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Superintendent

Welcome to Onsted Community Schools!á
"Honoring Tradition....Preparing for the Future"
We encourage you to take a look at our school district and see what we have to offer.
We are currently accepting School of Choice applications for students at all grade levels K-12.
Come see what makes us unique!

Go Wildcats!


Mark Haag, Superintendent
haag.m@onstedschools.us
517-467-2174

Superintendent's Announcements
Our Focus - Preparing our Children for the Present and Future!
As we enter another school year, we have declared our focus for the 2014-15 school year is for "All students and staff to use Technology on a daily basis for instruction and assessment, to enhance student learning and increase collaboration and communication". This is a mouthful, and likely means many different things to different people - as it should! Our world is rapidly changing, largely due to technological advances, and our means of students learning and developing skills should be changing as well.

Please take a moment to watch the video below and reflect on whether or not "traditional" methods of teaching/learning will best prepare our students for their future.
I firmly believe there is still plenty of room for sitting and reading a book, a paper version of a newspaper, talking face to face and many of the other daily skills that make individuals successful. That being said, we are also challenged to stretch and grow daily so that our students can leave hear confident in the skills and abilities to be successful. Maybe the most important skill they can learn in this day and age is to be flexible enough to learn new technologies very quickly and how to apply them to making their learning and work easier and more efficient. This is a key skill as by the time we learn most technology, it is outdated or improved before we can even become proficient at it! This is the World we now live in and must prepare our students for.

Examples of some of the initiatives or technology experiences we hope our students/staff experience and begin to become proficient at include but are not limited to:
  • Google Apps - from Gmail, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Maps, and so on.
  • Proper Digital Citizenship skills - social media and other are here to stay, we have a responsibility to begin to teach our young people the ethics, dangers and courtesies of our digital world
  • Use of video, blogs, and other tools to collaborate and learn
  • Project Based Learning - how we begin to fuse together (often times with technology) the subject areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA) to address pertinent, real-life issues
  • Chromebook Project in MS - this initiative fueled by LISD Innovative Secondary Schools Initiative Grant of $23,000 will move us closer to a "one-to-one" (device to student) setting where students will be immersed in using technology to collobarate and learn.
  • Progress towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives throughout the District/Buildings. Many of our students already have devices - lets harness that and put it use in a productive way to foster learning. This includes coming to resolution on compliance, internet safety/filtering, policies (both District and Classroom Level) and the important issue of how to get technology into the hands of students/families who may not currently have it or cannot afford it.

These are the "Real World" Issues we are facing and embracing as we enter the current school year......but please remember this......
IT IS NOT ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY, IT IS ABOUT THE LEARNING

Let's continue to support each other and work together to have a great school year!

Mark Haag, Superintendent
517-467-2173 X1103

haag.m@onstedschools.us



How to contact the Superintendent
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Superintendent's Files
 Determining Existence of a Specific Learning Disability
Consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) regulation 3000.307 (a); the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services has established the criteria that must be followed to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
 Onsted Bond Project Bid Information
Information related to bidding on Bond Project work at Onsted Community Schools.
 Survey Results
This folder contains perception data that was collected regarding Onsted Community Schools and other schools in Lenawee County.
 A1 Onsted Bond Photos 082912_FINAL.pdf
Picture Slide Show of 2010 Bond Project produced by Granger Construction. This slide show played during 2012 Back to School Picnic on Wed. August 29, 2012.
 Election info update for May 6 2014.pdf
May 6, 2014 Election Information - Non-Homestead Renewal
 Middle Cities Enrollment Projection March 9 2009.pdf
This report was completed in March 2009 as a way to better predict the enrollment for Onsted Community Schools. The last formal projection completed for the District was in 2001-02. Obviously with tough financial times and decisons in all schools, we would like to be operating and planning with the best data available. Please take some time and review this information as it is an indicator of what we may expect in the future regarding enrollment.


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