Superintendent Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S DESK
Building an Unrivaled Learning Community
It is an incredible honor to lead the Oconomowoc Area School District.
This September we welcomed 5,280 students back for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Joining us to welcome our students back were 34 new teachers across the district. There is nothing like the excitement and optimism that a new year brings, and we are thrilled to have these talented new faculty and staff as part of the OASD.
Many new and exciting things are in place for 2017-18. The renovation projects at Greenland and Park Lawn Elementary were completed over the summer. These projects, which replaced the heating, ventilation, and mechanical systems and added cooling systems, were funded as a part of the successful referendum last November.
At the elementary level this year we are implementing Bridges in Mathematics, our new comprehensive K-5 Math program. Nearly 50 elementary teachers worked last year to review possible new materials and overwhelmingly selected Bridges. Elementary faculty spent sixteen hours this summer training to implement these new materials in preparation for the start of the school year, and we look forward to evaluating the learning impact of this new program.
Also new this year is Personal Finance as a high school graduation requirement. Students will learn about budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, taxes, saving and investing, and the financial decisions that they will face as they move into life past high school. Students will leave this course with relevant strategies to make sound financial decisions in the future. We are excited and happy to be partnering with area businesses as a part of this new course.
Throughout the K-8 level, Fundamentals of Grammar has been added as a component of Readers and Writers Workshop. This addition to our comprehensive literacy program addresses a need, based on gaps in student performance in English over time. The focus is on the conventions of English grammar, usage, and mechanics within the context of reading and writing.
Finally, our first capstone course at OHS kicks of this fall. Taught through an interdisciplinary approach, Advanced Placement Seminar Digital Communication will help students understand the connections between course content and their practical applications in the workforce. Throughout the year, students will be engaged in authentic, professional tasks created in partnership with local businesses. We are looking forward to seeing some of the work our students produce for our business partners.
This District is a special place, with a faculty, staff, and administration committed to helping every child succeed. At the same time, we recognize that schools alone cannot prepare children to be future leaders. That is a partnership shared with the community, and we are fortunate in Oconomowoc to have a community that takes that partnership so seriously. We are grateful for that continued support and look forward to an excellent year of learning and growth in 2017-18.
Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Oconomowoc Area School District