Welcome to our New Staff for the 2015 - 2016 School Year!!!
The Herold Observatory and the Onalaska Science Center are pleased to announce an all-night “Perseid Meteor Shower” event. The Herold Observatory is the largest public telescope in western Washington. Its twenty-four inch objective mirror is the about the same size as the Goldendale State Park telescope. The Observatory is run by the Onalaska School district which is located in the small community of Onalaska, an unincorporated town on highway 508 about eight miles east of I-5.
This should be a great year for hanging out all night long and checking out the Northwest’s best opportunity to view a meteor shower during the remainder of this year.
The Herold Observatory and the Onalaska Science Center will be open throughout the night on Wednesday August 12th. This will start at 9:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 a.m.; you are welcome to “camp out” in the field surrounding the Observatory and the Science Center. You may bring lawn chairs, blankets, sleeping bags and tents to set up in field to enjoy some full sky star gazing and/or some shut eye. There will be drinks, snacks and a restroom for everyone’s convenience.
More information on the observatory, as well as directions can be found here.
WE NEED SUBS!!!
Mary Glenn, Chair of the Onalaska School Board of Directors, receives the regional Community Partner Award from ESD 113. The awards banquet was held on May 27th in Tumwater. Mary has not only served as board chair, she has partnered with Onalaska High School's STEM program through her work at Tacoma Power at the Mayfield Dam site. Mary also is a member of the District Leadership Team and has provided leadership to the district in a multitude of ways, especially as the middle school was going through the RAD process. Congratulations to Mary for this very deserving recognition.
Congratulations OHS Band!
Congratulations to the High School Band as they placed First in their division at the 2015 SWW Mass Band. This is the third year in a row that the HS Band has won their division. It is a tremendous accomplishment for the program and the students. It concludes a year of much success and accolades for the music program at Onalaska. If you would like to see the award winning groups, their final concert is June 3rd, at 7 p.m. in the HS Gym. Admission is free.
"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
Congratulations to the Onalaska Grant Writing Team for receiving their first grant, the TACT grant by TransAlta for $7,453. The grant will be used to purchase water quality testing equipment for Carlisle Lake. An article about the water quality team and grant was featured in The Chronicle, read about it by clicking here. Pictured above are the water quality testing members and volunteers. Not Pictured: Madison Girt, Jana Girt, Brittany Ross, Molly Musick, Johnny Garcia.
Onalaska Middle School is the recipient of the 2014 Washington Achievement Award. Achievement Award winners are selected by the State Board of Education using the Revised Achievement Index and is based on statewide assessment data from the three previous years. Onalaska Middle School was recognized in the category of High Achievement. Representatives from the district will attend an awards presentation at Spanaway Lake High School on April 28th. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for your continued support of improving education in Onalaska.
Onalaska Staff Present at the Washington Small School Conference in Yakima
Small Schools Conference
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
2014-15 District Calendar (pdf)
District School Calendar
District School Calendar