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Canadian Bacon on a biscuit and peaches
Sloppy Joes, BBQ beans, wich Bar and craisins

Sausage egg & cheese sliders, and trail mix
Enchiladas, cheesy Mexican rice, corn and grapes

Breakfast will be frittata, toast and jelly
New Orleans Mandarin Chicken, broccoli, fried rice and cantaloupe.

Apple cinnamon muffins, sausages links and oranges.
Crispitos, chips, zucchini and watermelon

Breakfast will be cereal, toast, apples and juice.
Chili dogs, sweet potato cuts and Ice Dogs.

Every meal comes with a great selection of cold fresh milk.

It was a big night for Okmulgee School preceding the first football game of the season played on the home field.  A dedication was held in honor of Coach Dwight Pankey who the new Track and Field Building was named after for his 37 years of contribution to the Okmulgee Public School district.  It was also "Parent Night."

Okmulgee Bulldogs played hard against Chandler, but fell only a few point shy of winning the game, at 46-42.

 Watch the video - [Also see more photos below]

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


The Okmulgee Middle School now has a new morning show! The show is set to broadcast early Monday morning at 6:30 a.m.  Watch now in our "Featured Video" on the home page.

The show was developed by Middle School Career Choices coach Lucky Burney. He is training students in the art of newscasting where each student will be able to participate, providing new anchors each week.

The show will bring the latest school activities, cafeteria menus and sports news along with many other interesting topics in school news and special guest.

The project is being produced by the Okmulgee News Network. The pilot show will post online Aug. 20 at 6:30 a.m. via online and will be announced on Okmulgee News Networks Facebook Page.

The show will run weekly throughout the school year. Everyone should enjoy tuning in to watch the students along with enjoying an update in Okmulgee School Activities.

If you are a business and would like to become a sponsor in support of the show call 918-740-1408.

Students and teachers at Beggs High School will experience learning in new and innovative ways thanks to a $65,000 grant from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust (OETT). The school will receive $40,000 to purchase new technology equipment in addition to professional teacher development training valued at $25,000.

Celebrating its 100th graduating class in 2015, Beggs High School will soon launch Project 100 with 70 tablets purchased with its OETT grant funds. The new tablets will be used in English, science and social studies classrooms to support authentic learning and cross-curricular projects. This will allow students to function in
paperless learning environments and to collaborate and create videos from each decade of their history.

In total, OETT is awarding $1.2 million to 19 Oklahoma schools in 2014.

"Through the OETT grants, we are focused on creating long-term change in our schools," said Phil Berkenbile,
OETT Board of Trustees chair. "Our goal is to improve overall student achievement and learning through the use of technology and getting the technology in the students' hands."

OETT was established in 2001 as a result of an agreement between then-attorney general, Drew Edmondson, and AT&T Oklahoma. As part of the agreement, AT&T contributed $30 million OETT. Since its creation, the trust has distributed more than $16 million to 207 schools. The professional development that is provided with the grant has reached more than 5,000 teachers and impacted more than 75,000 students.

The mission of the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust is to equip Oklahoma common and CareerTech
students with the technology and technological skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. The trust provides funds for equipment, infrastructure, leadership and professional development to implement and advance integration of technology into classroom instruction.

OETT trustees are Phil Berkenbile appointed by the Oklahoma State Board of Career & Technology Education, Steven Crawford appointed by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, Robert Franklin
appointed by the Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee, Shawn Hime appointed by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, Lela Odom appointed by the Oklahoma Education Association, Scott Parks appointed by the Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Bob Stafford appointed by AT&T, and John A. Wright appointed by the Oklahoma State House of Representatives Committee on Education.

OETT is administered by Communities Foundation of Oklahoma and the professional development is coordinated through the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center. For additional information visit www.oett.org.

It was a hopping night as the Okmulgee Bulldogs students, players, band and cheerleaders, coaches, teachers and lots of Bulldog fans came out for the 2014 Back to School Bash Thursday night. And the Okmulgee News Networks Valerie, Paul and Joshua were right there with them.

We could all see the potential for another great year for Okmulgee Bulldogs Rising.

Head football coach and Athletic Director Kevin Gordon and all the Coaches introduced their line-up this year.  Cheer coach Tina Nail introducerd this years cheerleaders and cheer captains and Band Director Rusty Helms had the band sound off with some school favorite instrumentals.

"This is going to be an exciting season," said Gordon.

Take a look at these photos from tonight taken by ONN Paul Orosco Chief Photographer. Also check out the videos on our Facebook page.

Okmulgee High School Menu for August 8

Blueberry Muffin, Sausage,
Orange Slices, Juice, Milk


French Fries
Crisscuts &Cinnamon Honey

Wich Bar

August 11


Chicken Biscuit,
Peaches, Juice, Milk


Chips & Hummus
Wich Bar
Fresh Squash
Buffet de Insalate


This is a friendly reminder that school is back in session for Okmulgee Schools Thursday Aug. 7.

Take a look at these safety tips provided by the National Safety Council:

Back to School Safety tips for motorists.  Tips for sharing the road safely with school buses.

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their
lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:

- All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
- School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
- All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
- While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
- Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.

Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians.

All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.

- Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
- In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
- Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
- Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
- Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way

First Day of School is August 7. Classes begin Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. and Wednesday and Thursday 8:10 a.m.

Let's take one last look at the school dress code:

Back to School bash for students Thursday evening

The Okmulgee High School will hold a "Back to School Bash" for students this Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Brock Gymnasium.

Tina Nail OHS Cheer coach would like to invite all past and present school alumni and Bulldog fans are specially to the event. The Okmulgee Showpiece will be there playing so everyone is invited to come hear the new sound.

"There will be a Jupiter jump and hotdogs for sale. It's going to be a great night," said Nail.

Cheerleaders will perform cheers and do thier most recent dance routines.

A special introduction of the softball team, cross country and this years Okmulgee football team players will be a highlight of the event.

Watch this Special video with Okmulgee Cheer:

Okmulgee Public Schools students that are part of the JOM Program will get their school supplies on Aug. 4 though the 6th. Distribution will be held at the Okmulgee High School room 329 from 8 to noon.

Jan Colombin, JOM Director is informing parents that a copy of the students tribal citizenship or CDIB card and verification of enrollment in Okmulgee Public Schools for the Fall 2014 school year will be required to get supplies.  

You may contact Colombin at 918.758.2075 ext 3123 if you have questions.

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