The staff at Tahlequah Public Schools have been busy planning, collaborating and reviewing data to ensure the best education for the children of our community. The district has noted an increase in enrollment this school year. Enrollment at Greenwood Elementary has increased by 46 this school year. Greenwood would like to introduce several new staff members to the site. New teachers include Misty Boston, Autumn Gwin, Lindsey Neal, Jessica Robinson and Chrissy Waldhoer. Additions to the support staff team are Valera Ainsworth, Ginger Allen, Rachel Briggs, Ashley Carr, Sheila Norwood, Alexis Sikes, and Jesse Smith. An addition to the third grade team, is Shelli Cox, who taught first grade last school year. Together, these staff members work together to provide quality services for the students at Greenwood.
Tahlequah is committed to providing all students with a quality education within a safe and caring learning environment.
Administration and staff work continually to improve the learning experience for students. Recently, administration has initiated a six-semester plan of improvement targeting essential elements of effective schools. The elementary schools’ focus elements for the fall semester are curriculum, levels of student engagement and family/community connections. Teachers participate in weekly meetings to discuss goals for objectives and the thinking process requirements for objectives. Lessons are designed to move from recall and rote activities to students engaging in analytical and problem solving skill development. Greenwood engages family and community through many avenues. Teachers share newsletters keeping parents informed of curriculum instruction as well as hosting parent/teacher conferences. Upcoming events are Beautify Greenwood on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 – noon, 2nd grade music program on Thursday, Oct 29 at 6:00 and family literacy/math night on Tuesday, November 17th from 6:00 – 7:30. Please check Greenwood’s Facebook page for event information.
Greenwood’s PTO appreciates parent engagement in efforts to provide students and teachers with materials for the school and classroom. Through fundraising efforts such as jog-a-thon, box tops and holiday store, Greenwood benefits in several areas. Projects completed this past year are gates for the playground, technology in the classroom, and learning apps. An approved project in the near future is an electronic entrance system for a set of north doors. None of this would be possible without the volunteer efforts of parents, students and staff. PTO co-presidents Jamie Hale and Priscilla Valdez would like to extend thanks to all who made the recent Stache Dash jog-a-thon a huge success. A special thanks to the NSU baseball team who hosted many stations and cheered the students to success.
October is the focus of several safety programs. Fire prevention is promoted through school visits from our community firefighters along with lessons in fire safety. The students especially enjoy the Smoke Trailer when learning about home fire safety. During the week of October 26-30, several school sites will participate in Red Ribbon Week. Greenwood events include several anti-drug themed lessons for upper grades and activities where students learn the importance of staying healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and staying away from drugs. School Resource Officer Randy Jordan provides safety lessons through the D.A.R.E program for fourth and fifth grade students.
The flu season is quickly approaching and all are encouraged to use procedures to prevent spreading the flu and viruses as much as possible. Please keep students home if running a fever of 100 degrees or above. Encourage your child to wash hands often. Teachers appreciate donations of sanitizing wipes to help keep high-use areas clean. In addition to these prevention strategies, Tahlequah Public Schools is working with Passport Health to offer flu vaccinations to all of our students and employees. Flu vaccinations will be offered at each site. Greenwood Elementary flu vaccinations are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 4th from 8:00-9:30. A consent for services form has been sent home with each student and must be completed and returned before your child can participate in this free offer.