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High School Principal's Message

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 2022-2023 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.  As always 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 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 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 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 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 can perform at the highest level.  We have four expectations from our students every day at Sequoyah High School, 1. Be to school on time  2. Be to class on time  3. Hand in all class assignments completed on time  4. Follow the student hand book.  We feel that if each and every student can meet these expectations that they are better prepared for life after high school to meet the expectations that they will face in the real world.

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to monitor your child’s grades and attendance through Wengage our student grade book system.  Contact Jennifer Bacon, our school IT director to access your password or get set up to do so.  If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance contacting a teacher call the High School (918)-341-0642.

There will be a big emphasis on cell phone usage in the classroom this year.  When students are in the classroom we want them to focus on the instruction taking place in the classroom not what is going on in the digital world.  Students will be allowed to use their phones during breakfast, lunch , and the 5 minute passing period between classes.  Parents if you need to contact your student please contact the office (918-341-0642) and we will gladly go get your child out of class so that you can speak with them.

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 2022-2023 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.

If a student goes over the amount of days allowed (9 per semester) in a semester or school year they will be assigned a Tuesday night school to make up for the lost classroom/seat time that was lost.  We will also be monitoring students' grades.  If a student is on the eligibility list for 4 consecutive weeks I will have a meeting with that student and the parent will be contacted during that meeting.  A letter for the parent to sign will be sent home that day for them to sign as well.  The student will then be assigned  an academic Tuesday night school so that they have the extra time and resources to get caught back up in the subject areas that they are behind in.  We have had great success with this over the last 5 years in being able to help students get back on track in the classroom and get their grades up.       

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

  • August 2nd New Student Enrollment
  • August 5th Senior Panel Pictures 10:00 Hig School
  • August 9th Open House 6:00 - 7:00
  • August 11th 1st Day of School
  • September 1st - Student and Staff Pictures
  • September 5th - NO SCHOOL Labor Day
  • September 26th Athletic Pictures
  • October 10th and 11th Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 12th -14th Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
  • October 19th Panel/School Picture Retakes
  • November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
  • December 16th - End of 1st Semester
  • December 19th - January 2nd - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • January 3rd - Classes Resume 2nd Semester
  • January 16th - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
  • February 13th and 16th Parent Teacher Conferences
  • February 17th - NO SCHOOL
  • February 20th Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
  • March 13th - 17th Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
  • April 7th Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • May 14th Graduation
  • May 16th Last Day of School - End of 2nd Semester

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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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