Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) announces the resignation of Associate Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Janet Dunlop. After serving the district for six years, Dunlop recently accepted the position as deputy superintendent of assessment and accountability for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
“Dr. Dunlop played an important role in helping the district develop a revamped vision that focuses on literacy, engagement and graduation for every student,” said BAPS Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. “Her knowledge about curriculum and education is unmatched, but it’s her love for students and people that really makes her special. Although the district is losing an incredible educator, the state is fortunate for gaining such a passionate advocate for public education.”
Dunlop has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education as a teacher, academic principal, college professor and central office administrator. Since joining BAPS in 2010, she has facilitated the district’s literacy initiative resulting in a significant increase in literacy scores. She was recently recognized by the National Reading Recovery Council for her work in elementary literacy.
Under her leadership, the BAPS instructional team successfully aligned curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12, restructured the special education program to be more inclusive of special needs, and developed district Open Education Resource (OER) textbooks resulting in significant cost savings for the district.
Dunlop serves as the legislative advisory committee chair for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) as well as the district representative for both the P20 Council of Tulsa and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Education Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Oklahoma State Department of Education Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee and was instrumental in crafting the new Oklahoma state standards that were approved earlier this year. Most recently, she was named as the Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year by CCOSA and the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve our State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and our public schools in Oklahoma,” said Dunlop. “With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Oklahoma is in a unique position to make choices that will improve the way our schools measure and report student learning.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised Dunlop’s expertise and her commitment to Oklahoma’s public schools.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Janet Dunlop to our department. Dr. Dunlop is a tireless advocate for the academic success of Oklahoma’s schoolchildren and brings an impressive record of experience to the position,” said Hofmeister. “I am confident that her breadth of knowledge and commitment to excellence will prove invaluable.”
The district will begin a search for Dunlop’s replacement in the near future.
This year’s Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) United Way campaign concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with “BA’s Got Talent? Take Three.” This entertaining competition takes place at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and begins at 6:30 p.m.
From singers, dancers, magicians and more, BA’s Got Talent stars some of the district’s most talented individuals. The event is open to the public and tickets are $10. All proceeds support BAPS’ United Way goal of $130,000.
"It is so exhilarating to see the entire district come together and display their hidden talents, all for the sake of a good cause," said Adam Foreman, BAPS graphic artist/publications specialist and former “BA’s Got Talent” winner and emcee."It displays a real sense of unity and solidarity and gives us a chance to showcase some of the best and brightest from Broken Arrow Public Schools."
During September, district employees had the opportunity to participate in various community service projects during the annual Day of Caring. In addition to individual monetary donations, school sites organized fundraising activities, ranging from chili cook-offs to silent auctions, to raise funds.
“Every dollar donated helps us inch closer to our goal, but more importantly, each donation improves the lives of those who are struggling within our own community,” said Kim Vento, BAPS district events coordinator and this year’s district United Way campaign chair. “We’ve challenged each school site and department to have a contestant in ‘BA’s Got Talent,’ hoping they will invite their friends, family and colleagues to cheer them on.”
Last year, the district raised more than $125,000 this past year, surpassing their goal of $120,000. This money served 500,000 people through 60 partner agencies in six counties of the Tulsa region. The 2015 campaign was the largest in local United Way history, which raised $26,524,575.
“Broken Arrow Public Schools is known as one of the top three contributors from surrounding educational institutions, and that is something we should all be proud of,” Vento said. “We hope to see everyone at ‘BA’s Got Talent’ as we celebrate the end of this year’s campaign.”
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As part of its high school configuration study, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) has launched an online survey to provide community members with an opportunity to give input on the future of the district's high school. The survey is available through Nov. 1.
"The goal of the study is to develop a long-term plan for our high school to accommodate student growth at the 9th through 12th grade levels," said BAPS Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. "Input from all stakeholders is an essential part of the process, and we encourage anyone who has a vested interest in the outcome of this study to provide feedback."
BAPS is in the third of four phases of the high school configuration study, a comprehensive evaluation of potential high school configurations. The district began planning for this study in the summer of 2015. That fall, the board of education commissioned a 20-person steering committee comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members to evaluate the future of the high school.
For the past several months, working groups have been researching which model will maximize student achievement and engagement given the available facilities, financial resources and human capital. The final piece of research will be feedback obtained from the community forums held earlier this month along with the results of this survey.
The steering committee will then evaluate the findings and begin to develop a long-term plan, which will be presented to the board of education in the spring of 2017.
"The goal is to develop a roadmap for our high school that is best for our community," said Cheryl Kelly, BAPS Board of Education president. "I am confident that this process will help us achieve that goal."
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From now until fall 2017, construction crews will be working to complete 11 new Broken Arrow High School classrooms and a commons area near the eastern section of Tiger Field House.
Due to construction, the eastern entrances to the field house will be blocked along with its adjacent south parking lot. Patrons and students are encouraged to use the field house’s northwest and southwest entrances, and are asked to park in the parking lot behind Building D.
In addition, the east side of the Visual and Performing Arts Building will be blocked.
This project is made possible by the passage of the 2015 bond issue. These bond funds allow the district to add classrooms to accommodate growing enrollment, expand and update our facilities and add technology to the classroom.
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Prior to fall break, each of the district’s 27 schools announced their 2016-17 Site Teacher of the Year.
“Each of these 27 individuals were selected by their peers as outstanding teachers who continually display qualities of leadership and innovation,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. “I hope you will join me in congratulating these individuals on their accomplishment.”
The Teacher of the Year process continues as site representatives compete for the District Teacher of the Year. Each Site Teacher of the Year will submit a portfolio to the Teacher of the Year Professional Development Committee, a group composed of teachers, administrators and previous Teachers of the Year. This year’s district winner will be announced at the annual Star Awards Gala taking place this spring. From there, this educator represents Broken Arrow Public Schools in the State Teacher of the Year competition next summer.
“As a committee, we meet to thoroughly evaluate each portfolio, conduct interviews and select the best candidate for District Teacher of the Year,” said Jennifer Peterson, director of elementary instruction. “Although the process is quite rigorous, it allows us to not only honor outstanding educators in our district but also helps all of our educators strive to be the best they can be for the benefit of our students.”
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Site Teachers of the Year:
Arrow Springs ECC – Kyle Cole
Aspen Creek ECC – Nicole Clark
Creekwood ECC – Monica Hale
Park Lane ECC – Heather Newell
Arrowhead Elementary – April Hegdale
Aspen Creek Elementary – Sarah McKenna
Country Lane Primary – Lindsay Hoskinson
Country Lane Intermediate – Jennifer Duvall
Creekwood Elementary – Bridget Hailey
Highland Park Elementary – Jeanine Magnuson
Leisure Park Elementary – Lindsay Wessinger
Liberty Elementary – Courtney McFarland
Lynn Wood Elementary – Patty Deras
Oak Crest Elementary – Kimberly Medrick
Rhoades Elementary – Katie Lewis
Spring Creek Elementary – Kendra Grimes
Vandever Elementary – Eric Weingartner
Wolf Creek Elementary – Elizabeth Early
Centennial Middle School – Pamela Rowe
Childers Middle School – Gloria Blankenship
Oliver Middle School – Cindy Forcum
Oneta Ridge Middle School – Cindy Cantwell
Sequoyah Middle School – Andi Pendergraft
Freshman Academy – Angie Collier
Broken Arrow High School – Donna Gradel
Broken Arrow High School – Tiffany Jones
Broken Arrow Academy – Rodney Stauffer
Margaret Hudson Program – Rachel Pilant
This year, the district implemented eSchoolPlus, a new student management system. As part of that system, parents will have a new parent portal known as Home Access Center. The eSchoolPlus Home Access Center (HAC) is replacing ParentConnect and keeps parents in the loop online and through a mobile app with access to grades, assignments, attendance and more. HAC will also allow parents to update their own contact information for easy, two-way communication with the district and school sites.
Currently, technology is working on additional features to enhance the experience parents will have when using HAC and we anticipate parents will be able to utilize HAC after Fall Break. We realize that parents are anxious to access their student’s grades, assignments and other information so they can help their student have a successful year – and we understand and appreciate that concern.
In an effort to keep parents informed in the meantime, if a student falls below a C average, does not progress as expected, or if there are any other academic/behavioral concerns, teachers will contact parents directly through phone or email. Additionally, to keep parents informed of a student’s attendance, daily autocalls will continue to go out if a student has an unreported absence. If parents have specific concerns they would like to address, we encourage them to contact their student’s teacher.
Parents took the first step to using Home Access Center this summer by completing the Student Information Form online. Following Fall Break, information will be sent to the email address provided on the Student Information Form for the primary parent or guardian directing them to the Home Access Center page on the district website and providing instructions to complete registration.
Thank you for your patience and partnership. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s school site.