Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday 11/13 and Monday 11/19 from 3pm to 7pm at OMS. Details to follow!
OMS is looking for a few volunteers to facilitate the Hansen Fundraiser Delivery and Pick-Up on Tuesday, 10/23/18 from 1:30-5pm in the OMS Cafeteria. If you are interested in helping out for some or all of the time, please contact Deb Denboer at (920)564-2383. Thank you!
It’s hard to believe that the end first quarter is just a short few weeks away! Although this letter is identical to an insert your child brought home in their planner earlier in the year, we wanted to make sure you had another opportunity to view the same information in case you have any questions.
At OMS, our vision is learning together in a respectful, positive, student-focused learning environment where essential standards are achieved by all students. In line with this vision, we have some important upgrades on how we report student progress on report cards and honor them for a job well done. Our way of reporting progress will be through a 4-point scale on a variety of essential standards in each class. Behavior will be reported out separately. Our goal is to be able to communicate through the report card individual student strengths and opportunities for growth.
Reporting categories are as follows:
4.0 = Advanced: Superior mastery of grade level standard
3.5 = High Proficient: Progressing toward advanced mastery of grade level standard
3.0 = Proficient: Meets grade level standard
2.5 = Low Proficient: Inconsistent understanding of grade level standard
2.0 = Basic = Limited understanding of grade level standard
1.5 = Beginning: Little to no understanding of grade level standard
1.0 = No Evidence/Insufficient evidence to determine understanding of grade level standard
Student strengths and what we value at OMS go far beyond traditional ways of only honoring students for good grades. Students at OMS will be honored quarterly through school and the Lakeshore Weekly for a variety of achievements and behaviors.
Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! We are off to a great start to the 18-19 school year.
We are very excited to announce that Mr. Kloepping and I will be leading a select group of students and parents on an educational tour to Washington, D.C. and Mt. Vernon on July 20-23, 2019. Together, we will embark on a journey taking us outside the classroom walls, where learning comes alive and lifelong memories are created.
For those that didn’t sign on to the trip last Spring, it’s not too late to join us! Students were given informational packets on Monday that they should have brought home to share with you.
There will be a short informational meeting to discuss this educational adventure and eat pizza on:
Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm in the Oostburg Middle School cafeteria
Enrolling in advance not only guarantees a reserved spot on the trip, but also makes us eligible for an Early Bird Scholarship of $200. Enroll before or on October 18th & save $200!
The tour’s logistics and awesome-ness will be handled by World Classrooms, an educational travel program. They will do everything possible to ensure we have a safe, well-organized, and fun experience. This same letter with additional details and an enrollment form can be found here. Please feel free to contact World Classrooms with trip enrollment questions at 800.275.3980, e-mail Mr. Kloepping at Barry.Kloepping@oostburg.k12.wi.us, or simply come to the informational meeting on the 18th.
We sincerely hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity to invest in your student’s future, and that you will consider joining us on this adventure as well!
Don’t miss out,
Mr. Barry Kloepping Mrs. Sherri Stengel
Social Studies & Reading Principal, OMS
**If you are already enrolled from Spring, there is no need to come to this meeting.
Good morning, Parents.
My assumptions would be that when students believe those two statements are true, they begin to see that what they are learning is relevant to their futures. And they believe that a school that cares about the growth of every student certainly cares about their growth as well. When students see connections between their classes and the skills they will need in the future, and they believe their teachers cares about them personally, they respond with greater motivation and engagement.
Last year we started a mentor program where each OHS faculty member serves as a mentor for 5-6 freshmen or sophomores. These mentors help students explore careers and in the process help students to see how what they are learning in high school is important to their futures. If this program is executed well, we think it has the potential to address these to survey prompts in a rather systematic manner. Quality mentoring with small groups of students will give us the opportunity to help students get excited about their own personal futures, and in the process they will see that we genuinely do care about building strengths in every one of our students.
We learned a lot in our first year of the mentor program, and we think the strengths of this program are that each teacher can really connect with each student they have because the mentor groups are so small (5-6 students), and because our Student Led Conferences are a central part of the career exploration process, and this brings students, parents and mentors together in these important discussions.
We still have a lot to learn to tap the full potential of this program, but we feel we are on the right track. If parents have any advice for us on how we can improve our mentoring program, please contact us and share your ideas.
Enjoy the fall colors while they last,
The Oostburg School District will be conducting developmental screenings on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Elementary School for children born between June 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 920-564-2392 by October 19. This free screening is available to all residents of the Oostburg School District. If you know of someone with a child needing to be screened, please spread the word!