Morning Bell: Summer reading contest now open
Good Tuesday morning. The Oklahoman is hosting a summer reading contest, which began this week.
Here's the info:
The Summer Reading Contest is open to ages 5–12 and runs each Sunday from June 3 – July 22.
Eight weekly winners (one from each week) will be selected to receive a set of books. A grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the contest to receive an e-Reader courtesy of The Oklahoman. The deadline for entries is July 31.
You can submit your entries here.
Activities will also be published every Sunday in The Oklahoman.
June 3 – Week 1: Look at a copy of The Oklahoman or NewsOK.com at home or at your library. Name a foreign country highlighted in today’s paper or on NewsOK.com. What country is it and what is the headline of the story?
OKC's future supt ready to work
Sean McDaniel doesn't become superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public Schools district until July 1, but he is excited to get started and has hit the ground running, reports The Oklahoman's Tim Willert.
"What I've been doing is trying to get in front of every single board member. I'm trying to get in front of staff members. I'm trying to get my hands on things that I can read," he said.
"I want to know where we are before I can jump out and say 'hey, here's my number one priority, let's get going.' I need a better understanding of exactly where we are."
District said principal misspoke
An Oklahoma City Public Schools principal misspoke in a social media post that her school was being converted into a magnet school that offers a Montessori education.
"We are moving forward on magnet status and focus on Montessori. I have contacted the American Montessori association and OKCM. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them," Gatewood Elementary School Principal Gayla Goff posted Sunday on Twitter.
In a subsequent message, Goff said: "Yes! Boundaries expanding."
Communications Director Beth Harrison said that wasn't the case, adding that the district is looking into the source of the information Goff posted.
Payne Education Center has summer training
Payne Education Center, a nonprofit teacher training and dyslexia advocacy center, is registering for summer training courses.
Each year, Payne hosts more than two dozen professional development courses focused on reading instruction for pre-K through sixth-grade. Teachers who receive Payne's specialized training learn to recognize potential reading problems in their students at a young age, and can provide a strong, successful reading remediation solution.
Click here for more information.
Lee School name change could be undone
A Tulsa school board member called Monday for the board to reconsider the name “Lee School” and find another name, signaling that the Lee School renaming process might not be done despite the board’s action to finalize it in April, reports the Tulsa World.
Board member Jennettie Marshall also asked Superintendent Deborah Gist to include an item on the next meeting’s agenda to delay the “Lee School” name from taking effect at what was formerly called Robert E. Lee Elementary School.
Gist said it’s likely such an item would be on the agenda at the next meeting but that she would have to confer with board President Suzanne Schreiber.
That's all for today's Morning Bell. Got a question, comment or story idea? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great Tuesday!