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From Oklahoma City Public Schools – Final Criteria Data for ‘Pathway to Greatness’

Dr. Sean McDaniell, the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, is guiding a “Pathway to Greatness” process aiming to improve local tax-supported schools in the state’s largest district. Photo by Oklahoma City Free Press.

Staff Report On Friday, December 21, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) released what a press release called “our final sets of criteria data as we continue our work to redesign our district for the future through our Pathway to Greatness (P2G) Project. Our top priority for our resources must be providing equitable learning opportunities for our students […]

Christ the King and St. Charles bands perform fall concert

Christ the King Catholic School and Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School presented a fall band concert Thursday (November 29) at the gymnasium at St. Charles parish. Selections covered a range of band and popular tunes, with frequent hints of the coming holiday season. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

  Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel Warr Acres, Oklahoma – From the familiar tune of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to the dynamic composition “Spirit of the Stallion” (a work developed specifically for advanced elementary bands by Brian Balmages) a robust collection of works were received enthusiastically at a recent concert presentation […]

A Teacher’s Thanksgiving: Art, Education and the Power of Belief

Patrick B. McGuigan has covered Oklahoma City politics and policy closely since 1990. He is publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper and the founder of CapitolBeatOK, an online news service.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan For three months in the 2016-17 school year, I worked each day filling in for a wonderful lady who then worked as art teacher at a charter school in Oklahoma City. Her time away on maternity leave afforded me the opportunity to recreate, every single school day, a long-dormant youthful appreciation for […]

Norman teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

During a surprise school assembly, Madison Elementary kindergarten teacher Hailey Couch was stunned to hear that she had won Oklahoma's 2018-19 Milken Educator Award. Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Madison Elementary school teacher, Haley Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, was recently honored (Oct. 23) with a Milken Educator Award.  The honor was presented by Milken Family Foundation co-founder Lowell Milken and Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction. During a surprise school assembly, Couch was […]

UCO to screen “The Last Defense” examining the case of Julius Jones on Oklahoma’s death row

The Last Defense art

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) will host a free public screening of the ABC documentary The Last Defense on Friday, October 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Communications Building (#13), Bill Burke Film […]

Education Briefs: Putnam City student named National Merit semi-finalist, City School Board revises school year schedule, Fall Festival supported Harding Charter

Harding Charter Preparatory High School will host its “Annual Fundraising Reception” on Thursday, October 20 at the Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy Keffer-Sharpe Photography

Staff Report   Long Pham of Putnam City High School has been named a National Merit Semifinalist by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an honor placing him among the nation’s top high school students. More than 1.6 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 Merit Program by taking the 2017 […]

Positive Tomorrows offers training for those working with children living in poverty

The three-hour High Structure – High Love™, training will explain the educational philosophy used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children.  Photo courtesy Positive Tomorrows

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Positive Tomorrows now offers High Structure – High Love™, a three-hour training program developed specifically for educators and professionals who are working with children living in poverty. This trauma-informed training teaches the educational philosophy High Structure – High Love as it is used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s […]

Crossover Prep brings hope, transformation

Philip and Rondalyn Abode lead Crossover Bible Church in north Tulsa. They have established a health clinic, and a school now serving seventh and eighth grade boys. They intend to add one grade a year until the Crossover Preparatory Academy reaches students in grades 7-12. Photograph from the Crossover Church Website

Patrick B. McGuigan TULSA – It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, goes the old adage. There are reasons to be gloomy about north Tulsa, scene of a dreadful confrontation rooted in racial hatred 97 years ago. Driving or walking around, you’ll find well-kept yards and homes adjoined by dilapidated structures […]

For Linda Murphy, in the Republican runoff for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Linda Murphy, candidate for Republican nomination for superintendent of Public Instruction.  Photo provided.

The City Sentinel endorsement In 1994, educator Linda Murphy was the Republican nominee for superintendent of public instruction, almost winning against a strong and high-quality Democratic incumbent. She ran in that race as a four-square conservative. Murphy is consistent and principled. Murphy is intelligent, understands classroom challenges facing today’s students. Murphy is as honest and […]

Assistance dog becomes Edmond resident’s perfect match

Born with cerebral palsy, Edmond resident Max Boevers has been matched with Maureen, a two-year-old black Labrador/Golden retriever cross from Canine Companions for independence.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Max Boevers family of Edmond recently completed two weeks of training and was matched with a skilled assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities. Born […]

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