Saturday, September 30, 2017

Extension on Grant Proposals

Dear teachers,

We announced at the Welcome Back session before school that we heard your requests and are giving the grants earlier this year so the deadline was moved to October 1. We sent emails, letters, blog posts and Facebook posts. We placed it on posters plastered around town and at each school site.

However, we left the old deadline on a very important place on our website. It was brought to our attention yesterday that at least one teacher thought the deadline was the old deadline and had been working very hard on a grant and would now miss the deadline.

Well, we can't have that.

We at TPSF are in this for the teachers and the students. I made a mistake by not ensuring every area had been changed to indicate the accurate date. I discussed with the officers and grant committee chairs and we all agree. We don't want our teachers to miss out on an opportunity that might be the one that makes the difference in a student's life. We are inclusive rather than exclusive.

So, we are extending the deadline by one week: October 8.

Yes, by all means, please try to get your grants in by October 1. Our grant committee has a big job every year. But if you had gone to the application page and been confused by seeing a different deadline, you have one more week: October 8. Also, if you had hoped to write a grant, but run out of time, here's your sign that you should do it now. Go and be awesome.

Good luck! Deadline will be officially cut off at midnight on October 8.

Click here for application.
Click here for rubric.
Click here to donate.

Thank you for your support.

Brandi Barnett
TPSF president, 2017-2018

Monday, September 18, 2017

Super Hero Monday

Our teachers are super heroes every day. Monday is no different. Today we highlight Super Teacher Kym Tinsley; time traveler. Here's her stats:

Name: Kym Tinsley

College graduated from : Bachelors 2006, Masters 2017

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Masters of Education in 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Current position at TPS: Instructional Technology Coordinator 

Hobbies: gardening, spending time with my nieces and nephews, reading

Why do you want to be a teacher?: I have always wanted to be a teacher so I can share my love of learning with students.

Biggest high of teaching you have experienced: My biggest high of teaching is being able to work with students every single day and see them understand a concept we have been working on. To see the understanding in their eyes is what keeps me doing what I do. 

Biggest low of teaching you have experienced: My biggest low would be the negative publicity that education receives. There are amazing things happening in schools everyday, but the negative publicity takes the focus off the amazing.

Who is your super hero? My super hero is my sister!

If you could have a super hero power, what would it be? I would choose time travel! I would love to go back in time and visit places during different time periods. Traveling to the future would also be awesome!

Kym and other SUPER TEACHERS need a side kick; a supporter to help continue the fight for our students. To donate for support of the teacher grants (October 1, deadline), please mail the donation to Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation, 1 Plaza South, PMB #276, Tahlequah, OK 74464 or visit our website at this link for electronic donations. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Every Super Teacher Needs a Sidekick

Evil is afoot! It slinks through our city, our streets, our schools; cloaked with a cape and mask of indifference, hiding in plain sight, leaving a taste of despair and desolation upon the tongues of our community. 
Only one thing can break the bonds and destroy the evil: blasts of compassion and love wielded by our very own super teachers.  
But, alas, they cannot do it alone. 
Every super teacher needs a side kick--a league of civil servants, replenishing energy and power, dispensing money to support the fight, supporting the super teacher and preparing them the battle of educating a society. The super teacher need only ask, and the civil servants will be called to arms! But, sadly, the civil servants only appear at full strength during a season known to the average man and woman as Grant Submissions. It is during this time the civil servants can award the super teachers with full power. 
How does a super teacher take advantage of this optimum time for power? By filling out a grant application between the corn moon and the harvest moon, October 1, 2017. The civil servants, known as the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation, stand ready for battle and are awaiting the applications, ready to help super teachers pull back the mask of indifference of educating our children and make the community a place free of evil.

Be a super teacher and apply for your side kick today!!! And, super teachers ALWAYS follow rules for the best sidekicks, so be sure follow the application information and the rubric!

Email application to by October 1.