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Getting to Know the Owasso Schools Board of Education

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Owasso Public Schools Board of Education is responsible for establishing the policies under which the district operates. The board must act within the framework of state and federal laws and still be responsible to the needs of the Owasso community.
The school board is made up of five members: Gail Ballinger, Brent England, Rhonda Mills, Frosty Turpen and Pat Vanatta.

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Owasso School Bond Vote: Oct. 10

By EMILY RAMSEY

On Oct. 10, Owasso Public Schools patrons will go to the polls regarding passage of the largest school bond issue to date: $57 million.

The bond issue, if passed, will include construction of a new elementary school, the addition of two safe rooms to existing schools, and technology and facility upgrades.
In the order of dollar amount, the bond issue items are:

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Owasso Grad Hones Music Skills

COLLEGE CAMP: Owasso High School graduate Abby Simons spent a portion of her summer attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s eighth annual Marimba Camp on its Weatherford campus. The camp allowed students to gain an overview of the technical requirements and music potential of four-mallet marimba playing in a fun camp setting, noted SWOSU Music Department Chair and Professor Dr. David Bessinger.

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Owasso All-Stater

ACADEMIC ACCOLADES: Jaya Chakka, a 2017 Academic All-Stater, is congratulated by best-selling author and historian H.W. Brands, left, and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence trustee Robert Henry prior to the foundation’s 31st Academic Awards Banquet, held recently in Tulsa. Chakka, a 2017 Owasso High School graduate, was among 100 Oklahoma seniors who were honored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Chakka received a scholarship sponsored by Jari Askins. Brands served as keynote speaker at the banquet and Henry as emcee.

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Owasso Grad Receives NSU Award

In April, Owasso High School graduate Rachel Jackson was honored with Northeastern State University’s Jack Kaufman Senior of Distinction award during the inaugural Kaufman Medal Reception in downtown Tulsa.

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Owasso Offers Variety of Summer Camps For Children of All Ages

By MEAGAN COLLINS

While children are always excited for a leisurely summer break, their parents may be wondering what to do to keep them occupied and engaged. Various camps are available throughout Owasso, including ones offered by Owasso Family YMCA, 8300 N. Owasso Expy., and Owasso Public Schools.

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2016-2017 Owasso Teachers of the Year Spotlight

By EMILY RAMSEY

In March, Barnes Elementary music teacher Robin Wall was named Owasso Public Schools’ 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year.

Wall’s love of music and singing began very, very early in life, she says. “I have been singing since I was born.”

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OHS Mock Trial Teams Place at Statewide Competition

At the the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Competition, held in March, Owasso High School’s three mock trial teams competed to place second, fourth and fifth in semifinal and final competition.

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OPS Receives Donation

OEF GIVES: In March, the Owasso Education Foundation (OEF) gave just over $31,000 to Owasso Public Schools to fund teacher grants. For the 2016-2017 school year, OEF has given more than $80,000 to Owasso Public Schools teachers, to benefit students and the community, says OEF Executive Director Stephanie Horne, second from left. Also pictured at the check presentation are School Superintendent Dr. Clark Ogilivie, OEF trustees Jodi Hamar, Jennifer Peterson, Gary Mawby, Richard Zamor and Tracy Simmons, and Owasso teacher Joanna Dossett.

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