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OASD Board Meeting Highlights from October 10, 2018

posted Oct 11, 2018, 11:14 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

The meeting highlights from the October 10, 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 - October 10, 2018

Family, Community Meet and Greets planned for Superintendent Vickie Cartwright

posted Oct 11, 2018, 7:55 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) invites OASD families and community members to meet Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vickie Cartwright. Two Meet and Greet events are planned, providing an opportunity for OASD parents, students, and members of the community to meet and get to know Superintendent Cartwright. Members of the OASD Executive Leadership Team will also be in attendance.

 
2018 Superintendent Cartwright Meet and Greet Events:

Tuesday, October 30 
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. 
Oshkosh West High School – O-Room (375 North Eagle Street)
This meet and greet will take place before the Oshkosh West High School Fall Band Concert. Attendees are encouraged to come for a conversation and stay for an evening of music. 
 
Saturday, November 3
9 – 10:30 a.m. 
Webster Stanley Middle School – Cafeteria (915 Hazel Street)
This meet and greet will provide an opportunity to enjoy coffee and conversation with Superintendent Cartwright. 

Attendees are invited to arrive at any time during the listed time frame, as the events will follow a come-and-go format. The Meet and Greet events are free and open to the public, no registration needed, light refreshments provided. 
 
Superintendent Cartwright joined the Oshkosh Area School District on July 1, 2018, and is committed to continuing to get to know and be available to OASD families and community members. Throughout the year, Superintendent Cartwright, along with District leaders, will continue to seek out opportunities to engage with the Oshkosh community, discuss topics of importance, and share the latest District news.

Wisconsin School Board Week, October 7-13, 2018

posted Oct 10, 2018, 9:27 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 9:31 AM ]

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set October 7-13, 2018, as Wisconsin School Board Week to recognize the significant function an elected Board of Education plays in our communities. The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is joining public school districts across the state in celebrating Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the Oshkosh area and our children.

Board Members are elected by the local community to serve as advisers, decision makers, problem solvers, and supporters of the OASD. They spend countless hours in meetings and in their community advocating for public schools.

The Board Members currently serving the Oshkosh Area School District are: 
  • Stephanie Carlin
  • Steve Eliasen
  • Jim Evans, Clerk
  • Allison Garner
  • Dr. Barbara Herzog, President
  • Kelly Olmsted, Vice-President
  • Bob Poeschl, Treasurer
For more information about the OASD Board of Education, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/home/board-of-education

The Oshkosh Area School District is grateful for our seven-member Board of Education and we invite you to join us in thanking them for all that they do for our students, schools, and community! 


Digital Citizenship Week Aims to Keep Students Safe Online

posted Oct 8, 2018, 11:30 AM by Katie Nieman

OASD to host Cyber Crime Presentation on Friday, October 19

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is committed to helping students succeed in today’s increasingly digital world and will soon embark on its annual celebration of Digital Citizenship Week, October 15-19, 2018. Schools throughout the District will take part in numerous activities to model and promote positive digital citizenship. During the week, OASD teachers and technology staff will be leading daily lessons centered on being respectful, responsible and safe online. The weeklong effort will conclude with an online safety presentation on Cyber Crime, presented by a crime analyst with the Oshkosh Police Department (OPD). CLICK HERE for event flyer. 

The Cyber Crime and Social Media Trends presentation will take place on Friday, October 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oshkosh North High School Auditorium, 1100 W Smith Avenue. The presentation will be led by Tori Heidemann, OPD Crime Analyst, and will focus on current social media trends, tips to protect yourself and your children, parent/child friendly applications and information on current cyber crimes happening throughout the nation and in Oshkosh. All OASD parents/guardians and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. No cost to attend and no registration required.

Cyber crime is the fastest type of crime growing across the world and law enforcement agencies must continually fight to educate their employees, as well as the entire community to stay on top of trends and help keep people of all ages safe – online and offline.

“I often get asked, ‘Who does this presentation apply to?’ my answer is simple, everyone who has a child that has access to the internet, regardless of their age, should be educated in online safety,” explained Tori Heidemann, OPD Crime Analyst.

“It’s easy to say that the world wide web has transformed our lives and in 2018 there truly isn’t much that isn’t within our reach,” continued Heidemann. “We can order goods online with the click of a button, or a swipe of a screen, we can meet people from across the globe and talk to them in real time over video, we can learn new languages, attend school and find work all from the comfort of our own homes. With all these amazing abilities though, comes to the darker side to the web and that is the crime associated with the internet.”

Digital Citizenship Week is a national effort focused on helping kids use technology to engage with and improve their communities while making safe, smart, and ethical decisions online. The OASD urges students, educators, and parents to take time each day during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world. The initiative is sponsored by the OASD Library Media Services. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/library-media/digital-citizenship-week---2018.

Oshkosh North Homecoming Week, Oct. 8 - 13, 2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 9:22 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 10:49 AM ]

The Oshkosh Area School District invites students, families, alumni, and the entire community to enjoy the annual homecoming festivities for Oshkosh North High School, October 8 - 13, 2018. The school’s homecoming theme is “Dancing through the Decades,” and the public is invited to participate in numerous fun and family-friendly activities, including a homecoming parade, tailgate, and football game. 

On Tuesday, October 9 the North Student Council will host the 3rd Annual Oshkosh North Retirees Luncheon. Then on Thursday, October 11 at 1 p.m. the community is invited to come out and watch the Oshkosh North Powderpuff Game - juniors vs. seniors - taking place at the school’s JV football field. 

Events on Friday, October 12 include the homecoming parade, tailgate party, and varsity football game. The Oshkosh North Homecoming Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The parade will start at Roosevelt Elementary School and will travel on Jocelyn Street to Titan Stadium. Over 20 clubs and teams will be participating in this year’s parade, which will also feature the Festival Foods Big Cart and Verve, a Credit Union. The Spartan Pride Oshkosh North Tailgate will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of Titan Stadium, sponsored by Verve, a Credit Union. 

The Oshkosh North Homecoming Football Game against Hortonville will start at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 12, at Titan Stadium. In addition to an exciting matchup, attendees will enjoy a half-time performance featuring the Oshkosh North Marching Band and Dance Team. The North Homecoming Court will also be announced during the halftime show. Fan tickets to the game will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. at Titan Stadium. 

Homecoming week activities are designed to promote school spirit and honor many of the rich traditions that make Oshkosh North such a special place. The entire Oshkosh community is invited to take part in the festivities and join the District in “Building Community Through Education.” 

NOTE: The Oshkosh West 2018 Homecoming was held October 1 - 6, 2018.

Oshkosh Awarded Nearly $550,000 in Second Round of State School Safety Grant Program

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:07 PM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) has been awarded additional funds as part of the second round of the school safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The District will receive $549,395 from the grant, which will be used to provide mental health awareness training for District staff and additional security upgrades. The District was notified of the award on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice allocated $100 million to school safety initiatives, divided into two rounds. Round one, which took place in the spring, focused on updating security to schools to make buildings safer. Round two aims to bolster student mental health services by providing counseling services and training teachers in mental health awareness. School districts that receive the latest round of grant money must have at least ten percent of their faculty trained to recognize mental health warning signs among students, and they must also establish a school safety intervention team. The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to using the funds to continue to bring valuable training to its school communities and strengthen the supports and resources in place throughout the District. 
 
The Oshkosh Area School District was previously awarded $459,776 in June and used those funds to enhance security practices and procedures throughout the District. Specific enhancements included the expansion of the District’s video surveillance system and the addition of shatter-resistant film to windows.
 
“We are grateful once again for the support of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the ability to provide our staff with critical training and professional development related to school safety and mental health awareness,” said Dr. Andrew Jones, OASD Executive Director of Administration, who was responsible for submitting the grant proposals. “The District is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff, and we are eager to continue to enhance and expand our safety initiatives.”

In March, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that will provide $100 million in grants for school building improvements and staff training. Additional information is available on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, www.doj.state.wi.us/office-school-safety/school-safety-grants

Manufacturing Day Aims to Inspire Oshkosh Students

posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:44 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 6:10 AM ]

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD), in partnership with local manufacturers, is inspiring more young people to explore manufacturing. On Thursday, October 4 the District will be participating in the nationwide celebration of Manufacturing Month - providing students with a unique opportunity to see what modern manufacturing looks like and learn about the opportunities available to them. Over 60 students enrolled in manufacturing classes at Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West will spend the day touring local manufacturing facilities and technical education centers and engaging with industry experts. 

“Manufacturing Month is a great opportunity for our students to see what manufacturing looks like today and to start to understand what a career in manufacturing could do for them,” stated Nicole Peterson, OASD Career and Technical Education Coordinator. “Not only will our students get to learn about the industry and local careers, but they’ll also learn about the incredible educational opportunities, training, and supports available to them after they graduate high school.”

The Oshkosh Area School District has been hosting Manufacturing Month activities for over five years. This year, students will tour Oshkosh Corporation, and two Fox Valley Technical College locations - the S.J. Spanbauer Aviation and Industrial Center and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. 

Manufacturing Day and Month is an annual nationwide initiative where manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. It is a chance for students to see the diverse career options that are innovative, impactful and durable - not to mention in high-demand in the Oshkosh area. 

The Manufacturing Month tours are made possible through the District’s partnerships with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh Corporation, and Fox Valley Technical College, as well as a sponsorship by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. In addition to the tours, the District is also joining in the celebration of Manufacturing Month in October. Throughout the month, Oshkosh Area School District students will be participating in manufacturing-based activities, including career fairs, classroom lessons, tours, and career showcases. 

The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to helping all students explore their career interests. 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.

Oshkosh Area School District 2018 Assessment Data Released

posted Oct 2, 2018, 10:44 AM by Katie Nieman

Oshkosh, WI - The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) understands that annual state assessments offer valuable insight, and awareness of the learning and growth happening in schools. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released the results of the latest Wisconsin Forward Exam, ACT, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). The computer-based assessments were administered to students during the spring of 2018 and indicate their college and career readiness. The results show that the Oshkosh Area School District continues to make steady gains in the area of English language arts (ELA) and continues to perform above the state average in mathematics and science.

The Wisconsin Forward Exam tests elementary and middle school students in numerous areas, including ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. The exam gauges how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards, more specifically what students should know and be able to do in the classroom to be college and career ready. The Oshkosh Area School District had 4,095 students assessed on the Forward Exam and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) in grades three through eight. Among those students, 40.6 percent of students were proficient or advanced in ELA compared to 42.4 percent at the state level. In mathematics, 45.6 percent of Oshkosh Area School District students were proficient or advanced, compared to 43.8 percent statewide. In Science, 50.2 percent of Oshkosh Area School District students were proficient or advanced, compared to 49.9 percent statewide.  

The ACT (American College Testing) Exam is a nationwide college readiness assessment. The ACT tests students in grade 11 in ELA, mathematics, and science. In the Oshkosh Area School District, 702 students in grade 11 took the ACT. The average ACT composite score for OASD students was 19.6, compared to the 19.8 state average. Students received their ACT score reports three to eight weeks after testing and had the choice to send their scores to up to four colleges or universities at no cost.  

The DLM is an alternate assessment for students in grades three through 11 with severe cognitive disabilities in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. DLM is an online assessment administered individually to students allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as they relate to the Wisconsin Essential Elements. 

“State testing results are a starting point for future improvement,” said Julie Conrad, OASD Director of Curriculum and Assessment. “The Oshkosh Area School District uses Wisconsin Student Assessment System data, local assessment data, and classroom data to continue guiding classroom instruction and school improvement planning. However, we understand that students are more than numbers and data points and we strive every day to help students reach their potential and become college, career, and community ready.”

State assessments set high expectations for students to prepare them for life after high school and the latest results reflect the high-quality instruction that the Oshkosh Area School District provides for all students. The District is committed to continuing to raise achievement scores while using a multi-faceted and strategic approach to ensuring that every child succeeds. 

To access the official press release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, visit https://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2018/wisconsin-student-assessment-system-results-hold-steady. Access to the latest data and resources for interpreting the assessment data can be found on the WISEdash public portal website. For more information, visit https://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov.

Oshkosh West Homecoming Week - October 1-6, 2018

posted Sep 28, 2018, 11:28 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 12:39 PM ]

The Oshkosh Area School District invites students, families, alumni, and the entire community to enjoy the annual homecoming festivities for Oshkosh West, October 1 - 6, 2018. The school’s homecoming theme is “Disney,” and the public is invited to participate in numerous fun and family-friendly activities, including a homecoming parade, tailgate, and football game - featuring the Oshkosh West vs. Oshkosh North matchup. The Oshkosh North 2018 Homecoming Week is October 8 - 12, 2018; additional information will soon be available. 

The community is invited to come out and watch the Oshkosh West Dodgeball Tournament, taking place on Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m. in the school’s main gym, no admission cost. Then on Tuesday, October 2 the school will host two home athletic events; the Oshkosh West Girls Swim Meet will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Oshkosh West and the Boys Varsity Soccer Game kicks-off at 7:15 p.m. at Titan Stadium (450 Josslyn St, Oshkosh, WI). 

Events on Friday, October 5 include the homecoming parade, tailgate party, and varsity football game. The Oshkosh West Homecoming Parade starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5. The parade will start on Eagle Street, in front of West High School, and will travel east on Southland Avenue to Jocelyn Street, then north on Jocelyn to Titan Stadium. The parade has grown over the years and will feature the Oshkosh West Marching Band, Homecoming Court, Roosevelt and Franklin elementary schools, the Oshkosh Flyers Football Club, Oshkosh West Basketball Club, and many more school and community groups. 

The Taste of Oshkosh Tailgate will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Titan Stadium. The tailgate will feature a variety of food vendors, including Cousins Subs, Olive Garden, and Oshkosh West culinary students; meal tickets are $6 each. Entertainment will be provided by an Oshkosh West student rock band. Vendors will be located directly behind the main ticket booth inside of Titan Stadium. 

The Oshkosh West Homecoming Football Game against Oshkosh North will start at 6:30 p.m. at Titan Stadium. In addition to an exciting matchup, attendees will enjoy a half-time performance featuring the Oshkosh West Marching Band, Twirl Team, and Dance Team. Fan tickets to the game will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. at Titan Stadium. 

Homecoming week activities are designed to promote school spirit and honor many of the rich traditions that make Oshkosh West such a special place. The entire Oshkosh community is invited to take part in the festivities and join the District in “Building Community Through Education.” 

City of Oshkosh - Oshkosh Avenue Construction (October 2018)

posted Sep 28, 2018, 11:24 AM by Katie Nieman

NOTICE: The City of Oshkosh will be completing road construction that will have an impact on traffic flow to the following Oshkosh Area School District school buildings: Roosevelt Elementary School and Oshkosh West High School.


The City of Oshkosh expects to temporarily close a section of Oshkosh Avenue, between North Eagle Street and Fox Street, beginning October 1, 2018. The closure is related to the sanitary sewer construction project taking place in the area between those streets. The Oshkosh Avenue closure is scheduled to begin on October 1 and continue for three to four weeks. During that time frame, routes to school may be impacted. The posted detour route will be Sawyer Street to Witzel Avenue to Koeller Street.


Due to the high volume of traffic that normally occurs during drop-off and dismissal times, please be aware that this construction will be an additional factor to consider when dropping off students, or when traveling near the schools. Please exercise caution and patience when navigating the construction.


For more information on this project, please contact the City of Oshkosh Department of Public Works. NOTE: The City of Oshkosh will be bringing this road closure request to the Oshkosh City Council for approval on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.


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