Referendum Fast Fact #4: Olympia has not gone to the voters for a referendum since 2007, when voters approved raising the Education tax rate from $2.40 to the current rate of $2.90 Download a full-page Fast Facts sheet and learn more at: #MaintainRetainInnovate #TaxSwap #VoteMarch19 #FastFacts
about 24 hours ago, Sean Mullins
Question 4
Our brains are great at using past experiences to make quick decisions on the fly, but these shortcuts can also lead to bias. "Confirmation bias" is our brain's tendency to seek out information that confirms things we already think we know. Help your students learn to recognize this when they encounter news online, as a way to examine competing opinions and ideas and to avoid drawing questionable conclusions.
1 day ago, EdTech@Oly
Confirmation Bias
Baseball players: plan on being outside for practice at 3:30 on Monday. Make sure you have inside and outside practice clothes with you all week. Make sure to get registered and have physical stuff turned into the office by Monday.
3 days ago, Olympia Baseball
Mrs. Jennings (OWE 4th Grade) and Mr. Keith (Bus Driver) were the recipients of the last Fresh Cookie Friday celebration. Congratulations to these two staff members!
3 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Referendum Fast Fact #3: If question 2 (Education Fund) passes, it would reduce the deficit, provide more competitive salaries for teachers and staff and allow for the addition of important programs throughout the district. Download a full-page Fast Facts sheet and learn more at: #MaintainRetainInnovate #TaxSwap #VoteMarch19 #FastFacts
4 days ago, Sean Mullins
Question 2
Reminders: No baseball open gym tonight (Thursday, Feb 22) Season starts Monday. (Feb 26) Make sure players are registered on 8to18 and have a current physical turned into the office. More info for Monday will be posted soon.
5 days ago, Olympia Baseball
Family Tip Sheet: is where millions of people stop first for information. Tools like it are what make the internet so valuable. But they also teach an important lesson, one you can start teaching your kids now: don’t believe everything you read.
5 days ago, EdTech@Oly
The Olympia Baseball store has been extended to Friday at 8am.
6 days ago, Olympia Baseball
Check out this list of trustworthy resources to help you learn what's true (and what is not!) on the web. You can even use one of them to look back in time and what was on a website in the past!
7 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fearless Fact Finding
Reminders: Baseball open gym will be Tuesday, Feb 20th at 5:45 in the HS gym. Also, baseball team store closes at 8:00am on Wednesday, all orders will need to be placed before that time.
8 days ago, Olympia Baseball
Referendum Fast Fact #2: If question 1 (O + M Fund) passes, it would fund important maintenance and repairs which could in turn prevent future costly repairs. Download a full-page Fast Facts sheet and learn more at: #VoteMarch19 #FastFacts
8 days ago, Sean Mullins
Question 1
Show your children how you get news and information from different places, and explain how you make your choices. Use words like "credible," "trustworthy," "respected," and "fair." Ask them where they get their information, and if they think about those same words when choosing. As kids get older, introduce the ideas of bias, satire, and clickbait. Is generative AI, like ChatGPT, a trustworthy site for news and information?
8 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 5
Amazing weekend for our Olympia Spartan Wrestlers! Congratulations to Bentley Wise - state champion 150 pounds Dylan Eimer - 4th place 113 pounds Nolen Yeary - 6th place 215 pounds Kelton Graden - state qualifier We're proud of all of your hard work!
9 days ago, Josh Collins
Referendum Fast Fact #1: The tax swap is needed to address outside factors that have led to a $1.5 million deficit in the education fund: - State funding has decreased - Cost of goods and services has increased - Cost of salaries and benefits has increased - The education rate has not changed since 2007 Download a full-page Fast Facts sheet and learn more at: #MaintainRetainInnovate #TaxSwap #VoteMarch19 #FastFacts
11 days ago, Sean Mullins
If a picture's worth a thousand words, do the words always tell a true story? One way to find out is through a reverse image search. Search with an image instead of a keyword and see what you discover!
11 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Reverse Image Search
Congratulations to our 'Fresh Cookie Friday' recipients - Donna Anderson (ONE Cafeteria) and Brent Shedd (OMS Math). We appreciate you!
11 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Talk through the kind of content you and your tween or teen pass along to friends online. What types of things do you like to share? Do you always check to make sure something is true before you share it? How do emotions factor into your decisions to share things? Have you ever shared something and later found out it wasn't true?
12 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 4
Play around with ideas, deciding which are facts and which are opinions. Ask: How tall are you? What's the best food in the world? Do you like dogs? Point out that both facts and opinions show up in the news, but opinion is usually labeled.
12 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 4
The Olympia baseball store will be open now through next Wednesday, February 21st. Follow the link to gear up for the upcoming season!
13 days ago, Olympia Baseball
The Seniors named as Illinois State Scholars were recognized at the Board of Education meeting this month. Students are identified for this honor as a result of SAT scores and high school coursework / GPA. Congratulations to these students and those that couldn't be at the meeting! We are so proud of you!
14 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
State Scholars