Along with the standardized assessments, OSD data teams will also consider the following information (list nonexhaustive):
- Progress Monitoring Data
- Formative Classroom Based Assessments
- Summative Classroom Based Assessments
- Academic Profile/History
- Office Discipline Referrals (ODR’s)
- Attendance Trends
- Credits, Credits Attempted and Progress toward Graduation (OHS)
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.
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 Sherri Stengel or ELL Teacher Beatriz Anderson.
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.
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. (from NASPonline.org)
The role of the school psychologist for the Oostburg School District is to conduct all assessments and evaluations relating to students who are referred for a special education impairment as well as the interpretation of the assessments to parents, teachers, and students. Our school psychologist also meets with teachers and parents to provide consultation in the areas of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. The school psychologist works in a cooperative relationship with teachers in order to collaborate around the problem-solving process of identifying the problem, developing specific goals, brainstorming interventions, and creating a plan to help students become more successful.
Topics of interest to families:
- Back to School
- Crisis and Safety
- Health and Wellness
- Helping Children Cope
- Mental Health
Health and Wellness
To plot your child’s height and weight use the following links:
Use your child’s height and weight to figure out their BMI (Body Mass Index):
Food Service Employee Spotlight
Kathy Hilbelink @ OHSA familiar face has rejoined our OSD team again! After 15 years of Food Service at Oostburg Middle School and three years at Pine Haven, our high school students look forward to seeing Kathy serving lunch again to approximately 150 students per day! She is happy to be here and to catch up with the students from three years ago. Kathy is also an Oostburg alumni, lives in the school district, and is married with “grown up” children and grandchildren! Outside of work, Kathy enjoys walking, cooking, taking care of her grandchildren, and loving life! Kathy is a great addition to our team as she is self-driven, hardworking, enthusiastic, and easy going. She also has great knowledge of Food Service and staff in all buildings. It is a great joy to have her on our team again!
Courtney NavisOur current OSD team member, Courtney Navis, has joined our fast-paced, Food Service position in the middle school! Courtney comes from the Elementary School custodial crew, where you may have seen her from time to time over the past few years. Courtney & her husband live in the school district, and have three children attending OHS! Outside of work, Courtney enjoys traveling, reading books, is a great addition to our team as she is self-driven, organized, & hard-working. We are blessed to have her here!
Patti BosslerPlease welcome Patti to the Elementary School. She will be working there part-time assisting our awesome lunch staff with food preparation and service. Patti is a resident of Oostburg and has a few grandchildren in the district as well. Patti is a great addition to our team as she is a hard worker and loves children! Please stop in to say “hi” to Patti next time you are in the ES cafeteria!
School Accountability and Educational Options Notice:
According to State Statute the Oostburg School District (OSD) is required to notify parents of the educational options available to children who reside in the resident school district. Related legislation requires notification of the school’s accountability report.
Educational opportunities available to Oostburg resident students include:
- General link to Department of Public Instruction Notice of Educational Options – http://dpi.wi.gov/ed-options
- Oostburg School District – www.oostburg.k12.wi.us
- Oostburg Christian School – www.oostburgchristian.com/
- Sheboygan County Christian High School – www.scchs.com/
- State Virtual Schools including those listed at: http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sms/pdf/cs_2015_VirtualSchs.pdf
- Full-time open enrollment – http://oe.dpi.wi.gov/parents-main
- Youth options – http://youthoptions.dpi.wi.gov/
- Course options – http://dpi.wi.gov/courseoptions
- Home-based private education – https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_homeb