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

It is a delight to be back in action TOMORROW (Thursday, 11/18) with one of our district’s most important traditions: the 34th Annual Senior Citizens’ Banquet at Osage High School. This is an excellent opportunity to chat with students and witness first hand how your support of our schools matters in their educational experiences. The evening will consist of Musical Performances by the Osage High School Jazz Band, Les Chanteurs, Girls Glee, and the Osage Upper Elementary Choralettes beginning at 4:45PM. The performances will be followed by dinner served by the OHS National Honor Society Students at 6:00PM. The attendees are then invited to All Shook Up, presented by the Osage High School Drama Department at 7:00PM. To reserve complimentary seats for dinner and/or the show, please call the high school office at 573-348-0115.

  • OHS Theatre presents: All Shook Up. Show dates/times are November 18-20 at 7:00 pm at Cummings Auditorium. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • We are delighted to announce that School of the Osage is one of 40 rural schools selected to participate in the Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative. Click here for more information on a program that will allow us to provide increased services to students as they prepare for life beyond high school. 
  • In case you missed it on social media, click here for a recap of Veterans Day celebrations at each SOTO building. We thank you veterans for serving our country. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, notifications will be sent to families via robocall, text message, on our school website and social media outlets, and local news stations. Click here for more information. 
  • Recently, some teachers from several of our schools received training on the Panorama Student Success platform.  This platform enables the district to support our students in the areas of their academics, behavior, attendance and social emotional needs.  A few teachers have provided valuable feedback which we are studying and looking for ways to incorporate into the future. 
  • This past summer, 103 School of the Osage students, teachers, and staff members attempted to “Read Across America” as part of a Summer Reading Challenge.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day participants logged the number of pages they read with one page counting as one mile. The goal was to prevent summer slide for students who participated in the program and 52% of students showed growth on their Fall 21 iReady Reading diagnostic when compared to Spring 21 scores. Thank you to our sponsors at Big Surf, Target, Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park, Kwik Kar, Big-O, Salon C and Jetz Trampoline Park for partnering with us and providing prizes to our readers. Click here to read more about it. 
  • Update your calendars -the next OFP 5 Tribes meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd at 12:30 pm at the OHS Fieldhouse or via zoom. Click here on how to connect via zoom.
  • The middle school is looking for gently used Osage gear! Our most needed sizes are adult sizes M-2XL. We use these for any students who need them for PE or just for spirit wear.  Please drop off or send to the middle school office.
  • The Upper Elementary OFP is partnering with Li'L Rizzos for the Take & Bake Pizza Fundraiser November 9 - December 3rd. Fifty percent of all proceeds will be donated to the UE OFP. Click here for more information. 
  • The 41st Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the middle school gym on Saturday, December 4 from 9 am - 3 pm. Over 100 booths of homemade crafts & decor, jewelry, clothes and other specialty holiday items such as personalized ornaments. For more information click here.
  • Osage Cares would like you to participate in the 2nd Quarter Wellness Challenge. Click here for more information on how to set an attainable personal wellness goal and work to achieve it! Also, check out first quarter winners. 
  • 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. To make an appointment call 573-552-8852. 
  • 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. 
  • Inquiring minds want to know the 2022 Homecoming schedule. The parade will be Monday, September 12, 2022 (location TBD), Varsity Football game Friday, September 16, 2022 (Osage vs. Eldon) and the high school dance will be Saturday, September 17, 2022. For event information, you can easily access by clicking here for the Osage Fan Plan. 
  • In light of the Thanksgiving holiday- no update next week. 
  • If you 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].

Happy Thanksgiving! 


Dr. Laura Nelson
[email protected] 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or [email protected] 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
HE- 573-365-5341
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