At Skelly Elementary, all our students experience learning through high expectations, mutual respect, celebrations of achievements, and authentic communication. We ensure equity of access to high quality instruction and learning experiences that will prepare students to achieve their goals for college and careers.
DUAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL
We provides a one-way dual language program for native Spanish-speaking students to gain fluency and literacy in English. Our students go beyond learning another language and learn about other cultures. Students first learn to read in their dominant language, then they spend equal amounts of time building literacy in English and Spanish. Students build fluency in both languages through their daily interactions with peers and teachers. In addition, our office staff, parent facilitators and ELL teachers are all bilingual and provide support for students who are developing their English language. We also offer an English class for Spanish-speaking parents. Click here to learn more.
Focus on the whole child
Through various social/emotional learning practices, our teachers help students identify their emotions and utilize self-regulation skills. In addition, our on-site school counselors go into classes to teach students about developing healthy friendships, managing their feelings and identifying the appropriate actions to take when there are issues. With strong social and emotional skills, our students set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Ms. Pense has been an educator with Tulsa Public Schools since 2004. Her first teaching assignment was first grade at Sandburg Elementary. In 2012, she was placed in her first administrative role at Skelly Primary. She is a graduate of RELAY School of Education. In her spare time, Ms. Pense enjoys spending time with family, cooking, baking, reading and watching movies.
Ms. Tapley has been an educator with Tulsa Public Schools for more than 10 years. She taught Kindergarten at Penn, Bell, and Kerr and was an instructional coach at Kerr before joining Skelly as an assistant principal.
Skelly Upper Elementary School is named after William Grove Skelly (June 10, 1978- April 11, 1957) who worked in the oil business. He founded Skelly Oil Company and helped organize the first International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa. He also worked in aviation and created the Spartan Aircraft Company (Which is today the Spartan School of Aeronautics). He also donated funds to the University of Tulsa and to KVOO, a Tulsa radio station.
The Skelly Primary building first opened in 1966 as the John James Audobon school. It temporarily closed in 1986 due to low attendance, but reopened in 2002 with a dual language immersion program. For many years the school was an extension of the Eisenhower immersion program and evolved to become the first site for Zarrow International school. When Zarrow International relocated in 2012, the school became Skelly Primary.