Sherry Durkee: Back to School
Welcome to Sand Springs and to a new school year! Every new year brings renewed
excitement and exhilaration. We have a fantastic community who deeply values our city, our
schools, each other, and our children. Our community is a partnership between people who
are interested in improvement and making Sand Springs the best it can be. As a school
district, we share these values. We are committed to creating an environment that is safe
for students and highly conducive for learning. Our children are the most important
investment for our future and we are determined to guide them to achieve their greatest
potential – EVERY student.
The 2020-21 school year taught us many lessons. We learned it was an absolute must to
practice resiliency, patience and flexibility as we navigated a global pandemic. Our team
looked for opportunities for growth in the midst of the obstacles COVID-19 presented to all
of us. As you are well aware we dealt with conditions that were unlike any year in the past.
Professional growth was right in front of us, allowing our Sandite family to think creatively
to provide the best possible instruction for all of our students. Our limits were challenged
beyond our imagination with technology, new and different teaching strategies, and
practicing grace, which we gave to each other abundantly. In true Sandite fashion, we
championed the year with many lessons learned and a myriad of new skills. As we move
into the 2021-22 school year, we will adapt to change and are committed to continual
improvement in applying those lessons learned. I am grateful for our Sandite team and am
extremely proud of our grit and integrity as we move to the new year with a renewed
commitment to our precious students. Our Virtual Academy will continue operation,
providing families with an incredible option with a variety of learning models. Our Virtual
Academy Lab AND certified teachers who monitor progress and provide tutoring
opportunities, allow for a rich and successful virtual experience. Our lab is open 5 days a
week, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours on Monday through Thursday to provide a
space for students to access help from our certified staff. Students attending our Virtual
Academy may participate in extracurricular activities including athletics, fine arts, clubs,
prom, graduation, etc. We are certainly proud of our experience with our Virtual Academy
and are confident in our ability to provide a robust program for all students.
The most exciting news is the upcoming completion of the NEW Angus Valley Gym and
storm shelter in June, 2021. It is thrilling to see our Angus Valley students and teachers
preparing to occupy the new space. We are thankful for this community in resoundingly
passing a bond issue allowing a beautiful facility for our students!
Be prepared for a truly great experience at Sand Springs Public Schools! GO SANDITES!
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