April 13, 2021
OHS Hatchery Program

hatcheryThere is promise for the future of salmon and steelhead in the Northwest if Onalaska High School has anything to say about it. 

Onalaska High School's hatchery program helps students learn the basics of raising salmon and steelhead. With the help of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Chehalis Tribe, students are able to feed and raise fish, and then release hundreds of thousands of salmon and steelhead smolts into nearby rivers. 

This all takes place in OHS's state-of-the-art-hatchery facilities and Carlisle Lake.

March 31, 2021
Onalaska Alliance Food Backpack Program.

March 2, 2021
First Grade Celebrates Seuss!
green eggs and ham
seuss books
The first-grade students celebrate Dr. Seuss Day!

They celebrated with green eggs and ham (green vanilla pudding and a wafer cracker) but they didn’t know that at first!

They also read ALOT of Dr. Seuss classics.

February 22, 2021
Congratulations to the OHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter members who competed and represented our community virtually in the Southwest Regional Winter Leadership Conference this past month.  

It has been a different year this time as students could not be in person for the FBLA Conference. This year, students are learning to adjust and adapt to the new way of managing conferences successfully through technology.  Many schools in SW Washington participated in the conference; Vancouver, Union, Washougal, Toutle Lake, Heritage, Mark Morris, Castle Rock, La Center, and Onalaska.

The following Onalaska FBLA students are now eligible to compete at April's State Business Leadership Conference, as they have qualified in their event.  

Advertising - 4th Emily Greiner and 6th Carmen Ibarra (Business and Marketing/Yearbook)
Business Calculations - 6th Mackenzie Coleman, 5th James McMillion, 4th Hope Rhodes (Financial Literacy students)
Help Desk - 1st Mackenzie Craney (IT Academy)
Introduction to Business Communications - 5th Emily Greiner (IT Academy)
Introduction to Event Planning - 5th Mackenzie Craney (IT Academy)
Management Decision Making - 2nd Dylan Zigler and Julia Parker (Business and Marketing students/Yearbook)
Marketing - 4th Jeffrey Lines, 5th Ismael Baires (Sports Marketing)
Personal Finance - 5th Hope Rhodes, 6th Place James McMillion (Financial Literacy students)
Sports and Entertainment Management - 1st Ismael Baires (Sports Marketing Students)
and 2nd Jeffrey Lines 
Word Processing -  1st Rylan McGraw, 2nd Conner Blair, 3rd Emily Briggs, 4th Addy Ashley (IT Academy students)

February 16, 2021 

When the weather changed from rain to snow this past week, 6th-grade science students studied how snowflakes were formed and then went outside to collect samples and take photographs of snowflakes with Mrs. Richardson.

Students learned how math plays an important part in forming the six-sided snowflake.

February 10, 2021 
OHS Hathchery Receives Fish
This week, the Onalaska High School Aquaculture Program received 102,000 Coho Salmon from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Skookumchuck Fish Hatchery. They are planned to be released to Gheer Creek on April 1st. They will, hopefully, return in 3-4 years. 

The Coho are located in the net pens on Carlisle Lake alongside 35,000 Steelhead and 10,000 Rainbow Trout. Students will be feeding and taking care of all the fish in these net pens. If you are interested in watching the feeding process, please contact Kevin Hoffman at the Onalaska High School.

Spring Events

April 14, 2021
COVID-19/Return to School Update:

covid update

Dear Parents and Guardians of Onalaska Students:

I am more than happy to announce that we will be bringing back all students for face-to-face learning beginning Monday, April 19, 2021.  

Based on the Department of Health guidance dated March 25, 2021, we are now allowed to have classrooms where students only need to be 3 ft. apart instead of the 6 ft. we have been using since the beginning of the school year.  This allows us to accommodate more students.  We have had to make some adjustments in student schedules and placement of desks/workstations, but our staff has done a great job in making these adjustments.

I have attached the information that we will be following in order to make this adjustment in student schedules.  It is critical that we continue to follow the guidance in order to keep students and staff safe and healthy.

One of the biggest changes is we are now asking you, as parents and guardians, to monitor the health of your students prior to them coming to school.  The new guidance allows for you to make the decision whether to send your student to school or not.  Please, be mindful of the Covid-19 symptoms and keep your student home if they exhibit one or more of the symptoms listed on the attachment.  We can make this work, we just need your assistance.  As always, if you are keeping your student home, please notify the school so that the absence can be excused.

Also, if you or your student has tested positive for Covid-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, we still need to have you contact Catie Werner or me to let us know.  We still need that information for contact tracing.

I have been very proud of the work our staff has done in making school safe.  I am equally proud of the support from you, our parents and guardians, in supporting our efforts to provide an educational program that is unlike anything we have done before.  We have a long way to go to get out of this pandemic, let’s just hope that when we do finally get back to the way things should be, we never have to do this again.

Our staff is excited to have all students back on Monday the 19th.  Let’s finish the year strong and hope for a better situation when school starts up again in the Fall.

Jeff Davis


April 19, 2021

Returning All Students, Monday.

Here is guidance for the return of all students on April 19, 2021. Some of these will be a work in progress as we make adjustments to our schedules and class sizes.

  1. All students and staff are required to wear masks or shields.
  2. All students must be 3 ft. apart.  The easiest way to measure would be from the center of the desk, both front and back and side to side. Students will still need to all face the same direction and not face-to-face. (DOH guidance, March 25, pages 8-9)
  3. Staff must maintain 6 ft. distance in meetings and gatherings. They also, as much as possible, maintain a 6 ft. distance from students. (DOH guidance, March 25, page 8)
  4. Elementary students will continue to eat meals in their classrooms. They must move to 6 ft. distancing for meals.
  5. Elementary recess schedule will remain the same.
  6. MS and HS will resume two lunch schedules.  Emphasizing that students need to be at least 6 ft. apart, in cohorts as much as possible, and wear masks when not eating.
  7. After MS lunches, we will need assistance to quickly clean the cafeteria to accommodate elementary specialists with their afternoon schedules.
  8. Attendance is required each day.  Those students who have demonstrated success with distance learning, both with daily attendance/participation and are making progress academically, may choose to stay with distance learning.  Parents/guardians must notify the building principal if they choose to have their student continue with asynchronous learning.
  9. Students and staff must continue to monitor distance protocols when moving students from one location to another or during passing time. This will be difficult in MS since we only have one hallway.
  10. Temperature checks will cease for students. Students will need to stay home if they have a temperature or are not feeling well. We need parents/guardians to monitor temperature and other Covid symptoms. Continue to use the CDC and DOH guidance on symptoms related to Covid-19.
  11. All staff will need to continue checking into their school’s office or other location as designated by their supervisor to take temperatures and sign off on the attestation form each day.  This continues to be mandatory for all staff.
  12. Hand-washing and disinfectants will still be required.  Desks must be disinfected after each use.  Maintenance staff will continue to disinfect classrooms each night.
  13. Open windows as much as possible to allow fresh air in your classrooms and instructional areas.
  14. All school calendar schedules will remain in effect.

We ask parents/guardians to monitor temperature checks and Covid symptoms and keep their children at home if they have one or more of the symptoms.  We will ask they contact the school if their student has tested positive for Covid or if they have been exposed to someone with Covid.  We will continue to keep track of this data.

Here are the health screening criteria, from DOH, that need to be asked each day before sending students to school:

Does your child have any of the following:

Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills Headache

Cough Recent loss of taste or smell

Shortness of breath                                   Difficulty breathing

Fatigue Congestion or runny nose

Muscle or body aches Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea                                                   Sore Throat

If so, please keep your child home.

March 22, 2021

School Board Meeting, via Video

When: April 26, 2021 06:00 PM
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 117350

Onalaska Schools Google Admin,
Dec 1, 2020, 1:14 PM
Kathleen Ahmann,
May 26, 2020, 7:57 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Mar 29, 2021, 2:53 PM
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Apr 13, 2021, 7:46 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Apr 14, 2021, 8:24 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Aug 13, 2020, 11:16 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Apr 20, 2021, 3:01 PM
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Jan 15, 2021, 9:31 AM
Kathleen Ahmann,
Mar 31, 2021, 10:29 AM