With the help of Move For Hunger, Broken Arrow Accent Moving and Storage, and Bama Companies, Broken Arrow Public Schools is holding its seventh annual districtwide food drive March 25-29 to benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit that provides basic needs and emergency assistance.
Broken Arrow Neighbors is asking certain sites to collect specific items in order to complete summer food baskets that will be distributed to families in need.
According to a report by Feeding America, 17 percent of Oklahoma’s population is considered food insecure, leaving 242,990 children unsure where they will get their next meal. Locally, this means that one out of four Broken Arrow children are at risk of being hungry.
Last year, the food drive resulted in more than 6,000 pounds of food.
Nationwide, the BA event is the largest school-related drive for Move For Hunger, and the district’s assistance throughout the school year makes it the top contributor of food donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors.
The districtwide drive began with an idea generated by Candy Lievsay, teacher at Sequoyah Middle School. In January 2012, her classroom read an article about Move For Hunger, a nonprofit organization that teams up with relocation companies across the nation to pick up non-perishable food items from people who are moving and deliver the items to local food banks. In the fall of 2012, Sequoyah held a food drive that collected more than 3,500 pounds of food, and Move For Hunger along with Accent Moving and Storage supplied the muscle to get the food delivered to Broken Arrow Neighbors.
In March of 2013, the district held its first districtwide food drive and has since collected more than 80,000 pounds of food.
To learn more about Broken Arrow Neighbors, please visit www.baneighbors.org.
After ten years of service on the Broken Arrow Board of Education, former board member Cheryl Kelly’s term has expired, and she has decided not to run for re-election. Since 2009, Kelly has represented citizens living in Zone 4 of the school district’s boundaries.
Kelly has been both a teacher and an administrator in Broken Arrow schools. She was twice named a Site Teacher of the Year and was recognized as one of 10 finalists for Broken Arrow Public Schools District Teacher of the Year. In addition to her vast experience in education, Kelly has also been active in the community, serving on the Broken Arrow Chamber Board, the Economic Development Corporation, Chamber’s Legislative Committee and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s Board of Directors.
Please join us in honoring Ms. Kelly from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in the lobby of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701. S. Main Street.
On April 2, some Broken Arrow citizens will be able to cast their vote for the Zone 4 school board member as the seat is vacated.
After 10 years of service on the Board of Education, Zone 4 Board member Cheryl Kelly has decided not to run for re-election.
Two candidates have filed for the seat: Dr. Chancey Bosch and Brandy Roulet.
Dr. Chancey Bosch is the assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Oral Roberts University. He spent six years in the Marine Corps, seven years as a public school teacher and coach, and seven years as an associate pastor.
Ms. Brandy Roulet earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Science from Oklahoma State University. She is currently an assistant professor of dental hygiene at Tulsa Community College.
The Broken Arrow Board of Education is an elected Board, and its members must tackle the enormous job of governing Oklahoma’s sixth largest school district while also preserving core democratic values. The Broken Arrow Board is responsible for establishing policies under which the school system operates. While acting within the framework of Oklahoma and federal laws, the Board is responsible for taking into consideration the unique needs of the community.
Only those citizens who live in Zone 4 are permitted to vote in the election on Tuesday, April 2. Early voting is available Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tulsa County Election Board, 555 North Denver, Tulsa.
Zone 4 school sites are Aspen Creek ECC, Aspen Creek Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Wolf Creek Elementary, Childers Middle School and Oliver Middle School.
Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education approved the 2019-20 Instructional Calendar (pdf) at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 11.
Students in grades K-12 will return for their first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 15. New for next year, the first day of school for Pre-K students is Aug. 19.
In order to help accommodate families and their planning, three snow days have been built into the calendar, and the last day of school has been set for May 22, 2020. If unused snow days are remaining at the end of the 2019-20 school year, the last day of school will be adjusted for an earlier dismissal. Please refer to the bottom right-hand side of the calendar for more details.
In the event the district extends beyond three regular snow days, virtual days may be possible, and students will complete assignments from home.
The date of graduation commencement for the Class of 2020 will be released next winter. Because the BOK Center is a venue that holds many events, Broken Arrow Public Schools is not able to negotiate a date until later in the calendar year.
Juniors at Broken Arrow High School are required to take the SAT exam at no cost during the school day on Tuesday, April 9. This day will be a virtual day for sophomores and seniors and they will not be coming to school that day.
The SAT exam will be an online test this year. Students will need to make sure to charge their Chromebook to full capacity the night before and will also need to bring his/her power cord. The test is five hours long and many Chromebooks will not last this long. Testing locations will be setup for students to plug in their Chromebook.
“The SAT is the nation’s most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities. Research shows the SAT assesses the critical thinking skills our students need for academic success in college and beyond,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “A few years ago, the SAT was redesigned to reflect state and district standards, which allows our students to showcase their best work by mastering the skills they are learning in the classroom.”
Students do not have to bring a calculator. They will be able to use the online calculator. However, if a student would like to use a hand-held calculator, then they need to bring an approved SAT calculator on test day. Only battery-operated, handheld equipment can be used for testing. No power cords are allowed.
In addition, the College Board provides students with SAT practice tools through the Khan Academy, which includes personalized study plans, full-length practice tests, thousands of interactive practice questions, video lessons, test taking tips and more.
April 24 is a scheduled make-up day for students who missed taking the test on April 9.
For more detailed information on the SAT, please visit www.baschools.org/SAT.