The SHS Homecoming Ceremony has been rescheduled for the Sept. 28 Football game vs. Ponca City.
The SHS Football game vs. Sand Springs will still be played as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.
Come out and support the Wolves.
Thermometers, bandages and exam gloves are all necessary supplies that school nurses use to take care of their students. Thanks to the generosity of the Kickapoo Tribal Health Center, Shawnee Public Schools will have these supplies and even more required first-aid items on hand.
Amber Davis, physician assistant with the Kickapoo Tribal Health Center, made a recent donation of eight first-aid bags to La Rita Haffey, district health nurse coordinator. This gift ensures that each Shawnee school site will have access to the first-aid bags.
In addition to the initial donation of the supply-filled bags, Davis said the health center plans to replace the bags' contents every two months.
Jayme Hutchcraft, a seventh-grade English language arts teacher at Shawnee Middle School, was named a 2019 Oklahoma Rising Star at the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year ceremony.
The Rising Star designation is given to a select few district-level Teachers of the Year who have fewer than 10 years teaching experience and who show exceptional promise to the teaching profession. Only five Oklahoma teachers were chosen as Rising Stars this year.
“I am not surprised that Jayme was named a Rising Star,” said Dr. April Grace, superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools. “Her excellence in teaching is far beyond her years of experience.
“We look forward to Jayme impacting the lives of students for many years to come. We are proud of the way she represents Shawnee Public Schools and the Shawnee community,” Grace said.
Hutchcraft noted the impact her parents made on her decision to become a teacher. Her parents, Todd and Dana Boyer, are long-time educators within the district.
“I saw my parents build relationships with students and plant seeds for students to reach for and oftentimes exceed the potential others saw in them,” Hutchcraft said. “The impact that my parents had on those they mentored was something that I wanted to be a part of in my life.”
Hutchcraft is in her seventh year of teaching with Shawnee Public Schools.
Shawnee High School Senior Alexander Lunsford has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.
Students qualify as National Merit Semifinalists based on their scores on the PSAT. According to the National Merit Corporation, only the top 1% of students who take a qualifying exam are named Semifinalists.
Shawnee FFA students recently finished the Pottawatomie County Free Fair with multiple awards, said Dr. Brett Scott, FFA advisor.
Junior Keegan Carrera received the Ann Gilbert Award, a leadership award that is presented to an individual from Pottawatomie County who has demonstrated hard work, leadership, citizenship and overall outstanding behavior during the fair. The award is named for Ann Gilbert who, along with her husband Joseph, founded Gilbert Trucking.
Several teams from Shawnee also received awards. Shawnee FFA placed second on their Chapter Educational Booth. Shawnee Blue Team placed first overall for horticulture judging, and the Shawnee Gold Team finished third. Shawnee's Livestock Judging Team finished third overall.
Many students received individual awards.
Seven Shawnee High School students received 2018 Advanced Placement Scholar Awards, the College Board recently announced.
“We are extremely proud of these students’ accomplishments,” said Dr. April Grace, Shawnee superintendent. “AP courses are rigorous, and our students have proven they can excel in these challenging classes. We know this lays an important foundation for college success.”
AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have shown college-level achievement based on high scores on multiple AP exams, according to the College Board website.
Six SHS Students were named as AP Scholars, a distinction that indicates the students each scored a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
One student was named an AP Scholar with Honor, an award only given to students who score a 3 or better on four or more AP exams, with an average of at least 3.25 on all AP tests taken.
Students who complete an AP course in high school are eligible to take an AP exam for that subject. These exams are scored on a range of 1-5, and students can earn college credit based on their exam scores. Shawnee High School currently offers five AP courses and several more pre-AP classes, with plans to add additional AP courses in the future.
An updated version of the Shawnee Public Schools District Board Policy Book is now available online.
Shawnee Board of Education members voted on the updated policies during a recent meeting. In addition to updating existing policies, the Board also approved a new Direct Threat policy.
All updated and new policies are available here and under the Board of Education tab on the Shawnee District website.
Sequoyah Elementary recently celebrated being named Blue Zones Project Approved.
Prior to the announcement, students, led by P.E. teacher Tyler Harrison, showed their school spirit with a special Blue Zones chant.
The approval comes because of school leadership working through the Blue Zones Project School Pledge – a menu of research-based action items which enables school leaders to create an environment that instills healthy lifestyle choices both today and for years to come. Sequoyah began making improvements for their student’s well-being two years ago when a group of parents came together to lead the charge. The completion of the Blue Zones Project School Pledge reinforced the well-being focused culture.
Sequoyah Elementary is now one of two schools in the Shawnee Public School District to receive the Blue Zones Project designation. Shawnee Middle School is also a Blue Zones Project Approved school.