MOVING FORWARD: A NEW LETTER FROM MRS. PITTS:
First, I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received since I have started the mission of Interim Superintendent. The last few weeks have been a blur, and I have made some decisions concerning the best interest of our students and staff. Some of our teachers and administrators have switched roles to ensure that our best certified staff is attending to your student’s educational needs.
One of the hardest decisions for me, and perhaps for some of our community, was to secure our doors and building. I am a people person and I love my parents and community. However, in the crazy world we live in, we can no longer ignore the safety issues of our school. In the past, we have struggled to know who was in our building at all times. We have experienced multiple disruptions to our education system, such as parents approaching and reprimanding another child, inappropriate adult talk in front of small students, parents walking past the offices and barging into classrooms in a confrontational manner, etc. Yes, these situations have occurred and one time is too many for me. My approach to this situation may not have been the best, but the majority of the feedback has been very positive and I appreciate your understanding. My mission is not to keep parents away from their children, but to make a clear statement of the importance of checking into an office and limiting the interruptions. During bad weather, we will try to make our best attempt to get the students inside the building in the quickest fashion and we are not opposed to using our buses to transport students across the school campus. Our board is actively seeking a security system for our doors and I am writing a grant to help save money for the system, which will make entrance into our building a much easier process. Please be patient as we move forward with the safety of your children.
My last request is to ask parents to wait to drop off your student(s) until 7:45 a.m. We have very small children at the school by 7:00 -7:15. I understand work schedules, but there is no supervision in our building until approximately 7:45-8:00 a.m.
Again, I appreciate all of the support I have been given. All of my decisions are made with the best interest of your children at heart! Please feel free to call me at anytime (918) 372-4242. It may take me a moment to call you back, with my very busy schedule, but I love talking to every one of my parents and community members.
Interim Supt/Elem Principal
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History tells us that a warrior is one who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause or conflict. Native American warriors were known for their aggression which was fueled by their honor, pride, and sense of self-preservation.
The Ripley Warriors are also energetically engaged in activities, causes, and conflicts on our ballfields and basketball courts as well as in our student organizations and classrooms. We aggressively engage our education and co-curricular activities with honor, integrity, and bravery like those proud Native American warriors from long ago. We embrace their spirit and honor their memory.
We are the Ripley Warriors.