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Over 700 dancers expected at Oshkosh West Wildcat Invite, January 5

posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:51 PM by Katie Nieman

The fifth annual Oshkosh West Wildcat Invite, a dance team competition, will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Oshkosh West High School beginning at 8 a.m. The Wildcat Invite is a statewide competition that attracts high school dance teams from throughout Wisconsin and surrounding areas. A cornerstone of the competition is the annual "Spread the Warmth" campaign to benefit local students in need of warm clothing items during the winter months. Competitors and spectators are encouraged to bring a winter clothing item to donate. Spectators will receive $1 off the cost of admission with a donation, and the dance team with the most donations will receive a trophy.

This year’s invite will include over 35 high school dance teams, with over 750 student-athletes and coaches participating in the competition. During the event, teams compete in a variety of divisions including pom, jazz, kick, and hip-hop, as well as solo, duet, and small group competitions. The event is open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and all Oshkosh Area School District employees and students receive free admission with District ID. NOTE: Receive $1 off the cost of admission with donation of winter scarves, hats, and mittens. The invite will begin at 8 a.m. with solo, duets, and small group competitions. Team competitions will take place from 11:15 a.m. until 6 p.m., with an awards ceremony immediately following. Participant registration will remain open until December 14, 2018. For more information, including an online registration form, visit https://owhswildcatdance.wixsite.com/owhs-dance/wildcat-invite

The Wildcat Invite is an annual dance competition organized by the Oshkosh West Dance Team and parent volunteers and serves as the organization's main fundraiser. The student-athletes and volunteers manage the event, volunteer their time, and organize a variety of activities for competitors and spectators throughout the day. 

The Oshkosh West Dance Team is a competitive dance team that competes in D1 Pom and D1 Kick. The student-athletes practice from June to the beginning of March, and compete during the halftime of Oshkosh West basketball and football games.  Additionally, the team participates in local competitions, regionals, and is hoping to make an appearance at the state competition in La Crosse, WI.  In addition to hosting the dance competition, the Oshkosh West Dance Team hosts many other fundraisers and participate in numerous community events. To learn more about the Oshkosh West Dance Team visit https://owhswildcatdance.wixsite.com/owhs-dance/the-team

For more information about the Wildcat Invite visit https://owhswildcatdance.wixsite.com/owhs-dance/wildcat-invite or contact Mackenzie Wissink, Oshkosh West High School Dance Team Coach and Invite Coordinator at mackenzie.wissink@oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News: 12.05.18

posted Dec 6, 2018, 11:50 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 11:51 AM ]

The meeting highlights from the December 5, 2018 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 - December 5, 2018

OASD Sixth-graders Tour FVTC

posted Dec 3, 2018, 11:23 AM by Katie Nieman

College, Career, Community Ready!

Oshkosh Area School District sixth-graders at Merrill and South Park middle schools recently had the opportunity to learn about technical education options available at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC).  The hands-on learning opportunity was meant to help students start thinking about their career interests and education plans following high school. Students were able to tour numerous FVTC campuses, including the S.J Spanbauer Aviation and Industrial Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, and the Riverside Campus. During the tours, students heard from industry experts and instructors and learned about a variety of career options and the education requirements and pathways available to them. Students were also able to take part in hands-on activities and explore in-demand careers, including wood manufacturing, electromechanics, aeronautics, robotics, welding, marketing, medical, and more. 
"It's all about helping our students not only see their options but start to plan for their future," said Tom Anfinson, Oshkosh Area School District Instructional Support Teacher. "I think it is extremely beneficial for our sixth-graders to be exposed to post-secondary options early in order to help guide their educational journey. These tours are a great opportunity for students to learn, ask questions, and start thinking about their future."
The Oshkosh Area School District also invited and welcomed Senator Dan Feyen to participate in the tours to see first-hand how the Oshkosh community is working together to support and prepare students. The FVTC tours are one example of how the Oshkosh Area School District is helping students become college, career, and community ready. Schools throughout the District have been hosting education and manufacturing tours and activities for many years. Additional career exploration activities at the middle school level include tours of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with seventh-grade students and an interactive career showcase/fair for eighth-graders. The goal of the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is to ensure that all students are College, Career and Community Ready (CCCR).  Through CCCR’s three areas of focus: Career Exploration, Financial Literacy and Life and Career Skills, the OASD provides opportunities and experiences to students so that they can make informed decisions regarding their future after graduation. For more information, visit oshkosh.k12.wi.us.


OASD Board Meeting Highlights from November 28, 2018

posted Nov 29, 2018, 12:53 PM by Katie Nieman

The meeting highlights from the November 28, 2018 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 - November 28, 2018

Donation helps to feed Oshkosh students in need

posted Nov 29, 2018, 12:23 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

ARC Contracting donates $13,000 to cover reduced-price school meals

Oshkosh Area School District students who currently qualify for reduced-priced meals will eat for free thanks to the generosity of ARC Contracting. The company recently embarked on a fundraising campaign to ensure that no area students go through the school day hungry. The fundraiser took place during the ARC Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in August 2018, with support from the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau and other local businesses. The fundraising campaign resulted in a $13,000 donation to the Oshkosh Area School District food service program. The funds will be used to cover the cost of reduced-priced meals for individual students beginning on November 1, 2018, and continuing until the fund balance is gone. At this time, an exact end date is unknown and is dependent upon the number of reduced-price meals provided each day in the Oshkosh Area School District. 

“We are very passionate about this new initiative through the ARC Gus Macker,” stated Devon Hudak, Director of Communications for ARC Contracting. “There should never be a kid that goes to school and leaves hungry due to not being able to afford lunch. Every little bit counts and whatever we can assist with to keep this going, we are on board!”

Over 41% of students in the Oshkosh Area School District qualify for free and reduced-priced school meals this school year. However, many families still struggle to afford the reduced-priced, which is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. Currently, 513 students receive reduced-price meals in the 2018-19 school year and will benefit from ARC Contracting's donation. The generosity of ARC Contracting, as well as the many community members that donated to the campaign, will help hundreds of families and students in need. 

"We are so grateful for this incredible donation and the generosity of ARC Contracting and Oshkosh community members," stated Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Superintendent of Schools for the Oshkosh Area School District. "As a District, we are committed to meeting the needs of our students, and we know that children who eat well-balanced, nutritious meals do much better in school. We are proud of our community’s commitment to helping all students succeed."

Representatives from ARC Contracting, Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Wisconsin Herd recently took time to serve lunch to students in the Oshkosh Area School District. On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, six representatives from the three organizations spent the lunch hour at Washington Elementary School - serving food, cleaning tables, and talking with students. The opportunity allowed the organizations to witness and experience the far-reaching impact of their donation and generosity. PHOTO GALLERY

The Oshkosh Area School District provides high-quality, nutritious, and affordable breakfasts and lunches every school day. Families may qualify for free or for reduced-price meals based on a variety of qualifications, including household income level. To receive this benefit, families must complete an application annually. Families in need are encouraged to complete the 2018-19 Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals to determine their eligibility. This process can be completed at any time, and an online application is available, as well as a paper copy in multiple languages. For more information and resources, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/district/business-services/food-service

If you are interested in donating to the OASD’s reduced-priced school meals program please contact Julie Dumke, Director of the Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation at julie.dumke@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or 920-424-7000 ext. 6176. 


Merrill Middle School Staff Participate in Refugee Simulation

posted Nov 19, 2018, 1:50 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 1:58 PM ]

Staff professional development prioritizes cultural responsiveness

Refugee Simulation with Merrill Middle School StaffRefugee Simulation with Merrill Middle School StaffThe Oshkosh Area School District is committed to providing a culturally responsive environment, and schools throughout the District have embarked on a variety of initiatives to help to create a bridge between home culture and school culture. On Wednesday, November 14, the staff at Merrill Middle School participated in Against All Odds - a refugee simulation project, facilitated by Dr. Michael Fonkem of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The staff professional development opportunity aimed to help teachers and staff members increase their cultural competence and discover ways in which the school community can work together to ensure that all students can succeed and excel in a multicultural world. Making sure all students can succeed means understanding students’ cultural beliefs and practices. By engaging in culturally responsive practices, the school community is focused on creating a shared understanding of the values, beliefs, and behaviors of all people and cultures.

Dr. Fonkem is a professor in the Human Services Leadership Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His expertise and understanding of cultural responsiveness come from his life experiences, as well as his work with the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, and Saferworld. Dr. Fonkem has authored numerous books including Nationalism and Intra-State Conflicts in the Postcolonial World. Additionally, he recently facilitated the refugee simulation for the Winnebago County Literacy Council.  

Merrill Middle School has identified cultural responsiveness as one of its building goals for the 2018-19 school year and the refugee simulation was one component of the school’s ongoing staff professional development. The cultural diversity of Merrill Middle School provides a unique opportunity for continual learning about the diverse cultures of students and families. By increasing the cultural awareness of the staff, the school community will be able to support growth in student achievement by better understanding the multiple stories of each of their students, and how they learn best. Merrill Middle School will continue to promote cultural responsiveness throughout the school year through continued professional development, responsive literature investigations, and school-wide celebrations of cultural awareness.

Oshkosh Area School District Exceeds Expectations in Newly Released State Report Cards

posted Nov 13, 2018, 8:07 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) has risen to a new level of academic success. The District earned an overall accountability score of “Exceeds Expectations” on the State Accountability Report Card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. This recognition is a testament to the efforts of the entire District, school leaders, teachers, and staff members, as well as the incredible work and growth of OASD students and families.

The Oshkosh Area School District received an overall score of 74.0, up from 71.8 during the 2016-2017 school year. The Accountability Report Card includes data on many indicators for multiple years across four priority areas: Student Achievement, District Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-Track and Postsecondary Success. The District continues to make strong gains in the area of “District Growth,” where it scored 74.6 out of a possible 100 points, compared to the state average of 66 points; as well as “Closing Gaps,” where it scored 70.6 compared to the state average of 67.9.

“We emphasize a growth mindset throughout the District and are committed to ensuring that every student grows,” stated Julie Conrad, OASD Director of Curriculum and Assessment. “Our performance on multiple achievement measures shows promising results, and we are proud of the progress our students and our schools have made. We also know that these report cards are simply one measure of our success. As a District, we are constantly evaluating and monitoring our efforts to ensure that we are providing all students with the opportunities and skills needed to be college, career, and community ready. We will continue to meet the needs of all students and raise our own expectations every year.”

Highlights from the recently released District and School Report Cards for the OASD include the following items.

  • Increase in the percent of students scoring in the proficient and advanced categories in Mathematics

  • Continued improvement in English Language Arts

  • Increase in the number of schools that fall into the combined categories of Meets Expectations, Exceeds Expectations and Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Each school within OASD also received a report card from the State. The state-issued Accountability Report Cards for schools and districts were released on the DPI website (https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards) on November 13, 2018, and are organized alphabetically by district name. Serving as an accountability system for schools and districts, the report cards measure each schools’ results of the Wisconsin Forward Exam, along with attendance rate, graduation rate, and performance on the ACT for high schools. Using numerous formulas and data sources, the state assigns a score and category for each school and district overall. In addition, a score for student achievement, student growth, closing the gaps and postsecondary readiness is given. The intention is for schools to use this information to identify areas for improvement and set goals for the future.  

OASD administrators and professional staff have been examining school-level data and state assessment results to determine where instruction for students can improve. This year, many schools in the OASD saw improvement in their report card ratings as a result of previous school improvement planning and district-wide continuous improvement efforts. School improvement planning in the OASD is focused on academics, as well as the social and emotional growth of each student.

“Each school has a unique climate, culture, and challenge,” explained Conrad. “Schools are more than a single test or number. Each school has classrooms and students that have unique needs and opportunities for growth. With this in mind, the OASD uses assessment scores to help identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so that all students achieve their full potential.”  

For more information, please click on the links below from the DPI.

Graduation Ceremony Schedule for Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West

posted Nov 9, 2018, 12:17 PM by Katie Nieman

Graduation ceremonies for the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) Class of 2019 will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Menominee Nation Arena. The Oshkosh North High School graduation ceremony will start at 11 a.m., followed by the Oshkosh West High School graduation ceremony at 3:30 p.m. The start time of North’s ceremony was recently changed from Noon to 11 a.m. The earlier start time is expected to alleviate potential parking issues, allowing more time after North’s ceremony concludes and before West’s ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. 

District and school leaders would like to remind families that special consideration and planning has taken place to ensure that the location, parking, and timeframe can accommodate the needs of both graduation ceremonies and will allow for an enjoyable experience for all. The District will once again work with arena staff, as well as local law enforcement, to plan and organize both ceremonies. Additional information will be shared with OASD families in the coming months.

Last year was the first year that OASD high school graduation ceremonies were held at the Menominee Nation Arena. The District is committed to providing graduates and families with a dignified and memorable graduation experience that recognizes and celebrates the incredible accomplishments of every graduate. The decision to move both graduation ceremonies to the arena was made to accommodate additional seating needs, provide a more comfortable and safe setting for all, and to allow community members and visitors to experience the city’s newest entertainment venue. 

The 2019 OASD graduation ceremonies date, times and location are listed below. Moving forward and each year, the order of graduation times will rotate, with North going first this year, West going first next year and so forth. Additionally, the District will once again seek feedback from families to establish the District’s 2019-2020 calendar, including 2020 graduation details. 

For additional information related to these graduation ceremonies, please contact the school site directly.

Oshkosh North High School 2019 Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, June 2, 2019
11 a.m.
Menominee Nation Arena
1212 South Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902

Oshkosh West High School 2019 Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, June 2, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Menominee Nation Arena
1212 South Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902

Oshkosh Schools to Celebrate Veterans Day, Public Invited

posted Nov 7, 2018, 9:46 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 9:48 AM ]

Image result for veterans daySpecial activities, programs, and assemblies planned to honor veterans

Veterans Day is a time to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States. This Veterans Day, students, staff, and families throughout the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will honor veterans through engaging and educational activities. OASD schools will be holding special activities, programs, and assemblies to thank and honor all those who have served or are serving in the military. The OASD high school Veteran's Day celebrations are detailed below. To learn more about the specific Veterans Day activities planned at an OASD elementary, middle, or high school, please contact the school's front office. 

Oshkosh West High School Veterans Day Celebration
Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Oshkosh West High School (375 N Eagle Street)

Oshkosh West High School will be honoring veterans during a Veterans Day ceremony, open to the public, on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oshkosh West High School. The ceremony will feature the Oshkosh High/West Veterans' Honor Hall, and a brief wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. The entire Oshkosh community is invited to join Oshkosh West in celebrating and recognizing those in our community who sacrificed all or part of their lives for our great country, state, and community. The ceremony will offer a time to pay tribute to those in the Honor Hall and other veterans in our community, reconnect with old acquaintances and friends, and socialize over a cup of coffee or snacks. 

The Oshkosh High/West Veterans' Honor Hall was established in 2017 and continues to grow, currently listing over 2,680 heroes who graduated from or attended Oshkosh High or Oshkosh West High School. The Veterans Day celebration will also serve as the official ribbon cutting of the Oshkosh High/West Veterans’ Honor Hall kiosk. The kiosk allows visitors to search veterans in the Honor Hall and view photos, documents, and news articles that have been submitted or found in archives. The kiosk has been sponsored by many generous businesses in Oshkosh; platinum sponsors include PACUR LLC, Schiek Sports, Players Pizza, and Children’s Dental Center. For more information on the Honor Hall, visit https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/oshkosh-west-alumni-wall-of-honor/

Oshkosh North High School Veterans Day Celebration
Monday, November 12, 2018 from 10 - 11 a.m.
Oshkosh North Field House (1100 W Smith Avenue)

Oshkosh North High School will be honoring veterans during an all-school Veterans Day assembly, open to the public, on Monday, November 12, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Oshkosh North Field House. Veterans and their guests are invited to attend the assembly and also enjoy a social with refreshments from 9 to 9:45 a.m., as well as a light luncheon following the ceremony from 11 a.m. to Noon in the North Commons area. 

This year marks the eighth annual Veteran’s Day assembly at Oshkosh North High School. By honoring veterans, the Oshkosh North school community seeks to educate students on the courage and sacrifices veterans have made and how it has shaped the world today and the freedoms we enjoy. The Oshkosh North school community would like to share its admiration and respect for veterans and is proud to host this event to honor them. The public is welcome to attend the Oshkosh North Veterans Day ceremony. If you know a veteran, please let them know that they are welcome to attend their day of honor.

Again, to learn more about the specific Veterans Day activities planned at an OASD elementary, middle, or high school, please contact the school's front office. 

Survey Request - OASD Website Evaluation

posted Nov 6, 2018, 11:46 AM by Katie Nieman

We want to hear from you!
The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is asking OASD families and Oshkosh community members to complete a brief online survey about the District's website and online presence. The survey is easy to fill out and should take no more than five to ten minutes of your time. In addition, the survey is anonymous and will remain open until Friday, November 16, 2018. 

To access the survey, click on the following link: OASD Website Survey - 2018

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is committed to open, honest and ongoing communication with our school community and the entire Oshkosh community. One of the priority areas identified in the District's strategic plan is to improve District communications. To assist in this effort, the District is conducting a community survey that will help us gauge the effectiveness of our current website and determine next steps and areas of needed improvement. 

We invite you to share your opinions with us through this important survey. Thank you in advance for your participation and engagement, and please consider sharing this information with your friends and neighbors!


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