To increase student awareness of the possibilities that exist after graduation, more than 60 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. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“The BAHS 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, Princeton 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 Readiness Center at 918-259-4700 x4750.
At Broken Arrow Public Schools, Lauren Weir is known for her smile, her loving heart for kids and her work ethic in the Highland Park Elementary cafeteria. Now, she will also be known as one of the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Disability Employment Awards of Excellence.
These awards are given each year to outstanding employees with disabilities, to businesses that hire persons with disabilities, and to members of the media or media organizations that publicize these work programs.
“Lauren is a very hard-working and dependable employee,” said Highland Park Elementary Principal Beth Schmidt. “Every day, she does her job with integrity, consistency and dedication. She joyfully exhibits our Broken Arrow core value of being student-focused by engaging our students through kindness, compassion and making them happy. We are proud that she is part of the BA family.”
Weir, who has worked at Highland Park for a little over a year, was nominated by her Gatesway job coach Ana Sapero because of her constant determination and outstanding performance at work. Gatesway is a nonprofit Oklahoma agency that encourages independence and provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
“In the beginning when I first met Lauren, she was very shy,” said Sapero. “She interviewed for a lot of positions but always stayed happy and positive while waiting for the right job. When she got the job at Highland Park, Lauren said that working there had always been her dream job.”
Because of her achievements while at Highland Park Elementary, Weir will be honored at a special ceremony in early October where she will receive a commendation from Governor Mary Fallin.
"I was very excited and shocked when I found out I won," Weir said. "My favorite part about Highland Park is working with the other ladies. I couldn't be as successful at my job if it weren't for them."
Every fall, the Broken Arrow High School Alumni Association selects a group of “Great Graduates” who exhibit strong leadership skills and remain dedicated to service within their community, bringing honor to their alma mater through personal and professional accomplishments.
This year, joining the ranks of Broken Arrow’s Great Graduates are Loutita Denison Eason, Class of 1964; Dr. LaMont Cavanaugh, Class of 1984; Oklahoma Sen. Joe Newhouse, Class of 1998; and Billie Sue Hood Thompson, Class of 1961.
Each will be recognized during the homecoming football game on Oct. 5.
“It’s so wonderful to witness Broken Arrow graduates go on to do great things in the community and beyond,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “There is no better time than homecoming week to recognize and celebrate the successes of our alumni.”
The BAHS Alumni Association was revived in 1999, starting the tradition of the Great Graduates. The first-ever Great Graduates class was formally honored as part of the BAPS Foundation Banquet festivities in the spring of 1999. In 2001, the Alumni Association began to host their own event, specifically honoring the Great Graduates and their guests. This tradition continues to the present. Nominations are solicited throughout the Broken Arrow community for alumni who have modeled a selfless life of achievement and service to others for at least 20 years.
The Broken Arrow Alumni Association is pleased to introduce the following Great Graduates:
Loutita Denison Eason – Class of 1964
Very few people can match the standard of excellence in service to mankind established by this year’s Great Graduate from the Class of 1964.
The late Loutita “Tish” Denison Eason was a hometown girl who graduated at the top of her class. She later earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Microbiology and in 1979, a Juris Doctorate, all from the University of Oklahoma. After college, she launched her career at the Oklahoma Department of Securities attaining the office of General Counsel.
Eason entered into private practice in 1983, specializing in securities and public trust law. She and Jack Lawrence served many years as General Counsel for the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. Upon Lawrence’s retirement, she continued to serve in that capacity.
In 2002, Eason became the first female and first layperson to serve as Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma. She distinguished herself in that role until her retirement in July of 2017. She passed away the following year.
According to newspaper records, Eason was a member of many charitable organizations, including the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She and her husband of 38 years, Douglas Eason, had two sons, Chris of Tulsa and Bryan of Tacoma, Washington. Other survivors include her daughterin-law, Michelle, of Tulsa, two granddaughters and her sister, Brenda Wilson of Dallas.
Oklahoma Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins summarized the feelings of many who knew and were associated with Eason when he said he remembers her as intelligent, highly professional and “a loving and caring person who tirelessly sought to help others. Her inclusion as a Great Graduate is well deserved and an acknowledgement of a life well served.”
Dr. LaMont Cavanaugh – Class of 1984
Friends and classmates say it would be impossible to identify all the milestones in Dr. LaMont Cavanaugh’s distinguished career in the limited amount of space available in this program.
They are absolutely right. But even a casual review of his resume provides ample evidence of why he was selected as this year’s Great Graduate from the Class of 1984.
This story begins as “Monty” was wrapping up his first year as a student in Broken Arrow Public Schools. During his senior year, he was a Student of the Month, Boy of the Year, president of the Student Council, a member of the Senior Board and a leader of both the French Club and his school’s mentorship program. At the same time, he was part of the drumline of the Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band and a member of the National Honor Society.
After that, he became part of the Sooner world earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and his medical degree, both from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine within the OU-Tulsa University School of Community Medicine and OU Physicians -Tulsa. A Fellow in Sports Medicine, he joined that organization as a faculty member in 2001 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.
Additional responsibilities include service as Chairman of the Center for Concussion; Medical Director of OU’s Champion Health Program Center for Exercise and Sports Medicine, and Director of the university’s Health at Work program in Tulsa.
Away from the education environment, Cavanaugh is a staff member at Hillcrest Medical Center and serves as Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.
Cavanaugh and his wife, Kristi, have four children: Lily, 13;Walton 11; Andrew, 9, and 7-year-old Evelyn whom they adopted from Uganda.
Oklahoma Sen. Joe Newhouse – Class of 1998
A product of Broken Arrow Public Schools K-12, State Senator Joe Newhouse played basketball, ran track and completed his first triathlon and as, a senior, studied as an exchange student in Germany.
Following high school, this year’s Great Graduate from the class of 1998 earned a degree in international economics from Georgetown University, became a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy and married Laura, his college sweetheart. Assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, then lieutenant Newhouse flew multiple combat missions in support of Marine ground troops during the Iraq War and earned the Air Medal.
Returning home, he taught fighter tactics at the Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. and was named Instructor Pilot of the Year.
Newhouse graduated number-one in his master’s class at Chapman University in Los Angeles and earned certification as a Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. A real estate broker, he owns and operates his own property investment business and continues to serve part-time in the Navy Reserve as a Commander. In that capacity, he completed a tour as a military advisor to NATO and earned Special Qualifications as an International Affairs Officer and Joint Strategic Plans and Policy Officer.
He began his public life as a field representative for Congressman Jim Bridenstine, a member of the Governor’s Task Force to bring the F-35 to Tulsa and a board member of Coffee Bunker, a veteran’s service organization. He was elected to the State Senate in 2016 but had to put that job on hold for a year after being recalled to active duty.
Now back home, he has dedicated himself to providing the best service possible to some 75,000 residents of District 25, which includes part of Broken Arrow, south Tulsa and Jenks.
Billie Sue Hood Thompson – Class of 1961
Billie Sue Hood Thompson is a theater guru and an award-winning educator who helped pave the way to Broadway for a number of her Broken Arrow High School students.
According to the nomination letter submitted by Jo Ellen Clow, our Great Graduate from the class of 1961 returned to her alma mater to share her gift of motivating young people in theater arts.
“Many of her performances were of college level quality, motivating students to move forward in their professional careers,” Clow said.
One of these youngsters was a little girl with a big voice -- Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
Another of Thompson’s kids currently making it big on Broadway is Michael Patrick Gaffney.
“Every time I am working on a show, I think about what she taught me,” he said. “I hear her voice saying ‘the actor has three tools: the voice, the body and the imagination.’ Today, I have an award-winning show, and one of the characters I play is Billie Sue.”
Following her retirement from Broken Arrow High School, Thompson continued to direct highly acclaimed productions that included children, youths and adults. She organized and ran several theater camps and still accepts a few roles in theaters around the greater Tulsa Area.
She was involved with Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council programming, including Artists in Schools, Artists in Residence and Summer Arts. She has also worked with the Museum Broken Arrow in portraying historical females of the community.
Cementing her theater guru status, in 2011, Thompson was named the first recipient of the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award. It was named for Tulsa native Mary Kay Place to honor “an individual who has advanced the standard of theatrical excellent in the Tulsa community through creative contribution, artistic vision, exemplary service and outstanding leadership.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools’ homecoming and its traditions continually welcome hundreds of alumni, family and friends back home each fall. The 2018 edition of this year’s homecoming celebration is Oct. 1-5 and the theme is “A Moment in Time.”
In keeping with tradition, the homecoming parade is Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m., and will feature floats and displays from student groups, BA athletes and community members. The parade begins on Main Street at 1st and College and concludes at the Education Service Center/BAPAC. If you’d like to participate in the annual parade, please complete the parade entry request form. The deadline to register is 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, Broken Arrow High School will host its annual homecoming dance. Tickets will be on sale for $15 the week of the dance or $20.00 at the door. The homecoming dance entry is included in the student All-Access pass, which can be purchased in the high school’s Student Union for $80.
The excitement continues at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5, as the Tigers football team hosts Westmoore. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. During the game, a special ceremony will recognize the 2018 Great Graduates. These individuals have brought honor to their community and alma mater through personal and professional accomplishments.
For more information on this year’s homecoming events, please contact the high school’s student activities office at 918-259-4569. For information regarding football tickets, please contact the athletics office at 918-259-5900.
Are you a BA alum? We want your photos! Email a picture from your BA glory days to BAcommunications@baschools.org with “Homecoming 2018” in the subject line for a chance to be featured on the district’s Facebook page.
Three Broken Arrow High School students have been named as this year’s National Merit Semifinalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments.
Jeremie Reese, Gillian LeFevre and Mason Simmons 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/.
Broken Arrow Public Schools utilizes Home Access Center (HAC) and Canvas, both of which allow parents/guardians to measure and track student progress, grades and attendance. Online tutorials and further instructions can be found below.
Grades PreK through 5: HAC allows elementary parents to access attendance AND grades.
Grades 6 through 12: HAC ONLY allows you to view attendance. Grades and assignments are available through Canvas.
All parents: Use HAC to update your contact information
The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded 22 Broken Arrow Public Schools buildings with the prestigious ENERGY STAR certification, designating them among the top 25 percent of energy-efficient buildings nationwide.
“This is a great honor for our district as we continue to look for ways to maximize the impact our taxpayer dollars have on our students,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Each dollar saved on utility costs is one more we can put toward our classrooms.”
All BAPS school sites except for one earned the ENERGY STAR certification. Early Childhood Centers are not eligible, and Timber Ridge (opened August 2017) will be eligible for consideration next year. More than half of Broken Arrow schools scored above a 95 percent, with six schools sharing the honor of “most-efficient” with a score of 98 percent.
The district spent nearly $2 million on electricity and natural gas during the 2017-18 school year.
“Like any organization with a large number of buildings, we realize how utility costs can significantly affect the overall budget,” Chief Operating Officer Michelle Bergwall said. “That is why we use multiple strategies to proactively manage our energy expenses.”
BAPS entered into a partnership with Cenergistic, a leading energy conservation company, to start an energy savings program in 2017. In the first 17 months of the partnership, the district achieved a cost savings of more than $779,000 and saved the energy equivalent of removing 1,261 cars from the road for a year.
In addition to success with Cenergistic, BAPS recently installed 444 tons of energy-efficient HVAC cooling throughout the district, which saved nearly 80,000 kilowatt-hours and earned rebates totaling $69,400. Also, various energy-efficient lighting projects saved an additional 80,000 kWh and earned the district an additional $9,179.68 rebate.
BAPS personnel have worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and embedded energy specialist Jadon Dykes to audit and optimize each energy-using system throughout the district. Mr. Dykes tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using the latest in energy-accounting software and technology to calculate savings and identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.