School News

Mon
26
Jan

MMSD: Engineering the answers


Photo by Scott Girard. Cherokee Middle School teacher Vern Laufenberg explains some of the projects students work on in the Project Lead the Way classes he teaches, which focus on applying engineering principles.

Bug wars, bottle rocket launches and “earthquakes” are all part of the curriculum in a relatively new class at Cherokee Middle School.

The Project Lead the Way class, part of a national set of classes that focus on Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, or STEM, came to the school two years ago when teacher Vern Laufenberg joined the staff.

Fri
23
Jan

OSD: Referendum likely delayed

After talking things over with a group of teachers and administrators at a special meeting Monday night, it appears the Oregon School Board will postpone a proposed teacher compensation referendum members had hoped to place on the April ballot. 

Thu
22
Jan

VASD: Pre-K info. meetings Jan. 27, 29

The Verona Area School District will hold a pair of informational meetings on pre-kindergarten registration next week.

The district was scheduled to hold the first of three meetings Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Thu
22
Jan

VASD: Referendum decision goes to deadline

The Verona Area School District school board planned to approve language for an April referendum Monday night.

Instead, board members will have to hold a special meeting next week to get that done ahead of the Jan. 27 deadline if they want voters to make a decision on three potential land purchases this spring.

Fri
16
Jan

OSD survey: Concerns with referendum


Data from Oregon School District Survey. A majority of respondents indicated they would not vote "yes" on a referendum question to fund the new compensation model.

When the Oregon School Board started planning for referendums last year after the spring elections, addressing both teacher compensation and building projects at once was a goal. 

That changed by the end of summer, when the board voted to hold the teacher compensation referendum until April 2015.

Sun
11
Jan

OSD: Getting a jump on the job market


Photo by Matt Hill. OHS senior Lucas Knipfer works on his carpentry project at last month’s SkillsUSA competition held at Oregon High School. He took home first place in the “carpentry” category.

Some of the best jobs in today’s marketplace are skilled trades, and a group of Oregon High School students recently helped their impending transition to the “real world” by competing in the SkillsUSA district competition last month. Oregon High School hosted the event, with nearly 200 students from 14 schools participating in categories focused on skills needed for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.  

Thu
08
Jan

VASD: Social Safety


Screenshot courtesy YouTube. A group of Verona Area High School mentors sit around a table looking at social media on their phones in the video they made.

A decade ago, Twitter did not exist and Facebook was open only to college students and just getting started. 

That’s not to mention Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr and the ever-growing list of other social media outlets high school students find themselves using on a daily basis, with some starting even while in middle school. 

Thu
08
Jan

OSD: OHS students in state honor choir


Photo submitted. Oregon High School freshmen Sean Cashman and Erin Schultz were chosen to sing with the Wisconsin State Honors Music Project Middle Level Honor Choir last year.

Sean Cashman used to get in trouble for singing during class. Now, he’s been named to the state honors choir program for the second straight year.

Cashman and fellow Oregon High School freshman Erin Schultz were chosen to sing with the Wisconsin State Honors Music Project Middle Level Honor Choir, performing with the group Nov. 1 at the Marriott West, the final day of the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference.

Thu
08
Jan

OSD: NKE arboretum receives rare certification

It may be the coldest and darkest time of the year, but spring weather and fields of flowers seem just a bit closer thanks to the Netherwood Knoll Arboretum recently becoming certified as a “Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom,” only the second such certification in Wisconsin.

Thu
08
Jan

OSD: School district to help with flu study

It’s flu season once again, but this month, the Oregon School District will be a laboratory for a research project designed to identify early signs of flu outbreaks in communities.

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