The May School Board Meeting is on Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:00 p.m. in Room #408
There will be a Board Workshop for the School Board Members prior to the Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m.


May 30th is our last litter pick-up until Fall.  Please meet at 9:45 a.m., South Fork Veterinarian Clinic, 1099 Hwy 508, to complete the 3/4 mile on the South side.  Come help us see the beautiful countryside!  With our first litter pick-up this Spring, we've collected 32 bags of garbage!!  We would love to have none!  It is very helpful when frontage property owners attempt to keep it picked up. For those folks who do litter, we would like you to re-consider using a garbage can at your destination.  Thank you for all the volunteer work that you do in your community!!

WE NEED SUBS!!!
The Elementary, Middle, and High School need Substitute Para Educators.
Click on the link to obtain a classified application, and turn it in to the Onalaska District Office


Congratulations OHS Band!

Congratulations to the High School Band as they placed First in their division at the 2015 SWW Mass Band.  This is the third year in a row that the HS Band has won their division.  It is a tremendous accomplishment for the program and the students.  It concludes a year of much success and accolades for the music program at Onalaska.  If you would like to see the award winning groups, their final concert is June 3rd, at 7 p.m. in the HS Gym.  Admission is free. 





"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


Onalaska High School Grant Writing Team


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Congratulations to the Onalaska Grant Writing Team for receiving their first grant, the TACT grant by TransAlta for $7,453. The grant will be used to purchase water quality testing equipment for Carlisle Lake. An article about the water quality team and grant was featured in The Chronicle, read about it by clicking here. Pictured above are the water quality testing members and volunteers. Not Pictured: Madison Girt, Jana Girt, Brittany Ross, Molly Musick, Johnny Garcia.



Onalaska Middle School - 2014 Achievement Award
 
Onalaska Middle School is the recipient of the 2014 Washington Achievement Award.  Achievement Award winners are selected by the State Board of Education using the Revised Achievement Index and is based on statewide assessment data from the three previous years.  Onalaska Middle School was recognized in the category of High Achievement.  Representatives from the district will attend an awards presentation at Spanaway Lake High School on April 28th.  Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for your continued support of improving education in Onalaska.

Onalaska Staff Present at the Washington Small School Conference in Yakima



   

 
Anne Stingley, Jamie Niemi, Stephanie Teel and Jeff Davis presented at the Small School Conference in Yakima on March 24th.  They told the story of Onalaska Middle School's journey from a Required Action District designation to becoming a School of Distinction.  The presentation was well received by the audience.  We will also be presenting our story in late June at the statewide administrators conference in Spokane.




Smarter Balanced State Assessments


     As most of you know, the state adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessments that are aligned to our new learning standards in math and English language arts.  We begin testing our 3rd graders next week in reading.

     This is not the first time that Washington state has changed its assessment system.  Whenever there is a change in learning standards, an assessment needs to be adopted that will assess student progress on what is being taught. 

     These new assessments are a much more accurate and complete reflection of what students know and can demonstrate than past assessments.  The results will, in turn, better inform our classroom instructional practices.

     As we have been preparing for this new assessment over the past two years, I do want to make sure that stakeholders understand that there is no comparison score-wise with previous state assessments.  Information from states who have initiated these new assessments have seen a drop the first year in the percent of students meeting or exceeding the benchmarks.  We anticipate the same will hold true for Onalaska as well as the rest of the school district across the state.  However, for us, this new assessment will set a new baseline for students and will allow us to examine the results and adjust our instructional practices to ensure students are proficient in the standards.  I can assure you that our teachers and support staff have been working diligently to prepare our students for these new assessments.

     I would encourage you to go to the OSPI website and click on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium icon for more details



Congratulations Onalaska Middle School

The State Board of Education announced Wednesday, March 11, that Onalaska Middle School is no longer a Required Action District due to the improvements that have been made over the past three years in teaching and learning.  OMS has demonstrated marked improvement in student test scores over this period of time. OMS has become a model school for the rest of the state due to this turnaround. The staff and students are to be commended for their efforts in this outstanding transformation.  The District Leadership Team will be planning a community celebration in the near future to celebrate this great news.




Onalaska Book and Blanket Night




2014-15 District Calendar (pdf)

District School Calendar

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