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Wisconsin School Board Week, October 6-12, 2019

posted Oct 8, 2019, 11:49 AM by Katie Nieman

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set October 6-12, 2019, 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: 
  • Dr. Barbara Herzog, President
  • Kelly Olmsted, Vice-President
  • Stephanie Carlin, Treasurer
  • Jim Evans, Clerk
  • Allison Garner
  • Bob Poeschl
  • Liz Szilagyi
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! 

Oshkosh West Homecoming Week, Oct. 7 - 12, 2019

posted Oct 7, 2019, 7:39 AM by Katie Nieman

Oshkosh West High School logoThe Oshkosh Area School District invites students, families, alumni, and the entire community to enjoy the annual homecoming festivities for Oshkosh West, October 7 -12, 2019. The public is invited to attend the school’s homecoming parade, tailgate, and football game - featuring the Oshkosh West vs. Appleton East matchup. The Oshkosh North 2019 Homecoming Week is October 14 - 19, 2019; additional information will soon be available. 

Homecoming events on Friday, October 11 include the homecoming parade, tailgate party, and varsity football game. The Oshkosh West Homecoming Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11. 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, west-side elementary and middle schools, the Oshkosh Flyers Football Club and other youth athletic programs, as well as many more school and community groups. 

The Taste of Oshkosh Tailgate will take place at 6 p.m. at Titan Stadium. The tailgate will feature a variety of food vendors, including Jersey Mike’s Subs, Olive Garden, and Oshkosh West culinary students; meal tickets are $6 each. Vendors will be located directly behind the main ticket booth inside of Titan Stadium. 

The Oshkosh West Homecoming Football Game against Appleton East will start at 7 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 6 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.” 

Oshkosh Area School District Seeks Bids for Former Smith Elementary School

posted Oct 4, 2019, 9:36 AM by Katie Nieman

The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education is seeking sealed bids for the purchase of the former Smith Elementary School located at 1745 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. The property includes a 32,690 square foot building and 2.32 acres of land. The asking price is $649,000, however, all reasonable offers will be considered. 

Sealed bids will be accepted until Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. and should be submitted to the District to the attention of Sue Schnorr, Executive Director of Business Services, either electronically to susan.schnorr@oshkosh.k12.wi.us with the subject line “Sealed Bid - Smith Elementary School” or by mail/hand delivery to Oshkosh Area School District, Administration Office, 215 S Eagle Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. A bid opening will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the OASD Administration Office. Bids become open records upon opening. The Board of Education will award the sale of the property on Wednesday, November 6 during the Board Meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the OASD Administration Office. A cash deposit of 10% or an irrevocable letter of credit of 10% must be paid to the District within 16 hours of the Board’s acceptance of a bid. Closing will take place within 30 days of the acceptance of the bid.

All bids must be cash bids. Bids containing any financing contingency or other contingencies other than the delivery of a clear title by the School District will be rejected. Additionally, preference will be given to bids that meet the Board’s selling criteria including (1) preserving the integrity of the outside façade of the building, and (2) preserving the historical significance of the building. Interested buyers are asked to submit a proposed plan of use for the building, along with a timeline and proof of financial ability to achieve the plans. The District reserves the right to determine acceptance of which offer, if any, is in the best interest of the District, and to negotiate with any or all offers prior to sale.

The facility will be open to interested buyers for inspection on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. until Noon. For more information contact the District’s Director of Buildings and Grounds, Jim Fochs, at 920.424.4039 or james.fochs@oshkosh.k12.wi.us. 

Smith Elementary School closed at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, due in part to the current state of the school building and concerns related to student and staff safety, impending capital maintenance needs, and enrollment trends. In closing the school, District leaders focused on doing what is best for students. For 124 years, Smith Elementary School had a rich tradition of educating students and serving Oshkosh families, and the District is excited to provide this opportunity to purchase this beautiful historic facility for continued use. 

Three OASD Students Named Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

posted Oct 1, 2019, 1:26 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 1:27 PM ]

Image result for national merit scholarshipThree Oshkosh Area School District students were named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. The OASD semifinalists are Andrew McAvoy from Oshkosh North High School, and Peter Berry and Maxwell (Max) Reed from Oshkosh West High School. This prestigious recognition represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States. The students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition, in which more than $31 million in scholarships will be awarded to talented high school seniors nationwide. 

Over 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools in the U.S. entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screening of entrants. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. This includes a detailed application outlining the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received, as well as an essay, additional test scores, and an endorsement from a school official. To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program visit www.nationalmerit.org

OASD Board Meeting Highlights and Good News: 09.25.19

posted Sep 27, 2019, 11:49 AM by Katie Nieman

The meeting highlights from the September 25, 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 - September 25, 2019

OASD Announces Updated Approach to Assessing and Dealing with School Threats

posted Sep 25, 2019, 3:35 PM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 3:36 PM ]

In the midst of national conversations around school safety, the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is taking steps to help students understand the real consequences of making threats. Unfortunately, instances of threats being made to schools across the nation, credible and non-credible, are on the rise and the Oshkosh Area School District is doing everything it can to educate students and families to ensure that students understand safety expectations and possible consequences. Any and all reported threats of violence in or about OASD schools will not be tolerated and will result in discipline up to expulsion. 

“Given the most current information and the level of safety that the District wants to ensure for our students, we are remaining proactive and unwavering when it comes to our safety protocols and response,” stated Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright. “We are educating and communicating with our students and the entire community so they know that not only are we continuing to treat all threats with the utmost seriousness, but there will be consequences for those responsible.”

The Oshkosh Area School District hopes to help students understand that when it comes to safety there is no joking around. Any statement, comment, image, or social media post that may be interpreted as a threat will be acted on and result in consequences. By clearly communicating expectations the District aims to deter students from making a decision that may greatly impact their life. 

“We want our students to understand that when you threaten the physical well-being of others or take away the right of others to feel safe at school, even if you are joking, you jeopardize your own right to receive an education,” stated Cartwright. “We also want to do everything possible to help our students make good decisions and avoid school threats altogether. As educators, we know that it all starts with awareness and teaching, which is why we are focused on making sure that our students have the information they need to make good decisions.”

The Oshkosh Area School District and its Board of Education, along with the Oshkosh Police Department and Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, are committed to the continued safety and wellness of all students, staff, and entire school communities. In addition to the past efforts of the Oshkosh Area School District and law enforcement to keep students safe, the organizations have embraced the new Comprehensive School Security Framework and the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The resources provide guidance on assessing potential violence indicators and diverting identified hazards before violence takes place. The plan addresses how proper planning, preparation, and training for school stakeholders. 

Within the OASD, every school building has its own safety team, as well as a threat assessment team comprised of administrators, counselors, and other school staff who review incidents as they occur and decide how to respond. The District regularly reviews its safety protocols and leverages a well-developed partnership with local government and law enforcement agencies, including the Oshkosh Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. 

“While we hope that threats of violence are never made, we will always act in an overabundance of caution,” stated Cartwright. “Our partnership with local law enforcement, and the extensive training and expertise of our own staff enable us to continue to create a school environment in which all students can feel safe and supported.”

The safety of all schools in the Oshkosh Area School District is the number one priority of both school and district administrations. Every tip is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated; and the entire community is encouraged to report concerning behavior or threats. The administration and law enforcement will investigate each concern to determine its credibility. Additionally, the District urges the community to speak with children/family members about how important it is to use good judgment, especially on social media, and to refrain from engaging in false threats. While false threats may seem funny to some, they are serious to all, and students engaging in this behavior will face significant consequences.

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).  



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.

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