Morning Bell: When does your district start the new school year?
Good Monday morning! Summer feels like it just keeps getting hotter, but summer break is actually coming to a close for many students and teachers next week. Oklahoma City Public Schools start a new school year on Aug. 1, while other districts throughout the state return to class over the next few weeks.
Here's a look at the first day of school for some of the state's largest districts:
August 10: Lawton
August 14: Choctaw-Nicoma Park
August 15: Deer Creek
August 16: Edmond, Moore, Putnam City, Broken Arrow, Norman, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Ponca City, Shawnee, Stillwater, Owasso and Mustang
August 17: Midwest City-Del City, Jenks, Yukon, Enid, Bixby and Piedmont
August: 20: Union
August 22: Tulsa
OKCPS seeks volunteers, both return and new
As a new school year begins, districts are in need of volunteers. That includes Oklahoma City Public Schools, which is looking to improve on its volunteer numbers from a year ago, when 4,913 people provided 67,273 hours of service to schools.
District volunteers are asked to submit a new application at the start of every school year. Additionally, volunteers also must successfully pass a background check in compliance with the district's volunteer services policy and regulations.
Under a revised policy approved by the school board in September, parents convicted of nonviolent felonies are allowed to visit, coach or supervise students. You can learn more here about volunteering at OKCPS.
Back-2-School Bash for teachers on Tuesday
Tinker Federal Credit Union and The Oklahoman's Newspapers in Education program will present a Back-2-School Bash to benefit teachers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at The Oklahoman's Transfer Center, 4701 Council Heights.
The event will include teacher supply pack giveaways, a free lunch for the first 150 teachers, a teacher garage sale, door prizes and giveaways.
Panhandling teacher returns
A Tulsa teacher who was launched into the spotlight last year after panhandling for money to buy school supplies is back on the streets to advocate for teachers and collect supplies.
Computer day camp planned at SWOSU
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Computer Club will host its first computer day camp Aug. 1-3 on campus. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, with lunch provided.
SWOSU computer science students will teach classes in basic computer hardware, programming and game design. The cost is $75 due on Aug. 1. Checks should be made payable to SWOSU Computer Club.
The deadline to apply is July 27. Send an email to Kamuela Ahuna at email@example.com that includes name, hometown and a short description (50 to 100 words) of why the student would like to attend the camp. Campers selected to attend will be notified via email by July 30.
Facial recognition pitched for school safety
On the heels of horrific school shootings and mounting concerns about student safety, technology companies and K-12 leaders are starting to consider a new strategy: facial recognition.
In Arkansas and New York, districts already have laid out significant investments for systems that promise to combine surveillance cameras with machine learning algorithms to identify people, objects, and even behaviors that could present safety threats, reports Education Week.
Is your school using creative or unusual security methods? I'd love to hear about it (firstname.lastname@example.org).
That does it for today's edition of the Morning Bell. See you tomorrow.