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Old 09-27-2018, 09:45 AM   #26
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Default Re: Wayman Tisdale one of proposed new names for Tulsa elementary school

More Wayman-related news...

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The second annual Tulsa Soul Festival has arrived.

Hosted by Guthrie Green on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, the free music festival honors the late Wayman Tisdale, a former NBA player and accomplished jazz musician.

The Tulsa Soul Festival is a weekend of live soul and R&B funk, art, entertainment and soul-centric Southern cuisine. It will honor and pay tribute to the legacy of Tisdale by highlighting his foundation’s mission and impact in the Tulsa community.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:54 AM   #27
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Thought you all would like an update on Tulsa Public Schools' Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy...

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Teachers at Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy greet students as they walk into the elementary school every morning. Some give fist-bumps. Others stick with high-fives.

Either way, the kids love it.

“I will tell you that if you’re in our halls, you’ll see students smiling,” Principal Elaine Buxton said. “They’re really understanding that they have people that love them and care about them.”

The warm welcome is just one of the many ways employees at Wayman Tisdale, 4132 W. Cameron St., are making students want to come to class.

After experiencing some of the worst attendance rates in the district, Buxton’s staff is making strides in combating a worrying trend that has had a deep impact on Tulsa Public Schools. Chronic absenteeism — referring to students who missed at least 10 percent of school days — continues to rise across the region.

Data shows Wayman Tisdale reported a daily attendance rate of 94.3 percent during the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year, compared to 92.9 percent during the same period last year. This year’s first-quarter chronic-absenteeism rate was 19.4 percent. Last year’s was 23.1 percent.

When Buxton heard the improved numbers, the principal let out an excited shout and began clapping.

“That means so much to me because it lets me know that what we are doing is working,” she said. “It’s a total team effort.”
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