Sequoyah High School adds longer school day

August 6, 2013

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Sequoyah High School students return for the first day of school Thursday to a longer school day, with the addition of a fifth period for more instruction.

The high school changed its scheduling from four class periods per day this past school year to five starting this fall. Five minutes were cut from each class and five minutes added to the end of the day.

“With Common Core looming upon us, we are taking steps to ensure that our students are prepared for the new assessments,” Sequoyah High School Principal Jolyn Rose said. “Last year we initiated writing MLA papers in all classes to help students understand the importance of being able to communicate. This year we are implementing a reading program designed for raising student reading levels.”

Forty-five states, including Oklahoma, have adopted Common Core Standards, in order to be more globally competitive with more advanced curriculum. Sequoyah Schools followed in the belief that these standards will better equip students with college and career readiness. Sequoyah students will take Common Core assessments starting with the 2014-2015 academic year.

This new class period, in which teachers are assigned certain students, is also intended to encourage teachers to mentor their students on educational goals.

“I am looking forward to an outstanding school year,” Rose said. “During the last few months staff members had time to plan and prepare for the upcoming school year. I have high expectations as students return to school ready to learn and participate in extracurricular activities, dedicated staff focus on providing quality learning experiences, and a highly supportive community continues to show their love for the Indians.”

School days will begin at 8:05 a.m. and will dismiss at 3:20 p.m. Some extended school day activities, including tutoring and enrichment programs, will begin on August 19. Parents are encouraged to review the student handbook, which is available at

Students needing transportation should contact Laura Henson, transportation director, at 918-453-5183. For more information about Sequoyah Schools, visit the school website or call 918-453-5400.

Classes at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School also start Thursday. The school day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and end at 3:30 p.m., with Boys & Girls Club extending to 5:30 p.m. For more information about the Cherokee Immersion Charter School, call 918-453-5000 ext. 4900.