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Good morning, Parents.
Below is a message that Mr. Cole asked me to pass along for sophomores and their parents, but I also want to make a couple of requests of parents in the wake of the school shooting in Florida. Like all of you, we are very concerned about the safety of our children when they are at school. Of course the TV coverage gets into the political issues around the tragedy, and what others should do, but these two requests just relate to what each of us can do to try to make our children a little safer. We also want parents to know that we will continue do everything we can to be prepared to respond in a crisis situation in as effective a manner as is possible. We have been trained by law enforcement, we have a coordinated plan in place, and we have practiced our plan. More
Good morning, Parents,
Reminder: Today is the first day of our semester exam schedule. Seniors have open campus today and tomorrow. All HS students have open campus on Friday. If your students tell you that some of their classes are not meeting during the exam process, they are not telling the truth. All classes will meet once over the three day schedule.
Next week we will be having mentor homerooms on Monday thru Thursday with freshmen and sophomores to prepare for our Student Led Conferences (with just parents of freshmen and sophomores) on Monday, January 29th and Tuesday, January 30th from 3:00-7:00 pm each evening. Freshmen and sophomore parents, the teacher who is mentoring your child will be contacting you to set up a conference time on one of those two evenings. We will probably try to schedule the Student Led Conferences at 4:00, 4:20, 4:40, 5:00, 5:20, and 5:40. We will provide unstructured time from 3-4 pm and 6-7 pm in case some parents from any grade level wish to stop in and have a more traditional form of parent/teacher conference. More
Good afternoon, Parents.
I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season, and I would like to wish each of you a healthy and happy New Year.
I want to share some information this afternoon of a more sobering nature because I think it is important for all of us as parents to understand these new realities, and to have a discussion with our children about these topics as well. I think, truth be told, all of us as parents may be shocked with some of the realities of our children’s use of social media. To us as adults, things like sexting may seem unlikely or extremely uncommon. My experiences in the role of high school principal would suggest that as parents we may be better served being much more preventative in our parenting efforts regarding social media use rather than believing these types of issues are as uncommon as we would like to assume. To be blunt, I am aware of a number of situations where our students have been involved with sharing sexual material, and what I didn’t know is that this can expose our students to situations where they can be blackmailed–not necessarily by their peers–but literally by criminals who can use the shared explicit content for their own financial gain by blackmailing kids in the middle of the night who just want the huge embarrassment to go away.
I want to share a letter written by Deputy Eric Bushert from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department that provides some advice for us as parents and reminds us that sexting sorts of activities can quickly have legal implications. Of course we know this is not a problem unique to Oostburg. The wide ranging implications of social media are prevalent everywhere, in every school. I simply want to encourage all of you to do what I plan to do, talk with your kids about these behaviors and how they should handle it if they are confronted with these things in their social media use. I hope you will take the time to read Deputy Bushert’s letter, and I would encourage you to have a preventative discussion with your children about this dangerous aspect of social media.
Again, all the best in 2018!
Good morning, Parents.
Over the last few years, when recent graduates have come back to visit, or we have made attempts to survey them about their readiness for the next chapter of their lives, we have fairly consistently heard comments such as the two below about finals.
“I think OHS should have finals. I was not prepared for the demands of a finals week.”
“The area I was least prepared for were finals because I never had that experience in high school.”
In college, and to a similar degree, in tech. school, some of the most challenging times for new students are at mid-terms and semester finals. Papers come due and you have a big comprehensive test in every class that requires a lot of studying to be adequately prepared. It is a busy, and sometimes stressful time for many students, and over the years our recent graduates have shared with us that they feel that if they had been exposes to similar demands in high school, they would have been better prepared for these critical times in their post high school experiences.
With this feedback in mind, we have been discussing as a faculty for a couple of years now the idea of bringing finals back, at least for the fall semester. Recently, we concluded that it would be a very good idea not only because it would prepare students who are going on to college or tech school for these demanding experiences, but also because an additional cumulative assessment of what our students can do in terms of the most important stuff in our classes is also a good idea from a learning perspective.
We built a three day exam schedule that is a mix of mass exams in courses that have two or more sections and our normal 8 block schedule. A few classes will likely not be giving exams, such as PE, Band, Choir, and Art, but those classes will meet as scheduled during the exam process. Having a three day schedule allows students to have 5-7 exams spread over a three day period is more reasonable than if they had the same number of exams in our normal schedule over two days. The fact that all of these exams will be cumulative exams covering all of the essential learning from the whole first semester will challenge students to ramp up their review preparations for these three days.
Since the vast majority of the senior exams will not happen during mass exams but rather during the scheduled blocks, we are planning on having open campus for seniors (only) for all three days. We will also have open campus for all high school students on the last day, Friday, January 19th.
Parents, please begin asking your children about their advanced preparations and review for exams shortly after the New Year. It will take some time to review the essential standards for each class and one of the critical things for our students to learn about exams during high school is the need to begin preparations in a timely way. Exams may happen over three days, but the student’s preparations must begin a week or more in advance so that they can be fully prepared in every class. They cannot wait until the exams begin to start their preparation because they simply will not have enough time to review for all of their classes sufficiently. That is very likely the most important lesson of the exam experience, and it is one that we hope parents will help us teach our students.
Fall Semester Exam Schedule—’17-‘18
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018: Day 2 (Open Campus for Seniors Only)
7:25-8:55 English Mass Exams: (Proctors are listed in parentheses)
American Lit—Multi Ed Room
English 9—Rm. 125 (Ohlfs), 131 (Antes), 130 (Anderson)
Personal Finance Mass Exam (Juniors independently) 123 (Boenisch) 124 (Kempf)
9:00-10:27 Block #1
Health Mass Exam—Multi Ed Room
11:31-12:58 Block #2
Spanish 3 Mass Exam—Multi Ed Room
1:03-2:30 Social Studies Mass Exams:
US History—Multi Ed Room
World History—HS Cafeteria (Galezio)
Civics—104 (Ehrhorn), 106 (Doro), 108 (Nyenhuis)
Social Problems Mass Exam—Multi-Ed Room (Otte)
Thursday, January 18th, 2018: Day 1 (Open Campus for Seniors Only)
7:25-8:55 Science Mass Exams:
Physics—124 (Howell), 128 (Louis), 129 (Poppe)
Biology—Multi Ed Room
Anatomy Mass Exam—Multi Ed Room
9:00-10:27 Block #3
11:31-12:58 Block #4
Spanish 2 Mass Exam—Multi Ed Room
Spanish 1 Mass Exam—Rm 108 (Cole), 106 (Hansen)
AP Calc. Mass Exam—Room 102, 11:31-2:30
1:03-2:30 Math Mass Exams:
Algebra 2—Multi Ed Room
Algebra 1—128 (Hilbelink), 131 (Leidall)
Pre-Calc. Mass Exam—Multi-Ed Room (Madson)
Friday, January 19th, 2018: Day 2 (Open Campus for All Students)
7:25-8:55 Block #5
Nutrition Mass Exam—Multi Ed Room.
9:00-10:27 Block #6
11:31-12:58 Block #7
1:03-2:30 Block #8
Good morning, Parents.
- $250 of additional casual reading books for the freshmen English classrooms.
- $317 for a classroom set of the book Night to expand the sophomore English curriculum.
- $550 in new microscopes for our Biology and AP Biology students.
- $1220 for second grade mentor texts for reading workshops.
- $1200 for an upgraded computer system for the students who publish the Oh-Say.
- $800 CNC tooling kit for our technology students.
- $2000 video editing computer station for our Flying Dutch Media students.
- $1000 in novels to enhance our social studies curriculum for high school students.
- $790 for two document cameras for 2nd grade classrooms.
- $1645 for additional bikes for our physical education students
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