Dr. Emerson - Principal
Dr. Stave Emerson

I welcome you to another exciting year at Olson Middle School, also known as Olson U. We refer to ourselves as Olson U (University) because we focus our efforts on preparing students to become successful high school students and future college graduates. At Olson U, we are dedicated to providing a rich, rigorous and equitable education for all of our students. We accomplish this by having high expectations for all students to reach their potential in a safe and challenging learning environment.

We have a great school, and we believe that together we can improve the quality of our school community. We want you to become actively involved in our school community through our Parent Teacher Group, Site Council and Volunteer opportunities. Please know that our Family Liaison will be contacting you to gain your involvement in our school community. Your involvement with your child’s education is vital to his/her academic success.

We continue to grow and develop our International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. In addition to our core classes— Math, Science, English, Social studies-- all students receive instruction in World Language (Spanish), Physical Education/Health, Design and the Arts (visual and musical). Olson is also integrating a student-centered learning project into the IB program. This project is called My Story/My Brilliance. The project places students at the center of their learning and provides for student choice and student voice. The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation is supporting the project by providing grant funds through 2021. The funding ensures we have a counselor for each grade level team and staff professional development around student-centered practices. We are grateful the Foundation’s advisory group recognized the inherent brilliance in our students and selected our project.

Our teachers and staff members are excited about leading students to be successful academically, socially and emotionally. We are committed to building a learning community with students and families at the center. We know this commitment will lead to outstanding results for our students.

Let’s all work in partnership to bring out the brilliance in all of our students.

Dr. Steve Emerson, Principal

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