Message From The Principal

This Week at Our House
Posted on 03/15/2019

Happy Spring Break Tiger Families!!

I certainly hope that all of you will have a good week next week whether it is through travel or just staying home and enjoying your children! We have a lot of celebrations this week and as always some highlighted information.  Because we are on spring break next week, the letter and the new, This Week at Our House, will come out Monday, March 25 in the afternoon for that week.

When we return, Monday, March 25, it will be a C-day.

Now for the highlighted information and celebrations:

Highlighted Information:

Make sure to check out OHS Parents’ Club Page for their new video.  Click here

Intruder Drill

Our next intruder drill will be held on Thursday, Apr. 4 during second block at 9:15am.  The previous drill was an evade only drill and students practiced staying in the room, barricading the door, and staying quiet.

The drill on Apr. 4 will add another component to the 4-E drill.  During this drill, teachers will have to decide to either evade or escape which is leaving the room and going outside.

Everyone will know in advance what block and time the drill will take place. Students and teachers will review the 4-E’s concentrating on evade and escape procedures prior to the drill.

Steps of the Evade or Escape Drill, April 4

1.            Over the intercom an administrator will announce, “We will now begin the intruder drill.”

2.            Everyone will be given real time information.  The administrator will say, “Attention, there is an armed intruder in the building located near (a specific location will be given).

3.            During this time, a staff member will be simulating the intruder and will be moving around the building.  As this person moves, one of the administrators will monitor our cameras and will continue to give real time information about the location of the intruder to the staff.

4.            Teachers will need to determine if their class can safely escape or remain in place (evade). This decision will be made using the given real time information, the status of their students, and the procedures learned in the 4-E training.

5.            Each room is different and must decide what is best for them.

Teachers choosing evade will:

1.            take the magnets out of the door jamb so the door locks (they are always locked), pull down the black curtain in the door window, turn off the lights, barricade the door, move students out of sight of any window or door and remain silent.

Students are to remain quiet and the room locked until an administrator announces the end of the drill over the intercom. Administration and a few selected people will go to all classroom doors during this time to see if they are evading properly or have used the escape procedure.

Teachers choosing escape will:

1.            be confident that it is safe to leave the classroom given all that they know.

2.            know what exit to go to as quickly and as quietly as possible and leave the building.

3.            explain to their students that once out in a real escape situation they would run to the determined place depending on what exit is used.



Congratulations to Caitlin Blanchard for being awarded the Steven C. Beering Scholarship from Purdue University.  This scholarship totals around $500,000 and will cover a Bachelors, Masters, and PhD from Purdue.  53,000 applicants and only 4-6 are awarded each year.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment!

Congratulations to Connor Jones who qualified for Speech Nationals this summer in Dallas. He will be in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Good luck to Connor!!!

Congratulations to Sean Petric who has qualified for the Final Competition round of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. This will be held at the Fabulous Fox on April 13 at 8pm.  Good luck to a very talented young man!!

Congratulations to Tiger Band who had 13 events and 20 students receive an exemplary rating at District Contest gives them the opportunity to perform at MSHSAA State Music Festival on April 25!  Good Luck Tiger Band!!

Congratulations to Winter Guard who performed their 2019 show, Memories of You, at the WGI Regional.  They won third place in the finals! They competed against 22 schools from 6 different states!  Awesome!

Congratulations to our Choir Program! 18 of 25 events received an exemplary rating and have qualified for state solo and ensemble competition. Thirteen students are going to state in solo and five students will join the thirteen in four ensembles who will also perform at state on April 25. All four choirs received exemplary ratings at MSHSAA Large Group Festival! Good luck choir!

Congratulations to our ten DECA students who qualified for state competition! DECA is rocking it!


Jan Kellerman


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