Back to School
We enthusiastically welcome back to school all of those who play such an important role in the educational process of the 3600 students in Tahlequah Public Schools! TPS has been in school for a few days since Thursday, August 10 and anticipating a successful 2017-18 school year!
Shared here with our important partners are some upcoming changes to Tahlequah Public Schools (TPS). Change is inevitable and together, we will build a partnership that ensures our children will achieve at their highest potential.
One key change for the 2017-18 school year will be the implementation of Late Start Mondays. TPS will begin Late Start Mondays on August 14 and continue throughout the school year to provide staff an opportunity to collaborate in their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Stakeholder and staff survey results indicated that Monday was the preferred choice for a late start and that supervision of children was a concern.
Our goal is to provide a structure that does not adversely affect families. Supervision will be provided in the morning, which should accommodate working parents so that they are not affected by the delayed start.
Students will notice a modification to the child nutrition program this school year. The district has entered into an agreement with Sodexo to manage the child nutrition program. The cafeteria environment will have a new, appealing appearance with additional entree options (up to four except at Sequoyah PK); a la carte options; and a supper program offered to children staying in the B&G Club after School Program at no cost. Breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as last year.
The Cherokee Elementary cafetorium will be completed and functional hopefully in September. This new addition to Cherokee Elementary is a beautiful enhancement to the school site that includes a cafeteria, stage and music room along with an additional classroom.
Our district is always committed to providing a quality education within a safe and caring learning environment. Ensuring that our students are provided a safe environment and nutritious meals is a priority for TPS. The district will continue to provide an after school program at our school sites in collaboration with B&G Club. A supper program will be implemented for after school students later this fall that can address food insecurities for some students.
The district is now in the second year of the implementation of one-to-one technology for our students. Instructional technology, STEM activities and labs, Robotics, courses that include Medical Detectives at the middle school, Pre-Engineering, and Biomed at the high school and instructional technology coaches are all strategies to engage our students in this ever-changing technological age.
With this in mind, we will focus on: (1) imbedding instructional technology; (2) utilizing practices that increase students’ levels of engagement; (3) creating strong professional learning communities; and (4) creating an engaging school culture for our stakeholders.
Whether you are an employee, student, parent or community member, you play an important role in TPS. The district is incredibly appreciative of the support of this beautiful community as we prepare our students for a productive future together.
The Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation and the schools’ PTO are both direct avenues to support TPS. Visit the TPS Foundation’s website at www.tahlequahpublicschoolsfoundation.org or inquire with your school’s administration about joining PTO. Stakeholder support is essential to school effectiveness!
TPS is an outstanding 5A school district with an effective faculty and staff that care about children and learning. Our district is dedicated to creating a dynamic environment with rich opportunities for students in the 2017-18 school year and beyond!