Superintendent's Letter to the Public
Dear Tahlequah Public Schools Students, Parents, and Stakeholders:
It is with sincere enthusiasm that I welcome back to school all of those who play such an important role in the educational process of the 3500 students in Tahlequah Public Schools! I wish the greatest success for all students as the 2015-2016 school year begins on Thursday, August 13.
Tahlequah Public Schools looks forward to a productive partnership with all stakeholders to ensure our children can achieve at their highest potential. We know a strong partnership between the school and home will make a great difference in our children’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for their success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
Let’s review just a few of the exciting happenings from last school year. Mr. Jason Proctor, Tahlequah High School math teacher and coach was selected as the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year! Jason was chosen primarily because he exhibits the heart of a teacher and is a fine example of the quality of educators in Tahlequah.
The elementary and middle school Robotics teams in partnership with B&G Club and Northeastern State University continued to amaze us with their success! A good example of the learning that can occur during these competitions is of the Greenwood Elementary team that designed a tool to assist with building the robots. These young students designed the tool, then created it with a 3-D printer at Tahlequah High School! Once again, some of the teams qualified for the World Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky which also provided a rich cultural experience for those who attended.
The first ever Athletic Hall of Fame was established last year recognizing eight outstanding alumni from Tahlequah High School. A well-attended banquet was held in the THS cafeteria to honor the first class of athletes named to the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Our talented students performed well this past school year in the various programs the school district has to offer. Some of the accomplishments are mentioned later; however this record gives you no idea of the diversity of the activities offered to students. District students participate in Technology Education, FFA, FCCLA, BPA, JROTC, Debate, Pom, Cheer, athletics, choir, theatre, band, leadership, and pre-AP and AP advanced courses.
Academic expectations are high in Tahlequah reflected by the resources and interventions dedicated to student learning. Our goal is to raise academic achievement in all content areas by continuing to focus on literacy.
The 2015-16 school year holds much promise! We will see the addition of a broadcasting course at Tahlequah High School that will enable us to provide video streaming of key events. Students will become the “broadcasting crew” and film and produce events for Tahlequah TV!
Pre-engineering and technology education is currently provided to Tahlequah Middle Schools students and will now be available to Tahlequah High School students in the upcoming school year. PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context.
Whether you are an employee, student, parent, business owner, community leader, or resident, you play an important role in our district. I encourage your partnership and support as we prepare every Tahlequah Public Schools student for a productive future.
One method of being involved with the district is with the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation. Please check out the Foundation made up of parents and community volunteers dedicated to advancing Tahlequah Public Schools. The Foundation raises money to support teacher classroom proposals and donated over $40,000 to classroom teachers in 2014-2015! Visit the Foundation’s website at www.TahlequahPublicSchoolsFoundation.org.
If you have a child in school, please inquire about the PTO at their site. Stakeholder support is essential to school effectiveness and greatly appreciated!
Tahlequah Public Schools is blessed with a faculty and staff that care about students and learning. This district is dedicated to removing obstacles and providing a balanced education for our students. Creating better learning environments and opportunities for students while removing obstacles will be our priority.
Lisa M. Presley
2014-2015 Student Accomplishments:
- 4 Gates Millennium Scholars
- 3 Academic All-State winners
- 2 National Merit Commended Scholars
- Over 109 individual scholarships awarded to THS seniors amounting to $5 million in scholarships
- 13 Athletic All State students
- 1 Athletic State Champions
- 3 Athletic Academic State Champion teams
- 3 Athletic Runner-up State Champion team
- 1 Athletic State Champion team
- 13 All State Choir students
- 2 All State Band students
- Academic Team conference champs
Back to School Calendar of Events
|August 4||THS Senior Schedules||9-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm|
|August 5||THS JuniorSchedules||9-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm|
|August 6||THS Sophomore Schedules||9-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm|
|August 7||THS Freshmen Orientation||9-11:30 am|
||Sequoyah PK Summer Social
TMS 6th Grade Summer Social
|August 10-12||TPS Professional Development||8:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|August 11||Summer Social (all other sites)||4:30-6:30 pm|
|August 13||First day of School|