At a recent Tulsa Public Schools community meeting at Antioch Baptist Church, Tulsa Public SchoolsSuperintendent Deborah Gist made it pretty clear that the future of TPS depends on "increased enrollment."
Luckily, the district has no better example of how to achieve that goal, not by looking to successes in filling the rosters in Broken Arrow, Jenks or Owasso...three suburban districts whose growth, along with the popularity of "Charter Schools," has severely syphoned off potential TPS students, but, by looking to the district's own greatest success story in the McLain Feeder Pattern...GILCREASE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, where enrollment is climbing because the word is out...the administration, under the leadership of Principal Tasha Johnson, and teachers and staff at Gilcrease care. Care about education and care deeply about successful futures for the students, parents and families, and the entire community and city in which they work. This was evident in a talk with Gilcrease teacher, Tiffany Smith, who was concerned with rumors, confirmed at the Wednesday night meeting at Antioch, that TPS hopes one solution to its problems enrolling more students in its 7th and 8th grades leading to high school at McLain Science and Tech could be to take a chance on disrupting the success of Gilcrease Elementary by moving students and staff to neighboring Bunche ECDC or even, a hope was mentioned, that Gilcrease parents won't be bothered by far longer commutes to schools miles away, including Anderson Elementary. "Our babies matter," said Smith, who feels new changes in what has been a continually revolving situation seeing schools open, close, reopen, close over the last seven years (our words), is the kind of "experimentation" (Smith's word), that does not foster the trust that will be needed to attain the district's goals. Tulsa Public Schools Board Members will vote this Tuesday, February 19, 2019 on many of the Superintendent's recommendations for the McLain feeder pattern. Though, the Board's decisions are its own, the public is invited to voice concerns about plans for a new type of learning environment involving the recombining of 7th and 8th grades at the formerly closed and reopened Monroe Middle School/Demonstration Academy site, rather than a commitment to the type of new construction and investment in upgrades in technology that will continue to entice parents to choose alternatives to TPS for decades to come. It was announced that specific input on the closing of GILCREASE ELEMENTARY will, likely, not take place until the March 11, 2019 TPS Board of Education meeting. However, TPS Board Member Jennettie Marshall, District 3, who represents students and families in McLain's feeder pattern, hopes there will be a display of support for GILCREASE at the Februay 19 meeting, as well.
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TU-Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Award Competition
The Fifth Annual TU-Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Award Competition featuring students who are studying chamber music in the University of Tulsa School of Music will take place Monday evening, February 18, 2019 at 7:30p at the LORTON PERFORMANCE CENTER on the TU campus. This year only one ensemble will perform for judges who will determine whether the group qualifies for the award.
String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)
I. Un poco andante – Allegro molto ed agitato
II. Romanze: Andantino
Each musician in the winning ensemble will be awarded $1,500, an internship at the TU Summer Chamber Music Camp in June 2019 and outreach performances sponsored by Chamber Music Tulsa’s Education and Outreach Committee in the spring 2019. This event is free and open to the public.
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The newly formed NORTH TULSA COMMUNITY CHOIR under the direction of Central High School Vocal Music Director and Dean of Student Services Denise L. Davis made its triumphant debut on the third Saturday in December, after inclement weather postponed the already decades long wait for the return of George Handel's holiday hymn to the heavens. Both choir and solo performances by Russell Davis, Caesar Latimer Jr., Keith Jemison, Alice Bent, Arthur L. Gathron, Pam Scott Vickers, Beverly Durant, and Roberta Lynch were sublime. Brenda El Hassan and Travis Guillory joined soloists to form the octet whose divine version of FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN will not be forgotten.
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