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OASD Online Registration Now Active - Ends 8/20/18

posted Aug 10, 2018, 5:54 AM by Katie Nieman

Online registration for the 2018-19 school year in the Oshkosh Area School District is now available via the Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal (as of August 10, 2018, at 8 a.m.).

To view step-by-step instructions, CLICK HERE

To view the OASD's Enrollment/Registration webpage, visit: www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/district/enrollment

This annual process is required for all OASD students and only by fully completing the registration process will a child's place at school be assured. Online registration will remain open until Monday, August 20, 2018. Get ready for the 2018-19 school year by completing online registration as early as possible for your family. 

In addition to online registration, each school has in-person/on-site registration activities scheduled. Please review the OASD Registration Activities Schedule for specific details. Additional information can be found below, specific to each grade level. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
  • Parents/guardians in the student’s PRIMARY HOUSEHOLD can complete the online registration process (beginning August 10) by accessing your IC Parent Portal account: https://oshkoshwi.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/oshkosh.jsp
  • To view step-by-step instructions, CLICK HERE
  • Parents/guardians in the student’s SECONDARY HOUSEHOLD can only update demographic information by accessing your IC Parent Portal account (see link above).
  • Registration fee payments and food service payments can all be accomplished through your IC Parent Portal account. NOTE: A $1.50 convenience fee will be applied to all online payments. When paying online, you will have the option to choose a credit card, debit card, or electronic check. When paying in-person you will need to pay with cash or check.  
  • During the school year, the IC Parent Portal also gives you up-to-date information on your student’s attendance, assignments, grades, and family food service account, as well as household and emergency contact information and messaging.
  • Updating your method of contact preferences is a very important part of the annual registration process.  All contact preferences are set back to all methods and are only changed through the registration process or updating through the portal once the school year has begun. 
  • In-person Registration, Open House, and Picture Day will take place, beginning in August, at your student’s school (see OASD Registration Activities Schedule for dates, times, and locations).
  • Elementary and middle school offices will open on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. for the 2018-2019 school year. High school offices maintain regular summer hours. Please do not hesitate to contact your school office during staffed hours if you have questions or concerns.
  • School campuses will provide computer access at In-Person Registration to accommodate families without access. Computer stations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • If you are in need of an interpreter to complete the registration process, please contact your school secretary on/after August 13.

NEW STUDENTS: Families that are new to the Oshkosh Area School District should have received a letter/instructions on how to set up your IC Parent Portal account earlier this month. If you did not receive it or if you need assistance, please reach out to your school secretary.

Depending on grade level, attendance at on-site registration sessions MAY NOT BE REQUIRED, if you have completed your online registration.  See below for more details.

ELEMENTARY FAMILIES: You DO NOT need to attend your school’s registration day if you complete the online registration/demographic updates, pay fees, and deposit money into your food service account through the IC Parent Portal. However, if you do not have a Parent Portal account or if you need assistance, district staff will be available at registration to help you set up and use your account; or if you prefer to complete registration paperwork and pay fees by cash or check, you may attend your school’s registration day.
 
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES: Students: ALL middle and high school students must attend the school’s registration day to pick up their schedules and get their locker information; picture day will also take place at some schools during registration day (see included schedule).
Parents/Guardians: Parents/guardians do not need to attend registration with your middle/high school student if you complete the online registration/demographic updates, pay fees, and deposit money into your food service account through the IC Parent Portal. However, if you do not have a Parent Portal account or need assistance, district staff will be available at registration to help you set up and use your account; or if you prefer to complete registration paperwork and pay fees by cash or check, you may attend your school’s registration day.
 
If you are unable to complete the online process or if you need assistance, please contact your school office. Elementary and middle school offices will open on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. for the 2018-2019 school year. High school offices maintain regular summer hours (North: 920-424-7000, West: 920-424-4090).  On-site/in-person registration sessions are available for families needing assistance in completing the online registration process.  If you require assistance, please find specific information for each school on the OASD Registration Activities Schedule.
  
Thank you for choosing the Oshkosh Area School District for your student’s educational experience. We look forward to continuing to work with you and your family!

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16 OASD Students Complete Youth Apprenticeship Programs in 2017-18

posted Aug 8, 2018, 8:35 AM by Katie Nieman

Daniel C. and his mentor, Rob Durn, at CREW Congratulations to the 16 Oshkosh Area School District students who completed a Youth Apprenticeship during the 2017-2018 school year. Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative designed for high school juniors and seniors who want hands-on experience in an occupational area at a worksite, along with classroom instruction. This program combines academic instruction with mentored on-the-job learning. Students work a minimum of 450 paid hours while earning high school credits and gaining career exploration in their chosen fields. The students that participated in the Youth Apprenticeship program in 2017-2018 gained experience in the following areas: Engineering, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Finance, and Health Care. Congratulations to the following OASD students: 

Isaac A. – Oshkosh West High School – Oshkosh Area School District: IT
Brett C. – Oshkosh West High School  – Bemis Company: Finance
Daniel C. – Oshkosh North High School – CREW: Engineering
Jacob S. – Oshkosh North High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Engineering
Jacy D. – Oshkosh Corporation, Engineering
Samuel G. – Oshkosh North High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Engineering
Kiran L. – Oshkosh North High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Engineering
Payton B. – Oshkosh West High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Manufacturing
MacFarland P. – Oshkosh West High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Manufacturing
Christian L. – Oshkosh West High School – Oshkosh Corporation: Manufacturing
Payton W. – Oshkosh West High School – 4imprint: Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
Brendan K. – Oshkosh West High School – Aurora Medical Center: Nursing Assistant
Emily J. – Oshkosh West High School – Miravida Living: Nursing Assistant
Tedi S. – Oshkosh West High School – Miravida Living: Nursing Assistant
Lexus O. – Oshkosh West High School – Mercy Medical Center and Park View Health Center: Nursing Assistant
Carolyn K. – Oshkosh West High School – Mercy Medical Center: Nursing Assistant

Special “Thank you!” to our participating business partners: Bemis Company, CREW, Oshkosh Corporation, 4imprint, Aurora Medical Center, Miravida Living, Mercy Medical Center, Park View Health Center
 
Youth Apprenticeship opportunities in the OASD are made possible by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. If your organization is interested in learning more about participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program for the 2018-2019 school year, email patti@oshkoshchamber.com or visit the Oshkosh Chamber website at www.oshkoshchamber.com/youth-work-experience

OASD Receives School-Based Mental Health Services Grant

posted Jul 25, 2018, 6:21 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 6:24 AM ]

WI DPI
The Oshkosh Area School District was one of 64 districts to receive funding through a DPI (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) Mental Health Grant. The District will receive $75,000 for the upcoming school year. The grant monies will expand the District's Rise Up Program, a comprehensive mental health framework that meets the needs of students through quality education, staff development, site-based services, and community partnerships. Grant funds will allow the District to utilize a clinical therapist from Catalpa Health to consult with teachers on providing support to students with mental health needs. The therapist will also set aside time each week to work with staff members on self-care and to run support groups for parents who have children with mental health needs. As the school year progresses, the clinical therapist will spend more time conducting one-on-one therapy sessions with students who have mental health needs.


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The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to promoting the health and wellness of all students and has developed a comprehensive mental health framework to address the mental health needs of students. To learn more about the OASD mental health framework or to access a list of mental health resources available in the community, visit the District's Mental Health Resources page.  

Oshkosh Area School District Names New Oshkosh West High School Assistant Principal

posted Jul 19, 2018, 12:58 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

Aaron Herm
The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is pleased to announce the selection of Aaron Herm, to serve as the new Oshkosh West High School Assistant Principal, effective July 20, 2018. Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright recommended Herm, and the Oshkosh School Board unanimously approved his appointment during the July 18, 2018, OASD Board of Education meeting. 

Herm has nine years of educational experience, most recently serving as a special education teacher at Oshkosh West High School. Herm previously served as a high school special education teacher in the school districts of West De Pere and Menasha, as well as a social studies teacher at Beloit Memorial High School. Herm graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He obtained a teaching certification from Concordia University and received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Marian University.

In making this recommendation, the interview team, comprised of district and school administrators, staff members, and parents, valued Herm’s experience in leading alternative education programs and his commitment to restorative practices. As an educator, Herm has had proven success in working with at-risk students - those less likely to graduate - including working within the Empower Academy at Oshkosh West High School. He is known for having high expectations for all students and using project-based learning and innovative teaching strategies to reach students of all abilities. Herm’s commitment to forming positive relationships with students, parents, and staff members will position him well in serving the Oshkosh West community.

The Oshkosh West Administrative Team includes one principal, two assistant principals, one dean of students, and one activities director. The school is committed to creating a culture for learning that engages the entire West community so that all students graduate college, career, and community ready. West students have the opportunity to participate in Division 1 athletics, fine arts programs, STEM programs, and over 60 different co-curricular activities. Other highlights of Oshkosh West High School include its highly dedicated staff, exceptional Pupil Services Department, the Academy for Global Studies, and the Empower Academy. For more information, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/high/west-high-school. 

Three Merrill Middle Students Earn National SkillsUSA Title

posted Jul 19, 2018, 12:34 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

(July 5, 2018) Three recently-graduated eighth graders from Merrill Middle School took home gold in the SkillsUSA National Championships. Lauren Griswold, Michael Stack, and Elizabeth Toonen were named National Champions in the Team Engineering Challenge for their decision-making and creative-thinking talents. The event, by invitation only, is the largest skills competition in the world. (CLICK TO VIEW FULL STORY AS PDF)
 
The Merrill Middle students, along with Gary Hammen, OASD Technology Engineering Teacher and SkillsUSA Advisor at Oshkosh North High School, represented the Oshkosh Area School District at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Ky., June 26-29, 2018. During the week, more than 6,300 students from across the nation competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
 
"We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Kay Weber, Instructional Support Teacher and SkillsUSA Advisor at Merrill Middle School. "Lauren, Michael, and Elizabeth not only competed at the national level, but they demonstrated their expertise and professionalism and showed the world what it means to be skilled in engineering as recently-graduated eighth graders. They are truly incredible.”
 
The Team Engineering Challenge is designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding middle school students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of creative and critical thinking skills and the decision-making process used to solve a problem. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. As part of this year’s Engineering Challenge, students needed to design a system that would catch a steel ball and guide it to a predetermined point, delivering it in exactly 30 seconds. The challenge required students to develop and build a solution in a limited amount of time while working with a limited budget and only using common materials purchased from a craft-store environment. In addition, a panel of judges interviewed the students and asked them to explain their project and design process.  Ten teams competed in the Engineering Challenge and Merrill students took home the gold after out-scoring and out-performing their peers from throughout the United States.

As part of the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in job skills for occupations such as engineering, electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures. All contests are run with the help of industry and trade associations, and labor organizations, and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.
 
In addition to participating in the challenges, SkillsUSA participants heard an inspiring message from the event’s keynote speaker, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski. Students also interacted with fellow competitors from across the nation and experienced a special appearance from Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, during the event’s closing ceremony.
 
The Oshkosh Area School District also had additional representation at the national championship. Breanna Kluz, a senior at Oshkosh North High School, attended the conference as the newly-elected Vice President of the SkillsUSA Wisconsin Chapter. Kluz was a part of the delegation representing Wisconsin on the national stage and was a voting delegate electing the new national officers.  In addition, Morgan Hammen, an alumna of Oshkosh North High School and past SkillsUSA participant and state officer, was in attendance volunteering at the conference, with fellow alumni.
 
“SkillsUSA provides students with the opportunity develop their soft skills and to become leaders,” said Gary Hammen. “It is amazing to see their confidence grow. And to actually see them start to view themselves as leaders. These students are equipped for success because of the experiences that they’ve had in this program, and it is exciting to see where they go next.”
 
In April 2018, 26 Oshkosh Area School District students from Merrill Middle School and Oshkosh North High School competed in the state-level SkillsUSA conference, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. During the state competition, 14 OASD students medaled in their respective competitions, including the team from Merrill Middle School that was able to advance to the national competition after being named State Champions in Team Engineering.
 
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. Schools within the Oshkosh Area School District have participated in SkillsUSA for nearly 20 years; participation is based on student interested and staff/volunteer availability. In 2017, a team from Merrill Middle School won the National Urban Search and Rescue Challenge, and three OASD high school students took home gold medals in various challenges over the years.

Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to www.SkillsUSA.org.

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