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.
OASD Impacts Oconomowoc #2 Ranking in Top 10 Towns in Wisconsin for Young Families
From parks and trails to great schools and continued growth, Oconomowoc is a choice place to raise a family, according to a recent ranking released this week by a consumer advocacy group. The organization, nerdwallet.com, based out of California, ranked Oconomowoc second out of its top 10 "Best Towns in Wisconsin for Young Families."
Special Education and Student Services Department
Trauma Informed Care Grant: The Oconomowoc Area School District partnered with Family Service of Waukesha to receive a grant from the Oconomowoc Area Foundation to provide training and consultation on trauma-informed care to students, staff, and families.
Oconomowoc High School named to Newsweek's prestigious Best High Schools for 2013
OASD Earns Top 10 Ranking for Innovative Use of Technology in National Digital School Districts Survey
For the sixth time, the Oconomowoc Area School District earned a top ten ranking among mid-size school districts for innovative use of technology district-wide. OASD tied for eighth place in the Mid-sized Student Population Districts Category, recognizing districts around the country with an enrollment of 3,000-12,000.
“The Oconomowoc Area School District is committed to making learning technologies readily available to all students and teachers,” said Dr. Derick Kiger, Director of Research, Technology, and Assessment. “This is evidenced by strategic investments in facilities, technology infrastructure, computer devices, and innovative instructional programs.”
School districts’ use of innovative technologies such as 1:1 laptop initiatives, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction earned top spots in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th-anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents, and community and improve the learning environment and district operations.
One of the Most Effective Districts in Wisconsin
The Department of Public Instruction released report cards for each Wisconsin public school in 2012-13. Under the new evaluation system, school performance is judged in several priority areas: student achievement in reading and mathematics, students growth in reading and mathematics, closing achievement gaps in reading and mathematics and graduation/postsecondary readiness.
The report cards indicated that Oconomowoc Area School District has some of the most effective schools in Wisconsin - the district received an Exceeded Expectations score.