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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
"It's too hard"...  NONSENSE!  Learn how to sign up online in under 10 minutes.

Note:  We advise using QuickTime Player for best results
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:12 AM
So many usernames and passwords to remember.  Just imagine how much brain space we use trying to remember all of them!

So you want to go online and update your information with what volunteering you did this past school year, but...you forgot how to log in and/or you forgot your username and password.  Let me help.

If you forgot the name of the website to log into it is myvolunteerpage.com.

If you forgot your username and/or password.  On myvolunteerpage.com they make it easy for you. Directly under the log in portion, you'll see "Forgot your username or password?" and a link.  Click that link and they'll take care of it for you.

Easy as that!
Posted by rhagedor  On Mar 06, 2018 at 8:12 AM
The Wausau School District, once again, kicked off American Education Week with its annual Friends of Education Awards Breakfast.  Awards were presented by Interim Superintendent, Mike Schwei and President of the Board of Education, Lance Trollop.  To view the program, click here.

*--Denotes Winner

Sue Engel, *Jamie Bootz, Lance Trollop

For seven years of being a positive influence and showing unceasing dedication to volunteerism while running the Horace Mann book fair.

Jennifer Gabriel, *Rosalie Doering, Mike Schwei

For being an asset to the Grant Elementary School community through the PTO, volunteering in classrooms and for Blessings in a Backpack and serving as a Title I Representative.

Polly LaMontagne (accepting posthumous award for *Phyllis Henry), Lance Trollop

For many years of volunteer service in District libraries and being a valuable resource to not only students but staff as well.

Dawn Jameson, *Bruce Iattoni, Mike Schwei

For four years of volunteering in Wausau West’s Personal Financial Management Class and allowing Accounting IV students into his office to complete practicum assignments.

Jill Ebersold, Carrie Helke, Meaghan Lauer, *Sherri Messerschmidt, Lance Trollop

For years of volunteering in Thomas Jefferson’s 2nd grade classes, reading with individual students and helping teachers with anything they need.

Brad Peck, *Jim Nick, Mike Scwei

For showing compassion to homeless students, leading the way to provide basic needs, including food, personal hygiene and clothing, for countless students living in poverty.

Jeff Lindell, Michelle Mertes, *Margaret P'ng, Lance Trollop

For implementing the Blessings in a Backpack Program and ensuring food needs for approximately 450 students every weekend.

Andy Place, *Amy Reif, Mike Schwei

For 13 years of volunteering to plan, coordinate, staff and manage Riverview Elementary’s bi-annual book fair.

Patrick Galligan (accepting on behalf of *Jason & Jessica Samz), Lance Trollop

For being instrumental to the Wausau West Girl’s Basketball program through coaching and volunteerism.

Jennifer Gabriel, *Patrick Thompson, Mike Schwei

For going above and beyond as a community member, volunteering for the Grant Elementary PTO, at book fairs, winter dances and staff appreciation meals.

Sue Engel, *Lynn Woehlert, Lance Trollop

For three years of volunteering for the Horace Mann Middle School book fairs,
ensuring their continued success through her dedication.

Two Special Service Awards were given at the breakfast.  Special Service awards are presented to groups/businesses for continued outstanding service to our students and schools.

Maine FD
Marie Northup, *Maine Fire Department--Scott Prochnow, Jeremy Bozinski, Joe Bozinski, Mike Schwei

Jeb Steckbauer (accepting on behalf of *Trig's and Lora Hellberg), Lance Trollop

One Encore Award was presented at the breakfast.  Encore Awards are presented to retired Wausau School District employees who have returned to our schools to provide outstanding volunteer service.

Polly Hirn, *Peg Bestul, Mike Schwei

Congratulations to all the award winners.  What a great way to start American Education Week!

Posted by rhagedor  On Nov 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM
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