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About Me

This is my first year as a counselor at Wayne High School.  Previously I worked  in the behavioral health field as a counselor and administrator.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I graduated with a Masters degree from East Central University and completed post Masters work at the University of Oklahoma.
 
I have five grown children and several grandchildren.  As an avid runner I love being outside, hiking, traveling and am passionate about helping others.  
 
Feel free to contact me.
 

Recent Posts

OK Promise

Please plan to attend the OK Promise meeting for parents of 8th to 10th grade students on Thursday,  March 5th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to provide information regarding everything related to OK Promise.  Applications will also be available at the meeting.

Penguin Patch

NHS is sponsoring the Penguin Patch Holiday Shop from December 2nd-6th.  Your student can purchase gifts for family and friends with prices from .25 to $12.   Information will be coming home with the Elementary students in their Thursday folder this week.
 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Definition

The federal definition of homelessness used by all public schools in the United States includes children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition specifically includes children and youth living in shelters, transitional housing, cars, campgrounds, motels, and sharing the housing of others temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This is the same definition of homelessness used by Head Start, special education, child nutrition, and other federal family and youth programs.

The Rights of Homeless Students

Students who meet the definition of "Homeless" and are identified or identify themselves as such have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education;
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if they lack documents normally required for enrollment (i.e. birth certificates, transcripts, vaccinations, etc.);
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school works with the family/student to gather the needed documents;  
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school they last attended, if that is their preference and is possible.  If the district believes that the school chosen is not in the student's best interest, a written explanation will be provided and the student has the right to appeal this decision;
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested; and,
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's needs.

Identification

At WHS, students are primarily identified at enrollment or through the school Counselor.  Families or students, who believe that they are homeless, should identify themselves as such to the school Counselor.

Dispute Process

If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the established district dispute process shall be followed [Policy 4004(IV)(C)]. Children have the right of enrollment until such time as there is a final resolution to the dispute. 

Parents/Guardians/Students who feel that their request to enroll has been incorrectly denied or wish to contest their child's placement should be encouraged to contact the Director of Federal Programs for consultation. If the dispute is not resolved at this stage, they will be asked to submit their case in writing followed by the remainder of the steps outlined in Policy 4004(IV)(C).

Should the final result of the district dispute process be unsatisfactory to the parent/guardian/student, they may appeal the district’s final decision by contacting the State Homeless Liaison at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Homeless Liaison

WHS is required to identify a person to act as a Homeless Liaison.  This person's duties involve training school staff in identification procedures, serving as an advocate for homeless students, arranging for services and arbitrating disputes that may arise.

WHS’s Homeless Liaison is Karen Walker, Counselor, and may be reached at 405-449-3317.

Thank you to everyone for donating to the Food Drive!!   NHS has received lots of donations and will be able to help many of our school families for Thanksgiving.   Please contact me if you have additional donations or if you are a family in need this Holiday, we are glad to help!  Thanksgiving baskets will be ready on Thursday!

Sophomores Pre ACT November 19th

Sophomores will take the Pre ACT on November 19th.   This offers students the opportunity to learn about areas where they are doing well and areas that are in need of improvement.  This is great practice for the ACT!  Please ensure your student gets enough sleep the night before!

Senior Essay Contest

Attention!!                      Attention!!                   Attention!!

Wayne High School has a great opportunity for three Seniors to win cash to use anyway you choose!!!   Yes, you heard that right!!   Seniors are eligible to win money just by writing an essay!!  This contest was made possible through Oklahoma Copier Solutions who graciously awarded $500 to Wayne Schools .

If you are interested in winning cash, and who isn’t, please submit a typed essay in 300 words or less on “What it means to be a Wayne BULLDOG”.  The deadline for your essay submission is Wednesday, November 13th by 3:00 p.m.  ALL entries MUST be turned in to Ms. Walker in person by the deadline.

Do NOT put your name on your essay.   Essays will be assigned a number and all judges will be anonymous, non-school staff.  The 3 winners will be announced the following week after the deadline, and will divide the award.  This means 3 Seniors will win cash!!  1 Senior will win $250, one $150 and one $100!!

Who is interested in winning cash?     Get those thinking caps on and write your essay on “What it means to be a Wayne BULLDOG”   Your essay could be chosen!!  If you don’t enter, you can’t win!!

8th Grade MATC Tour

8th graders will be touring MATC on November 12th.   Students will have the opportunity to learn about the different programs that MATC offers.   Please ensure they have a signed permission slip to attend this fun and informative event!

Food Drive

Wayne High School National Honor Society members are sponsoring a Food Drive to help those in our school community for the Holidays.

Please consider helping our families by donating  the following items:  Instant potatoes, stuffing mix, cake mix, canned icing, pudding mix, canned veggies (corn, green beans, carrots, yams)   cranberry  sauce, canned or bottled juices, peanut butter, pancake mix, syrup, boxed mac and cheese, turkey gravy, pickles, cornbread mix, or other canned goods.

We will also accept turkey or ham donations and/or grocery store gift cards.

 

Please bring donations to the school or contact Ms. Walker if you have any questions.

Senior Day at ECU

We will be transporting Seniors to Senior Day at ECU on Friday, November 8th.   Seniors will have the opportunity to tour ECU and attend Breakout sessions covering a variety of topics such as Financial Aid, or attend a mock lecture by a current ECU professor.  Each Senior must register for Senior Day on the ECU website and have a signed permission slip to attend.   Lunch will be provided free by ECU.

ACT

Wayne Public Schools will be utilizing the ACT as the nationally recognized assessment for the College and Career Readiness Assessment to be administered to all grade 11 students during the OSTP testing window in the Spring.  If you have any feedback, questions or comments please contact me at 405-449-3317 or karwalker@wayne.k12.ok.us.

PSAT/NMSQT

Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 30th at WHS.   We will be meeting with them before that date to provide a Study Guide and Practice Test.  Please ensure they get enough sleep the night before!   

Parents of Freshmen ICAP Meeting

Parents of Freshmen are asked to attend a meeting on October 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium.   We will be discussing the new ICAP program that is required for Freshmen.   Please plan to attend!