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Wilson School First Lego League to compete in state competition

Wilson school students in the after school program formed a First Lego League at the first of the school year and have been working towards the state competition every Friday. There are two teams that consist of third through eighth grades and is coached by Amy Slone. The sixth through eighth grade team gained entry to the state competition for their design. They will compete Saturday in OKC at the Edmond Sante Fe High School. Results will be finalized by 5 p.m.

Special sponsors are Integrity Funeral Service, Gena's Flowers, Charlies Country Store and Beens Handy Man.

Entry was $250 and the Lego kit was $400. If you are interested in sponsoring this program contact Amy Slone at Wilson Schools.

The First Lego League competitions are designed to encourage and assist teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems. Submissions to the FLL Global Innovation can only be made by teams officially registered for the current Challenge season.

 

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Okmulgee Superintendent Tod Williams explains which stones will be removed and repurposed to Harmon Stadium.  Photo by Valerie Rice - ONN

The Okmulgee school has affirmed a permission statement and liability agreement between the City of Okmulgee and Okmulgee schools to be able to retrieve and repurpose some beautiful stones from the old Checotah School.

The rock will be used at Harmon Stadium. Superintendent Tod Williams gave a power point presentation at the regular school board meeting showing several slides of photographs depicting the different capstones and stone embellishments they will be harvesting.
"These will look great and be a great be a nice addition to the stadium," Williams said.

Photos by Valerie Rice - ONN

Tod Williams gave his Superintendent report at the Okmuglee School Board meeting on Monday.

Items on the list were the recent Science Labs at the High School have been finished. A ribbon cutting was held to showcase the new addition.

A letter that was received from Dewar School Superintendent Todd Been was read. Been bragged about the recent Okmulgee County tournament and how the school is improving.

The school has placed advertisements in a new Okmulgee County map that is now available.

A grant for $2000 was received from Certified Public Schools grant that will be used at the elementary and primary schools. "We will continue to apply for this grant, " Williams said.

Money was received from a program through Citizens Security Bank for moneys accumulated on special Okmulgee school card usage fee. A minimal amount is deposited each time the card is used. A check for $60 was received.

A large rebate is in the mail to Okmulgee schools for the recent lighting update. The school completed all requirements to qualify for the rebate and a $68,622 check has been issued.

Watch the Superintendents Report: CLICK HERE (Please allow time for the video to load)

 

 

 

OHS Junior raise funds selling Blue and Gold productsThe Okmulgee High School Junior class are selling Blue and Gold Sausage, Bacon and Chicken. If you are in need of any of these excellent products check with a junior class member or call the number below.  The sale will be running through February 17.

Get your order in fast, for fast delivery!

Prices are: 2 1/2 lb. package of sausage for $6
3 1/2 lb. of bacon for $14
5 lb. package of chicken fritters for $18.

All proceeds go to help with junior class expenses. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Contact sponsor Mrs. Rush or Mr. Cline at OHS - 918-758-2075.

  Margie Bemis gives her Special Ed. report to the Okmulgee School Board Monday evening.

(Photo by Valerie Rice - ONN)

Margie Bemis gave her Special Ed report to the Okmulgee School Board on Monday evening. She stated that she and several other teachers,attended a Co-Teaching workshop that centered around student who are over responsive or under responsive.

The teachers will take what they have gleaned from the material and put it to work professionally by training other faculty and will bring many ideas and provide hands on training. Some of the training may be done in after school hours to pass on the material.

Bemis commented, "We just finished a professional development day. Our English teacher Mrs. Rodgers did an 'awesome' job presenting to our staff. She brought back what she learned, especially the things they can do right now to help kids with special needs, to get on board and know what is going on in the classroom. It was great watching her share what she learned and has already put in place in the classroom. So it was definitely beneficial in sending her to the workshop. We plan to expand that knowledge and bring it to the elementary school."

"What we are trying to do is improve our kids in special needs, their academics and test scores and targeting those areas," Bemis said.

Bemis went on, "We have also been working hard to get our IEP scores up and getting them in compliance and up to date and right now we are looking really good."

Finally she said,"We are also working on Transition 13, which is for kids 14 and above looking at their vocational skills. We will meet three times in January, February and March concerning this. Ron Craig our vocational person will speak with the board to discover ways we can help our students better prepare to graduate."

Bemis said their are currently 290 Special Ed students in Okmulgee Schools.

REGULAR MEETING
OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION
February 10, 2014 / 6:00 pm
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
316 E. 8TH STREET
OKMULGEE, OK
1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum
2. Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.
At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.
A. Consideration of the minutes of the November 26, 2013 Special Meeting, and the January 13, 2014, Regular Meeting.
B. Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:
1. General Fund (F11);
Purchase Orders: # 656 - 736
Payroll: # 50261 - 50262
Change Orders: As listed
2. Building Fund (F21);
Purchase Orders: # 52 - 54
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
3. Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
Purchase Orders: # 56 - 59
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
4. Bond Fund (F32);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
5. Bond Fund (F33);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
6. Sinking Fund (F41);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
C. Consideration of Bus Rental Requests as listed:
D. Vote to approve required increase in meal prices for FY15.
E. Consideration and vote regarding annual approval & selection of E-Rate Vendors for FY15.
PURPOSE OF TRIP
ORGANIZATION
DATE
Calvary Baptist Church
Falls Creek
May 27 to June 1
Calvary Baptist Church
Falls Creek
June 6 to June 16
3. REPORTS:
A. Superintendent's Report -– Tod Williams
B. Treasurer's Report – Brenda Barnett
C. Special Ed Report -– Margie Bemis
D. Project Report -– Ball Field Acquisition – Rod Wiemer
4. Petition to Opine – Input from the Public regarding any item on the agenda:
Input or comments on matters that would violate individual rights or confidentiality requirements are prohibited. Individuals will be limited to 3 minutes and must sign up prior to the start of the meeting. There will be no comment or response from the Board.
5. Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:
The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including: motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required, Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.
A. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding purchase of library fixtures and furniture for the Middle School. Presentation by Leia Christophersen of School Specialty.
B. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding the addition of a Slow Pitch Softball program for Okmulgee High School.
C. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding an agreement with CREOKS to provide drug and substance abuse counseling and/or treatment for Okmulgee students who fail drug tests. Presentation by Brandy Seachris.
D. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding adoption of a school calendar for FY15. Presentation by Renée Dove.
E. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to affirm a Permission Statement and Liability Agreement between the City of Okmulgee and Okmulgee School regarding a Tennis Shack to be located at Hospital Park. Presentation by Rod Wiemer.
F. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding an Education Rally sponsored by OSSBA, CCOSA, OEA, and others.
G. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding snow days and make-up options.
H. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding a directive to the Superintendent regarding a change in the FY14 School Calendar to account for snow day make-up and possibly a state-wide education rally.
I. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding the possibility of adding a Stunt Team program at Okmulgee High School. Presentation by Tina Nail.
J. Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding the approval of a quote from S&S Fire for installation of domestic water & fire lines at Harmon Field.
K. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to affirm a Permission Statement and Liability Agreement between the City of Okmulgee and Okmulgee School regarding the Harvesting of cut stone from the old Checotah School to be repurposed at Harmon Field.
L. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between Okmulgee Schools and the Department of Environmental Quality vis-à-vis a grant program for the abatement of lead to provide replacement doors and windows at the Armory.
6. Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1) & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) to discuss:
A. Employment of Support Staff for 2014-2015 school year:
a. Indian Ed tutor – Brittany Jackson
b. Any others at hand
B. Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2014-2015 school year:
a. Candi Padfield – Head Slow Pitch Coach
b. Angie Dunlap – asst. Slow Pitch Coach
c. TBA – asst. Tennis Coach
d. Any others at hand
C. Action on any resignations / retirements tendered of the time of this action.
a. Sandra Hale – Teacher Assistant
b. Bryan Nunley – Custodian
c. Vernon Parker – Custodian
d. Roland Miller – Teacher
e. Mike Scott – Teacher
f. Any others at hand
7. Vote to acknowledge return to Open Session.
8. Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of executive session.
9. Recommendations for consideration and vote:
A. Employment of Support Staff for 2014-2015 school year:
a. Indian Ed tutor – Brittany Jackson
b. Any others at hand
B. Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2014-2015 school year:
a. Candi Padfield – Head Slow Pitch Coach
b. Angie Dunlap – asst. Slow Pitch Coach
c. TBA – asst. Tennis Coach
d. Any others at hand
C. Action on any resignations / retirements tendered of the time of this action.
a. Sandra Hale – Teacher Assistant
b. Bryan Nunley – Custodian
c. Vernon Parker – Custodian
d. Roland Miller – Teacher
e. Mike Scott – Teacher
f. Any others at hand
10. NEW BUSINESS:
11. ANNOUNCEMENTS
12. ADJOURNMENT

The Beggs Band Boosters will have a Grilled Chicken Salad/Baked potato soup luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Beggs Methodist Church.

Cost will be $6.00 for salad and $2.00 for the baked potato soup.

Order forms are available starting Monday, Feb. 10 available at each school office or at the Beggs General Store at the register.

Delivery is available within Beggs City limits and to Beggs Public Schools.

Pre-orders and money need to be turned in by Wednesday Feb 12.

You can also call in orders on the day of the Chicken Salad lunch starting at 9:00 a.m. to 918-935-9593 or 918-267-3720.

The proceeds go to support of the Beggs Band of Demons.

Have you been wondering where that new LED sign for Okmulgee Schools is?  Well according to School Superintendent Tod Williams, there has been a slight delay, due to a technicality.

It was discovered at the last minute that the sign is in a residentially zoned area. "Even though it is a McDonalds to the north and car lot to the south and a school zone on the west, somehow that little piece of land is residential," Williams said.

The sign sits just around six inches too high for a residentially zoned property.

There will be special meeting to hear the rezoning of the land after placing notices 2 weeks in advance.  Then on the regular Council meeting on Feb. 18, the councilmembers will vote to approve the rezoning.

The Beggs Elementary will be hosting a Book Fair fiesta Feb. 10 - 14. Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and open for parent/teacher conference Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Special Events include: Books and Breakfast on Wednesday morning. Come and eat breakfast with your student and shop the book fair.

Adult breakfast is $2.00, no reservation needed.

Thursday night is fiesta night open until 8 p.m. with door prizes and special drawjngs all night.

Patrick Cantrell, Dolee Wolf and Shalimare Rentie

Three Beggs Seniors Patrick Cantrell, Dolee Wolf and Shalimare Rentie signed their letter of intent today on National Signing day.

Cantrell signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Wolf and Rentie both signed with NEO.

Congratulations to these hardworking young men.

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