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  • Cub Camp for incoming 6th Graders on July 30-31, 2018 Cub Camp / Transition Camp is designed for incoming sixth-grade students to become familiar with Central Middle School before school actually starts. This will be an opportunity for students to ...
    Posted May 21, 2018, 1:24 PM by Granger Meador
  • Sign up for Elementary Summer Reading Partners Program All students who are currently enrolled in an elementary school in the Bartlesville Public Schools are invited to participate in the first-ever Elementary Summer Reading Partners Program.This exciting ...
    Posted May 14, 2018, 8:52 AM by Granger Meador
  • Dickey, Hamilton, and others recognized On March 27, various district staff were recognized, including various teachers from Wayside. Kindergarten teacher Amy Dickey was recognized as Wayside's Teacher of the Year. She was introduced by ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:00 PM by Granger Meador
  • Children's author Polacco coming to Wayside on March 7 Patricia Polacco, a well-known author of children's books, will be in Bartlesville from March 6-9, 2018. She will be giving presentations at all six of the district ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 12:52 PM by Granger Meador
  • District Science Fair Winners The 66th annual Bartlesville District Science Fair was held at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville on February 23-24, 2018.Congratulations to these students on their winning projects ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:33 PM by Granger Meador
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Recent Newsletters

  • Nov Newsletter and Calendar PDF 2017.pdf   726k - Oct 31, 2017, 2:55 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
  • Wayside September 2017 Newsletter.pdf   201k - Sep 11, 2017, 2:51 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
  • November newsletter 2016 FINAL.pdf   0k - Nov 2, 2016, 9:01 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
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Cub Camp for incoming 6th Graders on July 30-31, 2018

posted May 21, 2018, 1:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 21, 2018, 1:24 PM ]

Cub Camp / Transition Camp is designed for incoming sixth-grade students to become familiar with Central Middle School before school actually starts. This will be an opportunity for students to explore the unique and exciting adventures that await them in middle school. Students will meet their new classmates and start building friendships and relationships with them. Students will also be able to meet with teachers and enter into mentor situations with upperclassmen.
Dates, Schedule, & Meals
Cub Camp is scheduled for July 30 - July 31. Free breakfast will be served daily at 8:30; free lunch will be served at 11:30. Our camp will start at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m.
Registration forms must be returned to your elementary school office or the Central Middle School office before the last day of school.
Transportation will be provided. Bus pick up will be at centralized locations. Those locations will be determined and posted on Central's website at bpscentral.org and its Facebook page.
There is a registration fee of $10 to attend Cub Camp but scholarships are available for anyone who needs assistance.  A T-shirt is included.  Cash or check must accompany the registration form; checks should be made to “Central Middle School”.  
Please contact Heather DavisAllison Ebert, or Keri Gardner at Central Middle School for more information.
Cub Camp Location
Cub Camp will be at Central Middle School, 815 SE Delaware, Bartlesville, OK 74003, 918-336-9302.

Sign up for Elementary Summer Reading Partners Program

posted May 14, 2018, 8:52 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 14, 2018, 8:52 AM ]

All students who are currently enrolled in an elementary school in the Bartlesville Public Schools are invited to participate in the first-ever Elementary Summer Reading Partners Program.

This exciting program is intended to motivate and inspire students to keep reading all summer. Highly qualified teachers will read with and encourage students to continue reading throughout the summer. Teachers will meet with students at specified locations and provide books for students to read at their level.

The sessions will be held at Hoover Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Jane Phillips Elementary, Bartlesville Boys and Girls Club, and the Bartlesville Public Library. The times will vary depending on schedules. 

There is NO COST for attending. The program is made possible via funding from Bartlesville Education Promise/Bartlesville Community Foundation.

Please download and fill out the registration form:
Then detach the form and give it your teacher no later than May 30 to ensure enrollmentalthough enrollment will remain available throughout the summer.

For additional information about the Summer Reading Partners Program, please contact Therese Rawlinson, rawlinsontd@bps-ok.org or Kirby Lowry, lowrykm@bps-ok.org.
Summer Reading Partners Program

Dickey, Hamilton, and others recognized

posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:00 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 3:00 PM ]

On March 27, various district staff were recognized, including various teachers from Wayside.
Amy DIckey
Kindergarten teacher Amy Dickey was recognized as Wayside's Teacher of the Year. She was introduced by student Tieg Christensen.
Amy Dickey

Tieg Christensen

Emma Hamilton
1st Grade teacher Emma Hamilton was recognized as Wayside's Rising Star Teacher. That award recognizes someone 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.

Children's author Polacco coming to Wayside on March 7

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:56 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

Patricia Polacco, a well-known author of children's books, will be in Bartlesville from March 6-9, 2018. She will be giving presentations at all six of the district's elementary schools throughout the week, and will be presenting at the Bartlesville Public Library on Friday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Polacco will be at Wayside on Wednesday, March 7. She will meet with the fourth and fifth grade students at 9:45 a.m. and then meet with the second and third grade students at 10:55 a.m. At noon she will then have lunch in the lounge with Wayside teachers.

Ms. Polacco's visit is part of an Experts in Residence grant from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation has partnered with St. John Catholic School and the Bartlesville Public Library to bring additional presentations to those sites. The BPSF grant was prepared by Principal Shelly White and kindergarten teacher Emily Voelkers of Richard Kane Elementary School.

Ms. Polacco has shared, "I wasn't a very good student in elementary school, and had a hard time with reading and writing. I didn't learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren't even there. That's when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well!"

Her book Thank You, Mr. Falker is Polacco's retelling of this encounter and its outcome. She is the author of over 60 other books, including Mr. Lincoln's Way and The Lemonade Club.

Ms. Polacco also illustrates her books. She shared, "I came from a family of incredible storytellers, but I didn't start writing children's books until I was 41 years old. Drawing, painting, and sculpture have always been a part of my life, though. My family always encouraged my drawing ability. Kids in school who teased me about my reading would get out of their seats and stand behind my desk as I worked and go, 'Wow, you can really draw.' Later, I earned a degree in Fine Art, and got a Ph.D. in Art History."
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco (photo credit to Donna Claar 07)

Polacco Books
Some of the children's books written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

District Science Fair Winners

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:32 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:33 PM ]

The 66th annual Bartlesville District Science Fair was held at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville on February 23-24, 2018.

Congratulations to these students on their winning projects:
  • Abir Kulkarni, "What?? Diesel Powered Cars do not have Spark Plugs!!", Grades 4-6 Physical Sciences, Science Fair Committee Special Awards
  • Anika Mehta, "Does air weigh anything?", Grades 1-3 Physical Sciences
  • Dillon Mehta, "I-Bacteria", Grades 4-6 Biological Sciences, Bartlesville Garden Center, Inc., Science Fair Committee Special Awards
  • Jonathan Lai, "Does Air Weigh Anything?", Grades 1-3 Physical Sciences
  • Julian Ortega, "Sun or Shade?", Grades 1-3 Physical Sciences
  • Kieran Lord, "Fruit DNA", Grades 4-6 Biological Sciences
  • Peter King & Margaret King, "Sweet Science - I'm All Shook Up!", Teams
  • Talmage King & Diwakar Vinodkumar, "The suspension is killing me!", Teams
  • Talon Lord, "Breathable Eggs?", Grades 1-3 Biological  Sciences
District Science Fair

5th-8th Grade Softball Clinics and Tryouts

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:11 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 10:11 AM ]

Starting on Monday, March 5, 2018 the softball coaches will be conducting one-hour clinics on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at the Lady Bruins Field just west of Madison Middle School. The program will run through March and April, excluding Spring Break, for 12 practices.

The clinics are open to anyone in grades 5-8 and will cost $1/week, whether a player shows up for one or both days that week.

The funds will go to restocking and updating the concession stand. 

Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 from 3:45-5:45 p.m. They will post who made it on the website.

If the weather seems problematic, call Madison or Central middle school to check if a clinic or tryout will be taking place.

from Coach Hampton, Coach Showler, and Coach Nease

Questions? Please email Craig Hampton, Head Softball Coach, at HamptonCA@bps-ok.org

Wayside November Newsletter

posted Oct 31, 2017, 2:49 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 8:38 PM ]

              Mr. Copeland's Comments 
    We have experienced Walk‐a‐Thon, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween/Fall Harvest, Book Fair, and Parent‐Teacher Conferences. The cool air is blowing and soon it will be Thanksgiving. What a wonderful life we have! May we all count our blessings!
    Again this school year, I am challenging our students to bring canned food items for the annual Salvation Army Canned Food Drive. I believe our giving spirit will indeed rise up and we will demonstrate love through our generosity. Our goal is to collect 7430 (just one more item than last year) canned items! The collection is from now through November 10th. So, let’s get busy! If we raise at least 7430 items, we will celebrate with a pajama day for each class. Pajama day will be on Friday, November 17th.
    Also, please donate any used eyeglasses for the Lions Club project at Mrs. Gurule’s office. These eyeglasses are recycled for those less fortunate. Thank you in advance for your considerate efforts to help those who can use our compassion.
    Gently used coats are also being collected for donaƟon for those in need. If you would like to donate a warm coat, gloves, scarf, or a stocking cap we will gladly take them. These too will be forwarded on for distribution at Mary Martha Outreach.
    Thanksgiving break is the week of November 20th through the 24th this year. Please mark your calendars accordingly and enjoy the break with your family and friends. 
    In closing, I want to express my appreciation to each parent for the support you give your child and our school. The Wayside teachers and staff know how blessed we are to have such incredible families. You make an incredible impact on our school. Thank you all very much! 
Ken Copeland
                                        Art Easel
    new nine weeks brings new seating assignments and new projects in the art room. All but 5th grade will be working on art for Veterans Day. The study of Seurat’s pointillism is on the table as well as Van Gogh’s still life studies. Other classes will begin the much anticipated and favorite, CLAY projects!! Scissor practice is scheduled for the younger grades as we work on mastery of tools and hand/eye coordination.
                                           Music Beats
5th Grade – Students are working hard in preparation for the Veterans Day performance. The Veterans Day performance will begin at 9:00 a.m.
on Friday, November 10th. 
4th Grade – Students are learning about note values and counting. Musical Math worksheets.
3rd Grade – Students are learning about note values and counting. Musical Math worksheets.
2nd Grade ‐ Students are working hard in preparation for the Christmas program.
1st grade – Students are learning about using different voices, echoing, and Music that tells stories.
Pre‐K & Kinder – Singing songs, Reinforcing Class Studies. (Super simple Songs, A B C Jamboree Story Bots, and The Learning Station)
All Classes will be getting ready for the Holiday Season; we will be singing songs that will be sung during the Sing‐a‐Long portion of the program.

                                      PE Preview
    PE will soon begin another skating holiday season. We will start just before Thanksgiving break and continue to Christmas break. Students are welcome to bring their own skates and skating equipment on PE day. Inline skates, as well as rip sticks, are ok. NO skateboards. 

                                Counselor's Corner
Happy November!
    Wayside’s canned food drive ends on Friday, November 10.  Please have all canned goods to your student’s classroom on Thursday, November 9th if possible.  This will allow us to count and sort cans before they are picked up on the 10th.  Last year we collected 7,429 items for families in need in Washington County and surrounding areas.  Let’s beat last year’s record! The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has provided applications for assistance for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please take an application from the main office or Ms. Gurule’s office.  Applications for Thanksgiving are due November 8 and applications for Christmas are due December 6. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.  Have a great November!!

                                      Library Nook
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the fall book fair, either by volunteering or purchasing or both.  Final numbers aren’t in yet, but our sales were great and our donations for books for students and new teachers will be so appreciated!  Specials thanks go to Tracey Johnson and Amy Tackett, Book Fair co‐chairpersons.  They did a great job helping to prepare for the book fair and arranging all the volunteers.  Several volunteers worked multiple shifts! If you missed the book fair, the online fair will be open through November 1.  You can access the online fair at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/wayside.  Orders will be delivered to the school free of charge, and we will still get profits from online orders.    Reading Counts and Sequoyah are in full swing!  A few students are almost eligible to go bowling with us in the spring because they have read and passed the quizzes on 12 Sequoyah books, and several students are geƫng close or have met the top prize for Reading Counts!  There is still plenty of time to get going on these programs if your children haven’t participated yet.  If you have any questions about these programs or anything else, please contact me at hixonka@bps‐ok.org, or stop by the library sometime!

Foundation raising funds to bring more STEM modules to Wayside

posted Oct 2, 2017, 2:52 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 3:18 PM ]

How to Donate

Contact Blair Ellis, the Executive Director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation:

(918) 336-8600 ext. 3523
You can also donate online.
The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation is again spearheading the effort to raise funds to expand the use of elementary STEM modules in the district’s elementary schools. The group has set of fundraising goal of $100,000 to help provide biomedical or engineering modules across all kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms, along with an additional cart of iPads at each elementary school. The group announced the effort at the September meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education.

Last year the Foundation sponsored a successful Challenge Grant for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that provided over $85,000 to pilot the use of Project Lead the Way’s Launch STEM modules in all kindergarten through fifth grade classes across the district, thanks to the generous donations of community members and partners. ConocoPhillips provided an additional $35,000 for the effort. Those funds provided a mobile cart of 30 iPads and grade-specific Computer Science modules for each of the district’s six elementary schools. The district brought in Project Lead the Way trainers to conduct several days of summer training on the modules with lead teachers from each school Those teachers in turn provided training for all participating classroom teachers in August, with follow-up training next January.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary Principal Tammie Krause remarked, “Our fifth graders LOVE the new Launch program.  The teachers have said that kids are very excited about learning and love the use of technology to do so. The classes all cheer when the teachers say it’s Launch time!” The fifth graders are learning about modeling and simulating infections, while lower grades are learning about animals and algorithms, animated storytelling, grids and games, programming patterns, and computer system inputs and outputs. The district now offers a continuous Computer Science pathway from kindergarten through high school, thanks to the elementary Launch modules and middle and high school computer science courses.

The Foundation’s new fundraising effort seeks to provide a nearly continuous Biomedical pathway across the schools, adding new Launch modules on the human body, animal adaptations, variation of traits, the human brain, and infection detection. After the elementary programs, students could go on to existing courses like Medical Detectives in middle school, and then could pursue life science courses at the high school as well as Medicine and Biosciences or Pre-Nursing programs at Tri County Tech.

Superintendent Chuck McCauley expressed his gratitude for the Foundation’s efforts, saying, “We must rely on community support and fund-raising to expand our STEM offerings in our elementary schools. The Launch modules reach students at a critical age to engage their interest and support their later pursuit of STEM courses in middle school and high school. The long-term pathways we are building will prepare Bartlesville students for in-demand, high wage, high skills jobs and careers.”

Community members are urged to contact Blair Ellis, the Executive Director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, for more information on how they can support the program. Her email is EllisB@bps-ok.org and her phone is (918) 336-8600 ext. 3523. Supporters can also directly donate at the Foundation’s website, bpsfoundation.org, by clicking on Donate and then the “Elementary STEM initiative” link.
Fifth grade STEM module
Fifth graders in Barbara Larkin’s class at Woodrow Wilson Elementary work with an infectious disease simulation to see how changing parameters affect the spread of an infection.

BPSF Announcement
Justin Krebbs, Blair Ellis, and Sara Freemen of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation announced the latest STEM fundraising goal at the September member meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education

Grant goal
The Foundation seeks to raise $100,000 from community donors and partners to fund a second wave of STEM modules and iPad carts for the district's kindergarten through fifth grade classes.

iPad cart
A cart of iPads for the STEM modules was provided to each elementary school by last year's Foundation Challenge Grant and a donation from ConocoPhillips

Health department flu vaccine clinics begin 10/2/2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:51 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

The Washington County Health Department's seasonal influenza vaccination clinics will begin Oct. 2, 2017. The department recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Vaccinations will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays — by appointment only — at the health department offices at 5121 S.E. Jacquelyn Lane in Bartlesville. Their phone number is 918-335-3005.

Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May. 

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Larry Bergner, administrative director for the Washington County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”

The county health department will provide flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:
  • All individuals with health insurance should bring their card. Their insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
  • Individuals who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or children 18 years of age and younger who are Native American or Alaskan natives may receive their vaccine at no charge.
  • All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine will be accepted.

For more information, call 918-335-3005.
Fight the flu

Flu Vaccines for BPSD Staff

School district staff members should get their shots too! The district is partnering with Jane Phillips MedCare Pharmacy to provide flu shots to all district employees.


10/4/2017 is Walk to School Day

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:00 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 3:32 PM ]

Walk to School
Bartlesville Public School District students at most BPSD sites are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The annual Walk to School Day involves all six elementary schools and both Central and Madison middle schools. 

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.

During a meeting Monday, the Bartlesville City Council issued a proclamation observing Walk to School Day.
"More than 2,500 local students participate in Walk to School Day every year," said City Grants Administrator Nancy Warring. "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 Proclamation
Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland presents the Walk to School Day proclamation to city grants administrator Nancy Warring, district safety coordinator Kerry Ickleberry, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School counselor Karen Salge, and Wayside Elementary School principal Ken Copeland.

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