Thursday, January 14, 2021

Full-Time Face-to-Face Instruction Starting January 20th

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hey Raccoons!

We will start the second semester on Wednesday, January 20, in our traditional face-to-face instructional model! I am excited to welcome everyone back to campus, united as one Raccoon community on Wednesday, January 20! As a reminder, Monday, January 18, and Tuesday, January 19, are staff PD days and non-school days for students.


Safety Mitigation Plans and Reminders

I know the changes in instructional models have been challenging this year. We are all craving consistency and normalcy, trust me I am with you! We share a responsibility in ensuring we follow all our mitigation practices so that we minimize the transmission of the virus, limit the number of staff and students who are quarantined, and avoid switching instructional models once again. So, please:

  • Sanitize your hands when you enter and leave each classroom.

  • Limit physical contact with each other.

  • While it may not be possible to spread 6-feet apart, please continue to mask up (that includes covering your nose!)

  • When you are sick, STAY HOME!


You still have the option to move from OHS into our online learning environment, the Ocon Virtual Learning Community (OVLC) for the second semester. The deadline for these requests was extended to this Friday, January 15, at noon. To make this request, fill out this form, and a member of our Student Services Team will be in touch. 


Transitioning to Second Semester

Regardless of the instructional model, the start of the second semester is an important transition point in our year. We are beginning new classes, getting into new routines, and finalizing our class requests for next year. To help facilitate this transition, we will use Pride time (8:55-9:30 a.m.) to review our community commitments and to talk through our course request process. We will report to our Pride Homerooms (3rd hour/Block B classes) each morning through Tuesday, January 26. Below is an overview of what we will discuss during Pride period after RCC each morning.


  • Wednesday, January 20: Review of our community commitments, lunch routines, safety mitigation practices, and the course request process.

  • Thursday, January 21: All school review of our safety procedures and evacuation plans.

  • Friday, January 22: Reviewing Pride expectations and how to use OconPride.org. This includes a review of ACP Seminar and Raccoon Prep expectations.

  • Monday, January 25: Begin entering course requests for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Tuesday, January 26: Finalize and submit course requests for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Wednesday, January 27-Friday, January 29: Attend self-selected pride sessions using OconPride.org.

  • Monday, February 1: Return to our regular schedule of Pride homeroom and ACP Seminar.


Heads up, remember to double-check your second-semester schedule as some teachers, room assignments, and classes may have changed since you last checked your Skyward account.


Finally, we plan to publish report cards for Term 2 on the morning of Friday, January 22. You will receive a notice once grades have been finalized and posted.


Stay Focused, Stay Flexible!

As I mentioned earlier, we are all craving a sense of normalcy. However, the reality is that we still need to approach some of our long-standing traditions differently. We must continue to make sacrifices, such as wearing masks and limiting crowd sizes to control the spread of the virus and keep school open.


We are used to many traditions that define the winter and spring months in our community. We are continually assessing these traditions to ensure we can balance tradition with safety. For example:

  • Our annual musical will now be a musical revue showcase because of our State and County crowd size limits. It will occur at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, with limited capacity, in February. Watch for details on ticket sales soon!

  • Again, because of crowd size limits, venues are not booking large scale events. Therefore, Prom, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at the Harley Davidson Museum will need to be postponed. If we can host a Prom this year, it will occur in late May. 

  • We are still planning to have a traditional Graduation ceremony at Rux Stadium on Saturday, June 12. In early April, I will be in touch with seniors and their families about your final plans and details.


Maybe it’s my optimism, but I think we are turning a corner. Let’s stay focused, stay healthy, and seize every opportunity we can to make the best of this situation! I am proud of our Raccoons, our staff, and thankful for our families and the community's continued support!


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at CurtisJ@oasd.org.


Go Raccoons!
Jason


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Purple/Gold Hybrid Schedule Continuing After Winter Break (January 4-15, 2021)


Hey Raccoons!

We will continue in the Purple/Gold hybrid schedule for the remainder of the semester, which ends on Friday, January 15, 2021. The first week of January will run under our regular Purple/Gold hybrid schedule. However, the week of January 11 is our scheduled Term 2 Exam Week and we will have to run a modified schedule to deliver exams.  Please see below for information about your designated Purple or Gold group. Please pay extra attention to the slight modifications to the schedule due to Term 2 Exams the week of January 11.


Purple Raccoons (A-K) - Schedule Information:

  • CALENDAR: Click here to access the Purple Calendar for the first two weeks after Winter Break. 
  • SCHEDULE JANUARY 4-JANUARY 8: We will follow our regular daily schedule for each Purple and Gold day. Click here to review the information.
  • FINAL EXAM WEEK: JANUARY 11-15: Click here to view the exam week schedule.
  • Please note:
    • Monday, January 11 (Grey Day): Required to meet virtually using the grey day schedule.
    • Tuesday, January 12 (Gold Day): Study for exams from home. Teachers are available for help from 1:00-2:45 p.m. Teachers will share their plans for offering study and support opportunities.
    • Wednesday, January 13 (Purple Day): Report to OHS for Exams (Blocks A and C) and afternoon seminars. 
    • Thursday, January 14 (Purple Day): Report to OHS for exams (Blocks B and D). Today is a previously scheduled early-release but buses will not leave OHS until 2:47 p.m. Students are welcome to stay for the afternoon if they need busing, but are not required to.
    • Friday, January 15 (Gold Day): No classes or check-ins for Purple Students.


Gold Raccoons (L-Z) - Schedule Information:

  • CALENDAR: Click here to access the Gold Calendar for the first two weeks after Winter Break.
  • SCHEDULE JANUARY 4-JANUARY 8: We will follow our regular daily schedule for each Purple and Gold day. Click here to review the information.
  • FINAL EXAM WEEK: JANUARY 11-15: Click here to view the exam week schedule.
  • Please note:
    • Monday, January 11 (Grey Day): Required to meet virtually using the grey day schedule.
    • Tuesday, January 12 (Gold Day): Report to OHS for Exams (Blocks A and C) and afternoon seminars.
    • Wednesday, January 13 (Purple Day): Study for exams from home. Teachers are available for help from 1:00-2:45 p.m. Teachers will share their plans for offering study and support opportunities.
    • Thursday, January 14 (Purple Day): Study for exams from home. Teachers are available for help from 1:00-2:45 p.m. Once again, teachers will share their plans for offering study and support opportunities.
    • Friday, January 15 (Gold Day): Report to OHS for exams (Blocks B and D). Today is a previously scheduled early-release but buses will not leave OHS until 2:47 p.m. Students are welcome to stay for the afternoon if they need busing, but are not required to.


Winter Break Reminders

As a reminder, OHS will be closed for Winter Break from December 19, 2020-January 3, 2021. Please continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 or other important information about close contacts and quarantines to our attendance line at (262)-560-3102. This line will be checked several times during the break, and if necessary, a member of our team will be in touch with you regarding additional information.


I hope that everyone has a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you in January!


Happy New Year!

Jason


Monday, November 30, 2020

Important Information: Scheduling and Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Hey Raccoons!

It’s time to start preparing for your transition to the 2021-2022 school year! While we certainly have most of your school year ahead of us, it’s important that we start thinking about how classes and experiences this year may impact our plans for next year.

This post outlines and shares a few important communications regarding the start of our scheduling process and our initial transition plans for our graduating seniors. Please scroll through this message to find the information for your specific grade level.

This is quite a bit of information to review, so when in doubt, contact your counselors with questions. We will be working with students over the next two months to help make their course selections for next year.

Go Raccoons!

Jason

 

Current 8th-Graders 

We are excited to welcome members of the Class of 2025 to the OHS family. Throughout December and January, our counselors will be working with you in preparation for your transition to high school. Please read the following communications that outline this process:

  • Click here to review all the important information about the start of your high school transition process!
  • Click here to check out the Parochial School Introduction Note (Sent from your school site on November 12). 

Please feel free to share this information with friends and family that may live outside of our school district and are considering enrolling at OHS.

8th-Graders - Save the Date for These Events:

  • Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.: Parochial School Information Night
    • Intended for parochial or private school students considering OHS
  • Monday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Freshman Information Night Livestream Event
    • Intended for parochial school, private school, and OASD Intermediate school 8th-graders
    • You can join the event by clicking here.
  • Wednesday, January 13 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Open House and Course Advising
    • Intended for parochial school, private school, and OASD Intermediate school 8th-graders
    • Click here to sign up - registration is required

Current OHS Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors

Alright, you old scheduling pros—before you rush to conclusions on what classes you can’t wait to take, and which ones you want to avoid, slow down and check out all our offerings. Click on the link and video below to review our scheduling process.

  • Click here to view the OHS scheduling overview for current students

 


Graduating Seniors!

Take a minute to check out our initial plans regarding all the events to celebrate your OHS experience. While I am hopeful that things will be back to normal this spring, please know we will do everything in our power to make your senior year celebrations personal and memorable. Please click below to view our plans:

  • Click here to view the Class of 2021 transition support and preliminary graduation plans

Links and Attachments

2021-2022 Academic and Career Planning Guide

Counselor/Associate Principal Assignments and Contact Information

2021-2022 Scheduling Website

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Switch to the Purple/Gold Hybrid Model (November 30-December 18)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hey Raccoons!


We will resume face-to-face instruction under our Purple/Gold Hybrid Model beginning on Monday, November 30. We plan to stay in this instructional model until Friday, December 18, and will be off school from December 19-January 3, for winter break.  

Based on feedback, we have made some modifications to the Purple/Gold Hybrid Model from this past September. While students are assigned to their same PURPLE or GOLD group from this past September, we have made a few changes to our schedule and routine. This includes required afternoon classes for 9th-11th graders. 

Linked below are critical communications outlining the academic calendar, modified daily schedule, and slight modifications to the structure of our Purple/Gold Hybrid Model. Please take time to check out the letter specific to your assigned group:

 

  • PURPLE Students (A-K): Click here for a critical communication on the transition from Virtual to the Purple/Gold Hybrid Model.

 

  • GOLD Students (L-Z): Click here for a critical communication on the transition from Virtual to the Purple/Gold Hybrid Model.

In addition, our student services staff are available as a resource to support students who may be struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns during this challenging time. Please reach out to the student services staff at school if you or your family need support. Click here for information on the mental health resources available to all students and families and contact information for our student services staff.

 

LIVE Raccoon Community Connection (RCC) Monday, November 23, at 8:00 a.m.

Finally, we will host a special all-school Livestreamed Raccoon Community Connection on Monday at 8:00 a.m. The event is available by accessing our online announcements page available here.

 

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact your counselor, associate principal, or myself directly at CurtisJ@oasd.org.

 

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.

 

Go Raccoons!
Jason

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Virtual Learning Continuation at OHS (November 16-November 24)

Friday, November 13, 2020

Hey Raccoons!

Given that we have not been able to significantly reduce the number of positive cases in our school community and continue to see a large number of students quarantined due to close contacts, we will need to continue virtual instruction through Tuesday, November 24. Our goal is to take the next week to determine the safest instructional model for when school resumes after Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 30. We hope to communicate that plan with everyone by the end of next week.


OHS Families: Please Help with Attendance Data

If we want to get students back into the building, whether in full in person or partial hybrid model, we need your help! Please help us gather important attendance data by:

  • Reporting any student absences as normal (illness, vacation, doctor’s appointment, funeral, personal reasons).
  • If your student is diagnosed with COVID-19, please report that information to us as soon as possible.
  • Even if you’ve reported a COVID-19 diagnosis to the County Health Department, please also contact OHS. There is a significant delay in the information we receive from the County that has resulted in COVID-19 positive students attending school because we were not notified.
  • Notify our attendance office if your student has been designated a close contact and is subject to quarantine due to being in close contact with a COVID positive individual while at home, in the community, or while working.

You can report any absences, illnesses, or COVID-related quarantines to our attendance line at 262-560-3102.


Daily Schedule

We will continue to operate in our Virtual Daily Schedule. The schedule is available by clicking here.

While we will continue with virtual learning, our campus remains open, and many programs will continue to operate as normal. This plan includes:

  • Main Office & Student Services: Will remain open from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each school day. Our offices will be closed during the Thanksgiving Holiday from November 25-November 29.
  • Athletics: We will continue to allow for our athletic teams and programs to practice and compete as scheduled. Students subject to a quarantine order or have an unexcused absence from any class period are not eligible to participate. Practices and events cannot start before 3:15 p.m.
  • Health Services: Our health room will remain open from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each school day. Families can pick up any medications they may need during the closure.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Clubs and activities can continue to meet and follow our mitigation practices. Meetings cannot start before 3:15 p.m.
  • Building Trades 3: Will continue to report to the job site as usual.
  • 18-21 Transition Program: Will report to East Campus as usual.
  • Option 2: Will continue to report to their offsite location as usual.
  • YA and Workplace Learning: Students should continue to report to their specific job sites.
  • School Farm: Will remain operational for Agriculture classes and FFA meetings.
  • Library and Technology Services: Will be open for support from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each school day.
  • Senior Direct Play: Rehearsals will continue as normal, with our goal of opening night occurring the first week of December.
  • Just Drive: Will operate on their regular schedule.
  • Term 1 Report Cards: We will publish term 1 report cards on Friday, November 20. 

East Campus WiFi and Structured Work Support

There will be spots available for students to work from East Campus during the virtual learning period. This is intended to support students who want a more structured work environment or need to lessen their WiFi burden or need WiFi access. Our buses are operating under their normal schedule. Students who select to work from East Campus can either be dropped off at East or take the bus to Main Campus and walk to East Campus. If you want to work at East Campus, please sign up here.

Food Service Support for Families

OHS students will have the opportunity to order meals during this virtual learning period.  Meals are packed based on the number of virtual school days your child will have each week, and families can pick up those meals at OHS Main Campus.   Student Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free because of the USDA sponsored free meal program.

How to Order Meals for November 16-20: Deadline Saturday, November 14 @ 5:00 p.m.

Families need to complete these steps to order meals for November 16-20:

  • Click this link to reach the online order form.
  • Complete a separate order form for each student.
  • Submit your student’s order no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, to receive meals for November 16-20.  This timeline is an extended deadline, specifically for OHS students.
  • Pick up meals on Monday, November 16, between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for the entire week.

How to Order Meals for November 23-24: Deadline Friday, November 20 @ 2:00 p.m.

Families need to complete these steps to order meals for November 23-24:

  • Click this link to reach the online order form.
  • Complete a separate order form for each student.
  • Submit your student’s order before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, to receive meals for November 23-24.
  • Pick up meals on Monday, November 23, between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for the entire week.

Visit the OASD Food Service page for more information on the Food Service program.

 

Symptom Reporting

It’s imperative that you continue to report any COVID symptoms, positive cases, and any doctor’s appointments time as usual. We are still trying to get a handle on the pandemic and the increased numbers in our community. We will continue to track attendance and positive cases during our absence.


OASD Technology Help Desk

Please check your technology and Chromebooks before your first class starts at 8:30 a.m.  Students who need technical support can also submit a tech support ticket using this form, which is also available on their student bookmarks. Also, support from our Technology Help Desk is available during the school day by calling 262-560-2126 or emailing HelpDesk@oasd.org.  

For those who do not have reliable internet access at home, we will provide either a hotspot or a location to access school WiFi. If you need help with WiFi or working from East Campus for internet access, please sign up here.


As always, feel free to reach out to CurtisJ@oasd.org if you have any questions. We’ll get through these challenges together, Raccoons!

Jason


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November Student Services Newsletter- Check it out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Hey Raccoons!

Please click here to check out this month's Student Services Newsletter. This edition includes information about:

  • Our transition to Virtual Learning
  • Term 1 Report Cards
  • Sophomore Conferences
  • Junior ACT Meetings
  • The Building Trades 3 Open House on Saturday
  • Resources to support your college, career, and life readiness journey.
Have a great day!
Jason

Friday, October 30, 2020

Temporary Shift to Virtual Learning at OHS

Hey Raccoons!

As you know, we will switch to a virtual learning platform from Tuesday, November 3-Friday, November 13, with the full intention that we return to full face-to-face instruction on Monday, November 16.

I know online learning brought many challenges this past Spring. However, unlike last year we will have live synchronous classes and will only be in the model for two weeks. We must work together to slow the transmission of the virus in our school and stop the number of large-scale quarantines we are experiencing. While these next few weeks may present new challenges, we will navigate this together as one-big Raccoon family.

The purpose of this communication is to outline our instructional expectations and operational plan for the next two weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Materials & Belongings Pick Up
Students can come to campus between 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. any school day to pick up learning materials or personal belongings they will need during this virtual learning period.  There is no sign up required, you can visit any time during these hours.

Instructional Expectations 
  • We will operate our classes in synchronous online meetings following an adjusted GREY day schedule. Modifications were made to our Grey Day schedule based on student, staff, and community feedback.
  • You can review the schedule by clicking here
  • Please note:
    • Each day will start with a “Morning Launch Period” from 7:00-8:25 a.m. This time is designed to help you transition your time to get ready for the day, complete your online seminars, and connect with classmates, teachers, or clubs as you usually would during Pride.
    • There will be two online seminars to complete during this two-week window:
      • Lesson 1 will be posted on November 3 and must be completed by November 6.
      • Lesson 2 will be posted on November 9 and must be completed by November 11.
  • We are expected to be on our Zoom calls for the duration of the entire period. We added 15-minute brain breaks between each block. Sitting on a screen all day is hard, so hopefully, you can get some fresh air and go for a walk.
  • Attendance norms should be followed. Eligibility and extracurricular participation are dependent on these records.  We will follow our standard practices:
    • Students who are late will be marked tardy.
    • Students who miss more than 15-minutes will be marked absent.
    • Students who do not attend class will be marked absent.
  • You do not need to report to study hall virtually. You are allowed to work independently during your scheduled time.

Limited On-Campus Operations will Continue
To emphasize, this is not a full shutdown. Athletics and extracurriculars can continue to occur within our current guidelines and mitigation practices. While our primary instructional model will be virtual for the next two weeks, we will offer limited face-to-face experience on campus. The status of these unique operations is outlined below:
  • Building Trades 3: Should continue to report to the job site daily, as communicated by Mr. Olson.
  • 18-21 Program: Will operate under their regular schedule at East Campus.
  • Option 2: Will remain open and operate under their regular hours.
  • School Farm: Will remain open for face-to-face instruction and FFA meetings/operations.
  • Apprenticeships and Offsite Work Locations: Can continue as scheduled.
  • Just Drive: Will operate as normal.
  • Athletics: Practices, tryouts, signing day, and other events can begin no earlier than 3:15 p.m. each day. Any modifications to schedules or games will be communicated from the athletic office. Students should enter through the Field House.
  • Library and Technology Services: Will be open for tech support from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Senior Directed Play: Will continue rehearsal as planned. 
  • Front Office: Will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Health Room: Will be open from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. every day. Families may stop by to pick up any prescriptions they may need during the virtual learning period.
  • Make Up Exams: Will continue as scheduled in the evenings at East Campus.
  • Pre-ACT Makeup for Juniors: Will still occur as scheduled on Monday, November 2.
  • With classes ending at 2:45 p.m, any on-campus meetings or practices cannot start until 3:15 p.m.

East Campus WiFi Support
There will be a limited number of spots available for students to work from East Campus during the virtual learning period. This is intended to support students and families who need to lessen their WiFi burden or need WiFi access. Our buses are operating under their normal schedule. Students who select to work from East Campus can either be dropped off at East or take the bus to Main Campus and walk to East Campus. If you need help with WiFi or working from East Campus, please sign up here.


Food Service Support for Families
OHS students will have the opportunity to order meals during this virtual learning period.  Meals are packed based on the number of virtual school days your child will have each week and families can pick up those meals at OHS Main Campus. Student breakfast and lunch will continue to be free because of the USDA sponsored free meal program.

How to Order Meals for November 3-6: Deadline Saturday, October 31 @ 5:00 p.m.
Families need to complete these steps to order meals for November 3-6:
  1. Click this link to reach the online order form.
  2. Complete a separate order form for each student.
  3. Submit your student’s order no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, to receive meals for November 3-6.  This is an extended deadline specifically for OHS students.
  4. Pick up meals on Tuesday, November 3, between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for the entire week
  5. Meal pick up will occur on Tuesday, November 3, because Monday is a non-school day.

How to Order Meals for November 9-13: Deadline Friday, November 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Families need to complete these steps to order meals for November 9-13:
  1. Click this link to reach the online order form.
  2. Complete a separate order form for each student.
  3. Submit your student’s order before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, to receive meals for November 9-13.
  4. Pick up meals on Monday, November 9, between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for the entire week.
Visit the OASD Food Service page for more information on the Food Service program


Symptom Reporting
It’s imperative that you continue to report any COVID symptoms, positive cases, and any doctor’s appointments time as usual. We are still trying to get a handle on the pandemic and the increased numbers in our community. We will continue to track attendance and positive cases during our absence.


OASD Technology Help Desk
Please check your technology and Chromebooks before your first class starts at 8:30 a.m.  Students who need technical support can also submit a tech support ticket using this form, which is also available on their student bookmarks. Also, support from our Technology Help Desk is available during the school day by calling 262-560-2126 or emailing HelpDesk@oasd.org.

For those who do not have reliable internet access at home, we will provide either a hotspot or a location to access school WiFi. If you need help with WiFi or working from East Campus for internet access, please sign up here.


Monday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m.:  A Special Edition Raccoon Community Connection
Finally, we will have a Virtual All School Meeting for parents, students, staff, and our community at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, to review virtual learning expectations. You can view the meeting on our OHS Live Stream, which is available here. The event will be recorded if you cannot watch live.


As always, feel free to reach out to CurtisJ@oasd.org if you have any questions. 

We got this, Raccoons!
Jason

 

Full-Time Face-to-Face Instruction Starting January 20th

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