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Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer.  We are happy to be back and are looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year at Sequoyah High School.  Like the beginning of every school year there are always changes and this upcoming school year will be no different.   I am looking forward to seeing current and former students, continuing to build great working relationships with my faculty, renewing old friendships in the community , and establishing new ones.  We will be working on character development throughout the high school. Students will be encouraged to follow a simple character trait by doing things the right way, first time, with a great attitude. The character words were selected by our students and staff last school year.  The character words that we will be focusing on this year will be, Honesty, Integrity, Pride, Dedication, Accountability, Work Ethic, Leadership, Respectful, and Punctual. These character words are ones that our local community businesses, corporations as well as our students and staff look at when hiring and working to guide and mentor our students in their overall growth as individuals.  Each month we will have a character word that we will focus on in the high school and have a conclusion at the end of the year. Please take the time to ask your children what the character word is each month and take some time to sit down and discuss the meaning of it and how it applies in today's world. This will give you a chance to have great conversations with your children and get involved in this process.

The beginning of the school year is a very busy time.  Students are having to change from their summer routine of staying up late and sleeping in to getting up early to get to school which sometimes can be a difficult transition period when school starts.  It is important for students to be proactive and manage their time wisely so that they can stay ahead and not fall behind when it comes to class work. Encourage your children to get a good night's sleep so they they can perform at the highest level.

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to monitor your child’s grade and attendance through our student grade book system.  Contact Jackie Francis our school Librarian at the High School to access your password. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance contacting a teacher call the High School (918)-341-0642

As we begin the new  school year, I would like to take this time to share with you something that will be happening statewide in all of Oklahoma’s public schools.  The Oklahoma State Department of Education is revamping its accountability system, specifically with CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM.  This indicator will affect the school’s A-F Report Card fairly dramatically.  CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM is defined as missing 10% or more of the school year and will be calculated based on students enrolled on or before January 2nd.  For example if the school year is 180 days, the school will be docked points if a student is absent more than 18 days (10%) that year for any reason.  CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM  is worth 10 points (11%) of the A-F report Card.  Schools will receive scores based on the number of students that are enrolled that are not CHRONICALLY absent.  Although participation in school activities is not an absence, CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM generally will be measured on whether or not the student is present- regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  For the 2019-2020 school year, attendance will be monitored even more closely than in years past. Students may be subject to consequences for CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM and families may even be turned into Truancy court.  It is important that we as a school district and parents work together and be proactive about CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM.  Remember there is always a direct correlation between attendance and grades.

It’s never too early to to start planning for the ACT test.  ACT National Testing Dates scheduled in which you must pay are:

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

ACT Scores Available

July 13, 2019

June 14th

July 23rd

September 14, 2019

Aug. 16th

Sept. 24th

October 26, 2019

Sept. 20th

Nov. 5th

December 14, 2019

Nov. 8th

Dec. 23rd

February 8th, 2020

Jan. 10th

Feb. 18th

April 4th, 2020

Feb. 28th

Apr. 14th

June 13, 2020

May 8th

June 23rd

There are a number of important dates to remember and events to remember that you will want to list on your calendar.

  • August 6th New Student Enrollment

  • August 9th Senior Panel Pictures

  • August 13th Open House Students can pick up Class Schedules

  • August 12th - 14th Professional Development

  • August 15th First Day of School

  • September 2nd Labor Day - No School

  • September 11th School Pictures - Fall Sports Pictures

  • September 22 Carnival

  • September 30 Jostens Cap/Gown/Ring 8:30

  • October 3rd Jostens Cap/Gown/Ring 8:30

  • October 11th Juniors Only PSAT

  • October 11th Football Homecoming

  • October 16th End of 1st Quarter

  • October 14th &15th Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 16th Senior Panel and School Day Retakes

  • October 16th-18th Fall Break

  • October 25th Carnival

  • October 30th School Day Retakes/ Senior Panel Picture

  • November 27th-29th Thanksgiving Break - No School

  • December 20th End of 1st Semester

  • December 21st - January 6th Winter Break -  No School

It’s A Great Day To Be An Eagle

Chris Osburn

High School Principal

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Sequoyah Public Schools 16441 S. 4180 Rd. Claremore, OK  74017

Sequoyah Elementary PH: (918) 341-6111

Sequoyah Middle School PH: (918) 343-5105

Sequoyah Mid High PH: (918) 341-5537

Sequoyah High School PH: (918) 341-0642

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