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Penn Families

In the 2019-2020 school year, we have an exciting opportunity to begin to create stronger academic and extra-curricular programming for our schools in the McLain feeder pattern.

In February 2019, our Board of Education approved a recommendation presented by the North Tulsa Education Task Force to create a single middle school for the McLain Feeder Pattern at Monroe Demonstration Academy. The expansion of Monroe means students enrolled at Penn Elementary will have new neighborhood schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will now attend either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School as their new neighborhood schools. Both of these schools are wonderful learning communities, and their teachers and students look forward to welcoming you next year.

Below you will find more information about both schools.


About Anderson Elementary

We strive to prepare every student for college success by analyzing each individual student's progress and providing focused, rigorous instruction every day, every lesson, all day without exception. We believe each child can and will succeed; we continually examine our practice and honor our school community by acting with integrity.

Anderson went through a full renovation in the summer of 2018. From new floors to smart boards, including a renovated library, these improvements have energized the students and staff.

Technology has been an integral part of the classroom as the technology ration is 1:1 between students and devices. The prevalence of laptops in the classroom and individualized, personalized learning gives students time to read on their own, building the reading skills that many of them were lacking at the beginning of the year. The result is students that are performing at or above their grade level, and that gives them the confidence to carry their successes into other areas throughout the school year.

We look forward to welcoming all of our new students and their families for the 2019-2020 school year!

Learn more about Anderson


About Hawthorne Elementary

Our faculty and staff strive to provide a learning environment that enables all students to maximize and achieve their learning potential.

We want our students to be a part of a positive environment while they learn and our building is full of bright colors and smiling faces to reflect that. Our teachers set high expectations for our students while encouraging individuality and acceptance. Whether it's in the classroom, on the basketball court, or in the community, we are confident that our students are going to succeed and excel.

Students have the opportunity to participate in activities and clubs that include Ambassadors, Girls Empower, Men of the Future, Garden Club, and Book Club.

Student Council offers our fifth grade Hawks the opportunity to actively participate in school-wide initiatives, led their hands to community causes, and see democracy in action. While representing Hawthorne, our student leaders learn responsibility, develop pride in our school, and build awareness of events at a local, national, and global level.

We look forward to meeting all of our new students and families for the 2019-2020 school year!

Learn more about Hawthorne

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What changes will happen in 2019-2020 in the McLain Feeder Pattern?

Based on the recommendation made by the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force and approved by the Tulsa Board of Education, launching in 2019-2020:

  • Students currently in 5th and 6th grade in the McLain Feeder Pattern will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus;
  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th will have a new neighborhood school. Depending on their home address, their new neighborhood school will be either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School;
  • Students who live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently enrolling in pre-K for 2019-2020 will also have a new neighborhood school, and we will ensure that those families have updated information;
  • Students who do not live in the Penn Elementary School area and are currently in grades pre-K-4th at Penn will have the option to attend either Anderson Elementary School or Hawthorne Elementary School. They may also attend their neighborhood school; and
  • Rising 8th graders from McLain 7th Grade Academy will attend the Monroe Demonstration Academy middle school campus.

We will provide support for any family who wishes to transfer their child to another neighborhood school.

An additional change that was not included with the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation was also made. To ensure consistency across our McLain feeder elementary schools, we recommended to the Board of Education that Gilcrease Elementary and ECDC Bunche become a pre-K-5th grade school housed at the Bunche building. The Board reviewed and passed this recommendation in April 2019. in April 2019.

What is the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force?

One of our core beliefs as a school district is that our community is essential - our schools are vital to the health of the communities we serve, and we must work together as a team to ensure that our children are successful. We know that Tulsa Public Schools must do more to improve the experiences that students have in our schools. We are fortunate that the Reverend M.C. Potter agreed to take on an important leadership role with our community to drive this effort.

Reverend Potter needed a representative group of community members to help provide insight an division for how Tulsa Public Schools can contribute to improve student experiences. Therefore, the Tulsa Board of Education, including board member Jennettie Marshall, created the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force. While the initial charge that Reverend Potter and the task force took on was focused on where to educate 7th grade students, this group has done an even more thorough review of the design of the McLain feeder pattern.

For several months, the task force has worked together with community members to develop a recommendation for how to best serve our students in the coming year and beyond. The North Tulsa Community Education Task Force used a set of guiding principles to create their recommendation:

  • All students must have access to exceptional learning experiences;
  • All students must have equitable opportunities to access specialized programs;
  • All teachers and school leaders must experience exceptional conditions and supports; and
  • Tulsa Public Schools must ensure fiscally responsible investments in educational programs and facilities.

Who are the members of the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force?

The following community members volunteered their time, energy, and talents as members of the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force:

M.C. Potter, Chair
Andrea Chambers, Vice Chair
Karen Pitman, Facilitator
Richie Anderson
Toneille Bent
Marcia Bruno-Todd
Clarence Boyd
Cindy Driver
Lindsay Goldfarb
Larry Harris
Sean Jarrett
Diahanne McClellan
Nancy McDonald
Jane Malone
Tim Newton
Jolly Meadows
Dale Mingo
Marcos Rivero
Dale Rolland
Robert Turner
OC Walker
Curtis West

What recommendations did the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force make?

The North Tulsa Community Education Task Force presented their recommendations in full during the Tulsa Board of Education's regular meeting on January 22, 2019.

PowerPoint presentation of the NTCETF recommendations for McLain feeder pattern.

North Tulsa Community Education Task Force recommendation

The most powerful thing that can happen in a school is when people rally behind it and believe that its students and teachers can achieve the extraordinary. With a unified middle school experience in the McLain feeder pattern, all students will have access to specialized programs that create exceptional experiences.

Why are these changes being made?

Every student deserves access to exceptional learning experiences, so we must:

  • Create stronger academics and extra-curricular programming for our McLain feeder schools;
  • Reduce the number of transitions that students have throughout their time in school; and
  • Provide a unified middle school experience in the McLain feeder pattern where all students have access to specialized programs.

We believe that our community is essential:

  • Our community members are deeply invested in the success of our schools, and our schools are vital to the health of our communities.
  • We convened the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force to recommend a solution for the students at McLain 7 and explore the challenges facing the McLain feeder pattern.