May 10, 2010 Volume 82 Issue Number 42 (Online)
Dr. Ballard's Weekly Message Tulsa Talons Support TPS!
Greetings. It has been a difficult When a perfectly-
time as the district has been thrown spiral
dealing with the allegations sails through the
brought against the assistant air into the arms
principal at Skelly Elementary. of a wide receiver
Let me assure you that we are and the Tulsa
totally committed to a safe and Talons score a
healthy environment for all touchdown, area
students. We will investigate schools benefit.
all allegations involving this The Talons—the
situation and will take appropriate personnel action. city’s professional
If anyone has information that might be pertinent arena football franchise—have partnered with
to this or any other investigation into allegations of American Fidelity to donate $100 for every touchdown
child abuse, please do not hesitate to contact us. they score this season.
We are working diligently on the school improvement Tulsa Public Schools is the first beneficiary and on
grants and I have directed HJ Green to assume this Thursday, May 6, Talons players presented a check to
responsibility. We just received the regulations and TPS at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School.
the grant is due May 20. This has the potential to
The Talons have been in Tulsa since 2000, winning
be a huge grant and has great potential to further
championships in 2003 and 2007.
our school improvement efforts. Although we still
do not have clear direction from the Oklahoma State
Department of Education in some regulations, we
are making headway. At this time, we are modeling 2010—A PASS Odyssey
our school improvement grant after the Teacher Here’s some more information on a conference we first
Effectiveness Grant filed with Gates. This initiative told you about last week. The state superintendent’s
was discussed with the Board of Education at a Tulsa regional conference, 2010—A PASS Odyssey,
special meeting held on Monday of this week. is Wednesday, June 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fulton
Also discussed at the special board meeting was Teaching and Learning Academy. It’s open to all
changing the vision statement for TPS and adopting educators and features a keynote address entitled
core goals. While the core goals were tabled, the board Integrating 21st Technology Skills into Curriculum,
unanimously approved the new vision statement, and over 40 break-out sessions presented by classroom
"Excellence and High Expectations with a educators.
Commitment to All." The district vision is the 2010—A PASS Odyssey requires dual registration
statement that shapes and directs the organization’s to receive credit for both TPS records and state
future and should resonate with all members of department of education records. Use the DK system
the organization. The statement should evoke pride for your TPS trade-out day and then access the
and enthusiasm from teachers, custodians, students, master teacher form on the Oklahoma Department
parents, administrators - anyone who has a stake in of Education’s website, http://apps.sde.state.ok.us/
Tulsa Public Schools. The board selected a vision they OKPassages/default.aspxx to register for the
believe will help individuals in (Continued on Page 2) conference.
Superintendent’s Bulletin Page 2
the district feel part of something much bigger than Contact Tulsa-Area Senators
themselves. They changed the vision from "District of Dan Newberry firstname.lastname@example.org
Choice" to more accurately reflect the board’s desire
to promote and improve neighborhood schools. Mary Easley email@example.com
Board members continue to develop the district's Judy Eason McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org
core goals, which extremely important as they drive Mike Mazzei email@example.com
the work of the administrative team. Once approved
by the BOE, the core goals will be the driving force Gary Stanislawski firstname.lastname@example.org
behind our work. All initiatives should tie directly to Tom Adelson email@example.com
the core goals.
Brian Crain firstname.lastname@example.org
We will follow the mission statement which clearly
states that TPS will provide a quality learning Randy Brogdon email@example.com
experience every day, for every student, without
exception. While choice is a good thing and necessary
to the success of an urban district, it should not be
the driving force. If every school were excellent, then
choice to go to a good school would not be an issue.
Choice would only exist for interest or perhaps an
We continue to struggle with the budget this week.
Opportunities for Teachers
The Oklahoma Legislature still has not reached a The Think Quest Institute is looking for teachers of
budget agreement, leaving it very uncertain as to how the fourth and fifth grades. Think Quest is a learning
many positions will have to be reduced. The Attrition workshop involving student/teacher collaboration
Incentive program fell far far short of the goal, so and using technology. Organizers are accepting one
we will be left with no alternative but to reduce staff social studies teacher from each elementary school
unless some relief is provided by the legislature. to become part of a cohort creating project-based
Following is a list of the legislators who represent lessons. Participants get a stipend, have access to
TPS. Please send them a notice requesting that they a wealth of video conferencing opportunities, and
do not cut the TPS budget by 10 percent but keep receive a web cam for use in the classroom. Teachers
it closer to five percent. That is the only answer for seeking more information are asked to contact their
sparing teacher positions. school’s principal. Additional questions can be sent to
Contact Tulsa-Area Representatives firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline
is May 14.
Chris Benge email@example.com
Jabar Shumate firstname.lastname@example.org And now here’s something of interest to high
school general science, chemistry, physics, math and
Jeannie McDaniel email@example.com technology teachers as well as middle school science
Lucky Lamons firstname.lastname@example.org teachers. The ASM Materials Camp is a one-week
Ron Peters email@example.com workshop showing how to integrate into an existing
lesson plan low-cost (and no-cost) simple labs and
Seneca Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
experiments using everyday materials. Participating
Sue Tibbs email@example.com teachers receive a $720 stipend.
Weldon Watson firstname.lastname@example.org Two semester/three quarter graduate credits are
Eric Proctor email@example.com available for an additional cost of about $200. The
Daniel Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org camp is June 28-July 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Edison
Preparatory School. You can register on the DK
John Trebilcock email@example.com
system, go to www.tulsaschools.org/depts/pd/
Eddie Fields firstname.lastname@example.org classes.shtm, or visit www.asmfoundation.org.
Superintendent’s Bulletin Page 3
Grissom Elementary, Sue Norris, 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11
Jones Elementary, Linda Coleman, 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11
Lewis and Clark Middle School, Anita Gix, 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 13
Eisenhower International Elementary, Lidia Quintana and Phyllis Worthley, 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 14
Bunche ECDC, Ann Fussell and Paula Fleming, 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18
Sequoyah Elementary, Raymond Johnson, Helen Mills, Suzan Pennington,
Pat Wheeler and Darla Williams, 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18
Skelly Elementary, Rita Armstrong, Dorothea Dandridge, Lonnis Goswick
and Cathy Somers, 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20
Salk Elelmentary, Shery Jones, 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, Parkview Baptist Church (71st and Sheridan)
Clinton Middle School, Eileen Brooks and Jill Wilson, 3:45 p.m. on Monday, May 24
Byrd Middle School, Nancy Anderson, 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 27
Teachers: Celebrate First Amendment Freedoms
from Wendy Kleinman, The Oklahoman
Newspapers In Education will be publishing a series of
four lessons in The Oklahoman from May 17 through
May 20 to help you teach your students about the First
Amendment. The educational lessons and activities will
highlight the history and examples of the five freedoms;
TPS Students Say "No" to Bullying (and Earn $$$)
limits to the rights and the freedoms in schools; the
public’s right to know and importance of an uncensored An essay contest on bullying open to Oklahoma
media; and protecting these rights and comparing eighth graders was a "cathartic process" for students
rights in less free countries. The lessons and activities that participated, according to a TPS principal.
are suitable and adaptable for most students. The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police
You can access these lessons through the electronic sponsored Why I Should Say No to Bullying and
edition of The Oklahoman at no cost to your school, as Violence. On Friday, May 7, Middle College High
this program is generously sponsored by the Ethics & School hosted a ceremony and presented awards
Excellence in Journalism Foundation. You can use these to the three Tulsa students that authored winning
lessons in your classroom through computers, a SMART essays. Reva Loving won $100 for her third-place
or Promethean board, or by printing and photocopying entry, Becca Hunt earned a $200 award and second
them. If you have any questions about how to use the place, and Leslie Laughlin took home $300 for her
electronic edition, call 405-475-3606. first place composition.
Open the electronic edition of The Oklahoman each ”We are a small school that focuses on a one-child-
day from May 17-20 and flip through the pages until at-a-time philosophy,” said Kenny Rodrequez, Middle
you see the lessons clearly labeled "First Amendment College’s principal. “Some of our students picked
Freedoms." Lessons are always in the A section on a our program because they were being bullied at their
color page, so they're easy to find. home school and did not know what to do. We spent
To check to see if your school has already signed up a lot of time working with them on these issues and
for access, go to http://nie.newsok.com and click the showing solutions they can use for the rest of their
bright orange "E-Edition Login" button on the right, lives. We are very proud of our students for their
then follow the login instructions. Learn more about honesty and the cathartic process they underwent
Newspapers In Education at http://nie.newsok.com. writing these essays.”
Superintendent’s Bulletin Page 4
McLain’s Golf Team: Athletic Prowess, Smarts TPS Helps Special Students Plan for Future
are wizards with
a club and in the
girls’ golf team
made a strong
showing in the
4A state golf
Lake Hefner recently, coming in fourth place overall. More than 30 vendors from colleges, technical institutes,
The championship also crowns academic winners. service organizations, learning programs, and more
Those numbers are tallied by taking a team’s GPA and assembled in Memorial High School gymnasium for
dividing by members of the squad. With an average the first TPS Transition Fair to help special education
of 3.92, McLain’s students make the transition from the classroom to the
team was crowned workforce.
4A academic state Held May 6 at Memorial High School, representatives
champs. from area colleges, technical schools and employment
Coach Lloyd agencies answer questions of parents and students
Ware has a unique faced with navigating life after high school.
method of filling Whitney Students Kick Butts in National Contest
his team’s roster.
“I go to the honor
roll and sign the
smartest kids in
school; then I teach
them to play golf. If you can handle the classroom,
then learning how to play golf follows. It’s routine,
rote and repetition,” Ware said.
The team has won eight tournaments this season. Wow!
Whitney Middle School students made a powerful
Checkmate! mark on a national campaign to educate kids about
Braden Patton tobacco and garnered the top photography prize.
(left) and Thomas As part of the national Campaign for Tobacco Free
Hand ponder the Kids' Kick Butts Day, entrants were instructed to send
pieces during the a photograph depicting their group's efforts to educate
championship game the public about the hazards of tobacco. The S.W.A.T.
of the district’s annual (Students Working Against Tobacco) team at Whitney
chess tournament, Middle School organized a Numbers Campaign to show
held May 5 at their school just how deadly tobacco truly is. They
Skelly Elementary. Patton is a student at Eisenhower created 16 body bags, body tags and tombstones to
International School and Hand attends Disney. The represent the 16 people that die each day in Oklahoma
competition was grueling and when the dust settled from tobacco use. Each body tag and tombstone included
Eisenhower had won the tournament for the third year a cause of death. More than 400 groups from across
in a row. A total of nine schools participated. the country submitted photos for the campaign.
Superintendent’s Bulletin Page 5
Take Me Out to the Ball Game! TPS Night at ONEOK Field
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Brian Grimm and Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard warm up for the first pitch on TPS Night at ONEOK Field on May 7.
Dr. Ballard, Wilson Middle School Principal Caleb Starr, Alex Starr and Oklahoma Teacher Owen Principal Angie Teas rallies behind the Tulsa
of the Year Brian Grimm cheese it up at the Drillers game. Drillers on TPS Night.
Superintendent’s Bulletin Page 6
TPS Job Opportunity May 11, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
A vacancy exists in the position below. Those qualified Elementary Core Subject
and interested in such a position should submit an Departmental Teacher Leader
application and resume within five working days Meeting
(excluding holidays) of the date of this notice. Fulton’s Cafetorium
Catering Manager May 17, 7 p.m.
Reports to: Catering Director Board of Education Meeting
Minimum Qualifications: ESC Selman Room
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Must be certified (or willing to meet certification May 25, 9:30 a.m.
requirements) in an approved food safety class PTA Council Meeting
necessary to meet Tulsa City/County Health ESC Selman Room
Department requirements for a Sanitation Certificate
• Prefer catering and banquet set up experience, but
Requests to distribute materials at TPS
Duties and Responsibilities: sites go through Janice Jones in the
• Oversees and supervises the district catering operation Public Information Office, 746-6298 or
• Organizes and directs the processes necessary to email@example.com.
provide breakfast, lunch, and special requests to
principal, board members, superintendents, teachers, Boy Scouts of America – Sign Up for Cub Scouts!
PTA’s and students as well as other staff Central Tulsa Soccer Club – League Information
• Must be able to drive and unload oversized Christ Church – Free Movie, Pizza & Popcorn
automatic truck/van Crowell Heights Baptist Church – Summer Kick-Off Party
• Must have knowledge of nutrition food preparation Hutcherson Family YMCA – Summer Swim Lessons
and ability to supervise employees Lortondale Association – Pool
• Must be able to work under pressure Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club – Youth Football
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to higher than & Cheerleading & Summer Daycamp
average room temperature and humidity
Metro Tulsa Soccer Club – About Fall 2010 Soccer
• Must be able to tolerate cleaning supplies and odors
associated with these cleaning agents Ranch Acres Baptist Church – Saddle Ridge Ranch
• Respond to parent/teacher questions and concerns Tulsa United Soccer – Fall Season Soccer Sign Up
• Possess basic computer skills necessary to navigate
within a “Windows” environment
• Must be able to work some weekends and have a telephone Sick Leaves
and access to transportation to and from work The following employees were approved for sick leave
• Exhibit a customer service attitude donations:
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned Paula J. Fleming
Holly C. Hudelson
Compensation: Grade 9 (Biweekly)
Charles E. Robinson
Date of Notice: 5/3/10
Sandra L. Wyman
Free Financial Advice for Educators Thomas Moody
Can the federal government take your pension, or Elizabeth Burke
403B? When can a teacher retire? What is the future If you would like to donate a day of your sick leave, please
of retirement funds? Get real retirement answers in request the appropriate form from your site secretary.
“When can a teacher retire?”summer seminars conducted Participation is voluntary and confidential. You can locate
by Cindy Bear, NEA member benefits representative. sick leave donation forms online at www2.tulsaschools.
Go to the Tulsa Public Schools website and DK the
org. Look under the “quick links” section.
class you want to attend, or call Cindy Bear at (918)
It is the policy of Tulsa Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national origin, marital
status, race, religion, sex, veteran status or political afﬁliation in its education or employment programs and activities. For information, contact
the Director of Compliance at (918) 746-6357.