Oshkosh Area School District ― “Building Community Through Education”
Franklin Elementary School
1401 West 5th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54902 Phone: 920.424.0078 │Fax: 920.424.7581 oshkosh.k12.wi.us
Jami R. Kohl, Principal email@example.com
Rebecca Kleven, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Issues 2022-2023
District and School Report Cards
Information for Parents on District and School Report Cards for the 2022-2023 School Year
On November 14, 2023, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued a District and School Report Card for your child’s school and for every public school and district in Wisconsin. The School Report Card, using multiple measures of student learning, is based on data primarily from the previous school year. The School Report Card is meant to help parents understand how their child’s school is doing and help schools identify where they can improve to help all children learn, advance to the next grade, and graduate from high school on time. In the Oshkosh Area School District, our goal is to help every student be College, Career, and Community Ready. To learn more about the Oshkosh Area School District’s overall score for the 2022-2023 school year, CLICK HERE.
The current school report card is primarily based on last year’s performance during the 2022-23 school year. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:
Achievement - proficiency in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments
Growth - year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement
Target Group Outcomes - outcomes for students with the lowest test scores: the Target Group
On-Track to Graduation - reliable predictors of how successfully students are progressing toward completing their K-12 education
The priority area scores are aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed on the front page of the school or district report card. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as corresponding one to five stars.
Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement – test participation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and graduation rates when applicable. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five overall rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as one to five stars.
Franklin was placed in the Exceeds Expectations category with an overall score of 71.0 for the 2022-2023 school year. Our category was the same as compared to our last state report card.
All Report Cards can be accessed online at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards along with resources that explain the report cards. The School Report Card for Franklin can be viewed at the following link: Franklin Report Card 2022-23
The Oshkosh Area School District continues to work on improving student learning for all children by updating curriculum and instructional practices, implementing high-quality professional development, and implementing high-quality programming that meets the needs of all of our children and the community.
Lost and Found
Please click on the following link to view a short slideshow of some of the items in our lost and found.
Thank you to those who purchased or donated the Bake Sale that was held after the Winter Concert last month. The PTO raised $345. Your participation was greatly appreciated.
Kiwanis Food Drive
December 1 to December 7
Franklin will be collecting food and hygiene items for the annual Mid-Morning Kiwanis Food Drive. Any canned and/or non-perishable food items or hygiene products that you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Collection dates will be from Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 7, 2023.
NOTE: You are encouraged to bring donations to the Holiday Fair as there will be designated boxes by classroom to collect these items.
PTO Holiday Shopping Fair
The PTO will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Fair for students on Friday, December 1, as detailed Below. They are looking for donations for this event.
Holiday Shopping Fair
Friday, December 1, 2023
The Franklin Holiday Shopping Fair is coming to town. . .The Franklin PTCO will hold its annual Holiday Shopping Fair on Friday, December 1st, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Franklin School.
Franklin students pay $3.00 cash for admission to the event, siblings and family are welcome to attend and enjoy activities for free. Franklin students are able to shop and wrap gifts for three loved ones. Parents/guardians are not allowed in the shopping area since the children are independently shopping for special gifts they
will give. We do have volunteer “elves” to help those that need assistance.
Donations Needed for the Holiday Fair
We are still accepting items that are NEW or QUALITY- MADE to be used as gifts for the Holiday Faire. Items may include, but are not limited to; picture frames, funky socks, slippers, coffee mugs, stress balls, coloring books,
jewelry, tools, decorations for the home, pet toys, candles, nail polish, toys for all ages, etc. Our little shoppers will be looking to pick out gifts for moms, dads, guardians, siblings, grandparents, and pets. Help us stock the faire! Items will be accepted through December 1st. A large box has been placed outside of the school office for your donations.
If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or would like to make a monetary donation to the event please sign up at https://volunteersignup.org/C4MWL
Or contact Nicole at email@example.com
Classroom Raffle Baskets
Link to the following information Flyer:
Hello from the Art Room!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
Saturday, December 9, from 4-7pm, there will be an art exhibition at the Masonic Center! The Masonic Center is located at 204 Washington Ave. This exhibition will feature artwork created by students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade currently in the OASD Art Education Program. This exhibition is one of the most extensive displays of student art that the OASD presents to the public. Students who have artwork on display will receive a certificate at school prior to the show. Make plans to attend to support the visual arts in the Oshkosh Area School District. Link to the Event Flyer shown below: Art Exhibit
Mrs. Mueller, Art Teacher
NOTES FROM THE
Media Center News
October Edition of Common Sense Media has some great infomation on Safety, Privacy and Security for kids online: Common Sense Media
October Edition of Common Sense Media
Dear Franklin Family,
I’ve created a mailbox for you to reach me by clicking on the following link: Mrs. Tiedt's Parent Referral Mailbox. You may also reach me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 920-424-0078 ext 1528.
I am in each classroom every other week teaching guidance lessons. Please ask your student about the website that I’ve created for them as well. Click here to check out Mrs. Tiedt's Counselor Connection Website.
This is a stressful time for everyone. Remember we are here for you. If you need anything, check out this Oshkosh Area Community Resources link.
If your family is experiencing difficulty at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that’s okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please call me and just tell me to “Handle with Care.” Nothing else needs to be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience, or help throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We are all in this together.
Check below to see what’s happening this month in guidance!
Wishing you well,
What’s Happening during Counselor Connection time this month?
In April a protective behaviors classroom lesson will be presented in your child’s classroom that includes information about child sexual abuse. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will learn they can say “NO” to confusing or uncomfortable touch, discuss strategies of self-protection, and learn they could never be at fault in cases of abuse. They also will be encouraged to identify adults who they trust when they need help or protection. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be encouraged to identify parents or other trusted adults they can talk to about relationships or if they are being teased, bullied or abused. Students will also be taught how to communicate assertively about how one is being treated and/or about what one needs. They will learn and practice refusal skills (clear "no" statement, walk away, repeat refusal) and most importantly learn they could never be at fault in cases of abuse.
Safety can sometimes be difficult to talk about with children. We sometimes might be worried that talking about it might be more harmful than helpful. However, research shows that giving them the tools and having those open conversations can be helpful in the long run. Many times our kids might not share with us in concern of getting in trouble. If we keep the lines of communication open, we open the door for them to come to us. We encourage you to continue this conversation at home.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
I can give my child frequent hugs, kisses, smiles and eye contact
I can reinforce child protective behaviors like their right to “Say No”, “Try to Get Away” and “Tell a Grown Up Who They Trust.”
I can tell my child that nobody has the right to touch them or to have them touch another person in any way that makes them feel unsafe or confused. They have the right to say no to anyone in these circumstances- no matter who that person is. They also have the right to tell an adult they trust, no matter what.
I can let my child know that they can follow their instincts or red flags- if they are uncomfortable in any situation or with a certain person, they can ask for help or to not be left alone with that person.
I can let my child know that grown-ups are not always right and can also make mistakes.
I can let my child know that grown-ups are responsible for their own choices and mistakes- grown-up choices are never a child’s fault.
I can play “what if” games for all safety situations, including child abuse prevention (i.e. “what if….you lose a parent in a store, someone asks you to get into a car, someone asks you to touch their private parts, etc”).
I can become better acquainted with the adults my child spends time with (i.e. club leaders, neighbors, day care workers, babysitters, etc.).
Pets on School Property
Parents picking up their children after school must stay on the sidewalk with their pets and not come onto school property. The district does allow service animals and therapy animals. Please refer to the District Policy for full details:
Book: Policy Manual
Section: 8000 Operations
Title: ANIMALS ON DISTRICT PROPERTY
Adopted: November 18, 2015
Last Revised: November 18, 2020
8390 - ANIMALS ON DISTRICT PROPERTY
We are excited to announce an improved field trip process for families. Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, all field trip permission slips will be electronic and we are moving to cashless payments for field trips. This is a new process for our entire district and is meant to streamline and improve our service to families.
Additional information will be shared by teachers as they plan for field trips. However, we want to highlight the following features:
Our new online field trip process must be completed via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
All online transaction fees have been waived, including payments made by credit card, debit card, and checking/savings account.
If a field trip is sponsored by the district, the cost of the trip is waived for families who are eligible and approved to receive free and reduced priced meals. (This will be communicated to impacted families.)
Our school secretary will be available to assist families as needed and if a parent/guardian is unable to complete the online field trip process, we can provide support in-person or over the phone.
We look forward to providing your child(ren) with enriching field trip experiences that contribute to their educational journey. We appreciate your continued partnership and engagement!
Please click on the following link to view the lunch menus each month:
Change of Clothing
Our younger students are strongly encouraged to keep a change of clothing in their backpack in the event they soil their clothes due to recess activities, lunch spills or health issues. Due to space limitations, we do not keep extra clothing at school to accommodate these needs. Parents/Guardians will be called to bring needed clothing. In addition, parents of students who have ongoing bathroom accidents may need to be called to assist their student, if necessary.
Outdoor Recess/Personal Property at School
Franklin students will be going outside for recess, weather permitting. Students are expected to participate in outdoor recess with their classmates and should come to school prepared to go outside with the proper clothing, shoes, etc.
A doctor's note is required if your child will need to stay in for a length of time longer than 3-5 days. Please keep in mind that toys, phones, electronic games, and sporting goods should be kept at home as we do not want to risk loss or damage to your personal property.
Professional Development Days
As indicated on the School Calendar at the link above, there will no school on the following dates due to Teacher Professional Development. Please look carefully at the student calendar for all other days off as well. The Profesional Development dates are as follows:
Birthday Treats/Invitations/and Books
Treats: Edible birthday treats are not allowed per district policy. Students are allowed to bring a small, tangible birthday treat such as pencils, stickers, glowsticks, etc.
Invitations: Classroom teachers may not distribute birthday invitations to students unless they are going to an entire class. If you are inviting kids from another class, that whole entire class would need to be invited too. We prefer that birthday invitations get handled outside of school.
Birthday Books: Each year our Franklin PTO raises money to purchase books that are kept in the Principal's office. Students are invited to the Principal's office on their birthday to pick out a book to keep and take home. Students with summer month birthdays are also included in this activity during the last months of school.