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B.A. Teachers Receive Grants


Amanda Summers, executive director of public relations for Broken Arrow Public Schools, calls Lynn Wood Elementary reading specialist Shannon Troxel a teacher grant “rockstar.”

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Broken Arrow District Update

Broken Arrow Public Schools recently made available its 2013-14 annual report. It can be read online at

“Our annual report is a wonderful opportunity to provide our community with a snapshot of the district for the year,” says school Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall. “From highlighting our academic achievements to demonstrating our fiscal responsibility, the annual report is our chance to keep all of our stakeholders informed of what is taking place in our district.”

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Students Gain Much from Pride of B.A.


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


“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


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


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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