casey’s, a local Irish pub. It’s not touristy; and that’s what I like about it. It’s this hole in the wall little place and I look forward to it the most. It’s my favorite night because we get all dressed up and have a nice dinner and take our picture in Times Square.”
Shelby Wharton, a senior in show choir, says, “I’m looking forward to most of the trip, especially the shopping in Chinatown and going to Times Square!”
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their potential leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. Selected students will attend a three day seminar to participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet state leaders and learn how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community. Please visit http://www.hoby.org/ for complete details. OCHS can nominate one sophomore student to attend the seminar this summer. If you are interested in being nominated, please see Mr. Guthas in the Counseling Office by Friday, October 10.
Attention ALL juniors and seniors! The state of Georgia requires that you pass the Georgia High School Writing Test as a part of your graduation requirements. All seniors who have transferred in to OCHS from an out of state school or a private school still have to pass the test. We have listed eligible students in the walkway leading to the cafeteria. If you believe you are eligible this year to test and you do not see your name on the list, you need to present yourself to your counselor.
Attention all sophomores and juniors! On Wednesday, September 24th Writing Predictor Test and all juniors will be taking the Georgia High School Writing Test. Please locate your name on the appropriate roster posted in the walkway to the cafeteria to find your testing location for this day. , all sophomores will be taking the OCHS
September 12, 2014
Dear Parents and Students:
The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved the Georgia Department of Education’s request to waive components of the SBOE Rule Statewide Passing Score. In summary, the SBOE waived the requirement that the End of Course test score contributes 20% to a student’s final course grade for the 2014-2015 school year.
This waiver was sought and granted due to the implementation of Georgia’s new assessment program– the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. The Georgia Department of Education has indicated that there will be a delay in receiving the scores the first year and that we will likely receive the scores in fall 2015.
Oconee County Schools will not include these scores in the calculation of the final grade and a revised syllabus will be issued with this information. Please note that the scores will be reported on student transcripts once the State Department of Education releases the results. It is important to keep in mind that Georgia has not implemented a new assessment system since 2000 (CRCT) and 2003 (EOCT) and in both instances scores were delayed.
The results will be delayed to provide sufficient time for the Georgia Department of Education to ensure that the assessment results are analyzed to determine validity and reliability.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
WATER WARRIORS! Our 2014-2015 season is almost here! We will have our Team social and suit fitting on Sunday, September 21 at 5pm AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (OCMS) in the cafeteria. It is an important gathering as team fees are paid at this time, suits and clothing are ordered, and volunteer sign ups are done on this day! IF YOU MISSED THE PRE-SEASON MEETING, there will be information about practice times, coaches, meet schedules, consent forms, attendance policies. So, swimmers and divers, all levels (and JV/middle school students)--and anyone who potentially would like to be a WATER WARRIOR...come to this meeting! BRING A FRIEND!!!
Coach Michelle Bond and Coach Madelyne Stephens (both OCMS teachers) will be there to answer all your questions! See you on the 9/21 at OCMS---and then...at the pool!
FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE- 10/20 7:15-9pm at the UGa Pool---(Ramsey) *Must have a current physical on file, and all forms signed before first practice. Check with Coach Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Coach Bond (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Please join the University of North Georgia for an evening of food, drink and celebration of Oconee County students at their first annual "OconeeFest" scholarship fundraising event. This drop-in event will be held on the front lawn of the UNG Oconee Campus on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30. Donations are welcome but not required to attend.
OconeeFest will focus on raising scholarship funds for Oconee County students attending any of UNG's four campuses. Scholarships may be used for tuition, study abroad opportunities and research. This semester, nearly 500 students from Oconee County are enrolled at one of UNG's campuses.