Message from the Superintendent Steve Parkhurst


Steve Parkhurst        

Welcome to the new Alva Independent School District Web Page.  It is our intent to use this page as another avenue of communication to inform our community about the activities at each school.  We hope this will help plan your calendar to correspond with school activities.
 
We believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.  It is the desire of the Alva Independent School District to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.  There are three elements that we believe are conducive to establishing such an environment; (1)  the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) working in partnership with parents/guardians to accomplish these goals.



In recognition of AmeriCorps Week, we would like to recognize the AmeriCorps members that are serving the Alva school district in partnership with Serve for Success/AmeriCorps.  We would also like to thank them as well as all the AmeriCorps alum that have served the school district.  AmeriCorps members work with teachers to strive to boost academic performance.  The following members have been serving student during this current school year:  Morgan Renbarger (Longfellow Elementary), Parker Martin (Lincoln Elementary), Sydnie Lowe (Alva Middle School) Bruce Wright (Alva High School), Teresa Cummings (Washington ECC) and Brandi Hembree (Washington ECC).


Recent News


  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the Alva Public Schools are aware of social media accounts of individuals impersonating themselves as clowns. In some instances, these social media accounts have provided commentary that is designed to instill a sense of fear.
     
    Recent state and national news stories regarding persons dressing as clowns and the perceived threats from these individuals may have lead others to make copycat actions. Certainly, that is terrible judgment on the part of these individuals. Some may deem this as a harmless prank. We do not share the same view.
     
    The top priority of Northwestern and Alva Public Schools is the safety of students and employees. Campus Police at Northwestern and the Alva Police Department’s School Resource Officer are in contact with each other and sharing information on any activity that could be perceived as a threat. We will take any action necessary to ensure the safe environment students and employees currently enjoy. This includes the filing of criminal charges against individuals.
     
    We will continue to remain watchful at all of our respective school locations. If you have any information that should be passed on to law enforcement, please contact the Alva Police Department at 327-2121, or Northwestern Campus Police at 327-8511.