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Katherine DeVinna

Katherine DeVinna has been a member of the leadership team since June 2017.  She began her career in 1998 as a Social Science teacher and soccer coach in the Long Beach USD.  Her administrative experience began in 2009 and she has served as a Director of Instruction, a high school Principal, and the Chief Operations Officer of a large charter schools’ system.  Katherine is a firm believer in the OMI mission and a cheerleader for cadets.  Currently, in her role at OMI’s Director of Academic Performance, she supports cadet achievement through instructional coaching, oversight of the College and Career Center, data and assessment, and the dual enrollment program. 


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relating to supporting your children excelling at school. 

On Wednesday 1/23/19 and Friday 1/25/19 OMI will host Test Chats for all cadets and their parents. Please join us after the last bell to learn more about OMI's English and math assessment, called the RenStar.  This assessment helps our teachers support your child's success by giving us the grade level that your child is reading and doing math at.  This score gives us a starting point for growth.  If your child is scoring at or above grade level, it's a great thing to celebrate.  If your child is below grade level, this is not something to punish them about but it gives us all information for setting goals and there are things we all can do to support their growth.

Below are some ideas about how a student can help themselves and how you as the parent can support your child doing their best in class and on tests. 


What Can Cadets do to Improve Their Test Scores and Their Grades


  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night for as many nights two weeks before the test as possible.
  • Drink lots of water and avoid sugar as much as possible.
  • Adopt a positive mental attitude. I can instead of I can’t or I don’t care
  • Avoid negative self-talk.
  • Try a power pose (Stand strong like Black Panther or Captain Marvel)
  • Pay more attention in class – Ask questions
  • Start organizing your life-need help-ask a teacher or an organized friend
  • Take good notes – ask your teacher for help
  • Stop procrastinating -waiting until the last minute
  • Put the cell phone down and pick up a book
  • Read to your little sister or brother or read to your dog – they love it.
  • Go to bed at the same time; get up at the same time
  • Get to school on time
  • Pay attention in class


What can I do to help my child improve their scores and grades?

Find Out What’s Going On 


Ask your child what is going on in class, when tests are coming up, check the OMI website, email their teachers. STAY INVOLVED. If you don’t speak English, request a translator. 


Set Goals 


Children need goals just like parents do and by helping your child set goals, you’re giving them something specific to work towards.

  • Sit down with your child and discuss where their grades should be at the end of the semester and what English and math score they want on the RenStar.
  • Set realistic goals that are actually achievable. Understand their ability and set smaller milestones to help them feel good.
  • Be sure you and your child review the goals periodically.
  • Don't forget to celebrate once a goal has been reached!
Check out the SETTING SMART GOALS form, found on the left side of this page. 

Be Optimistic 

Parents can stress their children out and that can severely impact your child’s performance at school. Try not to place too much pressure on your child to succeed.

Let him know that you have faith in their abilities and that you know they are trying their best. Offer positive encouragement and let them know that you’re there to help them every step of the way.


Screen-free zones. 


 It might sound radical, but lots of families have a no-TV, no-video game policy during the school week.  Once you get your kids to buy into it, you don’t have to argue about it.


Fueling the brain. 


 School-age brains need lots of fuel to stay sharp. That begins with eating healthy food at home.  Start your child’s day with a good breakfast.  If you’re in a rush, choose a cereal that is fortified with vitamins and minerals.  The milk your child gets in his cereal will also increase the nutritional value. Think twice before having breakfast bars or other quickie meals on a regular basis.  They usually don’t have a lot of protein and do have lots of sugar. OMI offers free meals on campus for all cadets. Encourage your child to eat.