Over the next few weeks, all OASD schools will participate in safety drills following the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) safety protocol. This training encourages staff and students to respond to an unsafe person based on the situation, rather than rely on centralized instructions in dynamic times of crisis.
The purpose of these safety drills is to provide students and staff the opportunity to practice making a well-informed decision if an unsafe and unexpected situation were to happen at school. Before these drills are held, teachers will hold age-appropriate discussions on:
what will take place during the training
how to calmly complete the exercise
what materials students may need to have with them
the expectations for remaining orderly throughout the drill
Parents will receive additional information, including specific dates and times, via email prior to and during these drills. Any school-specific information will also be shared in these emails. Please contact your school front office with any questions about these safety drills.
Thank you for your support of safety education in the Oconomowoc Area School District.
For Immediate Release - Message from Oconomowoc High School Principal, Jason Curtis:
Dear OHS Students, Families, and Staff,
We were notified by the Western Lakes Fire District that a fire alarm was activated at one of the apartment complexes on Bolson Drive a short time ago. Western Lakes personnel responded to the scene with fire trucks and other vehicles. I wanted to assure you this situation does not affect or involve Oconomowoc High School. Traffic on Bolson Drive may be affected this afternoon.
Due to overhead electric wires, floats may not exceed 16' in height.
NEW - PROVIDE 2 ADULTS to walk along parade route with float. Direct spectators back to the edge of the road. Candy can be handed out along the sidewalks.
All City, County & State ordinances must be followed during the event. Any participant who violates city, county or state ordinances or creates a public safety hazard will be referred to the appropriate authorities.
All parade vehicles/floats must be structurally sound and safely designed. The main platform must have no holes or hollow areas where someone could fall through. All standing persons must have something on which to hold (i.e. a railing, pole, handle, etc.) or they must be seated at all times.
Two people need to be in the pulling vehicle with one being a full time spotter for the driver.
No vehicle in the parade shall stop in route to load or unload passengers.
No one will be permitted to ride on the roof or hood of a moving vehicle.
Parade moves at a set pace, please follow accordingly to ensure that the parade begins and ends on time and that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
Parade entries must maintain appropriate distances (one car length) from the entry in front of them. Large gaps between entries can pose a safety hazard as can following an entry too closely.
For the safety of parade attendees, throwing items such as candy, etc., from the float or vehicle will not be permitted. You may walk along the sidewalk and hand out candy. Entries identified as throwing items risk future parade participation.
Persons riding on floats should have proper footing/seating and should not hang any appendage over the sides of the float.
Parade participants should not jump from or onto a float or motorized vehicle.
Ensure that float decorations do not obscure the driver's view of the road and that drivers/operators can hear verbal instructions.
Entry should easily travel the parade route, turn corners and fit under traffic signals.
The height of the entry needs to fit under trees and traffic devices encountered on the parade route.
The counselors of Oconomowoc High School would like to invite parents of the Class of 2019 to attend our Senior Parent Night on the evening of Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
This evening will provide information on the following topics:
College, Career & Life Readiness Information
Post High School Exploration
College Admission Procedures and Process
Scholarship Resources and Information
Financial Aid Process
Due to changes in the financial aid process last year, we now bring in a financial aid expert who will speak on important deadlines and details on filling out the FAFSA.
Seniors will also begin meeting with their counselors in workshops during assigned PRIDE periods in early September to begin post high school planning. Students are not required to come to parent night.
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the OHS Student Services office at (262)-560-3115.
Oconomowoc High School (OHS) is proud to offer Senior Citizen passes to community members. This is a FREE pass for residents in the Oconomowoc Area School District over the age of 60. "The athletic department is excited to be able to offer a senior pass to our community members. We appreciate all of the support from our community and this is just one way to say thank you," said OHS Athletic Director and Associate Principal, Kevin Flegner.
The Senior Citizen pass entitles the holder to free entry at all OHS athletic events, excluding WIAA tournament games.
Senior Citizen passes are available at the OHS Athletic Assistant's Office, inside OHS, at 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. To obtain your pass, please visit during regular school hours 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., and bring a photo ID as proof of residence. Passes will also be available at the ticket booth during home Varsity Football games. Please present a photo ID as proof of residence.
We are pleased to announce that Oconomowoc High School will be offering Girls Hockey as a WIAA sport starting with the 2018-19 school year. Girls Hockey is a winter sport and we will be participating in the Arrowhead High School Co-op, which also includes Sussex Hamilton High School and Kettle Moraine High School. All practices and home matches will be played at the Mullett Center which is located on the Arrowhead High School campus.
OHS Girls playing hockey will have their OHS Athletic Fee of $150.00 waived but will be required to purchase their own equipment and pay the Arrowhead hockey fee. Student Athletes will also be required to provide their own transportation to the Mullet Center for practices and games. A bus will be provided for all away matches and that bus will always leave from the Mullett Center.
We were just notified that the current Head Coach, Andy Smith, recently resigned to pursue another job opportunity out of state. Once more information is available we will share it with our student athletes and parents.
If your daughter plans to participate in tryouts, please contact Beth Loppnow in the OHS Athletic Office, email@example.com or call (262) 560-3111, by August 1, 2018.
We are thankful for the opportunity to join the Co-op and excited offer a new sport to our students.
Environment Management Consulting (EMC) has worked with us directly since last Thursday, March 22, and was with us at our morning briefing meeting today. As of 11:00 a.m. today, we have had no readings above 1 parts per million (ppm) since the 5 ppm reading reported at our 12:00 p.m. briefing on Friday, March 23. Please remember that the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) safety standard is 9 ppm and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standard is 50 ppm. We are bringing the building back up to fully occupied settings and will continue to monitor CO levels throughout the day and overnight.
We have isolated and tested the boiler and hot water heater in the OAC, the only pieces of equipment that could possibly produce carbon monoxide. Each time this equipment was tested, no CO was detected. As a result, we have not been able to identify a source for the raised levels of CO in the OAC. However, since the CO levels detected have always been below safety standards and have stayed below 1 ppm since the afternoon of Friday, March 23.
With that information, we will resume classes at Oconomowoc High School on Monday, March 26! This message is intended to address any remaining questions, summarize previous communications regarding changes to our operational calendar, and layout our plan as we reopen school on Monday.
Adjustments to the OHS Operational Calendar
Our school calendar has extra instructional hours built in to account for any unexpected closings that may occur through the year. Even with the cancellation of school on Thursday and Friday, we are still above the minimum guidelines set by the Department of Public Instruction. Therefore, at this time, the last day of school will still be Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Students who did not reclaim items on Saturday afternoon, will have the opportunity to do so on Monday, March 26, from 7:05 a.m.-7:15 a.m. During lunch on Monday, teachers will be asked to bring any remaining items and the claim forms to the office.
Term 3 will now end on Wednesday, March 28. We will start term 4 after Spring Break on Monday, April 9.
Teachers are asked to finalize grades for term 3 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13. We anticipate publishing report cards later that afternoon.
Prom Ticket Sales and guest permission forms will be due by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
The 2018-2019 master schedule will be published by Tuesday, April 10. Our Student Services Team will communicate any changes to the scheduling timeline.
Reflection and Debriefing
After any emergency response it is important to take time and reflect on what went well and identify areas in our crisis response plan that need to be reviewed. Please note the several ways we plan to reflect on Thursday’s incident in order to continue to ensure the safety of the students and staff at Oconomowoc High School.
At 8:10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, I will make an all school announcement addressing some key points from last week’s evacuation.
The OHS Staff will be meeting to debrief on the entire incident on Monday, March 26, at 2:50 p.m. in the Little Theater.
Students are invited to debrief the entire event as part of my listening session during Pride on Tuesday, March 27. Please sign up for this session or email me directly if you have any ideas or questions about our emergency response procedures.
Our newly formed Student Safety Commission will have their first meeting during Pride on Wednesday, March 28. Our agenda will be focused on future trainings and how to educate our community on safe emergency responses. Students are still invited to join this team and can register by emailing me directly.
In observing the evacuation, it is clear that our school community needs to have an ALICE drill. We have scheduled this for Monday, April 30. Additional details will be shared with students, staff and families after Spring Break.
Meetings are occurring with the school district, first responders, air quality experts and medical officials to reflect on the response to Thursday’s incident. While many parents and students have offered their advice and input we continue to welcome you to share any ideas, questions or concerns with me.
Thank you and Appreciation
There are hundreds of people that deserve our thanks and appreciation for their help and support over the last few days. However, there are just a few groups of people that I would like to express my gratitude to towards in this message.
First, to our amazing staff at OHS. Everyone put titles aside and did what was best for kids. Together we coordinated the emergency response, arranged for the evacuation of over 1,700 individuals and worked to find a safe way for students to go home.
I want to extend a thank you to our students. I know the inconvenience of not having your personal items was stressful. However, it may have been healthy for some of you to go a couple of days without your cell phone.
We need to recognize the support of district officials in helping to coordinate our response to Thursday’s incident. This includes our administrative team and all the administrators, teachers and staff from across the district who supported our efforts. Your emails, texts and willingness to volunteer and help were greatly appreciated!
Finally, and most important, THANK YOU to our first responders. Students and staff are invited to the Field House during lunch on Tuesday, March 27, to sign thank you banners that will be delivered to the Oconomowoc Police Department, Western Lakes Fire Department, Aurora Medical Center and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
I am lucky to serve as the principal of such a supportive community. Our motto “Ocon Pride” extends beyond athletics and extracurricular activities. It is a motto that defines our community and in this case, defines how we set aside titles and differences to unite as one community in order to support each other during this situation. I am excited to continue in our journey together and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday morning!
For the OASD Elementary and Intermediate School Parents:
There is a new organization calling themselves “Oconomowoc Youth Football” and/or “Jr. Raccoons” and promoting a 3rd-6th grade football program in the area, including tackle football for students in 5th-6th grade. This program IS NOT ASSOCIATEDwith the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) or our new football partnership with the YMCA at Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc Parks & Recreation, and Oconomowoc High School (OHS) Athletics.
The OASD, is offering the state’s first fully integrated youth football program for students in grades 1-12, and we do not support any program that conflicts with our league’s structure and learning progression.
New OASD Program Structure:
1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade - Flag football at the YMCA at Pabst Farms
4th, 5th, 6th Grade - Flag football at Oconomowoc Parks & Recreation
7th & 8th grade - Tackle football at Nature Hill or Silver Lake Intermediate Schools
The Oconomowoc High School Athletic Department is offering summer athletic camps for students entering grades 1 - 12. The athletic camp brochure has complete information on the grade levels for each sport, camp dates, cost, and registration information.
Camp registration is open now through the Web Store. In most cases, registration is requested by June 1, 2018, to ensure your child's spot and a camp t-shirt. Please refer to the camp brochure for specific registration information and deadlines by sport.
OCONOMOWOC, WI – January 22, 2018. The Oconomowoc High School (OHS) Athletic Department and the Girls Soccer program is excited to announce the hiring of new head coach Brian Staus. Brian comes to OHS with ten years of high school and college coaching.
Brian led five seasons as the Watertown Boys Head Coach and Girls Assistant Coach, two seasons as the Girls Varsity Assistant Coach at Arrowhead, two seasons as the Pewaukee Boys Assistant Coach and one season as the Head Coach at Mount Mary College. He has also served as the Club Soccer Director of Coaching the past ten seasons. He is currently a Coaching Director at Strike FC WI and holds the US Soccer National “B” license and NSCAA “Advanced National” diploma.
“Brian Staus brings a wealth of experience with him to OHS,” stated OHS Athletic Director Kevin Flegner. “He is familiar with the style of play and competition that is associated with Girls Soccer in the Classic Eight Conference. He is looking to build a complete program from the youth on up.”
Brian’s wife Bethany teaches in the Oconomowoc Area School District Gifted and Talented program and they live in Oconomowoc with their four children.
OHS is also pleased to announce OHS English Teacher Jamie Regan as the new JV Girls Soccer Coach. Jamie came to OHS this year from Catholic Memorial High School where she led the JV Girls Soccer program for three seasons.
OHS alumna Erin Ramstack will lead as JV2 Girls Soccer Coach. She played soccer for the OHS Raccoons, played intramural soccer at Marquette University, and has been coaching in the Strike FC Rec program for the past ten years.
A team meeting discussing the upcoming season and the remaining off-season schedule and team expectations will be planned. More details on that meeting will follow.
The Oconomowoc Area School District, Oconomowoc High School, and the Athletics Department are honored to receive the Classic 8 Conference Sportsmanship Award for Girls Volleyball and Girls Golf. This award highlights the emphasis our Athletics staff place on sportsmanship, hard work, and respect. Congratulations to our Girls Volleyball and Girls Golf athletes and coaches for your hard work this year.
OCONOMOWOC, WI – May 9, 2017. The Oconomowoc Area School District announced today that Greg Malling has accepted the District’s offer to become the next head football coach at Oconomowoc High School. Malling will be joining the faculty as an English teacher.
Coach Malling brings incredible depth and experience to his new role as OHS transitions next year to the Classic Eight conference. His head coaching experience has included stops at Wootton High School in Maryland, Arrowhead High School, and most recently Coon Rapids High School in Minnesota.
Athletic Director Kevin Flegner stated, “I am very excited that Greg Malling has accepted the opportunity to be our next head football coach here at OHS. Greg’s knowledge of the Classic Eight and the style of play that we will face night in and night out in that league will help us immediately in our transition. His incredible work ethic, student-centered approach and his background in leadership and weight training will fit right into the great work that has already been established here.”
Flegner went on to state, “In following with the blueprint for success that our OASD administrative team has set, we will continue to seek out and hire the best available coaches regardless of what school they come from.”
An opportunity for players, parents, and boosters to meet Coach Malling is being organized.