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Principal's Report

School Report Cards Released

Here is the link to our School Report Card, released November 29, 2018 by the State Department of Education. Based on a number of factors, each school in the state has been rated as excellent, good, average, below average, or unsatisfactory. These report cards are very different from past report cards in our state. The new report cards factor in multiple data points, test scores and surveys. The report attempts to measure a school’s academic achievement, student progress, college and career readiness and school climate. The reports will also include data on English Learners Progress, Student Safety, and Financial information. High School reports will factor in graduation rates, though the formula for determining the graduation rate has changed slightly from past years.

For the first time in South Carolina, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores will be used to help determine schools’ ratings. NAEP tests students in every state in fourth grade and eighth grade in math, reading, science, and writing. The percentage of schools ranked in each category (from unsatisfactory to excellent) will align to the State’s 2015 NAEP results, so about 15 percent of schools in South Carolina will be rated “excellent,” 20 percent will be rated “good,” 35 percent will be rated “average,” 20 percent will be “below average,” and 10 percent will be “unsatisfactory.”

Along with the new rating system, the report cards feature several new pieces of data, including Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS measures student academic growth year-after-year. EVAAS measures student academic position in relation to his/her peers from one-year to another. Growth among lowest performing 20% of students counts double toward each school’s report card.

For children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D


From Our Counselors

Teaching Children to Self-Manage Their Behavior

During our Classroom Connection Lessons in December and January, we will focus on self-management. We are working with our students to help them to monitor their behavior and make adjustments, if necessary. This will look different, depending on the age of your child.

Self-management is like self-control in which we want our kids to stop and think before acting. Self –management is the ability to remain goal-oriented in the face of temptation. It is a lifelong challenge and starts with good habits which are established early. When a child has good self-management, this leads to them making good choices. Good choices are the building blocks of self-esteem. A child who exercises self-management in his/ her choices regarding school work, home relationships, friendships, and extracurricular activities, usually has a high self-esteem. Below, you will find 5 ways to encourage self-management in your children.

· Foster Good Habits – This is the first characteristic that helps build the self-control/ self-management piece. Some examples are putting toys away, brushing their teeth when reminded, and doing homework, even when they don’t want to do it.

· Encourage Responsibility – Allow your children to be responsible for their own behavior. For younger children, establish a morning and bedtime routine (you can post in their bedroom and bathroom) and help them to learn to complete this routine on their own. Older children should be assigned reasonable household chores and make it their responsibility to remember to do them. An occasional reminder is ok.

· Enforce Limits – One way children learn self-management is to experience what happens when they do not exercise self-management.

· Hit the Pause Button – Self-management is the ability to stop and think before making a choice.

o Stop: Stop talking and pause all action for a moment. Taking a deep breath helps!

o Think: Once your child has paused, this gives him/ her a chance to think. It may help them to look at the situation from another perspective.

· Encourage Delayed Gratification – Delayed gratification are those experiences in which there is no immediate reward. An example of this is for your child to save their money for something that they really want.

We hope that you will partner with us in the next several months in helping to encourage our children in self-management so that they will be successful in and out of school.

Upcoming Events

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Week of December 2

  • Jingle Bell Toy Drop
  • Student Council Coat Drive
  • MAP Testing window for 2nd and 5th grades
  • Monday, December 3: Winter PTA Meeting and Music program @ 6:30
  • Tuesday, December 4: 5K & New 1st graders registration window opens

Week of December 9

  • PTA Elf Shelf
  • Monday, December 10: SIC Meeting @ 9:00 am

Oakview's Lunch Menu can be found here

Boys' Track Club invites you to run with them!

Oakview's Boys' Track Club will participate in the Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, December 8th! Coaches Kirk and Miller invite you to join them! This family-friendly event promotes physical exercise and having fun--all for a good cause. 100% of the proceeds will be given to the Frazee Center and Daily Bread Ministries, both local charities. Registration ends December 6th! Click here for more information.

Student Council Coat Drive

Student Council is hosting its winter coat drive the week of December 3-7! Gently used coats of all sizes will be collected during this week. Student council representatives will be in car line each morning collecting them. There will also be a collection box in the front lobby. Coats will be donated to Miracle Hill. Thank you for supporting our student council's efforts to positively impact our community!

K5 & 1st Grade Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

New students entering kindergarten or first grade in the 2019-2020 school year will register the week of December 4-7. To enroll a new student, a parent must present the following at registration:

  • State-issued Birth Certificate
  • Properly completed Immunization Certificate or Religious Exemption Certificate
  • Two forms of Proof of Residence (two documents required such as a current electric bill or current mortgage/lease statement)

A link to registration forms is on the Oakview website and can also be found here. Please print, fill out, and bring to the office with your documentation.

Yearbooks for Sale!

Our 2018-2019 Yearbook are on sale! Click here to purchase your yearbook online. Keep the memories of this year forever!

Last Day to Purchase is February 1st!

PTA Information

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ELF Shelf is coming!

ELF SHELF celebrates the gift of giving during the holiday season and provides students with an opportunity to purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gifts for loved ones. Students will be bringing information home the week of Dec. 3rd; please make note of your child’s shopping day (December 10, 11,12, or 13) and return the money to their teacher on that day. Teachers are not able to hold onto the money, so please send it in on their actual shopping day.

**Note: Dec 14th is an “extra shopping day” where students who have leftover money can go back to the store to buy additional items**

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Jingle Bell Drop Toy Drive

Help us provide holiday presents for those who otherwise might not be able to afford them! We'll hold a one week collection December 3-7, 2018 of new toys and donate them to our local Toys for Tots. For more information, please contact