Q & A For Families 2021/2022


    We are the Home of the Panthers.  Our school colors are Scarlet & Gold. 
    Our Panther Family is excited to welcome you and your family!


    Your child will be with their team teachers everyday and they will receive close guidance on where to go throughout the school year. 

    • 8:55 AM: Your child will start each morning with the daily announcements while preparing for the day.
    • Math / Science / English Language Arts / Social Studies: Your child will have these district-required courses each week with their team teachers.
    • Electives: Your child may be enrolled in general music, art, or band. These classes alternate with PE on an A/B schedule that is posted on our website.  
    • Every Monday and Thursday are A days; Every Tuesday and Friday are B days  
    • A/B days alternate on Wednesdays.  First Wednesday is an A day.
    • Fifth Graders will be assigned to Band all year OR Art and Music each for half the year
    • Sixth Graders will be assigned to Band all year, Music all year, OR Art all year.  
    • PAWS (Positive Attitude + Work = Success): PAWS is a portion of day that is part of our larger Restorative Practices initiative and CharacterStrong social/emotional district adopted learning curriculum, where students and teachers are provided an equal opportunity to speak and be listened to in order to develop relationships, build communities, and respond to conflicts and problems that arise.
    • Children will have an additional “Mask Break” time in their day in addition to recess.


    Your child will enjoy 30 minutes of lunch and 30 minutes of recess. You have this lunch at this time:


    If your homeroom teacher is….         Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri Wednesday
    Lee Garrett Geer Gering   10:40am-11:10 am


    Scheepers Stach Wagner Worman      
    Admason  Child Kuhn Rome   11:10am-11:40 am 11:10am-11:40am
    Squires  Jaehning          
    Black Meek O'Toole Parrett   11:45am-12:15 pm 12:00pm-2:30pm
    Rogers Tennies          
    Clarke Goebel Jansen Music   12:15pm-12:45 pm 12:30pm-1:00pm
    Nelson Schroeder          
    Christian  Fry Grossman Monk   1:15pm-1:45 pm 1:35pm- 2:05pm
    Stempel Schmid          
    Fisher Manni Mathews     12:45pm-1:15pm 1:05pm - 1:35pm
    Mutka Myhre Peck        


    For the safety of your child, adult supervision and access to buildings will be provided only during school hours. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather if they are early and waiting outdoors.

    At 8:30 AM (9:30 AM on Wednesdays):

    • Your child may go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to designated outdoor areas for physical activities.
    • Your child may go to the library. Another option is to go to the classroom with a teacher permission slip.

    At 8:45 AM, the school bell will ring to prompt your child to report to their class.


    PE uniforms are not required. Your child should dress appropriately for activities and the weather, including appropriate footwear for PE and recess.


    Lockers are not used. In the 4th quarter, 6th graders will practice using a locker combination in preparation for middle school.


    Student participation in instructional activity is a priority.  Please schedule your child’s appointments outside of school hours. When your child is not well or an appointment must be made, please call the attendance secretary by 9:30 AM to avoid a district absence call.  You may email ohisattendance@ohsd.net or call 360.279.5303. Upon return, a written note must include the date and reason for the absence. The attendance policy may be obtained via office staff.


    For the safety of our children, everyone must present their photo identification at the front office at every visit.  We strictly adhere to this policy and carry it out the entire school year regardless if we recognize you.  Only individuals under a child’s emergency contact list are allowed to pick up that child.


    Student learning is a priority. Cell phones MUST be turned off and put away in backpacks during the school day, including before/after school bus lines, courtyard, and buildings.  A designated phone is available in the front office for phone calls. Violations of this policy will result in cell phones being taken away for the day.  Our student discipline policy will be followed with subsequent infractions.


    Messages to your child must be communicated to the office by 1:30 PM unless it’s an emergency.  After 1:30 PM, we cannot guarantee delivery of the message.


    Several of our children suffer from severe &/or life-threatening food allergies. Food treats for celebrations will not be accepted/distributed. We want all children to receive special recognition and have the opportunity to celebrate special occasions. Please consider an alternative “treat” such as special pencils, erasers, etc. Thank you in advance for your understanding and thoughtfulness towards all our students.


    Please be mindful of your speed and attention when driving on campus to help us ensure the safety of all students.  For detailed directions, please see our webpage or ask the front office for a copy.  Student Safety Patrol deserve your patience and respect as they keep all children safe.  We are very proud of these student leaders and their dedication to our school.


    Our school nursing team can be reached at (360) 279-5340. Please communicate medical conditions and/or medications with nursing staff as soon as possible before school starts and during the year if there are any changes.


    Healthy meals fuel healthy minds!  Lunch payments may be made via our black lunch payment box in front of the attendance office window and must be labeled with your child’s name and lunch number.  Credit card payments are accepted online via Family Access or at our cashier’s office.  Free and Reduced Lunch program applications are available at our front office and must be resubmitted yearly.


    Due to COVID safety measures, we will not be able to accept visitors or volunteers to classrooms or school activities this year.  Should this change, we will certainly notify families as we do want them to be involved in student learning as much as possible.


    Phone: 360.279.5300  /  Fax:  360.279.5399  

    Office Hours: 8 a.m - 4 p.m.    Email: ohis@ohsd.net

    Attendance Line: 360.279.5303  / ohisattendance@ohsd.net

    Website: www.ohsd.net/ohi