Officer Brad Riddiough visited Mrs. V’s first grade class! He a read book about police officers, showed a PowerPoint presentation, and explained what his new position is at OSD. He answered lots of questions, and the students loved it! #BoostTheOost
Month: February 2019
Mr. Bruggink shared some of his amazing experiences scuba diving in and around Lake Michigan shipwrecks with the fifth grade class during library.
Each fifth grader will now be researching and building a Google Site around a shipwreck on one of the Great Lakes. #BoostTheOost
Kids…get ready for another night of fun and games! Parents…here’s your chance to have another night out!
- When: Saturday, March 16 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Where: Oostburg Elementary School
- Who: Kids ages 5-12
- Cost: $20.00 per child (price includes pizza, cookies and drinks)
High school Spanish students will entertain your children with movies, crafts, games, face-painting, and more!
Please register and pay in advance at Oostburg Elementary or High School by Thursday, March 14th. We must have a registration form on file (Registration Form link: https://bit.ly/2tdflCs)
Call Beatriz Anderson at OHS with any questions (564-2346 ext. 1130).
*Proceeds go to the Oostburg High School Spanish students to help in the cost of their trip to Costa Rica in June. We appreciate your support in our fundraising efforts.*
Good morning, Parents.
Next week Mr. Cole and I will begin the course registration process for next year with meetings with each class. The juniors will meet on Monday, March 4th. The sophomores on Tuesday, March 5th. And the freshmen on Wednesday, March 6th. At each meeting we will guide students through the registration process and answer questions. The registration form also requires a parent signature because we want to ensure that all of our students are talking with their parents about their choice of classes.
We would like to ask parents to assist us in really having a career focused approach to the registration process with your child by discussing with them what classes will best prepare them for their futures. Sometimes students struggle to see high school as a time of preparation for their futures and it is very helpful if all of the adults around them share how their choices of high school classes can set them up for greater success in the future. With the idea of making this connection between future career plans and the course registration process really clear for students and parents we have each student begin the registration form by identifying their career plans at this point in time. The classes students take should certainly make sense in the context of those future plans.
I also want parents to know that Mr. Cole and I are going to strongly encourage all of our juniors and seniors who are planning to go to college to take at least one Advanced Placement (AP) class. We are proud of the fact that about 35% of our students are currently taking AP classes because that is uncommon at most high schools, but we also have to recognize that typically we have 60-65% of our graduates going to college. National statistics would indicate that just over half of the freshmen who enter college annually end up graduating with a degree, and we must assume that some of our graduates are part of those unfortunate realities. While we are glad to have our students go on to college if that is what their career interests demand, we are also troubled that nearly half of them may end up quitting college, and instead go into the workforce or to technical school, but unfortunately after accumulating $10,000-30,000 dollars of debt. We believe a quality academic career planning program will help us reduce this unfortunate situation for our students, maybe by helping them see that technical school is a great option right out of high school or by being more driven to complete college because their career goals are more real and clear to them. We also believe that if our college bound students challenge themselves with college level coursework while in high school with AP classes, they will have a much better understanding about whether they will be successful in college.
In our surveys of recent graduates, we have asked college freshmen and sophomores if they were prepare for the academic demands of college. We have consistently heard that those who took AP classes in high school report that they were prepared for college level coursework, while those who did not take AP classes report that they did not feel fully prepared. Many even respond that they should have taken AP classes in order to be not only more prepared, but also more confident in their ability to do college level academic work.
Parents, thank you in advance for the mature guidance you can provide your children in the registration process. Please help your children see that the classes they take next year is an important part of their preparation for their future careers.
Have a great week,Scott
As a parent of 3 children of my own and the Principal of many, I am like most of you and would like to believe that things like human trafficking won’t happen to my own children or my school children. However, given the statistics on these topics and our youth, it would be naive to believe that it isn’t happening in our County or even in our school. In fact, it is happening in our county. I pray that it won’t happen to “ our” youth, but it might. Prevention on these topics is necessary to keep our students safe.
Natalie, a Sexual Assault Specialist and Advocate from Safe Harbor, and Scott Wieland, a Detective for Sheboygan County, are coming to Oostburg to present to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students on Monday, March 4, 2019. Natalie and Det. Wieland have teamed together to talk to students at schools throughout the County about human trafficking. While a very sensitive and personal subject, school prevention programs are presented in an age-appropriate manner and are designed to raise awareness. Students also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and bystander intervention.
On March 4, in the OHS Auditorium, Natalie and Det. Wieland will be speaking to all 6th grade students at 11:30 am, and to all 7th and 8th grade students at 1:00 pm. All parents and any community members are invited to join us during one or both of these presentations. Please check in at the OHS office prior to coming to the auditorium. Parents, your child will be bringing home a letter explaining this as well on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Immediately following each presentation, we will be breaking students into small groups to have a follow up discussion/debriefing with them about the presentation. I’d encourage parents, if you aren’t able to join us for the presentation, to have a conversation with your child about what they learned.
The last time we had a similar presentation was 2 years ago already. The feedback was positive from those parents in attendance. Also, I’ve included two links to articles related to human trafficking in the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan. Please visit https://whbl.com/news/articles/2017/oct/03/violent-sex-trafficker-appears-in-sheboygan-county-court/ and http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2015/06/05/human-trafficking/28566791/ to learn more.
Any questions pertaining to the presentations can be directed to Ms. Keri Lauritsen, the OMS School Counselor, at 920-564-2383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While this is a sensitive subject that we don’t like to think about, the safety of our children is paramount. Prevention and education can save a life!
Sincerely, Sherri Stengel
Good morning, Parents.
This week Wednesday, February 20th, our juniors will be taking the State ACT test in the morning. Our other students will have school as normal on Wednesday, and after taking the ACT the juniors will have the afternoon off from school. We are guessing they will be pretty mentally drained since the ACT is a very demanding test that will require them to show some grit and push through some mental fatigue if they are to do their best. We expect the juniors to be done testing about 12:15 on Wednesday, so if your junior tells you they have off school on Wednesday afternoon, you can rest assured they are telling you the truth.
On Thursday this week, the juniors will be taking the State WorkKeys test, our freshmen and sophomores will be taking an ACT practice test, and the seniors will be completing an Academic Career Plan–Transition script. This script will guide the seniors in critical preparation steps as they transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. When the seniors have completed their script, they will present to one of our assigned staff members much like our other students do with student-led conferences, but in this case the conferences do not involve you as parents for logistic reasons. (Most of you are busy at work.) On Thursday, our juniors will be released after the WorkKeys test at about 11:15, so they will again have the afternoon off. Our seniors will be released after they have completed their student-led conference with a staff member somewhere around 10:30-11:00. The freshmen and sophomores will have lunch after the ACT test and then they will have their two afternoon classes as normal.
I attached the detailed schedule for Wednesday and Thursday in the email version of this message so you have all of the information as parents. The attachment also includes our end of the year exam opt out requirements which may be of interest for parents. We offer these opt out incentives to encourage students to really push themselves on the ACT, and we have found over the years that students really view exam opt outs at the end of the year as a very attractive incentive.
Have a great week,Scott