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Okmulgee Middle School Music Director Marquita Dickinson - Photos by Paul Orosco ONN

It has been a long time since the Okmulgee Middle School has had a performing school choir. But on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., you will be able to see 80 members of the Okmulgee Middle School choir perform once again. Be sure to mark your calendar to come see the students of the Okmulgee Middle School choir perform.

With the help of the Okmulgee Education Foundation a Grant was given towards enhancing the music program. Music Director Marquita Dickinson has helped grow the musical talents of our young students and the music program in our school system.


Okmulgee Primary School students who were top sellers in a recent school fund raiser by selling 25 or more items got a special reward for their hard work.  

Students got to ride in a limousine to Mazzio's Pizza today with their Principal Ginger James by First Class Limo's.

Congratulations to these winners!

The Okmulgee Education Foundation members and Okmulgee Public School Teachers recently attended the 2013 Fall Forum for Local Education at Memorial Union, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.

“Education First!” was the theme of the forum, a regional workshop for public school foundation leaders, school administrators, educators and others seeking to improve the quality of public education in their communities. For the first time, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence partnered with the National School Foundation Association and welcomed others in the region to join in an inspiring and informative workshop.

Those attending were OEF Board Members, Margaret Hess, Mary Lewellen, Carolyn Brown, Rusty Milroy, Paul Orosco and Paula Brydges and Okmulgee teachers for Okmulgee Primary School:  Mr. Earnest Guidry, Counselor and Ms. Beverly Jackson, Pre-K teacher, Okmulgee Elementary School:  Mrs. Alecia Mitchell, 5th grade teacher and Mrs. Marquita Dickinson, Vocal Music Teacher (for both OES & OMS),  Okmulgee Middle School:  Ms. Carla Tinkham, Math teacher and Ms. Kristi Johnson, Science teacher,  Okmulgee High School:  Mrs. Stacey Horton, Librarian and Ms. Dayla Dooley, 9th grade English Teacher.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

Two Okmulgee County Cheerleaders qualify to compete at 2013 All-State Tryouts

(L-R) Chelsea Been and Jillyan Long - Photos by Billie Been

Jillyan Long of Morris and Chelsea Been of Henryetta were selected as 2013 All-Region Cheerleaders during the Oklahoma Cheerleading Coaches Association Region 2 tryout Wednesday in Stillwater. They were among 36 cheerleaders from across the region, eight being from Okmulgee County.

Jillyan Long, a senior at Morris High School, is the daughter of David and Kristen Long. Her coach is Keisha Hill.

Chelsea Been, a senior at Henryetta High School, is the daughter of Kerry and Billie Been and the granddaughter of John and Jackie Been and Bill and Norma Milligan. Her coaches are Kim Taylor and Jeri Finch.

The cheerleaders perform their own motions to the OCCA tryout cheer, a jump combo, standing tumbling and running tumbling. From those items, the cheerleaders were judged on motion technique, voice projection / inflection, showmanship, jumps, standing tumbling and running tumbling.

All-Region cheerleaders will advance to compete in All-State tryouts. All State selection will be held on Nov. 6 at Newcastle High School.

Okmulgee primary school showcased in the American School & University magazine

(L-R) Archetect David Wong presents plaques to Okmulgee School Faculty Primary 1st and 2nd grade principle Ginger Wares, pre-k and kindergarten principle Phillip Ware and school superintendent Tod Williams.

The Okmulgee primary school was showcased in the American School & University magazine for Outstanding Designs with their new breezeway project designed by DTW Developers.   Architects submit to the publication only what they consider to be noteworthy designs.

Okmulgee school board president Mark Tuggle

During the superintendent’s report at the school board meeting on Oct. 14, primary school teachers, school board president and superintendent were honored with a framed copy of the printed article. Architect David Wong presented the plaques as a memento in appreciation for their efforts in the project.

The article reads:

The school board, superintendent Tod Williams and site administrative staff saw the need to ensure the safety and security of the districts students as they passed through what was once an open breezeway connecting two buildings.  The students were being exposed to Oklahoma's wildly changing weather, with up to 40-degree variations in a single day.

They voted to enclose the existing breezeway that connected the Early Childhood Education Building with the primary school main facility.  The architect designed an environmentally controlled passageway and established a trickle channel surface drainage system to remedy existing ponding issues on the exterior.  

The school district saw the need to inspire growth, school spirit, ownership of the project and use local talent, it chose 13 local subcontractors for the job.  The community responded with enthusiasm and overwhelming interest.

CNC laser logo technology was used on the porcelain floor tile, merging academics with school spirit.  The logo was produced by the local technology center, which some of the Okmulgee high school students attend giving them real-life work experience and commitment to the project and future projects.

 Beggs High School will hold “Blue Out” night to support family loss to prostate cancer

Beggs High School will hold “Blue Out” night to support family loss to prostate cancer

The Beggs High School football coaches and athletic director are making a “game changer” for a cause during football season.

During September, being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the men thought about the many Beggs students and their families who have been affected by prostate cancer.  They decided to do something to show their support and bring up awareness. So they are changing the “pink” message to “blue” this month.

“We have had a lot of kids father’s and grandfathers who they have lost or been affected by the disease, so we wanted to something different this year.  We still plan to do a Pink Out night, as we know how important it is, but we will hold it during basketball season,” said Justin Norman Beggs Athletic Director.

“The proceeds that we raise will be set aside for a student scholarship that will be awarded to a student who has lost someone to prostate cancer.”

T-Shirts are on sale now for $15 to support the fundraiser.  

Blue out night will happen during their home game against Bethany.  A short ceremony will take place just before the game that starts at 7:30.

Their message: Every year, about 30,000 men die of this disease, making it the second deadliest cancer in men. Caught early, prostate cancer can be treated, usually successfully. But because many men experience no symptoms, it is often identified only by an abnormal result on a basic prostate cancer screening (PCS). Men over the age of 40 should talk to their doctors about prostate cancer screening and lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk of getting the disease.

The coaches encourage men to be aware, talk to their health professional and make sure they have their regular PCS when it is time.


Okmulgee Board of Education meeting agenda for Oct. 14


    October 14, 2013
    316 E. 8TH STREET    
    6:00 P.M.

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 September 18, 2013, Special Meeting, and the September 25, 2013, Special Meeting.

B.    Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:    

1.    General Fund (F11);
    Purchase Orders:   # 366 - 493
    Payroll:   # 50226 - 50241
    Change Orders:   As listed

2.    Building Fund (F21);
    Purchase Orders:   # 38 - 42
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

3.    Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
    Purchase Orders: # 46 - 52
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

4.    Bond Fund (F31);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

5.    Bond Fund (F32);
    Purchase Orders:   # 1 - 6
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

6.    Sinking Fund (F41);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

C.    Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:
Harmon Field    Chargers Football    Spring 2014
3.    REPORTS:

A.    Superintendent’s Report -– Tod Williams
B.    Special Ed Report  -– Margie Bemis
C.    Site Report  -– Phillip Ware / Ginger James

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.    Vote to approve contract for Career and Technology Education Programs for the 2013-2014 school year.

B.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve a resolution calling for an annual School Election to be held February 11, 2014 with a run-off election (if needed) on April 1st, 2014, along with a request to close precincts 31, 34, and 38.

C.    Discussion and vote to approve adopting the Estimate of Needs as approved by the County Excise Board as the final budget for  FY 2014.

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 Certified Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Lindsey Seargent – Band & Music
b.    Any others at hand

B.    Employment of Support Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Teacher Assistant – Angie Dunlap (Indian Ed)
b.    Bus Driver – Carolyn Palmer
c.    Any others at hand

C.    Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Joy Jackson – OMS Academic Team
b.    Any others at hand

D.    Action on any resignations tendered of the time of this action.

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 Certified Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Lindsey Seargent – Band & Music
b.    Any others at hand

B.    Employment of Support Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Teacher Assistant – Angie Dunlap (Indian Ed)
b.    Bus Driver – Carolyn Palmer
c.    Any others at hand

C.    Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a.    Joy Jackson – OMS Academic Team
b.    Any others at hand

D.    Action on any resignations tendered of the time of this action.



12.    ADJOURNMENT                                                   

Okmulgee School participated in "Walk or Bike to School" Oct. 9.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, it began in 1997 as a one-day event.

Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

Okmulgee Public Schools parent/teachers Conferences will be October 14-15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Okmulgee Public Schools parent/teachers Conferences

There are typically two times during a school year where parents are asked to come to the school and talk with their children's teachers. Some parents skip out on parent-teacher conferences, while some jump at the chance to make sure their children are doing well in school. Even if you are one of those parents that talk to their children's teacher's regularly, you should still attend parent-teacher conferences.

Why should you attend parent-teacher conferences?

Conferences with your child's teacher(s) is a great way for you to sit down and get into true detail about how your child is doing in school. This doesn't just mean their grades, but this also means you'll find out how your child behaves in school and how they are interacting with other students and the teacher.

What to expect at parent-teacher conferences.

Child's grades: You will learn how your child is doing with their school work and whether or not they are doing their homework and getting their work turned in on time.

Child's behavior: You may think that your child is well behaved and doesn't do anything wrong in school but you don't know for sure until you talk to your child's teacher. Be prepared to handle any type of news that the teacher may have about your child.

Ask questions.

This is a great time to ask what kind of work your child is doing and any other thoughts that you may have. If your child was talking about something in class that seemed questionable to you, comment on it so you can hear the teacher's explanation. Ask about what you can do to help make sure your child does well in school and even try learning something that your child does on their homework often so you can help them.

Conferences with your child's teacher is also a good time to ask the teacher for more time with your child after school. If your child needs more help in one subject than ask if the teacher can stay after school with your child. If the teacher can't do this as often as you'd like, ask the teacher if he/she knows any good tutors that you can try. If there are major problems between the teacher and your child, you should bring your child along with you so all three of you can sit down and discuss problems that there may be.


Students can enter essay contest "Why I choose to be tobacco free"

The Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition’s Mental Health & Substance Abuse Committee is happy to announce the topic for the Coalition’s Red Ribbon Week 2013 Essay Contest.

This year’s essay topic will be, “Why I choose to be tobacco free.”

Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are encouraged to submit their essay for a chance to win a prize and have their picture in the local newspapers with our very own “Ciggy Buttz”.  Homeschooler's welcome!

The essay should not exceed 500 words, and be at least one page in length.  Winners will be announced during Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

Essays may be submitted by fax, mail, or e-mail.

Okmulgee County Health Department
Attn: Jennifer Avery                   
1304 R.D. Miller Drive
Okmulgee, OK 74447

Fax:     918-756-6770
Phone & E-Mail:     
Jennifer Avery  
918-756-1883 x 138            
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Deadline: Close of Business Friday, October 18th.

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