4309 E. 56th St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
Principal: Krista Blanche
The mission of Carnegie Elementary School is to provide a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through developmentally appropriate instruction. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, nurturing and supportive environment that exposes our students to unique learning opportunities that equip them for future successes. We are proud of our community's commitment and their partnership with our school that supports our efforts in helping our students “Rise to Excellence.”
This mission shall be achieved through the pursuit of these goals:
- To help all children develop positive and confident feelings about themselves.
- To help children recognize and respect cultural diversity and the individual worth of others.
- To provide balanced curricular offerings in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, and fine arts.
- To teach children to assume responsibility for their work and for their actions.
- To diagnose the individual learning need of children and provide differentiated instruction.
- To maintain a learning environment throughout the school that is safe and engaging.
- To encourage all parents to be active partners in our pursuit of excellence for their children.
The 2022 vision of Andrew Carnegie Elementary is to immerse students in rigorous educational experiences that grow the whole child (academically, socially, physically and emotionally). We promote college and career readiness, multicultural learning and take pride in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) programming. At Carnegie Elementary, students "Rise to Excellence."
FOCUS ON LITERACY
We make reading fun at Carnegie! Students are able to earn free dress days by reaching their reading goals. They also have the opportunity to participate in Reading with Paw Pals and to practice their skills by reading to furry friends who come visit our library. By reading to dogs, the students are able to build confidence in their abilities and enjoy the affection that the dogs bring.
Focus on the Whole Child
At Carnegie, we strive to educate and nurture the whole child through social emotional learning; encouraging our students and their families to live an active, healthy lifestyle. We work hard to foster a sense of belonging among our students and families and have a tight-knit school community. We intentionally build in time for things like P.E. classes and yoga lessons, and even hold “Movement Monday” weekly. “Movement Mondays” revolve around fitness, and we allow students and faculty to dress in workout gear to help them get in the spirit.
Thanks to the support of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Devon Energy, every elementary school has a new STEM center where students can participate in fun and engaging hands-on learning activities - including computer coding!
Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are integrated into core curriculum at Carnegie. Instruction is project-based, and we focus on making real-life connections to what students are learning in the classroom. Our STEAM Lab gives students a chance to get hands-on experience in these curricular areas and prepares them to move on to Memorial Middle School, which offers its own top-notch engineering and robotics program.
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was born in Scotland on November 25, 1835 and immigrated to America with his parents and brother at age 13. He educated himself by using public libraries, a rare opportunity at the time, and amassed a fortune in the steel business.
Carnegie has been criticized for being stingy with the workers who earned his fortunes for him. Some may have considered him to be a ruthless cost-cutter and union buster. The Homestead Steel Strike, occurring at one of Carnegie’s facilities as a result of a wage dispute, left 10 people dead. Although Carnegie was not found to be responsible for the incident, it helped to shape union families’ distrust of Carnegie and that distrust extends to this day. Moreover, Carnegie left the same business partner from the Homestead strike in charge of a dam in Johnstown and the resulting flooding in that incident killed over 2,000 people and maimed countless more.
Philanthropy was of central importance to Carnegie, and he spent a significant part of his adult life giving away his large fortune to numerous causes. In addition to the numerous public libraries he has funded, his legacy also includes a multitude of foundations and universities which are still in existence today.
Although he was not considered an abolitionist during the civil war, he donated substantial sums to historically African American universities rather than schools such as Harvard or Yale. Carnegie is a role model for immigrants, and his legacy is generally considered to be positive.
Individuals with diverse backgrounds look up to Carnegie for his business acumen and his philanthropic ventures. His donations have funded medical research (leading to the discovery of insulin), supported children’s early learning (the creation of Sesame Street), and provided the impetus for a basic form of college financial aid (the Pell Grant).
Carnegie lived in the north at the time of the Civil War, but rather than enlist, he hired a substitute. Although this practice was common for wealthy men at the time, it may draw ire from those who examine Carnegie’s life now.
Relevant Historical Context
The school was built in 1958. At that time in Tulsa, citizens were turning their focus toward the city’s culture and seeking to make Tulsa a better place to live. Carnegie’s contributions to education for all are consistent with that goal.
Andrew Carnegie. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.history.co.uk/biographies/andrew-carnegie
Carnegie Corporation of New York. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.carnegie.org/
Schwartz, S. (2017). Andrew Carnegie - Steel Magnate and the Richest Man in the World. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/andrew-carnegie-p2-1779857
Tulsa History. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.tulsahistory.org/
1892 Homestead Strike. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://aflcio.org/about/history/labor-history-events/1892-homestead-strike
Hello. My name is Mrs. Krista Blanche. I am proud to be the Principal of Carnegie Elementary! This school is a close family and I am honored to be a part of it. I have more than 17 years of experience in education (half of those years teaching and half serving in administrative roles). I have served in the following administrative positions throughout my career: Principal, Assistant Principal, District Test Coordinator, Pupil Accounting/Grants/Enrollment, Professional Development Trainer, Data/Lead Researcher and Instructional Technology Director. I look forward to an incredible school year! Feel free to visit me at school, call or email. I’m here to serve. Together, we will continue to “Rise to Excellence”!
Mrs. Krista Blanche
Principal, Carnegie Elementary