Oskaloosa Schools Launches “Five to Thrive”


The Oskaloosa Schools has launched a five-year strategic plan to enhance extracurricular experiences for students in grades 7-12, titled “Five to Thrive.” The long-term goal of the plan is to increase overall student participation and success in activities and athletics.

“At Oskaloosa Schools, we aspire for incredible academic accomplishments, but also high levels of engagement and achievement in extracurricular activities,” said Mike Fisher, Superintendent. “Our Five to Thrive strategic plan is designed to ignite early enthusiasm among students, assisting them in discovering their passions, be it hobbies, performing arts, or sports, that will enable them to excel during their high school years and beyond.”

By 2028, the plan’s goals include achieving increased overall 7th-12th grade activities participation, alongside winning in each program and across the entire department. Each activity will be evaluated using five specific performance metrics tailored to the nature of the sport or activity.

Additionally, the district will emphasize developing strong student and adult leadership built on service, leadership, and success. The plan seeks to foster a successful culture centered on healthy relationships, ensuring student satisfaction and retention.

“Five to Thrive is positioned as a sustainable program, aimed at involving more students in our activities,” said Ryan Parker, Activities Director. “Our vision is to strengthen the activities department, fueling increased participation and success both in the immediate future and five years down the road. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact it will have on our students and the entire community.”

The Activities Leadership Cabinet developed by the district and leading the Five to Thrive plan includes the following district staff members: Brett Doud, Head Football Coach; Betsy Luck, Head Girls’ Track Coach; Greg Walter, Head Boys and Girls’ Soccer Coach; Bret Foster, Head Boys’ Golf Coach; Kista Grosshans, Head Football Cheerleading Coach; Kim Gile, Student Council Advisor and Video Production Lead; Mike Comfort, Head Boys and Girls’ Cross Country Coach; Kathy Akers, Drama Director; Rachel Brown, Head Boys and Girls’ Swim Coach; Ashley Goytia, Head Volleyball Coach; Caitlin Woods, Head Softball Coach; and Brandon Lenhart, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach.

“The Five to Thrive plan will positively transform our football program and all activities,” said Brett Doud, Head Football Coach. “It’s a rallying call for excellence across the board that will elevate not just our football team, but also all our extracurricular pursuits.”

The comprehensive details of the Five to Thrive strategic plan will be presented to the Oskaloosa Community School Board during its board work session, scheduled for October 24.

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