First Day of School 
Tuesday, August 30
First Day of School Preschool & Kindergarten
Friday, September 2

Traffic Safety Education Class, September 2016
They will be held a the Onalaska High School Room 408.  
The sign up and payment process is thru the ESD 113 Website:  Go to the bottom of the page under Students and Families and Click Traffic Safety.  
The Fall session #55405

Onalaska High School Scientists Monitor, 
Preserve Carlisle Lake for Generations to Come.
carlisle lake
Click the link below to read about the amazing things our 
Onalaska High School Students are doing at the lake!!!

June 13th BBQ with special guest Chief Deputy Stacy Brown & Deputy Jeff Martin

June 13th BBQ with special guest Chief Deputy Stacy Brown & Deputy Jeff Martin

OEMS Donuts for Guests like Dads, June 10th, 2016

OEMS Donuts for Guests like Dads, June 10th, 2016

4th Grade Pioneer Pie Social

4th Grade Pie

On May 13th, the entire fifth grade class along with Mr. Annan, Mrs. Bowen, and Mrs. Richardson were invited to The NIsqually National Wildlife Refuge to be part of collecting data for the eBird project. Students were joined by volunteers to help guide them and inform the students about the animals and plants found at the Refuge.  Students also learned about the importance of the historic estuary restoration project.  The trip is funded through the ESD 113 and generous donations.  The weather and our students were perfect, our students received lots of positive complements for their great interest in learning and their behavior

NIsqually National Wildlife Refuge

Middle School Robotics Class Visits Key Arena
Washington First Robotics sponsored a pregame Student Robotics Showcase where students throughout the state displayed their robotics projects in the main concourse of Key Area prior to the Seattle Storm game.  Our middle school students were there representing our school and their "bots".  Great work students!

Thanks also to Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Dalsted for taking these students to this event.

Now that you've read and or heard that the bus drivers are looking for helpers on May 21st for grounds cleanup on the 508 Hwy, we now need to know by Wednesday 18th noon who's coming in order to make sure we have enough reflective vests for you. Please let the high school office know or Toni Werner at district transportation.

Call 978-4111 Ext 3

Meet at S. Fork Vet by 9am. Bring work gloves. See you there! thank you!

Thanks to all of you who supported our Maintenance and Operations Levy.

High School STEM Students Share Projects
The high school STEM students shared their projects with the community at the Alliance meeting. Attendees voted on the best project. 
That design will eventually be built at Carlisle Lake.

STEM Projects

Elementary Play Structure Progress  

New Playground Structure Ribbon Cutting

Onalaska Elementary and Middle Schools Recognized by the State.

    Both Onalaska Elementary and Onalaska Middle Schools have been awarded the Washington State Achievement Award for High Progress.  Schools that receive this recognition have demonstrated to be in the top 10% of schools across the state in making the most progress in reading, ELA and mathematics combined.
     Congratulations to the students, staff and administration for their continued efforts of "Cultivating and Harvesting High Expectations and Excellence".  This award confirms the work that has gone on in these schools that focuses on continuous improvement and student academic growth.

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

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

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