Rougher Roundup Parent Edition

3 Houses - 1 Rougher Family (January 2021 Edition)

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg

Where is your focus?

It is the new year. A time for new beginnings and starting over. Let's start with what we have the most control over, our focus. Who will win in a wolf fight? The one you feed the most.

Note from the Principal

Dear Rougher families,

Similar to many of you, my holiday break was unlike anything before. Cancelled family gatherings, shopping from home, and an extended time inside the house was hard to endure. However, in order to keep myself and my loved ones safe, I battled through the challenges with a spirit of joy.

As our second semester begins, I am grateful that we have overcome the many difficulties that schools around the world are facing. I miss seeing our students in the halls and cafeteria. I miss chatting with our wonderful teaching staff. And I just miss normal. Despite the disruptions, the MHS staff is ready to move headfirst into this next chapter of our school year. In doing so, we will all encounter more challenges which will generate new questions. Though we do not know what tomorrow holds, we can face it together with a joyful spirit.

MHS office staff is ready to answer any questions our Rougher parents may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us

Mickey Replogle

Muskogee High School Principal

Great news! We are working diligently to examine and improve our school's climate and culture!

What is School Climate and/or Culture? School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students', parents' and staff’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the quality of the high school experience for students, teachers, staff, and all of our community members.

Why School Climate is Important: Positive school climate is associated with outcomes such as improved student attendance, improved academic outcomes, and lower rates of exclusionary discipline. There are also significant impacts related to student mental and physical health, including improved self-esteem, lower rates of substance abuse, and better psychological well-being. Schools that implement programmatic interventions as a result of school climate measurements typically see decreases in harassment or bullying and increases in student perceptions of school safety. Given these benefits, we will survey all of these groups, analyze the results, implement improvement strategies, and report the results to the entire learning community.

The first step is to follow this link to complete the following survey by January 27, 2021 (doing it now will ensure that you do not forget!). Keep in mind that the survey is 100% anonymous, and the results will only be shared by groupings (without identifying any individuals). This should only take around ten minutes, but the information you provide will be extremely valuable and put to immediate use. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure we improve our culture and climate for our wonderful students!

Click here to go immediately to the PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY

Congratulations to Teachers of the Month for November and January!

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MHS Cheerleaders Heading to State

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Muskogee High School Cheerleading will advance to the State competition which will be held January 30th at Union High School!

Feeling Disconnected? Need A Place to Access Guidance Information From Our Fabulous Counselors? Check this out

All of the staff misses getting to be on campus with you, but no one more than our counselors. They are working hard to keep you informed, help in any way, and reach out to you to check on you. In an effort to create a place where you can access handy information about schedules, college and career information, graduation requirements and testing information all in a one stop shop. Check it out!

House Invictus-Mrs. McMurtrey's Virtual Office

House Reverentia-Mrs. Thompson's Virtual Office

House Tempus-Mrs. Slader's Virtual Office (Coming Soon)

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E- Learners Sign Up Here

Sign up for the best time for your families here.

Seniors Make Sure to Get Your School Photo Even if You Have Your Senior Photos Done!

As we adapt to the many changes that we have experienced this year, one of those changes is how we celebrate our seniors in the yearbook. This year, we have elected to ensure that every senior is featured in the Chieftain by featuring our seniors with a photo taken by Ruth Kelly at school during school photos with a creative, unique background. Make sure to dress to impress for your photo.

This decision seeks to accomplish the following things:

  1. Secures that more seniors will have photos available to use by yearbook, graduation committee, and others who seek to feature student senior photos in a variety of creative ways on social media, video for the ceremony, and the yearbook.

  2. The decision also helps students during a time when it is difficult to set appointments for senior photos, because of studios shutting down or not taking appointments for safety reasons.

  3. We are under a time constraint with the yearbook company. Outside photographers may not be able to schedule all of the students needing photographs prior to the deadline.

  4. It also provides a cleaner, crisp look in a much improved yearbook for design purposes.

  5. When there is a standard photo, every student will have a high quality photo in the yearbook when in the past, that wasn’t the case. So much has already been added to the senior section to make our 2020 seniors feel celebrated!

  6. Lastly, in this time of uncertainty, we found last year, collecting pictures made a difficult task. Without a singular source of photo access, there would be more students not featured in the senior slideshow, facebook highlights, and even in the yearbook. This will guarantee everyone’s place in the yearbook.

  7. The team is working on ways to utilize the personalized senior photos in creative ways. More information coming soon.

Seniors Order Your Senior Ads for the Yearbook Now!

Have some great photos you want to showcase for your special senior? Place your order here. Please note that if you place a full page ad, you may have to complete the form multiple times in order to upload all of the photos. The deadline is March 5th. Students may pay for their ads in the MHS Bank before the deadline.

Full Page with up to 20 photos-$100

Half Page with up to 10 photos-$50

Quarter Page with up to 5 photos-$25

Business Card Size with up to 3 photos-$15

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MHS Important Dates

College and Career Dates

January 20-Cap and gown orders are due.


January 21, 2021

Boys Varsity Basketball @ Rogers Tournament

Girls 9th Grade Basketball @ Owasso

Girls Varsity Basketball @ Holland Hall Showcase

Boys Freshman Basketball @ Owasso

January 22, 2021

Boys Varsity Basketball @ Rogers Tournament

Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Jay Hancock Memorial

Girls Varsity Basketball @ Holland Hall Showcase

Boys Varsity Basketball @ Broken Arrow

January 23, 2021

Boys Varsity Basketball @ Rogers Tournament

Girls Varsity Wrestling @ Jay Hancock Memorial

Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Ray Murphy Jr. Classic

January 25, 2021

Boys Varsity Wrestling vs Jenks Trojan

Girls 9th Grade Basketball @ Bixby

Boys Freshman Basketball @ Bixby

January 26, 2021

Girls JV Basketball vs Booker T. Washington

Boys JV Basketball vs Booker T. Washington

Girls Varsity Basketball vs Booker T. Washington

Boys Varsity Basketball vs Booker T. Washington

January 28, 2021

Girls 9th Grade Basketball vs. Union Red

Boys Freshman Basketball vs Union Red

January 29, 2021

Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Doug Rial Memorial

Girls JV Basketball @ Owasso


January 19th-Chick-Fil-A Leader Lab

January 21 & 22 & 23-OKMEA All State Choir and Band

January 22 & 23-Muskogee Robotics Tournament

January 25-Senior Picture Day

January 26-State FFA Convention OKC

January 26-Alternative Reading Test-Little Theatre

January 26th PSAT-Little Theatre

January 27th & 28th-State FFA Convention OKC

January 27th E-Learner Picture Day

January 30th-OSSAA Cheer State Championship

January 30th-FFA Muskogee Local Show

Interested in Getting Involved?

If your student is wanting to get involved, but just doesn't know how, check out our newly updated student life pages here.


The gowns are new, so students will not be able to borrow or use previously used gowns.

Caps and Gowns are $46.88 with tax. You can order online HERE.

Make a Difference! JOIN PTSA

Hello Muskogee High School Parents:

The Muskogee High School - Parent Teacher Student Association is up and going for the 2020-2021 school year. We hope that you plan to renew this year and engage in our fundraising efforts that enable us to continue to support the students, teachers/staff and parents of Muskogee High School.

Click the photo of our brochure to see a brochure with a snapshot of our 2020-2021 school year membership announcements, meeting dates, organizational goals, student/teacher support and outreach, as well as updates about purchasing MPS logo rougher wear.

A solid plan is in place to support Muskogee High School students, parents and educators. Modifications to the plan have been considered with the addition of new administration/staff, school student/teacher safety and the ability to keep our activities simple, fun and effective.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of the PTSA officers listed if you have questions.

If you have already renewed your membership to the Muskogee High School PTSA for the upcoming school year – THANK YOU for your continued support!


The MHS PTSA will continue the sale of MPS logo goods and spirit wear at a booth inside Hattie’s House on South Main Street. This includes the replenishment of the logo R.O.U.G.H.E.R. t-shirt and an addition of a new matching face buff, as well as many other clothing items, blankets, collapsible coolers etc. Go take a look…proceeds from the sale of these goods go towards the PTSA programs/activities that help support the school!

Questions, comments, to serve on a committee or assist with an upcoming project, please reach out to Kristy Newell, MHS PTSA President at (918)348-8010 or email

Keep in touch with MHS PTSA - LIKE & SHARE our Facebook page or FOLLOW our Instagram, here are the links:



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Don't Miss a Moment

In an effort get more of our Rougher All Stars out there, we have revitalized our instagram presence. Please follow us @the_rougher_life. If you capture some great Rougher moments, tag us in them so we can share.

Muskogee High School Student Life Snap Shots

Students getting their prizes from our virtual House Parties!

Muskogee High School

Muskogee High School exhibits an environment in perfect unison with Muskogee Public Schools’ mission. The Muskogee Way; Every Heart, Every Mind, Every Day! Where educators, students, parents, and the community work collaboratively to achieve the highest academic standards. MHS strives to provide a multi-faceted culture where all stakeholders are physically and emotionally safe, allowing them to achieve their maximum potential and where student success is geared to the needs of an ever-evolving global society in which they live. Through these efforts, we work continuously to create a premier learning community for the 21st century and beyond.