Superintendent's Updates

  • September 30, 2022

    Posted by Barry Fuxa on 9/30/2022

    SPS Staff and Families,

     

    Great things are happening in SPS! 

     

    Hargis Leadership Partnership

    SJHS and the Hargis Institute are beginning an ongoing partnership. Recently, SJHS STUCO officers Katherine Waits, Abigail Rice, Sophia Jahanshahi, Carch Webber, & Dawson Hazzard attended the institute at OSU, learning parliamentary procedures & how to work effectively as a leadership team. Future activities include planned November visits by OSU leadership students to present 8th and 9th graders with lessons in leadership initiative and efficacy.
    SJHS Students attend the Hargis Institute  SJHS Students attend the Hargis Institute

     

    Softball Regional

    Softball is hosting the regional at Coach Park! The Lady Pioneers take on Union Wednesday (10/5) at noon! No passes accepted - $8.35 in advance, $10 at the gate. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 9am on 10/3 at http://www.ossaa.com/.  

     

    Sneaker Drive

    Family Support Services Sneaker drive continues until October 4. Donate new or very gently used shoes for those in need. All sizes are welcome, but there is a particular need for women's sizes 5-10 and men's sizes 8-13. Drop off locations, any SPS school, Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Pediatrics, Total Health on Perkins, and Brown’s Shoe Fit.

     

    Opioid Rescue

    Thank you to Curtis Cormell and Ashly Taylor from the Iowa Tribe’s Perkins Family Clinic for meeting with SPS staff members Nurse David Coates and Substance Abuse Counselor Rachel Roberts for preliminary conversations about an opioid awareness program at our secondary schools and for providing SHS with an opioid rescue kit. We hope we never need it, but it’s a welcome addition.

    Curtis Cormell presents David Coates with an opioid rescue kit

     

    Of Note..

    • Thank you!

      • First United Methodist Church for an incredibly generous donation of $4,300 to SPS Family Support Services!

      • Pioneer Playday participants for raising more than $30,000 for SPS Athletics.

      • Celebration of Education participants for raising more than $30,000 towards SPEF’s efforts to support our kid’s learning.

    • An Electric Conductor

      • Assistant Band Director Megan Perkins already has a slew of honors to her name and now has been selected to co-present at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. This conference is attended annually by more than 18,000 musicians from all 50 states and more than 30 countries! Learn more.

    • SHS Performing Arts Calendar

    • Prowl, Run, and Dance!

      • Highland Park Panther Prowl, Richmond Rocket Run, and the Sangre Ridge Dance-a-thon fundraisers are coming soon. These sorts of activities are great ways for our young students to get involved in fundraising and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Be sure to donate to your favorite young Pioneers so they can reach their goals; I understand pizza and ice cream parties are on the line for some classes. (Joyous celebrations with tasty treats are part of a healthy lifestyle too!)

    • Teacher of the Game

     

    Two weeks until fall break!

     

    I love Stillwater,


    Uwe Gordon

    Superintendent

    Stillwater Public Schools

    BE READY.            Turn Off + Turn In + Show Up = Success

     

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  • September 23, 2022

    Posted by Uwe Gordon on 9/23/2022

    SPS Staff and Families,

     

    It’s Homecoming week at SHS! Believe it or not, a home heavy front of the football schedule means this Friday is our next to last home football game of the year! Please be extra welcoming and accommodating to any alumni groups that may be attending for reunions.

     

    Text Messaging
    From time to time, SPS uses text notifications to announce cancellations and certain safety actions. To receive district text messages:

    • Opt in by sending a text message "Y" to 67587 from your mobile phone 

    • Your mobile phone number must also be associated with a guardian/parent in the parent portal 

    Details at https://www.stillwaterschools.com/optin

    Transportation Issues

    Like most districts, we continue to face challenges fully staffing our transportation department. While Oklahoma school districts are not required to provide transportation, SPS is committed to maintaining routes whenever possible. We’re sorry that a lack of drivers means routes are occasionally canceled, sometimes with very little notice. We know this situation is very difficult for many families to navigate.

     

    We’ve already reduced the number of routes as much as we can to minimize the number of drivers needed. Unfortunately, this means buses have more students on them, and those students spend more time in the vehicles. We’re also utilizing teachers, administrators, coaches, and other staff members to supplement our transportation staff, which unfortunately takes them away from other important duties. 

     

    We would love to be able to run every route every day, and even add more routes so students could ride less crowded buses and spend less time on those vehicles. If you know a bus driver, maybe a retiree that would like to contribute to the community, or anyone that would like to learn more, please, please, please have them contact us. We would also welcome applications from anyone interested in being a bus aide to assist our drivers with managing and monitoring students on the bus. Anyone interested should contact Transportation at 405.533.6347.

     

    OSU Freshman Follies

    OSU Freshman Follies (October 11th - 15th) has turned its philanthropic focus to the Stillwater community! All proceeds from the 2022 Follies will benefit SPS performing arts programs. These funds will assist with the operation of our PAC and performing arts programs throughout the district. Thank you to OSU Fraternity and Sorority Affairs!

     

    Learn more about Freshman Follies at https://lcl.okstate.edu/gogreek/fraternity_sorority_productions.html or buy tickets at https://embed.showclix.com/events/15936

     

     

    Of Note..

    • National Hispanic Heritage Month

    • Thanks!

      • Thank you to Rowena Crockett and all of our G/T teachers for an exceptional job pulling the information together for our G/T audit.

    • The Walk

      • Lincoln Alternative Academy works with students through its “One Student at a Time” approach to allow students to progress at their own pace and, when they graduate, each student experiences The Walk down the hall in their cap and gown to celebrate with their peers and teachers cheering them on. They’ve already had one Walk this year with many more to come.

    • Civic Duty

    • Band Send-off

      • The Marching Band heads to its first competition in Owasso this weekend. If you’re able, join their fans in cheering them on from the west Pioneer Stadium Parking Lot as they depart SHS at 9am this Saturday. Or better yet… head to Owasso to see them and their competition in action.

    I love Stillwater,

     

    Uwe Gordon

    Superintendent

    Stillwater Public Schools

     

    BE READY.            Turn Off + Turn In + Show Up = Success

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Superintendent Gordon

  • Uwe Gordon

    Uwe Gordon

    [email protected]
    405.533.6300

    Prior to being named Superintendent, Uwe Gordon served as principal at Stillwater High School for 16 years.  

    “I am very excited for the opportunity,” Gordon said. “I know, having been here most of my professional career, that it is a big jump, and I appreciate the board giving me the opportunity to take on that challenge. Having lived in Stillwater this long, I think I have some insight into the needs of the district and community, and I hope to help make Stillwater a better school system. I’m also excited to work with a dedicated, hardworking team of teachers, staff and administrators.”  

     

    “Mr. Gordon has been with the district for decades and knows the Stillwater community very well,” Riley said. “He is a well-respected leader at our high school and has built a wonderful culture there. We think his demonstrated commitment to the student experience, his connection to the community, and his understanding of the unique challenges of the times will translate well on the district level.”  

     After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in science from Oklahoma State University (OSU), Gordon began his career as an educator in 1984 as a junior high social studies teacher at Stillwater Public Schools. He also gained experience as an administrator at SPS, serving as the junior high ISSP and Athletic Director from 1993-1994 and as a junior high assistant principal from 1994-2000. 

    After 16 years with Stillwater Public Schools, Gordon left the district in 2000, accepting the position of principal at Yale High School. He would also go on to serve as principal of Hennessey High School from 2002-2003. Gordon accepted his first job as a superintendent in 2003, leading Hennessey’s school district for three years.  

    After earning six years of experience as an administrator at Yale and Hennessey, Gordon returned to Stillwater Public Schools in 2006 where he currently serves as the high school principal. 

    Gordon is dedicated and heavily involved in the Stillwater community. He was an adjunct professor for the college of education at OSU from 1996-2015 and is also a member of the Stillwater Community Resiliency Committee, Stillwater High School Alumni Association, Stillwater High School PTA, and the OSU College of Education Advisory Committee.  

    “I’m looking forward to serving this amazing community in a new way,” Gordon said. “I love Stillwater.” 

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PR & Communications Coordinator

  • Barry Fuxa

    Barry Fuxa
    [email protected]
    405-707-5025

    Barry is responsible for SPS's News, Website, Communications, and Brand Management.