• 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!

  • 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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  • Joanna Word

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 10/1/2019

    Brian Harvey with Joanna Word

    Nominated by a parent, Ms. Word supported her 3rd grade student by showing up to her soccer game! Thanks to Ms. Word for doing all she can to build positive relationships with our students. Students know you care when you show up for them on your own time. Positive relationships happen when you sacrifice without expecting something in return. Thank you for living out our Core Values! #relationships

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  • Hattie Booker

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 9/13/2019

    Brian Harvey with Hattie Booker

    It’s an honor to thank and recognize Hattie Booker. She serves in our transportation office and works to ensure that communication is maintained throughout the day. OSD core value #service

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  • Della Davidson Elementary Café Team

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 8/21/2019

    Brian Harvey with the Della Davidson Elementary Café Team

    Della’s cafeteria staff has hit a homerun! In the words of their Assistant Principal, “They are rockin’ it this year! The cafe looks AMAZING!!! The tables are being cleaned after breakfast, napkins are placed out properly, the tables are being cleaned well after lunch — everybody is pitching in and working together as an amazing team.” Thank you to the Della Café Team for your excellence and service! We are made better by what you do each day!

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  • Laura Whitten

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 8/21/2019

    Brian Harvey with Laura Whitten

    Special thanks to Mrs. Whitten for always being willing to take her science show on the road.  She was nominated by a colleague who said "She’s been teaching from a rolling cart for 5 weeks, moving from classroom to classroom. She has loaded her cart with rocks and other specimens to be sure the students get every lesson that’s included in the curriculum.

    Now that she’s back in the science lab, she’s making sure the students stay engaged by taking her classes outside to shoot rockets.

    Mrs. Whitten also sent a science portfolio home with every kid at Della over the summer so they can look back on what they’ve learned in science lab this year. She has spent many hours of her own time putting the portfolios together herself!" THANK YOU MRS. WHITTEN for living out the OSD Core Values of Excellence and Service!

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  • Cindy Bigham, Jeannette Clements & Haley Vassar

    Posted by Brian Harvey on 5/29/2019

    Brian Harvey with Cindy Bigham, Jeannette Clements and Haley Vassar

    Homerun balls given to Cindy Bigham, Jeannette Clements and Haley Vassar at Oxford Elementary, for helping to keep our children with food allergies safe. OSD Core Values of service and support.

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Last Modified on November 15, 2019