• Harvey’s Home runs

    In 2005, “Coach” Brian Harvey, had the honor of leading a group of young men to achieve their goal by shifting their focus from winning the state championship, to focusing on the daily tasks around them. Now, as the Superintendent, he has the honor of coaching more than 500 teachers, faculty and support staff to focus on the core values of The Oxford School District: Equity, Excellence, Service, Support and Relationships.

    It is important to recognize those who exhibit a commitment to these core values and have an inherent tendency to serve beyond the call of duty, fostering a positive environment for the students and community we serve.

    To honor employees who represent these core values in their personal and professional lives, Superintendent Harvey will present them with a Homerun Ball. Nominations are welcome from students, colleagues, parents and the community. 
If you know of a district employee who has “hit it out of the park” and deserves special recognition, please email me at bharvey@oxfordsd.org and tell me their story!

    These employees have hit it out of the park!

  • Claire Crews-Pre-K Teacher

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 5/8/2020 5:30:00 AM

    Claire Crews Not only is she amazing in her love for each one of the children who had the honor of being in her classroom, she is an INCREDIBLE teacher.   Since the pandemic, I have had the pleasure of witnessing this first hand each morning through the daily Zoom meetings.  Mrs. Claire not only teaches daily lessons, but she sings and dances with the children, reads books to them, and just finds out what’s on their minds!  (Sometimes, it is hysterical what they say!)  For a teacher who is retiring to put this much effort and time into virtually teaching, I’m just blown away.  One day, after lessons were over, she knew my little Cubs baseball loving boy would love to hear the Cubs song, “Hey, Chicago, What do you Say?” so she surprised him and played it for him, and I kid you not, he talks about it every single day.  To have had such a timid, scared child at the beginning of the school year, I completely credit Claire for bringing him out of his shell.  And, I’m certain that my child is not the only one for whom she did this.  To say we will miss Mrs. Claire is a complete understatement.  I’m sure we’ll move on and have another phenomenal teacher, but I tear up at the thought of how this year ended for everyone.  I know, without a doubt, once hugs are “legal,” my little boy will be racing out the door to squeeze Claire’s neck.  Mrs. Claire is phenomenal.

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  • Samantha Larson-1st Grade Teacher

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 4/3/2020 7:50:00 AM

    Samantha Larson I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say what a fantastic teacher Ms. Larson has been during this online learning period. My wife and I were worried that our children would digress and that learning would be put on hold. This has not been the case. Samantha has been wonderful!  She is so responsive to our questions and encouraging. In many ways, I feel that she is learning at a faster pace. We are so thankful for each of you and your hard work during the bizarre time.

    Thank you all,

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  • Lucy Steis

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 3/29/2020 7:25:00 PM

    I wanted to let you know how awesome Ms. Steis has been with my son! Homeschool has been hard for him especially with Math. He is very smart in Math, but has had a lot of trouble with the transition to the computer. He needed to get on zoom to talk to Ms. Steis yesterday to go over an assignment he had bombed. We couldn’t get on for some reason, so I emailed her to tell her what was going on.  He was so frustrated, tears were shed, and he wanted to give up. She gave me her cell phone number so they could FaceTime each other. They went over the assignment to make sure he understood. She explained to him everything was going to be okay, and this was a learning curve for everyone. She was here for him whenever he needed. She explained he was smart, and one grade wasn’t going to affect his year end progress. He got off that call with the biggest smile on his face. I am beyond grateful she is one of his teachers. She went above and beyond normal duties as a teacher! I just wanted you to know how great she is, so she can get a little pat on the back! Lucy Steis

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  • Lauren Hitchcock and Heather Lenard

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 3/25/2020

    Lauren Hitchcock and Heather Lenard

    These two continue to knock it out of the park! So proud that they are part of our team as we go through this. If it has been communicated, they have touched it. Thank you, Lauren and Heather!

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  • Mary Martha Crowe and Liz Phillips

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 3/24/2020

    Crowe and Phillips

    From a 6th grade parent:

    I’d like to recommend Mary Martha Crowe and Liz Phillips. They emailed all of their students and told them to listen for a horn honking in their driveway after 1:00 Sunday. They made cute signs and decorated their cars and went to each student’s home so they could just wave to their students and let them know they miss them. I thought this was the sweetest gesture, and my 6th grader loved it!

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  • Chasity Arbuckle

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 11/15/2019

    Brian Harvey with Chasity Arbuckle

    As a literacy coach, Chastity Arbuckle works tirelessly to make sure K-4 ELA teachers are on track to helping students become successful academically. She is always thinking of her K-4 teachers by spending time planning and teaching instructional professional developments, sending resources to use, and collaborating with PLC's to ensure teachers and implementing best practices in the classroom.

    “As a first year teacher, I was struggling with how to plan my units to stay organized and also how to make it more engaging. She sat with me during every unit and went through each week of the unit so that I knew exactly what to plan for. We even planned a room transformation that was so much fun for the students. She has sent me endless resources, night and day, and has encouraged me to try new things and activities that are out of my comfort zone. Without her believing in me, I do not think I would have made it this far in the teaching world.” –Bailey Brewer (3rd ELA)

    “Throughout the last couple years, Ms. Arbuckle has become a vital part of my Growth Mindset. She encourages me to try new things and to become better with every unit. Becoming PLC leader this year, along with implementing Standards Based Grading has been challenging. Ms. Arbuckle has been there every step of the way, making sure all of my questions are answered. When I have anything that needs to be looked over, she is willing to drop everything and get it back to me as quickly as possible. Without her help, our ELA team would not be where it is today.” –Shae VanSickle (3rd ELA)

    “Over the past five years, Ms. Arbuckle has not only been my mentor, but a trusted friend. She saw potential in me I couldn't see in myself. She pushed my teaching practices in ways I could have never imagined, and trusted me with opportunities some teaches wait years to receive. Ms. Arbuckle instilled in me the value of always doing what is best for kids and to always continue learning and improving my practice. I owe the success of my teaching career to her guidance and continued support.” –LaJeremy Hughes (4th ELA)

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  • Kimberly Price and Jordan Haney

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 10/14/2019

    Brian Harvey with Kimberly Price and Jordan Haney

    Mrs. Price and Mrs. Haney at Della Davidson Elementary School were presented a homerun ball from Mr. Harvey for their communication with standards based grading. A Della parent said "their communication and efforts should be applauded!!! I have full understanding of my child’s progress on the standards/units and more importantly so does my child. The unit evaluations/assessments and communication on progress is very clear to understand. I know where my child needs help or could be challenged and what I can do to help support him and his progress. 👏🏻🙌🏻 The roll out of the standards based grading and implementation has been AMAZING at Della this year! Please thank them for their extra efforts and amazing communication!"

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  • Chris Patton

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 10/14/2019

    Brian Harvey with Chris Patton

    Chris Patton was nominated by a parent who said "this man is the most amazing teacher, coach, mentor and friend. Coach Patton is often the first to arrive and last to leave. We sometimes joke that he must live at OMS. The way Coach treats each kid is individual and unique. His love and kindness is inspiring. He always has a positive word to say no matter the outcome of a practice or race (XC) which makes each kid, my boys especially, want nothing more than to do better for themselves. Coach Patton's uplifting spirit, inspiring personality and dedication to his team and to us as parents are all perfect reasons to honor someone who truly deserves recognition. Ask anyone who knows him and they will all say he's the best." Mr. Harvey presented Coach Patton with a homerun ball for his dedication to our core values #realtionships #service #excellence

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  • Marilyn Barnes and Jill Knox

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 10/14/2019

    Brian Harvey with Marilyn Barnes and Jill Knox

    Marilyn Barnes and Jill Knox "hit a homerun" with their professional development session. Nominated by a teacher that said "they have worked very hard to make sure they were prepared and it showed." Thank you ladies for living out the OSD core values #service #support #excellence

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  • Tim Davis

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 10/1/2019

    Tim Davis with Brian Harvey

    Good service can certainly be found in the OSD IT Department. Thanks to Tim Davis for the “kind words and energy to help”. The teacher also said that Tim’s kindness and patience made her whole day! A great example of OSD Core Value #service.

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Last Modified on May 8, 2020