Final touches on 2015-16 staff

As the Oregon School District’s calendar turns to a new year July 1, the main pieces are in place after a few months of shuffling some top building administrators. 

OSD superintendent Brian Busler said in a news release last week that “phase three” of the district’s staffing plan is complete after selecting two new building principals and shifting an assistant from the high school to the middle school.

Chris Kluck was hired as new Netherwood Knoll Elementary School principal, succeeding Dan Rikli, who is moving to OHS to serve as a building administrator. According to the release, Kluck’s background includes 19 years as a math teacher and school administrator. He was a lead principal at three schools in the Waukesha School District, including the Waukesha STEM Academy, where he was principal for the past four years. 


OHS students to attend ‘Business World’

A group of nine Oregon High School students are among more than 250 Wisconsin high school students who will participate in “Business World” programs this month. 

Alanna Phillips and Autumn Rogers of Brooklyn will be joined by Morgan Hanson, Zach Hanson, Serenity Johnson, Cheyenne Marks, Ellen Martin, Calvin Schneider and Alex Verhagen of Oregon at one of two events – held at St. Norbert College in De Pere June earlier this week and Edgewood College from June 28 through July 1. 

According to a press release from Wisconsin Business World, the sessions provide hands-on business experience for students and teach them about the challenges facing business. The program has educated nearly 14,000 high school students from across the state.


OHS Graduation 2015

The Oregon High School Class of 2015 graduated on Sunday, June 14, at an outdoor ceremony at the athletic field.


State to freeze special education funding

State aid to students with disabilities in public schools remains frozen in the 2015-17 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Walker and the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), according to a press release last week from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

If the plan is not changed, by the end of the biennial budget, it will be eight straight years that special education aid support has been held flat. At the same time, according to DPI, costs associated with educating students with disabilities have increased, resulting in a decrease in the average reimbursement rate the state provides to school districts. 

In the 1999-2000 school year, reimbursement rates were 34.3 percent. For the 2014-15 school year, the rate is 26.8 percent of costs. 


OHS seniors to graduate on Sunday

Oregon High School will sadly but proudly say farewell to 255 seniors on Sunday, as the students move on in their lives to the “real world.” Here, two of those students (selected by OHS administrators) answer some questions about their high school careers and futures. One is looking forward to going to Japan for three weeks this summer in preparation for college, and the other is looking forward to spending some time with friends this summer before her basketball season starts in the fall. 

The OHS commencement ceremonies are set for 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14 at the high school. Students speakers will be Kendall Smedley, Claire Massey, Kyle Barron, Cassandre Krier and William Sanford.


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OSD retirements: coda for the maestro

Photos submitted. Retiring OHS orchestra teacher Leyla Sanyer works with student James Debilzen in this 1994 photo.

When Leyla Sanyer came to Oregon High School, there were about a dozen students enrolled in orchestra in all four grades. 

For next fall, registration in the strings programs alone at OHS is 125, part of a district program of nearly 600 students, supported by more than five full-time teachers. 

That says it all about Sanyer, who is retiring this year after teaching at OHS for 28 of her 38 years in education. She built a program from the bottom up to one that is renowned for both its quantity and quality


OSD retirements: the Brooklyn kid

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Brooklyn Elementary School teacher Dale Schulz points to an Observer story from 1981 announcing his student teaching assignment at the school, where he once attended as a child. Schulz is retiring later this month after teaching 34 years in the district.

The famous 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” told the story of young man from Brooklyn who returned to his old high school to teach a new generation of students. Of course, that was set in Brooklyn, N.Y., not Wisconsin. 

While Dale Schulz might not have been a “Sweathog” like Kotter, the Brooklyn, Wis., native was indeed coming back home to teach in the very spot he once learned. 

In Schulz’s busy classroom Monday, he proudly showed an Observer story from 1981 about his returning to teach at Brooklyn Elementary School. His mentor was Betty Manson, who was also his fifth-grade teacher, though it took her a while to realize it. Schulz would later student teach under her direction, and that fall was hired on permanently. 


Oregon Schools begin busy summer of building

Voters in the Oregon School District approved around $55 million in building referendums in November, after an all-out public relations effort by district officials leery of another failed referendum.

Now, the fruits of that effort are being realized, with numerous construction projects planned as soon as the school year ends. But perhaps the best news for district taxpayers was a surprise revealed by Oregon School District business manager Andy Weiland last week, when he said the district saved $12.5 million when the 20-year bonds they sold in January for the referendum projects turned out to be less costly than anticipated.

“We hit the perfect time in the market,” he said.


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.


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