Message from the Superintendent

May 11, 2021
Millwood Public Schools Administration and Board of Education are deeply concerned that Governor Stitt saw fit to sign HB 1775 into law despite numerous objections from communities around Oklahoma to veto it. The law at face value simply states that teachers may not teach Critical Race Theory in public schools, an unnecessary solution to a problem that is non-existent to Superintendents across the state and likely a directive from the Republican National Party, as other states including Texas, Indiana and others are passing the same similar measures. According to the Governor, per his press conference, after the Bill was signed, there is no race or gender issue, except for the ones that are taught or shared by teachers in our classrooms across the state.
We at Millwood Public Schools believe that all people are innately good, as I am certain most of us do. We understand that there are always outlying teachers and employees that make mistakes and use language that should not be used in a classroom setting, this law however will not prevent that. Instead, it will muzzle teachers on an already sensitive topic to likely avoid or restrict crucial conversations.
America is a beautiful collection of many cultures. This law limits our ability to create a strong workforce able to overcome adversity. It makes it more likely for children to not fully socialize, learning about cultures that are not their own. The threat of violating the law by making an individual feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex is too much to navigate by already stressed teachers.
Now more than ever as educators we must work to be more inclusive in our approach to literature in the classrooms and with our curriculum support materials. All materials in every classroom across the state should be representative of a global society and reflect the experiences of all Oklahomans. Utilizing the Oklahoma Standards as our guide, let's work together to develop these resources to support one another. When we normalize the usage of diverse literature, children will begin to see others as peers, and discussions regarding similarities and differences become normalized instead of taboo.
For years the voices of minorities have been silenced, stifled, and stolen. It is impossible to examine the history of and ongoing disparities in health, wages, wealth, education, employment rates, life expectancy, and criminal convictions without noticing that people of color are always receiving the short end of the stick. One would have to conclude that either the people of color are inferior or that there is some systemic structure that contributes to these disparities. Declaring that structural racism is not to be addressed using “public dollars” when these are public problems is an absolute failure in recognizing what children in the 21st Century need in an ever-evolving society. This legislation does nothing more than ensure that Oklahoma’s children will continue to be ignorant, intimidated and ill-prepared to address the global society of their future.
January 21, 2021
Welcome Back Millwood Families! We will begin A/B schedules for in-person learning for MELA and Arts Academy on Monday, January 25, 2021, and in-person learning for Millwood High School on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. We are excited to welcome students and families back onto campus! Happy New Year!
November 13, 2020
Dear Millwood Families,

Due to the large increase COVID-19 cases in our area, Oklahoma County has moved us into the OSDE’s Red Alert Level.  The increase in positive cases from 30.4 cases last week to 67.3 this week gives us great cause for concern. We have also had a rash of COVID cases recently on campus from students and staff.  In accordance with our district plan, all of our instruction will switch to the total virtual option.  Because we are at the Red level, teachers also have the option to work from home.  Further, with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, we are concerned that the spread will continue. To mitigate the adverse effects of widespread outbreaks, the week of November 30-December 4th will also be virtual. 
Also, due to the ice storm during the week of October 26th, we will be required to make up the lost instructional days. We will make up this time virtually on November 23rdand 24th and on December 21st and 22nd.  Teachers and students will be virtual on these days.  Your school principal will reach out to you to inform you of what that will consist of. 

To summarize:
November 16-20th will be virtual
November 23 and 24th are added to the District calendar as make up days and are virtual
November 25-27 is Thanksgiving Break
November 30-December 4th will be virtual 
December 21 and 22nd are added to the District calendar as make up days and are virtual
December 23-January 4th is our Christmas Break
*Extra Curricular activities and sports may still occur with some restrictions during this time.  

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 
September 18, 2020

Hello Millwood Families!
Our virtual start is finally leveling out!  We have handed out over 700 devices to families to assist in this new way of learning.  If your child(ren) is still having trouble, please call our Technology Assistant, Mr. Edwards at (405) 409-2450.  He can help with resetting passwords, troubleshooting tech issues and walking parents or grandparents through what the child needs to do to log on.  For students in grades PreK-2, we are working to get technology out for their use soon.
As we get closer to the end of the first quarter, we will be sending out a survey again to parents to determine how virtual learning is progressing and how we could potentially bring students back next semester.   Our goal is to return to in-person learning soon, but we need your feedback in helping to determine when that could be.  The survey will be coming out in the next few days, so please take a few minutes to fill it out.
Beginning next week, we will have baseline testing happening both on campus and in person for some grades.  It is VERY important that your child participates in this.  It will allow for us to start to get students re-exposed to the school building, while also helping them learn and practice safe and healthy interactions with their peers.  Our staff will be taking all CDC recommended precautions to keep everyone safe during this process.  If you do not feel comfortable sending your child to campus, please contact the office at your child’s school to make other arrangements.
Lastly, we want to congratulate Mr. Phredd Evans for being named the Interim Principal at the high school.  Mr. Evans has been with the district for 10 years in several roles and is very excited about this role and will continue with his firm commitment to your children and the Millwood Community.
Thank you parents for all that you have done to ensure a smooth transition into virtual learning this year.  We know that it has not been easy.  Your continued support and commitment is unmatched and we are truly grateful.

Cecilia Robinson-Woods
August 23, 2020
Millwood Public Schools is poised to make history this month with the appointment of Phredd Evans to be the successor at the high school as Interim Principal.  On August 31st, our current Interim Principal, Dawn Bowles, will step down from the post due to COVID-19 concerns after one year of service.   
Mr. Evans will join Warren Pete who is the Arts Academy Principal and Axel Nda, who was just named as the MELA principal as the campus administrators at Millwood Public Schools.
Mr. Evans is in his 10th year at Millwood Public Schools where he has served as a teacher and Assistant Principal.  Mr. Evans joined Millwood Public Schools through the Troops to Teachers Program and is a retired U.S. Army Major.
All Millwood Public Schools will begin on August 24th virtually on all three campuses for the first nine weeks of school.
Please contact Cecilia Robinson-Woods if you have questions at 478-1336 x5400 or at
Millwood Public Schools 
6724 Martin Luther King Ave. 
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
August 3, 2020
Millwood Parents and Families, 

The shifts in our lives due to the COVID-19 Pandemic are diverse. Unfortunately, the impact of
the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school. On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Millwood Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss reopening plans for the 2020-2021 School Year. Based on current health conditions within Oklahoma County and the needs of our community, at this time all schools within Millwood Public Schools District:

Will have a delayed school start date. School will begin on August 24, 2020. 
The first 9 weeks of school will be completely virtual. No classes will be held on campus except for some students who receive specific Special Education services. Please see our Reopening Framework for more information. 
High School sports will remain open and in progress with coaches, staff, and players practicing CDC guidelines and protocols. 
We want to thank those who participated in taking the School District’s Survey regarding the opening of the next school year. Those responses were utilized to develop a specialized educational plan and included a committee of staff, parents, board members, and community partners.  It was organized to study the restrictions, survey responses, district resources, and recommended the plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 
In an effort to ease the transition into Virtual classrooms we will be meeting with ALL families in person the week of August 17th.  You will be contacted by your child’s school with a specific date and time. 
Thank you for your dedication and understanding during this time. More information on the district reopening plan can be found on the district website at
Superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods
June 3, 2020
Dear Millwood Families:

The Millwood Public Schools Board, Staff and Administration are deeply saddened by the continued events surrounding the use of police force and brutality against Black Americans.  As a district that serves 97% Black families, we are well aware of the concerns and trepidation that our students, families and most staff have in regards to dealing with the law enforcement, thankfully it now seems that finally, the world is beginning to understand our fears. 

Our position at MPS is that we are ALWAYS concerned about racial injustice.  The difference in our concern from others is that unlike a rally, a protest or a social media post, our concern never passes.  The feeling of fear, empathy and compassion for those families that experience racial injustice never passes, because we are those families.  WE experience it with your children as we load up teams on buses and travel to the most rural areas in the state and bring 150 people of color to mostly white towns, WE feel it when we participate in State athletic and non-athletic competitions and our children are the only teams of color, WE feel it when our students participate in internships, concurrent enrollment or trips to the zoo when our students are often the only Blacks in a group. The feeling never passes.

We pride ourself in preparing our students to be Champions in the classroom, in the community and in life.  Racial injustice is nothing new to us and educating students on this is a part of that preparation.  Advocating for our population is what we do.  We will continue to fight for justice for our families and the Black community as a whole.  It is time for a change, and we will be on the frontlines pushing to make sure that our children get the chance to be the Champion that we all know they can be. Stay strong!   


Superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods
May 20, 2020
Dear Millwood Families:

As the school year comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the road we have traveled together these past months. It has been a very successful, albeit an unexpecting year for Millwood Public Schools and the nation as a whole. 

From preschool to high school, our student body remained diligent in finishing the school year with enthusiasm and determination. Our students are among the brightest and most innovative, which has been shown by their considerable ability to adapt in this time of change and uncertainty. I am also proud of the efforts and dedication shown by the Senior Class of 2020. Congratulations on your achievements and the attainment of a new milestone in your lives. It has been an honor to see you grow during your time at Millwood. I am thrilled to see how your impact will change the world upon your graduation and am honored to call you all “Forever Falcons”. 
Resilience echoes in the halls of each of our campuses, and I anticipate the new adventures the next school year will accompany. Upon reopening, it will be the time for exciting experiences and memories to be made within our classrooms, and for new relationships to be fostered, even if it is virtually. Regardless of what the coming months bring, I have no doubt that the Millwood family will rise to the occasion as we have time and time again. 

On behalf of our staff, I want to express our sincere gratitude for your continuing support and participation as we strive to prepare all students academically and socially for lifelong learning and achievement. Further information will be communicated at a later date regarding our 2020-21 School year, please know that we are working hard to ensure that we can deliver educational opportunities in the safest way possible.   I wish you all a safe and relaxing summer break and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.   


Superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods