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Superintendent’s Corner: Welcome to TPS | New

What a fantastic start to the 2022-23 school year. On Tuesday August 16, we welcomed approximately 3,600 students to our campuses. School is not school without your children, and we are so happy to have them back.

Summer is the busiest time for many of our employees at Tahlequah Public School. Our maintenance and field crews and technical staff have been working all summer to make sure everything runs smoothly from day one for the school year. Our Enrollment Specialist has successfully completed thousands of enrollments to ensure our students are ready at every location.

District and school administrators review and create new goals, analyze data, hire staff, and plan the school year. So many others are here dealing with the things that happen behind the scenes to make a school successful. Finances, personnel, transportation, child nutrition, athletics – the list goes on and on. I want to thank each of them for their hard work and dedication.

We are committed to planning for success. We have developed district-level goals that will be used to set specific goals for each site or department. Our goals for 2022-23 are that Tahlequah Public Schools will increase academic achievement for all students, that TPS will create a positive culture for all stakeholders, and that TPS will maintain a safe and secure environment for all. Every decision we make in every area of ​​the school will consider these three goals.

We are committed to helping every child succeed academically at TPS. We have reviewed curriculum, technology programs and teaching strategies to ensure we are using effective, evidence-based instructional practices. Beginning Friday, September 9, we will be implementing “Late Friday” to give our teaching staff time to meet each week to learn best practices, review student data, and plan team interventions to ensure that we reach every child. . We have fantastic construction managers who are ready and willing to lead the charge of academic growth at each site.

We are committed to creating a positive culture for our students, their families, the community and our staff. Communication is vital for a positive culture and we will work on it daily. We will use our website, social media, School Messenger calls, emails, newspaper articles and any communication with teachers to let all stakeholders know about the great things happening at TPS. We are delighted to welcome families back to the buildings for events such as assemblies, special events, conferences and volunteer opportunities. We work closely with the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, Tahlequah Public School Foundation, Tahlequah Police Department, NSU, Cherokee Nation, and many other community organizations to utilize any resources that may improving school for all.

We are committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all. We have worked with agencies in the region to review our security practices and prepare for emergencies. Families will continue to drop off their students in the carline in the morning. Staff will always wear TPS identification. All exterior doors and classroom doors will remain locked during the instructional day. All visitors to the school will enter at reception and obtain a visitor’s pass before entering the buildings. Student Resource Officers are located at each school site. They will work with every teacher and every class in the district to prepare for emergencies. They are vital to our safety and the partnership with the Town of Tahlequah and the Police Department is one of our most valuable.

We are committed to working on these goals at TPS. Your children are our most precious assets and we are honored that you entrust us with their trust on a daily basis.

Written by Tanya Jones, Superintendent of Tahlequah Public Schools.