Good afternoon, Parents.
High School Principal
Good morning, Parents and Teachers.
Below is a listing of the dates of most of our major events for the next school year.
Enjoy the summer,
Important dates for the ‘17-’18 School Year:
Aug. 23-25 District Early In-Service
Aug. 28-31 District In-Service
Aug. 30 Open House HS/MS/ES–3:30-6:30 Burger/Brownie Bash.
(OCEF Homecoming Raffle items on display at the HS.)
Sept. 4 Labor Day
Sept. 5 First day of school for students.
Sept. 12 Picture Day
Sept. 25-29 Homecoming Week
Sept. 29 OCEF Homecoming Raffle Drawing at the Football Game
Sept. 30 Homecoming Dance
Oct. 11 PSAT Exam
Oct. 25 Picture re-take day
Nov. 4 Vets Day Parade in Milwaukee
Nov. 6 Vets Day Program
Nov. 7 End Q1
Nov 16-18 Fall Play
Dec. 11 MS Band/Choir @ OHS
Dec 18 HS Band/Choir @ OHS
Jan 4 Conference Honors Band/Choir Concert
Jan. 16-18 HS Semester Exams (Possibly open campus for HS students)
Jan. 19 End Q2
Jan 27 Snowball
January 22-25 Student prep week in HR’s for Student Led Conferences.
Jan. 29 & 30 Student Led–HS Parent/Teacher Conference
Feb. 27 & 28 ACT for all Juniors on 2/27, WorkKeys for all Juniors on 2/28
(Make up dates are 3/20 and 3/21 respectively.)
March 5 Top Ten Banquet
March 8-10 Spring Musical
March 16, 17 District Solo & Ensemble (hosted at OHS)
March 19-May 4 Forward Exam Window (ELA & Math gr 3-8), Science gr 4 & 8, Social Studies gr 4, 8, & 10)
March 23 End Q3
April 16 NHS Banquet
April 9 -May 11 ACT Aspire Early HS Testing Window – Grades 9 & 10
April 28 STATE Solo/Ensemble @ UW-Milwaukee
May 7 HS Band/Choir Concert
May 11 AP United States History Exam
May 12 Prom
May 14 MS Band/Choir Concert
May 14 AP Biology Exam
May 15 AP Calculus Exam
May 17 AP Statistics Exam
May 18 Jazz/Vocal
May 19 Student Council Walk/Run
May 20 Baccalaureate at FRC at 2:00 pm
May 25 Senior Banquet
May 31 Senior Fry/Picnic (Moved from Wed. to Thursday)
June 1 Scholarship Program at 7:30 am.
June 3 Commencement Program at 3:00 pm
June 7 Last Day of School
The scheduling process for next year is nearly complete. Students requested classes in early March, and since then Mrs. Dekker has been working to build our master schedule and each student’s course schedule for next year. This week Mrs. Dekker will share class rosters with our teachers, and the teachers will check them for any potential placement errors. On the Monday of the last week of school, June 5th, students will be getting their schedules for next year. The timing of this process is quite intentional because providing students their schedules before the school year ends gives them the final week of school, and our in-service week from August 28-31, to make any changes necessary. Our add/drop process ends before first day of school, so we can be productive and get our courses started without interruptions. Parents, please talk to your children and let them know if they need schedule changes to meet with Mr. Cole during one of these two weeks designated for course/schedule changes.
“I think that teachers ought to be talking to students about future jobs starting in preschool. Students don’t have to stick with a particular idea, but they should have a hypothesis that gives meaning to the academic work they do. I also think kids are fascinated by the work that adults do, and that they should have a lot more short-and long-form nonfiction reading about the work that adults do – about the work that they might do when they become adults.” Matt Greenfield in “Investing to Transform Education.”
I agree with Mr. Greenfield’s suggestion because I also feel that when students have a greater awareness of potential career options or pathways for themselves, it does “give meaning to the academic work they do.” As educators, we have talked a lot about relevance being a key factor in engaging students in the learning process, and I think this attention on career exploration and decisions, coming at students from all directions (parents and teachers), is a great way to help students see how what they are learning now is preparing them for their futures. This focus is not just Mr. Cole’s job in the guidance department, it is an area where all of the adults in a young person’s life can support them in making one of the really big decisions in life. It only makes sense that a decision of the magnitude of our life’s work be one that students research and contemplate very carefully with the guidance of their parents and teachers.
Our goal at OHS is not to encourage every student to go to college. Our goal is to work hand in hand with parents to push every student to give serious thought to what they wish to do after high school. And furthermore, the bigger part of that goal is to work hard to make sure all of our students are fully prepared for the next steps in their lives as it relates to pursuing the careers of their choice.
Have a great week,
Good morning, Parents.
As three very successful seasons are ending in Forensics, the Robotics team, and Destination Imagination, I would just like to encourage parents to take as active a role as possible in promoting these sorts of academic clubs with your children. Many of these co-curricular types of clubs can help your high school children become more well rounded, provide some quality real-world types of experiences (some of which may expose them to career connections or at least career related skills), and help them develop confidence in a variety of settings. We have noticed that many times the difference between those students who get involved in co-curricular clubs and those that do not simply comes down to the slightest of personal encouragement from either teachers or parents.
While we are a small school and our list of clubs reflects that reality. There are still a fairly wide range of opportunities including: Student Council, Destination Imagination, Key Club (Service), Archery Club, Forensics, Drama, Robotics team, Music opportunities such as Solo/Ensemble, Tech. Ed. clubs such as Project Grill or other competitive teams. We also have a small group of students interested in Business that run our school store, another small group of students who are on Mr. Allen’s technology crew.
Good morning, Parents.
I wanted to send an additional message to parents this week to introduce you to our two new teachers in Spanish and Business Education.
Beatriz Anderson took over in Spanish right after spring break and things seem to be moving forward very nicely. Mrs. Anderson was teaching some of our middle school Spanish classes, as well as teaching in the Sheboygan school district, and she has agreed to leave her other positions and fill our full time position that includes all of our Spanish 2, 3 and 4 classes. We will also be recommending Mrs. Anderson to the Board of Education for this position for next year and beyond, and we are very pleased to have Beatriz join our faculty. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson at BAnderson@oostburg.k12.wi.us or at 564-2346 x1106.
Tom Gross, a retired Business Education teacher from Sheboygan North High School has agreed to fill in as our Bus. Ed. teacher for the remainder of the school year. We feel very fortunate to have a teacher with experience teaching these courses for the rest of the year. Mr. Gross will teach all of the courses in our Business Ed. department with the exception of the Yearbook/Flying Dutch Media class which will be taught by Mrs. Wray. Again, if you have any questions of Mr. Gross, please feel free to contact him at email@example.com or at 564-2346 x1123. Like with Beatriz, we are thankful that Tom has joined our faculty for the rest of the year. We have had a candidate accept our Business Ed. position for next year and we will be making that recommendation to the Board as well.
Have a great week,
Good morning, Parents,
This week’s communication comes from our guidance counselor, Josh Cole, and is specifically targeted for sophomores and their parents.
Have a great week, Scott
I want to take a moment to inform you about an opportunity that your sophomore son/daughter will be participating in on April 12th. The event is called Career Connections and will be held at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC); put on by the Sheboygan Chamber in cooperation with INSPIRE Sheboygan. Your son/daughter was given the opportunity to select the career clusters that interested them. At the event they will be participating in sessions which are directly linked to their cluster selections.
This event aligns perfectly with our mission at OHS which is focused on preparing our students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. This event is also a direct extension of what your son/daughter has been working on with their ongoing participation with Career Cruising, as well as, the completion of their student led conference this past February. OSD has also partnered with INSPIRE Sheboygan which is connected through Career Cruising. INSPIRE Sheboygan has been developed to help students achieve their career goals by bridging the gap between coursework and the work world, all within Sheboygan County!
All transportation for this event will be provided by the school, and there is no cost. April 12th is an Early Release day and we will be departing from OHS at 8:30 and will be returning around 12. This means we will arrive back to school after the buses have departed. If your son/daughter takes the bus other arrangements will need to be made on this occasion. No lunch will be provided. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about the Career Connections event.
INSPIRE Sheboygan Link – http://inspiresheboygancounty.org/
Thank you for your time!
Josh Cole, OHS Counselor