With more than 15 years of experience in information technology and project management, Ben Stout was selected as the next Chief Technology Officer for Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) after an extensive interview process. The hire was approved at the regularly scheduled monthly Board of Education meeting on Feb. 13.
Prior to joining the BAPS team, Stout served as the chief information officer at Cypress Energy Partners, Tulsa Public Schools, the City of Tulsa and TV Guide International Incorporated. He has experience in developing, implementing, managing and supporting strategic initiatives for new business opportunities and technology.
Stout received his bachelor’s degree in computing and information sciences from Oklahoma State University.
Over the years, he has served in several leadership positions as well as on the board of directors for a number of organizations, including the Chief Information Officer’s Technology Forum, the State Department of Education, Oklahoma State University’s Institute of Technology and the City of Tulsa.
“Beyond his team building and project management experience, Mr. Stout’s diverse professional experience, especially in the field of education, will make him an excellent addition to our team,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “We are looking forward to continuing our momentum with state-of-the-art technology resources that generate an interactive classroom, promote engaging curriculum and increase student achievement.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is proud to have four Early Childhood Development Centers (ECC), including Creekwood, Aspen Creek, Park Lane and Arrow Springs that give students a place to embark upon new adventures in a classroom environment. All children who turn four years old by Sept. 1 are eligible for enrollment as a 2017-18 Pre-K student.
Parents can pick up Pre-K enrollment packets at the Enrollment Center, located at 210 N. Main St. Parents will need to complete the required paperwork and finish the enrollment process at the Enrollment Center. Click here to access the convenient Student Enrollment Checklist, which outlines the documents required for the enrollment process.
“Early Bird” enrollment for Pre-K is Feb. 20 through March 3. General Pre-K enrollment opens on March 6.
“Our program is designed to be a collaborative effort involving parents, students and teachers, and by working as a team, I have no doubt that we will be successful in our mission to create a foundation for life-long learning in our youngest Broken Arrow Tigers,” Executive Director of Elementary Education Karla Dyess said.
Each ECC is equipped with early childhood certified teachers and teaching aides who educate no more than 20 students per classroom. Through activities centered on reading, writing, math, art and music, students begin developing early reasoning and problem solving skills – all of which support the district’s mantra of Literacy, Engagement and, eventually, Graduation.
“Full-day Pre-K is a tremendous gift to our community,” said Park Lane ECC Principal Barbara Jones. “We believe this program sets the stage for student success at Broken Arrow Public Schools and beyond.”
For more information, please contact the Enrollment Center at 918-259-4301.
Enrollment for current students attending Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) takes place each spring semester. In recent years, BAPS has seen unprecedented enrollment growth, and in order to ensure that each and every student has access to the best education, services and resources, enrollment procedures were updated last year to include proof of residency/address.
Though this was a change in our enrollment procedures, it helped the district align services and resources to balance class sizes and provided the very best in transportation, child nutrition and other student support services from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Students are required to attach proof of residency/address to their annual enrollment card and return this back to their school site in order to be re-enrolled for next school year.
Proof of residency/address includes any one of the following documentation:
Please note, in order for students to attend BAPS:
For more information, please contact your school site or the enrollment office at 918-259-4301.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 Instructional Calendar. Students will return for their first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 17. In order to help accommodate families and their planning, five snow days have been built into the calendar, and the last day of school has been set for May 25, 2018. If unused snow days are remaining at the end of the 2017-2018 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.
The date of graduation commencement for next year's Class of 2018 will be released next winter; most likely December of 2017 or January of 2018, so please check the website for updates. Because the BOK Center is a venue that holds many events, BAPS is not able to negotiate a date until later in the calendar year. We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to hosting friends and family as another class of BA Tigers walks across the stage next May.
Please click here to view the latest issue of Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) digital Arrowpoint Magazine. Because this award-winning district publication is delivered electronically, the district is able to publish information in a more timely fashion with more interactive content. Additionally and most importantly, the district is able to divert the financial resources previously used for printing and postage to our classrooms. Please share the magazine with your friends, family and neighbors so they can read about the great things happening at BAPS. Anyone interested in having our publication delivered directly to their inbox can subscribe here.
For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will be providing all public high school juniors with the opportunity to take a College and Career Readiness Exam at no cost. Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is pleased to participate in this program, and the ACT will be administered to all Broken Arrow juniors (11 graders) during the school day on Tuesday, March 21.
This initiative serves as an important opportunity for future student success. The ACT assessment helps teachers and families determine a student’s academic readiness for post-secondary placement. Scores in English, mathematics, reading and science are important indicators of a student’s preparedness to take those next steps after high school graduation, whether that step is college, a career or the military.
“We are extremely grateful to the state of Oklahoma for providing the ACT exam to our juniors again this year,” said Tony Sappington, junior principal at Broken Arrow High School (BAHS). “Experiencing the ACT is an important opportunity for all students. We welcome the opportunity to use a highly-regarded and widely-used measure of college and career readiness to provide all kids with access to a better future.”
Juniors do not need to register or do anything to take the test other than show up. They will receive a schedule closer to the test date. On test day, students will need to bring their BAHS-issued photo ID and two No. 2 pencils to the exam on March 21. If they choose to use a calculator, a list of ACT-approved calculators can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html. Students will receive Parent-Student Guides with information on practice and test tips. For more information on this test, please contact the high school at 918-259-4310.
Test Taking Tips
BAPS is pleased to announce that BAHS students in grades 10-12 will have access to free ACT test prep resources through Naviance, the district's online post-high school planning portal. Students and parents can access the ACT test prep, as well as additional resources, through their Naviance account at www.baschools.org/beyondba.
Three Broken Arrow High School students were recently honored as this year’s National Merit Finalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments.
Maia Cruse, Madeline Pratt and Jacob Taylor are among approximately 15,000 students from across the nation who qualified and are some of the highest scoring students in the state of Oklahoma.
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 finalists 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 www.nationalmerit.org.