Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thank You for Spreading the Word of SFCS and OGJH!
We have gained some positive momentum when it comes to attracting new students to OGJH for the 2018-2019 school year. To date, we have 12 new students (students that are not currently enrolled in SFCS in this current school year) who have enrolled to join us at OGJH next year. We are off to an excellent start, but are hopeful that this is just the beginning! We would like to thank our current families for reaching out to others to explore the possibility of enrolling their children in our schools. If you know families that may be interested in SFCS, please encourage them to either contact one of our schools or our admissions office or give us their name and we would gladly make contact with them. The number one way we can get the word out about SFCS is through family- to-family communication.

Encourage any interested families to take advantage of our upcoming spring OGJH Campus Visit Day on Monday, April 23. Prospective families can register here.

7th Grade ACT Aspire Testing-Tuesday, April 10
7th Grade ACT Aspire Testing will take place on Tuesday, April 10. This online test measures academic achievement in the areas of English, math, reading, science, and writing. It is aligned with the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, making test results meaningful by connecting your child’s score to specific skills and knowledge that are important to success in college and the workplace. The students will spend the majority of this day taking the test. In order for students to do their best, it is important that your child gets plenty of sleep at night and a good breakfast on testing day. Also, please be cognizant of the tests when scheduling appointments or other events that may take your child out of school.

8th Grade Graduation Form—Attention Current 8th Grade Parents
8th grade families are asked to RSVP for the reception and for the graduation night festivities (Thursday, May 17) by filling out and returning our graduation form. The form is due by Friday, April 13. Click here to access this form. Students should return the form and any money to their homeroom teacher. This will help our committees as they prepare for this day. More forms are available in the school office.

Digital Safety and Your Kids: Monday, April 16; 7:00-8:30 at O’Gorman High School
Parents play a key role in how their kids use digital media.  How do you keep your child safe from online predators?  What apps are used by youth to engage in risky behavior? Hollie Strand, computer forensic examiner, will share practical information to help parents keep children safe while online.

This free event is hosted by Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

Dollars for Dress Down–Tuesday, April 17
A reminder of the system-wide fundraiser called “Dollars for Dress Down,” to occur on Tuesday, April 17. A minimum monetary donation ($5.00 suggested, $3.00 minimum) earns your student a dress down day. Please send the money with your child and title the envelope “Dollars for Dress Down”. Your student can turn the money in to their homeroom teacher.

Track and Field Information and Clarifications
Please note that at the junior high level, the meets for track events are typically held on different days as the field meets. Also, make note that there is no practice when there is a meet of any kind. For example, if your child is only in running events, but there is a field meet, there will be no practice. Also, you can click here to access the typical order of running events at our track meets. The first track meet (Monday, April 9) is a bit different as some relays and hurdles are not being run. The order of events that day will be the 100, 1600, 400, 800, 200, 4×100 relay.

The head coach of the OGJH Track and Field Team is Mr. Keppen.  If you need to contact him, he can be reached at

No School at OGJH on Friday, May 4
As you look ahead to the month of May, O’Gorman Junior High School (along with OGHS) will have NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 4. On this date we will be hosting a large track meet that will require the use of most of our staff and many parent volunteers.


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