Tickets to the season-opening Broken Arrow-Union football game will be available for purchase in the Broken Arrow Athletic Office, Aug. 22-24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Reserved Season tickets are still available and may also be purchased during these times. Reserved season tickets are $50.
The BA Athletic Office is located on the second floor of the Varsity Training Center, located south of Memorial Stadium on County Line Road.
For ticket information call 918-259-5900.
Kick off for the BA-Union game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Aug. 26. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. You can listen to the game on 97.1 the Sports Animal.
2017 BA Varsity Football Schedule
8/26 11 AM vs Union at BAHS Memorial Stadium
9/1 7 PM vs Southlake Carroll at BAHS Memorial Stadium
9/8 7:30 PM vs Owasso at Owasso High School
9/22 7 PM vs Yukon at Yukon High School
9/29 7 PM vs Jenks at BAHS Memorial Stadium
10/6 7 PM vs Westmoore at Westmoore High School
10/13 7 PM vs Edmond Santa Fe at BAHS Memorial Stadium
10/19 7 PM vs Norman at BAHS Memorial Stadium
10/26 7 PM vs Edmond Memorial at Univ. Central Oklahoma
11/2 7 PM vs Sapulpa at Sapulpa High School
Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) Athletic Department will recognize the 2017 Broken Arrow Athletic Hall of Fame class during halftime of the Tigers season-opening football game Saturday.
This year’s inductees are: Jon Belt (basketball, Class of 1998), Pat Harper (football, 1985), Matt Howe (soccer, 1991), Meaghan Oven (swim, 2007) and Brandon Timm (baseball, 2004) are the inductees for 2017 Broken Arrow Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) class.
“We have so many deserving athletes who have yet to be inducted into our hall of fame that it makes it a challenge each year to narrow it to five,” said BAPS Athletic Director Ken Ellett, chairman of the HOF committee and a non-voting member. “Each member of the 2017 class excelled in their particular sport and was a team leader in every aspect of the word.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the diversity of this year’s group, and the work of the committee.”
Belt was the state tournament MVP in 1997, when Broken Arrow won its only boys basketball state championship. The following season, as a senior, he was named all-state and led the team in scoring and rebounding. He went on to play college basketball at NEO A&M and Eastern New Mexico University.
Harper was an Oklahoma Coaches Association and Tulsa World all-state selection. He went on to become a three-year starter along the offensive line at the University of Tulsa. Harper will begin his 12th season as head football coach of the Berryhill Chiefs.
Howe was an all-state soccer player at BA before going on to play at Oral Roberts University. Howe has coached at the high school and collegiate level. Howe currently is the Sports Development Senior Manager for the Tulsa Sports Commission.
Oven was an Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Swim Team member in 2007. Upon graduating, she held records in the 50-free and the 100-free that stood for more than 10 years. She was a three-time Frontier Conference Champion. She went on to compete as a member of the University of Kansas rowing team.
Timm was the Northeastern Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year, Metro Coaches Player of the Year, Louisville Slugger All-American and an Oklahoma All-Stater as a senior. He was drafted and signed by the Detroit Tigers out of high school.
Kickoff for Saturdays game is set for 11 a.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The Athletic Hall of Fame committee is made up of current and former Broken Arrow High School players, coaches and administrators. Hall of Fame nominations may be completed online on the Athletic Hall of Fame webpage.
The Broken Arrow Athletic Hall of Fame was initiated in 1995. The purpose is to recognize the outstanding athletic contributions to Broken Arrow by student-athletes, either during or after their playing career, by coaches/administrators/staff, and by “friends of athletics”. Anyone affiliated with the athletic program in the history of Broken Arrow Public Schools is eligible for nomination.
To celebrate its 50th birthday and newly renovated building, Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) Sequoyah Middle School is hosting a ribbon cutting and sculpture unveiling ceremony to honor the life of Cherokee leader Sequoyah on Aug. 28. The ceremony will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Tours of the building will follow the ceremony.
“We are elated to start Sequoyah’s 50th school year in an efficient and updated building,” said Lindsey Johnson, Sequoyah Middle School principal. “Our school family is honored that we received a statue of man who made such a large contribution to literacy and the Cherokee Nation.”
Sequoyah Middle School was built in 1967 as a junior high school and was named in honor of a man who developed the first and only form of writing in Cherokee history. Now as the building celebrates 50 years, students and teachers excitedly returned from summer break to a remodeled building due to the hard work of Manhattan Construction and architectural design firm GS HELMS.
As part of the 2015 bond issue, Sequoyah Middle School received a number of renovations, including a new cafeteria; two courtyards, one with riser seating and raised planter beds where students can learn about health and nutrition and one with outdoor activity spaces; a fine arts wing that doubles as a FEMA Safe Room; and new carpet, furniture and built-in cabinets in all existing classrooms. In addition, the former media center was renovated into a suite for special needs students, and it includes restrooms within the classroom, a gross motor room, direct access to an outdoor classroom and more.
“This bond issue is a gift to our school district from the community,” said BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop. “In return for this gift, we are able to provide the best facilities and most innovative opportunities for our students. I’m excited about the new learning environment that’s been created at Sequoyah.”
After renovations were completed, an original bronze sculpture of Sequoyah, measuring 7 ½ feet tall, was installed in front of the school building to remind students of Sequoyah’s legacy.
“Because of Sequoyah’s efforts, thousands of Cherokees became literate,” Dunlop said. “This sculpture is a beautiful reminder of how important literacy is to the success of every individual. It truly embodies the district mantra of 100 percent literacy, engagement and graduation – every student, every day,”
The sculpture was funded by the bond issue and was completed by J. David Nunneley of Broken Arrow.
“Since moving to Broken Arrow over 25 years ago, the community has been very good to me,” said Nunneley. “I have received eight sculpture commissions around the city, and to be given the opportunity to put a significant statue in front of Sequoyah Middle School was just the icing on the cake. It is especially meaningful to me and my wife because one of my children attended Sequoyah Middle School. We can’t wait to see the remodeled building.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools’ “Parent Nights” are a valuable opportunity for early childhood and elementary parents to learn important information about their child's classroom experience.
“Parent engagement is important to everything we do here at Broken Arrow,” said Jennifer Peterson, BAPS executive director of elementary instruction. “Research shows that if parents are engaged in their child’s education, student achievement is sure to follow. We truly hope our parents take the time to go back to school for a night and learn all about what their child’s site has to offer.”
During “Parent Night,” teachers will share their daily and weekly schedule, their teaching style and methodology, how they grade and their classroom requirements.
Many teachers ask parents to sit in their child’s seat, which gives parents the opportunity to see the classroom from their child’s point of view. It also gives teachers the chance to mentally match parents with students. There will also be many opportunities to sign up for volunteer activities, either for schoolwide programs or in the classroom.
In addition, each elementary site often has a PTA meeting that evening in conjunction with Parent Night, so that parents can easily get involved. However, depending on the school site that meeting may take place before or after the teacher’s presentation.
Below are some basic questions parents may want to ask during Parent Night:
View the 2017 Parent Night Schedule for school sites dates and times. Some school sites have specific grade levels at different times due to the sheer size of the site.
For more information, please contact BAPS’ instructional team at 918-259-7725.
The SAT is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities, so Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) recently partnered with the College Board to administer the exam to all juniors at no cost on April 10. The SAT is accepted at all Oklahoma colleges and universities.
In addition, all sophomores will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Oct. 11, which pinpoints areas for development. Juniors will also have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT again to earn national merit recognition.
“Research shows that the SAT assesses the critical thinking skills that our students need for academic success in college and beyond,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Our instructional team decided to transition from offering the free ACT to the SAT because the SAT was recently redesigned to reflect state and district standards. This will allow our students to showcase their best work by mastering the skills they are learning in the classroom.”
In 2016, the College Board made significant changes to the SAT, including content, format and scoring.
“There is no penalty for guessing, no more SAT vocabulary words, more time per question, and more relevant math and reading questions,” BAPS Executive Director of Assessment Jean Brassfield said. “The redesigned test prioritizes content that students will encounter in college and in their future work lives. It will reinforce what students are learning in the classroom and will focus on the content tested, not just test-taking strategies.”
In addition, the College Board provides students with SAT practice tools through the Khan Academy, which includes personalized study plans, full-length practice tests, thousands of interactive practice questions, video lessons, test taking tips and more.
“New data links Khan Academy practice tools to substantial student score gains from the PSAT to the SAT,” Brassfield said. “Nationally, students who used Khan Academy to prepare for the SAT for 20 hours experienced an average score gain of 115 points on a 1,600 point scale. That’s nearly double the average score gain achieved by students who didn’t use Khan Academy.”
Juniors are required to take the SAT on April 10 and will not need to register. Students will receive additional details closer to the test date.
“Administering the SAT during the school day helps foster a college-going culture and increases access to college,” said Brassfield. “’SAT School Day’ is beneficial for students who may otherwise face barriers to standard Saturday administrations.”
For more information on why BAPS made the switch from the ACT to the SAT, please visit www.baschools.org/SAT.