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Teacher Pursues Equity

By EMILY RAMSEY

Equity in the classroom is what set Elizabeth Steinocher, Tulsa Public Schools 2017 District Teacher of the Year, down her current path in education.

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MHP Consolidates

In April, the Margaret Hudson Program announced the closing of its Tulsa campus and the consolidation of its program in Broken Arrow.

When the 2017-2018 school year begins in August, MHP will operate exclusively from its Broken Arrow campus at 751 W. Knoxville Street.

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Gist Honored for District Efforts

On May 3, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist was honored as a 2017 Newsmaker by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Tulsa Chapter at its annual Newsmakers Awards luncheon.

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Nutritional Education

FARM TO MARKET: Tulsa Public Schools students hold chickens during the school district’s Farm to Market Hands-On Event, held at Ross Child Nutrition, 8934 E. Latimer St., in April. At the event, students learned how fruits and vegetables are grown and raised by farmers and the foods’ nutritional value and how dairy farms work.

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Booker T. Washington to Hold Hall of Fame Induction

In April, five Booker T. Washington alumni will be inducted into the Booker T. Washington High School Hall of Fame: a community organizer, a former NFL running back, a nationally-known broadcaster, an internationally-renowned opera director and a longtime educator.

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Future Chefs Challenge

On March 8, 10 elementary school students from Tulsa Public Schools used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge,” held at Memorial Junior High School, 7502 E. 57th St.
The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge was created seven years ago to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen. The 10 students who competed were selected out of a group of 126 elementary students who submitted healthy comfort food recipes.

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Students Win All-State Awards

Five Tulsa Public Schools students have been awarded 2017 Academic All-State Awards from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence: Rachel Ijams, Yash Kumar, and Pierce Pettit from Booker T. Washington High School; Y Quan from Edison High School; and Edward McCabe from Memorial High School.

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Dr. Gist to be Honored

AWC TULSA NEWSMAKER: The Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications has named Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist as one of its 2017 Newsmakers. AWC Tulsa’s Newsmakers Awards recognizes the advancements and contributions of Oklahoma women and female communicators. Gist will be honored at the Newsmakers Awards luncheon on May 3 at Southern Hills Country Club along with Michelle Hardesty, executive director of the Hardesty Family Foundation; Tina Pena, founder of Mita’s Foundation and associate professor of Spanish at Tulsa Community College; and writer, educator and television host Teresa Miller.

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Author Visits Seventh Graders

In December, seventh grade students at three Tulsa Public Schools middle schools – Edison, Hale and McLain – received a surprise visit from Ji-Li Jiang, author of Red Scarf Girl, a memoir about Jiang’s childhood during the Cultural Revolution in China. During her visits, Jiang spoke to students about the historical background of China’s transformation and her personal experiences, and hosted a “Question and Answer” session.

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