Parent Newsletter

Purcell High School - May 8, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Good Afternoon,

As we approach the end of year I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all parents and guardians for their support, kindness, and patience throughout this year. I cannot overstate my personal gratitude and appreciation for all of you. Thanks so much for the many personal emails and messages this year offering words of encouragement. They will be long remembered.

Nothing pleased me more this week than watching our seniors celebrate the end of this part of their personal journey. We are so happy to have played a part in their growth and development. Watching the joy and happiness this week as they received academic and athletic recognition, displayed their skills at the talent show, or simply stopped by to say goodbye or deliver a senior announcement, reminded me of our overall purpose: serve and support all of our students.

I look forward to further celebrating a special senior class this week. They will always have a special place in my heart. They welcomed me to Purcell with warmth and graciously supported covid protocols that were often disruptive to their senior year. However, they persevered and through resilience they experienced significant successes in the classroom, on the playing courts and fields, and in their own personal lives. They left a lasting legacy of character, service, and citizenship that will be long remembered.

Thank you 2021 Seniors!

Proud to be a Dragon.

Go Dragons!

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

405-442-0099 ext 505

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Counselor's Corner with Ms. Feroli



OKPromise expanded to 11th Grade

SB 132 was signed by Governor Stitt on April 20. Effective with the 2021-22 school year, the bill will expand the OKPromise application period to the 11th grade (the bill has an effective date of July 1, 2021; the change does not apply to the current 2020-21 11th graders).


  • Reminder: Oklahoma’s Promise applications must be made before the end of sophomore year, but the sooner the better. In order to access requirements for this scholarship opportunity and determine eligibility, please visit the following link. If you qualify, please register with them! I’m happy to help or answer questions anytime!


  • Reminder: Oklahoma’s Promise applications must be made before the end of sophomore year, but the sooner the better. In order to access requirements for this scholarship opportunity and determine eligibility, please visit the following link. If you qualify, please register with them! I’m happy to help or answer questions anytime!

  • Sophomore students enrolled for Junior year this week during their English classes. They should have copies of the choices they made as a preliminary wish as we look at building the schedule for next year. Junior year is the first year that allows a lot more choice for students, which includes options for concurrent enrollment, Internship, Mid-America Technology Center and more elective choices all the way around. For more information on concurrent enrollment at the high school, go here:


  • Senior year typically allows a great deal of flexibility for students, including options for concurrent enrollment, Internship, Mid-America Technology Center and more elective choices all the way around. For more information on concurrent enrollment at the high school, go here: PHS Concurrent Information. Ask your student about their schedule to see what they’re thinking and please let me know if you have questions!

  • Senior year is a scary but exciting time and there is much to do next year. Applications for college, career tech, financial aid, scholarships and general planning for life after high school is upon this group. I will be here every step of the way and while I will host a parent night in the fall and work with your students throughout senior year, I would love the opportunity to sit down with you and help plan the next steps. Email or call anytime if you’d like to set that up.

Boys State

  • As a reminder, it is almost time for Junior (and this year Senior) boys to consider applications for Oklahoma's American Legion Boys State. The date this year is May 29-June 5. Boys State is normally limited to juniors, but seniors are included in the Oklahoma Boys State this year because they were not permitted to go last year due to the pandemic. However, they will not be able to attend Boys Nation. Boys State Application.

Girls State

  • Girls State will be through the University of Oklahoma this year and will be a virtual event that runs one week in May, Monday-Friday, from 3-6pm. Cost is $50. Applications are not yet available but as soon as they open to us, I will post the link here.


  • Congratulations!

Safety and Security Awareness

  • Please continue to maintain spring weather awareness this month. After all it's May and the height of severe weather season in Oklahoma. I was reminded last week that severe weather can strike unexpectedly. A quiet evening watching a baseball game on television quickly turned into a terrifying a hail storm within a matter of minutes! Please be safe and remain weather aware! The forecast for the week ahead is for unseasonably cool temperatures with moderate chances of thunderstorms and rain. Linked below are the Purcell Public Schools Severe Weather Info and severe weather safety tips from the National Weather Service

  • A friendly reminder to all parents and guardians to be sure to check-in to the main office when entering the school building. We welcome all parents to visit our school at any time. However all visitors are required to check in with the main office. Thank you!
PHS Emergency Dismissal Plans

Plans of rapid dismissal of students in case of an emergency or impending weather that could lead to a mass check-out of students

Graduation Week!

Graduation Week Activities

We are excited to celebrate our Seniors this week. Please be sure to refer to the schedule below for specific times of upcoming activities this week. I've also attached the information regarding tickets for Senior Assembly and Graduation.

**Face coverings/Masks are district requirements for all indoor buildings. Please wear a mask when attending indoor Senior events this week.

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Semester Test Schedules and Policy

I've linked below Semester test schedules for both Seniors and 9th-11th grade. All teachers are required to give comprehensive Semester Tests. I've copied below school policy regarding semester tests and final grades.

  • Students final grade will be determined in the following manner:

Semester Grade (Assessment and Other)= 80% Semester or End of Year Test= 20%

  • Semester or End of Year Tests:

Semester tests will count 20% of final grade.

  • Makeup on core semester tests will be allowed if the student fails the test and student can retest for up to 80% credit. (Teachers will determine time and students must do remediation before the test is given). The higher score will determine the semester grade. *The re-test must be taken in a timely manner as determined by the teacher and principal.

Summer Extensions Program

June 7th -- 24th

NOTE: Please contact me by phone or email THIS WEEK if you are interested in signing up your student for summer extensions. I've emailed directly parents of students who qualify for our credit recovery program or exact path extended learning.

We are excited to announce we will be offering a Summer Learning Extensions program available to ALL students. This program is designed with a tiered support level to provide students with different learning needs opportunities. Due to the pandemic and multiple disruptions to the learning environment, it's important to fill these learning gaps before the next academic year.

  • Dates: June 7th -- 24th
  • Location: PHS Library
  • Staff: PHS teachers and support staff
  • Times: 9:00 AM--12:30 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: in person learning
  • Thursday: Virtual learning (with check-ins with teacher)

Tier 1 Support: ALL Students

  • All students will have the opportunity to complete the ACT PREP course through Odysseyware (PHS Online Learning Platform)
  • This will be provide an opportunity for a .5 unit of course work (semester) of elective credit towards graduation.
  • Although this available to all students, we will encourage next year's incoming juniors to strongly consider this opportunity.

Tier II Support: Incoming Sophs with Math/Literacy learning gaps / Credit Recovery

  • This layer of support is designed towards our current freshman who have scored below average on Math/Literacy NWEA spring assessments. These assessments were given during our testing window in early April.
  • Parents of these students will be contacted this week. We strongly encourage parents to consider this option for students with Math/Literacy learning gaps moving into their Sophomore year.
  • This extension program will be through the Exact Path program that links to our NWEA assessments. This program can help identify specific gaps in student learning.
  • We will also provide credit recovery options for students who have failed core content classes. This will an online learning option through Odysseyware.

Tier III Support: Special Education Students

  • In-person learning that is goal focused and specific to IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
  • Sped teacher on site during Summer Extensions

EL Support: English Language Students

  • Ms. Munoz will provide online assistance for our EL students through a digital learning program. Students will meet prior to the program for enrollment and orientation.

Social and Emotional Learning;

  • Our counselor will provide bi-weekly articles/activities for students throughout the summer. These will be posted to Ms. Feroli's Counseling Google Classroom. These will provide a preview of our Student Advisory Program that will begin next year. This will focus on topics supporting the social and emotional needs of students.

Exciting Two Weeks for Dragon Athletics!

Congratulations to Spring Sports State Qualifiers

  • Golf: Grace Smith
  • Girls Track: Tate Quintero, Kora Keith, Gracie Pruitt, Lucy Wilson, Payci Constant, Kayla Skinner and Liz Caralampio
  • Boys Track: Ronan Little, Noah Mason and Kyle Ginn

Congratulations to coaches and athletes for your amazing accomplishments!

Golf coach: Mike Gowens

Girls Track: Coach Dillard and Coach Clay

Boys Track: Coach Scott and Coach Savage

Grace Smith: State Golf Qualifier

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State High School Track Results

Ronan Little: Runner-up in Pole Vault

Gracie Pruitt, Kora Keith, Tate Quintero, and Liz Caralampio: 5th Place in 1600m Relay

Noah Mason: 4th Place in High Jump

Kyle Ginn: 6th Place in 3200m

Congratulations. We are very proud of all athletes and coaches

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Baseball Senior Night Celebration

Congratulations Baseball players and coaches on your season. The baseball team played extremely well in playoffs and lost a hard fought series against Newcastle in 3 games. Great job players and Coach Sharp and Weaver. Included below are our seniors after they defeated Pauls Valley 8-0.

Congratulations to our Seniors Kylee Bennett(mgr), Gavin Constant, Jayden Payne, Cade Smith, and Dayton Smith. We are proud of you! Thank you players and families for your dedication and hard work. #DragonProud

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Athletic/Band Physicals May 11th

click on link for more details

What's Happening at PHS!

Erica Keen Named District Teacher of the Year!

On behalf of all PHS staff congratulations to Erica Keen for being named Purcell Public Schools District Teacher of the Year! Here is a tribute from one of her colleagues at the high school:

Ms. Keen always goes above and beyond to keep her students engaged in learning. She is widely respected by her colleagues and her students enjoy her class. Purcell is lucky to have her as a teacher --- Jason Baker, PHS Vo-Ag teacher.

I love this photo of Erica celebrating with one of her students, Samantha Schafer!

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2021-22 Stuco Officers Announced!

Student Council Officers 2021-22


Dalton Holder- President

Hailey Carpenter- Vice President

Alyssa Rogers- Sec/Treas

Cooper Hall- Reporter

Jaiden Avila- Rep

Nate Willis- Rep


KK Eck- President

Mercer Martin- Vice President

Adam Edelman- Sec/Treas

Luke Edelman- Reporter

Payson Purcell- Rep

Kaylee Stephens- Rep


Carter Goldston- President

Noah Gracey- Vice President

Katy Keith- Sec/Treas

Gracie Pruitt- Reporter

Alyssa Thompson- Rep

Karlee Tolle- Rep

Students Honored for Classroom Academic Achievement at Awards Assembly

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Mr. McNeely's Science Labs Hard at Work!

Ms. Renfro's cooking lab making some delicious cinnamon rolls!

Senior Stuco Recognize Teacher Appreciation Week

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Senior Salutes @ KBLP Radio

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Coach Sikes finishes 3rd at Fun Run!

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PHS Talent Show!

Great job Candy McCurdy for putting on the Talent Show this week. It was an afternoon of much needed fun for all. Thank you Emma Meyer for your MC work and congratulations to all of our participants!

Spanish Club donates $1000 to the library!

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PHS Band with final preparations for Spring Concert

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Yearbook information from Ms. Trumbo!

  • Prom: We would love to see pics from this year's prom so please be sure to share them with Mrs. Trumbo and they may appear in the yearbook.

  • Yearbook:

Yearbook class will officially close yearbook sales on April 30th but we have an easy way for you to order. Go to to purchase your book online with debit or credit card. They also have a variety of add-on packages for you to consider. You of course may continue to send check or cash to order on campus in the commons during 2nd hour, or any other time in the library with Mrs. Trumbo.

We have also extended the deadline for Senior Ads, so please email Mrs. Trumbo at for more details.

If your business is interested in sponsoring a page or a few in the yearbook, we would be happy to send you information.

Thank you so much for your continued support of PHS and Yearbook!!

Summer Food Program through Chickasaw Nation

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Click here to access PAVE Virtual Learning Handbook

guidelines and policies regarding PHS virtual learning

Click on Link for access to all Staff emails

Do you need to email a teacher or administrator?Click on the link above for access to all staff emails.

Food Resources Available for Students and Families

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides a food pantry for our students at Purcell High School. We offer snacks, pantry items and frozen items for them to choose from for school and to take home. The Purcell High School pantry is very well stocked and open for use each day. Please encourage your student(s) to make use of this amazing opportunity. If your family needs additional food assistance, please visit the The Food Bank website at and click on "Get Help" to learn about more resources.

Parent Portal Information - Infinite Campus

Parents can now access student information on Infinite Campus (our new student information system) The link to parent portal is below.

IMPORTANT: you will need an activation key to access the parent portal. You must email Kim Cummings @ in order to get the activation key


upcoming events

  • May 12: Senior Assembly
  • May 13th - Last Day of School
  • May 14th - Graduation