A look inside the Winter Learners and Leaders newsletter:
- School News
- Facilities Project Updates
- Winter Sports
- Open Enrollment Information
- Summer School Save the Date
Silver Lake Intermediate School Presents...Mary Poppins, Jr!
London, 1910. Our cheerful Bert, the "Jack-of-all-Trades" introduces us to the Banks family. They are in dire need of a Nanny who can handle the antics of two impossible children. Mary Poppins arrives at Cherry Tree Lane to teach Jane, Michael, George, and Winifred how to be a family with "A Spoonful Of Sugar" and her own Practically Perfect brand of tough love.
Along the way we meet lots of amazing characters... statues that talk and dance, the eccentric Mrs. Corry, and the terrifying Miss Andrew... plus chimney sweeps galore!
Based on the books of P.L. Travers and the iconic movie of 1964 starring Julie Andrews as Mary, the Musical Theater version of Mary Poppins opened on Broadway in 2006. Mary Poppins, Jr. takes the vocal numbers into ranges more suitable for young singers and keeps the singing and dancing fun for performer and audience alike!
Join us for a Supercalifragilistic time! Tickets available at www.TheOAC.net.
Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 PM
Friday, March 1 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 PM
Dear OASD Families,
The cold weather has returned! In light of the near-term forecast, I want to remind everyone about our practice for cold weather cancellation. Our district will cancel school if there is a Wind Chill Warning with sustained wind chills at a level of 35 degrees below zero or more. As always, the decision to cancel school will be finalized as early as possible in the morning, or perhaps the evening before if possible.
Please be sure children are dressed appropriately for these cold days. Hats, boots, snow pants, warm jackets and gloves or mittens are essential for students to be able to enjoy their time going to and from school or playing outside. While I know they are not always easily convinced to do so, a gentle reminder that middle and high-school students should also dress warm in this weather! We want them to be comfortable and safe on these cold winter days.
Please visit www.oasd.org/Emergency for cold weather updates.
Thank you for all you do to support our community of learners and leaders in OASD!
Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
From Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D., Superintendent of the Oconomowoc Area School District:
As you are aware, unsafe weather conditions caused the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) to cancel school on January 23, January 28, January 30, January 31, February 7, and February 12, 2019.
State law has different requirements for instructional minutes at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels. Upon review of the instructional minutes and built-in snow days in the OASD school calendar, it has been determined that we need to make up one school day. The loss of instructional time, and the specific impact this lost time has had on the current grading period, were key considerations in our review of possible options available to make up this needed school time.
Please note that we will be changing Monday, February 25, 2019, from a staff professional development day to a student attendance day. We believe this is the most effective way to restore instructional time which OASD has lost, all from the current grading period.
The number one priority during severe weather is to keep OASD staff and students safe. Please remember, as I communicated last week, we still have a few more months of winter here in Wisconsin. If additional snow days are needed as we move through February, March, and April, I will continue to communicate any further calendar changes required to meet state-required instructional time.
I was thrilled to see everyone back in our buildings this morning. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D
The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed tomorrow due to the cold weather. This includes after school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School. However, due to the diminished afternoon wind chills expected tomorrow, a few after school events will proceed as scheduled, including:
- Nature Hill Intermediate parent/teacher conferences
- OHS Senior Directed Play, Rumors, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center
- OHS previously scheduled athletic competitions
The OASD cancels school if there is a Wind Chill Warning with sustained wind chills at a level of 35 degrees below zero or more, and those temperatures are again projected through noon tomorrow.
Please visit www.oasd.org/Emergency for cold weather updates.
El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc estará cerrado mañana debido al clima.
If your child is currently in 4th grade, preparing to move to Nature Hill Intermediate for 5th grade next year, please join us for an information meeting to prepare for the journey. You'll learn more about the culture at Nature Hill, what to expect in the transition to middle school, the changes in daily schedule, and much more. We're looking forward to seeing you!
Tomorrow's OHS Basketball games and the food drive have been moved up. The new game times will be:
- JV2 Gold vs. Arrowhead @ 3:30 p.m.
- JV vs. Arrowhead @ 3:30 p.m.
- Varsity vs. Arrowhead @ 5:00 p.m.
Join us for one of the games and help OHS and the ORBIS Corporation collect non-perishable food items for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.
The Orbis Corporation and Oconomowoc High School will be hosting a food drive on Tuesday, January 29, at the OHS Boys Basketball games. Food donations will benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Bring a non-perishable food item to one of the games at the OHS Gale Douglas Fieldhous.
January 29th OHS Boys Basketball Schedule:
- JV2 Gold vs. Arrowhead @ 4:00 p.m.
- JV vs. Arrowhead @ 5:15 p.m.
- Varsity vs. Arrowhead @ 7:00 p.m.
Thank you to the Orbis Corporation for helping us support the Oconomowoc families in need of these donations!
Due to the expected inclement weather conditions today, the OASD is canceling all after school activities for Elementary Schools, Intermediate Schools, and Oconomowoc High School. This includes all after-school clubs, sports, and meetings scheduled at all district buildings.
YMCA After School Care at our elementary schools will remain open for students enrolled in that program.
The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) is committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff and providing fast and accurate information in a time of emergency. In a time of crisis, we utilize email, phone calls, social media, OASD website posts, and work with local media to share information. On January 7, 2019, we will be introducing text messaging as another option to communicate emergency information with families. You will need to complete several steps to ensure you receive these text messages.
OCONOMOWOC HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CAMP
Boys Baseball Camp for Grades 1-8
January 19, 26 & February 2, 2019
Sign up today for the 2019 Raccoon Baseball Camp. Our Camp is led by OHS Varsity Baseball Coach, Arno Kirchenwitz, along with the OHS Baseball Coaching Staff, current OHS players, and alumni.
Features of our camp:
- Instruction in hitting, pitching, and fielding
- Groups split by grade level, into 8-10 campers per coach
- Individual attention and progressing with new drills each session
2:00-4:00 p.m. for grades 1-4
4:00-6:00 p.m. for grades 5-8
Location: inside the OHS Gale Douglas Fieldhouse
Equipment: Campers should wear tennis shoes and bring a glove, bat, and helmet.
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2019
Greenland Elementary School continued our Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) School Board Showcase theme on December 11, by presenting, "Every Student Has a Story: Greenland Elementary Fourth Grade."
Greenland Fourth Grade Teachers Michelle Ware, Jennifer Edwards, and Cathy Seidenglanz, began the presentation by saying, "We started thinking about the students in our classrooms and their stories and couldn't come up with just one story to tell. It's hard to tell you about our fourth grade community without telling all of our students' stories. We work on creating a community in our classrooms and using that community to ensure that every child is successful. We teach students that we all have strengths and obstacles. We rely on our community to ensure that we are all successful."
All 64 fourth grade students shared their story by video, saying things like, "I am the student who needs a quiet work space," or "I am the student who needs help but struggles to ask for it," and "I am the student who communicates with an iPad."
Two Greenland Elementary students also shared their stories in-person at the School Board meeting. Fourth grader, Elias Mandigo described his experience as a new student at Greenland and talked about the warm welcome he received from staff and students, making his transition easier. Chyanne Fox added her story as a student who excels in math and appreciates her math extension time, where she can use online tools to try new and more challenging math problems.
Greenland Elementary Principal, Shannon McCaffery then introduced several Greenland parents by saying, "just like we have 64 fourth grade stories, there are also parent stories to tell." Stephanie Seefeldt described her experience relocating her family to Oconomowoc in 2016 and sending her, then second grader, to Greenland. "What has set Greenland apart for me is what takes place almost every day before and after school. When we pulled up for the first day of second grade, Mrs. McCaffery greeted each and every car, opening the car door to welcome the kids. What this actually does is create a culture of compassion and warmth when our kids arrive and head home." She concluded by saying, "I am the parent who on June seventh, after 16 years of elementary school, will be crying in the car line."
Andy Brezski added, "We open enroll to Oconomowoc Area School District. We chose Greenland and have always been glad we did. The staff and administration really care about each student and their well-being. We've always felt like part of a team, working to support the kids."
Cathy Seidenglanz concluded the presentation by saying, "We really believe that the future of the world is in our classroom each day. That's why every student story; their present story, their past story, their future story; is our mission."
Greenland Elementary, OASD School Board Presentation
Back, left to right: Shannon McCaffery, Greenland Elementary Principal, Stephanie Seefeldt, Greenland Elementary Parent, Andy Brezski, Greenland Elementary Parent, Cathy Seidenglanz, 4th Grade Teacher, Sara Pyka, 4th Grade Teacher, Michelle Ware, 4th Grade Teacher, and Jennifer Edwards, 4th Grade Teacher
Front, left to right: Greenland 4th Grade Students: Bennett Brzeski, Elias Mandigo, Chynne Fox, and Ezra Seefeldt
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market is back at the Oconomowoc High School cafeteria! The Winter Farmers Market will be held on Sunday's beginning November 4 until March 31 from 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy kids activities, music, food, special demos and shop with dozens of local vendors.
Oconomowoc High School students and clubs will also offer special events throughout the Market:
- December 9 – Winter Wonderland Kids Festival – hosted by the OHS National Honor Society
- there will be games, crafts, and a bake sale with proceeds benefiting an OHS student recently diagnosed with Leukemia.
- January 13 – Pancake Breakfast, School Tours & More – hosted by the OHS Student Council
- February 17 – Pancake Breakfast, Robotics Demonstrations, School Tours & More – hosted by the OHS Robotics Club
- March 17 – Pancake Breakfast, Student Film Presentation, School Tours & More – hosted by Lake Country Film Festival
- Angelic Bakehouse
- Barb's Creative Jewelry
- Brightonwoods Orchard, Inc.
- CD Works
- Country Chemist
- Creative Touch
- Cuban with a Twist
- Fave Macaroons
- Fer-li Meats
- Hemken Honey
- LaBelleCheese (Koepke Farms)
- Loppnow Farms
- Lost Art Fiber & Textile Studio
- Matthew's Family Farm
- Max & Lindy's
- Nature's Colors
- Oberweis Dairy
- Owlsway Simple LLC
- Pedro's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
- Pink Teepee Farms, LLC
- Rick's Kettle Corn
- Sassy Sweets
- Silver Creek Alpaca
- Swiss Frau Farm, LLC
- Tricia's Bake Shop
- Tricilo Peru
- T's Cup & Cream
- Tudo Sabor Brasil
- Wisconsin Soup Company
This year's theme for our Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) School Board presentations is Every Student Has a Story. The teachers and staff at Park Lawn Elementary School work hard every day to understand each student's story, but also know how important it is to understand each family's story too.
At the November 13, 2018, OASD School Board meeting, Park Lawn Elementary Principal Jennifer Jones was joined by the LePage family and Park Lawn staff members, Laura Schleicher, Taryn Trost, Samantha Speich, and Becky Scheltz. The group came together to share their story of academic variability within a family and how that mirrors the academic variability that our teachers strive to address each day. Mrs. Jones introduced the LePage family and shared the strengths of each student – Sam, who is in sixth grade and is gifted in math; Sophia, who is in first grade and talented in art and creative expression; and Gabe, who is gifted in reading and is a child with autism.
Kindergarten teacher, Taryn Trost, and Learning Strategist, Samantha Speich, shared some of the tools they use to ensure the curriculum is meeting the needs of all the students in their classroom. They specifically shared some of the tools and approaches they created to ensure Gabe's academic needs are met.
The team emphasized the crucial role of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their efforts to proactively plan and tackle barriers for learners, instead of waiting for a learning barrier to occur. Principal Jones said, "Thank goodness we have the kind of common planning time that our teachers have, that we have professional development opportunities where our teachers can collaborate and learn and grow together, so that they can learn about the students and plan the necessary action steps that they need, so they can meet that variability academically."
4K Teacher, Laura Schleicher, talked about teaching Sophia and Gabe and the changes she needed to make in her approach. She also worked closely with Samantha Speich to design the right curriculum for both students, adding, "We also planned a lot. Things that worked, things that we needed to fix, we talked on a daily basis and constantly were collaborating."
Mrs. Jones concluded the presentation by saying, "It's nearly impossible to predict the combination of strengths and weaknesses any student will possess. The flexibility of presentation, materials, and the physical environment allow for a wider range of access for all students."
Left to right: Park Lawn Learning Strategist, Samantha Speich, 4K Teacher, Laura Schleicher, Paraprofessional Becky Scheltz, 5K Teacher, Taryn Trost, Gabe L., Principal, Jennifer Jones, Sara L., Sam L., and Sophia L.
Back to the Oconomowoc Wrestling Mat - Youth Wrestling Program
OHS Athletics is offering a Youth Wrestling Program for kids in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
December 3, 2018 - March 27, 2019
- 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday
- Tournaments will be held on Saturdays and/or Sundays, specific dates/times are not confirmed yet
- Wrestling fee is $100, plus an additional $40 for a USA Wrestling membership card
- Will be held on Monday, November 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- In the Wrestling Room at Oconomowoc High School
- Meet Coach Woods
Head Coach: Ryan Woods
Coaching Experience - Kenosha Wrestling Club, UW-Parkside Wrestling, UW-Whitewater Wrestling, Askren Wrestling Academy.
Dear Greenland Families,
Current and former Greenland students have been fortunate to observe civics lessons in person. Greenland has been an election polling site for many years. This year, we anticipate a high turnout at the polls, and we are taking some extra steps to minimize disruption to the school day and keep students safe.
Here is the safety plan we have developed for Election Day on Tuesday, November 6.
Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures and Parking:
Lunch and Recess:
Building Access (what doors will be open/locked):
Voting Entrance and Voting Area:
Other Safety Measures
Thank you for your patience as we work through this busy day at Greenland. Together, we can minimize the potential for delays and stress during the school day.
Greenland Elementary School Principal