To congratulate and honor its “stars,” Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) combines many of its yearly awards ceremonies into a single celebration full of gratitude, laughter and applause. The annual Star Awards Gala will recognize Site Teachers of the Year, Support Employees of the Year, retirees and service award recipients in the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.
“It is an honor to celebrate our employees who continually make it their mission to represent Broken Arrow Public Schools with incredible leadership and excellence every day,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The dedication these individuals show to our students and staff is what makes Broken Arrow such a special place.”
During this sit-down dinner event, 28 Site Teachers of the Year are formally introduced, five are named finalists and one is honored as the District Teacher of the Year. This individual goes on to represent BAPS at the State Teacher of the Year Competition this summer. To learn more about each of the site teachers, click here to view a video from ArrowVision.
In addition, five staff members will be recognized as Support Staff of the Year finalists with one being presented with the Beyond and Above award. These employees are nominated by teachers, administrators, colleagues and supervisors for consistently going the extra mile in support of the district’s goals and objectives.
Throughout the evening, a number of retirees and service award recipients who have contributed 20 or more years of service will also be recognized for the positive impact they’ve made throughout their career.
“Each staff member recognized at the Gala plays an important role in educating, equipping and empowering a community of learners,” BAPS Director of Employee Relations Adrienne Stout said. “Because of them, this district is a shining star in public education.”
Watch the event streaming live on http://arrowvision.tv/.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is pleased to help Kindergarten transition become easier for parents by providing two informational meetings that will focus on what to expect as the new school year approaches. The fourth annual “Kindergarten 101” parent meetings will take place on Monday, May 1 at Leisure Park Elementary located at 4300 South Juniper and Thursday, May 4 at Creekwood Elementary located at 1301 E. Albany St. in Broken Arrow. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will last roughly an hour.
“We will discuss information about curriculum, daily schedules, transportation processes, and all of the nuts and bolts of kindergarten,” Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Karla Dyess said. “We encourage all parents with an incoming kindergarten student to attend.”
BAPS is proud to have 14 elementary schools that give students a place to embark upon new adventures in a classroom environment. All children who turn five years old by or on Sept. 1, 2017 are eligible for enrollment as a 2017-18 kindergarten student. Kindergarten enrollment opens May 2. Please note that enrollment will not take place at these meetings.
Current Pre-K students attending BAPS Early Childhood Center (ECC) will not need to re-enroll. Parents will need to update their student's immunization records with their ECC in order for the student to be promoted.
For new students, parents will need to complete the required paperwork and finish the enrollment process at the Enrollment Center, located at 210 N. Main St. For more information on new student enrollment and what to bring to the Enrollment Center, please click here.
Parents do not need to attend both sessions and may choose to attend on the date most convenient for them. For more information, please contact the elementary education division at 918-259-5756.
For more than 20 years, Broken Arrow High School’s (BAHS) Project Graduation has given graduating seniors a way to celebrate their achievement with classmates in a supervised, fun and safe environment. This all-night “lock-in” party in the BAHS main lobby will bring the Class of 2017 together for one last hoorah following this year’s commencement ceremony on May 15.
“We continuously strive for 100% literacy, engagement and graduation, and after our students walk across the stage and achieve the final goal, we want to provide them with a safe venue in which to celebrate with each other,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “At Project Graduation, our seniors will enjoy food, activities and an opportunity to fellowship with their classmates one last time before embarking on a new journey.”
Nationwide, prom and graduation nights are statistically the most fatal for high school students. Project Graduation offers each and every graduating senior a safe place to experience their achievement, and Broken Arrow families may take comfort knowing that their children remain safe while celebrating.
“They are now in the process of raising funds, securing contracts with vendors, scheduling facilities, solidifying food options, developing programming, and securing and organizing volunteers,” Jedamski said. “These are skills that will serve them well past their high school years. They have really taken pride in making this event their own for themselves and their classmates.”
Senior Catie Wilson is excited about helping plan this year’s event.
"It is incredibly rewarding to attend a school that is able to put on such an exciting celebration for the graduated seniors by creating a safe and super memorable environment," Wilson said. "The students, including me, enjoy being able to participate in an event that keeps our classmates safe during our final hours together as a group!”
How You Can Help!
While graduation marks the end of students’ high school career, it also marks the beginning of their journey beyond BA. It is cause for great celebration, and since 1990, Broken Arrow Public Schools has partnered with organizations and businesses throughout the community to honor the Class of 2017 with one last celebration together – Project Graduation.
Become a project Graduation sponsor and receive visibility at the graduation ceremony on Monday, May 15, 2017, and at Project Graduation later that evening. You can also become involved as a volunteer or donate items for the event such as food, drinks or prizes.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AND/OR DONATE ITEMS/PRIZES
Once you have submitted the online form, a member of the BAHS Project Graduation Steering Committee will contact you to schedule your volunteer shift.
For more information, please contact BAHS Director of Student Life and Activities Jason Jedamski at email@example.com or by calling the Student Activities Office at to 918-259-4310.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) would like to remind parents/legal guardians that students entering the seventh grade for the 2017-18 school year are required to receive one Tdap booster for immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. This is a booster to the DTP students received before kindergarten. Students will not be allowed to pick up their schedules without proof of this immunization.
If your student has received the Tdap immunization, please provide documentation to your student's middle school health office.
To assist BAPS middle school students in obtaining this immunization, BAPS is once again teaming up with the Oklahoma Caring Van program. The vaccine will be administered by a registered nurse and are offered free of charge to students who are:
The Oklahoma Caring Van will be at all five middle schools to provide the Tdap booster to incoming seventh graders for the 2017-18 school year on the following dates starting at 9:30 a.m.:
April 28 – Oliver Middle School
May 2 – Sequoyah Middle School
May 3 – Oneta Ridge Middle School
May 5 – Centennial Middle School
May 9 – Childers Middle School
Since the program began in 1999, thousands of children have received immunizations from registered nurses aboard the Caring Vans. Immunization information is entered in the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS), making vaccine history readily available.
For more information about the Caring Van, please contact your child’s school nurse.
The Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) High School Configuration Study (HSCS) Steering Committee was expected to make a recommendation on the future framework of Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) to the Board of Education at the May 8, 2017, meeting. However, district leadership and the Steering Committee recently decided to pend the recommendation until more answers about academic programming and extra-curricular activities can be answered.
“This study is a process that has been in place for nearly two years, and from the beginning, we have known that community and stakeholder input is crucial in determining our next steps as a district,” said Dr. Janet Dunlop, BAPS Superintendent. “As we heard feedback from the community during the recent forums, and as we visit with the Steering Committee, it is evident that we need to slow down a bit. Right now, we have more questions than answers.”
BAPS continues to grow at a rate of about 2 percent each year. As the district continues to grow, it is critical to have a plan for the future, and an important part of that planning is the configuration of the high school. In July 2015, BAPS commissioned a high school configuration study to research and plan for the future configuration of BAHS. The study was divided into four phases: preparation (July 2015 – December 2015), planning (January 2016 – March 2016), research (April 2016 – December 2016) and the recommendation (January 2017 – May 2017).
In October of 2015, the BAPS Board of Education hired a third party facilitator and demographer to help guide the Steering Committee through the various phases of the study and evaluate the research presented. To ensure that all community stakeholders had a voice in this process, a steering committee comprised of parents, district staff, students and members of the community was appointed and approved by the Board of Education in November 2015.
For the majority of 2016, the Steering Committee has spent several months analyzing data from working groups, data from the demographer’s growth projections, and feedback from community forums and surveys held last October. The ultimate goal of the Steering Committee is to determine a configuration model that will maximize student achievement and engagement given the available facilities, financial resources and human capital.
The Steering Committee evaluated the findings and brought a preliminary recommendation to the community for their feedback in late March. Feedback on the preliminary recommendation was collected through an online feedback form, as well as through two community forums held in early April.
“The process that has been in place had us approaching this decision from the wrong direction,” added Dr. Dunlop. “This decision cannot be about buildings – it must be about our students and what the community has told us they want: strong academic programming, smaller learning communities and more opportunities for students to connect with their learning in relevant ways. Many of the questions the community has posed cannot be answered until a visioning committee can work together to determine those details. Before we have any more conversations about buildings, we need to have our experts – our teachers and administrators – determine the programming options inside of those buildings. Ideally, we will leverage existing resources unique to the Broken Arrow area, including Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa Community College, Northeastern State University, and other local universities and business partners.
Based on comments from the feedback form, which included responses from parents, grandparents, staff, students and others, most Broken Arrow residents want to ensure that campuses are equitable in regard to facilities and academic programming. The visioning committee will work together to determine academic and extra-curricular programming details, find ways to alleviate capacity at BAHS by creating off-campus opportunities, as well as ensure that all students have comparable opportunities and resources across campuses.
The visioning committee will be comprised of classroom teachers grades 9-12 and administrators through an application process facilitated by district leadership. Applications are expected to be made available to staff in late April, and the interview/selection process will begin in late May. Visioning work will begin this summer. After the visioning committee has determined how to provide the best programming options for students, they will present their findings to the Steering Committee.
For more information and to stay advised of the updated timeline, please visit www.baschools.org/goba.