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Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why we wanted to take a moment to share with you information about  social media trends that regrettably seem to be reaching many of our students. There are trends on Minecraft, Roblox, TikTok, and other social media platforms that can be places where challenges are posed in chats.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  We are sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread any rumors. Rather, we share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as families. We would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all families can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media. Some of the best resources we have found regarding social media are linked here:

Basic guidelines for supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.

Please be mindful of what your children are doing online and talk to them about the seriousness of participating in these challenges. Many of the “challenges” that are posted online encourage behavior that may be harmful to others, self, or property as well as legal consequences.  As always, we are here for you and your student as you navigate these times. Please let us know if you’re in any need of support; by working together we can ensure that our students are safe at both home and school.

The 2023-2024 enrollment window is open! If your child is entering middle or high school next year, or if you are interested in exploring other schools in the district, our 2023-2024 school year enrollment window is open until Sunday, Feb. 12! You’ll have many opportunities to learn about our schools (click here to see our enrollment events calendar), and we encourage you to take advantage of them. Not sure if your child needs to enroll? Click here for more information.

Looking to apply to a Tulsa Public Schools magnet school for the 2023-2024 school year? To understand criteria for each of the school sites and for general information regarding magnet schools, click here. The application for a magnet school is included in the Enroll Tulsa application process.

Understanding your child’s academic growth through the MAP assessment. Students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading and math assessments from Jan. 11-27, and MAP results will help you and your child’s teachers understand your child’s academic growth so far this year. The results also help your child’s school team provide the support your child needs to be successful. Click here for tips and commonly asked questions.

Community update from Board President Stacey Woolley. On Monday, Jan. 9, the Board of Education voted to accept the resignation of District 2 Board member Judith Barba Perez effective Monday, Jan. 23. The Board of Education invites all eligible residents of District 2 to consider submitting an application to serve as a board member.

The Board will accept applications until 5pm on Friday, Jan. 20. You can find detailed information about eligibility and District 2 boundaries on our website at www.tulsaschools.org/board.

You can help keep your school community safe. If you see or hear something concerning, call 918-480-SAFE, text 480SAFE, email share@tulsaschools.org, or share it with a trusted adult. Our See.Hear.Share hotline is staffed around the clock. Click here to learn more about student and school safety.

Key Dates

  • Ongoing: school tours and open houses for student enrollment - click here for dates
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6-7:30pm: Virtual Parent Resource Night covering mental health for families with students age pre-K through 12th grade. Register by calling 918-746-9676.
  • Saturday, Jan 21 from 10am-3pm: Enrollment Expo, Tulsa Technology Center, 3850 N. Peoria Ave.
  • Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes.
  • Tuesday, Jan 17 from 6-7:30pm: Enrollment Info Session at Eastwood Baptist Church, 948 S. 91st E. Ave.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10am-3pm: Enrollment Expo, Tulsa Technology Center, 3420 S. Memorial Dr.

Seen around our district

Thanks to federal recovery funds, we were able to invest in air quality improvements in our buildings, Ready. Set. Summer! programming, and enrichment programs to address learning loss. Learn more about ESSER (federal recovery) funding here.


Tulsa Public Schools students lead through literacy, are empowered through experience, and contribute to their community. We honor the diversity, creativity, and passion of our students, elevating every student to be designers of their destiny. Learn more about Pathways to Opportunity, our plan for the next five years.


Secondary

Guidance for keeping your children safe online and on social media. Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why we wanted to take a moment to share with you information about  social media trends that regrettably seem to be reaching many of our students. There are trends on Minecraft, Roblox, TikTok, and other social media platforms that can be places where challenges are posed in chats.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  We are sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread any rumors. Rather, we share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as families. We would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all families can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media. Some of the best resources we have found regarding social media are:

Basic guidelines for supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.

Please be mindful of what your children are doing online and talk to them about the seriousness of participating in these challenges. Many of the “challenges” that are posted online encourage behavior that may be harmful to others, self, or property as well as legal consequences.  As always, we are here for you and your student as you navigate these times. Please let us know if you’re in any need of support; by working together we can ensure that our students are safe at both home and school.

Updated safety procedures at secondary schools for the spring semester. Nothing is more important than keeping your children safe and healthy in our schools. We work with our Campus Police team on an ongoing basis to not only ensure we are prepared to respond to safety issues, but also to focus on preventative measures. One important way that we can keep your children safe is by doing all that we can to keep drugs out of our schools.

Throughout the second semester of this school year, Tulsa Public Schools will be working with the Tulsa Police Department to do periodic sweeps of all of our secondary schools with dogs trained to detect drugs.

Across the country, there has been a rise in substance use among teens at school. Schools are seeing an increase in nicotine vaping, alcohol, and marijuana use during the school day. As you know, the use of possession of drugs on campus violates not only school policies but also state and federal law. Of course, using drugs is also harmful to the health of your child and to their ability to be successful both in- and outside of school.

Moving forward, you can expect that all secondary schools will participate in random sweeps throughout the remainder of the school year.  If you have any concerns related to substance use for your student, please reach out directly to one of the district mental health providers for resources and support. We also encourage you to use these resources for talking with your child about substance use.

The 2023-2024 enrollment window is open! If your child is entering middle or high school next year, or if you are interested in exploring other schools in the district, our 2023-2024 school year enrollment window is open until Sunday, Feb. 12! You’ll have many opportunities to learn about our schools (click here to see our enrollment events calendar), and we encourage you to take advantage of them. Not sure if your child needs to enroll? Click here for more information.

Looking to apply to a Tulsa Public Schools magnet school for the 2023-2024 school year? To understand criteria for each of the school sites and for general information regarding magnet schools, click here. The application for a magnet school is included in the Enroll Tulsa application process.

Understanding your child’s academic growth through the MAP assessment. Students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading and math assessments from Jan. 11-27, and MAP results will help you and your child’s teachers understand your child’s academic growth so far this year. The results also help your child’s school team provide the support your child needs to be successful. Click here for tips and commonly asked questions.

Community update from Board President Stacey Woolley. On Monday, Jan. 9, the Board of Education voted to accept the resignation of District 2 Board member Judith Barba Perez effective Monday, Jan. 23. The Board of Education invites all eligible residents of District 2 to consider submitting an application to serve as a board member.

The Board will accept applications until 5pm on Friday, Jan. 20. You can find detailed information about eligibility and District 2 boundaries on our website at www.tulsaschools.org/board.

Rising 9th grade students can earn a degree and graduate early! Students entering 9th grade in the 2023-2024 school year can apply for a spot in the EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early) program at McLain High School or Memorial High School. Through EDGE, students can graduate high school with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree free of charge!

EDGE students get the support they need to succeed in college with extra tutoring, monthly events with classmates, study sessions, and a chance to experience what it’s like to learn and grow in a college setting. You can click here to submit an application, and the deadline is Sunday, Feb. 12.

Visit www.tulsaschools.org/EDGE to learn more and find dates and locations for our upcoming information sessions. Spanish-language interpretation services will be provided.

Get money for college and technical school - complete your FAFSA! FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and every high school senior should complete one this fall. We will be hosting FAFSA information sessions at high schools across the district. FAFSA information nights are open to ANY Tulsa Public Schools high school seniors, so if you missed the event at your child’s school, you can attend any of the other scheduled information nights.

Click here for the complete list of event dates, and find more information about how to start your application at TulsaSchools.org/FAFSA.

You can help keep your school community safe. If you see or hear something concerning, call 918-480-SAFE, text 480SAFE, email share@tulsaschools.org, or share it with a trusted adult. Our See.Hear.Share hotline is staffed around the clock. Click here to learn more about student and school safety.

Key Dates

  • Ongoing: school tours and open houses for student enrollment - click here for dates
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6-7:30pm: Virtual Parent Resource Night covering mental health for families with students in grades pre-K through 12. Register by calling 918-746-9676.
  • Saturday, Jan 21 from 10am-3pm: Enrollment Expo, Tulsa Technology Center, 3850 N. Peoria Ave.
  • Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes.
  • Tuesday, Jan 17 from 6-7:30pm: Enrollment Info Session at Eastwood Baptist Church, 948 S. 91st E. Ave.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10am-3pm: Enrollment Expo, Tulsa Technology Center, 3420 S. Memorial Dr.

Seen around our district

Thanks to federal recovery funds, we were able to invest in air quality improvements in our buildings, Ready. Set. Summer! programming, and enrichment programs to address learning loss. Learn more about ESSER (federal recovery) funding here.


Tulsa Public Schools students lead through literacy, are empowered through experience, and contribute to their community. We honor the diversity, creativity, and passion of our students, elevating every student to be designers of their destiny. Learn more about Pathways to Opportunity, our plan for the next five years.


Click here for previous updates.