Newsletter Week of September 25, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • October 5 - Parent Advisory Virtual Meeting 6:30 PM
  • October 14 - Early Release (Teachers will be unavailable from 2:00 on due to collaboration)
  • October 19 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7 PM (Info coming soon)

School Funding Requests on Nov. 3 Ballot

The Oshkosh Area School District has two school funding requests on the Nov. 3 ballot:

  • Q1: renew existing funds for school operations

  • Q2: invest capital funds to improve district school buildings

If voters approve Q1, funds would support academic programs, technology for learning and student support services - with no tax increase.

If voters approve Q2, funds would be invested in our school buildings to improve safety and accessibility, provide more flexible learning spaces, address building maintenance needs and create more cost-effective schools.

Learn more at www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/referendum.


 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

2020-2021 AP Students and Parents/Guardians:

AP test fees are due by September 30, 2020 for the May 2021 AP exams. The College Board made some significant changes for Advanced Placement courses and testing starting with the 2019-2020 school year. One important change that started last year was that students now register and pay for their AP tests in the beginning of the school year instead of mid-year. The cost for each AP test is $95, with the test fee waived for students who qualify for free/reduced meals. The deadline for test registration and payment is September 30, 2020. Students will complete an online registration process in their AP classes. You will be able to make test fee payments through Infinite Campus, just as you can for other school fees. The AP test fee can be added to your cart by going to fees/my account/optional payments. Most tests are listed separately; if the test is not listed, select other AP exam. The other payment option is to bring cash or a check made out to Oshkosh West to the school bank. If your student qualifies for free/reduced lunch, your student will still need to go to the school bank to confirm his/her intention to take the exam and to be added to the test roster. Please contact West AP Coordinator Heather Kangas at heather.kangas@oshkosh.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.


 

FALL SPORTS INFORMATION

If your child was signed up for an open weight room and/or speed and agility session they will be emailed by Friday of this week with an update to their session times.  Changes needed to be to how we scheduled students starting the week of September 28th.

Oshkosh West will begin holding some open gyms as well as some contact days for our sports programs.  If you previously have not contacted the head coach of any sport your child is interested in participating in this school year, please visit the following link and read the information found under the open gym section to sign up your child for one of these opportunities.  Thank you.

https://oshkosh-west-high.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/athletics-activities/athletics


 

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


 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

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

Are you or your students experiencing Chromebook or HotSpot Issues? Email your friendly LMC team for fast and efficient assistance. Or check out our online Tech Support available 24/7 on our website!

Our September Reading Contest celebrating Max Brook's latest book Devolution ends Sept 30! To participate, check out a book or an ebook from the Media Center and you could win a Bigfoot t-shirt or beef jerky. Staff - this means you too! 


 

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