Owatonna ALC

April 2023

Message from our Principal

I can't believe I am about to finish my first year as the Principal of the ALC and Owatonna Online! It has gone fast, and I am already planning for next year. I have been so impressed with the students and parents at both the ALC and Owatonna Online. I truly have great students that work hard. As we head into our last quarter, I want to ensure my students finish strong and reach their goals. Please make sure you are checking your emails daily for updates regarding field trips, graduation, credits earned, and community service activities coming up. This last quarter will be busy, and we want to keep everyone informed. If you still need to do so, please ensure you are signing up for time slots to select your electives. This is important for our scheduling next year. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the school.

Jamie Bates




Don't forget to schedule your appointment with our ALC counselor Jess Procopio to choose your 23-24 Electives.

Schedule your appointment here!

Career Pathway

We have several events coming up that would be beneficial for students to attend for either exploration or career awareness.

Made In Owatonna Day- April 19th

Connecting Students with professionals in Business, Management and Administration offering engaging site tours and presentations.

Link for students to register:


Daikin will be bringing a trailer to the OHS campus on April 21st.

This trailer is 83' ft long by 24' wide.

The trailer will have samples of the product they produce along with video footage on the trailer. There will be representatives from Dakin from a wide range of positions to answer any questions.

Check out the promo video: https://daikinapplied.wistia.com/medias/wacetih52d

May 3rd - Job Expo in OHS GYM from 11-2:30

Employers will be offering summer work opportunities, internships as well as FT employment for those students looking to enter the workforce after graduation.

Career Pathways Schoolarships

Early Edition Rotary Scholarship

1 $500 Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of the Owatonna ALC

or Choice Technical Academy.


The scholarship is eligible to seniors at the Owatonna School District

ALC or Choice Technical Academy who are in good standing and on

track to graduate.

Students must have displayed leadership

characteristics and have plans to attend either a 2 year, 4 year or

certified certificate program following graduation. Children of Rotarians

are eligible to apply for the scholarship.


All scholarship applications must be received through the mail at Early

Edition Rotary, P.O. Box 394 Owatonna, MN 55060 Mail no later than 5:00PM on Monday, April 14th, 2023.

Please see Career Pathways Navigator Brian Coleman if you are interested in learning more about either attending the Made in Owatonna Day or the Rotary Scholarship.


Friday, April 7


Tuesday, April 11

MCA Testing

Tuesday, April 18

Riverland Tour Day

(Diesel & Auto)

Contact Jessica Procopio or call 507-444-8014

if you would like to attend

Tuesday, April 18

Let's Smile Clinic

Wednesday, April 19

Let's Smile Clinic

Wednesday, April 19

Made In Owatonna

Thursday, April 20

Riverland Tour


Contact Jessica Procopio or call 507-444-8014

if you would like to attend

Friday, April 21

Daikin Work Display Trailer at OHS

2 session

2:00 to 2:20

2:20 to 2:40

Contact Brian Colman or call 507-444-8814 or 507-444-8076

If you would like to attend

Wednesday, April 26

ACT Testing

Saturday, April 29

OHS PROM (See Details Below)

22-23 PROM


The Owatonna High School Prom is Saturday, April 29th...Please read below so you are able to attend!


Per the OHS Student Handbook, all students who are planning to participate in prom MUST be a student in good standing. A student in good standing means:

  • All fees are paid. Check your Campus Portal under "Fees" to see if you have any fees. If you have a fee to pay, please see Megan in the main office (we need an exact change OR a check made out to OHS - we cannot make a change and we do not have the capability to take a debit/credit card).

  • No more than 7 unexcused absences by the date of the snow week dance, and/or prom. Check your Student Campus Portal attendance.

  • Not be serving any in or out-of-school suspension or exclusion during the scheduled event.

  • Not have a record of repeated behavioral violations. Such a record may result in a loss of participation as determined by school administration.

  • Have completed all assigned detention time.

If you are not sure where you stand with any of the above things and are interested in participating in snow prom, please email Melina Caballero at mcaballero2@isd761.org to check and see if you are eligible to attend. Those that think attendance may be an issue need to reach out asap (prom - by March 3) to discuss this and what options you may have in order to be eligible to attend.


If you are approved to attend prom and would like to bring a guest from outside of OHS, ALC, or Owatonna Online you will need to complete the guest form along with a photo ID of your guest and turn it to Mrs. DeWitz in the OHS main office by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 26th. No guest forms will be accepted after this date. Here is the guest form. Guests must be at least a junior in high school and cannot be older than 20.

Student ID:

Also, just a reminder that all students who are attending an OHS dance (prom) must have a school issued student ID with them to check in the night of the dance. If you need a student ID, please email Mrs. Rosenau at mrosenau@isd761.org to request one. Once she has it printed, she will email you back to let you know it is ready to be picked up in the office. Do NOT wait until the last minute to request this.

***** SENIORS *****

If you have questions about your cap and gown or missed the date to order your Graduation attire, please contact Paul Moe, Jostens sales rep from Owatonna

paul.moe@jostens.com or text 507-282-5373.

Owatonna Official Ring Order Form

ALC Graduation

ALC Graduation Ceremony will be on May 31st at 1:00 pm

Foundation Building, Owatonna Fairgrounds

341 Leisure Lane SE, Owatonna

Senior Practice Walk: May 30 at 12 pm


We are excited to announce that Commencement for the Owatonna High School, ALC, and Owatonna Online Class of 2023 will be FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd at 7:00 pm on the OHS Football Field! (Rain Date: Sunday, June 4th at 7 pm)

Crisis Response

I wanted to include in the newsletter the Crisis Response for Southeast Minnesota. It is important to remember that help is just a phone call away!

The crisis response inspires hope in adults, children, youth, and their families by delivering compassionate, person-centered, recovery-based mental health support during a crisis. Please do not hesitate to use this as a resource.


February 1 will start Black History Month. Students will have the opportunity to create projects to share and display at the ALC campus to recognize and honor the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. More information will be available soon.



Call between 7:00-9:00 am or prior to your student’s absence.

*Attendance Info and Policy on the ALC website (general info)

PARENT PORTAL - Great Resource to check your student's attendance!

Review your profile settings regarding automated notifications, current email, and phone numbers.


Students and Families - We want to ensure students are engaged in learning and ready for instruction. We need the students to be free of distractions and ready to learn! Cell phones are a serious distraction, and we want to remind families that cell phones are NOT allowed to be used in the classroom during instructional time. Please review this with your student.

The full policy reads: It is a privilege, not a right, to have a cell phone or personal device in a classroom. Therefore, cell phones must be put away when the bell rings and should not be seen by a teacher.


Students - We email you information often, so please access your email daily! All students have school email accounts and will need to log in daily. Students can do this by doing the following:

Go to gmail.com

Sign in using the following information:

USERNAME: first initial, last name @isd761.org **example: jdoe@isd761.org

PASSWORD: Same as it has always been. Typically your lunch number.


Every student must bring their Chromebook to school every day, fully charged.

School Lunch Payments In Infinite Campus Parent Portal

This year, families can make online payments to their meal accounts, as well as view student account activity and set up automatic payments, in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

There will be no cash payments accepted at the cash registers for school lunches. We are no longer using MyPaymentsPlus.


Students will be able to enter the building at 7:55 am.

School starts at 8:10 a.m.

Monday-Tuesday-Thursday- Friday

Period 1: 8:10-8:49

Period 2: 8:52-9:31

Period 3: 9:34-10:13

Period 4: 10:16-10:55

Period 5: 10:58-11:37

Lunch: 11:37-12:22

Connections: 12:22-12:34

Period 6: 12:37-1:16

Period 7: 1:19-1:58

Period 8: 2:01-2:40


My child has an unplanned absence. What do you need me to do? Call the attendance line at 444-8000. Leave your child’s name, grade and a reason for absence. To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, please list specific symptoms of illness for Public Health Tracking. Please leave parent's name and a phone number where we can reach you at in case we have further questions.

My child is going to be absent in the future. How should I handle this? Please contact the ALC office at 507-444-8000 or send a note signed by a parent/guardian. Include parental contact information in case we have questions or would like to follow up.

My child was marked absent, but I know they are in school. Why did that happen? Students are to follow their schedule everyday and be on time for class. If they choose not to follow their schedule, they will be marked absent. Teachers communicate with one another throughout the day and will clear up any incorrect absences that get entered.

If your child arrives late for school, it is important that they sign-in in the office and receive a pass. Their arrival time will be recorded in Infinite Campus.

If your child leaves the building without permission during the school day, they will not be allowed to return for the remainder of the day.

Can my child get homework if they are absent? Homework can be requested if the student has been gone more than two days. You may email the teachers to gather the homework. Typically we require one full school day to gather the homework for students. If possible, the teachers may email you the homework; otherwise, it may be picked up in the office at the end of the school day.

How is my child doing in school? Parent Portal is a very useful tool to follow your child’s progress in school with grades and attendance. You may also email your child's teacher for progress updates. Teacher contact information is listed below.

How do I pay on my child’s lunch account? There is a payment box outside the office where your son/daughter can drop off payments. Please put it in an envelope and write your child’s full name and grade. You may also pay online HERE.


Infinite Campus allows you to keep up to date on student progress and attendance, please click HERE to update your household or to create an account.

Campus Parent Spanish

Campus Parent Somali

Edgenuity is the academic platform the ALC uses for Credit Recovery courses.

If you would like to have access to the Edgenuity Parent Portal, please email Ms. Bates at jbates1@isd761.org