School News

Thu
20
Nov

OSD: Referendum a big success

After the last Oregon School District referendum vote went down in flames in April 2012, it was a bit of a surprise that the latest attempt – two separate votes at nearly twice the cost – passed by such a comfortable margin (around 60-40 percent). 

Tue
18
Nov

More than a jog


Photos by Scott Girard. From left, third-grader Oriana Whitford, fifth-grader Sydney Amundsen, fourth-grader Ashely Temich Sanchez and coach Lori ZInck listen to Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker tell a story about her daughter.

Molly Barker sat in a circle at Leopold Elementary School, surrounded by girls hanging on her every word.

She told a story about finding her young daughter running “butt naked in red cowboy boots” down the street.

“Was (my daughter) Helen comfortable in her own skin?” Barker asked the group. “Maybe a little too much,” she answered herself with a laugh.

Wed
05
Nov

OSD: Voters approve both referendums

The Oregon School District is in line for an upgrade.

Two-and-a-half years after voters rejected a $33 million district referendum, voters handily approved two referendums totaling $55 million Tuesday.

Wed
05
Nov

OSD: Large crowd supports Nedelcoff


Photos by Scott De Laruelle. Around 150 people attended the Oregon School Board's meeting Oct. 27, many wearing Oregon High School basketball shirts in support of basketball coach Jon Nedelcoff, who was accused of bullying players at a previous school board meeting.

It was standing room only in a sea of orange as around 150 people – many dressed in Oregon basketball T-shirts – attended the Oct. 27 Oregon School Board meeting.

Mon
03
Nov

OSD: Decision day for district


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Nov. 4 is judgment day for the Oregon School District referendums.

After years of planning and months of public meetings, open houses and informal talks with residents, the future of the Oregon School District will be made clearer after the Nov. 4 vote.

On the ballot are a pair of referendums –  one centering on a variety of academic, athletic and safety upgrades and one for associated maintenance and upkeep. 

Mon
03
Nov

Politics colors debate over Common Core standards


Screenshot from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website. Wisconsin students in grades 3-8 will take the Smarter Balanced assessment for the first time in spring 2015. The tests were devleoped to align with the Common Core State Standards, which have become a political controversy lately around the United States. This screenshot is one sample question from the test.

As the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election approaches, an under-the-radar issue could very well determine how Wisconsin’s public schoolchildren are taught.

Mon
03
Nov

VASD: ‘Flash fund’ picks Verona education projects

Twenty-five Verona Area School District teachers got some help funding projects earlier this month.

The projects, which had all been listed on DonorsChoose.org, a website that matches donors with school projects around the United States in need of funding, include technology, personalized learning and two-way learning for special needs students. 

Mon
03
Nov

VASD: Visiting German principal enjoys ‘atmosphere’ at Sugar Creek


Photo by Scott Girard. Visiting German principal Werner Reith, center, who runs an adult night school in the Hessen province in Germany, looks on with Sugar Creek Elementary School principal Todd Brunner, right, as fourth-grade teacher Haley Brisky gives student Abigail Wanta feedback on her work.

He’s used to teaching adults who are at school completely of their own choice.

That’s not quite the average student at Sugar Creek Elementary School, but principal Werner Reith enjoyed the different feel from the adult night school he runs in Germany.

Mon
03
Nov

VASD: Board approves $12.04 tax rate

The Verona Area school board officially approved the district’s 2014-15 budget Monday night with a modest tax cut.

That approval set the mill rate for 2014 at $12.04 per $1,000 of assessed property value. While that was above the $12.01 projected at the district’s annual meeting earlier this year, it’s below the $12.27 rate in 2013.

Sun
26
Oct

VASD: New space for a new program


Photos by Scott Girard. Principles of Engineering students Alex Pletta, Sigal Felber, Brett Andreas work on their dog-food dispenser project. The class, the second in the Project Lead the Way engineering strand, allows students to be hands-on and self-driven.

Getting college credit while in high school can be a big boost for students -- not to mention their parents’ checking accounts – and some students at Verona Area High School now have the appropriate setting to go along with the credit.

“They say it looks like a college when they come in,” said Rick Boehm, who teaches the engineering strand of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes at VAHS.

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