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SCHOLARS >> HIGHER GOALS

At OSOTA, you'll hear every teacher call you a scholar. Here's why!

To be a scholar is a decision of great magnitude.

  1. It is a choice to see greatness in others and demand it from yourself.
  2. It is a choice to inspire and go against the grain.
  3. It is a choice to be the light in an increasingly dark world.

At OSOTA you're more than a student. You are a scholar; with this comes the expectation of academic integrity.

Academic Integrity

What is academic integrity? First, let’s define integrity.

The decision to do the right thing when no one looking...

That moment when it’s easier to tell a lie, but something inside urges you to tell the truth—not because you’ll get an award or be recognized, but rather, you just know it’s the right thing to do, so you do it…this is integrity!

  • Academic Integrity is the quality of being honest, and having strong moral principles that guide you when approaching your school work.
  • As an OSOTA scholar, academic integrity is an expectation. We believe that you will make choices that reflect integrity and responsible behavior.

THE BOLD TRUTH

  • OSOTA will ask a great deal of you. Your teachers do not want you to settle for the status quo.
  • Occasionally, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to accomplish.
  • You may be short of time, working on several assignments due the same day, or preparing for exams or presentations, but this is preparing you for REAL life.
  • The pressure can be intense. In the Scholar Resources Section of Schoology, we suggest resources to help you manage your workload and prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed.
  • However, no matter what level of challenge you may find yourself under, OSOTA expects you to approach your work with honesty and integrity.

We Believe In You!

Our grading scale is as follows:

  • 90-100 – A
  • 80-89 – B
  • 70-79 – C
  • 60-69 – D
  • 59 and below – F

Honor Roll & Principal’s List

✓ Principal’s List: 3.5 GPA (without D’s or F’s for the quarter).

✓ Honor Roll: 3.0-3.5 GPA (without D’s or F’s for the quarter).

Honesty is the foundation of good academic work. Whether you are working on a problem set, lab report, project or paper, avoid engaging in plagiarism, cheating, or facilitating academic dishonesty.

CLASSROOM SUCCESS TIPS

  • Follow Directions Quickly
  • Make Smart Choices (more on this below)

You can start the year out strong, and make smart choices for the rest of the year!

More on Making Smart Choices

  • Show up for every class on time.
  • Be focused and FULLY present for each class
  • Though it can be tempting, refrain from distractions such as anything that would distract your teacher.
  • Take notes when possible. Write down key words, definitions, equations, tips, and tricks that your teacher mentions.
  • Participate in class. If you are going to be in class, why not make the most of it!
  • Follow directions. When your teacher assigns something, listen carefully to what they say and follow their directions. It’s kind of takes the guesswork out of things.
  • Complete your assignments on time. Use your planner and check Schoology often
  • Don’t bring prohibited items to school. Leave banned items at home
  • Never bring drugs, alcohol, or weapons to school. You can get expelled as well as get in trouble with the police, so it’s not at all worth it.
  • Show respect. Be respectful to your teachers as well as your peers. Don’t talk back to a teacher, just listen to them and understand that they are trying to help you, even if seems otherwise. Avoid calling your classmates names, teasing them, or spreading gossip and rumors.
  • Get in Involved in Positive Activities and Stay busy after school.

CHARACTER HOUSES

#strengthredefined

Character Houses are like the Greek factions of brotherhood and sisterhood found on college campuses-- except ours our coed, inclusive, fun, and promote honor. To be inducted into your character house is ceremonious privilege. In other words, it's a big deal. You'll be mentored by staff and teachers over the course of the year; you'll make new friends; you'll learn how to grow in character!

Character Houses will define us, unite us, and reveal that character can outwit, outlast, outsmart, and outmaneuver the most determined. As a scholar, you will experience first hand how our character affects not only ourselves, but those around us.

House Games

There are heroes inside us all, but Character House Games determine who will emerge in the midst of a great challenge. Throughout the year, houses will be involved in competition with challenges that range from the athletic to the artistic. Everyday is opportunity to help your house earn points. The more points you earn, the more you become an amazing human being strengthened in character. Plus...

You'll see what team-work looks like with monthly challenges...

...what it means to give back and love those around you with community service projects.

...All leading up to our annual House Games and Spring Dance at the end of the school year.

Character Report Cards

We believe that “character can take you farther than intellect” so in addition to a regular report card, Character Report Cards lets your family know how you're growing in the following areas.

8 Key Traits on Character Report Cards

  1. Zest: Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated. Characterized by: active participation, showing enthusiasm and invigorating others.
  2. Grit: Completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience. Characterized by: finishing whatever we begin, trying hard even after experiencing failure, and working independently with focus.
  3. Self-control (school work): Regulating what one feels and does; being self-disciplined. Characterized by: coming to class prepared, paying attention and resisting distractions, remembering to follow directions, and getting to work right away rather than procrastinating.
  4. Self-control (interpersonal): Characterized by: remaining calm even when criticized or otherwise provoked, allowing others to speak without interruption, being polite to adults and peers, and keeping temper in check.
  5. Optimism: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it. Characterized by: getting over frustrations and setbacks quickly; believing that effort will improve his/her future.
  6. Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for opportunities that one has. Characterized by: recognizing and showing appreciation for others, as well as recognizing and showing appreciation for opportunities.
  7. Social Intelligence: Being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself-- including the ability to reason within large and small groups. Characterized by: being able to find solutions during conflicts with others, demonstrating respect for feelings of others, and knowing when and how to include others.
  8. Curiosity: Taking an interest in experiencing and learning new things for its own sake; finding things fascinating. Characterized by: being eager to explore new things, asking and answering questions to deepen understanding, and actively listening to others.

Things to Earmark

Being called a scholar is one thing, but choosing to be a scholar is another. Reflect on this.
Be familiar with academic integrity.
There are ways to make smart choices all year long. Know a handful of them!

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Rhonda Adorno
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