Doctors from Tulsa Bone & Joint and St. John Broken Arrow will provide athletic physicals to Broken Arrow Public School (BAPS) student-athletes who will be in grades 7-12 during the 2017-2018 school year on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Broken Arrow High School Multipurpose Facility Indoor Practice Field.
Cost for the physical is $25.
Stations include medical history form, height/weight, heart/lungs, blood pressure, and upper and lower extremity exams.
An athletic physical dated after May 1, 2017, is required for students wishing to participate in BAPS athletics during the 2017-2018 school year.
An estimated 500 student/athletes received their physicals last year at this event.
The Multipurpose Facility is directly south of Memorial Stadium on County Line Road.
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With more than 15,000 parents, friends, families and teachers in attendance at Tulsa’s BOK Center, the Class of 2017 said farewell to a chapter in their lives at Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) 109th commencement ceremony.
More than 1,100 graduating seniors descended upon the arena floor as “Pomp and Circumstance” echoed amidst cheers, applause and flashing cameras, forever capturing the moments for years to come.
“In times of uncertainty, we find hope when we celebrate successful milestones, and witnessing these young ladies and gentlemen walk across the graduation stage is indeed, a celebration of success and hope,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said during the ceremony. “Students, we want you to know that we believe in you. It is our belief in your intellect, your altruism, your spirit and your drive that gives us great hope for the future.
Life is not about home runs, but you have demonstrated a passion for changing the world, so we beg you – swing for the fences.”
Class of Distinction Representative Jacob Taylor’s speech echoed Dr. Dunlop’s sentiments, stating that his fellow classmates have the opportunity to do something great after high school.
“We are the leaders of today, not tomorrow,” Taylor said. “Don’t wait until it's too late to try and change the world. Be the hero you were meant to be.”
“You are cheered and applauded, and we rejoice in celebrating with you your accomplishments thus far,” Burns said. “But there will come other times in your lives when you will encounter obstacles, and you will be tempted to give up.
When that happens, when things get tough, when you are tempted to accept defeat – will you quit or will you have grit? The way in which you answer that question throughout life will determine not only whether or not you succeed but also the attitude with which you will meet life's inevitable challenges.”
As names were announced and students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, classmates shared smiles and cheers with each other and their teachers.
Burns concluded the evening by addressing the students.
“We believe in your ability to conquer as you move on from us to meet your future and make it your own,” she said.
In an effort to urge legislators to increase a tax on oil and gas production as a solution for the state’s education funding shortfall, Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education has followed suit with Tulsa Public Schools and signed a gross production tax resolution during the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 8. A copy of the signed resolution was mailed to each of Broken Arrow’s local legislators for their consideration.
With the legislative session nearing conclusion, this resolution requests that state legislators immediately pass legislation to restore the gross production tax to 7 percent. The current rate for new wells is 2 percent for the first 36 months of production. After that, it increases to 7 percent.
The resolution states that “unnecessary tax breaks to oil and gas companies in the last three years alone have been a contributing factor to the decreased education budget and recurring revenue failures ... Eliminating these tax breaks and returning the gross production tax to the historic levels of 7 percent would yield approximately $500 million in 2018.”