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  • Central 2nd annual VEX Robotics competition on Saturday, 1/18/2020 We need VOLUNTEERS to help at the event. Contact Central STEM teacher Lolly Williams at WilliamsLL@bps-ok.org or 918-336-9302 ext. 1808 ASAP! You'll have fun ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • School Board Recognition Month As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities.  Their job is ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2020, 6:57 AM by Granger Meador
  • Teacher of the Year Celebration on February 25 SAVE THE DATE!The 2020 Teacher of the Year Celebration will be on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bartlesville Community Center. Doors ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2020, 10:44 AM by Granger Meador
  • Bond projects over Winter Break Over the 2019-2020 Winter Break, the old pressbox atop Custer Stadium was removed to allow for the construction of a much larger and more functional pressbox. The infield at ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2020, 4:11 PM by Granger Meador
  • Play for Burk Foundation raises funds for underprivileged Bartlesville students The Play for Burk Foundation held its Festival of the Nativity event on December 6-8, 2019 to raise funds for underprivileged Bartlesville students. The three-day event includes many ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2019, 1:50 PM by Laci Harris
  • 2020 Site Teachers of the Year and Rising Star Teachers Announced The 2020 Teacher of the Year and 2020 Rising Star Teacher selected by faculty members at each school site are listed below. They are nominees for District Teacher of the ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2020, 10:30 AM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville students selected for the 2019 Northeastern Choir Directors’ Association District Honor Choirs Forty students from Bartlesville High School auditioned on October 5 for the 2019 Northeastern Choir Directors’ Association District Honor Choirs. These students dedicate hours of extra practice to prepare chosen ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2019, 7:55 AM by Laci Harris
  • BHS teacher Cassandra Marlar named TARC Educator of the Year Bartlesville High School Special Education teacher Cassandra Marlar has been selected as the TARC 2019 Educator of the Year. Marlar will be honored as part of the 29th Annual Advocacy ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 12:25 PM by Laci Harris
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Central 2nd annual VEX Robotics competition on Saturday, 1/18/2020

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]

We need VOLUNTEERS to help at the event. Contact Central STEM teacher Lolly Williams at WilliamsLL@bps-ok.org or 918-336-9302 ext. 1808 ASAP! You'll have fun and can enjoy a free lunch and T-shirt to boot.

Central Middle School is hosting its second annual VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Come observe as they welcome both middle school and high school teams for the Central STEM Bruin Battle, which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. at the school at 815 SE Delaware Ave.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST ROBOTICS COMPETITION

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 24,000 teams from 61 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

CURRENT CHALLENGE: TOWER TAKEOVER
VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point is played on a 12’x12’ square field.

Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Cubes in Towers, or scoring Cubes in Goals.

Contact Central STEM teacher Lolly Williams for more information.
VEX 2019 at Central
Some of the Bartlesville teams at Central's 2019 VEX Robotics Tournament; Central STEM teacher and event sponsor Lolly Williams is in red next to Madison STEM teacher Shannon McKinney. COME OUT SATURDAY, 1/18 FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT!


School Board Recognition Month

posted Jan 10, 2020, 7:22 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 6:57 AM by Granger Meador ]

As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. 

Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails many meetings, numerous school functions to attend, reams of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study, plus a host of difficult decisions to make.

The seven men and women serving the Bartlesville Public School District and their years of service are Scott Bilger, President, 10 years; Rick Boswell, Vice-President, 10 years; Andrea Nightingale, Clerk, 2 years; Randy Herren, 7 years; Tyler Vaclaw, 5 years; Kevin Sitton, 4 years; Suzy Keirsey, 5 months.

Although they wear different hats in the professional world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal of helping students achieve. 

Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year leading their districts, and in Bartlesville, they hold elected positions without monetary compensation. Board meetings are only a portion of the time commitment for board members, who also attend seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. 

In recognition of their dedicated service, January is designated as School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show appreciation and better understand how these local trustees work together to provide a better future for our children. 
President Scott Bilger, District 2; Vice-President Rick Boswell, District 7; Clerk Andrea Nightingale, District 6
Randy Herren, District 1; Tyler Vaclaw, District 5; Kevin Sitton, District 4; Suzy Keirsey, District 3

Teacher of the Year Celebration on February 25

posted Jan 9, 2020, 10:37 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 10:44 AM ]

TOY Celebration



SAVE THE DATE!

The 2020 Teacher of the Year Celebration will be on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bartlesville Community Center. Doors will open at 5, and the BPSD teachers who have their district badge with them will receive swag bags until supplies run out.

The public is invited to help us celebrate the site Teachers of the Year and Rising Star Teachers. The district-level winners will be announced, along with the Rookie Teachers of the Year and recognition of teachers with long-standing service.

We had a capacity crowd last year and are reconfiguring the space to provide more seating and standing room. The event will again be hosted by the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, with presenting sponsors of Arvest Bank and Patriot Chevrolet.

We'll be rolling out the red carpet to welcome our site Teachers of the Year; come join in the fun!


Bond projects over Winter Break

posted Jan 3, 2020, 1:11 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 4:11 PM ]


Over the 2019-2020 Winter Break, the old pressbox atop Custer Stadium was removed to allow for the construction of a much larger and more functional pressbox. The infield at Doenges Memorial Stadium was also dug out to allow for installation of artificial turf on Rigdon Field. Both projects were overwhelmingly approved by voters in an August 2019 bond issue election. 

On December 16, 2019, the school board approved a guaranteed maximum price of $2,492,761 from Manhattan Construction Company for the replacement of the pressbox as well as the construction of a new vocational agriculture building on the south end of the Bartlesville High School campus.

Pressbox


Over Winter Break, a crane lifted away the upper level of the pressbox, which had sat top the stadium for 65 years. 

Old pressbox removed

The lower level, which had been enclosed some years back to boost the capacity of the tiny pressbox, was dismantled along with its lower sheeting, exposing the original concrete risers.

Old pressbox removed

Pressbox history

The new pressbox will extend farther north and south atop the stadium, stretching across the three central seating sections.

Pressbox to come

Rendering of new pressbox

It will include split-level rooms for both visiting media and coaches, home media and coaches, and press and scoreboard functions. There will be an open video balcony and a small hospitality room, along with single-user men's and women's restrooms.

An alley elevator on the west side will provide ADA access to the pressbox as well as ADA access to the top internal concessions and restrooms level of Custer Stadium, allowing for the retirement of the original concessions dumbwaiter.

A temporary "doghouse" for spring sports scoreboard operations will be used during the construction of the new pressbox, which is slated for completion by the start of school in August 2020. 

Agriculture building


The new vocational agriculture building, which will include classroom and shop space, will be constructed on a south parking lot at the high school, near the Bruin Activity Center indoor practice facility. It is also slated for completion for the start of classes in August 2020.

Ag building

Baseball infield


The baseball infield at Doenges Memorial Stadium was also being dug out over Winter Break to allow for the installation of artificial turf on Rigdon Field. In October 2019, the school board approved a $569,400 bid from General Sports Surfaces LLC to replace the infields of the baseball field at Doenges Memorial Stadium downtown as well as the softball field just west of Madison Middle School in the northeast part of the city.

Infield removal

Doenges Stadium infield removal

Central tuck-and-seal

In November 2019 the school board approved a $129,146 bid from Jim Martin Sr. for a tuck and seal project on the exterior brick at Central Middle School. The building is over a century old and requires this periodic work to reduce the penetration of moisture through the exterior masonry which otherwise damages the interior plaster walls. Bond issues in 2013 and 2016 funded major renovations at Central.

Madison HVAC & serving line

In November the board also approved $109,000 for the installation of 8 HVAC units at Madison Middle School and $15,217 for 8 additional units for the school's gyms. These projects will help complete the replacement of all of the original HVAC equipment at the site, which was installed over a half-century ago when it opened as Sooner High School. The board also approved  $14,898.76 to re-tube a boiler at Bartlesville High School.

In October the board approved $10,632 for a hot food serving counter from Curtis Restaurant Supply to replace a failing serving line at Madison's cafeteria.

Safety improvements

The school board has approved $9,000 for roll-down shades for the windows in classroom doors for use across the district during lockdowns. It also approved $40,000 for a dozen new LobbyGuard kiosks for visitor screening at school sites. Those will be used to replace existing LobbyGuard units at each school site as needed.

The board approved $18,415.32 to Pinkley Sales Co. for a solar-powered lighted school crossing system to be installed at 18th Street and Hillcrest Drive to improve the safety of Bartlesville High School students who park in the small lot across Hillcrest Drive. The district pays for the equipment while the City of Bartlesville graciously covers its installation. Additional crosswalk systems for other priority crossing needs will be purchased in the coming months.

In the coming months, the existing security camera systems across the district will be replaced and many additional cameras will be installed.


More to come

By the end of the spring 2020 semester, new route buses will be received, completing the update of the fleet with all buses being from 2016 or later. The older buses will be designated as surplus and available for auction in the summer.

Work will continue over the summer of 2020 with the construction of expanded parking at Ranch Heights Elementary, a car line drive at Central Middle school, the installation of an orchestra stage lift in the BHS Fine Arts Center, and replacing original elevators at Madison Middle School and Bartlesville High School. 

The decade-old electronic whiteboards and classroom ceiling projectors at Ranch Heights, Wayside, and Wilson elementary schools will be replaced by new touchscreen displays over the summer, with the remaining three elementary schools receiving that upgrade the following summer. The schools to go first were the ones with the highest numbers of original electronic whiteboards, which are reaching the end of their service life.

Bond funding will also provide new social studies curricular materials for the 2020-2021 academic year, such as electronic textbooks for secondary school students to use with their Chromebooks. It will also fund Chromebook carts for each fifth-grade classroom at each of the six elementary schools for 2020-2021.

Play for Burk Foundation raises funds for underprivileged Bartlesville students

posted Dec 17, 2019, 1:36 PM by Laci Harris   [ updated Dec 17, 2019, 1:50 PM ]

The Play for Burk Foundation held its Festival of the Nativity event on December 6-8, 2019 to raise funds for underprivileged Bartlesville students. The three-day event includes many local churches and sponsors.


Play for Burk Foundation board member Kyle Ppool and Vice President Tyler Vaclaw visited Jane Phillips Elementary, Richard Kane Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Madison Middle School, and Central Middle School to distribute $12,500 towards Christmas presents for students who otherwise would go without. Additionally, $2,000 went to Wilson Elementary for its special education students.


The Bartlesville Public School district appreciates the partnership with the Play for Burk Foundation and its impact on students and their families.


 

2020 Site Teachers of the Year and Rising Star Teachers Announced

posted Dec 13, 2019, 2:32 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 10:30 AM ]

TOY Celebration
The 2020 Teacher of the Year and 2020 Rising Star Teacher selected by faculty members at each school site are listed below. They are nominees for District Teacher of the Year and District Rising Star Teacher and all will be celebrated at a public program on 
Tuesday, February 25 through the auspices of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation. This year's program will be held at the Bartlesville Community Center with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the recognition program at 6:00 p.m.

The program will include:
  • Presentation of Service-Year Increment Pins
  • Recognition of Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation recipient (nominations are open to the public and due January 8)
  • Announcement of the Bartlesville Rising Star Teacher
  • Announcement of the Bartlesville Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year

2020
Site Teachers of the Year

Hoover Elementary

Amanda Daniels

3rd Grade

Jane Phillips Elementary

Terri James

5th Grade

Ranch Heights Elementary

Benjamin Showler

Physical Education

Richard Kane Elementary

Abigale Kahler

1st Grade

Wayside Elementary

Shelly Buhlinger

5th Grade

Wilson Elementary

Carrie Christensen

5th Grade

Central Middle School

Andrea Satterfield

Computer Applications & Broadcasting

Madison Middle School

Rachel Hough

STEM: Project Lead the Way Gateway

Bartlesville High School

Kristina Arguello

Spanish

The district Teacher of the Year program is part of the state program that is only open to active classroom teachers who plan to continue teaching in the district in 2020-2021 and meet daily with an assigned group of students to teach a specific curriculum. In our district, the Teacher of the Year program is open to those who have already completed five or more full years of teaching experience in any accredited district AND have continuously taught classes in the district since October 2018. There are no restrictions regarding previous nominees or winners and there is an incomplete online database of past honorees.


Rising Star Teachers

2020
Bartlesville Rising Star Teacher Nominees

Hoover Elementary

Jessica Henderson

1st Grade

Jane Phillips Elementary

Taylor Beck
née Miller

4th Grade

Ranch Heights Elementary

Alana Murphy

Special Education

Richard Kane Elementary

Naudia Jackson

Special Education

Wayside Elementary

Tara Dicks

3rd Grade

Wilson Elementary

Alaina Taylor

2nd Grade

Central Middle School

Ty Huie

8th Grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra I Honors

Madison Middle School

Daniel Wren

8th Grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra I Honors

Bartlesville High School

Zandra Sanders

Spanish


The Rising Star Teacher program is open to certified non-administrative staff who plan to continue teaching in the district in 2020-2021. They must have one to four full years of teaching experience in any accredited district AND have continuously taught classes in the district since October 2018. There are no restrictions regarding previous nominees or winners, and an online database of past honorees.

Bartlesville students selected for the 2019 Northeastern Choir Directors’ Association District Honor Choirs

posted Nov 26, 2019, 7:51 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 7:55 AM ]

Forty students from Bartlesville High School auditioned on October 5 for the 2019 Northeastern Choir Directors’ Association District Honor Choirs. These students dedicate hours of extra practice to prepare chosen pieces in the fall. Students then perform individually in a blind audition for judges hidden behind a partition, and they are scored on vocal quality, pitch, rhythm, intonation, dynamics, diction, and phrasing. Only the best singers from the Northeastern District are chosen to comprise each choir.

Seven BHS freshmen were selected for the Junior High Honor Choir: Bella Cavaceci, Jecelle Dobson, Owen King, Lucas Nash, William Pendergraft, Samarah Robinson, and Joyce Yang. 

Also at BHS, 21 students in 10-12 grades were also selected for the High School Honor Choir: Brandon Bulleigh, Gloria Castillo, Lindsay Demania, Madison Heckelsberg, Sloan Hewitt, Dillon Hopkins, Trent Horinek, Ariel Jimison, Morgan Johnson, Allison Lee, Madeline Lewis, TaNeca Moore, Julianna Ortiz, Olivia Park, Maggie Parrett, Carlie Pool, Brynna Townsend, Logan Vaclaw, Nathaniel Vilardo, Sophie Walker, and Eli Winters.  

For the junior high choir, three students were selected from Central Middle School: Isabella Carpenter, Natalie Hart, and Alex Ortiz. Noah Argo was selected from Madison Middle School.

After two intense days of preparation, the choirs joined with students from 21 other school systems to perform on November 5th at the First Baptist Church in Tulsa. The junior high choir was led by Dr. Casey Gerber from the University of Oklahoma, accompanied by Linda Pollock. The high school choir was led by Jeff Elkins, minister of worship at First Baptist Church, Tulsa and accompanied by Bartlesville’s own Alex Rivera.

Bartlesville has a long-standing tradition of excellence in our vocal music program. The Bartlesville choirs are led by Marjorie Green, Tamara Walker, and Alex Rivera at Bartlesville High School, Sarah Long at Central Middle School, and Micheal Stevens at Madison Middle School. Congratulations to these students and their directors.

BHS teacher Cassandra Marlar named TARC Educator of the Year

posted Nov 22, 2019, 12:25 PM by Laci Harris

Bartlesville High School Special Education teacher Cassandra Marlar has been selected as the TARC 2019 Educator of the Year.

Marlar will be honored as part of the 29th Annual Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition ceremony on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Marriot Hotel Southern Hills in Tulsa at 6:00 p.m.

TARC helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through education, empowerment, support, and advocacy. The TARC Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition event honors advocates and volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to make life better for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.


Winners announced for TARC 29th Annual Advocacy Awards

About TARC


Former BHS STEM students' research project is published

posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:01 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 7:01 AM ]

Four BHS graduates, William Doenges, Sydney Potts, Christopher Rathman, and Cody Winters, along with former BHS STEM teacher Warren Neff, have had their work published in the November 2019 issue of The Leading Edge trade magazine for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Their article, "Geophysics in the high school STEM setting," appears on pages 873-877.

Three years ago, when the four were juniors at BHS taking Mr. Neff's Advanced Math Applications STEM class, they submitted science fair projects in the field of seismic acquisition survey design. During their senior year, Mr. Neff suggested they combine their research as a paper. It was then submitted to The Leading Edge and recently accepted for publication. 

In November 2017, Mr. Neff secured a $1.88 million grant from Halliburton for ProMAX seismic processing software and accompanying data, something normally only available in a college setting. His students used that in 2018-2019 in refraction analysis. 

Mr. Neff commented, "The STEM and science/math programs in our district provided opportunities for our students that they would never have had elsewhere."
https://www.tleonline.org/theleadingedge/november_2019/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=872a9#pg62

Volunteers sought for Santa Shop on 12/14 at Jane Phillips Elementary

posted Nov 20, 2019, 2:03 PM by Laci Harris   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 2:04 PM ]

Each December, Jane Phillips Elementary School operates a Santa Shop so many of its underprivileged students can go "shopping" to select Christmas gifts for members of their family. The seventh annual Santa Shop will be conducted on Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. We are looking forward to blessing 307 students and their families with what has become a Jane Phillips Christmas tradition. 

Community volunteers are needed. All students at the school can sign up for the event and are assigned a time to participate. The student is paired with an adult volunteer to go through the shopping area to choose gifts. Another volunteer then wraps their gifts. While students are shopping, their parents can relax in the "Coffee Shop" where they are served a hot beverage and have the option of writing letters to their students. Each child who signs up in advance also received a new outfit purchased by a community volunteer. When leaving Santa Shop this year, each family will receive a complete Christmas Dinner bag donated by Sutterfield Financial Group.

In 2018, the Santa Shop served more than 280 children and their families. Over 500 breakfast donuts and nearly 270 outfits were donated.

Volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast, help students shop, and more. If you cannot be present to physically volunteer, there are other ways you can contribute. Please call the school at 918-336-9479 and ask to speak to Kashia or someone on the Santa Shop Committee.

Contact:
Kashia Anderson
Jane Phillips Elementary School Teacher, Volunteer Coordinator
918-336-9479

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