Parent Newsletter

Purcell High School - January 2, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Good Afternoon Dragon Family:


I hope everyone had a happy Christmas break and enjoyed time with family and friends. The holidays can be a hectic time and you hopefully you had some time to rest and relax. I enjoyed watching some football over the break as well as catching up on yard work. The OU game was a great way to cap the season and it was so exciting to see Coach Stoops back on the sideline (sorry OSU fans!). Anyway, I'm anxious to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday and begin the spring semester.


One of our school improvement goals is to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. Student safety involves more than just physical safety. It also requires that students feel connected and involved in their school. They need to feel safe to challenge themselves educationally and they need to feel comfortable around other students and teachers. Students who feel safe both physically and emotionally are more likely to learn at higher levels.


I've established a goal for every student in the high school to be involved in at least one extracurricular activity: a sport, band, cheer, or a club or organization. Our staff has worked hard to establish more opportunities for students outside of our traditional activities. In the past year we have started a leadership class, robotics, a book club, a revitalized pep club and spanish club, gardening club and several new elective opportunities for students.Our kids have more opportunities to get involved. We want to see 100% of our students involved in an extracurricular activity.


Of course many of our students are highly involved in many activities throughout the school. We know how big a role this plays in student success. Student involvement in clubs and organizations help them feel more socially connected which is increasingly important as teenagers are more isolated than ever due to technology and the pandemic. Help us achieve our goal by encouraging your students to get involved at school. We will monitor our progress towards this goal through student surveys in our advisory class. I'll keep you posted!


https://www.edutopia.org/article/extracurriculars-play-vital-role-during-pandemic


Jason


Go Dragons!


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

sandersj@purcellps.org

405-442-0099 ext 505

Students Return to School Tuesday, 1/4/22

No School 1/3/22: Professional Development Day

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PHS Staff Member of the Month: Maria Zaragoza


Maria brings a positive attitude to work everyday. She is kind and friendly to all individuals. She performs the most thankless tasks without complaint. We are grateful for all she does to make our school a better place.

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Senior 2022 Info

Please click on website link below to access all things important for Seniors 2022. Graduation is only a few months way. Amber Findley and Michael O'Neal are our wonderful senior sponsors and can be very helpful if you need additional help. I've linked their emails below. Please be sure to check this site for important info for seniors including important dates


findleya@purcellps.org

onealm@purcellps.org

Senior 2022 Info

Click on link to access important info for Seniors 2022

Semester 1 Grades Final this Thursday 1/6/22

Teachers will finalize semester grades this week and they will be posted this Thursday to Infinite Campus. Please be sure to access parent portal to access student grades. I've copied below instructions for parents who may not have access to parent portal. Please contact our registrar, Kassi Buchanan in the main office if you need help.


buchanank@purcellps.org

Parent and Student Portal Access

Over the next several weeks we will work to make sure EVERY parent and student can access student and parent portal on Infinite Campus. This allows students and parents to access real-time grades 24/7, attendance information and update personal information. I include a parent/portal link for all parents/guardians on every Parent Newsletter. This link is located immediately below this message. It's very important all parents have access to parent portal.


Please complete this form linked here if you are need of a Parent Portal Account:

https://forms.gle/kcw4yFh9UghpFKW76


If you have any problems accessing Parent Portal please contact the school directly: (405) 442-0099

Parent Portal Login Link

click here to access parent portal for infinite campus (student information system)

Winter MAP Assessments Upcoming

We will conduct our winter MAP assessments in math and reading over the next two weeks:


  • 9th/10th Grade Reading Assessments (English Classes); Thursday, 1/6
  • 9th/10th Grade Math Assessments (Math Classes); Tuesday, 1/11


Map assessments measure student progress in the critical areas of math and reading. We only assess freshman and sophomores. Remember all Juniors take the ACT in the spring. Students are assessed in the fall, winter, and spring. Winter assessments are important to measure student progress from the first semester of instruction. Parents will be provided detailed results for their individual students once assessments are completed. Parents will be able to measure their students progress from the fall assessments.


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions. You can also contact your student's math or english teacher for help.

ACT Power Prep Opportunity on Campus

We will host an on-campus ACT Prep conducted by Power Prep on March 8th, 2022. This will be open to any student who would like additional help preparing for the spring ACT. We will provide more details in the coming weeks including times, cost, and possible financial assistance. The good new is the prep course will be available here @ PHS!

Counselor's Corner

Please click on the link below to access Melissa Feroli's regularly updated Counseling Newsletter. This is an easy one-stop shop for scholarships, ACT testing, Oklahoma's Promise and other important information from your High School counselor. Information is segmented into easy to follow grade level specific categories.
Counselor's Newsletter

click on this link to access important counseling information

PHS After School Tutoring Every Tues and Thurs Through Spring Break

Our after school tutoring program operates weekly and will last through Spring Break


When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 PM

Where: PHS (Stefanie Renfro's classroom)

Who: Any student may attend but our primary focus is English and Math


Please contact Carolyn Anyong, Assistant Principal, for questions or help regarding tutoring.

anyongc@purcellps.org

School and Student Safety

Upcoming Emergency Drills and School Entry Change


  • We will conduct a fire drill this week on Wednesday @ 12:40 (beginning of 5th hour). This is a required drill. A fire drill must be executed within the first 15 days of each semester


  • Beginning Tuesday, 1/4/22, we will no longer allow upperclassmen to enter and exit the southwest doors of the school. We unlocked these door prior to school and during lunch for upperclassmen to ease overcrowding in the commons due to covid. We will return to only allowing entry access at the main front door.
  • A friendly reminder to parents to check into the main office when coming to the school. We always welcome all parents to our school but it's very important that you check into the main office whenever you visit. Thank you!
  • We will have a safety meeting on Wednesday, 1/12/22 @ 3:30 PM in the high school library. Any parent who wishes to attend is welcome. We have a regular safety committee that meets regularly. However this is the meeting that we are required to hold bi-yearly that is open to parents and students.

PHS Safety Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 3:30pm

PHS Library

Parents and students welcome to attend
Purcell Public Schools Severe Weather Information

click link to access information regarding procedures in case of severe weather

Emergency Dismissal Form

Click on link to access emergency dismissal form for upperclassmen who drive

STOPit Parent FAQ's

Click on Link to access Parent Info for STOPit app

Purcell Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Jan. 10th, 6pm

Purcell Public Schools Administration Building

Regular School Board Meeting

Boys State Applications Open

American Legion Post 301 in Lexington is now accepting applications for 2022 Boys State. The dates will be May 28-June 4, 2022. The new location is Roger State University in Claremore.


Candidates should be High School Juniors in 2022 and may self enroll at okboysstate.com; however, scholarships are available at most American Legion Posts. The standard fee is $299 or $285 if enrolled prior to February 1.


Candidates interested in more information or wanting to represent Post 301 can contact me via this email or okpost301@gmail.com.

Parchment: Online Transcripting

Online Transcripts

We are excited to announce we have partnered with Parchment to provide students past and present the ability to send e-transcripts to the schools and organizations of their choice. This is a free service to all users. This service is currently live and students can order transcripts online or make a request for our school registrar to send transcripts electronically to colleges of their choice.


How does it work?


Parchment: Order E-Transcripts

Click on this link to order online transcripts from PHS

This Week in Dragon Athletics

Basketball Teams Return to Action this Week

Both PHS Girls and Boys Basketball teams return to the court this week with a home game vs. Bridge Creek with JV girls starting the action @ 4:30. Both teams had a successful start to the the season and both will resume play with 5-2 records. Our girls are currently ranked 12th in class 3A and our boys are ranked 16th. We are looking forward to an exciting January with the prestigious Heart of Oklahoma tournament scheduled for January 20-22

PHS Events/Activities This Week

Monday
  • No School: Professional Development Day
  • 7-8-9 Bball (no 9th girls) vs. Washington (boys @ PHS) @ 5:00PM

Tuesday

  • JV/Varsity Bball vs. Bridge Creek @ PHS. JV @ 4:30; Varsity @ 6:30
Wednesday
  • no events scheduled

Thursday/Friday

  • CCS Festival (9th grade boys); TBA

How to view PHS athletic events online

1. Go to: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/

2. Search for Purcell High School at the top of the page

3. Scroll down and click on game you wish to view

4. Click subscribe to watch

5. Choose your subscription option

GoFan Online Ticketing

New this year, Purcell High School is pleased to announce that we will be using GoFan for mobile ticketing for athletic events. This will begin with the upcoming basketball season. Fans can purchase tickets online through the Purcell High School GoFan page or by presenting a card or mobile payment option at the ticket gate. All major credit cards are accepted, along with Apple Pay. We will still accept cash payments at the gate for early season games, along with the opportunity to purchase season passes. The cost for a cash ticket and online ticket will be $5.

The new ticketing policy allows Purcell High School to operate a more efficient and professional ticket gate while creating a safer and enhanced fan experience. Buying tickets online allows fans to access and share tickets easily by email or text without standing in line.

Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online prior to reaching the facility. For your convenience, signage will be set up at the venue to help fans navigate an online purchase quickly and easily.


We understand this is a change and there will be bumps along the way. However we think our fans will quickly see how easy it is to buy a ticket, share a ticket with family, and quickly access an event. I've shared some helpful links below which will provide extra help with the process.

GoFan Purcell Ticket Link

click here to buy tickets online to Purcell athletic events

How to Guide for Buying and Redeeming GoFan Tickets

Click here to see easy to follow instructions for buying and redeeming online tickets

How to Manage GoFan Tickets

click on this link for easy to follow guide for how to share or transfer tickets as well as view tickets once they are purchased.

Purcell Athletic Website

click on link to access athletic info including schedules

Senior Stuff


Senior Panel Pictures: click on link: https://docs.google.com/.../1nx3iBg.../edit

Senior Remind:

All Senior students and parents are encouraged to join the Senior Remind Group. It will only be used to disperse Senior Class Info.

Remind Code: @phssr22

Resources for Parents

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Weekend Meals begin 10/22

Free meals will be provided to any student/family who wishes to receive one. Students can pick up meals as they leave campus on Friday. Please contact our office if you have any questions. Please remember food is always available in our food pantry. Please notify our counselor, Melissa Feroli @ ferolim@purcellps.org if you are in need of food assistance.
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Band Calendar for Upcoming Year

click on link for Band events and activities for upcoming year

PHS Alternative Education Program

information regarding Purcell High School Alternative Education Program

21-22 Purcell Public Schools Calendar

click on link to access school calendar

IMPORTANT Upcoming DATES


  • Jan 3: No School; Professional Day
  • Jan 17; No School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb 14; No School; Professional Day
  • Mar 8: Parent Teacher Conference
  • Mar 10: Parent Teacher Conference
  • Mar 11: No School
  • Mar 14-18: No School; Spring Break
  • May 13: Last Day of School
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.