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.
Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) 2019-2020 Grant Proposals Accepted Now
Grant proposals for the next school year are due on or before December 19, 2018. OPEF has planned a Grant Writing and Q&A Workshop for October 19, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the OHS Library. This workshop is open to all Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) staff. Be sure to sign up for the upcoming workshop.
Please use the application document for grant submissions [PDF]. Please contact Keara Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Join us for a conversation and opportunity to think collectively about diversity and the goals of the Oconomowoc Area School District. We'll talk about the values we want to carry forward and create a shared vision for the future.
- Thursday, October 18 and Monday, November 5, 2018
- 6:30-9:00 p.m. for both sessions
- Oconomowoc High School East Campus, 915 E. Summit Avenue, Oconomowoc
- Parking in front of the building, enter at main entrance
October 18th: Overview of Identity Development
- Understanding our biases and assumptions and how they impact us individually
- How we see ourselves and others and its impact at the classroom, school and community levels
November 5th: Overview of Educational Equity
- Delineate areas of needs and interest specific to marginalized identities
- Participants categorize areas of interest and prioritize
About the Facilitators:
Dr. Elise Frattura
Dr. Elise Frattura has been a professor in the Department of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education since 2001. She's Co-Founder of Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity (icsequity.org) and Co-Director of the National Leadership for Social Justice Institute and Academy. From 2003-2013, Dr. Frattura served as an Associate Dean and Department Chairperson for the School of Education.
Dr. Joe Schroeder
Dr. Joe Schroeder combines successful leadership experience in teaching and administration with a passion for leadership development. Before joining the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) as Associate Executive Director in 2012, Dr. Schroeder served five years as Superintendent of the Muskego-Norway School District. Prior to that, Dr. Schroeder was the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in the Elmbrook School District, Principal of Brookfield East High School, Associate Principal and Principal of Evansville High School, and English Teacher at both Menasha and Parker High Schools.
WE NEED YOU! FOOD SERVICE IS HIRING!
Are you looking for a job that works around your kid's school schedule? Do you want to have nights, weekends, holidays & summers off? Sodexo Food Service is looking for 2 hard working talented people to become a part of the Oconomowoc Area School District Foodservice Team at PKL & MDV. We are currently looking to fill 1 P/T position in food service as a Cashier/Food Service Worker at Meadow View Elementary & 1 P/T position at Park Lawn Elementary as a Cashier/Food Service Worker. Shifts for Meadow View position are M-F 9am-1:30pm, no nights, holidays or weekends, great pay. Shifts for Park Lawn are M,W,F 9am-1pm, no nights, holidays or weekends. All positions are Unemployment Eligible for all time off during school closures and breaks, including summer. Must be friendly and enjoy serving kids of all ages and be available to work over the lunch periods.
To Apply for the Cashier/Food Service Worker @ Meadow View please visit:
To Apply for the Cashier/Food Service Worker @ Park Lawn please visit:
If you have questions regarding the positions, please contact:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Sodexo will require a background check
Your Choice Prevention Education is hosting the "Wake Up Call" exhibit at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. "Wake-Up Call," is a life-size exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. This FREE presentation is intended for adults only, 21 years of age and older.
- Learn the signs and symptoms associated with substance use as well as current drug trends
- Receive a guided tour of the bedroom along with a description of items used to conceal substance use
- Learn parenting strategies to help prevent substance use
- Receive a comprehensive resource handbook
- Receive an opportunity to go through the bedroom and ask questions
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Oconomowoc Arts Center
641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc
6:00-6:30 p.m. - Resource Fair
6:30-8:00 p.m. - "Wake Up Call" tour presented by Your Choice team members
For questions about this event, please contact Brenda Barker at (262)-569-4950 or Sandi Lybert at (262)-367-9901.
Homecoming 2018: September 30-October 6, 2018
Homecoming Week Festivities
Sunday, September 30, 2018
- Window Painting @ 10:00 a.m. - Meet in front of Roots Coffee Shop
- OHS Main Campus & East Campus Dedication Celebration & Open House @ 1:00 p.m. - OHS East Campus
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
- OHS Varsity Soccer @ 6:30 p.m. - OHS Soccer Stadium
- OHS Varsity Volleyball @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Fieldhouse
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Powder Puff Football Game @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Rux Stadium
Thursday, October 4, 2018
- Swim Meet @ 6:00 p.m. - YMCA at Pabst Farms
Friday, October 5, 2018
- Homecoming Parade Lineup @ 4:00 p.m. - Oakwood Avenue, see attached map
- Homecoming Parade Starts @ 5:15 p.m., see attached parade route map
- Homecoming Football Game @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Rux Stadium
Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Homecoming Dance @ 8:00-11:00 p.m. - OHS Upper Gym
2018 Homecoming Court
- Back Row- Left to Right: Cole Ninmann, Ben Rawson, PJ Nelson, Jacob Hogan, Michael Kluz, & Luke Petersen
- Middle Row- Left to Right: Ethan Cash, Katie Jorgensen, & Emily Osborn
- Front Row- Left to Right: Dani Rabay, Madison Begos, Chela Quinones, Ryan Odeja, Sierra Boettcher, & Abby Westburg
- Not Pictured: Malik Staude
Spirit Week Themes at OHS
Monday, October 1: Tie Dye
Tuesday, October 2: Hawaiian Day
Wednesday, October 3: Vine/Meme Day
Thursday, October 4: Throwback to Third Grade Day
Friday, October 5: School Spirit Day
Homecoming Parade Participation
Homecoming application forms are available through this link. Forms are due to the OHS Athletic Office by Friday, September 26, 2018. Please email completed forms to Beth Loppnow at LoppnowB@oasd.org.
Parade Safety Guidelines:
- 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.
Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club is hiring a new Concession Director and Assistant.
o Work closely with OSBC directors and OHS Athletic Department
o Planning, Ordering, Shopping, Stocking, Cleaning, Inventory, Budgeting, Banking, E-mailing correspondence, Organize OSBC Water Sponsors, Schedule volunteers via SignUp Genius each season, Monthly Detailed Financial Reports, Monthly OSBC meeting.
o Small-Medium Events: 1-2 hours opening concession stand/orientate volunteers
o Large Events: 5-7 hours, open stand, supervise events, close down/clean stand
(must be available to work Varsity Football Games)
o Flexible hours: pick up preorders, inventory, stocking, cleaning, setting up, accept delegated task by the Concessions Director
o Event hours:
Small events: 1-2 hours open stand, orientate volunteers
Large events: 4-6 hours open stand, supervise event, close down/clean stand
The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) will hold their annual ball on Friday November 2, at the Golden Mast. This year's theme is Hogwarts School of Magic, and entertainment will be provided by Nature Hill Intermediate teachers, Ms. Tracy Garon and Mr. Eric Darnell, followed by the Love Monkeys!
With your support, the money raised at this event will help OPEF continue their mission of awarding much-needed grants to OASD educators.
OPEF Annual Fundraising Ball
November 2, 2018
6:00 p.m.- midnight
Golden Mast Inn
W349 N5293 Lacy's Lane
Okauchee, WI 53069
You're invited to a screening of the documentary, Suicide, The Ripple Effect, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
The documentary highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, the film follows Kevin on a mission to help others stay alive and find recovery. In the Oconomowoc community, statistics reveal concerns around the issue of suicide as well. In spring of 2017, Oconomowoc High School students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) that revealed startling statistics. The percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months was 13.3—that's 160 students.
We hope this film sheds light on this topic and offers hope to all that may be touched by suicide.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
- 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Resource fair
- 6:00-7:30 p.m. - Documentary screening
- 7:30-8:00 p.m. - Panel discussion with audience Q&A
- Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc
The event is FREE and open to the public for ages 13 and over.
Screening Partners/Sponsors Include:
- Rogers Behavioral Health
- SOFA: Saving Others for Archie
- National Alliance of Mental Health: Waukesha
- Oconomowoc Area School District
Please support the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club (OSBC) and the Oconomowoc High School (OHS) Athletic Department by purchasing a "Cooney Card".
Cards are priced at $20.00 per card, contain many great deals and all money raised will support all athletic teams at OHS. Last year's fundraiser raised $25,000.00 and the goal is to exceed that amount for the 2018-19 school year.
- Stop in at OHS and purchase a card in the Athletic Department
- Purchase a card at any fall home OHS football game
- Contact the OHS Athletic Department at 262-560-3111 for more information
Important: This is only a training and not an emergency!
The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD), in partnership with the Oconomowoc Police Department (OPD), will be holding an Armed Intruder Training district-wide for all staff on August 29, 2018.
These training sessions will be held at all OASD schools and there will be a police presence at each location during the training. Police Department officials will be shooting blank rounds inside buildings to familiarize staff with the sound of live firearms.
District staff will spend time practicing:
- How to be flexible in their response to an emergency, based on the information available
- How to feel empowered in deciding the safest response, based on the information available
- How to communicate with each other and alert one another in an emergency
OASD Staff Training Schedule:
Nature Hill Intermediate
8:15- 9:15 a.m.
Ixonia Elementary School
Oconomowoc High School
(Main & East Campus)
Greenland Elementary School
Meadow View Elementary School
Silver Lake Intermediate School
Park Lawn Elementary School
Summit Elementary School
Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, Social Studies and Science Teacher at Silver Lake Intermediate School, has been selected as a 2018 Museum Teacher Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Kurtz was one of 24 educators nation-wide, chosen for the program. Educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations. Selection preference is given to applicants who have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, which Kurtz attended last year.
As a Museum Teacher Fellow, Kurtz was invited to a five-day institute in Washington, DC, designed to immerse Fellows in advanced historical issues and teaching training. Established in 1996, the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program has developed a national corps of skilled educators to help lead the Museum's efforts to ensure quality Holocaust education in secondary schools. Kurtz is one of 394 Museum Teacher Fellows who has completed the program since its inception.
"The Museum Teacher Fellows play a vital role in bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to communities around the country," says Gretchen Skidmore, director of the Museum's education initiatives in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. "Teaching students critical thinking skills as well as providing resources that encourage in-depth examination of how and why the Holocaust happened are key components of the Museum's ongoing engagement with educators across the country."
As a Fellow, Kurtz will work to create and implement an outreach project in the community, then share her work with other Fellows at a conference next July.
Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, Silver Lake Intermediate School Teacher
The coloring book was created through a grant from The Imagine A Day, Courtney Bella Foundation, and a partnership with the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum.
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.
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.
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.