Newsletter Week of October 16, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • October 19 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM 
  • October 23 - No School 
  • November 3 - Election Day
  • November 11 - Early Release
  • November 23 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM
  • November 25-27 - No School 

Remember to Vote on the School Referendums Nov. 3rd!

The November 3rd election is not just about our next president and other leaders - it’s also about whether the Oshkosh Area School District will receive continued operational funds and investments in our school buildings. 

If voters approve question one, the district will be able to maintain academic programs, technology for learning and student support services - with no tax increase. If voters approve question 2, capital funds would be used to provide safe and accessible schools, flexible and collaborative learning spaces, and cost-effective schools to maximize taxpayer investment. If the referendums are not approved, the district will face millions in budget cuts and continued maintenance of aging buildings without the benefit of important improvements.

Be sure to learn about the two referendum questions (visit https://www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/referendum) and vote on or before November 3rd. Everything you need to find out where, when and how to vote is on the MyVoteWisconsin website.


 

FOOD SERVICE

 At this time, the menus for the virtual learning grab and go meals, as well as the in-person learning meals are very fluid and change frequently depending on what items are available to us and labor constraints. At this time, the best place to see the most up to date menu information is our nutri slice website: oshkosh.nutrislice.com

Here you will be able to access the virtual learning menu for the meals being distributed at the grab and go sites on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as the menu for any of our in-person learners. This website allows us to quickly update any changes, as well as allows users to see allergen information, nutrition information, and carb counts for menu items, so it is a really useful tool. You are also able to download an app on your phone for the site. 


 

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

Mental Health Resources Through Rise Up: Mental health and the impact it has on students reaching their full potential is crucial to consider. Since many students report that they struggle to find motivation and/or feel socially isolated as they are attending school in the virtual format, now, perhaps more than ever, mental health support is of extreme importance.

The Oshkosh Area School District has partnered with Catalpa Health and The Samaritan Counseling Center to provide the “Rise Up” program. Through Rise Up, the Connected Community Wellness Screen is provided to all students. Free of charge and completely voluntary, the Wellness Screen is a confidential and nationally recognized screening tool. If there are concerns after students complete the screening, parents/guardians will be contacted and options of available resources will be provided. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the Wellness Screen will be administered virtually, and any follow up meetings will also be completed in a virtual format.

Students still have access to counselors through Catalpa Health during the school day, yet these appointments will also be conducted virtually. If you would like more information regarding Catalpa appointments or Wellness Screen, please contact the Rise Up Call Center: (920) 750-7088. You can also feel free to reach out to a member of the West Pupil Services Staff (school social worker, school counselor, or school psychologist) if you would like to learn more about how to get your child connected with either of these options.


 

HEALTH OFFICE

COVID DATA AND SYMPTOMS

In an effort to still 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 920-424-4090 option 4 or email one of the following: 


 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Want to get a library card from the Oshkosh Public Library? Check out the directions on this link to our LMC Home Page.

The LMC Pumpkin Decorating Contest Continues!  It's not too late to join the fun! Click this link for details. 

The LMC Team is working to support all students while we are in Model 4. Here are some of the ways we are supporting you:

1. Our LMC Website has a Tech Support Hotline manned by our intern, who responds promptly to requests and questions.

2. The OASD Media Team and Tech Innovators worked together to create this document. It is linked on the LMC Website, was shared on the District Website and emailed to parents and students. Students are very adept at solving device issues by following the tips for Canvas, Chromebooks, Cameras, Microphones, Google Meet, Screencastify, and Kajeets/Mifis.

3. Students are encouraged to email the LMC team for support. When they email us, we typically respond with an email like this:

Thank you for reaching out. Please try the Troubleshooting Steps in this Document that relate to the issue you are having. If these steps don't help, please email me and we will set up a time for Curbside Pickup, where we can swap devices with you following these Curbside Pickup Guidelines.   


 

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


 

SCHOOL PHOTOS

That’s right! School photos have arrived!!

School Photos can be picked up at Oshkosh West High School Door 24 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm on Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22.

Photos were taken with English classes so please know your English teacher’s name and class period, as that is how the photos are organized. If you are a West High eAcademy student, you will just need to let them know that information.

All students who had their photo taken have something to pick up. You will either have the packet of photos you ordered OR a sample photo and ordering instructions.

We ask that students and/or parents only plan to pick up the photos for your own family. If you would like to give permission for someone other than your family members to pick up your photos, please email rachelle.smith@oshkosh.k12.wi.us IN ADVANCE. Please provide your student’s name, English teacher name and period, and the name of the person you are giving us permission to give your photos to.


 

YEARBOOK SALE & SENIOR PICTURES

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 are due October 23rd. 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 the attached 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