A new app available for Shawnee students and their parents will make knowing when the school bus will arrive much easier.
With the Versatrans My Stop app, parents and students know exactly where their school bus is and what time it will show up at their stop - all from a mobile device.
The My Stop app displays the bus's location on a map as well as the estimated time of arrival to a student's bus stop. The school bus's location and ETA are automatically updated every 30 seconds.
Parents can choose to receive push notifications alerting them to changes in their bus schedule, district-wide announcements and other important news.
How to Download the Versatrans My Stop App
Step 1: Download the App from your app store. A search for "My Stop" will reveal the Versatrans My Stop App.
Step 2: Choose your school. Be careful to select Shawnee Public Schools in Oklahoma.
Step 3: Login with your Username and Password. Your Username is the Student ID number provided by your school. The Password is your student's date of birth. DOB must be entered in an 8-digit format without any hyphens or slashes. (For example, if DOB is 1/10/08, the password would be 01102008.)
Step 4: Go to the SETUP menu and turn on notifications if you would like to receive school notifications about bus routes. You may also update your password to one of your choosing and add you email address.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Monday and Tuesday evenings, Oct. 15-16.
All elementary school sites, including Shawnee Early Childhood Center, have contacted parents about scheduling time for a conference. Elementary parents who have not scheduled a time to meet or who need to reschedule should contact their student's teacher.
Conference hours at each site are as follows:
Shawnee Public Schools will not be in session Oct. 17-19 for Fall Break.
The Shawnee Public Schools Transportation Department has many coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and other winter weather items that have been left on buses and unclaimed during the last two years. All items have been laundered and sorted by size. Anyone who needs a cold weather item may come by the Transportation Department office from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 711 Kickapoo Spur during school days to pick up.
The next Indian Education Parent Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 23, in the Board of Education Conference Room at 326 N. Union Ave.
All parents of Native American students are invited to the meeting. These meetings help parents of Native American students connect with other parents, hear about important news and upcoming events, learn about the Shawnee Indian Education program and volunteer opportunities, and have a voice in the activities and programs the parent committee supports.
Children are welcome to attend the meeting.
Parents may now view their student's 2017 and 2018 Oklahoma State Testing Program scores online at okparentportal.emetric.net/login.
To access the scores, parents will need the student's 10-digit Student ID number, located on the student's most recent report card, and the student's date of birth.
The 2018-2019 SHS Academic Letter Jacket recipients have been announced. This honor is given to the top 5% of the senior class.
The recipients are
Arvest Bank will present their jackets at the first boys' varsity basketball game on Dec. 4.
An innovative partnership with a goal of improving students' college readiness, awareness and fit is coming to Shawnee Middle School.
The University of Oklahoma's K20 Center will partner with SMS as part of the center's GEAR UP for the FUTURE (Forging Undergraduates Through University Readiness Experiences) grant project. This project aims to help students prepare to excel academically, increase their graduation rates and gain admission into institutions of postsecondary education.
"We are so excited about this partnership and being awarded this grant opportunity with OU's K20 Center for our middle school," said Dr. April Grace, superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools.
"This project will give our students even more opportunities to ensure they are ready for extended learning beyond high school, whether that is a career certification route or college degree program. This will be a fantastic addition to the ICAP experience, and we see the two working in tandem."
Shawnee Public Schools is an ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plan) Pilot District. ICAP, a term used both for the process and for the plan created, guides students to explore and prepare for their own academic and career opportunities.
SMS is one of 11 schools in seven Oklahoma districts that will be a part of the seven-year FUTURE project with the K20 Center. The project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Through this project, K20 will work with SMS to help them form a learning team consisting of administrators, counselors, teachers, students, parents and other community members. This team will work with FUTURE project leaders to create and implement the school's action plans to give students and their families the information and skills they need to make sure the students are ready for postsecondary education. Opportunities for school and career mentoring, tutoring and visiting colleges are all part of this project.
The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal is a statewide education research and development center that promotes innovative learning through school-university-community collaboration. The K20 Center has already worked with many schools across the state in past GEAR UP efforts to ensure these schools have a college-going culture.
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The Shawnee Public Schools app is a great way to conveniently stay up to date on what’s happening in one convenient location.
Some of the features of the app include:
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, is seeking nominations for its 2019 Academic All-State Scholarships and Medal for Excellence Awards.
Scholarships and educator awards totaling $125,000 will be presented at the foundation’s 33rd annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 18, 2019, at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center. The event, which has been described as the “Academy Awards for public education in Oklahoma,” is attended by nearly 1,000 guests and is broadcast statewide on public television.
“We know that education is the best investment our society can make for the future,” said David L. Boren, founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
“If we make all of the right policy decisions in every other area but fail to adequately educate the next generation, we will imperil the future of our society. By working together to give outstanding students and educators the recognition they deserve, we send a strong message to our state and to the nation that Oklahomans value academic excellence.”
Academic Awards nominations are being accepted through an online portal at www.ofe.org in the following categories:
1. Academic All-State, which honors 100 public high school seniors with a $1,000 merit-based scholarship. To qualify, students must meet at least one of the following requirements: a composite ACT score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading & writing and math score of at least 1370; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship. Eligibility must be verified by the district superintendent or high school principal. Academic All-State nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 29.
2. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Teaching, which honors two educators – a public school elementary teacher and a secondary teacher.
3. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Administration, which honors an outstanding public school administrator at the elementary or secondary level.
4. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University or Community College, which honors an innovative teacher at a public regional university or community college.
5. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Research University, honoring an educator at a public research university.
Oklahoma Medal for Excellence honorees each receive a $5,000 cash award and a glass Roots and Wings sculpture. Anyone may nominate an educator for a Medal for Excellence Award. All Medal for Excellence nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Scholarship and award recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee, chaired by retired Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, and comprised of business, education and civic leaders, as well as former Academic All-Staters and Medal for Excellence winners. Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $4.7 million in academic awards and scholarships.
For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.ofe.org or call (405) 236-0006.
This article is reprinted with permission from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation October 2018 publication Hownikan.
In June, Shawnee Public Schools science teacher Cheyenne Branscum flew to Washington, D.C., as Oklahoma’s only recipient of a Society for Science and the Public grant. The society invited Branscum, a [Citizen Potawatomi] Tribal member and Melot family descendant, to its advocate training institute. There she met fellow educators from across the nation, exchanging ideas and best practices on how to increase minority student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Branscum’s association with the Society for Science and the Public began last year while she supported four of her middle school students who entered National Geographic’s GeoChallenge competition.
“Their project was the only one in Oklahoma to advance to regionals, and we got to take them to Dallas to compete,” Branscum said. “Those four students inspired me to apply for this grant. Seeing them represent not just Shawnee but our entire state made me feel like I needed to reach higher, too.”
The SSP approved Branscum’s application, making her the only advocate from Oklahoma in this year’s class. The grant’s benefits to her students and her own professional development rose above what she imagined before applying.
“I have been nothing but impressed with everything they do,” Branscum said. “They are not only responsible for science fairs in high schools and middle schools, but they also provide other grants and provide Science News free to any high school teacher.”
Following the conference, the Shawnee Middle School educator refocused on finding opportunities for Native American students to participate in STEM competitions such as the Google Science Fair and SeaPerch, an underwater robotics program. Fifteen students comprise this year’s Shawnee Geo Team, approximately 50 percent of whom are Native.
“Our first outing will be to the Tulsa STEM Expo where the Geo Team will get to meet with more than 50 STEM related companies,” Branscum said. “I am hoping this sparks some deep thinking and inspiration for their own projects. They will also be entering into a competition there where they are creating a clock using recycled materials that runs on wind power.”
As for the four students who initially inspired Branscum, they will present their project research this spring at the GeoTech Conference at Bishop Dunne Catholic High School in Dallas, Texas.
“This is a heavily attended conference that attracts internationally famous scientists like Jane Goodall,” Branscum said. “They are working on how to tackle the ever-growing problem of plastics.”
While the society’s grant covers some materials and transportation costs, Branscum and her students are in search for additional monetary sources for competition entrance fees. As her students’ reputation grows throughout the region, Branscum hopes to find funding capable of matching their impressive pedigree.
For more information about the Shawnee Geo Team and how to support it, contact Branscum at firstname.lastname@example.org.