Olean City School District: Aspire To Inspire
“To aspire is to rise up to a great plan, an abundant hope of fulfilling a worthwhile mission. To inspire is to convey a feeling of joining a higher cause, influencing soulful action.” (Elendu Chinagorom Paul)
The Olean City School District aspires to be the best. Our goal is to be a leading academic institution. To that end, we have established the Olean City School District Aspiring Goal with both long-term objectives and a short-term objective. We ask everyone to join us in our aspiration and to dedicate oneself to one or more of the objectives. If we put all of our efforts into the Olean City School District’s long-term and short-term objectives, greatness will surely be ours. We look forward to working with everyone as we move our district and community forward.
Olean City School District
To provide the superintendent, administration, faculty, and staff with the resources necessary to become a federally recognized Blue Ribbon School where all graduates are college and career ready.
1. The Olean City School District will encourage all students to develop skills, abilities, and talents necessary for them to excel in vocational trades, academics, or both.
2. The Olean City School District understands that only through teamwork and cooperation with all stakeholders will the district be able to achieve objective number one.
3. The Olean City School District will manage the school district in a manner that is fiscally responsible to both the district and the community.
4. The Olean City School District encourages each student to participate in academic and extracurricular activities, understanding academics, sports, arts, music, and other clubs help to develop a well-rounded individual.
5. The Olean City School District welcomes community input, involvement, and support in order to achieve the district’s objectives and aspiring goal.
The Olean City School District encourages the use of media resources to promote and highlight academic and extracurricular achievements.
Below is the Olean City School District mission, vision, and our guiding principles. There is nothing worse than spending people’s valuable time creating a mission and vision statement than to set it on a shelf to collect dust. The Olean City School District aspires to live and deliver the mission, vision and guiding principles every day. We ask all members of our Husky Pack to embrace the statement and principles, which will elevate both our school district and our entire community. We also encourage all to point out when we fall short of this expectation so all are held accountable. We will reflect on our progress and make adjustments as needed.
The Olean City School District is a student‑centered community of excellence in which all
members are challenged to learn, achieve, contribute, and innovate.
A commitment to fostering:
A respectful, safe and welcoming environment
Academic excellence and lifelong learning
Honesty, integrity, responsibility, and accountability
Student potential and achievement
So what is new this year that will propel us toward our aspiring goal, our mission statement, our vision statement, and our guiding principles for this year?
This year will mark the opening of the OIMS (Olean Intermediate-Middle School) Maker Space Room in the OIMS library. This was the brainchild of Principals Mr. Whitcher and Mr. Trietley with an enormous amount of help from Mrs. Mahar. The OIMS library will be the new home to our Maker Space and it will be open for all students in grades 4 through 7. When possible we will open the Maker Space up for all grade levels.
What is a Maker Space? “It is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects.” Laura Fleming, Worlds of Making
The Academy of Excellence
We have worked very hard at increasing the number of college courses for our students. We now provide the opportunity for students to earn as many as 75 college credits and earn a dual degree: Olean High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Jamestown Community College. The large number of college classes will allow students to select from many areas of study. The Olean City School District was awarded grant funding of approximately $200,000.00 to formalize this opportunity. We anticipate additional grant funding in the future to grow and expand this program. It is our vision to see this process start in the Olean Intermediate-Middle School. There will be high expectations for students to participate. Activities such as enrichment, summer programming, educational trips, and advanced studies will be just some of the elements of this program. Implemented with an attention to detail and a district wide commitment, the Academy of Excellence will be a major component of becoming a nationally recognized district for academic excellence.
The District is extremely excited about bringing child author and writing expert Ms. Amy Ludwig Vanderwater to work with our faculty in grades kindergarten through third. She graduated from Columbia University and has written numerous children’s books. Amy Ludwig Vanderwater is revered for her ability to excite teachers and students in the field of writing attracted us to Ms. Amy Ludwig Vanderwater. You may visit her on her webpage: https://www.amyludwigvanderwater.com/
The District has met with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, law enforcement, and members of the community to develop a plan to continually improve and focus on school safety. To this end, we have invested large amounts of time, energy, and money in new technologies, training, and capital improvements. We have increased the presence of law enforcement in all of our buildings. We pledge to make health and safety our first priority.
HOWL = Helping Others While Learning
Regardless of who we are, where we come from, our economic status, religion, sexual orientation, we are all Huskies. As we all know, “It takes all the Huskies to pull the sled.” HOWL will become a new slogan as we move towards excellence; we will all help each other, regardless of our differences, towards our Aspiring Goal.
We want to thank everyone for your dedication and loyalty to the Olean City School District. We look forward to working with everyone and having a great year. Remember aspire to inspire this year.