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The Bike Club
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Thanks to John and Becki Hawkins of Integrated Insurance, Jefferson learners will be riding bikes three days a week in the after school program. The Bike Club is part of the Tiger Pride after school program and the Adventure Education class at Jefferson.
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    Learners in the Adventure Education class spend two days a week on a climbing wall and three days a week riding bikes. The class will be taught by Rory Peterson and John Schaffitzel of Mid America Industrial Park; Bob Webster will also be joining the group as an instructor.

    David Rogers from Paceline Cycling in Tahlequah and D.J. Castoe of the Church of Christ are assisting with taking care of the bikes.

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Leader In Me Parent Survey 
Attention, Parents, to voice your opinion on the Jefferson Elementary School community, please take the new Leader In Me Survey. What a great chance to make your voice heard! To take the survey, click here

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Walking Wednesday 
Walking Wednesday participants will meet at 7:30 am at the designated location.

Congratulations Margaret McQuaig

August 8, 2017 – Pryor, OK – Jefferson Elementary School science/math teacher Margaret McQuaig has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.


Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.


McQuaig was nominated by a colleague who wished to remain anonymous. She was recognized for working tirelessly to help students succeed in both math and science.


McQuaig, along with her students, is responsible for running community gardens in the back of the school that are designed to attract different types of butterflies. She has also helped students research and grow native plants that will benefit the animals and insects of the region. Additionally, she volunteers to run a weekly Nature Club, where students study insects and other animals and learn how to care for the world in a reasonable way.


“Mrs. McQuaig’s work has provided all of her students with an active outdoor classroom that is used frequently,” said her nominator. “Teachers and students have been able to observe the complete lifecycle of many butterflies and insects, creating a love for nature. Many of the students not only know about nature, but are passionate about preserving and caring for it and volunteer their time to make sure it is done well”


Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year.


  • (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award will be given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2017-2018, the award will be given to a nominee who works in a support role, such as a secretary, administrative assistant, or office manager. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district in fall 2017.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.


Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must


  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards
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HESP Schedule
Starting this year, HESP meeting are open to Jr. High, High School, and Elementary campuses. The next meeting will be held on September 19th at 6:00 pm in the Lincoln Elementary cafeteria. For a complete schedule of the meetings, click here.

PPS Opens After School Program 
This year Pryor elementary learners in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will have the opportunity to participate in the PPS After School Program.  The program will be offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 3:30 to 5:30

Parent Resources
Jefferson Principal 2016-2017
Mrs. Tincher
Jefferson Elementary
400 S.E. 6th
Pryor, OK   74361
Phone: (918)825-1374

7 Habits

  1. Be Proactive

  2. Begin With the End in Mind

  3. Put First Things First

  4. Think Win-Win

  5. Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw

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