Summer 2023

Shapiro STEM Academy

"Empowering Hearts and Minds"   

1050 W. 18th Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902 
Phone: 920.424.0164  Fax: 920.424.7594                                                                                        

Lindsey Biesack, Principal

Rachel Molash, Secretary
Staff Directory 

Don't forget to check your email in early August for more information on our Getting To Know You (GTKY) Conferences scheduled for August 22 & 30 from 3:30-6:30, as well as information on your student's teacher for the 2023-24 school year!


Don't forget to check your email in early August for more information on our Getting To Know You (GTKY) Conferences scheduled for August 22nd & 30th, from 3:30-6:30pm, as well as information on your student's teacher for the 2023-24 school year!


End Of Year Note

From Mrs. Biesack

End Of Year Note From Mrs. Biesack

We did it!  The Shapiro STEM Academy family had a great school year.  Here are some of our accomplishments and favorite memories:

  • We welcomed over 90 families for our Fall and Spring family nights to participate in activities and build connections. 

  • Mr. Crowe and the students put together an amazing winter concert. 

  • We met our goal and raised over $3,000 for the Kids Heart Challenge. 

  • The second grade classes donated supplies to the Tiny House Village. 

  • We sent cards and pictures to residents in assisted living. 

  • We welcomed Bella and Sadie to our school as part of the Read to a Dog program. 

  • Students visited museums, crawled through caves, participated in Biz Town, and shared their songs with the employees at EAA. 

  • Our staff family learned about and continued to implement Conscious Discipline, High Impact Literacy strategies and Questioning and Discourse in Math. 

  • The Shapiro Whirlwind PTO is up and running!  They held their first fundraiser in the spring and helped with family nights. 

As we get ready to finish out the 22-23 school year and start planning for the 23-24 school year, we will be wishing some staff members well as they move on to new locations and are welcoming staff to new positions. 

  • Georgette Gruenstern (Mrs. G.) will be retiring from her role as paraprofessional.  We hope to see her back as a sub next year. 

  • Courtney Cummings will be leaving to pursue a position in the school that her children attend. We wish her well on this important transition for her family! 

  • Alyssa Bales will be moving to teach third grade at Roosevelt, due to enrollment changes.  We wish her well on continuing her education journey and look forward to staying in touch. 

Grade level staff list for 23-24

  • Kindergarten: Jennifer Flora and Amanda Schroeder

  • First Grade: Sundee Wager

  • Second Grade: Holly Semph and Amber Trilling

  • Third Grade: Breanna Tyner and Brooke Batterman

  • Fourth Grade: Erin Gietman

  • Fifth Grade: Marissa Ellison & (TBD) 

  • Special Education Teachers: Joanne Gorski and Dana Wunsch (welcome Dana!) 

Watch for information about Getting to Know You conference sign up and Teacher Names in early August. 

Have a wonderful summer,

Mrs. Biesack

Office Tips From Mrs. Molash

 As always, if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach me at 920.424.0164, or by email 

Happy summer, Whirlwinds!

I will be out of the office for the summer, not returning until early August. If there are any questions you need answered before that time, please call our Central Office at 920.424.0395


Tuesday, August 8- Central Registration @ North High School (if you need any assistance with your student's annual registration, please plan to stop by any time between 7:30am-7:30pm for assistance.)

Tuesday, August 22 & Wednesday, August 30- Getting to Know You Conferences 3:30pm-6:30pm. Please watch your email for teacher assignments and conferences sign up in early August. Your conference time will be an opportunity to meet with your student's teacher, see the classroom, and bring in your student's school supplies. 

Thursday, September 28- Picture Day! More information will be sent as the day gets closer!


As always, if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach me at 920.424.0164, or by email 

Food Service Reminders

Food Service Reminders

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR will be available online on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal in mid-July and will also be mailed out in the US mail to all households in mid-July. Please return your completed application to the Food Services Office, Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St., Oshkosh, WI 54902, or the Elementary School Office your child attends on or before the first day of school.

HAVE LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD All Elementary Schools and the Food Services Department invite parents of school-age children to have lunch with their child any school day. Please let the school office know in advance so we can make sure a lunch gets ordered for you. You may bring money with you to pay for the meal or the adult lunch can be charged to your students Food Service Account.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT The food service department is seeking individuals to work for our department serving breakfast and / or lunch. The majority of these positions available are 1.5 - 2 hours in length and are during the breakfast and lunch service time, which varies with the school. Opportunities for longer shifts and additional hours may also be available. Please see
the WECAN at website for employment opportunities along with applying for positions within the Food Service Department.

Please call 424-4936 for any questions. Thank you!


PBIS Annual Summary - Shapiro STEM Academy 

How are we implementing PBIS at our school in Tier I? 

The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (our PBIS assessment) indicates that we are implementing Tier I with  fidelity at 87%. Within the core features, we are above benchmark in Implementation and  Evaluation. However, we are 75% in Teams. In our action plan, we have focused on items to  improve our Team structure by including parents and additional classroom teachers. 

What is our Office Discipline Referral rate? 

We saw an increase of office discipline referrals during the middle months of the school year.  Using this data, we focused on reteaching expectations and increasing our school wide celebrations to focus on growth.  These methods helped to end the year with a decrease in office discipline referrals. 



How is our attendance? 

Last Year: 94.4% This Year: 93.5% 

We are working to continue to improve  our attendance. We plan to have earlier and more frequent attendance parent meetings for the 23-24 school year. Thank you families for your help in getting our students to school. 

What is our Action Plan for the next school year? 

In reviewing our behavioral attendance data, we have the following goals: 

1) We will expand our PBIS Team to include more representative teaching staff and include family representatives. 

2) We will focus on attendance early and often, working with families to create solutions. 

3) We will focus on school wide and universal expectations throughout the year to enforce the high expectations that we hold for our students. 

If you are interested in serving as a member of the PBIS Team, please contact Lindsey Biesack at or 920- 424-0164

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