Happy retirement to Yvonne Hemperly. Let's give her a virtual 👏ovation for her years of service in the comments. 🍎 What year did you start teaching for CPS and at what school? 2000 with Claremore’s Project CEEP 🍎 How many years have you been at CPS? 22 years 🍎 How many years have you been in education? 23 years 🍎 What you are most proud of in your time at CPS? There are too many proud moments to pick out one. Seeing one of my students learn something or do something they couldn't do before is an indescribable feeling. 🍎 What are the memories you will take with you? I will take all the learning moments and fun I had with my students and staff. 🍎 What advice would you give a new teacher? I would tell a new teacher to have a sense of humor especially when things go wrong. Things will go wrong but with a sense of humor, you can turn everything around. 🍎 What does it mean to be a Zebra to you? Being a Zebra means you have help and support when it is needed. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Congratulations to Sharole Beasley, Stephanie Castle, and Jami Gerenan on funding of your grant “Read to Succeed!”. This grant will impact third grade students at Catalayah Elementary School. "This grant is so appreciated! It will provide a rich text format for teaching critical thinking skills, author studies, student to text and student to world connections, as well as evoking students' emotion to the character's experience; planting the seeds of kindness, compassion, empathy, and determination. to name a few. Thank you so much for providing these materials for the good of our students and for all you do for our students and teachers district wide." -Sharole Beasley, 3rd Grade Teacher, Catalayah Elementary School. The grant was made possible through the generous donations and fundraising of the Claremore Public School Foundation. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
The CPS District offices are closed Monday. Have a safe Memorial Day. It's important to tell the stories of those who are not here to tell their story. Join us in remembering and honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for this country. Who are you honoring today? #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Happy retirement to Steve Janke “Mr. J”. Let's give him a virtual 👏ovation for his years of service in the comments. 🍎 What year did you start teaching for CPS and at what school? I started substitute teaching for the music teacher in 2011 at Roosa Elementary but have been at Catalaya since it opened. 🍎 How many years were you a CPS employee? 12 years 🍎 How many years have you been in education? 24 years 🍎 What you are most proud of in your time at CPS? I have taught over 100 Catalayah students to play the violin. 🍎 What are the memories you will take with you? There are too many memories to mention although the performances of the choir at the Oilers Hockey game singing our National Anthem, the performance of VAST when they performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and the moment when Mrs. Shuck asked me to stay and teach music at Catalayah Elementary are top on my list. 🍎 What advice would you give a new teacher? No matter what the job, give the glory to God. 🍎 What does it mean to be a Zebra to you? Being a Zebra means I have had the outstanding privilege of participating in a community of great pride and determination to succeed together toward a fruitful and joyful future. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
FREE SUMMER MEALS In conjunction with the USDA Seamless Summer Program, CPS Child Nutrition Department will continue FREE MEALS this Summer for students 18 & under. HOT MEALS are available Monday - Friday (May 31 - July 1 & July 11 - Aug. 15) at Roosa & Catalayah Elementary. Breakfast is served from 7:30a - 8:30a. Lunch is served from 11:00a - 12:30p. Meals must be consumed on-site. GRAB & GO MEALS are available on Mondays (May 23 - June 27) at CPS Enrollment Center (101 West 11th). Five (5) meals are distributed each Monday. To help plan for proper ordering, storage, freshness, and decreased waste, we ask you to complete the order form weekly by Wednesday at 3:00p for the following week. Holiday pick-up will be on Tuesday. Questions? Contact Child Nutrition at 918-923-4243 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Jill Andrews on funding of her grant “Curl Up With a Book” that will impact Claremore High School students. "I am providing a variety of seating options so that students can exercise some control over their learning environment by choosing a space that helps them focus on their assigned task. While many students are able to maintain focus and engagement while seated in traditional desks, others may need alternative seating options, such as rockable and reclinable floor chairs with portable lap desks. By giving students the autonomy to choose their seating space, I hope to create a comfortable, flexible, engaging, and welcoming environment for each student who enters my classroom so that they can maintain their focus on the valuable literary experiences we encounter in the English classroom."-Jill Andrews, English IV/AP Literature/Creative Writing/ Novel and Film. Funding was made possible through the generous donations and fundraising by the Claremore Public School Foundation (CPSF). #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Our first submission for our #ZebraTravelDiaries for the summer of 2022 is Mrs. Ward, a Claremont teacher and CHS swim coach. The Wards are spending some time at the beach! 1st stop Fort Pickens then on to PBC! In addition to sunrises, sunsets, beach and sand critters she shared, "There is nothing like a tornado warning on vacation. It sent this Okie to the 4th floor for a better look." Remember, it does not matter how far you go - just wear your Zebra logo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Preston Peck was selected for the All-State Tennis roster. He will again represent our Zebras on the "East" team on July 26, 2022. The matches begin at 5:30 at the University of Tulsa. Congratulations on this honor, but mainly on the time, determination, sacrifices, and commitment to make it to this point. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Happy retirement to Connie McQueen. Let's give her a virtual 👏ovation for her years of service in the comments. 🍎 What school did you begin teaching at for CPS? Westside in 2013 🍎 How many years were you a CPS employee? 9 years 🍎 How many years have you been in education? 32 years 🍎 What you are most proud of in your time at CPS? I am most proud of contributing to the academic achievement of my students but also building long-lasting relationships with them, their families, and colleagues. 🍎 What are the memories you will take with you? Memories include beginning each day with a dance, seeing every teacher in the building contributing to all students, having baby pigs brought to class, homecoming days - the list goes on and on. 🍎 What advice would you give a new teacher? My advice to a new teacher is to brush off the bad days, embrace the good ones and know that you are contributing to students in ways that you will never know but they will remember forever! 🍎 What does it mean to be a Zebra to you? Being a Zebra means belonging to something bigger than all of us. We are one big family! #CPSZEBRAPRID
Happy retirement to Teresa Hopper. Let's give her a virtual 👏ovation for her years of service in the comments. 🍎 What school did you begin teaching at for CPS? Westside Elementary 🍎 What year did you start teaching for CPS and at what school? 2018 at Westside Elementary 🍎 How many years were you a CPS employee? 4 years 🍎 How many years have you been in education? 33 Years 🍎 What you are most proud of in your time at CPS? Being able to bring consistent Social-Emotional Lessons to our students. 🍎 What are the memories you will take with you? My students make me feel like a Rock Star. They genuinely love you and let you know they love you. Best hugs ever!! 🍎 What advice would you give a new teacher? It requires more than just being prepared to deliver academic lessons. It will require everything from you in all areas of your life. 🍎 What does it mean to be a Zebra to you? Being a Zebra means getting the opportunity to work with and for the BEST! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Congrats 5th Grade Grads! “You’re off to great places, today is your day, you’re off to great places so get on your way!” We know you’ll do great things in your future, and you’ll always have a home and someone else who loves you, at your elementary school! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Happy retirement to Debbie Bonham. Let's give her a virtual 👏ovation for her years of service in the comments. 🍎 What year did you start teaching for CPS and at what school? 1982 at Leeper Middle School 🍎 How many years were you a CPS employee? 40 years all at CPS 🍎 What you are most proud of in your time at CPS? I am most proud of the connections I have made while at CPS. I love watching the success my former students achieve as they move on to high school and college. The bonds I have formed with students and colleagues will be something I treasure forever. 🍎 What are the memories you will take with you? Sweet faces!! I have so many amazing memories it would be hard to narrow down to just a few. Notes I have saved from students and parents remind me that hopefully, I have touched their lives just as much as they have touched mine. Those are the memories I want to keep locked in my mind. I became a teacher hoping to make a difference in the world. So many faces, encouraging words, hugs, and unlocked potential will be memories I will always cherish! 🍎 What advice would you give a new teacher? -Give yourself grace! You are learning and will make mistakes. You’ll become a better teacher because of it. Lean on colleagues for advice. It is okay to ask for help. -Really KNOW your students. You are a huge and influential part of their development. Remember, on the hard days, with the hard students, that they are still somebody’s baby. Love the ones who seem unlovable. The rewards are amazing. -Every student who walks through your door gets to start with a clean slate. -Past behaviors don’t have to predict future performance. Each day is a new beginning for your students and for you. Everyone deserves a do-over! -Never stop learning! New things keep you energized and effective. You will be surprised how much you actually learn from your students. -Build relationships within your building. That bond will strengthen you. -Surround yourself with positive people. Always be someone who is helping row the boat, and not the one complaining that the boat isn’t moving! -Take time for yourself! You will never be able to give your best to your students if you neglect yourself. -Model the expectations you have for your students yourself. Set those expectations high. Most times you get what you ask for! -Never underestimate your value! Sometimes you are the only positive influence a child has. You truly are their soft place to land. -Lastly, don’t ever give up! This job is REALLY hard at times. It is really heartbreaking at times. It is really frustrating at times. But…the reward of making a difference to a child every single day by far outshines the hard things. 🍎 What does it mean to be a Zebra to you? Being a Zebra means being a part of a hugely supportive family! From the top administration down to the youngest students, we belong together. It doesn't matter which school you come from, we are all proud Zebras! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
🏀 Lady Zebra Basketball Camps 🏀 May 23 - 25: Developmental Camps, girls 7th - 12th graders May 30 - June 1 (12p-3p): Intermediate Camp, girls 4th - 6th graders May 30th - June 1 (8a - 11a) : Lil Stripes, girls K - 3rd $40/camper Hosted by Coach Bobby Cope Contact: email@example.com More Info: https://5il.co/1aw68 #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
🏈 Zebra Football Camp, June 6th - 8th 🏈 1st- 6th graders: 8a - 10a $50/camper Hosted by CHS Coaches & Players Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: https://5il.co/vag8 #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
🏐 Zebra Volleyball Camp, June 6th - 8th 🏐 3rd - 6th graders: 10a - 12p 7th - 9th graers: 1p - 3p $60/camper Hosted by CHS Coaches & Players Contact: email@example.com More Info: https://5il.co/tb7g #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
ZEBRA Basketball Camp, May 25-27 1st - 9th graders $40/camper (employee & sibling discounts available) Hosted by CHS boys basketball coaches. Contact: Coach Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org More info: https://5il.co/sld0 #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Looking for something to do this summer? CPS has compiled a webpage for summer camps and resources. We will add them to the list as they are made available. 🎨Art 🏀Basketball 🏈Football ⚽Soccer 🏐Volleyball 👨👨👧👧Zebra Stripes 🏅RSU Sports Camps 🍔Free Summer Meals ➕ the City of Claremore Summer Guide Go to > https://www.claremore.k12.ok.us/page/summer-camps-programs Going to a camp? Remember to wear your #CPSZEBRAPRIDE!
"Water" you doing to celebrate the last day of school? L😎😎ks like our students are enjoying a variety of water fun as they prepare for summer break! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Our seniors are not the only ones graduating. CPS Pre-K are graduating to kindergarten! The future looks bright for our Zebras! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
⚠ WARNING - be prepared to smile, laugh, and get all the feels. What did you want to be when you were a kindergartner? Some of our Zebra Kindergarten Graduates share their future goals with us. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE ▶ https://youtu.be/hgH8B174gGo Video credits - CPS Communications Intern, @Hailey Pickup.