Parent Newsletter

Purcell High School - November 29th , 2021

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Message from the Principal

Good Afternoon Dragon Family:


I hope everyone had a restful and Happy Thanksgiving week. We are grateful for the time off and opportunities to see friends and family. On behalf of the entire PHS staff, we are also grateful for the support of our parents and community. This is truly an aspect of Purcell that sets it apart from other schools and communities.


One of my core visions for PHS is to incorporate service learning opportunities for all students. This is an opportunity to combine traditional pieces of school: curriculum, learning, and assessments with projects that give back to your school or community. It doesn't need to be complicated or time-consuming. For example, our Adulting class, led by Zoe Swift, spent an hour last week helping our custodians clean and prep the gym for a Friday night game. Our Leadership class, led by Krysta Matthews, has identified specific needs in our school and community and developed solutions and initiatives to meet those needs. Our Spanish club, led by Mayra Munoz, has delivered care packages to Senior Centers and our Police Department.


These opportunities and others like them help build and reinforce values that are well established in this community: service, kindness, and empathy. Most importantly, I think it's helping students realize the true purpose of civic engagement. Too often today I think we've mistaken civic engagement to be yelling at each other on social media or taking sides in divided political debates. Service learning projects help students realize the real value of getting involved in your community. Hopefully it will encourage students to pursue careers that are based on serving your community.


I'm proud of our teachers and students leading this effort.


Jason


Go Dragons!


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

sandersj@purcellps.org

405-442-0099 ext 505

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Katie Clayton: November Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Katie Clayton our PHS November Staff Member of the Month. Katie is a special education teacher and sets an example everyday for kids with her kindness, positivity, and her commitment to serving kids. We are so proud of her. Please read tributes below from her colleagues:

Katie works hard in the classroom to give her students a good education, while multitasking with meetings, resource room needs and emotional support for her students.

She did a superb job on the Veteran's Day Assembly. Everything ran smoothly, the students knew exactly what to do and it went off without a hitch. I was so impressed and proud for her.

Katie has brought tremendous change to the Sped department. The children in that room are thriving and she deserves every bit of recognition!

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Congratulations Carolyn Anyong!

Carolyn is our PHS Assistant Principal. She recently completed the nearly two year Lead to Succeed Cohort through the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This program helps further build the leadership capacity of individuals throughout our state. This program includes intensive study and time commitments outside of your regular job. This is quite an accomplishment for Carolyn.


Carolyn's primary responsibilities at PHS include curriculum leadership, student behavior, and attendance. She has quickly proven to be a valuable resource throughout our school and I appreciate her work ethic and commitment to kids.

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Welcome (back!) to PHS Mindy Wells

We are thrilled to welcome back Mindy Wells to PHS. She will assume her duties this week as a special education English resource teacher. We were fortunate to hire Mindy as we had an unexpected staff opening in the middle of the year. Mindy will be a huge asset to our school and to our kids. We are excited for her return.
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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 Begins this Week

Our after school tutoring program will begin this week and 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


Michael O'Neal (math department chairperson) and Stefanie Renfro (electives department chairperson) will staff our after school program for the remainder of the year. Students can also attend tutoring to make up absences. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Carolyn Anyong, assistant principal, @ anyongc@purcellps.org with any questions.

Semester Test Fall Schedule

All PHS teachers are required to administer comprehensive semester exams at the end of the fall and spring terms. By policy, semester tests account for 20 percent of a student's grade. This is significant to a student's grade and of course we want all students prepared for these important end of semester exams.
Semester Test Fall Schedule

click here to access the 2021 Fall Semester Test Schedule

Revamped PHS Website

I would encourage all parents to visit our revamped PHS Website: https://www.purcellps.org/o/phs


I would like to thank David Hilger for his assistance in this process. We have worked hard over the last few weeks to make it more user friendly and accessible for parents. You will notice it has several links to items that are important to visitors and hopefully will create a one-stop shop for information and resources.

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

Important Student Safety Links

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

What's Happening @ PHS

I have to give a shout-out to PHS Superintendent Dr. Sheli McAdoo (she won't like this!). Our home opener basketball games were an exciting and eventful night. Lot's of intensity and great environment for basketball. From an administrator's standpoint it doesn't come without some challenges. I'm grateful to have a hands-on superintendent not afraid to grab a broom and help when needed. You would not see this everywhere!
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This Week in Dragon Athletics

Please note this Tuesdays home varsity basketball game with Washington has been rescheduled to 2/14/22

Exciting season openers for Dragon Hoops!

Dragon basketball season opened the season with a 4-0 jv/varsity sweep over strong Silo teams. Our girls varsity team defeated the highly ranked Silo Lady Rebels with a thrilling 46-43 win. Our boys won in dominating fashion over Silo. This looks to be an exciting basketball season for both squads.
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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

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)

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.

Adult Education Classes

Evening Adult Basic Education classes have begun in Wynnewood. Overseen by the Chickasha Adult Learning Center, classes will be "most" T/Th evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Wynnewood Middle School located at 601 E. Cherokee St. New students need to call 405-222-6562 or 405-863-3747 to pre-register for classes.
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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


  • Dec 20-31: No School; Winter Break
  • 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
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