Greetings, EPIC family!

There are many things that set EPIC apart from its traditional school counterparts. Flexibility, smaller teacher-to-student ratios and customized curriculum options are chief among them. The aspect of which I am most proud is the relationships our families are able to build not only with each other but with the school and its staff.

Throughout the month of October, you may have noticed we have been celebrating National Principals Month and highlighting some of the terrific work our principals do on behalf of our teachers and families every single day. These front-line school administrators are often the unsung heroes when it comes to creating an environment of success so teachers have the tools to meet the individual needs of every student at EPIC.

Being an EPIC principal is unique. Unlike those in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, EPIC principals are able to focus more on collaboration with teachers, focusing more time and resources on meeting individual student needs and less time on such issues as discipline, building management and other duties typically associated with that role. Our principals meet with their teams of teachers on a regular basis to discuss what’s working for students, what isn’t working and developing ways to improve the overall direction of instruction and relationships with our families.

When the pandemic brought tens of thousands of additional Oklahoma students to EPIC last school year, as a school we found ourselves hiring and onboarding hundreds of new teachers, many of whom were new to EPIC’s instructional model. It was our team of exceptional principals who got our new teachers student-facing as quickly as possible. Then and today, our learning model would not function without them.

Please, if you haven’t already, take a few minutes to thank your principal for the amazing work they do. And, if you ever need to contact them to intercede in some aspect of our learning model, do not hesitate to do so. Their top priority is student learning and serving families and their contact information should be at the bottom of every email you receive from your EPIC teacher.

This month, we will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month by placing a special focus on EPIC’s Native American students. Approximately 9,000 EPIC students, or 25 percent of all EPIC students, identify as Native American.

In fact, EPIC’s newly formed Native American Student Organization held its first meeting in October and is designed to provide educational opportunities for our students to acquire and develop the best academic, vocational, recreational, social and participatory skills possible. All students in grades 7-12 who want to learn more about Native American culture are welcome to join. For more information, please visit https://epiccharterschools.org/native-american-student-organization.

Until next time,
Bart