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OASD Trivia Night raises nearly $11,000 for Oshkosh educators, students

posted Feb 22, 2019, 12:44 PM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) Education Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on February 1, 2019 and raised nearly $11,000 - a new record for the event and the Foundation. All of the proceeds from the event will be used to enhance the educational experience for students and staff in the OASD. 

“The funds raised through our Trivia Night Fundraiser go directly to teacher and classroom mini-grants,” stated Julie Dumke, OASD Education Foundation Director. “This funding helps our teachers bring new and exciting learning activities into their classrooms, and it also helps provide our students in need with basic necessities and materials.”

Over 250 attendees participated in this year’s event, coming together to give back and make a difference in the Oshkosh Area School District. This year’s team trivia winners included first-place winner Oaklawn Elementary School, a two-way tie for second place between Oshkosh Downtown Rotary and Oshkosh Citywide PTO, and a three-way tie for the best-dressed award between Carl Traeger Elementary, Oshkosh Southwest Rotary, and South Park Middle. In addition to testing their trivia knowledge, attendees were able to participate in a 50/50 raffle, a jewelry raffle, and a basket raffle thanks to donations from local businesses, the Trivia Night Planning Committee, OASD PTO groups, staff members, and community organizations. 

This year’s fundraiser also featured numerous event sponsors including, presenting sponsor Associated Bank, major sponsors Beckets, Castle Pierce, and Horicon Bank, as well as many other contributing sponsors and donors. 

“We are so grateful for the generosity and support of our local businesses and community members,” stated Dumke. “It is incredible to see the entire Oshkosh community working together to support our Education Foundation and ensure the success of our students, schools, and District.”

The OASD Education Foundation was established in 2012 and began awarding teacher mini-grants a few years later - the grants are announced at the start of each school year. The Foundation supports all OASD academic programs at all levels of education and these grants allow teachers and staff to develop and implement innovative programs that are not covered by the regular school budget.  

The OASD Education Foundation strives to engage the community in supporting Oshkosh public schools and is committed to providing resources for innovation, fine arts, athletics, scholarships, and other resources to enhance students' lives. The OASD Education Foundation is managed by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, contact Julie Dumke, OASD Education Foundation Director, at julie.dumke@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or 920.424.7000 ext. 6176. Additional information is available online at www.oasdeducationfoundation.org

First Place Team - Oakwood Elementary School: The Oakwood Elementary School Team captured first-place at this year’s OASD Education Foundation Trivia Night Fundraiser. Pictured (left to right): Cassie Welch, Mary Retzlaff, Emily Kom, Laura Christensen, Alyssa Jackels, Alex Torres, Gail Bertram, Sara Schiefelbein.

Theme Winner - Carl Traeger Elementary School: Staff from Carl Traeger Elementary were ready to play, embracing a “Classic Game” theme. 

Theme Winner - South Park Middle School: Staff from South Park Middle School showed off their creative side with a “Cards Against Humanity” theme. 

Theme Winner - Southwest Rotary: The Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Team came dressed to impress with their “Western” theme.

Congratulations, OASD High School Honor Roll Students!

posted Feb 21, 2019, 8:08 AM by Katie Nieman

Congratulations to all of the Oshkosh Area School District high school students who made the Honor Roll for the Fall 2018 Semester! This information was recently published in the February 20 edition of the Oshkosh Herald. The online version of the publication is available via the following link: 
Oshkosh Herald - February 20, 2019.

Additionally, the Honor Roll listing for Oshkosh North High School and Oshkosh West High School are available as individual PDF documents below:
Highest Honors were given for a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.0; High Honors went to
3.50 and 3.749; Honors went to 3.00 to 3.499.

Oshkosh Area School District Announces Weather Make-up Plans

posted Feb 18, 2019, 9:34 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 11:21 AM ]

Due to the severe and unprecedented inclement weather in January and February, the Oshkosh Area School District has made changes to the school calendar and school day to make up instructional minutes, as follows:
  • Starting Friday, March 1, 2019, the District will be adding 13 minutes to the end of the high school day for the remainder of the school year. The Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West school day will end at 3:46 p.m. The 13 minutes will be distributed to class periods throughout the day. Elementary and middle schools are able to “absorb” the lost time and thus do not require additional minutes.
  • The original weather make-up day on June 10 has been removed; the last day of school will be held on June 7. The District came to this decision due to feedback and concerns from families, staff, and community members regarding the extension of the school year to Monday, June 10. Additionally, the District is committed to acting in the best interest of students and student learning, and ensuring that instructional minutes are meaningful and valuable.
  • The March 13 and April 10 early release days have been canceled and those days will now be full student school days in anticipation of the need for make-up minutes if additional weather days are experienced. 
    • NOTE: This does not impact the Oshkosh Early Learning program, 4K or early childhood students. March 13, April 10, May 8 will remain NO SCHOOL DAYS for 4K and early childhood students only, as stated in the original Board-approved 2018-2019 OASD calendar.
The District’s plan for any additional school cancellations or delays is as follows:
  • The cancellation of the May 8 early release day for students if another weather day is experienced before May 8. 
  • Additional options will be developed as needed and presented to the Board of Education for approval and implementation. 

This plan was approved by the OASD Board of Education during a special meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019. In making this decision, the District aimed to minimize disruptions for families and provide the best opportunities for student learning. The District understands that these changes may cause inconveniences. However, keeping students and staff safe as they travel to and from school is one of the District’s most important responsibilities. The normal attendance policy remains in effect for those who may have made plans for the previously scheduled early release dates. The District will continue to keep families and the public informed should further changes develop that necessitate altering the District calendar further.

OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News: 02.13.19

posted Feb 14, 2019, 2:41 PM by Katie Nieman

The meeting highlights from the February 13, 2019 OASD Board of Education Meeting are available. Meeting Highlights were established to create a greater understanding of the District with employees, families, and community members. The Board Meeting Highlights are NOT official meeting minutes. Instead, the highlights provide readers with a snapshot of meeting topics, presentations, and decisions. NOTE: Official meeting minutes are reviewed and approved by the Board during the following month’s meeting. 

Additionally, the latest OASD Superintendent's Good News Report is now available - check out all of the great things going on throughout the District: Superintendent's Good News Report - February 13, 2019

No School Tuesday, February 12 - Canceled Due to Snow

posted Feb 11, 2019, 6:52 PM by Katie Nieman

NOTICE: No school! Due to forecasted snow and expected treacherous driving conditions, the Oshkosh Area School District has canceled school and all District activities for Tuesday, February 12, 2019. This includes all morning and after-school activities. 

Additionally, the Oshkosh4Education Community Focus Group scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown YMCA is also canceled. 

It's School Bus Driver Recognition Week!

posted Feb 11, 2019, 6:12 AM by Katie Nieman

“Thank you!” school bus drivers. It’s Wisconsin School Bus Driver Recognition Week, February 11-15, 2019! The Oshkosh Area School District is grateful for our partners at Kobussen Buses for all that they do for our students, schools, and District. 

Join us in thanking our bus drivers for all they do and let them know how much they're appreciated!

Community Survey Now Open: Help develop the District's Strategic Plan 3.0

posted Feb 11, 2019, 5:45 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 11:55 AM ]

Image result for surveyYour opinion matters! Help develop the strategic priorities for the Oshkosh Area School District.

The Oshkosh Area School District and Oshkosh4Education are collecting information to help set new strategic priorities for the District. This process takes place every three to five years. You may have seen an earlier announcement about community conversations on this topic that are happening the week of February 11, 2019 (LEARN MORE). A community survey has been created so that people who are not able to attend one of the community conversations are still able to share their thoughts and opinions as we complete this vital work. We need to hear from you! 

OASD Strategic Plan Community Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PP75DVF

The survey is anonymous and takes less than five minutes to complete. As someone connected to the Oshkosh community, your opinions are extremely important to the successful completion of this project. We value your responses even if you do not currently have a school-aged child. Provide your answers to each question by either typing in a response or checking an answer choice. There are no right or wrong answers. 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this anonymous survey. The Oshkosh Area School District uses a systems approach to focus on organizational improvement efforts. To ensure ongoing improvements, the District monitors and updates the plan on a regular basis. Community members can remain informed on goal progress by accessing the plan through the District’s website

All OASD Schools Now in Session on February 18, 2019

posted Feb 8, 2019, 12:57 PM by Katie Nieman

All schools within the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will now be in session on Monday, February 18, 2019. The decision was approved by the OASD Board of Education at a special meeting on February 8 to make up lost instructional time due to the recent inclement weather day on February 7, with additional conversation occurring at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting to examine instructional time make-up options. February 18 was previously scheduled as a staff professional development day in the District and has now changed to an instructional day with all students attending school. The timeliness of the Board’s decision was required based on the proximity of the February 18 make-up day option, and the Board’s desire to provide families with as much time as possible to plan for the change. 

Additional changes to the District calendar will be proposed and presented to the Board of Education for consideration during the next regular meeting on February 13, 2019. The proposed changes aim to make up lost instructional time should the District encounter additional inclement weather days before the end of the 2018-2019 school year along with a review of the current school calendar. 

At this time the District has experienced four inclement weather days (January 28, 30, 31, and February 7). Two inclement weather days were built into the calendar by the length of the school day and can be absorbed; a third inclement weather make-up day was planned and currently will be used on June 10, 2019; and, the fourth inclement weather make-up day will now take place on February 18.

No School Thursday, February 7 - Canceled Due to Weather

posted Feb 7, 2019, 3:49 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 3:58 AM ]

NOTICE: No school! Due to extreme weather, the Oshkosh Area School District has canceled school and all District activities for Thursday, February 7, 2019. This includes all morning and after-school activities.

For additional school closure information visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/district/administration/emergency-information/school-closure-information

Become a Love and Logic Parent: 6-week Session Starts February 4, 2019

posted Feb 1, 2019, 6:47 AM by Katie Nieman

The Community Learning Centers of the Oshkosh Area School District are sponsoring a six-week training program about becoming a Love and Logic Parent. This valuable program is geared toward anyone who works with children or has children of their own. The next session begins February 4, 2019, childcare is provided at no cost. Space is limited, registration required. To register, contact Jodi Gunckel at jodi.gunckel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or leave a message at 920.424.0431 ext. 2720. CLICK HERE for program flyer. 

Parenting is the world’s most difficult job. Over 500 Oshkosh area parents have completed this non-judgmental course in a relaxed setting. They learned practical parenting skills and used them immediately. You can too!
  • Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?
  • Would you like to have more fun parenting?
  • Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?
Program/Session Details:
  • Cost: $10 (for the cost of the manual)
  • Location: Emmeline Cook Elementary School
  • Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Dates:
    • February 4, 2019
    • February 11, 2019
    • February 25, 2019
    • March 4, 2019
    • March 11, 2019
    • March 18, 2019
Learn more about and get answers to:
  • “How do I get them out of bed in time to catch the school bus?”
  • “How can I stop my children from bickering and fighting?”
  • “How do I get my children to help with the chores without an argument?”
  • “Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?”
  • “How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed-upon time?”
  • “How do I get him to stop spitting his peas and whining at dinner?”
  • ...and many other day-to-day parenting frustrations.

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