April 2021 – Finishing Strong

  “Every task, goal, race and year comes an end…therefore make it a habit to always FINISH STRONG.”– Gary Ryan Blair To say that this has been a very unusual year would be a HUGE understatement. On March 13, 2020, Wilburton Public Schools changed, as did every other school system in our country. Our students, employees, parents, and community members quickly realized how much we took for granted. At a moment’s notice, we heard school bells ring, but no students were entering classrooms. We were preparing meals, but the school cafeterias were closed. Buses were running, but there were no student riders—just meals being delivered. Basketball courts, baseball fields, track and field facilities, playgrounds, and shop buildings were all empty. Prom was cancelled, as was the senior trip, as was the Middle School graduation and dance, as were so many things that we just took for granted. We were able to have a limited high school graduation in June, but basically SCHOOL STOPPED. Over the summer, in our many hours of planning for the 2020-21 school year, our overall goal was to do our very best at trying to make school as normal as possible in an abnormal year. To

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February 2021 – A New Year, A New Site

  “A CD. How quaint. We have these in museums.”  Eoin Colfer WELCOME to the newly renovated website of the Wilburton Public Schools! Our goal is to share timely information about the programs, services, and activities that make our school district a vibrant learning community for students. The mission of our school district is to educate all students to become lifelong learners, creative thinkers, caring citizens, and responsible contributors in our increasingly diverse global society. The WPS core values of excellence, engagement, perseverance, and innovation remain constant in a time of confusion and adjustment. And folks, this is not an easy task!! It takes all of us-working together, having grace, and staying positive. I am proud to say that through the commitments and efforts of this entire community, we have completed a successful first semester while a pandemic raged all around us. And, we are hopeful that second semester will provide even more normalcy especially in regard to extra-curricular activities and the countdown to graduation on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Please take a look at our new Wilburton Public Schools Website, and if you have helpful suggestions for other information that we could add, email or call us at 918-465-2100.

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December 2020 – Happy Holidays

  “Hello December! You are the last one—So make it the best one!”  Happy Holidays! As we continue to navigate through an unprecedented year, I am hopeful for the New Year and the opportunities it may bring. Despite the challenges of 2020, we have also had celebrations and grown as a Digger Community. I am confident we will continue to flourish in 2021 and have more celebrations and accomplishments to look forward to. The pandemic has taught us about resiliency and the importance of supporting each other in the challenges we face. Teamwork continues to be vital. In a time where we have been asked to keep a safe social distance and follow other health and safety protocols, I have witnessed an incredible amount of Digger Strength and community support for our children. I want to complement our staff and students for the exceptional job they are doing to continue to focus on learning. Even though it looks different, the in-person instruction has been going well, with safety practices guiding us. We have made slight changes to some of the grade levels to enhance the delivery of remote instruction. Through all of this, we cannot lose sight of the importance

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November 2020 – Veteran’s Day

  “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Jeff Miller The calendar has flipped from October to November.  I would like to thank everyone for participating in Parent/Teacher conferences that were held in October. We work very hard to build a positive relationship between home and school. Please contact your child’s teacher any time if you have a question or concern. During the month of October, school districts across Oklahoma count their students. This count will determine how much funding Oklahoma schools will receive. This year Wilburton’s 2020-21 certified count shows that enrollment has a slight drop to last year’s numbers. Also, at the present time we have 17% of our students who are participating in either our blended virtual or full-time virtual options.  The start of November brings a close to our fall activities, and there were good things happening at WPS. Congratulations to all of our athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and band on a great fall season! Winter sports will be gearing up to start soon, and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here. Classes will be dismissed the week of Thanksgiving with classes resuming on Monday, November

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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

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September 2020 – Class Is In Session

“All at once, summer collapsed into fall.” Oscar Wilde We are off and running with the start of the school year. This is a year like no other, and I think we will see many changes as the year progresses. We will continue to follow all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting in each building. We encourage all of you to continue following the CDC’s recommendations to remain healthy and well and to visit our school’s guidelines Journey to Learning found on our homepage. Fall sports have gotten underway. The high school softball team is seeing improvement week after week. We are 3-1 in district play and looking forward to an exciting rest of the season. The varsity football team hosted Pocola for our opening game and scored a BIG win. All of our September football games are at home, so we hope to see you there. On September 11, we play Keys High School, and our pre-game activities will be In Remembrance of 9/11. The boy’s and girl’s cross-country teams have competed in several meets and have brought many medals home. Our middle school teams are also in action for all of the sports listed above. Good luck to

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August 2020 – First Day of School

Welcome to the official start of the 2020-21 school year! I look forward to this time of year every year as there is never a shortage of excitement and encouragement. I am reminded of that feeling of support and optimism that each of you brings to our school community every day. It may look different this year, but it feels like that same great start to a new school year of learning, growth and opportunity. As we begin the school year with our 3 Option Plan for Journey to Learning, I ask for your partnership and support in making our Traditional, Blended, and Virtual Learning rigorous, engaging and impactful for all of our students. In order to do so, work sites and expectations will look different this year. I want to be clear about the context we are operating within and share our expectations to ensure that we are all adhering to the important health and safety guidelines that we have in place. The WPS Board of Education has approved policies and guidance that it believes is what is best for our community during this unprecedented time. Please visit our school homepage at wilburtondiggers.org and click on our Journey to

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May 2020 – Distance Learning & End of School

WILBURTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTANCE LEARNING GRADING MESSAGE Thursday, APRIL 30, 2020 Wilburton Public Schools’ educators would like to celebrate all of the students who are participating in the WPS Distance Learning Program. Over 90% of our students have been communicating with teachers and many completing assignments either on-line or through learning packets. As a result, students are staying connected and continuing to learn. We would like to thank all family members who are supporting and encouraging our students at home. We guarantee that no student’s grade will be negatively impacted by distance learning. Students who participate in the Distance Learning Program will increase their grade percentage they had earned prior to March 12th. As we enter the last two weeks of instruction, we encourage all students to keep learning and end strong! If your child has not connected with a classroom teacher, please call 918-465-2100 from 8 to noon, so we can forward your message to your child’s principal or teacher. Be safe and stay healthy! #DiggerStrong

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March 2020 – It’s Time for the Census

From the Superintendent’s Desk “Be Counted or be Counted Out.” Rev. Cecil L Murray Make Sure We Are Counted Beginning within the next two weeks, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The Census is our opportunity every ten years to make sure the federal government has an accurate count of how many people live in our community. On the surface, it may not seem that important. Can it really make a difference if there are 1,000 people in the community but only 800 have been counted? The answer is, yes. The population numbers obtained through the Census are crucial. They are how decisions are made about the allocation of resources. It is how the federal government decides if Wilburton, Oklahoma, or Anchorage, Alaska needs more funding for roads, infrastructure and education. It is important that you not only complete your 2020 Census survey, but that you complete it accurately. The Census Bureau has many great resources available to help you determine which members in your family should be counted at which addresses. It is important to count family members of all ages. Some people are concerned about filling out Census surveys because of the information

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