Monthly Archives: June 2015
Today I’ve had more students say they are sad that it’s the last day of school than those who’ve told me they are happy it’s the last day. At first, my response was that we have some really weird kids, but as I looked around the quad at all that was happening, I understood. Some students were talking in a circle, eagerly trying to get their story into the conversation. Another small group of students were reading their books, and when I approached them indicated that they really wanted to get their books done before the end of school. Another group of boys had balls in their hands, strategizing teams for kickball. When I stepped back to take it all in, I appreciated the special community of students and teachers we have at this school. Our community is about more than just getting them ready academically. Our students are growing in many different ways.
A few announcements:
· Please check our “Lost and Not Yet Found” area for any missing items.
· Summer School registration is still open. Please return registration forms in as soon as possible. Summer School runs June 22-25, June 29-July 2 and August 10-13, August 17-20.
· Our registration process has gone online. Please don’t forget that important envelope that contains information on how to register. Please call the office with any questions: 564-2392.
· I’m pleased to report that we achieved our school wide goal of 83 percent of our students reaching reading benchmarks. If you haven’t done so already, please extend a thank you to our very dedicated teachers who work so hard to help our students make progress throughout the year.
Enjoy your summer, as you take advantage of awesome weather and opportunities for family time. We look forward to seeing many students in Summer School and in Dutch Bunch over the summer months. Keep your children reading, writing, and doing math wherever and whenever there are opportunities. We look forward to seeing their growth when they return in fall!
Good morning, Parents.
We had a very good STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee meeting last week that included a number of our teachers, representatives from many of the area businesses, as well as representatives from LTC and UW-Sheboygan. The person from Bemis shared the video link below about “Success in the New Economy.” It is about a nine minute message that I think will really help parents as they continue to talk with their students about careers because it helps us all understand the job market and where opportunities will exist in the future. I hope you have time to watch the video.
Have a great summer!
Commencement Ceremony—3:00 pm
HS students will get their course schedule for next year.
BB v. SL
Last day of School-11:30 Dismissal
EARLY RELEASE DAY!
BB @ Oz
Good afternoon, Parents.
On Tuesday at the end of the day, we held a pep rally to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of students in our co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. In the past, we had recognized some of these awards as part of our Scholarship Program, but we felt that often made the Scholarship Program too long and took the focus off of the purpose of that event. Tuesday’s pep rally was our first attempt at an assembly with a focus on our music and drama departments, and it really went well and was extremely well received by our student body. We all hope to make this new event a regular tradition to recognize some very deserving students. Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards.
Best Musical Actor: Jesse Rogers
Best Musial Actress: Jenny Gross
Best Play Actor: Baird Buck
Best Play Actress: Krysta Oelhafen
Best Newcomer: Ben Ludens
Best Techie: Jamie Kaat
Ms. Lutze also announced that the fall musical for next year will be Little Shop of Horrors.
Best Male Vocalist – Jeremy Lee
Best Female Vocalist – Erin Hoffmann
Choral Conductor’s Award – Nick Harmeling
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award-Jacob Gross
Band Director’s Award-Larissa Bichler
John Phillip Sousa Award-Jesse Rogers
Overall Musician Award:
Most Outstanding Musician Award – Erin Hoffmann
WIAA Scholar Athletes – Jordan Molter & Megan Daane
OHS Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Jordan Molter
OHS Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Kimberly VanStelle
OHS Most Well-Rounded Senior – Jesse Rogers
Good afternoon, Parents.
We are in the final stages of the scheduling process for next year, and it is our plan to distribute individual student schedules for next year on Monday, June 8th. The timing of handing out schedules to students is pretty intentional because it provides two opportunities for students to make course changes that may be necessary prior to the classes beginning next fall. We would appreciate parents asking their children to show them their schedules because parent involvement in course changes is critical. If students want to make a change, we will use our Add/Drop form which insures communication with all of the teachers involved, and parent approval as well. We would ask parents to continue to approach the course registration process—and in this case any course changes—from the perspective of making decisions based on what the best courses are to optimally prepare students for their futures. It is our perception that parents have played a bigger role in registration decisions than ever before, and the result has been that courses have been selected in a more mature and sound manner. We saw far less of students taking classes because they want an easy year, and far more focus on courses that will support their future plans—including dual credit (high school and tech. school/college credit) courses that save students both time and money in their post high school training programs.
Obviously, the first opportunity, and the best opportunity, to make schedule changes is next week—June 8-12. It is easy for students to see Mr. Cole, or me, to discuss the reasons behind the change request. Students can expect to be counseled, and pushed, to make decisions that are driven by sound reasoning around preparing for their futures. We are quite cooperative in making changes when sound preparation arguments are made, and far less cooperative when students don’t have good reasons because down deep they just want to be in the same section of a class as their friend. We also try to push back when students appear to be making short term decisions like having an easier schedule, rather than a schedule that will best prepare them for the next phase of their lives. And in taking these preparation focused positions regarding all schedule changes, it is really be helpful for parents and the school to share the same mature position.
The second opportunity to make schedule changes is before the school year begins in August. If for some reason a change becomes necessary after next week, students can come in to see Mr. Cole on the in-service days from August 24-27, including during our Open House on August 26th. This week is pretty much the last chance to make course changes because doing so after classes begin is just too late.
If you have any questions about student schedules next week, please feel free to call Mr. Cole or me at any time at 564-2346 x1007 (Josh), x1001 (Scott).
BB v. OZ
SO v. EL
Senior Fry-1:30 dismissal
BB @ RL
Scholarship Program at 7:30 am.
BB v. HG
Commencement Ceremony—3:00 pm
BB v. SL
Last day of School
BB @ Oz