OCONOMOWOC, WI- April 16, 2019. Ixonia Elementary and Summit Elementary are two of the 114 schools around the state that are being recognized by the Wisconsin DPI for their success in educating students. Summit Elementary was one of just 7 schools in the state to be named as both a High Achieving School and a High Progress School. Ixonia Elementary was among 23 schools across the state that were recognized as High-Progress Schools. Each of these schools receives federal Title I funding to provide services to high percentages of economically disadvantaged families. Schools receiving awards will be honored at a recognition ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday, May 20.
"I am so proud of the incredible efforts of our staff and principals in these schools. Recognition of this nature doesn't occur by accident. It comes from a dedicated and consistent approach to Tier I instruction, as well as targeted intervention and extension activities. It also comes from a strong commitment to the work and key actions of the building leadership teams in those schools, and a consistent review and evaluation of student work to better know all of their learners," stated Superintendent Dr. Roger Rindo.
Schools that receive Title I funding have notable student numbers that come from low-income families. Schools that earn this recognition must also meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout rates as well as additional criteria.
Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria:
- Have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
- Demonstrate high achievement at the school level
- Fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the most significant improvement in high school graduation rates
- Have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
- Are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
- Have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to school from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
The Oconomowoc Area School District needs your help. Earlier this year, the OASD began the process of refreshing our strategic plan. We are proud of the accomplishments and growth which stemmed from our current plan and are excited to build onto those successes with new strategies that will help guide the District. Your input in the development of this new plan is important! You are invited to join us for a community feedback event on Tuesday, April 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Oconomowoc High School East Campus. At this event you will have the opportunity to:
- Hear an update on the current state of the school district
- Review and provide feedback on the District's mission and vision
- Learn about the world we are preparing our students for in a short "2030 Thinking" presentation
- Provide feedback on a draft of the OASD Graduate Profile
- Identify critical issues and areas for improvement for the District
Please consider helping chart our future!
Purposeful Play at Ixonia Elementary School
Ixonia Elementary School staff and students had a very important topic to share at the OASD School Board meeting on March 19, 2019 – the importance of play in a child's education. In addition to teaching students strong academic skills, Ixonia Elementary staff have discovered that finding time for students to engage in purposeful play opportunities helps to develop a sense of belonging and important learner behaviors that have an impact on how they interact with the world. Ten Ixonia Elementary students in grades 3 – 4, supported by five staff members, highlighted the value play has had in developing various attributes such as: collaboration, problem solving, communication, imagination, integrity, responsibility, organization, empathy, confidence, and leadership.
Recess at Ixonia Elementary is Far From Typical
Through a partnership grant by the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, Ixonia Elementary has partnered with the YMCA to provide a recess program that provides structured games that engage all kinds of students. A recess committee observed play and talked to kids in order to design a playground that offered a variety of choices for students. Choices include daily-organized recess games, scooter races, musical creation options, reading, sledding, chalk drawing, gardening, competitive sports, and imaginative play.
Recess also involves Junior Coaches, who are 4th grade students trained to invite younger students to play, lead games, and help resolve problems that may arise. Junior Coach Caleigh W. shared that, "Junior Coaches want all students to feel accepted and included in all types of play at Ixonia. We do this by showing kindness and encouraging kids to participate in activities on the playground." She concluded by sharing a meaningful experience she had as a Junior Coach. "A time I felt very strongly about being a Junior Coach was when a 5K student asked me why I was out at recess. I said that I was a Junior Coach and was out here to encourage fun and safe play. The 5K student then responded that he wanted to be a Junior Coach one day." Other Junior Coaches explained how this leadership opportunity helped them gain confidence and learn the importance of acting as a role model to younger students.
Students take the lead in developing new clubs
The focus on purposeful play also encouraged students at Ixonia begin requesting new club opportunities during recess. Ixonia School Counselor, Jodie Jens, shared that 19 students took advantage of the opportunity to write and present a plan for a new club. These new clubs are all student led and require a high level of planning work, organization, and leadership skills to execute. Ixonia fourth grader, Aria Scaff explained, "We had to be organized and teach them [younger students] the expectations we had for them. We stayed inside for recess to make the lesson plans. If we weren't organized, it wouldn't have turned out as well."
Practicing Lifelong Skills through Play in the Classroom
Ixonia Elementary third grade teacher, Ashley Demark, explained the philosophy of classroom play at Ixonia. "We are all very passionate about play. We don't see play as something that stops in Kindergarten or K4; when we are engaged in play we are definitely practicing lifelong skills. Not just skills that we can transfer over to our academics." Mrs. Demark's students shared their vet-play station and described how they work together, communicate, solve problems, and use their imagination while they're playing.
Ixonia Elementary Principal, Stacy Yearling, concluded the presentation by saying, "We are so proud of how these kids have evolved, not only in their play but in how they see themselves as a result of these play opportunities. Of course they have academic strengths that we want to be fostering, but these are important skills that will carry them through life and let them take on tough challenges and rise to all occasions."
Ixonia Elementary School Board Showcase Presenters
Front Row (L to R): Justin Baird, Nolan Nowakowski, Julian Loppnow, Aria Scaff, Jenna Quandt, Caleigh Wright, Mackenzie Gallert, Avah Jones, Lydia Schweng, Ronan Tiegs
Back Row (L to R): Chelsea Rennicke, Ixonia Teacher; Ashley Demark, Ixonia Teacher; Mathew Gust, Youth Development Coordinator for the YMCA; Jodie Jens, Ixonia School Counselor; Stacy Yearling, Ixonia Elementary Principal; Leah Laufenberg, Ixonia Teacher
The community is invited to a FREE Chinese Language & Cultural Series hosted by the Oconomowoc Public Library, in partnership with the Oconomowoc Area School District and Asia Society (Hanban) Confucius Classroom Network.
This series is for adults and will focus on Chinese language, culture, traditions and more.
Event Dates: April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 16 & 23
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Oconomowoc Public Library
Registration deadline is March 29, 2019. To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oconomowoc High School AP Environmental Science students and teacher, Kelly Holtzman, are sewing reusable grocery bags on April 26, in celebration of Global Youth Service Day and the Boomerang Bags movement. These bags will be distributed around Oconomowoc for people to use, for free, instead of plastic bags.
What Can We Do? Students need donations of:
- Clean fabric (upholstery fabric, clothing fabrics, sheets, pillow cases, muslin. No towels or small scraps)
- Sewing supplies like: thread, sewing pins, safety pins, scissors, fabric measuring tape
- Ironing supplies like: irons, ironing boards
- Volunteers - who can help measure, cut, sew, and iron the bags. If you have a sewing machine, please bring it along!
Donations can be dropped off at the OHS Main Campus front office during school hours.
Sewing will take place in the OHS East Campus Board Room from 7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.
OHS East Campus
915 E. Summit Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
** You will need a valid drivers license to enter the building.
Questions?? Please email Mrs. Holtzman at email@example.com.
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
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
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!
You're Invited to our Elementary School Open Houses!
If you're new to the OASD or considering enrolling in an OASD school for the 2019-20 school year, please join us for one of our elementary school open houses. You'll learn more about our OASD elementary schools, get a tour of the school, meet the principal, and join some of our fun events.
No RSVP required, we're looking forward to seeing you!
Park Lawn Elementary
Monday, February 11, 2019
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Join us at the Talent Show
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. - Presentation
7:00 p.m. - School Tour
Thursday, March 14, 2019
4:00-6:00 p.m. - Join us for an open house during the Learning Celebration
6:00 p.m. - Presentation
6:30 p.m. - School Tour
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
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.