Not even warm and muggy Oklahoma temperatures could keep thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers from traveling to Stillwater, Okla., for the 49th annual Special Olympics Summer Games May 16-18.
After three days of exciting Olympic-style competitions and ceremonies, 88 Broken Arrow Special Olympians in grades 3-12 took the games by storm and brought home 18 gold medals, 28 silver and 16 bronze.
“We are so very proud of all the hard work our athletes and partners put into the team this year, which is clearly evident in the amount of medals and awards that we brought back with us to Broken Arrow,” said Katie Fly, Special Olympics coach and Broken Arrow Freshman Academy teacher.
Seventeen coaches, more than 150 family members and 38 peer partners attended the games to cheer on Broken Arrow’s Special Olympians.
“Our Special Olympics athletes, peer partners and coaches engage tirelessly to keep Broken Arrow at the top of the heap in each competition,” Special Education Director of Secondary Education Eric O’Brien said. “Everyone in the BA family continues to be inspired by their comradery, their enthusiasm and their excellence.”
Not only did students compete in athletic events, but they also partook in many social activities.
“The summer games allow our students to not only make gains in athleticism but also in social skills by competing with students from all across the state,” Fly said. “Our students are well known around Oklahoma for showing fantastic sportsmanship, which was evident throughout the summer games.”
Amidst a number of achievements both inside and outside the classroom, Broken Arrow Public Schools’ Class of 2018 accepted more than $8.8 million in scholarships, a record-setting amount for Broken Arrow High School.
“The Class of 2018 is one-of-a-kind,” said Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop. “This talented, innovative and hardworking group of students had many noteworthy accomplishments throughout their last year of high school, and the number of scholarships garnered more than demonstrates their hard work and tenacity.”
Broken Arrow seniors received scholarships from universities located across the nation, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Baylor University, Oberlin Conservatory, Spring Hill College and the University of Arkansas.
Many also received scholarships from universities across the state, including Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, the University of Tulsa and many others.
“Our mantra is ‘Literacy, Engagement, Graduation,’ however, it doesn’t stop there,” Dunlop said. “We must continue to provide our students with the support they need to follow their dreams after graduation. I like to think of it as ‘Graduation Plus.’”
Whether students seek post-secondary education or aspire to begin a career, the district ensures continued success beyond high school with BeyondBA, a college and career readiness center located on the high school campus. This planning facility is equipped with trained counselors who provide students with personal and academic guidance regarding college and career preparations.
Also housed within BeyondBA’s walls is information about off-campus learning opportunities available to students, including programs at Tulsa Technology Center, concurrent enrollment, online classes and internships through the Career Exploration Program (CEP) at BAPS.
Throughout the year, BeyondBA hosted college fairs, career fairs, and informative sessions on student loans and scholarship opportunities.
“Our mission is to increase awareness of all the possibilities that exist after graduation by placing information at the students’ fingertips,” Lead College and Career Counselor Kristin Carr said. “We strive to hone the talents, goals and interests of our students as they move forward in their academic and professional careers.”
In addition, BeyondBA utilizes a readiness platform called Naviance, which connects academic achievements to post-secondary goals, allowing students to explore college and career options based on their individual learning styles.
This web-based resource includes support for a broad range of topics, including developing success skills, exploring career options and planning for college—academically, socially, emotionally and financially. This blended learning solution for students in grades 6-12 helps develop critical non-cognitive skills and college knowledge.
Counselors and teachers are able to measure students’ readiness grade level with a pre- and post-assessment of college knowledge. Naviance also provides students with an electronic college tool, allowing student applications, recommendations, transcripts and school profiles to be easily sent electronically to more than 3,000 colleges and universities.
"We've created an incredible learning environment at the high school, and the Class of 2018 is more than ready to step into a college classroom, the military, or straight into a career and start changing the future,” Dunlop said. “I couldn't be more proud of our students."
Online enrollment for Broken Arrow Public Schools’ before and after care program, B&A Connections, is now open for the 2018-19 school year. To enroll in B&A Connections, please access the online application link from any desktop or laptop device with internet access. Desktops are available at Central on Main located at 210 N. Main Street. Please note that spaces in the program are limited.
Once online registration is completed and the fee has been paid, an automated email will be sent acknowledging registration has been received. Within 48 hours, another email will be sent with the enrollment approval confirmation. This email will also contain login credentials for your account. This new parent portal will be used for future registrations, payment processing, auto-pay enrollment, announcements and more.
B&A Connections offers a developmentally appropriate before and after school program for students enrolled in grades Pre-K through fifth. This program is geared to meet the needs and characteristics of each child. Along with providing a safe and secure environment at Broken Arrow's early childhood centers and elementary school sites, B&A Connections' carefully planned activities encourage optimal physical, mental and social development, while fostering each child’s positive self-image and sense of independence.
When school is in session, B&A Connections begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Please review B&A tuition information.
Please note that although B&A Connections is affiliated with Broken Arrow Public Schools, this program is licensed through DHS and some policies and procedures may differ from those of Broken Arrow Public Schools.
For more information about this program, please call 918-259-7413 or email:
May 15 marked one of the most important days for the Class of 2018, as each senior said farewell to a chapter in their lives at Broken Arrow Public Schools’ 110th commencement ceremony.
“The Class of 2018 proved themselves to be one of a kind,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Five years ago, we announced a manta of ‘100 percent literacy, engagement, graduation – every student, every day.’ I’m so proud to say that 97 percent of our seniors walked across the graduation stage this year. This group of students not only rose to the challenge, but they provided their underclassmen with a tradition of excellence on which to build.”
Student Council President Namera Newaz’s ceremony speech echoed Dr. Dunlop’s sentiments, encouraging her fellow peers to always celebrate others.
As more than 1,100 names were announced and students crossed the BOK Center stage to receive their diplomas, classmates shared smiles and cheers with each other and their support systems.
Burns concluded the evening by addressing the students.
“If we continue to look for opportunities to stretch ourselves, to learn, to grow to our greatest potential throughout all the days of our lives, we will discover depths of resilience and brilliance that we would never have thought possible,” Burns said. “Those of us who have been privileged to witness your life thus far and work with you each day have faith that you will continue to grow and flourish as you move on from us to meet your future and make it your own.”
Following graduation, seniors gathered at Broken Arrow High School for Project Graduation, an all-night “lock-in” that allows them one last hoorah with their classmates. This event was made possible by donations from the Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation, Walmart, Tully Law Firm, Aspen Plumbing, the Broken Arrow PTA, the Broken Arrow Rotary Club and other various donations.
“After our students walked across the stage and achieved the final goal of graduation, we wanted to provide them with a safe venue in which to celebrate with each other,” Dr. Dunlop said. “Thanks to our community partners, our seniors were able to enjoy food, activities and fellowship with their peers before they embark on a new journey.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) would like to remind parents/legal guardians that students entering the seventh grade for the 2018-19 school year are required to receive one Tdap booster for immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. This is a booster to the DTP students received before kindergarten. Students will not be allowed to pick up their schedules without proof of this immunization.
If your student has received the Tdap immunization, please provide documentation to your student's middle school health office.
To assist BAPS middle school students in obtaining this immunization, BAPS is teaming up with the Oklahoma Caring Van program. The vaccine will be administered by a registered nurse and are offered free of charge to students who are:
The Oklahoma Caring Van will be at all five middle schools and at Central on Main to provide the Tdap booster to incoming seventh graders for the 2018-19 school year on the following dates:
May 18, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Central on Main
May 24, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Oneta Ridge Middle School
Since the program began in 1999, thousands of children have received immunizations from registered nurses aboard the Caring Vans. Immunization information is entered in the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS), making vaccine history readily available.
For more information about the Caring Van, please contact your child’s school nurse.
The Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education recently named several key administrators to serve in leadership positions at one of the district’s 27 sites for the 2018-2019 school year. Each of the positions was filled by individuals who are currently on staff.
Amy Gann – Oliver Middle School Assistant Principal
Ms. Amy Gann joined BAPS in 2006. She previously served as an assistant principal at Centennial Middle School and will now serve as the assistant principal at Oliver Middle School. The vacancy at Oliver was due to previous assistant principal Kristin Graves taking a position as the principal at Centennial Middle School.
Ashley Bowser - Executive Director of Student Information Services
Mr. Ashley Bowser joined BAPS in 2001. He previously served as the principal at Centennial Middle School and is now the executive director of student information services. He will develop procedures and policies related to gathering and managing student data.
Crystal Barber – Junior Principal at Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Crystal Barber joined BAPS in 2016. She previously served as an assistant principal at the Freshman Academy and will now become the junior principal at Broken Arrow High School. The vacancy at the high school was due to Dr. Kim Garrett taking a position as the district’s director of high school academics.
Dr. Kim Garrett - Director of High School Academics
Dr. Kim Garrett joined BAPS in 2017. She previously served as the junior principal at Broken Arrow High School and will now become the director of high school academics. Dr. Garrett will manage, organize and develop the day-to-day operations of Broken Arrow High School’s instructional and academic programming.
Kristin Graves - Centennial Middle School Principal
Ms. Kristin Graves joined BAPS in 2016. She previously served as the assistant principal at Oliver Middle School and will now become the principal at Centennial Middle School. The vacancy at Centennial was due to previous principal Ashley Bowser taking a position as the district’s executive director of student information services.
Kristin Henness – Director of Early Childhood Programs
Ms. Kristin Henness joined BAPS in 2011. She previously served as Oak Crest Elementary’s principal and will now serve as the director of early childhood programs. Henness will oversee the efforts of the district’s early childhood centers in developing appropriate curriculum and monitoring instructional effectiveness. She will also oversee B&A Connections and Mentoring Healthy Parents’ early childhood program.
This new position was created when Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Margaret Coates resigned and Assistant Superintendent Ms. Karla Dyess took over elementary and secondary school sites.
The new Oak Crest principal has not yet been identified.
Leslie Officer – Broken Arrow Freshman Academy Assistant Principal
Ms. Leslie Officer joined BAPS in 2010. She previously served as Vandever Elementary’s principal and will now serve as an assistant principal at the Freshman Academy. The vacancy at the Freshman Academy was due to previous assistant principal Crystal Barber taking the junior principal position at Broken Arrow High School.
The new Vandever principal has not yet been identified.
Tom Hoeffner II- Oneta Ridge Principal
Mr. Tom Hoeffner II joined BAPS in 2010. He previously served as the sophomore principal at Broken Arrow High School and will now become the principal at Oneta Ridge Middle School. The vacancy at Oneta Ridge Middle School was due to previous principal Mickey Replogle taking the sophomore principal position at Broken Arrow High School.
Mickey Replogle – Sophomore Principal at Broken Arrow High School
Mr. Mickey Replogle joined BAPS in 2011. He previously served as Oneta Ridge Elementary’s principal and will now become Broken Arrow High School’s sophomore principal.
In addition, Mr. Ken Ellett was promoted to executive director of student services, and Mr. Steve Dunn was hired as the executive director of athletics. More information about Ellett and Dunn can be found at http://bit.ly/BAStudentServices.