The Office of Highway Safety Planning is collaborating with the ThinkFirst organization to offer a free Virtual Parent Program. This is a great opportunity for parents who have children near driving age to learn more in preparation of their teens hitting the road. More details can be found on the attached flier.
Alpena Community College is hosting a 3 day job fair event! This "Just Jobs Week" event will allow job seekers to meet with multiple local employers in one location! Check out the attached flier for more information. We hope to see you there!
OAS families, Students in 3rd-11th grades are still expected to complete state testing this spring. Attached is the revised calendar for state testing. If you have any questions about the state testing requirements, please contact your child's teacher and/or building. They can then provide some more guidance. We will work on having the best testing environment that we can for our students and know that they will rock whatever test that they need to complete. Go Owls!
Happy Virtual Learning Friday! We made it through the first week of the 4th marking period. The end of the year is going to come quickly. Here are the RES announcements for this week: *Students in Michigan in grades 3rd-11th are still expected to complete state testing this spring. The week of April 12th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be completing some of this state testing. 8th-10th graders will be taking the PSAT and the 11th graders will be taking the SAT and the Work Keys ACT test. Be looking for emails pertaining to the exact testing times along with more information. If a student is unable to test next week, then they will have an opportunity to complete the test during a makeup time later in the month. For RES our 5th grade students will be the first ones testing. They will be testing the week of April 19th. It is very important that students are well rested and attend school these days (if this is possible). Students will be using their laptops to test so students will need to make sure they are charged and at school on their testing days. Attached is the 5th grade informational letter that was sent home. 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade students will be testing soon. *Monday, April 12th is our next Be Kind day at RES. Students are encouraged to wear shirts with inspirational messages or the Be Kind colors of pink/blue. Students are also encouraged to do random acts of kindness today. If caught, a student will receive a Caught Being Kind ticket and can turn it in for a small treat. From April 12th-May 7th we are going to have a grade level Caught Being Kind Challenge. The grade that has the most pink tickets turned in will earn a treat on May 10th. *RES also has our University of Michigan autographed football raffle going on. The money raised will go towards all of our rewards that we hand out to the students, such as Owl Buck prizes, our end of the year reward day, etc. Stop by the office to purchase tickets. We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather! Stay safe! Stay healthy! Have a fabulous Friday of learning Owls!
Thank you to Sarah Negro and Salon 121 for her donation to Chester and our therapy dog program. Without the community support we would not be able to have this opportunity for our students. The students absolutely love Chester and we are very appreciative of all of our donations! https://www.facebook.com/Salon121/
The local health department, in coordination with Alcona Health Center, is able to procure COVID-19 Vaccinations for any current OAS student, aged 16 and up, that would be interested in getting vaccinated. To register, please click the link below and complete the online registration form. Following the submission of the requested information a representative from Alcona Health Center will contact the family to confirm the student’s interest and parent consent for vaccination. It is possible these vaccines may be available as soon as the end of next week. We are grateful to our community partners for their work to obtain these vaccinations and are excited to offer this opportunity to our eligible student body. Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2ZL2ac9
There will be a Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 and Vaccines on April 7th at 7 pm. The event will feature question and answer session with panelists, including doctors, public health experts, a pastor and community leaders and is being brought to you by Alcona County Commission on Aging, Alcona Health Center and District Health Department #2. More information can be found on the attached flier.
On February 22, Oscoda High School band students recorded events for MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) Solo and Ensemble Festival. After virtual review by professional adjudicators, the results are in! Earning Division I (Superior) Ratings: Andrew Benton, 11 Tenor Saxophone Solo "Piece in G Minor" by Gabriel Pierne Patrick Boje, 10 Baritone Saxophone Solo "Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major - Prelude" by J.S. Bach Andrew Moore, 9 Marimba Solo "Furioso and Valse in D Minor" by Earl Hatch Emily Hanson (flute), 12; Zoe London (flute), 12 Austin Morton (clarinet), 11; Andrew Benton (tenor saxophone), 11 Grace Bergquist (tenor saxophone), 10; Michael Wrona (marimba), 11 Mixed Sextet "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by W.A. Mozart/arranged Karen Lopez Each event was assigned a link which afforded a single opportunity to record entries. Recording was provided by Eric Joseph of eRock Innovations. "I couldn't be more proud of our students who participated in this event. This was a tricky year to rehearse - wearing musician masks, school shutdowns, and illness made preparing for Solo and Ensemble Festival challenging. Our students rose to the challenge, and every student who entered earned the highest possible rating." - Karen Lopez
Oscoda Area Schools is excited to announce Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year. This year we are doing things a bit different; registrations will be done via appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (989)739-9173. Check out the attached flier for all the details.
Good evening, What another great week of competition! Several items to celebrate. Congratulations to our wrestling team for safely making it through another week of competition. We are proud of the continued success of both the boys and the girls basketball teams as they continue to be undefeated! Competitive cheer brought home first place last week.The swim team also continues to be on a roll as they swim past the competition. GO OWLS!
Wow, what another great week of athletic events in Oscoda. Our students and coaches have worked hard to be well prepared for a very unusual season and it is showing in their success in the pool, on the mat, at the lanes, and on the court. Congratulations to all of our teams for another successful week of safe competition. For a complete list of this week's events check out the attached document.
Oscoda Area Schools announces vacancies in Food Service, Custodial, and has identified a need for a JV Baseball Coach. Check out the job postings for all the details on how to apply. Don't wait, join our team today! In addition we still have openings posted for Teachers, Bus Drivers, and an Assistant Principal. You can review all of our posted vacancies at https://www.oscodaschools.org/o/oas/page/hr-employment-opportunities
Oscoda Rotary Welcomes new members At their Feb. 11 zoom meeting the Oscoda Rotary officially welcomed Brianne Becker, Ryan Madis, Danny Gallahar, and Etna Romo as new members. Brianne Becker is a Chemistry and Math teacher at Oscoda High School (OHS), and recently became the official faculty advisor to the Rotary-sponsored OHS “Interact” service club, and works with the Interact School Service action group. Ryan Madis is the Oscoda Community & Economic Development Fellow, working on better city planning including a public art project to brighten our walks around town. Ryan is a former Kirtland College admissions officer and has been helping organize live and virtual college visits for our OHS juniors along with Jim Kent. Danny Gallahar is the Oscoda community police resource officer working to keep our kids safe and making wiser choices. Danny is also president of the Little League and is a Coach and lead person with the Colts football program. Etna Romo is the OHS Spanish teacher and also works with the Interact club international service action team. She is a native Spanish speaker and looks forward to assisting the club when we send OHS students to the Dominican Republic and promoting the advancement of cultural awareness. Oscoda Rotary is growing. If you would like to be part of an organization that puts “Service Above Self” and wants to work to make our community a better place to live, to work, and to raise our families then Rotary invites you to contact Dr. Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-390-4643 to find out more about how to be the next new member!
OHS Rotary Interact Club Establishes Action Teams The Oscoda High School Interact Club is off to a great start with President Sophia Rayes forming five action teams giving more students the chance to develop leadership skills. The School Service Action Team is led by Emily Hanson and assisted by Interact Faculty Advisor Miss Brianne Becker. They are looking to increase positivity in the school by displaying kindness posters. They are also scheduling a Virtual Spring College Trip which will happen at the school on April 12 and will feature virtual interviews with Admissions officers from six colleges/universities in the Lower Peninsula. In addition, they are starting up the Earlyact Service Club for 7th and 8th graders. The Community Service Action team is led by Caitlin Berney and assisted by Interact Co-Advisor Mrs. Mary Reitler. In November they presented the Oscoda Police Department with a “Thank You” poster signed by students, blue line police flag pins, and, of course, doughnuts. Recently they made valentines which were delivered to a local nursing home. The International Service Action Team is led by Jessica Montgomery and supported by Interact’s International Specialist, Mrs. Etna Romo. They are working on an all school End Polio Dollar Drive with donations to be matched two-to-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Publicity Action Team led by Savahanna Webster and the Fund Raising Action Team led by Lucas Farrier are assisted by Interact Co-Advisor Dr. Jim Kent and are doing a great job publicizing and providing for club services and activities. For more information about the OHS Interact and OMS Earlyact Clubs please contact Dr. Kent at 989-390-4643 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Sophia Rayes on being one of ten students selected to receive the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athelete Award this year. To be eligible students were required to carry at least a 3.5 grade-point average and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Congratulations Sophia! Check out the full article at the following link: https://secondhalf.mhsaa.com/All-News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/9526/Scholars--Athletes-2021-Class-C--D
Dear Parent/Guardian: Your school provides an amazing benefit to your child called the TRiO Talent Search Program through Alpena Community College. Your child’s school has an advisor who works with TRiO students almost every week helping them with a multitude of life skills and abilities that are essential for making their college transition a much smoother process. The TRiO Talent Search Program starts recruiting students as early as 6th grade through 11th grade and works with students from 6th grade through 12th grade. Students can receive college scholarships for being in the TRiO program. The TRiO Talent Search’s primary target is low-income first-generation students. However, we are allowed to work with a smaller number of students that are not in this category, but they may be put on a short-term Waiting List. Please don’t let this discourage you from applying. We do our best to bring students in off the Waiting List as soon as we can! Our TRiO Talent Advisor would like to help you prepare your student for a successful College experience by offering a wide variety of workshops aimed at helping improve your child’s overall educational health such as: Study Skills Time Management Budgeting Skills and Financial Aid Navigation Skills. If your student is brought into the TTS program, meeting with their TTS advisor is vital! TRiO Talent Search advisors can: Help match your student’s interests with potential career choices Provide free SAT, ACT, and College Application fee waivers. Recommend universities that offer the best courses for your student’s interests TRiO Talent Search also offers Campus Visits, free to all TTS participants (grades 9-12)! Some of the Universities we visit include: U of M (Ann Arbor & Flint) Northern Michigan University Saginaw Valley State University Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Central Michigan University Michigan State University Lake Superior State University If you would like your child to take advantage of this FREE program offered by your school, have them pick up a TRiO Talent Search application at the High School or Middle School office or speak with the TRiO Talent Search Advisor. Parent/Guardians must complete this application and mail it back to Alpena Community College to see if your child qualifies for the TRiO program- (All applications come with an envelope to mail back the application). Please note that we are a federally funded, grant-based program. As such we are responsible for verifying income, and promise to keep all information confidential. It is only used for income verification and for classification such as first generational college student or low income. If you have any questions, or would like more information, call us at (989) 358-7348, or visit us online at: www.acctalentsearch.com
The MSU Extension is offering a number of remote learning resources and programs. The list below outlines some of these current offerings. For more information please visit the MSUE website at https://www.canr.msu.edu/rlr/index ONLINE PROGRAMMING 2/1- 3/31- 4-H Visualizing a Year Like No Other: A Michigan Teen Photo Project 2/2- What Children Need to Know to Start School 2/3- Making a Spending Plan Work for You! 2/3- 3/3 (Wednesdays)- Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting 2/3- 3/10 (Wednesdays)- Wellness Initiative for Senior Education 2/4- Tips to Build and Protect Your Credit 2/8- Financial Preparedness for Disasters 2/9- Purpose of Play 2/10- Retirement Myths and Facts 2/10- 3/17- 4-H Ninja Training SPIN Club 2/15- 3/20 (Mondays)- EmpowerU: Advocating Invasive Species Management and Natural Resource Conservation 2/16- Development Stages of Self-Control (Infant/toddler) 2/17- Protecting Your Identity 2/18- ABC’s of Early Literacy 2/23- Together We Can: Co-parenting 2/23- Informed Renter 2/24- How Much Home Can You Afford? 2/26- Setting the Stage: Promoting Social and Emotional health in Young Children ONGOING PROGRAMS: Crawford At Home Kits Cooking With Kristi
Oscoda Area Schools is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a role as a District Data Technician. Check the attached vacancy noticefor all the details.
A big thank you to our transportation department and mechanic staff for their excellent work in keeping our buses in great shape. It is through the hard work of these individuals that Oscoda Area Schools has been presented with a Certificate of Excellence by the Michigan State Police for achieving a 100% Pass Rate for School Bus Safety Inspections.
Happy Virtual Learning Friday! Today Chester was able to get cleaned up and get a haircut. Thank you to Sunrise Side Grooming Salon for his spa day today. He is all cleaned up and looks fantastic. We are very appreciative of their grooming donation!!! They are an Oscoda Owl level sponsor of Chester. Thank you! Here are the RES announcements for this week: *Due to the volume of people at parent pick up we are asking, if you are picking a student up at the end of the day, to please have a mask on. We want to keep everyone as healthy and safe as possible. We appreciate your support with this. *January 20th and 21st all students will be released early. Dismissal time is at 12:30pm on these days. *January 22nd is a virtual Friday. All students are expected to complete an online assignment/activity that has been assigned by their teacher that day. This counts for attendance and grading purposes. It is also the end of the second marking period. *RES is having a Be Kind grade level challenge through February 12th. The grade level with the most Caught Being Kind tickets earned between now and then will get a small treat. Currently 4th grade is in the lead. There is still lots of time left. Keep earning those tickets! *Every week students who have been signed up are taking home a small bag of groceries courtesy of the Backpack Food Program. If this is something you would like, please contact the office or your child's teacher to sign up. There are also bags out at parent pick up available as well and families are welcome to take a bag. We hope everyone has a healthy and safe weekend. Go Owls!