Following the exciting start to Field Day that was written about in a previous Olympia website article, the students got to spend the day rotating through various fun activity stations. The Oly South PTO is always a great supporter of this day and again this year supplied 4 inflatables for the students to . . .
Families and students came out Wednesday night to celebrate Science. Parents and students had an opportunity to shop at the "Story Laboratory" Scholastic Book Fair, while other students browsed the tables of wonderful science projected . . .
From Trash to Treasure Students at Olympia South put their creativity to work this week when they participated in the first ever Recycled Art Contest. To celebrate Earth Week, students were encouraged to create a piece of . . .
Field Day 2013 kicked off with the entire school on the playground to watch Mrs. Rogers get soaked from over 200 water balloons! Our "Change"ing the Playground collection week brought in $1,403.79 to go directly to our playground fund! . . .
We are quickly approaching the end of the year and spending time honoring all of those that make South such a great place to be! Wednesday April 24 th was Administrative Assistant’s Day. At Oly South our secretary, Mrs. . . .
On Friday, the students of OSE took their much anticipated field trip to Illinois State University to be part of Education Day at the Gamma Phi Circus! A great time was had by all as we watched flying trapeze, jugglers, gymnasts, . . .
Olympia South Elementary Secretary, Mrs. Hawker, had some extra help on March 20th. Macey, a 3rd grader, was one of two students to win "Spend the afternoon with Mrs. Hawker" at the Oly South Winter Carnival. Macey and Mrs. . . .
Back in February, Olympia South received the good news that they were chosen as one of the schools to receive the 2013 Bike Safety Grant sponsored by OSF Children's Hospital and Kohl's Department Stores. This grant provided the opportunity . . .
Principal Rogers had two "assistants" to help her with her daily tasks on Tuesday, April 2nd. The day began with opening announcements read by Cassi and Emma. After morning announcements the principals made sure to visit each classroom to . . .
Earlier this month, Miles B. from Mrs. Snelson’s 2 nd grade got to be Mrs. Lawson’s Library helper! Miles won this opportunity at the Oly South PTO Winter Carnival. Several of the teachers and staff auctioned . . .
The week of March 4 prekindergarten studied Dr. Seuss. To celebrate The Cat in the Hat , the students played a game similar to Fun-in-the-Box where they guessed objects Mrs. Gillhouse had in a red box, practiced rhyming words . . .
On February 23rd, Olympia South PTO hosted our annual Winter Carnival. Hundreds of students, parents and community members came out to the event which ran from 5-7p.m., followed by the auction at 7p.m. Students were able to use their tickets . . .
On Friday, March 1st, students and staff at Olympia South Elementary "dressed for success" to kick off the state ISAT testing next week! They dressed in their professional attire to set the tone for the importance of taking the test seriously . . .
February is Dental Health Month. Dr. Betsy Ulrich, D.D.S., M.S. from Sugar Creek Orthodontics in Lincoln, took the opportunity to instruct and encourage 1 st - 3 rd Graders on the importance of taking care of their teeth. Dr. . . .
On Wednesday afternoon teachers came together to work on school improvement for OSE. Teachers understood the importance of Teamwork by watching a U-Tube clip that demonstrated the opposite effects not working as a team can have. The . . .
The PM Early Childhood class and the PM Pre-K class at Olympia South took advantage of the longer day on Wednesday, February 6 th and took a field trip to the Children’s Museum in Normal. We are thankful for the parents that went . . .
Our fifth grade students have been spending a lot of time integrating Social Studies and ELA time this school year. Students are reading non-fiction text about the American Revolution. One of the culminating projects gave students in Mrs. . . .
In Mrs. Averbeck’s 5th grade class, we completed a science presentation about endangered species. Our biggest focus was the Behavioral and Physical adaptations. On the computer, we created a Prezi for our animals we picked out. We . . .
As students returned from Winter Break, they enjoyed an afternoon assembly courtesy of the Atlanta Public Library. Mr. Chris Fascione, a nationally recognized storyteller from the Chicago area, entertained students and staff through his . . .
A number talk is where you pick a number like 444. Then, your teacher and your class find a way to add, subtract, multiply and divide to find that number. There are so many ways to make each number! If your teacher writes all the ways your . . .
Santa took time out of his very busy day to come and visit the Early Childhood students at Olympia South. They had just finished watching The Polar Express movie when Santa showed up.
Thanks to all of the community volunteers and our students and teachers who made the pilot homework lab so successful!! Because it was so successful, we’re extending homework lab for the month of January 2013. Each Wednesday in . . .
By Brinley Marrs-5th grade student
The Challenger: A super fun field trip to a college where you learn about physics and astronomy, you even get to be part of your classes very own mission. How we prepared; Our class prepared by making flash cards. You get to . . .
On Tuesday evening students, families and community members walked the halls of Olympia South admiring the beautiful holiday decorations that the students have been working so hard on. The Atlanta Community Band came and played Christmas . . .
The sweet smells of Christmas permeated the Early Childhood room at South as the children prepared for Christmas by decorating gingerbread houses. Each child had a homemade gingerbread house to decorate with the help of a family . . .
Fourth grade students at South created their own science animal presentations by connecting to the educational web-site neok12.com. Mrs. Stevens uses this site for it's interactive presentations to enhance science lessons. The students . . .
On Thursday evening, November 15th, over 180 people were in attendance at Olympia South Elementary to celebrate the love of literacy at their annual Family Reading Night. Parents were greeted in the cafeteria at the sign in table . . .
Prekindergarten through first grade celebrated Stay Safe Day on October 31 by participating in activities in each other's classrooms. Mrs. Tracy read Don't Talk to Strangers! Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Varicella shared Halloween safety . . .
Walking the halls of Olympia South, you could hear many lessons taking place regarding today's presidential election. In First Grade, students received a voting experience by casting votes after listening to 3 different stories: Duck for . . .
Each month fifth graders at Oly South are given a specific genre to read. After reading they choose from over 40 projects and present it to their classmates. Students present their project and talk about the book they chose to . . .
Even though the weather didn't cooperate and our hayrack station had to be cancelled, students still had the opportunity to take a step back in time and celebrate Harvest Day! Students had the opportunity to make their way through . . .
Fourth grade students and chaperones had a beautiful extended day visiting three famous Lincoln sites! After a unit on Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, fourth graders visited Lincoln's home, his tomb and the Presidential Museum. . . .
We are celebrating Fire Prevention Week at Olympia South. On Wednesday, the students evacuated the building in 1 minute and 40 seconds as we partnered with the Atlanta Fire Department for a Fire Drill. The firemen, Steve Smedley, Darin . . .
The Atlanta Public library is collaborating with Olympia South to enhance the education of the students. On Fridays, volunteers from the library have been reading to the preschool children and the plan is for this to continue all year. . . .
The AM Early Childhood class and the AM Pre-K class at Olympia South took advantage of the longer day on Wednesday, September 26th and took a field trip to the Children’s Museum in Normal. We are thankful for the parents that went along to . . .
Today, students at Olympia South Elementary welcomed approximately 300 grandparents to our annual Grandparents' Day event. This year, grandparents were welcomed by Mrs. Rogers as they enjoyed cookies and punch. While they were waiting for . . .
Mrs V's first grade class is getting started learning how to log on to IXL. The students were able to choose from any option from the number and counting section in IXL. Many students earned gold medals for completing the . . .
Students in Mrs. Averbeck's and Mrs. Turner's fifth grade classrooms have been enjoying the first two weeks of school! They have been engaged in many different activities as they get to know their new teachers and all of their new classmates! . . .
We are very fortunate at Olympia South Elementary this year to have some new technology for our students to be using on a daily basis. For the 2012-2013 school year, the district purchased a cart of 30 iPads for each elementary building. At . . .
During the first week of school, Mrs. Rogers is making her way to each classroom to share the story of Mr.Peabody's Apples with our students. Students are engaged in a discussion prior to reading the book about what our most powerful body . . .
Magic Storyteller, Chris McBrien, brought his friends along to Olympia South to teach the students they have the power to Choose, Lead, and Succeed. Pre-K through 5th grade students were entertained on Wednesday by the stories that Mr. Chris . . .