Where else would a teacher want to be on her birthday but with her students in that infamous Oklahoma heat? Ms. @Jesslyn Schrock left out early heading to OKC with the CHS FFA officer team for their annual leadership retreat. Expecting to improve collaboration, build trust, and energize the team she planned an original retreat at the RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District. The morning on the water in rafts geared toward helping the FFA team work together more effectively, which included several races and a little tug of war. This experience inspired their creativity so, over lunch, the group collaborated on some long-range planning for the chapter. Build communication and work together with your group towards a common goal as you complete Although there is no "i" in "team," leaders need to be self-aware and personally challenged to have a growth mindset. A five-story ropes course helped them face their fears and engaged their adventurous nature. A couple of the officers embraced the unknown and tackled rumble jump. The leadership lessons all cumulated as they faced the Class 4 white water rapids. "While we all ended up soaked, it was an excellent personal and professional leadership experience. As a bonus... nobody fell out of the raft," she said with a grin. Happy Belated Birthday Ms. Schrock! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Five teachers attened #CPSSTAFFSUMMERSCHOOL professional development from EduSkills for our EL (English Language Learners) teachers. This PD focused on new changes in Oklahoma state law and how to use the latest software program, which simplifies paperwork. Guero Loco also trained teachers on how to reach our English Learner students in fun, positive ways through music and relationships. Left to right: Jamie Hernandez, Kristy Hostler, performer Guero Loco, Rachel Foster, Vicki Hanson, and Stacye Bacon #CPSZEBRAPRIDE #CPSSTAFFSUMMERSCHOOL
Teaching children about their bodies, and how to respect and care for them is a top priority for our physical education department district-wide. Professional Learning Communities are not just for core subjects. CPS Elementary PE teachers planned their own #CPSSTAFFSUMMERSCHOOL and took a day to collaborate and prepare curriculum for the new school year. In addition to exercising the body, our students will be learning about bones, muscles, the circulatory system, and nutrition. Erica Johnson - Roosa, Sommer Faulconer - Westside, Jeannie Seidel - Catalayah, and Debbie Steuart - Claremont are all excited to get the new school year started! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Check out the story FOX23 did on Dylan Kedzior - Zebra Wide Receiver! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE https://www.fox23.com/sports/-not-every-day-is-guaranteed-claremore-wr-works-past-grief-towards-college-football-dream/973951647
Claremore Public Schools participated in the 5th annual Rogers County Coalition Back-To-School Bash! Claremore principals passed out school supply lists and school supplies to those in attendance. They also enjoyed answering questions & talking with parents and students. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
CHS FFA recognized as one of the 3-STAR chapters in the nation. The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. "As part of the judging processes, CHS FFA submitted an application to the State FFA office. This application was chosen as one of the top 37 applications and submitted to the National FFA Office. The applications are then judged at the National level. They are judged against applications from across the country. It is a great honor to be selected as a 3 Star Chapter," explained FFA Advisor Jesslyn Schrock.
Claremore was well represented at the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic last week! Many of our coaches attended meetings and staff development throughout the week. Several of our staff received Region 3 Coach of the Year awards. Coach King - Athletic Director Coach Jarrett - Cheer Coach Hurt - Football Coach Weins - Track CPS also had six students represent the East in the All-State games: Riley Denler - Cheer Luke McHugh and Dalton Ward - Soccer Dani Meisinger - Volleyball Dylan McClain - Swimming Jake Gilmore - Baseball #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Four WRJH teachers attended #STAFFSUMMERSCHOOL hosted by Open Up Resources: Rhonda Bart, Karey Provence, Kelli Hightower, and Melynee Naegele. Open Up offers a math curriculum for 6th - 8th grade combined with quality professional development for teachers. Open Up Resources began as the K-12 Collaborative, a 13-state initiative to address quality gaps in the curriculum market. They partnered with leading math and ELA experts to design the very best standards-aligned core programs. Their products are provided to districts at no cost by publishing them as Open Educational Resources. Open Up Resources couples that curriculum with opportunities for essential supports, from professional development by the nation's premier teachers and educational experts to printed materials. In addition, Melynee Naegele - WRJH Math Teacher, was one of the featured presenters. She shared her best practices on how she implements the Open Up Math curriculum in her classroom. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Coaches Outreach believes marriages for coaching couples deserve extra attention! Each summer, they host unique, memorable weekends for over 300 coaches’ and their spouses. Hosting marriage retreats for coaches and their spouses for more than 25 years; the Coaches Outreach retreats are designed to recharge marriages from coaching pressures designed just for coaching couples. Head football coach, Jarret Hurt and his wife LaRonna, and Offensive Coordinator Brian Key and his wife Melanie not only attended but were small group leaders this year. The Hurts have been attending for 20 years and a small group leader for 15. The Keys have been attending for seven years; this was their first year as a small group leader. What they do in the halls and on the field matter but what they do at home matters most. Key said, “We go so we can relax and focus on our marriage knowing we have a long hard football season ahead of us.” Coaches make a difference in broken lives, so Coaches Outreach partners with them to help make their impact even more powerful. A typical high school football coach will impact thousands of kids during their career. Billy Graham has said, “One coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in their lifetime.” Coaches see what they do as a calling, more than a job. Coaches Outreach wants to help them as they are on this mission - strategically placed in schools to minister to kids in a way that few can. Key and Hurt believe this time of renewal, relaxation, and restoration gives them the connection with their spouses that help them be better coaches, better mentors, better role-models. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE #CPSSTAFFSUMMERSCHOOL
Kaitlyn Pinkerton, our very own Miss Junior Cherokee, spent a week this summer at the University of Michigan for College Horizons. An intensive college prep course for the top 100 native students/scholars in the US. College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer, students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day "crash course." The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information. What a prime opportunity to show your #CPSZEBRAPRIDE with other Cherokee from across the states.
Chris Henderson named Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 3 Junior High Coach of the Year. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Claremore High School annual freshman orientation program will be Friday - August 9th. This program introduces students to the high school campus with tours of the facilities, a variety of team building activities and all things that instill #CPSZEBRAPRIDE . The event is staffed by CHS administrators, teachers, and FUZE mentors (juniors and seniors). The morning will start with a brief parent meeting that will introduce you to staff, new policies, and procedures. Following this meeting, the #CHSClassof2023 will be paired with FUZE mentors in small groups for the daily activities. The mentors will also work to connect with the students throughout the year as they navigate the various success, challenges, and experience this new year will bring. “Freshman orientation was designed to connect students with the people, places, and information they need to be successful in high school,” said CHS Principal - Kerri Garroutte. “Our hope is that participation in orientation will help students feel at home so they may grow personally and academically.” To lay the groundwork for a successful 2019-20 high school year, incoming CHS freshmen are encouraged to sign up and attend this orientation.
If you missed the story FOX23 did on Quentin Skinner, CHS football player, you can catch it here. https://www.fox23.com/sports/skinner-hopes-to-add-to-football-family-legacy/969583675?fbclid=IwAR2iQ-TxefLsF4Of5JyUQa3Zg5VZZxI4TLbvnGpNQjNmILA1lyBqXL76Lk0
Tune in to FOX23 tonight at 10:20p to see a feature on our very own Quentin Skinner.
Here they are! We are extremely proud to introduce you to the 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists! 🎉🎉🎉 Details, names and districts here: http://bit.ly/2020OKTOY “These 12 individuals represent the highest standard of education in our state and are exceptional examples of the tremendous impact one person can make in the lives of kids.” - State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister Congrats, everyone! The 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be named Sept. 17 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
CHS is very excited to announce that Dani Meisinger is the 2nd volleyball player in Claremore History to be playing in the All-State Volleyball Game representing in the Big East. Dani played in various positions on varsity for the Lady Zebras for the past four years. She will be attending the University of Arkansas this fall. Come and support Dani at the Maybee Center at ORU TONIGHT at 7:30 pm. Good luck Dani and we will all be cheering for you! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Claremore FFA member Hailey Drake just returned home after a week-long trip to Denver, Colorado for the Hereford Junior Nationals. In addition to exhibiting heifers, she was selected to open the show by singing the National Anthem on Wednesday and Friday. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Misty Book, a teacher at Weststide Elementary, attended #STAFFSUMMERSCHOOL, workshop courtesy of the Oklahoma Soybean Board... "Chick-A-Doodle-Do!" Did you know that chickens are soybeans' biggest fan! Animal agriculture is the biggest consumer of soybeans, with chickens being the #1 consumer of all the soybean animal consumers! This is just one of the interesting bits of information Mrs. Book received. Not only did she learn new facts and about chickens, but also received a ton of free materials for her classroom! She is already looking forward to hatching chicks this spring! #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
OEIP (Oklahoma. Education & Industry Partnerships) "The Ultimate Teacher and Industry Connection" was held at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, OK. Mrs. Michelle Rahn, WRJH Science teacher, attended this #STAFFSUMMERSCHOOL event, toured industries in the area and participated in hands-on workshops to learn STEM lessons. These lessons will help make real-world connections for students from the classroom to careers. "It was a great opportunity to learn what industry is looking for in a student and the skills needed to be career-ready. We also had an opportunity to learn about drones, virtual reality in business & the classroom, wind energy, Google Classroom, and much more. We toured GRDA Pensacola Dam, Orizon & Ferra Aerospace Industries in Grove, HEM-Saw Corporation and RAE Cooperation - all companies in our backyard... Pryor, OK," Rahn shared. Mrs. Rahn applied for a grant of $750 from Pitsco that was made available at this event and WON! This PD was sponsored by Oklahoma State Dept. of Career Tech, RSU, MidAmerica Industrial Park, Pitsco, Northeast Tech. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE
Virtual Reality changes how students experience math. The "Bart" name has a long history of influencing students in the Claremore area. As 3rd generation teacher Kaylee Bart is one of the newest additions to the Roosa Elementary staff. Although she is fresh out of college, Miss Bart leaped right into #STAFFSUMMERSCHOOL by attending a three-day at Camp SevenStar in Park Hill attending a virtual reality training. At this training, she was able to explore the integration of virtual reality into her lessons. "I was able to get into a VR headset and immerse myself in a variety of environments. The final day, we created a lesson plan using the VR headset and our state standards. I was amazed at all of the different ways I can teach math using virtual reality." This tool has applications for several disciplines. Bart explained, "As a math teacher, I plan to use the app Tilt Brush to immerse my students in a 3D environment. While teaching about 3D shapes, students will be able to draw their shapes and walk around them to compare similarities and differences. This strategy can also be applied to lines, rays, and angles and finding the area of a shape. This immersive environment can be used in any content area. For example, in Geography, a teacher can use the National Geographic app and travel to Antarctica or other geographic regions. In science, there is a rollercoaster app that you can use to teach potential and kinetic energy." Miss Bart shared her experience with her mom, a WRJH math teacher, who immediately began trying to figure out a way to utilize this tool in her classroom as well. "I want my students to be able to 'climb' into a quadrilateral when we start our geometry unit." Imagine the impact on learning this will have for our visual and kinesthetic learners. Engaging more than one learning style is imperative because every student processes information differently. This training was part of an undergraduate scholarship program Miss Bart through NSU. NETSTAR Scholars is funded through the American Indian Resource Center. They purchased one headset for each scholar and provided the training. #CPSZEBRAPRIDE