OHS Student Services Newsletter



Happy New Year! We hope you all had a happy and restful winter break! It is hard to believe we are nearly half way through the academic year! The last day of Semester 1 is Thursday, January 18th. Semester 2 will begin on Monday, January 22nd. As we approach the end of term, please continue to monitor assignments and grades on Family Access. The end of term can be a stressful time for many students. Please know we are always available to help students with planning and organization as well as stress and time management. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with their counselor during lunch, study hall and before or after school. Finish the semester strong!

Sophomore Meetings

Attention sophomore families! We are now reaching the end of sophomore academic and career planning meetings. If you were not able to attend your assigned meeting and would like to reschedule, please contact Jenny Zoromski (Zoromskij@oasd.org).

Juniors - ACT State Testing Days

Exam days for juniors are February 27th & February 28th. All juniors will report to school at the normal start time. On Tuesday, February 27th, juniors will be taking the ACT® Plus Writing. A light snack will be provided during break times and lunch will be available for students to purchase after the exam. The examination should end at approximately 1:00pm. Juniors are not required to stay at school after the completion of the test.

On Wednesday, February 28th, juniors will take the ACT® Workkeys exam. Juniors should report directly to the OHS Fieldhouse. This exam will run from 7:20am - 11:05am. Students will be able to enjoy a full lunch period before going to their block C class..

All juniors are required to take both the ACT® Plus Writing and the ACT® Workkeys exam. Students and their guardians should check Family Access for specific information about the purpose and content of the tests, as well as room assignments and what to bring to each test.

Upcoming Pride Offerings

1/12 - Alumni Day: Recent OHS graduates are back to talk to students about their high school experience and what prepared them best for college. Sign up on Flexisched under Student Services - Fisher

1/17 - Anxiety Workshop: GALS Institute is back to talk about how test taking, interviewing for a job or making a new friend can be anxiety provoking and hard to do at first. Let Gals Institute give you tips and tools to reduce anxiety and take control of your goals for 2018. Sign up on Flexisched under GALS Institute Workshop

1/17 - Dual Enrollment Informational Meeting: Current juniors interested in earning technical college credit while in high school? Consider WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy. Sign up on Flexisched under Student Services - Verhagen.

8th Grade Orientation Meeting

Monday, Jan. 22nd, 6:30-8pm

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Incoming freshman and their families are invited to attend. During this orientation you will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with OHS administrators, counselors, teachers and students. The orientation presentation will begin in the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) promptly at 6:30 p.m. After the presentation in the OAC, we will transition to the building where students and families will have the opportunity to meet with and ask questions to representatives from all academic departments, student clubs, and activities in an open house format. The OHS School Counselors will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the high school and/or the scheduling process.

At 7:30 that night, we will offer an informational meeting regarding Exceptional Academic Opportunities at Oconomowoc High School back in the OAC. OHS is proud to offer several rigorous, college-preparatory programs to challenge motivated learners. We will cover information about Advanced Placement (AP®) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses and the Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC).

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County is a free grief-support program offered to children, ages 4 through 18, and the adults who care for them, who are going through a death, divorce, incarceration, opioid addiction abandonment, or other life-altering events. We are starting up a program in Oconomowoc on Feb. 1 (but have been in existence in Waukesha for 7 years, helping over 700 participants, representing more than 272 families.)

For more information, please check out their website: http://www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org/program/

Please review the OHS AP® and IB® Written Examination Calendar for May 2018.

Students enrolled in AP® & IB® courses at Oconomowoc High School are required to take the corresponding examinations. These written examinations provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the course. The score the student earns on the written exam will be used by colleges & universities for credit award and advanced placement decisions.

Students must plan for these examinations in advance and make adjustments to work schedules and other commitments. There are no make-up examinations.

Please note that this OHS AP® & IB® examination calendar differs from the calendars found on public websites. Our calendar is adjusted (with approval from the College Board® and the IBO®) to account for conflicts among these exams.

College Tuition Reciprocity Agreements

What is a reciprocity agreement?

Non-resident (out-of-state) admission fees and tuition are reduced or eliminated if you are a reciprocity student. Wisconsin has reciprocity agreements with Minnesota public state schools as well as some other schools in the Midwest. Please see links below for additional information and applications.

Wisconsin/Minnesota: http://heab.wi.gov/reciprocity/index.html

Midwest Student Exchange: http://msep.mhec.org/

Stay Connected!

New this year! The OHS Counseling Department will be sending important information and upcoming events through Remind. Remind is a free text message App that helps students, families and teachers share information quickly and efficiently. Please sign up using the codes below.

Seniors Text @bahc39 to 81010

Juniors Text @k77bk to 81010

Sophomores Text @a4hk7c to 81010

Freshmen Text @e3k3fc to 81010

ACT Test Prep

Are you looking to prepare for the ACT test? Do you wish to improve upon your score from a previous test? Seniors, do you want to improve your score for college applications and/or scholarship opportunities? ACT Test prep classes will be starting soon!! Sign up now!!!

The Wisconsin Test Prep course consists of seven sessions that focus on all four ACT® test subject areas. Because our curriculum uses actual ACT® test problems, students gain a distinct competitive edge on test day.

Next prep course starts on February 5th, 2018

Stop by Student Services to pick up a brochure with registration information or go to www.wisconsintestprep.com for more information.

The following link highlights additional test prep resources: http://www.oasd.k12.wi.us/page.cfm?p=8885

FREE ONLINE (sample) ACT PREP COURSE on January 16th - register here: http://pages.act.org/Online-Prep-Live-Event.html

Scholarship Resources




Here are some current ones to check out:

Health Care Leaders Scholarship 1/29

Watertown Conservation Club Scholarship 1/31

WI Professional Police Assn. 2/1

BBB Student of Integrity due 3/1

Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund due 3/1

Chuck Petersen Scholarship due 3/5

And many more…now highlighted on the grid at http://www.oasd.k12.wi.us/page.cfm?p=8074

Save the Date: OHS Relay for Life!

Friday, May 11th, 5pm

Oconomowoc High School

Oconomowoc High School's Students 4 Service Club is partnering with the American Cancer Society to start a Generation Hope Campaign. We will be hosting fundraisers each month leading up to the Relay for Life event in the spring! All students are invited to participate. More information to come!

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!

Please follow us on Twitter: @OconRelay


Feeding America

Free food given to anyone in need. No forms, no questions asked. Please bring your own bags or boxes.

  • When: Friday, January 19th from 3-5:30pm (or until supplies last)
  • Where: 45 Capitol Drive

ACT Registration Fee Waivers

ACT fee waivers are available for those who qualify. Please see eligibility criteria below:

  • You must be enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen OR an international student testing in the U.S., U.S. territories, or Puerto Rico.
  • You must meet ONE or more of the indicators of economic need listed below:
    • You’re enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school, based on USDA income levels (see table below).
    • You’re enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound).
    • You reside in a foster home, are a ward of the state, or are homeless.
    • Your family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing.
    • Your family’s total annual income is at or below the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) levels for free or reduced-price lunches listed below

Fee waivers are available in Student Services. Please contact your school counselor for more information.

Mr. Scott Bakkum

OHS Counselor - A-Fe

Mrs. Angela Fisher

OHS Counselor - Fi-Kr

Mrs. Susan Verhagen

OHS Counselor - Ks-Ro

Ms. Jennifer Hoffman

OHS Counselor - Ru-Z

Mrs. Carrie Schultz

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

AP/IB Program Coordinator

Don't forget to check out the Student Services Pride Offerings on Flexisched! Topics include: Career Exploration, College Application Workshops, Essay Writing, Scholarship Information & Academic Support!