Heritage Eagles are flying high

Lisa Presley/Tahlequah Public Schools

Heritage Eagles are flying through the spring semester with many things keeping us busy. Celebrations are in order: Heritage Elementary is once again a Great Expectations Model School.

We also want to congratulate Lezlie Gilbert on being named Teacher of the Year. She is truly a great expectations teacher. She has a positive atmosphere in her classroom encouraging critical thinking with her students. She has taught for 14 years, nine of which have been in the Tahlequah Public Schools District. She currently teachers second grade and is an amazing facilitator of learning in her classroom.

We have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks. The book fair kicked off officially Friday, March 5, and wrapped up March 12.

Testing preparations have been occurring throughout the school. The fifth-grade writing OCCT was completed in February. The third-grade OCCT will be April 20-23. Fourth and fifth grades will test April 27-30.

We take pride in knowing students are prepared for required tests. Please remember your child needs a healthy breakfast and a solid sleep schedule to help reduce testing anxiety he or she may have. Our mission is not a test score, but to make sure our students feel successful and have the knowledge they need for the required grade level.

Our students are working on their art pieces for the 21st Annual Cherokee County Student Art Show, which take place at the Tahlequah Public Schools Performing Arts Center, 591 Pendleton. This year’s art show theme is “One Square Mile: A Look Around Cherokee County As We See It.” The exhibit will be available for viewing Wednesday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 2, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

We hope you can join us for parent teacher conferences April 3. We do believe students are more successful when parents and teachers work together for the good of the child. We also encourage any of our family members to join our PTO. With the help of our PTO and successful jog-a-thon, our students will be able to have concrete and new basketball goals soon. We work together to make sure students have what they need to succeed. Thank you for taking an interest in your child’s education.

Lisa Presley is superintendent of the Tahlequah I-35 School District.