Hello from Mr. Tolson

Spring 2021 Semester is most definitely off to a fast start. Classroom teachers are challenging students every day to continue making up lost time from last spring.  While extracurricular activities have required more planning, more work, and more cooperation to continue providing these events, they make our young people well rounded citizens.  Alex Public School is blessed to be able to continue offering in person education and activities.

Educationally, we are striving to incorporate reading into all classes. The ability to read is crucial to learning content in all subjects. I encourage you as a parent to know your child’s reading level and make sure they are reading regularly. Periodically, we do benchmark testing to provide knowledge of where each individual is performing in individual areas. Congratulations to the 7th grade class! They had significant growth over the last 2 months in both Reading and Math. Thank you to Mr. Bauman, Ms. Moore, and the students for the work that went into making this growth possible.

Chad Cargill took the ACT Test 18 times in high school and raised his score from a 19 to a 32. Alex Public Schools is looking to bring in Mr. Cargill in to provide our high school students the opportunity to go through his workshop and learn his test taking methods. Mr. Cargill is scheduled for March 24th at 8:30 am. Encourage any students interested in college to take advantage of Mr. Cargill’s experience and knowledge by attending this workshop.

Ms. Byrne hosted a scholarship day for seniors this past weekend and assisted students in how to find and fill out college scholarships. This was a great opportunity for students to gain assistance in college funding.

The 2020-21 school year has been very challenging to provide extracurricular activities. Vouchers, masks, social distancing, contract tracing, and quarantining are all new buzzwords for school activities. Through hard work and cooperation from the Alex Community, Alex School Employees, and students, our extra-curricular activities have continued to take place. High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are headed into post season this month with District and Regional Tournaments being hosted at Alex. Alex 4-H and FFA will be participating in the Southwest District Livestock, Local, County, and Oklahoma Youth Expo Livestock Shows. Technology Students Association has gone virtual with their state and national competitions for the second year in a row. Alex students will continue to compete with the hopes of success on both levels. Drumline wrapped up another year of great performances at sporting events. This year’s Drumline had many new members and much youth. Ms. Tucker has the BETA Club raising money, looking for community service activities and preparing for state and national events, however they may take place. The junior high academic teams, 5th/6th and 7th/8th, are both preparing to compete in their respective Regional Academic Meets.

I am very proud of the Alex Public School Staff, Students, and Community as we continue to strive to provide quality education for our students and are able to allow participation in extracurricular activities.

Doug Tolson

Alex High School Principal