SURPLUS
9-Black CRT Televisions and 1-1000gal Holding Tank w/Cement Stand
for more information, please contact the district office.  Bid deadline date April 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


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



Congratulations to the Onalaska Transportation Department.  The department earned a 100% efficiency rating from the state.  This is a marked improvement from the 73% rating from the year before.  Thank you Toni Warner and staff for the outstanding work.

The Book Fair is coming! It starts March 30th. and runs through April 3rd. It will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. It will also be open during evening conferences.




Onalaska Staff Present at the Washington Small School Conference in Yakima



   

 
Anne Stingley, Jamie Niemi, Stephanie Teel and Jeff Davis presented at the Small School Conference in Yakima on March 24th.  They told the story of Onalaska Middle School's journey from a Required Action District designation to becoming a School of Distinction.  The presentation was well received by the audience.  We will also be presenting our story in late June at the statewide administrators conference in Spokane.




Smarter Balanced State Assessments


     As most of you know, the state adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessments that are aligned to our new learning standards in math and English language arts.  We begin testing our 3rd graders next week in reading.

     This is not the first time that Washington state has changed its assessment system.  Whenever there is a change in learning standards, an assessment needs to be adopted that will assess student progress on what is being taught. 

     These new assessments are a much more accurate and complete reflection of what students know and can demonstrate than past assessments.  The results will, in turn, better inform our classroom instructional practices.

     As we have been preparing for this new assessment over the past two years, I do want to make sure that stakeholders understand that there is no comparison score-wise with previous state assessments.  Information from states who have initiated these new assessments have seen a drop the first year in the percent of students meeting or exceeding the benchmarks.  We anticipate the same will hold true for Onalaska as well as the rest of the school district across the state.  However, for us, this new assessment will set a new baseline for students and will allow us to examine the results and adjust our instructional practices to ensure students are proficient in the standards.  I can assure you that our teachers and support staff have been working diligently to prepare our students for these new assessments.

     I would encourage you to go to the OSPI website and click on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium icon for more details



Congratulations Onalaska Middle School

The State Board of Education announced Wednesday, March 11, that Onalaska Middle School is no longer a Required Action District due to the improvements that have been made over the past three years in teaching and learning.  OMS has demonstrated marked improvement in student test scores over this period of time. OMS has become a model school for the rest of the state due to this turnaround. The staff and students are to be commended for their efforts in this outstanding transformation.  The District Leadership Team will be planning a community celebration in the near future to celebrate this great news.




Onalaska Book and Blanket Night



Onalaska FFA Goes to State Capitol



Four of the Onalaska FFA Chapter members and their advisor, Ms. Lori Sanderson, got to attend the Washington Farm Bureau's Ag Legislative Days in Olympia on February 3rd. This year, over 70 FFA Members attended the event put on by the Farm Bureau for its members. Students spent the day doing a Capitol tour, meeting with Legislators, and helping build awareness of the support needed for Agriculture and Agriculture Education. The trip was made possible by the Lewis County Farm Bureau, which paid for the students four members to attend.


2014-15 District Calendar (pdf)

District School Calendar

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