Knightly News

An Update from the Superintendent's Office - November 2021

We have concluded the first quarter and are heading into the holiday season and winter months. Any weather delays and closures will be communicated via our text/call system. If you don't receive the district calls/texts and would like to, please contact the office at 402-685-5661 or 402-685-5631.

This is an exciting time of year for our students with post-season volleyball and football, Quiz Bowl competitions, and One Act performances on the horizon. We are fortunate to have students that are highly involved and dedicated to their education and extra-curricular activities. This wouldn't happen without the support and dedication of you as parents and that of our staff. Thank you for such a great start to the school year and fall activity season. I'm looking forward to another great quarter filled with student growth, achievement, and success! This truly is the best place to raise a family with such an active and prideful community. Thank you for making OC great!

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State Volleyball

The Oakland-Craig volleyball team won the Class C2-1 District Final to punch their ticket to the state tournament starting next week. Information about the week is included below. There are some important notes to highlight. First, we will have a 1:15 p.m. dismissal on Thursday, November 4 as we will play at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln at 5:00 p.m. IF we WIN on Thursday, we WILL NOT have school on Friday, November 5 as we will play at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 1:00 p.m. IF we LOSE on Thursday, we WILL have school on Friday. Please see all of the additional details below.

State Championship Bracket

General Information

  • Thursday, November 4 - 1:15 p.m. Dismissal, No Preschool (5:00 p.m. Game)
  • Friday, November 5 (if we win Thursday) - No School (1:00 p.m. Game)

  • After School Program

    • Thursday - the Bright Knights After School Program will remain open.

    • If we win on Thursday school will be closed on Friday, as will the after school program

  • Pep Rally

    • 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 4 (open to the public)

    • 9:00 a.m. (approximately) Escort (please line the highway)

    • Please note that I have just recently decided to do district pep rallies when a TEAM qualifies for state. When an INDIVIDUAL qualifies we will plan a send-off rather than a pep rally. I apologize for the delay in this decision. Had I thought of this in advance, we would have had a pep rally for our cross country team as well. My sincere apologies to the cross country team.

  • Mask mandate in Lancaster County - Spread the word!

  • Clear Bag Policy at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Transportation & Entry Fees

  • Pep Band will take the bus with Mr. Bohn

    • Students that sign up to attend but fail to do so will be responsible for reimbursing the district for the cost of their entry fee/ticket

      • This includes anyone that misses the departure time

  • Student Bus (7-12th Grade Students) - $5 charge for any student wanting to ride

    • Entry fee for ticket is responsibility of the student

    • School district will collect $5 transportation fee and $7 entry fee on Tuesday, November 2 and will take care of purchasing all of the tickets as all tickets have to be purchased digitally.

    • In the event that there isn’t enough interest, we will not have a student bus and money will be returned

    • Transportation and entry fees will not be returned if student decides not to attend for any reason or if they are late to departure

  • Tickets:
    • All tickets must be purchased digitally

    • Adults - $10

    • Students - $7

    • Buy Tickets Here

Free/Reduced Paperwork

While everyone is receiving free meals right now, some of our district funding relies heavily on our free/reduced meal rates. Currently, 36% of our population receives free/reduced meals; however, some of our funding requires us to meet the minimum of 40%. The future of some of our programs (i.e. after school program) requires us to meet these needs so we are asking everyone to fill out an application. I have included a link to the application below. Even if you don't meet the income requirements, you can fill out the application. I realize there isn't a direct benefit to households since everyone is receiving free meals right now, but the district relies heavily on utilizing funding provided based on our free/reduced rate so we would greatly appreciate everyone completing the application. Applications can also be found in the high school and elementary offices or can be sent home with your child.

Free/Reduced Application

Covid Update

I will continue to do my best to update you on the status of our illness and Covid-positive percentages. I have been posting this to the website on a weekly basis on the "Covid--19/ARP-ESSER III" tab.

Week 1: 3% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 2: 3.7% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 3: 1.6% ill, 0.4% Covid-Related Illness

Week 4: 1.4% ill, 0.2% Covid-Related Illness

Week 5: 1.9% ill, 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 6: 1.2% ill; 0.2% Covid-Related Illness

Week 7: 3.4% ill; 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 8: 2.7% ill; 0.2% Covid-Related Illness

Week 9: 1.9% ill; 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 10: 2.1% ill; 0% Covid-Related Illness

Week 11: 2.6% ill; 0% Covid-Related Illness (Green)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via email, phone call, or schedule an in person meeting. Our goal is to keep students and staff safe and in school all year long.

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Job Openings at Oakland-Craig Public Schools

7-12 Special Education Paraprofessional

School Events

November 4 - 1:15 p.m. Dismissal, No Preschool

November 5 - Pending 1st Round State Tournament Win - No School (School will be in session if we lose on November 4)

November 6 - State Volleyball Championship

November 7 - Music Trip Mattress Fundraiser (Elementary Commons)

November 11 - Veteran's Day Program (10:00 a.m.)

November 15 - Start of Winter Practice

November 17 - Junior High Band/Choir Concert

November 25 - NO SCHOOL

November 26 - NO SCHOOL

December 6 - Elementary Music Program

Community Events

November 7 - Swedish Heritage Center Brunch

December 4 - Chamber of Commerce Kid's Christmas, Women's Club Tour of Lights

December 5 - Chamber of Commerce Spaghetti Feed