Every Student Has A Story: Every Student Is A Scientist
"I want to be a biomedical engineer," aspires Ava, current Silver Lake Intermediate School seventh-grader. Jackson, another Silver Lake seventh-grader, wants to be a paleontologist. While not every student at Silver Lake has ambitions for a career in science and engineering, it is our work as educators to ensure all our students experience success in science classes. We develop readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists too! Every student has a story and in that story every student can see his/herself as a scientist.
This is the first year of implementation of our new science curriculum, Amplify Science, at grades 6-8. According to the Amplify Curriculum, "it blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Amplify uses real-world problems to explore scientific phenomena. It is inquiry-based in which students work collaboratively, engage in discussion and construct models to arrive at solutions."
Sixth-graders learned about microbiomes earlier this school year. It was around the same time when there was an outbreak of E. coli in lettuce. Sixth-grade teacher, Mary Williams stated, "While we were learning about the microbiomes, students learned about E. coli and how bad that particular microorganism is on the human body. The kids were excited about the connection they made between the E. coli outbreak and their learning in the classroom, especially the importance of recalling foods affected by E. coli. For a lot of our students the relevance and application to their own lives heightens their engagement and helps them make sense of their learning."
In seventh-grade, students embarked on solving mysteries. Ava really enjoyed a "Cookie Mystery" hands-on experiment in which she and her classmates tested different substances to see how they interacted with baking ingredients. Jackson enjoyed figuring out mystery fossils. Engagement is key to student learning. Mysteries can be highly engaging when coupled with hands-on experiences.
Amplify is also rich in literacy-based activities. Students' stories as learners may include the love of reading and writing; while others may experience challenges in reading and writing. Amplify offers access to the text-to-speech feature. Students can turn on this feature and the articles in the Amplify library can be read aloud as well as a teacher's ability to assign a reading level appropriate to a student's needs. David, an eighth grader, utilizes the text-to speech feature. "I like Amplify because I can have articles read to me. I am able to understand science better because the words on the screen light up as I follow along. This helps me, and it also makes me think about things."
Many of our students' stories include the love of technology. With the deployment of Chromebooks this school year at all grades at the intermediate level, students utilize their device to access and engage with the Amplify curriculum. Allison, Silver Lake sixth-grader, says it is easier to stay organized in science using the Chromebook. She also likes the ability to turn in work with just a touch of a button. Students can also engage in digital simulations. For example, for abstract concepts such as plate tectonics, students utilize a digital simulation to gain understanding. Simulations allow for accessing the normally inaccessible concepts.
"We want our students to experience success at the intermediate level in science classes so they take those successes and use them to propel forward into high school classes and beyond. We want to be the foundation of science inquiry that grows our students' curiosities and for every student's story to include access to and engagement in science," explained Silver Lake Intermediate Principal, Jill Marr.
Silver Lake Intermediate School, OASD School Board Presentation on January 15, 2019
Back – left to right: Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, Silver Lake Intermediate Teacher, Mary Williams, Silver Lake Intermediate Teacher, Dan Gebauer, Silver Lake Intermediate Associate Principal, Jill Marr, Silver Lake Intermediate Principal, Jackson S., student
Front – left to right: Corinne Herreid, Silver Lake Intermediate Teacher, Silver Lake students: Allison B., Ava F., Toby H., Logan W., Ryan Y., Ava R., Claire P.
The Orbis Corporation and Oconomowoc High School will be hosting a food drive on Tuesday, January 29, at the OHS Boys Basketball games. Food donations will benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Bring a non-perishable food item to one of the games at the OHS Gale Douglas Fieldhouse and receive free admission to the game.
January 29th OHS Boys Basketball Schedule:
- JV2 Gold vs. Arrowhead @ 4:00 p.m.
- JV2 Purple vs. Arrowhead @ 5:15 p.m.
- JV vs. Arrowhead @ 5:15 p.m.
- Varsity vs. Arrowhead @ 7:00 p.m.
Thank you to the Orbis Corporation for helping us support the Oconomowoc families in need of these donations!
4th grade parents/guardians are invited to the Silver Lake Intermediate School Cafeteria on Monday, January 28, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for a 5th Grade Information Night.
If your child is currently in 4th grade, preparing to move to Silver Lake Intermediate for 5th grade next year, please join us for an information meeting to prepare for the journey. You'll learn more about the culture at Silver Lake, what to expect in the transition to middle school, the changes in daily schedule, and much more. We're looking forward to seeing you!
The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) is committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff and providing fast and accurate information in a time of emergency. In a time of crisis, we utilize email, phone calls, social media, OASD website posts, and work with local media to share information. On January 7, 2019, we will be introducing text messaging as another option to communicate emergency information with families. You will need to complete several steps to ensure you receive these text messages.
OCONOMOWOC HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CAMP
Boys Baseball Camp for Grades 1-8
January 19, 26 & February 2, 2019
Sign up today for the 2019 Raccoon Baseball Camp. Our Camp is led by OHS Varsity Baseball Coach, Arno Kirchenwitz, along with the OHS Baseball Coaching Staff, current OHS players, and alumni.
Features of our camp:
- Instruction in hitting, pitching, and fielding
- Groups split by grade level, into 8-10 campers per coach
- Individual attention and progressing with new drills each session
2:00-4:00 p.m. for grades 1-4
4:00-6:00 p.m. for grades 5-8
Location: inside the OHS Gale Douglas Fieldhouse
Equipment: Campers should wear tennis shoes and bring a glove, bat, and helmet.
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2019
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market is back at the Oconomowoc High School cafeteria! The Winter Farmers Market will be held on Sunday's beginning November 4 until March 31 from 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy kids activities, music, food, special demos and shop with dozens of local vendors.
Oconomowoc High School students and clubs will also offer special events throughout the Market:
- December 9 – Winter Wonderland Kids Festival – hosted by the OHS National Honor Society
- there will be games, crafts, and a bake sale with proceeds benefiting an OHS student recently diagnosed with Leukemia.
- January 13 – Pancake Breakfast, School Tours & More – hosted by the OHS Student Council
- February 17 – Pancake Breakfast, Robotics Demonstrations, School Tours & More – hosted by the OHS Robotics Club
- March 17 – Pancake Breakfast, Student Film Presentation, School Tours & More – hosted by Lake Country Film Festival
- Angelic Bakehouse
- Barb's Creative Jewelry
- Brightonwoods Orchard, Inc.
- CD Works
- Country Chemist
- Creative Touch
- Cuban with a Twist
- Fave Macaroons
- Fer-li Meats
- Hemken Honey
- LaBelleCheese (Koepke Farms)
- Loppnow Farms
- Lost Art Fiber & Textile Studio
- Matthew's Family Farm
- Max & Lindy's
- Nature's Colors
- Oberweis Dairy
- Owlsway Simple LLC
- Pedro's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
- Pink Teepee Farms, LLC
- Rick's Kettle Corn
- Sassy Sweets
- Silver Creek Alpaca
- Swiss Frau Farm, LLC
- Tricia's Bake Shop
- Tricilo Peru
- T's Cup & Cream
- Tudo Sabor Brasil
- Wisconsin Soup Company
Back to the Oconomowoc Wrestling Mat - Youth Wrestling Program
OHS Athletics is offering a Youth Wrestling Program for kids in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
December 3, 2018 - March 27, 2019
- 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday
- Tournaments will be held on Saturdays and/or Sundays, specific dates/times are not confirmed yet
- Wrestling fee is $100, plus an additional $40 for a USA Wrestling membership card
- Will be held on Monday, November 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- In the Wrestling Room at Oconomowoc High School
- Meet Coach Woods
Head Coach: Ryan Woods
Coaching Experience - Kenosha Wrestling Club, UW-Parkside Wrestling, UW-Whitewater Wrestling, Askren Wrestling Academy.
Your Choice Prevention Education is hosting the "Wake Up Call" exhibit at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. "Wake-Up Call," is a life-size exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. This FREE presentation is intended for adults only, 21 years of age and older.
- Learn the signs and symptoms associated with substance use as well as current drug trends
- Receive a guided tour of the bedroom along with a description of items used to conceal substance use
- Learn parenting strategies to help prevent substance use
- Receive a comprehensive resource handbook
- Receive an opportunity to go through the bedroom and ask questions
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Oconomowoc Arts Center
641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc
6:00-6:30 p.m. - Resource Fair
6:30-8:00 p.m. - "Wake Up Call" tour presented by Your Choice team members
For questions about this event, please contact Brenda Barker at (262)-569-4950 or Sandi Lybert at (262)-367-9901.
Over the next few weeks, all OASD schools will participate in safety drills following the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) safety protocol. This training encourages staff and students to respond to an unsafe person based on the situation, rather than rely on centralized instructions in dynamic times of crisis.
The purpose of these safety drills is to provide students and staff the opportunity to practice making a well-informed decision if an unsafe and unexpected situation were to happen at school. Before these drills are held, teachers will hold age-appropriate discussions on:
- what will take place during the training
- how to calmly complete the exercise
- what materials students may need to have with them
- the expectations for remaining orderly throughout the drill
Parents will receive additional information, including specific dates and times, via email prior to and during these drills. Any school-specific information will also be shared in these emails. Please contact your school front office with any questions about these safety drills.
Thank you for your support of safety education in the Oconomowoc Area School District.
Homecoming 2018: September 30-October 6, 2018
Homecoming Week Festivities
Sunday, September 30, 2018
- Window Painting @ 10:00 a.m. - Meet in front of Roots Coffee Shop
- OHS Main Campus & East Campus Dedication Celebration & Open House @ 1:00 p.m. - OHS East Campus
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
- OHS Varsity Soccer @ 6:30 p.m. - OHS Soccer Stadium
- OHS Varsity Volleyball @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Fieldhouse
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Powder Puff Football Game @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Rux Stadium
Thursday, October 4, 2018
- Swim Meet @ 6:00 p.m. - YMCA at Pabst Farms
Friday, October 5, 2018
- Homecoming Parade Lineup @ 4:00 p.m. - Oakwood Avenue, see attached map
- Homecoming Parade Starts @ 5:15 p.m., see attached parade route map
- Homecoming Football Game @ 7:00 p.m. - OHS Rux Stadium
Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Homecoming Dance @ 8:00-11:00 p.m. - OHS Upper Gym
2018 Homecoming Court
- Back Row- Left to Right: Cole Ninmann, Ben Rawson, PJ Nelson, Jacob Hogan, Michael Kluz, & Luke Petersen
- Middle Row- Left to Right: Ethan Cash, Katie Jorgensen, & Emily Osborn
- Front Row- Left to Right: Dani Rabay, Madison Begos, Chela Quinones, Ryan Odeja, Sierra Boettcher, & Abby Westburg
- Not Pictured: Malik Staude
Spirit Week Themes at OHS
Monday, October 1: Tie Dye
Tuesday, October 2: Hawaiian Day
Wednesday, October 3: Vine/Meme Day
Thursday, October 4: Throwback to Third Grade Day
Friday, October 5: School Spirit Day
Homecoming Parade Participation
Homecoming application forms are available through this link. Forms are due to the OHS Athletic Office by Friday, September 26, 2018. Please email completed forms to Beth Loppnow at LoppnowB@oasd.org.
Parade Safety Guidelines:
- Due to overhead electric wires, floats may not exceed 16' in height.
- NEW - PROVIDE 2 ADULTS to walk along parade route with float. Direct spectators back to the edge of the road. Candy can be handed out along the sidewalks.
- All City, County & State ordinances must be followed during the event. Any participant who violates city, county or state ordinances or creates a public safety hazard will be referred to the appropriate authorities.
- All parade vehicles/floats must be structurally sound and safely designed. The main platform must have no holes or hollow areas where someone could fall through. All standing persons must have something on which to hold (i.e. a railing, pole, handle, etc.) or they must be seated at all times.
- Two people need to be in the pulling vehicle with one being a full time spotter for the driver.
- No vehicle in the parade shall stop in route to load or unload passengers.
- No one will be permitted to ride on the roof or hood of a moving vehicle.
- Parade moves at a set pace, please follow accordingly to ensure that the parade begins and ends on time and that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
- Parade entries must maintain appropriate distances (one car length) from the entry in front of them. Large gaps between entries can pose a safety hazard as can following an entry too closely.
- For the safety of parade attendees, throwing items such as candy, etc., from the float or vehicle will not be permitted. You may walk along the sidewalk and hand out candy. Entries identified as throwing items risk future parade participation.
- Persons riding on floats should have proper footing/seating and should not hang any appendage over the sides of the float.
- Parade participants should not jump from or onto a float or motorized vehicle.
- Ensure that float decorations do not obscure the driver's view of the road and that drivers/operators can hear verbal instructions.
- Entry should easily travel the parade route, turn corners and fit under traffic signals.
- The height of the entry needs to fit under trees and traffic devices encountered on the parade route.
Join us for a conversation and opportunity to think collectively about diversity and the goals of the Oconomowoc Area School District. We'll talk about the values we want to carry forward and create a shared vision for the future.
- Thursday, October 18 and Monday, November 5, 2018
- 6:30-9:00 p.m. for both sessions
- Oconomowoc High School East Campus, 915 E. Summit Avenue, Oconomowoc
- Parking in front of the building, enter at main entrance
October 18th: Overview of Identity Development
- Understanding our biases and assumptions and how they impact us individually
- How we see ourselves and others and its impact at the classroom, school and community levels
November 5th: Overview of Educational Equity
- Delineate areas of needs and interest specific to marginalized identities
- Participants categorize areas of interest and prioritize
About the Facilitators:
Dr. Elise Frattura
Dr. Elise Frattura has been a professor in the Department of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education since 2001. She's Co-Founder of Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity (icsequity.org) and Co-Director of the National Leadership for Social Justice Institute and Academy. From 2003-2013, Dr. Frattura served as an Associate Dean and Department Chairperson for the School of Education.
Dr. Joe Schroeder
Dr. Joe Schroeder combines successful leadership experience in teaching and administration with a passion for leadership development. Before joining the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) as Associate Executive Director in 2012, Dr. Schroeder served five years as Superintendent of the Muskego-Norway School District. Prior to that, Dr. Schroeder was the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in the Elmbrook School District, Principal of Brookfield East High School, Associate Principal and Principal of Evansville High School, and English Teacher at both Menasha and Parker High Schools.
Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club is hiring a new Concession Director and Assistant.
o Work closely with OSBC directors and OHS Athletic Department
o Planning, Ordering, Shopping, Stocking, Cleaning, Inventory, Budgeting, Banking, E-mailing correspondence, Organize OSBC Water Sponsors, Schedule volunteers via SignUp Genius each season, Monthly Detailed Financial Reports, Monthly OSBC meeting.
o Small-Medium Events: 1-2 hours opening concession stand/orientate volunteers
o Large Events: 5-7 hours, open stand, supervise events, close down/clean stand
(must be available to work Varsity Football Games)
o Flexible hours: pick up preorders, inventory, stocking, cleaning, setting up, accept delegated task by the Concessions Director
o Event hours:
Small events: 1-2 hours open stand, orientate volunteers
Large events: 4-6 hours open stand, supervise event, close down/clean stand
You're invited to a screening of the documentary, Suicide, The Ripple Effect, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
The documentary highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, the film follows Kevin on a mission to help others stay alive and find recovery. In the Oconomowoc community, statistics reveal concerns around the issue of suicide as well. In spring of 2017, Oconomowoc High School students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) that revealed startling statistics. The percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months was 13.3—that's 160 students.
We hope this film sheds light on this topic and offers hope to all that may be touched by suicide.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
- 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Resource fair
- 6:00-7:30 p.m. - Documentary screening
- 7:30-8:00 p.m. - Panel discussion with audience Q&A
- Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc
The event is FREE and open to the public for ages 13 and over.
Screening Partners/Sponsors Include:
- Rogers Behavioral Health
- SOFA: Saving Others for Archie
- National Alliance of Mental Health: Waukesha
- Oconomowoc Area School District
Important: This is only a training and not an emergency!
The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD), in partnership with the Oconomowoc Police Department (OPD), will be holding an Armed Intruder Training district-wide for all staff on August 29, 2018.
These training sessions will be held at all OASD schools and there will be a police presence at each location during the training. Police Department officials will be shooting blank rounds inside buildings to familiarize staff with the sound of live firearms.
District staff will spend time practicing:
- How to be flexible in their response to an emergency, based on the information available
- How to feel empowered in deciding the safest response, based on the information available
- How to communicate with each other and alert one another in an emergency
OASD Staff Training Schedule:
Nature Hill Intermediate
8:15- 9:15 a.m.
Ixonia Elementary School
Oconomowoc High School
(Main & East Campus)
Greenland Elementary School
Meadow View Elementary School
Silver Lake Intermediate School
Park Lawn Elementary School
Summit Elementary School
Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, Social Studies and Science Teacher at Silver Lake Intermediate School, has been selected as a 2018 Museum Teacher Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Kurtz was one of 24 educators nation-wide, chosen for the program. Educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations. Selection preference is given to applicants who have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, which Kurtz attended last year.
As a Museum Teacher Fellow, Kurtz was invited to a five-day institute in Washington, DC, designed to immerse Fellows in advanced historical issues and teaching training. Established in 1996, the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program has developed a national corps of skilled educators to help lead the Museum's efforts to ensure quality Holocaust education in secondary schools. Kurtz is one of 394 Museum Teacher Fellows who has completed the program since its inception.
"The Museum Teacher Fellows play a vital role in bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to communities around the country," says Gretchen Skidmore, director of the Museum's education initiatives in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. "Teaching students critical thinking skills as well as providing resources that encourage in-depth examination of how and why the Holocaust happened are key components of the Museum's ongoing engagement with educators across the country."
As a Fellow, Kurtz will work to create and implement an outreach project in the community, then share her work with other Fellows at a conference next July.
Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, Silver Lake Intermediate School Teacher