Pre-kindergarten is an exciting time for children, and the district’s Early Childhood Centers (ECC) are making the transition easier for parents by providing an informational meeting that will focus on what to expect as the new school year approaches. The annual “All Things Pre-K” meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Theater located at 808 E College Street.
“We will discuss information about the early childhood programs, enrollment information, curriculum, daily schedules and all of the nuts and bolts of Pre-K,” Associate Superintendent of Elementary Education Karla Dyess said. “The Pre-K principals will also be present to answer any and all questions that the parents might have.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools is proud to have four Early Childhood Development Centers, 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 2019-20 Pre-K student. Enrollment will not take place at this meeting. However, the following are the dates for online enrollment:
“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,” Dyess said.
For more information, please contact the Elementary Education Administration office at 918-259-5724.
Once a year, Broken Arrow and Union athletes set aside the rivalry and compete for a common cause. A cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
The 7th Annual Strike Out MS is Saturday, Feb. 23, as the Tigers and Redskins varsity baseball and slow pitch softball teams take to their respective Broken Arrow High School playing fields to scrimmage at 11 a.m. The varsity baseball game will be followed by junior varsity scrimmages at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Along with the softball and baseball games, fans also will be part of the competition to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Donations will be taken as a “Gate Contest” to see which school’s team can raise the most money for the MS Society.
Several high school organizations and clubs are scheduled to participate in the event to help with concessions and t-shirt sells. A concession stand offering grilled hot dogs and hamburgers also will be available.
Tiger Baseball Coach Shannon Dobson – whose brother Matt, a former coach and teacher at Union, suffers from MS – organized the first “Strike Out MS in 2013. The previous events raised an average of nearly $2,000 each year for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
To help reduce hunger in Broken Arrow, the district is joining together with Broken Arrow Neighbors and BA Food For Kids to host the annual Empty Bowls project from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Broken Arrow High School. Tickets are on sale now for $10, which includes soup, salad, bread and a ceramic bowl handcrafted by BA students.
“I am always amazed at the level of understanding today’s youth has regarding food insecurity and their willingness to accept a call to action,” Executive Director of Broken Arrow Neighbors Kim Goddard said. “Empty Bowls is a true reflection of a strong community joining forces to address social issues that are typically unacknowledged.”
This service project began in 2012 when nearly 1,000 high school students and staff members brought the community together to raise awareness and provide substantial support to local hunger relief organizations.
Now in its seventh year, the project has grown into a districtwide project involving participation from a number of school sites, including Broken Arrow High School, the Freshman Academy, Oneta Ridge Middle School, Country Lane Intermediate and Leisure Park Elementary.
More than 700 bowls have been created by students in their art classes to give attendees as a gift of gratitude and as a reminder of the empty bowls in the world. In addition, the evening will include entertainment by orchestra, drama, creative writing and dance students.
Tickets can be purchased at the high school, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, Broken Arrow Neighbors or at the door. Attendees are also being asked to bring a non-perishable food item. All donations and proceeds benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors and BA Food For Kids.
Event sponsorships in the amount of $50 to $100 are available as well. Please contact Kim Goddard at email@example.com or 918-505-7419 for more information.
Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department will present its first NCAA Eligibility Seminar for district student athletes and parents on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main.
The seminar will cover such topics as NCAA Division I and Division II eligibility requirements, amateurism and recruiting calendars.
“With grades and core courses counting towards NCAA eligibility beginning as early as the eighth grade, this seminar will provide excellent information for parents who may not yet have children who are of secondary age,” said Steve Dunn, BAPS Executive Director of Athletics. “We planned this with those parents and students in mind, in addition to current student athletes and parents in a Broken Arrow athletic program. This will allow them to get ahead of the curve and have a better understanding of the curriculum their child may need if he or she has the potential to play college athletics.”
Featured speakers for the evening are Scott Williams, senior associate athletic director at Oral Roberts University, and Darnell Smith, assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Williams, who served as assistant athletic director for compliance at ORU from 1998 to 2005, has also worked as NCAA Athletic Certification liaison and was a member of the NCAA Athletic Certification Steering Committee.
After leaving ORU in 2005, Williams went to Oklahoma State University where he was the Assistant A.D. for Compliance for one year before being promoted to Associate A.D. for Compliance. From 2009 to 2014, Williams was the Senior Associate Athletic Director at UCO, where he was responsible for the internal operations of the department.
He is a 1995 graduate of Oklahoma State, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Williams earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1998
Smith is in his seventh year at UCO. He manages the areas of NCAA compliance, student-athlete services and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while also directing student-athlete welfare programming and serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics.
Smith joined UCO after a stint at the University of New Mexico, where he served as Director of Compliance for more than a year. In his role with UNM he managed 11 sports by maintaining institutional control in all aspects of compliance.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Smith was a four-year member and two-year starter on the Oklahoma State football team from 2002-2006. He was named OSU’s Senior of Significance and Outstanding Senior while he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Economics. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Natural & Applied Sciences at OSU and served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Athletic compliance.
“We are excited to hear the presentations of these athletic administrators who can provide first-hand information to parents on the academic needs their children will need to play athletics for an NCAA school,” Dunn said. “This is an opportunity for us to provide meaningful and enriching information to our community that will tremendously benefit our parents and students.”
Every year, a number of Broken Arrow Public Schools students in grades K-12 gather at Centennial Middle School to participate in the annual districtwide chess tournament, sponsored by Broken Arrow PTA Council. This highly anticipated tradition is taking place on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This fun-filled event promotes problem-solving, mental alertness, challenges and student engagement,” said BAPS Executive Director of Elementary Administration Jennifer Peterson.
Space is limited to the first 300 registrations. Registration is now open. Please pre-register by Feb. 27. Registration and payment will only be accepted online this year. This year, proceeds from concessions will benefit the BAPS Botball Robotics Teams. For more information or questions about this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is hosting a Parent Awareness Night titled “Protecting our Future: Lessons learned from past school violence and what parents can do” in conjunction with the Oklahoma Safe School Institute (OSSI) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at Broken Arrow Public Schools,” Executive Director of Student Services Derek Blackburn said. “We hope our parents know the important role they play in promoting school safety and reporting concerns when school violence issues arise.”
During the Parent Awareness Night, a panel of representatives from the Broken Arrow Police Department, Broken Arrow Public Schools and OSSI will provide useful information for preventing and stopping school violence.
Through a new campaign called “Report It,” Broken Arrow Public Schools has simplified the process for parents and students to report bullying, drug usage and school threats. These reports can be completed on the district’s new mobile app for iOS and Android devices or through the district’s website at www.baschools.org/ReportIt.
For more information, please contact student services at 918-259-5700.
After three and a half years of study and discussion, members of the high school configuration steering committee provided a recommendation for the future of Broken Arrow High School to the Board of Education during their regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 11.
The recommendation included implementing early career exploration, expanding career pathways, providing additional early college opportunities for students and building a new innovation/STEM facility with three possible locations, which is part of the second phase of the 2015 bond issue. The Board of Education is expected to vote on the facility location in the coming months.
In addition, the committee suggested three options for consideration contingent upon passing a bond issue in 2027.
“Our current 2015 bond package does not include funds to build a new high school, and our community was clear that when another high school is created, it's important that all campuses have equitable facilities and academic programming," Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. "In addition, it is illegal for the district to obligate a future Board of Education to future bond expenditures. These recommendations will simply provide a roadmap for the individuals sitting in leadership roles in 2027.
“In the meantime, we are providing solutions and opportunities for our students right now. From career exploration as early as 6th grade to getting an associate’s degree in high school, we are striving to create pathways that will provide a successful roadmap for our students while also extending the classroom into the community.”
To view the history and timeline of this process, please visit www.baschools.org/goba.
Frequently Asked Questions
A magnet school is usually defined as being part of the local public school system. Students would be able to attend these magnet schools based on academic opportunity and not based on the school that is nearest to where they live. All attendees would still be Broken Arrow students.
A comprehensive high school would mimic the current facilities and programs at Broken Arrow High School but on another campus.
Why can’t we revote our current bond dollars to build another high school?
If patrons were to revote our current bond issue, the district would fall behind in a number of areas, which may include textbook and technology shortages. Bond funds are currently allocated for growth in kindergarten through eighth grade, which means there aren't enough current bond dollars to build another high school that would be equitable in programs or facilities as the current high school.
Students engage in an Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) as early as 6th grade. This is a student-driven, ongoing process that actively engages students, enabling them to understand their interests, strengths, values and learning styles; create a vision of their future; develop individual goals; and prepare a personal plan for achieving their vision and goals. This will provide students with knowledge about careers of which they may have little exposure. Next steps for the district include curriculum design.
Research proves that students who are dialed into a career pathway, starting as early as 6th grade, are more likely to succeed beyond high school and easily transition to post-secondary education or the workforce. Through carefully planned curriculum, Broken Arrow Public Schools students in grades 6-12 will use project-based learning to explore all aspects of various career interest areas in peer groups. Aligned with Career Tech and higher education degree programs, career pathways are an integrated collection of curriculum and programs that provide students with a roadmap for future success and an easy-to-read plan of study based on their interests.
These pathways are designed through a collaboration with colleges, economic development agencies and local Broken Arrow employers to make sure students are learning the skills most needed to be best qualified for available job opportunities. Students will often experience off-campus jobs, apprenticeships or internships in their junior or senior years. Additional pathways will form as partnerships with local businesses and colleges are built.
Existing pathway examples include Pre-Manufacturing, Pre-Engineering and the Mullin Plumbing apprenticeship. Additional pathways are currently in the planning stages to begin within the 2019-20 school year.
Phase 1 Pathway Recommendations
Phase 2 Pathway Recommendations
Will students ever be stuck in a single pathway?
No. Career Pathways are roadmaps to provide students with choices and time to discover what interests them. Students can redirect their path at any time during their high school career.
Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that time in a postsecondary classroom during high school can lead to more college-going behavior. Broken Arrow Public Schools has fostered relationships with local colleges and universities that allows high school students to take college credit courses part-time or full-time on a college campus.
Early College supports the “Power of 15” – an initiative based on the belief that students who leave high school with 15 college credits are more likely to attend college and stay there longer. This program also saves parents and students money for college and increases first generation college attendees.
An existing Early College example at Broken Arrow Public Schools is the Dual Credit to College Degree program, which offers students the opportunity to graduate high school with a diploma and earn an associate degree from Tulsa Community College. Then, the student has the option to seamlessly transfer to Northeastern State University to complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Innovation/STEM Center is a $21 million build project listed in Phase 2 of the 2015 bond issue. This center would be geared towards solving real-world, relevant problems in a multidisciplinary project based platform. It will feature state-of-the-art lab spaces and multiple open indoor/outdoor spaces for exploration and innovative projects. The Board of Education will vote on location in the coming months. It is expected to open for the 2021-22 school year.
How will this free up space on the high school campus?
More than freeing up space on the high school campus, this approach to career pathways creates innovative and new ways for our students to learn. By embracing this approach to student learning, the Broken Arrow community becomes a classroom via internships and apprenticeships with local businesses. Additional enrollment options with Tulsa Community College, Northeastern State University and Tulsa Tech allow students to experience postsecondary coursework during high school on a college campus. These expanded academic opportunities will naturally provide more space in the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom.