WE ARE MUSTANGS
Call Out Message to Parents on 16 March 2018 at 6:00pm
Good evening, this is Max Tanner, Superintendent of Oologah/Talala Schools. I want to talk to you about school funding and the possible suspension of classes on April 2nd.
Oklahoma ranks last in per pupil funding. In terms of actual dollars per student, I am faced with running a high quality – high expectation school on less money per student than we had available per student over a decade ago.
We are losing some of our best teachers to surrounding states and this is causing a teacher shortage. This year the crisis in terms of emergency certified teachers in our state has reached an all-time high.
The result of this is untrained teachers teaching students across our state, which will have a lasting impact for years to come. Our students are forced to do without because of the failure of our legislators to act decisively and swiftly to remedy the funding issues facing our Public Schools.
When faced with a call for a statewide teacher walkout, I immediately began hearing discussions about what will Oologah do; “will we walk, will we have school,” were the questions asked by our Oologah educators, support staff, administration, school board, students and patrons.
While the funding issues and teacher shortages mentioned are gigantic problems that MUST somehow be solved by our legislators, the prevailing tone of our staff was “what about our kids?”
Oologah will join others across our state in a suspension of classes to convene on the capital demanding that the funding for our schools be remedied.
School will be cancelled on Monday, April 2nd if the state legislators have not solved this issue by this time and would stay cancelled for an undetermined amount of time.
As long as there is no solution by our legislators, we will send delegates from the school weekly to continue the push for a solution because OUR STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER!
Please check out our school website for the most up to date information regarding the cancellation.
I sincerely hope you will STAND WITH OUR TEACHERS moving forward throughout this process. I would encourage you and our community to join us at the capital during this time.
This is about more than teacher pay, it is about an overall failure of our legislators to follow through on empty promises and fund our schools properly.
Please contact your legislators and share with them that you support more funding for public schools.
And when you see a teacher… Tell them Thank You! Have a nice evening and thank you for your support!
On March 12th, the OTPS Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution that sent a clear message they are committed to supporting our teachers - up to cancelling classes if teachers believe it is absolutely necessary to walkout to advocate for fair funding for public education and educator pay.
Oklahomans have also made it clear that we must address this critical issue. The time is NOW for our legislators to act and we hope they do the right thing by working toward a resolution to this issue without any interruption to the remainder of the school year. We support our teachers in this because our state has cut the funding we need to serve our children by over 28% in the last decade, far more than any other state in the nation. OUR STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER!
At this time, our teachers, have communicated their intention to walkout on April 2nd and subsequent days until the legislature finds a solution. Because of this, OTPS will suspend classes each day the teachers walk out, and we want you to have time to prepare.
With 1,800 students and families across more than 180 square miles, planning to care for our students and their families during the indefinite cancellation of classes is a massive undertaking.
Although our buildings will be closed to students during a walkout, OTPS is working to address needs for our career-tech students, seniors preparing to graduate, Athletics, special events, and many other issues. We are also working with local community partners and faith based organizations to connect you with other services and resources such as childcare during the walkout. The good news is that our community is embracing our students to give teachers time to advocate.
You may also be wondering what the plan is to make up these potential days off. The OTPS calendar includes an additional 7 days over the legally required instructional time. OTPS has used one of those days already for inclement weather. Therefore, students can miss an additional 6 days before additional instructional days must be made up. Missed instruction beyond this will be made up either by increasing the minutes of future instructional days, or by adding additional days at the end of the current instructional calendar.
OTPS will be updating this page frequently as the State of Oklahoma and OTPS move through this difficult situation. We are doing our best and working hard because we are committed to supporting our teachers so they can point their focus on advocacy. As Board Members have stated, “Teachers have reiterated that their goal is not a teacher walkout; their goal is adequate funding for public education and a teacher pay increase. They are not walking out on OTPS or our students; they are walking out FOR our students. The OTPS Board of Education and district leadership remain committed to supporting our teachers until lawmakers find a solution.”
This situation is still taking shape, and we still have more questions than answers, but we felt it was important to communicate what we already know. We will continue to update you as we learn more. We appreciate your understanding, cooperation and continued support of OTPS.
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
Oologah-Talala Public School District is proud to announce that we now offer Microsoft Office 365 free for students and staff. Eligible students (PK-12) and Staff are able to download and install Office 365 ProPlus on up to 5 devices. To get started with this exciting benefit see the information below.
Students in PreK and above are eligible to receive student email through Office 365. If you were provided an email account you are eligible now. If you are still unsure about your eligibility you can ask your teacher for more information.
Sign into Office 365 with your school email address and normal computer password.
1. You can access your software benefit from within Office 365 or by clicking here.
2. If you are having issues installing Office, visit Install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 for business here for installation instructions.
In addition to having access to the Office ProPlus which has applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for PCs and Macs, you can activate the clients on your iPad, iPhone, and Android Phone, giving you access to edit and review your homework on the go. You also have been provided a district email address. If you do not know your email address ask your teacher before getting started. Also you get 1 TB of storage through OneDrive for Business to ensure you access to all of your documents whenever you need them. If you using a computer that doesn’t have Office installed, don’t worry you can edit or review those assignments in Office Online in any browser.
Office supports PCs and Windows tablets running Windows 7 or higher, and Macs with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Office for iPad can be installed on iPads running version 7.0 or higher. For information about mobile devices, visit www.office.com/mobile.
Your Office 365 subscription through your institution ends upon graduation. You should make sure to transfer all your files from your school OneDrive to your personal account or USB drive prior leaving the district.
Yes, this would count towards the limit of installing it on 5 tablets. Just install the applications and sign in with your school ID.
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