Omni Team News

X Block Enrichment Opportunities   02/02/2017
Our enrichment x block options are in full swing! Take a look at the options for Omni students:

Book club with Ms. Grammas –
The Book Club is an enrichment group that shares a love of reading.  When we meet together we read individually, in small groups or as a collective group.  Students will be provided with a list of current Rebecca Caudill nominated books and we will watch book trailers to view trailers of books we can select to read. Students will have an opportunity to select the novel they would like to read and to share their thoughts, ask questions, draw conclusions, and participate in a group discussion of the novel.  Students also have the opportunity to write a review.
 
Exploring History through Primary Source Documents with Mr. Rich –
This x-block will be exploring History and Current Events with a focus on primary source documents and film clips.  Discussion will be about all things related to the past, present and future.  If you are interested in the world around us and how and why it is the way it is, then this X-Block is for you.
 
Parody Writing with Ms. Chow –
This X-block will focus on writing lyric parodies of famous songs.  We will be focusing on the poetry writing process including brainstorming, drafting, editing, and revising, along with examining different types of rhymes and meter.  If you love creative writing, or if you love Weird Al Yankovic, then this X-block is for you!
 
Reviews with Ms. Bansberg  -
What's your favorite restaurant? What's the best movie you've seen recently? This x-block will teach you how to answer these burning questions like a journalist by writing a formal review. We'll read newspaper articles reviewing restaurants, movies, albums, and new TV shows, taking a look at how the experts go about sharing their experiences with their audience. Then, you'll have a chance to become a journalist and write your own critique!
 
Egg Drop with Ms. Musslewhite –
Calling all engineers. In the Naked Egg Drop learn about different types of energy and the engineering design process.  Your job is to design and build an egg catcher that will successfully catch a "naked" egg from a certain drop height.  The egg must remain intact with no chips or cracks.  If you think you have what it takes to create a smart winning design then this x-block is for you!
 
Hall Pass Procedures   01/20/2017

Dear OMNI families,

 

As part of the district’s mission to empower our children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers, the OMNI team has implemented a hall pass procedure. We want students to value their time in the classroom, just as we value their presence in it.

 

These passes were created primarily to help students develop responsibility and organizational skills when it comes to time management.  For those who occasionally need to use time during class, students have been given a pass that allows for ten trips outside of the classroom to use throughout the trimester.  Students may use this pass to retrieve items from their lockers or to use the restroom if they did not have the opportunity to do so during the five minute passing period.  

 

Under no circumstances are students penalized for their use of the ten excused trips: there are no consequences attached to the use of a pass, and they are encouraged to use them.  However, based on individual needs and circumstances, there are always exceptions.  Each child is an individual, and student needs are always our first priority.

 

As always, please feel free to contact us to clarify any misunderstandings or voice any questions or concerns. We implemented this procedure with your students’ best interests at heart, and we appreciate your direct input and communication moving forward.

 

Sincerely,

The OMNI team

In celebration of Presidents' Day!   01/19/2017
On Wednesday, February 8th the Omni Team will be attending a President George Washington presentation at the Glenview Senior Center, which is located next door to Attea at the Park Center.  The President Washington impersonator will speak in character to our students while discussing his life story and his role as the First President of the United States. The Journey students and teachers will walk over to the Senior Center at 12:00A.M. for a 45 minute presentation by President Washington that will tie in nicely with our study of United States History. Thank you to the Glenview Senior Center for this wonderful invitation and the opportunity to enhance our learning!
Trimester Two   12/05/2016
Dear parents and guardians, 
Trimester two has officially started! OMNI teachers reblocked students for trimester two to meet the needs of all of our learners.  A reminder that students are starting the trimester with a clean slate.  Each student should strive for excellence in all things they do; including work competion, assessment preparation and appropriate classroom behavior. That being said, please continue to check your students' assignment notebooks, have conversations with them about their nightly responsibilities, and help them to organize their binders periodically. We appreciate all of your support at home and value the important role you play in ensuring the success of our OMNI students!
Thanks so much, 
The OMNI team
Author Visit - September, 23rd   09/12/2016

We’re excited to announce an upcoming visit by children’s author Liesl Shurtliff to Attea. Ms. Shurtliff will be discussing her inspiration and process in writing New York Times bestsellers Rump, Jack, and Red. Additionally, our sixth graders will have the opportunity to participate in an author-led writing workshop focusing on the narrative skill “Show, Don’t Tell”. Please know that books can be purchased in advance for the author to personally autograph.  Forms will be provided during our LA classes, or students may see Ms. Nekola in the LRC.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and the visit wouldn’t have been possible without a generous donation from our P.T.A. The author visit will take place on Friday, September 23rd.

Below is a link to the Attea LRC home page for information about the author.

https://sites.google.com/a/glenview34.org/attea-reading-resource-website/book-recommendations/liesl-shurtliff?scrlybrkr
The Grove Field Trip   09/01/2016
OMNI students will be going on a field trip to The Grove on Wednesday, September 14.  Students will be learning about Pioneer skills in preparation for their first unit in Social Studies.  Field trip forms are due on Wednesday, September 7 to your Base camp teacher.