On behalf of the entire Nature Hill staff, I would like to welcome you to our website! Nature Hill opened in the fall of 2008 and currently serves over 800 students in grades 5-8. Together, with the more than 90 staff members, we are committed to ensuring that each student receives a challenging yet relevant academic experience, learns to grow and adapt socially, and feels as though they’re supported emotionally.
As principal, I am thankful for the dedicated staff, persistent students and supportive families that help make our school so successful. Below are a few of the reasons why Nature Hill is a great place to work and learn!
Highly Qualified Staff
Whether they are a teacher, support staff member, custodian, administrative assistant or administrator, EVERYONE at Nature Hill has an invested interest in supporting the needs of each child. Our fifth and sixth grade teachers carefully nurture each student in order to build the foundation that is needed to assist our seventh and eighth grade teachers in their responsibility to transition our students to Oconomowoc High School.
Throughout the building, you will see our teachers embrace innovative instructional strategies that work to support the needs of all of our students. Check out our school’s UDL page to learn more about the Universal Design for Learning mindset that our teachers use when designing their lessons.
NHI has an unrivaled arts program. Our concerts and plays are a culmination of many hours of hard work and practice by our students and teachers. Between orchestra, band, jazz band and choir, our students have the opportunity to use the arts as a means of self-discovery and expression. This year, I would encourage you to take the time to attend one of our many concerts, and I hope you will join us this spring as our students present The Lion King, Jr. at the Oconomowoc Arts Center! Please click here for more information on our fine arts program.
Wolf Pride after 2:55
Often times the busiest part of the day at Nature Hill is after the dismissal bell rings at 2:55. Nature Hill offers several sports and clubs throughout the year for students to participate in. We are proud to say that last year we calculated that approximately 72% of our students participated in at least one club or after-school activity. We noticed that students who participate in a club perform better on our assessment measures, so please encourage your child to join an after-school activity that interests them. Click here for more information on competitive sports such as wrestling and basketball or check the daily announcements for club offerings and meeting times.
Involved and Supportive Parents
At Nature Hill, we have a very supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Under the leadership of Co-Presidents Kia LaBracke and Kim Ciriacks, the PTO is responsible for raising funds that support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students and teachers. Meetings occur at NHI on the second Monday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the PTO website for more information on how to get involved. We hope to see you at the next meeting!
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to tour our beautiful school or if you have any questions about our community!