OKLAHOMA CITY (March 19, 2018) – In a special meeting Monday night, John Rex Charter Elementary School’s board of directors unanimously passed a resolution in support of its teachers as they decide whether to participate in a possible teacher walkout beginning April 2. The resolution mentions the chronic inadequate funding of public education and implores the Oklahoma Legislature to raise the necessary revenue to increase teacher pay and school funding. “We are prayerful that the Oklahoma legislators will resolve these issues and fulfill their primary constitutional obligation to maintain a system of public schools before a walkout occurs,” said Dr. Joe Pierce, Head of School at John Rex Charter Elementary School. “A funding solution is needed so that our dedicated educators across Oklahoma may stay true to their passion and calling of educating our future leaders.” Click here to read the resolution. If a teacher walkout lasts more than five days, board members plan to meet again to consider the situation. John Rex Charter Elementary School offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to economically and racially diverse students. The school is strategically placed in downtown Oklahoma City to provide teachers and students easy access to government, legal and cultural opportunities. The campus’ proximity to the Civic Center Music Hall, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and City Hall gives students walking access to multiple learning experiences.
Published: March 15, 2018 By: Katrina Butcher Watch Video OKLAHOMA CITY - Our world today runs on technology, and one Oklahoma City school is teaching students to embrace that technology to build a better future. When you walk into John Rex Charter Elementary in downtown Oklahoma City, you are stepping into the future of education. It’s a beautiful school with a rigorous curriculum that’s preparing young students for a world driven by technology and hands-on creativity. When News 4 arrived, students were not playing on the computer, instead, they were writing code and solving math problems. "I like that it’s challenging. And I just like it because I like to challenge myself," said 3rd grader Quimby Chappell. Dr. Joe Pierce, Head of School, says one of the reasons for their success starts with their new approach to the three R’s - relationships, rigor, and relevance. "Recently, we were named a ‘Distinguished District’ for Project Lead the Way, which is one of 30 districts in the entire United States," said Dr. Pierce. The classrooms are filled with technology that’s transforming learning. “I don’t want them to be scared of technology. I want them to be comfortable and be like, ‘You know, I've done this before, so I can actually get to the more complicated steps of programming,'" said teacher Michael Lunn. "This is called a Chromebook. We have a 3D printer, some iPads, and we have some bigger computers over here," said 3rd grader Gabe Deshazo. John Rex Charter Elementary - one more great example of what’s right with our schools. http://kfor.com/2018/03/15/oklahoma-city-school-teaching-students-to-embrace-technology/
John Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES) was recently recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. JRCES is the only PLTW Distinguished District in Oklahoma City and one of two in the state for the 2016-2017 school year. The PLTW Launch curriculum empowers students to think critically through activities and problems relating to the world around them. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons include interactive projects like creating a video game, designing a seatbelt and building a robot. “We are thrilled to be designated as a Distinguished District,” said JRCES Head of School and Superintendent Joe Pierce. “The Launch program provides access to experiences that encourage teamwork, creativity and critical thinking. We want our students to develop a passion for and confidence in STEM. This curriculum is the best place to start.” The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW programs. “It is a great honor to recognize John Rex Charter Elementary School for its commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “JRCES is a model for what school should look like, and the faculty and staff should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.” JRCES is one of just over 30 districts across the U.S. to receive this honor.