Student Services Department
The goal of our department is to work with students, parents, families, staff and community members to provide the needed supports necessary to be college and career ready upon graduation. Our department provides resources and supports in the schools in the areas of attendance, behavior, physical health, mental health, guidance, and special education. We have a nurse, school psychologists, special education staff, and counselors available to provide services that are designed to enhance student success. See information in the following sections for further details.
The Oostburg School District offers a wide range of special education services to students with disabilities. Students suspected of a disability are initially referred for a special education evaluation. Students begin receiving special education services after both meeting state criteria in one or more state defined disability areas and through identifying the need for special education. Once a determination for eligibility has been made, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed and implemented. Students identified with special education needs are eligible to receive services from ages 3 through 21. Special education services include speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, academic, behavior, and adaptive support services in addition to many others. The Oostburg School District is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity to all children with disabilities within our district. Students in the Oostburg School District are entitled to receive their federally guaranteed free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. Special education services are provided for all students in all three of our schools.
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson
English Language Learners (ELL)
The Oostburg School District provides services for English Language Learners who have varying levels of English proficiency (Levels 1-6). Services are individualized and may include in-classroom support, modifications, accommodations, pre-teaching, and pull-out support as needed. English Language Learners are assessed one time per year with the ACCESS test to determine progress with English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Bilingual school personnel are available to speak with or translate for parents. Parental notices such as conference schedules, progress reports, report cards are also translated. Daily communication notebooks are used to translate daily assignments with parents who cannot speak English. For more information, please contact ELL Coordinator Ann Steenwyk or ELL Teacher Lindsay Pribeck.
Our department consists of three counselors who work collaboratively to provide continuous counseling services for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our overall focus is to prepare students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. We do this through developing the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to be successful in any post-secondary institution or workplace.
Our counselors have developed and implement a curriculum that focuses on a progression of skills. Starting in kindergarten, our elementary counselor (Mrs. Holzer) provides weekly lessons to students on topics such as understanding and appreciating differences, problem-solving, navigating relationships, health and safety, and what a learner looks like. Students are encouraged to explore their interests with the desire to expose them to a vast array of possibilities and options. Students are also introduced to the concept of a growth mindset and encouraged to view challenges as opportunities and not roadblocks.
Beginning in 6th grade, our middle school counselor (Ms. Kimble) continues the process of teaching students the skills learned in elementary school while also starting to focus more on college and career options. Students are introduced to Career Cruising in 6th grade and it continues on through their 12th grade year. The Career Cruising software lays out multiple steps for students to complete such as journaling, online career assessments, researching colleges/careers, shadowing specific job opportunities, and potentially interning at job placements.
Finally, our high school counselor (Mr. Cole) works with students in preparing them for the final steps towards college and career ready. Students continue to research and explore different careers as well as post-secondary options such as 4-year colleges, technical schools, workforce opportunities, and the armed services. It is our desire for students to graduate Oostburg High School ready to meet the challenges and needs of the world around them in whatever professional they choose to enter.