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TPS teachers offered home-buying incentives to live, work in Kendall-Whittier community

Updated 3/4/2016


3/4/2016 , to



2601 E. 5 Pl.


Chris Payne


Tulsa Public Schools, in conjunction with the Growing Together collaborative and Capital Homes, announced a new program today that provides financial incentives to teachers who want to live and work in the historic Kendall-Whittier neighborhood.

Qualifying teachers will receive $4,000 in down-payment assistance from Growing Together for specific homes that are being designed and developed in the Kendall-Whittier community by Capital Homes. In addition, up to $4,000 in closing costs will be paid by Capital Homes. Teachers would agree to reside in the home for a minimum of five years. This partnership will serve TPS teachers at Kendall-Whittier and Sequoyah elementary schools, as well as Will Rogers College Junior High and High School. Other minimum qualifications and requirements may apply.

"We are delighted to work with Capital Homes and Tulsa Public Schools in creating this program to make quality homes available for teachers who want the opportunity to invest in the thriving Kendall-Whittier community," said Kirk Wester, executive director of Growing Together. "Our organization is committed to creating pathways for children to break the cycle of poverty. By welcoming teachers into the Kendall-Whittier community, they will not only enjoy the benefit of living near work, but they will also be deeply invested in the well-being of our children. We believe this new housing incentive will help us to accomplish this worthy goal."

"Capital Homes and Growing Together have given our district a powerful tool for teacher recruitment and retention," said Deborah A. Gist, TPS superintendent. "The most important factor in student achievement is the classroom teacher -- and housing incentive programs improve our ability to bring exceptional educators to Tulsa Public Schools."

Available in a variety of floor plans, the homes range in size from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet. Up to seven home sites will be available, located just across from Kendall-Whittier Elementary School. Each of these craftsman-style homes will feature three to four bedrooms, energy-efficient features and an attached two-car garage. The homes will start at about $160,000 prior to the application of down-payment assistance and closing costs.

"Capital Homes is pleased to participate in this initiative. It's an example of Tulsa at its finest -- a partnership between our public schools, the philanthropic community and the private sector. It's this type of collaboration that is necessary to revitalize an historic neighborhood to its full potential," said David Charney, owner of Capital Homes.

About Growing Together

Growing Together is a community collaborative that brings residents and organizations together to improve their neighborhoods and schools. It is the organization's goal to work together so that every child will have access to high-performing neighborhood schools, strong family connections and community support.

About Capital Homes

Since 1987, Capital Homes has built high quality, energy-efficient homes throughout the Tulsa area. Capital Homes is committed to the revitalization efforts in the heart of Tulsa's historic Kendall Whittier neighborhood.



Rogers Round-Up honors former teacher, benefits arts



3/4/2016 , 6 p.m. Patrons/7 p.m. Curtain to 10 p.m.


Rogers College High


3909 E. 5 Pl.


Roberta Scott Hamilton


Rogers Ropers Will Rogers College High School's annual Round-Up will run two nights this year -- Friday, March 4-Saturday, March 5. The traditional all school talent show was started by former speech and drama teacher Doris Niles.

The Friday show will honor the beloved Niles, who died in 1991. For 27 years Niles produced and directed thousands of plays, assemblies and the annual themed "Round-Up", which became a Roper tradition. Former students speak of Niles' positive influence on their lives both on stage and off.

For advance ticket purchase and/or a donation of $25 or above, patrons will have a reserved seat and access to the Patron's Lounge with non-alcoholic signature drinks and refreshments prior to the performance. All funds donated will directly support the fine arts. Reservations and tax-deductible donations may be made on the Will Rogers High School Community Foundation website via Pay Pal or mailed to:
Will Rogers High School Community Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 52845
Tulsa, OK 74152

The show's theme this year is "It's time." General admission to the Round-Up is $5.



12 basketball teams take part in Area tournaments this weekend



3/3/2016 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Gil Cloud


Basketball Story has been updated with Thursday's results.

Twelve Tulsa Public Schools high school basketball teams remain alive in their respective playoffs as Area tournaments take place Thursday, March 3-Saturday, March 5.

In Class 6A, Both Booker T. Washington's girls and boys teams ended up as runners up in their regions. Sand Springs knocked the Lady Hornets out of the playoffs on Thursday 46-43.

BTW's boys take on Broken Arrow at 8 p.m., Friday at Memorial. That game's winner will play the loser of Owasso and Union's game at 8 p.m., Saturday at Memorial.

In Class 5A girls action, East Central won 47-39 over Pryor and advances to State.

Edison's Lady Eagles were eliminated Thursday by Skiatook, 58-47.

On the boys' side, the Memorial Chargers and East Central Cardinals face off as regional champions at 6:30 p.m., Friday at Webster. The winner heads to state. Regional runners-up Edison and Shawnee play at 8 p.m., Friday at Webster, with the winner taking on the Memorial vs. East Central. That games tips off at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, also at Webster.

In Class 4A, Will Rogers' Lady Ropers won their Area I regional and face Cache at 6:30 p.m., Friday, in Stillwater. If they lose, Rogers would play Weatherford or Newcastle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rogers' boys came out of their consolation bracket, but lost 48-45 Thursday to an Elk City 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime.

In Area II, all TPS girls teams were eliminated in the regionals. On the boys' side Central's Braves, McLain's Titans and Webster's Warriors are in action in Skiatook this weekend. On Thursday, McLain was eliminated by Locust Grove 66-47, while Webster defeated Jay 62-44.

Webster will now take on Locust Grove at 3 p.m. Friday. The winner goes up against the loser between regional champions Central and Ft. Gibson, who play at 8p.m. Friday. That final game tips off at 8 p.m. Saturday.

All teams who survive the Area tournaments will be seeded for their respective State tournament. For complete tournament brackets, visit the OSSAA website.



TPS launches 'Attendance Counts' campaign to increase student attendance

Updated 2/29/2016


2/29/2016 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


Tulsa Public Schools this week is launching Attendance Counts, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of regular attendance at school. TPS is partnering with an organization called In Class Today to reach out to parents and guardians of students with frequent absences through a letter campaign. This initiative is research-based and proven effective in encouraging families to get children to school on time every day.

Each year an estimated 5-7.5 million students nationally miss nearly a month of school, which puts them at significant risk of falling behind academically and failing to graduate from high school. Chronic absenteeism -- or missing at least 10 percent of school days in a school year for any reason, excused or unexcused -- is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of those students who may eventually drop out of school.

"All children deserve the opportunity to develop their full academic and social potential," said Deborah A. Gist, TPS superintendent. "It's important that students, parents and guardians understand the full impact of absences. For example, students who miss two days of school each month lose a full month of learning each year. By working to eliminate chronic absenteeism in our schools, we can improve academic achievement, increase graduation rates and prepare students for long-term success."

Attendance Counts is designed to highlight the cumulative effect that absences have on a student's entire academic career. Here's how the letter campaign will work:

  • In mid-February, the first of three mailings will be sent to the parents of 60 percent of TPS students with the most absences during the 2015-16 school year as of Jan. 18, 2016.
  • The parent/guardian will receive the number of absences and a message about how even a small number of absences can add up to a lot of lost learning time.
  • Additional mailings will be sent in March and April, and will reflect the most up-to-date evidence on absence-reducing messaging. Letters will be delivered in English and Spanish.

To help eliminate chronic absenteeism, parents and families should:

  1. Make getting to school on time every day a priority.
  2. Talk with their children about the importance of school attendance from an early age.
  3. When necessary, create a safe space for children to share what's keeping them from participating in school on a regular basis.
  4. Have a back-up plan for getting children to school when there are difficulties with transportation, family illness or other challenges.
  5. Schedule doctor and other appointments for after-school hours whenever possible.
  6. Monitor school attendance to make sure children are is in class every day.
  7. Contact the school to discuss supports and services that can help children maintain regular attendance.

For more information, parents may visit or e-mail questions and comments to

About In Class Today

In Class Today is a social enterprise that the Student Social Support R&D (S3) Lab has incubated within Harvard University and spun off as an independent entity in November 2015. In Class Today's mission is to reduce absences among at-risk Pre-K-12 students by 1 million days per year by implementing proven, scalable and insanely high return-on-investment absence-reduction interventions. This is achievable given the unfortunate lack of proven or cost-effective alternatives available to schools, and the proven impact and low cost of the absence-reduction interventions developed by the S3 Lab.

In Class Today's first product is a mail-based intervention that incorporates findings from experiments the S3 Lab has conducted with more than 287,000 at-risk students in some of the largest U.S. school districts. We are developing and testing strategies to amplify this effect, including targeting additional false beliefs, layering in text messages, and using predictive analytics to identify the most opportune times to communicate with parents and students.






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