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. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Theater located at 808 E College Street.
“We will discuss information about the early childhood programs, enrollment information, curriculum, daily schedules and all of the nuts and bolts of Pre-K,” Associate 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.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools is proud to have four Early Childhood Development Centers, including Creekwood, Aspen Creek, Park Lane and Arrow Springs that give students a place to embark upon new adventures in a classroom environment. All children who turn four years old by Sept. 1 are eligible for enrollment as a 2019-20 Pre-K student. Enrollment will not take place at this meeting. However, the following are the dates for online enrollment:
“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 918-259-5724.
Once a year, Broken Arrow and Union athletes set aside the rivalry and compete for a common cause. A cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
The 7th Annual Strike Out MS is Saturday, Feb. 23, as the Tigers and Redskins varsity baseball and slow pitch softball teams take to their respective Broken Arrow High School playing fields to scrimmage at 11 a.m. The varsity baseball game will be followed by junior varsity scrimmages at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Along with the softball and baseball games, fans also will be part of the competition to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Donations will be taken as a “Gate Contest” to see which school’s team can raise the most money for the MS Society.
Several high school organizations and clubs are scheduled to participate in the event to help with concessions and t-shirt sells. A concession stand offering grilled hot dogs and hamburgers also will be available.
Tiger Baseball Coach Shannon Dobson – whose brother Matt, a former coach and teacher at Union, suffers from MS – organized the first “Strike Out MS in 2013. The previous events raised an average of nearly $2,000 each year for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In support of its ongoing literacy efforts, Broken Arrow Public Schools is joining with school districts from across the nation to celebrate Read Across America Feb. 25 to March 1. This weeklong event focuses on promoting the importance of reading and remembering one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time, Dr. Seuss.
“A few years ago, the district released a mantra, or guiding principle – literacy, engagement and graduation for every student,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Broken Arrow educators truly understand that literacy is the key to student achievement and are committed to providing students with a variety of opportunities that lead them to success.”
Read Across America engages students of all ages in a number of reading activities. In Broken Arrow, these activities include listening to volunteer guest readers and attending family literacy nights.
Among those reading to younger students during Read Across America week are volunteer readers, high school students, athletic teams and many others.
“Reading is the most important skill we can teach our students, but we have to teach the skill in fun and creative ways,” Dunlop said. “When students see upperclassmen, parents, friends, staff and community leaders taking time to focus on reading, I think that sends a powerful message.”
Read Across America is only one of many literacy initiatives the district has adopted. Others include Reading Recovery, Literacy First, Read 180 and small group intervention with highly qualified reading teachers.
“In Broken Arrow, we have more than 18,000 students, and each comes with unique needs when it comes to literacy,” Dunlop said. “Once a child learns to read, all of the other doors of opportunity fly open.”
Anyone interested in volunteering their time can sign up to be a guest reader in a classroom within the district. Readers are needed at all times throughout the school day, so volunteers should simply contact the main office at any school site to schedule an appointment.
To help reduce hunger in Broken Arrow, the district is joining together with Broken Arrow Neighbors and BA Food For Kids to host the annual Empty Bowls project from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Broken Arrow High School. Tickets are on sale now for $10, which includes soup, salad, bread and a ceramic bowl handcrafted by BA students.
“I am always amazed at the level of understanding today’s youth has regarding food insecurity and their willingness to accept a call to action,” Executive Director of Broken Arrow Neighbors Kim Goddard said. “Empty Bowls is a true reflection of a strong community joining forces to address social issues that are typically unacknowledged.”
This service project began in 2012 when nearly 1,000 high school students and staff members brought the community together to raise awareness and provide substantial support to local hunger relief organizations.
Now in its seventh year, the project has grown into a districtwide project involving participation from a number of school sites, including Broken Arrow High School, the Freshman Academy, Oneta Ridge Middle School, Country Lane Intermediate and Leisure Park Elementary.
More than 700 bowls have been created by students in their art classes to give attendees as a gift of gratitude and as a reminder of the empty bowls in the world. In addition, the evening will include entertainment by orchestra, drama, creative writing and dance students.
Tickets can be purchased at the high school, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, Broken Arrow Neighbors or at the door. Attendees are also being asked to bring a non-perishable food item. All donations and proceeds benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors and BA Food For Kids.
Event sponsorships in the amount of $50 to $100 are available as well. Please contact Kim Goddard at email@example.com or 918-505-7419 for more information.
Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department will present its first NCAA Eligibility Seminar for district student athletes and parents on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main.
The seminar will cover such topics as NCAA Division I and Division II eligibility requirements, amateurism and recruiting calendars.
“With grades and core courses counting towards NCAA eligibility beginning as early as the eighth grade, this seminar will provide excellent information for parents who may not yet have children who are of secondary age,” said Steve Dunn, BAPS Executive Director of Athletics. “We planned this with those parents and students in mind, in addition to current student athletes and parents in a Broken Arrow athletic program. This will allow them to get ahead of the curve and have a better understanding of the curriculum their child may need if he or she has the potential to play college athletics.”
Featured speakers for the evening are Scott Williams, senior associate athletic director at Oral Roberts University, and Darnell Smith, assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Williams, who served as assistant athletic director for compliance at ORU from 1998 to 2005, has also worked as NCAA Athletic Certification liaison and was a member of the NCAA Athletic Certification Steering Committee.
After leaving ORU in 2005, Williams went to Oklahoma State University where he was the Assistant A.D. for Compliance for one year before being promoted to Associate A.D. for Compliance. From 2009 to 2014, Williams was the Senior Associate Athletic Director at UCO, where he was responsible for the internal operations of the department.
He is a 1995 graduate of Oklahoma State, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Williams earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1998
Smith is in his seventh year at UCO. He manages the areas of NCAA compliance, student-athlete services and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while also directing student-athlete welfare programming and serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics.
Smith joined UCO after a stint at the University of New Mexico, where he served as Director of Compliance for more than a year. In his role with UNM he managed 11 sports by maintaining institutional control in all aspects of compliance.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Smith was a four-year member and two-year starter on the Oklahoma State football team from 2002-2006. He was named OSU’s Senior of Significance and Outstanding Senior while he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Economics. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Natural & Applied Sciences at OSU and served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Athletic compliance.
“We are excited to hear the presentations of these athletic administrators who can provide first-hand information to parents on the academic needs their children will need to play athletics for an NCAA school,” Dunn said. “This is an opportunity for us to provide meaningful and enriching information to our community that will tremendously benefit our parents and students.”
Every year, a number of Broken Arrow Public Schools 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 2, 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. 27. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is hosting a Parent Awareness Night titled “Protecting our Future: Lessons learned from past school violence and what parents can do” in conjunction with the Oklahoma Safe School Institute (OSSI) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at Broken Arrow Public Schools,” Executive Director of Student Services Derek Blackburn said. “We hope our parents know the important role they play in promoting school safety and reporting concerns when school violence issues arise.”
During the Parent Awareness Night, a panel of representatives from the Broken Arrow Police Department, Broken Arrow Public Schools and OSSI will provide useful information for preventing and stopping school violence.
Through a new campaign called “Report It,” Broken Arrow Public Schools has simplified the process for parents and students to report bullying, drug usage and school threats. These reports can be completed on the district’s new mobile app for iOS and Android devices or through the district’s website at www.baschools.org/ReportIt.
For more information, please contact student services at 918-259-5700.