Norman North High School English teacher Claudia Swisher has been at the front of a classroom on the first day of school 39 times, and each of those days has consistently been followed by a night of little sleep.
As part of a group essay assignment, a fourth-grade class at Norman’s Jefferson Elementary described their principal, Dr. Kathy Taber. “Mrs. Taber is tall, skinny and sophisticated with blonde hair like sunlight on sand,” the essay reads. “Sophisticated means dressing fancy and acting mature ... she is strict like a police officer and very smart.”
Education, including Norman’s public schools, is a top wealth creator in Cleveland County, according to a state economic expert who spoke Thursday at the Norman Economic Development Coalition’s annual Economic Summit.
Norman Public Schools’ general funds, bolstered by a $67,000 grant for Norman High and Norman North high schools, will implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in both schools, introducing a new elective class and teacher support program designed to boost representation of under-served demographics in Advanced Placement classes.
Fewer kids in Norman are dropping out than numbers might indicate, according to Norman Public School officials’ discussions at a Monday night’s board meeting.
About half of Norman Public Schools reported dropouts in an academic year are likely the result of record-keeping issues, school officials said. The district’s 2011-2012 dropout numbers include transfers to other schools, said Holly Nevels, NPS director of secondary education.
James Fraschilla remembers what it was like when he was growing up. Any time he got to meet athletes he looked up to, it left a strong impression on the Dallas native.
Now as a member of the of the Oklahoma men’s basketball team, he has the same opportunity to leave an imprint on a young child’s life. He may have done just that Thursday when close to 50 OU athletes visited Jefferson Elementary as part of the Sooner Jr. Program.
The Norman Board of Education received word Monday evening of more setbacks on the Administrative and Curriculum Services Center remodel, prompting the approval of an amended budget nearly a half-million dollars over the project’s original estimate.
Norman Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano has challenged Jenks Superintendent Dr. Kirby Lehman to a wager: The superintendent of the defeated team has to wear the victor’s football jersey at the next regular board of education meeting in his community.
Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting covered several notable topics, including award presentations, budget approval and, most predominant, an intensive hour-long presentation on the district’s PSAT, SAT and Advanced Placement exam data presented by College Board K-12 Education Manager Melany Ascher.
The message of Thursday’s Veterans Day assembly at Truman Elementary was that a simple “thank you” is all it takes, but Truman Primary and Elementary students went the extra mile expressing gratitude and respect for veterans.