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OHS Building Trades 3 Students Break Ground on New Home Project
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Homecoming Week Starts September 29th
OASD Reports 2017-18 Grade 11 ACT Results
OASD Reports 2017-18 Grade 11 ACT Results

Oconomowoc, WI –September 13, 2019. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams which show parents, teachers, districts and school boards how well students are prepared to be college and career ready. More than 2,900 Oconomowoc Area School District students took the exams accounted for in this annual statewide assessment and include:

Wisconsin Forward Exam
As an online assessment, the Forward Exam incorporates innovative and better ways for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

  • Grades 3-8; measures performance in ELA (English, Reading, and Writing) and mathematics
  • Grades 4 and 8; measures performance in science
  • Grades 4, 8, and 10; measures performance in social studies

By offering the ACT statewide, all grade 11 students, regardless of family circumstances, can participate in a college readiness assessment. Before the ACT was a required statewide assessment, only about 72% of WI graduates took the ACT. Improving access to post-secondary readiness options is one way to close our achievement gap and address equity issues in Wisconsin.

  • Grade 11; measures performance ELA, mathematics, and science
  • Same college admissions exam taken by students nationwide

ACT Aspire
ACT Aspire™ Early High School scores are reported on a 3-digit scale. These scores predict future ACT scores.

  • Grades 9 and 10; measures performance in ELA, mathematics, and science
  • Predictive of ACT performance

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
Wisconsin's alternate assessment is taken by the 1% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. DLM is an online assessment administered individually to students.

  • Grades 3-11; alternate assessment in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies for students with severe cognitive disabilities

OASD Director of Research, Evaluation and Accountability Derick Kiger shared, "The OASD school board approved a new strategic plan this summer with a primary goal for all schools to significantly exceed expectations on the WI school report card by 2024. This aggressive target requires heightened performance on the annual state accountability tests including the Forward Exam, ACT Aspire, and ACT." Kiger went on to say, "The plan also calls for performance comparisons against peer school districts to help gauge progress. Quarterly accountability reports to the school board are scheduled for 2019-20."

The following table illustrates how OASD students performed compared to peer districts. The two most important takeaways from the Spring 2019 assessment data include:

  • OASD scored above statewide averages across all tests and content areas in 2018-19
  • OASD compared most favorably to peer districts on the high school ACT Aspire at grades 9 and 10

Statewide school and district results can be found on the Wisconsin DPI's data portal, called WISEdash. Click on the Academic Performance tab on http://wisedash.dip.wi.gov.

For more information on the OASD 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and Key Performance Objectives, please visit www.oasd.org/StrategicPlan.

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

National Merit Semi Finalists Photos

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including more than 300 Wisconsin students. Oconomowoc High School Seniors Kenneth K. Buschhaus and Joseph Hribar were named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test were awarded semifinalist status.

According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Over 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Visit www.nationalmerit.org for more information.


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Our Oconomowoc High School Building Trades 3 Class celebrated the start of the school year with a ground breaking ceremony for the new house they're helping to build with Tim O'Brien Homes. For the last 11 years, Tim O'Brien Homes has partnered with OHS and Teacher Steve Olson, to give our students this home building experience.

These Junior and Senior level students have already completed the Building Trades 1 and 2 classes along with an application process to be accepted into this program. Their involvement began in June when they were able to participate in the design process, floor planning, and color selections for the house. After the ground breaking today, they started learning about the construction site and preparation that's done at the beginning of a home building project. Our students will continue to work at the Pabst Farms job site for the school year, learning alongside professional tradespeople.

Some of these students are already enrolled in a Youth Apprenticeship program in the construction trades, and others are using this experience to decide whether they'll enroll in an apprenticeship next year. Thanks to the support of Tim O'Brien Homes, our students can try different careers before graduation, to help them find the pathway that's right for them.

Thank you to Tim O'Brien Homes for continuing this incredible partnership. Our students are oconDRIVEN for success!

Photos from the Oconomowoc High School and Tim O'Brien Homes Ground Breaking on Wednesday, September 4, 2019:

OHS Building Trades 3 Students at Ground Breaking

OHS Building Trades 3 Students at Ground Breaking

OHS Building Trades 3 Students at Ground Breaking

We live in a safe community. Most communities and venues that have had an active assailant event were safe until the event occurred. You never know where or when an event will occur. This training is meant to provide a level of training and awareness of how to respond during a situation you never thought you would be in.

Hopefully, those who attend will never need to use the training they receive. This is a free and open event for the City of Oconomowoc and surrounding area. Please note: State law prohibits weapons on school property.


Active Assailant Response Training

September 25, 2019
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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

1.5 Hour Training
.5 Hour Q&A

The Oconomowoc High School (OHS) Athletic Department is excited to announce that Ryan Woods will be our new Head Wrestling Coach. Mr. Woods is no stranger to Ocon Wrestling, he has spent the last three years working as our Youth Wrestling Director.

Mr. Woods is a 2006 graduate of Bay Port High School. While there, he wrestled all 4 years and was a two-time WIAA Division 1 State Qualifier and a State Runner-up Champion. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and was a four-year letter winner. He received his degree in Sports and Fitness Management and has a Wisconsin Coaching Certificate.

His coaching background includes work at UW-Parkside as an Assistant Coach where he coached four All-Americans and he was a Graduate Assistant at UW-Whitewater where the team placed third in the country while also coaching six All-Americans. Mr. Woods was also the Head Coach of the Kenosha Wrestling Club for two years and worked as a camp counselor/clinician for the United State Naval Academy for two summers. He has also coached in the Ben Askren Wrestling Academy for three years.

We would like to thank VJ Scully, Lloyd Marks, John Griswold, and Eric Jensen for serving on the hiring committee. Having a strong alumni base and support is very important if we are going to continue to build upon the successes of our wrestling programs here at OHS.

Please give a warm welcome to Ryan Woods, we are excited for him to join our Ocon family.

OHS Wrestling Coach Photo

The Oconomowoc High School (OHS) Athletic Department is pleased to welcome Kayla Hottinger as the new OHS Girls Head Soccer Coach. Mrs. Hottinger comes to OHS from Milton High School where she has been the Head Coach since 2014. Prior to that, she was the JV Coach from 2011-2013. Which there, she built the Milton program into one of the top teams in the Badger South Conference. Mrs. Hottinger will also be a Learning Strategist at OHS.

Mrs. Hottinger played soccer for 4 years on the UW-Whitewater Woman's Team, she has been a UW-Whitewater summer camp staff member since 2012. She has also worked as a club soccer coach for Wisconsin Rush (2013-present) and the Rock Club from (2012-14). She earned a bachelors from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in Special Education and a master's degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching.

Mrs. Hottinger has an extensive background in soccer and knows what it takes to build and maintain a championship program. Please help us welcome Coach Kayla Hottinger to the Ocon family, we're excited for our team and the successes that lie ahead as we build a championship program.

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If you want your portrait to appear in the senior section of the 2019-2020 yearbook, it must be submitted by Friday, December 13, 2019. Please follow these guidelines to be sure your photo will be accepted:

  • Standard wallet size (2.5 x 3.5) must be vertical
  • Digital format preferred in .jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi
  • Use of full natural color-no colorized or black and white photos
  • Full body poses will not be accepted (must be from the waist up or a closer image of the face)
  • No partial head shots accepted
  • NO PROPS (this includes sports equipment, flowers, instruments,pets, etc.)
  • Background should not be busy or distracting (outdoor shots accepted as long as background is suitable)

Digital photos are preferable as long as they are high quality.

These can be submitted on CD or via e-mail to wiesemanl@oasd.org.

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!

You're Invited to a ribbon cutting celebration to launch the new Automotive Program at Oconomowoc High School!

The Oconomowoc community, OHS families and students are invited to the OHS Auto Lab on Tuesday, August 27th at 1:30 p.m. We'll hold a ribbon cutting then guests can tour the new automotive classroom.

Please park in the staff parking lot at the back of OHS and enter the Auto Lab through the garage door.

OHS families and students can go from the automotive celebration to the OHS Back-to-School Open House which starts at 2:00 p.m.

OHS Automotive Program Ribbon Cutting Celebration

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:


July 2019

Are you looking for a job that works around your kid's school schedule? Do you want to have nights, weekends, holidays & summers off? Sodexo Food Service is looking for hard working individuals to become a part of the Oconomowoc Area School District Food-service Team.

If you have questions regarding either position, please contact:

Tina Hohlfeld,

Director of Food & Nutrition Services

Sodexo will require a background check

Currently there are two openings:

Lead Supervisor at the new Meadow View Elementary. We are currently looking to fill this F/T position for the 2019-20 school year. Shifts for this position are M-F 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., no nights, holidays or weekends, great pay. This position is Unemployment Eligible for all time off during school closures and breaks, including summer. Must have proven leadership skills, excellent food safety & kitchen knowledge, be friendly and enjoy serving kids of all ages and be available to work over the lunch periods. HACCP knowledge preferred.

To Apply Visit: http://sodexo.balancetrak.com//201916483

Cashier/Food Prep Specialist at Oconomowoc High School. We are currently looking to fill this P/T position for the 2019-20 school year. Shifts for this position are M-F 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., no nights, weekends or holidays, competitive wage. This position is Unemployment Eligible for all time off during school closures and breaks, including summer. Must be friendly and enjoy serving kids of all ages and be available to work over the lunch periods.

To Apply Visit: http://sodexo.balancetrak.com//201916483

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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.

Oconomowoc High School (OHS) is working to prepare students for college, career, and life – but that's a goal for every high school, how is OHS different? OHS is redefining what life readiness means by focusing on four areas:

  • Rigorous academic programs
  • Personalized and career-specific learning experiences
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Readiness to succeed in life beyond high school

These four areas are supported by several key readiness indicators, developed by the American Association of School Administrators. These indicators include benchmarks for standardized testing to indicate that a student is college ready and behavioral and experiential benchmarks to indicate that a student is career ready. From these indicators, OHS administration and staff set five goals for this school year:

  • Career Readiness Goal – All grade levels will attain a minimum of 90% attendance by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Career Readiness Goal – Students will decrease the number of instances of arriving tardy to school by 20% by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Career Readiness Goal – Workplace learning experiences and students earning industry credentials will increase by 25% by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
  • College Readiness Goal – Instances of academic dishonesty will decrease by 20% by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Life Readiness Goal – The number of students participating in organized club activities will increase by 20% by the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Is OHS Achieving These Goals?

OHS students and staff have rallied around these goals and are exceeding them. The current overall attendance rate for all OHS students is 94.6% and by grade level is 92.4% or higher. This high rate of attendance shows a student body that is engaged in school and giving their best each day.

When analyzing attendance data, OHS leaders found that the first hour of the school day had the lowest attendance and that late arrival was affecting student performance throughout the day. Staff worked with students to emphasize the importance of arriving on time for school and future careers, which helped students exceed their goal and reduce tardiness by 43%.

Workplace learning experiences have significantly grown this year and are projected to increase even more in the next school year. Youth Apprenticeship enrollment has increased by 114% in the 2018-19 school year, and Industry Certifications have increased by 148%.

Decreasing academic dishonesty is a key college readiness indicator and one that OHS staff tackled through a variety of strategies, including helping students understand what academic dishonesty means and ways to prevent it. These efforts paid off, and students decreased instances of academic dishonesty by 37%.

Increasing club participation as a way of increasing engagement, a sense of community, and school pride is the final goal that OHS students exceeded this year. The number of students involved in a club this year has increased by 25%.

These successes are exciting for OHS staff and students and will lay the foundation for more challenging goals in the 2019-20 school year.

What Does This Achievement Look Like for Students?

Creating, monitoring, and exceeding these goals have taken focused effort for staff and students at OHS, but how does this work affect individual students?

Four OHS students joined the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) School Board meeting on May 21, to share how OHS administration and staff have helped them prepare for their futures, whether they are college, apprenticeship, or workforce bound after graduation.

OHS Freshman Jack Brennan, shared a video about his feeling of belonging and community, saying, "I feel happy at the high school, and my friends make me happy." Jack participates in the Best Buddies club and enjoys football and basketball games after school.

Sophomore, Hannah Lilienkamp talked about her commitment to success at OHS. "I feel comfort in fulfilling my dreams, knowing that everyone, including all of my teachers and leaders, has my back and supports me. After my time here at OHS, I hope to be selected for direct admission to the nursing program at Marquette University. My goal is to already have my Certified Nursing Assistant license going into college and have this work experience under my belt working as a CNA." She added, "As part of my schooling, I hope to fulfill all of the steps of becoming a nurse anesthetist where I can work in the labor and delivery care unit. OHS is helping me to achieve these goals by providing an IB Career Programme for students wanting to go into certain work fields."

OHS Junior, Isaac Deering shared his experience in the Youth Apprenticeship program and the professional accountability he's learning through his work with Zeman Tool. "When I'm on the job I work on a CNC lathe under the supervision of an experienced operator, learning many things like writing programs, reading blueprints and applying what I have learned at OHS, like math and communication skills, but I've also picked up on the process and the talk of the manufacturing world. Every time I go into work, I'm guaranteed to learn something new that will last for a lifetime." He added, "Working my youth apprenticeship has opened me up to a wide variety of opportunities that will launch me into my future with a promising outcome."

Senior, Madison Sabel concluded by telling the School Board how OHS has helped her to be ready for the future. "Throughout my high school career, I have pushed myself to make the most out of high school and take away as much as I could. I became motivated to take on every opportunity presented to me because you never know where each opportunity could lead. There were times I felt defeated, but there is no greater feeling than seeing all of my hard work pay off." She added, "Oconomowoc High School (OHS) has allowed me to prepare myself for the "real world". I am truly blessed to be a part of a school and community that genuinely cares about me and wants to see me succeed."

Oconomowoc High School Board Showcase Presenters

Left to Right: Hannah Lilienkamp; OHS Principal, Jason Curtis; Madison Sabel; OHS School to Career Coordinator, Kyla Stefan; Isaac Deering; OHS Psychologist, Brianne Decker; OHS Low Incidence Coordinator, Katy Hayes; Jack Brennan; OHS Counselor, Susan Verhagen

OHS School Board Showcase Presenters Photo

Oconomowoc High School
641 East Forest
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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