Newsletter Week of November 20, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • November 23 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM 
  • November 25-27 - No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 7 - Virtual Parent Advisory Meeting
  • December 9 - Early Release (teachers will be in professional development from 2:00-4:15)
  • December 23-January 1 - No School - Winter Break

 

eACADEMY

For information and process for enrolling/unenrolling from eAcademy for second semester please visit the eAcademy Website at:

https://www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/district/school-curriculum/oasd-eacademy 

If you are looking for additional information to further assist with decisions, feel free to reach out to the eAcademy coaches / staff at each level:  

Kim Groth - Elementary - kimberly.groth@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Melissa Schiek - Elementary - melissa.schiek@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Jean Framke - Middle School - jean.framke@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Jennifer Thede, North HS - jennifer.thede@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Duane Hartkopf, West HS - duane.hartkopf@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Julie Ruck, SPED Virtual Support Teacher - julie.ruck@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Lisa Lieder - Program Coordinator - lisa.lieder@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Marcie Gundlach - Principal - marlene.gundlach@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


 

FOOD SERVICE

Please read the following OASD Update related to accessing FREE school meals during Model 4: Virtual Learning: OASD Update 11.09.20 - New Information on Free School Meals


 

GUIDANCE OFFICE

ACADEMIC

  •  Financial Aid Resources (Seniors)

    • Seniors are encouraged to check out the OWHS Scholarship Listing: Scholarships

    • College Goal Wisconsin is a FREE event to get assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please visit:  collegegoalwi.org for more information about these events. 

  • Virtual College Visits (Seniors and Juniors): Because of COVID-19 safety protocols, representatives from colleges and technical colleges will not be visiting the building to meet with students. In order to still obtain important information and continue exploring college options, please visit the following listing for how to virtually visit colleges or virtually meet with college representatives: Virtual College Visits

  • ACT Test Prep (Juniors): Juniors at West will take the ACT on March 9, 2021. Students who would like to participate in ACT Prep courses should visit the OWHS Counseling Website, where some of the local ACT prep opportunities are listed: oshkosh-west-high.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/counseling/college-career-development

    • Select “Standardized Testing”

    • Select “Test Prep”

  • How to check grades in Canvas and Infinite Campus (All Grades): This link explains how to check grades in both Infinite Campus and Canvas: Access to Grades in IC and Canvas  

  • The October 29th PSAT/NMSQT at Oshkosh West has been cancelled and tentatively rescheduled for  Tuesday, January 26, 2021.   

  • More information on registering for the test will be sent out in early November.  It is possible that 10th grade students will not be eligible to take the test at West this year and that a limited number of students overall will be able to take the test.  It is impossible to predict what the situation will be like with the Covid 19 outbreak, but the health and safety of our students and staff will be priority one.  Thank you for your understanding during these difficult and unpredictable times.

 

personal/social

Please read the following:  OASD 11.10.20 Update - Support Series and Rise Up Resources

Our commitment to doing everything possible to support students will continue no matter the distance. Families are encouraged to learn more about the support services and mental health resources available and to reach out with any questions or concerns.


 

HEALTH OFFICE

COVID DATA AND SYMPTOMS

In an effort to track return to school dates for students, we would like you to continue to notify your student's school when they have symptoms or have been a close contact or a household contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. Please either call the Health Office at 920-424-4090 option 4, the Attendance Office at 920-424-4090 ext. 3003, or email one of the following: 


 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Check out this new resource in Badgerlink! A research database specifically for Applied Science and Technology! Ebsco Host's Applied Science and Technology Source 

Digital Citizenship:  A Parent's Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls from Common Sense Media - - - Does at-home learning have you frazzled? Read this guide for tips and tricks on setting parental controls to manage devices your family uses.

Watch for emails regarding our December Snowflake Break! Details will follow!


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Support for Parents!

During Parent/Teacher conferences and beyond, the following West staff members can assist you with a variety of needs. If you would like to meet with one of these staff members during conferences, please email the individual and that person will monitor and respond to emails when not meeting with other parents. You may also contact any of these staff members at any time if you need assistance. 

Canvas Support


If you need help creating an observer account or a pairing code, your student can generate it, or your student’s teacher can provide you with the pairing code.

Here are directions for creating a parent observer account: Click Here

Here is a helpful page with a video and some information on navigating Canvas as an observer: Click Here

Heather DeGroot (Technology Integration Coach) 

If you have additional questions or need support, please contact her at: heather.degroot@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


 

Infinite Campus Help

Heather Kangas, Instructional Support - Curriculum 

If you have questions or need support with Infinite Campus Parent Portal, please contact her at: heather.kangas@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


 

 

Library & Technology

LeeAnn Morrill, the West Library Media Specialist, will be available during conferences. If you have questions regarding any of the following issues, please reach out to her at Leeann.morrill@oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

  • Chromebook questions

  • Book Checkout options (eBooks or Books)

  • Resources on Digital Citizenship

  • Assistance with Online Databases


 

PICTURE RE-TAKE DAYS POSTPONED

Picture retake days, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th, are postponed. We will reschedule as soon as possible when we return to Model 3. 


 

SENIOR FALL NEWSLETTER

WILDCAT WEARHOUSE

Welcome Wildcats to our Holiday Season Sale on our newly designed Online Store! Check out the awesome Wildcat gear with the brands you love and order as much as you like, the best part is it is all shipped directly to you and not the school so no need to pick-up! Holidays are right around the corner, get your shopping done early and avoid the crowds!


 

WINTER SPORTS INFORMATION

The OASD has given the go ahead to start winter sports (11.12.20 - OASD Plans for High School Winter Sports). Please contact Brad Jodarski, Activities Coordinator, at brad.jodarski@oshkosh.k12.wi.us with any questions you have regarding winter sports.  A reminder that the district's required paperwork for starting practice can be found at the following website: https://oshkosh-west-high.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/athletics-activities/athletics.


 

YEARBOOK SALE & SENIOR PICTURES

*** FINAL REMINDER ***

Yearbooks are on sale until December 21st. They can be purchased at the school bank or ordered online (go to Yearbookforever.com). They are $55 until Christmas. We only pre order what has been paid for. If there are extras at the end of the year, they will be $60. Pre order early, because we’re never sure how many extras we’ll have!!

If you have a student in E Academy this year, and want them to be pictured in the yearbook, you can send a professional picture taken by someone else, (with a solid, simple background) to amy.karoses@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Senior pictures were due October 23rd. If you did not submit one, please do that ASAP. We are looking for a head and shoulders, vertical pose; it’s okay if the pose is outdoors, or the student is wearing a hat, or holding a cat, just so it’s a head and shoulders, vertical pose. Those can be emailed to amy.karoses@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or a wallet sized photo can be brought to the yearbook office (W10). Email Amy Karoses with any questions.

Senior tributes: Wish your graduating student well with a special, heartfelt message in this year’s yearbook. “Baby Ads” are due to the yearbook office by Christmas. Mail or email this form, message, and pictures to Amy.karoses@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Senior ad form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/147Uf62aQQUr3aVRw0RFnQxr0vQioHA3o9HYRkCSE-rM/edit?usp=sharing