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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 academic curriculum. 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 Retirement Receptions 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 These students are wizards with a club and in the classroom! The McLain High School girls’ golf team made a strong showing in the 4A state golf championship at 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 would train 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 Silvia Saldierna 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) 627-3700. 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.
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