Award Year: 2017

Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School

303 E. Olive Street
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004-4754

(847) 398-4282

Mrs. Becky P FitzPatrick, Principal at time of Nomination

Arlington Heights School District 25

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Olive-Mary Stitt is a collaborative school community with responsible students who are passionate, global learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 21%
Olive-Mary Stitt Owls Wonder

Olive-Mary Stitt Owls Wonder

Located in Arlington Heights, IL and named for a former principal and world-renowned educator, Mary Stitt, Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School (OMS) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary during the 2012-2013 school year. Our namesake continues to be active in our school and community. At ninety-one years young, Mary has made over forty philanthropic international trips, primarily through Rotary International. Her work has inspired a school wide commitment to service known as #owlsforothers.

OMS prides itself on consistently providing a child-centered educational experience, dedicated to ensuring success for all students. Through inquiry and the design of purposeful and effective instruction, the staff provides students the opportunity to own their learning. Collaboration and taking risks are evident throughout the school's community. OMS recently designed a staff-led Personalized Learning Environment (PLE) called "PD at the Nest". By utilizing the talent and leadership within our school, a building-based, interest driven PLE was constructed. PD at the Nest was empowering and readied the staff for implementation of Dufour's Professional Learning Communities, an organic opportunity to steer our own PLE efforts.

OMS offers an experience of acceptance, kindness, community, and inspiration. It is a place to belong, a place to learn, a place to be challenged, and a place to grow. "Olive-Us Own the Learning" is more than a slogan. It is the way our community relates to one another. The essence of OMS's culture is captured by Carl W. Buehner: "They may forget what you said - but they will never forget how you made them feel."