By Earl Dalke, EdD Superintendent
As the bus carrying our band students pulled up to Hugo High School on Saturday morning, I realized we had traveled over 2000 miles with these awesome students who just finished an experience they will always remember.
All these miles reminded of Hugo Teachers Going the Extra Mile how hard Hugo teachers work, going the extra mile for our students. Mr. Sinibaldi expertly organized this trip to Disney in Florida down to the minutest details. Mr. and Mrs. Sinibaldi, the band students, and the band parents raised nearly $40,000 over the past three years to fund this trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Sinibaldi along with the volunteer chaperones Patti Jo Lennox, Elizabeth Mc- Daniel, Mekala Wheeler, and Lakeetha Stanton kept the fun safely going for six days. The kids and adults had a blast.
The next trip to Disney is being planned for 2022.
Students are encouraged to join the Heard of Thunder and be part of this experience.
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, said, “My life has been an unending field trip.”
Students learn far better through personal experience. This is why field trips are so important and worth going the extra mile that it takes to provide these experiences for our students.
The Sky Ranch trips planned each year by the Hugo Intermediate School Faculty are the epitome of what educational field trips ought to be.
Beyond athletic trips, academic competitions, and fine arts performances, field trips taken by our students this year include The Castle in Muskogee, Paris Community Theater, Frontier City, TSA Training in Norman, Go Green Summit, USS Batfish in Muskogee, Texas A & M Planetarium in Commerce, Baptist Village, Children’s Theatre at SEOSU, Oklahoma State Capitol, Children’s Museum in Commerce, Careers on Wheels at KTC, GEAR UP College Campus Visits, and many others.
Organizing and conducting these trips takes a great deal of work by our faculty, staff, and parents.
Their willingness to make these trips possible shows just how much they care about our students and authentic learning. Our teachers go the extra mile every day in their classrooms.
At 9:00am on May 3rd, Hugo Public Schools will honor our District Teacher of the Year at Kiamichi Technology Center. This teacher has been selected from those chosen as school site teachers of the year.
Hugo High School Teacher of the Year is Brandon Debo. In keeping up with his family tradition, Coach Debo is a fantastic mathematics instructor.
This year’s Hugo Middle School Teacher of the Year is Brandi Cook. Ms. Cook brings science alive for her students as she engages them in realworld problem-solving.
Hugo Intermediate School has chosen Roseanna Sorrells as their Teacher of the Year. As a teacher of students with special needs, Ms. Sorrells provides intervention for students to help them gain the vital knowledge and skills they need for life and assists other teachers in helping our students with special needs.
Ms. Jeri Wooldridge has been selected as the Hugo Elementary School Teacher of the Year. The philosophy expressed in the signature line of her email are words we should all take to heart, “Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring right results.” (James Allen)
Hugo Teachers Going the Extra Mile
By Earl Dalke, EdD Superintendent