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  • NHI Summer Reading Program

    OPEF Kicks off the Summer with NHI Summer Reading Program!

    The 5th Gradrs at Nature Hill Intermediate School kicked off their #SummerReadingProgram last week with some books courtesy of OPEF!

      

  • OPEF's 2015 Annual Ball Sponsors

    OPEF would like to thank all of the 2015 Annual Ball Sponsors!
    With the help of your sponsorships, OPEF raised over $50,000 for the Oconomowoc School District!!

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  • OPEF's 2015 Annual Ball raises over $50,000

    Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation’s Annual Ball
    Raises over $50,000

    OCONOMOWOC, Wisc. – On October 17, 2015 Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) held its annual ball at the Olympia Resort. Over two hundred community participants and teachers helped raise over $50,000 for the Oconomowoc School District.

    Dressed in their finest attire, OPEF supporters created a night filled with laughter, dancing, and bidding to help support the Oconomowoc School District. Attendees listened to music by Eric Darnell, NHI teacher, during the social hour, indulged in a delectable dinner, bid high on many silent and live auction items, which were donated from local business and district schools, and danced the night away to The Crazy Man’s Basement. Lona Piper, a parent in the district, was the lucky winner of this year’s treasure chest raffle who went home with two pieces of jewelry from Tiffany’s thanks to Town Bank’s sponsorship.

    OPEF is thrilled to have such amazing support from so many administrators and educators at the Oconomowoc School District. Each school in the district created amazing silent auction baskets, as well as a video that was played during the program highlighting a grant-funded project.

    We’d also like to thank all of this year’s sponsors for helping OPEF reach their fundraising goal: First Bank Financial Centre, Deb Meunier Agency, Inc., Ewald Automotive Group, VJS Construction Services, Westbury Bank, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Ixonia Bank, Wolf Paving, Pantheon Industries, GALS Institute, Midwest Insurance Group, Speech Works, and VisionShare Consulting, LLC.

    All proceeds from the ball will go to OPEF, which funds grants for materials, equipment and projects to enhance classroom education and innovation. The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation was created to offer education-minded citizens a way to support the Oconomowoc area public schools with private, tax-deductible contributions.  Through various collaborative projects, OPEF seeks to encourage leadership, foster excellence, and nurture community in the Oconomowoc public schools.

  • 2015-2016 Grants Awarded

    Grants Awarded at School Board Meeting

    OPEF is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Grants equaling over $30,000! Eight grants were awarded to teachers in the OASD at the School Board meeting on May 19th 2015. Grants awarded: Plastic Bottle Reduction Project-OHS, Inside The Music Project-Meadow View Elem., Creating A Library to Explore-Meadow View Elem., Makerspace on the Move-Summit Elem., UDL Classroom/PA System-NHI, Fitness Through Pedometers-SLI, Drug Testing as Prevention Tool-OHS/SLI/NHI, and Get Connected Parent Education Series. Thank you to all of the wonderful teachers who received these grants!

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    Back Row: Scott Bakkum, Lisa Dawes, Wendy Harrop, Jill LaGrange, Jodi Jens, Katie Westerman

    Front Row: Sheila Clark, Eric Darnell, Alyssa Voigt and Sheila Homberg
    Not Pictured:  Matthew Howe

  • Grants in Action Video

    Check out OPEF's Grants in Action...https://vimeo.com/127649296 Video by Patrick Stinnett

  • Summit Elementary Makerspace on the Move

    A two-time OPEF Grant recipient, Summit Elementary's "Makerspace on the Move" has proved to be a great way to implement a 21st century learning environment! Check out this video to learn more.

    https://youtu.be/fTZXGu908vU

  • 2014 Annual Giving Appeal Going on NOW!

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    As the year 2014 draws to a close, OPEF is making one last appeal for donations that will help fund classroom projects and bring more quality learning opportunities to Oconomowoc students. All donations to OPEF are tax-deductible. Gifts can be designated to one of several specific areas of learning, to OPEF’s Endowment Fund, or to the general fund.

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    Annual Giving Appeal Letter

  • 2014 Board and Annual Meeting

    2014Board-small fileThe 2014 Board is led by Peggy Armstrong, President.  Contact any of these Board Members any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about OPEF.

    Back row: Ryan Myhre, Julie Well, Deanna Marincic, Peggy Armstrong (President), Mike Judkins, Kate Winckler, Patty Napgezek, Brady Dorn, Tamara Hauck (Executive Director). Front row: Wendy Quaden, DeeDee Moran Follow, M. Dee Warzyn, Katie Mikulak, Jennifer Holland, Brenda Pillard (Treasurer). Not Pictured: Mac Dorn, Jason Dvorak, Kevin Pagenkopf, David Pipp, and Roger Rindo (Superintendent of Schools).

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  • 2013 - 2014 Grant Recipients

    2013GrantRecipientsOconomowoc Public Education Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Grants to Support Innovative Educational Opportunities

    Pictured above are 2013 the OPEF grant Recipients: Front Row – Brenda Baker (NHI), Peihua Reinke (SLI), Hollis Myhre (OHS), Allysa Voigt (Summit), Sarah Oudenhoven (Park Lawn), Jennifer Jones (Park Lawn). Back Row – Patrick Middleton (SLI), Karen Small (NHI), Paula Keene/John Dorn/Leah Robertson (OHS – Art Dept), Katie Westerman (OASD/OPEN).  Not pictured:  Dave Wagner (SLI)

  • 2012 - 2013 Grant Recipients

    2012 grant recipients

    OPEF AWARDS MORE THAN $86,000 IN EDUCATIONAL GRANTS

    OCONOMOWOC, May 15--The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF), a non-profit foundation that supports innovative educational opportunities in the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD), presented a record $86,795 in grant awards for the 2012-2013 school year at the May 15 OASD board of education meeting.

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  • 2012 - 2013 Grant Presentation

    2012-2013 Grants

    OPEF AWARDS MORE THAN $87,000 IN EDUCATIONAL GRANTS

    OPEF was pleased to present the full payment for the 2012-13 OPEF Grant Programs at the February 19, 2013 Board of Education Meeting.

    A total of $87,795 was paid out, with $80,755 from the Education/Classroom Grants Fund in support of innovative educational opportunities and experiences and $7,040 from the Jennifer Bukosky Fund to provide alcohol and drug abuse prevention education. These grants would not be possible without the support of the entire community and hundreds of volunteers and donors.

  • 2011-2012 Grant Recipients

    2011 grant recipients

    The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF), a non-profit foundation created to support innovative educational opportunities in the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD), presented more than $50,000 in grant awards for the school year 2011-2012 at the April 12 OASD board of education meeting.

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Summit Elementary Makerspace on the Move

A two-time OPEF Grant recipient, Summit Elementary's "Makerspace on the Move" has proved to be a great way to implement a 21st century learning environment! Check out this video to learn more.

https://youtu.be/fTZXGu908vU

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