Welcome Back Families!

Back to School Newsletter 2022-2023

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Dear WLHS Families: A Letter From Mrs. Clapper, Principal

The first official day of school for students brand new to Winter Lakes High School is Tuesday, September 6th. All returning students will begin Wednesday, September 7th.

As most of you know, Winter Lakes students each have a different plan for how they and their family choose to attend school. Here are some helpful hints:

  • If you have not received your Google information or Odysseyware information yet, contact your Learning Specialist or the school office.
  • If you are a new student at WLHS, an 8th grader, or a Freshman, your OW classes are set to what is required. As you continue through the enrollment process, you’ll meet with your learning specialist, and Mrs. Snively, the student services, who will chat with you about the best way for you to learn to earn your graduation requirements. Then additional classes can be added.
  • For all students, your learning specialist should have contacted you by now. Please contact your school (WLE or WLHS) if they have not.
  • If you are planning on attending in-person sessions at WLE, hours are 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM and you do not need to pre-schedule your student’s time slot. If you are planning on attending in-person at WLHS, you MUST reserve a spot for your student in a morning or afternoon cohort. You may only attend morning or afternoon throughout the week, but not both. Please contact the main office to see what is available if you have not already done so.
  • SENIORS: If you have not already met with Mrs. Clapper and Mrs. Snively yet to discuss your senior plan, please get that scheduled! I want to make sure we’ve mapped out your path to graduation!
  • I send mass emails once or twice per week with announcements and information. Feel free to ask me any questions.
  • Here’s our webpage within the school district’s site: https://www.coquille.k12.or.us/winter-lakes-high-school/

Thank you for joining us at WLHS. Our system is intentionally personalized for each student. We know this is different and can confuse our new families, but we also know this personalization is what’s best for our families and especially our students

Tiffany Clapper, WLHS Principal

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Dear WLE Families: A Letter From Mrs. Nelson, Principal


Together with the teachers and staff, I would like to welcome our students and school

community back to Winter Lakes Elementary School. I hope all of our families had a fun Summer where great experiences were had, and lasting memories made. Winter Lakes Elementary is ready to welcome our students back to engage in meaningful learning experiences and continue to move toward reaching our goal of an exciting and diverse educational experience. My hope is that every student can enjoy learning new things, making new friends, and lasting memories.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you this academic year. Our school will be stronger with the support of its community. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunities to support our students' learning and experiences.

I am confident that together we will have a productive and enriching 2022-2023 school year!

With great expectations,

Sharon Nelson, Principal

Important Dates to Remember for SEptember

Click here to view our September Calendar of Events!: SCHOOL CALENDAR

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Who’s Who at Winter Lakes

Winter Lakes Schools have wonderful, welcoming administrators, teachers, and staff! Here’s how to contact them!

Winter Lakes Elementary School – Phone: (541)396-2414

Winter Lakes High School – Phone: (541)824-0115

Attendance Matters

ATTENDANCE MATTERS: Checking in With the Attendance Office

As the pandemic continues to challenge us in unique, and often frustrating ways, we are anxious for normalcy, in this case, where our learning is involved. Despite these challenges and frustrations, regular attendance in school remains as critically important as ever. How that “attendance” actually happens may just look a little different right now from student to student based on their and their family’s needs. There are many ways to achieve a positive attendance profile:

  • Participate in a video class
  • Communicate with a teacher via chat, text, message, communication app, or email
  • A phone call between the teacher and student
  • Posting completed cousework to a learning management system (Odysseyware) or web-based platform or via email
  • Turning in completed course work, including paper packets, on a given day
  • Attending class on campus
  • Visiting with a Winter Lakes teacher in the Google “Office Hours” platform

It is the responsibility of Winter Lakes students to earn an “attendance hit” daily, Monday through Thursday, via one or more of the above means.

Please note, merely logging in to your student Odysseyware account DOES NOT count toward positive attendance.

In this current climate of distance learning and masking up, “Meaningful Engagement” is the name of the game! Get connected, get engaged, and get learning!

If you have any attendance-related questions, feel free to contact the attendance office at WLHS at (541)824-0115 or WLE at (541)396-2414

Shanda Laney, Attendance Secretary


With our ability to allow more students in the building, we are forging ahead with a variety of great learning opportunities to get engaged in that Winter Lakes life! Take a look at all of the great stuff we’ve got going on at Winter Lakes High School and ask how you can get involved in one or more! Sign-up is required so make sure you reach out and let us know.

  • Cosmetology
  • MakerSpace
  • Video Production
  • GED Prep
  • Food Prep/Cooking
  • Math Support
  • Literacy Support
  • Science Support
  • Construction
  • Heavy Equipment Simulators
  • Truck Driving Simulator
  • Flight Simulator
  • Creative Writing
  • Coding
  • Leadership
  • Radio/Podcasts
  • Drama
  • Work Experience
  • Language Arts Support
  • Social Skills
  • Credit Deficiency
  • ELL/Oral Communication
  • Honors Courses
  • Switch Vehicle
  • Expanded Options for College Credit
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Drones
  • Hands-On Science Lab
  • Structured Learning Center (SPED)
  • PE

STUDENTS CORNER: A Place for Student Submitted Works. STUDENTS! Got a short story or poem you’d like to share? How about a painting or craft? Been brushing up on your photography? Submit your works to the school newsletter! We will be dedicating a space just for you and all of the creative, amazing things you do! Email slaney@coquille.k12.or.us or drop your submissions off at the front office for publishing.

EARN CREDIT FOR WORKING! Do you have a job? Earn high school credit for hours worked! Ask your Learning Specialist for more information!

TRACK YOUR ACTIVITIES-Log Your Hours for Quarks: High school students, make sure that you are logging your physical activity (PE) hours, cooking hours, community service hours, etc. to submit for quarks!


Accessing Your Odysseyware: Don’t forget, we’ve moved accounts from the old Odysseyware SELECT site. We are now exclusively located at the K12 site! https://coquillek12.owschools.com/owsoo/login/auth

Your username and password are both the same and should be entered in ALL lowercase. Your first initial and last name. For last names that are less than five letters, additional letters from the user’s first name will be added to reach the six letter minimum.

September 4 - 10: National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school-aged youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help.

Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When an entire community is committed to making suicide prevention a priority, we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, REACH OUT! We are here for you and we care.


  • Coos Health & Wellness 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (541)266-6800 or (888)543-5763
  • Coos County Mental Health: (541)751-2500
  • Text "Talk" to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support
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Class of 2023 - Attention All Seniors!

The start of our school year may still be upcoming, but graduation, as always is right around the corner! As you prepare to collect your diploma in nine short months, that means that it's time to start thinking about your post-graduate plans.

College? Career? Flying the nest? There's no wrong answer! And we're here to help you figure that all out. Let's start by making sure you've got all the right classes to finish your credits.

Schedule your Senior Planning Meeting with Mrs. Clapper and Mrs. Snively to find out where you stand credit-wise, and review your future goals and how we can help you meet those goals!

Lastly, as you may or may not know, the Essential Skills requirement remains suspended for all seniors by the Oregon Department of Education. They will not be a required step for graduating seniors this year.

our services

Beyond an individualized education, Winter Lakes Schools and the Coquille School District offer many services to our students in need. According to a 2017-18 report 21,756 students in the state of Oregon were classified as "Homeless", some of them in Coquille. These students often struggle harder to succeed and graduate. This is why we are stepping up to provide vital services to help fill in some of the gaps created by homelessness.

Completion of a Student Residency Questionnaire helps us target those families who qualify as "Homeless", and provide them with critical services. You should have completed one of these forms at registration. Make sure to complete a new one any time that your living situation as changed. If you have any questions about your current status, contact our Director of Special Programs at the district office at (541)396-2181.


We have an enormous amount of resources available. Your requests for assistance of any kind will be met with kindness and discretion. We have:

  • A very full clothing closet with sizes ranging from XS-XXL. including socks, underwear, and shoes
  • School supplies
  • Personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, menstrual care products, body wash/soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Baby clothing and care items for Pregnant & Parenting students
  • Gas cards and CCAT punch cards
  • Shower and laundry facilities on campus at WLHS

Call WLHS at (541)824-0115 or WLE at (541)396-2414 or check in with the front office to ask about availability.

notices and reminders


Make sure that you are "clipping" Box Tops from participating products. Every Box Top donated means more money to keep doing the awesome things that we do!

No more cutting required. Download the Box Tops app and "clip" your Tops right from your receipt! Visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/s/ for more information!

Do you shop at McKay's Markets? Save your receipts!

Turn your receipts in to Cheryl Johnson at the WLHS front office to help us receive community funding to continue doing the awesome things that we do!

Interested in playing chess? Join the Chess Club!

Chess club meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at Winter Lakes High School.

Contact us for more information!

Important Events

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