Monday, October 29, 2007

Logo Design Contest

Attention all budding graphics designers! We need your creative and artistic ideas!

Logo Contest
We need your creative designs for a logo for our upcoming 24-7 Learning Initiative! The chosen logo could be used on a variety of print and publication materials including, brochures, websites, T-shirts, etc. Attention should be paid towards creating an eye-appealing, clean graphic which communicates the ideas driving the 24-7 Learning Project. (These vision statements can be viewed on Include the name of our school as well as 24-7 Learning for text. The logo design can be any shape and any color, but it must be editable to serve a variety of purposes and formats. (Therefore, submit your entry in the program you created it in.)
What: Create a logo for O’Neill Public School’s 24-7 Learning Initiative
When: Entries due: November 9, 2007
Where: Turn in your entries via Mrs. Morrow’s iDisk by clicking:
Other User’s Public Folder
Type in: mrsmorrow
Drop in your entry into the 24-7 Logo Contest Folder
PRIZE: $15.00 iTunes Gift Card + USB Flash drive

Westside Visit

Omaha Westside played host to Mrs. Morrow, Mr Peterson, Mr. Buller, and Mrs. Brown last week on our OPS Staff Development Day. The day was informative and educational; the knowledge and insight gained into all aspects of a fully-functioning 1:1 environment will prove beneficial as we progress forward in ours.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Getting the most out of your Mac

Two very helpful links to bookmark:

1. Switch 101: "The former PC user's guide to getting the most out of your Mac."

2. Troubleshooting Quick Assist: Quick Assist help on basic Mac troubleshooting topics.

Mark Billington from Apple visits O'Neill

O'Neill Public School was visited by Mark Billington of Apple Computers yesterday. As our new Apple rep, he will work with us to successfully implement our 24/7 Learning initiative.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Official "Yes!"

After another night of respectful and supportive consideration, the School Board voted 'yes' to laptops for students grades 7-12 starting next year. Juniors and seniors will "pilot" the laptops starting second semester and all high school teachers who don't currently have a Macbook will get one issued to them as soon as they come in and Greg gets the infrastructure set up. We know that this initiative will be a big undertaking and that it will take a lot of dedication and hard work to make it successful, but we are all very excited about the potential for improvement to student learning that the added technology access can bring. Don't worry about changing everything overnight... as Mrs. Gotschall says, "Rome wasn't built in a day!" And do know that we will try to support you, the teacher, as best we can in this change. But we are excited to start on this journey together.

We will definitely need to do more planning and decision-making now that we have the official go-ahead from the board. As always, we welcome any input from any staff member who wants to try and make this a successful venture for all involved.

We will try to keep information about the initiative posted on the 24/7 Learning link off the school website or by clicking here:

Sunday, October 14, 2007