Amidst a number of achievements both inside and outside the classroom, Broken Arrow Public Schools’ Class of 2018 accepted more than $8.8 million in scholarships, a record-setting amount for Broken Arrow High School.
“The Class of 2018 is one-of-a-kind,” said Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop. “This talented, innovative and hardworking group of students had many noteworthy accomplishments throughout their last year of high school, and the number of scholarships garnered more than demonstrates their hard work and tenacity.”
Broken Arrow seniors received scholarships from universities located across the nation, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Baylor University, Oberlin Conservatory, Spring Hill College and the University of Arkansas.
Many also received scholarships from universities across the state, including Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, the University of Tulsa and many others.
“Our mantra is ‘Literacy, Engagement, Graduation,’ however, it doesn’t stop there,” Dunlop said. “We must continue to provide our students with the support they need to follow their dreams after graduation. I like to think of it as ‘Graduation Plus.’”
Whether students seek post-secondary education or aspire to begin a career, the district ensures continued success beyond high school with BeyondBA, a college and career readiness center located on the high school campus. This planning facility is equipped with trained counselors who provide students with personal and academic guidance regarding college and career preparations.
Also housed within BeyondBA’s walls is information about off-campus learning opportunities available to students, including programs at Tulsa Technology Center, concurrent enrollment, online classes and internships through the Career Exploration Program (CEP) at BAPS.
Throughout the year, BeyondBA hosted college fairs, career fairs, and informative sessions on student loans and scholarship opportunities.
“Our mission is to increase awareness of all the possibilities that exist after graduation by placing information at the students’ fingertips,” Lead College and Career Counselor Kristin Carr said. “We strive to hone the talents, goals and interests of our students as they move forward in their academic and professional careers.”
In addition, BeyondBA utilizes a readiness platform called Naviance, which connects academic achievements to post-secondary goals, allowing students to explore college and career options based on their individual learning styles.
This web-based resource includes support for a broad range of topics, including developing success skills, exploring career options and planning for college—academically, socially, emotionally and financially. This blended learning solution for students in grades 6-12 helps develop critical non-cognitive skills and college knowledge.
Counselors and teachers are able to measure students’ readiness grade level with a pre- and post-assessment of college knowledge. Naviance also provides students with an electronic college tool, allowing student applications, recommendations, transcripts and school profiles to be easily sent electronically to more than 3,000 colleges and universities.
"We've created an incredible learning environment at the high school, and the Class of 2018 is more than ready to step into a college classroom, the military, or straight into a career and start changing the future,” Dunlop said. “I couldn't be more proud of our students."
Online enrollment for Broken Arrow Public Schools’ before and after care program, B&A Connections, is now open for the 2018-19 school year. To enroll in B&A Connections, please access the online application link from any desktop or laptop device with internet access. Desktops are available at Central on Main located at 210 N. Main Street. Please note that spaces in the program are limited.
Once online registration is completed and the fee has been paid, an automated email will be sent acknowledging registration has been received. Within 48 hours, another email will be sent with the enrollment approval confirmation. This email will also contain login credentials for your account. This new parent portal will be used for future registrations, payment processing, auto-pay enrollment, announcements and more.
B&A Connections offers a developmentally appropriate before and after school program for students enrolled in grades Pre-K through fifth. This program is geared to meet the needs and characteristics of each child. Along with providing a safe and secure environment at Broken Arrow's early childhood centers and elementary school sites, B&A Connections' carefully planned activities encourage optimal physical, mental and social development, while fostering each child’s positive self-image and sense of independence.
When school is in session, B&A Connections begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Please review B&A tuition information.
Please note that although B&A Connections is affiliated with Broken Arrow Public Schools, this program is licensed through DHS and some policies and procedures may differ from those of Broken Arrow Public Schools.
For more information about this program, please call 918-259-7413 or email:
May 15 marked one of the most important days for the Class of 2018, as each senior said farewell to a chapter in their lives at Broken Arrow Public Schools’ 110th commencement ceremony.
“The Class of 2018 proved themselves to be one of a kind,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Five years ago, we announced a manta of ‘100 percent literacy, engagement, graduation – every student, every day.’ I’m so proud to say that 97 percent of our seniors walked across the graduation stage this year. This group of students not only rose to the challenge, but they provided their underclassmen with a tradition of excellence on which to build.”
Student Council President Namera Newaz’s ceremony speech echoed Dr. Dunlop’s sentiments, encouraging her fellow peers to always celebrate others.
As more than 1,100 names were announced and students crossed the BOK Center stage to receive their diplomas, classmates shared smiles and cheers with each other and their support systems.
Burns concluded the evening by addressing the students.
“If we continue to look for opportunities to stretch ourselves, to learn, to grow to our greatest potential throughout all the days of our lives, we will discover depths of resilience and brilliance that we would never have thought possible,” Burns said. “Those of us who have been privileged to witness your life thus far and work with you each day have faith that you will continue to grow and flourish as you move on from us to meet your future and make it your own.”
Following graduation, seniors gathered at Broken Arrow High School for Project Graduation, an all-night “lock-in” that allows them one last hoorah with their classmates. This event was made possible by donations from the Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation, Walmart, Tully Law Firm, Aspen Plumbing, the Broken Arrow PTA, the Broken Arrow Rotary Club and other various donations.
“After our students walked across the stage and achieved the final goal of graduation, we wanted to provide them with a safe venue in which to celebrate with each other,” Dr. Dunlop said. “Thanks to our community partners, our seniors were able to enjoy food, activities and fellowship with their peers before they embark on a new journey.”
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) would like to remind parents/legal guardians that students entering the seventh grade for the 2018-19 school year are required to receive one Tdap booster for immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. This is a booster to the DTP students received before kindergarten. Students will not be allowed to pick up their schedules without proof of this immunization.
If your student has received the Tdap immunization, please provide documentation to your student's middle school health office.
To assist BAPS middle school students in obtaining this immunization, BAPS is teaming up with the Oklahoma Caring Van program. The vaccine will be administered by a registered nurse and are offered free of charge to students who are:
The Oklahoma Caring Van will be at all five middle schools and at Central on Main to provide the Tdap booster to incoming seventh graders for the 2018-19 school year on the following dates:
May 18, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Central on Main
May 24, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Oneta Ridge Middle School
Since the program began in 1999, thousands of children have received immunizations from registered nurses aboard the Caring Vans. Immunization information is entered in the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS), making vaccine history readily available.
For more information about the Caring Van, please contact your child’s school nurse.
For the upcoming school year, Broken Arrow Public Schools is expanding its one-to-one (1:1) computer program to all five middle schools as every eighth grade student will be provided their own Chromebook to use for assignments at school and at home. These Chromebooks are being re-purposed from the current senior class and were originally paid for by instructional technology bond funds.
With this expansion, the district’s middle schools will be among the few in the Tulsa metro area with a 1:1 program.
“Because our 9th through 12th grade students have been utilizing the 1:1 program for a few years now with great gains in students learning and engagement, we felt there was no better time to introduce the devices to all eighth graders,” BAPS Digital Learning Facilitator Brandon Chitty said. “This success sparks continued growth to enhance teaching and learning through student 1:1 devices. We are excited to be able to offer our blended learning model to our eighth graders.”
Last fall, Sequoyah Middle School conducted a pilot “one-to-stay” program with 10 teachers, meaning they were provided a designated Chromebook but could not take it home. Next, the school piloted a schoolwide 1:1 program to evaluate if it should be expanded to all Broken Arrow middle schools.
“We studied the shift in teacher and student experience during the pilot program and found students were more engaged in the content and teachers found more joy and productivity in their work,” said Chitty. “Teachers are eager for the students to have devices to go home so the learning does not have to stay inside the four walls of their classrooms.”
While the goals of the program are to enhance student computer literacy, digital citizenship, and college and career readiness, Sequoyah teachers were energized by a new way to instruct.
“This program has opened so many new teaching aids and different opportunities for students to learn,” Sequoyah math teacher Andi Pendergraft said. “Lesson planning is fun and more effective!”
The district hopes to eventually expand its 1:1 program to include sixth and seventh graders as devices become available.
An insurance program has been established that covers repair and replacement for the student’s Chromebook as well as HelpDesk support. The insurance program is voluntary, but families are highly encouraged to participate. To purchase insurance, visit www.baschools.org/insurance.
To learn more about the 1:1 program, visit www.baschools.org/1to1.
The Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education recently named several key administrators to serve in leadership positions at one of the district’s 27 sites for the 2018-2019 school year. Each of the positions was filled by individuals who are currently on staff.
Amy Gann – Oliver Middle School Assistant Principal
Ms. Amy Gann joined BAPS in 2006. She previously served as an assistant principal at Centennial Middle School and will now serve as the assistant principal at Oliver Middle School. The vacancy at Oliver was due to previous assistant principal Kristin Graves taking a position as the principal at Centennial Middle School.
Ashley Bowser - Executive Director of Student Information Services
Mr. Ashley Bowser joined BAPS in 2001. He previously served as the principal at Centennial Middle School and is now the executive director of student information services. He will develop procedures and policies related to gathering and managing student data.
Crystal Barber – Junior Principal at Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Crystal Barber joined BAPS in 2016. She previously served as an assistant principal at the Freshman Academy and will now become the junior principal at Broken Arrow High School. The vacancy at the high school was due to Dr. Kim Garrett taking a position as the district’s director of high school academics.
Dr. Kim Garrett - Director of High School Academics
Dr. Kim Garrett joined BAPS in 2017. She previously served as the junior principal at Broken Arrow High School and will now become the director of high school academics. Dr. Garrett will manage, organize and develop the day-to-day operations of Broken Arrow High School’s instructional and academic programming.
Kristin Graves - Centennial Middle School Principal
Ms. Kristin Graves joined BAPS in 2016. She previously served as the assistant principal at Oliver Middle School and will now become the principal at Centennial Middle School. The vacancy at Centennial was due to previous principal Ashley Bowser taking a position as the district’s executive director of student information services.
Kristin Henness – Director of Early Childhood Programs
Ms. Kristin Henness joined BAPS in 2011. She previously served as Oak Crest Elementary’s principal and will now serve as the director of early childhood programs. Henness will oversee the efforts of the district’s early childhood centers in developing appropriate curriculum and monitoring instructional effectiveness. She will also oversee B&A Connections and Mentoring Healthy Parents’ early childhood program.
This new position was created when Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Margaret Coates resigned and Assistant Superintendent Ms. Karla Dyess took over elementary and secondary school sites.
The new Oak Crest principal has not yet been identified.
Leslie Officer – Broken Arrow Freshman Academy Assistant Principal
Ms. Leslie Officer joined BAPS in 2010. She previously served as Vandever Elementary’s principal and will now serve as an assistant principal at the Freshman Academy. The vacancy at the Freshman Academy was due to previous assistant principal Crystal Barber taking the junior principal position at Broken Arrow High School.
The new Vandever principal has not yet been identified.
Tom Hoeffner II- Oneta Ridge Principal
Mr. Tom Hoeffner II joined BAPS in 2010. He previously served as the sophomore principal at Broken Arrow High School and will now become the principal at Oneta Ridge Middle School. The vacancy at Oneta Ridge Middle School was due to previous principal Mickey Replogle taking the sophomore principal position at Broken Arrow High School.
Mickey Replogle – Sophomore Principal at Broken Arrow High School
Mr. Mickey Replogle joined BAPS in 2011. He previously served as Oneta Ridge Elementary’s principal and will now become Broken Arrow High School’s sophomore principal.
In addition, Mr. Ken Ellett was promoted to executive director of student services, and Mr. Steve Dunn was hired as the executive director of athletics. More information about Ellett and Dunn can be found at http://bit.ly/BAStudentServices.
Broken Arrow Public Schools has promoted longtime Athletic Director Ken Ellett to a new role as executive director of student programs, where he will oversee all student activities and fine arts. In addition, former Broken Arrow assistant football coach and administrator Steve Dunn will take over as executive director of athletics.
The moves were approved by the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education at their regular meeting on May 14 and will take effect on May 29.
“Ken Ellett has been the face of Broken Arrow athletics for the last 28 seasons,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I am excited to see how his leadership and vast knowledge can help enhance student experiences on a broader scale.”
Ellett joined BAPS in 1990, hired by Dr. Clarence Oliver after serving as director of football operations at the University of Wisconsin. Under his guidance, Broken Arrow has captured 51 team state championships and a baseball national championship in 2011. He also played a key role in transitioning the football team from Kirkland Field to Memorial Stadium in 2000, and the construction of the Varsity Training Center and indoor practice facility which opened in 2014.
“It’s hard to believe how much progress we’ve made together since I moved here with my family almost 30 years ago,” Ellett said. “I’m so grateful to all of our coaches, student-athletes and our community for everything they’ve done over the years. I am excited to start my new role and bring some new opportunities for our students.”
Steve Dunn rejoins the Broken Arrow family after serving as executive director of operations for Owasso Public Schools. He previously served as Broken Arrow’s assistant director of athletics under Ellett from 2014-2017 after nine years in coaching, including four seasons on Steve Spavital’s staff from 2010-2013. “Words cannot express how thrilled I am to be coming back home to Broken Arrow,” Dunn said. “I learned so much working with Ken Ellett in the past and look forward to continuing to pick his brain as I work with [Assistant Director of Athletics] Melenda Knight and Coach [David] Alexander to continue to drive our district forward.”
“Steve Dunn has every attribute we could ask for when we looked to fill Ken’s shoes,” Associate Superintendent Chuck Perry said. “He dreams big and has an engaging personality that is contagious. You don’t have to talk to him long to walk away inspired by his vision for where he sees our district and our community going together.”