VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE FIVE | OCT. 22, 2014 From the Superintendent Many reasons to celebrate at BAPS Welcome back from fall break! To kick of the second nine weeks, I’d like to celebrate some of the many accomplishments of our students and staff: • Varsity Cheer – Congratulations to the varsity cheer squad for winning their third consecutive Large Coed Division OSSAA Cheer State Championship by a margin of 12 points. Their determination and hard work is creating a legacy for the cheer program at Broken Arrow High School. • National Merit Semifinalists – Six BAHS students were recently honored as this year’s National Merit Semifinalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments. Rachel Pribble, Garret Morton, Tram Le, Holly Harper, James “Rett” Parker and Travis Shell are among approximately 16,000 students from across the nation who have qualified for this honor. • The Pride of Broken Arrow – In keeping with tradition, the Pride of Broken Arrow took first place in the Bands of America Super Regional held in St. Louis. The Pride goes on to represent Broken Arrow Public Schools on Nov. 15 in the Bands of America Grand National Championship. • United Way – Great news! Because of each of you, BAPS reached and surpassed its United Way goal of $110,000. Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $114,000 this year. • Softball – It was an incredible season for the Lady Tigers softball team. They were the state runner-ups and the 2014 Class 6A Academic State Champions with an overall 3.83 GPA. • BAHS Drama – The 10th grade drama students placed third at the Regional One-Act competition early this month. Their production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” qualified them for the State One-Act Competition on Oct. 25. • Model Schools – Great Expectations foundation named three Broken Arrow schools as Model Schools. Liberty Elementary, Creekwood Elementary and Country Lane Intermediate all received this honor. Additionally, there are a number of other staff awards, student accomplishments and innovative programs that bring accolades to the district, and I am thankful for the many ways in which each of you work with me to continually improve our district. It’s a great day to be a Tiger! Congratulations to 2014-15 Site Teachers of the Year Prior to fall break, each of the district’s 27 schools announced their 2014-15 Site Teacher of the Year. “Each of these 27 individuals were selected by their peers as outstanding teachers who continually display qualities of leadership and innovation,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. “I hope every employee will join me in congratulating these individuals on their accomplishment.” The Teacher of the Year process continues as the site representatives compete for the District Teacher of the Year. Each Site Teacher of the Year will submit a portfolio to the Teacher of the Year Professional Development Committee, a group composed of teachers, administrators and previous Teachers of the Year. This year’s District Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual Star Awards Gala taking place at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel on April 16, 2015. From there, this educator represents Broken Arrow Public Schools in the State Teacher of the Year competition next summer. “As a committee, we meet to thoroughly evaluate each portfolio, conduct interviews and select the best candidate for District Teacher of the Year,” said Jennifer Peterson, Senior Executive Director of Elementary Instruction. “Although the process is quite rigorous, it allows us to not only honor outstanding educators in our district but also helps all of our educators strive to be the best they can be for the benefit of our students.” The 2014-15 Broken Arrow Public Schools Site Teachers of the Year are: Arrow Springs ECC – Kyle Cole Aspen Creek ECC – Marla Warwick Creekwood ECC – Jessica Hendricks Park Lane ECC – Kimberly Litton Arrowhead Elementary – Donna Chadwick Aspen Creek Elementary – Alison Sutton Country Lane Primary – Jessica Thornton Country Lane Intermediate – Kim Archer Creekwood Elementary – Rachel Hammon Highland Park Elementary – Deanna Calvert Leisure Park Elementary – Helen Hester Liberty Elementary – Amy Napier Lynnwood Elementary – Lynn Lorenz Oak Crest Elementary – Amanda Bowser Rhoades Elementary – Serenity Thompson Spring Creek Elementary – Karen Snider Vandever Elementary – Judy Mullins Wolf Creek Elementary – Dana Lawson Centennial Middle School – Kelly Docto Childers Middle School – Penny Crofford Oliver Middle School – Debbie Coffman Oneta Ridge Middle School – Andrea Fort Sequoyah Middle School – Beth (Helen) Davis Freshman Academy – Chris Ennis Broken Arrow High School – Donna Gradel Broken Arrow Academy – Michael Lugar Margaret Hudson Program – Ashley Nickelson STEM NATIONAL RECOGNITION Two Broken Arrow educators, BAHS science teacher Donna Gradel and BAPS STEM Instructional Specialist Andrea Sagely, were recently recognized for integrating a strong balance of science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom to ignite an inventive spirit among their students. Gradel and her BAHS team were awarded a $10,000 grant through the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for creating a low-cost, sustainable fish food for developing countries. She is the first educator in Oklahoma to receive this honor. Read more here. Last week, Sagely was one of only two recipients recognized as a STEM Champion during the STEM Expo in Branson. This program honors public and private elementary, middle, high school teachers and teacher educators from across the country that have served as a champion for integrated STEM education in their school and community. Read more about her award here. I T ’ S A G R E AT D AY T O B E A T I G E R ! Broken Arrow Public Schools is an equal opportunity educational institution. DATES TO REMEMBER Thursday, October 23 – Community Forum for proposed 2015 bond issue – 6 p.m. at Childers Middle School Friday, October 24 – BA v. Jenks – 7 p.m. at Tiger Field Monday, October 27 – Community Forum for proposed 2015 bond issue – 6 p.m. at Oneta Ridge Middle School Tuesday, October 28 – Community Forum for proposed 2015 bond issue – 6 p.m. at Sequoyah Middle School Thursday, October 30 – BA v. Edmond Santa Fe – 7 p.m. at Edmond Santa Fe Monday, November 10 – Board of Education meeting – 6 p.m. at ESC Tuesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Tuesday, November 18 – BAHS Empty Bowls Project – 5:30 in BAHS Cafeteria November 20-23 – BAHS Fall Play, “Taming of the Shrew” – 7:30 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center November 26-28 – No School, Thanksgiving Break *The above list is not a comprehensive list of all district events but represents events that will impact a majority of our employees or campuses, or that are large in scale. For a comprehensive list of events, click here and apply the appropriate filters.
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