Tahlequah Middle School
I would like to start this article with a “Thank You” to the community of Tahlequah. Your support during the work stoppage has been outstanding and inspirational. I can’t begin to say how proud I am of the way our community has rallied around our teachers. I know many stories of how parents and patrons stepped up and donated their money for gas, lodging, food, etc. This has been a trying time for Oklahoma education; however, it has long-range implications which will benefit our students. For those teachers who have made trips to the Capitol, your efforts have been recognized nationally, and your pride and dedication to Tahlequah is much appreciated.
The Middle School is our topic for this article and there have been numerous activities and events since the last time I wrote about this site. I would first like to recognize the 2018-2019 Middle School “Teacher of the Year," Mr. David Fuller. He teaches speech and drama at the Middle School and the success he has with his performances is noteworthy. The musical production this year of “Beauty and the Beast” received accolades. A musical is difficult for any age performer, but the Middle School did an outstanding job. The arts provide a sense of belonging for many students and are an academic motivator. Congratulations Mr. Fuller!
School safety is always on the mind of our Board of Education, and in light of the recent school shootings, it is even more at the forefront. The Middle School is in the process of acquiring a guard shack to help not only to make their site safer but it will provide a way to supervise the High School’s campus from the west. This, coupled with the addition of School Resource Officers so that each site has at least one full-time officer, is a big step for safety in our school district. I would like to recognize two of our School Resource Officers, Brian Stanglin and Randy Jordan, who were named “Co-Officers of the Year” for Tahlequah Police Department. Congratulations gentlemen. It is a well-deserved honor.
The Middle school has some students to be recognized for their academic efforts. Ava Jones, sixth-grader, qualified to compete at the State Geography Bee in Norman. Brooke Postlewait, eighth-grader, and Mary Moore, sixth-grader, both qualified to compete in the Spelling Bee in Muskogee. I would also like to recognize five eighth-graders who have been recognized as “Masonic Students of Today," they are Ellee Davenport, Emma Lindstrom, Monroe Adams, Owen Martin and Kordell James. They received this award from a vote of the eighth-grade faculty for their scholarship and citizenship. Finally, thirty-six TMS students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on March 27th. These young men and women took the initiative to apply for induction and fulfilled those requirements, which include a grade point average of 3.5 or better and service to their school and community. Congratulations to these new inductees. You have made your guardian and TMS proud of you!
The Middle School is anxiously awaiting news of an upcoming grant from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust. If they are awarded this grant, there would be $40,000 for technological devices along with $25,000 in professional development for the staff to implement this equipment in the classroom. Good luck!