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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:
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.
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:
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."
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 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:
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Hoover Elementary School
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.
The district is hiring teachers and assistants for the elementary Summer Boost and Summer Academy programs.
Director: Rene Burns
(Monday-Thursday) June 5-8
(Monday-Thursday) June 12-15
(Monday-Thursday) June 19-22
(Monday-Thursday) June 26-29
Location: Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Director: Kelli Bryant
Mandatory training date: Tuesday, May 30th at Wilson
(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
Location: Richard Kane Elementary
Director: Kelli Bryant
Mandatory training date: Tuesday, July 6th at Kane
(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
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.
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