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Tip Sheet for the week including 9/14/2015


TPS rebalances staff based upon student enrollment changes

Updated 9/14/2015


9/14/2015 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


Tulsa Public Schools has completed its annual "staff rebalancing" process for the 2015-16 school year, which has resulted in 26 certified staffing allocations being reassigned to schools with increased student enrollment.

Staff rebalancing is an annual process based on student count and site needs. Given the high mobility rate of many TPS students -- which can result in dramatic enrollment swings -- it is necessary to reallocate staff based on changing demands.

"We understand this is a difficult process for students, parents and teachers," said TPS Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. "That's why it is so important that we make these changes in the most respectful and supportive way possible. We are grateful and empathetic to the teachers who will be making the move to other schools that have grown. We recognize that this adjustment is difficult and hope that our school communities will understand the need to shift resources to where they are most needed."

During the staff rebalancing process, changes are made based on the district's staffing plan. If a school is required to reallocate teachers or support staff to other schools, the process is as follows:

  • If there is a reduction in the number of teachers/support staff in a building, school principals always ask for volunteers first. In some cases, there are teachers who desire to move;
  • Qualified volunteers by certification/position are the first to be rebalanced;
  • This is followed by all others based on years of service with TPS -- not site tenure -- with newest staff rebalanced first.
  • Staff rebalancing is not a reduction in force. Teachers and support staff are redeployed to other schools.
  • In order to ensure teachers receive maximum support during this transition, Education Service Center staff members will help affected teachers move to their new buildings and set up their rooms.

"This year, we have compressed the rebalance timeline to make reassignments easier and less disruptive on students and teachers, while ensuring we meet the classroom needs," Gist said.

For more information about Tulsa Public Schools, please visit In preparation for developing the district's new strategic plan, the TPS board and Superintendent Gist welcome feedback from parents, teachers, students and the Tulsa community. Please visit for updates.



Go To College Fair returns for Tulsa seniors



9/14/2015 , 9 a.m. to noon


TU Reynolds Center, 11th and Harvard


Rue Ramsey


event flier

Seniors at Tulsa Public Schools high schools are signing up to attend the second annual TPS Go To College Fair. The event, scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Sept. 14, at The University of Tulsa Reynolds Center, brings more than 100 college, career tech and military recruiters from across the U.S.

Before attending the fair, students must register online at to obtain a barcode that will be used to register them as a prospect at preferred college and university booths.

Students will be transported to and from the event from their schools, thanks to the TPS College & Career Readiness Office, but they must be registered in advance and must have returned a permission slip by Sept. 3.

Sponsored by TPS, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Oklahoma College Day/Night Coordination Committee, Joshi Technologies International, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Tulsa Tech and the Tulsa World, the fair will include more than 100 college and event recruiters from across the nation. Students will have the opportunity to do in-person research on colleges as well as practicing and building interview skills. Information on admission and financial aid will also be available.

Rogers students at last year's fair



9 seniors named National Merit semifinalists



9/9/2015 , to


Washington (BTW)

1514 E. Zion St.


Chris Payne


Nine Tulsa Public Schools seniors recently found out they are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Eight of the students attend Booker T. Washington High School and the other attends Edison Preparatory High School. They are:


  • Benjamin Laurencig

Booker T.:

  • Mohamed Aly,
  • Micah Cash,
  • Nathan Levit,
  • Hsinhui Li,
  • Emma Robson,
  • Harriet Sherman,
  • Dana Sous, and
  • Samuel Taylor.

National Merit semifinalists are an elite group of students -- the nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. This year the program recognized approximately 16,000 students.

To become finalists, semifinalists must display a stellar academic record in high school, receive an endorsement from their principal, author an essay and show involvement in leadership and community activities.

Finalists are named in February, and National Merit winners are announced in April. The program dates back to 1955 and is designed to honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage academic excellence. To learn more about the program, visit






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