Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Break

WINTER BREAK:
Tuesday the 20th is an early release day,  students are excused at 12:45pm. It is also a Uniform-Free Dress day for $1.00. Please remember students need to be in school appropriate attire. Winter Break ends on January 4, 2017. Enjoy your Winter Break and holiday season.

ANGEL TREE:
Thank you to all of you that provided several of our families with needed supplies for the holidays and after. I also am appreciative of the example this outpouring of giving models for out students. "Nothing teaches character better than generosity."-Jim Rohn

THANK YOU!!

RE-ENROLLMENT:
The deadline to re-enroll has been extended to January 6th due to the glitches that have been reported.  Below are the Steps to re-enroll your student(s) for the 2017-2018 school year.

Step 1:  visit apply.ogdenprep.org and click on the "Re-enroll" button at the top.
Step 2:  Register for an account.  If you already have an account, login.
Step 3:  Search for your student using their First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, & ID.
Step 4:  Fill out and submit the Intent to Re-Enroll Form.  

Please contact Ogden Preparatory Academy if you have any questions or need additional help with the Re-Enrollment process.  

Thank you!

Elementary Phone:  801-627-2066

Junior High Phone:  801-627-3066

END OF THE QUARTER: 
The end of the quarter is January 6, 2017, Grades will be finalized and sent home on Thursday (12th) for 2nd quarter. Winter Break gives students a great deal of time to get caught up and get missing assignments in to teachers upon their return. 

VOLUNTEERS:
If you asked to volunteer in a classroom or on campus please be aware that updated Federal law requires that all volunteers must have a criminal background check prior to volunteering at a school.  

We have a new volunteer management system in place to perform criminal background check on volunteers on site. The background check takes up to 48 hours to validate before a volunteer is cleared. 

If you have questions about volunteering, please have them contact Valerie Sluis to get details on how to start the volunteer process.  We are no longer able to come to the school and volunteer that day.   Potential volunteers can not be allowed in the school until they clear their background check.


Thank you for your understanding to this updated Federal regulation.  



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RE-ENROLLMENT at OPA for 2017-18


RE-ENROLLMENT:
Remember that the Re-Enrollment deadline is approaching.  The deadline to re-enroll is December 16th by 4:00PM.  Below are the Steps to re-enroll your student(s) for the 2017-2018 school year.

Step 1:  visit apply.ogdenprep.org and click on the "Re-enroll" button at the top.
Step 2:  Register for an account.  If you already have an account, login.
Step 3:  Search for your student using their First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, & ID.
Step 4:  Fill out and submit the Intent to Re-Enroll Form.  

Please contact Ogden Preparatory Academy if you have any questions or need additional help with the Re-Enrollment process.  The Lottery for new students opens in January, your re-enrollment holds your spot if completed before the Christmas Break.  


Thank you!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

December comes with Snow

Welcome back to school, Holiday Break is quickly approaching!

SO MANY UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:
Check the calendar on the side to see all that is happening in the next few weeks. We have singing, singing and more singing, literacy nights, and a break!

END OF SEMESTER:
The grading quarter ends on the 6th of January. Now is the time to get all assignments and grades up to date. Ask your students what they are expecting, check aspire, encourage students to get caught up and finish the semester strong.

COLDER TEMPERATURES:
As the temperatures drop, please remember that coats, gloves and boots are important because students will still be going out to recess during the day. These breaks are so important for student activity and large/fine motor skills, plus they love it!
Also, the buildings are not open until 7:30 am and school releases at 3:00 pm unless participating in clubs which end at 3:45. Timely pick up of students will keep them out of the cold and allow staff to complete work before leaving school.

ANGEL TREE at OPA:
The Angel Tree is up in the office of both buildings. We greatly appreciate our generous parents and students who take tags from the tree to support our families in need. If you have taken a tag from the tree, please make sure you let the office know which tag you are taking. We need all gifts wrapped and returned with tags by December 9th. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Rebecca at 801-627-3066. Thank you again for all your generosity this holiday season.

HOLIDAY BREAK:
Holiday break is approaching! Remember that the start and end dates of this year's break is a bit different than past years. The break does not begin until December 20th at 12:45 pm (Tuesday the 20th is an early release and uniform free dress day). Please plan holiday travel for after the 20th. Another difference this year is that school resumes on Wednesday, January 4th.

If I don't see you between now and the break, enjoy your holidays with family and friends, be safe and thank you for all you do for your students, and the staff of OPA!






Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving at OPA

THANKSGIVING BREAK:
There is no school next week. The YMCA will be open from 8:30-4:30 at OPA but no school is in session. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, school resumes on Nov. 28th.

ANGEL TREE at OPA:
The Angel Tree is up in the office of both buildings. We greatly appreciate our generous parents and students who take tags from the tree to support our families in need. If you have taken a tag from the tree, please make sure you let the office know which tag you are taking. We need all gifts wrapped and returned with tags by December 9th. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Rebecca at 801-627-3066. Thank you again for all your generosity this holiday season.

THANKSGIVING DINNER AND KINDERGARTEN THANKFUL LITERACY NIGHT:
Thank you to all of you that attended the Thanksgiving Dinner at the OPA Elementary this week.
Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to help with crowd control, pie distribution and overall clean-up. It was a great event and the students loved it.

Kindergarten Thankful Literacy Night was also this week and highly attended. Thank you to all of the Kindergarten parents, teachers, staff and students that make that event so much fun for the students.





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Post Election Conversations

I want to paint a picture of an election year for you in a school. I hope I do it justice and inform you on the quality of the teachers and staff at Ogden Preparatory Academy.

Teachers, administrators and staff prepare months in advance for election years in the United States. A school is a snapshot of our country, it is a melting pot where ideas, beliefs, cultures and backgrounds all merge for the common goal of learning.  In an election year, the opinions are measurable and much more pronounced because as a country we are inundated with slogans, video clips, comedians, reporters, commercials, radio, newspaper, TV etc. It is an intense growth period for children and it can be scary. Today, the day after, is a harder day. Today in a school we rely on teachers, children and staff to remember sportsmanship. How to be a gracious winner and how to lose gracefully. This is difficult for all of us, it is human nature to desire the win.

I would like to personally THANK all of you, on behalf of the administration, teachers and staff of OPA. You are raising champions! I would be lying if I didn't share that there was fear among our staff entering today, fear among many students. I Thank YOU for having conversations, for being parents that communicate the importance of respect and sportsmanship. In addition, the teachers and staff have done what they do best they have been a safe haven, a haven of unconditional love, that gives every child a voice.

The combined efforts of the OPA community are growing a great group of kids, Thank you.

I wanted to share the announcements Mr. Kennington shared at the secondary this morning to demonstrate the quality of people working at OPA.
  " We are living through one of the most pivotal times in our nation's history. We've got to focus on the things that we can control. Our school community is very diverse. We come from different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. If we can learn to love and respect each other, despite our differences, we will set the example for the rest of the country. Be nice!"

Welcome to OPA! I am thankful to be here with this staff and this community! Thanks again!
Amie Campbell

Friday, November 4, 2016

Activities of November


Dia de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead celebration is TODAY (Friday the 4th) at OPA from 5-7pm.

Family Art Nights: A special thank you to Ms. MacKay for organizing and facilitating three great Family Art Nights. Thank you to all the parents who attended. It was fun to see the kids work with a parent (or boss them around) to create an art piece.

SAGE Results are now available: On the school website, the PACE Report Card for the 2015-16 School year has been uploaded to www.ogdenprep.org under the tab "About OPA" and labeled "Testing Results." In addition to the PACE Report Card, there is a description about OPA's approach and response to the data collected in these assessments.

Lice:
A letter about Lice prevention and treatment was sent home this week. This is the time of year for lice transmittance as the weather turns cold and coats come to school. Coats are the best transmitters. Along with lice discovery comes several misconceptions about why we get lice. I added a link called the top 10 misconceptions about lice. Check this link out and assure students that lice can happen to anyone.
https://www.verywell.com/top-myths-about-head-lice-620505

Enjoy the colors of fall and have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Amie Campbell
Principal of OPA

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Red Ribbon Video and November at OPA

Parents and Students,

Thank you to all of you that donated to the YMCA scholarship fund. We were thrilled with your outpouring of generosity, Thank you!  I wanted to share with you the hard work the students have done this month to prepare for "Red Ribbon Week." The link below should take you to the presentation at today's assembly, complete with student designed and driven videos. They have been very excited to share all week. Enjoy!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SQMN9NaX5iXVcf7lZvEF8LZdAIR2_P1cSK91qHv8xHo/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 

Next Weeks Events:
Thursday (3rd): Family Art Night for 4th, 5th and 6th
      Make sure you sign up in the front office because only 40 families can attend. The activity is designed for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their parents only. Those that are signed up the activity begins at 5:00pm and please bring a hammer!

Friday (4th): Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) is Friday. November 4th 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm    
      Elementary Gym, cost is $5.00 per person Dinner, crafts and entertainment for the whole family Buy tickets at the front office or at the event. Sugar skulls, face painting, loteria, and more

Have a great weekend and we will see you next week at OPA!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Red Ribbon Week!!

THANK YOU:
I would like to say thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to this point in the year! Thank you also to all of the parents that provided feedback on the school for this year's accreditation process. We appreciate all that you do for the OPA community. It takes all of us to be great!

Annual OPA FUN RUN: October 22nd REGISTER ONLINE AT www.opaeagles.org 
Fun Run is TOMORROW at the Dinosaur Park. Costumes are encouraged.

Red Ribbon Week: October 24th-28th Next WEEK: Red Ribbon Week is a tradition at OPA to encourage students to Live Drug Free. This year the OPA Lighthouse (Leader in Me) Team has decided to use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to EMPOWER students with the habits to Live Drug Free. Below are the dress allowances for each day in the elementary and secondary buildings. In addition, look for a flyer with the daily curriculum for the elementary that is down below in this blog. I am providing the daily curriculum so that you can further the conversation with your family and share your views on a drug-free life. 

Elementary

Monday
Students may wear red shirts and uniform pants

Wednesday
Students may wear sports jersey or t-shirt with uniform pants 
if they pay $1.00

Friday 
I’m not Crazy, I’m a Jean-ius!
Crazy Hair Day
Students may wear jeans but must wear a school uniform or spirit shirt.

Secondary

Monday
Hats Off/Tie Down/Sock it To DRUGS
Crazy Hat/Tie/Sock Day
Students need to be in school uniform

Tuesday
Teaming up Against Drugs/I’m a Jean-ius! I Don’t Do Drugs
Jersey Day/Jean Day

Wednesday
Drugs and I Don’t Mix
Mismatched Day

Thursday
Boogie Off Drugs
70’s/Tye Dye Day

Friday
Living Drug Free is NO Sweat
Sweats

Elementary RED RIBBON WEEK Curriculum



Monday
Oct. 24
~~~~~~~~~~~
Be Proactive and Begin with the End in Mind

Kick Off to Red Ribbon Week

~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear RED shirts and uniform bottoms
Tuesday
Oct. 25
~~~~~~~~~~~
Put First Things First  

Put “ME” first Because I’m Important Too!

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear school uniform
Wednesday
Oct. 26
~~~~~~~~~~~
Think Win-Win and 
Synergize

Together We are Better Because We are a Team

$1 Donation
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear sports jersey/t-shirt and uniform bottoms for $1 donation for YMCA scholarship
Thursday
Oct. 27
~~~~~~~~~~~
Seek First to Understand

Leaders Don’t Do Drugs

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear school uniform

7 Habits Kick-Off Assembly
K-3 and 4-6
Friday
Oct. 28
~~~~~~~~~~~
Sharpen the Saw

I’m Not Crazy, I’m a JEANius!

~~~~~~~~~~~
CRAZY HAIR DAY
Students may wear JEANS but MUST wear a school uniform/spirit shirt
YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS:
We are trying to teach our students that TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER! If
 we synergize we can make a difference in the lives of our friends.  During the month of October we will have a JAR in our office labeled YMCA.  We are trying to earn enough money to give a YMCA SCHOLARSHIP to 5 of our very own OPA students.  If you have any spare dollars or change please send it to school this month and let your student add the money to our JAR (see the picture of Jar on the side). The money in the jar will be combined with the money we get from our Jersey TEAM SPIRIT day October 26th. If you can, please participate in this WIN/WIN.  At OPA everybody loves, everybody learns and everybody leads. 

Parking Lot UPDATES: 

It is looking much better overall! It takes time to get in the flow, and what makes the parking lot safe for everyone. Please remember to use the crosswalks (they are now painted and visible), please DO NOT LEAVE your car (we are here to help get students to you), Please have patience.








Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OCTOBER

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences:
Thursday (13th) 1:00-5:00, and 6:00-8:00, Early Student Release at 12:45, Uniform-free Dress day
Friday (14th) 8:00-12:00, No School 

Parking Lot Updates: 
It is looking much better overall! It takes time to get in the flow, and what makes the parking lot safe for everyone. Please remember to use the crosswalks, please DO NOT LEAVE your car (we are here to help get students to you), Please have patience.

YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS:
We are trying to teach our students that TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER! If we synergize we can make a difference in the lives of our friends.  During the month of October we will have a JAR in our office labeled YMCA.  We are trying to earn enough money to give a YMCA SCHOLARSHIP to 5 of our very own OPA students.  If you have any spare dollars or change please send it to school this month and let your student add the money to our JAR (see the picture of Jar on the side). The money in the jar will be combined with the money we get from our Jersey TEAM SPIRIT day October 26th. If you can, please participate in this WIN/WIN.  At OPA everybody loves, everybody learns and everybody leads. 

Annual OPA FUN RUN: October 22nd REGISTER ONLINE AT www.opaeagles.org 
While on the opaeagles site notice the success of OPA's Cross Country Team and the road to state for the OPA Blue Volleyball Team. (Link is also on the side of this blog!)

Red Ribbon Week: October 24th-28th Red Ribbon Week is a tradition at OPA to encourage students to Live Drug Free. This year the OPA Lighthouse (Leader in Me) Team has decided to use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to EMPOWER students with the habits to Live Drug Free. Below are the dress allowances for each day in the elementary and secondary buildings. In addition, look for a flyer with the daily curriculum for the elementary that is down below in this blog. I am providing the daily curriculum so that you can further the conversation with your family and share your views on a drug-free life. 

Elementary
Monday
Students may wear red shirts and uniform pants

Wednesday
Students may wear sports jersey or t-shirt with uniform pants 
if they pay $1.00

Friday 
I’m not Crazy, I’m a Jean-ius!
Crazy Hair Day
Students may wear jeans but must wear a school uniform or spirit shirt.

Secondary
Monday
Hats Off/Tie Down/Sock it To DRUGS
Crazy Hat/Tie/Sock Day
Students need to be in school uniform

Tuesday
Teaming up Against Drugs/I’m a Jean-ius! I Don’t Do Drugs
Jersey Day/Jean Day

Wednesday
Drugs and I Don’t Mix
Mismatched Day

Thursday
Boogie Off Drugs
70’s/Tye Dye Day

Friday
Living Drug Free is NO Sweat
Sweats



Elementary RED RIBBON WEEK Curriculum
Monday
Oct. 24
~~~~~~~~~~~
Be Proactive and Begin with the End in Mind

Kick Off to Red Ribbon Week

~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear RED shirts and uniform bottoms
Tuesday
Oct. 25
~~~~~~~~~~~
Put First Things First  

Put “ME” first Because I’m Important Too!

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear school uniform
Wednesday
Oct. 26
~~~~~~~~~~~
Think Win-Win and 
Synergize

Together We are Better Because We are a Team

$1 Donation
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear sports jersey/t-shirt and uniform bottoms for $1 donation for YMCA scholarship
Thursday
Oct. 27
~~~~~~~~~~~
Seek First to Understand

Leaders Don’t Do Drugs

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wear school uniform

7 Habits Kick-Off Assembly
K-3 and 4-6
Friday
Oct. 28
~~~~~~~~~~~
Sharpen the Saw

I’m Not Crazy, I’m a JEANius!

~~~~~~~~~~~
CRAZY HAIR DAY
Students may wear JEANS but MUST wear a school uniform/spirit shirt








Monday, October 3, 2016


OPAPO Carnival: The annual OPAPO Carnival was a huge success, thank you for all of the parent, staff and student support.  The OPAPO Carnival is a large fund raiser for classroom supplies funded by OPAPO.

Oregon Trip: What a great trip to the ocean for OPA 8th and 9th graders. Students viewed tide pools, whales, running salmon, full grown Sturgeon, Rainbow trout, attack raccoons, touched sea anemones, sea stars, crabs, and prawns, dissected squid, built remotely operated vehicles, slept in the Coastal Aquarium under sharks, manta rays, rock fish, halibut and a multitude of other species. Students were able to tour the sea lion caves, and a lighthouse build in 1890. Mrs. Hislop outdid herself and provided a quarter of activities in a week. It was a fantastic experience! Thank you to all of the staff and parent chaperones that made this happen for our students at OPA.

Parent Teacher Conferences: The Elementary parent-teacher conferences are October 13th from 1-5 and 6-8; and the 14th from 8-12. The 13th is an early release day and uniform free dress day. The 14th is no school for students.




Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day Weekend is Coming

Upcoming Events:
This Friday is our first Friday of the month and I wanted to talk about some of the festivities that always happen on the first Friday.         YAY! FESTIVITIES!!
            1. Early Release: Students will be released at 12:45.
            2. Lunch is still served.
            3. Uniform Free Dress Day; students will pay $1.00 to not wear a uniform. However, the
                     outfit must be school appropriate.
 I think that is all of the festivities of the Festival Friday, put it in your calendar.

Free Dress Monies:
      Where does the money go you ask?
This year the Festival Friday Uniform Free Dress Monies will be split for OPAPO (OPA Parent Organization) and Special Service Oriented Projects. The Second Uniform Free Dress Day Monies will be for all OPA Travel and Trips.

Sports:
Cross Country, and Volleyball are underway. Check the www.opaeagles.org website for schedules and calendars.

FAMILY ART NIGHTS:
We are excited about this new addition to the activities at OPA! Our first OPA Family Art Night is Thursday, September, 8th from 5-6:30. This first one is for Kindergarteners, first-graders and their families. Sign up sheets are in the front office of the elementary. In October there will be another one for 2nd and 3rd graders, November is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Sign-up while there is still space!

OPAPO Carnival:
OPAPO is gearing up for this year's Carnival and having weekly planning meetings every Tuesday in the Elementary Library from 4-5pm. If you would like to get some parent volunteer hours come help organize and plan this year's carnival.

Clubs:
Club Information:
All students (1st through 6th grade) are welcome to the following clubs with parent’s permission. Permission slips and more information  can be found at opaeagles.org under clubs and activities tab or under the stairs in the front office. All clubs run until – 3:45 except running club which ends at 4:00 pm. Clubs begin in September.

1st and 2nd grade Book Club
1st Wednesday of each month
Please bring your favorite book or a book from a loved author for our first meeting.

3rd and 4th grade Book Club
2nd Wednesday of each month Please bring your favorite book(s)  or author(s)  to share and ideas for genres or books you would like to read throughout the year for our first meeting.

5th and 6th grade Book Club
3rd Wednesday of each month
Please bring your favorite book(s)  or  author(s) to share and ideas  for genres or books you would like to read throughout the year for our first meeting.

Yoga 
Every Monday
Yoga Club is an opportunity for your student to learn and practice yoga and mindful meditation.

Lego Club
Every Tuesday
This club will be capped at 35 students per quarter.
Lego Club is an opportunity for your student to participate in a free build and project directed club where he or she can create with legos after school in the art room with Mrs. MacKay.

Young Runners - 2nd - 9th grade
Every Thursday
The Young Runners Program is an education series sponsored by the Goal Foundation to help increase the amount of exercise students get each day. Throughout the program they are building their self-esteem through their participation in the program and reaching their ultimate goal of running the 5K in the Ogden Marathon. The students will work up to 3 miles of running and also learn about healthy food choices and strengthening drills. Mrs. Briggs will be coaching with the help of teacher/parent volunteers.


Friday, August 19, 2016

The First Week is Over! How long till Christmas?

The First Week of School:
It is great to be back and we are excited to have kids again.
This year at OPA we are working on our Accreditation process. We ask that you take a survey as we start school to help us assess the next steps for OPA. As the year goes on, we will also ask for parent volunteers to sit on steering committees as we continue to grow the OPA educational experience.

So, please take a few minutes and take the survey at the following link:
http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/9476170

School Hours: 
School Opens and Breakfast Begins at 7:30 am
Classes begin at 8:05 am
School Release is at 3:00 pm
School Closes at 4:00 pm

Drop-off / Pick-up / Parking Lot Procedures:

Drop-off:
1. Pull all the way forward in the drop-off lane to let kids out.
2. KISS AND GO: Don't Park in the Drop-off Lane
            Stay in your car.
            Don't turn your car off.
            If you want to walk your student's in, park in the lot, use the crosswalks.
3. ALWAYS use the CROSSWALKS: It is not safe, nor saving you a lot of time to dart across traffic. For the safety of all children and families, use the crosswalks.
4. If your student is late, park the car in the lot and walk them in to sign them into class.
5. If you park, please be careful not to hit or dent other cars when entering or exiting your vehicle.
Pick-up:
Arrange ahead of time a location for student pick-up. Teachers will only check out students to older siblings and parents identified in the first 2 weeks of school. If you would like to meet your student/s off campus to avoid the parking lot, that is smart. Send a note to your teacher with any plans or changes to procedure you would like your student to follow. If you have an emergency change of plan, call the school so the teacher can be informed of changes that need to be made. 
1. The Bishop's Storehouse is private property and we can't park there waiting for our students.
2. The Bishop's Storehouse parking lot is not a shortcut off of 15th. It is private property with elderly, and disabled clients often present in the lot, do not dart through the parking lot or arrange to meet your students inside that lot.
3. U-turns on Lincoln Ave. in the OPA School Zone are illegal and dangerous. Please obey the traffic laws for our kids and families safety.
4. Follow the directions and commands of OPA Staff guiding traffic in the parking lot.
5. Follow the direction of the Traffic Guards on Lincoln Ave.
6. ALWAYS use the CROSSWALKS: It is not safe, nor saving you a lot of time to dart across traffic. For the safety of all children and families, use the crosswalks.


Uniforms: 

Remember that uniforms are required at OPA.
1. Shirts: Navy, Light Blue, White collared polo type shirt (these are new this year and on sale in both buildings, $10.00).
2. Bottoms: Tan, Navy pants, longer shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers. (NO Jeans, Jeggings, Sweats, etc.)
3. All Shirts Tucked
4. No Hooded Sweatshirts

Thank you for attending Back to School Night: 

Thank you for coming and spending the evening with us.
It is pretty amazing what our kids did! I watched the Kindergarteners lead their parents on scavenger hunts. K-3 students showing their parents their daily jobs and procedures. 4-6 were showing their projects in the hall as well as their job in each class. Thank you for your patience and flexibility in letting us have students be leaders in the Back to School Night and for waiting until after school had started.

See you soon,

Amie Campbell




Thursday, August 11, 2016

School Tools

SCHOOL STARTS on MONDAY,  AUGUST 15th

School Hours: 
School Opens and Breakfast Begins at 7:30 am
Classes begin at 8:05 am
School Release is at 3:00 pm
School Closes at 4:00 pm

Drop-off / Pick-up / Parking Lot Procedures:

Drop-off:
1. Pull all the way forward in the drop-off lane to let kids out.
2. KISS AND GO: Don't Park in the Drop-off Lane
            Stay in your car.
            Don't turn your car off.
            If you want to walk your student's in, park in the lot, use the crosswalks.
3. ALWAYS use the CROSSWALKS: It is not safe, nor saving you a lot of time to dart across traffic. For the safety of all children and families, use the crosswalks.
4. If your student is late, park the car in the lot and walk them in to sign them into class.
Pick-up:
Arrange ahead of time a location for student pick-up. Teachers will only check out students to older siblings and parents identified in the first 2 weeks of school. If you would like to meet your student/s off campus to avoid the parking lot, that is smart. Send a note to your teacher with any plans or changes to procedure you would like your student to follow. If you have an emergency change of plan, call the school so the teacher can be informed of changes that need to be made. 
1. The Bishop's Storehouse is private property and we can't park there waiting for our students.
2. The Bishop's Storehouse parking lot is not a shortcut off of 15th. It is private property with elderly, and disabled clients often present in the lot, do not dart through the parking lot or arrange to meet your students inside that lot.
3. U-turns on Lincoln Ave. in the OPA School Zone are illegal and dangerous. Please obey the traffic laws for our kids and families safety.
4. Follow the directions and commands of OPA Staff guiding traffic in the parking lot.
5. Follow the direction of the Traffic Guards on Lincoln Ave.
6. ALWAYS use the CROSSWALKS: It is not safe, nor saving you a lot of time to dart across traffic. For the safety of all children and families, use the crosswalks.


Uniforms: 

Remember that uniforms are required at OPA.
1. Shirts: Navy, Light Blue, White collared polo type shirt (these are new this year and on sale in both buildings, $10.00).
2. Bottoms: Tan, Navy pants, longer shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers. (NO Jeans, Jeggings, Sweats, etc.)
3. All Shirts Tucked
4. No Hooded Sweatshirts

Student Led Back to School Night: 

August 18th:  Come Eat and Meet your student's teacher. Food Trucks are coming to OPA and will start serving food at 4:30-7:30. Teachers and Staff will be available to meet from 5-7. Students should be guiding you through the building and introducing you to their day and classroom at OPA.
Enjoy your weekend!

See you soon,

Amie Campbell





Monday, August 8, 2016

School Returns to OPA

August 15th!!

Thank you for all of you that came to the 5-9th grade registration. We had a great turn out and that helps us greatly in kicking off the school year. School starts on August 15th at 8:00am, Back to School Night is not until Thursday August 18th from 5-7pm but several food trucks will be in the parking lot starting at 4:30-7:30. Back to School Night is after the start of school this year to allow the students some Leader in Me training to create a student-led Back to School Night.

Also, below is a baseline survey that OPA needs as we enter an accreditation year. Please take 10 minutes to fill out this survey linked below. 


In an effort to improve system practices, Ogden Preparatory Academy is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/9476170 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

If you still have questions or need information, please contact the Elementary School at 801-627-2066 and the Secondary at 801-627-3066. 

See you Soon, 

Amie Campbell

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Information about the 2016-17 School Year at OPA

Parents and Families of OPA,

Summer Mailers and Class Assignments:
The summer mailer complete with class assignments will be sent this week. If we don't have the correct mailing address, you may not receive your information. Please verify your information with the secretaries if you have any concerns. 

Registration:

5-9th grade students should come to registration on August 3rd or 4th 11-6pm. This year all registration will be in the secondary gym. Both buildings will be open for students to try out locker combinations, and find assigned classrooms in their schedules. Pictures will also be taken so students will need to be in the uniform top for ID pictures. 

Summer Activities and Hours at OPA: 

July 18th- Aug. 1st: Office Hours Monday-Thursday, 10-2pm
July 25th Class Lists will be posted at the Elementary for the 2016-17 School Year.
Aug. 1st: Regular Office Hours begin again for the 2016-17 School Year.
Aug. 3-4th 11-6pm is registration for 5th-9th grade students in the OPA Secondary Gym
August 15th First Day of School, Classes Begin. 
August 18th Student-Led Back to School Night, 5-7pm 

Calendar/School Hours/After School Activities:

The 2016-17 Calendar can be accessed in the links provided on the left side. The school opens at 7:30 and breakfast is served at that time. The school closes at 3:30 for all students not involved in supervised after school programs. After-school activities at OPA are sponsored by both teachers and parents. Some examples of these activities are cross-country, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, soccer, archery, book clubs, Lego club, and young runners club.

YMCA will be with us again next year at the elementary and a pilot program at the secondary building. We are excited to provide the space for this great program and if you are interested, just ask about the YMCA benefits! 


Communication Goals: For the 2016-17 School Year, one of OPA's goals is to communicate activities, current grades, upcoming assignments, celebrations or concerns with our parents. It is expected that all teachers communicate weekly, or if a student's academic or social progress is diminishing. There should also be This communication may come in a weekly email, a blog or their personal google site. In addition, Aspire (our student grading system) will be updated weekly to inform students and parents of their personal progress. 

As the principal of OPA, my communication will be in this blog format with the link emailed to all parents or listed contacts bi-weekly. I am excited to share the activities and progress at OPA. Remember that if we don't have correct contact information in Aspire we will not be able to communicate properly. 


OPA Uniforms: 

Uniforms are the required dress code at OPA. Shirts: Navy, Light Blue, White collared polo-type shirts and Bottoms: Navy, or Khaki Tan pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or jumpers. No Jeans, no hoodie sweatshirts or sweaters, no jeggings, and natural non-distracting hair colors. All uniform tops are on display in the lobbies of each building and OPAPO will collect old uniforms for exchange. 

Spanish Language Acquisition: 

Intensive Spanish Classrooms:
For grades 1-4, a specific homeroom teacher has been assigned to the Intensive Spanish classroom.  These assignments will rotate from year to year.   5th and 6th grade students in the Intensive Spanish class will be scheduled into the Intensive Spanish classroom, and they will receive their Social Studies instruction in Spanish.


Exposure Spanish Classrooms:
ALL grades and ALL non-intensive classes will receive a level of exposure Spanish.  Exposure Spanish will offer 2.5 hours of Spanish instruction each week.

Procedures in the spring to enroll a student in the Intensive Spanish Classroom:  



1st grade: Parents should have already requested the Intensive Spanish Classroom, if desired, by filling out the form (Parent Request for Intensive Spanish) last spring.  Intensive Spanish students were randomly selected.  Students who were not selected were placed on a waiting list.  Waiting lists will be reset each year.


2nd grade:  2015-16 Intensive Spanish students will be enrolled in Intensive classes, unless otherwise indicated.  If a student was not in the Intensive Spanish classroom previously, parents should have requested the Intensive Spanish Classroom, if desired, by filling out the form (Parent Request for Intensive Spanish) last spring.  Intensive Spanish students will be randomly selected.  Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list.  Waiting lists will be reset each year.


3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grades:  2015-16 Intensive Spanish students will be enrolled in Intensive classes, unless otherwise indicated.  Additions to the Intensive Spanish classroom will be done through Spanish fluency assessment only.

Leader in Me

Data Notebooks: All students will be provided a “Data Notebook,” as part of the Leader in Me. Students in K-6, will be setting and tracking goals both personal and academic. Then students will use their notebooks to lead their own parent-teacher conferences. 

School-wide Goals: As a school (K-6), we will striving to 1) return all homework assigned on time, and 2) Increase daily reading minutes. Each classroom teacher will explain these school wide goals upon return to school.

Student Leadership: OPA will have two Eagle Teams again this year, that will plan and lead activities such as assemblies, social action projects and awards systems. 
-At the elementary students will be asked to “apply” by writing a letter describing how they use one of the 7 Habits, and why they should be on the Eagle Team. Each classroom (homeroom) will select the first Eagle. Each quarter a new Eagle will be added from each classroom. 
-In the secondary, we have added a Leadership course taught by Stephanie Mathers, that is designed to build a leadership team that helps students to plan and drive school activities.