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Dr. Teara Flagg Lander a 2004 graduate of Altus High School, currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Oklahoma.  While at Altus High School, Teara was a member of JROTC, That Altus Band, and choir.  Mr. Thomas Hanes, Mr. Andrew Freeman, Mrs. Patti Ray, Ms. Janice Pellam, and Mrs. Crozier are all teachers who Dr. Lander remembers as being supportive and encouraging especially as developed leadership skills. 

As the Assistant Vice President for the Norman campus, Teara Flagg Lander engages with faculty, staff, and students to create a more inclusive environment for all members of the OU community. She received a bachelor of arts with a major in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master of education with a focus on higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education from Kansas State University. Additionally, she holds two graduate certificates in qualitative research methods and social justice education also from Kansas State University.

Of education, Dr. Lander says, “You’re responsible for your own education and that really is the fun part because the opportunity to learn is always around you. Always remember you truly can do anything you put your mind to.”

Dr. Landers is passionate about increasing cultural awareness and providing educational access to people who want to continue their education. In her leisure time, she enjoys being with her family, traveling, and reading. 

 

 

 

AHS Alumn Dr. Robbie J. Steward

 

Dr. Robbie Jean (Roberts) Steward graduated from Altus High School in 1972.  While at Altus High School, Robbie was the first African-American selected to attend Girls State, a week-long summer opportunity for young ladies to develop leadership and citizenship skills.  After high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she met and married her best friend, Robert Lee Steward, III.   Robbie earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma; a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 1979 from the University of Central Oklahoma; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.  Of education, Dr. Steward says, “Being a continuous learner and appropriately applying that which is learned is one of the great joys of living and the basis of a successful life.”

     Dr. Steward spent her professional career working in the field of counseling and counseling psychology.  She was a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Kansas, Michigan State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University, achieving the highest rank of Professor.  From 2005-2010 she was appointed by the governor as a member of the Michigan Board of Counseling. Dr. Steward was awarded “Fellow” from the American Psychological Association (APA) in three divisions:  Society of Counseling Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, and Society for the Psychology of Women.  Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members, who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. This achievement requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond local, state or regional levels.  In addition, Dr. Steward is the founder and executive editor of the Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice, which has an international readership.  As a scholar, her dossier includes numerous professional, refereed, journal publications and conference presentations.  She retired from Stephen F. Austin State University as department chair/professor in 2020.

      Robbie credits her mother, Ms. Monetta Lazel Devine,  as her primary motivator toward life success.  She said:  “My mother had a clearly defined dream for me and upon high school graduation, her dream became my own, and was enhanced by continued learning and life experiences.  I live beyond that which neither of us could have imagined because of God’s influence in my life decision-making.”     She also noted Mrs. Mary Williams, her pre-school teacher, as one who taught her to stretch academically beyond her own expectations and to love doing so.  It is because of this instruction, Robbie said that she was sufficiently prepared in reading and writing, allowing her to begin school in the 2nd grade at Robert E. Lee Elementary.

     Several teachers from her time at Altus High School were a positive influence on her life: Ms. Lucy Williams, Mr. Buel Garvin, Mrs. Patricia Knarr, Mr. Larry King and Mr. Larry Harris.  “Each provided me with a distinct base that served as a building block to success throughout my education and career. There were un-named others, who supported, acknowledged my talents, and facilitated my academic development with opportunities for exposure,” stated Dr. Steward. “I am grateful for my experience in Altus, Oklahoma and at Altus High School.  I was prepared to achieve all goals before me and effectively overcome barriers and challenges.”

     Robbie and Robert have one daughter, who is successful in her own right, having a doctoral degree as well.  However, out of all the titles Dr. Steward has been given over the years, her favorite is being known by her granddaughter as “Grandest”.

 

P-EBT Card Information

 

Visit https://sde.ok.gov/pebt for more P-EBT information. 

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a program that helps children who would have received free or reduced-price meals at their schools if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. In Oklahoma, the Department of Human Services (OKDHS) administers the program through funding provided by a federal grant.

For the 2020-21 school year, schoolchildren must meet two important eligibility requirements:

Children must have been enrolled in a school district that participates in a federal meal program where meals are served at a school
Children must qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income and have turned in the free or reduced-priced meals application to your children’s school for 2020-21, OR be enrolled in a school that participated in the Community Eligible Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3 federal program in 2020-21.
Families of students who are eligible will receive a P-EBT benefits card equivalent to $6.82 per day for school days in which the student was enrolled in a participating school AND received virtual instruction. No benefits will be issued for those days in which the student received in-person instruction or was counted absent from virtual instruction. The student's school determines the number of days a student qualifies for benefits based on the school’s calendar, student attendance records, school participation and the student’s free and reduced-price meal status. That data is securely transmitted to OKDHS, which loads and distributes the P-EBT benefits card. 

For information about how to use the P-EBT cards, call DHS at (405) 522-5050. 

P-EBT FAQ's

First page of the PDF file: P-EBTFAQsforFamilies_English

P-EBT Preguntas

First page of the PDF file: P-EBTFAQsforFamilies-Spanish

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Altus Public Schools and the Altus Police Department are proactively working together to decrease and/or prevent the sharing of inappropriate images through electronic messages and on social media apps among our teens.  Images of a pornographic nature including but not limited to nude images or images of uncovered body parts are considered a misdemeanor and will be turned over to the Altus Police Department for possible prosecution.

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To:  Parents of AHS Juniors

From:  Altus Public Schools

Date:  September 13, 2021

In compliance with Section 1111(b)(2)(H) of ESSA, Altus Public Schools would like to provide community stakeholders with an opportunity to provide meaningful input regarding our district’s intent to request permission to administer the ACT test in Spring 2022 to eligible juniors as part of the state contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and ACT.

Last year over 95% of Oklahoma schools selected to administer the ACT .  Our district believes this is an excellent opportunity for all eligible juniors to the  ACT at no cost to them or their families.

Additional information on why we chose the ACT can be found at:  8 Reasons to Choose the ACT Test.

Should you have any questions/comments, please reply by September 30, 2022 to callen@altusps.com

Cindy Allen

Altus Public Schools

District Test Coordinator

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Student safety and wellbeing has always been and continues to be the highest priority at Altus Public Schools.  Yesterday, August 30, 2021, at the 9th Grade home football game APS resource officers were notified of a high school student who was in possession of and discharging a bb gun in the stands.  Resource officers escorted the student outside of the stadium and the student was released into parental custody.  Altus Police Department was notified of the incident.

Altus Public Schools is a weapons-free school.  The District’s policies reflect a no-tolerance approach to weapons on school grounds and action laid out in school policy was followed.   Due to privacy laws the District cannot comment any further.

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It's Bulldog Season!  Click to view a message from Mr. Worbes.  

 

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Masks Will Be Optional at Altus Public Schools

In compliance with Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, which was signed into law on May 28, 2021, masks will not be required during the 2021-2022 school year unless Jackson County declares a state of emergency in consultation with the Jackson County and Oklahoma State Health Departments.

In keeping with the latest guidance from the Jackson County Health Department, the Oklahoma State Department of Healththe Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, masks are welcome and are an option for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Altus Public Schools.

Altus Public Schools will continue a layered mitigation process that will include appropriate hygiene practices, proper ventilation, and increased cleaning practices, including the use of electrostatic sprayers.  As always, we appreciate our parents/guardians screening their children’s symptoms daily as we work together to maintain the healthiest school environment for our Bulldogs.

Altus Public Schools is excited to begin this school year on Thursday, August 12 with regularly scheduled school hours.

 

 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

 Bulldog Community,

 As news from Afghanistan continues to come across the radio and air waves, I can’t help but think of the many men and women in the Altus Public Schools Community who currently serve and have previously served our great country fighting against terrorism. 

Altus Air Force Base is a cornerstone of our community and we at Altus Public Schools value each service member and dependent who are stationed in Mobility’s Home Town. 

 It is our privilege to partner with the men and women of the Mighty 97th to meet the needs of the students of Altus Public Schools.  And during this uncertain time, as always, we are committed to supporting our students, families, and heroes serving in the United States Military, especially here at our own Altus Air Force Base. 

Please reach out to myself, your school principal, counselor, or teacher to express any needs you, your loved ones, or your squadron might have.   We are committed to supporting all of our Bulldogs.

Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog!

Sincerely,

Roe Worbes 

Superintendent Altus Public Schools