From The Desk of Dr. Trice Butler

Superintendent, Wilburton Public Schools

October 2020 – End of First Quarter

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” Winnie the Pooh

We are heading into October! It has been an extraordinary year as we continue to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic. Even in difficult times, the early days have flown by! I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue this journey through uncharted territory. The support that is given to our schools daily has been wonderful! Wilburton Public Schools is truly a great place to be!

Our awesome School Nurse, Mendi McAlester, keeps us regularly informed of any changing situation that impacts our school community and continues to work with the Latimer County Health Department for any guidance that is needed.

Homecoming 2020 has come and gone! The annual homecoming parade seemed to be a huge success with great attendance. The parade featured some of our Homecoming Courts and the WHS Band, along with several floats. The WHS Softball team won Districts and then traveled to Wyandotte for Regional play. Their season ended there, but with so many young players, the future looks bright.

The all-important “Count Day” is upon us. It is on October 1st. This day is extremely vital as it drives our school funding. The more students you have, the more money we receive from the state. The more funding we receive allows us to offer more opportunities for our students. At this time, it is hard to determine what our actual numbers will be. Once those numbers are finalized, we will share that information with the staff and community.

It is hard to believe that we are one fourth through the school year already. The first quarter will end on October 13. Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 13 from 3:30 to 8:30. The conferences present a great opportunity for parents and teachers to get together to discuss not only how the student is doing, but it gives them a chance to “get on the same page” for expectations for the rest of the year. It takes a team effort for students to succeed, and parents are a big part of that team effort. Conferences will be held with a variety of options for this year due to Pandemic. School sites will release information soon on how conferences will be handled in their buildings. There will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-16.

As our weather starts turning to fall, enjoy the change! Try to get out to an activity or two as our students are very involved in many things! Go Diggers!

“October is a Hallelujah!” John Nichols