Tahlequah Middle School
Spring is a busy time of year throughout the Tahlequah School District and especially at Tahlequah Middle School.
The middle school began end-of-year state testing on April 13th. These exams are important for the students. The results of these exams are used in determining if students qualify for accelerated or remediation coursework for the following year. Eighth grade students are required to pass the state reading exam to take their drivers’ test. All of the students participated in a test-taking strategies seminar prior to the beginning of testing due to a collaboration with the Cherokee Nation Foundation.
The Tahlequah Public Schools’ District Teacher of the Year is Ms. Amy Wright, Tahlequah Middle School choir teacher. Ms. Wright excels at building relationships with her students and their families. Ms. Wright is a wonderful example of the teachers in our district and will represent us well in the State Teacher of the Year selection process which will occur over the summer.
As the school year comes to a close, the middle school band and choir programs are preparing for their spring concerts. The band concert will be Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 PM in the PAC. The choir concert will be Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 PM also in the PAC.
Nineteen members of the middle school science club, led by Mr. Russell Hudgens, will be traveling to Ocean Springs, Mississippi in May to attend a natural classroom experience through the Gulf Coast Research Lab. This opportunity will allow the students to study marine wildlife in its natural habitat. These students, their families and Mr. Hudgens have been fundraising all year for this amazing field experience.
The middle school will honor the work of its students during the annual awards assemblies. The sixth grade assembly will begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 16th. The 7th grade assembly will be that afternoon at 1:15. The 8th grade assembly will be on Tuesday, May 17th beginning at 9:30. All of the awards assemblies will take place in the middle school gym. The 8th grade celebration will begin at 1:15 on the afternoon of the 17th. It will take place on the patio.
Although summer school will not be offered this year, there are two summer opportunities currently being offered to students at the middle school. The Tahlequah Police Department School Resource Officers are offering a Junior Police Academy which will take place from June 6th through the 10th. This is a popular program at the middle school. There were 110 applications requested by students. The first 40 students submitting a completed application will be placed into the program. This program is offered each summer at no cost to families.
The summer arts camp housed at the middle school will run for two weeks from June 6th through June 17th 8:00-4:00 daily. This camp will expose students to the stage as well as behind the scenes on Seussical the Musical. The performances will be on June 17th and 18th in the PAC. Applications will be available at the Tahlequah Board of Education and will be due by June 2nd. The cost of the camp is $80 per person. The first 65 students to complete the enrollment form and pay the $80 fee will be enrolled. If at least 60 students do not sign up by June 2nd, the camp will be cancelled and all money will be refunded.