Newsletter Week of October 9, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • October 14 - Early Release (Teachers will be unavailable from 2:00 on due to collaboration)
  • October 19 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM 
  • October 23 - No School 
  • November 3 - Election Day

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.


 

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 

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Personal/Social

  • Rise Up Program: Mental health and the impact it has on students reaching their full potential inside and outside of the classroom is crucial to consider. 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 confidential and uses a 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, Wellness Screen will be administered to students in their homeroom (the screening is taken on their chromebooks), but any follow up meetings will be done virtually. Further, 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.

  • Winnebago County Crisis Services: Crisis Services

  • United Way Fox Cities 2-1-1: United Way 2-1-1

 

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 stefanie.rebholz@oshkosh.k12.wi.us , jean.framke@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or amy.phillips@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


 

INDEX SCHOOL NEWSPAPER

The Oshkosh West Index, your school newspaper, has published its very first exclusively online issue.  Check us out at www.oshkoshwestindex.org.  Leave us some comments and let us know what you think.  Enjoy the paper!  


 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

The West LMC has Curbside Pickup! Click this link to learn more. 

Do you need Chromebook assistance? Please email your friendly LMC staff. We are here to help.

Do you need to use a computer for school work? Schedule an appointment. Call 424-4090 Ext 3178 to reserve a computer today! Face masks are required at all times. 

Magazines - FREE - and available 24/7 on our website

Click here for video directions on how to access over 8,000 magazines in BadgerLink.  

Do you need a good book? Click here for directions on how to Download OverDrive and Check out an eBook!



 

PICTURE RE-TAKE DAYS POSTPONED

Picture re-take days have been postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as possible, based on the District's transition back to Model 3: Hybrid Learning. Additional information regarding rescheduled days will be provided as quickly as possible. No action is needed at this time from families that pre-paid as school re-take pictures will still take place this school year. 


 

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 have two options: 1. You can send them to West for picture re-take days, October 8th and 9th in the morning, 2) 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