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Bixby Teacher of the Year Shares Life Lessons

By ANNE BOYD

Connie Coleman was named Bixby’s 2014 District Teacher of the Year. An apt reward for the Bixby High School teacher who teaches choir and has enjoyed every minute of it, she says.

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Teacher Uses Art to Teach Life-Long Lessons

By ANNE BOYD

Cindy Gharibvand was recently named Broken Arrow High School’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year.

While growing up, Gharibvand developed a love of art. “I remember drawing and doodling all the time. My life was full of the wonderment with reading books and scribbling on big pieces of paper,” she says.

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Union High School Senior Recognized in Economics

The Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and Oklahoma Council on Economic Education (OCEE) awarded Union High School senior Andrea Polakow as one of 16 students honored at the 4th annual Outstanding Economics Student Awards held at the Oklahoma City Branch in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Swiss Consul Visits OSUIT, Tours Campus

Andreas Maager, consul general of Switzerland in Atlanta, recently visited Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology as a part of a special trip to Oklahoma to further strengthen ties between Switzerland and Oklahoma.

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Summer Arts Academy Continues to Accept Applications

The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Summer Arts Academy is continuing open enrollment for week long sessions in July. Designed for middle school and high school freshman-aged students, the Summer Arts Academy offers students the opportunity to develop focused skills in the visual arts. Specific disciplines offered include painting, drawing and photography. Students will learn from professional Teaching Artists in each discipline and will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.

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Chamber President Condemns Gov. Fallin’s Decision to Sign HB 3399, Repeal Common Core

Commenting on Governor Fallin’s decision to sign HB 3399 repealing Common Core, Mike Neal, president and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber said,

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Lankford Applauds Repeal of Common Core and Calls for Higher Standards

Congressman James Lankford released the following statement after Governor Mary Fallin signed the bill to repeal Common Core:

“I applaud Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law HB 3399, repealing Common Core and giving education choices back to Oklahoma families. This is a great victory for educators and parents, but most of all this is a win for Oklahoma students.

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Teacher of the Year Promotes Creativity

By EMILY RAMSEY

When Lynnette Shouse reentered the classroom as Grissom Elementary’s gifted and talented teacher four years ago, she found that she had an entirely new challenge on her hands.

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TPS Holds Farm-to-Market Day

On May 16, Tulsa Public Schools elementary students participated in the Farm-to-Market Day, an event created through a partnership between TPS and Sodexo Child Nutrition Services.

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Eisenhower, CAN Receive Money

The Child Abuse Network’s (CAN) inaugural Superhero Challenge, held March 30, with presenting sponsor QuikTrip, raised more than $30,000 to benefit CAN.

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Students Attend Law Day Celebrations

LEARNING LAW: On May 2, students from Holland Hall’s mock trial team, pictured at left, attended the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon at the Tulsa Country Club. The team placed first at state mock trial competition.

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Tulsa Chamber Honors Dr. Tom McKeon

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, honored outgoing Tulsa Community College President Dr. Tom McKeon with the Lifetime Achievement in Education award May 19 at the chamber’s 13th annual State of Education luncheon.

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Teacher Shares Long-Lasting Lessons

By EMILY RAMSEY

“We’re going to win state” is the first thing Romney Nesbitt says to me when we meet. Nesbitt, art teacher at Jenks West Intermediate, is Jenks Public Schools’ 2014 District Teacher of the Year.

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Eighth Graders to Send Projects into Space

Two projects created by Union Public Schools’ eighth graders will be launched into space by NASA on June 26.
The students – Josh Anderson, Drew Hoke, Madyson Holland, Sam Williams and Jillian Newfield – worked as a team on the two experiments. One experiment focuses on establishing a stable ecosystem in space and the other tests the potency of ibuprofen and acetaminophen used in over-the-counter medicines in space.
“The kids designed two experiments, and both of their projects made the final cut. Union kids will have two experiments launched into space in June! These kids are rock stars!” says teacher Bill Murphy.
In preparation for the launch, on May 22 the five eighth graders visited with NASA personnel from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., via Skype to discuss their experiments, which were two of 100 Cubes in Space experiments that were selected by NASA to be launched.

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Owasso Educator Always Planned to Teach

By ANNE BOYD

Eighth Grade Center teacher Susan Thompson is Owasso’s 2014 District Teacher of the Year.

Since she was a young child, Thompson hoped to become a teacher. She was inspired to make a difference for students and followed her passion through school at Oklahoma State University.

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