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Okaw Valley Elementary School
319 North Washington
Bethany, Il.  61914


We at Okaw Valley Elementary School strive to give our students the foundations to become respectful, honest life-long learners.  Along with our parents and community we will instruct them in making good decisions to become productive citizens for the future.



Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Thursday, October 9th 4:30pm. - 7:30pm. and Friday October 10th 8:00am. - 11:00am.

OVES conferences will be held at the Elementary School
OVMS and OVHS will be held in the High School cafeteria.




I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how sorry I am that the text alert system that was in place for emergency dismissals failed earlier this week.  Superintendent Kent Stauder contacted Neuhoff Media and asked them to send out an alert regarding the power outage yesterday.  There was confusion on Neuhoff Media’s part by a new employee and the alert wasn’t sent out.  When Mr. Stauder called back and talked to the director he was told it was their (Neuhoff Media’s) error and they were very sorry the ball was dropped.  He assured Mr. Stauder that it wouldn’t happen in the future and wanted us to relay their apologies. 

We here at Okaw Valley Elementary School strive to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, however some things are beyond our control.  We saw that first hand yesterday.  In order to ensure another method of receiving information in the event we can’t call or access our computers we found this information regarding text alerts from WAND-TV.  It is up to you to sign up for additional alerts.  Once again, I am sorry for the confusion and I thank you for your quick response and understanding.


Douglas McCausland

OVES Principal


Get text messages on your mobile phone or PDA with news, weather and more from wandtv.com.

Stay connected to us wherever you are! With Text Alert 17, get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Choose from the following message categories:

  • News - Get breaking news and emergency alert information for our area and the daily forecast.
  • Severe Weather Alerts - Get severe weather advisories & warnings by county.
  • WAND Promotions & Contests - Be the first to know about WAND contests.
  • School Closings/Notices - Get important information from your school. 

PTO Meeting Schedule for 2014 - 2015

PTO meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. in the OVES Library.  The next meeting will be held on October 8, 2014.




Student Accident Insurance

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 




Illinois recognizes Okaw Valley Elementary Academic's

On April 24, 2014 Okaw Valley Elementary received notice that it had been selected as one of 125 elementary, middle and high schools schools in the state to received the Academic Improvement Award. 

The criteria for Academic Improvement Awards in 2013 are substantial:

  • Show improvement of at least 7.5 points in state test scores in both reading and math between 2012 and 2013, or
  • Show an improvement of at least 15 points in state test scores in both reading and math between 2011 and 2013; and
  • Show an upward trend in state test results.

We always knew we have a caring and dedicated staff at OVES but occasionally it is nice to be recognized for the hard work that is performed by our staff each day.

Congratulations to the staff, students and parents of Okaw Valley Elementary School!



Perfect Attendance


Principal's Award



See your students grades, discipline and demographics.


Parents may access their son or daughter's grades through the STI Parent Portal on this website.

For parents that do not know their login information, please contact

Mr. McCausland by email dmccausland@okawvalley.org .





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