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  • Wayside Fall Book Fair Now Open Wayside Elementary invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from October 19 - November 1. Our Fair will feature a Virtual Fair walk ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 9:28 PM by Kathryn Hixon
  • Wayside Fall Book Fair Goes Virtual Our Book Fair is going online this year! From October 19 - November 1, discover new books with your kids. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school. Watch the backpacks for flyers ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2020, 9:58 PM by Kathryn Hixon
  • Wayside named a National Blue Ribbon School Wayside Elementary School in Bartlesville has been named as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:45 PM by Granger Meador
  • Wayside Summer Reading Wayside Summer Reading lists and log are available as well as information about the Bartlesville Public Library and Central Middle School Summer Reading Programs.Click here for more information.
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:36 PM by Kathryn Hixon
  • Wayside earns Distinguished School status Wayside 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 ...
    Posted May 9, 2020, 6:11 AM by Granger Meador
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Wayside Fall Book Fair Now Open

posted Oct 18, 2020, 9:26 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Oct 18, 2020, 9:28 PM ]


Wayside Elementary invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from October 19 - November 1. Our Fair will feature a Virtual Fair walk-through so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books. Go to tinyurl.com/waysidebookfair for more information.
www.scholastic.com/bf/wayside1 is direct link to order.

Wayside Fall Book Fair Goes Virtual

posted Oct 11, 2020, 9:57 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Oct 11, 2020, 9:58 PM ]


Our Book Fair is going online this year! From October 19 - November 1, discover new books with your kids. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school. Watch the backpacks for flyers and student wish lists next week! Starting October 19, go here to shop: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wayside1

Wayside named a National Blue Ribbon School

posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:22 PM by Laci Harris   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 12:45 PM by Granger Meador ]

Wayside Elementary School in Bartlesville has been named as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Wayside Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High-Performing School. Wayside and Norman’s McKinley were the only elementary schools in Oklahoma to earn that recognition this year, based on high performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests. 

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13 to celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees, and the schools will be sent recognition plaques and flags.

For over six decades Wayside Elementary's faculty and staff have continued in their focus of preparing our students for their journey through life. Its goal is to teach concepts and skills that are both timely and relevant, today and tomorrow.

To teach a student well, you must know each individual student. Wayside dedicates fifteen minutes each day for “Building Better Bruins” when teachers visit with individual students about whatever the students wish to discuss. Those conversations build stronger bonds of trust and understanding.

Data analysis is a critical component of Wayside students' academic progress. This, along with spiral teaching of concepts, its pacing calendar, and targeted remediation allow students to achieve at higher levels. This progress monitoring allows Wayside to support its students prior to their end-of-unit tests.

Instrumental to Wayside’s story are its teachers, students, and parents. Dedicated and hard-working teachers empower students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn both from their accomplishments and their errors. The school benefits from involved, caring, and supportive parents who know what their children's school stands and strives for.

Wayside Principal Ken Copeland remarked, “It is truly a privilege and honor to work alongside such dedicated and caring professionals as the Wayside teachers and staff members.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. 

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Wayside 2020 Blue Ribbon School

Wayside Summer Reading

posted May 23, 2020, 5:30 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated May 23, 2020, 5:36 PM ]


Wayside Summer Reading lists and log are available as well as information about the Bartlesville Public Library and Central Middle School Summer Reading Programs.

Click here for more information.

Wayside earns Distinguished School status

posted May 9, 2020, 6:10 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 9, 2020, 6:11 AM ]


Badge

Wayside 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.

Spring Break history mini-camp

posted Mar 2, 2020, 1:26 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 1:26 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, 9:02 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 5:56 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

Buhlinger & Dicks honored

posted Feb 27, 2020, 12:32 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 12:32 PM ]

5th Grade teacher Shelly Buhlinger was honored as the Wayside Teacher of the Year at the district's annual celebration on February 25, 2020. She was introduced by student Priyanka Krishnan. The award was presented by Wayside Professional Improvement Committee representative Amy Williams, who is on the right in the photo.

Shelly Buhlinger

Tara Dicks
3rd Grade teacher
Tara Dicks was also recognized as the Rising Star Teacher for Wayside. 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 site.

Bruin Mile on 10/2/2019

posted Sep 30, 2019, 9:41 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 9:41 AM ]

The Bartlesville Cross Country Bruin Mile will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 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 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, 12:43 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 12:43 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

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