The City of Oconomowoc has notified OASD that beginning Monday, November 11, 2019, there is planned railroad repairs at the intersection of Silver Lake Street. The repairs are scheduled to take approximately one week, weather permitting. Please make plans for alternate routes to school during this time.

For more information regarding the street closure read the full press release and review the detour map.


OHS Players present this landmark Broadway musical. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the story centers on two star-crossed teenagers from rival New York Gangs who fall in love during the summer of 1957. Tensions and misunderstandings escalate as the Sharks and the Jets plan one last rumble, a fight that will finally end the battle for control of the streets. Timeless music composed by the late Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, include "Maria," "Tonight," "America," "Somewhere," "I Feel Pretty," "Gee, Officer Krupke," and more." From the first notes to the final breath, the world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this dynamic production that is considered one of theatre's finest accomplishments.

Read the full story about this production written by Rebecca Seymour.

OHS Players present West Side Story at the Oconomowoc Arts Center

The Oconomowoc High School Players present the landmark Broadway musical "West Side Story" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, 22-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, on the Oconomowoc Arts Center's Main Stage.

Inspired by William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" the story centers on two star-crossed teenagers from rival New York Gangs who fall in love during the summer of 1957. Tensions and misunderstandings escalate as the Sharks and the Jets plan one last rumble, a fight that will finally end the battle for control of the streets.

"West Side Story" has become one of the most celebrated American musicals since its premiere more than 60 years ago. Featuring a cast of 30, a supporting crew of 20, and a pit orchestra featuring 30 student musicians, the energy in the OAC's main stage theater is palpable.

Under the direction of Tiersa Ferraro, high-energy dance scenes choreographed by Yvette Beilfuss, and a memorable musical score directed by Beth Kauffeld (vocals), and Dan Henkel (orchestra), this amazing musical shines a spotlight on the multifaceted talent of Oconomowoc's youth through powerful live theater.

"'West Side Story' is an amazing show and we're really excited for our community to see our production, in light of its 60-year history and how it still resonates with what's going on in our society today," said Ferraro. "I remember how this show affected me so much when I was younger. The script is stunning and challenging. We are doing serious theater and it's been an eye-opening experience for our kids."

One hand, one heart

OHS juniors Jonah Mueller and Hannah Lilienkamp play the iconic characters of Tony and Maria in the upcoming OHS Players' production of "West Side Story."

The two leads admit stepping into the characters of the well-known, star-crossed lovers has stretched their acting abilities.

"It's really fun and interesting to play Tony, but it was really hard at first because there are so many expectations about my character. I did a lot of background research about the time period and what kids my age were dealing with," said Jonah.

Dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions throughout the show also posed a challenge.

"My character Maria goes from being really giddy and happy one moment to absolute devastation and crying the next. I thought about the people in my life and I had to imagine how I would feel in those situations," Hannah explained.

Being able to connect with a storyline and characters conceived more than 60 years ago has been an important process for the cast.

"It's been quite a journey for our students. They're trying to make those connections of falling instantly in love, the struggles and intolerance between characters, and dealing with racial language. It has been uncomfortable sometimes, but also a starting point for many conversations," admitted Ferraro.

"Racial conflicts are still happening today. To step into that and be so close to it, even though we're acting it out on stage, is so real and it's uncomfortable because it feels so wrong," added Hannah.

Music brought to life

Composed by the late Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, "West Side Story" is known for its timeless music, including "Maria," "Tonight," "America," "Somewhere," "I Feel Pretty," "Gee, Officer Krupke," and more.

From the first notes to the final breath, the world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this dynamic production that is considered one of theater's finest accomplishments.

To successfully breathe life into Bernstein and Sondheim's complex and vibrant, polyrhythmic score, OHS pit orchestra director Dan Henkel needed to take it up a notch or two. For the very first time, the entire pit cover will be removed to allow the extra room to fit more than 30 musicians and their instruments into the tight space.

"This production has one of the greatest scores of all musical theater. The way Bernstein related to rhythmic figures is very challenging for young musicians. Because there are so many layers we needed to offer a large, fully orchestrated pit to cover all the parts," explained Henkel.

OHS students had the opportunity to participate in a two-day pit camp over the summer to be able to experience the intensity of the ''West Side Story" score.

"This show has an intense instrumental side and demands a higher level of appreciation of what it takes to bring the whole production together. We believe in our students and wanted to challenge them, and give them the opportunity to experience something really special," Henkel added.

"West Side Story" contains mature content and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. This period piece includes depiction of violence, prejudiced language, and safe gunfire simulation.


Reserved seating tickets for "West Side Story" are $15 for adults and college student, and $12 for high school students and younger and military personnel (with ID).

The OAC's box office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The box office is also open 90 minutes prior to any event. The OAC is located at 641 East Forest St. and is part of the Oconomowoc Area School District. For more information, call the OAC box office at (262) 560-3172 or visit

West Side Story characters pose for photo

OHS juniors Jonah Mueller and Hannah Lilienkamp play the iconic characters of Tony and Maria in the upcoming OHS Players' production of "West Side Story" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, 22-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, on the Oconomowoc Arts Center's Main Stage

Oconomowoc High School is proud to host the 5th Annual Lake Country Film Festival on April 3, 2020, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Submission Window: February 1-29, 2020

Tickets: Tickets on sale through the OAC Box Office for $15 (general seating)- Coming soon!

Visit the Lake Country Film Festival website for more information.

On October 17, Principal Jason Curtis and the entire Oconomowoc High School staff hosted the first ever Career, College, and Life Readiness Day. OHS staff are working hard to prepare students for either a career, college, or other life goals after they graduate from high school. One of the ways they're doing this is by providing authentic learning experiences to help students discover their interests and passions.

Thank you to all of the organizations that hosted our OHS Sophomores for tours and learning experiences:

  • Edgewood College
  • UW Madison- Helipad Tour
  • Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research
  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • ProHealth Care
  • Shorehaevn
  • DNR State Natural Resources Building
  • Federal Courthouse- Madison
  • Wisconsin Science Festival @ Discovery Building
  • Marquette University
  • PKWare
  • Baird Financial Management
  • UW-Whitewater
  • First Bank Financial Centre
  • Milwaukee Institute of Arts and Design (MIAD)
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • Waukesha County Expo Center
  • WCTC
  • Trades Union - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • MSOE
  • Harley Davidson- Milwaukee
  • IVEC Systems
  • Western Lakes Fire Department
  • Federal Courthouse- Milwaukee
  • Ingleside Hotel
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness
  • ID Restaurant
  • Delafield Hotel

Read a full story about this amazing day written by Rebecca Seymour for Conley Media and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.


Oconomowoc High School hosts first career, college, and life readiness day

By Rebecca Seymour

Special to Conley Media

OCONOMOWOC — With a strong commitment in providing rigorous and diverse programming, as well as authentic, real-life learning experiences to help students discover their own interests and passions, Oconomowoc High School held its first Career, College, and Life Readiness Day on Thursday.

In his monthly blog to students and their families, OHS Principal Jason Curtis stated he was excited how the daylong event would offer incredibly beneficial grade-level-specific opportunities to help students prepare for various post--secondary pathways. "This is shaping up to be an exciting day at OHS, and is just one way we will continue to help each 'Raccoon' become grounded in their values, committed to their purpose, and accountable to themselves and each other," wrote Curtis.

Jump-start to service

Nearly 400 freshmen participated in 15 different service learning projects, organized and facilitated by 25 OHS teachers and community members during the Career, College, and Life Readiness Day. "The purpose of the hands-on activities is to introduce our younger students to the concept of being engaged citizens by using their talents and interests to help others. We hope these types of experiences will inspire them to plan and lead future projects while they explore and discover their calling in life," explained Danielle Chaussee, OHS Spanish teacher.

Some examples of projects included writing letters to members of the military serving abroad, singing and dancing with Azura Memory Care residents, sewing reusable shopping bags (Boomerang Bags), trout stream habitat rehabilitation, making dog/cat toys for HAWS, friendship bracelets and card making for cancer patients through Tricia's Troops Cancer Connection, cleaning up nearby lawns for senior citizens, and much more.

Kristine Weiss teaches French at OHS and advised the students involved with transforming hundreds of donated cotton T-shirts into reusable diapers for families in Guatemala through the Divine Mercy Diaper Ministry.

"Today's service projects gave our students an opportunity to learn about ways they can help others. Volunteer work is also a crucial component of a student's resume, which is something we are encouraging our students to think about as they plan for their future," said Weiss.

During the last hour of the Jump-Start to Service day, freshmen gathered in the OHS fieldhouse to create a reflection piece and a presentation about the different service projects.

"Working on these service projects shows that we care about our world and the people in it. It's important to give back to our community," said Reese Irvine, 15.

Career and College visits

About 415 sophomore students, along with 40 OHS teachers and staff, took their dreams and career interests on the road as they boarded 10 buses heading to different destinations throughout Waukesha County, Milwaukee, Madison and Whitewater.

During the all-day field trip, each bus visited a combination of businesses, organizations, trade schools, colleges and university campuses, offering opportunities for students to explore a variety of career interests and possibilities.

Students were assigned to the buses with destinations that connect with a career cluster they expressed interest in, including health sciences, agriculture, government, business, finance, marketing, IT, education, creative arts, communications, architecture, construction, STEM, law, public service, military, hospitality, human services, and others.

Jackson Higbee, 15, was with the group of students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), that visited Milwaukee School of Engineering, Harley-Davidson and Hastings Air manufacturing plants.

"Today opened me up to opportunities that I didn't know I was interested in, and now I have a better understanding about it," said Jackson. "I'm so grateful I had the chance to do this as a sophomore so that I can really start to think about and plan for what I want to do when I graduate."

"We know that authentic experiences lend themselves to self-discovery and our focus is to help our students to connect their passions with who they want to be," said Kyla Stefan, school to career coordinator at OHS. "It's never too early for our students to start thinking about their pathway during high school and where it might lead them beyond their time here."

Practice ACT exam

In preparation for their ACT exam on March 3, OHS juniors took a practice exam during the school-wide Career, College, and Life Readiness Day. The ACT exam assesses student readiness for college-level work in the areas of reading, English, math, science, and writing.

School staff will use the data from the test results to create a personalized ACT preparation program for each junior. In early December, students will be assigned to an ACT study group led by a mentor teacher.

Students can sign up for subject area seminars (taught by teachers), dig into test-taking strategies, and work through ACT practice exercises through a computer-based program called Method Test Prep.

"This practice exam helps our students to focus their energy on areas that need improvement. They'll have the opportunity to work together in a group of 15 to 20 students twice a week with a mentor who can track progress, and help them to build up their skills," explained Stefan.

Grounded, committed and accountable

During the Career, College, and Life Readiness Day, OHS seniors were encouraged to work on post-high-school transition opportunities, including college visits, arranging for a job shadow, or working on applications for financial aid, scholarships and college admissions. Some seniors chose to help the freshmen with their service projects.

Planning for Thursday's activities started last March with a building leadership team made up of 20 teachers.

"Our goal was to impact as many kids as possible. We're not here to prepare our students for something. We're here to prepare them for anything," said Stefan.

"This is why working in a high school is so rewarding. We have 704 days with these kids, and we have to do whatever it takes to prepare them to be able to navigate the unknown," added Curtis.

One of the projects included students transforming hundreds of donated cotton T-shirts into reusable diapers for families in Guatemala through the Divine Mercy Diaper Ministry. Pictured from left are Noah Kester, 14, Alex Kubly, 15, Madeline Bandomir, 14, OHS French teacher Kristine Weiss, Reese Irvine, 15, and Jack Bairo, 15, working on their project.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Seymour

There are several custodial positions available within the OASD along with openings at Oconomowoc Transport. Click these links to learn more about working with the students and staff of the OASD!

OCONOMOWOC, WI – October 14, 2019. The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) is pleased to announce that 30 Oconomowoc High School (OHS) students and recent alumni scored among the top business students nationwide on rigorous exams to text their business knowledge during the 2018-19 school year. The exams are part of the High School of Business™ (HSB) program, a national accelerated business administration program of the MBA Research and Curriculum Center. Approximately 8,000 students from across the nation participated in the program during the 2018-19 school year.

Receiving top scores at OHS are:

  • Andrew Thiel *- Principles of Business
  • Joseph Hribar- Principles of Business
  • Jenna Hribar- Principles of Business
  • Marshell Sukovich- Principles of Business
  • Jordan Biver- Principles of Business
  • Chloe Hoeft *- Principles of Business
  • Natalie Jacobson- Principles of Business
  • Zachary Nienhuis *- Principles of Business, Principles of Marketing
  • William Sampson- Principles of Business
  • Josephine Duchow- Principles of Business
  • Zachary Brooks *- Principles of Business
  • Ryan Justice- Principles of Business
  • Sarah Letscher- Principles of Business
  • Jaysal Patel- Principles of Business
  • Olivia Ishizaki- Principles of Business
  • Jake Nelson *- Principles of Business
  • Amanda Zak *- Principles of Business
  • Alexander Vance- Business Economics, Principles of Marketing
  • Raymond Menting- Business Economics, Principles of Finance
  • Carly Robbins- Business Economics, Principles of Finance, Principles of Marketing
  • Chloe Locke- Business Economics, Principles of Marketing
  • Megan Begler *- Business Economics, Principles of Marketing
  • Leah Breach- Business Economics
  • Concepcion Nicole Escobia- Business Economics
  • Caleb Flaten-Moore- Business Economics, Principles of Business
  • Olivia Pfeil- Principles of Marketing
  • Ryan Odeja *- Principles of Marketing
  • Haley St Thomas *- Principles of Marketing
  • Jack Margelofsky *- Principles of Finance
  • Benjamin Rawson *- Principles of Finance

*2019 graduated senior

Course Name

Number of Exams Taken

Highest Score by Course

Average High Score

National Average Score

Principals of Business





Business Economics





Principles of Marketing





Principles of Finance





Principles of Management





Business Strategies










Wealth Management





Students participating in High School of Business™ complete real, hands-on business projects through a series of six courses. The program also includes observational internships, opportunities to earn college credit, and local oversite via a steering team of college faculty, business professional, and school personnel.

Oconomowoc High School High Performing HSB Students

OHS Students Group Photo

Front Row, L-R: Nicole Escobia, Natalie Jacobson, Jenna Hribar, Leah Breach, Olivia Ishizaki, Olivia Pfeil, Chloe Locke
Back Row, L-R: Raymond Menting, Joe Hribar, Zach Brooks, Alex Vance, Caleb Flaten-Moore, Marshell Sukovich, Jordan Biver
Not Pictured: Will Sampson, Carly Robbins, Josie Duchow

Photo courtesy of Liberty Wieseman


High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research, a non-profit organization specializing in educational research and the development of business and marketing curriculum for high schools and colleges across the U.S. The accelerated program is designed for college-bound students with interest in business administration careers, such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, or management. For more information about the national organization, visit

The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra Quartet Recital featuring the newly restored Chatfield Instruments will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Zion Episcopal Church, 237 North Lake Rd., in Oconomowoc. Musicians featured during the concert are Roberta Carpenter and Jennifer D'Alessio on violins, Robert Ignaszak on viola, and Paul Kilpatrick on cello. Michael Britz will join the group on string bass for Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country. A presentation about the Chatfield Instruments and restoration process by renowned Luthier, Scott Sleider will also be a part of the event.

Read the full story about this event written by Rebecca Seymour.

Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra hosts quartet recital

Oconomowoc's rich legacy of performing arts resonates through restoration of Chatfield instruments

By Rebecca Seymour

The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra String Quartet will perform a special recital spotlighting the newly restored Chatfield Instruments at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Zion Episcopal Church, located at 237 North Lake Rd., in Oconomowoc.

The live musical event will include Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 #3, Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom and commissioned for the Chatfield Instruments, and String Quartet #2 composed by Alexander Borodin.

A presentation about the Chatfield Instruments and restoration process by renowned Luthier, Scott Sleider will also be a part of the event.

Musicians featured during the concert are Roberta Carpenter and Jennifer D'Alessio on violins, Robert Ignaszak on viola, and Paul Kilpatrick on cello. Michael Britz will join the group on string bass for Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country.

Roberta Carpenter (violin) is the music director of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra. She has performed extensively as a violinist with symphonic, chamber, ballet and opera orchestras, many times as concertmaster. Carpenter's current tenure as concertmaster is for the Waukesha Choral Union Orchestra, and her recordings of the Fanfare for Lake Country on the Thunis Stradivarius can be found online.

Jennifer D'Alessio (violin) is the concertmaster of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and is also a fiddle and accordion player and singer with her Irish rock band, Hearthfire. She has been a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and toured in Japan and Taiwan as concertmaster of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Ignaszak (viola) is currently the orchestra director at Nature Hill Intermediate and Silver Lake Intermediate Schools in Oconomowoc, and is on the faculty of the Waukesha String Académie. He has also taught at Oconomowoc High School and Oconomowoc Middle School. In spring of 2019 he was the recipient of the Chatfield Award for his years of service to the arts in Oconomowoc.

Paul Kilpatrick (cello) studied cello with George Sopkin and Wolfgang Laufer of the Fine Arts Quartet. He played in the Oklahoma Symphony for seven years, and has been with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra for the past 28 years, playing occasionally with other groups in the area, including the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Britz (bass) has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Skylight Opera and many touring Broadway shows and revues. He is currently a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, plays with the Bel Canto Chorus Orchestra, and is the bass instructor at Carroll University.

Chatfield instruments

In 1937, Frank Chatfield donated a matched string quartet of instruments, as well as a beautiful hand carved wood display cabinet to Oconomowoc High School. For more than 80 years, the two violins, viola and cello have been played by countless OHS orchestra students until they fell into disrepair and were eventually placed in storage.

Chatfield, a long-time city planner for Oconomowoc, took up the hobby of building and repairing violins, violas and cellos. Over the years he harvested trees from the Lac La Belle area for his instruments and to this day some of his original wood prepared for violin making still exists.

The Chatfield Project was established in 2015 in efforts to save the musical instruments and preserve them as a treasured part of Oconomowoc history. The project is funded through private donations from members of the community and local charitable organizations, grant monies and other fundraising efforts.

Renowned luthier, Scott Sleider of Wauwatosa, restored the instruments to playing condition. The process required several hundred hours of work with a total cost estimated at nearly $30,000.

The Chatfield Instruments will be on display at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on the OHS campus. They will be available on a one-on-one basis for the community, including the students to use.

There will be a reception after the concert with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. A free-will offering will benefit the mission of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra (OCO).

For more information about the OCO, and the Chatfield Project, visit

Luthier, Scott Sleider

Luthier, Scott Sleider

Chatfield Instruments

Chatfield Instruments

Photo Credit: Rebecca Seymour

Take a look at all of the great things happening in the OASD by reading our October 2019 OASD Learners and Leaders newsletter. You'll find information on:

  • The new OASD Strategic Plan
  • The OASD Graduate Profile
  • Meadow View Elementary School Dedication Celebration
  • OHS News
  • Athletics News
  • And So Much More!

OASD Learners & Leaders Cover Image

Our Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony received a prestigious invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall for the New York Invitational Music Festival in April 2020. The OHS Wind Symphony is just one of three high schools in the United States that will perform on this storied stage during the Festival.

Read a full story about this amazing accomplishment written by Rebecca Seymour for Conley Media and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.


OHS Wind Symphony invited to perform at prestigious Carnegie Hall in NYC

By Rebecca Seymour

Special to Conley Media

OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony is one of just three high school groups from across the United States that will have the opportunity to perform on one of the world's greatest stages.

Directed by Michael Krofta, the OHS Wind Symphony has been invited to participate in the 2020 New York Invitational Music Festival held April 7-10 in the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

The New York Invitational Music Festival was designed to enhance the performance ability of the most advanced musical ensembles through master classes delivered by nationally known clinicians. Performing in the legendary concert hall whose rich legacy has allured the world's greatest artists to its stages, also offers a powerful experience for young musicians.

"To have the opportunity for our kids to perform at Carnegie Hall is really special and a dream come true for us. The New York Invitational Music Festival only seeks out the best ensembles in the nation," said Krofta. "We've done so many amazing things, and it's all because of the quality of our band program that has been building a legacy of success for more than 60 years."

Wind Symphony students started rehearsals on Monday to prepare for the trip, and the ensemble's upcoming fall concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. The event is free and the community is invited.

"We're working on three to four pieces for the performance, one of which is Leonard Bernstein's 'Overture to Candide.' He conducted the New York Philharmonic on the Carnegie Hall stage, so I wanted to acknowledge him in a special way," explained Krofta.

OHS senior Joe Middleton has been playing the euphonium for seven years and has been a member of the OHS Wind Symphony since he was a sophomore.

"Performing at Carnegie Hall is a huge opportunity and we're all super excited about it. It's going to be a lot of work, but the Wind Symphony players are used to pushing ourselves and putting in the extra effort," said Middleton. "Our community also really supports us and our parents work so hard for us. I'm grateful because we couldn't do this without them."

Fundraising efforts

There's an oft-told quip that reads, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!"

Dedication to playing their instruments every day to fine tune skills, while also rehearsing challenging, collegiate- level repertoire certainly had a hand in earning the Wind Symphony a spot at the 2020 New York Invitational Music Festival.

"I am incredibly proud of our band directors and students for being invited to play in New York City! Their hard work, along with the support of our parents, has given us yet another opportunity to showcase the talent that exists at Oconomowoc High School at this prestigious event," said OHS principal Jason Curtis.

Wind Symphony students and their parents are also well aware another crucial component required to "get to Carnegie Hall" is to fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.

The parent volunteer group, OHS Band Aids has been reaching out to community organizations, as well as organizing fundraising opportunities to help offset some of the expenses for 57 student musicians, staff and chaperones making the bus trip to New York City in April.

"The community has really responded so positively to the news of the OHS Wind Symphony performance at Carnegie Hall. Our goal is to raise $45,000, which is about half of what this trip will cost," explained OHS Band Aids president Jen Mortensen. "The kids worked so hard for this opportunity, and Mr. Krofta has this amazing way to inspire them. You hear that in every single concert."

Within the last couple of weeks, several Oconomowoc community organizations and service groups have already pledged their support through grants and donations, including the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the Courtney Bella Imagine A Day Foundation, the Oconomowoc Rotary Foundation, and the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club.

"We are so proud of all the kids in the Wind Symphony. This is a once-in a- lifetime experience, and we are so pleased to be able to support this trip to Carnegie Hall," said Maribeth Bush of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.

"We felt that such a high honor as this deserves to have the full support of the community and wanted to get the fundraising drive off to a good start. Our mission is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time," added Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club president Jerry Schneider.

Upcoming fundraisers that support the OHS band program include "There's No Place Like Home – Oconomowoc" T-shirt sale, Breakfast with Santa at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Nov. 30, the OHS Jazz Dance at the Waukesha Expo Center on Jan. 31, and others.

"We're so humbled by the continued support of the community. Performing at Carnegie Hall is one of the greatest experiences any musician could ever hope to have," added Krofta, his eyes shining with emotion. "They'll always remember this, for the rest of their lives!"

For more information on supporting the OHS Wind Symphony trip to Carnegie Hall and other band program events, visit the OHS Band Aids Facebook page or contact Mortensen at

Oconomowoc High School 2019-20 Wind Symphony

OHS Wind Symphony Group Photo

Photo Credit: Rebecca Seymour

Parents United is a non-profit consortium of 26 southeaster Wisconsin special education departments that have united to provide an educational community service. The mission of the group is to present timely and information information, in a neutral forum, for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide essential links, knowledge and networking to the entire community.

2019-20 FREE Parents United Programs

For the second year, Oconomowoc High School and Arrowhead High School are participating in the WISN 12 Football Food Challenge, a friendly competition to see which school can raise the most money and food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. The winning school receives $500 and all food and money donations from the challenge go directly to Feeding America.

Last year, OHS had the most donations and donated their $500 winnings back to Feeding America. Help us bring in the most donations again this year!

How to Donate:

  • bring non-perishable food items to Oconomowoc High School between Monday, September 23 - Thursday, September 26.
  • community members can bring items to the front office during school hours.
  • you can text "Football" to 91999 to donate funds directly to the initiative, just remember to include "Oconomowoc High School" when texting, to ensure your donation counts towards our competition.
  • you can also donate online at the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin website:

Announcing the Winner:

  • donations for both schools will be weighed on Friday, September 27.
  • the winner will be announced at the OHS vs. Arrowhead Football Game on Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. at Arrowhead.


The Oconomowoc High School AP Environmental Science class had huge success making reusable grocery bags last year, so they're continuing the tradition! But they need your help!!

AP Environmental Science students and teacher, Kelly Holtzman, are again sewing reusable grocery bags on October 17, 2019. These bags will be distributed around Oconomowoc for people to use, for free, instead of plastic bags.

What Can You Do to Help?

Students need donations of:

  • Clean and durable fabric (light upholstery fabric, calico, cotton duck. No towels or small scraps)
  • Thread in any colors

Donations can be dropped off at the OHS Main Campus Front Office (641 E. Forest Street) during school hours, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Community Volunteers are also needed:

  • Volunteers are invited to measure, cut, sew, and iron bags
  • If possible, please bring along any of these items you might have: a sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, scissors, iron, and portable ironing board

Sewing will take place in the OHS East Campus Board Room (915 E. Summit Avenue) from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Questions?? Please email OHS AP Environmental Science Teacher, Mrs. Holtzman, at

Reusable bag photo

National Merit Semi Finalists Photos

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including more than 300 Wisconsin students. Oconomowoc High School Seniors Kenneth K. Buschhaus and Joseph Hribar were named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test were awarded semifinalist status.

According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Over 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Visit for more information.


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