To highlight the district’s progress both inside and outside of the classroom for the 2016-17 school year, the district’s communications division teamed with financial services to create Broken Arrow Public Schools’ first-ever Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The PAFR is designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties without a background in public finance. The PAFR combines the district’s financial information with district highlights and accomplishments from the previous year.
You may view the PAFR online or pick up a copy at the Education Service Center located at 701 S. Main St. in downtown Broken Arrow. Questions, comments and feedback regarding this report are encouraged, so please do not hesitate to contact the district at 918-259-5700.
Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) districtwide robotics program is hosting its inaugural Tiger ROARbotics Gala on Jan. 20 to raise funds for the continuation of competitions, robotics supplies, team computers and more.
This event is taking place at Stoney Creek Conference Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Along with dinner and music, the gala will feature nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educator Fredi Lajvardi, who was the subject of the 2017 IMAX film “Dream Big” and major motion picture “Spare Parts,” starring actor and comedian George Lopez as Lajvardi.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction as well as a live auction.
“If you think about it, everything around you is affected by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” BAPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction Margaret Coates said. “Robotics students are our future engineers and community leaders, and they learn to apply essential 21st century skills like collaboration, creative and critical thinking, and problem-solving.”
Known as a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture and operation of robots, the BAPS robotics program began as an extracurricular activity for elementary students in 2014, due to a $4,000 robotics grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Now, the ROARbotics program includes more than 200 team members from the elementary level to secondary level thanks to additional grants, corporate sponsorships and fundraisers.
“The robotics program truly gives our students an academic advantage that they would not have had otherwise,” BAPS STEM Instructional Specialist Andrea Sagely and Robotics Director said. “Unfortunately, our money supply is not keeping up with the student demand and interest in robotics.”
Sagely, who started the program three years ago, hopes the first-ever gala will raise $50,000.
“I do not want the burden of finances to deter students from participating in such a wonderful program,” she said. “I truly believe if we can raise enough funds, our program will have unlimited potential.”
For more information about the event or for ways to support the program, please contact Sagely at 918-449-5600 or email@example.com.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is releasing last spring’s state test results to parents this month. Because of a number of changes to the testing program, parents should expect a significant decrease in scores.
Secondary reports will go home with students between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Elementary results will be sent home with students on Dec. 15.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is calling this year’s scores “a total reset” and part of a multi-step process in making students more prepared for life after high school.
“The projected drop in scores doesn’t mean students are learning less,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “In fact, test scores could decrease because we are raising the bar for students to ensure they are well prepared to enter a changing workforce after they graduate.”
One reason the scores are expected to be lower is because the Oklahoma academic standards changed in an effort to create students who are strategic thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators of tomorrow. The new standards reflect that desire as opposed to memorizing and recalling information.
Additionally, the scores required to be classified as “proficient” or “advanced” have increased.
“These levels, sometimes referred to as cut scores, were determined by a panel of teachers and educators from across the state with the goal of making sure Oklahoma students are competitive on a national level,” Dunlop said. “This new system will give a true ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison of how our students compare across the country.”
If parents/guardians have immediate questions, they should talk with their student’s principal. To learn more about the changes to the Oklahoma academic standards and how they impact our students, please visit Impacttulsa.org.
You can also watch this video from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister explaining the changes.
As the holidays approach, Tiger Threads – The Official BA Spirit Store is offering seasonal savings on all things Broken Arrow for patrons, staff and students Dec. 4-19. Tiger Threads is conveniently located inside of Broken Arrow High School’s main entrance so stop by and take advantage of our seasonal savings!
Tiger Threads shore hours for the month of December will be:
Monday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cold Gear - 20% off outerwear (coats, pullovers, beanies, scarves, sweats and long sleeves)
Work and Play in Tiger Gear - 20% off (shorts, T-shirts, leggings, sports tops, polos and cardigans)
|Dec. 18-19||20% off apparel
$5 off hats/caps
$10 off backpacks, string bags and totes - Nike and Under Armour
10% off stocking stuffers - lanyards, jewelry, socks, phone accessories and car accessories
Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Gift cards are not discountable. Items cannot be held. Tiger Threads will be closed beginning Dec. 20 and will not reopen until Jan. 3. Any e-commerce orders placed during that time will not be processed/shipped until Jan. 5. Items purchased in December are refundable for exchange or store credit within 45 days of purchase, excluding gift cards. Please direct any questions or concerns to Tiger Threads at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-259-4856.
Parents who utilize MySchoolBucks to prepay for their child’s school meals will notice a convenience fee increase from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment Dec. 11 due to card scheme fees.
“This is the first time in our 16 year history of taking school meal prepayments that we have raised this program fee,” said Heartland School Solutions President Terry Roberts. “During this time, our costs have increased steadily, particularly as the card schemes have increased their fees to us. Unfortunately we are no longer able to absorb the entirety of these increases while still maintaining excellent service and support.”
Through MySchoolBucks, Broken Arrow parents can see their child's balance, view purchase history and sign up for email notifications should balances become low. Although a great option for parents, the online system is not required, and parents may still send money with students for lunch and breakfast purchases.
Should parents have questions about the fee increase, they can contact the child nutrition department at 918-259-4565.