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The Mission of Sharon-Mutual Schools is to ensure all students will be empowered with skills to become productive, successful, family-oriented citizens.

The Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group will be award twleve scholarships to 12 graduating seniors who attend OSIG member schools of which Sharon-Mutual is a member. Applications are available from Mrs. Hopper and are due by March 2, 2018. ... See moreSee less

It is also the time of the year to be gearing up for Senior scholarship awards. The Woodward Kiwanis Club offers $3000 in scholarships for Woodward County Seniors each year. I've attached a cover letter and also a 2018 scholarship application to be distributed to those Seniors wishing to apply. In past years, we've had several applications from outstanding students who were valedictorians or salutatorians. When our Kiwanis scholarships were established, it was the intent of the organization to provide scholarships to high achieving seniors who, perhaps, might be overlooked because they didn't achieve valedictorian or salutatorian status. Therefore, students who receive those awards, unless OHLAP qualified, are not eligible for these scholarships.

See Mrs. Hopper for applications.
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It is again time for the Sophomore of the Year award applications to be completed. I've attached the application for this award so that you can distribute it to the outstanding Sophomores in your school. The local winner from Woodward County will receive a $250 scholarship upon graduation from high school. This award is held for Sophomores throughout the Texas-Oklahoma District of the Kiwanis Club. Our local club will pick a winner from the submitted applications and will forward it on to the Division level to compete against others from Oklahoma. From there, the winner of that competition will be sent to the Texas-Oklahoma District for the final judging. Will Yadon from Woodward won the overall competition two years ago and was thereby awarded a scholarship of $600.00. He was the second Woodward County Sophomore to win the Texas-Oklahoma District competition, the first being Jacie Hodges several years ago.

The purpose of this award is to reward younger students for their leadership in their local communities AND to give them experience in filling out applications and following instructions carefully. The application itself states the importance of reading and following the directions to the letter.

See Mrs. Hopper for an application.
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Contents:

NBPTS Teacher Stipends
Announcing Superintendent’s 2018 Student Advisory Council
Grant Opportunity: Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom
Action Needed: Contact Information for Transportation Directors
PD Opportunity: Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict & Peace Process
Item Writer Workshop for ELA OSTP Assessments
Chronic Absenteeism Webinars
Oklahoma Children’s Disaster Reunification Planning Summit
Alternative Education Webinars for Spring 2018
Office of Assessment: Nonstandard Accommodation Application Window Open
Survey: Moving Grades 3-5 to Computer-Based Assessments
Applications for Full Scholarships to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Now Open
Free American History Seminars for Teachers
2018 State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence: Students, Teachers & Administrators
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Oklahoma Academic Scholars
Proposed Rules Open for Public Comment
DATA NEWS & RELATED INFORMATION:
District Bullying Prevention Policy Due
Graduation Part-Time Enrollment Q2 Report
School Personnel Records Now Open
NBPTS Teacher Stipends
The stipend for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) teachers has been funded for payment in January 2018. The stipends for speech language pathologists and school psychologists were not funded.

The system will be open for approvals starting January 15 and closing at 5 p.m. on January 24 via Single Sign-On.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Teacher Certification at (405) 521-3337.

Announcing Superintendent’s 2018 Student Advisory Council
OSDE is happy to announce the students selected for Superintendent’s 2018 Student Advisory Council. All members of the council were nominated by the superintendents of their districts and will meet to discuss their top concerns for public education in Oklahoma.

Download the 2018 member list here.

Grant Opportunity: Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, an organization that focuses on child nutrition and improving educational outcomes, is offering grant opportunities in 10 target states including Oklahoma. This grant opportunity provides funding and technical assistance to help schools implement breakfast in the classroom. Oklahoma is a priority state and the grant is rolling.

Breakfast in the Classroom
To be eligible for the grant, schools must meet the following qualifications:

70 percent or more students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, OR the school operates community eligibility or Provision 2 to increase breakfast participation
Average daily participation in school breakfast is 50 percent or less
Must have the ability to serve breakfast in the classroom at no charge to all students after the morning bell
Strong stakeholder support from school leadership and staff
Three-year commitment to making reasonable efforts to continue the program
Willingness to promote the program through social media and school district communication channels
For more information, contact Etienne Melcher Philbin at emelcher@frac.org or visit breakfastintheclassroom.org.

Action Needed: Contact Information for Transportation Directors
The Office of School Support & Improvement is currently building a contact list for all transportation directors. Please send the email address of your district’s transportation director to Tina Spence, School Support Specialist, at tina.spence@sde.ok.gov.

PD Opportunity: Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict & Peace Process
Conflict
Join the Institute for Curriculum Services for this three-hour professional development opportunity where you will interact with and analyze a variety of primary sources that will assist you in teaching this important topic.

As a participant, you will connect the history and background of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process to the present through teaching strategies that support close, analytic reading and evidence-based responses. Participants will also address the standards-based content of the curriculum as it relates to nationalism, the consequences of WWI, post-WWII and the causes of unrest in the Middle East.

By attending one of four three-hour PD sessions, educators will receive a $100 honorarium and free lesson plans and resources.

Download the flyer for more information.

Morning and afternoon sessions are identical, so educators need only register for one.

Session options:

Saturday, January 13 - Tulsa region
Morning session: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Jenks Math & Science Building, 3rd floor meeting room
205 East B Street

Saturday, January 20 - Oklahoma City region
Morning session: 8:30-11 a.m.
Afternoon session: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Norman Public Schools Administration Center
131 South Flood Avenue

Register for the session you would like to attend here.

If you have questions, contact the Institute for Curriculum Services at dorigerber.ics@gmail.com.

Item Writer Workshop for ELA OSTP Assessments
The Office of Assessment and Measured Progress are holding an Item Writer Workshop to write new items for the ELA OSTP Assessments on March 28-29.

Any teachers or curriculum coordinators who are interested in taking part must complete an application by January 16.

Download the application here.

Substitute costs for contracted teachers will be covered.

If you have questions, contact Christina McCreary, ELA/Social Studies Assessment Specialist, at christina.mccreary@sde.ok.gov or (405) 522-3302.

Chronic Absenteeism Webinars
Attendance Works
Attendance Works is partnering with the National Student Attendance, Engagement and Success Center to offer free webinars that will provide detailed approaches for addressing chronic absence in schools.

Session details:

Creating a Warm & Engaging School Climate to Support Attendance
January 16, 12 p.m.
Attendance Works will be releasing its new tool, Scan of the Environment and Attendance Tool (SEAT), which can help educators identify school climate factors that can either support or inhibit student attendance.

Teaching Attendance: Involving Educators with Attendance Improvement Strategies
January 23, 12 p.m.
Attendance Works will be previewing the first part of its online Teaching Attendance curriculum and sharing how school leaders are beginning to use Teaching Attendance to equip staff to improve attendance.

Equipping Success Mentors with the Necessary Skills to Support Students with Disabilities
January 30, 12 p.m.
Attendance Works will partner with MENTOR and the National Mentoring Students with Disabilities Coalition to discuss frameworks and share resources for mentors who are working with students with disabilities.

Register for the webinars here.

Oklahoma Children’s Disaster Reunification Planning Summit
Join all child-serving agencies and organizations as they come together to create a disaster reunification plan focusing on children.

Monday, January 29: Brainstorming for a reunification plan
Tuesday, January 30: Optional psychological first-aid training provided by the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Oklahoma City/County Health Dept. Auditorium
2600 NE 63rd St.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register here

For more information, contact Cindy Brown, Individual Assistance Specialist with the Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Management, at cindy.brown@oem.ok.gov.

Alternative Education Webinars for Spring 2018
A series of Alternative Education monthly webinars has been scheduled and is now open for registration.

Previous webinars will be available in the coming weeks as we update and roll out a new webpage for alternative education.

January 30, 1 p.m.
Trauma Informed Practices
Host: Katie Morris Henson, Dept. of Human Services

February 27, 1:30 p.m.
Restorative Justice Approaches
Host: Dr. Stan Basler, Office of Juvenile Affairs

March 27, 1 p.m.
Child Abuse
Host: Hannah Holland, CARE Center

April 24, 1 p.m.
Risk and Protective Factors and the Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA)
Host: Heather Ariyeh, Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Register for the webinars here.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer Wilkinson, Director of Alternative Education, at jennifer.wilkinson@sde.ok.gov.

Office of Assessment: Nonstandard Accommodation Application Window Open
Deadline: February 1
The submission window is now open. All requests, including documentation, must be uploaded through the Nonstandard Accommodation Application on Single Sign-On.

Requests must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 1. Responses will be provided in the Nonstandard Accommodation Application on a case-by-case basis around March 15.

Download the Nonstandard Accommodation Application Instruction Manual

ELA Test Read-Aloud Accommodation Requests
Please submit all documentation as outlined in the OSTP ELA/Reading Test Read-Aloud Protocol in a combined PDF file (30 MB Max).

The file must include:

All pages of the IEP/504
Evaluation Reports/MEEGS
PAR Administration Results (or AEM Navigator, as appropriate)
OSTP ELA/Reading Test Read-Aloud Nonstandard Accommodation Protocol
Files must be named as follows: “Last name, First Name, MI NS1.” Name and STN must match WAVE entry; otherwise, file review will be delayed or rejected.

Please access the NonStandard Accommodation SDE webpage for the most updated forms and nonstandard accommodation procedures.

Please note: Prior-year forms will not be accepted.

Survey: Moving Grades 3-5 to Computer-Based Assessments
OSDE is in the beginning stages of analyzing the feasibility of adding additional computer-based testing options for Grades 3-5. The OSDE is interested in understanding the technology and bandwidth capacity of sites that serve Grades 3-5.

Ultimately, computer-based testing will reduce the administrative burden of handling, tracking and shipping of paper materials and provide the quickest reporting possible for schools and districts. OSDE is conducting a survey of districts to learn more.

All superintendents received an email Friday, January 5, with a link to the survey.

Additional reminders will be sent in the coming weeks.

Please complete the survey by February 2 at 5 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Kurt Bernhardt, Executive Director of Education Technology, at kurt.bernhardt@sde.ok.gov.

Applications for Full Scholarships to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Now Open
Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute
Encourage your students to apply for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) at Quartz Mountain.

OSAI is currently accepting online applications and scheduling auditions for the state’s premier arts academy for high school students. Held June 9-24, the program is taught by nationally renowned artists and offers instruction in acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra and photography. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program.

Auditions will be held from January 13 to February 17, with scheduling now open at oaiquartz.org.

Auditions will be held in 11 cities across the state: Altus, Alva, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Edmond, Enid, Idabel, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Tahlequah and Tulsa.

Accepted students will spend two weeks studying with award-winning faculty from across the United States. Former OSAI faculty members have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. This year’s faculty includes Pulitzer Prize winner and United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, who will give a public presentation and work with creative writing students as a guest artist. Other faculty artists include André Tyson, a former principal dancer and company teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and printmaker James Bailey, co-founder of the annual Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project.

To attend OSAI, applicants must be enrolled in an Oklahoma public school, private school or home-school program and must be 15 years old by September 1, 2018. Graduating seniors are eligible. For more information about OSAI, including audition requirements and scheduling, visit oaiquartz.org.
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In the event of bad weather and schools are closed, all students and staff will receive a recorded message to the phone number on record. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. You may check local radio and TV stations for information.

Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding to close the school, but the safety of our students and staff will always be our number one concern.