It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of the passing of Mr. Greg James, former Broken Arrow teacher and forever member of the Tiger family. Mr. James tirelessly served our special education students from 2000 to 2015 at Haskell Middle School and Oneta Ridge Middle School.
Following his time at BA, he joined Tulsa Public Schools as their executive director of exceptional student support services. While at BAPS and TPS, he continued to support student-athletes through the Special Olympics program.
Mr. James truly dedicated his life to Oklahoma students during his 18 years in education. He was known for his grace, kindness, infectious smile and outgoing personality. He was a loving husband to Aimee, father to three beautiful children and friend to those who were lucky enough to know him.
If you would like to support the James family, a GoFundMe has been set up to help offset medical costs: www.gofundme.com/help-support-the-james-family
In this time of sorrow, we must lean on one another. I ask that you please keep Mr. James’ family, friends, students and colleagues in your thoughts as the grieving process continues.
Janet C. Dunlop, Ph. D.
Broken Arrow Public Schools
701 S Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
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 2018 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.
Every fall, Broken Arrow’s secondary school sites offer an Open House, which allows for parents to learn important information about their child’s classroom experience.
During an Open House, teachers will share their daily and weekly schedule, their teaching style and methodology, how they grade and their classroom requirements. There will also be many opportunities to sign up for volunteer activities, either for schoolwide programs or in the classroom.
In addition, each secondary site often has a PTA meeting that evening in conjunction with Open House, 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 Open House:
Below is the Open House schedule:
All middle schools: Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Freshman Academy: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-8 p.m.
Broken Arrow High School (10-12 grade): Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
For more information, please contact your child’s school site.
The first day of school is just around the corner, and Back To School Central is designed to help you find everything your family needs to be ready for Aug. 16.
The following are the annual forms that must be filled out and submitted at schedule pickup or meet your teacher in order for your student to obtain their class schedule or homeroom teacher.
The following sections will provide you with general information, so be sure to also check your child’s school website for information specific to their school site. School websites and contact information can be accessed from the top navigation bar.
ECC and Elementary Students
Secondary Students, Grades 6 - 12
Please note: Incoming 7th grade students must have proof of TDAP immunization in order to pick up their schedule.
BA Virtual School Orientation is scheduled 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Options Academy.
These forms permit students to take medication at school, resume activities after an injury/illness, etc.Access additional health forms.
Visit the transportation webpage for information about bus routes. Broken Arrow Public Schools continues to make safety its number one priority, and every routing decision made has been based on student safety. Questions and concerns can be addressed by Transportation Services at BAbus@baschools.org.
The eSchoolPlus Home Access Center keeps parents in the loop online and through a mobile app with access to grades, assignments, attendance and behavior. Parents can update their own contact information for easy, two-way communication with the district and school sites by visiting our Home Access Center webpage.
If you are new to our district and need to enroll your child(ren), please visit our New Student Enrollment section.
The Caring Van will be available to administer FREE immunizations to students who are eligible for SoonerCare, are Native American or are uninsured. View dates and times for the upcoming Caring Van schedule.
High School (9-12)
7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Middle School (6-8)
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Elementary School (K-5)
9:10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 9:40 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Drop off (8:15 to 8:45 a.m.) – Pick up (2:20 to 2:50 p.m.)
Late Start Wednesdays – Drop off (8:45 to 9:15 a.m.) - Pick up (2:20 to 2:50 p.m.)
Early Childhood Centers Breakfast - $.95
Early Childhood Centers Lunch - $1.75
Elementary Breakfast - $1.05
Elementary Lunch - $2.00
Middle School Breakfast - $1.05
Middle School Lunch - $2.35
High School Breakfast - $1.05
High School Lunch - $2.35 - $2.85
Adult/Teacher Breakfast - $1.80
Adult/Teacher Lunch - $3.75
As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, the district offers free and reduced rates on breakfast and lunch for students of families that meet certain income guidelines.
All students who wish to participate in the Free/Reduced program must enroll for the 2018-2019 school year by filling out an application.
The income eligibility guidelines and online application for Free/Reduced Meals will be available at the beginning of August at www.baschools.org/childnutrition. A paper application will also be available at each school site, the enrollment office or the child nutrition department.
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be due by October 2018. On this date, the students that were on free and reduced lunches for the 2017-2018 school year will be cut from the program if a new application has not be processed.
Application processing time can be up to 10 days, although the child nutrition department works diligently to minimize the wait time for benefit assignment.
Online Meal Payment
Please check back again in August to set up your student's MySchoolBucks account.
Review and print the Early Childhood and Elementary school supply list.
Middle and high school supply lists will be provided to students by their teachers on the first day of school. We encourage parents to wait until after the first day of school before buying supplies, as each teacher has a specific list of supplies that students will need for their particular classes.
There are a number of organizations in Broken Arrow that assist parents with access to needed school supplies and other resources for their children. Review and print the local resources document.
Broken Arrow Public Schools will offer two passes for students during the 2018-2019 school year.
The Student Athletic Pass and the All-Access Pass can be purchased at Passport to Success/Schedule Pickup or from the Student Activities Department. The Student Activities Department is located in the Student Union on the Broken Arrow High School campus at 1901 East Albany Street.
Passes will be sold Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. beginning August 6 and at Passport to Success/Schedule Pickup.
NOTE: The Activities Department will replace lost, stolen or destroyed Student Athletic Passes or Reserved Tickets at a discounted rate with proof of purchase. There are no refunds.
Please contact the Student Activities Office at 918-259-4569 with additional questions.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows a district to designate certain student data as directory information. Broken Arrow Public Schools has designated “directory information” to include a student’s name, parents’ names, address and telephone listing, date and place of birth, class designation (i.e., first grade, tenth grade, etc.), extracurricular participation, achievement awards or honors, dates of attendance, weight and height, photograph, and the school or school district the student attended before he/she enrolled in Broken Arrow Public Schools.
The district will continue to disclose student directory information for the purposes of printing student names in yearbooks, honor rolls, athletic programs, publications, social media, district website and/or videos unless modified by the written direction of the student’s parent/guardian or the eligible student (18 years and older). If a parent/guardian would like to exclude their student’s information under FERPA, he/she must complete and submit a “Parental Authorization to Withhold Directory Information” at their child’s school site.
This notice is to inform parents that Broken Arrow Public Schools is maintaining an ongoing Child Find search to locate, identify and evaluate any child age 3-21 with an established or suspected disability. Child Find efforts include all individuals age 3-21 not enrolled in school, as well as those who attend public and private schools, Head Start, state institutions, and other child care or treatment facilities. Children not of school age must reside in the boundaries of Broken Arrow Public Schools to be included in the Child Find efforts.
Broken Arrow Public Schools has established and maintains a comprehensive screening and multidisciplinary referral, evaluation, and eligibility process for the identification of children with suspected disabilities. The District’s general education interventions will not delay the initial evaluation for special education services of a student suspected of having a disability. Child Find activities contain a mandate for public awareness of contact, location and established screening procedures. Information regarding evaluation procedures is available at no cost to parent/guardian upon request by contacting Broken Arrow Public Schools at the Educational Service Center, Special Services, 701 N. Main Street, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, or by phone at 918-259-5700.
As mandated by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Broken Arrow Public Schools is required to fully inform parents that personally identifiable information is maintained on all children who are referred and evaluated under the provisions of Child Find.
The types of information sought may include but are not limited to: Parent concerns, developmental, adaptive behavior, social-cultural, health/medical, vision, hearing, motor, perceptual/processing, behavior, psychological, vocational and information gained through observations in the classroom or other environments.
It is the responsibility of Broken Arrow Public Schools to inform parents/guardians of their rights under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Should you have any questions please contact the Special Services department at 918-259-5700.
At the beginning of each school year, a local school district that accepts Title I, Part A funding must notify parents of students in Title I schools that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher, including, at a minimum:
(1) whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject-matters in which the teacher provides instruction; and
(2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or their provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
(3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
(4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
In addition, each Title I school must provide each parent timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
To receive any of this information, please contact Adrienne Stout, Senior Coordinator of Compliance and Retention, at 918-259-5700.
In order to ensure a safe environment for all district students, parents and students are encouraged to thoroughly review the district’s policy and procedures to help report and stop bullying. This information and an anonymous electronic form can be found at www.baschools.org/stopbullying.
Please read the Meningococcal Disease Information prepared by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Oklahoma State Department of Health. Learn more about the signs and symptoms, risk factors and more at www.baschools.org/healthinfo.
In order to ensure students and parents are aware of all school and district policies and procedures regarding academics, attendance, behavior and activities, parents and students are encouraged to thoroughly review the student handbook for their school. Handbooks for 2018-19 can be found at www.baschools.org/studenthandbooks. Student Handbook hard copies can be requested through your student's school site.
Broken Arrow Public Schools uses the latest technology to enhance student learning, student engagement and student achievement. The 1:1 computer initiative provides every student in grades 8-12 with a personal device to explore and utilize educational resources both inside and outside the classroom – from accessing class content and textbooks online, to communicating and collaborating with classmates and teachers. With 1:1, students have the best teacher-facilitated instruction combined with the best technology at their fingertips.
Students will not receive their schedule at schedule pick up until Chromebook insurance is purchased. If families decide to opt out of purchasing insurance, there will be an opportunity for parents to sign an opt out form to take responsibility of damage/lost/stolen devices.
After working diligently over the past year to research academic and extracurricular programs best meeting the needs of Broken Arrow Public Schools’ students, the Visioning Task Force presented their recommendations to the High School Configuration Steering Committee regarding the future of Broken Arrow High School.
“The Visioning Task Force focused on exploring academic initiatives, not the facilities, that would be best for both current and future students as well as our community,” Oral Roberts University Professor of Curriculum and Design Dr. Chancey Bosch said during the meeting. “The three initiatives we are presenting include Early College High School, STEM/STEAM focused programming and career pathways.”
In June 2017, the Visioning Task Force was assembled when the high school configuration recommendation was pended until more answers about academic programming and extracurricular activities could be answered.
Task force members were chosen to serve on the committee based on their participation in curriculum and program development, innovative instructional design in a classroom setting and how well they foster community partnerships.
“The High School Configuration Study has been in the works for nearly three years, and from the beginning, we have known that community and stakeholder input is crucial in determining our next steps as a district,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “As we heard feedback from the community during public forums in April 2017, it was evident the community wanted equitable facilities and academic programming, smaller learning communities and more opportunities for students to connect with their learning in relevant ways; and so the Visioning Task Force was created.”
The recommendation to the High School Configuration Steering Committee included the following:
Now that the Visioning Task Force has provided its research and recommendation to the Steering Committee, it is the job of the Steering Committee, plus three members from the Visioning Task Force, to reconvene to discuss bond dollars, the framework of Broken Arrow High School, financial forecasts and more.
From there, the Steering Committee will provide a final recommendation and roadmap to the Board of Education at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, which will be announced as soon as the district hears from the Steering Committee.
To view the history and timeline of this process, please visit www.baschools.org/goba.
Per federal guidelines, Broken Arrow’s child nutrition department is being required to increase its adult meal prices for the 2018-19 school year.
This price increase may affect staff, parents and community members. For more information, please contact the child nutrition department at 918-259-4565.
Are you ready for some Tiger football? Fans may now purchase season tickets at the athletic office located on the second floor of the Varsity Training Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reserved season tickets for five home games are $50.
The Tigers open the home schedule with two games at home - Aug. 24 against Union and Aug. 31 versus Mansfield (Texas) High School. Broken Arrow hosts Jenks on Sept. 21. Homecoming is Oct. 5 against Westmoore. A home game with Enid concludes the regular season on Nov. 1.
For more information, please call the athletic office at 918-259-5900.