Nathan Hale Weekly

January 4th, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I started off the New Year the same way i have for the last five years...the Polar Bear plunge! I am sure each of you were able to make some memories during your time off as well. This week is an important one for our students. Please make sure to review our building-wide expectations as well as your classroom expectations doing each class period this week. Testing will be upon us before we know it so making sure students get back into the normal school routine quickly is important. Also, remember that all first semester grades are due January 6th!

C. Starr

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Vision Statement

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

Coming Attractions

  • January 4,5, & 6: Teacher Grade Entry
  • January 5: Faculty Meeting

Mrs. Duncan

They say that the average time a teacher stays in education is 5 years. Here at Hale we are fortunate to have many teachers who far exceed that statistic. Among those is Mrs. Patty Duncan with total years experience of 38 years.

Mrs. Duncan has attend NSU, OSU, and TU Receiving a Bachelors of Music Education, Mater of Music Education and an English certification and Masters+60.

Mrs. Duncan is a life long TPS employee. She has worked at several locations including

Nimitz/Wright Jr. Highs (one-half day each school) Tulsa Public Schools, Nimitz/Thoreau Jr. Highs (one-half day each school), Nimitz Middle School (Taught Vocal music, English and French), Thoreau (Vocal music, Guitar teacher), Wright ( Vocal music, English teacher), and Nathan Hale HS ( Vocal music, French AP, French I, II, III, English, Drama,

Music Theory AP, Music of Global Cultures, Music History, Musical Theater, Music Appreciation).

She holds and has held many Special Assignments:

Red Cross Sponsor – Thoreau Jr. High

Student Council Sponsor – Nimitz Middle School Team Leader – Nimitz Middle School Assembly Coordinator – Nimitz Middle School and Nathan Hale High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Sponsors – Nathan Hale High School Stagecraft Director – Nathan Hale High School Fine Arts Department Chairman – Nathan Hale High School

Mrs. Duncan also has a beautiful family. Her husband, Bill Duncan, a retired school administrator and children: Lindsay Smith -28, a vocal music teacher at Union, has a master's degree in school administration, Billy Duncan - 26 Will graduate Dec. 18th with a law degree from the Univ of Tulsa and Blake Duncan - 25 Teacher and coach at NHHS, working on his master's.

Mrs. Duncan's achievements continue with receiving several honors and awards. These include:

National Board Early Adolescent Young Adult EAYA Music Certification in 2004.

National Board renewal in 2013

Nathan Hale High School Teacher of the Year 2003-2004

2012 Nimitz Middle School Teacher of the Year 1984-1985

TPS District Vocal Music Department Chairman 2011

Present Professional Learning Community facilitator of the Fine Arts

PLC National Board Assessor for several summers

Chairman of the Hyechka Scholarship Committee 2009-Present

Hyechka Civic Committee 2009 – Present

Chosen to represent TPS at the Metropolitan Opera HD Live in the Schools Conference 2012 - present

AdvancED Accreditation Team Member

AdvancED Accreditation Lead Assessor

2015 Judge for OSSAA vocal music solo and ensemble contests

Received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to study Mozart in Vienna summer of 2014

Oklahoma Fine Arts Teacher of the Year 2015

First Inductee to the TPS Fine Arts Hall of Fame 2015

Began singing in the Tulsa Opera Chorus when she was 16 years old.

Sang in the chorus for 25 years.

I think it is fair to say that Mrs. Duncan has given her life to education. We here at Nathan Hale are fortunate to call her ours. The experience and wisdom she brings to her students is top rated.

Thank you for all you do Mrs. Duncan.

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-Yakelyn Alvarado

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!