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OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News: 06.12.19

posted Jun 13, 2019, 2:23 PM by Katie Nieman

The meeting highlights from the June 12, 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 - June 12, 2019

OASD School Supply Lists for 2019-2020 School Year

posted Jun 12, 2019, 3:47 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 5:49 AM ]

Related imageCLICK HERE to find the 2019-2020 School Supply Lists for each school in the Oshkosh Area School District. 

(NOTE: OASD school supply lists are also provided to several major retail stores in Oshkosh during the month of June.)

Oshkosh Area School District Offers Free Nutritious Meals in Summer

posted Jun 9, 2019, 5:39 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 5:47 PM ]

Learning does not end when school lets out, and neither does the need for good nutrition. The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) proudly offers a free food program to children and teens in the community in summer during the District’s Summer School program. No registration or application is needed; children 18 years old and younger can show up at participating locations during the designated times and eat a free meal on site. The meals are similar to the nutritious school breakfasts and lunches offered in Oshkosh public schools during the regular school year. See below for a list of locations and times (CLICK HERE for printable schedule).  

2019 FREE SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

Location

Dates of Operation

Breakfast Time

Lunch Time

Jefferson Elementary

(244 W 11th Avenue)

June 17-20 (Monday - Thursday)

June 24-27 (Monday - Thursday)

July 1-3 (Monday - Tuesday)

July 8-11 (Monday - Thursday)

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - Noon

Oaklawn Elementary

(116 Viola Avenue)

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - Noon

Oshkosh North High School

(1100 W Smith Avenue)

June 11-14 (Monday - Friday)

June 17-21 (Monday - Friday)

June 24-28 (Monday - Friday)

July 1-3 (Monday - Wednesday)

July 8-12 (Monday - Friday)

July 15-19 (Monday - Friday)

July 22-24 (Monday-Wednesday)

7:30 - 8:20 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – Noon


12:30 – 1 p.m.


“Our Summer Food Service Program provides an opportunity to continue a child's physical and social development while providing nutritious meals,” stated Michele Stahmann, OASD Director of Food Service. “We are committed to meeting the needs of our students year round, and we are grateful to be able to serve the entire Oshkosh community during the summer months.” 

The OASD Summer Food Service Program feeds thousands of children throughout the summer. Additional summer meal programs are also available throughout the state, including services provided by local Oshkosh neighborhoods and churches - CLICK HERE for more details. If you need additional help finding a site, call 211 or text ‘food’ to 877-877 or visit the USDA's Summer Meal Locator Tool (www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks) for more information. 

The OASD’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and younger. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Oshkosh North Softball State Champions to be honored with Parade and Welcome Home Ceremony, June 9

posted Jun 9, 2019, 5:36 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh community will come together to celebrate the Oshkosh North High School Girls Softball team, the 2019 WIAA Division 1 Softball State Champions. The team will be escorted through the city and will participate in a Welcome Home celebration on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The parade will start at approximately 11:45 a.m. and is expected to travel down Algoma Boulevard to West Murdock Avenue to Jackson Street to West Smith Avenue and arrive at Oshkosh North High School (1100 W Smith Avenue). A Welcome Home ceremony and celebration will take place at the Oshkosh North Fieldhouse at Noon. All are invited to attend. 
 
The Spartans finished the 2019 season with a perfect 31-0 record. Oshkosh North defeated Sun Prairie 4-2 in nine innings in the WIAA Division 1 State Title Game at Goodman Field in Madison, WI on Saturday, June 8, 2019. This marks Oshkosh North's first D1 Softball State Title in school history.

Oshkosh Area School District to Close Smith Elementary School

posted Jun 6, 2019, 6:51 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education approved a resolution to close Smith Elementary School as of the end of the 2018-2019 school year and transfer students from Smith Elementary School’s attendance zone to Jefferson Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. This Board decision was made during a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 

In May 2019 the District announced its recommendation to close Smith Elementary School after learning of extensive and impending building and capital maintenance needs, which required immediate action. While the capital maintenance needs of the building were previously known and being proactively managed and addressed, the expedited timeline was unforeseen. Committed to acting in the best interest of students, families, and staff - as well as the future of the entire District - District leaders felt it was critical to present the information and move towards a solution as quickly as possible. A comprehensive Board Workshop took place on May 22, 2019 to present the information and possible options to the Board of Education. The June 5 Special Board Meeting was scheduled to allow the Board time to review the information prior to making a decision and to provide a final decision to the community prior to the beginning of summer. 

The decision to close Smith Elementary School was not made lightly. After an extensive review of the situation, specifically the current state of the school building, impending capital maintenance needs, enrollment trends, and ongoing facilities planning, District leaders focused on doing what is best for students and the long-term success of the District. The District is confident that combining Smith and Jefferson elementary schools will provide numerous benefits and opportunities for students. Both schools have an excellent tradition of providing high-quality education to all students; this same quality of education will be evident in the new school community that emerges. A comprehensive transition plan will be launched beginning June 6, 2019, and regular communication and updates will be shared with the impacted school communities. 

Evaluating District facilities and planning for the future have been identified as needs within the OASD and have been included in the District’s strategic plan. In fact, the OASD partnered with Bray Associates Architects to conduct an extensive analysis of the District's facilities. The first phase of this process (the study) was completed in 2017, and the complete Facility Condition Assessment / Facilities Study and Budget are available on the OASD Maintenance Department’s webpage. The study was first shared with the Board on August 17, 2017, and again reviewed on October 10, 2018 and March 6, 2019. The purpose of the study was to create an assessment of existing conditions that can be used to guide strategic decisions related to the future of the District. The process is ongoing and District leaders are in the early stages of creating a long-term facilities plan. 

Oshkosh Schools Celebrate Abilities Through C.A.R.E. Days

posted Jun 5, 2019, 6:03 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) recently came together to celebrate the 5th Annual C.A.R.E. (Celebrating Abilities, Rallying Everyone) Days. The event took place on Wednesday, May 29 at Oshkosh West High School and featured a track meet and carnival to bring together and celebrate students of all abilities from OASD schools. Students in the District’s K-12 adapted physical education programs paired up with high school students from Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West to compete in track and field events, play carnival games and activities, and most importantly, build new relationships. Additionally, each special education student was able to invite a “choice cheerleader” from their home school to join them at C.A.R.E. Days and cheer for them during events. 


The vision of the event is to provide students that receive adapted physical education services an opportunity to engage with their regular education peers, rallying everyone, celebrating ALL abilities in a fun, physical environment which fosters success on every level. Over 140 adapted physical education students participated in this year's event, alongside over 350 high school student volunteers and supports. 

Creating a fun, inclusive learning environment is the foundation for a strong community and the OASD is proud to offer such an engaging and impactful event. The District’s C.A.R.E. Days celebration is the largest inclusive event within the CESA 6 region. 

 
 
 
 

Facilities Planning: Smith Elementary School

posted May 24, 2019, 12:16 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated May 24, 2019, 12:56 PM ]

The Oshkosh Area School District presented information related to the future of Smith Elementary School to the OASD Board of Education during a Board Workshop on May 22, 2019 (LEARN MORE). The Workshop included a comprehensive overview of the situation, an explanation of viable options, and a recommendation for the Board to consider. As previously announced, District leaders have provided a recommendation to the Board to close Smith Elementary School at the end of the 2018-19 school year, and transfer students to Jefferson Elementary. (NOTE: The option of transferring some or all students to Shapiro STEM Academy was also provided.) The Board will make a decision regarding the future of Smith Elementary School during the Special Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.

RESOURCES: The following resources are available to help school families and community members understand the situation and next steps. 

INFORMATION SESSIONS: The OASD will be hosting information sessions for the potentially impacted school communities and community members. During the information sessions, District leaders will provide a summary of the Board Workshop with the goal of creating a shared understanding of the situation with all stakeholders. OASD families and community members are invited to attend any session. 
  • Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at Smith Elementary School
  • Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School 
  • Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at Shapiro STEM Academy

OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News: 05.22.19

posted May 23, 2019, 11:15 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated May 23, 2019, 11:16 AM ]

The meeting highlights from the May 22, 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 - May 22, 2019

Oshkosh Area School District Receives Grants to Expand After-School Programming

posted May 20, 2019, 8:39 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District was recently awarded two $100,000 grants from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The grants will enable the District to develop a Community Learning Center (CLC) at Webster Stanley Middle School, and continue CLC programming at Merrill Middle School and Merrill Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. The grants are renewable for the next four years for a total of $1,000,000. With this addition, the District will be home to nine Community Learning Centers focused on providing after-school programming to elementary and middle school communities. These grant-funded, extended-day learning programs help to keep children safe, inspires them to learn, and allows them to have fun and enriching experiences. 

Within the Oshkosh Area School District, Community Learning Centers provide programs and services that can lead to improved academic student achievement, youth development, and greater family and community connections to school. The program vision is to create lifelong learners and compassionate citizens equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century. Working with more than 40 community organizations, the District's Community Learning Centers have brought valuable services to low-income neighborhoods in Oshkosh and made a difference in the lives of thousands of students and their families.

"We are excited to be able to bring this important programming to Webster Stanley Middle School and continue our robust programming at Merrill Middle School and Merrill Elementary School," stated Julie Conrad. "The mission of our Community Learning Centers is to empower students socially and academically by providing unique extended-day learning opportunities in partnership with school, families, and the community. Our programming offers so much more than homework assistance and this funding will allow us to continue to meet the needs of school communities.”

Community Learning Centers within OASD elementary schools are known as Lighted School House programs and are located at Emmeline Cook, Merrill, Roosevelt, Washington, Webster Stanley, and Smith elementary schools. Lighted School House gives students a safe and fun environment to learn and grow academically and socially. The programming includes daily enrichment activities that focus on community partners, literacy, STEM, art, music, and physical activity. At the middle school level, the programming is known as Middle Extended Day Learning Time (MELT) and these programs are located at Perry Tipler, Merrill, and now Webster Stanley middle schools. MELT programming provides time for students to participate in enrichment activities to enhance classroom instruction in multiple areas. Students are also provided time to complete homework and engage in club activities that are based on student interest and input. Through MELT, students build life skills and are supported by positive role models. 


The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to providing valuable programming for children before, during, and after school and this commitment ensures that the District is meeting the needs of students and entire families. In addition to planning for continued sustainability, the OASD regularly pursues grant opportunities in order to continue to support and enhance its programming. 

About the OASD: Building community through education. The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. The mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

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Oshkosh West SAVE program to host Relay for Life, May 18

posted May 16, 2019, 1:33 PM by Katie Nieman

Image result for relay for lifeOshkosh West High School and west-side elementary and middle school communities are working together to raise money for cancer research and support through the American Cancer Society. On Saturday, May 18, the school communities will participate in the Oshkosh West Relay for Life fundraiser, from Noon to 8 p.m. at the Oshkosh West High School track. OASD families are invited and encouraged to participate, to sign-up visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=93587. While families are invited to participate at any time, the following schedule is in place:
  • Elementary students/families from Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Middle school students/families from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • High school/community members from 4 - 8 p.m. 

The event is organized by Oshkosh West students in the Student Athlete Volunteer Experience (SAVE) program. SAVE organized its first Relay for Life event in 2018 and focused on expanding the event this year. This year's event will follow the Relay for Life format, in which participants will take turns walking the track to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer. Between laps, participants will have a variety of fun activities to explore. The group hopes to encourage a greater sense of community among the participating schools and their families while increasing its fundraising efforts. During the event, SAVE students will be organizing a variety of family-friendly games and activities including bean bag toss, kickball, football drills/games, Frisbee, tennis games, mini-soccer games, life-size jenga, board games, and more. 

For more information on this event or the American Cancer Society, please contact Heather Krawinkel at 920.321.1370 or heather.krawinkel@cancer.org. 

The Oshkosh West SAVE program aims to build the leadership skills of student-athletes while making a difference in the Oshkosh community. 

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