OHS SkillsUSA team garners four medals

Photo submitted. Oregon SkillsUSA came home with four medal winners at the Wisconsin SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 28-30 at the Alliant Energy Center. Pictured from left are: Trevor Caldwell, who placed third in electronic technology; Wilhelm Kessenich, who placed second in electronic technology; technology engineering educator Erik Haakenson; Alexandra Christensen, who placed second in advertising design; and Elliot Moravec, who placed first in technical drafting.

The Oregon High School SkillsUSA team came home from state competition last month with four medals, including a first-place finish. 

Alexandra Christensen placed second in Advertising Design, Wilhelm Kessenich placed second and Trevor Caldwell placed third in Electronic Technology and Elliot Moravec placed first in Technical Drafting. As the top finisher, Moravec will advance to the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 22-26. 

Moravec is the fifth state champion and national qualifier from OHS in the past six years, joining Nick Schuch (Architectural Drafting 2011), Louis Harden (Automotive Service Technology, 2011), Colton Purdy (Architectural Drafting 2013) and Nick Bieno (Architectural Drafting, 2014). 


Oregon High school shuffles administrators for 15-16

The 2014-15 school year is winding down at the Oregon School District, but future planning is always moving forward. 

The district announced last week staffing changes for the 2015-16 school year, mainly centered around Oregon High School, which will have staff members in different positions than last year after former principal Kelly Meyers resigned in February. The moves will create vacancies for the principal positions at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School and Rome Corners Intermediate School next year.


OHS team in top ten at auto competition

When Oregon High School juniors Tyler Poppe and Luke Wickus graduate next June, they’ll do so with a lot more confidence of succeeding in their chosen fields. The two teamed up to bring home a seventh-place finish at the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition State Hands-On competition May 6 in Mequon. 

OHS technology and engineering teacher Ned Lease said the competition starts with a written, standardized test for all auto program students in the state. Each school’s top two finishers are then grouped as a team and their collective score is compared with the other schools in the state, with the top 10 advancing to the “hands on” competition. This year, 850 schools in the state were tested, he said, making a top 10 finish a difficult task.


Oregon Move-a-Thon celebrate money for new equipments

Prairie View Elementary School held a Move-a-Thon the afternoon of Friday, May 1, to celebrate raising more than $5,000 for new playground equipment. The students rotated through activities including hula-hooping, Twister, yoga and soccer.


‘Great year’ for DECA wraps up in Florida

Photos submitted. Maria Cisler and Meghan Sharkus were two of four OHS students honored as international finalists at the DECA competition in Orlando, Fla.

When preparing students for the “real world,” there’s nothing like good competition to bring out their best. 

At last month’s DECA International event in Orlando, Oregon High School’s DECA students showed they belong among the very best.

A group of 10 OHS DECA members competed in the DECA international business and marketing competition, facing off against 18,000 competitors from all 50 states and several other countries. Students who attended were Meghan Sharkus, Maria Cisler, Sydney Keiner, Anika Sande, Cassandre Krier, Erica Gerow, Sean Hynek, BJ Buckner, Alex Tucker and Dan Griffith. Sharkus, Cisler, Keiner and Griffin were honored as international finalists. OHS DECA adviser John Curkovic said finalists make up the top 1 or 2 percent of competitors at the international competition. 

Curkovic, who has been the DECA adviser since 2009, said many students don’t know much about DECA until they get involved in it. 


OHS ecology course gets boost

Photo submitted. Samuel Zubriggen, a senior exchange student from Germany at OHS, uses a digital thermometer to determine the temperature of Badfish Creek.

Oregon High School was awarded a $3.661 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) earlier this month to purchase supplies for the school’s Freshwater Ecology Course.

Angela Schmit, life science teacher at OHS who started the course in fall 2013, submitted the grant to provide students an opportunity to become active learners through field research.  The course focuses on freshwater ecosystems in order to raise student’s awareness of the issues surrounding freshwater and the need to sustain this resource. 


Students ‘go global’

Photos submitted. OHS ‘Go Global’ students Danielle Ruotsinoja and Corrie Mae Matthias bike along the city wall at Xian.

Oregon High School history teacher Lou Kindschi is used to traveling around the world to bring ideas back home to her students.

This time, though, she took students with her. 

Kindschi and a group of six students and OHS counselor Joan Karls, returned earlier this month from a 12-day tour of China as part of the OHS “Go Global “ course Kindschi teaches. The trip took the group from ancient sites like the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China to super-modern cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

There was bicycle riding on the wall, night fishing with cormorants, tai chi and calligraphy lessons, and plenty of chances to meet the local population. The group also got to meet one of the three people still living who discovered the famous terra-cotta soldiers, who were buried in Shaanxi province.


Krause re-elected school board president

After wrapping up his first year as Oregon School Board president, Dan Krause will remain in that role after defeating Charles Uphoff in a 4-3 election Monday night. 

Barb Feeney had nominated Krause, while Rae Vogeler nominated Uphoff.

Krause was elected to the board in 2013 after running unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate in 2012. He was elected president for the first time last April.  

Krause said he’s “trying to bring everyone together,” and while he thought the board had a “good year,” he offered a caveat.

“Certainly, there have been some missteps, and I hope everyone recognizes I’m not promising to be perfect,” he said. “But it’s easy for anyone to see how things are going to go in the next year if you pay attention to last year.” 


‘Read Aloud’ growing globally

In less than a year since she joined the district, Oregon Middle School English teacher Pernille Ripp has opened doors around the world for her students through her “Global Read Aloud” program, and those efforts continue to gain national recognition.  

Last week, Ripp was named the winner of the inaugural 2015 Innovation in Global Collaboration Award for the Global Read Aloud literacy initiative, which she started in 2010, when she was teaching in Middleton. In June, she will travel to Philadelphia to be honored at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo and to receive the award. 

Global Read Aloud “clearly demonstrates the outstanding contributions you’ve made to global collaboration, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize you for these contributions,” according to an ISTE press release.


School district earns honors

The Oregon School District was recently named by the College Board to its “Fifth Annual Honor Roll,” which recognizes districts that increase access to advanced placement (AP) coursework, and the percentage of students passing their AP exams. 

The College Board named 26 state school districts in the list, noting that Oregon is one of 10 districts to receive the honor for multiple years. 

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, superintendent Tony Evers credited the Wisconsin education community for being “tremendously creative” in finding ways to offer rigorous, college-preparatory coursework to students in difficult fiscal times. 

“Unfortunately, the governor’s 2015-17 budget cuts funding, which means districts will be strapped to pay for the opportunities our students deserve.

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