The mission of Oxford City Schools, the focal point of a growing, diverse community, is to ensure the academic success of all students through a student-centered system of individualized instruction, highly qualified staff, exemplary facilities, and effective use of all resources.

Mission statements are important. I have seen many mission statements in my 20 years as an educator. Mission statements make me think back to my days in Dr. Tarter’s class at the University of Alabama. Dr. C. John Tarter explained to us the difference between espoused theories (what we say we do and believe in) and theories in use (what we actually do). Mission statements should be in use. They have to be more than words. They should be evidenced by action. If you take a closer look at ours, you will see that we want to ensure success for all students. All students. ALL. I had the great pleasure of seeing the evidence of ALL this past Friday night.

This past Friday night was Homecoming. This means reunions (we had the class of 1966 on campus and let me tell you that was a fun bunch), parades, and homecoming kings and queens.

As far as Homecomings go, this past Friday night did not dissapoint.

We were able to have a great Homecoming Parade.

Members of Oxford High School Class of 1966 enjoy the Homecoming Parade.

Members of Oxford High School Class of 1966 enjoy the Homecoming Parade.

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss Head Football Coach, attended our game.

Ole Miss Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze at Oxford High School's Homecoming game.

Ole Miss Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze, at Oxford High School’s Homecoming game.

We were able to recognize Dr. Love, former OHS band director, who composed our fight song.

We won our Homecoming game 35 – 10 to remain undefeated.

Oxford High School defeats Fort Payne 35 - 10

Oxford High School defeats Fort Payne 35 – 10

Of all the great happenings on campus and in our community during Homecoming, the crowning of our Queen and King stole the show. Courtney Banks was crowned King and Brittney Pence was crowned queen. Both Courtney and Brittney are special needs students at our school.

I am so proud of our students. Their actions validated the words of our mission statement. At Oxford, we work to ensure the success of ALL students. And at Oxford, ALL means ALL.

 

Go Big O