Congratulations to all of our 2018-19 Teacher of the Year recipients!!
Kari Rhoden, Pre-K, OLE Teacher of the Year
My name is Kari Rhoden. My husband (Shane) and I have five children (Tyler, Kelcie, Zachary, Nicholas, and Grace). My career in education started 24 years ago. I have taught 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. I currently teach Pre-K at OTPS. This marks my sixth year to be a Mustang! I wanted to become a teacher because I knew that every day I would be making a difference and impacting children’s lives. My desire to teach in Oologah was fueled by the district’s reputation for excellence and recommendations of students’ parents, previous/current employees, and friends. I love being a part of OTPS because not only do we care about our students and their success, but also about each other. I am proud to be part of the Mustang family in a hometown atmosphere where all parts of our community and school join together as one!
Nicole Mader, SPED, OUE Teacher of the Year
My name is Nicole Ouverson Mader, I am a Special Education teacher at Oologah-Talala Upper Elementary. I am married to Doug Mader, together we have three children, Bailey 21, Jacob 15, and McKenna 12. I began my employment with the O-T district as a Paraprofessional in the Severe-Profound Special Education classroom six years ago. I was employed as a Paraprofessional for two years while completing my non-traditional certification requirements. I have been teaching Special Education for the past four years in both the Self-Contained Severe-Profound classroom and the Special Education Resource Room. I have had the opportunity to be involved in many different community and school organizations throughout the years. Since 2014 I have served as an assistant coach for the Oologah Dream Team at the Oklahoma Special Olympics. Additionally, I currently serve on the Executive Board of the Oologah-Talala Spike Club as the Middle School Representative, and am an active member at the Oologah United Methodist Church. I love being a part of the OTPS school system because not only do I work with professionals that I can learn from, and who will push me to take on new and challenging opportunities, but because our school district is so dedicated to all of its students — not just in words, but in deeds.
Tim McCarthy, Leadership, OMS Teacher of the Year
This is my tenth year in teaching and coaching and third year here at Oologah-Talala Public Schools. I have taught many different subject areas from Physical Education, Health Education, Drivers Education, Intervention Program, and Leadership. Sports that I have coached are wrestling and football. The reason why I became an educator/coach is because of my passion to help kids find their direction and purpose to become positive and productive people in their lives. I was drawn to Oologah by the rich tradition that we have here. I am very honored to represent an amazing building of tremendous teachers at Oologah Middle School as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. GO STANGS!
Eric Rahn, English, OHS Teacher of the Year
My teaching career began as a substitute teacher and has evolved into a certified teaching position at Oologah-Talala Schools. I substitute taught for five years at Oologah and this is my first year as a certified teacher in our district. I am married and have two sons ages 28 and 24. I decided to become a teacher after retiring from a 20-year career in the awning and boat cover industry. At that time, I spent several hours volunteering in my wife’s 5th grade classroom, which led me to the realization that I enjoyed teaching and building relationships with students. As a result, I decided to begin substitute teaching and thought about exploring other school districts. I had always heard good things about Oologah Schools and its remarkable reputation including the amazing teachers, students, administrators, and staff. I enjoy the climate and culture at all of the school sites within the district and feel welcomed as a part of the educational family at Oologah. I love and value all of the support that I have received from the administration and faculty during my career at our school district. I’m proud and honored to call Oologah-Talala Schools my home “there’s no place like home”.
Message from the Assistant Superintendent about Attendance and the OSTP Parent Portal
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Pre-K - 2nd Grade Family Guides Developed to Help Families Support Classroom Instruction
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The flu is here and rampant! Please if your child is not feeling well keep them at home so we don't keep spreading it. School Policy states if a child has a temperature of 100.0 please keep them home until fever free for 24 hours without using any medications with Tylenol or Ibuprofen in them. Also if your child has been vomiting or had diarrhea please keep them at home for 24 hours. There has been a stomach bug circling back around for a few months. Here is a message and some facts from the CDC. Click on the link below to view. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy!
Oologah-Talala Public Schools
Storm Shelter Rules
Oologah-Talala Public Schools
Storm Shelter Notes
Due to the dedication of its patrons on the April 7, 2015 Bond Issue, the Oologah-Talala School District is providing community storm shelters to protect area residents during tornado outbreaks, working in cooperation with the area's emergency services.
The storm shelters will be available and open to the public after school class dismissal on school days, full-time on weekends and school holidays and vacations, and during after-school athletic or activity events.
The storm shelters will be opened any time the school district is under a TORNADO WARNING or an adjoining county is under a tornado warning if a recognized path-calculated by television radar system projects the storm to hit the Oologah or Talala areas.
OTEMS ambulance, the Northwest Rogers County Fire Protection District and Oologah Police Department will ensure the shelter is opened when needed and emergency services are available consistent with the other needs created by such storms.
Recognized storm radars are those used by KJRH-TV2, Newson6 (KOTV-TV6), KTUL-TV8, and KOKI-TV23 (Fox 23) and their affiliates which use their radar path-calculation systems.
Residents should respond to the shelter immediately upon such a projection, as being caught in a car on the road when a tornado hits is extremely dangerous and the time to seek shelter is before the storm actually reaches the Oologah-Talala area.
Cars need to be parked in the marked parking areas only so access is granted to fire or emergency vehicles.
Shelters are equipped with battery backups and can provide enough electricity to ensure proper lighting for multiple hours in cases of power utility disruption.
Access to power for charging of electronic devices or other equipment requiring electricity is not provided.
Restroom facilities and drinking water are available, and most cell phones should be able to at least send and receive text messages within the shelter despite the reinforced construction, which is designed to withstand an EF-5 tornado.
Hand-held two-way radio transmission or reception will range from low-grade to impossible, and Wi-Fi or hard-wired computer hookups are NOT available.
Great News! You can now pay your child's lunch account with PayPal! Parents simply log into the "Parent Portal" go to the lunch account tab and use the PayPal button to complete the transaction! Even if you don't have a PayPal account, you can use the PayPal Guest login to add money to the account using a debit or credit card. Another great feature is the ability to divide the money with more than one student, so you don't have to worry about logging into each one of your students. You will be charged a $2.00 administrative fee for the convenience of paying online.
If you can't remember your Parent Portal login or password or do not know your login information email or call LaReesa Moore at 918.443.6055 or firstname.lastname@example.org