Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
The rise of social media has clearly given way to 24/7 access to entertainment- and distraction. It is more important than ever that our students are able to not only comprehend what they read but also be able to utilize reading skills to come to sound conclusions. 
 
We have completed all of our beginning of year reading assessments. Our district goal is that 100% of students will grow at minimum one full grade level between fall and spring. 
This growth looks very different for each reader, and your understanding of the unique strengths and needs of your student is a powerful boost to achieving the goal. To that end, parent/teacher conferences are coming up later in the month. These meetings, and more importantly, the conversations they foster, are an excellent time to ensure everyone is on the same page about learning and growth goals for the year.  
 
Each building is working hard to ensure that 100% of Osage students are able to articulate their growth goals. You can help today with this important work by asking your students how they did on the beginning of the year assessment AND what their growth goals for the year are. Together we can build readers that are equipped to beat constant distractions, a key skill for a lifetime of success. 
 

  • Always Osage is a committee focused on supporting the health and wellbeing of Osage students. We have had one meeting so far, and it is not too late to join the work. The next meeting will be Friday, 10/8 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the community room at the Field House. We will be providing an overview of a data dashboard we’ve recently implemented called Panorama. 
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, October 25 from 11 am - 7 pm. In next week’s update you will have the link to sign up to visit with your student(s) teacher(s) either in person or via Zoom.
  • Visit the school hallways by clicking here to learn what students and staff say about our outstanding principals as we celebrate National School Principals Month.
  • OHS Cheer is offering a Mini Cheer Camp for students (grades K-6) October 19-21 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the OHS Commons. Payment and registration is online. Click here to register or scan the QR code here
  • Each fall we send out a Parent Survey. Be on the lookout for the link which will come from your student(s) school(s). 
  • Monday, October 11th staff will participate in the Alice Active Shooter Training at Heritage Elementary from 8 -11 am and OHS from 12 - 3 pm.
  • The end of the first quarter is quickly approaching. How are you doing with your first quarter wellness goal? When you have completed your first quarter goal, please click here, (by October 22) to fill in the google form to let us know about your awesome achievement!  All submissions will be entered in our quarterly prize drawings. Click here for more information. 
  • Don’t forget that you can access our partners at the COMC clinic located next to the football field. Already the conveniently located clinic has been utilized by students, their families, and our staff for so many health issues, including immunizations, sports physicals, minor injuries, illnesses, and COVID testing and more. 
  • Flu Vaccines are available for students and family members of staff at our COMC Clinic. Please call COMC to make an appointment at 573-552-8852.
  • This month 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.
  • For the up-to-date COVID dashboard, please click here. Please remember that one of the most important things you can do to help us is to keep your student at home if she or he is sick. Thank you so much for your willingness to help us with this challenge. 
  • You can easily access event information by clicking here for the Osage Fan Plan. 
  • Students who were approved for Free or Reduced priced meals during the 2020-21 school year can apply for a one-time $375 P-EBT Benefit. The completed and signed Summer P-EBT application must be submitted by this Friday, October 8 - click here for the application. 
  • If you are in need of assistance, please reach out. Contact us via our Indian Support Hotline at 573-552-8878 or [email protected].

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
[email protected] 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or [email protected] 
 
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

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