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School Land Purchase Could Be This Week


February 7, 2019

Shawnee Board of Education members took no further action toward purchase of property for a new grade school in far northwest Shawnee at its February meeting Monday night, but Shawnee schools Supt. Dr. April Grace said while no closing date has yet been set, she is told it should be before the end of this month.

Dr. Grace reported to the board a variety of accomplishments, honors and recognition that have gone to faculty, staff and students in recent weeks.

Topping the list was the Lady Wolves' win in the 2019 Vision Bank Shawnee Invitational in which Shawnee High School seniors Makyra Tramble was named most valuable player, and Lauren Fields was named to the All Tournament Team.

Fields has also been named a McDonald's All-American nominee, one of only five female basketball players from Oklahoma to receive the nomination, Dr. Grace said.

Jayme Hutchcraft, Shawnee Middle School seventh grade language arts teacher, and Keely Tolin, Shawnee Middle School (SMS) assistant principal, gave presentations at the recent Oklahoma State Department of Education Student Success Summit about "the great things we are doing at SMS to incorporate ICAP, (Individual Career Academic Plan) into the school day."

Ron Arthur, SMS athletic and activities director, has been recognized for reaching his 200th coaching win.

Arthur and Todd Boyer, Shawnee School District athletics and activities director, have become Certified Athletic Administrators through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Additionally, Dr. Grace named the SHS seniors who were candidates for Spring Homecoming honors in a variety of spring sports and activities at the 6 p.m. Tuesday homecoming ceremony at the Shawnee Athletic Center.

The candidates included Shyra Crowley, Devon Pack, Sidney Waddell, Josh Floyd, Bryce Warren, David Burkey, LaRai Deshea McVea, Tyler Huebert, Abby Stelzer, Craig Ljungquist, Jr., Colee Martin, Carson McKay, Chlowie Hale, and Creed Killgore.

The event immediately preceded SHS girls' and boys' basketball games against Piedmont teams.

Dr. Grace also commended five Shawnee High School members of FFA who won awards at the Central Area Livestock Show at Expo Center this weekend.

They included Keegan Carrera, Emmie Varselona, Dassie May, Langston Yort and Kensington Kerbs. Top winners in that group were Carrera, whose Limosine heifer was judged grand champion, and Kerbs whose heifer was reserve grand champion.

Horace Mann Elementary School was the school recognized at Monday's meeting. Horace Mann Principal Susan Field showed a video of photos from the first semester that featured several school activities and community service projects, such as Horace Mann's canned food drive for the Salvation Army.

Following the moment of silence at the start of the meeting, Michael Phillips, community coordinator with the Community Renewal program, offered the invocation.

The flag salute was led by Horace Mann fifth grader Manuela Anndrea Parada and her brother, Ernesto Parada, who is in third grade at Horace Mann.

Jenny Jasper, curriculum coordinator/instructional coach for the District, and chair of the academic achievement committee, discussed the dstrict's progress with the ICAP initiative. She said SHS and middle school students have been completing Oklahoma Career Guide interest surveys in the areas of career interest, skills confidence and a work values inventory.

SMS recently held a coffee with the Counselors Parent Night to discuss ICAP. Jasper showed board members a video that SMS students created explaining ICAP.

Todd Boyer gave an update on current and upcoming sports events.

The board approved including a new elective course, History of Sports, to the Shawnee High School course catalog. If there is sufficient student interest, and the proposing faculty member felt it would be well received, the new course would be offered during the 2019-2020 school year.

Out of state trip requests were approved for the following teachers, administrators, staff members and student delegations:

Cheyenne Branscum and Pamela Hamman, sixth grade social studies teachers at SMS, and Geo Team, to Geo Challenge Regionals in Bedford, Texas, March 28-31, if team advances, or (b) to Geo Challenge Regionals in Abilene, Texas, March 28-30.

And, Robbie Remington and Oklahoma Youth and Government Club to Youth and Government state conference in Oklahoma City Feb. 28-March 2;

Also, Maria Isenhower and Aline Knoles to 2019 American Commodity Distribution Conference in New York in May; and to the 2019 School Nutrition Association annual national conference in Missouri in July.


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