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Merrill Middle School Afterschool Program Visits Arborview Manor for Annual Service Learning Project

posted by Katie Nieman

Students in the Middle Extended Learning Time (MELT) Afterschool Program at Merrill Middle School recently spent time giving back and getting to know residents of Arborview Manor. The program was busy preparing for their Annual Spring visit to Arborview Manor and creating handmade gifts for residents. The project has become one of the students’ favorite service learning and enrichment activities. While creating handmade gifts to deliver to the residents, the activity enables students to build positive relationships with their peers and their lead classroom facilitators, Ms. Engvall and Ms. Griswold. As they worked on the project, topics of discussion centered around compassion, empathy, the importance of community, and how it impacts their character as individuals.  

The project concluded with an inspiring and heartfelt visit to Arborview Manor. On Thursday, April 18, 2019 the students and classroom facilitators embraced the opportunity to meet with the residents of Arborview Manor and deliver their flowerpot projects to them. 

The Oshkosh Area School District is home to 8 community learning centers (CLC), or extended-day learning programs. Lighted School House programs are at Emmeline Cook, Merrill, Roosevelt, Washington and Webster Stanley Elementary Schools. Middle Extended Day Learning Time (MELT) programs are at Perry Tipler/ALPS and Merrill Middle Schools. To learn more about the OASD's MELT program and other CLC visit http://www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/district/school-curriculum/community-learning-centers.


OASD School Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

posted by Katie Nieman

Image result for district calendarThe Oshkosh Area School District's (OASD) calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has been approved and is available on the OASD website via the calendar quick link: OASD 2019-2020 School Calendar

The first day of school in the OASD will be September 3, 2019. The start date occurs after September 1 as directed by law. The last day of school will be June 3, 2020, unless a sixth inclement weather day is needed. If it is needed, June 4, 2020, would become the last day of school.

The approved calendar adds 11 minutes to the start of the school day for high school students to allow for additional minutes to be absorbed through built-in inclement weather days. The calendar does not add minutes to the school day for elementary and middle school students. District leaders are continuing to evaluate transportation options to avoid potential changes that could impact morning busing times or costs for three elementary schools. Additional updates will be shared as they are available. 

The decision to add 11 minutes to the high school day was made after careful evaluation of the needs of students and school communities. The minutes were added to the beginning of the day to reduce the amount of instructional time lost for students involved in afternoon and evening extra-curricular activities and those with work responsibilities. Additionally, the longer day for high school is in alignment with districts throughout the Fox Valley. 

The decision to end the school year on June 3 was made after careful evaluation of previous feedback received from OASD families and staff members, as well as community organizations. 

Additional highlights of the OASD 2019-2020 School Calendar includes the information listed below.
  • There are 177 student contact days for all students, which brings the OASD into similar alignment with districts throughout the Fox Valley.
  • There are 190 professional staff days. 
  • There are nine early release dates to provide professional learning time for OASD staff. 
  • There are 4.81 inclement weather/snow days built into the calendar.
  • A digital learning day option will be implemented for high school students during the ACT testing that occurs for students in grade eleven. This will provide the District with a total of 5.81 inclement weather/snow days built into the calendar.
  • OASD graduations will take place on Monday, June 1, 2020 for Oshkosh West and Wednesday, June 3, 2020 for Oshkosh North. The dates will avoid potential athletic conflicts. Additionally, the order of graduation will rotate each year, with Oshkosh North going first in 2021.

Calendar options were drafted and narrowed down by the District's calendar committee, which is comprised of elementary and secondary principals, teachers, and secretaries, as well as district leaders. Throughout the development process, the committee remained committed to creating a calendar that was in the best interest of the entire Oshkosh Area School District. The proposed option was presented to the Board of Education during a Board Workshop on April 10, 2019 and was approved by the Board of Education on April 24, 2019.

Merrill Middle School to Host Community and Family Night, May 14

posted Apr 18, 2019, 7:43 AM by Katie Nieman

Merrill Middle School invites the Oshkosh community to attend its Community and Family Night on Tuesday, May 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Merrill Middle School, 108 W New York Avenue, Oshkosh WI. 
Merrill families and community members are invited to stop in and get to know the school community. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a showcase of student work, including the Genius Hour projects of Merrill Middle School eighth-grade science students. The event will also feature hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities for all ages. Additionally, the school is excited to host FIT Oshkosh’s Color-Brave Photo Exhibit and invites the community to explore the exhibit, located in the Merrill Middle School media center. Attendees can also enjoy a free hot dog and chip dinner while meeting with Merrill Middle School staff and learning more about the school community. 
Merrill Middle School focuses on building positive relationships and personalizing learning. Merrill students are grouped into grade level teams who all work cohesively with a team of teachers. This system allows for individualized attention as well as cooperative learning. The Merrill community complements its high academic standards with a variety of co-curricular activities and community events. To learn more visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/middle/merrill.

Two Oshkosh Schools Recognized as WI Title 1 Schools of Recognition

posted Apr 16, 2019, 1:30 PM by Katie Nieman

Image result for dpi schools of recognitionStudents thrive at Jefferson Elementary and Webster Stanley Elementary! Two Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) elementary schools were recently recognized for success in educating students. Jefferson and Webster Stanley elementary schools were among 114 schools state-wide to receive the Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition awards for 2019 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The awards recognize the efforts of students, their families, teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. A DPI press release and a complete list of schools recognized statewide is available online: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2019-25a.pdf 
“The Oshkosh Area School District continues to demonstrate the impact that high expectations, dedicated staff, and innovative practices have on student success,” said Superintendent Vickie Cartwright. “Our educators are incredibly committed to the success of every child, and our schools are places where all children, regardless of their background, are supported and able to thrive. This is a well-deserved recognition for the staff, students, and families at Jefferson and Webster Stanley elementary schools.”  
Both OASD schools earned the “Beating the Odds” Award, which recognizes schools among the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state that have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics. There were 81 schools honored in the Beating the Odds category.
All of the DPI’s Schools of Recognition receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged families. All Schools of Recognition also meet the state’s test participation, attendance, and dropout goals. The schools will be honored during a May 20 ceremony at the State Capitol, and each school will receive a plaque recognizing their achievements.

OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News from April 10, 2019

posted Apr 13, 2019, 6:05 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Apr 13, 2019, 6:06 AM ]

The meeting highlights from the April 10, 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 - April 10, 2019

4K In-person Registration set for April 15 and May 2

posted Apr 11, 2019, 12:55 PM by Katie Nieman

Early Learning Owl IconThe Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) invites families to register for the District’s tuition-free, community-based, collaborative 4K program - Ready 4 Learning

2019-2020 4K In-person Registration Days 
Monday, April 15 AND Thursday, May 2
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
OASD Administration Building
(215 S Eagle Street, Oshkosh WI)

The first of two 4K In-person Registration days is happening Monday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the OASD Administration Building (215 S Eagle Street). Registration for the OASD’s 4K program is a two-step process. 
  1. Families must first complete New Student Enrollment online. If you do not have access to a computer or need assistance with New Student Enrollment, we will have computers and staff available to assist you at In-person Registration. 
  2. The second step is to attend In-person 4K Registration on either April 15 or May 2 at the District Administration Building anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (no appointment necessary). 
Every family must attend In-person Registration to reserve a seat in 4K. At this time, program staff will collect any outstanding paperwork and discuss 4K placement. (NOTE: Students with an IEP or families planning to enroll in Head Start should refer to the specific individualized directions previously provided.)

The following will need to be uploaded during New Student Enrollment OR verified at Registration:
  • Proof of Birth Date: Legal documentation that contains student’s full name, birthdate, gender, place of birth, and parent/ guardian information (e.g. original birth certificate, hospital record, child ID card, Native American Tribal document).  A child must be four years old on or before 09/01/2019. State law requires that the birth date be verified at the time of enrollment.
  • Parent/Legal Guardian’s Current Driver’s License or State ID: In addition, if the parent on the birth certificate is not enrolling the student, legal guardianship papers are required or a Power of Attorney Form needs to be completed, notarized, and submitted.
  • Proof of Residency: Examples include: deed of trust, last year’s real estate tax receipt, utility bill, credit card statement, current apartment or house lease in parent’s name. If parent or guardian is not listed on the documents, however he/she is married to the owner/ leaseholder/ renter, a copy of the marriage license must be provided.
  • Confidential Student Immunization Record: Be sure to enter the complete date (month-day-year, e.g. 03/01/98) or bring a copy of your child’s immunization records. Note: Parents can access the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to obtain a copy of their child’s immunization records. (www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm) Wisconsin state law requires this information.
  • Health Examination Record: Please have your doctor complete and sign this form based on your child’s four-year-old check-up. They are welcome to fax it to the Office of Early Learning. If your child has not had their four-year-old check-up yet, please ask your doctor to fax it after their appointment. We will need to obtain a copy no later than 09/30/2019.
  • $40 Instructional Materials Fee: or waiver for low-income status. 

Please contact the OASD’s Office of Early Learning for more information, call 920.424.1004, email stephanie.thiel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or visit the OASD website, www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/elementary/oshkosh-early-learning.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, April 8-12

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:50 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 1:51 PM ]

The Oshkosh Area School District and Oshkosh Early Learning program are celebrating young learners during the "Week of the Young Child" - April 8-12, 2019. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. The purpose of the national celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Today, more than ever before, educators understand the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The Oshkosh Area School District, in collaboration with several local child care centers, private preschools, and Head Start, seeks to provide enhanced early learning opportunities for young children beginning at age four. The OASD's Ready 4 Learning program provides high-quality, free public preschool for all children who turn four on or before September 1 of the current school year. The District also provides special education services to children who qualify beginning at age three. To learn more visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/elementary/oshkosh-early-learning

The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment - at home, at child care, at school, and in the community - that will promote their early learning. 

The entire Oshkosh community is encouraged to learn more about the importance of high-quality early learning, and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning. Throughout the week, Oshkosh Early Learning will be promoting daily activities to help children learn through enjoying music, exploring food and cooking, building together, creating art, and celebrating their families! Be sure to follow the Oshkosh Early Learning Facebook page and join in the fun!

To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit www.naeyc.org/events/woyc/faq.

Oshkosh North Student Receives Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship

posted Apr 4, 2019, 9:00 AM by Katie Nieman

Image result for herb kohl scholarship student winnersThe Oshkosh Area School District is proud to recognize Nydia Griffin, Oshkosh North High School Senior, as a 2019 Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship recipient. 

Student Initiative Scholarship recipients, are chosen by their schools and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Nydia Griffin enjoys English and recently excelled in a sports literature course. In addition to her academic success, she is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including tennis, basketball, and track and field, and participated in the Oshkosh Youth Leadership program. Griffin is also a member of the Oshkosh North Link Crew, a transition program that helps to welcome freshmen students and ensure a great start to their high school experience. After graduating from Oshkosh North, Griffin hopes to continue her athletic career at the collegiate level and explore her academic interests. 

“Nydia is an extremely driven and hardworking young adult,” said Jacquelyn Kiffmeyer, Oshkosh North High School Principal. “Her impact in our school community is far-reaching and we are excited to see her continue to succeed.”

Griffin will receive a $10,000 award and will be honored at a regional luncheon along with other Herb Kohl scholarship and award recipients this spring. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

2018-2019 Oshkosh Area School District Employees of the Year

posted Apr 2, 2019, 3:02 PM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Employees of the Year. This year, eight OASD employees are being recognized for exceptional service and commitment to the District, students and school communities. Please join us in recognizing the 2018-2019 Oshkosh Area School District Employees of the Year:

Elementary Teachers of the Year
  • Alyssa Rumlow - Grade 1, Jefferson Elementary School (Photo)
  • Julaine Hale - EBD Teacher, Washington Elementary School (Photo)

Secondary Teachers of the Year
  • Cheryl Pagel - Program Support Teacher, Oshkosh North High School (Photo)
  • Paul Stellpflug - Social Studies Teacher, Oshkosh West High School (Photo)

Administrator of the Year
  • Lisa McLaughlin - Principal, South Park Middle School (Photo)

First-Year Teacher of the Year
  • Bonnie Smith - Cross Categorical Teacher, Washington Elementary School (Photo)

Support Staff Employees of the Year
  • Audrey Spanbauer - Paraprofessional, Oshkosh North High School (Photo)
  • Dan Gomoll - Building Custodian II, Washington Elementary School (Photo)

A private recognition reception will take place on Wednesday, April 24 for award recipients and their guests. The award recipients will also be publically recognized that evening during the OASD Board of Education Meeting at 6 p.m. at the OASD Administration Building - Board Room.

"Throughout the Oshkosh Area School District we have remarkable educators, leaders, and staff members working in our schools and making a difference in our community," said Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Superintendent of Schools. "The 2018-2019 OASD Employees of the Year exemplify what it means to be student-centered. They work tirelessly to support our students and demonstrate the profound and far-reaching impact that one individual can have. It is an honor to not only recognize this year's recipients but to be able to work alongside them each and every day."

The Oshkosh Area School District Employees of the Year Award was established in 2013-2014, as a way to further recognize district employees and promote a greater appreciation for their work and outstanding service to our students and school communities. All district employees are eligible and can be nominated by students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and members of the OASD community. A selection committee reviews all nominations and recipients are chosen based on the strength of numerous criteria, including the quality and comprehensiveness of each nomination received. 

Additional information regarding this year’s award recipients will be shared during and after the April 24 recognition ceremony. 

Three OASD Employees Receive WCASS Making a Difference Award

posted Apr 2, 2019, 6:53 AM by Katie Nieman

Three Oshkosh Area School District employees were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS). Tim Bonson, OASD School Psychologist; Mary Beth Connors, OASD Transition Coordinator; and Heather Wolters, OASD School Counselor, received the WCASS "Making a Difference Award". The award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and personal commitment to students with disabilities. 

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, Ltd. (WCASS) is a professional organization comprised of over 350 members who administer and support special education programs throughout the state of Wisconsin. To learn more visit https://wcass.memberclicks.net/.

The OASD’s Special Education Department provides a continuum of educational services to children with academic, intellectual, physical, social, behavioral and/or emotional disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Additionally, the OASD’s Student Services Department supports the District’s instructional programs to help all students attain their educational and career goals. OASD Special Education and Student Services team members are committed to meeting the needs of all students and provide outstanding services and support to students, families, and the entire community. 

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