Nathan Hale Weekly

January 11th, 2016

Budget Cuts

Hard times are never fun, but they appear to be looming for educators in the state of Oklahoma. The mid-year adjustments to education funding will cause a short fall. Even worse, the projections for next year's budget look like the state will lose nearly a billion dollars! This could mean a 10 million dollar reduction to the Tulsa Public Schools' general fund. Dr. Gist and her staff are already hard at work preparing for the potential of a reduction of funds. In our principal development days last week, Dr. Gist assured us that cuts to classroom teachers would be a last resort. During our next faculty meeting we will begin to discuss the best options that will help our students be successful with budget cuts as a real possibility.

C. Starr

Vision Statement

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

Coming Attractions

  • January 15: Professional Development Day
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mr. Thomas Pedroza

Mr. Pedroza joined Hale High School last year in the Special Education Department teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. He is also part of the volleyball coaching staff. Before joining the Ranger team, Thomas graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with degrees in Philosophy and Italian Literature, and a certificate in Saxophone Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Additionally,Thomas is a 2015 nominee for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. He was a student-athlete, and competed on the volleyball team. Thomas studied for a year in Italy, attending university in Venice and Bologna, working on original translations, and buying good wine for $3. He thinks it's ludicrous that he can't buy wine in Oklahoma on Sundays. I'm sure many of us agree with him. :)

Counselor's Corner

Teachers as we enter the spring semester there is a huge new addition to the Testing / Accountability realm of Education in Oklahoma. With the purchase of statewide ACT testing for juniors the State Department of Education is opening a door for future Accountability / Testing changes. The best part for most of our students is that they will receive the ACT Test at no charge and for many of them this will add a third free opportunity to take the exam. We will be giving the ACT Paper and Pencil test on March 29th to our Juniors.

There are many resources available to help them and our other students prepare for this exam and push your curriculum in your classroom.

The ACT website has many resources to help students practice and prepare for this Test. Also you and your students can find free apps for your phones that will deliver practice questions you can use in your classroom. We all know that there is too much emphasis on testing. With preparation and practice though we can help our students’ performance and alleviate some of the stress associated with this test.

The scores generated from this State administration of the ACT are college reportable. They will also be used as alternate scores to cover Biology, Algebra I &II, Geometry, English II & III, EOIs. The scores can now even exempt students from Geometry, English III, and Algebra II EOIs. We need to encourage and prepare all of our students to do their best on this test.

Ranger of the Month-Cedrick Sutton

Social Studies Department


I am a native Tulsan. I attended MacArthur Elementary and Edison Middle and High School. I studied Secondary Education at Oklahoma State University and graduated in May 2014. This is my second year teaching at Nathan Hale High School and I am proud to teach in the high school located in the neighborhood I grew up in. Aside from teaching U.S History I am the assistant girls soccer coach and I assist with the Academic Bowl team. When I am not teaching my favorite thing to do is go to concerts and music festivals. I have seen over 100 bands live and my favorite place to be is Cain’s Ballroom. My favorite bands are Grizzly Bear, Born Ruffians, Fleet Foxes, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin.


Graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and Oklahoma State University, Major in History, Minor in Political Science

Teaches World History and coaches cheer and pom

Taught at McLain 2001-2007…Hale 2011-Present

Loves photography, horses, dogs, and books. NOTHING ELSE. I am a fun-hater and NEVER dress up for spirit week or Halloween, much to the chagrin of Keri Bates.


Robert McFail Jr.

Robert teaches Oklahoma History and U.S. Government (you know….up in the tower). He is

also the sponsor for the class of 2019. His favorite sports teams are the Dallas Cowboys, the

San Antonio Spurs, the Texas Rangers, and the Kansas Jayhawks. He only roots for the

Longhorns when they play OU. Hook em!!!!


I graduated from Memorial High School in 1997. I attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University my freshmen year on a football scholarship, I finished at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah with my B.S. in Criminal Justice, I played football there also. I gained my teaching credentials from Northeastern State University, I have a Master’s in school Administration from Southern Nazarene University, I will finish my second Master’s in Sports Administration from Southern Nazarene University in December of 2016.I was the Offensive Line Coach at Hominy High School for 2 years. I have taught at Woodland Public Schools where I was the Offensive Coordinator, Head Wrestling coach, and assistant A.D. for two years, I was the Head Football coach at Copan High School for one year, I was the Head Football Coach, and A.D. at Gilcrease Middle School, and the offensive line coach for McLain for one year. This is my 9th year at Hale High School, I have been the Assistant Head Football Coach for seven of those years, and I am the Head Wrestling and Golf Coach currently. I teach World History, AP Gov., and OK History. I love to hunt and fish, and spending time with my wife and 6 soon to be 7 kids.

Wishing You A Happy January Birthday!







Attendance Data for the Week of January 4, 2016