Skelly Elementary is a place of high expectations where all success is celebrated. We provide a positive learning environment built on relationships that respect, support,
and encourage all individuals. We engage in authentic communication that assumes positive intent, listens, and seeks to understand. At Skelly Elementary, all 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.
Focus on the whole child
Skelly Elementary is a school focused on understanding students1 current emotional and mental health. Through various social/emotional learning practices, Skelly 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. Creating high-quality learning experiences means educating the whole child by meeting his or her social, emotional, and academic needs. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions.
With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
DUAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Skelly Elementary provides a one-way dual language program for native Spanish-speaking students to gain fluency and literacy in English.
Research shows that bilingual children who are educated in their second language outperform students who speak and learn only in their native language. Students at Skelly go beyond learning another language to learn about other cultures. Students learn to read first in their dominant language, then they spend equal amounts of time building literacy in English and Spanish. Math is taught in English, while science and social studies are taught in Spanish. Students build fluency in both languages through their daily interactions with peers and teachers.
Our office staff, parent facilitators and ELL teachers are all bilingual and provide support for students who are developing their English language. In addition, Skelly offers an English class for Spanish-speaking parents.
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.
Ms. Pense has been an educator with Tulsa Public Schools since 2004. Her first teaching assignment was 1st grade at Sandburg Elementary. In 2012, she was placed in her first administrative role at Skelly Primary. Ms. Pense 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 10 years. She taught Kindergarten at Penn, Bell, and Kerr and was an Instructional Coach at Kerr. This is her first year in an administrative role and she excited to be serving as an Assistant Principal at Skelly. Ms. Tapley is also a proud mother of two and enjoys vacations on the beach!