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  • 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, 1:52 PM by Granger Meador
  • Batman visits Ms. Lutke's class Earlier in October, teacher Heather Lutke was reading A Halloween Scare in Oklahoma by Eric James to her first graders at Wayside. The book mentioned Bartlesville, which led the students ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2018, 5:48 AM by Granger Meador
  • Fall Break programs for 4th-6th Graders at Bartlesville Area History Museum 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 ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2018, 12:44 PM by Granger Meador
  • Walk to school day on 10/10/2018 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 ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2018, 6:22 AM by Granger Meador
  • Mascot coloring contest results 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 ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 1:51 PM by Granger Meador
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All-Schools Chess Tournament on 2/16

posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:52 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:52 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

Batman visits Ms. Lutke's class

posted Oct 31, 2018, 5:46 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

Earlier in October, teacher Heather Lutke was reading A Halloween Scare in Oklahoma by Eric James to her first graders at Wayside. The book mentioned Bartlesville, which led the students to review maps of the state and learn about home addresses. 

It seemed an opportune time for Ms. Lutke to introduce to her students how the U.S. Postal system worked. They decided they wanted to write a letter to Batman. 

So imagine their delight when the Caped Crusader responded to their letter by showing up to read to the students and tell them about the postal service.

The students had chosen to put the Bat-Signal on the envelope of their letter, and Batman stressed to them the importance of knowing their home addresses but only sharing them with appropriate people, such as police officers and school officials.
Batman reads to Ms. Lutke's 1st Graders
Batman with Principal Copeland
Batman checked in with Principal Copeland for his visit at Wayside

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

posted Oct 9, 2018, 12:44 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 12:44 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 Fall Programs

Walk to school day on 10/10/2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 6:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 6:22 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

Walk to School Day Flyer

Mascot coloring contest results

posted Sep 19, 2018, 1:51 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 1:51 PM ]

Cheerleaders with 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.

The winning entries are shown at the bottom 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, 1:03 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 1:04 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

Students Can Run the Bruin Mile on 10/4

posted Sep 7, 2018, 11:56 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 11:56 AM ]

The Bartlesville Cross Country Bruin Mile will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Madison Middle School 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 2018 Bruin Mile the biggest ever. 

Here is the schedule for 10/4 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

Open House Info from Child Nutrition

posted Aug 14, 2018, 10:48 AM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 10:50 AM ]

Child Nutrition will be in the Computer Lab from 4-6 pm this evening (August 14) to assist with setting up lunch accounts. Computers will be available.  This year we are asking all of our families to fill out a Free and Reduced application. They are available online at Www.heartlandapps.com. The application is very quick.  The application is income based and will ask for some details of your total household.

Why? When we apply for grants part of the application is our total district percentage. We are trying to surpass 50%. Even if your hold packs a lunch, qualifying helps. We are asking all families to apply. Already we have had dozens of families qualify that didn't even realize they would have.

Applying and qualifying can save you money while providing funds for the district.

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Time to apply for free & reduced school meals

posted Aug 10, 2018, 2:25 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 10, 2018, 2:25 AM ]

Free & reduced meals
The start of the new school year means it is time for families of schoolchildren to apply for free and reduced meals. Almost half of the children attending Bartlesville Public Schools already qualify for a reduction in or elimination of the cost of breakfast or lunch. The district is confident even more children could receive this service if their parents would apply. Please share the link www.heartlandapps.com with those who might need this assistance or help them get the paper application from any school office or cafeteria.

Proper nutrition is critical for the development and academic performance of children; undernourished children are more likely to be less energetic and less able to concentrate. Having as many qualified children as possible participate is also important for the district to receive its fair share of funding for many grants and other programs that assist learning, including the federal E-rate program that helps pay for its computer network and services. Thus participation impacts the learning of all children, not just those who qualify for direct assistance.

Please help us get this information to those in need among your friends, family, and others you know and encounter in our community. Thank you!


Apply online in English

Safe & Secure
We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded. 

Private & Available
Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The online service is available 24/7 anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection!

Your data is transmitted to the Bartlesville Schools Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster. 

Go Green
No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office! Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer in English & Spanish

Applyonline in Spanish

Seguro y fiable
Utilizamos el más alto nivel de encriptación de datos disponibles, lo que significa que su información esté siempre segura y protegida. 

Privado y Disponible
El servicio en línea está disponible 24/7 en cualquier momento y cualquier lugar donde haya una conexión al Internet. Usted puede completar la aplicación en la privacidad de su propia casa, en su escuela local, o en la Biblioteca Pública de la Escuela.

Sus datos se transmiten a la Oficina de Nutrición del mismo día en que se aplican, lo que permite un procesamiento rápido para que pueda recibir los beneficios con mayor rapidez.

Vamos Verde
No más solicitud en papel para completar y volver a la oficina de la escuela! La aplicación en linea es muy conveniente y bueno para el medio ambiente también!

CLIC AQUÍ para una versión imprimible


If you find the paper application option a bit frustrating, please try the ONLINE APPLICATION

Paper copies of the application are also always available to be picked up at each school office, each cafeteria, the Child Nutrition Office at Madison Middle School, or the Education Service Center.

All families are encouraged to complete this application and take advantage of the breakfast and lunch programs. Please allow 10 business days for processing paper applications for the Free and Reduced Price Meal program. Application may be made at any time during the school year. 

Who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals?     

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals. 
  • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if their household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart:
Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2018-2019
 Household Size  Yearly Income  Monthly Income  Weekly Income
1 $22,459 $1,872 $432
2 $30,451  $2,538  $586
3 $38,443 $3,204 $740
4  $46,435 $3,870 $893
5 $54,427 $4,536  $1,047
6 $62,419  $5,202 $1,201
7 $70,411 $5,868 $1,355
8 $78,403 $6,534  $1,508
Each additional person:  $7,992 $666 $154

Please contact Frankie Ryan via email at RyanFE@bps-ok.org or by calling Frankie at 918-333-7966.

How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?

  • Do the members of your household lack a permanent address?
  • Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement?
  • Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
  • Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? 
If you believe children in your household meet any of the above descriptions and have not been told that your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Sarah Rowe, the Homeless Liaison Coordinator, at 918-336-3311 ext. 1061 or e-mail RoweSE@bps-ok.org.

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Just complete one online or paper application.

Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?

No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, PROMPTLY contact Frankie Ryan via email at RyanFE@bps-ok.orgor by calling Frankie at 918-333-7966.


Health Department urges parents to immunize kindergarteners

posted Jul 5, 2018, 7:41 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 7:42 AM ]

The Washington County Health Department is encouraging parents to have their children immunized for the 2018-2019 school year now to avoid the rush. Parents of kindergartners, seventh graders and students entering college, please review your children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming year.

Back-to-school vaccinations help protect Oklahoma’s children and families from the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccines help develop immunity to countless infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. The following vaccines are required for Oklahoma children entering or returning to school in the fall:
  • Kindergarten — DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), IPV (polio), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Varicella (chicken pox), HepB, HepA
  • Seventh grade — Tdap; and CDC recommends the meningitis vaccine and HPV vaccine
  • College entry — Meningitis
For more information, see the state health department's webpage about school vaccinations.
If your child is due for a vaccination, visit your child’s healthcare provider or the Washington County Health Department at 5121 SE Jacquelyn Lane in Bartlesville from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The health department is closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m. and clinic hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington County Health Department is having a day just for school shots on Monday, July 30, 2018, but due to staff shortages you can call and make an appointment now at 918-335-3005.


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