Students and staff at Bartlesville Schools are experiencing their first normal spring since 2019. Students go on field trips, assemblies, and other year-end activities. It was a pleasure to have parents and volunteers back in person to help our students and staff.
We currently have approximately 2% of our students enrolled in virtual learning options. Bruin Virtual uses Bartlesville teachers at Richard Kane Elementary, Central Middle School, or Bartlesville High School. We’ve learned that Bruin Virtual School is a great fit for some families. Students enrolled in the Bruin Virtual School can still participate in all district sports, activities, fine arts programs, and student organizations. Many elementary school students come to school to take lessons in music, art or physical education. Recently, I was thrilled to introduce our outstanding Bruin Virtual School housed at Richard Kane Elementary School to State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, Bartlesville Public Schools will add additional athletic opportunities for 7th grade and middle school. Grade 7 teams will be added to soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball. College teams (7th and 8th combined) will be added to Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer and Baseball.
Tonya Knollmeyer, who teaches PA and Investigative Physics and Active Chemistry at Bartlesville High School, was named the district’s 2022 Teacher of the Year on April 21 at Rigdon Field at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium. The event was organized by the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and the district’s PIC committee, and honored the teacher of the year from each of the district’s nine schools. Ms. Knollmeyer received a $2,500 cash prize from the Schmoldt Educational Foundation and two free round-trip plane tickets via the 14th Annual Chuck Spears Memorial Teacher of the Year Travel Award, presented by Gary Spears of Spears Travel.
The evening ceremony included the presentation of the 2022 Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation Award to Todd Rhoades, a gifted and talented education teacher serving elementary students throughout the district.
Heidi Lischefski, who teaches environmental science at Bartlesville High School, was named the district’s 2022 Rising Star Teacher, an award for teachers with one to four years of experience, and received $500 from the Schmoldt Foundation. for education.
The district’s elementary schools rookie of the year was Larissa Hale, a fifth-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary, and the high schools rookie of the year was Christina Rigdon, who this year moved into the certified role of counselor at the Central Middle School.
This year, the event has expanded from honoring teachers to honoring district support staff, incorporating the annual Classified Person of the Year award. Candace Biggerstaff, attendance secretary at Wilson Elementary School, received this recognition for 2022.
I’m also very proud of Aidan Howze, who was selected this year as Jim Thorpe High School Player of the Year in Women’s Swimming by the Oklahoma Coaches Association in partnership with the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
I hope you’ll join me for the Bartlesville High School Fine Arts Department Spring 2022 Musical MAMMA MIA! April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. or May 1 at 3 p.m. Go Bruins!
Chuck McCauley is the Superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools.