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Owasso Student Learns from Star

Kristin Chenoweth, a Tony and Emmy Award winning singer and actress, shared her years of experience and expertise with area high school and college fine arts students.

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History Teacher Shares Life Lessons

By EMILY RAMSEY

Owasso Mid-High’s Kelley Raby knows that her desire to be a teacher began early in life, but pinpointing what started her down that path is not as easy for her.

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See Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ Apr. 11 – 13 at Stone Canyon

Charles Dickens’ classic tale “Oliver Twist” will come to life April 11-13 at Stone Canyon Elementary.

For those who love the enduring story, here is the opportunity to enjoy again the Artful Dodger, Fagin, the menacing Bill Sikes and the kind-hearted Nancy. Travel with Oliver as he becomes involved in a plot containing mystery, robbery and revenge, until Oliver’s true identity is discovered and he finds a home and happiness with his benefactor, Mr. Brownlow.

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Owasso Teacher Impacts All Students

By EMILY RAMSEY

Julie Musser, Stone Canyon’s technology teacher, was named Stone Canyon’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.

Musser is in her fourth year with Stone Canyon and her first year teaching at the school full time, but Musser has been around education arguably from birth. She grew up with an art-teaching father and a mother in elementary education.

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Jazz Choir Performs

HOLIDAY JAZZ: Owasso High School junior Sophia Gilstrap sings a solo with the Owasso high school jazz choir. The choir performed at the December Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The group is made up of 17 high school choir students. “Our jazz choir is made up of some of the best singers we have in choir,” says High School choir director Mindy Bettridge. Two jazz choir members, Mariah Edwards and Nick Denny, will perform in January as a part of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association all-state jazz choir.

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Owasso Administrator Says Goodbye After 40 Years

By EMILY RAMSEY

Owasso Public Schools will soon lose a long-time administrator with a heart for helping children.

Lynn Johnson began with the Owasso school system in 1972 as a speech therapist. During her years with the district, she has witnessed much growth, but the focus of administrators and teachers remain the same.

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Owasso Boasts Four Merit Semifinalists

Owasso High School has four 2012-13 National Merit Semifinalists: David Bruner, Courtney Mantle, Donovan Miller and Brian Neldon.

National Merit Semifinalists were recently announced for the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Pride of Owasso Place First At Regional Competition

Owasso High School’s Pride of Owasso placed first at the Band of America’s Super Regional competition on Oct. 19 and 20. Union High School’s Union Renegade Regiment received fourth place, and Jenks High School’s Jenks Trojan Pride placed seventh.

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New Programs Await Owasso Schools

By EMILY RAMSEY

School administrators across the state will spend the upcoming school year grappling with budget shortfalls and new program requirements.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in June 2010. The purpose behind these standards is that all students will receive a consistently high level of education no matter the school they attend or the state in which they reside. Each state must make the decision to adopt the standards, which must be implemented by June 2014.

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