Heritage Elementary is home to 514 wonderful students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. This Great Expectations model school, as do all our school sites, boasts some fantastic staff members that work tirelessly to create a loving and inspirational environment. Among these staff members, there are several new additions including: Katie Miller- Kindergarten, Michaella Stricker- 1st Grade, Jaymee Jackson- 2nd Grade, Brandi Franks- 3rd Grade, Crystal Hendricks-3rd Grade, Haley Stocks-Music, Kara West- Librarian, Aaron Biggs-Speech Pathologist, Mary Kaye Smith- Special Education, Jennifer Blackbear- Special Education and Amanda Vance – Assistant Principal.
On September 15th Heritage Elementary was honored as becoming part of the A+ network. This provides a network of support for our teachers. The A+ network helps coach schools through a process to create an educational environment that gets kids excited about learning. They do this by preparing teachers and principals to think more creatively about how to present their curriculum in collaborative and hands-on ways. We are proud to be an Oklahoma A+ school.
On Thursday, October 12th our students participated in an all school Jazz Night at the High School Performing Arts Center. They sang songs along with Dr. Clark Gibson and the Jazz Band from Northeastern State University. It was a wonderful night for students to showcase their singing abilities.
We want to thank our Community Heroes for participating at the annual Community Hero Night on October 5th. We had Highway Patrol, Tahlequah Police Department, School Resource Officers, Lake Patrol, Firefighters, Military, Paramedics, GRDA police, OSBI and many other heroes talking to the students and their families. It was a great time for our families to interact with one another as well as talk to the local heroes. It was also our Parent Teacher Conference Night so it was a wonderful time for parents to stop in and see their teachers.
For the third year in a row, Heritage Student Council is sponsoring a sock drive during the month of October following the national #Socktober campaign. This year the goal is 1000 pairs of socks. We can’t wait to see what the final number will be on October 31st. The socks are donated to several different agencies in town as well as shared with the other schools. We are amazed by the generosity of students, teachers, families and the community.
During the week of October 23-27, Heritage students will participate in DRUG Free Week. Each elementary site will be celebrating in similar fashions. Heritage events include dress up days and a door decorating contest, as well as, several anti-drug themed lessons and activities.
Monday:” Put a Cap on Drugs” (wear your favorite hat)
Tuesday: “Proud to be Drug Free” (wear as much red as you can)
Wednesday: “Turn your Back on Drugs” (wear your shirt backwards)
Thursday: “Character is our Super Power” (Dress in your favorite superhero shirt)
Friday: “Team up against Drugs” (wear your favorite team shirt or Tiger spirit shirt.)
Please remember that on costume days, students are not allowed to wear anything gory, bloody, or scary. Also, all toy accessories should be left at home for family Halloween experiences.
We had our annual Jog-a-thon on September 22nd. This year our theme was a Rock and Roll Jog-a-thon. Students had a blast dressing up and running to Rock and Roll music. Thank you to our sponsors for giving back to our school. Money is still coming in from the event so we don’t have a total yet, but we do want to say thank you to our community for their continued support with our annual Jog-a-thon.
Ms. Lacie Davenport, Principal, and the Heritage Elementary staff would like to thank you in advance for all parent participation. You are your child’s best teacher and we look forward to sharing ideas to make their learning experiences valuable. Thank you for entrusting us with your most valuable possession. We love each and every one of them!