At OCSD, we do whatever it takes to educate all students. We implement innovative and effective teaching strategies that are research-based and promote high levels of student learning. We strive to enrich learning using 21st-century modern skills and establish independent lifelong learners who are also successful team players.
The Library Media Program at Oelwein Community Schools is committed to helping students achieve success in school, be effective users of information and become lifelong learners.
The Oelwein Library Media Curriculum is based on American Association of School Libraries Skill Indicators, Common Core requirements, Oelwein Library Grade Level Benchmarks and National Educational Technology Standards.
Our goal for student learning is to provide activities and lessons so that students can use the library and its resources to help them in their educational needs to be lifelong learners and productive citizens both in the classroom and in their daily lives.
Extended Learning Programs/Gifted programs need to provide for the multiple needs of the students they serve, and should be reflective of the population of the communities in which their students live. Additionally, such programming must attend to the needs of gifted students who are differently-abled, with 504 designations, IEP, ELL services. Attention should be paid to the socioeconomic and gender composition of the district.
The program should also provide opportunities for all students as they go forward as part of their education. Iowa Code asks students to be identified using five designations: general ability, creativity, leadership, visual and performing arts, specific aptitude.
The program has been reimagined using concepts of acceleration, clustering, and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). SEM is best-described as a type of differentiation that provides opportunities for all levels of students to participate and develops teacher strengths to meet the needs of gifted students.
Programming in Gifted Education
- Programming is aligned to the district mission and vision in four distinct areas, although specific programming will vary by age level.
- Skills for the 21st Century
- Resiliency and Grit
- Socio-emotional Wellness
- College and Career Readiness Skills
- Acceleration Nomination Form
- Accelaration Nomination Form (PDF) (for teachers, parents, students)
Nomination for Gifted Services
- Gifted services are based on a variety of characteristics, including nominations, demonstrated classroom ability, and testing scores.
For more information, please see the Iowa Department of Education Gifted and Talented website.
Husky Adventures is a before/after school program for students in K-8th grade in the Oelwein Community School District. The program entitled Husky Adventures offers a comprehensive out of school time program to provide additional time for students to learn, to provide innovative instructional strategies to motivate and teach students. The program provides collaboration between community organizations and the school. Husky Adventures has three main components:
- Academic Achievement
- Enrichment Activities
- Family Literacy
These components serve to increase student academic competence, develop their talents and abilities. The program partners with parents to meet their need to provide a safe place for their children before/after school to contribute to their child's academic achievement.
Iowa 21st CCLC Evaluation Form Reporting Data
Husky Inc - High School 21st Century Grant Evaluation Summary