Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I can’t wait to see all of our new and returning students on “Meet the Teacher Night” (August 18) at 4:00. This year, there will be a few changes on our campus. I hope you get a chance to meet our new Asst. Principal, Mr. Camp. He is a very positive and student centered educator/administrator and we are thrilled to have him join our team. Other new staff members are:
Monica Dyess – 2nd grade
Mellissa Stagner – returning but moving to kindergarten
Laci Tincher – Instructional Aide
Mrs. Kym VanBrocklin will now be teaching in our technology lab and serving as a math interventionist.
Returning student registration is tomorrow and Thursday. New student registration will be next week. Please keep in mind, you can do the majority of registration on-line.
This year we will continue to show our students and staff members ways in which ‘THEY MATTER.”
Have a great end to your summer!
Please make this information available on your blog post and announcements. There will be a new school messenger call going out tonight as well.
It is so exciting to see all of our new and returning students at registration. The 2014-2015 school-year will begin before long. The teachers and staff members have been working hard to get ready for a fantastic year. Have a safe and enjoyable remainder to your summer. We will see you on August 21 for “Meet the Teacher” night. Remember, it will be much easier to bring supplies that night. The campus offices are open now. If you have any questions, please call (903) 291-2160.
There are many exciting events happening at White Oak Primary School. This Friday, our White Oak Roughnecks will be playing in the semi-finals at Eagle Stadium in Allen at 7:30 pm. We will be dismissing school at 1:30. There will be a community wide send-off at 2:30 on White Oak Rd. If you are interested, The White Oak Exes. Assoc will be hosting 2 charter buses to travel to the event. To ride, you will pay $10 when you enter the bus and it is available for anyone over the age of 14. GO ROUGHNECKS!
Monday – Pajama day for grades PK,K, and 2. First grade will have “Grinch” day and encourage students to wear green.
Wednesday – At 9:00, Artsview will be presenting a Christmas program to our students in the auditorium
Thursday – Early dismiss at 11:00 – hopefully playing in the state final at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington at 5:00
Friday – Early dismiss at 11:00 – all Christmas parties at 9:00.
I wish you all a very safe, happy, and joy filled Christmas and New Year!
School resumes on January 6th!
The weather is changing and we have many fun events and activities happening at White Oak Primary School. It is “Fire Prevention Week” and our students are participating in activities to increase their safety knowledge about fire.
We are preparing for “Red Ribbon Week” which will be the last week of the month. Daily themed activities will be:
Monday, Oct. 28 – I BELIEVE in me (wear red)
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Be SUPER! Don’t do drugs! (dress like your favorite hero)
Wed., Oct. 30 – Smart is the new cool! (dress “cool”)THIS IS ALSO AN EARLY DISMISSAL DAY – 11:30
Thursday, Oct. 31 – Doing drugs will haunt your life! (wear Halloween costumes) – must be dress code appropriate and no props or masks
Friday, Nov. 1 – Don’t let drugs drill your brain! (wear maroon and white)
Thank you all for your help and support during the “Coins for Cancer” campaign. Our school raised over $4,200.00 to help a colleague that is battling the disease.
The weather is getting cooler and students are starting to bring jackets or coats. PLEASE label your child’s jacket or coat. We have hundreds of very nice jackets, coats, hoodies, and windbreakers left in lost in found each year. Also, please encourage your child to make sure they bring their jacket home each afternoon. It is much easier to find them before leaving school in the afternoon.
Thank you for all you do to support our school and our students. Several of our Limeades for Learning projects have already been funded.
Below you will find alternate phone numbers that you may use until the phone system at White Oak ISD is repaired. Thank you. You may also contact teachers by email.
The 2012-2013 School-year is coming to a close. White Oak, as a district, has experienced great success this year. We are already making plans for next school year. Thank you for sharing your child with us. It is a blessing to get to spend each day with them. I wish you a very safe and fun filled summer. Please continue reading and problem solving with your children every night and take an opportunity to visit the White Oak School/Community library. They offer many fun literacy activities in the summer. Coach Stanford sent the following football camp information for boys:
Football Camp information
White Oak Football Camp
Entering Grades K-9th
June 4, 5, and 6
10:00 am -12:00 pm
May 30 and 31st will both be early dismissal days (11:00.)
Registration for next school year will be – Aug. 6th – new students and Aug. 7th – returning students.
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER BREAK!
I know that you have seen the chocolate fundraiser packets that came home earlier in the week. We sincerly appreciate your support, as this is the largest fundraiser that we do on the elementary campus. We use the funds from this fundraiser to buy technology tools, books for our literacy library, and equipment to be used in classrooms. I encouraged our students to remember that safety comes first and to only sell to friends and family.
Another fundraiser that we will be doing next week is “Coins for Camryn.” This will be for the benefit on Camryn Noll. I sent home a note on pink paper yesterday that describes the campaign and information about baby Camryn.
Thank you again for your support of our school and community members! White Oak is a very special place.
It was great to welcome our students back to school today. The spring semester is always one in which we see tremendous academic growth in our young students. It is our first priority to help our students feel safe at school so that they can learn and reach their full potential. Our superintentent met with a group of citizens, law enforcements agencies, and educators yeasterday about the issue of school safety. White Oak I.S.D. will continue to work to make our school as safe as we possibly can. If you come to eat lunch or pick up your child early in the office, please be prepared to scan your drivers license. We appreciate your support!
Please see the attached post from White Oak I.S.D. Superintendent, Michael Gilbert.
Many of you have concerns about the safety of the students, faculty and staff at White Oak ISD. Recent events in Newtown, Connecticut are a stark reminder that evil exist in the world and even our most precious treasures (children) are not immune to its brutal intentions. I would like to provide you with information about some of the precautions and procedures in place at WOISD to help ensure the safety of all involved in the education of our children.
White Oak ISD is comprised of buildings constructed from 1945 through 1981. Most of these structures were built without modern security measures in mind. The district is making a concentrated effort to ensure student safety while maintaining an environment that is not perceived to be punitive in nature. Here are some of the measures in place:
• Every entrance and parent pick/drop off area at every campus is monitored with cameras (day and night vision) recorded and archived. Each campus will receive additional cameras in the next few weeks to cover hallways and parking lots. These cameras can be monitored through the web at off campus locations.
• White Oak ISD has emergency procedures in place for room, building and district wide evacuation that are coordinated with White Oak PD and Fire Department. All campuses are drilled on evacuation and shelter in place procedures. This safety plan is sent to the Texas Attorney Generals office for review each year.
• Police, Fire and Medical first responders are literally seconds away for every campus in the district. All of these agencies have an intricate knowledge of the campuses and the procedures in place at the district. All of these personnel are on the grounds of the district regularly.
• Should the need arise for assistance from agencies outside the White Oak PD, the knowledge of these officers will be invaluable in the process of regaining order.
• The first line of security in our district has been and will continue to be an actively monitoring faculty, staff and administration. It is correct that someone may, by design, think they can enter one of our buildings and get into areas without challenge. I will say that that is not true in practice. Teachers, staff and administrators are very consistent to welcome visitors and direct them to the proper location to check-in. You will find, in practice, that our adults are where the children are located.
Please know that these procedures do not give any member of this district a false sense of security. We are constantly looking for ways to better protect our students and continue with the goal of providing a first class education to all of our students. The safety of our students will most certainly be discussed at the next School Board Meeting.
There is no doubt that steps can be taken to improve the safety of any location, school or otherwise. As you know, the campus that was attacked in Newtown had what is considered to be an up to date secure entrance system. A lone lunatic, with intent to do harm, found a way in despite those measures.
I do believe that a reasonable measure of security is in place for the students, faculty and staff at White Oak ISD. The facts are that students, across the country, and in White Oak, are much safer in school and on the school bus than they are in their own homes and personal vehicles. It is my hope that the information provided is beneficial to you and your family.
Michael Gilbert, Superintendent
White Oak ISD