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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.

  • 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

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2015-2016 Grant Information

OPEF awarded more than $30,286 in grant project funding for the school year 2015-2016.

Meet our grant recipients and learn about their innovative and expansize curricular projects.

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

Front Row:  Sheila Clark, Eric Darnell, Alyssa Voigt, and Sheila Homberg

Not Pictured: Matthew Howe

 

2015-2016 Grants Awarded:

Jennifer Bukosky Memorial Grant Award, Presented to Lisa Dawes and Scott Bakkum

Oconomowoc High School/ Silver Lake Intermediate School/Nature Hill Intermediate School

For “Drug Testing as Prevention Tool

The OASD will conduct a program of random drug testing of student participants meaning those involved in athletics, co/extracurricular activities and parking privileges at the high school and intermediate school level in grades 7 and 8. The funding of this grant will support testing approximately 10% of the students as one tool toward prevention/intervention in drug use/abuse.

 

Jennifer Bukosky Memorial Grant Award, Presented to Katie Westerman

OPEN

For “Get Connected Parent Education Series

The Oconomowoc Parent Education Network (OPEN) began with the purpose of providing information, resources and support to Oconomowoc families in order to help strengthen communication patterns at home; to help parents gain awareness of the challenges faced by today’s youth; to help parents learn to identify and deal with risky behaviors and to provide parents with the tools to help their children make good decisions.  

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Sheila Clark

Meadow View Elementary School

For “The Inside Music Project

The Inside Music Project is an online-based music composition program that integrates short how-to-lessons on composing music for the first time, then provides an online setting that allows students to compose their own music while at school, at home, at any location where they are able to access the internet. The Inside Music online program allows student-composers to create up to 200 of their own compositions under their own username and password via the Inside Music website.

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Sheila Homberg

Meadow View Elementary School

For “Creating a Library to Explore

Creating a Library to Explore will give the Meadow View library an opportunity to become an interactive digital hub for students to research online, utilize video and camera tools, and search online databases that the district currently owns.

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Jill LaGrange, Wendy Harrop, Alyssa Voigt and Jodie Jens

Summit Elementary School

For “Makerspace on the Move

This project will expand the scale and advance the integration of the Summit Elementary School Makerspace Learning Suite (MSLS). Deployment of mobile maker carts will have a twofold benefit of expanding maker learning at Summit and will provide a second model for other schools to emulate.

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Matthew Howe

Silver Lake Intermediate

For “Fitness through Pedometers

Pedometers would allow the SLI students to track their fitness progress throughout the Physical Education unites. Student would be able to self-assess and monitor their own fitness output and then make changes to their fitness activity that would provide more success with their fitness programs.

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Kelly Holtzman and Lucas Jensen

Oconomowoc High School

For “Plastic Bottle Reduction Project”

The OHS Ecology Club will replace the “expired” water fountains with more innovative and rewarding water fountain and filling stations at OHS.

 

Educational Grant Award, Presented to Eric Darnell

Nature Hill and Silver Lake Intermediate Schools

For “UDL Classroom

The small public address (PA) system for the classroom will create confidence and assist with student reading fluency. “Open Mic Fridays” will allow student time to read poems, sing, read picture books and many other types of performance to help with reading fluency and presenting skills.

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Oconomowoc's vibrant and nurturing schools have launched countless graduates to futures of achievement.  The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) 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.  We welcome your interest and support, your time and talent.

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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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