September 19, 2017
Information Concerning Rumors of Threat to Harm

On September 19, in the afternoon, we received a rumor that a former student was going to “shoot up the school”. Once reported, we contacted the sheriff’s department and a deputy came out to investigate. The deputy talked with the student, and other students who had heard the rumor, as well as the former student’s brother, where allegedly the rumor may have started. After the investigation, the deputy could not substantiate the rumor.

To be clear, the former student was arrested by the deputy for violating a restraining order that was placed against him last spring. His arrest had nothing to do with the threat to harm.

School safety is our paramount duty when it comes to protecting our staff and students. When we hear of these rumors, we immediately contact the sheriff’s department to come and investigate. We continue to practice our lockdown protocols so that we can be as ready as possible if an event were actually to occur. We send staff to safety trainings on best practices when it comes to student safety and lockdown procedures. We continually educate our staff and students to report any rumors or behaviors that may indicate a threat to harm.

We are all on a heightened awareness after last week’s school shooting at Freeman High School. We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to keep students and staff safe by taking every rumor seriously.

Please feel free to contact the district office if you have questions, or more importantly, if you hear of threats to our students, staff and schools.

September 5, 2017
attendance awareness
September is Attendance Awareness Month

Dear Onalaska Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! We’re excited to have your family in the Onalaska School District.

This year, our district is joining the rest of the state to focus on school attendance. Attending class regularly is the first step to school success, and it helps students feel better about school.


  • Students who miss just two days per month are considered “chronically absent.”

  • Kindergartners who are chronically absent are less likely to read at grade-level by third grade.

  • Ninth graders who are chronically absent are much more likely to fail at least one core course (math, English, or science). And failing a core course in ninth grade makes it more likely that a student will not graduate from high school on time.

  • State law requires children ages 8–17 to attend school or a district-approved home school program.


Encourage good habits at home, and make school a priority. Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. As much as possible, schedule appointments or trips for times when school is not in session.

Of course, sometimes, there are reasons for a child to stay home. If your child is too ill to come to school, please take care of them at home so other students can avoid getting sick. (Please see the enclosed guidelines.) If your child does need to miss school, call the Elementary/Middle School and/or the High School’s attendance lines to let them know. Keep track of your child’s absences—it’s easy for them to add up without realizing it.


We miss our students when they aren’t here. Each student makes a difference. If you need help getting your child to school, or your child seems nervous about going, please tell us. We’ll work together to find a solution.

Sincerely, Jeff Davis


September 20, 2017

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Following the Student 2017-2018 Calendar

Fall EventsFall Events
  • September is Attendance Awareness Month

September 11, 2017
Skyward Family AccessSkyward Family Access

  • Parents can view their child’s schedule, grades, attendance and demographic home information.

  • Parents can view students meal accounts and make online payments.

Family Access is available, here.

August 21, 2017
Food service
2017-18 Free and Reduced Meal Applications Available.
Visit the Ony Food Service page.

August 18, 2017
New State Health and Physical Education Learning Standards Are Out.

We Need SUBS!
The Elementary, Middle, and High schools need substitute Para Educators. Fill out a classified application, and submit it to the Onalaska District Office.

We are need subsitute bus drivers. Training class is available. Apply at the district office.

Kathleen Ahmann,
Sep 6, 2016, 8:29 AM
Admin Admin,
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