Week of October 30, 2023
A Note from Mrs. Smith
November is here, and if I'm being completely honest, it's one of my favorite months of the year. I love everything about November! It's a time when fall colors are on full display, the morning air is crisp and cool, and my heart is happy and optimistic for month full of thanks! It's a month that encourages me to express gratitude for those things that enrich my life and bring me joy. With each newsletter this month, I would like to highlight a facet of MHS that I am grateful for this year.
This week, I would like to take the time to be grateful for our support staff. Support staff is made up of educational paraprofessionals, transportation, maintenance, and food service. Our paraprofessionals have such a servant's heart and help both classroom teachers and students. They often go above and beyond to ensure student success, and we are blessed with the best at MHS. Our transportation department works everyday to ensure our students who travel off campus to classes each and every class period arrive safety. Those who shuttle students are a tremendous asset to the everyday schedule at MHS. Our maintenance department works diligently each day to ensure a clean and inviting building stands ready to welcome all who pass through our doors. They are a dedicated, hard working group of individuals, and they do a great job. Lastly, our food service worker are top notch. They make sure our students have nutritious and delicious meals each morning and at lunch. They greet students with a smile and are an important part of insuring student success. To these departments, I send my heartfelt gratitude for all you do each and every day. You are an important part of our MHS family!
McAlester Public Schools to Host a Family University THIS WEEK!
This even will take place on Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30.
Parents can use the QR Code to scan to sign up to attend the event, or they can click on the attached link.
MHS to Celebrate World Kindness Day
Art Classes Create Kindness Display
Mrs. Jeffreys and Ms. Benjamin's art classes focus on National Kindness Day by creating group artwork to show kindness. Their pieces will be on display in the library after November 13th.
Mr. Warren Pratt and His Children Performed at MHS
We appreciate Mr. Warren Pratt and his children visiting McAlester High School to participate in our Native American Heritage Month celebrations! Mr. Pratt is a full blood Pawnee tribal member, a 6th grade science teacher, and a Pawnee language teacher. Click the link below for a short video of the performance!
Thank you, Mr. Lee Keith
We were honored to have our very own history teacher and coach, Mr. Lee Keith, speak about his military experience at our Veteran's Day Assembly! We would also like to thank the following people/groups:
McAlester FFA for providing students to carry in the flags
McAlester High School Choir for singing the National Anthem
Mia Rannebarger, Student Council President
Roslyn Jones and Geraldine Burris for their musical performance
Mr. Mark Price, MHS Band Director, for his performance of TAPS
Mrs. Nikki Brinlee for all the technical support
MHS Custodial Staff for getting the gym prepared
Congratulations Ethan Watkins - Rotary Club Student of the Week
Pom Team Takes 4th at State!
Mcalester Buffalo Peppers 🌶 won 1st place at Hartshorne Veterans parade
Make Plans to Attend Winter Fine Arts Performances
As a parent, having PowerSchool access is the best way to monitor your student's attendance, tardies, grades, and assignments. We are getting calls in the office about each of these categories. In order to receive PowerSchool notifications, you will first need to go to your app store and download the PowerSchool app and enter your username and password. After that, log into the settings on your phone and choose notifications. From there, make sure you have PowerSchool notifications turned on in order to stay up to date with your student. PowerSchool allows you to customize which notifications you will receive. In order to choose which notifications you would like, from your PowerSchool dashboard choose more on the bottom menu. Then choose account, and finally notifications. If you need help with your username and password or help figuring out the app and the notifications, please call the office, and we will gladly help you. Our phone number is 918-423-4776
MHS administration would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it is the expectation of the district that students wear their badges at all times while on school property. This includes not only at school during the day, but also during school sponsored events and activities. Any student who does not have a badge, can visit Mrs. Renard or Mrs. Richardson in the RTI lab to have one made. If your student has lost his/her badge, a replacement can be obtained for a $10 fee. Administrators have been popping into classes regularly to reward students who wear their badge.
Attendance in class is important to student learning. Studies shows that there is often a direct correlation between success in a class and attendance. When a student misses class, they miss valuable instruction. At the high school level, a student must meet certain attendance requirements in order to gain credit for a class. When a student has more than 8 unexcused absences, he or she can be denied credit for a class. This means that the student will have to retake the class regardless of the grade earned to receive credit for graduation purposes. A more detailed description of the attendance laws can be found in the McAlester Public School Student Handbook. If you have questions about your student's absences or need to report an absence, please call the office. You can also check on absences via the district wide PowerSchool website or app.