Important Updates

Important Updates
Posted on 04/15/2020


May 28, 2020

Hello WCSD Families,

Well, almost...

June 3 (4K-11th grade) and May 28 (seniors) are the end dates for the 2019-20 academic school year.  


This Sunday, May 31, was our originally scheduled graduation date for the Class of 2020.  On Sunday at 1 pm, we will broadcast a virtual celebration.  *Please note that this is NOT a virtual ceremony and is in no way intended to take the place of a face-to-face ceremony; rather, it is a way for us to celebrate “together” and recognize and acknowledge the end of the school year and this special day for our graduates.

That being said, we are working on getting approval to hold a face-to-face ceremony in mid to late July.  We need to work with both our Board of Education and the County to ensure we are still meeting all requirements and doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe. We know that being able to celebrate together is at the forefront of everyone’s minds (ours too!), and we want to assure you we are working on the logistics and planning this event for the Class of 2020.  We will provide you with more details - time, date, location, etc. - as soon as we are able.

Please note there are additional HS updates towards the end of this email.

Outdoor School Facilities opening up June 5?

I will be requesting our Board of Education on June 1 to allow our baseball/softball diamonds, tracks, playgrounds, etc.. to be available for community use beginning June 5.  This has been approved by the Winnebago County Department of Health Services, our attorney, and our liability insurance carrier.  The opportunity will be considered “at your own risk.”  If approved by the Board, all portable bleachers will be removed from our recreational areas and the use of the areas will be at your own risk.  Please note:  If you would like to use the outdoor facilities for a scheduled practice/game you must still complete the facility use form which can be found on our website:

School buildings remain closed until at least June 30, 2020.

Drop off/Pick up of items:

Below are the links to each building’s letter regarding drop off and pick up of items. We have emptied student lockers and PE lockers and gathered students’ belongings from around the buildings as much as possible.  All items we were able to gather will be returned at pick up time.  Students in grades 6-12 (and their families) will also be receiving an email from the library staff with a list of all items each student currently has checked out.

Drop off/Pick up Letter  - HS Grades 9-11

Senior Drop off/Pick up Letter

Middle School Drop off/Pick up Letter

Elementary Drop off/Pick up Letter

Back 2 School Fair (from Ms. Lynn West):

The counseling department volunteers for a committee called the Back 2 School Fair.   As a result we are able to refer Winneconne Community School District Families that need additional help with school supplies and other resources.  If you have attended the fair in the past this year will look different of course.  Families will be able to pick up all their items without leaving their vehicle.  At the fair, your child/children will be able to get a backpack, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and a gift card for clothing.  The Back 2 School Fair is held at Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh on Thursday, August 13, 2020.  This event is free for students and families that are referred by the counseling department. Thank you. 

If you are interested in attending the Back 2 School Fair, please contact one of the counselors listed below by June 4th.  

Elementary School

Ms. West (4K-2nd Grade)
Mrs. Achterberg (3rd-5th Grade)

Middle School

Mrs. Kaiser (6th-8th Grade)

High School

Ms. Ernst (Class of 2023)
Mrs. Sonnleitner (Class of 2022)

Mrs. Meyer (Class of 2020 & 2021)

Supreme Court Ruling and Impact on School:

The recent court ruling overturning the Safer at Home Order specifically excluded the section on the order that called for school closure and extra/co-curricular activities.  Therefore, school remains closed for instruction through June 30 and/or until any subsequent rule is determined by some process (??? not sure what that process is).  Changes will then be articulated through the Dept of Health Services.

We are working with our school nurse, Mrs. Jennifer Krause, to create a plan for safely opening our buildings this fall.  We will likely be following guidance from the Center for Disease Control.  Below are two documents that might be of interest.  We will share more information as we learn more.  

Summer School Update: 

High school physical education and health classes will begin virtually June 8 with hopes of having some face to face time after June 30.  Registered students and families should watch for a letter (via email) from the physical education and health teachers coming soon. 

Elementary and middle school - we hoped for some face-to-face learning.  However, with all the “unknowns” we decided to make a decision so families can plan their summer activities.  We are not going to run K-8 summer courses/camps this year.   Some families may have already registered for a Fastbreak Camp.  The Fastbreak Club will be reimbursing you.  Other clubs may be offering opportunities later in the summer - this is to be determined.

We DO plan to offer 4K Orientation, 6th grade Ready, Set, Relax, and 9th grade High School Preview (formerly known as “High School 101”).  The end of July and/or early August is the target time frame for these classes.  We will have small classes of about 8 students coming throughout the scheduled days.  Stay tuned for more info.

Community Survey Back On For Mid June:

You may recall we planned on surveying our community regarding our facilities needs.  We suspended the effort due to the COVID -19 pandemic.  However, our needs are not going away, interest rates are at historic lows, and there may be potential stimulus funding available for “shovel ready projects” once the pandemic subsides.  Therefore, the SURVEY IS BACK ON!  We need your input to decide what the future of the WCSD will look like.  Surveys should hit mailboxes in mid-June.  

An email was sent out on May 1st regarding busing requests for the 2020-21 school year. Please review the email and fill out the request for transportation online form if you meet the parameters listed. You can also find the information on the Transportation Page linked from the District Website. Requests are due by June 20th.

Please continue to complete the breakfast/lunch survey by 5PM on Fridays for the coming week.  The lunch survey can be found on Facebook or on the District’s website Important Updates . Our last day of Operation Lunchbox will be Wednesday, June 3.

High School Updates:

The ACT on June 13 at WHS has been canceled: Representatives from the ACT started contacting registrants on May 26.  For those registered, this is an additional confirmation of the cancelation.

SENIOR FLAGS/Class of 2020:

A wonderful group of community members is fund-raising to recognize the class of 2020!  They are raising money to purchase flags that will hang on Main Street to honor these amazing kids.  They need $4000 to complete the project.  If you are interested, the group would love and appreciate your help.  One flag costs $115.00, approximately $30.00 per student (4 students on each flag), but feel free to donate as little or as much as you would like.  This project is similar to the “Adopt a Senior” gig on Facebook :-).

Please make checks payable to: 

Winneconne Community School District (WCSD) 

P.O. Box 5000 

Winneconne, WI 54986

In the memo please write flag donation.  Thanks in advance.  To date they have raised almost $3000.00.  

Senior Recognition Night: Our Senior Recognition Night will happen virtually this year.  Tonight, May 27, we will broadcast this recognition event via YouTube (  During this celebration, students will find out what scholarships they have earned through the Oshkosh Community Foundation, Winneconne Foundation, and other local and school organizations.  We will also recognize our seniors who earned Academic Awards and our seniors who will be entering the Armed Forces.

National Honor Society Ceremony: The National Honor Society Ceremony took place virtually.  Here is the link if you wish to view some or all of it .  It is lengthy but worth the watch!

There are plans for an induction ceremony for sophomores and juniors in the fall.

Jr. Prom: We know this means a great deal to our students.  I can’t tell you when, where, and what we will be permitted to do, however, we will make every effort to host this event in some fashion. 

June 3 (4K-11th grade) and May 28 (seniors) are the end dates for the 2019-20 academic school year.  Please note as of today, our school buildings will continue to be closed until June 30, 2020.

Our plan for reporting students’ grades is completed - WCSD Grading Procedures for Families . This plan was created with the understanding that families have different levels of access to learning resources, and students have different abilities and confidence levels in remote instruction that can’t be accommodated for like we did in a face-to-face environment.

We are incredibly excited to share that we are able to provide FREE bagged breakfast and lunch options at pick up locations throughout our school district. This service is provided free to all families, and at no cost to the district. Please, please, please - consider this free option that ensures our kids are all getting a healthy breakfast and lunch, a little variety in their day, saves you time and money, and helps to keep our local grocery store shelves stocked. 
Current Week's Operation Lunchbox Schedule

BREAKFAST/LUNCH SURVEY: Please see the Upcoming Week's Operation Lunchbox Schedule and Survey with information about our grab-and-go meal options. The next week's updates and survey will be available Wednesday at noon until Friday at 5 pm. *You MUST complete the survey by 5 pm each Friday, in order to pick up meals for the next week. It is important to look for any updates on the letter from week to week, as updates to stops and locations may change from week to week due to use and availability. 

chromebookIMPORTANT CHROMEBOOK REMINDER for 6th - 12th grade students: Students who are utilizing a school-issued Chromebook must be sure to keep the Chromebook charged. Due to a flaw in the device's design, if the Chromebook battery is completely drained of all charge, the Chromebook will require a "jump start" which can only be accomplished by using TWO chargers. If you have an extra USB-C charging cable, you can use it in addition to the school-issued charger to "jump start" the device. Once you see the battery symbol, the Chromebook will charge from one charger. Please see the attached video for a brief tutorial. If you do not have access to a second charger and are in need of a "jump start", please contact our Director of Technology, Mr. Dave Jerabek at

Below are a few questions the District has received:

  • Do families continue to follow the school calendar? Yes, for example there is an early release on April 9 and no school on April 10. On April 9, students will have learning opportunities, but on a lesser scale. On April 10, students are not expected to engage on this day. However, they are welcome to continue working on projects, reading, doing physical activity...
  • How will my child(ren) be graded during this time?We are collaborating with other area school districts and exploring options to assess student learning. See the Grading Information for Families
  • Where do I go if I have questions? Communication Flowchart to be shared with Families
    If this chart does not help or answer your question, please feel free to reach out to me - (920) 582-5802 ext 3141 or your child(ren)’s principal.

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