The school year may be coming to a close, but our Social Emotional Team wanted to make sure the families that we serve have up-to-date information regarding various community resources. In addition, our team will be available to support the social emotional needs of our students throughout the summer. Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Ortiz, and Ms. Hamilton will be available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance if you are in need. Have a great summer and go Owls!
Parents of current fifth and sixth graders - if your child would like to join Beginning Band in the fall, please email Mrs. Lopez (email@example.com) with the name of your child, and the grade that they will be in when school begins in the fall. Students do not need any prior music experience, and do not yet need to own an instrument. Instruments fittings will be done once school starts for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.
On May 24th, 2021, 23 Third Grade students participated in the annual Spelling Bee at RES. We congratulate all students for the courage and efficacy to represent our Third Grade in this year's Spelling Bee. After several spelling rounds, Sharon Brinn (pictured) was honored with 1st Place, Aria Budnick with 2nd Place, and Mackenzie Giffin (pictured) with Third Place. Great job to all of our participants this year and to Mr. Charlie Negro for conducting the Spelling Bee!
The June 2021 Observer is now available electronically! Check out our latest edition in honor of the class of 2021! Good Luck Graduates! https://5il.co/t16r
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. FCC Internet Discount Program for parents/students https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit About the Emergency Broadband Benefit The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
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.
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
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!
Oscoda Area Schools is pleased to announce the donation of $400 worth of personal care products to the student pantry located at Oscoda Area Schools through the Backpack Program. This donation is greatly appreciated. These resources will provide students supplies that are needed during trying times. Karen Curtis (pictured right) Community Outreach Chair Quota International of Iosco County Robin Gray, Treasurer (pictured left) Scott Moore, OAS Superintendent (pictured center)
If you are interested in pre-ordering your 2021 Oscoda High School Lumberjack Yearbook (grades 7-12), please go to: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com Our school's Yearbook ID code is 7863521 The cost of each Yearbook is $40. You can personalize your Yearbook by having your name engraved on the cover (additional $5), and you can add icons to represent your hobbies ($3 each). The YB Pay site will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.
We are wrapping up the advertisement portion of our 7-12 grade yearbook. If your business or organization would like to purchase an ad in the 2020-2021 Lumberjack, please reach out to Mrs. Lopez. We are also wrapping up "Ads for Grads". Parents of seniors received a letter in the mail about this last month, and email from Mr. Allison, and a reminder on the 2021 Facebook page. If you have not yet provided this information, please reach out asap. Thanks, and have a safe and healthy break! firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Thursday! Today was the last day before break for in person instruction. Tomorrow is a Virtual Learning Friday for all of our students. Winter break officially starts on December 19th. School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. We want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! Here is a short video from Mrs. Pichla, Mrs. Brooks, and Chester to make you smile today. https://elfyourself.com/?mId=139466 Chester wanted to share his holiday pictures as well. He hopes everyone has a safe and fun break. We want to make sure we thank our community for all of your support during this unique school year. 2020 has been a year full of ups and downs, new challenges and triumphs, laughter and tears, and a truly unique year. We can't thank you enough for all of your support during this quickly changing school year! We truly appreciate our community! THANK YOU! Have a safe, healthy, and fun holiday break! See you in 2021! Go Owls!!!!
Oscoda Area Schools is seeking qualified individuals to join our team of highly skilled and exceptionally motivated educators. Check out our employment opportunities page at https://www.oscodaschools.org/o/oas/page/hr-employment-opportunities for all the details. We currently have openings for Teachers, Bus Drivers, and School Counselors. Do you have a skill set that you think you could put to good use for the students of Oscoda Area Schools? Contact our business office today at (989)739-2033 to discuss employment opportunities and training plans.
Parents of Seniors: Here is a reminder of upcoming Yearbook deadlines: Ads for Grads - December 14, 2020 Headshots/Freestyle Pics and Senior Quotes - January 15, 2021 "Tux and Drape" pictures will be taken by Lifetouch on January 27, 2021
Happy Friday! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break and good week of online learning this week. We look forward to seeing all of our K-8th grade students back in the building on Monday, December 7th. Chester can not wait to see students in the building again. Here are some announcement from Chester for RES: *Monday, December 7th and December 14th are Be Kind Mondays. Everyone is encouraged to wear Be Kind shirts, shirts with inspirational messages, or the Be Kind colors of pink/blue. Staff will be looking for students doing Random Acts of Kindness. If caught, students will earn themselves a Caught Being Kind ticket and a small reward for this. We have a hallway designated for these tickets and Chester can not wait to see how many we can earn. *The RES office has some great Owl gear. If you are looking for an Oscoda Owl present for the holiday give the office a call or stop by to check it out. *We want to thank all of our families for being so supportive as we navigate on this journey of the school year together. We appreciate all of your dedication, hard work, and patience as we work to educate your child during this quickly changing year. We are grateful to have such amazing students, families, and a community!! We are very grateful for all of your support during the virtual learning. We saw some great things taking place. Our students ROCKED it! Thank you! We hope everyone has a fantastic Friday of learning and a fabulous weekend! See you soon! Go Owls!
We have partnered to be able to provide COVID Testing information and resources. We have done this in an effort to promote the safest environment possible. Please review the attached file to answer questions you may have. We are working diligently to position ourselves to safely and effectively provide education in as many forms as possible. We are hopeful this resource can enhance our capacity to do so.
Good Afternoon, With the upcoming holiday season and the scheduled days off from school associated therewith, we wanted to reach out to our families to inform everyone of the few changes to our food distribution schedule. Please see the following attachment which outlines these changes. Please take a moment to review the attached memo. We are very grateful to be able to provide meals to our students regardless of their learning format. If you have any questions or would like more information about our food distribution programs, please do not hesitate to contact our food service department at (989)739-2401.
Hello Seniors and Senior Parents! If you'd like to have any of the following included in the yearbook, I need to receive it from you by Friday, January 15, 2021: • A head shot (if you had senior pics taken, your photographer will have taken one that would be appropriate. If you did not have senior pictures taken, your school picture, or your drape and tux photo will be used. Drape and tux photos are scheduled for January). • A freestyle picture (This is a picture of you that represents something that you're passionate about. It could be a picture of you in a field of flowers, or holding a football, or sitting on a log on the beach. As long as it's school appropriate, we'll include it in the yearbook). • A "Senior Quote". Is there a quote that is meaningful to you? We'll include it along with freestyle pictures in the yearbook. Please email all of the above to "email@example.com" by Friday, January 15, 2021. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Stay tuned for information about a "Senior Sign-Off Page". I will put that in the office for you to sign at your convenience AFTER December 8, when we resume face-to-face classes. Please keep the photos coming! Several of you (or your parents) have provided me with GREAT pictures so far - but most of the pictures that I've received have been from underclassmen. I'd really love to have a lot of senior representation in the yearbook. Please stay well!
Hello: This year, the Oscoda Area Music Boosters are offering their fruit fundraiser online. If you are able to support this effort, please click on the link below to order your fruit. Fruit will be shipped directly to your home. Because of COVID restrictions, no students will be visiting you in person to ask you to purchase fruit, and no students will be delivering fruit in person. In the link, after making your selections, there is an opportunity to select a "seller" from our current list of band members. If you would like a particular student to earn "credit" for your purchase, feel free to select a seller. It is not a necessary step in completing your order. Thank you for supporting this effort! http://freshfruitorder.org/OAMB Karen Karen R. Lopez, MA of Music Education Band and Choir Director Oscoda Area Schools
Congratulations to our RES Students of the Month for the Month of October: K: Keiralee Sanders 1st: Ryan Ruby 2nd: Aria Bierlein 3rd: Mackenzie Giffin 4th: Jaxen Ruckman 5th: Carley Mongeau 6th: Hailey Wrusch The above students were selected as our winners for exhibiting the following traits: *showing good character *having a positive attitude *always trying their best and putting in a top quality effort *setting a good example for others *being extremely hard-working *cooperative in classes and in the hallways *having good attendance *worthy of special recognition Congratulations to our October winners! There are still many more months in the school year. Students keep working hard and showcasing good character and you could be our next winner. Go Owls!
Good Morning OAS Families, With all of our students having some virtual component to school this year, we know that this new format of school can get confusing at times. We appreciate how understanding and resilient you have been during this time in assisting your child through the online learning format. We also want to offer a virtual Google Classroom training for our parents/guardian. At this training parents/guardians will be walked through the different components of Google Classroom from OAS staff members. Below is the link to the flyer and registration form. Parents/guardians must register for this event. Anyone that registers will receive an email prior to the training. The link to the meeting and any other pertinent information will be in this email. We look forward to helping you out smart your student on Google Classroom. https://www.canva.com/design/DAELRjSWfXA/1OYDe_3AjjSQ2Is_TyGNrA/view?utm_content=DAELRjSWfXA&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink Have a great day! Stay safe! Stay healthy! Go Owls!
Great work to Oscoda Richardson Elementary 6th grade classrooms on surviving a Zombie Apocalypse brought to them By Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, The Owl’s Nest! Students were give a random budget determined by M&M colors in their individual fun size bags. Practicing their math skills, they picked supplies they felt they would need to survive while spending within their budget. Survivors were determined by if they had correctly picks the essential survival items which were predetermined by the Owl’s Nest co-ops Senior Jarod Goodson and Senior Ben Berenkowski!
Richardson Elementary School Kindergarteners recently learned about saving money with Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, The Owl’s Nest! Students listened to money stories read to them virtually by Owl’s Nest Co-op Jarod Goodson and Ben Berenkowski. Each student was provided a blank savings box to decorate with what they will buy when they save enough money!
Due to the COVID pandemic the “Coats for Kids” organization will not be coming into the school to distribute coats this year, but instead will be taking pre orders and distributing the coats to each classroom on Monday, November 23, 2020. If you are in need of a coat/s for your student/s and/or any other siblings in the household, please fill out the attached form and return it to your child/s teacher no later than Friday, November 6, 2020. It is important you have the correct size as there will not be an opportunity to exchange the coats.
We are asking for YOUR help with this year's OHS Yearbook. We need photos of you, your friends, and your events. Any time that you (or your parents, or your grandparents, or your parent's friends, etc.) get a really good picture capturing a moment in time that you think should be published in the yearbook, PLEASE email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the name(s) of the person(s) in the photo, and where/when it took place. I can't guarantee that every single photo will be included, but I will do my best to get as many (school appropriate) memories included as possible. Students - check your email for requests for specific pictures and events or surveys that I'll send out throughout the year. Here are some ideas to get started: If you are learning from home - please send me a picture of you working at your table, or at your desk, or on your couch. You can also include a quote about how learning from home is going, and what you miss about being at the school, or what you love about learning from home. If you have several classes at ACC - take a selfie (by yourself or with some friends) at ACC and let us know how this is going. Are you enjoying the classes? Are you excited to leave HS with college credits earned? What are your plans for the future? If your volleyball team just won the league championship (congratulations!!) - please send me a team photo (with names) and the trophy. Did you get some great candid shots of volleyball players flying through the air? Send them along - let's celebrate these things! Is your MS girl's basketball team undefeated (congratulations!!) - please send me some candid shots of you guys (with names) working hard and scoring all those points. Are you on a football team that just outscored their opponents a record-breaking 298-6 in regular season play? Send us some pictures (with names) of you guys crushing it on the field. Did you run Cross Country and get featured in the Oscoda Press? Did you run cross country, and someone snapped a great picture of you red-faced and working hard? We would love to have a copy (with names) for the yearbook. Are you a part of the League Championship Soccer Team?? Were you named as a Player of the Week for the State of Michigan?? We need pictures of those events to include in YOUR yearbook! HS and MS Cheer - I'm sure that someone grabbed some cute pics of you guys doing your thing - please send them along (with names) so we can be sure that they are included in your yearbook. MS Football - I can't wait to see pictures of the highlights of your season. Please send us pictures (with names) of your outstanding plays. We are so grateful for your help with this project, and can't wait to see how YOUR yearbook turns out!
Wow. What another great week of play by our Oscoda Athletes! Congratulations to our Soccer team for a great season and a run in the playoffs. Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball and Football Teams for their great week of big W's. Below are the events for this week. As always, these events are subject to change. https://5il.co/mgue
Good Morning OAS Families, As we reflect on the school year thus far and refine our plans for the 2nd semester, we are asking for your input regarding a few key details. The following link will direct you to a form which will ask a few questions regarding the learning format your student(s) is/are currently enrolled in, the success of that format for your student(s), and an option to select your students' learning format for 2nd semester. Note this survey will serve as your formal placement request for 2nd semester. We are hopeful to have all survey responses returned to us as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, October 26th, 2020. We will then use this data to help guide some key planning activities for 2nd semester, so your input is critical. The survey can be found at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehDi8uXr7T0EumoUVw9RA8wltrysS6YQ0-m2xZGwa6H6lJ_g/formResponse. We appreciate your time in completing this form and look forward to continuing to serve our students and our families in the best possible way. Go Owls!
Happy Virtual Learning Friday! Here are some RES announcements: *Don't forget that blended and in person picture day is October 27th. Online picture day is October 30th. * RES is starting a Chester fundraiser on Monday. Students can buy a paw print and write a special message to Chester for his birthday on it. The funds raised will go towards any purchases that we may need to get for him. *Chester had a very busy week and is exhausted. He was in many classrooms this week and the students love to be able to see him. Thank you to the community for this opportunity for our students! *Please complete the survey that was emailed out yesterday, if you have not done so already. By completing the survey you are selecting your child's learning format for the second semester. The survey results will allow us to analyze the data and make any changes that are needed. *Good luck to all of our athletic teams that are playing this weekend! Have a great learning Friday! Go Owls!
District Health Department #2 will be conducting onsite vaccination clinics at the OHS Soccer Field Parking Lot on Tuesday November 10th. There will be two seperate sessions this day. Session 1 will run from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and will require an appointment. During this session the health department will be offering childhood/adolescent immunizations and flu vaccines for children. Session 2 will run from 5pm to 6pm and will not require an appointment in advance. This session will only offer Flu Vaccinations, but will be open to members of the community. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for session 1, please contact District Health Department No. 2 via telephone at 1-800-504-2650.
Oscoda Area Schools is seeking feedback for the 2nd semester! We are asking each of our families to complete a request of placement for the 2nd semester at the following link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehDi8uXr7T0EumoUVw9RA8wltrysS6YQ0-m2xZGwa6H6lJ_g/formResponse Please make sure your request for placement is submitted no later than Monday, October 26th, 2020.
We wanted to take a moment to share with our community an update to our athletic spectator requirements. Moving forward, all spectators will be required to turn in the attached form before entering any home athletic event. We have provided a copy of this form so you can complete it prior to your arrival. Alternatively, forms will be available to be complete at the entrance to each athletic event. We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.
We want to wish our Varsity Volleyball Team good luck tonight in their Tri-Match hosting AuGres and Rogers City. The event starts at 5:00pm and can be viewed online at www.schoolcast.co/Oscoda
Laptop Insurance Enrollment Window Closes October 30, 2020. https://youtu.be/CRg2CPpp4Ac This year we have already had 8 broken/shattered screens, 4 spills and various other damages to the laptops. The cost for screen replacement for one of the HP Touchscreen laptops is approximately $300. The cost of the insurance is $20. The insurance covers theft, loss and accidental damages done to the devices. The device must be insured before the accident or a claim can be filed. Please choose one of the following methods to sign your device up today! Device Coverage Online Signup Link: https://schooldevicecoverage.com/signup Printable Copy of Device Coverage Sign Up Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NzqjyPibWcBXrCPknST3f-4ZgY7zcL_1/view?usp=sharing
OAS would like to thank John Henry Excavating for the donation of these enormous utility poles. Our District is further blessed by the skill and dedication of our outstanding team of maintenance and custodial (Mike Carefelly, Danny Marshall, Bobby Otremba and Jason Livvix) for installing these posts on our soccer field to improve and enhance our facilities for our kids. Great job team! Go Owls!
Happy Friday! We have made it through the first month of school! Welcome to October. We are very grateful to have such resilient, hard-working, and positive students. They have amazed us with how flawlessly they have adapted to change. Here is a reminder: *Today is a virtual Friday for ALL of our students. This is for our online learners, our blended students, and our 4 day a week in person students. All students are required to complete an assignment on Fridays. This assignment looks different from teacher to teacher, but this is something that must be done to show participation for our students. All students must engage in their classes on Fridays. We hope everyone has a great weekend! Chester is proudly sporting his blue and white today! Go Blue! Go White! Go Owls!!
Congratulations to Owen Franklin for being nominated by MLive for Week 2 Bay City Area Player of the Week. Owen's performance in week two against Rogers City resulted in 110 rushing yards and three touchdowns on eight carries AND 132 yards and a touchdown through the air! In order to win the honor, of week 2 player of the week, Owen needs the support of the Owl Community! MLive is asking readers to vote for their favorite player of the week at https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/09/top-performers-and-player-of-the-week-poll-for-week-2-of-2020-in-bay-city-area.html. You can vote as many times you like, but voting ends Friday at 9:00 AM. So hop on now and keep voting all week! GO OWLS!
Happy Friday Oscoda! We wanted to let everyone know that the Oscoda Owls will be streaming their football game against Rogers City tonight on the Oscoda Owls 2020 Football Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1724870404446181/. Additionally, the Owls Volleyball Team will be live streaming their tournament tomorrow on the Oscoda Volleyball Page at https://www.facebook.com/Oscoda-Volleyball-165857120501937 Good Luck this weekend to all our student athletes..... GO OWLS!
We are excited to announce that the Oscoda Area Schools in Collaboration with Alcona Health Center has received a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to establish a School Based Health Center Program within the Richardson Elementary School. Services provided through the Child and Adolescent Health Center Program are designed specifically for children and adolescents ages 5 through 21 years and are aimed at achieving the best possible physical, intellectual, and emotional health status. This grant will provide support for a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and Behavioral Health Therapist full time during the school year. Clinical services shall include, at a minimum: primary care including health care maintenance, immunization assessment and administration, care of acute and chronic illness, mental health services, health education, risk reduction counseling, and referral for other services not available at the health center. Mari Anderson, FNP-C and Catherine Nickell-Simpson, Limited Licensed Master Social Worker (LLMSW) will be providing the services for the new School Based Health Center. More to come as we develop the program!
OAS Families, As we all take on another virtual Friday, we wanted to provide some more insight into Google Classroom for our families. Below is a link to a Google Classroom informational presentation. We are hopeful that this presentation will assist families in understanding the features of this program and provide some clarification to the questions that you may have. We appreciate all of the hard work, patience, and flexibility that has occurred within the Owl community as we take on this new learning format. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RKFTab4302ftvEF4IQHVY6Soub9GNz5FETd27Srfv2k/edit?usp=sharing Go Owls!
We would like to thank the Robert J. Parks Library in Oscoda and the Curtis Township Library in Glennie for allowing our students to use their FREE WIFI 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are incredibly grateful to have communities that are so supportive of our students. More information can be found in the attached flyer.
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL Starts on 9/1/2020. New 7th graders interested in playing girls basketball will need a Physical on file before practicing. 8th grade girls who had a physical last year will need to complete a Health Questionnaire form. 8th grade girls who do not have a physical on file from the 2019-2020 school year will need to get a physical. Physical and Health Questionnaire forms are available in the High School Office. Practices will be held on the Football-Soccer Practice Fields.
Good afternoon, Bus routes will be adjusted throughout the school year in order to get as close to 50% capacity as possible. Bus drivers will be calling parents to confirm stop times and locations before Tuesday morning. We have posted a start of the year route summary to our Facebook page and website and have also included that document in this email. Any changes that occur after school starts will be communicated with you via email, Facebook, and www.oscodaschools.org as soon as possible. Reminder that if you see YELLOW flashing overhead lights on the school bus, you must be prepared to stop; be on the lookout for children coming from any direction as they are often unpredictable. If the RED flashing overhead lights are on it is illegal to pass no matter what direction you are going. Please keep our students safe and follow the law. Oscoda Area Schools in in need of bus drivers, either full time or substitutes. Call 989-739-2024 to connect with me if you are interested. OAS Transportation is ready to roll into the new school year and can't wait to see the kids on Tuesday. LET’S GO OWLS, IT’S GONNA BE A GREAT YEAR. Tina Ruedisueli Transportation Director
Director of Transportation, Tina Ruedisueli wanted to take a few minutes to discuss some basic safety measures being taken on busses for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out her video at https://youtu.be/QxtehjxUiNg
The first day of school is coming fast! We are one week away from welcoming students back to school for the 2020/2021 school year! The staff are in the building working to get ready to welcome the students on September 1st. Chester received a special package of masks and he wanted to try them out. Chester is ready to go and has quickly learned how to wear a mask correctly. He can't wait to see everyone soon! See you in a week!
Oscoda High School and Middle School is hosting in-person tours for incoming 7th grade students! We look forward to showing our students who will be new to the building around. To maintain a safe environment we are asking families to contact the High School Administrators to schedule appointments. Groups will be limited to 10 or fewer individuals. Check out the attached flier for all the details!
Oscoda Area Schools is still seeking motivated individuals to join our team. We are seeking Paraprofessionals, Bus Drivers, Coaches, and Custodians. If you are interested, please review our available vacancies online at https://www.oscodaschools.org/o/oas/page/hr-employment-opportunities. Join our team today!
We're Hiring! We are looking for motivated individuals to join our highly skilled team of professionals. Do you like working with kids? Are you looking for extra work in a field that you love? Check out our available vacancies today. A full list of openings can be found online at https://www.oscodaschools.org/o/oas/page/hr-employment-opportunities.
Oscoda Area Schools announces the following, new, vacancies for the 2020-2021 school year. For a complete list of vacancies, please visit https://www.oscodaschools.org/o/oas/page/hr-employment-opportunities. 1) Assistant Director of Food Service 2)Part-Time Dietary 3) Varsity Sideline Cheer Coach 4) Elementary Paraprofessional
Happy Wednesday! Chester couldn't wait to share some pictures from his past week. He was able to enjoy a local campground and he loved it! He loved getting to run and play. He especially loved the dog park obstacle course. He hopes that you are also enjoying the fresh air. He can't wait to see you again! Here are some other notes from Chester: *Chester is back in the building for the 20/21 school year. The school offices are open. Feel free to stop in to complete an enrollment packet or call the offices if you have any questions. *Chester is looking forward to seeing the students again. He knows he may need to pop into some online classrooms to be able to see students who will be online. He wants all students to know that he will make it work so that students who could use some Chester time either in person or online will get to see him periodically. Stay safe! Stay healthy! Go Owls!
OHS Athletes are required to have a physical completed and turned in or a Health Questionnaire completed and handed in on or before the first day of practice. To be eligible for a health questionnaire, students must have a 2019-2020 Physical on file with the school already. You can pickup a form at the high school office or call 989-739-9121 and have one emailed to you. Football: August 10 VolleyBall: August 12 Soccer: August 12 Swimming: August 12 Cross Country: August 12
Good Afternoon, As we plan for the new school year it is incredibly important that we hear back from each of the families that we serve, hopefully no later than July 31st, 2020. Please make sure you respond to the student placement survey by July 31st, 2020. The student placement survey can be found at https://forms.gle/nY1xCGmrzMWk4vu57 If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Go Owls!
It has come to our attention that an asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) individual that attended our graduation ceremony on June 28th, 2020 at the Oscoda High School Football Field has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. In coordination with District Health Department Number 2, Oscoda Area Schools is advising all attendees to self-monitor and if any symptoms present, please contact your primary care provider or District Health Department Number 2 at (989) 362-6183 to arrange for a test. If symptoms do not appear within 14 days there is nothing to be done. We have been advised that self-quarantine is not necessary. We appreciate your time and attention with regard to this matter.
Happy Wednesday! Chester has already been outside enjoying the sunshine. He wanted to make sure to send out some reminders today. *For RES students who signed up for summer school, packets are now ready for pick up anytime from the RES foyer/entryway. These will need to be picked up before Monday, July 6th. *Kindergarten and preschool registration will continue all summer long with registration packets located in the RES foyer and a drop bin for completed packets also in the foyer. The foyer is open anytime for this to take place. *The RES and HS offices are closed now for the summer. They will reopen on July 27th. *Chester thinks it is going to be hot for a while. Stay hydrated, put on that sunscreen, and enjoy the sunshine. Chester says, "Have a great 4th of July!" Stay cool! Stay safe! Stay healthy! Go Owls!
Oscoda High School will be streaming our graduation ceremony this Sunday on our YouTube channel. The live stream will start prior to the ceremony and can be found on Oscoda Area Schools channel at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJRt4QY19diWndoD2Yf4K9w?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR1VCcWaZpUGAi_Hllo7oh61HR3BqJC1Adbt8_4C2UaCEXWdlGevZCKMm2c
2020-2021 Survey We have just released a survey regarding the 2020-2021 school year. The intent of this survey is to evaluate each individual student's unique preference in educational delivery methods so we can be prepared to best serve you and your student(s). Please take a few moments to complete the survey at https://forms.gle/MYrPZoFyFC9LrrsQ6
Michigan Air and Space Virtual Summer Camps!! A cooperative program with the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, MiSTEM Network Region 12, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado Free to Qualified Students!! 100 scholarships available. (If not selected for scholarship, all camps are discounted by Wings Over the Rockies to a flat fee of $249.00) Elementary (Grades 3-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), and High School students will attend camp from home! Camps will run Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm using a virtual format with online instruction. Students will move fluidly from virtual instruction with teachers to working on projects and activities using kit materials throughout the class time.
Oscoda Menu for 6/1/20 thru 6/7/20 Breakfast Breakfast kit (2 gr 1fr) Oatmeal bar Cook’s Choice Muffin 4 fruit Milk(2) Heating Instructions available on line at http://www.oscodaschools.org/news/what_s_new/o_a_s_food_service_heating_instructions Menu is subject to change without notice. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (18) (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: email@example.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Lunch Pizza Breadstick Sandwich Cook’s Choice P’nut butter & Jelly Jammer Grilled Cheese 5 fruit 5 vegetable ½ gallon of milk
Hello Students! We sure miss you and hope you are staying strong as we wrap up the school year. We believe in each one of you and hope that you are doing well. Go Owls!
2020-2021 Kindergarten registration is now open!