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  • Come enjoy The Addams Family musical comedy on May 5-6-7 at BHS Bartlesville High School will be presenting the comedy musical "The Addams Family" May 5th through 7th. "The Addams Family" features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • Linda Keith named 2017 Classified Person of the Year The 27th annual Classified Person of the Year reception was held in late March to recognize outstanding support employees. A reception at the Bartlesville Community Center was funded by sales ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • Athletics Physicals on 5/11/2017 Athletics physicals will be given on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Bruin Field House at Bartlesville High School. These physicals meet requirements set forth by the OSSAA to allow ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2017, 11:08 AM by Granger Meador
  • Pom camp and car wash Two upcoming events are being sponsored by the Bruin pom squads.  A car wash fundraiser will be held at Oakley Chevrolet-Buick on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 9:17 AM by Granger Meador
  • ACS sponsors Chemistry Olympiad For the 32nd consecutive year, the Northern Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsored the local Chemistry Olympiad effort. The USA first entered the competition in 1984 with ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:25 AM by Granger Meador
  • BHS Summer Institute for incoming 9th-12th graders Current 8th-11th graders who will be attending Bartlesville High School next school year can enroll in summer camp courses at BHS. In June an ACT Test Prep course will ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:07 AM by Granger Meador
  • Register for Pinwheels & Popcorn 2017 Join us at Pinwheels & Popcorn this summer June 5-9 for another great adventure. Enrollment is now open for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.  This summer’s ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 10:57 AM by Granger Meador
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BPSF STEM Matching Grant  BPSF STEM Challenge Grant Flyer 
Volunteers Needed  BPSD Volunteers Flyer 
BPSD Athletics Physicals May 11, 2017 Athletic Physicals Flyer 
BHS Pom Car Wash May 20, 2017 BHS Pom Car Wash Flyer 
Bruin Soccer Camp May 30, 2017 Bruin Soccer Camp Flyer 
Bruin 2-Day Jr Pom Camp June 1, 2017 Bruin Jr Pom Camp Flyer 
BPSD Girls Basketball Camp June 5, 2017 Bruin Girls Basketball Camp Flyer 
Pinwheels and Popcorn June 5, 2017 Pinwheels & Popcorn Flyer 
STEM Camp for current 7th-9th Graders June 5, 2017 Summer STEM Camp Flyer, Grades 7-9 
STEM Camp for current 4th-6th graders June 12, 2017 Summer STEM Camp Flyer, Grades 4-6 
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Come enjoy The Addams Family musical comedy on May 5-6-7 at BHS

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]


Bartlesville High School will be presenting the comedy musical "The Addams Family" May 5th through 7th. 

"The Addams Family" features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. 

Performances will be held:
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. 
The show will be staged at the BHS Fine Arts Center, 1700 SE Hillcrest Dr. Tickets are $15 for adults and are $10 for students and Bartlesville Public Schools staff. Seating is general admission.

Students Lane Cabler and Melody Brown-Clark play Gomez and Morticia Addams, while Katie McCollum plays their daughter Wednesday. Garrett Lee portrays Wednesday's boyfriend Lucas. Spencer Hayes and Josephine Zepeda play his parents, the Beinekes. The other leads include Matthew Coordsen as Uncle Fester, Sydney Walker as Grandma, Carson Mathes as Pugsley, and Lee Repa as Lurch. Rounding out the cast are ancestors Ben Ames, Hannah Davidson, Josh Higgs, Alexis Jergenson, Brooke Marshall, Olivia Park, Jonathan Rathbone, Kate Snowden, Olivia Wilt, and Matthew Yearout, as well as Michael Baughman as The Grim Reaper.

The musical will include live orchestration by area musicians. Student members of the orchestra pit include Eleanor Shepard on cello and William Pattison for percussion.

BHS drama teacher Susan Crabtree, who will be retiring after 23 years at Bartlesville High School, is directing "The Addams Family". BHS Choir Director Margie Green is serving as Music Director. Choir directors Tamara Walker and Micheal Stevens serve as Assistant Music Directors. Walker also serves as choreographer, with assistant choreography by BHS students Lane Cabler, Hannah Davidson, Katie McCollum, and Olivia Wilt.

This year's shows are dedicated in memory of Ricky Newkirk, the former Fine Arts Center manager. She will be honored before the Friday evening performance.

Addams Family Musical

Linda Keith named 2017 Classified Person of the Year

posted by Granger Meador

The 27th annual Classified Person of the Year reception was held in late March to recognize outstanding support employees. A reception at the Bartlesville Community Center was funded by sales of World's Finest Chocolates. The employees also sign up for prize drawings at the reception, and this year there were about 70 or so prizes. Employees also receive their service pins at the event.

Employees are nominated in their job category for Classifed Person of the Year by any school employee. Then all support employees vote to select the finalists. These finalists were recognized and are shown the photo below, from left to right:
  • Jan Watt - Accompanist - Madison Middle School & Bartlesville High School
  • Dan Carr - Custodian - Wayside Elementary School
  • Carol Seals - Attendance Secretary - Central Middle School
  • Beverly Parker - Cafeteria Manager - Hoover Elementary School
  • Sheryl Bailey - Before & After School Care - Richard Kane Elementary School
  • Linda Keith - Bus Monitor - Transportation
Classified Person of the Year Nominees

Linda Keith was named the Classified Person of the Year. She received the $1,200 Grace Laverne Lowe Award. The award was funded by the late board member Barry Lowe to honor his mother, who entered the work force as a maid at age 16 and worked for 65 years. She and her husband Wilbur helped influence two of her children and five of their grandchildren to attend and graduate from college.

Linda Jo Jones, who has chaired the reception for 17 years, noted that when the award was initiated, it included this statement: "The Grace Lowe award is to honor those who do the work that few would do. They do it because it must be done and be done right for our children - our students. They clean the floors, and yes, the restrooms too. They cook the meals and help the teachers wherever they are needed. These employees drive the buses which bring the students to school. These employees are the unsung heroes of education."

Horse Patoot Award
These employees know how to have fun. This was the 20th year that the "Horse Patoot" award was given as the final award of the evening. This year's lucky winner was school carpenter Don Krause. Don is the husband of Tammie Krause, the Principal of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.

The district sincerely appreciates the contributions its many support employees make to keeping the district running and taking care of our students and staff.


Athletics Physicals on 5/11/2017

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:54 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 11:08 AM ]

Athletics physicals will be given on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Bruin Field House at Bartlesville High School. 

These physicals meet requirements set forth by the OSSAA to allow participation in school athletics. They do not represent a “complete” physical. Athletes must see their personal physicians for a more in-depth assessment.

What the athlete needs to do:
  • Obtain a physical form and complete the medical history on the back of form.
  • Currently, physical forms are available on the BPS website under the "Athletics & Activities" tab, and at bartlesvillebruins.com under the links tab. After May 1st 2017, forms will be available in the athletic director’s/trainer’s office and on the night of the physical.
  • With completed medical history form, check-in at your sport’s designated time (see below) at the FAC lobby ticket window.
  • Remit $20 and proceed through the process.
(Remember the online forms)

The physical/medical history is the only “paper” document the athletic office will collect. Additional required documentation…concussion form, medical release, etc…is completed online. Everything you need is available on the district’s website under the “Athletics & Activities” tab.

Regardless of where an athlete gets a physical, ALL forms must be dated after May 1, 2017 to be valid for the 2017-18 seasons. Please use our current forms.

Sports’ Assigned Check-in Times on Thursday, 5/11/2017
6:30 p.m. Football
7:00 p.m. Basketball, softball, cross-country, volleyball
7:30 p.m. Cheer, pom, tennis, golf
8:00 p.m. Baseball, track, wrestling
8:30 p.m. Soccer, swimming
Physicals

Pom camp and car wash

posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:37 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

Two upcoming events are being sponsored by the Bruin pom squads. 

A car wash fundraiser will be held at Oakley Chevrolet-Buick on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. until noon.

A junior pom camp will be offered June 1-2, 2017 by the varsity pom squad for PreK-5th graders. Participants will learn a choreographed dance routine and pom sideline routines, learn correct execution of different dance elements, play games, and learn about BHS Pom. They will perform a routine at the Pom Camp show off. More information and a registration form are available online.

Jr Pom Camp

Pom Car Wash

ACS sponsors Chemistry Olympiad

posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

For the 32nd consecutive year, the Northern Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsored the local Chemistry Olympiad effort. The USA first entered the competition in 1984 with Bartlesville fielding competitors for the first time in Spring 1985 under what was then the Northeastern Oklahoma Section of the ACS.

Lead tutors:
P.K. Das - 15 years
Mazi Sardashti – 11 years
Keith Lawson – 5 years

Each year in early January through March, about 15-20 students in AP Chemistry and Honors Chemistry I participate in weekly tutoring sessions at Bartlesville High School. In late March, interested students take the Local Exam. The top two finishers on the local exam continue with two or three more weeks of tutoring and then complete the National Exam.

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad National Exam is a 3-part, 4.75 hour exam administered in mid or late April by local sections of the ACS. More than 1000 students participate in this exam each year. The national exam includes multiple choice and written questions and two laboratory practicals of problem solving in the chemistry laboratory.

The two students competing this year for a spot on the USA National Team are James Martinez and Pranoy Behera.
Chem Olympiad students
These students had fun with science preparing for the Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry Olympiad
Keith Lawson, lead local tutor for the national exam, with students Pranoy Behera and James Martinez and Moniraj Ghosh, the chair of the Northern Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society

BHS Summer Institute for incoming 9th-12th graders

posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:02 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 6:07 AM ]

Current 8th-11th graders who will be attending Bartlesville High School next school year can enroll in summer camp courses at BHS.

In June an ACT Test Prep course will be offered to incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Choices in July include a High School Fundamentals course for incoming freshmen, and two courses for incoming 9th and 10th graders: Prep for Accelerated English - Path to AP course and a Fundamentals of Composition course.

Descriptions, dates, and times for each course and a registration form are online. Students need to register by May 25, 2017.

Transportation will be provided. Bus pick up will be at centralized locations. Those locations will be determined by May 31st and will be posted on the BHS website.

These courses are free of charge thanks to the financial support of Bartlesville Education Promise. However, there is a $10 registration fee.

Breakfast and lunch will be served daily at BHS from June 5th through July 28th.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Eliot Smith
BHS Assistant Principal, Freshmen
918-336-4544
BHS Summer Institute

Register for Pinwheels & Popcorn 2017

posted Apr 21, 2017, 10:55 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 10:57 AM ]


Join us at Pinwheels & Popcorn this summer June 5-9 for another great adventure. Enrollment is now open for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.  

This summer’s theme will be “Islands of Adventure.” We will have activities focusing on the Tropical Regions, Animals of the South Pacific, Native Habitats, Local Cultures, Island Climates, Dissecting Ocean Specimens, Kayaking Adventure, and many other exciting lessons.  The students are scheduled to visit the Jenks Aquarium and Islands of Adventure Park in Owasso on our field trip.  

Please visit www.bps-ok.org/gate and look under summer enrichment opportunities, like us on Facebook, visit our website www.pinwheelsandpopcorn.weebly.com, or contact:

Todd Rhoades
Hoover Elementary School
(918) 333-9337


Pinwheels and Popcorn

Free Madison Choir Concert on 4/25: Dream of the Caged Bird

posted Apr 20, 2017, 12:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 12:25 PM ]


Bartlesville’s own Madison Middle School Choir is one of eleven school choirs across the United States to premiere the musical arrangement of Maya Angelou’s "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.".  The poem was first published in her book, "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?" in 1983. This is the first time the Angelou Estate has officially given permission for a composer to set this specific poem to music.

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Madison Middle School Auditorium at 5900 Baylor Drive in Bartlesville. It is FREE admission and kid-friendly.

This event will include poetry readings by students along with visual presentations, student artwork for sale,  and three choral arrangements concluding with the premiere of composer Braeden Ayres' dynamic and moving arrangement titled, "Dream of the Caged Bird." 

Madison Choir Director Alex Rivera said, “Our students have really taken ownership of this project and taken it to heart. They are thrilled to be presenting this gorgeous setting of Dr. Angelou’s poignant words. Thanks to help from Joanna Childress and Julie Giovannetti, teachers at MMS, we will have a student-led poetry reading and artwork for sale. All proceeds of the art sale will go to Family Crisis Counseling Center here in Bartlesville. I hope community members are able to attend this special event.”

Dr. Maya Angelou was born in 1928 and passed away in 2014. During her life, she wrote multiple autobiographies, novels, books of poetry, television screenplays, movies, and stage plays. She was a singer, director, speaker, an inspirational figure to many, and a key figure in the civil rights movement in America.   

Much of Dr. Angelou’s work deals with her own experience, but she spoke often about the struggles of various minority groups in the U.S., particularly black Americans. Dr. Angelou’s poem, “Caged Bird,” which forms the text of this song, contrasts the fate of two birds: one caged, and one free, and can be seen as her metaphor for the difficulties faced by people of color throughout American history, and her hope and optimism for the future. 
 
The composer, Braeden Ayres, is a composer, conductor, and instructor of vocal music.  He graduated cum laude in 2011 from Baylor University School of Music in Waco, TX with a Bachelor’s of Choral Music Education degree and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. His works have premiered at local, state, and international choral festivals. Ayre’s repertoire varies widely, with pieces written especially for the developing voice, high school choirs, and collegiate/professional ensembles.  

You will not want to miss this special evening!   Come join in this Oklahoma Premiere on 4/25 at 7 p.m. at the Madison Middle School Auditorium.
Dream of the Caged Bird

Caged Bird

Related Poem Content Details

A free bird leaps 
on the back of the wind   
and floats downstream   
till the current ends 
and dips his wing 
in the orange sun rays 
and dares to claim the sky. 

But a bird that stalks 
down his narrow cage 
can seldom see through 
his bars of rage 
his wings are clipped and   
his feet are tied 
so he opens his throat to sing. 

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom. 

The free bird thinks of another breeze 
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees 
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn 
and he names the sky his own 

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream   
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied   
so he opens his throat to sing. 

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.

Hiring for Elementary Summer Boost/Academy

posted Apr 20, 2017, 12:12 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

The district is hiring teachers and assistants for the elementary Summer Boost and Summer Academy programs.
  • Each summer school session also includes a one-day mandatory training before the summer school session starts.
  • The contract hours for each session are 8:30-12:30. 


June Summer School Session: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Location: Ranch Heights Elementary 
Director: Rene Burns
Session Dates: 
(Monday-Thursday) June 5-8
(Monday-Thursday) June 12-15
(Monday-Thursday) June 19-22
(Monday-Thursday) June 26-29

June Summer School Session: 3rd - 5th Grade

Location: Woodrow Wilson Elementary 
Director: Kelli Bryant
Mandatory training date: Tuesday, May 30th at Wilson
Session Dates: 
(Monday-Thursday) June 5-8
(Monday-Thursday June 12-15
(Monday-Thursday) June 19-22
(Monday-Thursday) June 26-29

Application link for June summer school teachers: https://bartlesville.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1650

Application link for June summer school assistants: https://bartlesville.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1651 


July Summer School Session: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Location: Richard Kane Elementary 
Director: Kelli Bryant 
Mandatory training date: Tuesday, July 6th at Kane
Session Dates: 
(Monday-Thursday) July 10-13
(Monday-Thursday July 17-20
(Monday-Thursday) July 24-27

Application link for July summer school teachers: https://bartlesville.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1655 

Application link for July summer school assistants: https://bartlesville.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1656
Summer School

New BHS tennis courts now in use

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:39 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 7:06 PM by District Webmaster ]


Head tennis coach Jeff Birk had some great news on Wednesday, April 19, 2017: the six new courts at the high school were ready for play.

So that afternoon the tennis teams were out practicing on the beautiful new courts as workers continued to construct the center stands and other finishing touches.

In December 2016 the school board awarded an $875,880 bid to Merritt Tennis Court & Track Systems to replace five decrepit courts in the same location just north of Lyon Field at Custer Stadium. The project was funded by voters as part of an August 2016 bond issue.

The new courts feature walkways on the north and south sides providing access to a new seating area in the middle of the court complex. Soon there will be blue wind screens on the north and south sides with the Bruins logo. The courts meet USTA US Open specifications. The bid came in low enough that lighting could be added on six poles, operable by a cell phone application and with an auto timer. The former lower parking lot west of the courts will become a green space, with alleyway parking spots that have been repoured.
New courts
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