Students at Osceola High School will pay more for parking this year. The Osceola School Board approved an increase to student parking fees in August, raising the rate from $10 to $50 for the 2019-20 school year.

According to Rosanne Anderson, “We have been charging $10 forever” and to keep up with parking lot maintenance such as annual parking line painting and fixing rough patches, a $40 increase will work well in sustaining these projects.

Bus driver Demulling retires

The board thanked bus driver, Dave Demulling, who retired at the end of August after 34 years of service with the district. Craig Brunclik thanked Demulling for his work and wished him well. Pete Kammerud declared, “Dave was a tremendous asset to this district and he will be sorely missed.”

And finally, administrators were present to relay topics from each school.

OHS-Adam Spiegel

Spiegel discussed in depth a re-vamping of the scholarship process for the 2019-20 school year. Previously, scholarships would go un-awarded due to a lack of applicants and Spiegel believes the reasoning for this is how convoluted and taxing the application process has been for OHS students and, “We do not want it to be as complicated as it has been going forward.”

In light of this, Spiegel announced OHS’s mission to control the application process with Google Classroom and any outside scholarships will have their application requirements detailed on Google Classroom as well.

OES-Lindsay Thomas

Thomas was excited to share OES’s theme this school year: Kindness Rocks. This theme will play on geology and nature as well as rock and roll.

Going with this theme, Thomas feels it is imperative that OES students become involved in the community this year, to give back and apply classroom learning in a real way.

OIS-Julie Bender

Bender was enthusiastic about the success of “Brats for Books,” a fundraiser for new books. This year, OIS raised $948.

Additionally, the OIS master and in-service schedules are ready to go.

Director of Instruction-Becky Styles

There are 16 new teachers in the district and 11-second year teachers this school year. With such fresh faces, Styles deems it important to mentor these educators, starting at the top. 

In recent weeks, Styles has been working with Thomas, Bender, Spiegel, and Meyer uncovering how the district can focus on growth in students rather than evaluation because so much of education centers on standardized testing, not individual students’ needs. Styles hopes by working with these leaders, the district will develop a good framework to pass on to teachers in the classrooms.

Director of Pupil Services-Leah Voelker

Voelker’s main focus this school year is to test out an inclusive classroom model at the elementary level. 

Based on a recommendation by the state, Voelker feels classrooms should be more inclusive for students of all learning abilities.

An inclusive classroom flourishes with team teaching, one core teacher and another special education teacher, during literacy and math classes. This model allows students to interact with their peers more, while also receiving an extra special education teacher in the classroom to ensure students are being met on their level during class teachings.  

To begin this process, one classroom per grade level at OES will test this theory this school year.

Thomas mentioned, “This will create the least restrictive learning environment for our children.”

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