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
From the Superintendent’s Desk I am not quite convinced it is already February. But it’s true; the first semester is complete, and students at the high school level are moving quickly into the second semester, which for our seniors brings forward the reality that just three and a half months remain for their high school experience. Each week as I visit our school sites I am so impressed with the quality of our students’ academic performance and continued character development. There are incredible things taking place in our schools and classrooms. Our staff does an incredible job providing a top-tier education program, and our students regularly demonstrate courage, creativity, grit, and passion. I feel very blessed to be a part of this team in Wilburton Public Schools. Our community is such an integral part of our schools. For example, this community has passed bond measures to help us build new school facilities and repair/renovate our aging facilities. These funds and others, provided by our community, are the funds that we can truly call “local” funds, and they are not subject to change based on how the state of Oklahoma funds schools each year. I am so grateful for the community
From the Superintendent’s Desk January 2020 “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson The start of a new year is always so exciting. New beginnings, New expectations, and New opportunities seem to flood the hallways of schools across America. However, each year at this time, I always seem to have a part of me that becomes melancholy when I begin to think about this semester being the last one for our seniors. I refer to it as the “Firsts of the Lasts.” For example, Tuesday, January 7, 2020 was the first day of school for our senior’s last semester. Every January, I have always tried to encourage our seniors to make the most of every school day that is left because they will “fly” by. For my column this month, I want to share a writing, “An Open Letter to the High School Senior,” by one of our own Wilburton Alums. In her recent post, Marra Juarez-Davis, Class of 2017, shares her thoughts and advice to seniors about this time of their lives: A First of the Last. Thank you Marra for allowing me to share it! Graduation is almost here.