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With the mounds of snow outside, it's hard to believe that we are only a month away from National Volunteer Week!

This year's National Volunteer Week is April 7 through April 13, 2019.  Once again, we would like to offer a special thank you to our volunteers with a special Planetarium Show!

We will once again offer two shows.  The show this year is "Dawn of the Space Age" which relives the excitement of space exploration.  From the first artificial satellite launch to lunar landings to private space flights, be immersed with this reconstruction of man's first steps into space. Who were these men and women in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, passion and perseverance to explore.

Volunteer Week Postcard
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 07, 2019 at 9:23 AM
The Wausau School District kicked off American Education Week with its annual Friends of Education Awards Breakfast.  Awards were presented by Superintendent, Dr. Keith Hilts. To view the program, click here.

*--Denotes Winner

Friends of Education Award Winners

Larissa Zompolas,  Beck Acker* , Dr. Keith Hilts
For positively influencing students, supporting their reading, creating positive relationships, and providing tremendous support to the kindergarten classroom at Grant Elementary School.

Amanda Patterson, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing Rob & Kay Augustine*)
For volunteerism across all areas at John Marshall Elementary School, especially with kindergarten students, including croqueting each kindergartner an individualized hat.

Wausau PD
Andy Grimm, Officer Koua Thao*, Nathan Cihlar, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing Deputy Chief Matt Barnes* and Officer Nick Stetzer*)
For strengthening relationships between adults and youth by taking part in the middle school summer learning course “Wilderness Connections”, a two-day, three-night canoeing and camping trip, and for securing financial assistance for the program.

Tim Kostroski, Sarah D'Aquisto* , Cindy Swope, Curt Richardt
For her frequent visits to Wausau West High School, sharing with students her expertise and information on drugs, alcohol and human trafficking in the Wausau community.

Carl Hert, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing  Sara Gast* )
For her active role in the Wausau West High School Business and Marketing Department, serving as a guest speaker, a judge at the DECA District Competition, and giving advice on how to strengthen and enhance curriculum.

Meaghan Lauer,  Dave Hartman * , Dr. Keith Hilts
For five years of service to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Blessings in a Backpack program, packing food bags weekly for students, and securing funding through his men’s group, Men in Action-St. Mark’s Church.

Molly Hoffmann ( Accepted posthumously for Arden Hoffmann*), Dr. Keith Hilts
For many years of continued post-retirement service to the Wausau School District, serving on the Friends of Education Committee, traveling with the French-American Youth Exchange program, serving as a source of information for the District employee orientation, and providing guidance to the District Public Relations Department.

Cindy Heiting,  Marcia Innis* , Dr. Keith Hilts
For seven years as a Hawthorn Hills Elementary School “lunch buddy”, having lunch and spending time with students who need some extra special attention, and serving as a positive role model and special friend.

Carla Gerstenberger,  Michelle Lipke* , Dr. Keith Hilts
For speaking to Wausau West High School Medical Terminology students about being a Physician’s Assistant and discussing the medical terms she uses every day in her profession.

Patricia Zemke,  Dr. David Mathias* , Dr. Keith Hilts
For continuing to come into the 6th grade health classes at John Muir Middle School during the human development unit, answering questions and developing relationships with the students outside of the usual doctor’s office setting.

Patrick Galligan, Mike & Kallie Sheehan*, Dr. Keith Hilts
For over a decade of volunteerism to Wausau West High School sports and activities, filling in during “emergency” volunteer shortages, and helping in countless other ways.

Special Service Awards
(Presented to groups/businesses for continued outstanding service to our students and schools.)

Patricia Zemke, Brian Gumness/B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation* , Dr. Keith Hilts

Blonde and Beyond
Amber Haluska, Sarah Falk, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing Blonde and Beyond*)

Brian Taylor
Jason Sinz, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing Brian Taylor/Brian Taylor Photography*)

Patricia Zemke, Dr. Keith Hilts (Missing Lamar Advertising*)

Encore Award
Presented to retired Wausau School District employees who have retired and returned to our schools to provide outstanding volunteer service.

Halle Veenstra,  Tari Howard* , Dr. Keith Hilts

Posted by rhagedor  On Nov 14, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Welcome back!

We’re excited to begin a new school year and see all our wonderful volunteers.  Just a few things to keep in mind.

  • Patience.  It takes awhile to get opportunities posted for sign up.  Please give us a month or so.  And remember, some opportunities, especially field trips, are posted throughout the year.  You’ll need to log into your account at myvolunteerpage.com.  If you’re receiving this email, you have an account.  If you can’t remember your login information, contact me.  Email is preferred since I’m only part-time.
  • Handbook.  A few comments/questions on the volunteer survey are specifically addressed in the volunteer handbook.  When you signed up to volunteer, you agreed you read the handbook.  If you have questions, check there first.  It’s a short, easy read and I’ve attached a copy to this email. It can also be found anytime on the volunteer’s web page on the Wausau School District website, www.wausauschools.org.

  • Social Media.  We’re trying to be more visible and helpful on Facebook and Twitter.  On Facebook search for ONE-Our Network for Education and Twitter, our handle is @ONEVolunteers.

  • Log In.  Please log into your account at myvolunteerpage.com to sign up for volunteer opportunities.  It’s very confusing for teachers when some people go online and others don’t.  Also, if you don’t, it means we have no official record of you volunteering, meaning you may be forced to do another criminal background check, which costs valuable dollars.  It also allows us to see if you’re missing any criteria BEFORE the volunteer opportunity and hopefully get it corrected in time.

Thank you for being a volunteer.  I’m looking forward to the new school year with all of you.  As always, any questions, please let me know. 

Posted by rhagedor  On Aug 28, 2018 at 9:24 AM
Wow, do we have some fabulous volunteers!

I recently attended two events recognizing volunteers.  One was the United Way of Marathon County RSVP Volunteer Luncheon.  Many of those volunteers are volunteers in our schools.  RSVP volunteers do a tremendous amount in our community and schools.  Thank you!

RSVP Recognition Luncheon Program

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we offered two free showings for our volunteers of Chaos and Order at the Wausau West Planetarium.  It was quite the show!  We were happy to have two great crowds.

Planetarium 1

Planetarium 2

We also saw some volunteer recognition happening at our schools!

Rib Mountain Elementary
Rib Mountain

And Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

As aways...THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!  You're the best!
Posted by rhagedor  On May 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM
Hello and welcome!

Welcome to the new O.N.E. blog.  I hope that you will subscribe to it via the RSS feed to say up to date on the latest happenings in the Wausau School District volunteer world.  You'll be able to read about heartwarming stories, kudos and information on the ins and outs of volunteering with the Wausau School District.

Thank you for volunteering!

Roxane Hagedorn
Volunteer & Community Involvement Coordinator
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:13 AM
Wow, soon we will be approaching the first month of school being in session.  Time sure does fly.

Welcome back to all our returning volunteers and a big hello to our new volunteers.  We can never truly express how much you mean to us.  Believe us when we say, we value everything you do for our students and staff.

As we get into the swing of the new school year, please remember a few things.

1.  Patience...It really does take some time to realize what our volunteer needs will be for the school year, please be patient.  Keep logging into your account at myvolunteerpage.com to see what new opportunities are posted on an ongoing basis.  Just click on an opportunity you are interested in and sign up, easy as that.

2.  New Criminal Background Check System...We have moved to an online system, no more paper.  You can find the link to the online criminal background check here http://www.wausauschools.org/departments___programs/volunteer_network/for_volunteers.

Please remember, you do NOT need another criminal background check if you have had a check completed by us AND you have volunteered at least one time per school year since that check.  If you've had a lapse in volunteering, you'll need to complete another check.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces.  Thank you again for all you do.
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:13 AM
You may have read in a newsletter or on the website about logging into your account online to record what sort of volunteering you've been doing.  Let me further explain.

As you know, we require criminal background checks for volunteer opportunities that have ongoing contact with students or for those going on a field trip.  According to our current policy, that criminal background check will remain in good standing as long as you volunteer at least one time per school year after it is completed.  If there is a lapse, another criminal background check form will need to be filled out.

But how do we know if you volunteered yearly?  This is where you logging in helps us.  By logging into your online account and letting us know what year you volunteered, what you did and for what staff, we will know whether you need another check or not.  It is just a way for us to help you to stay current and not have to keep repeating paperwork.

Some volunteers think that the system is only meant to record their volunteer hours.  While the system can do that if you are interested, it is not required.  The system is a way for you to sign up for opportunities and for us to keep track of what you did.  If you want to record hours, please do, but the system's main purpose is to help you know what opportunities are available and to help us know what you've been helping us with.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.  I do have limited office hours, so sometimes email is the best.

Thank you for all you do!!

Roxane Hagedorn
Volunteer & Community Involvement Coordinator
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:13 AM
School's out...at least momentarily.  

The regular school year has ended and summer learning will be starting up next Monday, June 16.  Thank you to all the volunteers who made a difference this past school year and those who will continue to help throughout the weeks of summer learning.  We have some really great volunteers and there is certainly no proper way to thank them for all they do for our students and staff.  Just know, WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!!

Before you go and enjoy the summer sun, be sure you go into your online volunteer profile at www.myvolunteerpage.com.  To learn more about what to do and the information you need, please check out the blog post "Tell Us What You've Done".  You can use the link provided or you can find it on the main O.N.E. Blog Page.

Thanks again.  You all are awesome!
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:13 AM
Now that the school year is well underway, there are a few things we've noticed that we want to be sure our volunteers know about. 

1.  When submitting an online criminal background check, be sure you complete the last step of submitting.  We've had a few volunteers enter all the information but then forget to submit it.  The information is lost forever and we have no idea that the volunteer tried to complete the process.

2.  Remember, if you are going on field trips or planning on being in the classroom on an ongoing basis, you need to complete the online criminal background check.  It is a two step process for this.  You need to fill out a volunteer profile (like an application) for the school you want to volunteer at.  You also need to complete the online criminal background check.  Two steps, two different links, two different processes.  

3.  Plan ahead for criminal background checks.  The company that processes these is relatively quick, however, it is best to have your check submitted at least two weeks prior to volunteering.  Sometimes the checks take longer if you've lived in a number of counties and/or states.

4.  Signed up for a volunteer opportunity online and wondering if you have been selected?  Be sure to log into your volunteer account at myvolunteerpage.com.  There will be a message if you have been assigned to an activity and you can confirm you are still available.

As always, there is a ton of information on the "For Volunteers" sub page of the O.N.E.-Volunteer Network webpage via the District website.

Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:13 AM
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Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:12 AM
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