Friday, November 21, 2014

Dear teachers...

What would make your classroom the magical paradise you envision? 

 How can you reach kids in a new and exciting way?  

What would create the educational experience of your dreams?

  • Apply online by midnight of December 19, 2014. 
  • Grant winners announced in January or February.
  • Submit PO to board and collect money by April 1.
  • Notify TPSF by November 1 with pictures and information explaining how the grant has positively impacted student lives.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TPSF speaks to Leadership Tahlequah

Brandi Barnett and Kin Thompson speak to Leadership Tahlequah

Brandi Barnett and Kin Thompson had the opportunity to speak with members of Leadership Tahlequah about the awesomeness that is Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.  While there, they shared about the great things happening in Tahlequah Schools as a result of TPSF funding, various ways to donate, events like Glow Golf and Uncorked, and about the foundation's new business partnership we're planning for next year.

The partnerships will consist of one annual donation of $2500 or $5000 that will include logos on all TPSF information, a Glow Golf team, tickets to wine and cheese event, and more.  We're still working out the special details. So, stay tuned! We invite all businesses creating their budgets for next year to set aside money for Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.

TPSF believes strong schools promote a strong economy.

Make a difference today by donating.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TPSF Helps Greenwood Elementary Rock Robotics

We are thrilled to share these pictures and note from Nikki Molloy, vice principal of Greenwood Elementary. The following post is in her words:

Subject Taught:  Robotics
Grant Received:  $1000.00 

The Tahlequah Foundation Grant that we received is being used to purchase additional robotics kits for Greenwood Elementary.  Last year we had one robotics team and now with the assistance of the grant and Boys & Girls funding we are able to have 4 competitive teams.  The grant also allowed us to purchase a kit to be used by classroom teachers to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into the classroom.  Teachers will have the opportunity to check the kit out and use it for an extended period in the classroom.  

The robotics program offers an exciting new way to learn math, science and other subjects. It allows students to think about solutions, try them out, and find out what works and what doesn’t. It lets them keep on improving their design and try out different solutions.  

In the robotics program students learn to do cooperative tasks with other kids and share ideas. They learn how to build successful teams. 
Students use their artistic, engineering, and writing talents to bring robots to life and utilize speaking skills to tell others about their robot.  Students will even learn how to program a robot on the computer. 
The robotics program will teach students skills that will serve them well when they graduate from school. Robots will run many things in our society in the future. By learning robotics, students will be prepared for the workforce of the future.  
Our program would like to thank the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation for supporting our students and the robotics program.  

Congratulations, Greenwood Elementary Robotics, on your success! 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Glow Golf 2014

Glow Golf 2014 was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who made it possible. Our TPSF board member Breanna Batey was "glowing" with excitement as she reported the event raised $16000. Thank you to our sponsors.

S Club girls help TPSF board members at the registration table

Burgers are ready!

getting ready to tee off

Congratulations, Port City Body Shop!
2014 Champions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Glow Golf 2014 Sponsors help TPSF Set Event Record

Glow Golf 2014 raised $16,000!

Please thank the following sponsors for supporting Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation:

Diamond Sponsors
American Fidelity
Northeastern Health System Tahlequah
Document Imaging Solutions

Gold Sponsorship
Northeastern State University
Arvest Bank
Service King
Century 21 Wright Real Estate
Wilcox & McGrath Insurance
TRA Photography
Health First Chiropractic
Armstrong Bank
Port City Body Shop

Silver Sponsors
Tahlequah Lumber
Dr. Deb McAlister Orthopedic Surgery
Eagle Med
Sequoyah PK
Neo Health
Mary’s Liquor

Thursday, November 6, 2014

$5 Photo Booth for Senior Night

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation's photo booth was so much fun at Homecoming that we're bringing it back for Senior Night!  

Drop by our big top at the football stadium to get your photo taken by TRA Photography's Mesha Sanchez.  A donation of $5 gets you a photo to take with you. Photos will also be posted on the Foundation's Facebook page to download.

Our booth is fit for a queen...
Tahlequah High School's 2014 Homecoming Queen Amy Hembree

...or anyone just clowning around!

Proceeds benefit Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Homecoming Photo Booth Friday, October 10

Come one! Come all! 

Friday, October 10, 2014 
Tahlequah Homecoming 
The Greatest Show on Earth 

Commemorate the occasion with a professional party pic taken by Mesha Sanchez of TRA Photography.  For only $10, you'll get your own hard copy of the photo as well as the online version.

We'll see you under the big top at the football game!

All proceeds go to Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Roundup of grant recipients

Over the last two weeks, we've highlighted some teachers who thanked us for making a difference in their lives and the lives of their students.  We hope you've enjoyed reading what they've created.

We also hope you'll take the opportunity to donate to the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.

You can directly influence the quality of education our students receive by helping teachers realize their dreams.  No amount is too small. Together, we can make great things possible.

Together, we are "lighting the path towards excellence."

Mail checks to
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation
1 Plaza South, PMB #278
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Here are the links that feature a handful of our grant recipients in one handy blog post.   Enjoy!

Tiffany Cacy

Lisa Bookout

Marketta Johnson

Amelia Brown

Janea Davis, Stephanie Ford, Emily Freise, and Robyn Rowland

Charlotte Wood

Inspired?  Please donate.

Grant Recipient Charlotte Wood

Name: Charlotte Wood
Subject Taught: Algebra I, geometry, EOI Projects
School: Tahlequah Central Academy
Grant Received: iPad, TI Nspire app, and accessories

We received this email from Charlotte Wood regarding a surprising benefit of receiving the grant. 
When I got the news that my grant was approved, I felt, in my heart, a great sense of satisfaction.  It was like I felt valued all of a sudden. 
Then, when my Amazon box arrived, it was like Christmas.  I know the grant’s purpose is to enhance education, but I never imagined how much receiving the grant would enhance my attitude! 
I have been using the iPad with so many apps that I’ve found to help both the lower AND upper level students with differentiated exercises.  I love it!  Thank you so much to the Foundation!
If you would like to help teachers like Charlotte Wood enhance education and attitudes, please consider donating to Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation. 

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation does not replace state funds for education. Its goal is to nourish excellence and provide a wider range of educational opportunities for our students.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Speech Language Pathology

"Thank you, TPS Foundation, for your support of us and for the provision of therapy materials." 
---Janea Davis, Stephanie Ford, Emily Freise and Robyn Rowland

Name:  Janea Davis, Stephanie Ford, Emily Freise, Robyn Rowland
Subject taught:  Speech Language Pathology
Grant received:  4 iPad Airs and $400 in iTunes gift cards to purchase apps ($3,675.80)

     “During ESY, I had the opportunity to put my new iPad to great use. I was working with one of my own kiddos so I was very familiar with this student. This third grade student is categorized as Intellectually Disabled and is in speech with articulation and both receptive and expressive language goals. In my last year working with this student, I had never been able to help him produce a /k/ or a /g/ sound in words. The first day of summer school speech, I decided to try out our new app, Articulation Station. This app allows the student to hear a prompt, repeat it into a microphone that is recording them, and then listen to a playback of their production.  He immediately began recognizing his error, AND making the correct production!  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He was making 70+% each session. I am so thankful for this new tool that I know the children will enjoy using, AND that is actually helping them meet goals.” –Janea Davis, MS, CCC-SLP

     “I love how the iPad has all I need in ‘one’ place.  I travel to the high school to see students for therapy.  I have always had to carry a bag full of the different materials I might need.  This year all I have to take is my iPad.  It has everything I need and/or might possibly need during a therapy session.  It can be used as a data collecting tool, reinforcement, a resource, or as the therapy tool itself.  The students can use it to record their sound productions and also as a mirror so they can hear and see themselves.” –Robyn Rowland, MS, SLP

     “The iPads awarded to the speech and language program at Tahlequah Schools by the TPS Foundation have greatly enhanced our sessions with students.  Students are able to view 3-dimensional diagrams to help them find correct articulator placement.  They are able to record themselves and get immediate feedback, which has aided in the carryover of learned skills.  We have also been able to address individual goals more thoroughly and effectively with apps more specific to individual student needs.  Thank you, Tahlequah Foundation, for your generosity and help in getting materials for our classrooms.” –Emily Freise, MS, CCC-SLP

Will you help teachers make a difference?  Every dollar matters.
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation does not replace state funds for education.  Its goal is to nourish excellence and provide a wider range of educational opportunities for our students.  With your help, we can help fund more grants.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TPSF Equips Amelia Brown for AP Biology

Amelia Brown,THS AP Bio Teacher
Name:  Amelia Brown
Subject taught:  Biology/AP Biology
School: Tahlequah High School
Grants received:  Lab Equipment and Textbooks

In 2012, Amelia Brown was eager to revive the Biology II program she enjoyed during her years as a student at Tahlequah High School.  She received the grant and took her dream one step further.  "Thanks to the TPS Foundation Grant, Tahlequah High School now offers AP Biology," Brown said in her 2013 grant application.

What's the big deal about AP classes?  Brown explains.
 "AP courses help our schools achieve higher letter grades on the school based report card system now used to appraise schools in Oklahoma. Advanced biology courses also help prepare our students for college since most college students will at least take biology as their science credit.   Students who take AP classes have the opportunity to take the AP exam.  Depending on how they score on this exam, they can receive college credit for the course.  This is a huge benefit for the students.  Even if a student opts not to take the exam, they will benefit when they are in college because the expectations of college level science are clear to the student."

With the addition of Lab Quest equipment, students are able to get real time feedback on biological systems.  Students love to design and implement their experiments!

students use the Vernier Oxygen and CO2 sensors to measure cellular respiration
"With brand new college level text books, students are seeing the big picture while also being challenged.  I use these books across grade level because they contain so many beautiful images.   
The addition of AP Science classes at THS has encouraged many students to enroll.  I am seeing students who were not previously engaged in honors classes thrive in the AP setting.  These students do not just need to be challenged, but they readily welcome the rigor and are exceeding my expectations. "
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation does not replace state funds for education. Its goal is to nourish excellence and provide a wider range of educational opportunities for our students.  With your help, we can help fund more grants that help teachers and students pursue their dreams.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marketta Johnson Promotes Life-Long Reading

Central Academy's English Teacher
Name:  Marketta Johnson
Subject taught: 7-12 English
School: Tahlequah's Central Alternative Academy
Grant received:  Creating Life–long Readers 

Although many teachers request grants to fund technology, some know that a back-to-basics approach can make a big difference. Here's what Johnson had to say in her grant application back in 2012:

Our library at Central Academy consists of one bookshelf. Many of the novels are outdated or hand-me-downs from other schools in the district. I feel it would be a positive experience for Central and CCREA students to know that books bought with this grant were specifically purchased with their hopes, dreams, and ambitions in mind.
The goal of this project is to instill a love of reading in students. I believe this can happen when the chosen novels cater to the students ‘interests.  Central Academy and CCREA have a surprising number of students who love to read.  I believe just one book, the right book, could make all the difference in a child’s life. 
The library at Central Academy isn't just one bookshelf anymore!
Last week, Mrs. Johnson said, "The grant changed my classroom and class time activities.  It allowed students the opportunity to check out the most popular books within their own school. It also allowed me, as a teacher,  the opportunity to have classroom sets of books for particular classes, especially middle school."

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation is grateful to teachers like Marketta Johnson who know exactly what students need.  Will you help us fulfill those needs? 

Please donate today.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grant Recipient Lisa Bookout Believes in Access for All

Middle School Wonder Woman Lisa Bookout

Name:  Lisa Bookout
Subject taught: 8th grade Science
Grant received:  Tablets for Teens : 10 Microsoft Surface Tablets w/covers and charging cart
Amount Received: $4,420

In her grant application, Lisa Bookout expressed her motivation for her request:
I teach 8th grade Science.  In my classroom we have textbooks that are 8 years old. Microsoft Tablets will be a great supplement to our outdated textbooks.  I want my students to have access to the latest technology possible.  Many of the lessons in my class incorporate a project, poster, or presentation that demonstrates their knowledge of Science concepts.  By having access to technology right in the classroom, ALL of my students will be able to express their understanding in innovative, relevant, and exciting ways.  I emphasize the word ‘ALL’ because many of my students do not have access to technology at home.

When we followed up with her this year, we learned the grant has truly been "ALL" encompassing and reached even more students than originally intended. 

I wrote this grant last year with the hopes of integrating much more technology in my Science classroom.  I wanted my students to have access to the latest technology possible.  Many of the lessons in my class incorporated a project, poster, or presentation that demonstrated their knowledge of Science concepts.  By having access to technology right in the classroom, ALL of my students would be able to express their understanding in innovative, relevant, and exciting ways.I was so happy to receive this grant and spent time collaborating with my teaching partner, Josh Hamilton, about ways in which we could amp up the units we taught and infuse them with technology.  We reworked lessons for this school year and added the technology piece to projects and assignments.  
Over the summer I was hired for a different position; therefore, I no longer teach 8th grade Science.  I am now the Gifted Resource teacher for the district.  Josh Hamilton along with Kevin Ismael are the 8th grade Science teachers.  During the past couple of weeks their students have been learning about Lab Safety and Lab Equipment.  The students created videos to demonstrate their knowledge.  I was fortunate to be able to watch some of the videos and they were great!  The students were extremely creative and did an excellent job conveying the concepts correctly.  According to Josh the students had a blast with this lesson and are eagerly awaiting the next project in which they get to use the tablets. 
Josh Hamilton's class uses grant-funded technology to film their commercials
 I can’t thank the Foundation enough for helping classroom teachers.  We are very fortunate to have an organization like this in our district that makes dreams come true for students and teachers.  Some may think that sounds a little silly, but it truly was a dream of mine to get tablets in the hands of my students.  I really appreciate you making that happen!

Will you help teachers like Lisa Bookout, Josh Hamilton, and Kevin Ismael make a difference?  Every dollar matters. You can positively influence public education in our community.

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation does not replace state funds for education. Its goal is to nourish excellence and provide a wider range of educational opportunities for our students. With your help, we can help fund more grants that provide access to "all."

Donate at