Broken Arrow Public Schools is excitedly launching a new program called Engage BA to effectively connect and establish relationships with local businesses and community partners.
“Engage BA will truly promote a school culture in which students attend regularly, become knowledgeable about career opportunities in their community, develop a sense of responsibility for their community, and are motivated to engage with their education and community,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Coordinator of Community Development Amanda Grace said.
For more than 20 years, Broken Arrow Public Schools has connected the community with the classroom through programs like Partners in Education. However, with the district’s recent focus on student and community engagement, district leadership created a revamped initiative aimed at creating a mutually-beneficial, cooperative program.
"It has been at the forefront of our goals to involve the community in the schools so much that the lines between school and community are blurred,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Engage BA partners will have the opportunity to create a positive impact on our students, whether it’s through providing internships and apprenticeships or giving school supplies to a school site in need. In return, the district will give partners the recognition and ‘thanks’ they deserve.”
Businesses or organizations interested in connecting with the district can contact Amanda Grace at 918-259-7787 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Broken Arrow's Special Olympics program is hosting a parent meeting for those interested in their child participating on the Special Olympics team for the 2019-20 school year. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Education Service Center boardroom.
Parents will receive a packet of important info and forms to complete.
For any questions about this program, please contact:
To increase student awareness of the possibilities that exist after graduation, more than 100 college and university representatives are traveling to Broken Arrow High School for the annual College Fair taking place in the grand lobby on Monday, Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“The College Fair is the ideal opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of colleges and universities,” said Kristin Carr, lead college and career counselor at Broken Arrow High School. “Knowledge about the numerous options available for post-secondary educational options aids students in making the best choice for their future.”
Higher education schools from across the country will offer free advice and academic guidance to Broken Arrow students and parents of any grade. These schools include The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, West Point, The University of Arkansas, Tulsa Community College, The University of Tulsa and many others.
This year, Oklahoma college fairs are automated, so in order for students to have more time to speak with college representatives, they can print a bar code with personal contact information embedded. The colleges will scan the bar code at the college fair and send additional information at a later date. While this is optional, it saves parents and students time.
How does the process work? The following seven steps are all the students need to do to register.
For more information about the College Fair, please contact Broken Arrow High School’s college and career office at 918-259-4700 x4750.
Four Broken Arrow High School students are named as this year’s National Merit Semifinalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments.
Michael Musa, John Bryce, Emily Newby and Emily Painter are among approximately 16,000 students from across the nation who have qualified for this honor and are some of the highest scoring students in the state of Oklahoma.
“Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is one of the greatest academic accomplishments a high school student can achieve,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I hope you’ll join me in congratulating each of them. The level of hard work and commitment they have shown is admirable and a source of inspiration for our younger students.”
BAHS Principal Liz Burns echoed Dunlop’s sentiments.
"Attaining the honor of being named a National Merit Semifinalist is the culmination of many months and years of hard work on the part of these students and a title which they will be able to carry proudly throughout their lives,” Burns said. “Our school is proud of their accomplishments and will hold their example up to current and future students to show what may be possible when students are willing to work hard and challenge themselves to be their very best."
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is a long-standing academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of nearly 1.5 million entrants each year.
From there, 34,000 students are commended and 16,000 semifinalists are chosen. Every year in February, 15,000 finalists are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. From March to mid-June, approximately 8,000 students will be selected to receive a scholarship award, which includes National Merit Scholarships as well as corporate- and college-sponsored scholarships.
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition, please visit http://www.nationalmerit.org/.
As part of the second phase of its 2015 bond issue, Broken Arrow Public Schools will begin construction this spring on its state-of-the-art STEM innovation building and vocational agriculture center. This facility will be located on the property behind Casey’s General Store on Albany and County Line. It is expected to open for the 2021-22 school year.
“This center will allow students to engage in instruction and activities relating to all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” Broken Arrow Public Schools Executive Director of Construction Bob Tolomeo said. “In an effort to truly capture what programming will exist within the building, we are consistently conversing with a committee of students and staff members to make sure we are meeting their needs.”
The site will include a number of labs, a makerspace, a workshop, a build shop, numerous outdoor classrooms and more. In addition, the vocational agriculture center will include animal pens and show barns for those students pursuing careers in agricultural production, agribusiness and other agricultural related occupations.
Academic programming, including the grade levels this facility will accommodate, is still being discussed.
This project is being made possible by the passage of the 2015 bond issue. These bond funds allow us to add classrooms to accommodate growing enrollment, expand and update our facilities and add technology to the classroom. For more information, please visit www.baschools.org/2015bond.
As part of the second phase of its 2015 bond issue, Broken Arrow Public Schools is seeing construction progress on its 16th elementary school.
“With over half of the district’s growth at the elementary school level, we are excited to see development on our 16th elementary school,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Executive Director of Construction Bob Tolomeo said. “Our partners GH2 Architects and Manhattan Construction are doing a great job creating an environment that our students will feel safe and thrive.”
The new elementary school, which has not yet been named, will open for the 2020-21 school year. It will be located near Northeastern State University-BA and the Broken Arrow Events Park at 101st and the Creek Turnpike.
The site will accommodate approximately 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will include 28 classrooms, a media center, art and music classrooms, a full-size gymnasium and a tornado safe room.
“In addition, this school site will contain a cistern and wind turbine in an effort to start introducing students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” said Tolomeo. “A cistern is a water collection system, and it will use rain water gathered from the roof to irrigate some of our landscaping. The wind turbine will be used as a learning tool to teach students about energy conservation. We are excited about both of these features.”
For more information about the 2015 bond issue, please visit www.baschools.org/2015bond.
Through the National School Lunch Program, students may qualify for free and reduced rates for breakfast and lunch based on household size and income.
Students who wish to participate in the program must enroll or re-enroll each school year by filling out an online application or a paper application available at all school sites, the enrollment center or the child nutrition department.
The district is strongly encouraging parents/guardians to have applications completed by Sept. 20 to ensure they are processed and approved by Oct. 1.
Students who are direct certified DO NOT need an application. They should receive their letters in the mail in the coming days.
For questions or concerns, please contact the child nutrition department at 918-259-4565.