2016 Back to School Rally

posted Aug 21, 2016, 8:07 PM by District Webmaster   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 4:56 AM ]

Bartlesville Schools welcomed students back for the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, August 18, 2016. But that week started for district staff with a Back to School Rally at the Fine Arts Center auditorium at Bartlesville High School.

The Bruin Brigade, poms, and cheerleaders welcomed staff into the auditorium, with Boy Scouts Troop 3 presenting the colors and leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. High school senior Josie Zepeda sang the National Anthem.

New Superintendent Chuck McCauley shared stories from his first 100 day effort to visit classrooms across the district and ask for input from community members. He reviewed the streamlined central office administration and shared with staff his goals and priorities, including a multi-year phase-in of 1:1 technology initiative to provide Chromebooks to students along with an effort to extend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curricula into the elementary schools.

Jack Williams, a senior at the high school, and Bon Bennett, a high school social studies teacher and the coach of the school's outstanding cross country teams, spoke to staff members about the bond issue vote on Tuesday, August 23. 

Lacy Gittinger from Truity Credit Union presented Supt. McCauley with a check for $5,937.94 for the district, which represented the proceeds from users of the credit union's Bruin debit cards.

Diana Budnik of Siemens then joined Ms. Gittinger on stage to tell teachers they would be receiving a bag of classroom supplies, courtesy of the community Classroom Supply Drive the two organizations sponsored. They also announced that soon support staff would be receiving gifts as well.

After the rally, teachers picked up their supply bags and some returned to the auditorium where they unanimously ratified the negotiated agreement between the teachers and the school district.

It was a great start to an exciting year for the district now that Central Middle School has reopened. The year brings challenges as well, in the form of fewer staff members due to state funding shortfalls. But district leaders are hopeful that community support for the proposed bond issues on August 23 will help it weather the continuing state budget crisis.
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Chuck McCauley addresses district staff
Superintendent Chuck McCauley addresses district staff members

BHS Senior Jack Williams
BHS Senior Jack Williams speaks about the August 23 bond issue

Bon Bennett on the Bond Issue
High school teacher and coach Bon Bennett

Truity Donation
Truity Credit Union's Lacy Gittinger presents to Supt. McCauley the Bruin Card Donation

Diana Budnik on Supply Drive
Diana Budnik of Siemens tells teachers about the supplies they would receive after the rally