SOTO News

Superintendent’s Update May 22

School of the Osage families,
 
Earlier this week, we shared our plan for the 2020-2021 school year which includes a blend of traditional and distance learning. As promised, we will continue to keep you informed as plans are further developed. 
 
One area of concern for many parents is how the district will address child care needs on distance learning days. We want to make it clear that the School of the Osage will have childcare available on our campus for students in grades K-5. This service will be staffed by our trained School of the Osage employees.
 
As we build on our plans for this service, we need your input to ensure our district has all the necessary support in place to provide quality care for our families. Families with students in grades K-5 will be receiving a short email survey that will come from our student information system.  We ask that you please complete it to help us get a better understanding of the number of students who will need care, as well as the length of care needed, and transportation needs.
 
A separate survey will be shared later in the summer to gather feedback on tutoring and enrichment opportunities for students in grades 6-12.
 
As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent
School of the Osage

Superintendent's Update May 20

Community Update 5/20 (Day 43) 
 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
It has been an exceptionally long couple of months, and it is very strange to think we are already to the last day of the 19-20 school year. August will be here before we know it. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful summer.  Moving through the coming months, I will continue to send weekly updates on Wednesdays.  This way, if you desire to stay in the loop, you will have the information on a regular basis. Occasionally, I will also send an “off-Wednesday” email as well. I don’t do much with social media. But I do return phone calls. In fact, I have done just that multiple times today to listen to concerns and answer questions. I will continue to do so as invited. And of course, do not hesitate to email me. 
 
Thank you for all you have done to partner with us the past two months. I am grateful for your support and excited for the hope that summer and the year beyond brings for us. 
 
We are working on a very detailed FAQ response.  But for tonight, I will simply include below some of the most popular. 
 

  • Why this? We just want kids back on campus for five days. 
    We know from the feedback we gathered from parents a couple of weeks ago that we cannot “do school at home” as we did these past two months. We are proud that everyone made it through. But it was not without problems. People have been at home juggling so much. Parents have been balancing; teachers have been scrambling. We all did what needed to be done, but it did create a learning deficit for students. We can’t be in this position again in the future. We agree that students need to be in school, and you want them in school. It is very possible the traditional model of school will not be possible for all students on all days. This is a proactive approach to continue education regardless of sickness, weather, government directives to shut-down; instead of a reactive plan that is harder to execute at the high level our community, family, students and staff have come to expect from Osage.
     
  • What about childcare? 
    We will have systems in place for needed child care and support by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  As a member of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our district understands how interconnected all businesses are. Our district is committed to ensuring that we take care to protect our community's ability to go to work.  Parents will soon have the opportunity to take a survey to provide input about specific needs. 
     
  • This doesn't seem like you are really doing anything with social distancing?  
    This is a multi-scenario plan. Scenarios 2-4 have many ways to deal with social distancing. Scenario one does not have as many options. Ultimately though, people really just wonder why must we use all those Mondays when that doesn't fix COVID19. The  plan is not to “fix” COVID19 problems. However, very real learning losses occurred during school closure due to COVID19. This pushed us to move forward more boldly to ensure we can better protect students and their education in the future. We need options for which we are well prepared. 
     
  • What about access to campuses and buildings on Mondays? 
    Campuses and buildings will be open unless closed by health authorities. We will be using our facilities to provide support and opportunities for students. We will provide updates in the coming weeks.
     
  • What about feeding kids? 
    We will continue to provide food distribution through the summer and for Mondays.

 

  • As of right now, in which scenario do we plan on starting the year? 
    Scenario 1 as long as we are allowed to do so by the local and state health departments.

 

  • How much advance notice do you plan on giving parents before making a switch from one scenario to another scenario? 
    We will only switch to scenarios 2-4 if directed by the local health department or due to weather. And we will let you know as soon as we know. 

 

  • Will this new schedule be a plan for the future school years as well? 
    As we have learned this year, nothing is permanent; and agility is key for our success. We are constantly evaluating needs, opportunities, and requirements. We are committed to listening, learning and paying attention to what is and isn’t working. 

 

  • I’ve heard the district has committees. What are they and when are they meeting? 
    They are meeting regularly for the next two months. 

    *Calendar, Campus, and Operational Readiness (Dr. Brad Yoder) 
    *Social/Emotional/Medical Supports (Mr. Bill Altermatt) 
    *Technology Deployment (Mr. Eric Martin) 
    *Hybrid Learning PD & Instructional Support (Mrs. Amy Fowler and ISS team) 
    *Childcare Support, AMI Tutoring, and Opportunities (Mrs. Kim Edwards & Mrs. Amanda Wersching) 
    *Policy and Governance Adjustments (Mrs. Lana McPheeters) 
    *Osage Family Partnership (OFP) & Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (Dr. Laura Nelson)
     

#OneOsage
 
Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 19

Community Update 5/19 (Day 42) 
 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
As promised today, is the day that we move forward with our plans for next school year. Like you, I have no idea what the future holds. But one thing is for certain, we are going to face it with a plan to maximize learning for students and deliver support for families and staff. “The Osage Plan” is proactive and somewhat unique. We have what it takes to make it a success. And we intend to be diligent in gathering your ideas and concerns as we iron out the details. The press release below contains a high level overview. There is also a screencast on our website. As ever, I invite you to respond to this email with your thoughts and questions. 
 
Tomorrow we will take down the school closure Q/A. In its place, we will be posting a new one devoted to the Osage Plan. Thank you for being our partners in the mission and for helping us live out our core values of Strength, Opportunity, Tradition, and Innovation. The Osage Plan to open schools for 2020-2021 is based on this foundation.  
 

The Osage Plan

 
For Release
District to blend traditional and distance learning:
2020-2021 calendar will include one day of distance learning each week
 
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, administrators at the School of the Osage shared their plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in traditional classroom learning four days a week, but one day a week will be used for distance or e-learning.
 
Superintendent Laura Nelson stated, “The heart of our plan is to provide quality learning opportunities for all of our students, while being diligent about their safety and health.  Ultimately, we believe that we must reopen schools in the fall – students need to be in school for so many reasons, but one of our core values is innovation, and we believe that using one day a week for e-learning prepares us for potential disruptions including weather, sickness, or other unforeseen circumstances.”
 
“The Osage Plan” will begin each week with a day of e-learning, and the remainder of the week will be traditional classroom learning.  The District will provide students, staff and families with supports to assure success of the plan.
 
Board President Mary Whitman said, “We believe that by providing staff and families a structure for how learning can take place both traditionally and via e-learning, we will be prepared to pivot on short notice.”
 
District officials shared that clear, concrete training and expectations will be provided to staff so that they can perform their roles confidently. 
 
The district does not plan to make changes to the school calendar involving such things as vacation, Christmas and winter holidays, or Spring Break.
 
During an online meeting with staff, administrators shared details of how the plan will be put into place.  Staff viewed a short presentation followed by an opportunity to share questions and answers.  The presentation will also be shared with families and the community this afternoon.
 
Superintendent Nelson stated, “We understand that there will be bumps in the road, but we are committed to meeting and overcoming whatever challenges we face.  We have a tremendous staff that is capable of doing great things, and because of that, we are confident that this plan will be successful.”
 
The District is committed to providing regular communications and updates to staff, families and the community. 
 
To view the staff presentation, visit our website at osageschools.org
 
 
#OneOsage
 
Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 18

Community Update 5/18 (Day 41) 
 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • Today we started the process of helping students in grades 11 and lower check out for the school year. You still have a couple of days to get this done if you haven’t already. 
  • We believe we will have several of our own teachers teaching Launch (our e-learning summer school) this summer. We plan to be able to share this list when we send home summer learning recommendations for each student later this week or next week. 
  • Tomorrow I will be sharing more details about our plans for next school year. As we wrap up this year, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

 
 
#OneOsage
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent’s Update May 15

Community Update 5/15 (Day 40) 
 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
It is with a strange mix of joy and sadness that I tell you this is my last FRIDAY community update. Next Wednesday, we will close the curtain on this school year, and these daily updates will come to an end. However, we are going to keep working hard straight through the summer. There will be many details to share which I will do with a weekly update on Wednesdays. Logically, it seems like things should be slowing down, but we are moving faster than ever as we strive to plan for the future. 
 
The overall focus of this planning is to provide a structure for maximum opportunities for students while striving to ensure that during the 2020-2021 school year, they will be able to learn well every day regardless of disruption from weather, sickness, or other unforeseen circumstances. As in the past, the Osage way will be a proactive approach to partner with families and the community to prepare students for a lifetime of success.  Furthermore, we are dedicated to a continuation of service that includes food, technology and other needed supports identified by parents on the recent survey. Our goal is to have the overall outline of this plan to you by Tuesday’s update. 
 
In other news, here is a clarification regarding technology.
 
K-12 Technology Turn In
 
6-12 iPads: Students may keep their iPads over the summer. We will check these devices in August at registration. If students would like to turn in their iPad for the summer, they may do so at their school building next week during the designated checkout times. 
 
K-5 iPads: Students may keep iPads over the summer if students are enrolled in a Launch Course for June or July.  If students are not enrolled in Launch, these iPads should be turned in at the school buildings next week during the designated checkout times. 
 
Hotspots: Any hotspots checked out to students should be returned to any school building next week unless a member of the family is enrolled in the Launch Program for June or July. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend. 
#OneOsage

Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 14

Community Update 5/14 (Day 39) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-

  • Today would be a really good day to check your students' grades on the portal. Next week is the last week of school! Checking today will give everyone time to get your questions answered if you have any. 
  • Today we served meals to 695 students!
  • We were thrilled to get to celebrate our seniors tonight at our first ever live stream Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. Most presenters were able to award scholarships from their homes. Coach Pinkel - seen on the screen -kicked off the presentations. Thank you to our incredible community for supporting our remarkable seniors! 

 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent’s Update May 13

Community Update 5/13 (Day 38) 
 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • After yesterday’s update, a few questions came in regarding whether or not summer school would be required. To clarify, we are offering options for all students, but it is not required for any students. That said, there are some students for whom summer school will be highly recommended. Principals will be sending recommendation letters next week. You can check out an overview of all summer school options by clicking here.
  • We recognize that there are many uncertainties about what the future holds, particularly as it impacts the start of school next fall. Please know that our Osage team is deep in the process of narrowing down options and proceeding with contingency planning. We are analyzing everything from what parents told us on surveys, to what our insurance company has to say about water fountains, to data coming in from teachers, and pretty much every other aspect of school and learning. Our goal for the 2020-2021 school year is to ensure consistent, quality school and learning- regardless of weather, sickness or whatever else life throws our way. Our vision is that no matter what- next year will be our Year of Opportunity! Stay tuned, we are working to get details to you mid-week next week- just in time for the start of summer.

Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 11

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • Today was the last day for new assignments. Please let one of us know if you have questions or need assistance helping your student wrap up outstanding assignments. 
  • We are also taking steps to adjust food service NEXT week: there will be one day only of distribution (on Tuesday), but there will be 5 days of meals distributed. 
  • I am delighted to share with you that we had a quick extra BOE meeting this morning to welcome our new head Boys’ Basketball coach, Mr. Craig Engelbrecht. Check out SOTO sports for more details. 

Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341

School of the Osage Announces new Head Boys’ Basketball Coach

School of the Osage is proud to announce the hiring of Craig Engelbrecht as the next School of the Osage Head Boys’ Basketball Coach.  Coach Engelbrecht earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri and holds lifetime teaching certifications in Speech/Theatre 7-12, English 7-12, and Physical Education 7-12.   

Coach Engelbrecht has been an educator and coach for the past 36 years with the last 33 years being at Cole R-5 Eugene.  Prior to Eugene, Coach Engelbrecht taught and coached girls’ basketball from 1984-1987 at Russellville.  Coach Engelbrecht’s current career record is 573 wins to 315 losses while winning eight district titles and a 2nd in State finish in 1992.  Furthermore, Coach Craig Engelbrecht was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.  

Coach Engelbrecht and his wife Kelli have two children -- Katelyn and Christian.  School of the Osage looks forward to welcoming Coach Engelbrecht and his family to the Indian coaching staff and the entire School of the Osage Community.

 

Summer School 2020

Summer Academic Opportunities (grades 1-12)
Online Summer Classes via LAUNCH 

  • Session 1:  June 3rd - 30th
  • Session 2:  July 6th - 31st
  • See attached LAUNCH flyer for class offerings. You can also watch this short video for additional information on Launch for grades 1-5. It provides more clarity on how Launch courses will differ from school at home these past weeks. 
    Note:  All LAUNCH classes are available to our students, but not all classes will be taught by SOTO teachers. All classes will be taught by Missouri Teachers. Classes have been fully designed for implementation in this setting.  

Additional Notes: 

  • HS Students; online personal finance, online health, and online PE will be offered as planned through Launch along with the rest of the Launch catalogue as provided
  • Email harrisd@osageschools.org or call David Harris at 573-552-8326 (ext. 4202) to register 

Driver’s Education via Osage [enrollment limited to 21 students]

  • Students pick up textbook from HS office May 26th - 29th
  • Online Classroom Dates June 1st - June 16th
  • Driving sessions Dates June 24th - July 16th
  • Call Osage High School at 573-348-0115 to register

July Seated Summer School - July 13th - 30th (M-Th)
Seated summer school will be limited and targeted to address the needs of specific students.  SOTO also recognizes that the ability to offer seated summer school opportunities may change in accordance with directives from the Camden and/or Miller health departments. 

  • High School Credit Recovery
  • Academic Skill Recovery (grades 1 - 8)
  • Jump Start Kindergarten and K Screenings (offered in three separate sessions)
  • PK Screenings by appointment
  • Extended School Year (ESY) Special Programming
  • Registration information coming soon. Email harrisd@osageschools.org or call David Harris at 573-552-8326 (ext. 4202) for more information.

Superintendent’s Update May 8

Community Update 5/8 (Day 35) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Happy Friday! Next week we will begin finalizing learning goals. Monday will be the final day for new assignments for the 2019-2020 school year. The rest of next week will be devoted to completing work and getting it all turned in and added to gradebooks. The week after that, we will focus on wrapping up the year! Part of this process will be having students and their families come in to pick up items that have been in classrooms and/or lockers. We have developed a schedule as noted below for your planning purposes. We will provide a few additional details next week. 
 
 
School of the Osage Student Pick Up Schedule- Spring 2020
(if you saw the one in today’s staff update- it has been updated as follows)
 
Early Childhood Center 
Tuesday, May 19 - 8:00am -6:00pm
 
Heritage
Monday, May 18 - Kindergarten - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday, May 19 - 1st Grade - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 20 - 2nd Grade - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
 
UE
Monday, May 18 - 3rd Grade - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday, May 19 - 4th Grade - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 20 - 5th Grade - 8:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
 
OMS & OHS 
Monday 18th 8:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 19th 8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday 20th 8:00am-3:00pm
 

  • Senior sign-out will be Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. At this time, seniors will turn in all school materials -books, devices, uniforms, pay fines and fees, and pick up their cap and gown. 
  • Here is the FAQs link
  • If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link
  • Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate and appreciate our amazing teachers and staff this week. Have a wonderful weekend- and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 6

Community Update 5/6 (Day 33) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
I am pleased to share with you below an overview of our summer 2020 academic and athletic opportunities. We are grateful for the input you provided to help us define priorities and create options to address a variety of needs. I recognize this is a lot of information, and we will be sharing it with even more details on our website and social media starting next week. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions. 
 

Summer Academic Opportunities (grades 1-12)
Online Summer Classes via LAUNCH 

  • Session 1:  June 3rd - 30th
  • Session 2:  July 6th - 31st
  • See attached LAUNCH flyer for class offerings. You can also watch this short video for additional information on Launch for grades 1-5. It provides more clarity on how Launch courses will differ from school at home these past weeks. 
    Note:  All LAUNCH classes are available to our students, but not all classes will be taught by SOTO teachers. All classes will be taught by Missouri Teachers. Classes have been fully designed for implementation in this setting.  

Additional Notes: 

  • HS Students; online personal finance, online health, and online PE will be offered as planned through Launch along with the rest of the Launch catalogue as provided
  • Email harrisd@osageschools.org or call David Harris at 573-552-8326 (ext. 4202) to register 

Driver’s Education via Osage [enrollment limited to 21 students]

  • Students pick up textbook from HS office May 26th - 29th
  • Online Classroom Dates June 1st - June 16th
  • Driving sessions Dates June 24th - July 16th
  • Call Osage High School at 573-348-0115 to register

July Seated Summer School - July 13th - 30th (M-Th)
Seated summer school will be limited and targeted to address the needs of specific students.  SOTO also recognizes that the ability to offer seated summer school opportunities may change in accordance with directives from the Camden and/or Miller health departments. 

  • High School Credit Recovery
  • Academic Skill Recovery (grades 1 - 8)
  • Jump Start Kindergarten and K Screenings (offered in three separate sessions)
  • PK Screenings by appointment
  • Extended School Year (ESY) Special Programming
  • Registration information coming soon. Email harrisd@osageschools.org or call David Harris at 573-552-8326 (ext. 4202) for more information.

Summer Athletic Activities on Campus (grades 7-12)
June 1 - 30 Strength and conditioning workouts will take place on campus;  these will be non-sport specific.  Social distancing protocols and expectations will be utilized. We will send out a schedule and signup information via Remind prior to June 1st.  
 
July 1-31 Strength and conditioning workouts will continue; we will also begin sport specific camps and contact days.  We will not recognize a dead period of July 4-12. However,  we understand and appreciate that many athletes and coaches already have plans to be gone during this time. 
 
Additional Notes

  • All activities will take place on campus this summer; we will not travel to any competitions or camps. We will not host any other schools on our campus.
  • This plan is for students 7 through 12 grade.  Youth camp information will be published when it becomes available.
  • Free Physical Night for students will be July 29, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • HS Fall sports no contact August 1-9; First day of HS Fall Sports August 10th. 
  • MS Fall sports no contact August 8-16; First day of MS Fall Sports August 17th.
  • Please note- this could all change at any time if restrictions are handed down from federal, state or local officials.

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 5

Community Update 5/5 (Day 32) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • We have been analyzing your input from last week’s survey. Thank you to all who participated and for anyone who would still like to provide opinions, the link to the survey will still be live for another day. So far I can share that about half of the participants would like to take advantage of online summer school, and there is also interest in both seated and online summer school in July. We will be providing registration links for both of these soon. As you might know from these updates, this was the general structure around which we were planning. But we felt it was very important to work to confirm our logic in terms of whether or not we are on track to meet your needs.
  • We also recognize that many are wearing thin regarding juggling a full time job and supporting school at home. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to further support your efforts as we get through these last couple of weeks. Together we can make it across the finish line. 
  • Today we served 4,110 meals! 

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 4

Community Update 5/4 (Day 31) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • This week is teacher national appreciation week. Thank YOU for all you are doing to support learning at home. 
  • May 11 is the last day our staff will be assigning anything new. This means that between May 12 and May 20 the focus will be on completing and submitting all work and wrapping up the year!
  • There seem to be a few rumors around the state that some school districts will start school earlier in August than previously planned. Please note that unless specifically directed otherwise from the state, the department of education, or the health department, Osage is still on track for our BOE approved start date of August 24. 
  • If you haven’t had the chance to provide input into how this spring is going please consider taking our quick survey
  • Here is the FAQs link

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update May 1

Community Update 5/1 (Day 30) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • Happy May Day! This video was sent from our Middle School to the local nursing homes in hopes of brightening their day - maybe it will do the same for you. 
  • We would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to give us your input on how things have been going and on summer school by taking our parent survey.
  • Next week is national teacher appreciation week. We are celebrating all staff on Thursday, May 7! 
  • Here is the FAQs link
  • Please let me or any Osage staff member know if there is anything we can do to help with “school at home.”  If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link

 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update April 30

Community Update 4/30 (Day 29) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • We know that “School at Home” has had its ups and downs. When we started the year, none of us did so with the idea that we would abruptly shift from traditional classroom models to distance learning. We were more prepared than some districts, but we recognize we need to analyze how to improve for the future. Realistically, even after we put COVID19 behind us, this is Missouri; bad weather always has the potential to take us out for an extended period of time.  Because of this, we are already planning improvements to our distance learning plans! While we work on our own designs for Fall 2020, we are partnering with Launch to offer students a variety of interesting courses for this summer- all designed specifically for online delivery. We would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to give us your input on how things have been going and on summer school by taking our parent survey.
  • We served 6,921 meals today! 
  • Please remember that hotspots programmed for district devices are available for check out to any Osage family. People are using them for a variety of reasons including to help preserve family data limits, and/or when multiple students in a household are overloading the system. 

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update April 29

Community Update 4/29 (Day 28) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • If you don't currently have Internet or are struggling with connectivity at home, we now have hotspots available for checkout at any of the four school buildings. Please note, these hotspots will only connect to district-owned devices. 
  • As usual, food distribution tomorrow will include meals for Thursday, Friday and Monday. 
  • FAQs
  • If you would like to share a feel-good story or shout out, you are invited to do so at this link

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update April 28th

Community Update 4/28 (Day 27) 
 
Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 

  • Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to finalize our plans to offer learning opportunities this summer. We ARE going to offer online summer school through Launch. Launch was established eight years ago and has a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards. The platform is currently used by 270 districts across the State of Missouri and is staffed by teachers who live and work in partner districts. In coming updates, I will explain more about this.  Because Launch is a virtual platform, we will not be collecting iPads from our students at the end of the year. We hope students will use the devices to access summer school and continue working on other skills over the summer. We will continue to monitor the possibility of some seated summer school in our buildings if pandemic conditions allow. In order to gauge interest in a seated summer program I will be sending a survey link in the near future. 
  • Today we served meals for 745 students!  
  • Here is the FAQs link
  • As ever, please don’t hesitate to email me if you have questions or suggestions. 

 
 
Be Well.
 
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426