I had originally reserved this column for commentary on what I hoped would be a fully funded pay raise so desperately needed for our teachers. After last Monday, it appears the political gridlock that has become our state government will continue. It appears such gridlock has become business as usual in our state. I had […]
In the next few days, parents of our students will receive a sheet of paper listing test results for their child. The results are from the mandatory Oklahoma School Testing Program assessments administered last spring. Given in grades 3-8 and 10, these tests measured knowledge and skills from the new and comprehensive Oklahoma Academic Standards, […]
Normally, I try to write a column each month about issues significant with education in our community. You may have noticed that I skipped last month. I was waiting and hoping for some resolution from our state legislature which has been in special session since September 25th. Sadly, we continue to wait as government gridlock […]
I was reviewing some old documents when I ran across a column I wrote in the spring of my first year in Guthrie. I find it as relevant today as it was then. Because of the timely relevance, I’m choosing to re-print it with minimal editing.
Meridian Technology Center employees and Guthrie community leaders gather to celebrate the purchase of a 20-acre site that will serve as a future Guthrie campus.
The Meridian Technology Center Board of Education has purchased property that will serve as a future campus in Guthrie and expand services to residents in the southern part of its district. The 20-acre site will be home to a future expansion of the school’s Stillwater campus. “Meridian Technology Center has a long history of working […]
Several years ago, I was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System. This was before the days of paperless meetings.
Last Sunday morning, while the kids were getting ready for church I was reading yet another dismal forecast for revenue to education in our state. It detailed lower than planned tax collections for this fiscal year and the effects to core services in our state. I must admit, I’ve gotten fairly proficient at tuning out […]
In October, I wrote about the challenges we face as a state to recruit and retain the best possible teachers for the classroom.
Since coming to Guthrie in 2012, I’ve learned to appreciate the vastness of the Bluejay Nation. Also, with improved travel, internet and social media, the world today is much smaller than the world of generations past. I continue to be reminded of this through occasions where people I’ve known for many years also have a Guthrie connection.
Superintendent of Guthrie Public Schools Dr. Mike Simpson shares his monthly column.
When I think of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has always been at the very top. I’m not sure if it is the meal or the time away from school. Maybe the chance to eat the meal, followed by football or even an opportunity to eat leftovers later that day.
As I watch the Summer Olympic Games, I’m reminded of two things: success normally follows intentional preparation and time doesn’t stand still. Both of these principles are alive and well at Guthrie Public Schools as we continue to prepare our students for the world ahead.
Guthrie Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson shares his thoughts in his monthly column.
During the summer months, I often try to complete projects that I wanted to do during the school year but couldn’t find the time necessary. I also use it as a time for reflection on the challenges and successes of the previous year. To say this was a challenging year financially for our state would […]
If you like buffets, you will hopefully enjoy this month’s column and surely everyone will find something worthwhile! This month will signal the fourth year my family has called Guthrie our home. There have been some mighty challenges and sometimes the best learning comes from failures where you get back up, dust yourself off, and […]
In January, in this column and through district email, I described the financial problems ahead for not only our district but also the state. On Monday night I presented the facts to the Board of Education detailing where we are financially, how we got there and also how we can weather what I’ve called the […]
Recently, we have experienced some threats to student safety. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon throughout the United States and I wanted to provide some understanding to the community about what we do when these events occur and how you can assist us in making our schools safer. While the most recent threats have been confined […]
I don’t like to deliver bad news. Unfortunately, there are times where my job requires me to convey information that is less than encouraging. Following that delivery, I always want to find a “silver lining” in the cloud we are under.
It is hard as a parent or educator to see the recent tragedies that have unfolded in France or even closer to home in Stillwater without wondering why. I can still remember the events of April 19, 1995, when tragedy touched our state in such a colossal way.
On the eve of parent-teacher conferences, I’m reminded of the complete triangle that forms a successful educational environment. The three members of the triangle are the teacher, parent and of course the student.
We’ve had a very smooth start to our school year at GPS. Our teachers and staff are hard at work every day working with our students to assist them in reaching beyond what they perceive to be their potential.
In a few days, we will begin another school year. This will begin my 24th year in education and my 4th year as your Superintendent of Schools.