EdTech@Oly
New Healthy Media Habits for Young Kids Now that screen-time recommendations are more flexible, it's time for new rules. | Caroline Knorr | 10/18/2017 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/new-healthy-media-habits-for-young-kids
about 18 hours ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Happy Friday from Olympia West! Student Council members are outside and ready to greet everyone today.
1 day ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Do you multitask in front of your kids? Check out that and other solutions to help your child reduce multitasking during homework time: https://d1pmarobgdhgjx.cloudfront.net/parenttip/PT_6WaysToStopMultitasking-new.mp4
3 days ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Looking for ways to manage your kid's device use? Check out these five easy screen-time tips: https://d1pmarobgdhgjx.cloudfront.net/parenttip/PT_5ScreenTips_YoungKids.mp4
5 days ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Help keep media/tech use in check by following a few simple practices: 1. Create screen-free times and zones 2. Try parental controls 3. Establish clear family rules 4. Watch and play together 5. Help kids identify healthy behaviors Read more: http://bit.ly/OlyMBTipsE
10 days ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Screen time; the reality is that there really is no magic number that's "just right." What's more important is the quality of kids' media, how it fits into your family's lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it. Read more: http://bit.ly/OlyScreenTime
15 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
It’s a great day to be a 4th grader at West. The class participated in the Mile Run and everyone crossed the finish line in under 13:08. Then, after lunch students began a science experiment using sugar cubes to find out what happens to rocks as they tumble down a mountain. #OlympiaStrong
16 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
It’s not too late to place your Art to Remember order. Visit the website ArttoRemember.com and search by child’s name or your online code. All orders need to be placed by October 13 to ensure delivery before Christmas.
18 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
It's easy to get distracted from homework (and life) when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Let's some common sense guidelines by signing this Family Media Agreement within your family: bit.ly/OlyAgree
18 days ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Do the benefits of being ever-connected also come with risks to our mental health? It's an important question to ask - especially for our kids. In Oct. we will be exploring Media Balance & Well Being. Read more: bit.ly/OlyMediaBalance
20 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
We ended Homecoming Spirit Week by wearing our class shirts- Fourth Grade Strong No Matter the Distance. #SpartanStrong #4thGrade
22 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Every year digital citizenship is more and more important in all of our lives. During 6 months this year we will focus on 6 areas of digital citizenship, providing resources and support for our Oly families. More details here: http://bit.ly/OlyDigCitOverview
24 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
4th students performed a science experiment with thin lava and thick lava to help them answer the question “Why do some volcanoes explode?”
24 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Olympia West is participating in the Art to Remember fundraiser this fall. Student order forms are being sent home on Tuesday and the link to online ordering was sent out in the Weekly Notes. Parents may find their child’s artwork by searching by name or the order code found on the order form. The deadline to place an order is October 13. This is a great opportunity to purchase gifts showcasing your child’s artwork. All items ordered will arrive before Christmas break.
26 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Students at Olympia West were greeted by our 4th grade Spartan Crew as they arrived at school. The Spartan Crew is a group of 4th and 5th grade Student Council members. #SpartanStrong
29 days ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders used clues from the video to practice making inferences.
about 1 month ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sean Mullins
Edmentum: Calvert Learning has identified the issue causing student progress to not be visible. No progress has been lost. They expect to have a resolution by 10:30 AM. We will send an update when we receive word of the fix.
about 1 month ago, Sean Mullins
Lisa Castleman
Thank you Oly West PTO and families for taking great care of our staff and "stocking our fridge"! We appreciate your support!
about 1 month ago, Lisa Castleman
LAURA O'DONNELL
Second day of PreK - kids are adorable and seem happy to be at school!
about 1 month ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
LAURA O'DONNELL
Oly West is ready to go! Teachers and aides are excited to have kids back in the building!
2 months ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Angie Swartzendruber
A special Thank You to Chris Durham and Signs of Success for bringing Spartan spirit to Olympia West! We are definitely ready to start this school year and welcome back all our students and their families. If you are in the area, make sure you drive by the school and check out the windows. #spartanstrong
2 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Our event distributing elementary backpacks filled with school supplies free for anyone in need is today from 10:30-noon at the park by Olympia West. Just pull up by the pavilion and we will bring you a backpack filled with the school supplies you need.
3 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Walk in/new student registration will be on Wednesday, August 5th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Parents should bring in a copy of the certified, county issued birth certificate, proof of residency and medical records for their student. Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing in the building. Please limit the number of people coming in to those that are necessary to complete the registration process.
3 months ago, Lisa Castleman
LAURA O'DONNELL
Congratulations Mr. Walsh and Mrs. Uhlman on a very successful first annual Olympia St. Jude run. The Olympia runners raised $61,000 for St. Jude. Thank you to all the runners and those that donated!
3 months ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
LAURA O'DONNELL
Thank you Minier Christian Church for your generous school supply and backpack donation. Thank you for being huge supporters of our kids!
3 months ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
LAURA O'DONNELL
Thank you Central Illinois Ag for your donation! A couple of first graders will be thrilled with these backpacks and supplies. Thank you for supporting Spartan Nation!
3 months ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Olympia CUSD 16
Check out the Backpack Event going on right now to collect supplies for Olympia students at https://bit.ly/3i7xl9q. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!!
4 months ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Sean Mullins
Phone lines are back up and running at the OHMS and District Office campuses. Thank you for your patience!
4 months ago, Sean Mullins
Lisa Castleman
Thank you Mrs. Lessen for all you do for the students, staff and families at OWE!
6 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
When you hear the words March Madness you typically think of basketball. At Olympia West, March Madness means the Tournament of Books. The top 16 picture books read aloud in class were matched against each other. 4th and 5th grade students would vote each week for their favorite book. Remote learning couldn’t stop these students from listening to the book being read, learning, and voting. The championship round starts tomorrow. Which book will be voted the best book- The Day the Crayons Quit or Henry’s Freedom Box?
6 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Bachman knows it’s a little colder today but it’s still a great day to let your Spartan spirit shine!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Boznos knows it’s a great day to be a Spartan!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Braffet might appear to be a lost tourist but we know she hasn’t lost her Spartan spirit!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
These OWE tourists are ready for whatever the day brings them!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Jennings is showing her Spartan pride by pretending to be a tourist relaxing on the beach while her own children take a nap!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Emmert’s Spartan pride is shining today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. McMillion’s Spartan spirit shines like the sun in Hawaii!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Frankfather is ready to get some pictures of Spartan spirit adventures today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Castleman and Lucy are going to enjoy an adventure outside today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Ms. Haines says “it’s root, root, root for the Spartans”
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West is hitting Spartan Spirit Week out of the park!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Ms. Weyl is tackling Remote Learning with her Spartan spirit today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Go Spartans go, Go Spartans go, hey Olympia what do you say the Spartans are going to win today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Frankfather knows it’s a great day to be a Spartan and a Packers fan!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Gale is hitting a home run in Spartan spirit today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Boznos is throwing out the opening pitch to all you Spartan fans today! And for the record, she really did get to throw out the opening pitch at a Cubs game!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Miss Eastman is sporting her Spartan spirit in her outdoor classroom this morning!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Miss Clarke says “Go You Redbirds” and “Go Spartans”
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Emmert and Buddy are hard at work rocking their Spartan Spirit!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
It’s a beautiful day to let your Spartan spirit shine!!!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
West students are up and showing their Spartan spirit today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Good Morning Olympia West! Let’s have a great day.
7 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
We love Spartan Spirit!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Spartan spirit is an open door
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
PEGGY BRAFFET
PJ day E-Learning
7 months ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Lisa Castleman
Showing your Spartan Spirit makes Remote Learning fun!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Pour yourself a cup of Spartan Spirit this week!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Miss Weyl says “Let it Snow Spartan Spirit”
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
More Spartan Spirit from Oly West today!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Ruppert and Puppy say “Go Spartans”
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Castleman and Lucy are ready to kick off Spartan Spirit Week! We can’t wait to see your Spartan Spirit!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
It’s Spartan Spirit Week! Mrs. Boznos says “Cowabunga Dudes”!
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Mrs. Swartzendruber has on her pajamas and is ready for the school day. #SpartansMakeYourselfAtHome #OlySpartanPride
7 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sean Mullins
Reminder: our technology live stream will start at 4:00 PM today. The target audience is elementary families, but information will be useful for many. See topics and access the stream here: https://youtu.be/KqiUYYl-xBA
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
An accurate census count means adequate funding for the community programs you value most. #CareAbouttheCount. Learn more and complete your census at CareAbouttheCount.org.
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
Most Illinoisans will receive an invitation to take the census in the mail. It will contain a unique code for you to take it online for your household. Visit CareAbouttheCount.org to learn more. #CareAbouttheCount #CentralIllinoisCounts
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
VIDEO: There are three primary ways to take the census. The preferred method is online, but you can also take it by phone, and some people will receive a paper questionnaire. If you don’t respond, a census taker may come to your door. Visit CareAbouttheCount.org to learn more. https://youtu.be/bcE5wXH17Os
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
**COVID Response Updates** Many additional resources have been added to our website @ bit.ly/olycovid. Remote learning plans have been posted for all grade levels. The page can also be accessed from our mobile app!
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
The #2020census is here & we need everyone to #CareAbouttheCount! This month, every household will receive mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to fill out the census. Watch your mailbox & visit CareAbouttheCount.org to learn more. #CentralIllinoisCounts
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
VIDEO: How do you take the census? This video helps break it down: https://youtu.be/bcE5wXH17Os #CareAbouttheCount #CentralIllinoisCounts
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
Every household should fill out a 2020 Census form (either online, by phone or by mail) by April 1, 2020. Watch your mailbox for directions and learn more at CareAbouttheCount.org. #CareAbouttheCount #CentralIllinoisCounts
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
Why #CareAbouttheCount? Filling out the census will boost our community, ensure adequate public funding and inspire a sense of civic duty. Read about regional efforts to boost our Central Illinois participation. https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2020/mar/care-about-count #CentralIllinoisCounts
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
Do you value affordable housing? Healthcare centers? School funding? A complete count in the #2020census is critical to securing billions in funding for community programs you value most. #CareAbouttheCount! https://youtu.be/h2JMt4ZNR_Q #CentralIllinoisCounts #ILCountMeIn
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Lisa Castleman
Learn more about how to use PBIS at home. Here's a video showing how to set and reinforce expectations! https://youtu.be/aNxVyHNA6XA
7 months ago, Lisa Castleman
PEGGY BRAFFET
2020 Olympia West Annual Badminton Tourney
7 months ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Sean Mullins
ACTIVITY UPDATE: Our annual Mr Spartan event scheduled for tonight Friday March 13th has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
7 months ago, Sean Mullins
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade played main idea Jenga today.
7 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
The votes are in for the final 4 of the Tournament of Books. Which book will make it to the Championship?
7 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sean Mullins
Your community is counting on you. Watch your mailbox and complete your household’s census at CareAbouttheCount.org. #CareAbouttheCount #CentralIllinoisCounts
8 months ago, Sean Mullins
PEGGY BRAFFET
Badminton in full swing this week
8 months ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to these Spectacular Spartans!
8 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Day 3 results of The Tournament of Books are in. 4th and 5th grade students voted for The Day the Crayons Quit and Boy.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
March Madness Tournament of Books started today at Olympia West. 4th and 5th grade students are reading and voting on their favorite book in the bracket. Which book will become the champion?
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 5: Review worst-case steps. Walk through what to do if your kid is being bullied online. First, step away. Ignoring a bully can be very effective. If the bullying continues, take screenshots or print out evidence. Then block the person. If it gets worse, report the behavior to a trusted adult. Talk about who those people are and make sure your kid has their contact information.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Resources: bit.ly/OlyCBR1 There are A LOT of "social media" sites out there. You know about Twitter & Facebook, but what about Reddit, TikTok, Twitch, Sarahah, or Discord? Educate yourself with this list of short explanation videos from Common Sense media!
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Video: bit.ly/OlyCBV4 For kids, miscommunication is a common occurrence online and on social media. Plus, being behind a screen makes it easier to say things they wouldn't say in person. So how do we help kids avoid the pitfalls of digital drama?Hear it from the source!
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Do you need to get out of the house during these winter months? Check out the 5th grade basket “Family Night Out” during the live auction tonight.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Who loves music? Don’t miss the 4th grade basket “One-of-a-Kind” featuring Apple AirPods Pro tonight during the live auction.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Check out the “Pizza Basket” by 3rd grade classes tonight at the live auction.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Calling all crafters. . . 2nd grade classes sponsored a Cricut Explore Air 2 and supplies. Don’t miss the auction tonight at 6:30.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Anyone love coffee? If so, look for the “Coffee Lovers” basket by 1st grade classes during the live auction tonight at 6:30.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
“Dining Out” basket by Kindergarten classes will be on the live auction at 6:30.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Check out the art supplies basket put together by the PreK classes. This will be on the live auction starting at 6:30.
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Family Fun Night is TONIGHT! Come spend the evening with friends and family while supporting the school. Doors open at 3:30. #OlyWestisBest #OlySpartanPride
8 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 5: Take breaks. Notice your kid getting pulled into digital drama? Help them take a break. They may determine for themselves when they need to step back, but they might need some help setting limits. Putting devices to bed at a specific time can help kids recharge.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Video: bit.ly/OlyCBV5 Digital harassment happens when teens use texts, instant messages, emails, and social media posts to keep tabs on or threaten someone else. It usually involves two people in a close relationship. Here are four ways to help teens avoid digital harassment.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Q&A: How can I explain why teens shouldn't create fake profiles to tease their friends and/or peers? https://www.commonsensemedia.org/facebook-instagram-and-social/how-can-i-explain-why-teens-shouldnt-create-fake-profiles-to-tease Photo from Rober Monkada
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
bit.ly/OlyCBB Teaching kids character strengths and life skills such as empathy is one of the most important jobs of being an adult. These great books for all ages help make it easier by celebrating friendship, difference, and the importance of caring for one another.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 4: Encourage upstanding. Let kids know that supporting someone who is being bullied can make a big difference. If they feel safe confronting the bully, they should. If not, a PM can help someone through a tough time. Speaking up against hate speech is important too!
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Tanya Lang
Parent Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, March 3rd and Wednesday, March 4th. Follow the link below to sign up for your child's conference. 4th and 5th grade parents please set up a conference time with your child's homeroom teacher. https://ptcfast.com/schools/Ol...
8 months ago, Tanya Lang
EdTech@Oly
Video: bit.ly/OlyCBV6 Cyberbullying is something most families hope they never have to deal with. But if your kids are texting, sharing photos, and posting comments, it’s important to talk to them about how to deal with online harassment. Learn 5 ways to stop cyberbullies.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Olympia CUSD 16
Today, Friday, February 14th all Olympia schools will begin one hour late due to the extreme cold.
8 months ago, Olympia CUSD 16
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 3: Role-play. If kids feel like they might have trouble removing themselves from digital drama, experiment with some different ways they can make a graceful exit. Talk through words they can use, ways they can steer conversations in positive directions, etc.
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Q&A Time: Is there any way to make sure my kid won't become a cyberbully? https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying/is-there-any-way-to-make-sure-my-kid-wont-become-a-cyberbully
8 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to Mrs. Jennings and Miss Clarke from Olympia West, they are the recipients of a PNC First Grant! Mrs. Jennings and Miss Clarke will use the grant money to create a sensory path for their students.
8 months ago, Lisa Castleman
EdTech@Oly
Video: bit.ly/OlyCBV2 As kids grow, they'll naturally start to communicate more online. But some of what they see could make them feel hurt, sad, angry, or even fearful. Help your students build empathy for others and learn strategies to use when confronted with cyberbullying.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
PEGGY BRAFFET
Now for something completely different
9 months ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 2: Check in about online life. Just like you'd ask your kid about their sleep, exercise, and eating, stay on top of their online life. Who are they chatting with? How do people treat each other in the games and on the sites they're using?
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Video: bit.ly/OlyCBV1 Let's face it: Some online spaces can be full of negative, rude, or downright mean behavior. But what counts as cyberbullying? Help your students learn what is - and what isn't - cyberbullying, and give them the tools they'll need to combat the problem.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
PEGGY BRAFFET
Getting ready for our Big Jump Rope For Heart Event
9 months ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 1: Define your terms. Make sure kids understand what cyberbullying is: repeated and unwanted mean or hurtful words or behavior that occurs online (through texts, social media posts, online chat, etc.).
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Once kids go online, their chances of finding cyberbullies, haters, and trolls is, sadly, quite high. Find age-specific guidelines, videos, and articles to help with tough conversations -- whether your kid is a bully or is being bullied. Common Sense Media addresses your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Kassadie Cole
5th graders and Kindergartners are enjoying playing BINGO together this afternoon!
9 months ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
Lots of bingo winners at West!
9 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Mrs. Castleman is the bingo caller at West.
9 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Fam Tip 5: Choose a Variety of Sources Show kids how you get news & information from different places, & explain how you make your choices. Use words like "credible," "trustworthy," "respected," and "fair." As kids get older, introduce the ideas of bias, satire, and clickbait.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Have you been keeping up with our News and Media Literacy suggestions? Here are some questions that you could use as discussion prompts to see how things are sinking in! bit.ly/OlyNMQ
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 4: Discuss Fact vs. Opinion! Play with ideas and decide 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 fact and opinion show up in the news, but opinion is usually(!) labeled.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to slick roads and dense fog, Olympia schools will have a one hour late start today (Friday, Jan. 24, 2020)
9 months ago, Olympia CUSD 16
EdTech@Oly
Fearless Fact Finding! Check out this list of trustworthy resources to help you learning 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!
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Jessica Clarke
First graders share their cool down strategies over a cup of hot chocolate! #2ndstep
9 months ago, Jessica Clarke
EdTech@Oly
Who created this message? How does it try to attract my attention? Be a detective when looking at news and media!
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Fam. Tip 3: Explore Different Sides of a Story! Use real-life examples to help kids understand how people can view the same situation with totally different perspectives. Sibling conflict is a great example of how two people can have wildly different opinions on the same event.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
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!
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Link: http://bit.ly/OLYNMLr Common Sense has released a brand new News & Media Literacy Resource Center with TONS of resources around this topic. Check out this new web series from Crash Course! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtN07XYqqWSKpPrtNDiCHTzU
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Link: http://bit.ly/OLYNMLr Common Sense has recently released a brand new News & Media Literacy Resource Center with TONS of resources around this topic. Particularly neat is a new web series by Crash Course...check it out! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtN07XYqqWSKpPrtNDiCHTzU
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
LAURA O'DONNELL
Oly West teachers working through a speed lesson planning challenge. They were asked to create a social emotional lesson in 10 minutes and had to incorporate a mystery item. Great ideas and great staff!
9 months ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
EdTech@Oly
bit.ly/OlyNMV1 | bit.ly/OlyNMFR1 Kids find and read news in lots of ways. But studies show they're not very good at interpreting what they see. How can we help them get better? Teaching your kids about the structure of online news articles is an important place to start.
9 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 2: Play "Spot the Ad"! When you see media, ask your kids to figure out what the ad is selling. Sometimes it's obvious, and sometimes it's not. Help them explore why certain pictures, sounds, and words are used to sell certain products.
10 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Fake news is nothing new. Check out this timeline to learn about some ways it has been utilized throughout history to influence society. Ask your family about other examples that you know of and why they were used!
10 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
bit.ly/OlyNMV2 All media comes with an author and an agenda. Help kids think critically about any media they view with critical questions that dig below the surface. And to really empower kids, have them create their own media with these same questions in mind.
10 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Family Tip 1: Encourage Healthy Skepticism! Help kids analyze the messages around them - from toy packaging to Instagram posts to news headlines - and question the purpose of the words and images they see. Teach kids how to use fact-checking tools like Snopes and FactCheck.org.
10 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders have been practicing acts of kindness during the month of December. They made Christmas cards for community members. Today, every student received a card in return. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
After a day of Grinch activities, we had a special visitor at OWE today!
10 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Kassadie Cole
Max is tired of stealing Christmas joy from the Whos and has run away from the Grinch! The 4th and 5th graders and completing puzzles in order to find Max.
10 months ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
Who will be the first fourth or fifth grader to make a tic-tac-toe using inferences about How the Grinch Stole Christmas? #OlySpartanPride
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
What will the picture be? Fourth and fifth graders are practicing math facts to complete the pixelated picture. #OlySpartanPride
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Can you retell the Grinch story? 4th and 5th grade students are putting the events in the correct order to make the Grinch. #OlySpartans
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Grinch Day has started with fourth and fifth grade students listening to Mr. Dale read How the Grinch Stole Christmas. #OlySpartanPride
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Update: All fourth graders have escaped and are on The Nice List.
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
EdTech@Oly
Help! My Kid Wants to Use Social Media! Get your kid -and yourself - ready for the next step with these conversation starters. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/help-my-kid-wants-to-use-social-media
10 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Who will Escape the Naughty List? Fourth graders are working together to solve Christmas clues to get back on the “nice list”. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
10 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sean Mullins
Due to inclement weather, Olympia CUSD 16 will be running one hour late today, Monday December 16. Be safe out there!
10 months ago, Sean Mullins
EdTech@Oly
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Check out this short video for your elementary kiddos around what a digital footprint really means. We already K-5 students posting and interacting online, so let's start some good habits early! http://bit.ly/OlyDFV2
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
As soon as you share the first photo of your kid, you're establishing their digital footprint. As kids get older and start creating their own content or engaging with others online, it's important for them to understand the tracks they're leaving behind and what those tracks might reveal. Parents can help guide kids toward creating the kind of footprint they can be proud of. https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-5-digital-footprint-and-identity
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Many students are already posting and sharing information about themselves online. But in a world where oversharing might seem like the norm, it’s important for kids to think about their digital footprints. Listen to what other teens have to say about sharing on social media. Are you making the right sharing decisions? bit.ly/OlyDFV1
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
As soon as you share the first photo of your kid, you're establishing their digital footprint. As kids get older and start creating their own content or engaging with others online, it's important for them to understand the tracks they're leaving behind and what those tracks might reveal. Parents can help guide kids toward creating the kind of footprint they can be proud of. https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-5-digital-footprint-and-identity
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
#DigCit Reboot! In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do the benefits of online sharing outweigh the risks? In Dec. our digital citizenship focus will be on the topic of Digital Footprint & Identity. Look for posts throughout the month to use as discussion points with your family!
11 months ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Merry Christmas from Olympia West! We are ready for the parade!!!
11 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Which student at West will be wearing these presents in the parade? Come see us today for the Minier Christmas parade at 4:00.
11 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
OWE Kindergarteners had fun with science today!
11 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Macy parade has nothing on OWE 2nd and 3rd graders this morning!
11 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Kassadie Cole
Penny Wars are coming to an end! Who will be the winners this week?! 💵
11 months ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders are reading by the fireplace today. #OlySpartanPride
11 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Student Council is ready to help with the Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner.
11 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Happy Friday from 4th grade and PreK book buddies!
11 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West Staff enjoyed celebrating World Kindness Day today!
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West celebrates our Veterans! Thank you Veterans!
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Congratulations to Makinli and Ethan for being Spartan ticket winners! They chose to read a book to the kindergarten classes as their incentive.
12 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade is participating in a post card exchange with other fourth grade classrooms around the United States. So far, we have received two post cards from Texas.
12 months ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Our Red Ribbon Rally was a hit this week!
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Pirates send a message in a bottle during Oly West‘s Red Ribbon Week.
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Superhero’s send a message to stay drug free during Red Ribbon Week at Oly West!
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Catherine Jennings
Our Mystery Reader today was.... Mrs. Castleman!! We loved having part of our Junie B. Jones book read to us this morning. Read alouds are the best!
12 months ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West students learn about making good choices during our Red Ribbon Assembly.
12 months ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Olympia West recognized our amazing bus drivers and aides today. Thank you for all you do for our students! You are one of the first people they see in the morning and help deliver them safely to school in good weather and bad. Happy Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
about 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
LAURA O'DONNELL
Olympia 4th graders visited OMS today so that 8th grade students could explain electricity to them using materials from ISU's CeMaST program. Thank you Jake Steve for making this possible!
about 1 year ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade visited OMS to learn about electrical circuits from Mr. Steve’s 8th grade science class.
about 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sean Mullins
Power has been restored to the high school. There will still be interruptions in services for the morning until everything can be brought back on line. We thank you for your continued patience, and will update you when everything is operating normally!
about 1 year ago, Sean Mullins
Lisa Castleman
Looking forward to Grandparents Day tomorrow at Olympia West!
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Jessica Clarke
Mrs. Ruppert teaches first graders the importance of being unique and treating others kindly with a fun fall read aloud and her good pal puppy!
about 1 year ago, Jessica Clarke
Kassadie Cole
5th graders using base ten blocks as a hands-on strategy to add decimals.
about 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
Sean Mullins
**Phone Update** Phone service has been restored to all buildings. A huge shout out to Olympia graduate Ryan Komnick from Frontier for investigating the issue and coming to our rescue! We hear it involved a few mice-chewed lines! Thanks Ryan! #OlySpartanPride
about 1 year ago, Sean Mullins
EdTech@Oly
#DigCit In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do the benefits of online sharing outweigh the risks? In October, our digital citizenship focus will be on the topic of Digital Footprint & Identity. Look for posts throughout the month!
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Sean Mullins
Reminder: the weekend storm knocked out the phone lines at OHS, OMS, and the District Office and they are still down today; Oct. 1. Elementary buildings are not affected. The phone company is working on fixing the issue. There is no estimate on when the issue will be resolved, but we will issue an update as soon as it is back up and running. If you need to contact the affected buildings, please dial 309-963-4514 and use the appropriate extension for your party. Phone extensions can be found on each school's website under Links > Staff.
about 1 year ago, Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
The weekend storm knocked out the phone lines at OHS, OMS, and the District Office. Elementary buildings are not effected. The phone company is working on fixing the issue. There is no estimate on when the issue will be resolved. If you need to contact the effected buildings, please dial 309-963-4514 and use the appropriate extension for your party. Phone extensions can be found on each school's website under Links > Staff.
about 1 year ago, Sean Mullins
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to our September Spectacular Spartans!
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
EdTech@Oly
Q & A Time! Check out the the resources provided by Common Sense Education, and even share your own thoughts. Remember, we are all in this together! ----- My child seems addicted to their phone. What do I do? http://bit.ly/Oly_QA1 -----
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders are working together to read a poem and answer questions on the game board.
about 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
We’ve got spirit yes we do!
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Tanya Lang
Olympia West Grandparents' Day will be Friday, October 18th from 8:00-10:40. (K-5th grades) Morning Pre-K will be 8:00-10:40, Afternoon Pre-K is from 12:00-2:00 Students are encouraged to invite their Grandparents or an adult to join us on this special day.
about 1 year ago, Tanya Lang
EdTech@Oly
Article Time! How to Set Screen Rules That Stick: Easy tips for limiting kids' computer, TV, game, and movie time. This article contains tips for all ages! https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-set-screen-rules-that-stick
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Kassadie Cole
5th graders identifying Mystery Matter based on its properties including color, texture, and it’s reaction with water and vinegar.
about 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
Ms. Haines
Fifth graders practicing rhythms and bass clef with stations in music class! #olyspartanpride
about 1 year ago, Ms. Haines
EdTech@Oly
Article Time! "Now that screen-time recommendations are more flexible, it's time for new rules." Read about new healthy media habits for young kids here @ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/new-healthy-media-habits-for-young-kids
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Looking for ways to manage your child's device use? Check out these easy screen-time tips for balancing media use and well-being. https://d1pmarobgdhgjx.cloudfront.net/parenttip/PT_5ScreenTips_YoungKids.mp4
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Olympia CUSD 16
The external telephones are out at Olympia West. If you need to contact Oly West, please call the District office at 309-379-6011 to be transferred.
about 1 year ago, Olympia CUSD 16
LAURA O'DONNELL
Forget how density and volume are related? Ask Oly West 5th graders!
about 1 year ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
LAURA O'DONNELL
First graders at Oly West learning about fear and how to cope with fears!
about 1 year ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
EdTech@Oly
Five Tips to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives (1) Create screen-free times and zones. (2) Try parental controls. (3) Establish clear family rules. (4) Watch and play together. (5) Help kids identify healthy behaviors. Read more @ http://bit.ly/OlyMBTipsE
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Lisa Castleman
Students at West enjoying the revamped butterfly garden
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
EdTech@Oly
How Much Screen Time? “...the reality is that there really is no magic number that's "just right." What's more important is the quality of kids' media, how it fits into your family's lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it.” Read more @ http://bit.ly/OlyScreenTime
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
Are you looking for a conversation starter with your family around media balance & well-being? This Family Media Agreement is a great way to chat about family media habits. Check it out today! http://bit.ly/OlyAgree
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
EdTech@Oly
September OlyDigCit Focus: Media Balance & Well Being. "We live in a world overflowing with digital media and technology. All of us -- adults and kids -- have constant access to real-time information from around the globe. But do the benefits of being ever-connected also come with risks to our mental health? It's an important question to ask -- especially for our kids." Read more about Media Balance & Well-Being! https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/topic/media-balance-and-well-being
about 1 year ago, EdTech@Oly
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to our August Spectacular Spartans!
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Students at West started working on their masterpieces for Art to Remember, the fall fundraiser. More details about the fundraiser will be shared once all masterpieces have been completed. #OlySpartanPride
about 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Tech@Oly
The social media connection between our website and Facebook is currently experiencing a disruption. While this is being resolved, you can find all of your Olympia related information on your building website Live Feeds and Twitter accounts. Spread the word and connect today!
about 1 year ago, Tech@Oly
PEGGY BRAFFET
We’re running-must be back to school
about 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
LAURA O'DONNELL
Oly West first graders learning how to calm themselves with various breathing techniques. #teachingthewholechild
about 1 year ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Lisa Castleman
Oly West students learned to be their best at West today during our PBIS kickoff! We are Spartans!
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Thank you to the OHS Volleyball Team for “chalking the walk” at OWE! We are excited to see everyone tonight at Open House from 5-6pm
about 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Reading is a great way to relax and cool off during these hot summer days. Don’t wait! Grab your favorite book and get started. #adventuresinbooks
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Thank you Oly West PTO and volunteers for a great Field Day on Wednesday!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to Mrs. Graber on her retirement! Olympia West celebrated her retirement today as she arrived at school by fire truck!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K PM adjusted the best they could to the heat, so we ended our field day activities with a fun cool down! They loved it! Enjoy the summer Pre-K!!!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Students spent the day outside participating in activities for Field Day 2019. Thank you PTO and parents for a wonderful day!!
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K AM had a blast enjoying the sunshine and fun games at Field day, today!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
It has been a bitter sweet last few days with these kiddos! I am soaking up every minute of it. A huge shout out to the parents for all the support this school year! I hope you enjoyed your Mom/Dad's day gift and cards. They worked very hard on them!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
We celebrated Mrs. Bohne and her retirement after 28 years in the Olympia District on Monday! Congratulations Mrs. Bohne!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders are getting ready to POP into sixth grade!
over 1 year ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Byrd
Today was the Pre-K promotion. Those who completed one year and those moving on to Pre-K received their special awards and celebrated with parents. Thank you to all those who made this day possible and helping out. (Mrs. Lindsey, Mrs. Lang, Mrs. Bertram, Mrs. Brammeier, Mrs. Rummerfield and Candice Logsdon for our cool Oscar man) Big thank you to all the parents who came for their child, and Pre-K for working so hard!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Edwards
Third graders are excited because the chicks started hatching! Eight fluffy chicks are already getting a lot of love from third graders and there are six more eggs that we are hoping hatch soon!
over 1 year ago, Angie Edwards
LAURA O'DONNELL
Olympia CUSD staff Learning how to implement Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems (PBIS). Excited about implementing next year!
over 1 year ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K had so much fun on AG day at the High School. They learned about different aspects of agriculture such as drones, animals, crops, and the equipment. Thank you to the high school students and staff for such a fun day!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to Mrs. Bohne! She was recognized this week at the IPA Staff Recognition Luncheon for her 28 years of service at Olympia West.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Kassadie Cole
Student Council & Safety Patrol celebrating a year of hard work!
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
PEGGY BRAFFET
Mile run
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
PEGGY BRAFFET
They did it! Mile run
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Lisa Byrd
Huge thank you to Mrs. Lang for letting us use the Learning Center all week. Pre-K finished out their camping trip with a partner I Spy game. They took turns finding the camping pictures we've talked about, counted them, and wrote the number while taking turns with a partner. Lastly, we worked with our teams and went on a scavenger hunt finding certain items that were long, rough, bumpy, smooth, heavy, tiny, and more! This was a good test of listening skills. Good work, campers!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders spent the morning with their little buddies! They used their coding skills to help kindergarten practice short vowel sounds.
over 1 year ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Castleman
Penny Wars are under way this week at Oly West! Which class will end up with the most pennies and dollars???
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Today, Pre-K used the camping words and pictures they have been learning about to play and match in a game of BINGO. Then, during snack they ate smores cereal, were read stories, and used their imagination to come up with a story on their own. We had a close call with a bear at the end of story time, but luckily made it back to our classroom as a whole class!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K has been exploring the wilderness as they enjoy their camping unit. Monday was a relay of review, as each team raced to visit each tent and complete the review skills task. They not only had to use their prior knowledge of skills to complete each activity, but they had to "hike" from tent to tent using their gross motor skills to get there. They climbed over hills, and crawled under fallen trees, balanced on rocks along streams, and crawled through a fallen tree log. The week is full of more camping fun and using our imagination to learn!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Kassadie Cole
5th graders exploring instruments with OHS students today!
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K took a pretend trip to the zoo while participating in their zoo stations this week. They used their alphabet/literacy skills to put zoo animals in alpha order, or play a memory game with their partner, sorted zoo animals from farm animals, and then graphed how many for each animal, went on a zoo animal scavenger hunt and either wrote the first letter or whole animal name, and lastly, some worked on beginning letter sounds for zoo animals.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade spent the day at Wildlife Prairie State Park. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Kassadie Cole
5th grade is at the Museum of Science and Industry today!
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
PEGGY BRAFFET
Music & PE collaboration
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
PEGGY BRAFFET
Music & PE collaboration
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Lisa Byrd
PreK modeled great perseverance and patience when creating their astronaut helmets. To celebrate, we used our imaginations to count backwards and blast off into space. They were able to see and review everything we learned about, the stars, sun, moon, and planets. Thank you to Mrs. Schultz for the special rocket ship bomb pops for snack! It was the perfect treat!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Students in Mrs. Swartzendruber’s RTI group shared their perspective drawing they drew this week. The artwork will be used as inspiration to write a narrative story. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
PreK used their fine motor skills, taking turns/working with a partner, following directions, number sequencing, and puzzle skills to learn all about the planets in the solar system. They also worked very hard to finish their astronaut helmets in preparation for our space trip Thursday. They were introduced to counting backwards and will review during our take off.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders are using a green screen to produce videos for their Tourism Director project. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
PEGGY BRAFFET
The kindergartners are practicing for the mile run
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to our students who were recognized at the IPA Student Recognition Luncheon. They are amazing Spartans in and out of the classroom!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Kassadie Cole
5th graders enjoying STEM day at OHS!
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
Week one of Outer Space in PreK involved learning about the Sun, stars/star constellations, and the moon. They used their fine motor skills, working together, and literacy and math skills to perform their stations this week. This week we are preparing for blast off as we learn all about the planets and solar system.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Ms. Haines
3rd graders bowling to practice music math!
over 1 year ago, Ms. Haines
PEGGY BRAFFET
Congratulations to our 2019 after school badminton drawing winners
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
PEGGY BRAFFET
Badminton Game On!
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Kassadie Cole
5th graders completing a collaboration activity during character ed with Mrs. Ruppert!
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
PEGGY BRAFFET
Great day at ROE with our fellow teachers!
over 1 year ago, PEGGY BRAFFET
Angie Swartzendruber
The votes are in and the 2019 Tournament of Books winner is The Lightning Thief.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Catherine Jennings
Third grade enjoyed a chapter from their novel study in the warm sunshine!
over 1 year ago, Catherine Jennings
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders go out To practice haiku writing We love poetry!
over 1 year ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K learned about different kinds of weather this week. They participated in an active find the weather, do the action game. Reviewed counting and taking turns in a weather board game (some also practiced graphing). Then, practiced quantifying "raindrop links" to match the number on the raincloud. Ask them to name a form of precipitation, our big word of the week.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade students redeemed Lunch With A Bud coupons to eat in the classroom with their friends. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade started a science unit today about the brain. We had to read words written in a different color, say the color of the word rather than the written word, and then used movement and sensory nerves to catch a ruler to test reaction time. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Olympia West staff kicked off Autism awareness month with our matching tshirts to remind our students that- "In a world where you can be anything-BE KIND!"
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade students voted today in the Tournament of Books. The Final Four has been set: Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth vs The Lightning Thief and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville vs Henry’s Freedom Box. Which books will advance to the championship round?
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K became some dinosaur eXperts this week. They learned about some new words such as eXtinct and paleontologist, as well as some pretty tough dinosaur names. They used fine motor skills to build a dinosaur out of shapes, their counting and number recognition to sequence and quantify dinosaurs, and went on a dinosaur hunt to find our letter Xx. If you're looking for a conversation starter-just ask them about dinosaurs!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Second grade students at Olympia West presented 4th grade students with posters and lots of encouragement at a kick-off assembly for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness testing that starts Tuesday. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
The last two days of Pre-K's Spirit Week. Thankful Thursday, where the students dressed like someone or something they are thankful for and shared why with the class. Lastly, we all wore green in honor of St. Patrick's day and raced to match the numbers, count, and fill the pots of gold with the right amount of coins before the other team did.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West students climb to high heights in PE today!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders worked in groups to complete an Amazing Race across Ireland. Along the way they practiced test skills and Spartan skills. 🍀
over 1 year ago, Sarah Abel
Catherine Jennings
Third grade played collaborative games to prep for testing and, more importantly, build confidence in our Spartan skills 👍🏻
over 1 year ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Byrd
Pre-k has been working on listening to their letter sounds with their Spirit week theme days.So far, (M) Mustache Monday, (T) Tie-dye Tuesday, and (W) Wacky Wednesday. Cutting, writing their names, voting, and more or less were practiced in Monday through Wednesday's activities, too. More to come...stay tuned!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Catherine Jennings
Third grade played collaborative games to prep for testing and, more importantly, build confidence in our Spartan skills 👍🏻
over 1 year ago, Catherine Jennings
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders kicked off their March Madness Unit today by measuring different NCAA basketball players, completing a STEM challenge by creating a basketball hoop, and reading the first two books in their book tournament! 🏀
over 1 year ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Catherine Jennings
Third graders have been challenged to demonstrate a vocabulary word, and create a living ripple effect! I have challenged them to complete one random act of kindness by Friday, and create a kindness ripple effect!
over 1 year ago, Catherine Jennings
Angie Swartzendruber
The Tournament of Books is coming to 4th grade on Monday. The first round of reading/voting will last two weeks. Which books will advance to the next round? Stay tuned to find out.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
PreK talked about how practice makes perfect-not only in sports! They reviewed letters and letter sounds with ping pong basketball, shot til they scored to find the number they needed in their sequencing game, and reviewed rhyming with puzzles. They also learned the difference between telling something and asking a question. A combination of fine motor, large motor and learning through play= a win in Pre-K!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K had so much fun practicing their rhymes this week with all the Dr. Seuss themed days. They voted on whether they thought they would like green eggs and ham. The students were very pleased with the surprise of there being no actual green eggs and ham. They enjoyed the vanilla pudding and wafers with delight. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!!!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Olympia West. Today students enjoyed a preview day. The book fair will be open from 8:00-2:25 Monday-Thursday as well as during parent-teacher conferences March 4 & 5. This is a great time to build your child’s library.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Olympia West. Today students enjoyed a preview day. The book fair will be open from 8:00-2:25 Monday-Thursday as well as during parent-teacher conferences March 4 & 5. This is a great time to build your child’s library.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Students in fourth grade worked in small groups to research the Northeast or Southeast region and presented their information to the class. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Catherine Jennings
Ciao! Check out third grade's Pizza Basket on Saturday at Family Fun Night! Need to feed a bunch of kids? We have you covered! Your next four date nights? Covered! Yum yum yum!
over 1 year ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Castleman
Do you love to bake? Check out the Pre-K basket at Family Fun Night! Family Fun Night is Saturday night! Doors open at 4pm.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Family Fun Night tickets are available at Minier FS, Minier IGA and Hopedale Casey's. They are 4/$1, get yours today and join in the fun Saturday night! Doors open at 4:00pm, everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Family Fun Night is this Saturday night! Doors open at 4:00pm. Stop by for fun, games, food and some great auction items. Silent and bag auction begins at 4:00pm, live auction begins at 6:30pm.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Need a new t.v.? Make sure you check out the fourth grade Movie Basket during the live auction at Family Fun Night this Saturday, February 23rd.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West's Family Fun Night is one week away! Doors will open at 4:00pm, live auction begins at 6:30pm.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Pre-k celebrated Valentine's day with some fun Valentine stations. They sorted by color, made letters, counted, and created patterns, all using candy hearts. They strengthened their fine motor skills by using clothespins to pinch and match upper case to lower case, and numbers. They enjoyed a special snack, crafts, and entertaining games as well. BIG thank you to all the parents who made this possible!!!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Jessica Clarke
Earlier this week, first grade kicked off Valentine’s Day a little early. Students drew pictures and wrote about what fills their hearts during a wonderful lesson led by Mrs. Ruppert!
over 1 year ago, Jessica Clarke
Lisa Byrd
Thank you so much to Mrs. Nehls and her hardworking students. The books they made for the PreK class were a fun read for everyone. It was obvious the time and effort each student took to create the characters the PreK class portrayed to them. I enjoyed watching the littles interact with the bigs while they read the books and had their snack. Thanks, again, for such a fun collaboration!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Family Fun Night tickets are on sale! In Minier at IGA and FS and in Hopedale at Casey’s. We hope to see everyone on February 23!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Make sure you check out this blanket at Family Fun Night. It was made by 4th grade students and will be part of the live auction. #OlySpartanPride
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Kassadie Cole
5th grade is off to a great start on this Monday morning! Students are working on a variety of math centers practicing skills including simplifying fractions and adding and subtracting mixed numbers.
over 1 year ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K had a fun and fit week learning about the letter H for Health week. We learned about healthy foods and the food groups by sorting them, we practiced counting and recognizing our numbers in our roll and work out station, and we learned all about dental health words in our write the room activity, then circled our letter H in them. The kids participated in daily work outs at the start of each day with us. Some students even chose white milk instead of chocolate milk by the end of the week. Way to be healthy, PreK!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders spent the morning doing Valentine’s Day activities with their Kindergarten little buddies. 💜
over 1 year ago, Sarah Abel
Angie Swartzendruber
Today was Jump Rope for Heart at Olympia West. Fourth grade students spent 50 minutes rotating through different jump rope stations. Congrats to Noah for being the last student standing in the jumping contest.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K had a lot of fun talking about Groundhog day. We learned a lot about shadows, what you need to make a shadow, and what it means if the groundhog sees his shadow or not. We reviewed the letter Gg, did some shadow letter naming and writing, practiced patterns, used our fine motor skills for lacing, wrote the letter Gg on the board, and lastly voted whether the groundhog would see his shadow or not. 18 voted yes and 19 voted no. (Both classes combined) We will discuss this more on Monday!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Edwards issued a snow day challenge to third grade: build a blanket fort, read a book for 20 minutes and share a picture with the class.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Castleman
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders are wrapping up their text feature unit with a game of Spoons! 🥄
over 1 year ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Lisa Byrd
Today the morning Pre-K class collaborated with some HS students on a project they are working on in their class. They practiced answering questions and using their imaginations to explain what they would look like, what powers would they have, and what they would like to do if they were a super hero. In 2 weeks, we'll see the results of their project in graphic design. Can't wait! Thanks Olympia HS students and Mrs. Nehls!
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Olympia CUSD 16
Olympia West Elem School, 302 N School St, Minier, is open as a warming center. If your power is out and you need a warm, safe place and some food, you are welcome to come.
over 1 year ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Angie Swartzendruber
5th graders sing during the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Students in fourth grade are celebrating the 100th Day of school by completing a 100th day of school digital breakout box. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
over 1 year ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Pre-k worked on the letter G for Things that GO, and the 3D shape cone. We did a car launch to practice our counting, finding numbers, naming numbers, and writing numbers. We did a letter car game called crash to practice naming and recognizing letters. We did a things that go sort. Lastly, during indoor groas motor time, we pretended to drive on scooters around cones.
over 1 year ago, Lisa Byrd
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to weather conditions, all Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Monday, January 28, 2019.
over 1 year ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to cold temperatures all Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Friday, Jan. 25.
over 1 year ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to the possibility of icy roadways, Olympia schools will dismiss early Wed., Jan. 23. OHS and OMS dismiss at noon; elementary schools dismiss at 12:30. All programs and activities are cancelled the rest of the day.
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to hazardous conditions, all Olympia Schools are closed Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Lisa Byrd
Today was Fun Friday in Pre-K. Instead of doing Art, we played some color sorting games, used Bingo dotters to find our letter of the week, Ii, made pictures out of shapes, and practiced our puzzle skills.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Mrs. Swartzendruber’s RTI group read picture books focusing on the Midwest Region. They picked their favorite book and are working on a digital book talk to present to the class next week.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Tanya Lang
Parents, if you have not taken the 5 Essentials survey, please use the link below to complete the survey. The survey is administered by the State of Illinois every other year and the information is used as part of our School Report Card. The survey will remain open through January. http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
almost 2 years ago, Tanya Lang
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to weather conditions, Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Wednesday, January 16, 2019
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders are going on a text feature scavenger hunt using informational text books. #OlySpartanPride
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Olympia CUSD 16
Due to visibility and road conditions, all Olympia schools will start one hour later then normal Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Lisa Castleman
The OHS Mini-Cheer clinic rescheduled for today, January, 13 has been cancelled.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
This week's learning targets for Pre-K were the letter B for Bear, number 16, and practicing cutting. They went on a letter Bb bear hunt in the learning center, cut out polar bears and brown bears, and practiced number recognition with bear claws and the number 16. For art on Friday, they reviewed small, medium, and large while making a polar bear.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Olympia CUSD 16
The mini cheer clinic that was scheduled for Saturday Jan. 12th has been postponed to Sunday Jan. 13th from 12 pm to 3 pm in the high school.
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Lisa Castleman
The mini cheer clinic that was scheduled for Saturday, January 12 has been postponed to Sunday, January 13 from 12pm-3pm at the high school.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders researched the importance of bats in our ecosystem and economy. Students raised enough money to purchase a bat house for bats to live in! Thank you to everyone who donated to fund our bat box project! #futureworldchangers
almost 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K also enjoyed pajama day, a pizza party for filling their good behavior jar, and rides on the Polar Express train.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K worked harder than usual to show their kindness to their friends or teachers to model for the Grinch. They helped others zip up their coats, held doors open for teachers without being asked, helped friends put toys away, and more. I would say the Grinch was FILLED with kindness and his heart grew more than two sizes!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K enjoyed their Christmas party on Tuesday. Big thank you to all the parents who came out to see them sing and participate in games with them. Also, an even bigger thank you to the room parents and parents who spent their time planning the party.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Oly West Has Talent!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders read about the history of the white elephant and about what a white elephant gift exchange is. Today, they got to participate in their own white elephant gift exchange!
almost 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Ashleigh Neitzel
Students enjoyed watching the Polar Express today!
almost 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Ashleigh Neitzel
Students enjoyed watching the Polar Express today!
almost 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth and fifth graders are working together to complete a Polar Express escape room.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Welcome to Whoville! Who do you think will visit Olympia West today?
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Pre-k had fun with our Gingread theme this week. We went on a letter hunt around the room, finding uppercase letters, tracing them, and circling the letter of the week. We practiced drawing shapes on a gingerbread man, and then cutting him out. Lastly, we hunted around the learning center for 14 runaway gingerbread men for our number of the week. We also practiced drawing a 14 and tracing and finding numbers 1-6 or 6-12.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
The AR store is today at West. Students in fourth grade are using the AR points they earned from the beginning of the year until now to purchase various items. Thank you Oly West PTO for this opportunity.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Ms. Haines
Christmas program tonight! The doors to the high school gym do not open until 6:00 pm and all students need to be there by 6:15!
almost 2 years ago, Ms. Haines
Lisa Castleman
Olympia West celebrates “Winter Fun in the Land of Lincoln” this afternoon and takes first place in the Minier Christmas Parade!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K was working hard in our December themed stations. They worked on numbers 1-5 or 1-10, then counting snowflakes at math station. Some worked on letter sound matching with a partner. Lastly, others worked on the difference between small, medium, and large and putting them in size order.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders had fun practicing drawing the literal and figurative meanings of idioms today with a chapter from Harry Potter.
almost 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Angie Swartzendruber
4th graders are using the computer to program the Ozobot and play Shape Tracer. #OlySpartanPride #4thgradelovesozobots
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Dress like your favorite Pete the Cat book was so fun! Thanks to all those who participated. Isn't reading so fun!!??
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Kassadie Cole
It’s been a busy, productive day for the fifth graders! They made a banner for the Christmas parade then decorated the tree with ornaments made by Olympia West students.
almost 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
Pete the Cat week has been so groovy! Check out all the fun activities PreK has been doing all week. Following directions, finding the color, and coloring Pete's shoes, finding letters and feeding Pete, reviewing numbers 1-10 with pin the shoe on Pete, then roll, count, and color the numbers. We had a few enrichment games of Hide Pete- modeled, then student led. They practiced their number recognition to uncover or flip a shoe to find Pete. They also practiced beginning sounds with naming words and feeding them back to Pete. Pete the Cat week concludes tomorrow...stay tuned!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Catherine Jennings
Third graders are having a great day after a relaxing Thanksgiving break!
almost 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Olympia CUSD 16
All Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal today, Monday, November 26, 2018.
almost 2 years ago, Olympia CUSD 16
Lisa Byrd
The afternoon class did just as great! Such cooperative taste testers! Happy Thanksgiving all!!! Fyi.....cranberry sauce was not a favorite. 😳
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Catherine Jennings
3rd graders hosted a Thanksgiving parade for 2nd Grade! 3rd Grade researched and built floats, and 2nd Grade read about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
almost 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Byrd
I am beyond proud of the morning class for trying ALL of our Thanksgiving foods. Majority said they liked most things, too! This is going to be a two part share. Too many pics to combine both classes!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Catherine Jennings
Third graders performed surgery on nonfiction text features yesterday! West has some skilled surgeons in their midst!
almost 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Byrd
PreK went on a turkey hunt today. They worked very well with their partners by practicing taking turns with the clipboard and finding the correct crayon color to use. They identified shapes, matched them, and also used the corresponding color to color it in. Great teamwork!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd grade students started Edward Tulane this week and drew what they think he looked like 🐰
almost 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Kassadie Cole
5th graders completed an escape activity to help Tom the Turkey find his presidential pardon 🦃
almost 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
PreK enjoyed our week of T for turkey. They matched upper to lower case letters on a turkey, counted turkey feathers matching the numbers, colored turkey feathers, and made turkey headbands for our feast next week.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Student Council members supported the Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner tonight. They served drinks, salad, and desserts to all patrons.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
PreK really enjoyed their special treat from Officer Weseloh for winning the Red Ribbon week door contest. Thank you-from all of Pre-K
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
OWE students enjoy a lesson on perseverance from Juggling Jeff today. Join us tonight for our annual Community Claus dinner at St. John’s, doors will open at 4:30pm. Family Reading Night will follow at West. The evening will feature a performance by Juggling Jeff. Doors open at 6:30pm and our program will start at 6:45pm
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Student Council members presented the flags for each branch of the military during the Armed Forces Medley at our Veterans Day Assembly.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Join Olympia West for our Annual Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 12 at 1:00pm
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
The final sense of 5 senses week was completed today. They were such good sports about trying different things. They are not fans of sour, or bitter. Sweet and salty were their favorites!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K has been enjoying 5 senses week. They practiced their sense of smell by smelling different items such as coffee, tuna, pickles, lotion, perfume, and more. They used their sense of touchy with the touch and feel game. They lost their sense of sight by tracing with and without some foggy glasses. Played telephone and guessed different sounds for their sense of hearing. Lastly, tomorrow will be the taste test. More pics to come!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K's afternoon class couldn't help but have some fun in the beautiful fall leaves! Leaf throwing, leaf angels, leaf swimming, and more!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth graders designed and constructed cars to fit the Ozobot robots. Stay tuned to see how this progresses. #OlySpartanPride
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Edwards
Third Graders had fun completing tile math puzzles which required them to use their understanding of place value and subtraction.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Edwards
Angie Swartzendruber
Mrs. Swartzendruber’s RtI group created a road and programmed the Ozobot to travel from one end to the other. What will the Ozobot do next? #OlySpartanPride #learningtocode
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
4th graders are answering the essential question: Will a Mountain Last Forever? After experimenting with sugar cubes and shaker boxes to replicate and observe what happens when a rock tumbles down the mountain, we learned a mountain will not last forever. The ice cubes broke into smaller pieces, just like boulders do when it splits from the mountains. #olyspartanpride
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Red ribbon parade in Minier. Huge thank you to 4th grade for helping the littles keep up this year!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Congratulations to Natalie for guessing how many pieces of candy corn were in the jar during Red Ribbon Week. There were 2,023 pieces in jar.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Halloween stations of the week in PreK included: Witch's hat trick...which hat has the letter H? Find and write the numbers 1-10 around the room Make an H, 9, or spooky face at playdoh.
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Thank you, Olympia West PTO, for purchasing a Qball for our fourth grade classrooms. We love speaking into the foam microphone to share our learning with each other. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
4th Grade celebrates “Hats Off to Good Choices” during Red Ribbon Week at Oly West
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to our October Spectacular Spartans!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
3rd graders use their STEM skills to design and build Pumpkin catapults this week !
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K celebrated Halloween with fun stations. Witch hat ring toss, eyeball balance races, Bingo, Spider fishing, and pin the nose on the Jack-o-lantern! I finally figured out how to get more pictures for you to see- collages!!! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Catherine Jennings
Help! Gritch the Witch is stuck on her broom in the air, and we need to get her down! Some 3rd graders started sketching prototypes for a parachute STEM project.
almost 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Castleman
Celebrating Red Ribbon Week at West with our “The Great Pumpkin Says Don’t Do Drugs!”
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Kindergarten students work on coding today!
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Edwards
Third graders learned about why our skeletons have so many bones. They then created an x-ray of their hand and wrist bones.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Edwards
Angie Swartzendruber
Enjoying a hay rack ride at the Red Ribbon Rally.
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Kicking off Red Ribbon Week at the Red Ribbon Rally. Who will be the bingo winner tonight? #OlySpartanPride #BeDrugFree
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
4th graders are working with their grandparents during Grandparents Day. #OlySpartanPride #weloveourgrandparents
almost 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
PreK talked about spiders and webs for our week of "W", "8", and the color black. We just so happened to have a visitor this week in our classroom. He was given many names by each student, and then, they counted his legs with Mrs. B. Most importantly, we safely let him be....OUTSIDE! :-)
almost 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders working hard on their final drafts of their 1st personal narrative 📝.
almost 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Kassadie Cole
5th graders working together to build a tower with toothpicks and marshmallows.
almost 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
We ❤️ our new books. Thank you Oly West PTO!
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Thank you Oly West PTO for providing a free book to each student. #olyspartanpride #4thgrade
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Here are the Jack-o-lanterns finished. The AM winner was Tyler, and PM winner was Liam, as voted for by the Pre-K class. Also, more pics from their exploration of the pumpkin on Friday.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Ashleigh Neitzel
Biography vs. Fiction in 2nd grade’s Genre World Series!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Lisa Castleman
We had a great morning at the Color Run! Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! #olyspartanpride
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Getting our color on! Race time is 9:00 am!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
It’s not too late to join us for the Color Run. Registration is open until the start of the race at 9:00am!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
So much pumpkin fun this week! 4 pictures, just isnt enough! Today, PreK drew their jack-o-lantern face, voted for their favorite, and helped clean the pumpkin out for carving. They also enjoyed some jack-o-lantern making with playdoh, and scratch off art. Carved jack-o-lantern pictures coming soon...
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Sarah Abel
Fifth grade and kindergarten met for the first time as Little/Bigger Buddies
about 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Angie Swartzendruber
Mrs. Swartzendruber’s RtI class is learning how to create codes. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Ashleigh Neitzel
Students read different passages on big baseball moments, found the main idea, the year it happened, and then ordered them by year!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Jessica Clarke
First graders visited fifth grade to learn all about bats and participate in bat activities lead by fifth graders. Fun time had by all!
about 2 years ago, Jessica Clarke
Ashleigh Neitzel
Something big is about to hit 2nd grade ⚾️.
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Sarah Abel
It’s trial time in fifth grade and I am loving the participation from fifth graders! Who will be proven guilty? Columbus? Columbus’ Men? The King and Queen? Or the Tainos? Or perhaps they are all guilty...
about 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K ended fire safety week with a visit from some local firemen! They practiced their stop, drop, cover your face, and roll. They learned not to play with hot things like matches, stoves, campfires, and more. They were able to see everything a fireman wears. Lastly, they practiced calling out if a fireman comes to the rescue. Their homework was to go home, and practice a fire drill with their family!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Fire safety week in Pre-K! Practicing patterns, tracing, and sorting hot or not hot.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders are preparing their opening statements for the trial of Christopher Columbus.
about 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Ashleigh Neitzel
Students take turns being the teacher and leading our daily math review!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Angie Swartzendruber
There is still time to place an Art to Remember order for your child. Order online today using your code or return the order form to school. Thank you for supporting Olympia West!
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Kassadie Cole
5th graders practicing multiplication by playing baseball ⚾️
about 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
Don’t wait- place your order today! Art to Remember orders are due October 9th. Original, student-made artwork is placed on a variety of items. These make great gifts for the upcoming holidays.
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Kassadie Cole
5th graders exploring measurement tools in science 👩🏼‍🔬👨🏽‍🔬
about 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Angie Swartzendruber
It’s Positivitee Tuesday at West. What will your message be today? #GrowthMindset #OlySpartanPride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
PM PreK had some visitors as well for Job week. Officer Brammeier, Stanford President, and an relative from State Farm bank.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Job week concluded with some visitors from their community. AM saw a police officer, carpenter, and personal trainer/work out instructor.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Ashleigh Neitzel
Last week, students in 2nd grade were busy studying mysteries! They became detectives and had to read clues to solve the mysteries happening at Olympia West!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Angie Swartzendruber
Watch out West! Fourth grade students are meeting their goals and reading buddies are starting to appear in the classroom. #readingbuddyselfie #OlySpartanPride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth and fifth graders participated in a team relay during the assembly hosted by OHS Student Council. #OlySpartanPride #Homecoming
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Excited for the Mile Run! We are ready to set our PR. #Olyspartanpride #4thgrade
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Excited for the Mile Run! We are ready to set our PR. #Olyspartanpride #4thgrade
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
3rd graders at Olympia West welcomed students to school today with positive messages as a part of their “Start with Hello” week activities.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Creative writing is taking place in fourth grade. Students choose a series of pictures to put into a book and then write a story. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade #learningisfun
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Students at West created an amazing piece of artwork and soon parents will have the chance to turn the artwork into custom keepsakes. This is a great chance to order items for family members and raise money for the school. The order form will come home in the next few days.
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Byrd
Well, shiver me timbers! More Pirates showed up in the afternoon class, too! We sure arrrrre glad we had so many pirates to help us find the treasure!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Our morning class was taken over by pirates today. Me mateys found the treasure on our special treasure hunt. Then, were able to enjoy the golden, buttery treat within our treasure chest!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Kassadie Cole
5th graders reviewing their current skill of multiplying and dividing by powers of ten by playing Connect 4.
about 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Karen Graber
Gum party for learning the letter Gg and knowing it’s sound. Bubble blowing demonstration and contest between Mrs. Castle man and Mrs. Graber!
about 2 years ago, Karen Graber
Lisa Byrd
Ahoy, Mateys! Check out all the fun PreK is having for Pirate week. Fill your treasure box color game, counting their jewels, letter matching, and practicing their cutting skills to make eye patches.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders working on part part whole activities that teachers learned at Jen Gibson’s math academy✏️.
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Angie Swartzendruber
Staff members are promoting positive vibes around the school with Positivitee Tuesday. #OlySpartanPride #OlyWest #kindness
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders practice finding main idea and supporting details with texts about hurricanes. We even watched live news streams of hurricane Florence and journaled about what we felt while watching.
about 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Lisa Byrd
Today, the morning class had an impromptu talk about butterflies. This one kept landing near the kids. We talked about its colors, how delicate they are, what other kinds or colors of butterflies they have seen, and more.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Swartzendruber is a recipient of the Scholastic Book Club and James Patterson giveaway. She won money and Scholastic bonus points to purchase books for her fourth grade classroom. Congratulations Mrs. Swartzendruber!#OlySpartanPride #PattersonPledge
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Jessica Clarke
Discovering more about why a statue’s shadow moves! First graders worked in groups to see how they could get their gnome’s shadow to move onto a pattern that was laid out on a piece of paper. #olywest
about 2 years ago, Jessica Clarke
Lisa Castleman
Frisbee Golf comes to Olympia West!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Byrd
Every day is an adventure in PreK. Interesting stories in the library, Alphabet Bingo, or practicing numbers with a friend. Learning in so many ways!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Taking a break with a GoNoodle- dancing and learning about prefixes and suffixes. #OlySpartanPride #4thgrade
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Ashleigh Neitzel
While studying different fairy tales, 2nd grade students completed a STEM challenge. They had to construct a raft for their billy goats to ride across the river in to escape the troll! If their raft sank, they got to go back and, using what they learned, remake their raft.
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Lisa Byrd
What better way to end Super Hero week than with a special visit from Batman! Thanks, Batman, for talking to the kids about using their "super powers" of kindness to help their friends, teachers, and parents everyday!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Cape day in PreK
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Captian America day! Let's hear it for the red, white, and blue!!!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
PreK PM class enjoying a SUPER start to our SUPER hero week!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K painting for Art to Remember, playing at centers, and enjoying the weather outside.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Angie Swartzendruber
Practicing keyboarding skills on our new Chromebooks. #olyspartanpride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
What is in the shopping bag? Fourth graders are looking at clues to make an inference about who would purchase the items. #olyspartanpride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd graders talking about all things 100!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Kassadie Cole
5th graders practicing place value skills during math centers 📝
about 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Byrd
Pre-K had a fun 2 days getting familiar with their classroom and the routine.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Byrd
Kassadie Cole
5th graders working hard on their daily math review! They will use the data collected on their reviews to set goals correlating to areas that need improvement.
about 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Ashleigh Neitzel
STEM bins were introduced in 2nd grade!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Ashleigh Neitzel
2nd grade students worked with a partner to put all the teacher’s Bitmojis on the school map!
about 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Angie Swartzendruber
We ESCAPED! #OlySpartanPride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Fourth grade is working together to Escape the Back to School Blues in the media center. #OlySpartanPride
about 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
Great to see everyone at Open House tonight! Can’t wait for the first day of school tomorrow!
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Open House for students in Pre-K and grades 1-5 will be Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00-6:00 pm.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
If you have a student entering kindergarten at Olympia West, join us for Kindergarten Open House on Monday, August 13 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Are you new to Olympia West this school year? New student registration is Monday, August 6 from 8am-12pm and Tuesday August 7 from 1pm-6pm.
about 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Swartzendruber
Hooping it up at Field Day #OlySpartanPride
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Edwards
Third graders had fun playing “shark in the water” at field day!
over 2 years ago, Angie Edwards
Angie Swartzendruber
Having a fun time at Field Day! #OlySpartans
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
The afternoon session for the Wax Museum has started. We have a lot of visitors.
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
Olympia West 4th graders presented a Wax Museum today showcasing 38 famous Americans.
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Catherine Jennings
Third grade wrapped up their Genius Hour presentations yesterday! We had a variety of presentation choices, including creating blogs, Google slide presentations, and a meteorology newscast!
over 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Ashleigh Neitzel
While learning about US symbols, second grade students stood for the National Anthem!
over 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Lisa Castleman
Kindergarteners learn about habitats at the Peoria Zoo.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Ashleigh Neitzel
Second grade students are enjoying a day of math review with Glow Games!
over 2 years ago, Ashleigh Neitzel
Catherine Jennings
Third Grade is having fun designing book report t-shirts based on their novel study!
over 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Sarah Abel
Fifth graders spent time with their little buddies this morning. Together they made a scrapbook.
over 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Angie Swartzendruber
4th grade shopping spree at the AR store. #welovereading #OlySpartanPride
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Lisa Castleman
5th Graders treated the crowd to a recorder concert at our awards assembly.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Safety Patrol recognized at awards assembly.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
We had a great day today recognizing some amazing Spartans at our annual awards assembly. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mrs. Brand and Mrs. Render honored today at our Awards Assembly.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
First graders estimated and then measured distances using the nonstandard measure of giant steps.  They discussed how each person’s measurement would be different because the students were all different sizes.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Pre-K enjoying the petting zoo at Ag Day.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mr. Dale enjoying Ag Day!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Catherine Jennings
3rd graders continued to present their Genius Hour projects today! We learned about why cats sleep so much, why poison ivy is itchy, and how chameleons change color.
over 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Catherine Jennings
3J has started forming the landforms we have been researching for the last two weeks during our landform unit!
over 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Angie Swartzendruber
Drones are cool! 4th grade loves Ag Day!
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
4th grade is learning how to weld at Ag Day.
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Angie Swartzendruber
4th grade attends AG Day at OHS.
over 2 years ago, Angie Swartzendruber
Kassadie Cole
Maddox Dare takes 1st place in the 5th grade mile with a PR of 5:53 🥇
over 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Sarah Abel
GO🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️
over 2 years ago, Sarah Abel
Kassadie Cole
Ready, Set....
over 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Castleman
It’s National School Nurse Appreciation Day and we’ve got the best at West! Thank you Mrs. Birky for all you do to take care of our students!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mile Run is on Thursday! We would love to have you come and cheer on our students. 5th Grade- 8:05-8:55 4th Grade 8:55-9:45 1st Grade 10:00-10:50 2nd Grade- 12:20-1:10 3rd Grade - 1:10-2:00
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
2nd grade at the Planetarium.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Mr. B helps Mrs. Braffet as PE teacher for the day!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
2nd grade students enjoying the Riverfront Museum.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Ms. Haines
First graders learning about repeat signs with our interactive Quaver music program!
over 2 years ago, Ms. Haines
Lisa Castleman
Miss C. helps Mrs. C as principal for the day.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Catherine Jennings
Some third graders began presenting their Genius Hour projects today! Throughout the year, they chose a topic, researched a question and created a presentation of their findings.
over 2 years ago, Catherine Jennings
Lisa Castleman
​It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we've got the best at West! Thank you to our amazing staff for the countless hours, the dedication, and the care you show our students every day!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
4th Grade “Bowl”ed Away!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Kassadie Cole
5th grade bowling in PE today!
over 2 years ago, Kassadie Cole
Lisa Castleman
We are preparing for the mile run! The mile run will be on Thursday, May 10, come cheer on your student.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Angie Edwards
Third Graders love spendjng time with the chicks that hatched at the end of Chick It Out! #OlySpartanPride
over 2 years ago, Angie Edwards
Angie Edwards
Third Graders love spendjng time with the chicks that hatched at the end of Chick It Out! #OlySpartanPride
over 2 years ago, Angie Edwards
Lisa Castleman
We have chicks! Watch the live feed on our website to watch the rest of our chicks hatch!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
After 32 rounds, Abby wins the Spelling Bee! Congratulations to Ella who was the runner-up!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Connie Boznos
Principal Lisa Castleman agrees to wear this cape if all grade levels meet their benchmark!
over 2 years ago, Connie Boznos
Karen Graber
Learning new technology things at institute today! You can teach an old dog new things!
over 2 years ago, Karen Graber
Lisa Castleman
1st graders enjoying STEM day today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
5th grade had a wonderful STEM Day and trip to OMS today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
4th grade had a great time on their field trip today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
5th Graders having a great time at the Science and Industry Museum today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
4th graders share their State Projects this week!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
3rd grade had an awesome day at the circus!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
3rd grade students check the development of their eggs today. #olyspartanpride
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
5th grade and Kindergarten students work together to code a path for their Ozobots.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
3rd, 4th and 5th graders compete in the annual badminton tournament Monday, competition concludes today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations to Raquel Birky and Tyler Dabney on their outstanding achievement and recognition by the Illinois Principals Association.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
1st grade students use their engineering skills build catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a container.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Kindergarten students encourage their bigger buddies to do their best on PARCC testing!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
5th grade students enjoy DARE baseball game with the Peoria Chiefs!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
3rd Grade starts “Chick it Out” today! Stay tuned for updates!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
OHS Child Care classes visit OWE.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
4th grade students use their deductive reasoning skills to solve the code in their “Escape Box” activity.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
1st Grade enjoys a story with guest readers.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
4th grade students use their engineering and design skills to make marble tracks.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
2nd grade students in Mrs. Nietzel’s class enjoy reading as a class this morning!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Pre-K walks the red carpet at Oly West today!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Reminder Kindergarten Round-up/Open House is tomorrow night from 5-6:30pm. Contact Oly West at 309-392-2671 with questions or to RSVP.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
We are excited to kick off our first 4-H STEM/Robotics Spin Club for students in grades 3-5
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Kindergarten Round-Up/Open House will be held on Thursday April 5 from 5:00-6:30. If you have or know someone who has a child who will be 5 on or before September 1,2018 please make plans to attend.
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Congratulations Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Swartzendruber on recieving a Maitland Grant to purchase Escape Boxes for your classrooms!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
Have a great Spring Break! We will see you on April 3!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman
Lisa Castleman
It's a great day to be a Spartan!
over 2 years ago, Lisa Castleman