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TPS Teacher of the Year Nominations Open

On Oct. 18, Tulsa Public Schools launched its nomination process for the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Each spring, the district names a Teacher of the Year to represent Tulsa teachers both locally as an education advocate and spokesperson and statewide as a candidate for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

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TPS Teachers Arrive From Spain

On July 26, Tulsa Public Schools teachers, school leaders and district staff gathered at Tulsa International Airport to welcome the first group of elementary teachers from Spain who will begin their tenures as Tulsa Public Schools teachers starting with the 2016-17 school year.

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Teachers Gather for Tulsa Teacher Institute

In preparation for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Tulsa Public Schools held its Tulsa Teacher Institute, a two-day professional learning conference.

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TTCU Supports TPS

During the Tulsa Board of Education meeting on Aug. 15, TTCU President and CEO Tim Lyons presented Tulsa Public Schools with a donation from the Support Our Schools fundraising campaign for more than $260,000.

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TPS Graduates Receive All-State Scholarships

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently recognized four Tulsa Public Schools graduates as 2016 academic all-staters: Mohamed Aly, Micah Cash, Nathan Levit and John Unterschuetz. These students were among 100 Oklahoma public school seniors to receive this recognition.

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TPS Announces Partnership with Metro Tulsa Transit Authority

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION: Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist speaks during the school district’s July announcement of its new partnership with Metro Tulsa Transit Authority (MTTA). The partnership will allow TPS students in grades 9-12 to ride Tulsa Transit for free on weekdays by showing their student ID. The program began Aug. 1. Standing with Gist are TPS students, and to the right of Gist are, from left, MTTA Assistant General Manager Debbie Ruggles, TPS Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, and TPS Board member Gary Percefull. The program will also support district efforts to boost attendance by giving students a back-up option if they miss the school bus.

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TPS Holds ‘Unite T-Town’ to Encourage Understanding

In the wake of recent acts of violence throughout the country, Unite T-Town was held July 12 at Booker T. Washington High School. The event was organized by Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police and North Tulsa community leaders, with the intent to bring together Tulsans from all walks of life.

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TPS’ Farm-to-School Programs Impact Community


Based on community nominations, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently awarded Tulsa Public Schools a “One in a Melon” award for administering exemplary farm-to-school programs. Fifty top programs across the country were selected for the award.

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Board Approves New Principals for Seven TPS Sites

In June, the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education approved principal recommendations for seven school sites: Thoreau Demonstration Academy, Skelly Elementary, Central Junior High and High School, Clinton Middle School, Eugene Field Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Edison Preparatory School, and Marshall Elementary. The new administrators begin their positions on July 1.

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