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Students Gain Much from Pride of B.A.

By TED KING

The Pride of Broken Arrow continues to make its school and community proud.
It recently returned from the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships, where it competed with close to 100 bands nationwide and placed second overall, with a score of 97.00, and was awarded Outstanding Visual Performance.

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B.A. Teachers Tour Local Companies

On Feb. 25, the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (BAEDC) hosted the second annual Teacher Tours of Manufacturing. The day is a collaborative effort between the BAEDC, the Department of Commerce, Broken Arrow Public Schools and local manufacturers to offer teachers, counselors, school administrators and manufacturers the opportunity to communicate about high-tech, high-wage earning careers in manufacturing. The regional collaboration is called NE Oklahoma Dream It. Do It.

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B.A. Teacher Helps Students Feel They Belong

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIS

“I feel like it’s my purpose, what I’m supposed to do,” says Lisa Welter when asked about her classroom full of three-year-olds. For the Creekwood Early Childhood Center Teacher of the Year, her cheery classroom represents a fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

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Teacher Enriches Students Through Active Learning

By EMILY RAMSEY

Jana Williams, Wolf Creek Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, felt very satisfied in her fifth grade classroom. She came to the school 12 years ago and taught fifth grade for her first 11 years—until the 2012-13 school year.

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Input Requested for School Zones

For the past two years, a group of 50-plus patrons known as the Long Range Planning Committee has assisted the district’s leadership team on gathering community input for major district decisions. Last year the group assisted in drawing new elementary attendance zones to better balance enrollment throughout the district.

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Fitness First for Liberty’s Teacher of the Year

By EMILY RAMSEY

Liberty Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, Kelli Collins, doesn’t like to sit still for long. Collins teaches Physical Education and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Pride Plays Rose Bowl

HONORABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT: As the 2011 Bands of America Grand National Champions, the Pride of Broken Arrow performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The Pride had also performed in the parade in 2009. As a show of support, the community hosted a send-off rally on Main Street on Dec. 17. “The Pride of Broken Arrow has, for a long time, been a feather in the cap of this community,” says Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond.

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Broken Arrow Student Wins Money

On Jan. 7 at the BCS National Championship game, Broken Arrow native Kelsie Berg completed the most football throws to win a $100,000 college scholarship from Dr. Pepper. Berg is a student at the University of Oklahoma. To compete for the scholarship at the BCS Championship, Berg had to first submit a video explaining why she deserved the tuition money and how she would use her education to make an impact on the world.

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Senior High Lifts Final Beam

Broken Arrow band students perform as the new 130,000 square-foot building at the Senior High is “topped out,” a tradition where an evergreen tree is placed at the highest point of the structure.

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