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Jack Williams, a senior at Bartlesville High School, was one of Oklahoma's student leaders who met on 1/19/2017 with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister to discuss the state's public education system and share their ideas to strengthen it.
The gathering marked the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Superintendent’s Advisory Council, which consists of 99 high school students from across the state, 31 of whom are returning members who served on last year’s inaugural council.
“We are excited to be working with this outstanding group of Oklahoma students and grateful for their willingness to serve,” said State Superintendent Hofmeister. “It is so important that student voices inform the decisions we make in public education. They are not only its front-line stakeholders but the future leaders of our state and the parents of those we will serve in the coming years.”
The group gathered in the Blue Room of the State Capitol to discuss three of OSDE’s top initiatives: redefining the senior year, defining a well-rounded education, and ensuring safe, supported and engaged school communities. Students participated in small-group discussions and provided feedback on all three topics.
“The State Department of Education values student input,” said Jack Williams. “This is really the first chance many of us have had to meet with people from dramatically different districts, ranging from 30 kids in their graduating class to 400 or 500. It’s a really great opportunity.”
“I feel like a lot of kids don’t know what’s out there and don’t know their options until it’s too late,” said Sydney Smith, a second-year member from Bixby High School. “We need to get those options out there even before they start high school so they can have a path forward.”
Added Bridget DeLeon, from Elk City: “I think social media is so important. Kids don’t realize how it can impact their futures.”
Hofmeister said today’s conversations were enlightening and productive.
“Great young minds were at work today. We left with valuable student perspectives on a number of issues and look forward to collaborating with the group again at the next meeting.”
Members of the council were nominated by the superintendents of their districts. The group will meet again later this spring.
The Bartlesville High School Advanced Women's Choir sang for the Honor Concert of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association on January 20, 2017. The concert took place at the Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.
The choir is directed by Margie Green, who was the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Bartlesville Public Schools. Her fellow choir teachers Tamara Walker and Micheal Stevens also helped prepare the group for their performance.
Alex Claussen, the Secondary Fine Arts chair for Bartlesville Public Schools and director of the Bruin Brigade, is completing his term as the President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association as he leads the winter in-service conference in Tulsa on January 18-21, 2017.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Mr. Claussen presided over a luncheon with approximately 600 music teachers at Tulsa's Downtown DoubleTree Hotel. The guest speaker was Kyle Dillingham and fiddle group Horseshoe Road.
BHS orchestra director Rhonda Carr was at the conference and reported that guest speaker Dillingham spoke to the group "about human connection and relationship by performing on instruments that are broken beyond repair. Very interesting and sobering. He sings, plays, and speaks." Broken Beyond Repair is also the title of one of his group's albums. Dillingham is a native of Enid, Oklahoma who has performed in over 25 countries and was named Oklahoma's Musical Ambassador by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry.
Mr. Claussen is a leader in his field in many ways. He received the OMEA Exemplary Teacher Award in 2013 and was named the 2016 Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Director of the Year. He came to Bartlesville in 2008 and we are very proud to have him teaching instrumental music to Bartlesville Bruins.
The Bartlesville High School Bruins Swim Team's Senior Night will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 with a Swim Meet at 5:30 p.m.
The meet will feature the Bartlesville Bruins vs. Owasso & Bixby. It will be held at the Phillips Aquatic Center in the Adams Building on 411 S. Keeler in Bartlesville.
Seniors Aaron Keesling, Danny Warrick, and L.K. Faulk will be honored.
The Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation Award is a cash award presented annually to a full-time Bartlesville Public School District teacher, coach or counselor who exemplifies the dynamic qualities of an outstanding educator and citizen. This award is not for the “best teacher,” but for one who exemplifies the finest in the profession.
Teachers honored with a 2017 Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation Award nomination should:
Anyone whose life has been touched by a Bartlesville teacher, coach or counselor:
Mail or bring your nomination form to the:
Community Relations Office
Education Service Center
1100 SW Jennings Avenue
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Or download the file to your computer, open in Adobe Reader (not just the web browser), and you'll be able to type on the form and submit it electronically to Laci McClintock at email@example.com
For the 2016-2017 academic year, construction delays on the massive renovations at Central Middle School led to an amended school calendar that started a week later in August and eliminated built-in inclement weather days. The district had its first inclement weather day for this academic year on Friday, January 13, 2017 due to the probability of icy conditions.
Students will NOT make-up that lost day of instruction. There will now be 175 instead of 176 instructional days in this academic year. The same procedure applies for future inclement weather days. The district will still meet state requirements for graduation because we exceed the minimum number of minutes of instruction by enough to excuse the equivalent of 12 school days.
Teachers and other certified employees on 181-day contracts will not suffer a loss of pay because they WILL make-up any missed days via mandatory inservice days after the usual May non-instructional work day. If there are no additional inclement weather days, the usual non-instructional work day to close out class obligations will be on Friday, May 26, 2017, which is also the day of the Commencement ceremony at the high school. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (after the Memorial Day holiday), teachers and other certified employess on 181-day contracts will return to school for inservice training.
In a survey open to all district employees, over 3/4 of the 359 respondents favored keeping this revised calendar system for the next two academic years. 2/3 of respondents favored keeping the full week off at Thanksgiving that was new to the district in 2016, keeping Martin Luther King Day as an inservice day, and having Good Friday as a non-school day.
On Monday, January 16, 2017 the Bartlesville Board of Education adopted a revised academic year calendar for 2017-2018 and adopted an academic year calendar for 2018-2019 that reflect these priorities.
In October 2016, both the boys and girls cross country teams from Bartlesville High School, coached by Ayres with the assistance of Bon Bennett, were named the Oklahoma 6A State Champions. This double championship came after the 2015 Bruin girls team were 6A State Champions and the boys team were state runners-up. The 2014 Bruin girls team were also 6A State Champions. In 2016 the boys team were also State Academic Champions. Ayres and Bennett were the head coach and assistant coach in all three years of state champion teams.
Head Coach Ayres and Assistant Coach Bennett not only led the 2014 Cross Country Girls team to earn the school's first state sports championship since 1997, but have now led successive girls and boys teams to rack up an additional three state championships. So their record of accomplishment goes far beyond the two state championships in 2016.
David Ayres graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1991. After earning a degree in engineering and working in the private sector, he returned to the school to teach chemistry and coach cross country. Since August 2015 he has also taught a STEM class, Introduction to Engineering Design, in the new Phillips 66 Innovations Labs at the high school.
The USFTCCCA selected state-by-state winners based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2016 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).
Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.
Coach Ayres is now in consideration for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later in January 2017 as the national winners. The full lists can be seen online.
This is Ayres' third consecutive year to be named the organization's Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma since he was previously recognized as the 2015 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma and the 2014 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma. This was the first time he has been named the state's Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to Coach Ayres and the teams he has coached for this amazing record of accomplishment!
Ayres was also named the Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015
2016 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions
(Coach Ayres at right)
2016 Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Champions
(Coach Ayres at right)
2015 Bruin GIrls Cross Country 6A State Champions
with 2015 Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Runners-Up
2014 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions
2016-2017 Pre-K through 6th Grade students are invited to come join the Bruin cheerleaders for a clinic on Saturday, 1/28/2017 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Phillips Gym at Bartlesville High School.
Participants will learn a sideline cheer, sideline chant, sideline band dance, and stunts from AACCA-certified instructors.
Family and friends performances will be at the halftime of the varsity girls and boys basketball games on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the Bruin Field House. The PreK-2nd grade performance will be at 6 p.m. and the 3rd-6th grade performance will be at 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $50 per participant ($40 for each additional participant in the same family). Participants who register by January 14 are guaranteed a Bruin Cheer shirt.
Complete the online printable form and mail it with your check, payable to Bruin Cheer, to BCBC, PO Box 3683, Bartlesville, OK 74006 or complete your registration online and pay when you arrive the first day of camp. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Bartlesville Pom Squad dominated the competition in December 2016 in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma State Dance Team Director’s Association competition. The Bartlesville Varsity Pom team won the state title in the 6A-2 Hip Hop and Pom division. The JV squad won the state title in Jazz and took 2nd in the Pom division. The 7/8th grade squad won the state title with their Pom routine and the 6th grade squad placed 3rd with their Pom routine.
Stephanie Stewart, Varsity pom coach, was named “Coach of the Year” and Lauren Haskell, JV pom coach, was presented the “Chorography Award” for the JV Jazz dance.
Sophomore Cassie Harding and freshman Gloria Castillo won the state title with their duet in the small intermediate ensemble division. Gloria also placed 2nd in the intermediate solo division. 2nd place in large intermediate ensemble were freshmen Amelia Ray and Gracie Butler and sophomores Jadyn Keeler, Mika Gillman, and Kelsi Graves.
Bartlesville Pom will be competing next in January 2017 at the Dance for a Cure competition in Jenks and at the Lee Summit North Regional Competition in Kansas City, Missouri. In February they will be heading to Orlando, Florida where they will compete for a national title.
We’re making progress on several Bruin bond issue projects. Madison Middle School moved to its new location on the former Sooner/Mid-High campus last school year, and the demolition of the adjacent original Madison Middle School campus is underway. Asbestos abatement that began in late November is now complete, and the site should be fully cleared in the coming months.
Original Madison’s 1950s “California-style” school buildings were ill-suited to our Oklahoma climate, and many of their materials did not age well. This led to high maintenance costs for the district and a poor environment for students and staff. The demolition of the old buildings will conclude the projects from the 2013 bond issue which reconfigured our secondary schools. The reconfiguration reduced student transitions across grade levels and created a four-year high school. Reducing from four to three secondary sites has also significantly lowered our annual operating expenses in this era of inadequate state funding of our public schools. The plan is to demolish the Madison buildings to two feet below ground level, where grass seed will then be planted.
Upcoming projects from the 2016 bond include resurfacing the track and replacing the tennis courts at the high school, replacing BPSD buses, and purchasing activity and “people mover” buses.
The resurfacing of the Bartlesville High School’s track, which will remain Bruin blue by popular demand, is set to be completed in January, although the new surface will need several days of decent weather for completion. The current Doornbos track was built in 1988, with some edge and marking renovations in 2004, and its surface has worn out. We’re looking forward to having a safe new surface for our athletes, suitable for hosting track events.
Purchasing of new buses will begin in January. The district will purchase 15 new route buses, which will become available by the end of this school year. Those will get better gas mileage and have lower maintenance costs than the old 1990s buses now in use. Additionally, we are excited to be purchasing two smaller “people mover” buses and two activity buses, which will be new to the district. The activity buses, adorned with Bruin graphics, will feature under-body storage for students’ equipment and can be utilized for trips to band competitions and sports games.
The five decrepit tennis courts at the high school and an adjacent parking lot will be replaced this spring with six new courts. Those will feature improved seating and access, with a grassy area along the west side to accommodate team and fan events. It will be exciting to have our players actually playing competitive matches at home again.
This is a great time to be a Bruin!
The site of the original Madison Middle School is now being cleared. The school moved to the adjacent campus of the former Sooner High School/Bartlesville Mid-High in 2015-2016. The 1950s "California-style" buildings of the original campus were ill-suited to our Oklahoma climate and did not age well, leading to high maintenance costs for the district and a poor environment for students and staff.
Closing and clearing the original site is significantly lowering the district's annual operating expenses in this era of inadequate state funding of our public schools. The demolition was part of the bond issue approved by voters in 2012.
Demolition photo from the Forgotten Bartlesville Facebook group
The Doornbos Track, built in 1988, will be resurfaced this winter as part of the bond issue approved by voters in August 2016. By popular demand the new surface will remain Bruin blue.
The five decrepit tennis courts at the high school and adjacent parking lots will be removed this winter and replaced with six new courts which will include center seating and a grassy area on the west side for team and fan events.
As part of the bond issue approved by voters in August 2016, fifteen 1990s-era route buses will be replaced by the end of this school year. The district will also be purchasing two activity buses and two smaller people-mover vehicles. Below is a rough draft of the sort of graphics the new activity buses might sport.