Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

Welcome Back 2015-2016 LCO Ojibwe Students

Boozhoo and welcome back to another year at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe K-12 School. We are pleased to have the honor of educating your child in our community centered school. The 2015-2016 school year begins Monday, August 24th which is a full day of school. We will start the year with a feather pole ceremony in front of the school at 10:30 a.m. We welcome parents and guardians to attend this event which is an important traditional way to commemorate the beginnning of the school year.

As a reminder, all students are required to complete an updated enrollment packet prior to the start of school. These forms are essential to guarantee that our contact information for your child is accurate and up to date. These forms are also extemely imprtant to the funding our school receives, in addition to maintaining compliance with Bureau of Indian Education regulations. Please complete the forms as soon as possible and return then to the high school office. Proper documentation is a requirement for enrollment in the Lac Courte Oreilles School.

I would personally like to encourage all parents and guardians to attend the Fall Open House on August 20th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in order to meet your child/children’s teacher(s), check out the classroom, enjoy some food, and possibly win a door prize. Middle school and high school students will receive schedules and lockers at this time. There will also be a Parent Advisory Committee Meeting on September 2nd at 4:00 in the elementary library, which all parents and guardians are invited to attend. Our staff returns to work on August 17th to prepare fo the job of providing a high quality education to your child. If you have questions or ideas you would like to share, please feel free to stop by.

Pre-K-5th students please report to designated classrooms. Names will be listed on the classroom door. Again, miigwech for choosing the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School experience for your child. We look forward to a great progress and the opportunity to work with you and your student throughout the year.

Waadookodaading to Unify with LCO Ojibwe School

Waadookodaading Institute Forms Educational Partnership With Lac Courte Oreilles
In an unprecedented move in Wisconsin education, the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion school, a division of the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute, will unify with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, a local Bureau of Indian Education contract school. Although Waadookodaading has been located on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation and has worked within the BIE's school campus for six years, it has until now maintained its charter through the Hayward Community School District.

The charter that was developed in order to open Waadookodaading fulfilled its initial intentions: Support an academic program that would create proficient speakers of the Ojibwe language who are able to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Over the last few decades, Wisconsin has been experimenting with charter schools but have yet to develop an effective policy that would ensure longevity of charter schools. Currently, the charter schools that have been afforded the ability to be fiscally viable are primarily located in urban settings.

Waadookodaading is unique in that it is one of the original Tribal charter schools in the state of Wisconsin and a large number of participating students are citizens of tribal nations. It is also a language immersion school, meaning that all of the core subjects are taught through the medium of the Ojibwe language. It is because of these reasons that Waadookodaading and the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe were uniquely positioned to reclaim educational sovereignty by forming a partnership between the two entities.

When asked about incorporating an Ojibwe language track into the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, Lac Courte Oreilles tribal chairman Michael Isham, Jr., stated, “The federal government put millions (of dollars) into getting rid of our language and culture. This partnership marks a historical shift as federal funds will now be used to bring our language back.”

Mike Leahy, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School Director added, “We welcome this opportunity to offer a second educational track within our school. It has always been the mission of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School to support and promote educational excellence, especially in the area of Ojibwe language. We look forward to the addition of linguistic innovation that Waadookodaading brings to the table.”

Brooke Mosay Ammann, Executive Director of Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute, said, “this partnership is an opportunity to ensure the linguistic vibrancy of Lac Courte Oreilles and the surrounding area. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our many supporters over the last fourteen years. I would particularly like to thank Hayward Community School District Board and Craig Olson for their resolute support. We are looking forward to the many opportunities this new educational choice presents.”

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Badgers(previously unreleased) at the 2015 Lac Courte Oreilles Homecoming Celebration & Powwow.

Posted by Lonnie Barber on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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