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  • Student Insurance Is Now Available


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    June 25, 2018


    Worried about paying for your child’s medical care if an accident should happen? K&K’s student accident insurance can help. K-12 Accident plans are available. For more information about, check out the brochures below:

    Basic Information
    Coverge Brochure
    Enrollment Form

    Even better and quicker, you can go to our website and find all the same information there as well as enroll! 

  • Now Hiring!


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    June 12, 2018


    We are looking to hire a new counselor and an elementary teacher. If you are interested, please view our Careers page for more information and an application.




  • Make Reading Fun


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    June 23, 2017


    Getting children to read can prove to be a difficult task, but there are many researchable tips and strategies to promote reading. A very popular strategy that has helped promote children to read is by letting them read a book that has been adapted into a movie. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist, has an excellent tip on her website. Michele Borba suggests that children become movie critics through reading.

    How can a child become a movie critic? A child can watch the movie and then read the book or read the book and then watch the movie. Once a child has completed reading the book and watching the movie or vice versa, he/she can compare and contrast the two. Did your child like the movie or the book better? What were the differences between the two?

    The great thing about books adapted into movies is that no ages or genres are ignored. Parents can find a list of movies that have been adapted from books here. Interested in what movies will be released based on books? Check out this website. Four of the movies listed in the website that will be sure to get kids excited are:
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    • - Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
    • - City of Bones; Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
    • - Hunger Games; Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    • - the second installment of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Reading a book that has or will be adapted into a movie is a great way to get your child excited about books. Make sure that the books and movies are age appropriate.




  • Whitebead Hire A Real Homecoming


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    February 4, 2017


    It's a homecoming of sorts for Lou Ann Wood after she was hired this week to be the next superintendent and principal at Whitebead School. Wood not only grew up in Pauls Valley she graduated from high school here. With years of experience as an educator, Wood will leave her current position in Purcell and officially start her duties in Whitebead at the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.

    The excitement in Wood's voice was clear during a chat with the PV Democrat after the hiring was announced. “I'm coming home,” Wood said. “I grew up in Pauls Valley. I still have a mother and brother who live in Pauls Valley.” Her mother, Rosa Mary Edgar, once taught special education here. Because of her connection to PV she appears to also feel a kind of kinship with Whitebead's school for youngsters ranging from prekindergarten up through the eighth grade. She does have plenty of good things to say about Whitebead — from the kids and faculty there to parents and the “community as a whole.” “Whitebead is a great place,” she said. “I've had family members who went through Whitebead. “I want to do what I can to make Whitebead even better than it already is. “This is an opportunity to work with a great school and a great community.”

    Wood is in her second year as principal of Purcell Intermediate School, which is for grades three, four and five. Before that she spent nearly two decades as a teacher or school administrator in the Mid-Del School District. That experience includes teaching seventh and eighth grade math for a couple of years and six more years teaching elementary reading and math. Wood had a couple of stints as an assistant principal, while also putting in nine years as the principal of a school in Midwest City for prekindergarten through the fifth grade. Now her focus is on Whitebead and what she can do to make it the best school possible. “When I was visiting with the school board they told me they want the school to be the absolute best it can be. I believe I can get them there,” Wood said. “We will have a laser focus on state standards and being right where we need to be.”

    One of Whitebead's school board members, Ed Tillery, said this week Wood was at the top of a list that included several quality candidates applying to replace the school's longtime superintendent, Mary Smith. “We did a diligent search and now we have someone we're really pleased with,” Tillery said, adding Wood's excitement can be contagious. “When you talk to her you find yourself asking how you can help improve education. “She's totally involved in improving the methods of education. She has a dynamic personality and is very passionate about education. “And she's excited about the opportunity to help promote Whitebead School and our family culture. “I think we were all equally impressed with her.”

    Wood was hired during a school board meeting earlier this week. It was revealed nearly 30 candidates applied for the job. From that group the board narrowed it down to nine “top” candidates to interview. Later the list was narrowed to three as Wood was the choice of all three board members.

    It was in March 2016 when Smith announced her intention to retire after many years as Whitebead's superintendent. She later agreed to stay on one more year to give the school board more time to work with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association in the search for a replacement. The school's day-to-day operations have been overseen by an interim principal, longtime Whitebead educator Shea Thompson.





School Closings

 

In the event of bad weather and schools are closed, all students and staff will recieve a recorded message to the phone number on record at your child's school. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Families who need to update their information should contact their child's school. You may check local radio and TV stations for information.

 

Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding to close school, but the safety of our students and staff will always be our number one concern.

 

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