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Superintendent’s Message .................................................................................. 1 Eatin’ It Up! - Good Nutrition............................................................................... 3 Ben Franklin Science Academy ......................................................................... 5 Cherokee Elementary ............................................................................................. 7 Creek Elementary ...................................................................................................... 9 Early Childhood Center........................................................................................11 Grant Foreman School .........................................................................................13 Harris Jobe School ..................................................................................................15 Irving Elementary ....................................................................................................17 Muskogee Public Schools - School Supplies List .................................19 Fun Section..................................................................................................................20

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Superintendent’s Message

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Welcome Back to School Today I welcome you back to yet another school year full of high expectations. But the succ ess that comes to our stude nts will take a great deal of hard work on the part of the teachers, the students, the administrators, and the parents. I think that this wo rk we do in the development of our child ren is probably the most im portant in the world. Our mission is an important one: MPS—One Team, One Vi One Community - Dedicated sion, to Excellence - Educating all students to be successful in an ever chan ging world - Achieved throug h shared leadership. All sections of th e mission carry heavy resp onsibilities for each of us. It will take all of us working as one team to accomplish this mission. The start of a new year is a challenging time. Students in all shapes and sizes and come some will settle down more qu ick ly others after the summer br than eak. Some will be happy to lea rn others will find learning a str while uggle. It is our job as both tea ch er parents to ensure that they s and are all helped to the best of ou r ab and that we see to it that each ility one reaches his or her own pa rti potential. It will take atten cular tion to teaching, care of th e lea rning environment, open commun ication and team work from all of us. School is ultimately about teaching students how to become mature and live wo grow, rthwhile lives. With the dif fi cu lti trying to get them to learn es of a specific subject and be pr ep ar pass mandated testing we ca ed to n sometimes forget the bigge r pic I would ask that we all remem ture. ber the saying that childhood is a film that you can only see once. Th ere are no re-runs and grad ua tio arrives faster than we expe n day ct. As educators and parent s we never be responsible for turn must ing a student against school or ag life-long learning. It is our ainst job to open their minds an d to aw their enthusiasm. aken So today I welcome you back to yet another year. Above look forward to the support all, I of our teachers, parents and community in making certain that MPS is a place where our student s and all who enter our doors find th e warm, supportive environ ment they deserve. That way we can en sure that when our student s look back they will say that their scho ol days in Muskogee were th e best days of their lives. 2


Tonya Lungstrom, Nutrition Education Coordinator, poses in a cow suit with members of the City Wellness Committee headed by Dr. James Baker, left. The event kicked o the Milk Moustache campaign held at Muskogee High School.

Food Allergies in Schools

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Food allergies in children are increasing and Muskogee Public School’s Child Nutrition Department would like to do all it can to help parents and guardians deal with this issue. If you have a child with a food allergy, food intolerance or medical condition requiring a special diet, please contact Tonya Lungstrum, Education Coordinator for Muskogee Public Schools, at 684-3700 ext 5213 or Tonya-Lungstrom@ mpsi20.org. 3


Start School Off Right with Good Nutrition

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ne of the best legacies you can leave your children is that of healthy eating habits. A new school year is the perfect time to try a new regimen of eating right. Low carbohydrate diets are still a big craze, but cutting too much out of your carbohydrate intake can deprive both the body and mind. That’s right! Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our minds. According to the USDA Food Pyramid, on average, individuals should consume at least 3 ounces of whole grain bread, pasta, cereal or crackers a day. The amount you need will depend on your age, gender and activity level. You can go to www.mypyramid.gov to get your personal meal requirements. Also, according to the CDC, Oklahoma is last in the nation in eating fruits and vegetables. As a result Oklahomans’ are not getting enough potassium, vitamins, fiber and many other key nutrients. Oklahoma has a long-standing reputation for growing quality fruits and vegetables. At the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Oklahoma exhibited three watermelons with a combined weight of 334 pounds. In 2006 the Oklahoma Legislature declared watermelon Oklahoma’s state vegetable. Watermelons contain an antioxidant called, lycopene. It also gives the fruit or vegetable the red color. Antioxidants such as lycopene help neutralize “free radicals” that cause damage to DNA cells. This damage may play a role in the onset of cancer. Muskogee Public School’s Child Nutrition Services is happy to inform everyone that eight of our elementary sites have been chosen to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provided through the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The schools are Muskogee Early Childhood Center, Benjamin Franklin Science Academy, Sadler Arts Academy, Irving, Whittier, Grant Foreman, Tony Goetz and Creek. Each site has designated a specific time for their students to enjoy a fresh fruit and/or vegetable snack. Additionally, The Muskogee Farmers’ Market is a great place to buy locally grown produce. It offers much more than fruits and vegetables. You can get baked products and hand crafted items along with natural body care products. On August 29th the second Grill Crazy event will offer items listed above plus many more for tasting. Recipes and different cooking tips will also be available. Muskogee Farmers’ Market is located at 5th & Okmulgee. They operate April 19 through October, Wednesday 8 a.m.-12 noon and Saturday 8 a.m-12 noon. For

information: www.okfarmersmarket.org or Doug Walton @ 918-686-6939 or email doug.walton@suddenlink.net And don’t forget your milk products. Serve lean sources of dairy, such as low-fat milk (check with your doctor to determine whether your child should have whole or reducedfat milk), low-fat yogurt, ricotta, or cheese. The City Wellness Initiative, Muskogee Public Schools Child Nutrition Services and the Muskogee County Health Department encourage healthy dairy products. Here is the recipe of the month to try with your family:

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2009 Special Events

8:00 am - Noon Wednesdays & Saturdays Oklahoma grown fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, baked goods, handmade crafts, natural body care products and more

Opening Day - April 11 Earth Day Festival - April 25 Herb Fest - May 9 Grille Crazy - June 27 Salsa Tasting Contest - July 25 Grille Crazy II - August 29

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Teachers and students at BFSA are looking forward to an exciting year! We are planning great things for next year! Darren B. Perry Agency Principal

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Our 8th grade students will travel with Sadler students to visit art museums and science attractions around Oklahoma in October thanks to a grant Ms. Winget received from Muskogee City Foundation. This a great opportunity for Sadler and BFSA students. 7th and 8th grade students will dance, dance, dance in September. Students and Middle Level staff always enjoy the first dance of the year. Benjamin Franklin will participate in a Literacy First Grant for 20092010. Kindergarten, First, Second , Sixth and Middle Level teachers will participate in Literacy First training in August. Teachers are anxious to attend. Literacy nights are scheduled for August to share information about Literacy First with parents.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

We are working on after school programs for our K-8 students. The after school program will run 4 days per week from 3:15-4:15 with transportation provided. Students will chose from activities ranging from art, music, science, archaeology, teen literature, tutoring and more. Our staff is having a great time organizing the program. Dr. Karla Rice

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Cherokee Elementary Accelerated Reader 100 Point Club – Spring 2009

(Tsa-la-gi Field Trip in Talequah, Oklahoma) Accelerated Reader trip

to the Cherokee Heritage Center Students who met yearly goals in Accelerated Reader took a trip to the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill near the end of May. Students learned about the history and culture of the Cherokee people.

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WELCOME BACK…

Cherokee Elementary

We hope that everyone had a relaxing, fun summer! A new year is about to begin, and we are so excited. We have so many cool and exciting things planned this year. We are hoping to see increased parental involvement, and we anticipate great things. We are hoping to get our honor choir off the ground, and we are planning on taking a trip to an Oklahoma college or university. We also have a spacious new science lab that our older students will surely enjoy. Please prepare to visit Cherokee and be a part of the greatness that exists here at our school. Help your child succeed in school As we start the new school year, we’d like to offer a few tips to help your child do his or her best in school. Meeting your child’s basic needs 1. See that your child’s physical needs are met by ensuring that your child is eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and exercise, and receiving regular medical, dental and vision checkups. 2. Ensure that your child’s emotional needs are met by letting your child know that he or she is loved and cared for. Encourage your child to learn cooperation, confidence and independence. 3. Provide a safe environment with reasonable rules and guidelines. Give consistent discipline with fair and appropriate consequences.

4. Each day, set aside a time and place for studying and reading. 5. If your child is having problems in school, ask the teacher or counselor about tutoring and intervention programs and ask about ways that you can help your child overcome difficulties. Encourage your child to read 1. Start reading aloud to your child at an early age. Even babies enjoy listening to you read easy picture books and talk to them about the pictures. 2. Continue reading aloud to your child during the elementary years and as your child learns to read, encourage your child to read aloud to you. Take turns reading both fiction and nonfiction books together. 3. Ask questions to see if your child understands what is being read. Encourage your child to think. a. Ask questions about who, what, where, when, why and how. b. Clarify the meaning of new or difficult words and ideas. c. Ask, “What do you think will happen next in the story?” “Why do you think that?” d. Ask your child to summarize or “retell” what happened in the story. 4. Let your child see you reading books, newspapers or magazines for enjoyment and information. 5. Set aside a time each day for reading. Encourage your child to bring home books from the school library. 6. Make time to take your child to the public library. Check out a printed book

and the audio book to accompany it so that your child can listen to a book and read along. 7. When your child is reading fluently, encourage him or her to move forward and tackle more challenging books. Encourage your child in math and science 1. Help your child see how math and science relate to everyday life. a. Count items at home or the store. Use math to solve everyday problems. b. Let your child use measuring cups and measuring spoons to help you measure ingredients for a recipe. c. Show your child how to use a ruler to measure length, a thermometer to measure temperature, and scales to measure weight. d. Talk to your child about how things work as you go about your daily tasks. Discuss cause and effect. 2. Help your child to memorize math facts by using flash cards or online math fact games. 3. Encourage curiosity about nature and the world we live in. When your child has a question, help him to find the answer online or in a library book. Encourage him/her to read non-fiction books. Information taken from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach, Empowering Parents School Box: Learning Checklists, Washington, D.C., 2007. http://www.ed.gov/ parents/landing.jhtml?src=ln

Mark your calendars and note these important dates. Sept. 7 ..............Labor Day-NO SCHOOL Sept. 17 ..............Parent Teacher Conferences (4PM-7PM) Sept. 18 ..............Parent-Teacher Conferences (8AM-12 NOON)-NO SCHOOL Oct. 14.................1st Quarter Ends Oct. 15-16 ........Fall Break NO SCHOOL Oct. 27.................Professional Day NO SCHOOL Nov. 2...................PICTURE DAY Nov. 23-27 .......Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL DEC. 15 ...............MAKE–UP PICTURE DAY Dec. 18 ................2nd Quarter Ends

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Creek Elementary Welcome Back to Creek Elementary for the 2009-2010 School Year!

The Creek Staff would like to welcome everyone back to Creek for a new school year! We are excited to see all the familiar faces and the new ones too! I hope each of you enjoyed your summer break and are ready to come back to school for more learning and make some new friends this year. There have been a few changes in the Creek Staff this year, Ms. Case has retired in 2nd grade, Mrs. Robertson moved over to 2nd from 3rd, Mrs. Jones moved to 3rd grade from 4th with Creek having two sections now in 4th, Ms. Estes moved up to 6th grade from 5th for three sections of 6th and two sections of 5th. Mrs. Friend has been hired to fill the open kindergarten section due to Mrs. Hougland moving back to her home town.

Thanks to the staff at MY Magazine!

MY Magazine has helped our school reach out to the community with information about our school and students. Creek will continue with the section showcasing our students writing. Student successes will be shared throughout the year in academics, community awareness, and other areas as we celebrate the new school year and all the opportunities for sharing the positive messages about our students’ accomplishments.

Writing Showcase will Continue

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Writing skills are very important to the success of our students at school as well as in the future when they will be entering the world of adulthood and looking for that first job. Creek staff will provide students with a building wide writing prompt each month for students to develop better writing skills and share their thoughts with others. The writings of students at the end of last year were great with

the creative ways different students chose to write about the same prompt. We are excited to continue with this focus again this year to share our students’ work with our learning community.

Homeland’s Dollar$ for School$

Creek Elementary received a check from the Homeland’s Dollars for Schools program during the summer for last year’s participation of Creek parents and patrons. This program will continue again this year, but you have to reregister your Homeland Card the next time you go shopping. All you have to do is asked the cashier to key in the Creek code to reactivate your Homeland Card to start building funds for this school year. We would like to thank Homeland, our parents, and community members for supporting Creek Elementary last school year while shopping at Homeland. The more people that sign-up their Homeland Card to support Creek Elementary, the more rewards we are able to share with our Creek students!

Go Green! We are the Creek Roughers!

We are the Creek Roughers! Creek Elementary is going GREEN! All elementary schools in the Muskogee district are going GREEN and changing their school mascot to The Roughers. Creek Elementary will now be known as the Creek Roughers, as we are dropping the Golden Arrows mascot. We will be taking orders for our Creek Rougher Spirit Shirts in the office through Monday, August 17 to get the school order to the vendor. Just return the order form on or before the August 17 deadline prepaid to the Creek office to get your Creek Rougher Spirit Shirts about September 1st. GO ROUGHERS! GO CREEK ROUGHERS!


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ENROLLING TAKES A WHILE

Haley Dennis and Ethan Cox sat down to rest while their parents fill out enrollment forms. They both can’t wait to go to school. Antonia Barker smiles as her mother finds out the upcoming events for ECC.

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School Pictures –September 1, 2009 Labor Day –No School –Sept. 7, 2009 Parent/Teacher Conferences Sept. 17/18

Pizza with Parents September 29, 20

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Early Childhood Center READY FOR SCHOOL A group of pre-k students excited about school wearing backpacks

entering the Early Childhood Center doors were asked, “What do you think you will do on the first day of school?” They spoke up with loud responses. Justin Frazier says, “I’m going to draw with my new crayons, play with all kinds of toys, and meet new friends.” Bianca McVay says, “I’m going to read a book, play with toys and my friends.” Jakayla Maxwell says, “I am going to write, play, and learn something new, that’s it.” Zhyan Mayes says, “I’m going to play with play dough, play with sand, play on the computer, and have fun.” All our new students are happy about the start of the school year. They have one thing in common; they will all play as they learn. That phrase will be stated frequently as they learn and recite the ECC creed. They are unique and very special people.

OUR SCHOOL CREED I am unique! Today I will learn as I play.

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My circle of friends will help and guide me. I am preparing for tomorrow. Today I will Listen, work and cooperate with others. I know that I am smart, And today my Future plans will start!

BIG BROTHER KNOWS BEST! Caleb Gann, an alumnus from the Early Childhood Center, shows his little sister Kenzie Gann where she should go and what she should do when she starts the new school year at ECC. He took her on a tour of the building. He probably told her all about the school at home but now he has a chance to show her what it looks like. He shows her how to sit

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Grant Foreman Elementary

Looking back on the close of 2008-2009 we celebrated many events… here are few that we would like to share: May Student of the Month-

Students were treat ed to lunch with Principal Hillm on compliments of Charlie’s Chicken. Students who are sele cted are also celebrated with a ce rtificate and can post their favo rite pictures in our schools’ ”Hall of Fame” for the entire month on th eir personal “Me Board”. Students ar e nominated by their teachers and peers for outstanding character qualities.

Grant Foreman Swim Night

Grant Foreman PTO’s annual swimming party at River Country Water Park was a huge success! We had over 350 in attendance where the students and staff welcomed the summer with a refreshing swim! PTO sponsored door prizes, with two students winning a new bicycle! PTO organizes fundraisers, supports school activities, purchases playground equipment, miscellaneous school needs and does their best to improve the quality of our school. Hats off to the officers for all of their hard work! Please contact 684-3860 for membership information.

Welcome Back

The 2009-2010 holds much promise for the students at Grant Foreman. This year we plan not only to build upon and enhance many of our current successful programs such as Reading Renaissance, Character Club, Student Council and our extensive reward and recognition programs but also implement activities such as Literacy First, in-school tutoring, Rise and Shine, Words of the Week and a new Technology class. We look forward to this school year and anticipate lots of learning! Have a productive 2009-2010! 13


Reading Renaissance Model Classrooms

Two of our classrooms qualified at the end of the school year to be Re sance Model Classroom ading Renaiss. To receive this certification, an educato r must demonstrate that students are maintaining highquality practice for a m inim In addition, educators m um of 12 weeks. us working with individual t be actively students to meet Renaissance-recommen de be helping each student d standards and work at the level that promotes the mos t growth. Congratulations to Ms. Burris’ 2nd grade class and Ms. Rowe’s 4th grade class!

Awards and Recognitions

Children thrive when th ey we are of their progress. know how proud Th recognize our students at’s why we in many areas, quarterly and on a semester basis. Students are rewarded for Model Citiz en Achievement, Most Impr ship, Academic oved, and Attendance. Students earn ce rtifi medals and trophies. Lo cates, ribbons, cal participate by awarding vendors also fre cates to our award winn e meal certifiers. Big thanks to all who make our celebrat ions a success!

Grant Foreman Welcomes New Classroom Teachers

We’re pleased to introduce the following teachers new to Grant Foreman: Ms. Kim Keys-Rich: 1st Grade Mrs. Lauren Wirth: 6th Grade Mrs. Amy Pool: K-6 Multi-Level Mrs. Shalyn Gallaway: Music Mr. Tommy Anderson: Physical Education Please become acquainted with all of our staff members at our school web site @ www.mpsi20.org.

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Harris Jobe is pleased to welcome back all of our returning students and staff. A warm welcome is also being sent to those students who are new to the Harris Jobe family this school year. Hopefully summer has given each of you some time to rest and recharge for the 2009-2010 school year, one that is sure to be great. School will begin at 8:30am this year and students will be dismissed at 3:30pm. If your child is a car rider they will be escorted to the front sidewalk at the south end of the building. Kindergarten will be released first. Parents, please enter the parking lot at the entrance just south of the marquee and form two lines of traffic. Students will be loaded into their respective vehicles as they arrive near the south end of the parking lot. Please, please, please, have patience with this process. After the first week or so you will see that it becomes a much smoother and safer way of dismissal for our students. The parking spaces on the middle row are used for parent parking. Parking is not allowed in the bus circle. Our teachers and staff have attended several workshops throughout the summer so that the students will be given the best opportunity for success in the classroom this year. Grades 4-6 will be joining the lower grades in using the reading process and guidance of Literacy First. Teachers are excited about this skill driven process to help improve the love success of reading in all of our students. It is the desire of Harris Jobe staff that ALL families spend at least 20 minutes of reading together each evening this school year.

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Back to School Night will be held on

Monday August 10 from 4:30-6:30pm. PTO will have a table set up for membership and volunteer sign-up. Volunteers are always needed in our school. Volunteering can include such things as being a homeroom parent, playground duty volunteer, office aide, classroom teacher helper, or working PTO events. There are many opportunities out there for you to take part in your child’s education. Building the connection between school and home will be one of the main focuses this year at Harris Jobe. Parents and teachers working together build bright futures in our children. The cost to join PTO is $5.00 per family. th

A big thank you goes out to the Harris Jobe Parent and Teacher Organization for the new fence on

the southeast end of our building. The PTO is also having our marque in front of the school replaced, so please be watching for important dates to be posted throughout the year on it. PTO also planted flowers in all of our flower beds at the beginning of summer. Now there are beautiful blooms to enjoy. Thank you parents, teachers , and volunteers for helping make our school a better place.

Accelerated Reading Program:

Each child will be given a goal to reach for each nine week period this school year. A new Accelerated Reader Points Board has been installed in the entry hallway and our star students will have their names posted there when they reach 25, 50, 75, 100+ points. Students

reaching their goals for each nine weeks will be invited to attend an AR party at the end of the school year.

Making School a Priority Make attendance job #1. Let your young-

sters know that unless they’re sick, they must go to school. Try to schedule routine dentist and doctor appointments after school hours. If possible, take family vacations during school breaks (Thanksgiving break this year is 1week long). Perfect attendance will be rewarded for each 9 weeks this year.

Show you care. Want your children to know that you’re interested in their learning? Talk about their school activities and projects. Attend as many school events as you can. If homework and school activities conflict, speak up: “I know you have baseball practice this evening , but homework comes first. After you finish, I’ll take you to practice.” Keep it upbeat. Try to set a positive example for your children, even when your own day has been difficult. Instead of saying, “I had a hard day at work. I’ll never get my project done, “ try, “ Work was hard today, but I made some progress on my project.” If you show a positive attitude about your work, your youngsters may feel better about their own.


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Irving Elementary Welcome to Irving Elementary School, Where Leadership is a Habit

This year, Irving will be using the theme of “Leadership” to help with our mission to do what is best and educationally sound for all students. As we begin the year, staff members are being trained following Stephen Covey’s model from the book, “The Leader in Me.” As we decided on the theme, it was apparent that leadership skills must be taught at an early age to better equip our students for success in the future. Stay tuned for more information as the year begins.

Student Leaders

Fifteen 4th and 5th grade Irving students attended Summer Character Camp at Camp Tulakogee, North of Wagoner June 4th and 5th. The purpose of the camp was to empower student leaders to go back to their schools and role model principles of character and virtue. Character Camp was enjoyed by all who attended. This school year, Irving will have a core of leadership students who will be involved in the implementation of character building programs, and drug and violence prevention.

School Climate

At Irving Elementary we recognize that climate influences a young person’s decisions. Our challenge as Irving Staff members is to develop a school climate that encourages students to make good decisions and experience true success. At Irving Elementary we help children become caring, contributing, productive, and responsible members of society.

Starting School – What Parents can do To Help Their Child:

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about himself, his strengths, weakness, interests, and who he is socially. He will have to perform in a way that he never has had to perform at home. He has to separate from parents, meet social and academic challenges, and make friends. Starting school can be both fun and stressful. Many children show some anxiety about school. If parents have mixed feelings (e.g. guilt, fear, or anxiety) about sending a child to school, this can add to the child’s hesitancy, or reluctance.

Operation Aware

Operation Aware, a prevention education program will begin at Irving this year. Operation Aware provides prevention education services to meet a critical community need to help children be safe and drug free. It is based on the latest and best available information about how children learn and what works to help them make responsible choices. It teaches positive life skills that promote resiliency and reduces the likelihood of high risk behaviors, especially the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Literacy First

Irving is a Literacy First School. We received a $30,000 grant this year to help us provide this program. Your child’s reading and comprehension will be closely monitored. It is so important that you read with your child every night. Research shows that it even helps the older students if you read to them and then have them read to you. Your child’s data will be kept on a computer program and passed to the following year’s teacher. Please discuss the data with your child’s teacher as soon as the year begins, and continue that conversation throughout your child’s school career.


2009 Character Camp

Here are some pictures from the Character Cam p held at Camp Tulakogee this year. The purpose of the camp was to empower student leaders to go back to their schools and role model principles of character and virtue. Character Camp was enjoyed by all who atte nded.

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Welcome back to another “koalaty� year at Pershing Elementary, Model

School of Technology and home of its very own television studio, KQLT. Our teachers and support staff work very hard to make sure that students receive the best education and support possible. Teachers attended many professional development institutes this summer, such as Math Academy sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, to keep their knowledge, skills, and methodology up-todate for our students. Our gifted and talented program will also benefit from a City of Muskogee Foundation grant to investigate urban archaeology. Mrs. McCann, gifted/ talented enrichment sponsor, will lead students on a discovery of the archaeological history of the region, the development of various styles of architecture throughout the centuries, and forensic mysteries and reconstructions. Tours of important archaeological sites and historic walking tours will take place throughout the year. We are very grateful to the City of Muskogee Foundation for their help and support. We will also carry on the proud tradition of our KOALATY Awards and Recognition program honoring students for outstanding achievements. Our video technology specialist, Debbie Young, will continue our superior broadcast journalism and technology curriculum. And finally, we will continue on with our initiative to engage students in Science Fair projects to deepen their understanding of scientific inquiry, continuing our mission of providing 21 Century skills for our students. We look forward to the great academic and creative projects your children will produce. Great gifted and talented and science fair projects are expected at Pershing Elementary this year.

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Our dedicated teachers were also awarded

Pershing School

several grants to offer special programs for our students. Rogena McClain, our librarian, and 6th grade teacher Jessica Hiseley were awarded an Education Foundation of Muskogee grant. A Circle of Love, is designed to improve reading skills of 4th, 5th and 6th graders using quality children’s literature. It is based on developing literature circles in which students are placed in reading groups in order to motive and excite them about reading. Children will work together on activities to help develop understanding of the literature.

Mrs. McClain and Mrs. Hiseley are surprised by their award from the Education Foundation of Muskogee for their literature project, A Circle of Love.

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Sadler Arts Academy Sadler Arts Academy’s over-arching theme for the 2009 – 2010 school year is: “New York, New York, You’re a wonderful town!” To kick off the school year, the Sadler teaching staff made a trip to Dallas, TX to visit The Dallas Museum of Art, which is featuring an “Abstract Expressionist” gallery of art. Abstract Expressionism developed in New York as the center of the art world moved from Europe to New York City after World War II. Teachers saw a variety of works by such artists as Jackson Pollack, whose gestural paintings are considered to be two of the Dallas Museum’s most important holdings. This experience better prepared teachers to foster an understanding of the Abstract Expressionism in

their classrooms. Back to school night was held August 10 and was a combined effort of the Sadler PTA and Title I. Dubbed “Opening Night” this event featured a New York City Deli serving, New York Cheesecake, and New York–style hot dogs. Teachers dressed in tuxedos and top hats, as they welcomed parents and students to their classrooms. The Sadler School Family learned of plans for the year through a Calendar of Events distributed at Opening Night. Among the high points planned this year are: • August 21, 2009, the 7th and 8th grade classes at Sadler plan to visit the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa to view the Thomas Moran paintings, which are part of the Hudson River School of Painting, originating in New York. • A Broadway Review with consultant Hallie Neill who currently sings in Broadway productions and with the Metropolitan Opera. In fact Ms. Neill has written, directed, and starred in a Broadway Play. Her residency at Sadler is tentatively planned for Sept. 20 – October 2 and will culminate with a Broadway “Showstopper” Review. Pam Turnbull, Sadler Music Specialist, is spearheading this event. • Sadler’s 7th and 8th grade Masquerade Ball will take place around Oct. 2. Special guests will be Ben Franklin Science Academy’s 8th graders. This is planned as a “get acquainted” party, as both schools will be participating in the Muskogee City Foundation funded trip: “Discovering Oklahoma One Mile At A Time.” • October 7, 8, and 9 are the dates tentatively scheduled for Sadler’s and Ben Franklin’s joint venture as they tour the state of Oklahoma learning more about our great State, with art and science experiences sprinkled in. • November 6 is scheduled for Sadler’s Veterans Day program. As always, this

Fall Masquerade Ball at Sadler, October 2008.

program will center around a piece of literature and students will leave with a better understanding of the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy. • The public performances of Sadler’s Nutcracker are scheduled for December 11 and 12. This will be the third and final Harlem Nutcracker in the current series. During the 2010-2011 school year, Sadler will return to the original Tchaikovsky music and the classical ballet. It is fitting that Sadler’s Nutcracker performance this year be set in Harlem, in the heart of NYC. • January 19, 20, and 21 have been tentatively set as the dates for Sadler’s 3 Day Instructional Event focusing on Andy Warhol and Post-WWII Modern Art. This is in preparation for a “Gallery Opening” at Sadler Arts Academy later in the Winter. • Sadler’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be treated to a Valentine Dance on February 12, 2010. • February 19 is set as the date for Sadler’s Black History Program, which will center around a piece of literature and will feature the songs and poetry of African Americans. Students will leave this assembly with a better understanding of the history of African Americans in the United States of America. Testing is scheduled for mid April and the month of March will be spent in focused preparation for that. May will be filled with assemblies, parties and learning experiences which will bring the 2009 – 2010 school year to a close. This promises to be a great year for Sadler Arts Academy. The above events are simply a fraction of the learning that will take place during this school year.

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and On behalf of our faculty ry! nta me Ele etz Go ny To Hello from know that we is opportunity to let you th e tak to e lik uld wo I , that staff ibilities and opportunities ss po e th ut abo ed cit ex are extremely been preparing new school year. We have a of ing inn beg e th th g wi come udents with an outstandin st r ou e vid pro to er mm su Many of throughout the portunities for success! op of nty ple and ce ien per school ex ready to transending workshops and are att n bee ve ha ers ch tea r ou and engaging learning experiing cit ex o int e edg wl kno form their new s back-tome our children and familie lco we etz Go ny To at We ences. strives to do ome part of the team that school and invite you to bec ! I am om with children every day ro ss cla e th in s ing th ary extraordin you! and working with each of ng eti me to ard rw fo g kin loo Malinda Lindsey Tony Goetz Principal

School Schedule

Breakfast Served 8:00 School Begins at 8:30 School Dismisses 3:30

Meal Prices

Breakfast All Students Free Adults $1.75 Lunch Student $1.75 (.40 cents for reduced) Adults $3.00

School Pictures

Fall – Sept. 11 Fall Retakes – Oct. 9 Santa – Nov, 6 Classroom Group – March 5 Spring – March 5

Student Activities and Programs Accelerated Reader Character Club Student Council Safety Patrol Junior Achievement JEPES Art School’s Out

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Teachers Prepare for Class

Heather Cherry, 3rd grad e, was selected at atten Jersey City, New Jerse d the Mickelson Exxony. Over 1600 teachers Mobil Science Acad applied from across th of 200 that were chos e United States. Heath emy in en to participate. The er was acad inquiry method. Heath er is anxious to share he emy focused on teaching math and science one using th r ne w skills with her student Tony Goetz. The grou s and the other teache e p was invited to atten rs at d the CBS Early Show where they were featu red guests. In June, several 4th and th 5 grade teachers from Math”. This workshop Tony Goetz attended focused on matching student’s characteristic “Differentiated Instruction for workshop will allow th s to instruction and as e teachers to tailor cu sessm rricu student readiness and interests. The teachers lum to individual students and will take int ent. This o account attending this training Pam Dial, Kennie Hull, we Crystal Fletcher , Tina McDaniel, and Sheiia Tru re Debbie Allbery, ssell.

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We encourage you to become a part of the team at Tony Goetz! Join and be involved in PTO This year’s officers are:

Shelli Jiles- President, Catrina Morse- Co-President, Jeff Perkins- Vice President, LeahAnn Mathews – Co Vice President, Angela Wilhite – Treasurer Tammy Perry - Secretary Outdoor Movie Night – August 15th

Welcome Mrs. Kathleen Harris, our new Physical Education teacher!


Tony Goetz School

The teachers and staff have been very busy preparing for the new school year. Everythin g looks great!

cter ated in Chara ys. The ip ic rt a p tz e o a om Tony G d for two d b members frogee in Wagner and laste rse and a characterlu C r e ct ra a h lak en C ropes cou In June thirtevent took place at Camp Tu s, including alth, safety, and drug awarelexis ie it iv ct e a e g h in T d A a . ite, t he -buil Camp learned abou Kayetlyn Wilh k part in team students too t show. The children also were Christopher Spinks, Richey, Morgan Castillo, themed talents selected to participate Katelynn Bradley, Taylor and Lindsay Clark. A big ness. StudenCarney, Savannah O’Neal,r Gutierrez, Alexis Morse, erry. Cherry, Karli ley Wayerski, Christophe sponsor, Mrs. Heather Ch Allie Jiles, Ha es to our Character Club thank you go

Character Camp

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Tony Goetz Receives Grant

Great things are happening at Tony Goetz Elementary. We have recently learned that we have been approved to be the recipient of a grant that will provide our school with a safe room. This will serve both the school and the community during severe weather. This room will double as a computer lab which will allow our children to enhance their technology skills. Many thanks to everyone involved in preparing this grant!

Ms. Hunter

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Whittier Elementary Dear Families, iting for students, The first day of school is exc ited to begin their parents and staff. Students are exc excited, but also new school year, and parents are se precious hands. anxious about letting go of the s feelings and will The staff understands the nervou students the first be there to support and encourage reafter. We want to day of school and every day the special at school as make sure your children feel as ask questions any they do at home. Please feel free to We look forward to time through-out the school year. welcoming back meeting all of our new families and all returning families. Sincerely, L. Ed Wallace Principal

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hittier Elementary School has taken on a new outlook for the 2009-2010 school year and for many years to come. We realize that a great journey begins with a single step. We have taken that step! We have adopted a new motto, creed, and with help from several of our colleagues, adapted the Character Education Program to fit the needs of Whittier’s student body. We took 9 students to camp this year. Next year we hope to double that number. Our Character Education members, “Whittier Wonders,” have several plans for this up coming year. Our fundraising efforts from last year have already taken us leaps and bounds for this year. Several accomplishments that have already taken light are our “Spotlights.” These are picture frames for each “Whittier Wonder” that is recognized for their outstanding display of the monthly virtue. Right above them is our new motto. These are housed in the foyer as the community, parents, and students enter the building. 31

Causing change to Happen harmoniously As a Result of Accepting others as they are, Creating a “Can-Do” attitude atmosphere, Teaching and modeling virtues Everyday, every way Reaching all of Whittier’s student body Whittier was named a Silver Award School by Voyager Reading Program.

With each new “Whittier Wonder” the previous student’s picture will be added to our scrapbook that will be lying on a table for all to look at. Monthly a student will be recognized for outstanding character in an assembly. Each child will be presented with a virtue lanyard with a medallion, a certificate, and a personalized cookie lollipop from Cookie Express. Quarterly all recognized students will be treated to a special luncheon. Finally, at the end of the year we will present “Presidential Service Awards.” This award is our way of saying “Thank You” for all the volunteered time our students spend helping our school become a better place. We also feel that this service award will inspire others to become more involved in our school and possibly our community. We want to instill life-long, solid values in our students that will benefit them for life. We are using our Character Education program as the avenue to make these changes reality, not just a dream! We are also “spotlighting”

the wonderful staff that makes Whittier what it is. We each play such a vital role in developing and molding our students into young adults that we decided that all Whittier staff should be showcased as well. The unveiling of our “Character Hallway” will be at open house. As parents, students, and guests visit their teacher, they will see our freshly painted “Character Hallway” not only highlighting the virtues that are students are being taught, but showcasing our staff members, their families, and their special interests along the way. The will also see our newly renovated court yard. We will be having several fundraisers for our Character Education program. We will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dance and a few other activities. Please contact Mr. Ed Wallace, Mrs. Denise Dunn, Mrs. Terra Lewis, Mrs. Brooke Crow, or Mrs. Jackie Chapman if would like to volunteer or make a donation. Have a great 2009-2010 school year.


Whittier’s Learn and Serve

grant provided supplies for beautifying the interior courtyard of the school.

Rise and Shine Brightens Whittier Elementary Mornings As school starts back this fall, Elementary stu-

Gifted and Talented students studied ecology and made this robot of our recyclable materials.

dents will be celebrating their country, school, and daily opportunities for success as they participate in “Rise and Shine”. Each Tuesday morning before the school day begins, students and staff will gather in the gym for pledge salutes to our flags, patriotic and fun songs, and a special presentation by the class of the week. Students will also show school pride by reciting the school motto and creed. Throughout the year holidays and special activities will be featured in the program. Each classroom will have two opportunities during the year to be featured during “Rise and Shine”. We are very excited to take advantage of this opportunity to start the day in a positive, upbeat way!

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BY D O O G G N I Y A S

ic) ts fast and picn ad 17 studen (senior break Alternative Academy h 9 school year. A r The Roughe the end of the 2008/200 May 22, 2009. A picgraduate at held in their honor oneld on May 26. When breakfast wasraduating seniors was h for the next year ’s nic for the g advise they would leave spect your teachers. It asked what id “Stay in school and return to graduate but if class they sa if it will never be your and you will be glad may seem asthere it will be your turn you hang in uit.” you didn’t q

Tasha Benz wins first place in Essay contes t. A group of girls from RAA attended an all day workshop sponso red by “The Women of Vision,” a group of professional women in Muskogee. The works hop was attended by freshman girls from Mu skogee Public Schools , Hilldale, Oktaha, and Boynton. The worksho p was entitled “You’re Wo rth It.” The girls attended sessions on he althy relationships, co llege and financial pla nning, women’s healt h, and self image. The participants were aske d to write a short essay about what they lea rned during the day and su bmit it to their schools the following week. Tasha was the first pla ce winner from the top five essays. The first pla ce prize was an outfit fro m Dillards Departmen t Stores. Congratulatio ns Tasha! Looking Go od!

Chelsea Grimes a senior at RAA in the 2009 graduating class won The Regents Service Area Scholarship which is a two year $600 scholarship to Connors State College. Good job Chelsea! Way to go!

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ogram called A participated in a pr Several girls from RA Girls learned how to intervene in Powered Up last year. d developed interpersonal skills bullying situations an a genuine apology. This program such as how to makee Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma was sponsored by th ain during the 2009/2010 school and will be offered aginterested. Shown here is Aleese year for girls who are s as they work on a poster for Buchanan and friend Powered Up.

Adam Flock is shown here with the medallion he received for gr aduating Cum Laude (With Honors) at the MHS Graduation on May 29th. Also receiv ing this honor was Ashley Steele (not pic tured). To attain this honor a student mus t rank in the top 18% of the entire MHS Se nior Class. Adam’s an d Ashley’s continual str iving in their class wo rk and in all aspects of their lives have made them “Champions of Life.” Way to go Ashle y and Adam, you have made us proud!


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Character Club Picnic

The Character Club of RAA concluded the year with a picnic and games at Elliot Park. The 2008/2009 Character Club consisted of about twenty students who were willing to provide leadership and service to the school district and the community. On May 19, 2009, the students participated in a picnic and in games such as basketball, baseball and foot races. The students reflected back over the school and year identified the projects they felt were most beneficial. We regretfully said good-bye to those students and one sponsor who will not be returning to our school next year and we challenge new and returning students who are willing to serve without expecting anything in return to join us for a new exciting experience this year!

s Ozark Trip year eleven students traveled to The

This school Buffalo National Forrest Area in Ponca, Arkansas to participate in the Ozark High Challenge Adventure. Here the students hike and rappel down cliffs as high as 220 feet. They also go spelunking (caving) and cook their own food outdoors. The purpose of these trips is not only to have fun and develop recreational skills but for self-exploration and personal growth. It provides an excellent opportunity for relationship building and life-long learning. As one of the participants, Deshaun Reed stated, “I learned a lot from that trip. I learned how to trust, communicate, and learned that it is not all about yourself. You have to listen and learn and watch your surroundings.”

RAA Parenting Daycare Center

The Daycare Center at Rougher Alternative Academy is a unique program for students who are parents or are pregnant. This program is different from all others in the state in that it is located on our campus, students can attend high school while leaving their child in quality daycare. Transportation is provided to and from school for the student and her child. Parents are able to check on their child throughout the day and feed them lunch. They gain support from the knowledgeable staff members who are required to have a Child Development Associate certificate and complete 20 hours of training a year. The Daycare has a two star rating which holds it to very high standards. The staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care.

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Rougher Athletics:

The 2009-2010 athletic year is nearly upon Rougher Nation. We’re coming off of one of the best overall athletic seasons in recent history. Our proud football program is coming off of yet another playoff appearance under the tutelage of head coach Matt Hennesy. The fast-pitch softball team made history by becoming the first to qualify for the state tournament. Newly appointed fast-pitch coach Keith Coleman guided the slow-pitch softball team to the state title. New head coach Terry Scott led our men’s Rougher basketball team to the state semi-finals in his first year in the driver’s seat. We’re expecting even greater things from that program in the near future. In Bobby Jefferson’s 30th year of coaching, the Icefighters had the best year in the wrestling program’s history. They finished as the dual state runner-ups as well as finishing 4th in the state tournament, placing 6 of the 8 wrestlers who qualified. The team returning this year is looking to make history yet again, with their sites on claiming Muskogee’s first ever state title in the sport of wrestling. In addition to this success, our athletes claimed a total of 25 athletic scholarships amongst the various sports played here. After a year like this, the bar has been set for continued excellence from our athletic programs on the field and off. We’re all looking forward to another year of Rougher Pride!!!

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To AP or Not To AP That is the Question

Advance with Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment)

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here is no doubt that kids today live in a fast paced world. So, why should academics slow them down? So many scheduling options allow students to begin their college education and gain early credit before the end of their senior year. Concurrent enrollment at Connor’s State College or Northeastern State University is one option. Another option is the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, which allows students to stay on the high school campus all day while attempting to earn college credit for their AP classes there. Muskogee High School juniors and seniors have both options. Concurrent enrollment allows students to leave the campus during part of the

port of the traditional school culture as backup. Taking four or five Advanced Placement courses is demanding, the underlying philosophy being that the rigor and thorough preparation of the high school AP Program will make college seem like a breeze. MHS offers several pre-AP and AP courses to suit the student’s needs. Students can actually begin working towards their AP courses while at the 7th/8th Grade Center, where Biology I, Spanish I and Algebra I are offered for high school credit. This enables students to work ahead and reach the levels at which AP courses are offered. Unlike other honors programs, Advanced Placement courses are open to anyone who is willing to do the work, providing equitable access to rigorous education. One difference between the two options, AP or concurrent enrollment, is that earning Advanced Placement credit relies upon passing a single test with a minimum score of 3 out of a possible 5. This is a factor many students weigh when deciding to take more AP classes or concurrent enrollment. Either way, getting a jump start on the college credits is never a bad decision. In the long run, it will save you and your child time and money. For more information, contact the grade level counselors at MHS – 9th Grade, Micki Akard; 10th Grade, Beverly Harmon; 11th Grade, Anita Benson; 12th Grade, Montie Montgomery. For more information about the Advanced Placement Program, visit www.collegeboard.com.

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day in exchange for taking a class at a local college. This is a great way to get basics out of the way, like freshman composition or college algebra, at a lower cost than at a major university. It is also a great transition from high school coursework to college expectations. Advanced Placement courses are a bit different in that they require the student to pass a test at the end of the course to prove competency on the college level. The course work is typically very challenging, but the student has the sup-

AP European History Pre-AP English I and II AP Language and Composition AP Literature and Composition AP Spanish Language AP Spanish Literature AP Latin Literature AP Statistics AP Calculus AB AP Physics BC AP Environmental Science AP Biology AP Studio Art, 3D, Drawing AP U.S. History AP Government and Politics


Bell Schedule - 2009 - 2010 SY • Muskogee High School A lunch 7:50 – 8:10 . 8:10 – 8:15 . 8:15 – 9.03 . 9:03 – 9:08 . 9:08 – 9:55 . 9:55 – 10:00 . 10:00 – 10:47 . 10:47 – 10:52 . 10:52 – 11:22 . 11:22 – 11:27 . 11:27 – 12:14 . 12:14 – 12:19 . 12:19 – 1:06 . 1:06 – 1:11 . 1:11 – 1:58 . 1:58 – 2:03 . 2:03 – 2:50 . B lunch 7:50 - 8:10 . 8:10 – 8:15 . 8:15 – 9:03 . 9:03 – 9:08 . 9:08 – 9:55 . 9:55 – 10:00 . 10:00 - 10:47 . 10:47 – 10:52 . 10:52 – 11:39 . 11:39 – 11:44 . 11:44 – 12:14 . 12:14 – 12:19 . 12:19 – 1:06 . 1:06 – 1:11 . 1:11 – 1:58 . 1:58 – 2:03 . 2:03 – 2:50 .

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Mandatory tutoring will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the mastery learning time for students who have a 59% or lower in their classes. Clubs and organizations will have monthly meetings for students during the leadership development time. PLC’s will continue to meet on Wednesday at 7:35 a.m. Teachers are to be in their rooms by 7:40 a.m. PSAT TEST DATES/NMSQT TESTING Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Saturday, October 17, 2009 Recommended for all collegebound students. Two percentile scorers will become National Merit Semi-Finalists, and Finalists may receive a scholarship. See Ms. Benson in “C” Unit for information about the PSAT.

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ACT OR SAT TESTING DATES

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ACT TEST DATES September 12, 2009 October 24, 2009 December 12, 2009 February 6, 2010 April 10, 2010 June 12, 2010

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Oklahoma Proves Good on Its Promise

The OHLAP tuition program is important to more people in today’s economic downturn. Students whose families earn $50,000 or less qualify for free tuition under this program, provided students meet academic and conduct criteria. The Oklahoma Legislature set up this unique program for eighth, ninth and 10th grade students. This program is Oklahoma’s Promise. To enroll in the Oklahoma’s Promise program, you must be: An Oklahoma resident; enrolled in the eighth, ninth or 10th grade in an Oklahoma high school (homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15); and the child of parents whose income is not more than $50,000 per year. Applications must be: completed during the school year in the student’s eighth, ninth or 10th grade year (for homeschool students, the application must be completed while the student is age 13, 14 or 15) and witnessed by the student’s parent(s), custodian(s) or legal guardian(s) who also agree to help the student comply with Oklahoma’s Promise requirements. For more information, contact: 7th & 8thGrade Center - Carol McBride, 8th grade counselor, 684-3775 MHS contact Micki Akard, 9thgrade counselor, or Beverley Harmon, 10th grade counselor, 684-3750.

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You can also call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s student information hotline at 800.858.1840, e-mailokpromise@osrhe.eduor write to Oklahoma’s Promise, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, PO Box 108850, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850. Don’t miss out on Oklahoma’s Promise!

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ENGLISH: (4 units ) English I English II

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English III English IV

LAB SCIENCE: (2 units - must be a dis trict certified lab sci Biology ence) Ph ysics Chemistry

MATH: (3 units) Algebra I

Trig/Calculus Math Analysis AP Statistics

Geometry Algebra II Algebra III

HISTORY AND CITI ZENSHIP SKILLS: (3 units - 1 unit mu st be American/U.S. American History History) W or ld History Oklahoma History Modern History Government Ancient History Geography World Geography Economics

FOREIGN OR NONENGLISH LANGUAGE : (2 units of the SA Spanish I/Span II ME language) Na tiv e Am er. Lang I/II French I/French II Sign Language I/II German I/German II

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ADDITIONAL COUR SES: (2 units of th e subjects listed ab ove)

FINE ARTS OR SPEE CH: (1 unit of music, ar t, drama or Speech - competencies WIL L count if noted on the transcript.) 17-unit OHLAP Core GPA Overall GPA (transcr ipt)

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