Pre-kindergarten is an exciting time for children, and the district’s Early Childhood Centers (ECC) are making the transition easier for parents by providing an informational meeting that will focus on what to expect as the new school year approaches. The annual “All Things Pre-K” meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center located at 81st and Main St.
“We will discuss information about the early childhood programs, enrollment information, curriculum, daily schedules and all of the nuts and bolts of Pre-K,” Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Karla Dyess said. “The Pre-K principals will also be present to answer any and all questions that the parents might have.”
“Our program is designed to be a collaborative effort involving parents, students and teachers, and by working as a team, I have no doubt that we will be successful in our mission to create a foundation for life-long learning in our youngest Broken Arrow Tigers,” Dyess said.
For more information, please contact the Elementary Education Administration office at 918-259-7725.
Every year, a number of Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) students in grades K-12 gather at Centennial Middle School to participate in the annual districtwide chess tournament, sponsored by Broken Arrow PTA Council. This highly anticipated tradition is taking place on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This fun-filled event promotes problem-solving, mental alertness, challenges and student engagement,” said BAPS Executive Director of Elementary Administration Jennifer Peterson.
Space is limited to the first 300 registrations. Registration is now open. Please pre-register by Feb. 23. Registration and payment will only be accepted online this year. This year, proceeds from concessions will benefit the BAPS Botball Robotics Teams. For more information or questions about this event, please email email@example.com.
All seven of Broken Arrow High School’s National Merit semifinalists were recently honored as finalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments.
Mason Bishop, Hunter Janway, Edward Lambert, Jacob Mattke, Easton Moore, Darren Nguyen and Jake Wilcoxen are among approximately 15,000 students from across the nation who qualified and are some of the highest scoring students in the state of Oklahoma.
“There aren’t many words to describe how incredibly proud I am of these seven students,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The level of hard work and commitment they have shown is admirable and a source of inspiration for our younger students.”
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is a long-standing academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of nearly 1.5 million entrants each year.
From there, 34,000 students are commended and 16,000 semifinalists are chosen. Every year in February, 15,000 finalists are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.
“Attaining the honor of being named a National Merit Finalist is the culmination of many months and years of hard work on the part of these students and a title which they will be able to carry proudly throughout their lives,” Burns said. “Our school is proud of their accomplishments and will hold their example up to current and future students to show what may be possible when students are willing to work hard and challenge themselves to be their very best."
From March to mid-June, approximately 8,000 students will be selected to receive a scholarship award, which includes National Merit Scholarships as well as corporate- and college-sponsored scholarships.
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.
Our hearts and our prayers go out to everyone affected by the senseless and horrific tragedy in Parkland, Florida. There are no words to adequately express the pain and sadness we feel for the victims and their families, their friends, and the staff at Broward County Public Schools.
As a result of yesterday’s unimaginable tragedy, some have been asking about security plans in place here in Broken Arrow.
The safety and security of our students and staff is without question our highest priority.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) has invested millions of dollars and countless hours making sure our security equipment and protocols are the best they can be. Our team is constantly reviewing and evaluating our procedures in cooperation with the Broken Arrow Police Department and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
While some details of our security plans are confidential, here are some facts we wanted to make you aware of:
Voters in Zone 3 elected John Cockrell to the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Election Tuesday as he defeated incumbent Theresa Williamson. He will be sworn in at the March 12 meeting for a five-year term.
“I congratulate Mr. Cockrell on his election and look forward to working with him to lead our district into the future,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I would also like to thank Dr. Williamson for her years of service on the Board and encourage her to stay involved as a valued member of our Broken Arrow community.”
Cockrell graduated from Broken Arrow in 1992 and is currently a captain and paramedic with the Broken Arrow Fire Department. He has served as president of the Broken Arrow Firefighters Association since 2010 and holds a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency services from Northeastern State University.
Cockrell and his wife, Jonna, are the proud parents of triplets who are sophomores at Broken Arrow High School. Sons Bryce and Jackson are on the wrestling team and daughter Alexandria is a cheerleader.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is partnering with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to conduct an online survey for parents with 9-12 grade students from Feb. 19 through March 2. This 10-minute survey will monitor parent, teacher and student satisfaction with Broken Arrow High School and the Freshman Academy while also helping to identify improvement opportunities.
“We are committed to serving our students, teachers and families. The information received in these surveys will allow us to strategically pinpoint opportunities for improvement with regard to student achievement, social and emotional support, and overall school culture,” BAPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Margaret Coates said.
The survey is completely confidential. District administrators are encouraging parents to check their inboxes for an email sent from OU on Feb. 19.
“We truly appreciate the honest feedback as this will allow us to serve our school family appropriately,” Coates said.
Should you not receive the email, please contact Broken Arrow High School or the Freshman Academy to make sure your email address is up-to-date.