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  • Free summer 2019 food program for kids Children ages 1-18 eat FREE May 30 through August 7 at various district schoolsClick here for a printable flyerThe Bartlesville Public Schools Child Nutrition Department will be ...
    Posted May 30, 2019, 4:16 AM by Granger Meador
  • Kiwanis Fishing Derby for ages 3-12 on May 11 The Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville will be hosting its 68th Annual Fishing Derby at Jo Allyn Lowe Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019.Each child must be chaperoned by an ...
    Posted May 6, 2019, 9:13 AM by Granger Meador
  • Pinwheels & Popcorn summer program for PreK-6 The district will again offer Pinwheels & Popcorn, an elementary summer enrichment program for students who are currently in grades PreK-6. The classes are designed to offer academic enrichment ...
    Posted May 3, 2019, 1:21 PM by Granger Meador
  • Unpaid meal balances a growing problem The Child Nutrition program of Bartlesville Public Schools provides 2,000 breakfasts and 4,000 lunches daily. The program is self-funded separately from all other district operations, and heavily ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:56 PM by Granger Meador
  • All-Schools Chess Tournament on 2/16 The 42nd annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Madison Middle School according to Carl Vickburg, who now coordinates the event.This chess ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:46 PM by Granger Meador
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Free summer 2019 food program for kids

posted May 30, 2019, 4:16 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 30, 2019, 4:16 AM ]

Summer Food Program
Children ages 1-18 eat FREE May 30 through August 7 at various district schools

The Bartlesville Public Schools Child Nutrition Department will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children again this year. Free meals will be served to children ages 1 to 18 in the cafeterias of various schools within the Bartlesville Public School District as shown in the table.

There are no qualifications or registration requirements for children to take part in the program, which will be in its 29th year within the BPSD. The Summer Food Service Program for Children is sponsored by the district and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

The Summer Food Service Program was initially established to ensure low-income children could continue to receive nutritious meals when school was not in session during the summer months. All meals served through the program meet federal nutrition guidelines. Last year, the program served 18,068 meals within the district during the months of June, July, and early August. Through the program, $59,048.50 in federal funding was brought into the community. 

Last year, the Summer Food Service Program for Children coordinated with various summer programs to provide educational and recreational activities to Bartlesville children with a side benefit of providing part-time work for an estimated 12 to 15 school employees. 

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is an equal opportunity program. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. 

Those who would like to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program for Children within the BPSD can call 918-333-7966.

2019 Summer Food Service Program for Children

Sites/Dates/Serving Schedule

DATESDays of the week SiteBreakfast Times Lunch Times 

May 30 - July 26

(closed July 4-5)

M-FBartlesville High School
1700 SE Hillcrest Dr
7:30-8:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

June 3 - July 26

(closed week of July 4)

M-F Ranch Heights Elementary School
5101 Woodland Rd
8 - 9 a.m.11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 3 - June 28M-FRichard Kane Elementary School
801 SE 13th St 
8 - 9 a.m.11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
July 8-
July 26
M-F Jane Phillips Elementary School
1500 S Rogers Ave
8 - 9 a.m.11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
July 29-August 2five days onlyMadison Middle School
5900 SE Baylor Dr
 
8 - 9 a.m.11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
August 7one day only Central Middle School
815 SE Delaware Ave
8 - 9 a.m.11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Kiwanis Fishing Derby for ages 3-12 on May 11

posted May 6, 2019, 9:10 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 6, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

The Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville will be hosting its 68th Annual Fishing Derby at Jo Allyn Lowe Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Each child must be chaperoned by an adult 18 or older. Children from ages 3-12 can register for the event at the pond beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the derby time from 9 a.m. to noon. Each child will be placed in one of the three age groups: 3-6, 7-9, or 10-12. Fishing equipment will NOT be provided; each child must bring their own gear and bait.

There is no charge to register for the event and prizes will be awarded to the top three kids in each age group. Each child will also receive a free pass to the Kiwanis-run Sooner Jr. Miniature Golf Course. Professional Bass Master Rick Wilson will act as master of ceremonies for the event and will be available to offer fishing advice and suggestions to the children as they fish.

Disclaimer for Third Party Non-Profit Activities

Bartlesville Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities announced here. Student participation is voluntary and subject to parental approval.
Fishing Derby

Pinwheels & Popcorn summer program for PreK-6

posted May 3, 2019, 1:21 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 3, 2019, 1:21 PM ]

The district will again offer Pinwheels & Popcorn, an elementary summer enrichment program for students who are currently in grades PreK-6. The classes are designed to offer academic enrichment, artistic expression, and recreational activities.  

Certified instructors will be teaching hands-on activities across the curricular areas of science/math, language arts, and physical education.  These areas are designed to meet the developmental abilities of each age.  In addition, special speakers and field trips will enhance the daily activities. Students will experience new and exciting themes each day throughout the week, including a field trip and water day.

LOCATION AND TIME:  Classes will be held at Wayside Elementary School, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 3 –7.

LUNCH:  Students will need to bring a peanut-free sack lunch and a drink each day, except Friday when lunch will be provided.

LUNCH MOVIE:  Students will be able to choose between two movies during their lunchtime.  

T-Shirt:  This year we are purchasing printed Pinwheels & Popcorn t-shirts for all students to wear on the field trip day and any other days that they would like during the week.  A note will be sent home with field trip information.

TUITION:  See the registration form on the second page of the online flyer for details.

REGISTRATION:  Please return your registration form and tuition no later than May 31 to ensure enrollment.  
You can mail your registration or return it to:

Kay Walker
Wayside School
3000 Wayside Drive
Bartlesville, OK  74006

QUESTIONS: Contact Todd Rhoades at Hoover Elementary School at 918-33-9337 or RhoadesTA@bps-ok.org.
 
Pinwheels & Popcorn
This summer’s theme will be “Out of this World”.

Our journey will begin on our own planet Earth and extend through our solar system and beyond as we discover mysteries and amazing aspects of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Teachers will focus on planets and moons in our solar system, ancient/historical legends of different civilizations across the globe, and robotics. Students will design, create, and explore each day with our hands-on curriculum.

Planned activities include:
  • Out of this World Science Experiments
  • Dissection of Sharks
  • The Planetarium
  • Myths and Legends of Constellations
  • Mini Rockets
  • Creating Spaceships
  • Designing Communication Satellites
  • Space Base
  • Space Lab Science Experiments
  • Waves in Space
  • Moon Craters
  • Deep Space Dry Ice Experiments
  • Astronaut Food
  • Mars Colony 1
  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • Digital Breakout EDU
  • Testing Launch Pads
  • Learning about the Canadian Arm
and many other amazing activities that are Out of This World!

Unpaid meal balances a growing problem

posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:55 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 12:56 PM ]

The Child Nutrition program of Bartlesville Public Schools provides 2,000 breakfasts and 4,000 lunches daily. The program is self-funded separately from all other district operations, and heavily reliant on federal free-or-reduced meal subsidies to make ends meet.

About 56% of the children in the district's elementary schools qualify for free-or-reduced meals. The percentage declines slightly to about 52% of the middle school students, while only about 40% of the high school students currently qualify. The district is confident more students would qualify, particularly at the high school, but it is a struggle to get some families to apply annually, even with a convenient online application.

Convincing families to apply for free-or-reduced meals would help reduce the unpaid meal balances, which have exploded since the district discontinued using alternate meals in 2017-18. Before then, when a student had a negative balance on their meal account, the hot meal they selected had to be thrown away at checkout and an alternate cold meal was provided to avoid further increasing the unpaid balance. While this technically balanced the books, it was counter-intuitive to throw away the hot meal and substitute the low-cost alternative, with concerns about inadvertently "meal shaming" students whose parents were not doing their part to cover the cost of a hot meal.

Beginning in 2017-18, the district discontinued the alternate meals and simply added the cost of the hot meal to a student's meal account balance. However, this caused the unpaid balances to skyrocket from about $1,400 annually to about $25,000 in 2017-18, which was only partially offset by a $10,000 anonymous donation from a district alumnus. 

The unpaid balances have worsened considerably in 2018-19. Since the district can no longer "write off" negative balances at the end of an academic year, the unpaid balances impact the district's Child Nutrition fund. If things do not improve, that fund will be depleted, requiring the district to reimpose the counter-intuitive alternate meals to avoid ever-escalating unpaid meal balances.

Last fall, when the trendline on unpaid balances showed they could reach $45,000 by June, the district began handing letters to students with unpaid balances to take home to their parents, but that did little to improve things. So the district substituted robocalls and texts to parents with negative balances. That improved things somewhat, but the unpaid balances still reached over $27,000 by the end of April 2019 and are expected to reach $32,000 by the end of the school year. 

At that burn rate, the district will eventually be forced to bring back alternate meals in the coming years to avoid tapping its General Fund, which is mostly used for employee salaries. Obvious solutions such as raising the prices on paid meals offer no relief since regulations also cap annual meal price increases to 10 cents per year, which is not nearly enough to offset the unpaid balances. The district does not have sufficient personnel to hound parents individually about unpaid balances, and personal calls to the top 10 families with unpaid balances have proven fruitless. 

Collection agencies are too expensive to hire for the problem and would no doubt alienate parents who struggle to make ends meet. The district refuses to pursue other controversial measures which punish a student for a parent's failure to pay, such as denying students with unpaid meal balances access to extracurricular activities and events, which are an important part of every child's education.

If you have questions about schools meals and the dilemma the district is facing, please call the Child Nutrition department at 918-333-7966 or email Jon Beckloff, the Child Nutrition Manager, at BeckloffJL@bps-ok.org.
Alternate meal

The Meals Regulations Catch-22

  1. What is the issue? The district can no longer write-off unpaid meals at the end of the school year. The unpaid meal balances are on track to reach about $32,000 by June. If that is not drastically improved, the district will eventually be forced to reinstitute alternate meals to avoid bankrupting its Child Nutrition fund.
  2. How does an alternate meal work? The district cannot charge for a meal until it has verified that all of the required components are on the tray, so the register must be at the end of the line. But if a student at the end of the line has an unpaid balance, the only way the regulations allow to not further increase that unpaid balance is to throw away the hot meal the student selected and substitute an alternate meal of a cold sandwich and apple.
  3. Why don't we just raise prices? Regulations only allow a 10-cent increase in meal prices each year, which is not enough to cover the unpaid balances now being incurred.
  4. What is the district doing now or has it already tried to improve the unpaid balances?  Take-home letters given to students with unpaid balances were ineffective. Robocalls and robotexts to parents with unpaid balances has reduced the projected unpaid balances from over $45,000 to about $32,000, but that is still too high to avoid eventually bankrupting the Child Nutrition fund.
  5. What do parents need to do? Any parents who are not paying for their child's meals should apply for free-or-reduced meals. If a parent does not qualify for that assistance, they need to prioritize funding their child's school meals over other expenses, or accept that the district will eventually be forced to return to only provide the alternate meal for their child.
  6. Why can't Bartlesville offer free school meals like Tulsa does? Most Tulsa schools have such extremely high rates of free-or-reduced meals that they qualify for a Community Eligibility Provision. Bartlesville only qualifies to offer that option for breakfasts at two of its six elementary schools. 
  7. What if I have more questions? Please contact the Child Nutrition department at 918-333-7966 or email Jon Beckloff, the Child Nutrition Manager, at BeckloffJL@bps-ok.org.

All-Schools Chess Tournament on 2/16

posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:45 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:46 PM ]

The 42nd annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Madison Middle School according to Carl Vickburg, who now coordinates the event.

This chess tournament is again being conducted by the Bartlesville Chess Club in cooperation with the Bartlesville Public Schools. Students who may be interested in playing in the tournament may obtain information sheets and entry blanks in the office at each school or using the link below.

There will be separate divisions for beginning (Kindergarten-3rd), upper-grade elementary (4th-5th), middle school (6th-8th), and high school (9th-12th) players, with awards to winning players in each division earning 2.5 points or better and participation ribbons. The 1st and 2nd-place winners in each division will receive a trophy.

It will be a Swiss-system tournament in which each student will play four games, irrespective of the number of games won or lost, with a tie-breaking procedure or additional play-off game to determine winners if needed. Two games are played in the morning, with a lunch break, then the remaining games. See the entry form for further details.

Robbyn Glinsmann, director of elementary mathematics for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, has seen direct benefits of chess in the classroom from her work as an instructional coach in Edmond Public Schools. Although the game does not target specific learning objectives, she says frequent gameplay can heighten cognitive skills needed to strengthen performance in multiple subject areas.

“Chess is a high-intensity game that requires patience, dedication and problem-solving. You must think ahead two to three steps and see what is coming next. When a curveball is thrown by the opponent, you have to rethink your strategy on the fly and within split seconds,” Glinsmann said. “This mental toughness activates both sides of the brain and builds stamina within the player. This stamina spills over into the classroom as students are now seen as risk-takers and can concentrate more because of the muscle memory built within them.”

Playing chess is a great equalizer, something anyone can learn to play. It is not restricted to gifted students. In fact, special-needs children have won state championships. Proponents say the game builds character, since players learn more from losing than from winning. Plus civility and sportsmanship are great traditions at chess tournaments.

We encourage students of all ages to pick up an entry blank at their school office or print the form attached to this post.

Chess Tournament

Entry Blank

Chess Players

Ms. Autry receives $500 for her classroom from Arvest Bank

posted Oct 31, 2018, 12:36 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 12:37 PM ]

Congratulations to Lacie Autry, one of Hoover's 2nd-grade teachers, who was awarded a $500 gift from Arvest Bank to spend on classroom needs. 

Arvest ran an online Facebook campaign in October, asking for nominees for a teacher in each county in their service area. In this third year of the program, Arvest awarded $58,000 in prizes to 116 educators. 

Ms. Autry received multiple nominees. To help her celebrate. the Hoover Parent-Teacher Organization chipped in to provide breakfast at a morning teacher’s meeting at which Ms. Autry was recognized.

The district appreciates Arvest helping support great teachers like Ms. Autry reduce their out-of-pocket classroom expenses!
Autry awarded
Lacie Autry, above left, is presented with the Washington County Arvest Loves Teachers award by Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager

PTO breakfast
The Hoover PTO provided breakfast for the award event

Fall Break programs for 4th-6th Graders at Bartlesville Area History Museum

posted Oct 9, 2018, 12:38 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 12:38 PM ]

The Bartlesville Area History Museum will present two free programs during Fall Break for students in grades 4-6. 

To sign their child up for BAHM fall programs, parents should call 918-338-4294.

  • Women’s Freedom of Expression
Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Women have fond many ways to be creative throughout time. In 1918 they were given the right to express themselves through voting. We will discover how that happened. Throughout time women have expressed themselves through the art of quilting. We will learn about the secret language of quilts. The Museum has a beautiful display of Christmas quilts to explore. Children will get to make their own quilt blocks.

  • Be a Sports Writer
Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Our area has had many inspiring and exciting athletes and teams. Learn more about them. Mike Tupa of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise has interesting stories for us. Learn more about the newspaper and writing your own sports article. See some artifacts from the museum on sports.


The Bartlesville Area History Museum, located on the fifth floor of City Hall at 401 S. Johnstone, is a family friendly facility where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact:
Betty Keim
Education Coordinator
Bartlesville Area History Museum 
401 S. Johnstone-5th Floor 
Bartlesville, OK 74003 

Disclaimer for Third Party Non-Profit Activities

Bartlesville Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities announced here. Student participation is voluntary and subject to parental approval.

BAHM Programs

Walk to school day on 10/10/2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 6:15 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 6:18 AM ]

Walk to School Day
Elementary and middle school students in the Bartlesville Public Schools are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The annual Walk to School Day is part of the City of Bartlesville's Safe Routes to School program.

The international event is observed in more than 40 countries. It is an effort to raise awareness of the need for safe walking and biking facilities and to encourage students to take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle.
 
Each student who walks or bikes to school that day will receive a prize/treat to acknowledge their participation in the program, as long as supplies last.
 
In 2017, City Grants Administrator Nancy Warring commented about the thousands of local students who participate annually. She said, "This event gives parents a chance to teach safe walking skills to their children. Plus it's good for the environment, and it reduces traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near the schools."

"Parents are encouraged to walk with their children, park and walk from a remote location, or organize a walking school bus," Warring said. "For families who live too far away to walk or bike to school, parents are encouraged to drop their students off a few blocks from their school so they can participate."
 
Walk to School Day was first held communitywide in Bartlesville in 2009, thanks to a grant awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to the City of Bartlesville to help facilitate the event.

Volunteers and other program supporters will be posted at each participating BPSD site to greet students who walk or bike to school, including some area elected officials and local police officers and firefighters.
 
For more information about Walk to School Day, see www.cityofbartlesville.org. To volunteer for the local event, contact Kerry Ickleberry, BPS Safe Schools coordinator:

Kerry IckleberryMs. Kerry Ickleberry
Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Bartlesville High School
918-336-3311 ext. 1196
IckleberryKG@bps-ok.org

Walk to School Day Flyer

Mascot coloring contest results

posted Sep 19, 2018, 1:39 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

Coloring contest entries
The cheerleaders received a lot of great entries in the Coloring Contest for their new mascot. The cheerleaders posed in front of entries posted in the High School Commons before the game on 9/14/2018.

COLORING CONTEST RESULTS
The winning entries are shown at the end of this post.


Pre-Kindergarten Winner: Gunner Liston, Jane Phillips

   Honorable Mention: Carly Odom, Wayside

 

Kindergarten Winner: Ryland Williams, Wayside

   Honorable Mention: Emerson Lindblom, Wayside

 

1st Grade Winner : Layla Kelton, Ranch Heights

   Honorable Mention: Olivia Barnes, Wilson

 

2nd Grade Winner: Emily Chambers, Wilson

   Honorable Mention: Payson Winward, Wayside

 

3rd Grade Winner : Tieg Christensen, Wayside

   Honorable Mention: Kasini Kalaiselvan, Hoover & Claire Brown, Wayside

 

4th Grade Winner: Avery Walker, Wayside

   Honorable Mention: Jaxon Hyde, Wayside & Hailey Hiatt, Wayside

 

5th Grade Winner: Aubri Tracy, Wayside

   Honorable Mention: Avery Tingler, Wayside & Averi Anderson, Wayside

Bruiser the Bruin and friend

New mascot coloring contest

posted Sep 10, 2018, 12:53 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 12:57 PM ]

2018 Mascot
The Bartlesville Varsity Cheer squad is excited to announce the purchase and arrival of a new Bruin Mascot.  The athletic department has purchased the new mascot costume to replace the previous version, which had been used for several years and was beginning to show significant wear.


The cheerleaders wish to invite the entire community to participate in activities leading up to the first home varsity football game on September 14th when the Bruins take on Del City at 7 p.m. at Custer Stadium on Lyon Field:

  • Coloring contest for all BPS elementary school students
    • Winners will be chosen for Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade as well as 3rd through 5th grade. 
    • Click here for a downloadable coloring page. Coloring pages will also be available at all BPS elementary schools. 
    • Entries should be colored and turned in by the end of the school day on Thursday, 9/13 to the school’s office with the student’s name, school, and grade written on the back. 
    • Coloring contest winners will be announced at the September 14th game and have the opportunity to have their photo taken with our new Bruin mascot!

Mascot Coloring Sheet

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