The Enid Public Schools website -- launched July 1 -- is new and improved.
Although the URL remains the same (www.enidpublicschools.org), the site features a fresh new design with navigation tools that are easy for visitors to use. The layout supports the district’s goal to showcase more student and teacher photographs and achievements.
“We are excited to share our new website with the public – whether they are logging in from Enid or across the globe,” Amber Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources and Communication, said. “From calendars, menus, schedules and more, this site will serve as a user friendly one-stop shop for all EPS information.”
The new mobile-friendly website features detailed information about EPS and its services, as well as campus specific resources for parents, students and community members. Potential district employees can review all employment information and apply on the website, and current employees will have access to a staff intranet section.
The district’s and buildings’ social media channels can be found at the top of their respective pages, as can the following resources: PowerSchool for student grades, EZ School Pay for meal charges and Infofinder for transportation needs. Most district pages also include a feedback button that allows members of the public to share their suggestions for the website and other district issues.
All EPS teachers will have access to the system to create and manage their own classroom webpage. Training will be offered during back-to-school workshops and through school-level meetings throughout the year.
Content on the district-, building- and program-level pages, including athletics, will continue to expand after the school year begins.
“A website can be a valuable tool for teachers to communicate with parents and students and to showcase the amazing learning that is taking place in their classrooms,” Jeffery Herbel, Director of Information/Instructional Technology, said. “We know teachers are busy with extremely important work, so we selected a website management system that will be low-maintenance for them to learn and to seamlessly implement into their school routine. We’re excited to see the creative ways they share their school activities online.”
The new website, hosted by Gabbart Communications, was developed by the EPS Technology Department, under the director of Herbel and Mendy Hayes, instructional technology specialist.
Enid Public Schools is setting its course for the future.
Board of Education members approved the district’s strategic action plan during their regular meeting Monday night. The plan’s development, six months in the making, included input from a cross-section of community members including parents, students, teachers, staff, business leaders and volunteers.
“We now proudly present this plan to the community with deep appreciation for their contribution throughout the process,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “Every day, we strive to ensure that every child reaches his or her greatest potential and this plan will help us raise the bar for how we serve students. It is a plan developed by Enid residents for Enid’s children. As we begin to implement its goals and strategies, we know the best is yet to come.”
The district, assisted by Engage Learning, received more than 1,000 points of feedback during the planning process, including public meetings, a survey and focus groups. Additionally, representatives from different stakeholder groups helped develop the plan during multiple committee meetings.
The plan, which will be evaluated and revised on a regular basis, focuses on seven core areas:
Personnel/Professional Development: We will commit our time and resources to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers and support personnel through continuous opportunities for professional growth.
Facilities: We will provide and maintain exemplary facilities that are clean, safe and secure for all students. These facilities will enhance learning opportunities in every curricular and extracurricular activity.
Community/Parent Relationships: We will build and maintain partnerships that maximize the strengths, resources and talents of our diverse community to expand opportunities for students.
Curriculum/Instruction: We will build and maintain relationships that maximize the strengths, resources and talents of our diverse community to provide an environment where learners will become responsible, well-rounded, global citizens.
Assessment/Accountability: We will hold the learning community to high expectations through continual evaluation and communication of results.
Enrichment Opportunities: We will enrich students' experiences through co and extracurricular activities by providing excellent programs, facilities and personnel support based on student interest.
Character Development: We will develop and reinforce the character of each student with an emphasis on a solid values-based system through in-school instruction, community partnerships and mentoring.
Early childhood enrollment for Enid Public Schools begins this week.
Enrollment for the four-year-old programs at elementary sites will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students should enroll at their home schools.
Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Garfield Elementary School and Adams Elementary School will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th. The recently renovated school, designed for pre-kindergartners, was made possible through generous donations from the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and the Inasmuch Foundation. Students should enroll at their home schools (Garfield and Adams).
Adams and Garfield families, along with all members of the public, are invited to tour Carver during Thursday night’s Open House from 5:30-7 p.m.
Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old programs at The Commons, 301 S. Oakwood will be Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the intergenerational program, residents of The Commons volunteer in the classroom and serve as “grandma” and “grandpa” buddies for the children. EPS offers one of only a handful of intergenerational programs known to exist nationally.
All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015. Space is limited, and all four-year-old enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Full-day kindergarten enrollment is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence.
Kindergarten students enroll according to the following schedule:
• Garfield on May 1
• Adams and Glenwood on May 4
• Eisenhower and Coolidge on May 5
• McKinley and Taft on May 6
• Hayes and Monroe on May 7
• Hoover and Prairie View on May 8.
Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015 to enroll. If a child is currently an EPS pre-kindergarten student, it is not necessary to attend kindergarten enrollment because the school will send enrollment information home with the student to complete.
Parents enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time should bring the children’s immunization record, birth certificate and verification of address, such as a utility bill.