Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
Yesterday, some of our high school students were able to livestream with NASA astronaut and Osage alumni, Colonel Mike Hopkins, who is currently serving as Commander of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience, which launched November 15, 2020. Our students asked questions and received answers as they interacted with him in real time. It’s not everyday that we’ve got the Cummings Auditorium on speed dial with the International Space Station.
Mrs. Staci Johnson, OHS principal and Mr. Eric Martin, Director of Technology and Innovation, worked with NASA engineers to ensure that all systems were a go on our side. It was a very unique opportunity for OHS students and great that others were able to witness it from other locations. We are grateful not only that Colonel Hopkins chose to grant this opportunity to his hometown Indians (there were many others that would have wanted this chance) but also for the inspiration of his story. He reminded these students that no matter where they end up in the world (or in space) there is “something very special about where you’ve grown up” - where you are graduating from. It seemed that in the world according to Colonel Hopkins, Osage is, indeed, a stellar launchpad. If you missed the live feed, you can check out the recording here.
- Strong budgeting, resource stewardship, and fiscal management is of utmost importance to us. We are pleased to report that the district has recently been recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for the Pathway to the Meritorious Budget (MBA) Award for excellence in the preparation and issuance of its budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Click here to read more about it.
- This week we have absolutely zero recorded COVID cases! Our dashboard continues to give us reasons to be cautiously optimistic.
- The revised reentry plan can be found on our website here. It was revised at the BOE meeting on March 8 to reflect an easing of visitor guidelines which was approved by the Miller County Department.
- Click here for the board approved 2021-2022 Academic Student Calendar. The first day of classes is August 24, 2021. The last day of classes is May 27, 2021.
- Since the opening of the COMC clinic we have received some questions. At the recommendation of the Osage Family Partnership, we started a Q/A page. Click here to check it out, and don’t hesitate to email with any additional questions you would like to see added.
- For the most up-to-date information on athletics and activities, click here for the SOTO Fan Plan.
- Punga (Prom) is April 10 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons. Last day for seniors is May 7. Graduation is May 13. Last day for all students is May 21. Details for summer school are still in the works, but at this time it looks like summer school will start on June 1 and will end on June 25 (Tues- Friday, 8:00 am to 12:30).
- We’ve been asked to share with you that local scouting troops are gearing up for the summer. If you are interested in learning more, you can click here for more information.
- To check out another of our excellent Osage seniors -click here.
- OHS Theatre production of The Curious Savage is March 11 & 12 at 7:00 pm -for more information, click here.
- This Friday marks the last day of the third quarter of this historic school year. Next week is spring break. There will be no childcare services or distance learning on Monday and no community update on Wednesday. However, district offices will be open. Thank you for all you have done to help us continue to move forward with schools open and athletics and activities fully operational. It really has been an amazing year so far.
Dr. Laura Nelson
*Indian Support Hotline:
573-552-8878 or [email protected]
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