Music Programs Thrive at OSD

Greetings!

During a time when many school districts across Wisconsin are making budget driven cuts to their music departments, I am pleased to share that Oostburg has taken the opposite approach. I would argue that our music program, and our overall offerings in the arts, are second to none when considering comparable size districts. Fall and early winter provide multiple opportunities to see our talented young people perform. From the excellent fall musical lead by Ms. Lutze to the performances by our band and choir students during Veteran’s Day, we are fortunate to have top notch staff leading strong programs across the board.

The Christmas season offers yet another opportunity to see our students performing as our middle and high school school choir and band concerts are held on 12/7 and 12/14 respectively at 7:00pm in our HS gym. Those in attendance during our recent home boys’ basketball game were entertained by our outstanding pep band, providing yet another example of the musical talents in our community. As a basketball coach I get to hear many pep bands, and can say without hesitation that our band is tops in our conference!

I hope you are able to join us for next Monday’s HS concert. Our students and their directors put a lot of time and effort into their performances, and we look forward to enjoying the sounds of the season as our students perform.

Finally, my recent blog entries have been focused on keeping our community up to date on OSD facilities planning and the school board action related to replacing the 1956 wing of our elementary school. We are developing a Frequently Asked Questions document for our website, and I plan to include 1-2 FAQ’s at the end of each blog post. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or if you would like to visit our schools.

Enjoy this day,

Kevin

FAQ #1I understand that our school board has approved a resolution to replace the 1956 wing of our elementary school. What opportunities will I have to learn more about this project so I can make an informed decision on February 16th?
Answer – At this point we are finalizing multiple outreach opportunities to inform community stakeholders. Early plans include the following:
1.  OES Public tours / Open House dates – January 18th & February 1st from 5:30-7:00p.m.
2. “Coffee with Kevin” – at Judy’s Place from 5:30 a.m.-7:30a.m. on January 12, 26 & February 9
3. Civic & Community group presentations by request. The following have already occurred or are scheduled: Oostburg PTO, Oostburg Village Board, Oostburg Athletic Association, Oostburg Kiwanis.
If you know of a group that would like to learn more about our facilities planning, please contact me directly at 564-6730.

4. Please look for informational mailings arriving in the early weeks of January.