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Four TPS seniors named Academic All-Staters



2/26/2016 , to


Washington (BTW)

1514 E. Zion St.


Brenda Wheelock


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Four Tulsa Public Schools seniors have been named recipients of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence's prestigious 2016 Academic All-State Awards.

Mohamed Aly, Micah Cash and Nathan Levit from Booker T. Washington High School and Edison Preparatory High School's John Unterschuetz are TPS' 2016 Academic All-Staters.

This award recognizes the 100 top public high school seniors. Statewide, 661 seniors were nominations this year, and this year's honorees hail from 75 schools in 68 Oklahoma school districts.

Each of this year's All-Staters will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. They will be recognized at the foundation's 30th annual Academic Awards Banquet in May in Norman.

The 2016 Academic All-State Class is the 30th to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program's inception in 1987, some 3,000 high school seniors from 319 school districts have been named All-State scholars. Three Oklahoma high schools -- Commerce, Lone Grove and Ripley -- celebrate their first Academic All-Staters this year.

David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as "Oklahoma's most rigorous academic competition." To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an ACT composite score of at least 30; an SAT combined critical reading and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

This year's All-Staters scored an average of 33 on the ACT, with 9 recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 38 of this year's All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while four are National Hispanic Scholars.

Academic All-Staters are nominated by their principals or superintendents and are selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee. The selection committee, which is chaired by retired Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, works independently of all other foundation activities. The committee members are a diverse group of business, education and civic leaders, as well as past Academic Awards Program honorees.

The banquet, which is open to the public, will be May 21 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. Tickets are $50. The awards ceremony will be televised statewide by OETA on Saturday, May 28. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at 405-236-0006 or visit its website at

Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has provided more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners. Other foundation programs include a Local Education Foundation Outreach Program, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships and Electronic Field Trip subscriptions, teacher grants for professional development, and the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.



Summer school applications now available

Updated 2/18/2016


2/18/2016 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Claire Schroepfer


Parents of children entering Grades 1-12 in the fall may now register their children for Tulsa Public Schools' 2016 summer school program. The program, which runs from June 27-July 22, will again be part of the Teach For America Tulsa Summer Institute. Two additional summer learning opportunities will be offered again this year with the Summer Academy Reading Program and Edgenuity (known as "E/2020").

Parents and students may pick up an application at their child's school; the Education Service Center, 3027 S. New Haven Ave.; the TPS Enrollment Center, 2819 S. New Haven Ave.; or online at Applications are due by April 30.

The free Summer Institute, offered at 10 sites this year, will focus on meeting the state's Priority Academic Student Skills standards in mathematics and reading for students entering Grades 1-6. Those entering Grades 7-9 next fall may take credit recovery courses in math or language arts. Incoming 10th-12th grade students may take free credit recovery in English I-IV, algebra I-II, biology, geometry and U.S. history.

Third-grade students who may be held back due to the Reading Sufficiency Act can apply for the Summer Academy Reading Program. This program is taught by certified TPS teachers and is separate from the TFA Summer Institute. After completing the coursework, students can retest their reading proficiency for promotion to 4th grade.

"TPS is offering great programs that will help students sharpen their skills over the summer and be well-prepared for school in the fall," said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. "Summer school provides opportunities for third-grade students to increase literacy, for high school students to recover credits and for all students to grow academically during the break. I encourage our families to take advantage of these strong summer learning programs."

Edgenuity allows students entering Grades 9-12 additional opportunities for credit recovery through self-paced, online courses. Students must already be enrolled in another summer school course and course work will be completed at the summer school site. Instruction for E/2020 is through video lessons taught by highly qualified, certified teachers. A TPS teacher will also be present in each computer-based classroom.

This year's summer school program will take place June 27-July 22 at Eugene Field, Gilcrease, Hamilton, Kendall-Whittier, Lewis & Clark; MacArthur and Salk elementary schools for elementary students and at East Central, Rogers and Booker T. Washington high schools for secondary students. Hours of operation will be:

  • Elementary: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; lunch at noon)
  • Secondary: 8 a.m-1:15 p.m. (breakfast at 8 a.m.; lunch at 12:45 p.m.)
  • Edgenuity (E/2020): 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free busing will be available to all students (Edgenuity students who ride the bus to school must arrange own transportation home). Please refer to the student application for busing information.

Since summer 2012, Tulsa has been a Teach For America training location, along with Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, the Mississippi Delta, New York City, Philadelphia and Phoenix. During institute training, approximately 500 new TFA teachers, also called corps members, teach summer school programs in TPS and Community Action Project schools while attending courses and living at the University of Tulsa.

For more information about the TFA Summer Institute in Tulsa, please contact Claire Schroepfer, TLE project specialist, at 918-746-6433 or

About Teach For America

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