Posted Date: 05/27/2021
Good evening Pampa Students and Families,
We hope this update finds you enjoying the month of May! May brings more than just flowers. It brings closure to our school year, celebrations and ceremonies to honor our students and staff, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Teacher Appreciation, and so much more!
Celebrations/Honoring Students and Staff
As you know, we have been celebrating our teachers, emerging teachers, para-professionals and volunteers this week. Additionally, we have begun celebrating our honor graduates including those in the top 10%, those who have obtained the status as a Superintendent’s Scholar, and of course, the students who have accomplished completing their Associate’s Degree from Clarendon College while attending Pampa High School. We have so much to celebrate and to be thankful for as we enter May.
We encourage you to share the social media posts with friends and family to spread the word about the accomplishments of these amazing students and staff.
I have been asked how people can show their appreciation and/or help with our celebrations.
Here is how you can help!
You may also nominate your child's teacher for a chance to win prizes at www.teacherscan.org.
At the end of the week, we will announce our winners for the Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year. These teachers will compete with other districts in the Region for the Region 16 TOY honor and then compete at the state level. Our teachers are simply the best and I am so #PampaProud to nominate them for competition at the next level!
Also, later this week, we will announce the winners of the Eugene Anderson Scholarship. We have 3 very deserving Seniors who will receive the scholarship over the next 4 years. Later in May, the Pampa News is going to help us spread the word on all of our high school awards and scholarships. Stay tuned….
Class of 2020
We are finalizing our plans for the Class of 2020 and will release all of the details later this week. Gov. Abbott along with the Commissioner of Education provided guidelines and restrictions to school officials today around 2:30pm. The Governor did indicate that our “Senior Walk” video compilation and Graduation parade were allowable with restrictions. He also noted that outdoor graduations were allowable, beginning on or after June 1; however, there still must be restrictions on how large the crowds can be and several safety and distancing measures must be put into place. He also noted that, if conditions worsen, the governor would change this date. Our current plans are aligned with these expectations; however, we do need tidy up some of our safety and distancing details and will get those out to our seniors and their families very soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through these unchartered waters.
Stay Engaged-Life Skills Challenge coming soon…
We have made it through several weeks of physical separation; however, we have worked together to make online learning, meal, and device services work for our students and families. We have moved mountains together and I am forever grateful to the teachers, instructional leaders, administrators, para-professionals, custodians, cafeteria workers, and so many more. We also cannot forget the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends who have helped our community survive and in many cases—thrive during @HomeLearning! THANK YOU ALL!
We are beginning to wrap up the school year and we do not want to lose the momentum we have! Please help us keep our students engaged! In order to keep our instruction innovative and engaging, we are launching a Life Skills Challenge with our students and families. This will be an opportunity for our students and their families to do REAL WORLD projects and tasks around the house and reflect on those experiences. Stay tuned for this new and fun way to help us all finish this school year stronger together!
End of School
Soon, we will be communicating with our students and parents the plans for each campus to begin gathering devices that were checked-out in March as well as procedures for how students can obtain their belongings from our campuses. We will also be sharing protocols and plans for how final grades and course credits/transcripts will be awarded. The official last day of school is May 20 at noon. We changed our last day to provide us more time to gather devices and distribute belongings safely on our campuses. In addition, we will be providing opportunities for summer learning and will be communicating those in the coming weeks.
The very best way to keep informed about campus details is through the campus social media accounts on Facebook.
We will continue to share information and details on end of year activities and celebrations as they become available. For the most up to date information, please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our Updates page on our Website.
As always, we want you to know that we are here for you! If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 669-4700.
Dr. Tanya Larkin, Superintendent
Published on 05/05/2020