With a little more than 50 students returning for the 2022-2023 school year at the Osage Nation’s Elementary School, 𐓈𐓘𐓬𐓪𐓮𐓤𐓘 𐒰͘𐓤𐓪𐓰𐓘𐓬𐓣, students and staff celebrated the return to classes on the First Day of School, Aug. 18.
“I missed my friends,” said 3rd grade student Anthony Cass, Osage. “The first day of school is going good.”
Unlike the local public schools, 𐓈𐓘𐓬𐓪𐓮𐓤𐓘 𐒰͘𐓤𐓪𐓰𐓘𐓬𐓣 is an accredited private school serving children from the Dhegiha tribes, which consist of the Osage, Omaha, Quapaw, Kaw, Ponca and Northern Ponca nations. The tribes are part of a Siouan language group whose languages are similar with a shared history and culture.
The school serves children from six weeks to 6th grade. The school has added a grade each academic year as the first class grows up and will ultimately go through the 8th grade. The school is also year-round, ending in mid-July every year.
School Superintendent Patrick Martin said the first day went well and the kids are glad to be back.
“We put in a lot of work getting ready for school and we had a great first day,” he said. “Everybody but three kids showed up today.
“We have a couple of new teachers and a new schedule, and we’re trying to make all that work.”
He said the school hosted a Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Families came to tour the school and they served pizza for everyone.
“We enjoyed hosting the families and community,” he said.
For more information about 𐓈𐓘𐓬𐓪𐓮𐓤𐓘 𐒰͘𐓤𐓪𐓰𐓘𐓬𐓣, call (918) 287-9772.