Nathan Hale Weekly

December 14, 2015

Vision Statement

To provide a safe and supportive environment where rigorous foundational knowledge is acquired and applied.

House Keeping

As we prepare for a well deserved break, I wanted to make sure some important details did not slip by. First, think about grades! While you do have a few days after the break before grades are officially due, it would be wise to finish as much as possible before you leave. Starting the semester grading papers and craving to enter grades is no way to go. Second, don't forget to close down your room for the semester. Clean out and unplug your refrigerator, power down and unplug your computer and take home valuable/important personal belongings. Third, this can be a stressful week. Don't be afraid to reach out to your administrative team if you are in need of help...and lunch (Rib Crib) is on us this Friday. Happy Holidays!

C. Starr

Coming Attractions

  • December 7-18: Winter EOI Exams
  • December 14&15: Semester Finals
  • December 18: Last Day of Semester
  • January 4,5, & 6: Teacher Grade Entry

Mrs. Duncan

They say that the average time a teacher stays in education is 5 years. Here at Hale we are fortunate to have many teachers who far exceed that statistic. Among those is Mrs. Patty Duncan with total years experience of 38 years.

Mrs. Duncan has attend NSU, OSU, and TU Receiving a Bachelors of Music Education, Mater of Music Education and an English certification and Masters+60.

Mrs. Duncan is a life long TPS employee. She has worked at several locations including

Nimitz/Wright Jr. Highs (one-half day each school) Tulsa Public Schools, Nimitz/Thoreau Jr. Highs (one-half day each school), Nimitz Middle School (Taught Vocal music, English and French), Thoreau (Vocal music, Guitar teacher), Wright ( Vocal music, English teacher), and Nathan Hale HS ( Vocal music, French AP, French I, II, III, English, Drama,

Music Theory AP, Music of Global Cultures, Music History, Musical Theater, Music Appreciation).

She holds and has held many Special Assignments:

Red Cross Sponsor – Thoreau Jr. High

Student Council Sponsor – Nimitz Middle School Team Leader – Nimitz Middle School Assembly Coordinator – Nimitz Middle School and Nathan Hale High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Sponsors – Nathan Hale High School Stagecraft Director – Nathan Hale High School Fine Arts Department Chairman – Nathan Hale High School

Mrs. Duncan also has a beautiful family. Her husband, Bill Duncan, a retired school administrator and children: Lindsay Smith -28, a vocal music teacher at Union, has a master's degree in school administration, Billy Duncan - 26 Will graduate Dec. 18th with a law degree from the Univ of Tulsa and Blake Duncan - 25 Teacher and coach at NHHS, working on his master's.

Mrs. Duncan's achievements continue with receiving several honors and awards. These include:

National Board Early Adolescent Young Adult EAYA Music Certification in 2004.

National Board renewal in 2013

Nathan Hale High School Teacher of the Year 2003-2004

2012 Nimitz Middle School Teacher of the Year 1984-1985

TPS District Vocal Music Department Chairman 2011

Present Professional Learning Community facilitator of the Fine Arts

PLC National Board Assessor for several summers

Chairman of the Hyechka Scholarship Committee 2009-Present

Hyechka Civic Committee 2009 – Present

Chosen to represent TPS at the Metropolitan Opera HD Live in the Schools Conference 2012 - present

AdvancED Accreditation Team Member

AdvancED Accreditation Lead Assessor

2015 Judge for OSSAA vocal music solo and ensemble contests

Received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to study Mozart in Vienna summer of 2014

Oklahoma Fine Arts Teacher of the Year 2015

First Inductee to the TPS Fine Arts Hall of Fame 2015

Began singing in the Tulsa Opera Chorus when she was 16 years old.

Sang in the chorus for 25 years.

I think it is fair to say that Mrs. Duncan has given her life to education. We here at Nathan Hale are fortunate to call her ours. The experience and wisdom she brings to her students is top rated.

Thank you for all you do Mrs. Duncan.

Early Release Professional Development Feedback Survey

Please take a minute to complete the survey below that will give the administration team feedback from the professional development on Friday, December 4th.

Counselor's Corner

Two important events are coming up with a focus on African American high school students. The first will be on Friday, January 29, 2016. The BELIEVE CONFERENCE 2016 is being held at the Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus from 8:30am – 1:30pm. This is sponsored by the TCC African American Male Student Success Team and the TCC Student Recruitment Services. They are looking for 25 bright, 11th and 12th grade African American males to attend. There will be speakers on the importance of a higher education including such speakers as George Lee and Rashid Campbell, as well as a professional panel, and a career fair. All students will receive a free lunch. Counselors at Nathan Hale are working towards acquiring a bus so that we can take students to this inspiring event. If you know of students who would benefit from this field trip, please take a moment and email their counselor. Thank you!

The second event is the Dallas Accounting Career Awareness Program which is sponsored by the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) in partnership with Southern Methodist University (SMU). This summer program will be held on the campus of SMU during the week of Jun2 12 – 17th, 2016. This Program was created to give ethnic minority high school student at all grade levels with early exposure to career opportunities in accounting, finance and other business-related fields. It is a one-week residency program which provides hands-on learning experiences, as well as a tour of a major corporation. The program is free to students.

Students interested in the ACAP summer program can apply online by going to To see the ACAP video see:

Ranger of the Month-Yakelyn Alvarado

Science Department

The Science courses are designed to prepare students to be both college and career ready. Every student is required to take three-lab based units of science to meet graduation requirements. The Science department at Hale offer the following courses from the district's course catalog: Biology I, Biology II, Chemistry I, AP Chemistry, Physics & Human Anatomy and Physiology. Students can enhance their experience in science by attending Tulsa Technology Center or attending Tulsa Community College (Concurrent Enrollment).

Suzanne Jackson(Department Chair)- Chemistry I, Biology I, & Human


Scott Chronister(Head Football coach)- Chemistry I

Manny Mendoza- Biology II, AP Chemistry, & Physics

Madeleine Parsell- Biology I

Jonathan Remilus- Biology I

Wishing You A Happy December Birthday!











Major Maguffee-21




Suzanne Bass-29

Jenna Hillman-30