The Broken Arrow Tigers recently celebrated the first football state championship in school history by bringing the trophy to each of the district’s 15 elementary schools as part of a “Gold Ball Tour.”
Head Coach David Alexander and select seniors visited multiple schools each day so students could meet their favorite Tigers and see the championship trophy up close.
“We know it takes an entire community to win a state title,” Alexander said. “This has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone who has been cheering us on.”
To highlight the district’s progress both inside and outside of the classroom for the 2017-18 school year, the district’s communications division once again teamed with financial services to create Broken Arrow Public Schools’ Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR).
The PAFR is designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties without a background in public finance. The PAFR combines the district’s financial information with district highlights and accomplishments from the previous year.
“Last year, the district received an award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the PAFR, and it was an honor to be the first school district in Oklahoma to receive the award,” said Director of Communications Christina Dixon. “With big shoes to fill, we truly believe this year’s report captures the essence of what it means to be a Broken Arrow Tiger. We hope you enjoy!”
You may view the PAFR online or pick up a copy at the Education Service Center located at 701 S. Main St. in downtown Broken Arrow. Questions, comments and feedback regarding this report are encouraged, so please do not hesitate to contact the district at 918-259-5700.
Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department will host the 4th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser in support of the district’s Special Olympics team 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the BA Golf and Athletic Club swimming pool.
Those taking the cold-water plunge are asked to raise a minimum of $50 to help support the Special Olympians’ trip to the Oklahoma Olympic Games this spring.
“I really like that our high school athletes have embraced our students, our Special Olympic athletes," said Christine Gould, Broken Arrow Public Schools Special Olympics Coach. "They come out in such great numbers every year and support us."
Last year’s “Freezin’” raised nearly $5,500.The event provided funds to outfit each Special Olympic athlete in a team uniform and warm-up gear, along with helping offset travel costs.
"The track and field events are the most enjoyable events to me," said Gould, whose brother was a Special Olympic athlete. "You are close enough to the competitors to see the looks on their faces. You can see how excited they are when they cross the finish line. When I see that it brings me joy...pure joy."
More than 100 Broken Arrow Special Olympians in grades 3-12 participated in the last summer's Oklahoma Special Olympics Summer Games in Stillwater. This year's games are scheduled for May 15-17, 2019. The team’s annual trip to Stillwater is solely funded by fundraisers throughout the year.
Participants may bring their donation and registration form to the BA Athletic Department any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or bring donation and registration the day of the event. Cash or check only please. Make checks out to BAPS.
Local businesses, groups or organizations that would like to donate or participate in “Freezin’ for a Reason” may contact the athletic office at 918-259-5900.
The BA Golf and Athletic Club is located at 1651 E. Omaha St. (51st Street) between Lynn Lane and County Line Road.
The annual BA Special Olympics Chili Cook-off is scheduled for 6 p.m, Feb. 8, 2019, at Centennial Middle School. A live auction fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.
Broken Arrow High School’s senior class will walk across the renowned stage at the BOK Center to receive their diplomas at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
“We are pleased the Board of Education has once again approved the agreement with the BOK for our Class of 2019 graduation ceremony because this venue continues to exceed our expectations,” said Associate Superintendent of Student Services Chuck Perry.
For the past few years, the graduating class has exceeded the 1,000 mark making the larger venue a necessity. With a seating capacity of almost 16,000, the BOK Center provides ample seating for the family and friends of seniors who wish to attend the ceremony.
Students and their families will be provided more details about graduation throughout the spring semester.
On Jan. 22, every Broken Arrow Public Schools student in grades Pre-K through 12 will experience a “virtual” school day while teachers participate in professional development sessions.
Students in Pre-K through seventh grade will receive an assignment for each content area, and students in grades 8 through 12 will utilize their Google Chromebooks to finish required assignments. All assignments are expected to be completed at home.
“Last year, we successfully held a virtual day for our high school students, and we wanted to pilot one for the entire district,” said Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Karla Dyess. “We are hoping that if we ever need to utilize a virtual day instead of a snow day, we will be successful and ready.”
High school buses will not run, with the exception of Tulsa Technology Center (TTC) and Northeastern State University (NSU) buses. TTC and NSU students will still be required to attend classes on their respective campuses.
In addition, in-season sports (basketball, swimming and wrestling) will continue to hold scheduled games and practices. Other varsity sports may hold practice at the discretion of the coaches. Off-season middle school sports will NOT hold practice.
Fine arts activities will be held as scheduled. Program directors will communicate with students as necessary.
Detailed information will be provided by your child’s school site in the coming months.