Broken Arrow Public Schools students will be featured on national television at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night in the ABC News special “I’m Coming Home,” which features celebrities returning to their hometowns to reconnect with their roots and the people who shaped who they are today.
Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and Broken Arrow High School graduate, returned to Broken Arrow for a day of filming on Oct. 31. She visited the Tigettes, show choir and drama programs before finishing at the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC).
The program was captured and edited in documentary-style format from executive producer Whoopi Goldberg, along with the award-winning filmmakers of World of Wonder Productions and Lincoln Square Productions.
“I cannot wait for the rest of the country to see the special things we have going on in Broken Arrow,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Kristin truly inspired each of the students she connected with, and it was so inspiring to see how impressed the production crew was with our students, teachers and community.”
“I’m Coming Home” will feature surprising and heartfelt moments, and document each star giving back to their hometown communities. Chenoweth has consistently given back to the Broken Arrow community through her annual Broadway Boot Camp and the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund.
“We are so grateful that our students have the privilege of working so closely with one of the most talented performers in the world,” said BAPAC Director Kim Vento. “Not only is Kristin an incredible singer and actress, but she has an amazing heart and is truly one of Broken Arrow’s greatest champions.”
The hour-long episode will also feature country music star Jake Owen and Daymond John, an entrepreneur from ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
After each team’s first possession at Owasso back in September, the Rams led the Broken Arrow, 7-6. That was the only time the Tigers have trailed in any football game this season.
Since taking a 13-6 lead on that warm night, BA and has outscored opponents 466-53. Included in that run is the current string of three consecutive shutouts: the most since the Tigers blanked five teams in a row in 1996.
The Tigers won, 47-20, at Owasso two months ago. Then, after a bye week they followed with a 28-13 win over Jenks. Broken Arrow’s closest game since was a, 35-7, win at Edmond Santa Fe on the second Friday of October.
As the mid-November OSSAA Class 6A-I State Semifinal game approaches, a rematch this Saturday against Owasso, the Tigers are playing at as high a level as any team in the state.
“We talk about it as coaches on the weekends as to what teams can try to do to stop what we do best,” said Tiger head coach David Alexander. “Then we prepare for it. We have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, and sometimes we get all the way to Plan C.”
That was the case in the Tigers first-round playoff win over Moore, last Friday. Plan C, obviously, was as well-developed of a plan as A or B, as Broken Arrow rolled up the Lions, 49-0.
“They came out in a different front, doing some good things, Alexander said. “They obviously coached their kids up, so we had to make a couple of adjustments. “It’s a combination of kids that have really bought in to what we are trying to do, and obviously being good football players. And, they believe and trust their coaches.”
And why not? In this already record-breaking season for Noah Cortes, the offense is just 46 points shy of the school record of 586 points scored by 2011 state runner-up team. While the 79 points allowed by the defense is not a school record – the 937 team allowed only 12 points – it is the fewest points given up since the 73 points allowed by the 1975 Tigers.
“People have asked me ‘what’s been the most impressive thing about this season?’” Alexander said. “It’s really been those games where we have been heavy favorites, but we have gotten off the bus and been ready to play since the very beginning. We haven’t had a let-down game where we have been flat, flat, flat, and where Coach Alexander has had to do some motivating.
“They are a very hungry team, and have proven that. They love competition. They love going out there and getting after it. It’s a fun, fun group to coach.”
The fun continues Saturday at the University of Tulsa Chapman Stadium as the Tigers take on the Owasso Rams in a 7 p.m. State Semifinal matchup. Jenks plays Union in the other semifinal at 11 a.m.
State semifinal tickets are $7. Fans can purchase Broken Arrow game tickets in the BA Athletic Office – second floor of the Varsity Training Center – from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. They can also order online through GoFAN.
The game will be streamed live on Facebook through NFHSNetwork.
With the first phase of the 2015 bond issue recently completed, the High School Configuration Steering Committee reconvened on Nov. 15 to discuss details about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) facility scheduled for the second phase of the bond issue.
This facility would meet the needs of the district’s growing STEM programs with new classroom space and labs. This state-of-the-art building would serve high school students and is a $21,000,000 project.
At the beginning of the meeting, Broken Arrow Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Michelle Bergwall and Executive Director of Construction Bob Tolomeo presented an update on current school site capacities, available land and data regarding construction options.
Once the information was provided, the Steering Committee worked in groups to propose the best options for Broken Arrow students. These three options will be presented to the Board of Education for a vote during the high school configuration proposal early next year.
For more information about the 2015 bond issue, please visit www.baschools.org/2015Bond. To view the history and timeline of the high school configuration process, please visit www.baschools.org/goba.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Pride of Broken Arrow finished in fourth place with a score of 95.45 at the 2018 Bands of America Grand National Championships late Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The 299-member ensemble dazzled a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans with its show entitled “THE United States of America,” which featured renditions of patriotic classics, a poignant tribute to soldiers killed in the line of duty and the unveiling of a massive American flag which stretched 80 yards from 10-yard line to 10-yard line.
“To say I am incredibly proud of our students would be an understatement,” Director of Bands Darrin Davis said. “Everyone involved in our program puts in a tremendous amount of effort, and all that work pays off when thousands of fans from around the country jump to their feet to cheer you on. While we were not the judges’ top choice, our performance impacted thousands of fans in attendance and created memories for our students that will last a lifetime.”
“It’s hard to find words to explain the joy that comes from watching Broken Arrow students perform such a meaningful show on the national stage,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The patriotism in this year’s show made a great impact on our veterans and our entire community. Watching this show reminds me how proud I am to be an American and how proud I am to be a member of our Broken Arrow family.”
Earlier this season, the Pride of Broken Arrow won the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association state championship for the 17th straight year, and the 18th Bands of America regional championship in school history.
To assist in obtaining the flu immunization, Broken Arrow Public Schools is teaming up with the Caring Van program to offer free flu immunizations in November to BAPS students.
A registered nurse will be available at the school sites to administer a free injectable flu vaccine to students who:
Please note that if the student does not meet at least ONE of the above criteria, he or she will be referred to a private physician for the flu vaccine.
The Caring Van will be at the following school sites during the month of November:
The Caring Van will also be at Central on Main 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.
A parent/legal guardian can complete one of the following forms and return it to the Caring Van registered nurse. A parent/legal guardian must accompany their student.
For more information about the Caring Van, please contact Tina Pyeatt at 918-551-3404.
For more than 25 years, Broken Arrow High School’s Project Graduation has given graduating seniors a way to celebrate their achievement with classmates in a supervised, fun and safe environment. This will be an all-night “lock-in” party following the commencement ceremony this spring.
In order to host the event and for it to remain free for all seniors, COLABASH (Committee on Life at Broken Arrow Senior High) students are striving to raise $40,000 for food, games and activities.
Ways to Support Project Graduation:
Attend Restaurant Nights
Raising Cane’s at 71st & Lynn Lane
Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mention BAHS and 15 percent will be donated to Project Graduation
Panda Express at Lynn Lane and Hillside
Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Show a digital or paper copy of this flyer and 20 percent will be donated to Project Graduation. Online orders count as well if the promo code on the flyer is used.
Make a donation by sending a check payable to Broken Arrow High School, reference Project Graduation and mail to 1901 E. Albany, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012. A donation of any amount helps!
Volunteer by signing up via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/zpC27Dt1OMvqilRf2
For more information on how you can help, please contact Christian Welborn at email@example.com or by calling the student activities office at 918-259-8571.