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  • Enrollment Options for 2020-2021 June 22, 2020 Dear Bartlesville Public Schools Parents and Guardians,Throughout the pandemic, our students, families, and district staff have remained vigilant, flexible, and patient. Our collaborative efforts have safeguarded ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2020, 12:54 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville Public Schools receives donations from United Way and Phillip 66 To help with the digital divide for students without home internet, the Bartlesville Regional United Way (BRUW), with the support of Phillips 66, awarded $100,000 to the Bartlesville Public ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2020, 8:01 AM by Laci Harris
  • Community update from Superintendent McCauley Superintendent McCauley shares updates regarding the school calendar, PPE, and summer academic resources.
    Posted Jun 15, 2020, 8:15 AM by Laci Harris
  • BPL Summer Reading Program Thanks to funding from the Bartlesville Friends of the LIbrary, the Bartlesville Public Library is going virtual this summer with "Imagine Your Story!" — a service made possible by using an ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2020, 10:09 AM by Granger Meador
  • Community update from Superintendent McCauley Superintendent McCauley is working to keep you informed on what is going on at Bartlesville Public Schools.The first update includes the following information:The plan for the start of ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2020, 5:06 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bond projects and programs continue Projects and programs funded by the 2019 bond issue continue to progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Some students will have virtual learning experiences this summer made possible by technology ...
    Posted May 30, 2020, 10:57 AM by Granger Meador
  • District students earned 28 awards and 11 scholarships at State Science Fair Bartlesville students earned 13 category awards, 15 special awards, and 11 college scholarships at the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair in late March, with three students qualifying for the ...
    Posted May 26, 2020, 10:43 AM by Laci Harris
  • Academic All-State Awards Broadcast on 5/16-17 2020 Academic Awards Tribute Promotional VideoBartlesville senior Stone Yang and Superintendent Chuck McCauley will be featured in a television broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 ...
    Posted May 13, 2020, 6:56 AM by Granger Meador
  • Personal items pick-ups and district item drop-offs Pickups of personal belongings and returns of textbooks, library books, etc. will vary by school site:Bartlesville High School procedure for May 18-21Central Middle School procedure for May ...
    Posted May 9, 2020, 6:44 AM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville Public School District named PLTW Distinguished District The Bartlesville Public School District has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for its outstanding STEM program at every district school. All six of the ...
    Posted May 6, 2020, 12:00 PM by Laci Harris
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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

Remind.com
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.

Enrollment Options for 2020-2021

posted Jun 22, 2020, 11:45 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 22, 2020, 12:54 PM ]


Supt. McCauley
June 22, 2020 

Dear Bartlesville Public Schools Parents and Guardians,

Throughout the pandemic, our students, families, and district staff have remained vigilant, flexible, and patient. Our collaborative efforts have safeguarded each other’s health while fulfilling our district mission of educating and enriching lives.

As we approach the 2020-2021 academic year, we recognize the uncertainties regarding community health and the most appropriate and feasible precautions to ensure we meet all students’ educational needs. There are multiple district committees working on safety measures and supplies as well as revised operational policies and procedures. We plan to share our initial plans the week of July 13, realizing that those plans must continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19 and ways to reduce its impact.

Parents who are particularly concerned about on-site instruction should consider how the district offers three different options for any student’s learning environment, as outlined in the accompanying chart. Option 1 is a traditional classroom setting inside our schools. Option 2 is a combination of online and on-site instruction to help students and families who may deal with intermittent health concerns. Option 3 is an online virtual learning environment in Bruin Virtual School with instruction led by certified district teachers and which offers optional participation in school-sponsored athletics and fine arts programs. All three options will provide continual access to submitted and/or graded online assignments as we expand our 1:1 Chromebook program across grades 3-12 in August and all grades by early autumn. We will continue to provide take-home devices for middle and high school students while providing classroom-based devices for elementary students which could be checked out during Distance Learning periods. Any students in Options 2 or 3 will be provided a take-home device. We also offer cellular hotspots when needed to ensure educational internet access for students learning at home.

I urge any parents interested in Option 2’s blending of online and on-site instruction to contact their school principal and those interested in Option 3’s virtual instruction to visit BruinVirtual.com.

Please stay safe, and thank you for your support and confidence in our hard-working staff. I look forward to sharing with you in mid-July additional information on our plans for the upcoming school year.

Go Bruins!

Chuck McCauley, Superintendent

Enrollment options

Bartlesville Public Schools receives donations from United Way and Phillip 66

posted Jun 16, 2020, 8:00 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jun 16, 2020, 8:01 AM ]

To help with the digital divide for students without home internet, the Bartlesville Regional United Way (BRUW), with the support of Phillips 66, awarded $100,000 to the Bartlesville Public Schools.

The district will use the funding to purchase 250 more cellular hotspots in July, doubling the total owned by the district. The devices provide students with internet access when a family lacks home internet service, allowing the students to successfully use a district-issued Chromebook should the student be in Distance Learning.


The grant recognizes the likelihood of some Distance Learning periods due to self-quarantines resulting from COVID-19. It includes cellular service for the hotspots for the entire 2020-21 academic year, and the devices will be useful in later academic years with the district paying for cellular service.


“We implemented the 2020 BRUW COVID-19 Impact Grant Program to assist area non-profits which are helping those who have been impacted by the global pandemic known as the coronavirus,” said Lisa Cary, President and CEO of the BRUW. “These are unprecedented and challenging times, and we want to make sure the United Way steps up to meet the needs of those in the communities we serve.”


She added, “I am very grateful for Phillips 66’s very generous $300,000 contribution to support frontline organizations that are responding to the pandemic efforts, including first responders, food banks, healthcare, education services, and other organizations serving the most vulnerable populations during this time.” 


Cary indicated that supporting the Bartlesville Public School district in helping students with Distance Learning fits into BRUW's mission of leading the fight to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person in its communities.


Each hotspot provides 500 megabytes of data per day to allow students to submit online assignments, use online learning tools, and engage for limited periods of time in virtual conferencing with their teachers.

Community update from Superintendent McCauley

posted Jun 15, 2020, 8:15 AM by Laci Harris

Superintendent McCauley shares updates regarding the school calendar, PPE, and summer academic resources.


BPL Summer Reading Program

posted Jun 7, 2020, 10:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 7, 2020, 10:09 AM ]


Thanks to funding from the Bartlesville Friends of the LIbrary, the Bartlesville Public Library is going virtual this summer with "Imagine Your Story!" — a service made possible by using an app that will help patrons register to participate in BPL's annual Summer Reading Program.

The annual Summer Reading Program will kick off at 6 p.m. June 12 at the new Tower Center at Unity Square, located at Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue. The event will feature a performance by the entertainers of Inspyral Circus Entertainment, a train ride, outdoor games and more.

"We will have a tent set up where attendees can register for the Summer Reading Program via Beanstack," said Youth Services Librarian Laura Pryce. “However, there’s no need to wait until then. Participants can sign up now by downloading the app or going to the Beanstack website, at https://bartlesville.beanstack.org."

Beanstack will not only allow patrons to register for the Summer Reading Program from the comfort of home, but it will also allow them to independently log their weekly reading, complete activity challenges, unlock virtual badges, earn virtual tickets for prizes and check the schedule of events.

The Summer Reading Program is for all ages. BPL will offer challenges and prize drawings for pre-readers, children, teens and adults. Participants will need to download the free Beanstack Tracker app onto a device or go to on a PC and follow the prompts to register, after which they will be able to access the appropriate programs, challenges and schedule of events. Contact library staff at (918) 338-4170 for assistance. For those who may not have access from home, there will be a dedicated tablet at the library for participants to use.

The majority of summer events will take place outdoors at the Tower Center at Unity Square or other outdoor facilities. The schedule will be available on Beanstack, BPL’s social media, website and in printed form at the library.
BPL Summer Reading Program Flyer

Community update from Superintendent McCauley

posted Jun 1, 2020, 7:04 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 5:06 PM by Granger Meador ]


Superintendent McCauley is working to keep you informed on what is going on at Bartlesville Public Schools.

The first update includes the following information:
  • The plan for the start of school
  • Bruin Virtual School opportunities
  • Distance Learning improvements
  • Elementary student-teacher ratio improvements
  • Summer feeding program
  • Bond project updates
Keep an eye out for future updates!

Bond projects and programs continue

posted May 30, 2020, 10:50 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 30, 2020, 10:57 AM ]

Projects and programs funded by the 2019 bond issue continue to progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Some students will have virtual learning experiences this summer made possible by technology purchased via bond funding, and many will be able to take advantage of new and improved facilities in the coming school year.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Pressbox

Pressbox East Facade
The pressbox is ahead of schedule; click image to enlarge

The new pressbox atop Custer Stadium is ahead of schedule and will be ready before classes start in August. It features vastly improved facilities for community media, home and visitor coaches, visiting media, and student media, along with a small hospitality room. All of the rooms and a video balcony provide sweeping views of Lyon Field in a much more comfortable environment than the 65-year-old metal shed that sat atop the stadium since its construction.

Pressbox Interior
Two of the media rooms in the new pressbox, with the video balcony on the far left; click image to enlarge

Alley view

An elevator in the alley on the west side of the stadium will provide handicapped access to the pressbox. The elevator will also stop at the top concession stand level of the interior of the stadium, making it easier to load the concession stands versus using the original dumbwaiter from 1954.

Agriculture Building

Agriculture building exterior

The new agriculture building is being constructed on the south end of the Bartlesville High School (BHS) campus across 18th Street and just west of the Bruin Activity Center indoor practice facility. 

The northern end of the building will be an agricultural mechanics lab with welding capability, a tool room, and garage door. 

Ag Lab Space
Future agriculture mechanics lab

The southern end of the building will have two classrooms able to accommodate both Marty Jones, who started the district's agriculture education program in 2019-2020, and new hire Cameron Dale, who will be teaching 8th-grade agriculture orientation classes at Central and Madison middle schools and Agriscience 1 at BHS.

Ag classroom space
Future classroom space in the new agriculture building

Other Summer Construction Projects

Central Loop
At Central Middle School, a road cut into Cherokee Avenue off the north end of the parking lot on the north side of Central will allow that lot to function as a student pick-up and drop-off loop before and after school, relieving some of the congestion on Cherokee Avenue.

There will also be parking improvements at Ranch Heights Elementary School.

Madison Middle School will have additional work to finish replacing the last remnants of the original HVAC systems, which date back to when the facility was built as Sooner High School in 1966. A new serving line will be installed in what is now the Commons, located in the former Sooner High shop area, to support meal service relocated from the original cafeteria, where the old steam tables had reached their end of life.

Work will proceed on installing a motorized lift for the orchestra pit at the Fine Arts Center at Bartlesville High School. Since its opening in 2003, when not in use the pit has had to be manually converted into a stage extension by a system of scaffolding and flooring. The motorized lift will eliminate many man-hours of work for conversions each year, increasing the functionality of the superb facility.

TECHNOLOGY

Virtual Summer Schools

The district has four summer school programs in June, with two continuing on into July. All four are able to be virtual programs thanks to Chromebooks and hotspots funded by the 2016 and 2019 bond issues.
Chromebook and hotspot


About 100 elementary school students were selected for and enrolled in the Summer Boost program, which will run from June 1-June 25. Their parents can check out a new Chromebook and, if needed, a cellular hotspot for internet service. The initial wave of devices were distributed at a drive-through at BHS on May 28, and the Chromebooks will be returned on June 26.

Over 140 students have enrolled in a Virtual Summer Academy at Jane Phillips Elementary, which will run from June 1-July 16, again with available Chromebooks and hotspots.

The teachers in both elementary programs have been training on using the Google Classroom learning management platform to help provide lessons, and students can also draw upon both free and district-paid online services.

Students who are not in summer school can still use online services linked at BPSLEARN.COM.

Virtual Summer School for grades 6-8 is being offered June 1-22 and is being offered for grades 9-12 in two sessions, from June 1-22 and also June 29-July 20. The students will be using the take-home Chromebooks they were issued for the 2019-2020 school year. The program will make use of the Canvas Learning Management System which, like almost all district technology services, is funded by bond issues. Cellular hotspots have been available for students in grades 6-12 since early April.

Students in summer programs can swap out devices as needed on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at BHS through July 15, except for July 1. If it rains on a Wednesday, that swap shifts to Thursday.

Preparing for Distance Learning in 2020-2021
We expect that some students may elect to remain in Distance Learning when classes begin in August, and health experts predict periodic school closures might be needed in 2020-2021 with an expected surge in viral cases in autumn and winter. So the district will be working through the summer to outfit classroom Chromebook carts for grades 3-5 and has ordered 2,200 additional Chromebooks for PreKindergarten through 2nd grade, which are expected to be available in early autumn. A mix of bond issue and federal stimulus funding is being used, and spare Chromebooks purchased with bond funding will be available for students whose families elect to remain in Distance Learning. Additional cellular hotspots will be purchased via a $100,000 grant from Phillips 66 via the Bartlesville Regional United Way.

Chromebook carts
Chromebook carts like these are expected to be in every classroom from 3rd through 5th grade in August, with carts of touchscreen Chromebooks in every PreKindergarten through 2nd Grade classroom in early autumn

Bond issues also fund the electronic textbooks and services for subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies, and many different paid online services which students access via the Clever portal.

Remind, New Websites, and Mobile App

Annual bond issue funding for technology services is also allowing the district to update its communications. Enhanced Remind messaging services were purchased for 2019-2020 and became vital for many parent and student communications when the pandemic forced the schools into Distance Learning in April and May. Later this summer the district will launch new websites and a mobile app, the latter available for both Android and Apple iOS devices.

New district website coming

New district websites and a mobile app will launch later this summer.

Promethean ActivPanels

During the May shutdown of the school buildings, new Promethean ActivPanels, which are large touchscreens with built-in apps and connections to teachers' classroom stations, were installed in every classroom at Ranch Heights, Wayside, and Wilson elementary schools. These replaced the older ActivBoard "electronic whiteboards", which relied entirely on a teacher's desktop computer and ceiling-mounted projectors. 

ActivPanel

The three remaining elementary schools will be updated from ActivBoards to ActivPanels in the summer of 2021. The best of the displaced ActivBoards are being repurposed for over a dozen remaining classrooms at Bartlesville High School which have ceiling projectors but are not yet equipped with electronic whiteboards. Now almost every classroom in the district will have a wall with interactive touch capability for teacher use and, when safety protocols and measures allow it, for student interaction.

On-Going Operational Expenses

The bond issues also continue to provide annual funding for STEM, science, athletics, fine arts, furniture, maintenance, safety, and transportation needs across the district. Thanks to the regular investment by the voters within the district, it will continue to be a great time to a Bruin.

District students earned 28 awards and 11 scholarships at State Science Fair

posted May 26, 2020, 8:26 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 26, 2020, 10:43 AM by Laci Harris ]


Bartlesville students earned 13 category awards, 15 special awards, and 11 college scholarships at the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair in late March, with three students qualifying for the International Science and Engineering Fair. Over 30 students from the Bartlesville Public Schools qualified at the district science fair in February to compete at the state competition, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The students collectively earned four 1st place, five 2nd place, and four 3rd place category awards, 15 special awards, and 11 college scholarships at the state event.


Caleb Cochran, Bryce Goodin, and Colton McCullough were selected at the state fair to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. They joined fellow students Kate Boudreaux, Michael Brockman, and Liam Wisner, whose projects were selected in February at the Bartlesville District Science Fair for the international fair, in qualifying for the international competition which also went virtual and was held online.

ISEF 2020

State Science Fair Winners


State Fair Division I (Grades 10-12)

  • Bryce Goodin, Colton McCullough & Caleb Cochran, "Conserving Water through the Filtration and Recyclation of Greywater in a Domestic System", 1st in Senior Engineering, selected for International Science and Engineering Fair, EPA Award, US Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award

  • Michael Brockman, "Purifying Water with Artificial Intelligence", 1st in Senior Mathematics and Computer Science, EPA Award, US Agency for International Development Award

  • Morgan King, "Quantifying the Ratio of Particles Produced by Cosmic Rays and Nuclear Decay Events", 2nd in Senior Earth & Environmental Science & Natural Resources, American Meteorological Society Award

  • Daniela Ferguson, "Scanning the Past: Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys for Unmarked Graves Comparing Imaging Signatures", 2nd in Physics & Astronomy, EPA Award

  • Evan Gunter, "The Effect of Synthetic Rubber Hardness on Tire Durability and Traction", 3rd in Physics & Astronomy, Office of Naval Research/US Navy/US Marine Corps Award, Oklahoma Science Teacher Association Award

  • Elise Argo & Madison Heckelsberg, "Swabs vs Stickers", 3rd in Senior Medical and Health Science

  • Morgan Sanders, "Are You POSITIVE That's Clean?", 3rd in Senior Microbiology & Biochemistry

  • Ashley Ramsey & Tanner Benbrook, "A Gyre Situation", EPA Award


State Fair Division II (Grades 7-9)

  • Kate Boudreaux, "Pinned in Fire: Effects That Thermal Processing Has on the Working Properties of a Steel Bobby Pin", 2nd in Junior Engineering

  • Isabella Cavaceci, "Sight Reading Difficulties", 2nd in Junior Behavioral & Social Science

  • Zoe Thompson, "A Study of Peripheral Vision: Light eyes vs. Dark eyes", 2nd in Junior Medical and Health Science

  • Catherine Sheffield, "Determining the Best Medicine for Pseudomonas Infected Skin Without Hypersensitivity", 3rd in Junior Medical and Health Science

  • Joyce Yang, "Water Conservation in Soil", EPA Award


Academic All-State Awards Broadcast on 5/16-17

posted May 13, 2020, 5:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 13, 2020, 6:56 AM ]

Bartlesville senior Stone Yang and Superintendent Chuck McCauley will be featured in a television broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has partnered with OETA Public Television to broadcast a 30-minute tribute to this year's Academic All-Staters and recipients of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Awards. The program will be repeated on the OETA World Channel at 8:30 p.m. on May 23 and 7:30 p.m. on May 30.

The cancellation of the annual Academic Awards Banquet due to COVID-19 led to a change in format, with a program that will feature photos and videos submitted by the award winners.

The televised program will honor Stone Yang as one of the state’s 100 top public high school seniors. Selected from 495 nominations statewide, the student honorees hail from 75 schools in 69 Oklahoma school districts. The 2020 Academic All-State class is the 34th to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in what has been described as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”

The program will also recognize five innovative public school educators. This year's elementary/secondary administration winner is Chuck McCauley, the Superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools. 

Following the OETA broadcast, the tribute will also be available on the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence website at www.ofe.org.

Stone Yang

Stone Yang
Winner of the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, Stone Yang is also a two-time Bartlesville High School Student of the Year. He is District 6 President and State Elections Chairman for the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils and serves as Bartlesville’s Student Council president. Yang is first chair cello for his school Symphonic Orchestra and participates in state competitions for piano, musical theatre and vocal music. He is editor of the school yearbook and served on a committee to help pass a $17.9 million bond issue for Bartlesville Public Schools. Yang plans to study electrical engineering in college.

Scholarship sponsor: Phillips 66

Chuck McCauley

Supt. McCauley
The winner of the Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Administration is Chuck McCauley, superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools. When he assumed the post in 2016, the district was facing a dire budget situation and low morale. In just three years, McCauley has led the passage of two historic bond issues, engaged stakeholders to develop and execute a strategic plan, and expanded opportunities for students.

“McCauley earned his way to the district’s top post through a soft-spoken leadership style combining humility with intelligence and drive – a combination that naturally attracts others toward a shared vision of a better future for all children,” said Dan Droege, a founder of Bartlesville’s Public Education Advocates for Kids.

In his first 100 days as superintendent, McCauley engaged key stakeholders, from students and parents to district employees and community members, to help create a three-year strategic plan. Inspired by their input, the district has implemented several new programs, including a 1:1 Student Computing Initiative providing Chromebook computers for all students in grades 6-12; Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum for all K-5 classes; and a new agriculture program for secondary students. In addition, the district established an Alternative Therapeutic Learning Academic Setting (ATLAS) for elementary students who struggle in school due to trauma.

Many of those projects, as well as facility improvements, were made possible through the passage of a $19.4 million bond issue in 2016 and a $17.9 bond issue in 2019. The first bond issue was also critical in saving teaching positions and protecting class sizes.

McCauley has also sought to improve school culture by engaging more with teachers through school site visits and community events. He hosts informal Coffee-with-Chuck discussions and has instituted the BPS Wellness Challenge, where school sites compete against each other for the highest participation in the Wooloroc 8K race.

During the education funding crisis in 2018, McCauley encouraged many fellow superintendents across the state to suspend school so teachers and parents could make their case at the State Capitol. He and his school board even worked with local Rep. Earl Sears to develop a bipartisan funding plan that would eventually provide for $6,000 teacher pay raises and other critical needs. “Chuck McCauley’s commitment to public education has been etched in stone,” Sears said. “Chuck’s action for students and teachers has moved Oklahoma forward.”

Personal items pick-ups and district item drop-offs

posted May 9, 2020, 6:43 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 9, 2020, 6:44 AM ]


Lockers

Pickups of personal belongings and returns of textbooks, library books, etc. will vary by school site:

Bartlesville Public School District named PLTW Distinguished District

posted May 6, 2020, 11:58 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated May 6, 2020, 12:00 PM ]

The Bartlesville Public School District has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for its outstanding STEM program at every district school.
All six of the district’s elementary schools, both of its middle schools, and its high school each earned Distinguished School status for 2019-20. Bartlesville is one of just 24 districts across the U.S. to receive the honor of being a Distinguished District and the only district with that status in Oklahoma. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides STEM curricula to millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

Bartlesville Public Schools offers PLTW Launch (K-5), PLTW Gateway (6-8), and PLTW Computer Science and Engineering courses at Bartlesville High School, with additional Engineering offerings available for students at Tri-County Tech.


Bartlesville Superintendent Chuck McCauley commented, “We are proud of this recognition for the quality, breadth, and depth of our STEM offerings in Bartlesville. This achievement reflects the hard work of many students and teachers as well as tremendous community support. The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation joined with community partners, including ConocoPhillips, to fund our elementary PLTW Launch program. Our middle school and high school programs are housed in suites provided by a major grant from Phillips 66 and depend on state and federal funding as well as local bond issues. ConocoPhillips has been a continuing partner for the Technology Student Association in our secondary schools. We are truly blessed.”


This is the first year the district’s six elementary schools could qualify as Distinguished Schools, which required that at least two STEM modules be offered at each grade level with 75% or higher participation in the prior year. The district curriculum will expand this next year to four STEM modules in every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade. Only 14 other elementary schools in the state have received Distinguished School recognition for 2019-20.


This was the third consecutive year that both Central and Madison middle schools were named Distinguished Schools. That recognition requires that Gateway to Technology units be offered at each grade level, that at least 50% of the student body participates, and at least 25% of the students advancing to high school participate in two or more units while in middle school. There are only seven other middle schools in the state which received that recognition for 2019-20.


This is the second consecutive year that Bartlesville High School’s Computer Science program earned Distinguished School status, and the Engineering program at Bartlesville High School and Tri-County Tech also again received that recognition this year. So two of the 11 high school programs in the state receiving Distinguished School recognition are in Bartlesville. They had to provide at least three high school courses in the pathway, have at least 25% of students participate or have 33% of participating students take two or more PLTW courses, and have 95% of PLTW students complete End-of-Course assessments.


Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. Bartlesville now offers complete computer science and engineering pathways from kindergarten through 12th grade.


“It is a great honor to recognize Bartlesville Public Schools for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.” 


Bartlesville Public Schools is part of a community of public schools, colleges, universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition. 


For more information on the Bartlesville Public Schools’ PLTW programs, contact Dr. Stephanie Curtis, Executive Director of Personnel & School Support, at (918) 336-8600.

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