On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impactwill administer the third annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 12 through March 13, 2015 teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-30 minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment.
This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or “essentials” can indicate important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.
We recently renewed our contract with Markel Insurance to provide accident insurance for students. It is the same program that has been available for students however there are a few administrative changes. Markel Insurance is asking clients to use the link to their site for enrollment, claims and other features offered by Markel. The website will be here temporarily and a permanent link on the left hand side of the district menu. If you have questions concerning enrollment or other features contact Markel Insurance at 877-444-5014 or follow this link: Markel Insurance
Athletic Calendar and Information
All athletic schedules are on Athletics Online. To access the calendar, go to okawvalley.org, then click "Athletics Online" located on the left side of the page. All athletic schedules and information will be on this calendar.
To receive a "Week at a Glance" via email of all our athletic events, please send an email with the subject "WAG" to email@example.com
12-18 The middle school boys' game scheduled for 12-18 has been cancelled. Make up date TBD.
12-18 The high school girls' basketball game on 12-18 @ Cumberland will be a varsity only contest starting at 6:00 pm
2-11 Middle school volleyball will be traveling to Holy Family in Decatur. The game will start at 6:00 pm.
New Vaccine Requirement for Fall 2013
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced in January that effective Fall 2013 students grades 6 - 12 that "all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine..."
Information about new vaccine requirement for Fall 2013
Alumni and Volunteer Recognition
We are starting an Alumni Wall of Fame and a Volunteer Hall of Fame. The first recipients will be selected by a committee of members from the District Curriculum Committee this March. Winners each year will be recognized at graduation as well as by a plaque and picture displayed at the high school and a write up in the local newspapers. The guidelines and forms can be accessed by clicking on the links below or at any of the building offices or the unit office. For further information about the programs, please contact the unit office.
WSOY - The above link is an opportunity for those interested to receive text alerts of school closing information. By going to the link and clicking on WSOY texting you will be taken to a sign up page to fill out the information and select the school of choice.
WAND - offers text messaging and emails for school closings. Click on link and follow directions to receive the latest school closing information via text or email.
The Okaw Valley Facebook page will be a source of information and upcoming events. You can like the Okaw Valley page by clicking on the link below.
Opinions and Ideas
At Okaw Valley, we value your input and suggestions. As a way to facilitate the exchange of ideas, we have created a "Your Opinions and Ideas" link on the website. To use this feature, simply click the link on the homepage and type your idea or suggestion. Your suggestions will be e-mailed to the superintendent.
We appreciate all of the support and look forward to continuing to work together to improve our school district.