Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

August 10, 2012

Greenwood touts new cafeteria for 2012

TAHLEQUAH — The start of a new year at Greenwood Elementary brings the completion of a new cafeteria for students and faculty to enjoy.

Principal Susan VanZant appreciates the community’s support for the project.

“We’re very grateful to the community for supporting the bond issue for the cafeteria,” said VanZant.

The old cafeteria was too small, she said, but the new facility will provide adequate room for feeding the Greenwood Elementary family. No long-term plans have been developed for the old cafeteria space, but for now, teachers and staff at Greenwood may find temporary uses for it.

“Maybe big group activities with teachers, or the music teacher may use it for some performing arts classes for now,” said VanZant.

School for students begins Wednesday, Aug. 15, with breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the new cafeteria on the east side of the school. Breakfasts cost $1 per student, and lunches will cost $2.

Students who have already eaten breakfast when they arrive can choose to wait in the gymnasium, computer lab, or the cafeteria. Classes will begin at 8:10 a.m.

Buses will make dropoffs and pickups on the north side of the school.

“Parents drop off in the front, on the south side,” said VanZant. “If your child is eating breakfast, you’ll need to drop off at the new cafeteria. You would enter from the far east Ross Street entrance. Others continue to drop off at the main entrance, on Ross Street – the western entrance on Ross Street. There can be no car traffic on the north side where buses are dropping off.”

Parent pickup will also all be at the front of the school off of Ross Street, when school lets out at 3:10 p.m. VanZant said parents should watch for take-home notes, or phone calls or text messages through the School Messenger system for any changes.

“The main entrance will be the only entrance open during the day,” said VanZant. “After breakfast, the cafeteria will be locked. And all children must be checked out through the main office [if leaving school early]. Anyone you think may have a need to pick up your child, please put them on the list; otherwise, we will require a call from you.”

VanZant said those who pick up students should stay in their cars during the after-school process.

“It’s very important that you remain in your car. It keeps the flow moving quickly, and it’s also a safety issue for students, to prevent dangerous situations of crossing in front of traffic,” she said.

If a student needs to change his or her method of transportation, school officials must be notified as soon as possible.

“Please call the office before 2 p.m.,” said VanZant. “It’s very difficult when everyone calls in at exactly 3 p.m. Either call before 2, or send a note to your child’s teacher. Students will not be allowed to use any other transportation unless we have a note or a call. We’re not going to take the child’s word for it.”

VanZant said any student who arrives after the 8:10 a.m. bell rings will have to get a tardy slip.

“Attendance is the No. 1 factor in a child’s progress in school. They have to be here to learn, so it is important. And call the office if your child is absent. That will save you from getting a robo-call,” said VanZant.

All students should be picked up no later than 3:25 p.m. after school, except those who participate in the Boys & Girls Club.

It’s also important for the school to have working telephone numbers for parents and their emergency contacts.

Any changes to student information can be made at Greenwood’s front office or the board of education office on Water Avenue.

“For students who have medication, all medication should be given to our school nurse,” said VanZant.  There are forms parents must sign giving us permission to dispense medication, so please see the school nurse the night of summer social on Aug. 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Also, please make sure if you are short of any immunizations that those are complete before your child starts school.”

Boys & Girls Club programs will be up and running on the first day of school for those who are approved to participate.

VanZant also hopes parents will be patient as the entire district adapts to myriad changes, including the new bus routes and zoning methods.

“It’s a big change,” said VanZant. “We’re very excited about the new faces and new students.”

Teachers throughout the year will be adapting to the state’s Common Core standards, which include adapting common lessons.

VanZant said Greenwood will be working with a math consultant and a math coach to help implement Common Core skills in that arena.

“If there are any needs, please contact the office or your child’s teacher, and we will find resources to help you,” she said.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered everyday to your home or office. Code for E-EDITION TRIAL OR SUBSCRIBE Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition.

It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

Text Only
Local News
  • ths-jazz-2.jpg THS jazz band gets up early to hone performance skills

    It means getting up an hour earlier, and it doesn’t count as a class, but the jazz band at Tahlequah High School enjoys the dedication of a group of enthusiastic students.
    The THS Jazz Band practices every day at 7 a.m., an hour before the start of classes. It numbers 17, and is led by Director Orien Landis.
    “They have to do this before school and they get no class credit, but we have a full band,” Landis said. “They are really excited about this.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Easter-basket-kid.jpg Easter traditions date back centuries

    Some Christians may lament a partial shift of focus, but a Christian holy day - perhaps the most holy of all – is this Sunday, and it will be marked with celebrations all around the world.
    The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. For centuries, the observant have fasted, reflected or done penance in the weeks leading to the holiday. But today, many also associate the holiday with the Easter bunny, candy, and kites. In 2013, Americans spent $2.1 billion on Easter candy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Some oppose minimum wage hike; others decry strong-arming by state

    President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate recently announced a push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. On the heels of the announcement, an initiative petition was introduced in Oklahoma City to raise the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10. If it gained 80,000 signatures, it would be put to a vote of the people.
    This legislative session, a bill passed prohibiting municipalities from setting a minimum was or vacation and sick-day requirements. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law earlier this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Phone scam takes $500 from couple

    Authorities are warning Cherokee County residents to watch for a costly phone scam that recently targeted a local couple and ended in their loss of $500.
    According to sheriff’s deputies, a couple contacted authorities after losing $500 to the scam. The couple received a phone call from a man who identified himself only as “Mr. Green.” He told the couple they had won $1.5 million through Publisher’s Clearing House, but to collect the money, the couple would have to purchase a $500 money card to cover various fees.

    April 18, 2014

  • Missing local teen found dead

    The body of a missing 17-year-old boy was found in southern Cherokee County on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said.
    Brikk Pritchett was reported missing earlier this month after disappearing on March 30, a day before his 17th birthday.

    April 18, 2014

  • ts honor flight 1.tif Flight of honor

    World War II veteran Charles Harra flew missions for the Army Air Corps, and if you ask him which flight was his most memorable, he’ll say it was his 35th mission.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged after leading authorities on wild chase

    Prosecutors have formally charged a man who allegedly led authorities on a wild high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County in late March.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sex offender bonds out after failing to register

    A Cherokee County man is out on bond after being arrested last week for failing to register as a sex offender.

    April 17, 2014

  • jn radiator shop.jpg ‘Greenbelt’ progressing

    Crews this week began to demolish an abandoned radiator shop at the corner of South Street and Guinn Avenue.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts slut walk.tif SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

    “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”
    This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo


What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video