Orenda Superintendent Newsletter

June 2022



2022-23 School Supply Lists

School supply lists for each campus are now available on each campus website.

Gateway College Preparatory School

Gateway Tech High School

Nolan Creek School

Kingsland School

Required Immunizations for School

Summer is the time to get the required immunizations needed to start school in August. Students must be up-to-date on all required immunizations to be eligible to attend the first day of school.

Students entering kindergarten need to have 5 doses of Tdap, 4 doses of polio, 2 doses of MMR, 2 does of Varicella, 3 doses Hepatitis B, and 2 doses of Hepatitis A.

Students entering seventh grade need to have 1 dose of Tdap and 1 dose of Meningococcal (MCV4), in addition to immunizations listed above for kindergarten.

The full list of immunization requirements, including the number of doses and exemption, for K-12 schools can be found here.

STAAR Scores Available

Starting June 24th, parents can access their child(ren)'s STAAR results directly from the Orenda Education Frontline Parent Portal following these 3 EASY STEPS:

Congratulations Class of 2022 High School Graduates

Orenda District Teachers of the Year

Leslie Autry, 2022 Orenda Elementary Teacher of the Year

Nolan Creek School, K-8 Art and PE Teacher

Leslie has been with Orenda since 2016 and was the first teacher at our Nolan Creek campus. She started at Nolan Creek teaching first and second grade and then moved to teaching math and science grades 4-6. As our Nolan Creek campus has grown, Leslie had the opportunity to teacher her passion, art. She has been the K-8 Art and PE teacher for the last three years. Her art classes incorporate all facets of fine arts, including visual arts, dance, theatre, and music. Since the beginning of Nolan Creek, she has been involved in community events such as the local parades for Christmas and July 4th, including building the Nolan Creek float. She is one our Teacher Leaders this year through the TEA grant where she coaches and supports teachers on her campus. One of her peers shared, "Leslie is a constant in our school, always available to assist wherever a need arises."

Pamela Knott, 2022 Orenda Secondary Teacher of the Year

Gateway College Preparatory School, Grade 5-8 ELA Teacher

Pamela has been with Orenda since 2014 as a middle school teacher. She has taught ELA, social studies, AVID elective, reading labs, and dyslexia. She has been involved in developing and growing our AVID and PLP college readiness systems. She celebrates our community through organizing and hosting the Veterans event each year and most recently, #GJGator. She sponsors the history club and the annual Washington D.C. trip for our students. One of her peers shared, "I have seen few teachers as dedicated to Gateway and her students as Pam. She takes her role as AVID coordinator seriously, making sure to share strategies with her colleagues every chance she gets. It is also obvious how much she cares for her students. She loves to brag about her students when they have even the smallest successes." From the first day that Pam started at Gateway, she has built strong relationship with her students and uses data to provide instruction to meet the unique needs of her students to achieve academic success.

Welcome New District Staff

Adam Price - Director of Community Relations and Development

Adam comes to us with over 20 years of marketing/media relations/public relations experience, with many years in non-profit organizations . Adam holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications (Double Major -Radio/TV) from East Texas State University, Commerce, TX. Adam's most recent experience has been as the Regional Director with the Better Business Bureau, Waco, TX.

Kimberly Arnold - Director of Academic Programs

Kimberly comes to us with 16 years in education, mostly at the higher elementary levels. She has most recently served as a campus testing and ESL coordinator at a campus in Elgin ISD. Her roles with Orenda include district testing coordinator, ESL coordinator, textbook coordinator, federal programs coordinator, instructional software coordinator, and RTI co-coordinator.

Message from the CEO/Founder, Richard N. RIckey

Ten years ago I was sitting at a Gateway College Preparatory School graduation. That year my son was graduating from this school, part of the first graduation class in our school’s history. For that hour I was not the Founder of this school, I was a proud parent. I am happy to report, 10 years after that graduation day, I now know with certainty that my child, forever a proud Gator, was more than adequately equipped by this school to be a significant person. But it wasn’t the physical school, it was the adults in our school that helped me raise my son. I am forever grateful for that one special faculty member who took a special interest in my son, helped him with a subject he really struggled with, and went to many of his basketball and baseball games.

For you see, I am grateful for the freedom to choose the school that was the right fit for my children. I hope you feel the same.

But school choice is not guaranteed. What was granted to us parents in Texas state law in 1995, the creation of public charter schools, is under constant assault from the school choice haters. They didn’t want you and I to have a choice. They want to force us to attend the public school we are assigned based on our address.

If you are a parent, grandparent, or other relative and you want to protect a parents right to choose this school, and other top quality charter schools, please join me in my crusade to keep and grow this option by visiting my personal web site: Richardrickey.com. Subscribe, and receive articles, videos and information on how you can help preserve school choice, and grow the number of American students prepared for our global society and global economy.

Thank you for choosing our school, and congratulations Gator Graduates!