DECEMBER 5, 2015

9:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M.

On the 1st Saturday in December, Lewis County residents have the opportunity to help other members in our community by participating in the annual Drive & Drop.  Onalaska school buses will be stationed at Brenda’s Country Market, Cinebar Fire Department/Community Club and Salkum Fire Department to collect your generous donations.  Whether your donation is large or small they are all greatly appreciated.  Food donations will be delivered to the Somma Food Bank.  Monetary/check donations can be made out to the Somma Food Bank as well.

We will also accept new unwrapped toys for children.  The toys will be distributed through the Onalaska School District outreach program.  If you are unable to stop by on the 5th, you may also drop off  donations at the Onlaska SD Transportation Dept. between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  M-F. Further information call Toni Warner 360-978-4111 option 3 or Lyn Carpenter 360-324-0746.

Donation Sites:
Brenda’s Country Market
Cinebar Fire Department/Community Club
Salkum Fire Department
Onalaska School District Transportation Department

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

October 27th Community Dinner
First Community Dinner of the year a success. Over 100 meals were served to community members. The theme was STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Staff and students were available to demonstrate their learning and what they are doing in their coursework that focuses on these four areas. A huge thanks to all of those who volunteered to make this a resounding success. Thank you Onalaska for your continued support of our schools

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

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.

2014-15 District Calendar (pdf)

District School Calendar

Kathleen Ahmann,
Aug 5, 2014, 12:59 PM
David Brown,
Dec 8, 2014, 8:38 AM
David Brown,
Mar 16, 2015, 9:11 AM
David Brown,
Aug 11, 2015, 2:08 PM
David Brown,
Aug 11, 2015, 2:00 PM
David Brown,
Aug 5, 2015, 9:16 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Dec 1, 2014, 1:46 PM