Parent Newsletter

Purcell High School - September 4, 2020

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NO School on Monday 9/7/20 for Labor Day!

Message from the Principal

Thank you so much to all parents and guardians for your support of our school and students during the first three weeks of school. We are grateful for you continued support of our safety protocols that have allowed us to remain open and provide our students as normal a learning experience as possible.

As you probably are aware, we have had 3 students test positive for Covid-19. If these students were in classrooms with your student, you were notified with an email. If your student was exposed to a student who tested positive (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more), you were notified directly by phone. As a result of these positive tests, more than 30 students and 1 teacher were quarantined due to having close contact with an individual who tested positive.

After working with closely with the health department, I want to report that there is no evidence, after extensive contact tracing, that any transmission occurred at school. Instead it's abundantly clear our district's safety protocols and mask-wearing requirements have prevented the spread of Covid within our school. As always, the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority.

Of course we are aware of the disruption created to the learning environment when a student is quarantined. Through our online learning platforms, google classroom and google meet, we have been able to maintain classroom instruction with both teachers and students who have been quarantined. Students are able to communicate directly with teachers from home, teachers have been able to continue teaching their classes from home, and most importantly student learning has continued uninterrupted.

Has it been perfect and without glitches? Of course not. However, through the hard work of our staff, the resilience of our students, and the support of our parents, we have been able to keep our kids in school and learning. For this to continue, we need your continued support and we also need our students and families to follow safety protocols outside of school. Please do your best to support this effort by following CDC guidelines and especially wear a mask in public and socially distance. I've linked below the Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

Thank you!


Always feel free to call or email me if you have questions,



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Free Lunch & Breakfast for all Students.

We have some exciting news to share with you! Purcell Public Schools will begin serving free lunch and breakfast for all students on September 8th. This gives our food service team time to prepare for additional students. We will not take money beginning yesterday for students who usually eat in the cafeteria.The start date at this point is September 8th. As we have more information, we will let you know. This is amazing for our students and community that this will be provided!

Parent Resources - Teenagers and Covid

I've linked below an article that provides guidance and tips for discussing Covid-19 and how to encourage teens to take proper precautions when returning to "normal" routines.


What do you teach/coach?

Teach: Algebra 1 and Geometry; Coach: JH Fastpitch Softball


I love watching my kids play sports and show livestock. I also really enjoy anything outdoors.


My husband's name is Josh. We have two kids, Carli and Carter. They both attend Purcell JH.

Why do you love working at PHS?

This community has always supported me, from my little league days through high school and college all the way through my current experience as a junior high softball coach. I love seeing families and older generations sharing their Dragon pride with younger generations. The teachers at PHS are invested in the students and are committed to seeing their investments return infinite successes as future Dragons positively impacting the community for years to come. I am proud to be a PHS teacher and I love my PHS family.

Counseling Corner - News from Ms. Feroli

9/28 : at 6pm Kirk Rushing, from the Educational Opportunity Center, will be here to present to seniors and their parents about all things financial aid. He will be back in October to help interested families fill out the FAFSA quickly so that it's done and in on time.

Ms. FerolI will also be available to talk on 9/28 about college and career tech opportunities.


Our staff voted and selected the following students for August Students of the Month

Kora Keith and Emily Madden

Congratulations to both students and we appreciate their leadership and representation of PHS values! DragonPride!


There was plenty of excitement last week with our Dragon athletes and coaches. Our football team played an exciting opener with Lone Grove and fell a little short in overtime after a thrilling comeback. Great job fighting until the end!

Congratulations to our CC runners and coaches on their meet yesterday. Kyle Ginn was the top runner on the boys side, Liz Caralampio finished 3rd, and Emily Madden finished 5th in the girls division. The girl’s team place 2nd overall out of 10 teams! Congratulations CC, great showing in the Purcell Invitational!

Our Fastpitch softball team has an exciting upcoming week after a cancellation this week and are enjoying another successful season!

Please check out the schedules below and get out and support our PHS athletes.

Congratulations to our STUCO officers for 20-21!

Student Council Officers 2020-21


Kora Keith- President

Sam Wofford- Vice President

Liz Caralampio- Secretary/Treasurer

Carlee Dismuke- Reporter

Tyler Williams- Class Rep

Emma Meyer- Class Rep

Emily Madden- Class Rep


Dalton Holder- President

Hailey Carpenter- Vice President

Jaiden Avila- Secretary/Treasurer

Alyssa Rogers- Reporter

Abigail Escobedo- Class Rep

Rosie Venegas- Class Rep


Katelyn Eck- President

Luke Edelman- Vice President

Adam Edelman- Secretary/Treasurer

Annistyn Raper- Reporter

Payson Purcell- Class Rep

Leslie Thompson- Class Rep


Carter Goldston- President

Gracie Pruitt- Vice President

Katy Keith- Secretary/Treasurer

Karlee Tolle- Reporter

Noah Gracey- Class Rep

Jenna Avery- Class Rep

PHS Ag students Livestock show this week!

McClain County Fairgrounds

Friday, September 11th

10:00AM: Cattle Show: Pee Wee, Heifers, Prospect Steers, Market Steers, Cattle Showmanship

Covid 19 Safety and Preparedness

The Oklahoma State Health Department released their Covid-alert map today updating current Covid-19 infection rates for all counties.

McClain county remains in the orange level with 15.53 cases per 100,000 people. This is a slight increase from last week.

What does this mean?

We can continue in-person school at full capacity with our safety protocols remaining in place. If we remain in the Orange level next Friday with the next update, there is a possibility we could shift to an A-B schedule. We of course would provide updates to parents if that were to occur.


What exactly is an A-B schedule?

Alternating A/B Schedule:

  • Students with last names ending in letters A-L would attend school on Monday and Tuesday while students with last names ending in letters M-Z would be on distance learning.
  • Students with last names ending in letters M-Z would attend school on Thursday and Friday while students with last names ending in letters A-L would be on distance learning.
  • All students would be on distance learning on Wednesday while teachers work at school and there is a deep cleaning of the school.

Monday: Group A: Last names A-L (attend school) Last names M-Z (distance learning)

Tuesday: Group A: Last names A-L (attend school) Last names M-Z (distance learning)

Wednesday: Deep clean and Teacher Planning (all students distance learning)

Thursday: Group B: Last names M-Z (attend school) Last names A-L (distance learning)

Friday: Groups B: Last names M-Z (attend school) Last names A-L (distance learning)

Students would remain on the same pace with their in-school classmates on their distance learning days. For example, on Mondays, students with last names M-Z would attend class virtually on Google Classroom and Google Meet. Attendance would be taken and students would continue to learn along with students actually attending school.

An A/B schedule would NOT impact our students who are full virtual. We have also grouped siblings together if they have different last names

Parents guide to Google Classroom - VERY IMPORTANT

All of our teachers have created Google Classrooms which is a digital learning platform for students. It's basically a digital version of their classroom. Keep in mind that our PL (personalized learning) students and PAVE (virtual school) students use Odysseyware as a digital learning platform. However many of our PL teachers also use google classroom to support instruction.

It is very important for parents to understand the Google Classroom learning platform. Keep in mind that if we were to shift to a distance learning plan due to Covid, all instruction would be delivered for traditional students via Google Classroom. PL teachers would also use Google Classroom to connect with their students. Please take a few moments to watch this easy to follow video posted above that explains key elements of Google Classroom that parents should know to support their students.

Keep in mind you can have access to email summaries of your students google classroom work when teachers invite parents/guardians to their google classrooms. I've linked a page below that will address parent/guardian questions regarding your students google classrooms. You must have a gmail account to receive email summaries from teachers.

It is VERY important that we have your correct email address on file. As we have moved to a new data information system, Infinite Campus, we are in the process of checking to make sure we have correct parent emails.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

How to Use Google Classroom for Parents!

Parent Portal Information - Infinite Campus

As you may know our district recently changed to a new data information system: Infinite Campus. This week our district pushed out notification for Infinite Campus Parent Portal and how parents can sign up.

This will give you access to the following at this time.

  • Food Service Balance
  • Change contact information
  • Student attendance

Here is the link the district pushed out for the parents to login to parent portal:

I've linked below a tutorial to using parent portal on both mobile devices and tablets. Please don't hesitate to contact our office staff if you need assistance.

Thank you for your patience during this transition

Safety Drills

We concluded our first round of safety drill this week with a tornado drill. We also reviewed our drill procedures during our School Safety Committee during the first week of school.

School safety is our number one priority and we worked with local authorities including the police and fire department to review our procedures and make sure we are keeping our staff and students safe.

We hold quarterly School Safety Committee meetings and welcome any parent or community member who would like to serve on the committee. Please call or email me if you would be interested in serving on our School Safety Committee.