October 2018 Carmel Student of the Month

Hello! My name is Kandyce and I am a junior at Options Carmel. I transferred to Options Charter School because I felt like I was running out of options academically. Prior to transferring I struggled with learning in a large classroom and my grades were suffering. I really love the small classroom sizes here and the personalized help I receive from my teachers. My grades are better than they were at my previous school, too! In my free time I enjoy listening to music, drawing, photography and cooking.

Fall Break & Field Trips

 

 

 

As we are starting October, we have a couple dates to remember:

 

Connor Prairie                        Tues. Oct. 9th

PSAT testing                            Wed. Oct. 10th

Fall Break                                 Mon Oct. 15th-19th

 

Seniors will not have to be at school on Wed. Oct. 10th due to Sophomore and Junior PSAT testing

 

Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

 

School Notes and Information:

 

Front Office:

Please notify Bri if you student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Jen’s Math Class:

My Algebra class made triangles to show Pythagorean Theorem.  Then they were the teacher for the hour.

 

Krista’s English:

We are starting a new unit in English, which is a biography of the students choosing. We are spending extra time learning to cite sources and putting together an MLA formatted work cited sheet.

 

Krista’s Art:

In art class, we have been quilling, which is an art form that uses tiny strips of paper coiled into rolls. The rolls are then used collectively to create a form.

 

Devin:

18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

 

Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

 

  • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
  • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
  • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
  • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
  • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

 

Student Incentives

  • Each week students not on the missing assignment list will receive 1 snack from school store  
  • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card for students who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

 

Rob’s English:

In Novels this week we have started a project involving the creation of an object from the Transformers Universe.  Students will have the ability to be extremely creative yet purposeful for this project. It will involve the said creation along with a presentation covering the importance and history of the object and how it pertains to the Transformers galaxy.

 

Josh’s Social Studies:

This week, U.S. History will be looking at factors leading up to the Civil War. Government will be exploring how states relate to one another both inside and outside the Constitution; as well as exploring how new states may be formed within the United States. World History and Geography will continue looking at regional diversity in the United States. Work continues in Indiana History with research project exploring classic American car companies that were based out of the Hoosier State through the 1900’s such as Duesenberg and Studebaker. We will also be hosting a field trip alongside Environmental Science for this class on Tuesday (10/9) to Conner Prairie.

We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

 

Let your Options work for you,

 

Jake Brandau

Principal

Happy Fall

Happy Fall! Who else is ready for hoodies, bonfires, boots, jeans, crisp cool air, hot cocoa, football and beautiful fall colors? I know I am! We have a very busy and bustling month ahead. Please make sure you read the following October dates carefully.

October 3rd—Hearing Screenings for all 10th graders and any new student to the Options Charter School Carmel (grades 9-12).

October 5th— Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

October 9th—Picture Day. Students MUST get their photo taken in order to get a school ID even if you are not purchasing a package. Information from Lifetouch will be sent home with your students by Friday, September 28th.

October 10th—PSATs for all sophomores and juniors. We must start the test promptly at 8:30 AM so please ensure your student arrives on time.

October 12th—Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

October 15th-19th—No School (Fall Break)

October 23rd—Herff Jones presentation for Seniors at 9:30 AM (cap & gown, graduation announcements, etc)

October 26th— Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

October 30th—Senior Family Night with Herff Jones 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM (seniors will order their cap & gowns, announcements, etc. Dinner will be served as well.)

October 31st—ASVAB testing for juniors and any senior who would like to retake the exam

The State Bill 65 form will be coming home in the mail next week if we have not already received a copy from you. This will be the final copy that we will be sending out. If we do not receive the form back, the school will assume your approval.

Mid-term Grades

Wow!  What a great start to the school year.  Parents have just received their students’ mid-term grades and students are actively working towards earning credits for the fall semester.  Our school year focus is “Every Student, Every Credit, Every Semester.” Please let us know how we can support your student. If you do not have your PowerSchool Login, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org ,so that you can have access to your student’s grades.

 

Here are some important dates for the month of September:
September 17-21–NWEA Testing
September 20–Junior/Senior College Fair Field Trip
September 2111:45am Dismissal
September 27–Canoe Trip

 

Have a super week and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Fall Picnic ’18

We are currently finishing up week 5 and students are making adequate progress towards earning credits.  Our Fall semester goal is for every student to earn every credit!

 

Students are making up missing assignments in preparation for midterm grade reports.  Parents, please make sure you check PowerSchool on Wednesday, September 12. Your student’s mid-term grades will be finalize on September 12th.  All students who are failing any class will be asked to make arrangements to stay after school to get additional support from teachers. If you do not have access to your PowerSchool username and password, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

 

Our annual Fall picnic will be Friday, September 7th.  Please feel free to donate chips, canned drinks or desserts. This is considered a normal school day for attendance and the expectation is that every student attend the picnic. All students who would like to ride the bus need to be at school no later than 9:00am to secure a seat on the bus.  There will be no staff members on campus after 9:15. We will return to school at approximately 2:30pm. Students need to be picked up from campus by 3:00pm.

 

We still have open seats for enrollment!  Please feel free to contact family and friends who would like to enroll at Options.  We have Open Houses scheduled for Thursday, September 6 & 13.

 

Friendly Reminders for the month of September:
Friday September 14, 21, 28–Half Day (Students need to be picked up by 11:45am)
NWEA Testing September 17-21

 

Thanks so much for your continued support!

First month of school fun!

As we are wrapping up August, we have a couple dates to remember:

Camptown White River Canoe Trip           Wed. Aug. 29th

School Picnic Fri. Sept. 7th

ASVAB Testing for Juniors and Seniors    Fri. Sept. 14th

 

Camptown Canoe Trip will be from 9am-4pm on Wed. Aug. 29th

Transportation will be provided by the school

Permission slips were sent home last week and please bring a sack lunch

 

Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

 

School Notes and Information:

Front Office:

Please notify Bri if your student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Krista’s English:

We have been reading “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” in all my classes. This story chronicles the life of a boy soldier’s, Ishmael Bael, life during Sierra Leone’s civil war and his subsequent rehabilitation in the U.S. He went on to become an advocate for children affected by war. This week we will begin watching “Blood Diamond,” a movie that brings to light the personal struggle of Sierra Leone civilians. Look for a letter that was sent home Friday. We have been working specifically on historical context, author’s purpose, and figurative language.

 

Krista’s Art:

We have been working on the elements of art by exploring lines, shapes, forms, texture, and value. Students will be turning in a painting that exhibits the texture of some natural element. So far, I have seen a lot of trees!

 

Dan’s PE/Health:

This year is the first year that I will be at both Options locations. I am at Carmel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday. I am at Noblesville on Tuesdays Thursdays, and every other Friday. I am co-teaching personal finance with Angie Smith (CTE Teacher at Noblesville) and Study Skills with Lauren Bangs (Special Ed Teacher at Carmel). If you have any questions or are interested in any of my clubs feel free to let me know: dan.cousineau@optionsined.org.

After School Tutoring/Clubs 3pm-5pm

Every other Tuesday at Noblesville (PE Club/Tutoring)

Every other Wednesday at Carmel (PE Club/ Tutoring)

 

Devin:

18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

 

Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

 

  • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
  • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
  • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
  • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
  • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

Student Incentives

  • Each week student is not on the missing assignment list they will receive 1 snack from school store  
  • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card. Student who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

 

Stacie’s Science:

Science classes are very busy. Environmental science class is studying the effect of regular versus “green” detergent on the sprouting of mung beans. This experiment is long term and open ended. They should grow in their ability to understand scientific experimental and data gathering methods that scientists utilize in order to understand issues affecting our world. Biology class is conducting an experiment to examine the effect of using hand sanitizer versus soap and water on cleaning dirty hands. Ask your students how dirty our hands can get just using our phones and opening doors! ICP is honing their basic science and data interpretation skills for the first few weeks of school. This beginning unit is challenging but our students are rising to it. The Robotics students are getting organized and ready to start building and programming robots. MS STEM students are busy building a structure to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion.

 

Josh’s Social Studies:

Social Studies- This week, U.S. History will be covering colonial period, emphasizing how European settlement helped create cultural trends and boundaries that exist to this day. Government will be exploring the core principles of democracy, and by the end of the week we will be discussing the historical foundations of the American system. World History just finished exploring the “Why” of why the subject exists, and is now looking at Human Geography, and how geographers view humans culturally and within our environments. Indiana History is continuing with readings regarding our pioneer history, and in the next several weeks will begin exploring state government.

 

We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

 

Let your Options work for you,

 

Jake Brandau

Principal

 

End of August

I can’t believe August is almost coming to a close!  We still have open enrollment and limited seats available.  Please feel free to share your student’s experience with other families so they can enroll as well.  We have Open Houses for interested families every Thursday from 5:30-7:30.

All junior and senior parents should have received their students’ Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results in the mail.  If you did not receive the letter, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

Please make sure that all seniors are well rested and ready to take the ASVAB on Wednesday, August 28.  Seniors can take the ASVAB to qualify for graduation if they have not passed the ISTEP+. They need to arrive by 8:20am.

Student will be dismissed on this Friday, August 31 at 11:45am and Labor Day is Monday, September 3 and we will not have school.  Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Our annual Fall picnic will be on Friday, September 7 at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Dr., Fishers IN, 46038 from 10:00am-1:00pm.  Parents can drop off and pick up students from the park. Please feel free to send chips, snacks, soda or desserts with your student.

Here are some friendly reminders of some very important dates for the month of September:

September 14, 21, & 28—Half Day (11:45 dismissal) for Staff Professional Development

September 17-21—NWEA Testing

Have a super week!

Welcome Back!

Wow! I can’t believe we have finished the first week of school.  I am having a blast reconnecting with former students and getting to know our new students.  We are moving right along and students should have received their first week’s grades.  If you have not already received your Parent Powerschool Login information via email you will be receiving it within the next few days. If you have not received it by the end of the week, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

We are still enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year!  We have open house every Thursday from 5:30-7:30. Please feel free to refer families that would like to become a part of our Options family.  You can email our Director of Recruitment, CJ Franklin for more information, cjfranklin@optionsined.org.

Finally, please place the following August events on your calendar:

Friday, August 17—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

Friday, August 24—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

Wednesday August 29—ASVAB for Seniors, 8:30-11:30am

Friday, August 31—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

Looking forward to a great school year!

Camille Scott Tolliver

Principal-Carmel Location

Back to School Information

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT–Thursday, August 2nd 4:30-7:30pm 
All Options families need to attend this event. Parents/guardians will need to complete updated enrollment information, pay book fees and lunch money, sign chromebook agreement forms, and meet with the principal to discuss important school events.  Students will pick up their schedules/chromebooks, have an opportunity to meet briefly with their teachers, and sign up for any after school clubs.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL–Monday August, 6
We will begin school promptly at 8:30 am!  Students are can be dropped off as early as 7:30am.  We will also be serving breakfast daily for $1.00 from 7:45-8:20am.
FRIDAY E-LEARNING DAYS–Beginning Friday, August 10
We will be dismissing school every Friday at 11:45am and students will be completing E-learning assignments from home during the afternoon. You will be receiving more information at our Back to To School Night on Thursday, August 2.
Please feel free to stop in or call during our summer office hours:
Monday, TuesdayWednesday, and Friday-9am to 2pm
Thursday2:30-7:30pm
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Below is the school supplies list for 2018-19 school year:
Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
Pencils
Pens
Scientific Calculator (if taking a math course)
Ear buds
Highlighters (any color)
1 Ream of Blank White Paper
2 Boxes of Tissues
1 Container of Clorox Wipes

End of Year

I had a blast at the 2018 picnic and prom!  We enjoyed watching students compete in the Options Olympics, enjoy food, and spend time with our Noblesville campus.  We danced the night away at prom and watched our Math teacher, Phil Bertsch, have a dance off with a student!  Special thank you to all of the parents that donated items for the picnic and prom.  You helped make lasting memories for our staff and students.

We only have 3 full weeks of school so we will be very busy ensuring that ALL students earn every credit attempted this semester.  I will be emailing parents who have students failing in any class so that we can work together to ensure they earn their credits.  We will have before and after school tutoring and lunch study hall.  Please email or call the school if you need your PowerSchool login information to check your student’s grades.

We have several important events, so please adhere to the following:

Hearing Test (Sophomores Only)—May 9

NWEA Testing–May 8 – 11

ECA Testing–May 9-18

Early Release (at 11:45)—May 18

Graduation Ceremony—May 30 at 6:30pm (Ritz-Charles, Carmel, Indiana)

Prom 2018