May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you teachers for all you do for the students of Onalaska. 
Our School Board and community appreciate all your efforts in helping our students reach their potential. 
Enjoy your special week. You deserve it.



The bus drivers are doing their spring clean up of milepost 4-6 on Hwy 508 Saturday May 21st, 9am-12 noon. We’ll meet at 1035 S. Fork Vet. Hwy 508. 

Be 15 years of age or older. Teens need parents signature. Forms is at High School office. 

This is an opportunity to earn volunteer community service hours that you need for graduation. 

Adults are also welcome to come and help! Maybe we can get it done in 1 day. 

We provide reflective vests. Wear your sturdy shoes, work gloves,long pants and sleeves. 

If this is your first time out with us please view video at www.wsdot.wa.gov/operations/adoptahwy

Contact Toni Werner at transportation dept. for more information.


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.




Onalaska Middle School again honored as a "School of Distinction" by the state.

For the second time in three years, Onalaska Middle School has been recognized by the state as a high performing school.  Test scores and student growth and achievement benchmarks continue to improve.  See the attached press release for more information. A full press release can be found here.



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





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




District School Calendar



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David Brown,
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David Brown,
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Kathleen Ahmann,
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