New School Year
The 2015-2016 school year began with an exciting day on Thursday, August 13 for students in Tahlequah Public Schools. It is with great pleasure that we welcome our returning or first-time 3500 students to this dynamic 5A school district as we turn the page on yet another school year!
The summer months have been very busy with preparations for the new school year! With almost 500 employees, the summer is consumed with filling open positions. At this writing, approximately 35 certified staff and 25 support staff have been employed in the district. These new hires include the new high school principal, Cory Slagle, who has been an assistant principal in Katy, Texas and the principal at Collinsville High School. Mr. Slagle comes to Tahlequah High School with experience and creative ideas that will be beneficial to our community!
Other new hires include elementary, middle and high school teachers; Indian Education Student Advocate; Athletic Trainer; Parent Educator; part-time band instructor; and several support positions. We are extremely pleased with the quality of this new group of employees joining the Tahlequah Public School team!
The months of June and July provide time for the facilities to receive a facelift and maintenance. Some buildings have and will be painted; carpet has been replaced at Tahlequah Middle School with floor tile; a new ceiling was installed in the upper gym at Central Academy; the high school track was re-surfaced; and new windows are scheduled to be installed at Cherokee Elementary, Central Academy and Tahlequah High School.
Administrators and teachers have attended professional development throughout the summer and planning for the new school year has been ongoing. The district will continue to focus on improving our culture and our students’ literacy skills. We expect our culture throughout the district to be friendly and welcoming to everyone. It is also our goal to do an even better job of producing literate students ready for the world that awaits them!
Our district is excited about a couple of new course opportunities for high school students that will also benefit the community. We are looking forward to the addition of a broadcasting course at Tahlequah High School that will enable us to provide video streaming of athletic and other key events! Watch soon for information about “Tahlequah TV” and the student broadcasting crew from THS!
Pre-engineering and technology education is currently provided to Tahlequah Middle School 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.
Oklahoma CareerTech approved this new course for Tahlequah High School and it is our hope to be able to expand this opportunity in the future. The high school received a $50,000 grant to equip the classroom and Jason Proctor, Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, will be the instructor!
Tahlequah Public Schools has outstanding students, excellent community support and a highly effective staff. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence and strive to provide quality academics and extra-curricular programming for our students. The 2015-2016 school year holds so much promise for our Tahlequah students!