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  • All-Schools Chess tournament set for February 10 The 41st annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Madison Middle School according to Robert Peters, coordinator for the event. It will be ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 PM by Granger Meador
  • The Bruin online newsletter returns In November 2017 the district resumed publishing its online newsletter, The Bruin, although not as a weekly periodical. Instead, the newsletter, which will consist of recent posts from the district ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:45 AM by Granger Meador
  • Bartlesville's STEM program recognized; students and staff travel and train Enrollment in Bartlesville's specialized STEM programs has exploded in recent years. New Innovation Labs at each secondary school funded by a $1.7 million grant from Phillips 66 plus ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 4:20 PM by Granger Meador
  • Former Globetrotter brings anti-drug message to Central Middle School A former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Valentino Willis, aka “Captain Magic,” entertained and spoke about anti-drug and alcohol awareness to students at Central Middle School on Friday.The ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 11:34 AM by Granger Meador
  • Holiday Concerts in 2017 In December 2017 the following holiday concerts are scheduled at the Fine Arts Center at the high school at 18th Street and Hillcrest Drive:Bartlesville High School Choir ConcertTuesday ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 2:22 PM by Granger Meador
  • Landers of Hoover Elementary is a Teacher of the Month Jennifer Landers, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary School, was named a Bartlesville Public School District’s Teacher of the Month by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick. Ms. Landers ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2017, 11:43 AM by Granger Meador
  • 4th Annual Central Classic 5K & Fun Run Celebrate a "Classic" - Central Middle School! The “Central Classic 5K Race” returns to Bartlesville at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.The event will support continued improvements ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2017, 12:31 PM by Granger Meador
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Event NameEvent Start DateFlyer Weblink
Volunteers needed for various BPSD programs  Volunteers Flyer 
Free Christmas Day Dinner December 25, 2017 Friends in Deed Christmas Day Dinner 
All-Schools Chess Tournament February 10, 2018 All-Schools Chess Tournament Flyer 
Central Classic 5K Race and Fun Run February 24, 2018 Central Classic 5K Race and Fun Run Flyer 
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All-Schools Chess tournament set for February 10

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:44 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

The 41st annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Madison Middle School according to Robert Peters, coordinator for the event. It will be directed by Dennis Glascock of Houston, Texas, who is certified as a senior director by the U.S. Chess Federation. Mr. Glascock will be assisted by Carl Vickburg, Larry Broukal, and Ken Short.

This chess tournament is again being conducted by the Bartlesville Chess Club in cooperation with the Bartlesville Public Schools. Students who may be interested in playing in the tournament may obtain information sheets and entry blanks from the office at each school or using the link below.

There will be separate divisions for elementary, middle school, and high school players, with winning prizes for the winning players. It will be a Swiss-system tournament in which each student will play four games, irrespective of his or her win-loss record. No players will be eliminated from the tournament because of the loss of a game.

Robbyn Glinsmann, director of elementary mathematics for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, has seen direct benefits of chess in the classroom from her work as an instructional coach in Edmond Public Schools. Although the game does not target specific learning objectives, she says frequent gameplay can heighten cognitive skills needed to strengthen performance in multiple subject areas.

“Chess is a high-intensity game that requires patience, dedication and problem-solving. You must think ahead two to three steps and see what is coming next. When a curveball is thrown by the opponent, you have to rethink your strategy on the fly and within split seconds,” Glinsmann said. “This mental toughness activates both sides of the brain and builds stamina within the player. This stamina spills over into the classroom as students are now seen as risk-takers and can concentrate more because of the muscle memory built within them.”

Playing chess is a great equalizer, something anyone can learn to play. It is not restricted to gifted students. In fact, special-needs children have won state championships. Proponents say the game builds character, since players learn more from losing than from winning. Plus civility and sportsmanship are great traditions at chess tournaments.

We encourage students of all ages to pick up an entry blank at their school office or print the form attached to this post.

Chess Tournament
Players compete at the 2015 All-Schools Chess Tournament


The Bruin online newsletter returns

posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:39 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

The Bruin
In November 2017 the district resumed publishing its online newsletter, The Bruin, although not as a weekly periodical. Instead, the newsletter, which will consist of recent posts from the district's online newsfeed, will be published every few weeks on an as-needed basis when sufficient articles have built up or before a major event.

The Bruin began in February 2007 as a weekly e-mail newsletter published by the district's Community Relations Coordinator. It continued under a succession of coordinators until that full-time position was eliminated, due to state funding cuts, in March 2016.

At that point, the district switched to publishing news as a stream of items on the online District Newsfeed which are cross-posted to the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Every few weeks the district sent out via email and posted online a "BPSD News Summary" with links to recent posts.

Granger Meador, who now leads the district's technology and communications efforts, decided to bring back The Bruin in its new form. "The newsletter format appeals to those who don't want a daily dose of district news but like to keep up with district-level events. It is also valuable to third-party nonprofits who use it to help distribute district-approved event flyers relevant to our patrons. I am now able to put a newsletter together every few weeks since I have Laci McClintock's help with some articles and photos along with Christie Young's help with flyers."

The district will continue to publish the newsfeed items, but now most will also be compiled in the revived newsletter. Like the previous news summary, it will be sent out via SchoolMessenger as an email to all contacts in the district's PowerSchool system plus a group of additional subscribers. Interested community members can subscribe to a daily email with any news posts from that day and/or can subscribe to The Bruin. See the instructions in the box on this webpage.

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If you don't want the daily news, but would like to receive The Bruin via email every few weeks, please email your request to Granger Meador at GMeador@bps-ok.org.
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The Bruin
 is prepared by Granger Meador, the district's Executive Director of Technology and Communications. 

Laci McClintock helps with articles and photos as the Community Relations Coordinator in addition to her primary roles of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board Minutes Clerk.

Christie Young, the district's Curriculum Secretary, approves and coordinates the distribution of event flyers.


Bartlesville's STEM program recognized; students and staff travel and train

posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:18 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 4:20 PM ]


Enrollment in Bartlesville's specialized STEM programs has exploded in recent years. New Innovation Labs at each secondary school funded by a $1.7 million grant from Phillips 66 plus federal training funds for staff has allowed Bartlesville High School to offer seven different specialized courses that collectively serve 157 students. New Innovation Labs and the retraining of staff has more than doubled the enrollment in the middle school Gateway to Technology courses to almost 1,300 students. Plus this school year over 2,600 students in each of the district's kindergarten through fifth grade classes will be doing computer science modules funded by an $85,000 Challenge Grant from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and a $35,000 grant from ConocoPhillips.

BARTIANS AT NATIONAL PLTW SUMMIT

Most of the new STEM courses and modules implemented in the Bartlesville Public Schools since 2015 are part of the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. In October the PLTW Summit 2017 in Orlando, Florida offered 250 professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and counselors. Nine district staff members participated.

Oklahoma Delegation at PLTW Summit 2017
District staff members Shannon McKinney, Rachel Hough, Lolly Williams, Jeremy Hanks, Dr. Stephanie Curtis, LaDonna Chancellor, Angie Linthacum, Keri Gardner, Leslie Sexson, and Tri County Tech's Kerensa Kester were part of the Oklahoma delegation at PLTW Summit 2017 in Orlando, FL in October

Shannon McKinney, the district's STEM 6-12 Department Chair, said, "There were opportunities to learn more about PLTW as well as networking with industry partners to inspire our teachers and students."

Help our great STEM programs continue to grow!

Blair Ellis
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 STEM Initiative. 

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.

STUDENTS LEARN TO LEAD AT STATE CONFERENCE

In November, the Central and Madison students who are officers of the schools' Technology Student Association attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Midwest City. The students learned leadership skills that will help them guide their chapters.

Madison TSA Officers
Madison Middle School Technology Student Association officers Katy Lauritsen, Madeline Lewis, Lindsey Kubsch, Chanah Shpeizer, Ashley Healy, and Sadie Stose are advised by STEM teachers Rachel Hough and Shannon McKinney

Central TSA Officers for 2017-18
Central Middle School's Technology Student Association officers Jack Auschwitz, Cooper Johnson, Megan Sanders, Jaxon Hand, and Caisen Miser-Fees are advised by STEM teachers Lolly Williams and Darin Messerli

Former Globetrotter brings anti-drug message to Central Middle School

posted Dec 6, 2017, 11:32 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

A former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Valentino Willis, aka “Captain Magic,” entertained and spoke about anti-drug and alcohol awareness to students at Central Middle School on Friday.

The entire student body filled the school’s new gym on Friday morning. Mr. Willis showed off a couple of quick tricks with the basketball and ran around the gym high-fiving the students. He then let them know his purpose wasn’t to talk about basketball but to talk about staying away from drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol as well as respecting each other, teachers, principals, and parents.


His well-choreographed presentation was interactive. At times he would bring up a student and teach him/her a trick with the basketball while reiterating his message about respect and substance abuse. He also had some teachers go up to learn some of the tricks, naturally making it funny for the kids.


Initially drafted by the New Jersey Nets, Valentino played in the Eastern Professional Basketball League where he averaged 25 points per game. He conducts basketball clinics and participates in the Special Olympics. He has also appeared in several commercials and movies, including appearing with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the “The Wiz” and Ray Bolger in “For Heaven’s Sake”.


Central Middle School students and staff enjoyed his presentation. Valentino is quite the showman and comedian when it comes to entertaining this age group. He also went out of his way to involve the special needs students and took a moment to pose for pictures with the students from the multiple-disabilities class.    

Mr. Ariel Ortega, who is the school’s Assistant Principal, said, “We had students walk in the door Monday morning still repeating some of the things that Mr. Willis said on Friday about respecting principals. When they saw Principal Gardner and me at the door, they waved their hands up in the air and said, ‘respect principals’.”


Valentino Willis at Central
Valentino Willis interacted with Central Middle School students via basketball to deliver his anti drug message

Holiday Concerts in 2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 2:21 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:22 PM ]

In December 2017 the following holiday concerts are scheduled at the Fine Arts Center at the high school at 18th Street and Hillcrest Drive:
  • Bartlesville High School Choir Concert
    • Tuesday, 12/5/2017, 7 p.m.
  • All-City Orchestra Concert
    • Thurday, 12/7/2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • All-City Band Concert
    • Friday, 12/8/2017, 7 p.m.
  • All-City Percussion Concert
    • Monday, 12/11/2017, 7 p.m.
  • Madison Middle School Winter Choir Concert
    • Thursday, 12/14/2017, 7 p.m., at BHS FAC
  • Central Middle School Winter Choir Concert
    • Monday, 12/18/2017, 7 p.m., at BHS FAC

Holiday Concerts

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Landers of Hoover Elementary is a Teacher of the Month

posted Dec 4, 2017, 11:42 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 11:43 AM ]

Jennifer Landers, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary School, was named a Bartlesville Public School District’s Teacher of the Month by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick. 

Ms. Landers was presented a plaque and a $300 check by Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager, and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet Buick. Although the award was presented in November, Wikel is officially the district’s September Teacher of the Month, with another kindergarten teacher, Deborah Wikel of Wilson Elementary, having been the honoree for August.

Ms. Landers has 12 years of classroom teaching experience. She taught prekindergarten for ten years and is in her second year of teaching kindergarten.

The person who influenced Ms. Landers’ decision to pursue the path of teaching was her first grade teacher, Ms. Eidson. “I still remember her coffee aroma that she carried with her every day. She made teaching look so fun and easy. She also gave me the confidence I often lacked.” 

Ms. Landers feels her students must feel loved, safe, and respected in order to achieve his or her highest potential. Her goal is for her students to never feel afraid to make mistakes but to learn from them. She also strives to accommodate different levels of learning with hands-on teaching and frequent monitoring and assessing. 

“I feel that becoming a family in the classroom allows us to work on character and problem solving,” said Landers. “My students are not only in my classroom to learn academics but to also learn skills that will mold them to be exceptional and independent people.” 

Ms. Landers shows her love for children and the community through her church as well. She is an active member of Christ Community Church and has volunteered in the kids’ church, in the nursery, and occasionally serves dinners to the homeless families that visit her church.

“I am very honored and proud to be a teacher in Bartlesville, and I care deeply about our kids in the community,” said Landers. “I am proud to have served all 11 years of my teaching career in Bartlesville at Hoover Elementary. I treasure my connections that I have made with students, families, Hoover staff, and the district staff.”

Bartlesville Public Schools is proud to join Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick in honoring Jennifer Landers as a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month.
Jennifer Landers
David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick (left); Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager (right); congratulate Jennifer Landers, kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary, for being selected a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month. In recognition of this honor, Mr. Oakley and Ms. Fischer visited Wilson Elementary to present Ms. Landers with a plaque and a $300 check.

4th Annual Central Classic 5K & Fun Run

posted Dec 4, 2017, 7:58 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 12:31 PM ]

Celebrate a "Classic" - Central Middle School!

The “Central Classic 5K Race” returns to Bartlesville at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

The event will support continued improvements to the historic building. Previous participants have helped the school completely upgrade the audio/visual equipment in its distinguished auditorium and assisted with the purchase of carpet squares that protect its new gymnasium and make it useful for many events.

This is a chip-timed event on a certified course. We hope that you will consider joining Central Middle School for this event in support of Central’s youth and the entire community of Bartlesville.

A printable flyer with registration form is attached to the bottom of this post. Questions? Please contact Alisha Winward or Allison Ebert at (918) 336-9302 or via CentralClassic5K@gmail.com
Central Classic 5K Race

Central
Click here or on the photo above for historical information about Central Middle School

Steele at BHS awarded $500 by Arvest

posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:01 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 8:09 AM ]

Tina Steele, who teaches business classes at Bartlesville High School, has been awarded $500 by Arvest Bank as of one of thirty-three such awards given to teachers throughout the state as part of the bank's We Love OK Teachers campaign. 

Ms. Steele teaches a range of business computer classes at the Bartlesville High School including Business Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing 1 and 2, and Web Page 1 and 2. She plans to use the money to purchase additional curriculum to enhance what she is already teaching in the classroom. “I am always looking for ways not only to improve my teaching and curricula, but to build meaningful relationships with my students,” Steele said. “It is an honor to receive this award. I feel quite privileged to be working in Bartlesville, which is the best district in Oklahoma!”

In mid-October Arvest launched its initiative to honor educators from a pool of more than 90 communities throughout the state, awarding more than $15,000 in prize money based on nominations via the Arvest Bank Facebook page. 

The bank's program comes at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. “Arvest is so happy to help support Ms. Steele and all of our award recipients,” Arvest Marketing Manager Annah Fischer said. “Teachers work tirelessly to shape and educate the children of Oklahoma, and we are grateful for their efforts. We hope these prizes can make their jobs a little easier.”

Towns included in the contest were: Adair, Ada, Afton, Aqua Park, Arkoma, Badger Lee, Bartlesville, Bethel, Bixby, Blackgum, Broken Arrow, Box, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Commerce, Copic Slab, Cottonwood, Coweta, Del City, Dale, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Fairland, Foreman, Ft. Gibson, Gans, Glenpool, Gore, Gore Landing, Grove, Heavener, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, Liberty, Marble City, Maple, McAlester, McLoud, Meeker, Miami, Midwest City, Moffett, Moore, Muldrow, Muskogee, Nicut, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Panama, Paradise Hill, PawPaw, Pocola, Poteau, Porter, Pryor, Quapaw, Redland, Reeder Ford, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Seven Oaks, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Stilwell, Stoney Point, Sycamore, Tahlequah, Talihina, Tecumseh, Tulsa, Vian, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, West Fort Smith, Westville, Wister, Wyandotte and Yukon.

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.


Steele receives Arvest award
Arvest Marketing Manager Annah Fischer presented a $500 award to Bartlesville High School business teacher Tina Steele

Wilson's Wikel recognized as a District Teacher of the Month

posted Nov 17, 2017, 4:51 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 4:53 AM ]

Deborah Wikel, a kindergarten teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, was named a Bartlesville Public School District’s Teacher of the Month by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick.

In recognition of this honor, Mrs. Wikel was presented a plaque and a $300 check by Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager, and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet Buick. Although the award was made presented in November, Wikel is officially the district’s August Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Wikel has 11 years of classroom teaching experience. This is her fifth year to teach kindergarten. She has taught at both Bartlesville Public Schools and Prue Public Schools.

“I have always had a love for school,” said Wikel. “Even as a young child, I counted down the days to when school started and could not wait to buy my school supplies. I remember playing school with old teacher editions that my elementary teacher let me friends and I use. As if my love for school wasn’t enough, I had great teachers that made my love for school grow even more!”

Differentiated instruction and meaningful learning experiences are the cornerstone strategies employed in Mrs. Wikel’s classroom. She makes every effort to be knowledgeable of changing curricula and standards that pertain to her grade level and focuses on positive relationships and building a rapport with parents.

As a kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Wikel knows she is a small piece of the bigger picture for her students. “My greatest accomplishment and contribution in education is the investment I make into the lives of the students I teach,” said Wikel. “Even though my students are young, I have the opportunity to help build a foundation that they will continue to build on during their lifetime.”

Wikel has been a grade level coordinator for the district for the past three years, which gives her the opportunity to stay up to date with current trends in education. She also enjoys reading teaching blogs to learn new ideas that could help her students.

Bartlesville Public Schools is proud to join Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick in honoring Deborah Wikel as a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month.
Deborah Wikel
David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick (left); Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager (right); congratulate Deborah Wikel, kindergarten teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary for being selected a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month. In recognition of this honor, Mr. Oakley and Mrs. Fischer visited Wilson Elementary to present Mrs. Wikel with a plaque and a $300 check.

Four Central students awarded for their scary stories

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:36 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

Four Central Middle School eighth-graders have won prizes for their scary stories. In mid-November 2017 English teachers Denise Jarmola and Patty Waldorf organized a Scary Story Contest, with students encouraged to submit their best scary story to be judged by award-winning local author Jennifer McMurrain.

The four winners were Scream by Emma Sanderson, The Substitute by Emily Gould, Never Ending Descent by Julian Hood and The Mysterious Miss P. by Mia Ferguson.

Pizza and prizes were featured at an awards luncheon and presentation supplied by the Central Middle School Parent Support Group.

Scary Stories
Pictured above: teacher Patty Waldorf, Mia Ferguson, Emily Gould, author Jennifer McMurrain, Julian Hood, Emma Sanders, and teacher Denise Jarmola

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