Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

Send a Shout Out

 

"It's just a weekend. A Sunday. Somehow, I'm wondering about school. Then wondering about what a great teacher I have. She is kind to everyone. She wants us to have fun, so she makes education fun. She likes to make jokes with everyone, and they love it. Especially me. I love my teacher because you can always count on her. She will always have your back. She is a great listener. She is a problem solver. She understands a person. How they feel. The situation they are in. How upset a person feels. She is an awesome person. She is the greatest winking machine ever invented (LOL). She can always make a person smile whether they are upset or not. She will always make your day like the sun. She's like a second sun. I hope others can meet her. Their days will be made. I am lucky to be in her classroom. That's the kind of teacher everyone wants, and they would not trade her for anything. Nobody will forget her, and she will not forget anybody. Everyone loves how she calls people nice names. Like "Sweetie" or "Babyshis" or "little birdies". I love my teacher and I will not trade her for anything. Nobody will. That is Mrs. Biedenbender. 

Thank you for everything you do, Mrs.Biedenbender. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Ms. Pacetti takes the time to provide support and encouragement to my daughter, while also challenging her. She has had a direct, positive impact on my daughter’s self-confidence and personal growth. As a mother of a teenage girl in her freshman year of high school, I feel immensely great full to Ms. Pacetti."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Petre is my son's A2T (algebra 2/trig) teacher. I love receiving his weekly email updates. I can tell he's excited about math and teaching our kids! My son loves his math class! As a parent, I can't thank him enough for sharing what goes on in the classroom. As you know, teenage boys don't say much about their school day when asked! So I appreciate that he not only notifies us about what's happening in math class, but he includes other important details about what's going on in the school as well. Thank you Mr. Petre!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Bradley has been an unexpected blessing! When we found out we didn't have a teacher a few days before the school year started, we were admittedly, a bit nervous about what might happen. From the moment we met Mr. Bradley, we knew our daughter was going to have a great year! He has helped my daughter understand concepts she has had trouble with in the past, makes learning fun, supports his students outside of school events, and really goes the extra mile to give his students different experiences. His class is so well behaved and respectful. And, our daughter absolutely adores him. Keep up the great work Mr. Bradley, you definitely score an A+ with us!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"I’m so happy to have Ms. Stieber for my daughter's teacher this year. She has helped my daughter with her reading and writing so much this year. I just want to thank her for doing such an amazing job with her students and my daughter!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Ms. Voss sees and interacts with so many students, some not so happy at times, but she never losses it which I give her a hand it's not easy dealing with adolescents. Thank you for always allowing me into your room no matter what's going on at the time."
 

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Every time I walk into Pupil Services I'm welcomed by Mrs. Brandt or Mrs. Paine, sometimes both. If one of the people I'm looking to talk to isn't there, they always try to help me find someone. I am very thankful for them!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Mrs. Stewart is always bright and encouraging. She always checks to make sure that students understand what they're working on and if not she helps them one on one. One of many great teachers!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Mr. L (as my son calls him) goes out of his way on a daily basis to help my son. He is patient and relatable and he encourages my son to make better choices. While my son considered him "cool" he also has a tremendous amount of respect for him. This is a hard balance when working with teenagers who are transitioning to high school. Thanks for never giving up on my son Mr. L!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mrs. Jacobson has been the most pivotal educator in my son's school career. She has always made the extra effort to ensure my son feels supported. Prior to having Mrs. Jacobson, my son did not enjoy school, struggled academically and refused to ask for any assistance from school staff. Since Mrs. Jacobson, he will seek out the academic assistance, in any subject, needed. My son was in her class during the 2017-18 school year, but she continues to be remarkably supportive and accessible for him, yet upholds high standards. My husband and I do not have the words to communicate our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude. Without her, my son would experience a high level of frustration and endure many obstacles in order to reach his potential."


- West Middle School Parent

 

"From the office staff to the wonderful teachers, to the dedicated support teams, and the principal -- Cedar Hills is top notch! We've had such a positive experience in this school. The teachers work tirelessly to make sure students' needs are met. There's always a smile ready to be given at this school. What a pleasure it's been to be part of this incredible community!"

- Cedar Hills Parent

 

"Ms. Betsy, Ms. Ann, and Mr. Manowski are the best aides!!!!!!! Ms. Betsy is a great person to talk to. Ms. Ann always helps me with problems, and so does Ms. Betsy. Mr. Manowski is awesome!!!! I really truly miss him."


- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Ms. Olson has reached out with information about my son's progress, keeping me informed about his successes and when he needs help."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mrs. Rushing has been super with my son this year. He can be a challenge, but with hard work and her upbeat attitude, we are making great strides with him. I'm always able to get in contact with her when needed. She makes learning fun and is very helpful to both students and parents. Thank you very much for your patience and guidance with my family! My son is doing super because of you!"


- Carollton Parent

 

"Miss Soika is one of the best special education teachers I have had the privilege to interact with. My son can be very difficult at times and she never acts burdened or frustrated. She is key to his learning and socializing. Thank you very much!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Mr. Krenek is an amazing principal and human being. When he was new to our school, he came down to the kids level to introduce himself and talk to them and making them feel important. I always see him happy and exuding positive energy. I've also seen him engaged with the community and advocate for better resources for his Elementary school. I can't say enough great things about Mr. Krenek but I'm happy Edgewood is in his care!"


- Edgewood Parent

 

"Mrs. Biedenbender, Ms. Franeki, Mrs. Schlief, Ms. Murray, Ms. Milinar, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Munson, and Ms. Santilli and Mr. O' Mahar and more are the best teachers in Forest Ridge Elementary School. They care, listen, teach, and be nice to us. They do a lot for us. I appreciate their and other teachers and aides' hard work. I am giving the loudest shout out to you teachers from Forest Ridge. You guys are AMAZING!!!!!"

- Forest Ridge Student

 

"There are no strong words to describe Mrs. Biedenbender and Mrs. Schleif.  Mrs. Biedenbender is my 5th grade teacher and Mrs. Schleif is my past 4th grade teacher. They both are awesome, nice, and great teachers. I wish they were my teachers forever and ever. I will never forget my awesome teachers and my 2 classroom communities. BTE: Best Teachers Ever <3"


- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Ms. Biedenbender is the best 5 grade teacher.  We love her like our mom. I feel like I can count on her like my friend. She is the best and we love her so much that we can't wait to see her every day."

- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Thank you to Ms. Barlow for teaching my baby girl everyday. My daughter loves how kind and caring you are and enjoys the fun activities that you do to make learning fun."


- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"I want to do a shout out for Forest Ridge Elementary School's newest 5th Grade teacher, Mr. Bradley. He is my daughters first male teacher and in the last month since school started, I have seen her wake up actually excited to go to school! She says that Mr. Bradley explains things in a way that helps her to understand and makes learning FUN! I am very appreciative of this change in my daughter's perspective. Keep up the good work Mr. Bradley!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"My son has been attending Shepard Hills since Kindergarten and I could not ask for a better elementary school. The teachers, the staff, the communications, the willingness, the programs...Mrs. Booth does an AMAZING and WONDERFUL job with her school. The students are not just kids attending school to her, she genuinely cares for each & every student. She is firm but gentle which are just a few characteristics of a great Principal. I have been so pleased with how well the school manages their curriculum, programs, and events! My son attending Shepard Hills and having the help of their Leaders has been a wonderful parenting experience for me and I know that they are part of my village in raising my child. Thank you Mrs. Booth for being who you are!"


- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Linda, thank you very much for all the extra help and support you have given my daughter so that she can feel welcome and safe at school. I know how busy you are, so I really appreciated the time you take to be sure she is alright. Your bright, cheery personality and your sincere care means the world. You are the kind of person that makes the Oak Creek High School a great school!"

- OCHS Parent

 

"Being a traveling staff member is not always easy, but when you have such kind and supportive administrators who welcome you and have important items ready, like a key to your room, voicemail, and a key card that works from day one to get into the building, it is very easy to feel supported on a daily basis!  Thank you to the administrators at EMS, OCHS (the main campus and the NGC), District Office and FR for making my days run smoothly, all because they took the time to make sure a traveling staff member had all of the essential tools they needed to do their job!  I am very thankful to work for such kind and caring people here in Oak Creek!"


- OCFSD Staff Member

 

"Sue has been the rock of the IC program, without her we would not be able to do our jobs. THANK YOU SUE!"

- OCFSD Staff Member

 

"Jill at District Office thoughtfully explained the open enrollment process to me in a way that was clear and thorough. I really appreciated my interaction with her over the phone."


- Parent

 

"Ms. Prelesnik did a great job this summer with the getting ready for Middles School Class. Thank you for taking time to show the incoming 6th graders that middle school wont' be that scary."

- (Future) EMS Parent

 

"Lindsey is incredibly helpful, supportive, and responsive. Early this summer I asked if Lindsey could provide some professional development to help our team create a student services website so that we could better connect with our parent stakeholder group. Lindsey was more than happy to help and was amazingly informative as she walked us through the process and even provided supporting documents to give our team a hand. At my request, she also provided disaggregated student engagement survey data which will be used as part of our parent/student engagement planning AND she also found a way for us to track readership of our special education "Weekly" newsletter to help our team monitor who and how often teachers and admin. are using the newsletter as a resource. Combined, her support is going to help our team to be more targeted with our work and more efficient in our processes. In addition to being helpful and responsive, Lindsey always provides her support with a smile and never makes me (us) feel as though we are interrupting her or making more work for her."


- District Office Staff Member

 

"Thank you to Mrs. Mikkelsen for all the hard work that you do! You helped our daughter PERSEVERE through so much that she has grown exponentially this year. Thank you for making school something she looked forward to and something that she counted down until she could go back. Thank you for making kindergarten a memorable year for her and for being that teacher that she will forever continue to rave about to others!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I wanted to thank Mrs. Lidwin for being so enthusiastic with our children. I believe she's funny, supportive and empathetic. My son loves having her as a teacher and she will be missed next year."


- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mr. Petre's weekly communication emails were greatly appreciated by my wife and I. We always knew what had occurred in Math during the week and what was to be expected for the next week. The emails allowed us to ask questions of our student and be involved in his Math curriculum. Our son often made positive comments to us about Mr. Petre and how he found him to be a good communicator of class expectations. That's huge, when a teenager recognizes something and calls it out! Thank you to Mr. Petre. My wife and I are pleased that our son had him as a teacher."

- OCHS Parent

 

"Dr. Culver it was so nice meeting with you and our Aides Crew at Shepard Hills  and refreshing to hear your input on a few questions asked.   As a community mom it was good to hear some of the logic of why we do what we do. I really appreciated your time and openness!  We loved your goodie bag it absolutely made our day!  Thanks for all you do and again, your time and talk was appreciated.  

Here is a picture I just had to take while out on the playground!  Hope you enjoyed some kickball time!" 


- Shepard Hills Employee & OCF Parent

 

 

"I want to express my gratitude towards my principal Paul Kenwood, though he would hardly accept it I am sure. This past weekend we held a Color Run at school, and though I bet we could have managed, Paul came at 6:30 a.m. (bells on) to help assist our Carollton Color Run. He stayed the duration of the race and through the end to clean up—A Saturday and he lives in Mequon.

Tonight, our school hosted its annual Art Night and Paul asked throughout the weeks leading up for any assistance I’d need as well as the hours before (he even offered to run to Deerfield—my other school to get something)!! During the night he even worked the cash/check station as well as going above and beyond for clean up. I truly hope you know how hard he works and how much I could not do the job I do without him. I honestly voluntarily work summer school because he’s there and I know everything will run smoothly because of it. 

Thanks for having outstanding staff to work with and another incredible year in Oak Creek! "

- Carollton Teacher

 

"Ms. Feuling is an amazing teacher. She gives attention to each one of us and finds out the best way we learn. She always motivates me to keep moving higher and never stop. She works day and night planning projects for us to do. One of the things she plans is mindfulness and it helps me focus so much better in class then I used to. I am so happy I am in your class. Thank you so so much for everything, Ms. Feuling."


- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Mr. Abromaitis has gone above and beyond for Logan. He has always made sure Logan has had everything he needs for school even when I forget including a green shirt on his field trip day which Logan was ecstatic about. Logan looks up to Mr. Abromaitis and trusts him. Mr. A always keeps me updated on Logan and his progress. Last year Logan struggled with school and behavior. This year because of Mr. A's methods and teaching I believe Logan is doing much better. When Logan had a rough day Mr. A took him on a walk to calm him down and helped him through the day. He is great at what he does. Keep up the good work Mr. Abromaitis."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I am very happy to say that my student currently has Mrs. Casper as his/her math teacher.  From day one, I have been impressed with her consistent communication.  She sends an email every Friday that details what will be happening the following week, and she always responds to my personal emails/calls very quickly.  Most importantly, Mrs. Casper does whatever it takes to help her students.  My student has benefited tremendously from Mrs. Casper's efforts and in talking with other parents of her students, I know he/she is not alone.  Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Casper!"


- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Lozer has been an inspiration to my son.  Max looks up to Mr. Lozer and listens to everything he says and trusts him.  He has worked harder than ever this past year and I believe it is because of Mr. Lozer's guidance.  We are very grateful for his hard work and dedication."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mrs. Barker has gone above and beyond to work with my daughter this year on reading.  Alex has always struggled with reading and with Mrs. Barker's guidance I think she is making great progress.  She is always thinking of different ways to work with Alex which I think are really helping.  Alex loves going to school and has a great love for learning and I know Mrs. Barker is a huge part of that."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"My son has Ms. Koloske and she is wonderful. Her kindness and sweet interaction with the students is great! My son loves her and loves how encouraging she is. She is always positive and happy and truly loves her students. Mr. Aalderks is amazing and his patience and attitude are outstanding! He I am an amazing teacher and is very dedicated to his students. My daughter loves having him for her last year in elementary school! All I can say is that she’s had an amazing experience in her 5th-grade class! 

We have had great experiences with so many teachers throughout the past years including Mrs. Neddef, Mr. A, Mrs. L, Mrs. Manderle, Mr. Lozer, Mrs. Ludwig, Mrs. Brown! Thanks to all the staff for your dedication! 

Mrs. Booth is an amazing principal! She is wonderful with the students, parents, and staff! It’s evident in the atmosphere that the staff loves to teach! I believe it begins with leadership. Mrs. Booth is very involved in getting to know the families and students personally and we appreciate her so much! We love Shepard Hills and the amazing staff!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mrs. DiVilio is an extremely caring and great teacher. My son was nervous about going to 4K and she made the transition as easy as could be. He loves learning thanks to her!!"


- Deerfield 4K Parent

 

"I would like to thank Mrs. Schmidt, a biology teacher at the high school, for consistently taking the extra steps to keep parents informed. She sends a weekly email to the parents detailing what the students have done and will be doing. This has helped tremendously as a parent. Now when I ask my son "what did you today?" or "Do you have homework?" he can't answer with the usual "nothing". Mrs Schmidt also sends out personal emails when a student falls behind and I appreciate her honesty and willingness to help solve whatever the problem may be. Thank you, Mrs. Schmidt, for making the parent/teacher relationship strong and unified and for really caring about our kids and their education! "

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Ms. Stieber has been such an involved and caring teacher from day one. She gives us snapshots of our kids days through Instagram. She incorporates coping strategies to address our children's emotional well being. I find her approach to learning innovative and fun for the kids. I volunteer regularly and see how each and every child has blossomed in reading, math, social skills, creative story telling. These children have truly learned how to express themselves under her guidance. Our children have been blessed to have her in their lives."

- Forest Ridge Parent

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