Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dream, Believe, Achieve: The O'Neill Way ... now on the iBooks Store!

O’Neill Public School shares the story of their 24/7 Learning initiative (1:1 learning with MacBooks). Get the newly updated and published book on any device with the iBooks app available at:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Unranked to Unbeaten: Student Produced Documentary

Mrs. Rylee Dexter's Anatomy classes enriched their study with "passion projects" throughout second semester. Sometimes called "20% Time" or "Genius Hour," the idea is that one day a week (or 20% of their class time) students would be able to pursue a topic of personal relevance to learn more deeply. Student projects took on a variety of forms.  From service projects working with elderly citizens, to entrepreneurial projects such as photography and baking services, the work was entirely driven by the students.  One group leveraged the "Cinderella story" of their recent state football championship season and capitalized on their digital media skills to produce a full-length documentary. You can view it here:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sophomore Speech Class Music Videos    id=0B1IxoJpw2fnrSk5PWktReGkzd3c&usp=sharing

OHS speech teacher Kendra Vanderbeek makes speech class fun!

Ms. Vanderbeek said:
"The purpose of the music video assignment is to get the students to think about words and use non-verbal communication to convey ideas."
 "Also, it’s a fun first assignment that gets everyone comfortable with one another."
 "We get to be silly and have fun and realize that’s okay to do those things with confidence."
What a great use of creative minds and technology!   This a a real tribute to our students' creativity, our faculty and student body's willingness to get involved and let learning be fun! What a great culture to be a part of! 

If you need a little creative inspiration or a reminder how the technology we have at OHS can enhance creativity, or maybe you just need to smile, you can always come back to this post.  I promise -You will smile:)! 

NPPD STEM Lab Comes to OHS

Jennifer Swerczek NPPD Addresses Students
Lowell Brown, Science teacher at O'Neill Public Schools has created a great opportunity for OHS students to experience hands-on learning by bringing a STEM Makerspace lab to OHS.    

This Makerspace STEM lab is being provided by NPPD and facilitated by Jennifer Swerczek. What is a makerspace? It's a space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.  

Most often a makersspace will include 3D printers, software, and electronics. In this post I have included all of the things students can experience at the makerspace at OHS. 

The NPPD STEM lab is currently set up in the OHS library and will be here through January 29, 2016. Anyone who is interested should feel free to stop and take a look and maybe even play with some of the gadgets!


Make it DO
  • What can you make existing equipment DO with logic, programming, and creative ideas?
Rasberry PI Starter Kits (2)

Make it NEW
  • A “maker’s” take on circuitry, robotics, coding, and unique adaptations of different tools.
Afinia H800 3D printer (1)
Carvey 3D CNC Machine 

Make an IMPACT
  • Making a difference in this world through social innovation takes a keen eye on the needs of your community. Using sensors, tools, and innovative skills, you can make an impact on someone’s life.
Arduino Sensor Station (2 redboards + multitude of sensors)
Thermal Camera
Smart Home Little Bits Kits (2 kits)

Make it YOU
  • You are uniquely you. Here is your chance to be creative with design, circuitry, wearables, and personalized touches. Make your statement here!
Lilly Pad Wearables Lab (6)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sophomores Win First Annual Class Commercial Competition Homecoming 2015

     The first annual themed class commercial competition was held during home coming week at OHS in conjunction with Eagle Olympics. The theme was: "Why is your class the Best Class."     

     This idea was spearheaded by senior leader and student council president, Andrew Burival. Andrew wanted to see change brought to the spirited week of festivities that take place during homecoming week at OHS. For years past classes were given time during the school day to decorate their respective hallways. The hallways were then judged and points awarded to classes with the best decorated hallways. Andrew said, “Let’s do away with this tradition and have a 21st century competition-- after all we are an Apple Distinguished School!" Second year principal Corey Fisher replied, "Who can argue with that?"So he turned it over to Andrew, the class sponsors, and the students in grades 9-12.

     Students took the bull by the horns. Each class wasgiven approximately 90 minutes from start to finish to plan, record and edit their commercials. To kick off Eagle Olympics each commercial was played for the student body and judged by a panel of judges. Spirit points were awarded based on places received in the commercial competition. Guidelines are listed below. All in all this was a great event, and a great way showcase the creativity, leadership and "can-do" attitude of students here at OHS!     

      Congratulations to the Sophomore class for 
their first place finish in this years event!  We all
can't wait to watch this event cultivate in the 

Eagle Olympics Commercial Guidelines

“Why is your grade the best at OHS?”
Each class will create a video about why their class is the best class to be in at OHS.
60-90 seconds
Can plan before but cannot film before. Have to stay on campus/the city block during filming.

25 points Participation & Class Chant or Song
25 points School & Class Spirit Demonstrated in the Commercial
25 points Creativity
25 points Appeals to the Student Body Audience & Shows Why Your Class is the BEST

The Student Council is sponsoring a Spirit Contest for Homecoming Week. GRADES 9-12 will compete against each other for the spirit award. Points will be accumulated by each class for:

  1. Eagle Olympic Commercial –
    1. 20 points for 1st
    2. 10 points for 2nd
    3. 5 points for 3rd
  2. Dress Up Theme Days –
    1. 2 males & 2 females – 10 points each
    2. Extra credit points are awarded for each class sponsor who dresses up. 2 points for each sponsor, each day with a max of 2 sponsors per day
    3. Judging will be in the gym at 7:50 a.m. Monday-Friday
  3. Powder Puff/Iron Man Games –
    1. 20 points for 1st
    2. 10 points for 2nd
    3. 5 points for 3rd
  4. Eagle Olympics –
    1. 20 points for 1st
    2. 10 points for 2nd
    3. 5 points for 3rd

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Newly published student authors at OHS

Several OHS 7th Grade students have recently joined the ranks of published authors as they successfully authored, submitted, and were accepted for publishing on Apple's iBooks Store.

Their original books, authored in 7th grade English class, were the result of a nonfiction writing project entitled "My B-side".  Students chose a personal passion, hobby, or talent-- something that was the "flip-side" to their well-known personality-- and wrote about it. The objective was informative/technical writing, and by choosing a topic that students personally knew so well, they could focus on communicating this real life skill/talent/or interest through their first-person writing, rather than external research.

Students worked through the writing process to compose their drafts and utilized digital tools such as Google Docs, Pages, and iPad apps throughout the process. Each was also encouraged to create original media to accompany the writing. Many students created videos, animations, illustrations, photography, and widgets to bring their writing to life once assembled in iBooks Author.

Out of all the 7th grade authors over a dozen were selected to submit for publishing on Apple's iBooks Store.  Students could choose whether to submit via Mrs. Morrow's Books account under their own name as author or if they wanted to go through the process of creating their own Books account for the iTunes Store.

While we are still waiting on approval on several books, the following titles have already successfully been approved and are live on iTunes!

Congratulations to each and every OHS 7th grade English student... you ARE AUTHORS!