Welcome to Kingston Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent
I hope you are all enjoying the current school year as much as I am. I feel we are off to a very good start. We have enjoyed a number of early successes in various areas, including the release of the Oklahoma Department of Education A-F school district report cards. This year, all three of our campuses earned a score of “B” or better, with the high school earning an “A-.”
I like to believe the foundation is laid at the elementary school, nurtured at the middle school and built upon during high school, so I think these scores say a lot about what’s good about our school system. The A-F report cards have been controversial since their inception, and not everyone believes they give a true measure of educational effectiveness. Personally, I believe all our schools deserve an “A,” and I am pleased with the job our students, parents, faculty and staff are doing.
We have also enjoyed success in a number of other areas. Our FCCLA program has again achieved the “Gold” designation from the statewide organization, the FFA chapter is off to a good start, our high school football team remains undefeated, the softball team won the district title and garnered their first regional playoff win in school history, sports are doing well at all levels, the arts continue to thrive and Redskin Pride in general still soars.
Of course, we’ve had a couple of glitches, and I want to talk to you about those as well. There have been some bumps in the road, but nothing big enough to throw us off track for success.
I’ll begin with a recent school threat, which was quickly and predictably determined to have been a hoax. Given the very real challenges facing public schools in this day and age, we took it seriously and reacted immediately. The incident illuminated many aspects of our emergency response policy that are working very well. Response to the threat was quick, and within minutes of the notification, our high school and middle school students had been evacuated and were sequestered at secure locations. The elementary school was placed on lock-down. The interaction between our staff and local emergency response teams flowed smoothly.
The event did expose one aspect of our emergency notification system that needed improvement, and corrections have already been made. It seems there was a flaw in our One Call system that dispatches texts in situations such as this. While the initial text message was not successful, most parents and guardians received the message via either voicemail or e-mail. We believe the error has been repaired, but in the interest of safety for all of our students, we will be testing this system Oct. 8, beginning at 4 p.m.
We are meeting with various officials to improve our alert system, and we will always be exploring ways to keep our kids safe. Still, we encourage our district patrons to sign up for all three means of communication. Just contact one of our campus offices to find out how.
We are excited about the start our district is off to, and look forward to working with you to continue our excellence in all areas.
Superintendent of Schools