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  • Four students qualify for TSA nationals 20 students from Central attended the Oklahoma Technology Student Association state conference in Norman on April 10-12, 2019. The students competed in 11 different areas. Mehdi Achour, Om ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • Central earns PLTW Distinguished School status For two consecutive years, Central has been named a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School because it:offers PLTW Gateway to Technology units at 6th, 7th, and 8th grades ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 12:27 PM by Granger Meador
  • Ortiz advances to state GeoBee Student John Alexander Ortiz has been named Central Middle School's champion in the annual Geography Bee. Both Ortiz and Madison Middle School champion Jacob Duhon made it into the ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2019, 1:43 PM by Granger Meador
  • Agriculture program teacher identified Beginning in August 2019, Bartlesville will begin offering agricultural education courses at the middle schools and high school. The Board of Education will consider naming Marty Jones as a new ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2019, 2:15 PM by Granger Meador
  • Robinson, Cavaceci, Yang, and Pendergraft named to All-State Choruses All-State Chorus students Samarah Robinson, Bella Cavaceci, Joyce Yang, William Pendergraft, Kessi Cabler, Brooke Marshall, Emily Nordhues, Hanna Phelps, Sophie Walker, Lane Cabler, Carson Mathes, and Kaimron Schoonover. INSET ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 5:45 PM by Granger Meador
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Four students qualify for TSA nationals

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]

20 students from Central attended the Oklahoma Technology Student Association state conference in Norman on April 10-12, 2019. The students competed in 11 different areas. 

Mehdi Achour, Om Ghonasgi, Craig Griffin, and Lily Talbot qualified at the state conference to go on to compete at the national conference, which will be held in Washington, DC in late June and early July.

Central teams earned these awards:
  • 1st Place in Middle School STEM Animation (qualified for nationals)
    • Mehdi Achour, Om Ghonasgi, Lily Talbot
  • 3rd Place for Leadership Strategies (qualified for nationals)
    • Mehdi Achour, Griffin Craig, Om Ghonasgi
  • 4th Place for Rube Goldberg
    • Captains Lily Talbot & Thomas Parsley, Mehdi Achour, Archisha Banerjee, Maggie Martin, Zach Waddell
  • 9th Place for Leadership Strategies
    • Chloe Robbins, Rylee Ruddick, Lilly Wimer
  • 9th Place for Coding
    • Caison Miser-Fees, Trey Williamson
  • 10th Place for Coding
    • Zach Waddell & another student
The Central VEX Robotics team made it into the finals competition of the top 16 teams. The school also had students compete in Challenging Technology Issues, Problem-Solving, T-Shirt Design, and Drones. The Central teams were under the direction of Central's Gateway to Technology STEM teachers Lolly Williams and Darin Messerli.

Students from Bartlesville High School and Madison Middle School also attended the conference, with one student at BHS also qualifying for nationals.
1st Place award for Chhour, Ghonasgi, and Talbot
Mehdi Achour, Om Ghonasgi, and Lily Talbot earned 1st Place in Middle School STEM Animation at the state conference and qualified for nationals.

3rd Place award for Ghonasgi, Achour, Craig
Om Ghonasgi, Mehdi Achour, and Griffin Craig earned 3rd Place in Leadership Strategies at the state conference and qualified for nationals.

Rube Goldberg competition
In the Rube Goldberg competition, students spent four hours building three boards with six simple machines in each; the Central Middle School students were 4th Place in the state. Central sponsor Darin Messerli coordinated that event.

CMS at state TSA conference
Central students at the Technology Student Association state conference with sponsor Lolly Williams.

Central earns PLTW Distinguished School status

posted Mar 14, 2019, 12:27 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 12:27 PM ]

For two consecutive years, Central has been named a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School because it:
  • offers PLTW Gateway to Technology units at 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
  • has at least 50% of the student body participating
  • has at least 25% of the students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure
Darin Messerli and Lolly Williams teach the PLTW Gateway STEM courses at Central Middle School, and Central hosted a robotics tournament this year. 

Like Central, Madison Middle School was also named a Distinguished School for its Gateway program in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Rachel Hough and Shannon McKinney teach the PLTW Gateway STEM courses at Madison Middle School. Shannon is a PLTW Master Teacher and also chairs the district's STEM department. Students at Central and Madison take their Gateway courses in the Phillips 66 Innovation Labs at each middle school.

The foundation built in the middle school Gateway programs are helping students excel in high school. Bartlesville High School (BHS) is the only comprehensive high school in Oklahoma to be named a Distinguished High School in the Project Lead the Way STEM program. The four other state schools to receive that honor are all CareerTech centers: Tri-County Tech in Bartlesville and technology centers in Drumright, Norman, and Stillwater.

Computer Science at BHS
The high school's Computer Science program earned Distinguished School status because:
  • it offers at least three Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses: BHS has four PLTW Computer Science courses
  • of the students who participate in PLTW Computer Science, at least 33% took two or more PLTW courses during their high school tenure
  • 70% or more of students earned a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments in Computer Science
Jeremy Hanks teaches Computer Science Essentials, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and is piloting a Cybersecurity course for PLTW at BHS. Josh Wolfe also teaches Computer Science Essentials at BHS.

Pre-Engineering at BHS and Tri-County Tech
In partnership with Tri-County Tech, Bartlesville High School also offers two Pre-Engineering courses in its Phillips 66 Innovation Labs, taught by BHS teacher David Ayres. His students then have the option of taking additional courses in that field at Tri-County Tech, which is also a Distinguished School in PLTW.

Advanced Math Applications and Science Research
Bartlesville High School also offers STEM courses outside of PLTW. Advanced Math Applications is currently taught by Warren Neff, who was a State Teacher of the Year Finalist. Betty Henderson, another State Teacher of the Year Finalist and member of the State Science Fair Hall of Fame, offers a Science Research course at BHS available to juniors and seniors.

Elementary School STEM Program
This year the middle school programs began receiving students who completed a STEM computer science modules in fifth grade in 2017-18. And all of the students in kindergarten through fifth grade at each of the district's six elementary schools are completing two PLTW Launch STEM modules this academic year: one in computer science and another in biomedicine or engineering. The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, in conjunction with ConocoPhillips, ABB, and other sponsors, has funded the elementary STEM program. The Foundation is currently raising a final $100,000 in funds to provide two more modules for all kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms to be implemented in 2019-20 and 2020-21, focused on engineering topics. 

Over 4,000 of the almost 6,000 students in the Bartlesville Public Schools are completing specialized STEM modules or courses in addition to the traditional subjects in science and math. The district's strong performance in STEM is why Project Lead the Way asked it to host a PLTW Showcase for 80 state school leaders in February. 

The Project Lead the Way programs help students develop STEM knowledge along with in-demand, transportable skills they will use for a lifetime on any career path they pursue. The middle school PLTW Gateway programs empower students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can pursue in high school and beyond.
PLTW Distinguished School Badge

Ortiz advances to state GeoBee

posted Mar 11, 2019, 1:26 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 1:43 PM ]

Student John Alexander Ortiz has been named Central Middle School's champion in the annual Geography Bee. Both Ortiz and Madison Middle School champion Jacob Duhon made it into the top 100 for Oklahoma, so they will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Oklahoma State Competition in Norman on March 29, 2019.
 
That is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state, including Central and Madison Middle Schools in Bartlesville, to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited 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 to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all 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 to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships.
John Alexander Ortiz and Jacob Duhon
Central Middle School's and Madison Middle School's champions in the Geography Bee will both advance to the State GeoBee competition in late March

How would you fare as a National Geographic GeoBee contestant? At the school GeoBees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

  1. At more than 100 miles in length, Long Island is the longest barrier island in which state—Kentucky or New York?
  2. Which state is closer to the Gulf of Mexico—Virginia or Arkansas?
  3. It takes about 90 days for a drop of water to travel the length of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota and flows 2,340 miles south to its outlet in which state—Louisiana or South Carolina?
  4. The Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia, flows through the city of Barranquilla near the Caribbean Sea on which continent?
  5. Which animal famous for its tusk spends most of the winter months under the sea ice in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland—emperor penguin or narwhal?
  6. Which country does not include part of the Kalahari Desert—Namibia, Botswana, or Eritrea?
  7. Commercial flower bulb production is an important economic activity in what country just north of Belgium?
  8. Located near the Green Mountains, Montpelier is the capital of which state?
  9. Constructed during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s Cathedral is located in Moscow in which country?
  10. The Alboran Sea and the Ionian Sea are both part of which larger sea?
Answers: 1) New York, 2) Arkansas, 3) Louisiana, 4) South America, 5) narwhal, 6) Eritrea, 7) Netherlands, 8) Vermont, 9) Russia, 10) Mediterranean Sea

Agriculture program teacher identified

posted Mar 11, 2019, 10:21 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 2:15 PM ]

Beginning in August 2019, Bartlesville will begin offering agricultural education courses at the middle schools and high school. The Board of Education will consider naming Marty Jones as a new agriculture teacher at its meeting on March 11, 2019.

The district's 2020 Strategic Plan includes a Community Partnerships component. That led to a districtwide staff survey in the 2017-18 academic year for "Big Dreams" about programs and offerings the district might implement with community partners. Courtney Gagan, an English teacher at Madison Middle School who is the district's 2019 Teacher of the Year, suggested Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. 

The district determined that almost all of the state's districts with Class 6A schools offer agriculture education. District administrators Matt Hancock and Dr. Stephanie Curtis formed a committee to research state and area agriculture education programs and seek community partners to assist with implementation. Committee members toured programs in Owasso and Jenks and just up the road in Dewey.

Hancock and Curtis have presented to the groups such as Washington County CattleWomen and the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation's Board of Trustees. Community partners are stepping up to assist. Trevor Dorsey and Regent Bank have contributed $10,000 to purchase a trailer for a Future Farmers of America program. The Barry W. Lowe & Karen Sue Lowe Education Foundation has contributed $3,000 to purchase middle school and high school agriculture curricula for 2019-20. 

The district has identified a spot at Bartlesville High School for a classroom/shop building for the new program. It is likely that in August 2019 voters will consider a bond issue that will include funding for the construction of that facility at the south end of the parking lot near the Bruin Activity Center indoor practice facility. It would not be an animal barn but would provide classroom and shop space.

The state's CareerTech Agricultural Education Division administers offerings in 362 high schools to prepare students for careers in production agriculture, agribusiness, and other emerging agricultural-related occupations.  Programs may include offerings in:
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agribusiness and Management
  • Agricultural Power, Structures, and Technology
  • Animal Science
  • Food Products and Processing
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Plant and Soil Science
Hiring an agriculture teacher has been identified as one of the district's 2019-2020 Budget Priorities. The district's program will commence by offering an introductory class at each middle school and an Introduction to Agriscience course at the high school in 2019-2020. The instructor will help identify which curricular offerings best suit the needs of Bartlesville students. It is projected that the program might eventually grow to require two agriculture instructors.

The Board of Education will consider hiring Marty Jones as the initial instructor. An Oklahoma native, Jones earned a BS in Agricultural Education from Oklahoma State University and was named the Outstanding Senior by the OSU Alumni Association and crowned Homecoming King. He has taught agriculture at Elgin and Guthrie high schools. During his five years of teaching agriculture, his students have done well at the national FFA convention, and he has advised FFA degree recipients, trained students who qualified for district and state competition in speech, and spearheaded a variety of other program achievements.
Marty Jones
Marty Jones has been recommended to start the Bruin Agriculture program

Ag Building
Voters may consider a bond issue in August 2019 that would include funding to construct a shop and two classrooms for agricultural education at the south end of the Bartlesville High School campus (this would not be an animal barn)

Robinson, Cavaceci, Yang, and Pendergraft named to All-State Choruses

posted Feb 19, 2019, 5:45 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 5:45 PM ]

2019 Choir All-Staters
All-State Chorus students Samarah Robinson, Bella Cavaceci, Joyce Yang, William Pendergraft, Kessi Cabler, Brooke Marshall, Emily Nordhues, Hanna Phelps, Sophie Walker, Lane Cabler, Carson Mathes, and Kaimron Schoonover. INSET PHOTO: All-Stater Carlie Pool.

Four Central students, along with nine students from Bartlesville High School (BHS),  were recognized as Vocal Music All-Staters at the Bartlesville Board of Education meeting on February 18, 2019. Teachers Margie Green, Alex Rivera, and Tamara Walker introduced the students.

The Oklahoma Music Educators Association annually conducts auditions for the All-State Chorus of students recommended by local directors. Students must pass a quadrant audition and then a subsequent one to be selected for the All-State Treble Chorus or All-State Mixed Chorus. The students perform at the organization's winter conference.
  • Samarah Robinson, 8th Grade, CMS, All-State Treble Chorus
  • Bella Cavaceci, 8th Grade, CMS, All-State Treble Chorus
  • Joyce Yang, 8th Grade, CMS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • William Pendergraft, 8th Grade, CMS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • Kessi Cabler, 9th Grade, BHS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • Brooke Marshall, 12th Grade, BHS, All-State Treble Chorus
  • Emily Nordhues, 12th Grade, BHS, All-State Treble Chorus*
  • Hanna Phelps, 12th Grade, BHS, All-State Treble Chorus
  • Sophie Walker, 10th Grade, BHS, All-State Treble Chorus
  • Lane Cabler, 12th Grade, BHS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • Carson Mathes, 12th Grade, BHS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • Kaimron Schoonover, 11th Grade, BHS, All-State Mixed Chorus
  • Carlie Pool, 10th Grade, BHS, All-State Mixed Chorus
*Emily Nordhues is a three-year member of the OkMEA All-State Choruses.



Exploring Career Club Open House on 2/22

posted Feb 15, 2019, 10:21 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 10:26 AM ]

Disclaimer for Third-Party Non-Profit Activities

Bartlesville Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending this event. Student participation is voluntary and subject to parental approval.
The Exploring program will have a Career Exploring Club Open House for middle school students and their parents at On The Rock at 309 W. Hensley on Friday, February 22 from 5-6 p.m. in the Computer Lab Building. See the flyer below. Contact 
Joan Glock for more information.

Open House Flyer

Fire Department assists Central's Egg Drop

posted Feb 13, 2019, 7:41 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 12:31 PM by Granger Meador ]


In early February the Bartlesville Fire Department brought its Pumper 1 snorkel truck to Central to assist with the annual Egg Drop. About 200 sixth grade students in Ms. Swanson's and Mr. Good's Physical Science classes participated.

The students had been learning about invisible forces such as static electricity, gravity, and friction as well as air resistance. The students were charged with designing a container to keep an egg from cracking when dropped from 30 to 60 feet. Teacher Elaine Swanson told Bartlesville Radio that some students spent weeks working on their projects while others threw something together that day before the Egg Drop.

The firefighters carried a number of containers up to 30 feet for the initial drops. The ones which survived were later taken up to 60 feet for a second test. While some of the students' projects survived both drops, others had a messy end in the parking lot.

Kudos to Ms. Swanson and Mr. Good for organizing the event, and everyone appreciated the assistance from equipment operator Steve Burnett and the firemen up on the lift who made this fun learning experience possible for the students.

Middle School Track & Field parent meeting on 2/18

posted Feb 5, 2019, 9:03 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 9:03 AM ]

Middle School Track & Field Parent Meeting

Monday, February 18, 2019

6:00-7:00 p.m.

BHS Bruin Field House Hospitality Room (east of the FAC lobby)

See flyer for information about forms, practices, communication app, etc.

Contact Coach Holmes or Coach Vermeire for more information.


Brown's Shoe Fit Co. in Bartlesville is offering a 20% discount of the total receipt for all Track & Field athletes. Just mention your participation with the track team at checkout to receive the discount.

Track & Field Info

2019-20 Cheer Tryouts

posted Jan 31, 2019, 10:38 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 10:39 AM ]

Cheer Tryouts

Central Classic 5K and Fun Run on 2/23/2019

posted Jan 31, 2019, 9:52 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 10:05 AM ]

Celebrate a "Classic" - Central Middle School!

The “Central Classic 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run” returns to Bartlesville at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The event will support continued improvements to the historic building. Previous participants have helped the school completely upgrade the audio/visual equipment in its distinguished auditorium and assisted with the purchase of carpet squares that protect its new gymnasium and make it useful for many events.

This is a chip-timed event on a certified course. We hope that you will consider joining Central Middle School for this event in support of Central’s youth and the entire community of Bartlesville.

Central 5K

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