Superintendent Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S DESK
Building an Unrivaled Learning Community
The 2018-19 school year is off to a fantastic start, with nearly 5,250 students and 40 new faculty members. Very little can match the energy and excitement that a new school year brings!
This summer was a busy one as the new construction and renovation at Ixonia Elementary was completed, along with the renovation of Oconomowoc High School (OHS) East Campus and the Career and Technical Education Classrooms at OHS Main Campus. The District held dedications and open houses for these new and renovated spaces in September. Besides daytime instructional use, these facilities have allowed for expanded opportunities for both students and staff. In late September, OHS East and Main Campus hosted approximately 100 teachers, students, and administrators from six local school districts to share practices related to our Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) work. Later in November, OHS East Campus will host a problem-solving competition event called a “Hack-A-Thon,” where students will work in teams to design a solution to a problem. Teams will be comprised of students from different CAPS programs from across the state and Midwest, and solutions will be pitched to a panel of industry professional judges.
In addition to our completed projects from the 2016 referendum, we are well underway with the construction of the new Meadow View Elementary School. That project is currently on target to be completed and ready for students next fall. You can monitor the progress on this project in real time by visiting www.oasd.org/BuildingOurFuture. We continue to be grateful to our community for its generous support for our new and renovated spaces.
We also begin the school year with new core science programs at the K-8 level, with Carolina Building Blocks of Science in grades K-5 and Amplify Science in grades 6-8. The Carolina curriculum progression begins with a “phenomenon” anchor, which launches hands-on lessons, and the units balance engaging labs with analytical reasoning to help students form their solutions to defined problems. The Amplify curriculum was developed in partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science. Resources in this program will provide our teachers with a strong balance of digital access, with hands-on exploration to allow students to “do science,” rather than merely observe it. This program also integrates essential literacy and math standards to ensure students are connecting science to other disciplines. We are excited to monitor how these programs prepare our students for our high school science and engineering pathways.
With a genuine commitment to all learners succeeding at increasingly higher levels, we continue to focus on college, career, and life readiness with a dedicated team of faculty, staff, and administration. This District is such a special place. I am looking forward to another excellent year of learning and growth in 2018-19.
Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Oconomowoc Area School District