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The Morning Bell: Tulsa wants to Reimagine high school

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Tulsa Public Schools plans to begin pilot programs for what a reimagined high school experience would look like, starting with two schools in the 2019-20 school year, reports the Tulsa World

Implementing and scaling the test programs is the goal of what will be the district’s early steps in the process of improving how students prepare for the 21st century economy.

The pilots could include a high degree of personalized, self-paced learning and a fundamental shift in how teachers offer instruction, TPS officials said.

Little Axe classes canceled Monday

A water line break forced Little Axe district officials to shut down the middle school and high school on Monday. 

Students were dismissed and buses began to take students home at 10:30 a.m., according to the district's website. The elementary school was not affected, a district spokesperson said.

Humphreys supporters, opponents gather at board meeting

Kirk Humphreys was the topic of conversation at Monday's OKCPS board meeting, as parents spoke in support and opposition to his being on the John Rex charter school board. The Oklahoman's Tim Willert has more

Enid opens new school spirit store

Enid Public Schools opened a downtown spirit store last week, offering Plainsmen and Pacer gear, along with other school apparel and merchandise, reports

“We are very excited to be a part the downtown community,” Alecia Clardy, store manager, said in a press release. “This will make it more convenient for parents and fans to pick up everything they need to support their local schools, including their favorite teams, the Plainsmen and the Pacers. We look forward to seeing more navy and white throughout the community.”

While most of the merchandise currently features the new Enid High School logo, store officials hope to expand to include items from more district sites, including the elementary and middle schools, the press release stated.

Archery competition sees numbers grow

More than 300 students from 19 schools competed last Saturday in the fifth annual Kiwanis Archery Competition at the Great Plains Coliseum, according to the Lawton Constitution

"We had 10 or 12 schools participate in last year's competition because the weather was so cold and icy," said Rafael Santos, director of the event. "This year we had 378 students participate compared to 225 last year. I am so glad the weather cooperated with us this year."

Students from El Reno, Community Christian School, Chandler, Wilson, Greenville, Bray-Doyle Middle and Senior High Schools, Empire, Ravia, Chickasha, MacArthur Middle and High School, Eisenhower High School, TCA, Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences, Houchin, Flower Mound Elementary, Crosby Park Elementary and St. Mary's Catholic School all participated in this year's competition.

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›