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Preliminary Test Scores

Preliminary OSTP test score reporting for parents on the Parent/Student portal will be released on May 23, 2019 by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The preliminary reporting window is the time in which the state reviews the information to ensure the reported student information and testing experiences reflect accurate student data and confirm what was anticipated. The state provides feedback before final reports are generated. Preliminary reporting is a first look at how students performed on their OSTP Assessments. The Student/Parent Portal will be updated with final reporting information on July 25, 2019. 

National School of Character
Roosevelt: National School of Character
Congratulations to Roosevelt for recently being named a National School of Character.

Baseball Takes State!
Congratulations to the Pryor Baseball team for winning the 5A State Baseball Championship on Saturday, May 11 against Carl Albert with an impressive 11-0 final score.

Jeffrey Neighbors
Shedding Some Light on the New Light Board

by Jeffrey Neighbors

Whether it’s a play, choir concert, band concert, or pageant, the Avra Auditorium is a regular hot-spot for entertainment from PPS students. Behind all of these productions is a small group of high school students, which includes Senior Annie White, who construct the sets for plays, execute lighting effects, balance audio, and provide many other services that are essential to the success of these events. In previous months, Dr. Raleigh had set aside funding to upgrade the technological capabilities the Stagecraft class has at its fingertips. Some of the funding went to the lighting system which includes but is not limited to new LED lights and a new light board.

Valued at $13,000, the Ion Xe light board has much of the same features as the previous light board but is improved by having a touch screen, smart lighting capabilities, and more attached light fixtures. Before additional funding was set aside for the light board, a maintenance problem destroyed the former light board; a single pipe in the light and sound booth burst due to cold weather. The burst pipe spewed water causing massive flooding and the obsolescence of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, making a new light board a necessity.

Annie and Mister Bryant operating light board

“In addition to the ruined equipment, all of the carpet in the auditorium was completely soaked. Several ceiling tiles were also damaged and fell onto the ground when the pipe burst.” theatre arts teacher Jim Bryant added.

Senior Annie White serves as the PHS light engineer in the Stagecraft class. Her job is to follow cues given to her by the director of whichever production is being performed at the Avra Auditorium. As a three year member in the class, Annie is very experienced with using light boards and had very little difficulty adjusting to the new light board when it was incorporated as the active light board.

“Since the new one has much of the same features and user interface as the former light board, learning to use it did not take long at all for me. After being in Mr. Bryant’s class for three years, I’ve found that it’s something I’m passionate about that really helps the rest of the fine arts students as well. It’s very enjoyable to make productions more theatrical through the use of our equipment.” White added.

2019 Graduates of Distinction
Pryor High School proudly introduces the 2019 Graduates of Distinction.

summer explore
Attention Parents of 6th Graders:

Pryor Public Schools is excited to announce that Summer Explore has expanded to include STEM and project based learning opportunities open to every 6th grader. During the month of June, weekly projects will be offered and learners may choose to participate in as many of these projects as desired. 

Each project will be limited to 14 learners, so please complete the online enrollment form as quickly as possible. Sessions will be held Monday-Thursday, from 8:00am-12:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and transportation to and from the session can be provided if needed. Contact Dusty Harrison for more information,
The following options are available:

June 3rd-6th: Launch! Learners will design, construct and test a small boat while learning about Math, Science, and English Language Arts concepts as well as water safety.

June 10th-13th: Park Redesign. Learners will use Math, Science and English Language Arts concepts to redesign a local park and build a model to present to city officials for consideration.

June 17th-20th:
Build A Beehive. Learners will design, construct and donate a small beehive while learning about Math, Science and English Language Arts concepts as well as the local need for bees.

June 24th-27th: The History of Pryor Creek, A Documentary. Learners will research and create a documentary about our local history using Journalism, History and English Language Arts concepts.

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