As part of its high school configuration study, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) will provide parents, students, staff and community members an opportunity to give input on the future of the district's high school. Participants are invited to receive an update on the study, provide comments and ask questions at three public forums scheduled for Oct. 4, 5 and 6. Additionally, an online survey will be available from Oct. 13 to Nov. 1 on baschools.org.
"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 come through the community forums and survey scheduled during the month of October.
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."
For more information, visit www.baschools.org/goba.
Due to legislative changes, Broken Arrow Public Schools has amended its graduation requirements to align with standards set forth by the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the Broken Arrow Board of Education. Effective for the 2016-17 school year, these requirements apply to students in grades 9-12.
“The main revision is the removal of Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) requirements and End of Instruction (EOI) exams,” Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said. “I’m proud of our lawmakers for making this change because it takes the focus from testing and places it on learning, succeeding and graduating.”
Since 2008, ACE legislation required students to pass four of seven EOI exams in specific subject areas to graduate. Last summer, House Bill 3218 was passed by Oklahoma lawmakers and removed this requirement for high school students. However, students will still be required to take accountability exams at various grade levels.
“This reduces the amount of testing for high school students and eliminates the high stakes nature of our former EOI assessments,” BAPS Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “This means our students will have more time for classroom instruction and will have options to take meaningful assessments that lead to college and career readiness.”
In addition, students are now required to have training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as set forth in the Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act. BAPS provides this training to its students every year. Beginning with the Class of 2019, students will be required to have one physical science credit.
For more information, please contact Broken Arrow High School at 918-259-4310.
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.
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