The ONY Way!


May 26, 2021

2021 Onalaska High School Graduation ceremony

will be broadcasted LIVE on YouTube:

search the OHS Athletic channel/Dennis Bower

Greetings Senior Parents/Guardians

The time is almost here! In order to answer any questions you may be having and ensure everyone is on the same page, we wanted to send you a quick note regarding our graduation activities for next week.

The following activities will all occur on Friday, June 4th.

Senior Breakfast (8:00AM): Breakfast will be served by Onalaska staff members for the seniors. This will occur on school campus.

Senior Parade (9:00AM): This will occur down Carlisle Avenue to allow all Onalaska students from the high school, middle school, and elementary to congratulate our seniors. Students will provide and decorate their own mode of transportation (i.e. truck, car, tractor, horse) which must be preapproved by Mr. Maley or Mr. Abrahamson prior to Friday the 4th.

Graduation (7:00PM): In order to help accommodate Covid regulations, graduation will occur on the football field. Graduates will sit in the stands and spectators will be on the field. Folding chairs will be provided, but it is also encouraged to bring a chair of your own. Each student will have a designated area on the field for family and friends which will be identified by a yard marker. Every graduate will be allotted 10 tickets. Those who receive a ticket but wish to remain socially distant may sit behind these designated areas. A ticket is required for entrance into graduation. If inclement weather does occur, we will not be moving inside so please come prepared.

After graduation, students should take their yard marker home with them.

Senior Trip to Silverwood: Students will leave the high school at 11:00PM.

For additional questions please contact Kelly Zandell.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (360) 978-4111 or email Mr. Abrahamson ( or myself (

Again, congratulations on this very special accomplishment.

Go Loggers!

Brian Maley

Returning All Students April 19th

It is our pleasure to announce that on Monday, April 19th all students will be returning to Onalaska High School full-time. This means that students will no longer be classified as either purple or gold and will attend school five days a week. Below is some additional information which may assist you with this transition.

1. All students and staff will still be required to wear masks or shields.

2. All students will maintain a distance of 3 feet apart.

3. Attendance is required each day.

4. Hand-washing and disinfectants will still be required. Desks will be disinfected after each use. Maintenance staff will continue to disinfect classrooms each night.

5. On campus temperature checks will cease for students. We ask parents/guardians to monitor temperature checks and Covid symptoms and keep their children at home if they have one or more of the symptoms. We ask they contact the school if their student has tested positive for Covid or if they have been exposed to someone with Covid. We will continue to keep track of this data.

Here are the health screening questions from DOH that need to be asked

each day before sending students to school, Does your child have any of the following:

Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills Headache

Cough Recent loss of taste or smell

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Sore Throat

Fatigue Congestion or runny nose

Muscle or body aches Nausea or vomiting


April 16, 2021

After hard work of community service hours, Onalaska High School Future Business Leaders of America Chapter completed successfully their Animal Donation Drive with over 177 items dropped off at one of three locations which included Brenda's Country Market, Annie's Market, and Salkum Store over a three week period in February and March 2021.

Mackinzie Craney, headed up the Campaign as Coordinator for the Animal Drive and others volunteered included Marissa Rodriguez, Emma Briggs, Addy Ashley, David Locklin, Carmen Ibarra, Rylan McGraw, Ariana Parker, Precious Bordeau, Chloe Johnston-Lester, and Lexi Allebaugh.

The staff at Lewis County Animal Shelter is extremely appreciative of the overwhelming amount of dog, cat food, toys, bowls, grooming supplies, horse and chicken feed, and many other donated items. Once the students unloaded all the items, they were able to view the dogs, cats, puppies, and bunnies up for adoption,

In the future, students will be able to volunteer their community service hours once the Covid restrictions are lifted in a few weeks in regards to Lewis County Animal Shelter. All students as part of their graduation needs to complete their community service hours by their Senior year with an organization. After completing their field trip April 16, Friday to the Lewis County Animal Shelter, many are eager to participate and help out with the service provided to the public there on location.

February 8, 2021

Sporting Event, Covid-19 Guidelines

Sports are back! We are excited to get your athletes back on the field and court in a safe manner. We know that you are excited to see them competing as well. With that in mind, there are some new guidelines that we must follow in order to have spectators at our games. Rules that have been put forth by the Governor’s office and the Department of Health, limit the number of people we are allowed to have in our facility.


  • We are allowed to have no more than 200 people in our facilities, which includes all players, coaches, officials, etc. Therefore, the number of spectators we have maybe significantly less.

  • After going through the bleachers and checking capacity, it looks as though we may be limited to about 80 spectators for indoor events.

  • Spectator numbers for outdoor events will fluctuate based on how many athletes, coaches, etc. are participating.

  • Only home spectators will be allowed entry. No visiting families or fans from the opposition will be allowed entry. This is a league rule.

  • In addition, we must accommodate for proper distancing between household groups. However, the league has agreed to live stream all events. We are working on the details. We will communicate the links for live stream via our website and through your children.

Attending Games

As you can imagine, there will be some different processes for fans who are able to attend games:

  • Only those with a ticket will be allowed into the game

  • Masks are required at all times in our facilities.

  • Each ticket will have a COVID attestation form on the back for you to sign.

  • We will be taking temperatures at the door.

  • We will be enforcing 6-foot distancing between households in the stands. We will give one warning to those who do not comply. If that warning is not heeded, you will be asked to leave the facility.

If we all follow these rules, we can continue to have our athletes compete.


  • Only those with a ticket will be allowed into the game. Any available tickets must be arranged prior to the event. There will be no ticket sales at the gates.

  • Tickets will go out to people a day or two prior to the contest.

  • The first priority is to provide tickets for the parents of the athletes first, then immediate family members within reason, and ultimately to some of the members of the student body.

Tickets (continued)

  • With these limited numbers of spectators. The hope is to be able to provide, at minimum, 2 tickets for each athlete in uniform.

  • For some sports/contests, we may be able to offer more than that. The goal is to get as many people in our facility as possible, while still following all of the protocols.

  • We will also grant priority based on class (seniors, then juniors, etc.) as needed.

  • Watch for a letter to every athlete’s parents prior to each contest to help determine the ticket distribution. It will be a monumental task and we will need your patience and understanding.

Video Streaming

  • If you can’t make it to the games, there is still a chance for you to watch, as the league has agreed to live stream all events. We are working on the details.

  • We will communicate the links for live stream via our website and through your children.

Sports are back but it will take community teamwork to continue to provide these special memories for our student-athletes. WE CAN DO IT FOR THE KIDS! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email the Athletic Director. We all want to make the best of this difficult situation, and we can do that by working together.

February 26, 2021

The soccer team honors their senior player, Savannah Gifford, for her hard work and dedication!

ATTENTION Seniors! Senior pictures for the yearbook need to be submitted via email to by March 31, 2021. Please save as a jpg file. If you are unable to scan the picture or send it digitally, please stop by the High School office and we will scan it for you. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Steketee at

Also, the yearbook presale has been extended through February. Price is $45. Pick up order form in the H.S. office or order online at:

The weather was amazing and the high school turnout was even better. As part of "The Ony Way" and providing service to the community, the Leadership Council picked up litter along State Highway 508 on both ends of town.

The students and staff participating: Alex Cleveland-Barerra, Jaycee Talley, Mason Ulery, Kolby Mozingo, Gunnar Talley, Callie Lawrence, Baltazar Cleveland-Barerra, Danny Dalsted, Savannah Gifford, Morgan Hamilton, Dakotah Hamilton, Brooklyn Sandridge, Kayla Osbourne, Doug Abrahamson, Mazen Saade, Dennis Bower.

Good job and thank you to the Leadership Council for demonstrating "The ONY Way".

Dear Parents and Students,

As most of you have probably heard the high school will start a hybrid schedule on Monday, October 12th. Following is our plan:

· The student body has been divided into two halves, a Purple Group and a Gold Group.

· Each school day will rotate between a Purple Day and a Gold Day. For example, if Monday is Purple, Tuesday is Gold, Wednesday is Purple, Thursday is Gold, Friday is Purple, and the next Monday is Gold.

o The complete schedule can be found on the school website and is attached to this email.

· Students who are Purple will attend school on Purple Days and students who are Gold will attend school on Gold Days.

· Parents/guardians will be notified via email and School Messenger which color their student(s) will be.

o Note: We realize some students may need to be paired up with siblings in other building and will make those accommodations as needed.

· Each teacher will present the same lesson for the Purple Group and the Gold Group so no student will miss instructional time.

· Students will attend all eight of their classes each day they are on campus.

· Students will be provided assignments/projects/or curriculum to complete on their “off” days.

· School will begin at 8:15 AM and end at 3:15 PM, except for Wednesdays when we have our early releases at 1:00PM.

· If you are dropping off or picking up your students, please do so at the front of building 1.

· Per Department of Health regulations, all staff and students are required to wear a mask or facial covering.

· All staff and students will take part in a health screening, including a temperature check, upon arriving on campus each day.

· Upon arriving in the morning, all 9th and 10th grade students need to check-in at the front doors of building 1. All 11th and 12th graders will check-in at the school cafeteria. If a student arrives on campus late or later on in the day, they should check into the office.

· A 6-foot separation will also be maintained between all employees and students to the maximum extent feasible.

We are extremely excited to have your students back in the classroom and looking forward to working with them. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Brian Maley