• Letter to Community Volunteers

    Dear Community Volunteer, 

    Welcome to Mitchell Elementary, Home of the Mustangs!  My name is Dr. Lyda Wilbur and this is my fourth year serving as the school principal.  My team and I are pleased that you are here today ready to inspire our Mustang scholars. I am excited to inform you that we continue to be recognized as a school for academic initiative. We recently were asked to join Project Lead The Way. This means that our academic efforts will expand beyond our emphasis in reading to include fun activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  


    This school year we continue building excellence through teamwork and increasing a collaborative working relationship with our parents, partners, faculty, staff, and students. I believe that in order to achieve excellence, we need to nurture our students’ emotional and academic needs in a supportive learning environment. As such, I continue to provide excellent leadership through the use of data-driven instruction, effective collaboration, and by establishing a motivating learning environment while sustaining a culture of rigor and high expectations. In short, at Mitchell our vision is to provide students with a safe environment with high expectations through rigorous instruction. Our year-long priorities are to:


    1. Build a supportive learning environment to motivate our students
    2. Use research based models of excellence with fidelity to push rigor
    3. Be driven by data to set high expectations
    4. Build collaboration among stakeholders to infuse additional student supports


    One of the ways we are reaching toward this vision of excellence is by influencing our school culture through a school-wide theme: Super Heroes! This is our second year with this theme which our students have enjoyed. I believe that every child is a Super Hero whether it is in reading, science, technology, engineering, math, or in another hidden gift (e.g., art, music, soccer, basketball). Our faculty and staff are champions in the science and art of teaching and learning and as such they help our scholars be engaged in becoming well-rounded individuals. We work on establishing a positive relationship with our scholars and help them feel safe and secure while at school. We also use research based strategies and empower our scholars to become better readers, writers, and more proficient in math and science.  


    A second way in reaching our vision of excellence is through empowering our scholars to do exceedingly well in state mandated tests known as the OCCT. Our students take several formative and summative assessments throughout the school year that provide our teachers and students with data in how to help them become better prepared to pass the end of the year instruction exams.  


    A third way in reaching our vision of excellence is through our partners in education. Active members at Mitchell are: Calvary Baptist Church, Mercy View Church, Boy’s Scouts of America, Camp Fire, Reading Partners, Crafton Tull & Associates, The Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Oklahoma, Wendy’s Restaurant (73rd and Admiral), The University of Tulsa, and Yankee Distributor. The Mitchell’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is also an active member. As such, I would like to invite you to be a dynamic participant at Mitchell through PTA. Mitchell’s PTA has provided technology opportunities to our students through an additional reading program for grades Pre-K through 6th grade, and co-sponsored our yearbook. Through our continued partners’ assistance, we will be able to accomplish much more at Mitchell. I am thankful for their willingness to participate. If you know of a for-profit, nonprofit organization or educational institution that would like to partner with us in reaching for excellence for all of our students, please let me know.


    In closing, we are excited to share with you that this academic year brought forth a newer headquarters for all of our Super Heroes! Thanks to your generous contribution through the passing of bond initiatives, this year we have a revitalized cafeteria facility, gym/auditorium, and 22 updated classrooms.  This is in addition to 10 new classrooms for pre kinder, kinder, 6th grade, STEM, special education, and a brand new library that also serves as a safe room in case of weather emergency. We also have a new nurse’s office and administrative offices. We currently have the latest technology in every classroom:  newer smart board technology, document cameras, and new computers for every homeroom classroom. In addition, we offer a music-technology class for students in kinder through 6th grade where students learn how to code.  Our students also have the opportunity to join one or both of our sports leagues (La Liga: soccer and La Liga: basketball), robotics club, chess club, science club, crafting club, student council, safety patrol, Camp Fire, Boy Scouts of America. Next school year we are excited to offer the avionics club.


    Thank you for your visit! You are welcome to experience our Super Hero Headquarters and become an active member of our team!


    Dr. Lyda Wilbur | Principal
    Tulsa Public Schools,  Mitchell Elementary School
    733 N. 73 East Avenue; Tulsa, OK 74115

    T: 918-833-8740
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