Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences picks up pieces at old Tulsa Public Schools site

TULSA - It's back to class for the displaced Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, the old Sequoyah Elementary has a new sign out front and about 300 students filled the seats.

The day started with a yearly back to school tradition: bag pipes.

From there, it was far from routine.

Empty shelves, bulletin boards, drawers and desks.

No books, computers, smart boards or supplies, but the most important things were in place, the students and teachers.

"Right now we're having the kids just meet, get together, talk through some of the ugly stuff that's happened," said TSAS director Eric Ross.

View pictures from the scene at http:// bit.ly / ThWi2Q .

It's a day to get teachers and students back into the swing of things and to let out some steam.

The first item on the agenda included talking about how they felt and how they found out.

Students were also given a map of the school with their teacher's names labeled on each classroom.

"They're going to go to each of their classes and they're going to talk about what does this class look like?  What happened to my homework?" Ross said.

The school will be getting some of the excess supplies originally donated to the Mannford fire victims.

Officials are in the process of compiling a list of needs.

"One of the main things that we lost were musical instruments, we have a really, really successful fine arts program," said 9th and 10th grade teacher Daniel Hahn.

Officials say they are optimistic about the future, and taking it one day at a time.

There will be no class for students of Friday, it will be a day for teachers to regroup.

To  donate to TSAS or to see their needs list once they get it compiled, head to TSAS.org or their Donate to TSAS page.

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