At a staff meeting on Wednesday, December 2, Doug Abrahamson was recognized by our local American Legion representatives as the Lewis County Teacher of the Year. Doug was nominated for his continuing efforts to help all students succeed in high school and for his tireless commitment to the students of Onalaska High School. Doug teaches a multitude of subjects at the high school and coaches middle school sports. He has been teaching in Ony for over 30 years. Congratulations Mr. Abrahamson! An honor well-deserved.
OEMS Administrators 'Take One For The Team'
Mrs. Teel and Mrs. Soderback rewarded the two students who earned the most money in the middle school cookie dough fundraiser. For their efforts, these students were allowed to throw a chocolate cream pie in the face of the administrators. The whole middle school student body was witness to this event. Thanks to Mrs. Teel and Mrs. Soderback for being good sports and holding up their end of the deal.
WE NEED SUBS!!!
Onalaska Embarks on Writing Initiative
The school district is turning its focus this year on improvement of student writing. We have spent the last couple of years focusing on math and reading, and will continue to do so. However, writing is an area in which we found that explicit instruction is needed to improve our student’s ability to express themselves with the written word.
Last year, the Administrative Team began working with the Washington State Leadership Academy. Throughout the year, the team worked to define our “Problem of Practice”, which was student writing. The team also developed its “Theory of Action” on how this was to be implemented. We surveyed the teaching staff about their readiness to teach and score student writing. About half of the teachers had training previously, but it had been awhile. The others indicated that they could use some assistance in the teaching of the writing process and scoring of student writing using the state scoring rubric. During our two-day Summer Institute in August, ESD specialists were brought in to work with our staff. The first day, teachers learned about the teaching of writing and the different genre’s of writing. The second day, para’s were invited and participated with the teachers on how to score writing prompts using the state rubric.
Our writing initiative is cross-curricular, meaning that it will be used in all courses, not just English Language Arts classes. Teachers will develop writing prompts for their subject matter and then score those using the same state scoring rubric. Our goal is to see improvement in how our students communicate their thoughts and knowledge on paper. We will evaluate our progress at the end of the school year. Meanwhile, the Administrative Team will continue to work with WSLA this year on our “Theory of Action” and provide opportunities for the staff to receiving continuing education on the writing process. We have contracted with the ESD to provide this training.
Please feel free to contact the building principals if you have questions.
"A Natural Field Guide to the Plants of Carlisle Lake"
"A Natural Field Guide to the Plants of Carlisle Lake" is now published and available on Amazon! This book was written entirely by students, and 100% of the profit made from this book goes directly to the Onalaska High School Science Club. The book is about the natural history of Carlisle Lake and the plant life that makes up its ecosystem. Click here to go to the amazon page, or search the title on amazon.com
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