The mission of Osceola High School’s new program Why Wait? enchanted the Osceola School Board last Wednesday. 

Advisors Amanda Wicklund and Peg Medcraft started Why Wait? this school year as an alternative program for students interested in being mindful and making a concrete impact in ways that interest them right now. 

Rather than asking the 22 participating students “What are you going to do with your life?” Wicklund and Medcraft ask, “Why wait to change the world?” 

With that in mind, students choose an issue in the community they are passionate about, and solve it with the help of a local mentor. 

Three students were present to give examples of what they have chosen for their projects. 

Emphasizing the importance of self-love, one student is hoping to plant the seeds of caring for oneself with inspirational texts each morning, and painting bathroom stalls with quotes and other beautiful imagery. 

Another student’s main concern is proper nutrition and thinking of food as medicine. Hoping students will be more cautious of what they are putting into their bodies, she relays her message with a carefully crafted blog that discusses obesity prevention and healthy food options. 

A third student illustrated his interest in wildlife conservation, especially the bird population in the area. He aims to build birdhouses to provide safe and long-lasting homes for the bluebird population. 

On March 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, these students will give a five-minute reflective presentation on their projects. And whether their projects were successful or not, they must present their vision. 

Director Brooke Kulzer delighted in this, saying, “Welcome to adulthood. We can’t quit either.”  

Freshman Academy 

OHS Principal Adam Spiegel led the board through Freshman Academy, a comprehensive transition program for incoming ninth grade students. 

This program supports students transitioning from middle to high school because this time is one of the most challenging times in one’s educational career. 

The Freshman Academy model suggests that freshmen be divided into one of two academies and each academy has four core content teachers including English, math, science, and social studies who will work with them all school year. These smaller class sizes offer more individualized attention and “minimize the opportunities for students to slip through the cracks,” according to Spiegel. 

OHS is hoping Freshman Academy will help students build relationships, create relevance, and foster rigor resulting in better attendance, positive behavior, higher involvement, and increased pass rates.  

Other business 

• The school board approved the resolution to exceed the revenue cap in the 2019-20 School Year by 1.5 million, which will be voted on at the April 2 referendum election. (See related story, page 1.)

• The 2019-20 School Calendar was adjusted to ensure there were 192 teacher days and 174 student days. 

• The next District Planning Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the OIS Media Room.

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the OIS Media Room.

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