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  • Bartlesville selects new pom coaches The BPSD Athletic Department has announced it will recommend the hiring of new coaches Meredith Brown and Kayla Saucedo to lead the Pom squad. A Bartlesville native, Meredith Brown graduated ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2019, 12:15 PM by Laci Harris
  • Sixty-eight Bartlesville students attend band camp Over the summer, Bartlesville band students attended a week-long band camp at the University of Arkansas and had the largest number of students ever attended from BPS. 52 middle ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2019, 10:23 AM by Laci Harris
  • Bond issues pass by historic margins Voters in the Bartlesville Public School District gave overwhelming approval to two school bond issue questions in the election on August 13, 2019. 81% of voters approved $16,065,000 ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2019, 8:33 PM by Granger Meador
  • GED Commencement 2019 A dozen graduates of the GED program were celebrated at the GED Commencement on August 11, 2019 Families, friends, and supporters gathered in the auditorium at Bartlesville High School on ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:03 PM by Granger Meador
  • Parents can save time & money at secondary school registrations Parents of incoming middle school and high school students can save time and money at the Chromebook part of each school's registration in late July or early August by ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2019, 3:51 PM by Granger Meador
  • Central students place at national STEM conference This summer students from Central's Gateway to Technology STEM program attended the national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Washington, DC. Om Ghonasgi, Lily Talbot, and Mehdi Achour qualified ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 11:36 AM by Granger Meador
  • District 3 Vacancy on the Bartlesville Board of Education Supt. Chuck McCauley, Bartlesville School Board President Scott Bilger, and board members Randy Herren, Tyler Vaclaw, Kevin Sitton, and Andrea Nightingale recognize Alison Clark (holding plaque) for her service. On ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2019, 9:01 AM by Granger Meador
  • Support Staff Job Fair on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Want to join our team? The BPS Support Staff Job Fair is next Tuesday, July 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area at Bartlesville ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2019, 9:54 AM by Granger Meador
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Event NameEvent Start DateFlyer Weblink
Bruin Boys Basketball Camp for 7th-9th Grade May 28, 2019 Bruin Basketball Camps Flyer 
BHS Regional Summer School, 1st Semester May 30, 2019 Regional 9-12 Summer School, 1st Sem 
OKWU Eagles Volleyball Camp May 30, 2019 OKWU Eagles Volleyball Camp Flyer 
Bruin Baseball Skills Camp June 3, 2019 Baseball Camp Flyer 
Bruin Boys Basketball Camp for 4th-6th Grade June 3, 2019 Bruin Boys 4th-6th Boys Basketball Camp Flyer 
Free Summer Food Program June 3, 2019 Free Summer Food Program Flyer 
Pinwheels & Popcorn June 3, 2019 Pinwheels & Popcorn Flyer 
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon June 13, 2019 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Flyer 
BHS Regional Summer School, 2nd Semester July 1, 2019 Regional 9-12 Summer School, 2nd Sem 
Pack the Backpacks July 1, 2019 Pack the Backpacks Flyer 
Young Warriors Tribal Youth Preparedness July 7, 2019 Young Warriors Tribal Youth Camp Flyer 
OK Youth Preparedness Camp July 14, 2019 OK Youth Preparedness Camp Flyer 
High School Fundamentals July 15, 2019 High School Fundamentals 
BHS Ignite Senior Leadership Conference July 18, 2019 Ignite Senior Conference Flyer 
Oppositional, Defiant, and Disruptive Children Training July 24, 2019 Oppositional, Defiant, and Disruptive Children Strategies Flyer 
Madison Mania 6th Grade Transition Camp July 29, 2019 Madison Mania 6th Grade Transition Camp 
Central Cub 6th Grade Transition Camp August 7, 2019 Central Cub 6th Grade Transition Camp 
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Bartlesville selects new pom coaches

posted Aug 15, 2019, 12:11 PM by Laci Harris   [ updated Aug 15, 2019, 12:15 PM ]

The BPSD Athletic Department has announced it will recommend the hiring of new coaches Meredith Brown and Kayla Saucedo to lead the Pom squad. 


A Bartlesville native, Meredith Brown graduated from Bartlesville High School in 2016. She has been dancing since the age of two and is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and pom styles. Brown was the Bartlesville Varsity Pom captain her senior year, BHS pom girl of the year 2015-2016, a two-time solo state champion in the senior category, and a Lee Summit dance Invitational two-time solo winner. Meredith portrayed “Clara” in a Bartlesville Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker, and was on the Oklahoma State University Pom Squad for three years. 


Brown has taught technique and ballet at Thriller Dance Studio in Stillwater and has been the technique coach for the Bartlesville Varsity Pom team for the past two seasons. Her coaching philosophy is, “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”


Kayla Saucedo was born and raised in Tulsa and moved to Bartlesville in 2013 where she was introduced to the Bartlesville Pom program. She attended tryouts for the Junior Varsity squad and, having no prior dancing opportunities, made the team. She served as captain her sophomore year, was awarded “Dancer of the Year” for her great work ethic and integrity, and then landed a spot on the Varsity Pom Squad for her junior and senior years of high school.


Saucedo was on the Coffeyville Community College dance team for two years, serving as captain during her second year before she graduated in 2018 with her Associates in Arts. Saucedo has maintained her involvement with the program, including attending all of the practices she could and going with the squad to some of the state competitions in Oklahoma City.




Meredith Brown, Pom Coach for the Bartlesville Bruins.

Kayla Saucedo, Pom Coach for the Bartlesville Bruins.


Sixty-eight Bartlesville students attend band camp

posted Aug 15, 2019, 10:23 AM by Laci Harris

Over the summer, Bartlesville band students attended a week-long band camp at the University of Arkansas and had the largest number of students ever attended from BPS. 52 middle school band students from Madison and Central for one week and 16 students from BHS for another week, joining students from all over this region of the country. 


“Our kids had a great time learning more about their instruments and had the opportunity to perform in concerts at the end of each of their respective camps,” said Alex Claussen, High School Head Band Director. “We are very proud of them.”

BHS Band Camp students at the University of Arkansas
MMS and CMS Band Camp students at the University of Arkansas

Bond issues pass by historic margins

posted Aug 13, 2019, 8:31 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 8:33 PM ]

Voters in the Bartlesville Public School District gave overwhelming approval to two school bond issue questions in the election on August 13, 2019. 81% of voters approved $16,065,000 for technology, facilities, equipment, and other needs. $1,85,000 in bonds for transportation had to be voted on separately, per state law, and were approved by 83% of the voters. Those margins of passage were the highest for any of the district's bond issues in over 30 years.

Superintendent Chuck McCauley commented, "We deeply appreciate the vote of confidence and the trust invested in our district’s priorities. These bond issues will allow us to advance the excellence established from previous bonds, and our students will benefit from the technology, STEM/Vo-Ag, curricular supplies and services, maintenance and facilities, safety, and transportation provided by these funds through 2023."

The benefits students will receive from the bonds are detailed at the BruinBond.com website.

Bond election results



Supt. Thank You Letter

GED Commencement 2019

posted Aug 11, 2019, 2:47 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 11, 2019, 3:03 PM ]

GED Graduates
A dozen graduates of the GED program were celebrated at the GED Commencement on August 11, 2019

Families, friends, and supporters gathered in the auditorium at Bartlesville High School on Sunday, August 11, 2019 for the GED Commencement.

A dozen students were honored who have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma by passing General Educational Development (GED) exams. The students overcame the obstacles which had not allowed them to graduate with their high school class. Overall, 33 students passed their GED exams between August 2018 and July 2019.

Matt Hancock, Director of Adult Education, addressed the graduates. Superintendent Chuck McCauley presented each graduate with a diploma.

High School Equivalency classes are now held at Bartlesville High School as well as at Tri-County Technology Center and its Pawhuska Business Development Center. 

Those who would like to learn more about the Adult Education program  can visit its website or call 918-336-6560.
Matt HancockMatt Hancock, Director of Adult Education, addressed the graduates


Parents can save time & money at secondary school registrations

posted Jul 17, 2019, 5:35 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 31, 2019, 3:51 PM ]

Parents of incoming middle school and high school students can save time and money at the Chromebook part of each school's registration in late July or early August by completing any required paperwork in advance, paying for optional insurance in advance, and being present with their child at registration.

Every student in regular education in grades 6-9 must check out and use a take-home Chromebook beginning in August, while the self-contained special education and the alternative education programs will provide computing devices in their classrooms.

Returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors already have Chromebooks, but any existing insurance they may have from 2018-19 will expire on the first day of school. They can also save time and money by purchasing insurance for 2019-20 now.

SAVE MONEY & TIME BY PURCHASING OPTIONAL INSURANCE NOW
Parents can opt to purchase annual insurance on a student's Chromebook which provides full coverage against damage or loss on a first incident and half-coverage on a second incident. Otherwise, parents assume the obligation of all repair and replacement costs due to damage or loss.
SAVE TIME BY COMPLETING CHROMEBOOK PAPERWORK NOW
Parents and students must complete two Chromebook forms, unless they are returning 10th-12th graders who already did that in a prior year. 

If they can download and fill out the forms in advance, that will speed up registration.

Secondary Registration Days

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
6th Graders: Tuesday, July 30 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
7th Graders: Wednesday, July 31 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
8th Graders: Thursday, August 1 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

Evening Chromebook-only checkout for working Central parents 
on Thursday, August 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. for all grade levels

MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL
8th Graders: Monday, August 5 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
7th Graders: Tuesday, August 6 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
6th Graders: Wednesday, August 7 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

Evening Chromebook-only checkout for working Madison parents 
on Wednesday, August 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. for all grade levels

BARTLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Seniors: Monday, August 5 from 8:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.
Juniors: Tuesday, August 6 from 8:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.
Sophomores: Wednesday, August 7 from 8:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.
Freshmen: Thursday, August 8 from 8:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.

Evening Chromebook-only checkout for working BHS parents 
on Thursday, August 8 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Chromebook Checkout

Central students place at national STEM conference

posted Jul 16, 2019, 11:36 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 11:36 AM ]


This summer students from Central's Gateway to Technology STEM program attended the national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Washington, DC. Om Ghonasgi, Lily Talbot, and Mehdi Achour qualified for nationals by placing 1st Place in Middle School STEM Animation at the state conference in April. Mehdi was unable to attend nationals, so Central TSA officer Evan Hathaway joined Om and Lily to form the school's STEM Animation team for nationals. Griffin Craig qualified for nationals with Om and Mehdi with their 3rd Place for Leadership Strategies at state, and Griffin was part of the delegation to nationals. At the conference, the school's STEM Animation team placed 6th in the nation, earning a spot on the stage. 

Central Middle School TSA sponsor Lolly Williams and Central Principal Keri Gardner chaperoned the students in the nation's capital. Over 8,000 people were at the conference. The students met up with other state conference participants and national officers and enjoyed a week of activities.

Principal Gardner stated, "These students gained valuable school and life skills on this trip. They connected with others from all over the world and have created many new goals for the upcoming year. [I am] so proud of our TSA group and Ms. Williams!"

Central Middle School was named a Distinguished School for its Gateway to Technology STEM program by Project Lead the Way in 2017-18 and 2018-19, since they offered STEM courses in all three grades, had at least half of the student body participating in STEM courses, and had at least 25% of their students advancing to high school participate in two or more STEM courses while in middle school. Central also hosted its first VEX Robotics tournament in January 2019

Bartlesville's other secondary school STEM programs also earned Distinguished School status for Madison Middle School in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and for both Bartlesville High School and Tri-County Tech in 2018-19. The district's elementary STEM program, Project Lead the Way Launch, will expand this year with a third STEM module, on engineering, being added to the existing computer science and biomedical modules in all first through fifth grade classrooms.



Central's team at TSA nationals
Central Principal Keri Gardner with students Griffin Craig, Evan Hathaway, Lily Talbot, and Om Ghonasgi and Central STEM teacher and TSA advisor Lolly Williams at the National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, DC

District 3 Vacancy on the Bartlesville Board of Education

posted Jul 16, 2019, 7:14 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jul 19, 2019, 9:01 AM by Granger Meador ]

Supt. Chuck McCauley, Bartlesville School Board President Scott Bilger, and board members Randy Herren, Tyler Vaclaw, Kevin Sitton, and Andrea Nightingale recognize Alison Clark (holding plaque) for her service.

On July 15, 2019, the Bartlesville Board of Education accepted the resignation of Ms. Alison Clark from her seat representing District 3, which covers most of downtown Bartlesville. The Board appreciates her successful service on the board since 2013, including her work as Clerk of the Board since 2018.

 

In June 2019, Ms. Clark announced her intention to resign since her family would be moving out of the district. She stated, “Making the choice to relocate my family has been one of the most difficult decisions I have faced. We love this community and leaving is so bittersweet. Serving Bartlesville as a school board member for the past six years has been an incredible honor, and I can look back with pride on what we have accomplished and how we have grown. I am confident that BPSD will continue to thrive and raise the standard for quality public education in Oklahoma. My family is off on a new adventure, but we look forward to returning home someday.”

Pursuant to Board policy BBA, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment as follows:

  • Those candidates who are interested in filling the vacated seat can send a letter of interest and resume to School Board President Scott Bilger at 1100 South Jennings, Bartlesville, OK 74003. The deadline for receiving the letter of interest and resume is July 31, 2019.

  • The Board will consider applicants for possible appointment to fill the District 3 seat until the succeeding election in 2020.

    • Each term on the Board is four years. A person appointed to fill such vacancies in the first half of the term of office for the board position shall serve only until the next succeeding election, at which time the office which they hold shall be placed on the ballot for the balance of the unexpired term. Vacancies filled by appointment following the delivery of the resolution calling for regular elections to the secretary of the county election board shall be filled until the regular elections the following year. Persons elected to fill unexpired terms shall begin those terms at the next regular meeting of the board of education following the election. 

  • Those who are interested in being part of the Board of Education must meet certain qualifications:

    • The person must be qualified to vote in any school district election and be registered with the county election board within the school district.

    • The person must be a resident of – and a registered voter in – the school district and the election district (District 3, in this case) for at least six months immediately prior to being appointed.

    • No person can serve on the Board unless they have been awarded a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency.

    • A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or of a felony who has entered a plea of guilty or “nolo contendere” to such crime shall not be eligible to serve in a school board position for a period of 15 years following completion of the sentence or during the pending period of an appeal.

    • No person can be a candidate for or serve as a Board member if the person is currently employed by the Bartlesville Public School District or is related within the second degree* by affinity or consanguinity to any other member of the Board or to an employee of the school district.

  • Boundaries map

  • Board members typically attend one Board of Education meeting per month. The meetings are typically held in the Board Room of the Education Service Center, which is located at 1100 South Jennings.

  • Each of the Board of Education members also serve on at least one Board committee.


* “Second degree” relatives are: spouse, child or child’s spouse, parent or parent’s spouse, grandchild or grandchild’s spouse, grandparent or grandparent’s spouse, sibling or sibling’s spouse, spouse’s child or spouse’s parent, spouse’s grandchild or spouse’s grandparent, and spouse’s sibling. Siblings of "half-blood," meaning that two individuals share one parent, are considered equal to a full sibling sharing two parents.

Support Staff Job Fair on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

posted Jul 11, 2019, 9:53 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 11, 2019, 9:54 AM ]

Want to join our team? The BPS Support Staff Job Fair is next Tuesday, July 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area at Bartlesville High School.

Parking near 18th Street & Shawnee Avenue; the Commons entry is down the sidewalk just north of the Freshman Academy circle drive.
Job Fair

2019-2020 School Supply Lists

posted Jul 1, 2019, 12:21 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 1:33 PM ]


Click here or below for the elementary and middle school supply lists for 2019-2020.

Classes begin on Thursday, August 15.

Relevant dates:
  • Monday, 8/6: Distribution day for Washington County School Supply Drive for families who applied in July (see later part of this post); backpacks will be distributed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8th and Dewey, on Monday, August 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8/15: First day of classes in Bartlesville Public Schools

School Supply Lists


School Supplies

Pack the Backpacks

The annual Washington County School Supply Drive provides school supplies for those needing assistance for the 2019-20 school year. Families with students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade may apply. Because of rising prices, the program asks that participants consider making a $5 donation per family when picking up supplies. On average, the supplies and backpack would cost about $50 in the stores. Without sufficient funds, the program may not be able to continue.

Apply from July 1-27, 2019 at
  • Agape Mission - 555 S Cass Ave, Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Mary Martha Outreach, 1845 SW 4th St, Wednesdays 9-11 a.m.; Thursdays 12-2 p.m.
Completely fill out the application you pick up, and turn it in to a WCSSD representative at one of the above locations during normal business hours. Do NOT try to just “drop it off”. Backpacks will be distributed, to those who successfully completed an application in July, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8th and Dewey, on Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here for a flyer on the Pack the Backpacks program, including Spanish translation

YOU CAN HELP

Visit PacktheBackpacks.org for more information, including how you can volunteer. They could use your help packing backpacks on:
  • Friday, August 2 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you would like to make a donation to support the program, you can donate online at their website or send your donation to:

Washington County School Supply Drive
P.O. Box 2031
Bartlesville, OK 74005-2031


Arvest Foundation contributes $15,000 to Bartlesville Public Schools

posted Jun 20, 2019, 5:51 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 7:19 AM ]

Arvest has renewed its support of the Bartlesville Public Schools’ elementary STEM program, Project Lead the Way Launch, with a $15,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank marketing manager, and Earl Sears, Arvest Bank business development representative, presented the contribution at the regular meeting of the Bartlesville Public Schools Board of Education in June.

The funds will help Bartlesville elementary schools ramp up their technology capabilities as they continue to expand STEM programs for all kindergarten through fifth-grade students with engineering modules in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will allow us to create a more engaging learning experience for our elementary students,” said Supt. Chuck McCauley. “By expanding our capabilities, we’ve given our students and teachers an even greater avenue for success.”  

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Bartlesville Public Schools’ efforts to provide greater educational opportunities for local students,” said Sears. “We greatly appreciate the work our local teachers and administrators do daily to enrich the lives of their students. Arvest Bank and the Arvest Foundation are committed to education and children in the Bartlesville region.”
Annah Fischer and Earl Sears of Arvest Bank present $15,000 for the Bartlesville school district’s elementary STEM program at a June meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education. Left to right: Board Vice-President Rick Boswell, Supt. Chuck McCauley, Arvest’s Annah Fischer, Board President Scott Bilger, board members Andrea Nightingale and Randy Herren, Arvest’s Earl Sears, and board member Kevin Sitton.

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