SOTO News

Superintendent's Update | October 21st

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Besides getting schools open, we have also continued to work on understanding how the spring school closure impacted students' learning. As you might expect, some students went backwards, and some progressed. Some students stayed in exactly the same spot over the entire time frame. (However, given that students have gained a year in school, staying on last year’s reading level is also a type regression.). Our team has created a detailed plan to address this situation through targeted individualized tutoring. I highly recommend that you use this Monday’s parent/teacher conferences to check in with your students’ teachers to learn more about whether or not this tutoring program might be a good fit.
 

  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, October 26 from 11 am - 7 pm, click here to sign up for Zoom meetings with your student(s) teacher(s). If you are having trouble signing up for conferences, you can always contact your student’s building and they can assist you. Or after opening up the Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up, you might want to “Request Desktop Website”. On an iOS device you will tap the AA in the search bar to select that feature. 
  • Every fall around this time, we send out a Parent Survey. Be on the lookout for the link which will come from your student(s)’ school(s). You will also have another opportunity to provide feedback during the first week of February when we send out the Winter Parent Survey. 
  • Please note that Monday, October 26 is a day off for students, and there is no Monday childcare due to parent teacher conferences. This is not a scheduled school day for students.
  • Did you know that Missouri has a graduated driver’s license law? First Impact is providing a FREE 90-minute evidence-based traffic safety program that educates parents and teen drivers about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License law. For more information click here. To connect via Zoom meeting on October 26, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., click here for instructions.
  • Thanks to everyone who either sent in or posted photos to social media their “Get out and Move” challenge pictures! Our Osage Wellness team hopes that the fresh air, sunshine, and the great outdoors helped to alleviate some stress and lighten your mood. Prizes for that challenge were donated by Cave Pumpkin Patch. If you would like to participate in the next Osage Cares challenge, next up is a pumpkin carving and decorating contest. This challenge is made possible by prizes generously donated by Stonecrest Book and Toy. Click here to learn more about it. 

 
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

September Leaders of the Month

Congratulations September Leaders of the Month!

Osage Cares - Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest

<October 20th-31st>

1. Carve, paint, bedazzle, etc. a pumpkin to create an amazing work of art.

2. Snap a picture and post that photo on social media with the hashtag #OsageCaresPumpkinChallenge

(If you don't have a social media account, email your photo to bakerd@osageschools.org)

Prizes, donated by Stonecrest Book and Toy, will be awarded to the top Artistic Pumpkin Designer in the following categories:

  • PreK
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • 6th - 8th Grade
  • 9th - 12th Grade
  • Adult

Superintendent's Update | October 14, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Happy Homecoming Week! The football game will start at 7:00 pm this Friday against the Versailles Tigers. We are happy to celebrate not only the rich tradition of the game and all the fun that surrounds it, but by kick-off we will have officially made it through a full quarter of the 2020-2021 school year! I don’t know about you, but this feels like a victory in its own right.  When it became clear that we needed to steer away from our traditional parade to avoid inadvertently causing a COVID problem, we started wondering if we could embrace the challenge of starting a new tradition: the homecoming mum.  
 
You can google the concept. They are simply a bunch of ribbons behind a real (or not so real) mum flower, worn in corsage way, or on an arm-band or waist-band. We hear Hy-Vee is making some fun ones. There is also still time before now and the game to round up some Osage colored ribbons and just pin them on your shirt.  Here in Osage 2020, wearing the festive ribbons all day Friday will be one way of saying We love Osage & We Stand Together in Support of Our Students, our Community and Each Other. If ever there is a time we need these kinds of reminders it is this year! 
 

  • A safe and orderly environment at athletic competitions is more important now than ever. Click here for more information on how you can help us with this on Friday. 
  • Game time or not, we want students at School of the Osage to feel safe and BE SAFE. We urge anyone with student safety concerns to make a report immediately by clicking this link
  • We are delighted to share that breakfast and lunch will continue to be free through the 2020-21 school year for all students at School of the Osage! This being funded through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). (This program does not erase any previous outstanding balances in meal accounts, so please continue to pay those off.)
  • Due to low participation, we will no longer have a drive through meal station at Heritage on Mondays. However, Monday meals will still be available for pick-up by reservation between 11 am - 1 pm. For more information, please contact Cindy Hutzler at hutzlerc@osageschools.org.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, October 26 from 11 am - 7 pm, click here to sign up for Zoom meetings with your student(s) teacher(s). If you are having trouble signing up for conferences, you can always contact your student’s building and they can assist you. Or after opening up the Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up, you might want to “Request Desktop Website”. On an iOS device you will tap the AA in the search bar to select that feature. 
  • Please note that Monday, October 26 is a day off for students, and there is no Monday childcare due to parent teacher conferences. 
  • Mark your calendars! The next four tribes OFP Zoom meeting with the Osage Leadership team is Thursday, November 5 at 12:30 pm. This is an informal conversation regarding thoughts and perceptions regarding what is working, what can be improved, address any parent questions/concerns and learn about district updates. Please click here for the zoom link and enter the Meeting ID #: 91771651419 & Passcode: 581864. If you would like to call in, dial: 1-301-715-8592. 
  • The Osage Cares “Get Out and Move Challenge” ends October 19. Click here to know how to participate and enter for a prize drawing for tickets to The Cave Pumpkin Patch.

  
  
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 | October 7, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
We are nearing the completion of the first academic quarter of our school year! To ensure a strong finish we have implemented a plan for make-up Monday, which is coming up on October 12. All across the district, teachers will have the same message posted in Canvas accounts on Friday reminding students that they are available to provide individualized guidance and feedback via Zoom and Remind on 10/12/20. (Students who are fully caught up get to enjoy a well-deserved day off from distance learning protocols.)
 
This is a great time to underscore the importance of the expectation that learning can happen regardless of location. Our teachers are juggling seated and distance learning protocols daily because of quarantines. Students are transitioning in and out of classrooms on a regular basis. To state the obvious, this is not the same as school closure in the spring. At that point, we were all doing the best we could on the fly. 
 
The system in place now is intentional, and the expectation is that students will complete their work whether or not they are physically in attendance in a school building. This has clearly taken a tremendous amount of adjustment for everybody. The upcoming parent-teacher conferences will provide an opportunity to collaborate around additional ways to ensure students can meet their potential this year as we continue to prioritize learning even as we navigate various pandemic-oriented hurdles. Please see the notation below regarding details pertaining to signing up for a conference time. Thank you for the vital role YOU are filling in support of your student(s) and their teacher(s). 
 

  • Parent-teacher Zoom Conference sign up, click here
  • This week’s football game was almost canceled when our scheduled opponent bowed out due to pandemic considerations in their district. Our athletic director, Mr. Hague, worked hard with Coach Johnson to get another team lined up. We are all grateful they could keep us in a position to fire up our Friday night lights! That being said, this scheduling situation is a constant issue across the board and puts us in an exciting, and occasionally suspenseful, position as we prioritize keeping students in play. 
  • Please help us keep a safe atmosphere on game night by reminding your student(s) of our home game guidelines: PK-5th grade students must be accompanied by an adult; all students must sit with their guardians or in designated student sections; students are not allowed to play in the lawn area behind the press box; spectators may not bring frisbees/balls into the stadium.
  • Homecoming week is next week. We are working hard to keep as many traditions in place as possible. Click here for an overview of spirit days! Out of an abundance of caution, and because the number of students we have out on quarantine is going up instead of down, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the parade to ensure that we do not create a situation that might break our no-school closure streak. We are working to bring back a long-lost tradition, that of the homecoming mum. 
  • OFP Spirit Wear distribution will take place next week. Items will be sent home with your student. 
  • Here is our updated COVID Dashboard.
  • If you are still having internet connectivity issues, we may be able to help. We recognize that hotspots are not created equally.  We are distributing two different types in an effort to get a working solution going regardless of where your home is in the district. Email martine@osageschools.org for more information. 

 
 
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

Heritage September Good Citizens for Honesty

Congratulations to Heritage Elementary's September Good Citizens for Honesty

Superintendent's Update | September 30

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Tomorrow we enter the month that contains Osage Homecoming, Parent/Teacher Conferences and Halloween! Our Osage Wellness Advisory board met this week and declared that October would also be Get Outside and Move month. There is more information on that below. I, for one, am going to try to take them up on the challenge. The Board of Education met this week for the normal meeting where the yearly survey plan and the annual strategic priorities were approved; the links to both are included below along with links to many other updates. 
 

  • The School of the Osage Wellness Advisory Board met on Monday to discuss the general "State of Wellness" of our Osage family. We understand that there are many feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, concerned, etc. and we want to support you as best as we can. The team came up with "Osage Cares" monthly challenges to help encourage our staff, student, and family health during this challenging time. Click here for the October Challenge.
  • Click here for the 2020-21 Strategic Plan Scope of Work.
  • Click here for the 2020-21 Survey Plan.
  • Click here  for an update on the rescheduled senior citizens banquet. We love this annual tradition and are hopeful pandemic conditions will improve and allow us to hold it second semester. If not, there is always summer and perhaps a parking lot could be outfitted for the event. We are going to do whatever we can to make it happen if at all possible.  
  • Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Monday, October 26th (11 am - 7 pm). Conferences will be held via online zoom meetings. More information including how to sign up to meet with your student(s) teacher(s) will be provided in next week's update.
  • Click here for the latest COVID-19 dashboard update.  
  • Homecoming is October 12-16. Click here or check out the SOTO High School Facebook page for an overview of spirit days. 

 
As ever, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or I may otherwise be of service. Thank you for helping us continue to keep schools open!
 
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

October Osage Cares

October Osage Cares: Get Out and Move Challenge

<October 1st-19th>

Open to all School of the Osage students, families, and staff!

1. Get outside and do something active on your own, or with your family, in the great outdoors. This is highly encouraged as a Monday activity.

2. Snap a picture and post that photo on social media with the hashtag #OsageCaresMoveChallenge

(If you don't have a social media account, email your photo to bakerd@osageschools.org)

 

*Every entry will enter you in a prize drawing for tickets to The Cave Pumpkin Patch.

Superintendent's Update September 23

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Last week, this update included a link requesting input on what you think is going well and what we can do to improve. We received approximately 30 responses. While this might not be indicative of the feelings of the entire Osage family, we think it is enough to call it a decent “temperature check.” (I know, too soon- but I couldn’t resist.) 
 
We heard that people like distance learning Mondays. And that people do not like distance learning Mondays. We heard that Canvas is working well. And also, Canvas is not working well. 
 
Three particular topics did not have two sides.
 

  • Nobody likes quarantines. 

We can’t fix the quarantine concept, but we can (and will) keep trying to do our part to keep students off the list. As of this writing, we only have 21 students and 6 staff quarantined. Whether you love or hate (or love AND hate) the distance learning Mondays, we think they are helping us keep these numbers down, thus keeping more students and staff in school the other days of the week. We are grateful for your patience and support. 
 

  • People appreciate teachers.

We, too, are exceptionally appreciative of our teachers! COVID19 does cause absences, and quarantines cause absences. And all this, in turn, requires double-duty in preparation and instructional implementation, which can be hard and confusing for students, parents- and yes, teachers too.  Again, love or hate the distance learning Mondays, but they are currently the calm in midst of the revolving door caused by the blend of students in the classroom and students and staff going on and off quarantine. 
 

  • Most think we should analyze the amount of work being expected on Mondays. 

We have a few immediate adjustments as to the third point of general agreement -the suggestion that we need to address Monday work for students. Here are the two actions we are taking now in response to the input we received last week.  

  1. We are working this week to ensure a common definition district-wide of the phrase “no new work on Mondays.” We hear you about the issues with consistency and are striving to iron that out. 
  2. Implement Make-Up Mondays on the last Monday of each quarter. There will be no scheduled assignments or Zoom meetings the last Monday of the quarter. But teachers will still be present for their scheduled office hours via Zoom or Remind. Students who are caught up will have the freedom to either work ahead or take a well-deserved day off. Students who are behind will have space to catch up. Teachers can spend the day providing additional feedback to those in need of it, as well as entering end of quarter grades, and planning for the next quarter. The first Make-up Monday will be October 12. 

 
We all look forward to a time when COVID and quarantines are not a part of our reality. However, by working together, the data points to the fact that your willingness to partner with us has created many opportunities for students as evidenced by

  • A full month of all School Buildings Open
  • A full month of Athletic practices and competitions 
  • Lower than average discipline reports
  • High average daily attendance 

 
There is no sugar-coating it; learning in this time is different and difficult. But it is worth it. 
And it is only possible through our on-going partnership with you. THANK YOU! 
 
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 | September 16

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
It is hard to believe we are in our 4th week of school. While other communities are still debating what to do and how to do it, we have moved on to analyzing how we can work on keeping the Homecoming festivities as normal as possible. More news on that in the coming weeks! For now, we’d love to know what you think is working and what you think we can improve if possible. Click here to share your thoughts. Your feedback is important and will help us continue to make adjustments in efforts to serve you and your family. 
 

  • Now that we are two distance learning Mondays into it, we are considering fine-tuning the way we are staffing our childcare program which has been utilized each Monday by 114 students. We have staffed it for the 279 students who are signed up for it and believe after next week we will be able to reduce this level of staffing if the attendance continues to be at the same level. Please reach out to Mrs. Kim Edwards (edwardsk@osageschools.org) if you have questions. 
     
  • It is also timely to remind you that we are focused not only on academic growth- but also on the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of our students.  Please reach out to any of our building counselors if you have concerns about your child.  Additionally, you may report safety concerns via our Be Safe button on our website here.  School of the Osage prohibits all forms of bullying.  For information on our bullying investigation procedures and policies, click here. Also click here for an opportunity from Lake Regional for parents to learn more about mental health.
     
  • Starting next week Osage students in grades 5-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a brief, 22-item survey. The Gallup Student Poll includes the following themes: Engagement, Hope, Belonging, and Social & Emotional Learning. This survey is anonymous and voluntary. That means Gallup cannot identify your student, and your student’s individual responses will not be shared with anyone. Only grade-level and school-level information will be shared with our school district. Please visit the Gallup Student Poll (http://www.gallupstudentpoll.com) to view the survey items and learn more. We have been administering this survey for the past several years, and it is directly connected to our focus on student and staff strengths, one of our core values. 

 
I sincerely thank you for all you are doing to help us keep school buildings open. Our Covid-19 dashboard reflects a better situation this week than last. Of course, this can change on short notice- but I am pleased that we are down from last week instead of up! 
 
Each day of learning is a true gift and only possible when we all work together. 

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 | September 9

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
It’s with great relief that we have moved from the challenge of getting schools open to keeping them open. But as you probably know too, planning for extra sanitation, extra mask use, and social distancing in theory feels really different from practicing them vigilantly for a real cause. 
 
We’ve had quite the time this past week navigating all the things we need to do as a school community committed to slowing the spread of COVID19. Certainly collaborating with our local health officials (bless them all!) has taken on new weight as we all learned about the nuances of close contact identification. As a tool to clear up some of the confusion, we developed a notification form and a glossary. You can check it out on our website where we also posted additional reminders and a dashboard of sorts which we will be updating weekly. This will allow us to provide you with ongoing updates without spamming your in-box every time something changes. 
 
I’m aware of the fact that I am a “glass half-full person.”  But I am also very committed to ensuring that you have the information you need to understand what is going on with your school district. Therefore, I will be clear: it is NOT business as usual. We did not expect that it would be. I am also sure we did not expect that by this day, the majority of our teachers would already be using the distance learning plan we developed for Mondays to be supporting students every day of the week. Today alone, 88 were learning from home due to official quarantine from one of the local health departments. 
 
We are going to keep fighting the good fight to keep our buildings open as much as possible. But if we do need to pivot to distance learning for an entire class, grade, or school we have several back-up plans that we can use where conditions warrant them. The information on our website will help you stay in the loop on these conditions. Thank you for all you are doing to help us keep schools open. It’s a team effort, and we are all in it to win it!
 

  • Great News!  Starting today, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students at School of the Osage through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This was the same program that allowed us to provide meals during school closure last spring and summer. This program does not erase any previous outstanding balances in meal accounts, so please continue to pay those off. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this program is scheduled to run through December, or until funding runs out - whichever occurs sooner. 
  • Osage Parent owned businesses have sponsored water bottles for every student at Heritage. They will be sent home every night for cleaning and refilling.  Please send it back each day along with their iPad. If your child loses, misplaces, or if you’d like a second water bottle you can purchase one from the office for $5. All profits will go directly to the Osage Family Partnership (OFP).
  • Annual title meetings are scheduled for Heritage Elementary Thursday, September 17th, 7:00 pm via zoom meeting, Upper Elementary Wednesday, October 7th, 2:00 pm, and Osage Middle School will be sending information through the MS October Newsletter.  
  • The Osage Family Partnership is taking orders for Osage spirit wear. Click here to order online. If you have questions, email sotospiritwear@gmail.com or visit the OFP Spirit Wear Facebook Page here. Orders are due by September 25.

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 September 2nd

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
We have received notification that two Osage High School students have tested positive for COVID-19. We are cooperating with the local health departments to aid in the contact tracing, which has already started and is expected to be wrapped up by tomorrow. You will be contacted directly by the health department if you or your student is considered a close contact.
 
As a reminder, the Osage plan for this school year is to be able to provide continuity of instruction PreK-12. We anticipate that each time there is a contact tracing effort connected to one of our students or staff members, some number of them may be directed to quarantine at home. We want to assure you that our plan for this year was designed to help us accommodate a variety of scenarios. 

  • Individual students on quarantine will be supported by using a variety of resources including Canvas, Zoom, Remind and/or packets of materials to stay in touch with their teachers and engage in their learning. 
  • In the event that seated attendance in any given building dips below 75% that building will pivot to distance learning for a minimum of 1-4 days. This pivot to full distance learning would be undertaken to minimize the potential spread of illness, provide for additional sanitation, and ensure continuity of instruction. 
  • Building level student activities/practices will also take place virtually on days buildings are not open for seated instruction. 
  • Staff attendance and other local health considerations are being monitored and could also trigger the pivot to distance learning. 
  • Decisions will be made on a building by building basis. 

 
We continue to be committed to providing you with as much information as we are able to share. Keeping students and staff safe, healthy, and in school as much as possible this year is our chief goal. We assure you that we will continue to collaborate with the local health directors and update procedures as local conditions warrant. 
 
Thank you for all you are doing to partner with us. 
 
 
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 August 28

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
As we wrap up this first week and look forward to week two, I wanted to share a few reminders. 
 

  • Today is a full day of classes. There is not an early out- as has been the case on Fridays in the past. 
  • We have our first home football game tonight. Please click here for ways you can help us save our season! (Also, a few days ago I wrote we would be debuting the new band uniforms. Due to the heat, we will not be doing this today, but rather at the September 11 home game against Eldon.) 
  • Monday is our first distance learning day for students grades K – 12. Childcare for students in grades K-5 is available from 8:00 am- 2:00 pm at Heritage for Monday by reservation. Drop-offs start at 7:30 am.  We will be running our typical summer school routes- click here to view Monday's bus routes. Email Kim Edwards (edwardsk@osageschools.org) with any questions or Tony Hatfield (hatfieldt@osageschools.org) with questions regarding bus routes. 
  • Drive through food distribution on distance learning Mondays takes place at Heritage elementary school from 11:00-noon. 
  • Canvas is the learning management system for instruction for all students grades K-12. Course materials and assignments are added to the Canvas platform in a way that makes them easily accessible by students from the classroom and at home. School of the Osage has set up all parents/guardians with observer accounts so parents can log in and see all of the students' courses. If you need any assistance with logins or technology, please contact the technology office:
    Email: technology@osageschools.org
    Web: https://support.osageschools.org/
    Phone: 573-552-8924
  • We have a variety of resources available for parents as noted below. 

1. Here’s a parent manual for School of the Osage Technology. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VLphTfbfXT3TfwQvYIu3X0NY4xSKeu2F/view

2.Here’s an introduction to the technology we will be using this year, including the charging cables, iPads and cases. https://osageschools.instructuremedia.com/embed/664368d2-84a6-4b79-b7ce-55aec908ebe3  

3.The work assigned to your student on Monday can be accessed in Canvas. It has been posted for your student as of 8am Friday morning. Here’s a video of how to navigate Canvas with your student. https://osageschools.instructuremedia.com/embed/0af2ead2-8254-4996-94ec-f6c326df150a
Work can be completed between today (Friday) and when your student returns on Tuesday.

4. Zoom calls will be scheduled in Canvas under the Zoom topic in your student’s class. Please check this tab to find any calls scheduled for your student.

5. Zoom Office Hours

  • Students in elementary school can access their teacher during their scheduled Zoom office hour through the Zoom link in their course. 
  • Students at the middle and high school can access a directory of their teachers’ office hours in the building courses, which can be found on their dashboard. The building course is called OMS Tribe for middle school, and OHS Homeroom for high school students. 

 

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 | August 26

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 School Year! It has been an amazing first two days of school. Our campuses have been full of smiles and laughter. Our food services director reported that the students were “excited for school lunch!” Our high school principal reported that our high school students were excellent leaders and role models of safety protocols throughout the building (social distancing, wearing masks, keeping their own water bottles, etc.). Heritage administrators reported that there were excellent “air hugs” all over the place.  The Upper El, Early Childhood Center, and Middle School were thrilled to see all the parents and high fives that came through the drop off lines. All the way around, our staff is incredibly grateful to be back in true action. We are all very hopeful that you feel the same way. 
 
Here are a few details from our perspective. For starters, thank you to everyone for your patience and support related to transporting students during this pandemic. Our buses are much less full thanks to all who helped transport students to campus. We were able to socially distance more than usual on our routes because of all of the people who helped safely transport students by car. We also recognize that this, in turn, created more traffic and longer drop off lines (aka added hassle for all). We are so grateful for the all-around team effort on this. We know that the more we are able to lower the number of people in close contact- such as on buses- the less likely we are to have additional contact tracing issues. Again, we are apologetic for the traffic inconveniences and grateful for the help. We will continue to work on doing everything possible to help ensure an even more smooth traffic flow. 
 
While I am on the topic of drop-off, we also recognize that we can make an immediate improvement. To better accommodate families and ensure appropriate staffing levels, we have established a staggered opening time for our buildings. Our Middle School and High School will open doors at 7:00 am; the ECC, Heritage and Upper Elementary will open doors at 7:30 am.  This will allow for staggered opening to assist parents in dropping off multiple children, allow for students in activities at MS and HS to access the building/temp screenings before going to their activities, and keep students socially distanced as they enter the building (instead of bunching up at the doors waiting to get in).

Thank you for all you have done to help get students back into schools. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or feedback. We open our football season this Friday at home against Fulton, and the band will be premiering new uniforms. If you are up to it and feel comfortable, please come out and celebrate the new year with us. We will give you an air “high-five” from at least 6.5 feet away! 
 

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