SOTO News

Superintendent's Update, March 27, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Community Update (3/27-Day 5) 
 

  • Osage students are engaging with their Canvas coursework to the tune of 80,000 interactions per day, and teachers/principals are touching base with EVERY student EVERY week.
  • We know these are tough times all over, and that everyone is juggling new and different types of stress. Please let us know how we can be of help. Our  Indian Support Hotline email is support@osageschools.organd the hotline number is 573-552-8878. Of course as ever, people can continue to reach out to building offices (numbers are listed below). 
  • If you are a Charter/Spectrum customer and are having issues with Internet connectivity on a school issued iPad, please follow the steps in this article to remedy the problem. If you need any assistance don’t hesitate to contact the technology office.          Technology@osageschools.org or dial 573-552-8924
  •  AR Quizzes are now accessible from home! When your child in grades 2 - 6 completes a book they can take an AR Quiz following the steps below.
    • Students will need to go to Clever (app is on their iPad) or clever.com/in/soto
    • They will click on the Renaissance app in their Clever Dashboard.
    • They will be asked to “Continue to the New Platform now”
    • Login with the username = student id number and password = last name in all lower case
    • Students will need to look up the book by title, author, or AR number inside the book cover. 
  • We are delighted to report that our food service program went well this week. Tuesday through today we served 400, 496, 424, and 552 meals. 
  • FAQs
  • If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link. Since it’s Friday, I wanted to share a few glimpses into our week. (See photos below.) We all miss the students SO MUCH! I wore a t-shirt today that pretty much sums up our focus without them around: Keep Calm & GO OSAGE! 

Superintendent's Update, March 26, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Community Update 3/26
 

  • If you need to enroll in a Remind class that you left or need additional access to, you will need to contact your child’s teacher for a join code. This code can be texted to 81010 or click “Join a class” and enter the code in the Remind app or at remind.com.  Help Articles: Join A ClassManage Your Account
  • We are working to create a hotline for students and families to use to let us know if they need something that goes beyond typical buddy back pack services and eligibility. This plan is going by the name Indian Support Hotline, and it has a dedicated email address support@osageschools.org. A phone number for the hotline will be published tomorrow. In the meantime continue to call building numbers for assistance or email support@osageschools.org
  • Students who have been serviced through our Buddy Backpack Program this year (preschool-8th grade) and who RSVP'd for April's delivery will receive said delivery tomorrow between the hours of 8-10 a.m.  This delivery will be made in a school vehicle and will use social distancing protocol. 
  • If you are not a part of the Buddy Backpack Program but have contacted a school counselor regarding extra food, those deliveries will be made tomorrow afternoon.  
  • If you didn’t receive a delivery and thought you were going to get one, please call one of our buildings or email support@osageschools.org.
  • We will make a decision and an announcement about the status of our school closure early next week. Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate all things COVID19.
  • If you want to share a feel good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link
  • FAQs
  • As ever, please let us know how we can be of assistance to you.  

Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org

OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899

Revised 2020-2021 District Calendar

An updated 20-21 district calendar was voted on Feb 25th by the Board of Education. Here is the updated revision.

Hope House Presents Students with Scholarships

Just recently, Katie Thorman, President of Hope House, presented 7 students from School of the Osage with Summer Scholarships. The Hope House has been awarding scholarships for this program known as the Gates Scholarship Program for many years. Recently it has taken on the heading of The Bob Hatfield Memorial Scholarship Award.
In the picture below are those awarded the scholarships. 
A big CONGRATULATIONS to these 7 students!

From left to right are: Michael Stipanitz, Mackenzie Ottens, Noah Klaus, Katie Thorman (President of Hope House), Kathryn Meisner, Jocelyn Meisner, Sawyer Claxton. Not pictured: Gratian Adams.

The amounts of each scholarship and where each student will be attending this summer are as follows: 

Michael Stipanitz.....College For Kids....$695 William Woods University

Mackenzie Ottens.....College For Kids....$695. William Woods University
Noah Klaus......Cosmosphere Camps.....$350. Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson Kansas
Kathryn Meisner.....College For Kids....$695 William Woods University
Jocelyn Meisner.....College For Kids....$585. William Woods University
Sawyer Claxton....Summer at Mizzou....$500. University of Missouri
Gratian Adams.....Summerscape....$885. Drury University

School of the Osage Announces new Middle School Social Studies/Health Teacher

 School of the Osage is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Kevin Powell as Middle School Social Studies/Health Teacher.  A graduate of Callaway County R-3 High School in New Bloomfield,  Mr. Powell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Westminster College and is certified to teach Social Science grades 5-9.

     Mr. Powell is coming to School of the Osage from the Camdenton R-3 School District where he has been teaching 6th grade Social Studies. Mr. Powell has also taught Social Studies at Macks Creek and El Dorado Springs.

School of the Osage Announces new High School Language Arts Teacher

School of the Osage is proud to announce the hiring of Ms. Kristen Mittler as High School Language Arts Teacher.  A graduate of Washington High School, Ms. Mittler is completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Language Arts Education from University of Missouri and will have certification in 9-12 English and 5-9 Language Arts. Ms. Mittler will also be coaching Middle School Cheerleading.

School of the Osage Announces new Upper Elementary Special Education Teacher

 School of the Osage is proud to announce the hiring of Ms. Jennifer Meagher as Upper Elementary Special Education Teacher.  A graduate of Tinley Park High School in Illinois, Ms. Meagher earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University and she earned her Masters in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University in Illinois. Previously, Ms. Meagher has been teaching for 17 years in Illinois and has held the positions of Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher. Early Childhood Administrator, and 3rd and 4th Grade At-Risk Instructor.

School of the Osage Announces new Middle School At-Risk/Special Education Teacher

School of the Osage is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Nathan Dains as Middle School At-Risk/Special Education Teacher.  A graduate of Palmyra High School, Mr. Dains earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Culver-Stockton College and he earned his Master of Science in Secondary Administration from William Woods University.  Coach Dains returns to Osage after spending two years at Butler, MO where he was a Physical Education Instructor and Head Football Coach.  Coach Dains will again be a welcomed Assistant Football and Wrestling Coach for Osage.

Superintendent's Update, March 25, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Community Update (3/25-Day 3) 
 

  • We are doing customized delivery of buddy packs this Friday. School counselors are connecting with parents of students who have been on this list this school year to confirm that they want the buddy pack delivered. If you receive such a call or email, please respond so that we can update our delivery plans. We will use school vehicles (buses, white van, and white suburban) to deliver the packs between 8 am and 10 am on Friday- though some packs may be delivered at another time if we aren’t able to confirm in advance. We request that parents keep an eye out for the school vehicle and come outside to get the buddy pack from our school staff. Each pack will have four weeks of shelf-stable food in it. If you have any questions or want to confirm delivery please contact your child’s school counselor or school office (numbers listed below).   
  • We served 486 meals today! Please remember we are preparing meals for all students and children under the age of 18. They are served at seven locations between 11:00 am- 1:00 pm. Please spread the word!  
  • Just a reminder that Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. This works! We’ve had a family use the offer already. 
  • Plans for graduation 2020 are still in the works. At Monday night’s meeting, our Board of Education passed a resolution. It is actually really a community promise to our seniors. And the promise goes like this: Seniors- we promise. YOU WILL HAVE THAT CEREMONY. We are proud of you, and we will celebrate you. 

  
Resolution in Response to COVID19 & the School of the Osage 2020 Graduation Ceremony
 
The School of the Osage School District recognizes that the graduation ceremony is a milestone event in our graduating seniors’ lives. Therefore, the Board RESOLVES to assure the School of the Osage Class of 2020 that the graduation ceremony planned for May 14, 2020 will take place as planned or be fully rescheduled to a future date.
unanimously approved 3.23.20
 

  • FAQs
  • If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. 
  • There are simply not enough ways to thank you for the feedback, well-wishes, and overall support you have provided our team, especially our teachers. We are so proud to partner with you in the mission of continuing to prepare our students for the future no matter what! 

Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org

Superintendent's Update March 24, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Community Update 3/24 (day 2):

  • We served over 400 meals today across our seven distribution locations! As a reminder, we have prepared food for all students and children under 18. Don’t forget to come and pick yours up. However, when you do this, please stay in your car. A staff member will deliver the food to you.
  • Do you, or someone you know, need food and can’t get to one of the locations? Call your child’s school (number listed below) or email us at info@osageschools.org, or reach out to your child’s teacher through Remind. We will make arrangements with you. 
  • Thank you to all who have provided feedback on our district’s use of the Remind app for school to home communication. We know there has been an extreme flurry of communication.  As of today, teachers will be using the app between the hours of 7:45 am and 6:00 pm. Additionally, if you are receiving more Remind updates than you want, you can adjust this. If your child is in multiple classes and you do not want to follow all updates, reply @leave to messages from that teacher; and, you will be unsubscribed from the class.
  • If you need to pick up something from your child’s building (packet, iPad, etc.), we ask that you stay in your car and call the main office--a staff member will bring items to your vehicle. Office phone numbers are listed below for your convenience. 
  • Do you need help with your district issued devices? Don’t hesitate to use our IT Support line:

         Phone: 573-552-8924
         Email: technology@osageschools.org

  • Parking Lot password- student devices automatically connect. All other devices use SOTO-GUEST password Os@geCCC.  
  • FAQs
  • If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. 
  • The Wifi password for the buses is ConnectedIndians.

Superintendent's Update March 19, 2020 & FAQ

Dear Osage Students, Families, and Community-

 

We know there are many questions at this time about what it means to have the schools close unexpectedly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we do have a few that may be of interest to you. We are committed to answering what we can to the best of our ability.  We will keep these FAQs on our website and will update them frequently.

 

Thank you for your patience and support.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Laura Nelson

School of the Osage Superintendent 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and response in School of the Osage

 

What is School of the Osage doing about at-home learning while school is out?

Teachers at all levels have developed plans for at-home learning that will begin after spring break. School administrators and/or teachers will contact students and families with instructions for accessing these on March 24. 

 

When will school resume?

Currently, plans are to resume classes on April 6. Prior to April 6, School of the Osage will meet with health officials from Camden, Miller and Morgan counties for an update to ensure this remains the most appropriate course of action. The closing of schools due to a global pandemic is uncharted territory for schools in the U.S. School officials rely on local health department partners to make decisions that will be in the best interest of student and staff safety and that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. As a precaution, School of the Osage is working on contingency plans for long-term at home learning if needed. If that were to occur, the district would communicate with families and staff as quickly as possible. 

 

When’s the last day of school?

The last day of school is currently May 20th. 

 

I left something at school I need. Can I come pick it up?

School of the Osage school buildings are closed. However, you may call your child’s school and request help. If possible, we will locate the item and make it available for pick up at a designated time. 

 

How often will teachers assign work to my student during the closure? 

At minimum each teacher will assign one assignment per week between now and April 3.

 

How is the district going to handle assigning credit for work students complete during the closure?

It is the district-wide expectation that students complete the work assigned to them by you, their teachers, to the best of their abilities. We recognize the challenge this poses both to you and to them. 

 

Here are the important points:

-Students will receive points for their work.

-Students will not be penalized for complications caused by factors outside their control.       

  1. Due to the nature of high school classes which are tied to graduation credits, teachers will assign grades for all assignments and include in semester grade. 

  2. If/when it becomes clear that the closure will last beyond April 3, BLTs will work to clarify expectations and next steps. 

 

Are the libraries going to be open?

No. All school buildings are closed. However, we would like to remind you that iPads contain the SORA app. If your student has a book on hold (or would like to put one on hold), it can be picked up in the office. Call your students’ school to request this option. 

 

My K-5 student uses an iPad at school, but he/she doesn’t bring it home. Can I check one out to use during the school closure?

Yes- you just need to call your students’ school and make this request. The device will be available for pickup within 48 hours. 

 

We have unreliable internet service. Can you help with this? 

Wi-fi will be available in 4 locations from 11-1 Monday -Friday. It is also available 24/7 in Heritage and UE parking lots. People will be able to the access the wi-fi from their cars. Buildings are closed to the public. All teachers will have non-web based assignment options. Additionally, Spectrum is offering free internet to new customers with a student in the household. You can reach Spectrum to activate free service and free installation by calling this number: 1-844-488-8395.

 

My student is on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504; will support services still be offered?

Special Education Teachers/Therapists will still provide work to students, based on IEP goals. Special Education Teachers/Therapists will also check-in with their students and parents regularly with opportunities for instruction and/or distance tutoring as needed. Students on a 504 will be provided accommodations according to their plans.

 

Will the state’s MAP testing and EOCs still take place?

It is unknown at present if state testing will be impacted. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is monitoring school closures and sharing updates as needed on the status of different state-related issues, including accreditation requirements. To stay abreast of updates, visit the DESE’s COVID-19 website at: https://dese.mo.gov/communications/coronavirus-covid-19-information

 

Will the upcoming ACT tests still be held?

No. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. For more information, visit ACT’s website at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.

As of now, we do not plan to give the junior census test on April 7. We will update you on the possibility of giving a junior ACT this year as more information becomes available.

 

Will high school students still be sitting for Advanced Placement exams?

Currently, AP exams are still scheduled on their national test dates in May.  We will share information from the College Board as it becomes available.

 

Are spring sports and activities canceled?

All after-school and extracurricular activities are canceled in School of the Osage for the time-being. In addition, sports and certain activities at School of the Osage are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), which has also canceled activities. For updates on MSHSAA decisions related, visit the MSHSAA website at: https://www.mshsaa.org/.

 

Will scheduled OFP/PTA events and meetings, including Time to Rise nights,  be held on campus?

All meetings and events are canceled until further notice.

 

Will Punga (prom) be held as scheduled on April 18?

We have currently rescheduled it to May 9th. 

 

What about graduation for seniors on May 14th? 

School of the Osage has made no decisions yet regarding graduation or other end-of-the-year events to date. We know these are important milestones in a student’s life and the district will communicate on any necessary change of plans if needed as soon as possible.

 

My child is a senior. How does this impact my child’s ability to graduate and access transcripts, teacher recommendations, scholarship applications and other support for my child’s pursuit of college or post-secondary education?

Information regarding these various areas impacting seniors will be determined based on when students return to Osage High School and future educational programming.OHS administrators and counselors will provide families with frequent updates regarding these matters as information is available. It’s important that all students, including seniors, continue to complete assignments through the at-home learning procedures provided by teachers. Physical copies of assignments will be available to parents upon request. In addition, teachers, and counselors will be responding to emails from March 23 onward through the closure. Their email addresses can be accessed through our website at osageschools.org

 

How can my family receive services from Parents As Teachers?

As part of our emergency plan, all events have been canceled.  Parents As Teachers staff are still available for virtual visits with their families.  Resources such as diapers are also still available. Please contact the Early Childhood Center if your family is in need of assistance.

 

How can my child receive breakfast or lunch while school is out?

As part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools, we have identified school sites, neighborhood sites, and/or community centers as distribution sites to continue school-based meals for our families. We will also provide free wi-fi and tutoring opportunities.

  1. We will be running buses to five locations every day of the closure starting on March 24. These buses will deliver grab and go breakfasts and lunches and on Friday’s additional groceries. All food will be shelf-stable and in compliance with local health guidelines. 

  2. Food delivery buses will stay parked for two hours so that people in parked cars nearby can access free wi-fi. 

 

Starting on Tuesday, March 24, we will deliver meals to our students at the designated locations.  The bus will be at each location from 11 am until 1 pm, Monday-Friday. This schedule will continue for an undetermined length of time.  Please spread the word to everyone with students in our district.

Any child 18 and under may receive a free breakfast and lunch. (Child must be present to receive meals.)

ON-Campus Meal Distribution 
11:00am -1:00pm 
Upper Elementary 
Heritage Elementary 

Meal and Support Delivery BUSES 

  1. Brumley Post Office-wifi Bus #36

  2. W Construction Site-wifi Bus #35

  3. Fish Haven Lion’s Club-wifi Bus #10

  4. Cat-Rock by Aztec-wifi Bus #27

  5. HH Carl’s-no wifi- meals and supplies only Bus #20

Superintendent's Update

For Immediate Release:

School of the Osage Will Deliver Meals

As part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools, we have identified school sites, neighborhood sites, and/or community centers as distribution sites to continue school-based meals for our families. We will also provide free wi-fi and tutoring opportunities.

  1. We will be running buses to five locations every day of the closure starting on March 24. These buses will deliver grab and go breakfasts and lunches and on Fridays, additional groceries. All food will be shelf-stable and in compliance with local health guidelines. 

  2. Food delivery buses will stay parked for two hours so that people in parked cars nearby can access free wi-fi. 

Starting on Tuesday, March 24, we will deliver meals to our students at the designated locations.  The bus will be at each designated location from 11 am until 1 pm, Monday-Friday. This schedule will continue for an undetermined length of time.  Please spread the word to everyone with students in our district.

Any child 18 and under may receive a free breakfast and lunch. (Child must be present to receive meals.)

On-Campus Meal Distribution 

11:00am -1:00pm 
Upper Elementary  626 Highway 42, Osage Beach
Heritage Elementary 1501 School Road, Lake Ozark  

Meal and Support Delivery BUSES ( buses will be  parked from 11 am-1:00 pm)

  1. Brumley Post Office-wifi Bus #36 - 859 State Hwy. C, Brumley, MO

  2. W Construction Site-wifi Bus #35 - 437 Highway W, Eldon, MO

  3. Fish Haven Lion’s Club-wifi Bus #10 - 131 S. Fish Haven, Lake Ozark, MO

  4. Cat-Rock by Aztec (near the intersection)-wifi Bus #27 

  5. HH Carl’s-no wifi- meals and supplies only Bus #20 4467 Horseshoe Bend Parkway, Lake Ozark, MO

Please help us support our students during this challenging time by sharing this information with as many district families as possible. 

 

Raising Excellence: Superintendent's Update

March 16, 2020

Dear Osage Families and Community,

 

At a special Board of Education meeting tonight, we made the difficult decision to close school beginning Monday, March 23, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting the region. We made this decision in consultation with county health officials in order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Lake region.

School will be closed through at least Friday, April 3- at which point we will reevaluate the decision to return to our regular school schedule. In accordance with the Missouri State High School Activities Association, all school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, will be canceled during the time schools are closed. 

We know that in addition to education, our schools provide vital support to our students and families. We are working on contingency plans for at-home learning. Students were sent home prior to spring break with additional educational resources, and we will be implementing plans for at-home learning on March 23.

As part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools, we have identified school sites, neighborhood sites, and/or community centers as distribution sites to continue school-based meals for our families. We will also provide free wi-fi and tutoring opportunities.  All locations and additional details will be provided on our district website by Friday, March 20. Additionally, our school social worker and counselors will be available to support social, emotional, and mental health as needed.

The decision to close our school district was extremely difficult and made out of an abundance of caution for our families. We know closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives. Osage’s strength is in its community, and we will be there to support our students, staff and families in any way we can in the days to come. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Laura Nelson

Superintendent

 

For more information, please visit our website at osageschools.org

Coronavirus - Addressing the Fear

At a time when our students can so easily be fed misinformation and fear, it is more important than ever that we are talking to our kids about the Coronavirus situation. It is also important to remember they are going to take their cues from us.  Whether they are 6 or 16, they are listening to and watching for our reaction to situations. Because of those things, we encourage you to reassure children everyone is working to keep them safe and to provide them with accurate, age- appropriate information including prevention techniques.  By doing these things, we help give a sense of control and avoid a sense of panic and anxiety.

National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

SAMHSA

Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Dear Osage Families, Staff and Community partners,

 

We would like to update you on School of the Osage’s plan with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  Our district is taking this situation very seriously. We are in constant communication with our local health department, and we continue to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the  World Health Organization (WHO) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) in order to keep current on this rapidly changing situation.

The following are some common questions and answers that we are hearing from our patrons:

  • Will the school district close schools?

    • Currently, our state and local Health Department public health officials have not recommended closing schools. We are in close communication with them and will follow their directives moving forward.
       

  • If schools are closed, how will students continue to access their education?

    • The administration is currently developing Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) at each grade level in the event they are needed.
       

  • Are health-related absences due to COVID-19 concerns excused from school?

    • We want to honor that families know what is best for their children and we will respect your decision to keep your child home from school.  Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system.  While absences from school MUST be marked in our student information system, we will work with families to verify these absences--please notify your child’s school if you will be keeping him or her home.
       

  • How will School of the Osage keep families and staff informed regarding coronavirus?

    • Any district updates will be conveyed through regular district communication channels--including email, voice messaging, the district website and social media.
       

  • What is the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools and buses?

    • During spring break, our custodial and maintenance crews will be completing a deep and thorough cleaning of ALL spaces across campus. Our transportation department is sanitizing every bus. Additionally, staff have been directed to prioritize cleaning common and high-traffic areas multiple times a day.  All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.
       

  • When should a student or staff member stay home? 

    • If students or staff experience fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough and/or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends they should stay home from school and contact their health care provider immediately.
       

  • Will school events and travel be canceled?

    • At this time, MSHSAA district activities (band/choir) have been postponed until at least March 21.  Some local field trips have also been postponed; please look for communication from your child’s building administrator for future cancellations.
       

  • Where can I go for more information?

    • Cdc.gov

    • www.who.int

    • Health.mo.gov

    • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services opened a statewide public hotline for citizens needing guidance regarding COVID-19 that is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 horus a day, seven days a week.  The phone number is 887-435-8411.
       

We will continue to work hard to achieve our mission while ensuring the safety of our students and their families.  Thank you for your continued help and patience as we navigate this situation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Laura Nelson, 

Superintendent

OHS Band at Tri-County Music Festival

This weekend the Osage Band traveled to Versailles High School to represent our School at Tri County Music Festival.  Our students did a great job!  Here were the results:

 

Receiving a 1 “Exemplary” Rating

School of the Osage Wind Ensemble

Sarah Porter- Flute Solo

Emelia Miller- Flute Solo

Zach Osmanovic- Bb Clarinet Solo

Maria Mai- Bb Clarinet Solo

Claire Groos- Bb Clarinet Solo

Michael Long- Alto Saxophone Solo

Hattie Barrieau- Alto Saxophone Solo

Makayla Friend- Bari Saxophone Solo

Aiyana Massie- Trumpet Solo

Elizabeth Groos- Trombone Solo

Michelle Mai- Trombone Solo

Gracie Bonebrake- Tuba Solo

Davis Sallee- Marimba Solo

Sawyer Claxton- Marimba Solo

Colin Smithson- Snare Solo

Ethan Ford- Snare Solo

Osage Clarinet Quartet 1- Abby Kauten, Jenna Weeks, Rylee Naegler, and Claire Groos

Osage Saxophone Quartet- Michael Long, Logan Meyer, Kassidy Redd, and Makayla Friend

Osage Trumpet Quartet- Aiyana Massie, Maddie Yoder, Lydia Ash, and Marley Corpe

Osage Brass Quintet- Aiyana Massie, Maddie Yoder, Jessica Bradley, Elizabeth Groos, and Gracie Bonebrake

 

Receiving a 2 “Outstanding” Rating

School of the Osage Symphonic Band

Abby Kauten- Bb Clarinet Solo

Kaylee Burns- Trumpet Solo

Zach Snyder- Trumpet Solo

Osage Flute Trio 1- Emilia Miller, Alana Douglas, and Jaelyn Harrison

Osage Flute Trio 2- Anna Shults, Sara Bonney, and Haley Woods

Osage Clarinet Quartet 2- Kylee Burgun, Abigail Boswell, Alissa Brown, and Paige Davis

Osage Percussion Ensemble 1- Colin Smithson, Davis Sallee, Ethan Ford, Cameron Myers, and Corey Hubkey

Osage Percussion Ensemble 2- Colin Smithson, Steven Smetana, Corey Hubkey, Ethan Ford, Tyler Dickenson, Kamill Burch, and Sawyer Claxton

 

We travel to MSHSAA State Large Group Festival this Saturday March 14th, and we host MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival at School of the Osage on April 4th.  If you have any of these students in class please congratulate them on their hard work.

Exciting News from MySchoolBucks

Parents at School of the Osage will be able to pay with an American Express Card through the MySchoolBucks website and mobile app starting March 30, 2020. All Program fees will remain the same. 

If you have not signed up with MySchoolBucks, follow these steps:

1. Click here and fill out the form to create an account.
2. You will need your students ID # to register. This will be a 5 digit lunch number & AR number. If you do not know the Student ID #, email and request from acctpayable@osageschools.org
2. Please leave date of birth blank. 
3. Once your account is set up you can check and/or pay lunch account balances, fines, and fees.

For more info, please visit our website here.

 

 

Special Education Survey

School of the Osage Parents/Guardians,

As part of our School of the Osage's Tiered Monitoring Cycle through DESE we ask that the parents of our Special Education students fill out a survey about the services their student(s) receive at our district.  You can fill out the online survey via the link provided or you can send in a hard copy to the address provided on the survey.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We appreciate the partnership that we have with you in the education of your students.

Educationally,

William (Bill) Altermatt
Executive Director of Student Services
altermattb@osageschools.org
(573) 365-4091 ext. 5003

 

Survey Link: https://apps.oseda.missouri.edu/specialed/Files/Specific/en_2020_066105_School_Of_The_Osage.pdf

 

Competitive Speech District

Osage Competitive Speech traveled to districts this weekend. Seven students advanced to the final round and here are the results

 

Caleb Klaus & Tristan Wray placed 5th in Duo 

Caleb & Kaili Fuller placed 5th in Duet Acting

Keely Wersching placed 4th in Dramatic interpretation. 

Colin Years placed 5th in Humorous Interpretation

and

Faith Edwards placed 1st in Radio speaking and will be going to our state tournament in April. 

One Act play competes on Wednesday for a chance to go to state as well.