Barb Schwamman


As the snow begins to melt and spring arrives (fingers crossed), we are again approaching the time where state assessments are given to our students in third - 11th grade.

We wanted to take time and highlight a few changes you may notice this year, compared to Iowa Assessments given in the past.

1. Our new state assessments are titled, “Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress,” commonly referred to as ISASP.

2. Osage students will be taking them all online, during the weeks of April 4th - 26th.

3. ISASP will be more rigorous than filling in a bubble, tests will ask students to think critically, cite evidence, and justify their responses.

4. These assessments are aligned to the Iowa Core Standards, and will assess the areas of reading, language arts/writing, math, and science.

5. Osage students will have the opportunity to complete practice tests and ask questions prior to our testing window.

6. Additional information about the assessments can be found at http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/.

As we navigate ISASP together, please be reassured we recognize the length of these assessments and what is best for our students. Breaks have been planned and will be provided, as well as healthy snacks on testing days.

Ways you can help your child be successful include getting plenty of sleep, eating a breakfast at home or at school, making sure their computer is charged (fifth - 11th grade) and reassuring them to try to do their best.

Please direct any questions you may have to your respective building principal.

Hard surface roads

We really want to thank everyone for their flexibility with all of the snow days, late starts and early outs. Thank you to Mitchell County Road Maintenance for all of the hard work this winter.  

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Another huge thank you to Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, Firefighters, Ambulance, Heartland Power, Osage Staff Members and all those who helped with the recent bus accident.  Everyone worked together to ensure student safety.

In events like this we work hard to communicate with stakeholders following the protocol we have in place. 

  1. Communicate first with all parents of students on the bus via phone call.
  2. Communicate with board members.
  3. Communicate with all staff via email/text
  4. Use alert system communicate with all parents (after parents of students have been notified but preferably before the news media breaks the story if possible)

After a very difficult winter, spring is finally arriving in the area and our gravel roads and bus routes are feeling the pain of winter. We are implementing a Hard Surface Roads only procedure until further notice.

Please see the list below of hard surface bus stops. If you live on a gravel road, you may pick the closest stop on your normal driver’s route. Those who already live on a hard surface road will be picked up there.

If you have concerns about bus safety on your road, or if you have questions, please contact the Transportation Director 641-732-5104 or Superintendent’s office 641-732-5381.

Bus #1 – Sandy Huebsch - 7:05 a.m. March/350th St.; 7:30 a.m. Noble Ave/320th St; 7:35 a.m.; Orchard Road/340th St.; 7:36 a.m. Ocean Ave/340th St.

Bus #2 – Aaron Boge - 7:00 a.m. Rampart/430 St.; 7:10 a.m. Little Cedar; 7:25 a.m. Primrose/400th St.; 7:35 a.m. Orchard Road/370th St.

Bus #3 – Mary Betts - 7:10 a.m. Mitchell; 7:26 a.m. 380th/Cameo; 7:33 a.m. Hwy 9/Foothill.

Bus #4 – Ron Valesek - 7:15 a.m. B17/330th; 7:20 a.m. T64/A46; 7:25 a.m. New Haven; 7:30 a.m. Hwy. 9/380th St; 7:40 a.m. Hwy 9/370th St.

Bus #5 – John Morische - 7:00 a.m. T38/140th St.; 7:08 a.m. T38/120th St.; 7:12 a.m. T38/110th; 7:15 a.m. T38/Mitchell Line St.; 7:20 a.m. T38/320th St.; 7:25 a.m. T38/330th St.

Bus #6 - Gretchen Castle - 6:50 a.m. Red Ball Rd/370th St.; 7:05 a.m. Mitchell; 7:35 a.m. Noble/Little Cedar.

Bu #7 – Larry Henaman - 6:56 a.m. Glass Ave/340th St.; 7:10 a.m. Meroa Church; 7:50 a.m. West Lime Kiln Road.

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