The Acorn

Oakview's latest news, events, activities & opportunities

January 26, 2018

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

Oakview Increases Ranking Statewide

Congratulations to Oakview Elementary School! Based on spring 2017 SC Ready (reading, writing and math) test scores, Oakview ranked 11th highest in South Carolina in reading/writing and 15th highest in math. Oakview improved its math ranking from the previous year, moving up from 30th in the state to its current level of 15th! This is an amazing jump and provides evidence of the hard work put forth by teachers, students, and parents. There are 666 elementary schools in the state of South Carolina so these rankings are certainly significant. Congratulations Oakview! Keep up the great work!

Kindergarten Teacher Earns National Board Certification

Congratulations Ashley Nettles, Oakview kindergarten teacher! She earned National Board Certification, one of the teaching profession’s most respected achievements. Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a four-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to analyze information about students in order to design and implement instructional choices that will advance student growth and achievement. Teachers reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material, and examine their preparation techniques. We are proud of you Mrs. Nettles!

Science Fair Information Meeting

Please note there is a time change for the Science Fair Parent Meeting on Monday, January 29th. Join us at 2:45 in the media center to learn how to organize and carry out an award winning science fair project. We look forward to seeing you!

For Children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D.


Box Tops Spring Collection

It's that time again- the Spring Box tops for Education collection contest is back! Please make sure to send any clipped box tops by Monday, February 12th. In order for your student to get credit for the class contest, each baggie/envelope of box tops must include their grade level & teacher name.

Our fall collection resulted in over $1100 for Oakview and we hope to surpass this goal this Spring! Thank you for your support- we couldn't do it without you!

Reading Tutor Volunteers Needed!

Oakview would not be the school that it is today without our wonderful group of volunteers. Each volunteer job is important, but one volunteer job that makes a lasting change in the life of a student is the job of reading tutor. You do not have to be a teacher to tutor a child! If you want to make a real difference, please sign up to help a child learn to read. You may be the one that gives that struggling student the confidence that is needed to work harder and succeed. If you would like to volunteer to be a reading tutor, please contact Sherrie Brookie, Instructional Coach, at Tutoring sessions last approximately 30 minutes and days/times are flexible.

Father/Daughter Dance - An Enchanted Evening

Save the Date for Friday, February 23 for an enchanted evening at OES! We look forward to hosting the precious girls at Oakview and the special men in their life at a dance for princesses!

  • Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd Graders are invited to join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders are invited to join us from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Stay tuned for event and ticket details!

Annual Children’s Book Drive

Start sorting through your Children’s Books and pulling out those gently-used ones that could brighten another child’s day!

Our annual Children’s Book Drive will take place February 26 - March 2, 2018.

We Need You!

Are you interested in getting involved in PTA next year? We need all the help we can get - men and women! Our Nominating Committee will start meeting in the next couple of weeks and they would love to know if you are interested in serving!

Just fill out the online form and someone from Nominating will reach out to you in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for your interest to serve!

Congratulations to Oakview's PTA Reflections 2017-2018 Winners!

Oakview's PTA Reflections Committee is pleased to announce the list of winners at the school level (see list below). This year, we received a total of 58 entries from Kindergarten to Intermediate grade levels. All participants will be recognized in an award ceremony in the Spring (details to follow). All First to Third place winners will advance to the state round. Meanwhile, only First place winners are judged at the district level.

What is the PTA Reflections Program? The National PTA Reflections program is an annual recognition program to support arts learning and celebrate student success in the arts. During the early part of the school year, Oakview students were invited to reflect on the 2017-2018 theme, "Within Reach" and create original works of art. Categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students were also asked to write an artist statement and submit as many number of entries in all categories.

The judging process involved looking at the personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. Entries were scored based on category, grade level, interpretation of theme, creativity and technique. Judges were anonymous, unaffiliated with the school and chosen for their expertise in relation to the category that they judge.

We were thrilled by the increase in participation this year and proud of each and everyone who joined. We hope that this year's winners will encourage more students to be a part of this exciting program, not only to experience recognition for their artistic talents that they deserve, but also to celebrate the significance of arts in education.

For questions or inquiries about Oakview PTA's Reflections Program, please email

Oakview PTA's Reflections 2017-2018 "Within Reach" Winners

Dance (INT)

1st Erica Murphy

2nd Maggie Simril

Film (Primary)

1st Emma Bogle

Film (INT)

1st Lily Bogle

Literature (Primary)

1st Karthik Arumugam

2nd Scarlett Bermudez

3rd Greer Willimon

Literature (INT)

1st Christian Foggie

2nd Allison Kim

3rd Neha Shivanna

Honorable Mention 1 Jackson Lane

Honorable Mention 2 Alison Bynum

Music (Primary)

1st Titus Hall

2nd Karthik Arumugam*

2nd Lily Arzt*

Music (INT)

1st Lily Bogle

Photography (Primary)

1st Marley Billingsley

2nd Cruz Foggie

3rd Place Max Dannelly

Photography (INT)

1st Neha Shivanna

2nd Alison Bynum

3rd Conner Smith

Honorable Mention 1 Ilona Dannelly

Honoroable Mention 2 Neha Shivanna

Visual Arts (Primary)

1st Chapman Whatley

2nd Trisha Krishnakumar

3rd Karthik Arumugam

Honorable Mention 1 Kaylee Davis

Honorable Mention 2 Lily Arzt

Visual Arts (INT)

1st Emilia Rdzanek

2nd Grayson Gamrat

3rd Neha Shivanna

Honorable Mention 1 Juliana Hughes

Honorable Mention 2 Holly Haydamack

Special Artist

1st Owen Dannelly

*As a result of the scoring process, both students are tied for 2nd place.

Upcoming Spirit Nights

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Please join us in recognizing and thanking these businesses and families of the Oakview community for their generous donations to the 2017-2018 Friends of Oakview fund.


A/R Funding

Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry

Barre 3

Brain Refocus

Crockett Pediatric Dentistry

Davis Orthodontics

Edward Jones

Goddard School

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Greer Pediatric Dental Care

Harrison Orthodontics

Home Trust Bank

InsideOut at home

Kumon of Simpsonville

Little Bee Hive


Mc Donald’s at Maxwell Pointe

Pizza Inn

Pump It Up

Southern First Bank

Steadman Hawkins

Summers Orthodontics

Summit Janitorial Services

Trader Joe’s

Tucanos Brazilian Grill


The Adams Family

The Akahori Family

The Alfonso Family

The Andrews Family

The Angone Family

The Artz Family

The Baird Family

The Baum Family

The Benton Family

The Berg Family

The Bird Family

The Bishop Family

The Bracall Family

The Brake Family

The Bucci Family

The Burns Family (Ian and Bonner Bloodworth)

The Burns Family (Jake, Sadie, and Eliza)

The Campbell Family

The Caputo Family

The Cianfarano Family

The Clapp Family

The Cofer Family

The Cole Family

The Coleman Family

The Curtis Family

The Dadania Family

The Daniel Family

The Dawson Family

The Eberstein Family

The Eminoglu Family

The Feldman Family

The Fickling Family

The Fields Family

The Frazier Family

The Gamrat Family

The Garcia Family

The Garner Family

The Gettig Family

The Gregory Family

The Griffith Family

The Guastaferro Family

The Halpin Family

The Harder Family

The Harrison Family

The Helmer Family

The Hernandez Family

The Herring Family

The Hughes Family

The Johnson Family

The Kalatges Family

The Kneeland Family

The Knox Family

The Lane Family

The Lewis Family

The Lobo Family

The Long Family

The Makosiej Family

The Manos Family

The Markwell Family

The Marlin Family

The Marullo Family

The McClure Family

The Mewborn Family

The Middleton Family

The Moschella Family

The Murdock Family

The OLoughlin Family

The Orr Family

The Patel Family

The Pinkley Family

The Rast Family

The Richter Family

The Rumsey Family

The Scheib Family

The Schiefelbein Family

The Schofield Family

The Shaw Family

The Shieh Family

The Shuler Family

The Siffri Family

The Silva Family

The Smith Family

The Soenke Family

The Stamper Family

The Stiles Family

The Stoudemire Family

The Tan Family

The Thomas Family

The Vanchoff Family

The Villager Family

The Wagener Family

The Wilson Family

The Zow Family

The Zych Family