Fundamentals of Grammar & Conventions

 

What's the difference between the statements, “Eats Shoots and Leaves” and “Eats, Shoots and Leaves?”  Sixth-grade students at Silver Lake Intermediate School have been learning that comma placement can completely change the meaning of a sentence.  Commas Make a Difference is one of the lessons taught as an interactive read-aloud utilizing the book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, as part of The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions. The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions is a new supplemental program, introduced this year for grades K-8 in the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD).  The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions provides authentic opportunities for students to deepen understanding of how language and grammar impact written and oral communication.  "Fundamentals provides consistency in grammar and language usage instruction and resources across grades K-8," said Sarah Lang, OASD K-8 Curriculum Coordinator.  

 

The units in The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions are based on the premise that teaching and modeling grammar and conventions in context will help our students become better at effectively using language to convey and understand the message.  Structures such as mini-lessons, interactive read-aloud, and the use of mentor and shared texts, mirror structures already utilized in the Reader's and Writer's Workshop curriculum.

 

To prepare for the first year of implementation, literacy leaders from across the OASD targeted The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions lessons to align with our current literacy units of study. Silver Lake Intermediate sixth-grade teachers agree the program has been enjoyable and beneficial to their students, helping them to recognize the grammar and language usage in their reading.  One student even exclaimed during class, "Wait, this doesn't feel like grammar, it feels just like a reading lesson."  The sixth-grade teachers also noted that it’s important the lessons and instruction don’t feel isolated, and that they are able to segment the learning and incorporate it into the routine of literacy workshops. 

 

In the second year of implementation, teachers will focus on refining alignment to the literacy units of study and continue to support intentional grammar "moves" to enhance each student’s writing craft.

  

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Silver Lake Intermediate students and staff demonstrated The Fundamentals of Grammar mini-lessons, interactive read-aloud, and the use of mentor and shared text, for the OASD School Board members at the March 20, School Board meeting.

 

  

Silver Lake Intermediate School teachers and students presented The Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions, to the OASD School Board at their Tuesday, March 20, meeting.

Back, left to right: Silver Lake Teachers, Maggie Snyder and Mary Stuckey, Kate T., Abby K., and Silver Lake Principal, Jill Marr

Middle, left to right: OASD 5-8 Curriculum Coordinator, Sarah Lang, Walker R., Evan K., Kira H., Jillian O., and Silver Lake Teacher, Lexi Ellis.

Front, left to right: Michael C., Mason P., Fatima R., Charlie M., Ava F.


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OCONOMOWOC, WI –March 25, 2018.  Oconomowoc High School (OHS) and the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) will re-open for school on Monday, March 26, for regular school hours and operation.  With the help of Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC), we have been monitoring the air quality inside OHS and the OAC since the afternoon on Thursday, March 22. Since approximately noon on Friday, March 23, the EMC equipment has found no carbon monoxide (CO) reading above 1 part per million (ppm), either in the OAC or other places throughout the school.  We had Western Lakes Fire District representatives in the building on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, to check for carbon monoxide and both times they detected no CO. The minor difference between the EMC and Western Lakes carbon monoxide readings is credited to the highly specialized equipment provided by EMC, which can detect much lower levels of pollutants than the Western Lakes equipment.

 

On Friday, March 23, we were informed by Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen, that five individuals treated at area hospitals were found to have slightly elevated blood levels of carbon monoxide.  Those blood levels ranged from 2.3 ppm to 3.1 ppm, and these individuals were monitored, then released.

 

Dr. Timothy Westlake, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Prohealth Care Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, cited toxicology literature that an individual would likely not experience clinical symptoms until carbon monoxide blood levels exceeded 10 ppm.  The vast majority of patients tested that day, had normal blood levels.

 

At the afternoon briefing on Friday, March 23, with EMC, Western Lakes Fire District, and Butters-Fetting, we were informed that equipment inside the OAC showed slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide (CO).  Over a period of several hours, levels slowly rose to a maximum of 5 ppm, then declined to 0 ppm. While these levels were below the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard of safety of 9 ppm, the District thought it was necessary to attempt to determine the source of these readings before allowing anyone into the building.  As a result, OHS and the OAC remained closed. All practices and events planned at OHS and the OAC for the weekend were also canceled.

 

On Saturday, March 24, the building continued to be monitored throughout the morning and no abnormal CO readings were found, either in the OAC or other places throughout the school. The OAC air handling units were scheduled as unoccupied overnight, which means they were not moving any air. The hot water heater was turned on with the OAC air handling units still scheduled as unoccupied, and the impact of this move was monitored for a change in the OAC CO levels.  After four hours of operation there were no abnormal CO levels in the OAC. At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Western Lakes Fire District inspected the OAC and adjacent spaces and also found no readings of carbon monoxide. As a result, the District, with the support of the Western Lakes Fire District, believed it was safe to allow students and staff into OHS to reclaim their belongings. CO levels continued to be monitored the entire time students and staff were in the building retrieving items, and levels remained normal.

 

Overnight on Saturday, the boiler in the OAC mechanical room continued to run, but the water heater was shut off in an attempt to once again isolate the source of the CO. The OAC air handling units were still set to unoccupied during this time. CO levels were monitored overnight, with the average CO reading of .4 ppm on the EMC equipment.  With no abnormal readings, the decision was made to bring the building back up to full operation and continue to monitor throughout the day on Sunday, March 25.

 

“We have had no levels above any recommended or regulatory limits,” said Bill Freeman, from Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC). He went on to say, “After over 30 years of testing air quality in schools and buildings of many types and sizes, we can say that the levels documented here are typical of normal school or similar building operations.”

 

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 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, we are intending to open OHS for normal school operations tomorrow, Monday, March 26.

 

We will have Western Lake Fire District, EMC, and District staff on-site prior to the start of school to ensure air quality remains safe for students and staff.  Going forward, we will continue to monitor CO levels in the OAC with equipment from EMC as well as additional monitors which have been placed throughout the building.

 

SUMMARY OF EVENTS AT OHS 

Thursday, March 22, 2018:

  • At approximately 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, students from Silver Lake Intermediate School (SLI) were practicing for a Choir Concert in the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) at Oconomowoc High School (OHS).
  • Shortly after rehearsal began several students started feeling lightheaded and nauseous. A medical alert was announced in the building and OHS Principal Jason Curtis, School Police Liaison Officer, Adam Parkhurst, and OHS staff responded immediately.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, students were evacuated from the building and police, fire, and medical responders arrived at school.  Students feeling ill were transported to area hospitals.
  • At the recommendation of the Oconomowoc Police Department, classes at OHS were canceled.  In an attempt to have an orderly dismissal, students with keys and cars were released first, students that walk to school were released immediately after.  Students being picked up by parents were directed to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, where students were released to parents with staff supervision. The remaining OHS students were bused home and SLI Choir students were returned to Silver Lake Intermediate School.  Staff members were then sent home.
  • When students were evacuated from the building, Western Lakes Fire District tested the OAC and OHS for carbon monoxide (CO), and there was no CO detected.
  • The Waukesha County Hazmat Unit was then called to evaluate whether there were any dangerous or foreign substances in the air inside the OAC or OHS. Nothing was detected.
  • Oconomowoc Transport tested the buses that SLI students rode to OHS, and found no carbon monoxide.  The Waukesha County Hazmat Unit also tested the buses and found no CO.
  • Silver Lake Intermediate Choir students that were evacuated from the OAC were transported, by bus, back to SLI.
  • Upon returning to SLI, several students that did not show symptoms while at the OAC complained of feeling ill.  Emergency personnel responded to SLI to evaluate students there.
  • Thursday afternoon, Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC) placed air quality monitoring units in the OAC and OHS classrooms/hallways on the northern end of the building to monitor for carbon monoxide, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), carbon dioxide, and Temperature and Relative Humidity. EMC also placed a second monitoring unit to test for CO, Oxygen Level, Hydrogen Sulfide, and Air to Vapor Mixtures.

 

Friday, March 23, 2018:

  • Overnight, the EMC equipment inside OHS and the OAC, monitored the air for carbon monoxide (CO), Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), carbon dioxide, and Temperature and Relative Humidity. A second EMC monitoring unit tested for CO, Oxygen Level, Hydrogen Sulfide, and Air to Vapor Mixtures.
  • As planned, additional test equipment was installed in the morning, to test for thousands of other potential chemicals.
  • Butters-Fetting, the District’s heating and ventilation contractor, was also on site, completing inspections of the building’s heating and ventilation systems and found nothing unusual or inoperable in our systems.
  • Western Lakes Fire Chief Bradley R. Bowen, confirmed the Medical Division transported a total of 64 patients by ambulance to Oconomowoc and Aurora Hospitals. The individuals transported included both students and faculty of the school. Throughout the day, the two Emergency Departments evaluated an additional 40 walk-in patients for related symptoms. Another 72 individuals were assessed on the scene for symptoms but did not require transport.  He also confirmed that a total of 5 of the individuals that were transported to the hospital were found to have blood levels of CO ranging from 2.3 ppm to 3.1 ppm, and underwent treatment.
  • That morning, Chief Bowen also confirmed that everyone who was either transported or came to the ER on their own Thursday had been released.  No one remained overnight.
  • At the afternoon briefing on Friday with EMC, Western Lakes Fire District, and Butters-Fetting, we were informed that equipment inside the OAC showed slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide (CO).  Over a period of several hours, levels slowly rose to a maximum of 5 ppm, then declined to 0 ppm. While these levels were below the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard of safety of 9 ppm, the District thought it was necessary to attempt to determine the source of these readings before allowing anyone into the building.  As a result, OHS and the OAC remained closed. All practices and events planned at OHS and the OAC for the weekend were canceled.
  • In an effort to isolate the cause of these readings, the hot water heater and summer boiler in the OAC Mechanical Room were also shut off at approximately 3:00 p.m.  The OAC air handling units were also scheduled as unoccupied, which means they were not moving any air in the space.       All of this was done in an attempt to isolate the source of the CO in that area.
  • In cooperation with Western Lakes Fire Department, we identified a safe way for students to retrieve instruments left in the band room during the evacuation, needed for the WSMA Solo & Ensemble competition on Saturday.
  • With the outside door to the band room propped open to provide fresh air, and with a Western Lakes representative present to monitor CO levels in the room, students were allowed inside to retrieve their instruments.  CO levels never went above 0 ppm in the room during this activity. Thank you to the Western Lakes Fire District for making this possible.

 

Saturday, March 24, 2018:

  • The building continued to be monitored throughout the morning and no abnormal CO readings were found, either in the OAC or other places throughout the school.
  • CO levels were monitored and did not have any abnormal readings overnight or Saturday morning.  The hot water heater was turned on while the OAC air handling units were still scheduled as unoccupied, and the impact of this move was monitored for a change in the OAC CO levels.  After four hours of operation there were no abnormal CO levels in the OAC.      
  • At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Western Lakes Fire District inspected the OAC and adjacent spaces and also found no readings of carbon monoxide.
  • As a result, the District, with the support of the Western Lakes Fire District, believed it was safe to allow students and staff into OHS to reclaim their belongings.
  • Principal Curtis sent a letter to OHS parents and students informing them of the plan to have students safely retrieve belongings Saturday afternoon.
  • CO levels continued to be monitored with normal levels the entire time students and staff were in the building retrieving items. Pick up went smoothly.
  • Overnight the boiler in the OAC mechanical room was turned on, but the water heater was shut off in an attempt to once again isolate the source of the CO.  The OAC air handling units were still set to unoccupied during this time.
  • CO levels were monitored overnight.  With no abnormal readings, the decision was made to bring the building back up to full operation and continue to monitor throughout the day on Sunday, March 25.

 

Sunday, March 26, 2018:

  • Overnight, the OAC boiler ran with the air handling units still set to unoccupied.  There were no abnormal CO readings. The overnight average CO reading was .4 ppm on the EMC equipment.
  • Environmental Management Consultants, Inc. (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 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 are intending to open OHS for normal school operations tomorrow, Monday, March 26.  
  • We will have EMC monitoring air quality in these areas and District staff on-site prior to the start of school on Monday, March 26, to ensure air quality remains safe for students and staff.
  • Going forward, we will continue to monitor CO levels in the OAC with equipment from EMC as well as additional monitors which have been placed throughout the building.

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OCONOMOWOC, WI – March 23, 2018. At the afternoon briefing today, with Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC), Western Lakes Fire District, and Butters Fetting, we were informed that equipment inside the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) showed slightly raised levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO).  While these levels are below the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard of safety, we believe it is necessary to determine the source of these readings before allowing anyone into the building.   Oconomowoc High School (OHS) and the OAC will remain closed.  All practices and events planned at OHS and the OAC this weekend will also be canceled.

 

We will be working through the weekend to determine the source of these readings and will provide updates as we continue to learn more.  The safety of our students, staff, and community continues to be our priority and we are using an abundance of caution to ensure safety for everyone.

 

We will communicate with families by voicemail and email once it is safe for students and staff to access the building.  Information will also be posted on oasd.org and social media.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OCONOMOWOC, WI –March 23, 2018.   Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) continues to investigate yesterday’s incident.  Overnight, the Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC) equipment inside OHS and the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC), monitored the air for Carbon Monoxide (CO), Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Carbon Dioxide, and Temperature and Relative Humidity. A second EMC monitoring unit tested for CO, Oxygen Level, Hydrogen Sulfide, and Air to Vapor Mixtures.  EMC has reported that their monitoring equipment did not detect any Carbon Monoxide or Volatile Organic Compounds, overnight or through the morning.

 

As planned, additional test equipment was installed this morning, to test for thousands of other potential chemicals.  As of 10:30 a.m., that equipment has not detected anything harmful.

 

Butters Fetting, the District’s heating and ventilation contractor, is on site at OHS today completing an inspection of the building’s heating and ventilation systems.

 

According to Western Lakes Fire Chief Bradley R. Bowen, the Medical Division transported a total of 64 patients by ambulance to Oconomowoc and Aurora Hospitals. The individuals transported included both students and faculty of the school. Throughout the day, the two Emergency Departments evaluated an additional 40 walk-in patients for related symptoms. Another 72 individuals were assessed on the scene for symptoms but did not require transport.  He also confirmed that a total of 5 individuals that were transported to the hospital tested positive for high levels of CO and underwent treatment. As of this morning, Chief Bowen confirmed that everyone who was either transported or came to the ER on their own yesterday have been released. No one remained overnight.

 

Important Update for OHS Choir Students Involved in Solo Ensemble:

Solo and Ensemble at Nature Hill Intermediate School on this Saturday, March 24, is ON!!!

 

In a final push for great Solo and Ensemble performances, Mrs. Kauffeld and accompanists, Mrs. Kurschner, Ms. Rehorst, and Mrs. Schilz will be available to rehearse with you any time from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. today, Friday, March 23, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Fowler Lake, 145 E. Lisbon Rd, Oconomowoc.  THIS IS OPTIONAL but highly ENCOURAGED. You will need to arrange your transportation. Parents are welcome to drop off and come back or stay. Mrs. Kauffeld knows that most of you left things behind at school, but if you have music and your intro sheets, bring those with you. Your accompanists will have their music.

 

Finally, those of you volunteering for the set-up of Solo and Ensemble TODAY should report to NHI as soon as you retrieve your stuff from OHS.  All other volunteering is going on as planned on Saturday. THANK YOU!

 

We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OCONOMOWOC, WI –March 23, 2018. At approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning students from Silver Lake Intermediate School (SLI) were practicing for a Choir Concert in the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) at Oconomowoc High School (OHS).  Shortly after rehearsal began several students started feeling lightheaded and nauseous. A medical alert was announced in the building and OHS Principal Jason Curtis, School Police Liaison Officer, Adam Parkhurst, and OHS staff responded immediately. Out of an abundance of caution, students were evacuated from the building and police, fire, and medical responders arrived at school.  Students feeling ill were transported to area hospitals.

 

At the recommendation of the Oconomowoc Police Department, classes at OHS were canceled.  In an attempt to have an orderly dismissal, students with keys and cars were released first, students that walk to school were released immediately after.  Students being picked up by parents were directed to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, where students were released to parents with staff supervision. The remaining OHS students were bused home and SLI Choir students were returned to Silver Lake Intermediate School.  Staff members were then sent home.

 

Testing at OHS to ensure air quality is safe for staff and students:

When students were evacuated from the building, Western Lakes Fire District tested the OAC and OHS for Carbon Monoxide (CO), and there was no CO detected.  The Waukesha Hazmat Unit was then called to evaluate whether there were any dangerous or foreign substances in the air. Nothing was found. However, among those treated at area hospitals, we have been informed that several individuals were found to have raised levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and are continuing to be monitored.

 

Environmental Management Consulting, Inc. (EMC) has placed air quality monitoring units in the OAC and OHS classrooms/hallways on the northern end of the building to monitor for Carbon Monoxide, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Carbon Dioxide, and Temperature and Relative Humidity. EMC has placed a second monitoring unit to test for CO, Oxygen Level, Hydrogen Sulfide, and Air to Vapor Mixtures. Additional equipment that can test for thousands of chemicals will be put into place in the affected areas tomorrow as well. Finally, there is a telemetry unit relaying data to EMC officials, sending an alert immediately if there is any change in air safety.  Air monitoring will continue through the weekend.

 

Evening and weekend activities at OHS and the OAC:

Activities, athletics, and music performances will resume at OHS and the OAC at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, pending safe air quality results.

 

Determination of safe air quality:

District Administration, with expert opinion from EMC, will make a determination of whether it’s safe for staff and students to re-enter the building tomorrow.  In the event that air quality results are unsafe, we will cancel these plans and share that information via email and voicemail, and will post a notification on www.oasd.org , and social media.

There's no place Oconomowoc!

Join us at the realtor breakfast to hear OASD Superintendent of Schools, Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D. talk about the District facilities projects, enrollment trends, and new programs at Oconomowoc High School.  Bob Duffy, Economic Development Director for the City of Oconomowoc will speak about the growth and development outlook for Oconomowoc.

A Special Performance by Nature Hill Intermediate Choir and Jazz Band!

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Realtor Breakfast
Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Nature Hill Intermediate 
850 Lake Drive
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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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 ASSOCIATED with 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

 

To register for these programs:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade –visit the YMCA at Pabst Farms, or call (262) 567-7251
  • 4th, 5th, 6th Grade – visit Oconomowoc Parks & Recreation, or call (262) 569-2199
  • 7th & 8th grade - tackle football at Nature Hill or Silver Lake Intermediate Schools, more information coming soon, in advance of 2018-19 athletics registration

  

Contact Coach Greg Malling at MallingG@oasd.org for additional program information or Keving Flegner, at FlegnerK@oasd.org. Better football is our mission; safety is a goal!

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.

 

Click here for the full 2018 Athletic Summer Camp Brochure


March 14, 2018
 
Over the last two months, there has been significant discussion and media attention on the assembly and activities held at Oconomowoc High School (OHS) on January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Inaccurate information has been shared across social media, including claims that the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) “banned curriculum about privilege and diversity.” These claims aren’t accurate, even though they’re being shared on social media as fact.  These are the facts:    
 
The assembly and activities at OHS on January 15th were developed by students and teachers to generate discussion on the themes of respect, empathy, and privilege.  Following the assembly, students were dismissed to their Pride Period, where teachers were provided an optional empathy and privilege discussion and exercise to share with students.  It’s important to clarify that Pride Period is similar to homeroom, and not the same as a structured classroom with a set curriculum, required assignments, and graded work. Some Pride rooms did not participate in the additional exercise and opted to discuss their thoughts and opinions of the assembly instead.  However, many Pride rooms did participate in the optional empathy and privilege activities.
 
Some OHS parents and community members expressed concern over the discussion of privilege within this setting, rather than a classroom where it is a part of the curriculum.  Shortly after the January 15th assembly, a teacher and student group proposed holding a “privilege walk” as an optional activity during Pride Period. The teacher was asked not to hold that activity during the Pride Period, and that response was intended only for Pride Period offerings.  Asking a teacher not to hold this activity is not the same thing as removing diversity programming from our classrooms or banning the discussion of privilege within our curriculum. To be clear, neither of those things has occurred. This point has been either misunderstood or misrepresented in the ongoing media coverage of the subject.  Curriculum on diversity and the discussion of privilege has never been removed, nor will it be removed, from our courses.
 
We live in polarizing times and although many people from around the country have posted negative things about our community and district on social media, that negativity is based on inaccurate information.  The Oconomowoc Area School District will always be a place that respects the diversity among people and cultures.
 


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Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) Summer School for grades 4K-12 will be held June 18-July 27, 2018.  Oconomowoc families can visit the OASD Summer School web pages for the complete course and registration information. Grade level course brochures, step-by-step instructions for registration and the payment process are posted on the district’s website at www.oasd.org/SummerSchool.

 

  • Online registration will be open beginning March 5, 2018, at 6 a.m. and will close March 16, 2018, at 12 p.m.
  • Registration will occur through Family Access, the district’s student management software.
  • Summer School classes are separated into three new brochures:
    • Elementary, K4 – 3rd Grade at Greenland Elementary School
    • Intermediate, 4th Grade – 8th Grade at Nature Hill Intermediate School
    • High School, Grade 9-12 at OHS
  • There are skills instruction, enrichment classes, and new course offerings at each of the summer schools.
  • Gymnastics will be offered through the Oconomowoc Parks & Recreation.  Visit their website to register for summer gymnastics:  https://www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/638/Parks-Recreation-Forestry.
  • The YMCA at Pabst Farms will have their Summer School Club available.  Families should contact the YMCA directly at 262-567-9622 for more information or visit their website for an application:  http://www.ymcaatpabstfarms.org/child-care/summer-day-camp/.

 

New This Year:

Payment is required at the time of registration with a credit or debit card. Due to high Summer School demand, payment must be made the same day as registration to secure your child’s place within the course or your course will be dropped.   Please check back after 9 a.m. daily for class space availability.

 

Contact for Additional Questions:

Email: summer@oasd.org

Phone: 262-560-2115

 

Thank you and we look forward to serving your student this summer as part of OASD’s Summer School Program!

Oconomowoc Area School District Learners and Leaders Winter Newsletter contains the following information:

  • Grades 4K-5 Move to Bridges in Mathematics
  • Facilities & Construction Updates
  • OASD In the News!
  • Winter Sports
  • OPEF
  • OAC Upcoming Events
  • OASD Upcoming Events

 

The open enrollment period for Wisconsin public schools is February 5 - April 30, 2018.  Wisconsin's inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live during this 7-week period. 

 


 

Who May Participate?

Students in 5-year-old Kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. Open enrollment for pre-kindergarten, 4-year-old kindergarten and early childhood education is limited. Parents should call their resident school districts to find out if their preschool-aged children qualify for open enrollment.  

 


 

Open Enrollment Process

Parents interested in enrolling into the OASD can access online application forms and detailed application information through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.

 

The Wisconsin DPI website has many resources for the open enrollment process:

2018-19 Open Enrollment Brochure (English) [PDF]

2018-19 Open Enrollment Brochure (Spanish) [PDF]

2018-19 Open Enrollment Brochure (Hmong) [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Open Enrollment [PDF]

 


NEW for the 2018-19 School Year: Part-time Open Enrollment

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the Wisconsin DPI is offering a part-time open enrollment program.  Students enrolled in a public school in grades 9-12, may attend a public school in a nonresident school district for the purpose of taking a course offered by that nonresident district.  A student may attend no more than 2 courses at any time in the nonresident district.

 

Part-time Public School Open Enrollment Information Brochure (English) [PDF]

 

Visit the Wisconsin DPI Part-time Open Enrollment website for more information or to access the application form.

 


 

Additional Information or Questions?

For more information on all of the enrollment opportunities in the OASD, visit the enrollment section of our website or call Danielle Chaviano in the OASD Student Services Department, at 262-560-2155.

 

 

Spring Parent/Teacher conferences in the Oconomowoc Area School District will begin in February 2018 and are scheduled for multiple days at each school.  Information on selecting a time slot will be coming from your school soon.

 

See the full 2017-18 Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule.

Parents and their 8th grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting about Oconomowoc High School orientation, on Monday, January 22, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  During this event, parents will receive information about transitioning to the high school, including presentations from administrators, counselors, and department representatives.  Self-guided tours will also be available for interested parents and students.  All families should come to the Oconomowoc Arts Center at OHS promptly at 6:30 p..
 
Scheduling information is posted on the Oconomowoc High School, Nature Hill Intermediate School, and Silver Lake Intermediate School websites.  The OHS 2018-2019 Program Planning Guide is already available on the website for your review.

Cold Weather Information

 

From: Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.,
Superintendent of Schools


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.

 

Thank you for all you do to support our community of learners and leaders in OASD!

Silver Lake Intermediate
555 Oconomowoc Parkway
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
262-560-4300
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