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  • 2019-2020 School Supply List Richard Kane 2019-2020 School Supply ListRelevant dates:Friday-Sunday, 8/2-4: Sales tax holiday for clothing or footwear for articles less than $100; does NOT apply to ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 12:36 PM by Granger Meador
  • Kane Parent Lunch & Learn with Judge Vaclaw Judge Vaclaw finished up making the rounds at the elementary sites with a Parent Lunch & Learn at Richard Kane Elementary School on Friday, May 3, 2019. The topic for the ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 AM by Laci Harris
  • 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, 4:21 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, 9:15 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, 1:27 PM by Granger Meador
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2019-2020 School Supply List

posted Jul 1, 2019, 12:36 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 12:36 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 List

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

Kane Parent Lunch & Learn with Judge Vaclaw

posted Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 AM by Laci Harris   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 AM ]

Judge Vaclaw finished up making the rounds at the elementary sites with a Parent Lunch & Learn at Richard Kane Elementary School on Friday, May 3, 2019. 

The topic for the event was Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying. He also spoke to the 4th & 5th-grade students separately on the topic.

Papa John's was the Lunch Sponsor and donated pizzas. Barb's Super 6 Cuts donated a gift certificate for a free student hair cut as the door prize giveaway.

Free summer 2019 food program for kids

posted May 30, 2019, 4:21 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 30, 2019, 4:21 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, 9:15 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 6, 2019, 9:15 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, 1:27 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 3, 2019, 1:27 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, 12:59 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 1:00 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, 1:50 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:51 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

Richard Kane 2nd Grade class decorated Christmas tree at State Capitol

posted Dec 22, 2018, 6:43 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 22, 2018, 6:46 AM ]

Emily Voelkers' class

One of the highlights of the 2018 holiday season was the Christmas tree decorated by Emily Voelkers' 2nd Grade class from Kane. Her class was among 25 statewide chosen to participate in the Governor's tree decorating ceremony in early December, with the students exploring the Capitol and participating in holiday activities.

The students met Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and were visited by freshmen Bartlesville representatives Derrel Fincher and Judd Strom.

The students used Harry Potter as the theme for their tree, decking it out with ornaments like Golden Snitches and broomsticks, crowning it with a Sorting Hat

The 20 students were outfitted in matching red Hogwarts Honor Student Kane Elementary shirts purchased from Bartlesville Print Shop, making it easier for Ms. Voelkers, school board member Alison Clark, and others keep track of the youngsters.

Governor & kids
Tree

PlayForBurk Foundation Christmas Donations

posted Dec 21, 2018, 3:00 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

As part of the PlayForBurk Foundation's annual Festival of the Nativity held at Father Lynch Hall, it receives donations and sponsorships for the purpose of providing Bartlesville children with clothes, toys, and essentials during the holiday season. The Foundation believes no child should go without a Christmas gift and 100% of the funds it raises goes directly to Bartlesville children.  


Last week Clint Hansen, the Foundation's President and Tyler Vaclaw, board member of both the Foundation and the Bartlesville Board of Education, visited the Jane Phillips, Woodrow Wilson, and Richard Kane elementary schools, as well as Madison and Central middle schools, to present a total of over $11,000 to the schools' Parent Support Groups/PTOs. Each site identified children in need and staff members purchased gifts.


Recognizing that these funds can help some, but not all, of the needy children in our community, the PlayForBurk Foundation is committed to raising more funds next year. 


The district appreciates the Foundation's selfless efforts to make Christmas a merrier time for underprivileged children.
Donation
PlayForBurk Foundation President Clint Hansen and board member Tyler Vaclaw presented a check for the Kane Parent/Teacher Organization to Principal Tammie Krause

State Farm donations for Kane kids

posted Dec 12, 2018, 11:41 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 11:41 AM ]

A big thank you to State Farm for donating socks, shoes, sweats, and underclothes for underprivileged students at Richard Kane Elementary.

We deeply appreciate the support of State Farm and other community partners!
State Farm Donation
Kane Principal Tammie Krause is flanked by Elizabeth Gallery and Desiree Claybaugh of State Farm, which donated apparel for underprivileged students at Kane. 

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