Boys' and girls' soccer practice has been cancelled for today. After school tutoring has also been cancelled.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27th, your student received a Federal Impact Aid Survey Card. This form was given to your student by their first period teacher. We are requesting your completion and signature of the section that pertains to your household. Please have your student return the form by Friday, November 6th to their 1st period teacher.
If you need a new form, please download one from the file below.
This is Mr. De Jesus with a very important announcement.
A Parents Workshop on Raising A Digital Generation will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., in the Orange Park Junior High School's Media Center
Workshop Topics are:
• Laws regarding Cyber Bullying and Sexting
• Current Dating Technology
• Risks and Consequences attached to the Cyber World
• Hidden Dangers behind Apps
• Parent Smart Cards for Facebook, Twitter, and Google
Parents and students
Florida Department of Education has a new website – www.FloridaStudents.org – is designed to aid students and provide Florida Standards Student Tutorials and Resources. The website has web-based resources aligned to Florida Standards in ELA, mathematics, science and civics. Also, this website contains a link to the SAT practice website, a free resource for students that is provided by the College Board and Khan Academy.
On Friday, October 30th, the Robotics Team had their inaugural match and induction into the world of competitive robotics. During the week leading up to the match I explained to the team that this was our first match ever and we were all rookies (including me!) at this so do not get discouraged if we do not do so well. As a team, the students watched the video explaining this year’s challenge and the scoring model that was to be used over and over again. They had been brainstorming ideas and concepts all week long, but the likelihood of actually building and programming a robot were slim.
We arrived at the competition with our full complement of parts, motors, and controllers ready to soak in as much knowledge as possible and hopefully garner some ideas for the next competition.
Who needs a “next competition”?
The team rallied together and with some help from the Oakleaf High school coach figured out how to control the motors and setup the hand-held controllers. While this was happening another crew began to build a simple, yet very effective, rolling chassis. Once the two entities came together the team had a working robot and ran it for a few minutes on the practice field. They made a few small adjustments based on what they learned in practice and then sent the bot on for inspection. Initially their design failed inspection, but the team did not waver. They went back to the workbench and put the robot (now named Bob) under scrutiny once more and finally passed technical inspection.
The competition itself is broken down into two distinct periods of play. The first is a 30 second autonomous period during which the robot is to perform functions without any input from a team member. Bob had no autonomous period as we did not have the ability to create the Java programming needed. We will for the next match. However, out of the 12 teams present only 2 had brief autonomous periods. The second period is a 2 minute driver controlled period. The driving team consists of two drivers and one coach. For OPJH the drivers were Cody Helton and Savanah Lyons. The coach was Matthew Coffey. These positions were agreed on by the entire team. This turned out to be a winning combination because after all the matches (3 in total) OPJH finished 4th out of 12 teams! This included a number of high school teams.
Friday’s match was a fantastic example of what some ingenuity mixed with a little drive can do. Please congratulate the entire robotics team on an awesome first match!
Our next match will be held on November 18th @ Orange Park High School.
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