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E-LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

posted Mar 27, 2020, 11:45 AM by Bobbi Thomsen

E-Learning Opportunities will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020.  The purpose of E-Learning Opportunities will be to provide educational opportunities for our students in place of a traditional school day.  The intent is to keep the educational opportunities familiar, using resources that our students, staff, and parents have utilized previously.  Teachers will prepare learning opportunities for our K-5 students by grade level and course-specific opportunities for our 6-12 students based on their individual schedules.  Students will be required to log-in daily to complete an attendance form via Google Forms.  Please click this link to log-in:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnxUMueyMaPTYdhjHsk87wwT3_mxQhTlqzL-4t_Ua7OwSpgg/viewform 

Students will be expected to complete tasks per teacher instruction depending on grade-level assignments.

On the Attendance Form, students will enter their school email address, first name, and last name.  Once the Attendance Form is complete, students will go to the E-Learning classroom that has been assigned by their teacher.  Examples:  Google Classroom, Edmodo, etc.

The purpose of E-Learning Opportunities is to provide students an opportunity to continue learning during time away from the school building.  However, the purpose is not to grade work but to continue their academic progress.  Students will not be penalized for their work.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete all assigned tasks to ensure they do not fall behind in their academic work when school resumes.  For those students who do participate, these activities will be given participation points.  

Specials teachers (Special Education, Title, Music, P.E., Art, etc.) will be co-collaborators on homework with classroom teachers or they may create their own E-Learning Opportunities.

TENTATIVE SCHOOL REOPENING DATE; FREE STUDENT LUNCHES AVAILABLE

posted Mar 20, 2020, 2:15 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 10:54 AM ]

Message from Superintendent Blessman:  Due to the current fluid situation and to protect the health of our kitchen staff, we will only be having lunch pick-ups on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., starting Monday, March 30, 2020.  You may pick up three days worth of lunches on Mondays and two on Thursdays.  If this does not accommodate your schedule, please contact the district office at 526-3388.  If you have not previously picked up lunches and would like to start, pick-up is in the high school teachers' parking lot.  Also, the tentative school reopening date is April 8, 2020.  Thank you and stay safe.

ORION PARENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

posted Mar 16, 2020, 11:39 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 11:04 AM ]

Orion Parent FAQ’s

(Last updated: 3/27/2020)

 

Why are schools closed?

     Governor Pritzker gave an executive order to close all public and private schools in Illinois to limit the spread of the ​COVID-19 virus.

 

When will school reopen?

     Schools are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 but remember that this date is fluid.

 

When will E-Learning Opportunities begin?

     E-Learning Opportunities will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020.

 

What are E-Learning Opportunities and what are district expectations?

     The purpose of E-Learning Opportunities would be to provide educational opportunities for our students in place of a traditional school day. The intent would be to keep the educational opportunities familiar, using resources that our students, staff, and parents have utilized previously.

     Teachers will prepare learning opportunities for our K-5 students by grade level and course-specific opportunities for our 6-12 students based on their individual schedules.

 

What will a student’s day look like?

     Students will be required to login daily to complete an attendance form via Google Forms.

     Students will be expected to complete tasks per teacher instruction depending on grade-level assignments.

 

How does my student sign into the Google Attendance Form?

     Students will go to www.orionschools.us where the Google Attendance Form will be the top link on the webpage.

     On the Attendance Form, students will enter their school email address, first name, and last name.

     Once the Attendance Form is complete, students will go to the E-Learning classroom that has been assigned by their teacher.  Examples: Google Classroom, Edmodo, etc.

 

What are my expectations for grading students' work?

     The purpose of E-Learning Opportunities is to provide students an opportunity to continue learning during time away from the school building. However, the purpose is not to grade work but to continue their academic progress.  Students will not be penalized for their work. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all assigned tasks to ensure they do not fall behind in their academic work when school resumes.  For those students who do participate, these activities will be given participation points.

 

What do ‘specials’ look like with E-Learning Opportunities  (SpEd, Title, Music, P.E., Art, etc.)?

     Specials’ teachers will be co-collaborators on homework with classroom teachers or they may create their own E-Learning opportunities.

 

What are the expectations for Chromebooks that are borrowed from the school district?

     Chromebooks were sent home with students at the end of the day on Monday.  If you still need to request a Chromebook, please contact ktaylor@orionschools.us or the district office at (309) 526-3388.

     Chromebooks should be returned on the 1st day school returns to regular attendance.

     Chromebooks should be returned in the same condition in which it was signed out.

 

When do I pick up my students packet of information/work if I do not have Internet?

     March 30th will be the first day that packets will be available for pickup.  Packets can be picked up at the main entrance to each school building and will be available anytime after 8 a.m.  This date is fluid.

 

Will students be allowed in the building?

     Students will not be allowed in the building with the exception of picking up meals.  If a student left learning materials in the building, call the school office and make individual arrangements between
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

Will lunches be available to students?

     From March 17 - April 7, 2020, lunches will be available for all Orion School District students ages 0-18 free of charge.  Lunch pick-ups will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     The process will utilize a drive through system located in the back parking lot of Orion High School.  This lot is located on the north side of the building. 

     Three days of lunches may be picked up on Mondays and two on Thursdays.  Either parents/guardians or the student may pick up the lunch(es). 

     Initially these lunches will be sack lunches with the potential for hot lunches in the future.

 

What type of cleaning will be done over break?

     Our custodians currently use products that are recommended for disinfecting against the ​COVID-19 virus.  All buildings and school vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned.

     Over break, each building will be thoroughly cleaned and have limited access from outside visitors.

 

Will the individual school offices and district offices be open?

     All offices will adhere to the social distancing policies as mandated by the State of Illinois.

     The offices will be staffed for phone calls from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17th-20th and March 30th.

     Please be aware that these dates and times are fluid due to circumstances within the district.

 


STATE-MANDATED SCHOOL CLOSURES

posted Mar 14, 2020, 1:50 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 9:28 AM ]

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has mandated all public and private schools be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30.  As of now, all extracurricular events and practices are canceled during this same period.  Students will be asked to bring educational materials home from school on Monday, March 16.

WHAT WE KNOW CURRENTLY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

posted Mar 13, 2020, 12:07 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 9:31 AM ]

WHAT WE KNOW CURRENTLY


 

Update Message to Families

March 13, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

In Orion CUSD #223 the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.  With the recently elevated discussion regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

 

As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures.  The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses. 

 

The State Superintendent has requested that school districts immediately begin working on emergency plans, including research-based E-Learning plans, in the event of a state emergency declaration due to the growing number of Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases.  The district worked on an E-Learning plan this week and submitted it for ROE approval. The purpose of this E-Learning plan is to provide educational opportunities for our students in place of a traditional school day.  This plan attempts to accommodate our students’ needs and their internet/technology access capabilities.  However, we are preparing in the event ISBE and/or the Illinois Department of Public Health requires us to do so.  

 

Here are some facts in regards to E-Learning days that we want you to be aware of:

·         E-Learning activities do not have to be on the computer.  Think beyond the traditional mindset as activities may include:  1) worksheets, 2) online programs, 3) play-based activities, 4) project-based activities, 5) etc.

·         E-Learning days count as a day of regular student attendance days and do not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

·         Each activity (lesson) should take into account the student’s time, pace, and means of learning.

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Joe Blessman at 309-526-3388 or jblessman@orionschools.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Joe Blessman, Superintendent

CORONAVIRUS

posted Mar 3, 2020, 1:26 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 8:58 AM ]

The Orion School District recognizes your concerns about the encroaching spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools.  At this time, while there is no antiviral treatment that attacks the coronavirus, individuals are being treated with pain relievers, cough syrup and other medications for the symptoms.  So, it is important that we rely on prevention, as we did when advising about the "swine flu" (H1N1) in 2009.  As we await guidance from the CDC on specific strategies for schools, the Orion School District encourages you to follow common sense strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases:

Individual level
  • Practice social distancing and courtesy when ill.
  • Keep children home who exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms.
  • Discourage your student from sharing food or drinks.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Handwashing
  • Review hand-washing techniques with your student.
  • Encourage your student to keep unwashed hands out of their mouths, eyes, etc.
  • Encourage your student to use antibacterial soap rather than hand sanitizers.
School level
  • Currently, public health officials are not recommending the use of masks or gloves in public settings.
  • At this time, federal health authorities are not recommending that schools cancel classes.
And remember, while the Coronavirus news is concerning, it is important to point out that there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in schools.  Fever, coughing and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them.  Therefore, anyone exhibiting these symptoms should not be assumed to have COVID-19.

A Health Alert was sent out on March 2, 2020, from the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Please click on the link listed below to view the Health Alert.


SCHOOL TO DISMISS EARLY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20; NO SCHOOL/SPRING BREAK ON MARCH 23-27

posted Feb 18, 2020, 7:32 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 1:14 PM ]

School will be dismissed early on Friday, March 20, due to a School Improvement Teachers' Inservice.  Early dismissal times will be as follows:  C.R. Hanna at 11:22 a.m., Orion Middle School at 11:28 a.m., and Orion High School at 11:32 a.m.  School will not be in session on Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, due to Spring Break.  School will resume on Monday, March 30.

KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP SCHEDULED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

posted Feb 3, 2020, 8:33 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 8:41 AM ]

The 2020 Kindergarten Round-Up will be held at C.R. Hanna Elementary School on Wednesday, April 8, 3:00-7:00 p.m.  During the event, parents/guardians will complete the necessary paperwork for students to enter kindergarten in the Fall, distribution of important examination forms, collection of state birth certificates, proof of residency, and answering any questions that you may have concerning kindergarten.  It is important that you attend Round-Up, as we use this information to compile our kindergarten class lists for the Fall (which will not be available until after our school-wide registration in August).

Although children are welcome to attend Round-Up, their attendance is not required.  Invitations will be distributed for "An Introduction to Kindergarten" to be held on Wednesday, May 6, which will help familiarize children with school staff, their future classroom, bus riding, and school policies.

To be eligible to enter kindergarten in the Fall, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2020.  Proof of birth must be presented at the time of registration.  A certified birth certificate from the state or county office that the child was born in will be accepted.  A hospital certificate will not be accepted.

State law requires that each child entering school for the first time have the following documentation:
1.  Physical examination with up-to-date immunizations
2.  Dental examination
3.  Vision examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist

ALL parents of incoming kindergarten students will need to provide Proof of Residency.  Please note: Even if you have older children in the Orion School District, you will be required to provide this information as well.
Here are a few examples of what the Proof of Residency form requires for new students:
Examples from Category 1 on the form (MUST PROVIDE 1):
Lease Agreement
Mortgage Papers
Property Tax Bill (most current)
Examples from Category 2 on the form (MUST PROVIDE 2):
Driver's License
Library Card
Utility Bill (with current address)
Vehicle Registration (with current address)
If you have any questions or have a unique living situation, please feel free to contact the C.R. Hanna School Office at (309) 526-3386.


2019-2020 NEW ORION SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES

posted Aug 8, 2019, 7:36 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Jan 30, 2020, 7:44 AM ]

Please help welcome the following new Orion School District employees:  Maddie Anderson ~ ESP Childcare Provider; Shelley Bird ~ Bus Driver; Brittany Brown ~ OHS Winter Spirit Squad Coach; Spencer Brown ~ OHS Assistant Football Coach; Michelle Burge ~ OMS Cook; Sandy Campbell ~ C.R. Hanna Paraprofessional; Christofer Dhabalt ~ 7th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach; Bradlee Fair ~ C.R. Hanna Paraprofessional; Brian Fair ~ OHS Assistant Wrestling Coach; Jeff Ferry ~ OHS Assistant Wrestling Coach; Melissa Haars ~ C.R. Hanna Paraprofessional; Dennis Harlan ~ Camelot Driver; Lauren Heiberger ~ OMS/OHS Instrumental Music Teacher; Kristin Holbrook ~ ESP Childcare Provider; Nathan Houser ~ Bus Driver and Custodian; Stephanie Jacobs ~ C.R. Hanna Paraprofessional; Amy Kayser ~ OMS Assistant Track Coach; Cassie Kingsford ~ OHS Agriculture Teacher, FFA Advisor, Co-op Coordinator & CTE Director; Rebecca Lingle ~ ESP Childcare Provider; Kramer Matzen ~ OHS Assistant Football Coach; Laura Nelson, OMS Principal; Corrie Newman ~ ESP Childcare Provider; and Brandon Wilkerson ~ 6th Grade Math Teacher, OMS Cross Country Coach & OMS Assistant Track Coach.

Also, please help welcome back these school employees who have accepted new and/or additional responsibilities for the 2019-2020 school year (new and/or additional responsibility is underlined):  Sydney Adams ~ Teacher, 7th Grade Volleyball Coach, OHS Assistant Volleyball Coach;  John Crose ~ OMS Teacher, OMS Athletic Coordinator; Jennifer Feldott ~ Teacher, OHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl Coach; Jenna Munoz ~ 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher; Robert Nicholson ~ Full-time Custodian; Becky Nightingale ~ High School P.E. & Health Teacher, Class Sponsor, OHS Student Council Sponsor; Joline Olson ~ Homebound Teacher & Extended School Year Teacher; Kelsey Rentfro-Cline ~ OHS Teacher, Fresh/Soph Scholastic Bowl Sponsor; Abby Thomsen ~ OHS Math Teacher; Laurie Thornburg ~ Records Secretary; Marcy Wegerer ~ OHS Business Teacher & CTE Director.

C.R. HANNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND ORION MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVE EXEMPLARY DESIGNATION

posted Nov 29, 2018, 8:41 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released C.R. Hanna Elementary School's annual School Report Card on October 31, 2019.  The Report Card shows how well C.R. Hanna is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. The State Board has identified C.R. Hanna Elementary School as an “Exemplary” school for the second year in a row! The designation means that C.R. Hanna is performing in the top 10% of all schools statewide.  The rating is based on several data points, which include the 2019 IAR scores, chronic absenteeism, and student growth. C.R. Hanna Elementary School is strongest when we all work together. The C.R. Hanna staff works really hard to make the learning environment a place where students want to learn and grow.  Also, we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to the C.R. Hanna parents for your continued support.


Orion Middle School received the Tier 1: Exemplary Summative Designation. This means that a school has no underperforming subgroups and whose performance is in the top 10% of schools statewide. Congratulations on a job well done!


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