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Freshmen Class of 2020 in 2016
Freshman Academy

The new Freshman Academy is on the southeast edge of the campus. Its entrance is off Shawnee Avenue. 

Freshman Academy Staff Members:
  • Freshman Academy Attendance: (918) 336-4544
  • Freshman Academy FAX: (918) 337-6201
  • Daily Bell Schedule

Bartlesville High School was reconfigured in August 2015 with a separate but attached Freshman Academy. This school-within-a-school approach helps students transition from middle school to high school. Research shows that the ninth grade year is a critical one in terms of student retention.

The Freshman Academy has its own core classrooms, administrative offices, guidance counselor, library, and computer labs. This allows freshmen to spend most of their day in a smaller academic setting while efficiently sharing with older students large-scale school facilities such as the cafeteria, gymnasia, and fine arts center.

Freshmen also have their own separate lunch period in the new cafeteria, but have access during the school day to the shared fine arts and athletics facilities and an option for some advanced courses in the 10-12 grade classrooms.

The Freshman Academy has its own exterior entrance on the east side of the campus along Shawnee Avenue, with its own pick-up and drop-off loop.

Recent Announcements

  • BHS Debate Team Wraps Up the 2016-2017 Year The 2016-2017 Bartlesville High School Debate Team has been successful at this year’s round of tournaments and competitions. In Lincoln-Douglas style debate senior Jack Williams, earned 3 ...
    Posted May 20, 2017, 10:35 AM by Tina Steele
  • Free BHS orchestra concert on Tuesday, 5/16 The public is invited to a free concert on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. by the Bartlesville High School orchestra in the Fine Arts Center at Bartlesville ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 10:32 AM by Granger Meador
  • BHS Students to be Recognized at Awards Ceremonies on May 19, 2017 Friday, May 19, 2017, Bartlesville High School students will be recognized for their achievements at an Awards Assembly. Parents are welcome to attend.9th through 11th Grade Awards AssemblyStudents ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 6:58 AM by Tina Steele
  • March, April and May 2017 Students of the Month Freshman Students of the Month for March are Baylee Langham and Connor Halferty. April Students of the Month are Claire Chipinda and Christian Ennis. Students of the Month for May ...
    Posted May 14, 2017, 1:28 PM by Tina Steele
  • BHS Students Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills Three Bartlesville high school students, representing the BHS Business program, recently competed in the Cherokee Nation Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. The New Business Ideas Competition Challenge is part of the Cherokee ...
    Posted May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Granger Meador
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BHS Debate Team Wraps Up the 2016-2017 Year

posted May 19, 2017, 12:17 PM by Tina Steele   [ updated May 20, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

The 2016-2017 Bartlesville High School Debate Team has been successful at this year’s round of tournaments and competitions.

In Lincoln-Douglas style debate senior Jack Williams, earned 3rd place at Jenks, 2nd place at Booker T Washington, and 1st place at Bishop Kelley, Union and Broken Arrow. Both seniors Abigail Hales and Grace Mitchell won 2nd place at Bishop Kelley and Broken Arrow respectively. Junior Jason Brewer qualified for regionals at Bishop Kelley.

In Public Forum debate, juniors Eli Holder and Chase Colaw placed 4th at districts, 3rd at Jenks and 2nd at Booker T Washington. Holder partnered with junior Vishnuprasada Vasudevan to earn the 3rd place at Union. Holder also partnered with senior Pranoy Behera to win 2nd place at Bishop Kelley. Behera and Vasudevan teamed up to go to the regional and state tournaments. The Vasudevan and Hales team qualified for nationals after winning 1st place at districts.

In Extemporaneous Speaking there are two categories - Domestic and Foreign. Jack Williams placed 3rd at Booker T Washington, Bishop Kelley, and Union, while earning 2nd at Broken Arrow and Districts in domestic extemp. Sophomore Keely Laurence won 1st place at Broken Arrow, qualified for regionals and then qualified for state also in domestic extemp. Hales placed 2nd at Bishop Kelley and Vasudevan earned 1st at regionals and 1st at districts, becoming the state champion in foreign extemp.

Pranoy Behera was elected to represent the district at the National Student Congress this summer. Jack Williams’ legislations was chosen to be sent to nationals. Sophomores Brett Powers and Sydney Hauser were the first humorous duet team to qualify for regionals in 14 years.

All of the these accomplishments were made after a hard transition of Linda Shipley retiring and Matt Pascucci taking on the role as the coach. “For me, personally, it's been a really fun experience,” Williams said. “Pascucci has a different perspective than Ms. Shipley. For the team, it has been a good experience to learn a new way to debate.” The team will once again experience another transition with Pascucci leaving to pursue a PhD in Literature at University of Phoenix in Arizona. Stephanie Leslie, a freshman English teacher, is stepping up to coach the debate team. “I just thought debate overall would be great because the students are great and hardworking,” Leslie said. “I fully trust her to do what she thinks is best for the program,” Pascucci said. “She is entering a new teaching position and I think once she takes it on as her own she’ll do great things with it.”

As the school year comes to a close, the Debate Team is not only losing their coach but also the seniors, leaving juniors like Vasudevan to take on helping the new coach. “I’m excited and nervous to step up - like Jack and Pranoy did in the past,” Vasudevan said.  The people leaving the program usually want to leave a legacy behind. Pascucci’s legacy, he hopes, is in the mindset he taught his students. “For all debaters ever, as a mindset, debate is flawed,” Pascucci said. “Proving one side is wrong makes it really hard to interact with people but the skills created in debate are the abilities to collaborate with others to have new ideas and new solutions. That is what overall makes the world a better place.”
2016-2017 BHS Debate Team
2016-2017 BHS Debate Team

Bottom Row - left to right: Jack Williams, Ben Mills, Izzy Rencountre, Sydney Hauser, Izzy Hales, Edwin Ding, Keely Laurence, Brett Powers, and Joaquin Montiel.

Middle Row - left to right: Megan Hays, Grace Mitchell, Nevaeh Davis, Madeline Hudson, Spencer Hales, Abby Hales, Pranoy Behera, Russell Drummond, Eli Holder and Debate Coach, Matt Pascucci. 

Top Row
- left to right: Lydia Broom, Markus Klawun, Logan Swanson, Adrian Barker, Jacob Lurie, Chase Colaw, Vishnu Vasudevan and Nick Hales.

Free BHS orchestra concert on Tuesday, 5/16

posted May 15, 2017, 10:29 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 15, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

The public is invited to a free concert on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. by the Bartlesville High School orchestra in the Fine Arts Center at Bartlesville High School along 18th Street between Hillcrest and Shawnee.

The performance will feature symphonic works by John Williams, such as "Air and Simple Gifts", which Williams composed for the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. Also featured will be music from Memoirs of a Geisha and "Dartmoor" from the movie War Horse, both composed by Williams.

The concert orchestra will also play music by Bonnie Rideout and freshmen will perform a rock/fiddle version of "O Danny Boy".

Music of John Williams

BHS Students to be Recognized at Awards Ceremonies on May 19, 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 6:58 AM by Tina Steele

Friday, May 19, 2017, Bartlesville High School students will be recognized for their achievements at an Awards Assembly. Parents are welcome to attend.

9th through 11th Grade Awards Assembly

Students in grades 9, 10 & 11 will receive awards in the FAC auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. (Students will be called out 9:50 a.m. to proceed to the assembly.) 

Those students receiving awards will have permission to go off campus for lunch. They will be excused after the assembly. Students will be expected to return to their 5th hour period on time.
2017 Awards

March, April and May 2017 Students of the Month

posted May 10, 2017, 12:21 PM by Tina Steele   [ updated May 14, 2017, 1:28 PM ]

Freshman Students of the Month for March are Baylee Langham and Connor Halferty. April Students of the Month are Claire Chipinda and Christian Ennis. Students of the Month for May are Grace Louthan and Frank Wirth.

Photographs by BHS Journalism student Alex Magana.
Freshman Students of the Month for March, Baylee Langham and Connor Halferty
Baylee Langham and Connor Halferty
Students of the Month for March

Freshman Students of the Month for April Claire Chipinda and Christian Ennis
Claire Chipinda and Christian Ennis
Students of the Month for April

Freshmen Students of the Month for May, Grace Louthan and Frank Wirth
Grace Louthan and Frank Wirth
Students of the Month for May

BHS Students Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills

posted May 2, 2017, 10:26 AM by Tina Steele   [ updated May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Granger Meador ]

Three Bartlesville high school students, representing the BHS Business program, recently competed in the Cherokee Nation Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. The New Business Ideas Competition Challenge is part of the Cherokee Nation Entrepreneurship Day activities designed to stimulate entrepreneurial interest among its students. The goal is to develop an entrepreneurship mindset favorable to produce future business ownership, leadership and economic development in the community. This is a “Shark Tank”-like competition where students come up with a business idea, develop a business plan, and are then interviewed by judges about their plan. They compete against other schools from around the state. Students attended the competition on April 27, 2017, at the Northeast Technology Center in Claremore, Oklahoma accompanied by their sponsors, BHS business teachers, Jerry Gray and Justin Olinghouse.

Freshman Ashlynn Sweat won 1st place with her innovative tangle-free multiple dog walking leashes and was awarded $400. Freshman James Austin won 5th place with his Cajun meal delivery service to provide weekly pre-portioned meals with recipes to subscribers, earning him $50. Senior Cooper Davis received an honorable mention for his business of photo booth events to raise money and awareness for early autism detection.

BHS Business Students Place in Business Competition
BHS Business Students Place in Business Competition
(Left to Right: Business Teacher, Jerry Gray; Freshman, James Austin; Senior, Cooper Davis; Freshman, Ashlynn Sweat; and Business Teacher, Justin Olinghouse)

Come enjoy The Addams Family musical comedy on May 5-6-7 at BHS

posted Apr 29, 2017, 6:56 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 6:57 AM ]

Bartlesville High School will be presenting the comedy musical "The Addams Family" May 5th through 7th. 

"The Addams Family" features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. 

Performances will be held:
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. 
The show will be staged at the BHS Fine Arts Center, 1700 SE Hillcrest Dr. Tickets are $15 for adults and are $10 for students and Bartlesville Public Schools staff. Seating is general admission.

Tickets will be on sale in the FAC box office, which opens one hour before each show. Advance tickets also on sale Tuesday, May 2 from 10:45-1:00 and Thursday, May 4 from 10:45-1:00 and 6:00-7:30.

Students Lane Cabler and Melody Brown-Clark play Gomez and Morticia Addams, while Katie McCollum plays their daughter Wednesday. Garrett Lee portrays Wednesday's boyfriend Lucas. Spencer Hayes and Josephine Zepeda play his parents, the Beinekes. The other leads include Matthew Coordsen as Uncle Fester, Sydney Walker as Grandma, Carson Mathes as Pugsley, and Lee Repa as Lurch. Rounding out the cast are ancestors Ben Ames, Hannah Davidson, Josh Higgs, Alexis Jergenson, Brooke Marshall, Olivia Park, Jonathan Rathbone, Kate Snowden, Olivia Wilt, and Matthew Yearout, as well as Michael Baughman as The Grim Reaper. 

The musical will include live orchestration by area musicians. Student members of the orchestra pit include Eleanor Shepard on cello and William Pattison for percussion. 

BHS drama teacher Susan Crabtree, who will be retiring after 23 years at Bartlesville High School, is directing "The Addams Family". BHS Choir Director Margie Green is serving as Music Director. Choir directors Tamara Walker and Micheal Stevens serve as Assistant Music Directors. Walker also serves as choreographer, with assistant choreography by BHS students Lane Cabler, Hannah Davidson, Katie McCollum, and Olivia Wilt. 

This year's shows are dedicated in memory of Ricky Newkirk, the former Fine Arts Center manager. She will be honored before the Friday evening performance.

The Addams Family musical

Athletics Physicals on 5/11/2017

posted Apr 26, 2017, 11:07 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 11:08 AM ]

Athletics physicals will be given on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Bruin Field House at Bartlesville High School. 

These physicals meet requirements set forth by the OSSAA to allow participation in school athletics. They do not represent a “complete” physical. Athletes must see their personal physicians for a more in-depth assessment.

What the athlete needs to do:
  • Obtain a physical form and complete the medical history on the back of form.
  • Currently, physical forms are available on the BPS website under the "Athletics & Activities" tab, and at bartlesvillebruins.comunder the links tab. After May 1st 2017, forms will be available in the athletic director’s/trainer’s office and on the night of the physical.
  • With completed medical history form, check-in at your sport’s designated time (see below) at the FAC lobby ticket window.
  • Remit $20 and proceed through the process.
(Remember the online forms)

The physical/medical history is the only “paper” document the athletic office will collect. Additional required documentation…concussion form, medical release, etc…is completed online. Everything you need is available on the district’s website under the “Athletics & Activities” tab.

Regardless of where an athlete gets a physical, ALL forms must be dated after May 1, 2017 to be valid for the 2017-18 seasons. Please use our current forms.

Sports’ Assigned Check-in Times on Thursday, 5/11/2017
6:30 p.m. Football
7:00 p.m. Basketball, softball, cross-country, volleyball
7:30 p.m. Cheer, pom, tennis, golf
8:00 p.m. Baseball, track, wrestling
8:30 p.m. Soccer, swimming
Physicals

Final Exam Schedule for May 2017

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:46 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 2:46 PM ]

SECOND SEMESTER FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE 
BARTLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 
May 2017

May 19-25th 
DEAD WEEK 

Monday, May 22
SOCIAL STUDIES
FINE ARTS
STEM

Tuesday, May 23
LANGUAGE ARTS
BUSINESS 

Wednesday, May 24
SCIENCE 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Thursday, May 25
MATH
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The usual bell schedule will be followed. During Dead Week there will not be any events or practices after 5:00 pm. In addition, no major assignments or tests, other than the final exams, will be given or be due. However, students will be expected to engage in regular classroom activities during this week.

Finals

Cheer Fundraiser a "Sweet" Deal

posted Apr 24, 2017, 12:53 PM by Tina Steele   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:00 PM ]

Bartlesville Cheer is selling chocolate dipped strawberries for Mother’s Day.  The cost is $20 per dozen and may be purchased from any Bruin cheerleader.  

The strawberries will be delivered May 13-14.  Orders will be taken through May 5, 2017.  If you have any questions, contact Kim Lashbrook, Bartlesville High School. 918-336-3311 x5037 or lashbrookkh@bps-ok.org

Hurry and get your order in soon - it's a sweet deal!

Cheer Mother's Day Fundraiser - Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Pom Squad to Host Car Wash Fundraiser

posted Apr 24, 2017, 9:32 AM by Tina Steele

Need your car washed? Here's your chance to get a clean car and support the BHS pom squad. 

The pom squad will be holding a car wash fundraiser at Oakley Chevrolet-Buick on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. until noon. Cost is only $5.00 per vehicle. Come and support the team!
Pom Squad Car Wash Fundraiser Flyer

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