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  • Wayside named a National Blue Ribbon School Wayside Elementary School in Bartlesville has been named as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:47 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville High School Seniors Commended by National Merit The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Bartlesville High School seniors John Steward and Max Williams have been named as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.John ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 8:26 AM by Laci Harris
  • BHS Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play about misunderstandings, love, and deception. The setting is modern day. Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Don Jon come to visit Leonato and ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2020, 11:08 AM by Granger Meador
  • County returns to yellow status On September 18, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted back again from Orange Level 1 to Yellow in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2020, 2:11 PM by Granger Meador
  • County returns to Orange Level 1 On September 11, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially returned to Orange Level 1 status for COVID-19. This is due to a surge in positive ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2020, 2:13 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville High School students named National Merit Semi Finalists The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that two Bartlesville High School seniors, Ryan Blattler and Madelynn Shambles, have been named Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.Ryan ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 7:41 AM by Laci Harris
  • Three all-district Distance Learning days added on 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4 District students will have three additional all-district Distance/Virtual Learning days on the first Fridays of October, November, and December: 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4. We began ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2020, 12:43 PM by Granger Meador
  • Free meals for ANYONE ages 1-18 The district is now able to provide FREE breakfast & lunch to ANYONE ages 1-18. The USDA has authorized a shift to its "Summer Feeding Program" like the district offered ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2020, 1:19 PM by Granger Meador
  • County returns to yellow status; enhanced protocols remain in effect On August 28, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted back from Orange Level 1 to Yellow in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2020, 1:41 PM by Granger Meador
  • Orange Level 1 Protocols Now In Effect On August 21, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted from Yellow to Orange Level 1 in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board of ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 4:49 PM by Granger Meador
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Pack the Backpacks notice  Flyer 
Chromebook & Hotspots Drive-Throughs May 27, 2020 Device Swap Flyer 
Free Breakfast and Lunch in June and July to ANYONE ages 1-18 June 1, 2020 June & July Meals Flyer 
Summer Reading Program June 8, 2020 Summer Reading Program Flyer 
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SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger

Emergency Phone/Text Messages to Patrons

The district sends out emergency phone and text messages, such as weather-related school closing notices, via School Messenger to contacts in our PowerSchool database. Please contact your child's school to verify your contact information in PowerSchool is up-to-date. To receive texts, you must also text "subscribe" to the number 68453. (Text "stop" to 68453 to cancel your subscription to texts, or text "help" to 68453 for more information.)

Remind

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Routine Text, Email, and Phone Messages

Classroom teachers and activity sponsors increasingly use the Remind messaging service to send texts and emails to students and parents. (Individual student messages are restricted to ages 13 and up.)

By default, Remind uses parent and class information from PowerSchool, but teachers and sponsors can also share codes that anyone can text to 81010. For example, to join a Remind group with the code math, you would text @math to the number 81010.

Wayside named a National Blue Ribbon School

posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:14 PM by Laci Harris   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 12:47 PM by Granger Meador ]

Wayside Elementary School in Bartlesville has been named as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Wayside Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High-Performing School. Wayside and Norman’s McKinley were the only elementary schools in Oklahoma to earn that recognition this year, based on high performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests. 

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13 to celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees, and the schools will be sent recognition plaques and flags.

For over six decades Wayside Elementary's faculty and staff have continued in their focus of preparing our students for their journey through life. Its goal is to teach concepts and skills that are both timely and relevant, today and tomorrow.

To teach a student well, you must know each individual student. Wayside dedicates fifteen minutes each day for “Building Better Bruins” when teachers visit with individual students about whatever the students wish to discuss. Those conversations build stronger bonds of trust and understanding.

Data analysis is a critical component of Wayside students' academic progress. This, along with spiral teaching of concepts, its pacing calendar, and targeted remediation allow students to achieve at higher levels. This progress monitoring allows Wayside to support its students prior to their end-of-unit tests.

Instrumental to Wayside’s story are its teachers, students, and parents. Dedicated and hard-working teachers empower students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn both from their accomplishments and their errors. The school benefits from involved, caring, and supportive parents who know what their children's school stands and strives for.

Wayside Principal Ken Copeland remarked, “It is truly a privilege and honor to work alongside such dedicated and caring professionals as the Wayside teachers and staff members.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. 

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Wayside 2020 Blue Ribbon School

Bartlesville High School Seniors Commended by National Merit

posted Sep 23, 2020, 8:26 AM by Laci Harris

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Bartlesville High School seniors John Steward and Max Williams have been named as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.


John Steward is the son of Susan and Brent Steward. He is the captain of the Bruin swim team and a member of the National Honor Society. He is on the Phillips 66 Splash Club swim team that trains year round and attends the youth group KLIFE. This summer he worked as a lifeguard at Sooner pool.


Max Williams is the son of Stevie and John Williams. He participates in cross country, track, band, percussion ensemble and steel band and is a member of the National Honor Society, BHS Green, Spanish Club, and Young Democrats. He is working toward the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. In his spare time he likes to run and to also play guitar, performing in his church choir at St. James. He also waits tables at Szechuan Restaurant but has not been able to work recently due to the pandemic.


About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). 


''Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

John Steward and Max Williams

BHS Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

posted Sep 21, 2020, 7:37 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 11:08 AM by Granger Meador ]

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play about misunderstandings, love, and deception. The setting is modern day. Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Don Jon come to visit Leonato and his family. While visiting,  Benedick and Beatrice match wits & bicker nonstop, and Claudio and Leonato’s daughter, Hero, fall in love. However Don Jon is plotting with Borachio and Conrad to prevent Hero and Claudio from living “happily ever after”. This fast paced romantic comedy is filled with humor, intrigue, and drama. 

Performances are October 8th and 10th at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. This version will be approximately 90 minutes.  Masks will be required to enter the auditorium and socially-distanced seating will be available. 

Tickets will be $5 presale and $10 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased from any acting student or Mrs. Roddy. Character deliveries will be available to BHS faculty, staff, and students upon request. If you would like to schedule a time for a delivery or reserve tickets for will call please email Mrs. Roddy at roddyaj@bps-ok.org.

County returns to yellow status

posted Sep 18, 2020, 2:05 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 2:11 PM ]

Yellow status

On September 18, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted back again from Orange Level 1 to Yellow in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board of Education. 

The district's Pandemic Response Committee continues to meet weekly to review the district's COVID-19 status and address procedural and policy issues. Our experience has been that the county COVID-19 alert status in the systems from the state Education and Health departments and White House Task Force have significant shortcomings.

All of the systems are volatile, even when weekly averages are used. In the five weeks since the district re-opened, the county has transitioned four times between Yellow and Orange Level 1 status. We also have observed that none of those systems are strongly coupled to our district's observed positive cases and close contact quarantines. 

So we have abandoned having specific district actions triggered by such systems. Below is what the Pandemic Response Committee would consider regarding any school-wide or district-wide Distance Learning periods:

Prioritized factors in school-wide or district-wide Distance Learning 

  1. Ability to staff in-person classrooms with substitute teachers or site staff
  2. Number and frequency of site-level positive cases and close contact quarantines
  3. Overall site absenteeism
  4. County status in the various COVID-19 alert systems

Additional details on this topic are in the latest update to the district's Pandemic Procedures.

Many differing alert systems

There are multiple systems in use for Washington County's COVID-19 status. These include:
Granger Meador, the district's Executive Director of Technology and Communications, chairs the district's Pandemic Response Committee. He tracks all of the above systems in his own public Google sheet, as well as the daily county cases reported via Johns Hopkins, with color coding for the state, COVID ActNow, and daily cases following the recommendations of the State Board of Education.

The district is transparent about its data and procedures, within the limits of federal privacy laws. So we publicly share our:




County returns to Orange Level 1

posted Sep 11, 2020, 10:45 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 2:13 PM ]

Orange Level 1

On September 11, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially returned to Orange Level 1 status for COVID-19. This is due to a surge in positive tests in the county from September 3-7.


That surge predates how the state began on September 8 to include probable positives from rapid testing and symptomatic close contacts. We have not yet seen any large impact from the first round of rapid-testing-by-appointment offered by the county health department on September 10.


The district's Pandemic Response Committee tracks the county’s new case rate from various sources on a daily basis, which had already indicated case levels commensurate with Orange Level 1, so this latest transition was expected.


Orange Level 1 is when the weekly average of daily new cases per 100,000 population is above 14.38 but less than 25. The official rate in the state reporting for Washington County rose from 11.64 on September 3 to 21.07 on September 10.


In accordance with the district’s Pandemic Procedures, the Pandemic Response Committee will continue to evaluate the history of active cases in the county, the district’s active contact tracing case tallies, and student and staff absenteeism in deciding whether or not to recommend any school-wide or district-wide shifts to Distance Learning. Thus far the Committee has NOT recommended such a shift, so in-person instruction will continue along with the existing virtual programs.


In accordance with Orange Level 1 protocols:

  • STUDENT FACE COVERINGS: While face coverings are still only MANDATED for students in grades 4 and up and are expected for all bus riders, the district STRONGLY ENCOURAGES that parents provide face coverings for PreKindergarten through 3rd-grade students and help them learn to wear them effectively. The district has passed along to each elementary school youth-sized cloth face masks, provided by a gubernatorial initiative, to help equip PreK-3rd grade students. All students already received a district neck gaiter.

We share COVID-19 resources at BPSLEARN.COM.

State Precautions

Governor Stitt's previous Public Health Advisory for orange and red counties called for:
  • Individuals age 11 and older wear face coverings in public settings, with exemptions including while eating at a restaurant, in a private office space, or at a religious ceremony where physical distancing can be achieved.
  • Restaurant staff should wear face coverings and tables should maintain six feet or more of distancing.

Bartlesville High School students named National Merit Semi Finalists

posted Sep 10, 2020, 7:38 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Sep 10, 2020, 7:41 AM ]

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that two Bartlesville High School seniors, Ryan Blattler and Madelynn Shambles, have been named Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Ryan Blattler is the son of Kimberley and Konrad Blattler. He is in the Pre-Engineering program at Tri-County Tech and its competitive robotics team. In his free time he enjoys reading and playing tabletop games with friends.

Madelynn Shambles is the daughter of Marcella and Mitch Shambles. She is a member of the International Thespian Society and the Stage Manager for the Bartlesville High School Theatre Department. In her spare time she is a volunteer at the Sutton Avian Research Center and enjoys creative writing.

Approximately 16,000 students were selected nationwide in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Three all-district Distance Learning days added on 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4

posted Sep 8, 2020, 12:41 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 8, 2020, 12:43 PM ]

District students will have three additional all-district Distance/Virtual Learning days on the first Fridays of October, November, and December: 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4. 
We began this challenging school year with three Distance Learning Fridays on 8/21, 8/28, and 9/4 for all students. On such days, students still have assignments which they complete as instructed by the teachers, often using Canvas, Google Classroom, or a packet.

This was done with multiple goals in mind:
  • Helping teachers, students, and parents practice with distance/virtual learning to be prepared for likely quarantines and possible inclement weather Virtual Learning days.
  • Giving teachers some time to train, collaborate, and catch up given the challenges of virtual students, students in quarantine, and various new online services.
In assessing the impact of those days, the district determined that three additional days this semester, one per month, would help both students and teachers adapt to the new environment.

Heather Davis, the President of the Bartlesville Education Association, has commented, "The BEA is very appreciative of the virtual learning days. We went from wading in the virtual waters to bobbing in the ocean of Distance Learning. Three additional days will allow us to hone our craft, stay on top of our work, and give both our students and teachers much-needed time to absorb new things."
Virtual Days

Free meals for ANYONE ages 1-18

posted Sep 8, 2020, 12:11 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 8, 2020, 1:19 PM ]

The district is now able to provide FREE breakfast & lunch to ANYONE ages 1-18. The USDA has authorized a shift to its "Summer Feeding Program" like the district offered during the summer.

Due to the increased demand this will bring, we are resuming bus stop service on 9/9 instead of door delivery. 
  • Six bus routes; click RT A, B, C, D, E, or F to see a different route
    • Times are NOT exact
    • One person may pick up for an entire household's children
    • No sign-up needed
    • Children need not be enrolled in our district to participate
    • Cold menu due to delivery logistics
    • Working on a hot meal pick-up option; pending
  • Students in-person at school will also receive FREE meals
  • For large groups/daycares, contact 918-397-7382 to arrange free meals.
Questions? Call 918-397-7382.


Free meals

County returns to yellow status; enhanced protocols remain in effect

posted Aug 28, 2020, 1:40 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 1:41 PM ]

Yellow Level

On August 28, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted back from Orange Level 1 to Yellow in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board of Education. The district’s Pandemic Response Committee tracks the county’s new case rate from other sources on a daily basis, which had already indicated an improvement in case levels.


The county's weekly average of daily new cases per 100,000 population had risen on August 20 to 16.08, entering Orange Level 1, but by August 27 it had fallen back to 13.86, at the higher end of the yellow range, which extends from 1.43 to 14.38.


Protecting student and staff health and safety is a priority, so the district will NOT be relaxing any health protocols at this time. The following enhanced protocols remain in effect:

  • STUDENT FACE COVERINGS: While face coverings are still only MANDATED for students in grades 4 and up and are expected for all bus riders, the district STRONGLY ENCOURAGES that parents provide face coverings for PreKindergarten through 3rd-grade students and help them learn to wear them effectively. .

  • STAFF FACE COVERINGS: Teachers and all other staff members must continually wear a face covering while inside a school facility EXCEPT when alone in a room or while eating or drinking. When a face covering is NOT worn and others are in a room, such as at lunch, staff are urged to carefully observe physical distancing of 6 feet or more.

  • STAFF SCREENINGS: After they have their temperature checked each workday, all staff members are required to log into the Ascension Screen & Go app on a district Chromebook or computer (or a compatible mobile device) to answer screening questions. 

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Spectators at on-campus extracurricular events are expected to wear masks and to practice physical distancing. Attendance limits at some events should be expected.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation in wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing when in public. Those basic precautions are essential to suppressing the county's positive case rate so that in-person instruction can continue.

Orange Level 1 Protocols Now In Effect

posted Aug 21, 2020, 4:48 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 21, 2020, 4:49 PM ]

Orange Level 1

On August 21, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted from Yellow to Orange Level 1 in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board of Education. The district’s Pandemic Response Committee tracks the county’s new case rate from other sources on a daily basis, which had already indicated case levels commensurate with Orange Level 1, so this transition was expected.


Orange Level 1 is when the weekly average of daily new cases per 100,000 population is above 14.38 but less than 25. The official rate in the state reporting for Washington County has risen from 7.16 on July 17 to 16.08 on August 20.


In accordance with the district’s Reopening Procedures, the Pandemic Response Committee will continue to evaluate the history of active cases in the county, the district’s active contact tracing case tallies, and student and staff absenteeism in deciding whether or not to recommend a district-wide shift to Distance Learning. Thus far the Committee has NOT recommended such a shift, so in-person instruction will continue along with the existing virtual programs. In-person classes will resume as scheduled at all sites on Monday, August 24.


Orange Level 1 brings these adjustments to the district’s health protocols:

  • STUDENT FACE COVERINGS: While face coverings are still only MANDATED for students in grades 4 and up and are expected for all bus riders, the district STRONGLY ENCOURAGES that parents provide face coverings for PreKindergarten through 3rd-grade students and help them learn to wear them effectively. The district is already exploring the option of eventually purchasing some child-sized face shields for any young students who cannot safely wear a mask.


  • STAFF FACE COVERINGS: Teachers and all other staff members now must continually wear a face covering while inside a school facility EXCEPT when alone in a room or while eating or drinking. (In Yellow level, while this behavior is encouraged, face coverings are only mandated when within 6 feet of another person.) When a face covering is NOT worn and others are in a room, such as at lunch, staff are urged to carefully observe physical distancing of 6 feet or more.

  • STAFF SCREENINGS: After they have their temperature checked at the start of each workday, all staff members will be required to log into the Ascension Screen & Go app on a district Chromebook or computer (or a compatible mobile device) to answer screening questions. 

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Spectators at on-campus extracurricular events are expected to wear masks and to practice physical distancing. Attendance limits at some events should be expected. Any non-district 3rd-party activities WITHIN a school facility have been suspended even if previously approved, although approved activities that occur outdoors may continue so long as appropriate precautions, including physical distancing, are observed.

If the county should enter Orange Level 2, with 25 or more daily new cases per 100,000 population, there could be a shift to district-wide Distance Learning. Everyone in the county can help prevent this by taking precautions such as wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing when in public. 

However, regardless of what the case rate is, if the district exhausts its substitute pool such that it cannot staff classrooms, it would be forced to transition to Distance Learning at one or more schools.

We appreciate the help and support of our extended Bruin Family in following our district’s health protocols.

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