Wildcat News

Oak Harbor High School | May/June 2020 Issue


We are very excited about the learning opportunities available to your child and to share updated information as it pertains to our Online Distance Learning Model.

Recently, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) updated their guidance for school districts for grading requirements for high school credit classes. As a result, the following grading schedule will take place effective immediately for the third trimester.

A = 80% - 100%
B = 60% - 79.99%
I (Incomplete) = Below 60%

There is no longer an option of failure (F) or no credit (NC). This means that if an incomplete is earned, the student will have future opportunities to earn a letter grade of “A” or “B.” Since an incomplete delays the required coursework until a later date, it’s strongly encouraged for students to complete the required work now. You may participate in classes online through Google Classroom, or paper versions of coursework are available at any of our free grab-n-go meal sites. Please let us know if you need assistance with this.


Last week, you received the district’s Family Input Survey about Week 1 of Distance Learning. Our initial Distance Learning goal was to activate learning without overwhelming students and families, to connect with our students virtually, and to support access to Google Classroom tools. It is important to me that I share some of the results collected from over 200 families and how we are utilizing the feedback to refine our distance learning model and be responsive to our students’ needs.

Overall Experience:

  • 68% reported a positive experience

  • 25% reported a neutral experience

  • 7% reported a negative experience

Amount of Work Assigned

  • 59% felt the amount of work was just right

  • 29% felt the amount of work was not enough

  • 12% felt that it was too much work

Quality of Materials

  • 71% felt the educational materials were good or excellent quality

  • 24% felt neutral about the educational materials

  • 5% felt the educational materials were not good or poor quality

As a district, many families indicated that Google Meet was a positive experience that allowed students to connect virtually with their teacher and classmates. Also, the survey results showed the accessibility of Google Classroom, the ability to self-pace the learning, and responsiveness of teachers were beneficial. There was an overall excitement about our shift to Distance Learning. There was gratefulness for the resources and support provided, alongside the hope for more learning resources to be included over time.

A few specific comments include:

  • “I am very impressed by the resources they have available, and the teachers are doing a fabulous job trying to attempt something that has never been done before.”

  • “Everyone is doing an amazing job. We have been given resources and been supported throughout the entire thing.”

  • “You guys are doing a great job considering the circumstances. I have friends in other states whose school districts are not running as smoothly as OHSD. Thank you for all that you are doing for our children and community!”

  • “We like the iready and would like more optional learning packets.”

  • “I understand that this week was mostly about getting us on the site and exploring it. Learning curve for all.”

All teachers have office hours scheduled for their classes to provide extra help. Please check teacher communications and Google classrooms for information on times and dates.

Our number one priority is to partner with you in a flexible, responsive, and compassionate way that honors each family’s situation. We are here to support you in finding your family's learning rhythm. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions. We desire to keep the lines of communication open in service to meeting the needs of each and every student!


This month's Video of the Month is a message from Principal Salisbury and senior Willa Weinsheimer. They recently took to Facebook Live for a Q&A to answer all of those questions seniors might have about the end of the school year.
Facebook Live Q&A | Oak Harbor High School


Oak Harbor High School was recognized this year by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best High Schools in America” for college preparation, academic achievement, and graduation rate.

Oak Harbor ranks better than 83% of the high schools in Washington State. Congratulations, Wildcats!


Mr. Christopherson created a VIRTUAL ART GALLERY showcasing 2D artwork created by AP Art students, both before and after the school closure began. Most of the art in this gallery has not been seen, and the art will be changing and shifting as students complete and submit their work. Please feel free to check back until the end of the year for more AP student work.


Important Reminder for Seniors: Scholarship Declaration Forms will be sent out in an email via Google Forms the week of May 4. You can also directly email your scholarship information to Mrs. Kellison at ckellison@ohsd.net. Please include the name of the scholarship, school (if school-specific), and amount. Students need to report all scholarship offers received from colleges, state/national organizations, and/or the military if they would like them listed in the commencement brochure and recognized at Senior Scholarship Night. They must be submitted no later than May 15. (Local scholarships from the OHHS website listing do not need to be included as Mrs. Kellison already has this information).

Senior Scholarship Night is currently set for June 12. This is pending the revision of the current Stay at Home order. Although this may be a little different than in the past, we do plan to honor the hard-working recipients and thank our generous donors. Stay tuned for updates via email.

College Admissions Updates: Washington’s 2- and 4-year colleges have created statements explaining how colleges will be adjusting their admissions process to account for the COVID-19 school closures. Click here for a statement that includes COVID-19 contact information for specific colleges and here for a statement that includes guidance on what seniors should do now to be prepared for the transition to college this fall.

Post-Secondary Planning Reminders for Juniors: Juniors should be taking steps now to prepare themselves for their pathway after high school. Here are some things they should be doing now to prepare: BigFuture | Find the Best College for You

  • Explore websites such as Peterson's or College Board BigFuture | Find the Best College for You to find educational programs that meet career interests.

  • Explore Community and Tech school options in WA.

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT if 4-year university or college-bound. Many schools are test-optional for 2021 fall admissions, including the UW. Check specific schools of interest to see if testing is needed.

  • Register with the NCAA if a student-athlete who plans on playing college sports.

  • Visit college campuses for a tour.

  • Start the application process if interested in attending a military service academy.

  • Speak with a recruiter if interested in enlisting in the military.

  • Prepare a resume and evaluate extracurricular activities and leadership positions.

  • Use summer vacation to gain work experience, complete an internship opportunity, or participate in a summer enrichment activity.

Freshmen and Sophomores: This is a great time to do an interest profiler to explore how your interests match up to possible job opportunities. Try My Next Move or Washington Career Bridge.


Are you interested in attending a 4-year university? You don't want to miss the Navigate 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair! Check it out online May 4 - 6, 2020, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Register online today!


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What brings you joy and hope? What inspires you to dream?

You are invited to participate in "When Arts Collide 2". This is a slideshow of Oak Harbor School District art, music, and life. If you sing or play an instrument, we want your recording! If you make visual art, we want pictures of it! If you don't do either of those, we want a picture of you doing stuff that you love, like acting, sports, and community service.

This is for Oak Harbor School District students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. Please help us bring OHSD together to show the Million Dreams of our community.

For instructions, sheet music, learning tracks, and more, follow this link: When Arts Collide 2

The When Arts Collide 2 video will be released this summer.


Oak Harbor High School ranked 4th place in Washington State's Celebrating Art contest. Stay tuned for the winning students and their artwork!


Did you know that the Oak Harbor High School Library has a Google Classroom available to all OHHS students? In it, you can find links to free digital books and audiobooks, plus a variety of activities. Mrs. Bain adds something new every day.

The code is ooafr6h.


Dear Oak Harbor Families,

Thank you for your support in partnering with us as we continue our Advanced Placement (AP) coursework as a pathway towards college readiness.

The College Board has announced that all AP exams for the 2019-2020 school year will be administered from home or portfolio courses.

Students will receive emails from the College Board to the email account students have provided to their College Board login account. It will explain how to access exam materials and submit portfolios. Therefore, it is important that students regularly check their email accounts.

Portfolio submission protocols and deadlines for 2D Art, 3D Art, Drawing, and Computer Science Principles will be communicated from the classroom teacher.

Exam dates and start times:

Monday, May 11: US Government & Politics @ 1 pm

Tuesday, May 12: Calculus AB/BC @ 11 am

Wednesday, May 13: English Literature & Composition @ 11 am

Thursday, May 14: Chemistry @ 11 am, Physics @ 1 pm

Friday, May 15: US History @ 11 am, Computer Science A @ 1 pm

Monday, May 18: Biology @ 11 am, Environmental Science @ 1 pm

Wednesday, May 20: English Language & Composition @ 11 am

Thursday, May 21: World History @ 11 am

Friday, May 22: Statistics @ 11 am, Spanish Language & Culture @ 1 pm

Make-up test dates will be administered June 1-5. We strongly encourage students to take exams in May because if there are issues such as a device failure or connectivity issues, students will have the June dates as insurance for unforeseen circumstances.

For questions or concerns regarding AP exam dates and connectivity please contact Arnie Otterbeck, Associate Principal.

For questions about accessibility needs, testing questions, and accommodations please contact Christy Kellison, AP Coordinator.


Mr. Laibllin, Senior Class Advisor, is gathering school appropriate pictures of seniors for the Senior Slide Show. If you have a photo to add, please email it to Mr. Laiblin at jlaiblin@ohsd.net by Tuesday, May 26.


Although Key Club was unable to go to the District Convention, they received recognition for their participation in Trick or Treat for Unicef. They brought in $915.56 in three hours of going door to door on Halloween night.

Key Club earned the Single Service Award, which was received in recognition for the club’s annual District Carnival.

Mrs. Bain said, “We are proud of our club's heart for service.”


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Congratulations to the Oak Harbor High School NJROTC. Our battalion has been selected as the BEST UNIT in Area 13! We are now in the running for the best in the NATION!

Are you interested in joining NJROTC? Check out our website and consider joining. We are consistently in the top of our division, the state, and the nation. During this school year, our cadets received $1,888,000 in scholarships. Way to go, Wildcats!