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  • Jane Phillips earns Distinguished School status Jane Phillips has earned Distinguished School status from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for its implementation of the program's STEM modules. This was the first year the school could ...
    Posted May 9, 2020, 6:00 AM by Granger Meador
  • Rakes & Pattison win grant to travel abroad Erinn Rakes and Julie Pattison teach art and music, respectively, at Jane Phillips Elementary School. They were among 37 teachers statewide who were selected for self-designed professional development grants ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2020, 12:06 PM by Granger Meador
  • Washington County Retired Educators donate to Jane Phillips Elementary More students at Jane Phillips Elementary School will be able to purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair this year, thanks to a donation from the Washington County Retired Educators ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2020, 8:14 AM by Granger Meador
  • Spring Break history mini-camp The Bartlesville Area History Museum will present a free Spring Break mini-camp for students in grades 2-5.To sign their child up, parents should call 918-338-4294 ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2020, 1:22 PM by Granger Meador
  • Virus precautions Everyone is understandably concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools.  The district is already reviewing its cleaning plans and will be reviewing ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2020, 5:55 AM by Granger Meador
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Jane Phillips earns Distinguished School status

posted May 9, 2020, 6:00 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 9, 2020, 6:00 AM ]


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Jane Phillips has earned Distinguished School status from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for its implementation of the program's STEM modules. This was the first year the school could qualify for the recognition, which required that at least two STEM modules in PLTW Launch be offered at each grade level with 75% or higher participation in the prior year. In 2020-2021, the program will expand to provide four STEM modules in every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Only 14 elementary schools in the state outside of Bartlesville have received Distinguished School recognition for 2019-20. All six of the district’s elementary schools, both of its middle schools, and its high school each earned Distinguished School status. Consequently, for 2019-20 Bartlesville was one of just 24 districts across the U.S. to receive the honor of being a Distinguished District and the only district with that status in Oklahoma. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides STEM curricula to millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

Bartlesville Public Schools offers PLTW Launch (K-5), PLTW Gateway (6-8), and PLTW Computer Science and Engineering courses at Bartlesville High School, with additional Engineering offerings available for students at Tri-County Tech.


Bartlesville Superintendent Chuck McCauley commented, “We are proud of this recognition for the quality, breadth, and depth of our STEM offerings in Bartlesville. This achievement reflects the hard work of many students and teachers as well as tremendous community support. The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation joined with community partners, including ConocoPhillips, to fund our elementary PLTW Launch program. Our middle school and high school programs are housed in suites provided by a major grant from Phillips 66 and depend on state and federal funding as well as local bond issues. ConocoPhillips has been a continuing partner for the Technology Student Association in our secondary schools. We are truly blessed.”


This was the third consecutive year that both Central and Madison middle schools were named Distinguished Schools. That recognition requires that Gateway to Technology units be offered at each grade level, that at least 50% of the student body participates, and at least 25% of the students advancing to high school participate in two or more units while in middle school. There are only seven other middle schools in the state which received that recognition for 2019-20.


This is the second consecutive year that Bartlesville High School’s Computer Science program earned Distinguished School status, and the Engineering program at Bartlesville High School and Tri-County Tech also again received that recognition this year. So two of the 11 high school programs in the state receiving Distinguished School recognition are in Bartlesville. They had to provide at least three high school courses in the pathway, have at least 25% of students participate or have 33% of participating students take two or more PLTW courses, and have 95% of PLTW students complete End-of-Course assessments.


Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. Bartlesville now offers complete computer science and engineering pathways from kindergarten through 12th grade.


“It is a great honor to recognize Bartlesville Public Schools for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.” 


Bartlesville Public Schools is part of a community of public schools, colleges, universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition. 


For more information on the Bartlesville Public Schools’ PLTW programs, contact Dr. Stephanie Curtis, Executive Director of Personnel & School Support, at (918) 336-8600.

Rakes & Pattison win grant to travel abroad

posted Apr 4, 2020, 12:06 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 4, 2020, 12:06 PM ]

Erinn Rakes and Julie Pattison teach art and music, respectively, at Jane Phillips Elementary School. They were among 37 teachers statewide who were selected for self-designed professional development grants for opportunities around the world in being named 2020 Fellows by Oklahoma’s Fund for Teachers.

When conditions allow, Rakes and Pattison will explore the history and culture of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich to create trauma-informed classrooms that incorporate hands-on learning experiences grounded in the arts for Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth-Grade students.

$132,000 in such Oklahoma grants were made possible through a partnership between the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the Tulsa Community Foundation. An Oklahoma Tribal Alliance, which began supporting the program last year, expanded its support this year to help increase the Oklahoma fellowship funding to its highest level in five years. Additional funding was provided by the Stuart and Temple Foundations of Tulsa.

The Tribal Alliance is comprised of the Chickasaw Nation, Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, Citizen-Potawatomi Nation, Choctaw Nation, Sac and Fox Nation, the Seminole Nation and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. This year, grants were awarded to six tribal members representing the Citizen Potawatomi, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes.

Since 2002, more than 1,000 Oklahoma teachers have received Fund for Teachers grants totaling over $3.6 million. In 2006, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to offer grants to educators statewide when the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence joined Fund for Teachers and the Tulsa Community Foundation as state partners. 

"Fund for Teachers fellowships empower teachers to explore their academic passions, deepen their scholarship and enhance their craft", said Karen Eckhoff, executive director of the national nonprofit organization.
Rakes & Pattison

Washington County Retired Educators donate to Jane Phillips Elementary

posted Mar 11, 2020, 8:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:14 AM ]

More students at Jane Phillips Elementary School will be able to purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair this year, thanks to a donation from the Washington County Retired Educators Association. WCREA representatives presented a check for $1,320 to Jane Phillips’ school librarian, Christel Poston, to help students who might not otherwise be able to buy books.

“Having worked so many years with students, we all know the importance of encouraging children to read, so we wanted to do something to help those who needed a little additional book money,” stated Elaine Gaut, WCREA president.

“Retired educators always work to help teachers and students. We want all the students at Jane Phillips to be able to take home a book of their choice,” according to Cindy Dronyk, WCREA treasurer. Dronyk currently serves as the Northeast District representative on the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association Board of Directors.

WCREA members voted at their February meeting to donate $500 from their savings account, and individual members then donated an additional $820. Dronyk and Gaut presented the check to the school, but other members of WCREA have also volunteered to help with the book fair next week.
WCREA Donation
WCREA President Elaine Gaut, left, and Treasurer Cindy Dronyk, right, present a check to Jane Phillips School Librarian Christel Poston, center.

Spring Break history mini-camp

posted Mar 2, 2020, 1:22 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 1:22 PM ]

The Bartlesville Area History Museum will present a free Spring Break mini-camp for students in grades 2-5.

To sign their child up, parents should call 918-338-4294.

  • Cooweescoowee Kids
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 17-18, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The program will focus on the history of settlements within the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation. The kids will participate in activities, stories, crafts and games – all pertaining to Cherokee culture. 

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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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.

Camp flyer

Virus precautions

posted Mar 2, 2020, 6:33 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 5:55 AM ]

Everyone is understandably concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools.  The district is already reviewing its cleaning plans and will be reviewing its emergency plans in case community spread of the disease eventually becomes a local issue.

At this time, it is important that we rely on prevention. The following guidelines will benefit everyone in controlling the far more pervasive influenza viruses as well.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. District restrooms are equipped with soap, which is preferred over hand sanitizers.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, not sanitizer, if hands are visibly dirty.
OTHER PRECAUTIONS
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Avoid sharing food.


Q: What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Q: Should I be tested for COVID-19?
A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from areas where CDC has identified community spread of coronavirus, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact. 

If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from such an area, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. 

Your healthcare professional will work with the state public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources



Precautions

James, Cunningham, and Beck recognized

posted Feb 27, 2020, 12:06 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 12:07 PM ]

Fifth grade teacher Terri James was recognized as the Jane Phillips Teacher of the Year at the annual district celebration on February 25, 2020.  Each site teacher of the year was introduced by a student. Ms. James, left, was introduced by Jacek Johnson. Jane Phillips Professional Improvement Committee representative Sherry Langham presented the award.

Terri James

Family and Student Support Coordinator Karla Cunningham received the 2020 Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation Award.  The Kurt Schmoldt Award recognizes a teacher who has made a significant difference in the lives of students. Hans Karl Schmoldt initiated the award 25 years ago in memory of his brother, Kurt. Ms. Cunningham was selected for this year's award by a committee that considered nominations for over 40 district teachers from students, parents, co-workers, and others. She received a $1,000 cash award from the Hans Karl Schmoldt family. Granger Meador, the Exec. Dir. of Technology & Communications, presented the award.

Karla Cunningham

Taylor Beck
Taylor Beck
, who teaches fourth grade, was recognized as the Rising Star Teacher for Jane Phillips. That award recognizes a teacher with one to four completed years of experience who has exemplified excellence in their entry years of teaching.  The Schmoldt Family Foundation for Education awarded $100 to a Rising Star Teacher from each school site.


Bruin Mile on 10/2/2019

posted Sep 30, 2019, 9:38 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 9:38 AM ]

The Bartlesville Cross Country Bruin Mile will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Madison Middle School (5900 Baylor Dr) after classes end for the day.  The event is hosted by the three-time Girls State Champion and two-time Boys State Champion Bruin Cross Country team.  Last year we had almost 500 runners. They hope to make the 2019 Bruin Mile the biggest ever. 


Here is the schedule for 10/2 at Madison:

3rd Grade and under Girls: 4:15 PM

3rd Grade and under Boys: 4:30 PM

4th/5th Grade Girls: 4:45 PM

4th/5th Grade Boys: 5:00 PM

Bruin Mile

2019-2020 School Supply List

posted Jul 1, 2019, 12:31 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 12:31 PM ]

Relevant dates:
  • Monday, 8/6: Distribution day for Washington County School Supply Drive for families who applied in July (see later part of this post); backpacks will be distributed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8th and Dewey, on Monday, August 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8/15: First day of classes in Bartlesville Public Schools
School Supply Lists

Pack the Backpacks

The annual Washington County School Supply Drive provides school supplies for those needing assistance for the 2019-20 school year. Because of rising prices, the program asks that participants consider making a $5 donation per family when picking up supplies. On average, the supplies and backpack would cost about $50 in the stores. Without sufficient funds, the program may not be able to continue.

Apply from July 1-27, 2019 at
  • Agape Mission - 555 S Cass Ave, Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Mary Martha Outreach, 1845 SW 4th St, Wednesdays 9-11 a.m.; Thursdays 12-2 p.m.
Completely fill out the application you pick up, and turn it in to a WCSSD representative at one of the above locations during normal business hours. Do NOT try to just “drop it off”. Backpacks will be distributed, to those who successfully completed an application in July, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8th and Dewey, on Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here for a flyer on the Pack the Backpacks program, including Spanish translation

YOU CAN HELP

Visit PacktheBackpacks.org for more information, including how you can volunteer. They could use your help packing backpacks on:
  • Friday, August 2 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you would like to make a donation to support the program, you can donate online at their website or send your donation to:

Washington County School Supply Drive
P.O. Box 2031
Bartlesville, OK 74005-2031

Free summer 2019 food program for kids

posted May 30, 2019, 4:19 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 30, 2019, 4:20 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, 9:12 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 6, 2019, 9:12 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

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