Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
When I walked up to the podium at graduation on Thursday, I was unprepared for how overwhelming it would be to stand face to face with the reality of what the students, their families, our staff, and our community has accomplished together this past year. Sure, I had some prepared comments acknowledging as much, but it definitely felt different at that moment- almost stunning. As we all know, it has been an exceptionally unique year- one most of us walked into with a high degree of concern for what it would (or would not hold). However, as I remarked to the graduates….
what you (they/we) thought would not be OK, can turn out to be better than ok.
Because you (students) GO TO OSAGE….AND
THE COMMUNITY will rally around you,
your PARENTS will have your back,
your TEACHERS and COUNSELORS (and ADMINISTRATORS) will work around the clock to figure things out to help you,
the SCHOOL BOARD will fight for you….
all of them (the adults) will partner with you....
for your present, for your future and
for those traditions that are rightfully yours.
THANK YOU for all you did to make all that come to pass. Click here to look back at the traditions and opportunities the 2020-21 school year delivered (Academics! Sports! Traditions! And more), hear important summary perspectives from faculty (Coach Hill, Mrs. Carnahan, Mrs. Wedig, and Dr. Sperling) and gain insight into our theme for next year from the students of the 2021-2022 Vision Council.
- Click here for the graduating class of 2021 photos, including senior laps, senior dinner, senior march, senior trip and graduation.
- School of the Osage is offering a Summer Reading Challenge to Read Across America from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click here to see how you can help your student participate and win some awesome prizes for staying on top of reading during the summer months.
- Summer School will be June 1- 25 (Tuesday - Friday), 8:00 am -12:30 pm. Summer School Online Registration is open! Click here to register and click here to learn about summer learning opportunities.
- 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 (even those not attending summer school). Breakfast and Lunch will be held at Heritage Elementary and Osage Upper Elementary during breakfast and lunch hours during summer school. Click here for information.
- Save the Date for Central Registration held at the high school August 11, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm and August 12, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Central Registration is for families and students in grades 6-12 and new families to the district. More information to come this summer on how to register online for next school year.
- In partnership with the Osage Family Partnership we invite all Pre-K - 12 Grade Families to Osage Fest (held during Central Registration) at the high school -August 11 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, click here for details.
- The Osage Family Partnership needs your help. If you would be willing to donate your gently used backpack for a family in need, click here to see how you can help.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) is helping households connect during the pandemic by providing a temporary discount up to $50 on monthly internet bills. Click here for more information and here to see if your family qualifies.
- Please take a minute to recognize a staff member who has carried out School of the Osage's mission here.
- The Tech Office is requesting all technology items (iPads, Accessories and Hotspots) this week. The following items will be collected from your child during a home room period in their building: iPads, chargers (block and cord), cases, keyboards (if equipped), and hotspots (if assigned) on the following dates: Heritage - May 19, UE - May 18, MS - May 20, HS - May 21. For Launch and Virtual programs, please return devices between May 17 - 21, May 24 - 28 at any of the school offices.
- There is still time to participate in the Osage Cares May Wellness Challenge. Pay it forward and do something kind for someone. Click here for more information.
- The SOTO COMC Health Clinic will remain open through the summer months. Hours of operation are 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (M-Fr). If you want your child to have the option to be seen at the clinic, a consent form will need to be filled out prior to your visit - click here for more information. To make an appointment or if you have any questions, call the clinic at: (573) 552-8852 or (573) 348-0115 ext. 4501.
- Click here for the board approved 2021-2022 school calendar and here for school supply lists.
- We are finishing the year with no active COVID cases or quarantines. To look at total cases & quarantines for the year, click here. We will soon be phasing this dashboard out. Please let us know if you have questions.
- To stay informed with up-to-date information on athletics and activities, click here for the SOTO Fan Plan.
After over a year of weekly updates, we are going to dial it back this summer. I will send an update mid-June and again in Mid-July. Weekly updates will resume in August. In the meantime, I remain at your service and can be reached in my office and/or via call or email as usual.
Thank you for all you have done to support your students, their teachers, and the entire Osage staff this school year. It has most certainly been one for the record books, and I am exceptionally grateful for all the ways you constantly went above and beyond to make it a true success. Your patience, help, flexibility, and kindness have been invaluable.
Best Wishes for a Safe Summer!
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