School News

School News 2013-2014

ONN News Team Visits Fox Carolina News

 ONN News Team Visits Fox Carolina Studio

Challenge teacher, Sandy Young, and the 2013-2014 ONN morning news crew met Diana Watson and toured the Fox Carolina News studio.


Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars

 Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars Participants

Third-Fifth graders participated in the Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars program. One hundred and thirty students from Oakview participated in the reading promotion and were recognized on the field at a Greenville Drive game on April 15th. Click here to see a slideshow of the evening.


Student Honored in Local Magazine

 Jackson Copeland

Fifth Grade student, Jackson Copeland, has been recognized as one of 10 students who make a difference in our community! Jackson is noted in our school community as a wonderful role model. Click here to read the entire article.

Jan Brett Visits Oakview!

Students Meet Jan Brett

After winning an international Facebook contest in 2013, Oakview students, parents, teachers, and staff were treated to a full day with award-winning illustrator and author, Jan Brett! She held two morning asssemblies and five grade level meet and greets before signing a select number of books in the afternoon for excited students!

That evening, Jan Brett and her husband, Joe, joined our Oakview families at the Upcountry History Museum for a dessert reception in her honor.

Click the links below to see more of her visit.

Assemblies (Greenville News Online Gallery)
Visit Video (Greenville County Schools My TV)
Meet and Greets
Entire Day including Dessert Reception  Courtesy: Gwinn Davis


 Spring Sing

 Spring Sing Participants

Six Oakview students participated in Spring Sing on April 1st at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville. This is an auditioned group of over 300 fifth grade students from all over the district. They participated in weekend rehearsals and worked with a clinician from Newberry College. These students did a great job representing Oakview. We are so proud of them! The concert was a wonderful evening of music! Click here to view the performance on our District YouTube page.

Back Row: Ashley Spikings, Madalyn Bergman, Marissa Mulea
Front Row: Cameron Rogers, 
Ian Milionis, 
Nathan Harris






 Food Drive

Food Drive

Student Council has been overwhelmed by the response to our food drive this year. You donated over 10,000 cans! Student Council members visited the food bank to deliver the food. Their shelves were pretty barren. The staff was so very grateful for our donation. The director shared with us that we brought enough food to feed 5,000 people for a week. That is enough food for 35,000 meals! Thank you for making this possible!

Grade Level Winners and School Winners

k4- Mrs. Timberlake's class with 121 items
k5- Mrs. Able's class with 426 items
1st- Mrs. Stephen's class with 551 items
2nd- Mrs. Nessen's class with 249 items
3rd- Mrs. Gray's Class with 456 items
4th- Mrs. Robertson's class with 363 items
5th- Mrs. Shuler's Class with 662 items

Thank you so much for your support as we end our Give a Hoot Food drive!

Rotary Club Donation

Rotary Club Donation

Oakview received a generous donation of dictionaries from the Rotary Club in Simpsonville. Each third grade student received a copy.

Oakview Teacher Recognized in Upstate Publication

 Kasia Szymanska, First Grade Teacher

First grade teacher, Kasia Szymanska, was recently featured in the January issue of Upstate Parent as one of 10 Educators Who Make a Difference. See pages 5, 11, and 28. She received an award on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at McAlister Square. The presentation was made by representatives from Upstate Parent magazine and Papa John's of the Upstate, and emceed by 103.3 Earth FM radio. Congratulations, Kasia!

Principal for the Day

 Zy Brown, Principal for the Day

Zy Brown enjoyed being Principal for the day on Wednesday, January 15th! After winning the Hootenanny raffle for the job, he appeared on the morning news, visited teachers and classrooms, ate lunch at the principal's table, and gave students extra recess.

Oakview's Assistant Principal Wins State Recognition

Terr Wheeler-Hawkins, South Carolina Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year

Oakview Elementary Assistant Principal Terri Wheeler-Hawkins has been named Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Wheeler-Hawkins will now compete for national honors in the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year Program. Click here to read how she has made Oakview Elementary a better place to learn! See the surprise announcement here!


Holidays Around the World

Ms. Szymanska's first grade sharks hosted a global holiday celebration in their classroom singing various songs in different languages and showcasing their phonics learning. Click the links below for a sampling of their presentation!

Phonics Song
German Song
Hannukah Song
Polish Song
Russian Song
Japaneese Song (Rain)
Japaneese Song (Rabbit)
Song for Mom and Dad
Holiday Expressions from Around the World
Happy Holidays! 


Holiday Concert

 Holiday Concert

Oakview's Chorus entertained K5-5th graders with an upbeat holiday concert that included DRUM club, Mallet Mania, Sign Language club, a select group of 4th grade recorder players, and Mrs. Bradt's Boomwhackers. The students worked very hard and did a great job on their performance. It was enjoyed by all!


Girls on the Run 

 Oakview Girls on the Run participants- Olivia and Anne-Mari

Twenty-seven Oakview students participated in Girls on the Run (GOTR) of the Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. This program is for girls age 8-11 years old. The goals of the program are to empower young girls to have a strong sense of identity, stand up for themselves, have a healthy body image, complete a community service project, and finish a 5K run/walk. The culminating run was the Furman Flatlander 5K on Saturday, December 7, 2013. For the community service project, the girls chose to make blankets for Safe Harbor (women's shelter) and donated them on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

 Girls on the Run team members made and donated blankets to Safe Harbor

Oakview One of the Top Schools in the State

Oakview Elementary-Photo by Patrick Cox

Oakview is ranked in the TOP 25 out of 653 elementary schools in the state (including charter schools) based on all areas of PASS! In Writing, we were in the TOP 10! Rankings are based on the percent Met/Exemplary on 2013 PASS. Visit our Parent page for links to the summarized and full report card.

Watch D.O.G.S.
 Watch D.O.G.S.

Oakview Dads, Uncles, Adult Brothers, and Family Men were all invited to a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) kickoff. The response was overwhelming with approximately 550 men, children, and volunteers attending. The goal of the program is to have a dad volunteer at school one full day during the year. After the kick off, the calendar quickly filled up with dads committing dates through December and beyond.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christi Yenser at

International School Community Recognized
 Pakistan Flag Presentation

We are proud to now display the flags of Pakistan and Austria thanks to two of our Oakview families.

Yasmine, Nazneen, and Karam Awan presented the Pakistani flag along with their grandfather.

 Austrian Flag presented to the school by the Schober family Lukas and Victoria Schober presented the Austrian flag along with their mother.

These flags will join the flags on display in our building representing our families from more than 20 diverse countries.


Garden Workdays

 Garden Workday

Oakview appreciates all the students, parents, and staff that helped maintain and weed the school's butterfly garden earlier this fall. Never visited our garden? You can enjoy the view from your seat by clicking here.