Four OASD Elementary Schools receive Significantly Exceeded Expectations Rating

OCONOMOWOC – November 12, 2019. The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) schools made continued gains on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction School Report Cards, which were released to the public today. Greenland Elementary, Ixonia Elementary, Park Lawn Elementary, and Summit Elementary all earned five-star ratings of Significantly Exceeds Expectations. It is Greenland Elementary School's fourth year in a row ranked as Significantly Exceeds Expectations, while Ixonia and Summit Elementary have maintained this ranking for a third straight year, and Park Lawn Elementary for their second year. Meadow View Elementary, along with Silver Lake Intermediate, each earned four-star Exceeds Expectations ratings. The District also celebrates Oconomowoc High School as they receive an Exceeds Expectations for the first time. Nature Hill Intermediate School received a Meets Expectations rating. The District received an overall four-star Exceeds Expectations rating, with a slight increase in its total score from last year. It is the fourth consecutive school year that the OASD has earned an Exceeding Expectations four-star rating!

2018-19 Oconomowoc Area School District Report Cards Summary

Wisconsin School Report Cards: Overall Accountability Scores and Ratings for the Oconomowoc Area School District

OASD's English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessment scores saw growth district-wide. However, Nature Hill Intermediate and Silver Lake Intermediate Schools are two district schools showing the largest opportunity for growth.

"These results are a reflection of the dedication and continued efforts of our teachers and staff as well as building and district leaders. We continue to see movement in growth and closing gaps, and for the fourth straight year, the District has seen an increase in its state report card score.," stated Superintendent Dr. Roger Rindo. "Our district and building tactical plans contain targeted efforts to continue to narrow gaps and increase student achievement, and I am confident in our continued upward trajectory. I am proud of how far we have come over the last five years, but at the same time, we are far from satisfied, and we acknowledge that we still have work to do. It's a good time to be in Oconomowoc."

New Changes to the 2018-19 Wisconsin State Accountability Report Cards:

Inclusion of ACT Aspire

This year for the first time, school report cards include ACT Aspire results, including grades 9 and 10 English language arts and mathematics. For many high schools adding these two grade levels of assessment results into the report cards means that many schools will see Closing Gap scores for student groups for the first time.

Inclusion of performance data for grades 9 and 10 means that high schools are eligible to get a School Growth score for the very first time. Schools and districts with growth scores are subject to statutorily required variable weighting. This variable weighting adjusts Achievement and Growth scores based on the percentage of students in the school or district who are economically disadvantaged.

Closing Gap Score Changes

Closing Gaps scores that had a positive or negative point change of 20 points or more at any school or district level in the state of Wisconsin will not receive a Closing Gaps score this year. The reason for this change is that, in most cases, large score changes are due to size changes in student groups affecting calculations more that changes in performance, and schools cannot control this. This is a one-year change as the Office of Educational Accountability works with an Accountability Advisory Group to establish a new closing gaps measure for 2019-20 accountability.


The public can view report cards at To learn more about Wisconsin's school accountability system, please visit:

The City of Oconomowoc has notified OASD that beginning Monday, November 11, 2019, there is planned railroad repairs at the intersection of Silver Lake Street. The repairs are scheduled to take approximately one week, weather permitting. Please make plans for alternate routes to school during this time.

For more information regarding the street closure read the full press release and review the detour map.


The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra Quartet Recital featuring the newly restored Chatfield Instruments will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Zion Episcopal Church, 237 North Lake Rd., in Oconomowoc. Musicians featured during the concert are Roberta Carpenter and Jennifer D'Alessio on violins, Robert Ignaszak on viola, and Paul Kilpatrick on cello. Michael Britz will join the group on string bass for Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country. A presentation about the Chatfield Instruments and restoration process by renowned Luthier, Scott Sleider will also be a part of the event.

Read the full story about this event written by Rebecca Seymour.

Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra hosts quartet recital

Oconomowoc's rich legacy of performing arts resonates through restoration of Chatfield instruments

By Rebecca Seymour

The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra String Quartet will perform a special recital spotlighting the newly restored Chatfield Instruments at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Zion Episcopal Church, located at 237 North Lake Rd., in Oconomowoc.

The live musical event will include Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 #3, Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom and commissioned for the Chatfield Instruments, and String Quartet #2 composed by Alexander Borodin.

A presentation about the Chatfield Instruments and restoration process by renowned Luthier, Scott Sleider will also be a part of the event.

Musicians featured during the concert are Roberta Carpenter and Jennifer D'Alessio on violins, Robert Ignaszak on viola, and Paul Kilpatrick on cello. Michael Britz will join the group on string bass for Variations on Fanfare for Lake Country.

Roberta Carpenter (violin) is the music director of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra. She has performed extensively as a violinist with symphonic, chamber, ballet and opera orchestras, many times as concertmaster. Carpenter's current tenure as concertmaster is for the Waukesha Choral Union Orchestra, and her recordings of the Fanfare for Lake Country on the Thunis Stradivarius can be found online.

Jennifer D'Alessio (violin) is the concertmaster of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and is also a fiddle and accordion player and singer with her Irish rock band, Hearthfire. She has been a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and toured in Japan and Taiwan as concertmaster of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Ignaszak (viola) is currently the orchestra director at Nature Hill Intermediate and Silver Lake Intermediate Schools in Oconomowoc, and is on the faculty of the Waukesha String Académie. He has also taught at Oconomowoc High School and Oconomowoc Middle School. In spring of 2019 he was the recipient of the Chatfield Award for his years of service to the arts in Oconomowoc.

Paul Kilpatrick (cello) studied cello with George Sopkin and Wolfgang Laufer of the Fine Arts Quartet. He played in the Oklahoma Symphony for seven years, and has been with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra for the past 28 years, playing occasionally with other groups in the area, including the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Britz (bass) has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Skylight Opera and many touring Broadway shows and revues. He is currently a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, plays with the Bel Canto Chorus Orchestra, and is the bass instructor at Carroll University.

Chatfield instruments

In 1937, Frank Chatfield donated a matched string quartet of instruments, as well as a beautiful hand carved wood display cabinet to Oconomowoc High School. For more than 80 years, the two violins, viola and cello have been played by countless OHS orchestra students until they fell into disrepair and were eventually placed in storage.

Chatfield, a long-time city planner for Oconomowoc, took up the hobby of building and repairing violins, violas and cellos. Over the years he harvested trees from the Lac La Belle area for his instruments and to this day some of his original wood prepared for violin making still exists.

The Chatfield Project was established in 2015 in efforts to save the musical instruments and preserve them as a treasured part of Oconomowoc history. The project is funded through private donations from members of the community and local charitable organizations, grant monies and other fundraising efforts.

Renowned luthier, Scott Sleider of Wauwatosa, restored the instruments to playing condition. The process required several hundred hours of work with a total cost estimated at nearly $30,000.

The Chatfield Instruments will be on display at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on the OHS campus. They will be available on a one-on-one basis for the community, including the students to use.

There will be a reception after the concert with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. A free-will offering will benefit the mission of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra (OCO).

For more information about the OCO, and the Chatfield Project, visit

Luthier, Scott Sleider

Luthier, Scott Sleider

Chatfield Instruments

Chatfield Instruments

Photo Credit: Rebecca Seymour

Take a look at all of the great things happening in the OASD by reading our October 2019 OASD Learners and Leaders newsletter. You'll find information on:

  • The new OASD Strategic Plan
  • The OASD Graduate Profile
  • Meadow View Elementary School Dedication Celebration
  • OHS News
  • Athletics News
  • And So Much More!

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Our Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony received a prestigious invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall for the New York Invitational Music Festival in April 2020. The OHS Wind Symphony is just one of three high schools in the United States that will perform on this storied stage during the Festival.

Read a full story about this amazing accomplishment written by Rebecca Seymour for Conley Media and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.


OHS Wind Symphony invited to perform at prestigious Carnegie Hall in NYC

By Rebecca Seymour

Special to Conley Media

OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony is one of just three high school groups from across the United States that will have the opportunity to perform on one of the world's greatest stages.

Directed by Michael Krofta, the OHS Wind Symphony has been invited to participate in the 2020 New York Invitational Music Festival held April 7-10 in the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

The New York Invitational Music Festival was designed to enhance the performance ability of the most advanced musical ensembles through master classes delivered by nationally known clinicians. Performing in the legendary concert hall whose rich legacy has allured the world's greatest artists to its stages, also offers a powerful experience for young musicians.

"To have the opportunity for our kids to perform at Carnegie Hall is really special and a dream come true for us. The New York Invitational Music Festival only seeks out the best ensembles in the nation," said Krofta. "We've done so many amazing things, and it's all because of the quality of our band program that has been building a legacy of success for more than 60 years."

Wind Symphony students started rehearsals on Monday to prepare for the trip, and the ensemble's upcoming fall concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. The event is free and the community is invited.

"We're working on three to four pieces for the performance, one of which is Leonard Bernstein's 'Overture to Candide.' He conducted the New York Philharmonic on the Carnegie Hall stage, so I wanted to acknowledge him in a special way," explained Krofta.

OHS senior Joe Middleton has been playing the euphonium for seven years and has been a member of the OHS Wind Symphony since he was a sophomore.

"Performing at Carnegie Hall is a huge opportunity and we're all super excited about it. It's going to be a lot of work, but the Wind Symphony players are used to pushing ourselves and putting in the extra effort," said Middleton. "Our community also really supports us and our parents work so hard for us. I'm grateful because we couldn't do this without them."

Fundraising efforts

There's an oft-told quip that reads, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!"

Dedication to playing their instruments every day to fine tune skills, while also rehearsing challenging, collegiate- level repertoire certainly had a hand in earning the Wind Symphony a spot at the 2020 New York Invitational Music Festival.

"I am incredibly proud of our band directors and students for being invited to play in New York City! Their hard work, along with the support of our parents, has given us yet another opportunity to showcase the talent that exists at Oconomowoc High School at this prestigious event," said OHS principal Jason Curtis.

Wind Symphony students and their parents are also well aware another crucial component required to "get to Carnegie Hall" is to fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.

The parent volunteer group, OHS Band Aids has been reaching out to community organizations, as well as organizing fundraising opportunities to help offset some of the expenses for 57 student musicians, staff and chaperones making the bus trip to New York City in April.

"The community has really responded so positively to the news of the OHS Wind Symphony performance at Carnegie Hall. Our goal is to raise $45,000, which is about half of what this trip will cost," explained OHS Band Aids president Jen Mortensen. "The kids worked so hard for this opportunity, and Mr. Krofta has this amazing way to inspire them. You hear that in every single concert."

Within the last couple of weeks, several Oconomowoc community organizations and service groups have already pledged their support through grants and donations, including the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the Courtney Bella Imagine A Day Foundation, the Oconomowoc Rotary Foundation, and the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club.

"We are so proud of all the kids in the Wind Symphony. This is a once-in a- lifetime experience, and we are so pleased to be able to support this trip to Carnegie Hall," said Maribeth Bush of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.

"We felt that such a high honor as this deserves to have the full support of the community and wanted to get the fundraising drive off to a good start. Our mission is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time," added Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club president Jerry Schneider.

Upcoming fundraisers that support the OHS band program include "There's No Place Like Home – Oconomowoc" T-shirt sale, Breakfast with Santa at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Nov. 30, the OHS Jazz Dance at the Waukesha Expo Center on Jan. 31, and others.

"We're so humbled by the continued support of the community. Performing at Carnegie Hall is one of the greatest experiences any musician could ever hope to have," added Krofta, his eyes shining with emotion. "They'll always remember this, for the rest of their lives!"

For more information on supporting the OHS Wind Symphony trip to Carnegie Hall and other band program events, visit the OHS Band Aids Facebook page or contact Mortensen at

Oconomowoc High School 2019-20 Wind Symphony

OHS Wind Symphony Group Photo

Photo Credit: Rebecca Seymour

There are several custodial positions available within the OASD along with openings at Oconomowoc Transport. Click these links to learn more about working with the students and staff of the OASD!

Parents United is a non-profit consortium of 26 southeaster Wisconsin special education departments that have united to provide an educational community service. The mission of the group is to present timely and information information, in a neutral forum, for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide essential links, knowledge and networking to the entire community.

2019-20 FREE Parents United Programs

There are several custodial positions available within the OASD. Custodial openings are posted on the WECAN website.

We're excited to start the 2019-20 school year! The first day of school fluctuates slightly, depending on what grade your child is entering. Here is our first day of school schedule:

Students entering 4K
  • 4K students will start school on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
  • Students attending the morning 4K program will be in school from 8:40 to 11:20 a.m.
  • Students attending the afternoon 4K program will be in school from 1:00 to 3:40 p.m.

Students entering 5K - 4th Grade

  • 5K-4th grade students will start school on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
  • Students in grades 5K through 4th will be in school from 8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

Students entering 5th-8th Grade

  • 5th-8th grade students will start school on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
  • Students in grades 5 through 8 will be in school from 7:30 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Students entering 9th Grade

  • Oconomowoc High School Freshman will start school on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
  • Students at OHS will be in school from 7:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
  • This is the first year that only Freshman will be at school on the first day. This will allow our newest Raccoons to learn their way around the building and integrate themselves into the OHS community.
  • Buses will operate on their regular schedule.
  • Students will meet their teachers but should not bring their Chromebooks or school supplies on September 3rd. Freshman should bring Chromebooks and school supplies on Wednesday, September 4th.
  • The day is designed to help students meet each other, learn about high school, and lay a foundation for a fun and successful year.
  • Students will be able to purchase lunch in the cafeteria or bring their own lunch on September 3rd.
  • There will be an OHS All School Cookout on Wednesday, September 4th and lunch will be free. There is no need to bring a lunch that day.

Students entering 10th-12th Grade

  • Oconomowoc High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will start school on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Students at OHS will be in school from 7:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
  • Students should bring their Chromebooks and school supplies on September 4th.
  • There will be an OHS All School Cookout on Wednesday, September 4th and lunch will be free. There is no need to bring a lunch that day.

OconDriven for a great year!

We're gearing up for the start of the 2019-20 school year and Open House for all of the OASD schools is on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. This is a great time to visit your school, get familiar with classroom locations, meet teachers, and drop off school supplies. Open House times will be:

  • Oconomowoc High School: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Intermediate Schools: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Elementary Schools: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

If you are looking for your child's school supply list, please visit one of these Back-to-School pages:

Interested in becoming a bus driver? Oconomowoc Transport is hiring for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Drive students attending Oconomowoc Area Schools
  • Sign on bonus: $500 with a CDL license and $200 without a CDL license
  • Starting Pay: $14.40 per hour (higher pay with CDL experience)
  • No CDL? No problem- Oconomowoc Transport will train and test on site
  • License reimbursement
  • Quarterly attendance bonuses
  • 401K company match up to 3%

Call Oconomowoc Transport at 920-355-4040 for additional information.

On Friday, May 10, 2019, Oconomowoc High School (OHS) inducted 16 people into the Oconomowoc High School Athletic Hall of Fame. This inaugural induction class included athletes, coaches, and special contributors to the OHS Athletic Program, spanning several decades at OHS.

The OHS Athletic Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of individual athletes, coaches, and friends of the Athletic Program who have contributed to the success, tradition, integrity, development, and promotion of Oconomowoc High School Athletics.

We would like to congratulate and thank our inductees for their contributions to our athletics history. We would also like to thank the event sponsors who helped make this celebration possible. Please read more about each Hall of Fame inductee in our banquet program, linked here.

If you would like to nominate an inductee for the 2020 OHS Athletic Hall of Fame, please visit our website at, and complete a nomination form.

Please join us for the 2020 OHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Oconomowoc Community Center.

OHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2019 Class Photo

2019 OHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Class


2019 OHS Athletic Hall of Fame Table Sponsors:
- Dan Marks Family
- Griswold Construction
- Milford Hills
- Oconomowoc Area Baseball Club

2019 Program Sponsors:
- Affiliated Products, Inc.
- Badger Sporting Goods
- Bence Barbers
- Competitor Awards & Engraving, Inc.
- Dave Bruno Family Foundation
- Fleet Farm
- Keeper Goals
- Loppnow Home Inspections
- Mid-City Sports
- MSI General Corporation
- Oconomowoc High School Boys Basketball
- Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club
- Oliver Construction Co.
- Renz Construction, Inc.
- Riddell Sports
- Ron Pennell
- Baird
- Sobie's Restaurant
- Stapleton Realty Ltd.
- Staybridge Suites Milwaukee West-Oconomowoc

2019 Plaque Sponsors:
- Griswold Construction
- Lorleberg True Value Hardware and Rental
- Milford Hills
- Oconomowoc Area Baseball Club
- Susie, Georgia, Jenni & Families

The OASD is proud to host a Summer Autism Essentials Institute on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. This event is presented by Kate McGinnity, Autism Consultant, members of the Oconomowoc Area School District Autism Resource Team, and OASD students with autism. Participants will receive a free autism resource book.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Oconomowoc Arts Center
641 E. Forest Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

OASD Staff: Free
OASD Parents: $25
Community Participants: $100

Online registration is required for the event by clicking on this link

Click here for detailed session descriptions

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The Oconomowoc High School German Language Department is hosting a FREE German Soccer Camp, in partnership with Wunderbar Together and the Goethe Institut. The camp will be free and open to students entering grades 4-6 in the 2019-20 school year. Two soccer trainers from Germany will lead the camp and students will practice skills and play games. Attendees will receive a t-shirt for participating. There is a limit of 24 participants for the camp, and spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Camp Dates: Thursday, June 20 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Camp Times: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on June 20 and 21, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on June 22

Camp Location: Oconomowoc High School Soccer Fields

Camp Cost : FREE but registration is required

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019

To register, please print and complete the forms linked here.

Then mail or email forms to OHS German Teacher, Christele Schwerer at SchwereC@oasd org, or:

Oconomowoc High School
Attn: Christele Schwerer
641 E. Forest Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

What to Wear & Bring

Attendees should wear athletic clothing and bring snack, water, and a bagged lunch for June 20th and June 21st. Snacks and lunch will be provided on June 22nd.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Schwerer at or call (262)-560-3100, extension 3290.

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The Oconomowoc Area School District needs your help. Earlier this year, the OASD began the process of refreshing our strategic plan. We are proud of the accomplishments and growth which stemmed from our current plan and are excited to build onto those successes with new strategies that will help guide the District. Your input in the development of this new plan is important! You are invited to join us for a community feedback event on Tuesday, April 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Oconomowoc High School East Campus. At this event you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear an update on the current state of the school district
  • Review and provide feedback on the District's mission and vision
  • Learn about the world we are preparing our students for in a short "2030 Thinking" presentation
  • Provide feedback on a draft of the OASD Graduate Profile
  • Identify critical issues and areas for improvement for the District

Please consider helping chart our future!

Greenland Elementary School
440 Coolidge Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Nondiscrimination: The Oconomowoc Area School District provides assurance that no student is discriminated against because of the student's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.
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