7th & 8th Grade


​Mrs. Ruth Vargas

​Email: rvargas@tulsaadventistacademy.org

Mrs. Vargas applies TAA’s “Thrive!” motto: “Thriving means there is security in the environment. A student must feel safe physically and emotionally in order to thrive. The seventh and eighth grade classroom is a place where security in learning is promoted,” she explains.   To her, thriving also means positive cooperation with others. “At the beginning of the year, I take my class on a trip to the ropes course where they maneuver through a series of challenges and activities to learn how to work together as a team to help everyone feel successful at the end of the day. Each day we learn to support and encourage each other as a classroom family.”    Mrs. Vargas practices “inviting Jesus into our classroom each morning and experiencing His love throughout the day. We begin each day with prayer. We spend time acknowledging the things He has done and the prayers that have been answered.” Her students take responsibility for their own work by monitoring their own grades and she gives them strategies for improving their grades. “I also promote time
management skills.  For example, if we finish a class with a few minutes to spare, I encourage my students to work on any other homework that they have so that they have more time after school for other things!”    Mrs. Vargas’ favorite scripture is Proverbs 4:13:  “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”


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