ear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
Thank you for all the ways you partnered with us to make the School of the Osage Year of Cultivation a success. Our school community grew this year in ways great and small, and we are not taking for granted how significant this is.
 
Looking back we are reminded that this school year contained new challenges which we overcame in the service of student learning and growth. There are many examples of this, but perhaps the most objective example to share is that during the 2020-2021 year, the district had 80 students with recorded positive COVID tests.  This year, the number was 335. Overcoming the stress these absences caused for your student(s), yourselves, and the wider community so that we could continue to keep all classes fully moving forward was a true collaborative effort possible because of your patience, flexibility and commitment to learning. THANK YOU! 
 
And now we find ourselves here. The clock on the last day of our school year will wind to zero on Friday. The final day of the 2021-2022 year will be a half day with early release dismissal times by building as follows:
 
ECC -No School 
HE -12:30 pm 
UE - 12:24 pm 
OMS - 12:19 pm 
OHS - 12:30 pm
 
This summer we are planning to

  • promote and encourage all students to participate in growing as readers with our Summer Reading Challenge!
     
  • ready all facilities for the new year to come.
     
  • finalize plans and encourage attendance at Osage Fest (August 10).
     
  • break ground on the new FEMA shelter/soccer facility on the OMS campus.
     
  • refresh the format of this weekly community update.
     
  • make plans for student, family, staff, and community engagement for our next five year plan (2023-2028).

Overall, we will spend the next couple of months focused on paving the way for 2022-2023, which has been themed as the Year of Endurance. The safety and education of all Osage student(s) is our utmost priority. We are committed to working constantly to ensure our district can deliver on both of these at the highest level possible- and again, I would like to emphasize/reiterate how grateful our district is for all that you do to partner with us.

Our district offices are open all summer. Do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of service.
 

  • Click here for the graduating class of 2022 photos, including senior laps, senior dinner and graduation.
  • For a closer look at the graduating class of 2022, click here for senior spotlights.
  • In the latest of our Everyday Excellence series, click here to see the work put into the pedal car presented at this years Magic Dragon Street Meeting Nationals Pedal Car Challenge.
  • Mrs. Groos’ class had a surprise for a senior A+ student, click here.
  • We are excited to announce we will be having our SOTO Summer Reading Challenge for students in grades K-12 again this summer.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, students are invited to "Read Across America" with a goal of reading 2790 "miles" - the distance from New York City to Los Angeles.  Each page read is equal to one mile and you may include pages you read or pages read to you (including audiobooks). Click here for more information and how to log your pages. Please note: students may not begin logging pages until May 30, 2022. 
  • In partnership with Lake Regional Health Systems, FREE sports physicals for middle school and high school students will be on the high school campus TODAY, Wednesday - May 25, 2022 starting at 3:45 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • The SOTO COMC clinic will be open Wednesdays only for walk-ins through the rest of the school year and into summer. Appointments are available other days of the week at the COMC Osage Beach clinic. This adjustment has been made to align with service usage patterns. Please call the Osage Beach clinic at 573-302-7490 to schedule an appointment. 
  • In partnership with COMC, free sports physicals will be provided every Friday in June at the following COMC clinics: Osage Beach, Camdenton, Eldon and Richland. Click here.
  • Saturday, July 30 from 9am - 12pm the COMC clinics at: Eldon, Camdenton, Osage Beach, and Laurie will also host an opportunity for students to receive a free dental cleaning and exam and a free sports physical.
  • For more information about summer athletics & activities for middle school and high school click here
  • Summer School registration is open! Summer School will be June 7 - June 30, 2022 from 8 am - 3:00 pm (Tuesdays - Fridays). Click here to register and for more information. 
  • During summer school, School of the Osage is offering free breakfast and lunch, through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), to all children and teens, ages 1-18 years for free. Breakfast and Lunch will be held at Heritage Elementary and Osage Upper Elementary during breakfast and lunch hours during summer school. Click here for more information.
  • Extended Learning will be offered after school in June for students in grades K - 6th. Our K - 2 graders will be at Heritage Elementary and our 3 - 6 graders will be at the Upper Elementary.  Extended Learning will begin on June 7th and offered Tuesdays - Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be two Mondays offered (June 13th & 27th) from 7:30am to 6:00pm.  Extended Learning on these Mondays will be parent drop off and pickups. If you would like your student(s) to attend the extended learning program in June, please enroll your student(s) when registering for summer school.
  • Save the Date: New Family Assistance & On-Line Registration Support held at the high school August 10, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. More information to come this summer on how to register online for next school year.
  • Middle School & High School pictures will be August 10, 3-7 pm and August 11, 8 am - 12:00 pm at the high school. 
  • In collaboration with the Osage Family Partnership we invite all Pre-K - 12 Grade Families to Osage Fest at the high school -August 10 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, click here for more information. 
  • Click here for the board approved 2022-23 academic calendar. 
  • Click here for more information on a free youth football camp hosted at Lindenwood University in St. Charles for boys and girls entering grades K-6th grade.
  • For event information, click here for the Osage Fan Plan.
  • For the COVID dashboard, please click here
  • If you or someone you know are in need of assistance of any type, please reach out- we have a variety of resources available and/or can connect you with other organizations. Contact us via our Indian Support Hotline at 573-552-8878 or [email protected].

 
 
 Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent

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