OCCS Messages of the Week: May 19, 2013
OCCS Summer Reading Program
Dear parents and students,
In order to encourage our students to read more and practice more Chinese during the long summer break, OCCS
will again kick off a summer reading program. All the students are eligible to participate in this great
program and can choose to read any kinds of Chinese books (such as history or nonfiction) according to their
reading levels. For those who are younger, parents are encouraged to read Chinese storybooks to them.
Please remember to record all of your reading time on the OCCS summer reading log
Please verify the reading time and sign on the reading log sheet.
To reward our students for participating in this Chinese-reading, the school administration will provide the
following incentive prizes at the beginning of the next school year:
6 Hours 1 small surprise prize
12 Hours 2 small surprise prizes
20 Hours $5 Gift Card
The reading program begins on June 10, 2013 and ends on August 31st, 2013. The prizes will be distributed in September . The time and location will be announced later.
I want to thank Ms. Yan Sun very much for her kind willingness to coordinate this great program.
Please contact her at email@example.com
, if you have any question.
Have a great summer and enjoy the reading!
Xuewen Huo, PhD
2013-2014 Principal Recruitment Announcement
Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (OCCS)
2013-2014 Principal Recruitment Announcement
Deadline for submitting Application form: May 12, 2013
Recruitment Committee Email: Board@Columbus-occs.org
OCCS Principal Candidate Application Form
Dragon Boat Race Team Recruiting Notice
Dear parents and students,
OCCS has been invited by the Asian Festival Organizing Committee to participate in the Columbus Dragon
Boat Race at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. OCCS will have a team of students/parents that will
compete in this race. We are in need of 20 strong team members plus some backup volunteers to help
represent OCCS and compete in this race. If you are interested in participating in the great outdoor
event, please send your registration information to our team captain, Mr. Xiyou Chen by email:
by April 30. The registration form
is available at
The participation is free, and the event will held at:
Site: Down Scioto River, Genoa Park, Columbus, Ohio
Date: 5/25-27/2013 (Include training dates)
A dragon boat is a twenty foot canoe with a decorative dragonhead on the front and a tail on the
back. We need a drummer who sits facing the paddlers and directs them with the beat of the drum.
A steersman stands who is professional and would be provided by vendor in the rear and guides the
boat with a long, wooden oar. The paddlers sit two by two on ten benches. These individuals paddle
the stroke in unison to fly the dragon across the water. It is this synchronicity that is the key to racing.
Dragon Boat race is a teamwork. The synchronicity that moves the boat. Muscle is good, but not nearly
as good as paddling together with the correct technique. It is not uncommon to watch seemingly "weaker"
teams win races. It is about paddling as ONE and having "heart".
Preparing for dragon boat racing is all about commitment and practice time. So, you all need to
bring that commitment. You are committing to having a great time, doing your best, patience
with others and yourself, and working as a team. There will be practice sessions available
Saturday, May 25 or Sunday, May 26.
We look forward to your enthusiastic participation in this great event.
Xuewen Huo, PhD
Local Summer Camp Opportunity
Dear parents and students,
One of our new sponsors, JC Visual Arts Studio, will offer four summer camps during this summer.
The camps include one full-day (including outdoor drawing/painting) and three half-day camps.
1. Drawing/painting summer camps:
Session-1: June 10 - 14 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM). Student’s age is 6 and up.
Session-2: June 17 - 21 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM). Student’s age is 9 and up.
Session-3: June 24 - 29 (1:00 AM - 4:00 PM). Student’s age is 6 and up.
2. Chinese painting summer camp:
Session-4: July 22 - 26 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM). ). Student’s age is 9 and up.
If you are interested in any of these camps, please contact the sponsor directly and register ASAP
to secure the seat. The camp registration will be closed after May 15th or after all seats are filled.
Please visit their website at http://www.jcvisualarts.com
for more details.
Xuewen Huo, PhD
Enroll or re-enroll your KROGER Community Rewards program
Please support OCCS by enrolling in Kroger Community Reward Program.
When shopping at Kroger and scanning your Kroger Plus Card, you will not only enjoy getting the promotion price, but also you will support OCCS because Kroger will donate to OCCS as a result of your purchase.
Please re-enroll or enroll the program to ensure that Ohio Contemporary Chinese School will be receiving your KROGER Community Rewards Dollars.
Please note that you need to re-enroll after April 1st every year to continue your support.
Many thanks to those who participated in the past.
Last year, the program contributed over $400.00 to OCCS coffer. It's not a huge amount of money, but it's enough for us to motivate many of our students in their efforts of
learning of the Chinese and Chinese culture.
To enroll or re-enroll, please visit KROGER Plus Account Sign In or Sign Up
, choose "Sign In " or "Sign Up". Sign in to your Kroger Plus Account, and choose to donate to Ohio Contemporary Chinese
School (ID#83789). Should you have any question, please call 1-800-KROGERS
Please remember to save your changes and watch the bottom of your Krogers receipts to see your dollars go to and support OCCS.
Thank you for re/enrolling in Kroger Community Reward Program to continue your support of OCCS!
Help needed for a Chinese student at OSU
A Chinese student named Gu Yifan suffered a serious brain trauma after a bicyclist hit her, and remains in a vegetative state to this day.
Gu, a second-year in political science, is still in a vegetative state at the Wexner Medical Center at OSU after being hit near the intersection of 17th Avenue and High Street Sept 9. And according to her mother, she has lost all health insurance.
Yifan’s mother, Yinmei Gu, received a phone call from an OSU office in Shanghai when the accident first occurred. Yinmei Gu quit her job as an accountant in China and OSU flew her to the U.S. Sept. 12 and she was set up in an apartment in order to be close to her daughter.
Yinmei Gu is a single mother and has no family except for her daughter. Because hospital bills are expensive, a website has been created to help raise funds for Yifan Gu and her rehabilitation costs that are estimated around $50,000. You can read more of the story on the following link:
Donations for Yifan and her family can be made online on following website:
Your generous help is greatly appreciated by the Gu family during this very challenging time.
Xuewen Huo, PhD.
March Issue of OCCS Newsletter
Many thanks to newsletter editor Liu, Song (校刊主编: 刘嵩
) for publishing the March issue of OCCS Newsletter (中文学校三月份通讯)
. Enjoy reading!
All issues of newsletter can be found on OCCS Newsletters
OCCS Security Update on March 8
One of our teachers made a report that concerns us. Last Sunday (3/3/2013), the teacher noticed that some items on the classroom teacher’s desk were out of place and that was unusual. This is a serious signal that we could get complains from Worthington Kilbourne High School, and also a risk that we could lose the use of WKHS classrooms and facilities.
This is to remind OCCS parents to educate your children to abide by school rules and regulations (see the attachments). Anyone found in violation of the school rules will face the disciplinary actions, including the forfeit of the $50 security deposit.
Parents who are scheduled to carry on security patrol should be on site on time.
Please ask your children to arrive at school and classes on time. Students can wait outside classroom 10 minutes prior to the start of the class but not enter the classroom before the arrival of the teacher and/or room-parent(s). Students should leave classrooms and school facilities at the end of class. Do not hang around in the classroom or school facility for non-OCCS related activities.
Please ask your students to not eat or drink anything (except bottled water) anywhere inside the school premises, except in the cafeteria. Ask them not to run, chase and shout at the school. Ask them to respect the host school’s property by not moving, playing with or using the host school’s equipments such as books, newspapers, computers, alarm systems and lockers. You will be held responsible for any property damage caused by your children.
OCCS 校委会提醒全体家长，我们得到租用Worthington Kilbourne高中校舍的合同很不容易。希望大家共同努力珍惜、爱护我们能提供给我们的孩子们学习中文的良好环境。
要求学生上课不迟到早退。上课十分钟前可在课室外等候。在老师或值班家长到课室后方可进入教室。课时结束后，及时离开教室, 不得在教室内, 走廊上逗留玩耍。
2012 OCCS Parent Patrol Regulation
OCCS Student Code of Conduct
OCCS School Administration
Facility Status Updating on March 7
Dear Parents, Teacher, and Volunteers,
After a few months of hard work, the Facility Planning Team once again would like to give you an update. Below are some of the tasks we’ve been worked on so far:
- Gathered facts & data, and presented to parents.
- Gathered school financial information and analyzed the information if it is feasible for purchasing.
- Updated the school board periodically, and provided them the options.
- Setup a dedicated account for facility related donations and formed a fundraising team for the future school site.
- Created the OCCS Facility 5 Year forward looking initiatives.
- Evaluated the possibility of purchasing/leasing a long-term school site located near Cleveland Ave. & I-270.
We received an overwhelming support from our parents and the local community. The total collected amount of donations is $11,154. The fundraising for the future school site will continue. However, due to various reasons, the current potential site mentioned above is no longer an option for us. For those of you who have made a donation to school's special account, you will have a choice of either leaving your donation at the school's special account or requesting to return your donation to you because we know that some of you have specifically wanted or noted in your donation checks that the donations will only be used for the possible school site mentioned above. If you would like to have OCCS return your donation, please send an email to:
Thanks again for your support!
Facility Planning Team
Welcome to 2013 Chinese Festival
On behalf of the Chinese Festival Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you as our most honored
guest to the 2013 Ohio Chinese Festival, to be held at Westerville Central High School (7118
Mount Royal Ave, Westerville, OH 43082) on Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Please find attached the festival welcome and program information packages. We look forward to seeing you all joining us for a day of celebration for the rich heritage of the Chinese culture.
President of CCL
Chair,2013 Ohio Chinese Festival Organizing Committee
Xuewen Huo, PhD
Principal of OCCS
Vice-President of CCL
Vice-Chair,2013 Ohio Chinese Festival Organizing Committee
OCCS Security Update on October 25
One of our parents who carried on patrol duty made a report. Last Sunday, some OCCS boy students had great curiosity to try to open the lockers in Worthington Kilbourne High School during class break. One of OCCS students actually opened one locker that belongs to a handicap student, and then some other students tried to open other lockers. The parent on duty stopped the students’ behavior, but the students did not seem having got over it yet.
This is to remind OCCS parents to educate your children to abide by school rules and regulations. Please ask your students not to eat or drink anything (except bottled water) anywhere inside the school premises except in cafeteria. Ask them not to run, chase and shout in the school. Ask them to respect the host school’s property by not moving, playing with or using the host school’s equipment such as books, newspapers, and computers, alarm systems and lockers. You will be held responsible for any property damage caused by your children.
OCCS Security Administration
OCCS Security Update on October 13
This is to report an incident that happened at OCCS last Sunday and to restate the importance for
parents and students to abide by school rules and regulations.
On the evening of 10/7/2012, one OCCS parent reported an incident that his 6-year old daughter
got hurt during the break time in her classroom at OCCS. Principal Huo and Vice Principal Chen
have talked to all the parties involved and made a thorough investigation of the incident.
The incident happened during the class break when the teacher was not present in the classroom.
There was a room parent on duty for the class, but she was not in the classroom neither during
the break. One student swung her jacket to hit a student first, and then the second student(a 6-year old girl). The metal head of the zipper on her jacket hit the head of the 6 year old girl, and made her bleed and
cry. Both the teacher and the room parent did not know the incident happened in the classroom
until we informed them last Sunday evening. The 6 year old girl was hesitating to report what
happened to her to the teachers or other adults in school. She told what happened to her parents
We expressed to the parents of the 6 year old student how sorry we are for the incident, and
made sure she was fine. Both the teacher and the room parent (who is happened to be the mom
of the student who swung her jacket) made a call to the parents of the 6 year old student, and
apologized to them.
The dean of OCCS sent an email to all OCCS teachers to enforce OCCS Teacher Code of
Conduct and room parent system. OCCS administration gave a written warning to the parents of
the student who swung her jacket and hit other students.
The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. OCCS administration will
do our best to prevent this kind of incident from happening. Our ultimate goal is to provide a
safe and nourishing learning environment for OCCS students. To achieve this goal, OCCS
administration has formulated the rules and regulations that OCCS parents are expected to follow
and help enforce. Note that violations of such rules will bear a consequence ranging from the
loss of their security deposit to the expulsion of the student from the school. We request all
OCCS parents to review and abide by the Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct, Student Code of
Conduct, Room Parent Policy and School Safety and Security Deposit Policy that are available
online http://columbus-occs.org/ctrRegulations.html. Please also educate your children and other
family members to abide by school rules and regulations.
Welcome back message from principal on September 16, 2012
Dear parents and students,
Welcome back to the Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (OCCS). I'm sure you are as excited as I am as the 2012/13 school year starts. We have a lot of great things happening at OCCS and also face some challenges too.
First of all, as you all know that OCCS is implementing a brand new mechanism of school management. At the end of last school year, the OCCS bylaw was revised that empowers an elected board of trustees to steer the school into its future. This transition is moving steadily and smoothly in many aspects since the summer. Our new School Administration was formed under such a framework a month ago and is running the school operation. This is a great achievement that you all should be proud of as parents and students alike.
Another exciting thing is that we moved back to Worthington Kilborne High School (WKHS), a facility that is newer than Thomas Worthington High School (TWHS) and offers a better learning environment for our students. But this facility presents some challenges to us too. OCCS was at WKHS two years ago. We had quite a few complaints from the WKHS teachers during the last year we were there. The WKHS principal then was very upset and gave us a 30-day probation. Luckily, we improved our security measures and got the situation under control. Now, we are back at WKHS and facing the same issues. WKHS has new leadership now. I'm sure that they are excited to have us back. But they may also have very high expectations for OCCS too. So, we have to take every measure this school year from the very beginning, so as to reduce the number of complaints and safeguard our new school home.
In the past, most of the complaints were from WKHS teachers who shared classrooms with us. The complaints ranged from items on teachers' desks taken away, the chairs not put back to the original arrangements, and food and other littering left in the classrooms. In order to reduce these kinds of complaints, we prohibit any food and non-water drinks in the classrooms. Also, we will not allow students to enter the classroom before the teachers or parents-on-duty do, so as to reduce the chances of kids pulling items off teachers' desks and other areas in the classrooms. If you and your child(ren) arrive at school before the class starts, please have your child(ren) wait in the hallway until the teachers or parents-on-duty enter the classrooms, or stay with your child(ren) in the Commons or room 209. Entering the classrooms before the teachers and parents-on-duty will forfeit your security deposit.
For those parents who choose to stay at school after dropping off your child(ren), please stay in the designated areas we have. At WKHS, parents can stay in the Commons on the 1st floor or room 209 on the 2nd floor. Please DO NOT linger and talk loudly in the hallways outside the classrooms. Please also DO NOT park your cars along the inner lane (next to the front door of the school). The inner lane is for Drop-Off and Pick-Up only!
The parents’ activities, such as basketball and dancing, will start on the 3rd week contingent on the availability of space. We'll evaluate the space usage this week and start to take applications next week. We will only offer activity space to groups, not individuals. All the groups need to have a coordinator and follow the application process. Once the application is approved, the members of the group will need to make a security deposit of $20 each to OCCS, in order to use the space.
The tradition Chinese holiday, Mid-Autumn festival, is coming up soon. We will have a celebration for this important Chinese holiday on September 30 after school. All students and parents are welcome to join us in this great celebration. Further notice will be sent out soon.
The Chinese Culture contest organized by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of Chinese government is coming up in late October. All qualified students are welcome to participate in this great event. An announcement will be made next week.
Thank you very much for your cooperation! We look forward to working with all of you in this school year!
Xuewen Huo, PhD.
2012-2013 OCCS Principal Nominated by School Board
Dear OCCS members,
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Xuewen Huo has graciously accepted the Board’s nomination to become the OCCS Principal for the 2012-2013 school year. Dr. Huo has been a long time devoted OCCS volunteer. He has been a member of the School Administration and Parent Committee over the years, and has made impressive contributions to the growth of OCCS.
Currently, Dr. Huo is in the process of forming the School Administration team and preparing for the start of the online registration.
The OCCS Board fully supports Dr. Huo. We thank the OCCS community for your patience and understanding.
2012 Chinese Festival Photos
Photos from the 2012 Ohio Chinese Festival are now online! Please click the following link to view and/or order photos of your choice:
OCCS SA team
OCCS rule: no cell phone useage in classroom
To enforce the no cell phone rule in class, all students' cell phone must be turned off during class.
For all teachers and room-parents:
If you still have student using it during class and not following your direction, please fill out the "Classroom Management" form and report it as an incident to the dean.
Principal of OCCS