Norman North High School English teacher Claudia Swisher has been at the front of a classroom on the first day of school 39 times, and each of those days has consistently been followed by a night of little sleep.
As part of a group essay assignment, a fourth-grade class at Norman’s Jefferson Elementary described their principal, Dr. Kathy Taber. “Mrs. Taber is tall, skinny and sophisticated with blonde hair like sunlight on sand,” the essay reads. “Sophisticated means dressing fancy and acting mature ... she is strict like a police officer and very smart.”
Oklahoma’s Common Education budget will see $91 million in new funds, according to details released at the Capitol Thursday. A $17 million portion of this sum is assigned to supplemental funds for fiscal year 2013, accounting for health insurance, expenditures and ad valorem reimbursement.
Education, including Norman’s public schools, is a top wealth creator in Cleveland County, according to a state economic expert who spoke Thursday at the Norman Economic Development Coalition’s annual Economic Summit.
State Department of Education staff and testing company CTB/McGraw-Hill are scrambling to remedy a server crash that has disrupted end-of-the-year online testing for thousands of middle to high schoolers across the state.
Norman Public Schools’ general funds, bolstered by a $67,000 grant for Norman High and Norman North high schools, will implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in both schools, introducing a new elective class and teacher support program designed to boost representation of under-served demographics in Advanced Placement classes.
The full Senate voted to improve and reform Oklahoma’s A-F grades for public schools Tuesday following lengthy statewide controversy regarding the system’s accuracy and fairness. Sen. Clark Jolley, the original author of the A-F legislation, HB 1658, said the idea was to help parents more easily understand how their children’s schools were doing.
In the new translation of “Star Wars,” Darth Vader is Luke’s bizhe’e.
The classic 1977 film that launched a science fiction empire and revealed the force within a farm boy who battles evil has been dubbed in Japanese, French, Spanish and about a dozen other languages. Add Navajo to the list.
With only an estimated 100 fluent Kiowa speakers left in a tribe of 12,000 members, Modina M. (Toppah) Waters set out to preserve her tribes’ heritage.
The result is a color illustrated children’s bilingual book “Saynday Kiowa Indian Children’s Stories,” written by Waters and recently published with support from the University of Oklahoma, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and Kiowa Kids language program with assistance from the Endangered Language Fund.
Fewer kids in Norman are dropping out than numbers might indicate, according to Norman Public School officials’ discussions at a Monday night’s board meeting.
About half of Norman Public Schools reported dropouts in an academic year are likely the result of record-keeping issues, school officials said. The district’s 2011-2012 dropout numbers include transfers to other schools, said Holly Nevels, NPS director of secondary education.
The use of cursive writing has been fading from society since the arrival of the computer keyboard. Advocates of longhand blame the so-called common core education standards for hastening its demise. Debate over the issue has pitted teachers against teachers, and a fear by historians we are raising a generation of handwriting illiterates.
On Aug. 5, the personal watercraft Patrick Ahearn was piloting during a Florida vacation collided with a boat. Ahearn collided with the boat’s propeller, losing his left leg below the knee.
Today, Ahearn, a Norman High senior, will run the 400 meters at Putnam City.
Ninety-two-point-seven-two seconds and not a dry eye in the place.
Well, something like that.
Norman High’s Patrick Ahearn ran Friday afternoon. Not for the first time but for the first time in front of the masses and for the first time in uniform and for the first time, as he so often says, “as a Tiger.”