This is a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28th, is an early release day for teacher training. Primary students will release at 11:30 a.m.
G/T nominations will be accepted for 1st-5th grade students from February 26th-March 9th for the 2018-2019 school year. Forms will be available in the Primary and Intermediate offices. All nominations are due by March 9th, 2018. For any questions, please call Lauren Secord at 903.291.2182.
In an effort to bring some clarification to the events over the weekend, the district would like to share the following:
- The picture posted last Friday evening is being treated as a terroristic threat against White Oak ISD.
- White Oak Police Department is currently investigating this action and will determine when and if any arrests will be made. The district enjoys a positive working relationship with the WOPD and is working closely with them to bring this matter to its proper conclusion.
- WOPD has sole authority and full discretion to make an arrest. This level of legal authority is not assigned to the district.
- The safety of our students, faculty and staff is, and has always been, the top priority of the leadership of White Oak ISD. This situation is a testament to our commitment to that priority. Action was taken to notify the police immediately and the correct person was identified as the creator of the post. As a result, when our students arrived at school on Tuesday, they were never exposed to the threat posted Friday evening.
I want to once again assure the students, faculty, staff and community of White Oak ISD that your safety is a daily focus of this leadership team. I acknowledge that the lack of detailed information can be frustrating. As a district, we are bound by law to protect the privacy rights of the minors entrusted to our care, even when bad decisions are made and consequences are required.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming display of public trust in the White Oak Independent School District. Attendance, district wide, on Tuesday, February 20th was just shy of 95%. The district sees this as a testimony to the commitment we have to protect and educate your children on a daily basis.
On Friday evening, February 16, 2018, a picture was posted on the web that threatened harm to our school system. This threat was taken very seriously and White Oak PD took swift action to investigate the validity of the threat. By mid-morning, Saturday, February 17th, it was determined the threat was not real. Instead, it was a very ill-advised “prank” that led to a heightened level of concern for the District Leadership Team, White Oak PD and many members of the community.
Rest assured that this situation was handled swiftly, thoroughly and with the extreme level of concern merited by the message/picture sent. For those in the community that notified officials to raise this concern, Thank You for your action and level of awareness that allowed this to be handled in the appropriate manner.
White Oak ISD
This past week the primary students discussed what makes a website just right for them. We also visited some websites to see if they were sites that the students liked or disliked. This lesson comes from Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship K-2 Unit 2, Lesson 5.
Together the students and I again discussed websites that are just right for them. We talked about how the websites have to be kid-friendly and appropriate. They must be educational and relevant to what they are researching or searching for. We talked about staying away from websites that have chat capabilities because we know we don’t talk to people we don’t know on the internet. These items make a website just right for kids. If they don’t know about a certain website, they know to make sure to ask an adult they trust to help them make sure it’s a safe website.
But then we went further to talk about how a student might rate a website. Once a student knows that a particular website is just right for them, they can see if it is a site they would like to visit. Do they like the subject of the website? Do they like the pictures and the videos? Do they think there are fun things to do on the site? Do all of the links work correctly? Some students might say yes to all of these criteria, while some might not. We then discussed how it’s ok that we all don’t like the same things. We are all made differently. And therefore, we do not have the same likes and dislikes. And that’s ok!
I hope as the year continues our students are more confident in knowing websites that are just right for them as well as fun sites that they know they like to visit!