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  • Student meals program update The district's Sodexo Child Nutrition department has seen its meals program during the pandemic ramp up from 750 meals on March 23 to over 4,100 meals on April ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • Rakes & Pattison win grant to travel abroad Erinn Rakes and Julie Pattison teach art and music, respectively, at Jane Phillips Elementary School. They were among 37 teachers statewide who were selected for self-designed professional development grants ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2020, 12:04 PM by Granger Meador
  • Distance Learning launches on Monday, 4/6 The teachers, administrators, and instructional support staff of Bartlesville Public Schools have been working hard to develop a stay-at-home Distance Learning plan that will help their students finish ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2020, 1:33 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville High School art students win awards Bartlesville High School art students won awards in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Contest and the Young Talent in Oklahoma Art Competition. This year, the Oklahoma Scholastic Regional ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2020, 11:13 AM by Laci Harris
  • Student Chromebook drive-through swap begins 4/1 for grades 6-12 Distance learning for middle school and high school students via Canvas and other online services begins on Monday, April 6. If your middle school or high school student was issued ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2020, 10:09 AM by Granger Meador
  • Breakfast and lunch provided to anyone ages 1-18 Schools may be closed, but Bruin school buses are still on the roads. Monday, March 23 was the first day of a new feeding program designed to provide breakfast and ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 7:54 PM by Granger Meador
  • Washington County Retired Educators donate to Jane Phillips Elementary More students at Jane Phillips Elementary School will be able to purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair this year, thanks to a donation from the Washington County Retired Educators ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:45 AM by Laci Harris
  • BPS students named National Geographic GeoBee Oklahoma State Competition Semifinalists Cade Winter, an 8th-grader at Central Middle School, and Riley Blount, an 8th-grader at Madison Middle School, have been named semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:39 AM by Laci Harris
  • Student Tech Team taking applications A select group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Bartlesville High School support the district's Chromebooks under the direction of teacher Wendy Meador in BHS Room 132. They are ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2020, 10:54 AM by Granger Meador
  • Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment 2020-2021 Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment 2020-2021Bartlesville Public Schools offers a pre-kindergarten program for children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2020. Pre-K classes follow ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2020, 8:27 AM by Laci Harris
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Free Breakfast and Lunch on weekdays to ANYONE ages 1-18 March 23, 2020 Meals Flyer 
6-12 Student Chromebook Drive-Through April 1, 2020 6-12 Device Swap Flyer 
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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.

Student meals program update

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]

The district's Sodexo Child Nutrition department has seen its meals program during the pandemic ramp up from 750 meals on March 23 to over 4,100 meals on April 7, with over 2,400 of those meals delivered on six different bus routes. Anyone of ages 1-18 is able to get free meals on weekdays via the Seamless Summer Option program.

The rapid growth of the program and resulting logistics means that it has stopped posting menus to increase its flexibility to meet the rising demand. All meals will continue to feature various required components such as fruits and vegetables.

The program operates two drive-throughs, one at each middle school. Breakfast is provided from 8:00-9:30 a.m. while lunch can be picked up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The drive-throughs at each school have been refined, with the pick-up tables at Central Middle School shifted out into the parking lot to keep as many vehicles off Cherokee Avenue as possible. The Madison Middle School drive-through reverses direction beginning on April 7 to allow staff to be closer to the building in preparation for seasonal weather and to drop off products on the driver's side. See the updated flyer attached to this post.

The program also delivers breakfast and lunch simultaneously on six different routes which begin at Richard Kane Elementary School at 10:00 a.m. each weekday morning to run routes through each elementary school's area, concluding at each of the district's six elementary schools by noon. That program began with five bus routes, but a sixth was added on April 1 after a federal waiver was finally granted to allow the program to serve the Wayside area. For exact stop locations, contact Transportation Director Orville Burks.

Please note that since Friday, April 10 is a previously scheduled school holiday, USDA regulations will not allow the program to serve meals for that day.

Sodexo Child Nutrition Director Jon Beckloff and his staff follow strict safety protocols and Beckloff is known for his speedy response to feedback on the Bartlesville Child Nutrition page on Facebook, where he keeps everyone updated on the very successful program. Mr. Beckloff has commended the many Sodexo workers who are ensuring children are fed and has expressed his appreciation for the community's support and uptake of the program. A recent example of community support was when the CDC revised its guidance on face coverings, Mr. Beckloff asked for donations to quickly equip his 31 staff members. So many masks were donated that he was able to send some extras to a local church. GO BRUINS!
Flyer

Rakes & Pattison win grant to travel abroad

posted Apr 4, 2020, 12:04 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 4, 2020, 12:04 PM ]

Erinn Rakes and Julie Pattison teach art and music, respectively, at Jane Phillips Elementary School. They were among 37 teachers statewide who were selected for self-designed professional development grants for opportunities around the world in being named 2020 Fellows by Oklahoma’s Fund for Teachers.

When conditions allow, Rakes and Pattison will explore the history and culture of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich to create trauma-informed classrooms that incorporate hands-on learning experiences grounded in the arts for Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth-Grade students.

$132,000 in such Oklahoma grants were made possible through a partnership between the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the Tulsa Community Foundation. An Oklahoma Tribal Alliance, which began supporting the program last year, expanded its support this year to help increase the Oklahoma fellowship funding to its highest level in five years. Additional funding was provided by the Stuart and Temple Foundations of Tulsa.

The Tribal Alliance is comprised of the Chickasaw Nation, Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, Citizen-Potawatomi Nation, Choctaw Nation, Sac and Fox Nation, the Seminole Nation and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. This year, grants were awarded to six tribal members representing the Citizen Potawatomi, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes.

Since 2002, more than 1,000 Oklahoma teachers have received Fund for Teachers grants totaling over $3.6 million. In 2006, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to offer grants to educators statewide when the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence joined Fund for Teachers and the Tulsa Community Foundation as state partners. 

"Fund for Teachers fellowships empower teachers to explore their academic passions, deepen their scholarship and enhance their craft", said Karen Eckhoff, executive director of the national nonprofit organization.
Rakes & Pattison

Distance Learning launches on Monday, 4/6

posted Apr 3, 2020, 1:33 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 1:33 PM ]

The teachers, administrators, and instructional support staff of Bartlesville Public Schools have been working hard to develop a stay-at-home Distance Learning plan that will help their students finish the school year strong. That planning has presented its own set of trials, as most of it has occurred digitally or at a distance, but the staff has designed a continuous learning plan that will help students grow academically this spring.

We know our parents and students have many questions about what the remainder of the school year will be like. A new website, BPSLEARN.COM, will steadily address those issues while providing links and resources for Distance Learning.

While this is not how we expected to end the school year, we believe our plan will allow us to keep students on track, while also protecting what is most important – their health and well-being.

Our teachers are excited to resume school with their students on Monday, April 6 and support parents as families transition to this new mode of learning.

BPSLEARN.COM
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

On Monday, April 6, elementary classroom teachers will call their students’ parents.  The purpose of the call is to establish a positive line of communication between the teacher and student/parent that will continue throughout the remainder of this school year.  Teachers have worked diligently to create distance learning packets that are meaningful but also offer flexibility and choices to engage children in the learning process. 

There will be three different options for parents to get their elementary-school lessons packet:
  • Packets will be available to download at BPSLEARN.COM by Monday, April 6. That website will also have a link to phone-friendly copies of the same lessons for each grade level by date and by subject.
  • Printed packets will be available for pickup at each elementary school on April 6 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
  • For parents who are unable to pick your packet up on Monday, April 6, on Tuesday, April 7 they will be available in the food pickup lines at Central and Madison middle schools, which operate from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will also be sent out on the neighborhood food delivery buses on Tuesday, April 7.
Parents will only need one packet per family because each packet contains lessons for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. (Please note that the packets contain only the first three weeks of our Distance Learning plan. Teachers will be working on more assignments in the days and weeks ahead in order to finish the academic year.)

Remember that the packets and additional resources are not intended to create additional stress; please do what makes sense for your family.  If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS

Middle school and high school students will be able to use their district-issued Chromebooks to continue instruction using Canvas and other online services. Students are familiar with the program and should look for information from their teachers via Canvas, Remind, and email about how to proceed. Students in special programs will receive appropriate guidance from their teachers.

Teachers will be reaching out to families by voice calls, if needed, to determine which families need an internet hotspot, once those become available, to help connect the Chromebook to the internet. There are also low-cost internet options available to our families. Obviously, students will not be responsible for online work until an internet connection can be provided.

Teachers may grade some secondary students’ work; however, the intent is for grading to encourage students, provide helpful feedback, and the goal will be to help maintain or increase, not decrease, a student’s existing average in a class. The work will be used to learn new concepts and to reinforce those that have already been introduced. Teachers will be in regular contact with students to provide them with support and guidance, with each teacher providing “office hours” or other mechanisms for students to request individual help. 

Students with Chromebooks needing replacement should participate in the weekly Chromebook swap in the loop off Hillcrest Drive in front of the high school each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

Helpful links and ongoing updates about the new Distance Learning program are at BPSLEARN.COM.

Bartlesville High School art students win awards

posted Mar 31, 2020, 11:09 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 11:13 AM ]

Bartlesville High School art students won awards in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Contest and the Young Talent in Oklahoma Art Competition. This year, the Oklahoma Scholastic Regional Awards Competition was hosted by Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History. The Young Talent in Oklahoma Art Competition was sponsored by the Oklahoma Art Educators Association (OAEA) and hosted by Oklahoma City University (OCU).


On February 29, OSU held a ceremony and display of artwork for the Gold Key winners. At the ceremony, the Gold Key winners received certificates and Gold Key Pins. This year, OSU also gave $2,500 scholarships to each winner who would be attending OSU in the future. This year there were 672 students competing from schools across Oklahoma. There were 1155 total entries and 53 portfolios.


Mary Miller, a senior at BHS, won four Gold Key Awards. One of the awards was for her portfolio and it is one of only four Gold Key Portfolios chosen this year to send on to the national competition. The other Gold Key Winners were senior Liberty Peatling, juniors Ali Pryor and Audrie Rathman, and sophomores Cami Brownlee and Lana Dunlap.


The Silver Key Winners were senior Liberty Peatling, juniors Evan Mitchell, Ali Pryor, and Laura Snider, and sophomores Ashley Healy and Quincey Turner. Seniors Mary Miller, Liberty Peatling, and Ashlyn Sweat also received honorable mentions.


At the Young Talent in Oklahoma Art Competition, BHS Senior Mary Miller’s portfolio was chosen in the top ten out of 58 senior portfolios entered and it will be on display at OCU. She will find out at the ceremony on April 6 which place her portfolio received and whether or not she will receive a scholarship from OAEA for her portfolio. Mary had two individual pieces that were chosen for display and possible awards and scholarships as well.


BHS junior Ali Pryor had two pieces of artwork chosen for the display and fellow junior Evan Mitchell’s artwork was also chosen. Ali Pryor was named a winner of the 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence in Visual Art in a letter on March 30.


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Awards Ceremony has been canceled. In place of the ceremony, each honoree will receive an awards packet by May 31, 2020. The packet will include a medal, the 2020 program, an awards certificate, and letters of commendation from Superintendent Hofmeister and Arts Alliance Chair Chris Barber.

Oklahoma Scholastic Regional Awards Competition winners from left: Lana Dunlap, Quincey Turner, and Cami Brownlee
Oklahoma Scholastic Regional Awards Competition winners from left: Evan Mitchell, Laura Snider, Ashlyn Sweat, Audrie Rathman, Ali Pryor, Mary Miller, and Liberty Peatling
Young Talent in Oklahoma Winners from left to right: Evan Mitchell, Ali Pryor, and Mary Miller

Student Chromebook drive-through swap begins 4/1 for grades 6-12

posted Mar 31, 2020, 10:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 10:09 AM ]

Distance learning for middle school and high school students via Canvas and other online services begins on Monday, April 6. If your middle school or high school student was issued a take-home Chromebook that is damaged, missing, or was left in the school and not retrieved on March 23, then please take advantage of our Chromebook swap drive-through at Bartlesville High School each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m., beginning on Wednesday, April 1.

You can pull up in the loop drive off Hillcrest Drive, but please don't get out of your vehicle until instructed. Mrs. Meador, the Student Technology Support Team teacher, will need to know which school the student attends and his or her name (or ID number, if known). Please maintain proper 6-foot social distancing when dropping off a Chromebook or charger where directed. Mrs. Meador will place any replacement device at a separate spot which you may retrieve when instructed.

Mrs. Meador will not be checking insurance status nor assessing any fees until late in the school year when it is safe for her to evaluate and repair submitted devices, for staff to locate any items left in the buildings, etc.

Students in programs that have not yet issued take-home devices, such as Bruin Academy and some self-contained Special Education programs, will eventually receive specific instructions from their teachers about if, where, and when any checkouts will occur. They can participate in the Wednesday drive-throughs only after a device has been issued, if any, via their program.

HOME INTERNET SERVICES

All students in grades 6-12 were asked at school on 3/13 to fill out an online survey. A student's district email address and password are required to complete the survey. 

If a student has no home internet service, please review:

We will launch a new Connected Bruins program to offer a limited number of cell hotspots as soon as we can. Until then, remember that everyone is doing the best they can, from parents and students to teachers and staff. 

The launch of distance learning on April 6 will be a best-effort process in which we all will get to exercise our flexibility, patience, and grace. We look forward to serving you in the coming weeks.

(For elementary students, distance learning packets for the first three weeks will be available online by April 6 with an option to pick up hard copies at school sites. More information on that will be coming later.)

Flyer

Breakfast and lunch provided to anyone ages 1-18

posted Mar 24, 2020, 6:49 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 7:54 PM ]


Schools may be closed, but Bruin school buses are still on the roads. Monday, March 23 was the first day of a new feeding program designed to provide breakfast and lunch to children in Bartlesville during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are about 6,000 students in Bartlesville Public Schools, and five of the six elementary schools qualify for federal Title I assistance. 

While districts across the state will begin distance learning programs for students on April 6, school campuses will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the pandemic. Many students – not just elementary school kids – might go without breakfast and lunch without the Seamless Summer program the district initiated.

Any child ages 1-18 who showed up along five different school bus routes or at drive-throughs at each of the two middle schools received a free breakfast and lunch. The Child Nutrition Department, ran by Sodexo, partnered with the district's Transportation Department to deliver the meals on bus routes.

On Monday, March 23, Bruin staff served about 750 meals to students. About one-third were provided via the drive-through breakfast and lunch programs at Central Middle School, one-third via the drive-through programs at Madison Middle School, and one-third on the five bus routes.

The following day brought a sizable increase in meals with 2,226 delivered. 1,146 of those were delivered via the bus routes. The buses deliver both breakfast and lunch simultaneously, while the drive-throughs offer breakfast from 8-9:30 and lunch from 11-12:30.

Bartlesville will continue the program for as long as schools are closed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BROCHURE and please check the Bartlesville Child Nutrition Facebook Page for the latest information.

Five buses loaded with meals pull out from Kane Elementary daily on routes around the city to deliver breakfast and lunch

Bus meal dropoff
A contactless bus meal drop-off protects everyone in accordance with social distancing guidelines; drive-through service at Central and Madison are also contactless

Washington County Retired Educators donate to Jane Phillips Elementary

posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:40 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 7:45 AM ]

More students at Jane Phillips Elementary School will be able to purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair this year, thanks to a donation from the Washington County Retired Educators Association. WCREA representatives presented a check for $1,320 to Jane Phillips’ school librarian, Christel Poston, to help students who might not otherwise be able to buy books.

“Having worked so many years with students, we all know the importance of encouraging children to read, so we wanted to do something to help those who needed a little additional book money,” stated Elaine Gaut, WCREA president.

“Retired educators always work to help teachers and students. We want all the students at Jane Phillips to be able to take home a book of their choice,” according to Cindy Dronyk, WCREA treasurer. Dronyk currently serves as the Northeast District representative on the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association Board of Directors.

WCREA members voted at their February meeting to donate $500 from their savings account, and individual members then donated an additional $820. Dronyk and Gaut presented the check to the school, but other members of WCREA have also volunteered to help with the book fair next week.
WCREA President Elaine Gaut, left, and Treasurer Cindy Dronyk, right, present a check to
Jane Phillips School Librarian Christel Poston, center.

BPS students named National Geographic GeoBee Oklahoma State Competition Semifinalists

posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:38 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 7:39 AM ]

Cade Winter, an 8th-grader at Central Middle School, and Riley Blount, an 8th-grader at Madison Middle School, have been named semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition.
From left: Cade Winter, 8th-grader at Central Middle School, and Riley Blount, 8th-grader at Madison Middle School


State GeoBee qualifiers will take an online test on Friday, March 27, 2020 that is administered and proctored by the school GeoBee coordinator.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.


State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships.The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. 


The 2020 National Championship will take place May 18-21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters. The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash.

Student Tech Team taking applications

posted Mar 9, 2020, 10:44 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 10:54 AM ]

A select group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Bartlesville High School support the district's Chromebooks under the direction of teacher Wendy Meador in BHS Room 132. They are the  Student Technology Support Team. 

The semester-long or year-long course provides hands-on learning experience in technology support, problem-solving, customer service, and collaboration. The students support and repair student and staff Chromebooks from across the district.

Students interested in participating in the 2020-2021 school year should go to bpstechteam.com for more information and an application form.

Tech Support Team


Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment 2020-2021

posted Mar 6, 2020, 8:20 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Mar 6, 2020, 8:27 AM ]


Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment 2020-2021


Bartlesville Public Schools offers a pre-kindergarten program for children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2020. Pre-K classes follow the regular elementary schedule, meeting five days a week during the school year from 8:45 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Pre-K class sizes are 20 students or less and taught by certified Early Childhood Specialists and a paraprofessional.

 

Parents may enroll Pre-K students at an elementary school’s office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you are unsure about which school your child will attend, type your address at the following link: https://ewa.edulogweb.com/bartlesvilleok4web/webquery/. Please contact the Education Service Center, 918-336-8600, if you need further assistance.  


The following documentation and/or information must be provided at the time of enrollment:  

1.  A copy of the child's birth certificate: Children must be 4 on or before September 1, 2020.
2.  Current immunization records: Oklahoma State Law requires that all 4-year-old children entering school for the first time must show proof of the following vaccines: 4 DPT, 3 POLIO, 1 MMR, 3 Hepatitis B*, 2 Hepatitis A*, 1 Varicella (Chicken Pox).
3.  Proof of residency in the legal guardian's name: A title to residential property, unexpired lease agreement, a receipt for payment of rent, or proof of utility payment.

 

Pre-K is free and is not mandatory. Childcare options for the hours beyond the Pre-K school day are available on a space-available basis. Fees are charged for these extended day programs.

 

Parents should bring the required paperwork at the time of enrollment. 

Parents who are in the process of collecting the paperwork should still go to your school site and begin the enrollment process.


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