CPS News & Events Archives

 



 

 
 
 

 

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For up-to-date information about special events thoughout the year... Fundraisers, photos, senior trip and scholarship opportunities...plus, important information about graduation in May, and "much, much, more!"

 

 

 


 

Everything you need to know about the countdown to...Summer Break!!

Click here to get a complete listing of everything that is happening at
each school as we prepare for the end of the school year. 

 


 

 

CHS selected as one of the 100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance


Working in Support of Education (w!se), a leading New York City based educational not-for-profit, recently announced the winners of the second annual “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.  Catoosa High School, for the second year, was selected as one of the “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance in the nation.  W!se recognizes the top performing high schools in the w!se’s national network which is offered in 34 states.  Mrs. Diann Dodd and Mrs. Tawnya Hanigan are the teachers at Catoosa High School that teach the Personal Financial Literacy classes. "We were honored and very excited when we were notified for the second year that we were awarded the honor of being recognized as one of the top 100 schools teaching personal finance nationally," said Dodd. "We received a beautiful banner to display at the high school along with this great honor and recognition for Catoosa High School’s Personal Financial Literacy Program."

 



High School Band earns first OSSAA Sweepstakes Award

The Catoosa High School Band recently earned the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Sweepstakes Award. This award is presented to band programs that have received superior ratings in marching band, concert band, and sight reading. This is the first time Catoosa has been honored with this award. The band was required to play one piece from a prescribed music list and difficulty was based on school size. Catoosa played the piece, Irish Tune for County Derry, which is from the 6A list. It is a well known piece that few schools attempt because of its difficulty.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Youth Alliance Club donates plants in celebration of Earth Day 

To celebrate Earth Day, Youth Alliance donated Cypress plants to help spruce up the front entrance at the high school. The plants were purchased with funds generated in the Candy Gram fundraiser in February.
Pictured l-R: Spencer Plumlee, Mrs. Schwab, Rachael Guerrera, Josh Talley, Lindsey Coffey, Mrs. Parrish


 



 

CHS art department in Tulsa World and Claremore Progress

CHS students Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee recently put the finishing touches on a mural that is on display in the lobby of the south entrance at the high school. "These students worked for more than a year on this project and have given up a great deal of personal time with their friends and family in order to create this painting for the family of CHS," said Lani Hill, CHS Art Instructor. Take a few minutes to enjoy their work and let them know how much you appreciate their effort! Click to view full story!
 

 


 

Spirit Bank donates $600 in honor of Catoosa student

The Catoosa Special Olympics/Partners program recently received a check from Spirit Bank for $600. The check was in honor of Stephanie Ryan's appearance on the KJRH Channel 2 segment, Making a Difference. Partners Club® is a unique school-based program that teams students with and without intellectual disabilities, through sports training and competition, Unified Sports™, on a regular basis. Pictured l-r: Stephanie Ryan, Partners Club president, Shelley Gibson, special education teacher and coach.

 


 

Special Olympics track meet huge success for athletes and families

The Green Country Area Special Olympics track meet was held on Saturday, April 5, at Catoosa HS. Parade of athletes started at 9 a.m., area awards were at 9:30 and competition at 10 a.m. Nearly 500 athletes from Creek and Tulsa County participated.
Thanks for supporting our Special Olympics team! 
Photo Courtesy: MC Sportshots
 


 

Middle School Fundraiser TONIGHT!

Wells Middle School will have a McTeacher Night on Thursday, May 15, from 5 - 8 p.m., at the Catoosa McDonalds. They will receive a portion of the inside sales. Money raised will be used for college visits and field trips for next year. Come out and support our kids!
 


 

CHS Inaugural Spelling Bee, May 9 - Cash Prizes

Catoosa High School will hold its inaugural spelling bee on May 9, 12:30-2:30 in the board room. Words will be taken from the vocabulary word of the week and the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee List. See English teachers for details!

1st Place - $100  2nd Place - $75  3rd Place - $50

 

 

Garage Sale Benefiting
Special Olympics This Saturday!

Saturday, May 3, from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Catoosa
Activity Center parking lot. All proceeds go to help send our
Special Olympics team to USA Games in New Jersey this June.
 
 
 

 

Catoosa student honored as athlete of the year

Catoosa High School Special Olympics athlete, Alexis Mejia, was recently honored as Athlete of the Year, for the Green Country area. She is now in the running to be State Athlete of the Year. If she wins at the state level, the award will be presented in Stillwater this summer. The criteria for Athlete of the Year is based on the following: The athlete exhibits great sportsmanship and encourages teammates and opponents to always do their very best. They compete to win but are graceful in defeat and even more determined to train harder to do better next time. Photo Courtesy: MC Sportshots
 

 


 

Personal Financial Literacy students win it all!

On April 1, 2014 Catoosa’s Personal Financial Literacy students participated in the Oklahoma State Personal Financial Literacy competition at UCO in Edmond, Oklahoma and WON IT ALL. Mrs. Dodd had three students that tied for the top student honor and they were Jacob Boyce, Gary Thomas and Dallas Guevera, each of these students received $200 for this honor. Catoosa had the first and second place teams from Mrs. Dodd’s classes that competed in the Quiz Bowl to determine the state winner. The winning team was comprised of Andrew Hein, Leah Jones, Dallas Guevera, and Rachel Babcock; they will each receive $50 and compete in the National Competition on May 2, 2014.  The second place team was comprised of Clara Guerrera, Rachael Guerrera, Gary Thomas and Katie Spease; they will each receive $25. Congratulations to these students and to all of the PFL students that competed for Catoosa High School.

 


 

CHS students place first and second in competition

Catoosa’s Personal Financial Literacy classes, juniors only, competed on March 25, 2014 in the Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative contest and won first and second. The first place winner was Jacob Boyce and he will receive an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. in June. The second place winner was Larissa Dutton and she will receive a $750 scholarship. Both of these students are from Mrs. Dodd’s Personal Financial Literacy classes. Congratulations to these two students and to all of the PFL juniors that took part in this contest.

 

 

 


 

 

Helen Paul Pre-Enrollment and Supply List Information

Pre-Enrollment: April 29, 4-6 p.m.

It's time to start thinking about the 2014-2015 school year! 

Please Click Here to visit our information page

to get all the information you need for next year!

 


 

 

Prom 2014 - The Great Gatsby
Click here to visit the information page

Gatsby believed in the green light,

the future that year by year 

recedes before us.

It eluded us then, but that's no matter.

Tomorrow we will run faster,

stretch out our arms farther. . .

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
 

 



CHS Student Art Show Today!!

The High School Art Department presents their 23rd Annual Art Show on Friday, April 25, from 8 a.m.-1:40 p.m., in the east hallway at the high school. There will be hundreds of pieces created from a wide variety of mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, 3-dimensional sculptures made from many different mediums such as books, saran wrap, rocks, wood, styrofoam, paper and gourds. There will also be mobiles of many kinds, sizes and shapes. Come and enjoy the work of our very talented artists at CHS!!   

 


 

Important Information: 

OCCT Achievement Test Dates for

Catoosa 3rd-8th Grade Students is April 10-24.

 


 

 

CHS Student Featured on KJRH - 2 Works For You . Tulsa

CATOOSA, Okla. - As we tune in to the action of the Olympics in Sochi, another group of athletes in Catoosa is getting ready for the USA Special Olympics Games in the spring.  Those athletes depend on a special teen Making a Difference in their lives by finding her passion.

Stephanie Ryan is running drills with her Special Olympics team at Catoosa High School.  It’s to make sure her team is ready to compete on the national level.  She’s proud of their accomplishment. “Only high school team for flag football representing team Oklahoma!”

Click here to see the full story and video at KJRH Tulsa

 
 

 
 

 

Thank You, Catoosa Chamber of Commerce!

A special thank you goes out to the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce
for providing the funding for transporting a group of CPS teachers to the rally
to represent the children of Catoosa at the state Capitol on March 31.
Thank you, Mr. Chester Knight for driving the bus!

 


 

Catoosa teachers and administration rally to support educational funding

Teachers, parents and students from all corners of the state, including Catoosa Public Schools, converged
at the state Capitol on March 31, to urge legislators to invest in Oklahoma's public education system.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol estimated the crowd at between 25,000 and 30,000 people.
Pictured above: Helen Paul Learning Center Faculty.

 


 

Wells Middle School named Apple Distinguished School

R.J. Wells Middle School has once again been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013 to 2015 for its unique implementation of Apple technology. "The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments," said Principal Della Parrish. 
View full story on Tulsa World website!

 


 

CHS Girls Golf Team Places Second at Stroud

The Catoosa high school girls golf team placed second in the
Stroud High School Golf Tournament on March 27. CHS had four medalists:
Mallory Martindale, 4th, Cheyenne Brown, 5th, Hannah Sipe, 6th and Cassie Weeks, 8th.

 



Attention: Juniors and Seniors

The deadline has been extended for the Cherokee College Prep Institute at OSU and the NSU ACT Prep & College Readiness Camp for rising juniors and seniors. Enrollment is limited to 100 Cherokee or Native American students.  You may apply at https://cherokeenation.academicworks.com If you need additional information, please contact: Heather Sourjohn, Student Development CoordinatorCherokee Nation Foundation, (918) 207-0950 heather.sourjohn@cherokeenationfoundation.org
 
 

 

 
Wyatt Pennington is 2013 McNabb Trophy Winner

Wyatt Pennington has been a three year starter for Catoosa High School and developed into one of the best lineman in the state. He has not only proven his ability on the field but also in the classroom. "Wyatt has shown great character and leadership which is what the McNabb trophy represents," said Aaron Meier, Head Football Coach. "I am proud of him for his accomplishments and he is well deserving of this honor."  Wyatt will be attending Sam Houston State next year to further his education and play football.  He became the first football player from Catoosa to sign a Division 1 scholarship this year.

 

 

 


 


CHS Student Qualifies

for National Robotics Championship

Catoosa High School Robotics Student, Darin Freeman, has qualified to enter into the National Robotics Championship with his recent 1st place win at the Muskogee Robotics Competition. He also won the Robotics Create award based upon his design. 

 

 

 

 

Aspiring writer earns recognition in national writing competition

 

Catoosa High School student, Ivy Jo Holt, has been named a Silver Key Winner in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. She received this prestigious award for her original prose “Impossible.”  Holt also submitted a second work entitled “Buses” that received Honorable Mention.  This is the second year Holt has been recognized by Scholastic for her writing.

As an aspiring writer, receiving recognition in competitions is a stepping stone to achieving success.  Ivy Holt has entered various writing competitions, one of which has even made her a published author and illustrator.  This hard work, along with the exposure to published authors through The English Department Writer’s Series, is what will help Holt and other aspiring writers reach their goals.

 

 


 

FCCLA Students Place in Regional Star Events
Catoosa was well represented at the recent Regional Star Events competition in Pryor, OK. The competition is for members of FCCLA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. There were more than two hundred participants, and all three Catoosa students that competed, placed in their respective categories.
Haylee Strawser - Placed 3rd in Cake Decorating - Decorate a Cupcake with a Baby Shower Theme.
Sarah Archer - Placed 2nd in Illustrate Talk - Sex Trafficking and the Effects on Families.
Tyler Wooten - Placed 3rd in Work Ready Table Setting.  
 

 

The band program just finished up the

honor band tryout cycle for the year.

Click to visit their page and see who made the Honor Band!

 

 


Click Here to see who made the list...

 


 

 

Click below for great new scholarship opportunities!


 


 

Advanced Placement First Look - Today at 5 p.m.

Parents: Student enrollment for 2014 fall classes begins in March. If you or your student are interested in previewing Advanced Placement courses such as Calculus, English, Art, and Chemistry, join us on Tuesday, February 25, at 5 p.m. in the High School Library for an informational meeting. You will be able to ask questions and view student course work and projects. We look forward to seeing you.
Contact Dru Ibarra, ext. 1018, or Lynette Burchfield, ext. 1216, for more information
 
 

 

 

February 4-13, Send your special Valentine a Candy Gram
with a Heart Sucker included for only $1 each!
Candy Grams will be delivered during 6th hour on Valentine's Day. 
They can be purchased before school or during lunch in the cafe area or in the library. 

 


 

 


Drama Department Hosting Fundraiser Tonight!!

Free District Wide Family Movie Night 
Showing: Monster's Inc. University
When: Friday, February 7
Where: Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 
Time:  Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
Concessions available  - Each item in the concession stand is $1.00
Seating available on a first come first served basis 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Support the Indians!
Purchase Season Passes Today

The passes admit you to any home sporting event.
Family (5) pass  $150.00
Adult pass  $75.00
Student pass $30.00

Activity passes can be purchaced in
the athletic office at the high school.

 


 

The Pride of the Tribe - Little Dog, Big Bite

"If you listen to a lot of old funk records, the drums are really small.
But you don't perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy." Lenny Kravitz

The Catoosa High School Marching Band is small in size compared to other schools, with only 50 members and five color guard, but performs with a punch that has pummeled schools much larger. Click for Full Story
 



Every year, each school chooses a Teacher of the Year, and a committee chooses a
District Teacher of the Year to represent CPS at the state competition.
This year, Lesa Sunny was chosen as District Teacher of the Year.

 


 

Click Here...

For up-to-date information about special events thoughout the year... Fundraisers, photos, senior trip and scholarship opportunities...plus, important information about graduation in May!

 

 

 


 

Apple presents Catoosa Middle School with Distinguished School Award 
 

Pictured (L-R): Della Parrish, R. J. Wells Principal, Brenda Aldrich, CPS Assistant Superintendent,
Rick Kibbe, CPS Superintendent, Bruce Johnson, Board of Education President, 
Jim Gilmartin, CPS Assistant Superintendent, Amy Shouse, Board of Education Vice President 


Apple Inc., in conjunction with Apple Education, presented R.J. Wells Middle School with the Apple
Distinguished School Award for the 2012-2013 school year on Friday, April 5, at the middle school in Catoosa.
R.J. Wells is one of a select group of schools nationwide that Apple is recognizing as demonstrating an
exemplary learning environment and are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. 
 

 

Catoosa Special Olympics Invited to 2014 Special Olympics USA Games 
 
Catoosa Special Olympics teacher and coach, Shelley Gibson, along with Oklahoma Coaches Association, Hall of Fame inductee, Strippy Biggers, were chosen to coach the Catoosa Flag-Football Team in the 2014 USA Games. "I am honored to have been chosen to coach these incredible kids," Gibson said. "These athletes work hard all day, everyday, in everything they do, and deserve all the praise and respect for this opportunity."   Full Story...
 

 


 

Nationally acclaimed author visits Catoosa High School


William Bernhardt, a nationally acclaimed author from Tulsa, visited Catoosa High School on Friday, January 17. Mr. Bernhardt met with juniors and seniors enrolled in Advanced Placement Language and Composition and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Mr. Bernhardt has sold more than 10 million books and has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction. He received the Southern Writers Guild, Gold Medal Award, as well as the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award.

Mr. Bernhardt is the second author of the English Department Writer’s Series to visit Catoosa High School this year. The series was developed as a means to provide students an opportunity to interact and engage with published authors. Students are exposed to careers in the field of English, engaged in well developed discussions with published authors, and engaged in critical thinking activities with published authors.  

 

 

 

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New Scholarship Opportunities

It's important to stay on track with what's current in financial aid and college prep. This page is a simple and quick way to find some exciting financial aid and scholarship opportunities! Click Here to See What's New!

 


 

 

All Catoosa Public Schools are closed
 Monday, February 3, due to dangerous road conditions.

 


 

 


 

Catoosa High Girls Volleyball Team 2013

 
 

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

 

It's important to stay on track with what's current in financial aid and college prep. This page is a simple and quick way to find some exciting financial aid and scholarship opportunities! Check back regularly because you never know what will become available next!

Click to Visit Scholarship Page 

 

 


 

Team Catoosa Completes Tulsa Run...Again!!

Team Catoosa laced up their running shoes again this year for the Tulsa Run. "A few short years ago, we had 30 people participate," Catoosa Public Schools Superintendent, Rick Kibbe, said. "This year we will have 80 runner/walkers representing Team Catoosa." Kibbe started running/walking to lose weight, and in turn, found the weight loss and healthy lifestyle helped him develop a more positive outlook on other parts of his life. "Runner's World Magazine contributer, John "The Penguin" Bingham, has a great quote that represents the feeling of all those who have pursued a more healthy lifestyle," said Kibbe. "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." Go Team Catoosa!
 


 

 

Thank you to everyone who voted
in the 
Bond Election 2013...

The Dream Continues!

Click Here to visit the Bond Election information page

 


 

High School drama department hosting annual dinner theatre

This event has been cancelled due to dangerous road conditions. 
Stay tuned, it will be scheduled for a later date!

The Catoosa High School drama department is hosting its annual dinner theatre at the middle school this Friday, December 6th, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for dinner and the show. They are presenting two one-act comedies that are sure to leave you laughing. Come eat and laugh with us as you watch, "If Men Played Cards as Women Do" by George Kauffman and "If Women Worked as Men Do" by Ellen Goodfellow. For tickets contact Lynette Burchfield at (918) 266-1216 or go by her room, #216 at the high school, today.

 


 


 

Catoosa Public Schools are open

Wednesday, December 11, and will be running ice routes.

Everyone be safe. Welcome back to school! 

 


 

College App Week...This Week! - Nov. 18-22



Oklahoma College App Week is an opportunity for high school seniors, especially those who have never considered college or will be the first in their family to attend college, to receive hands-on assistance from knowledgeable volunteers while completing their application to college. College App Week happens on site at the local high school and encourages school districts to promote college as the next step after high school. For more information go the the 
College App Week website or email Michelle Metcalf or Curtis Brown.

                                          
Click To Visit the Tulsa World Feature

 
 

 

Catoosa High School Football Game vs Cleveland
For music and information contact: 
JDobbs@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 


 

J.W. Sam Annual Veteran's Program 
        Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm. Catoosa Activity Center

You are invited to attend our annual Veterans Program, Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 pm at the Catoosa High School Activity Center.  This is sure to be an AWESOME program to honor our Veterans.  We will be singing not only crowd favorites like "Fifty Nifty United States," "Oklahoma," and "This Land is Your Land," but we will also be honoring our soldiers in song with all four of the military branchs' songs. Then we will end the program with the heart-touching "God Bless the USA."  It is sure to be a moving and patriotic program to be enjoyed by all ages.  

​We would like to especially extend an invitation to our honored guests:  Our Veterans. They deserve our respect and praise, and we hope any area Veterans will join us for this special night. Our 3rd Grade students have been working very hard getting ready for this special night, and can't wait to perform for Veterans, families, and community. We invite anyone who would like to come, to come out and enjoy our program. It's sure to move you! 

The program is under the direction of Michelle Dolan, Music Teacher, and Sherry Sarten, 3rd Grade Teacher.

 


 

Catoosa Students Participate in Outdoor Science and Math Institute 

Brandon Cunningham and Tyler Welker, recently participated in the Wilderness Adventure: Science = Education and Careers Summer Institute at Connors State College in Warner. The institute, provided by Oklahoma GEAR UP, provided students with an opportunity to improve math and science skills while using exciting exploratory technologies. During the weeklong institute, students lived on campus and worked alongside a college professor as they researched Oklahoma’s fish, aquatic insects, reptiles, birds and amphibians. To be eligible, students must have completed the seventh, eighth or ninth grade and be nominated by a teacher.

 

 

Clip box tops and earn cash for your school!

 

All Catoosa elementary schools collect General Mills Box Tops for Education. Each box top makes ten cents for our school. This really adds up...Schools have earned over $400 million through the Box Tops for Education® program since 1996, helping them buy much-needed supplies, fund school programs and more. Please put them in a baggie and send to school with your child. Let's start earning money for your school today! 

 

 


 

Catoosa Students Tour Concept Home


Mrs. Mathias's Housing 1 class, recently toured the Concept Home. The tours benefit the program,
"Food for Kids." Students were able to see the latest technology being put into homes.  
This home had a media room, a kids room that was decorated like a ship, a kitchen with
all the latest appliances, infinity swimming pool and many more features.

 

 

Early Out Reminder!


Catoosa High School and Wells Middle School will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.
and Cherokee Elementary, JW Sam Elementary, and Helen Paul Learning Center
will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6!!

 


 


Red Ribbon Week at Cherokee

Monday  - Dress like your favorite Super Hero
Tuesday - Dress the same as a friend
Wednesday - Crazy Sock Day
Thursday - Wear Orange and Black or
Wear your Halloween Costume ONLY IF YOUR GOAL IS MET FOR OCTOBER
Friday - Wear Boots/Western

 


 

Win a Twenty-four Gun Safe and OSU or OU Tickets

 

Raffle tickets will be on sale at Jr. High and Varsity football games and volleyball games, beginning September 3, for a twenty-four gun safe, valued at $700.00. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. The drawing will be held Nov. 1, during halftime of the Varsity football game. Purchase 5 tickets and be entered in a drawing for OSU vs K-state tickets (game on 10/5) or OU vs Iowa state tickets (game on 11/16). OSU drawing will be held on Sept. 26 and OU drawing will be held on Nov. 1st. Support Your Indians Today!

 

 


 

Don't forget to turn those clocks back Sunday!!

Just as sunflowers turn their heads to catch every sunbeam, so too have we discovered a simple way to get more from our sun. Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. Yet, the implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been fraught with controversy since Benjamin Franklin conceived of the idea. Even today, regions and countries routinely change their approaches to Daylight Saving Time. Click Here to learn more about DST...

 

 


 

Team Catoosa Completes Tulsa Run...Again!!

Team Catoosa laced up their running shoes again this year for the Tulsa Run. "A few short years ago, we had 30 people participate," Catoosa Public Schools Superintendent, Rick Kibbe, said. "This year we will have 80 runner/walkers representing Team Catoosa." Kibbe started running/walking to lose weight, and in turn, found the weight loss and healthy lifestyle helped him develop a more positive outlook on other parts of his life. "Runner's World Magazine contributer, John "The Penguin" Bingham, has a great quote that represents the feeling of all those who have pursued a more healthy lifestyle," said Kibbe. "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." Go Team Catoosa!
 

 


 

Catoosa High School vs Cleveland
For music and information contact: 
JDobbs@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 

 


 

Day of Vision: A program geared toward
11th and 12th grade students and their parents

 

Day of Vision is a College Preparation Program that focuses on familiarizing students with college life, helps students and parents explore funding opportunities for attending college, introduces essential skills for college success, and helps students explore different careers.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided

Place: TCC Northeast Campus

Click Here to visit the Day of Vision Website

 


 

Catoosa Indian Letterman Jackets On Sale Today!!

 



 

Attention: Parents of 7th grade students

The state mandated HIV Prevention Program will be presented to your student, Tuesday, October 8, and Wednesday, October 9, at the middle school during science classes. If you would like to review the material online, click the following links. HIV 101-7th Grade. For parents who want to preview content or have questions, parents night is scheduled for the evening of Monday, September 23, from 6-8 pm. After review of the material, if you would like your student to be excluded and not attend this educational presentation, you must complete an opt-out note and return it to the school. Opt-out note will be sent home with all students. 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Harlem Wizards Play Tonight at Catoosa Activity Center

 

 

J.W. Sam Elementary is sponsoring "The Harlem Wizards" at the Activity Center on  Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face!  At a Wizards game, fans  witness amazing basketball talent from the Wizards, Catoosa staff, and alumni, combined with  hilarious comedy. It's two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you're in the stands, you're more than a spectator; you're part of the show, with loads of audience participation. Tickets purchased before the event are $10 for adults, $8 for students, children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harlemwizards.com/schedules prior to the game. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at the Catoosa Activity Center at 6:00pm. Tickets purchased at the game will be $12 for adults, $10 for students, children 3 and under free. 

 


 

 

Looking for ways to pay for college?
If you are a senior and looking for ways to pay for college, attend Oklahoma GEARUP's Fishing forunding Workshop, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m., at Catoosa High School. You and your parents will have an opportunity to learn how to apply for federal financial aid, loans and scholarships. This workshop will be held in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences. Refreshments will be provided.

 


 
AES Engineers Scholarship Deadline Approaching  
    
 
AES Engineers scholarship deadline is 
October 4, 2013. 
They are awarding $500 to the winner(s) each year. Application Process: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of their web site. http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
 
 
 

 

Catoosa Blood Drive Today!!

Catoosa High School is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, October 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
in the Twist Center Gym.

Each Donor Receives
Choice of Bedlam T-shirt

Chance to win a pair of
2013 Bedlam football tickets

Feel The Spirit...GIVE BLOOD!

 

 

 

Catoosa Middle School Places in National Science Bowl

Catoosa middle school placed 4th in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's 3rd Annual Intertribal Middle School Science Bowl, March 21-22, 2013, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

"The Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of math and science," said team coach, Yvette Laughlin. "Students were quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format." Teams were chosen from tribal communities around the nation and comprised of four to five students and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. Each team chosen received an expense-paid trip to compete in the competition in Albuquerque.

Catoosa’s winning team: (l-r) Dalton Robertson, Paige Hardman, Blake Houston, Alyssa Smothers, and Madison Chalupa. 

 


 
Catoosa Wendy's offers fundraising opportunities for CPS

If you sponsor a club, group or sports team at Catoosa Public Schools, Catoosa Wendy's restaurant wants to help you raise money. 

Here's what they provide: Area for a benefit car wash, all the water you need, (you provide the hose & soap,) and free Frosties for each member of the group. They also provide a free Frosty for each person who gets their car washed AND, every 10th car gets a free combo meal of their choice.
Call Wendy's manager, Larry Nichols, (918) 266-5335 for more information.

 


 

Senior Class invited to the Rogers County Area College Fair

The Catoosa high school senior class has been invited to the Rogers County Area College Fair, on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am in the Centennial Center on the Rogers State Campus in Claremore. Contact Michelle Metcalf, mmetcalf@catoosa.k12.ok.us, for information on attending.

 

 


 

Last Day to Order!!
High School Special Olympics Selling Cookie Dough   

Catoosa Special Olympics is selling Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough thru September 9, as a fundraiser.
There are 18 different items, all priced at $16.00 each. 

Contact Shelley Gibson 266-8603 Ext.1027  

Help send our athletes to the Winter Games...
Thank You For Your Support!


 


 

REQUIRED DRUG TESTING: MAKE UP DATE

Any student, grades: 7-12, participating in OSSAA sanctioned events are required to have a drug test. Athletes, Marching Band, Show Choir, Academic Team, etc...

Activity Center: August 14, 2013 - 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. 
Cost: $20.00 CASH

 

 

 

6TH GRADE ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

 

Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at 5:00 p.m., we will have 6th grade orientation. 6th grade schedules will be given out at the close of the meeting. Open House will follow the meeting.  The computer use fees may be paid before school starts of after we are in session. The fee for 6th graders is $40.00 per year. $36.00 if paid in full by August 31, or if your student is on free or reduced lunches. Computers will not be checked out until payment and paper work is complete.

 


 

 


Important Dates for Upcoming School Year

Back-to-School Night: 

High School - Middle School  

Aug. 12, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

 
 
 
 

 

Catoosa Computer Orientation 
and Back to School Night

 

Where: WELLS MIDDLE SCHOOL MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM

When: August 8 at 5:30, for 7th grade and new students.
August 12 for 6th graders from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

Click Here for Complete Information

 

 

Back to School Bash
300 Free Back Packs With School Supplies

Disciple United Methodist Church in Catoosa, 1883 S. Cherokee, 
will have their Back to School Bash on Sunday, August 11, from 2-4 p.m. 

300 free back packs with school supplies will be distributed.  
They will be grilling hot dogs and have a Jupiter Jump as well for families at no cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

JOM SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Thursday, August 8, 2013
 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CPS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
Must have CDIB on file. New students bring CDIB and Membership Card


 

 

First Grader Continues Catoosa Wrestling Legacy

Gunner Wilson, First Grade student at Helen Paul Learning Center, won his division in the United States Junior Open Wrestling Championship.

Way to go, Gunner!

 

 


 
 

REQUIRED DRUG TESTING

Any student, grades: 7-12, participating in OSSAA sanctioned events are required to have a drug test. Athletes, Marching Band, Show Choir, Academic Team, etc...

Activity Center: August 1, 2013 - 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.    
Cost: $20.00 CASH

 

 

 

Required physicals to be given on Monday, May 20

If you will be in an extra-curricular activity, grades 7-12, next school year, you are required to have a physical on file in the athletic department. The athletic department will be busing those students that are in extra-curricular activities to the Utica Park Clinic in Catoosa to have their physicals given on Monday, May 20. The coaches take them during school hours by bus. Cost is $25, cash or check, made out to Utica Park Clinic. All students in sports and marching band will be given physical forms on Friday, to be taken home for their parents to sign. A schedule of when they are to be released will be will be given to the schools on Friday. If you wish to have a physical given by your own doctor, that is fine, but it has to be completed before their activity begins. Any student that does not have the physical form signed or does not have payment, will not be released. Any questions, call the athletic dept at 918-266-8619.

 


 

 

Important Graduation Information for Seniors!!!

 

Please Click Here for important information on times and dates for graduation meetings and ceremonies.

 

 

 

 


 

Class of 1993 to be recognized at graduation ceremony

 

Due to the devestating tornado of 1993 in Catoosa, the senior class had to finish the school year at Owasso. Tonight, that class will be remembered and honored for their sacrifice and never-ending devotion and pride to Catoosa HIgh School. Go Indians!

 

 

 

 


 


 

CHS graduate returns to motivate and inspire 8th grade students

Aaron Ashworth is an excellent motivational speaker who motivates students to finish high school and pursue higher education. He recently was the keynote speaker for Catoosa High School’s 8th grade Rookie Workshop funded by Gear-Up, a federal grant. Aaron graduated from Catoosa High School and went on to serve in the U.S. military and completed tours in Iraq.  He is now a successful businessman.  Aaron has a great presentation and relates well to students. He has been a champion for students who are mentally challenged and continues to support Special Olympics. Aaron promotes student leadership and drug and alcohol prevention. Today he is living his dream of inspiring others to live out their dreams as well.  Mrs. Metcalf, Assistant Principal states, “Aaron has an inspiring story and empowers others to reach their goals despite their circumstances.”

 

 

 


 

Congratulations Indian Baseball Team

Congratulations to the Catoosa Baseball Team. The Indians played in the state tournament for the first time since 2008. The baseball team had a record of 30-2 overall. The Indians also won the Verdigris Valley conference with a record of 12-1. The Indians made history this year with 23 straight wins to start the season. Seniors Dusty Haueter and Austin Potter and Juniors Nick Brown and Corbin Osburn made all-conference first team and Coach Mowery received region three coach of the year.

 


 

Catoosa Special Olympians go to state

 Catoosa High School hosted the Green Country Area Special Olympics Powerlifting tournament on March 6. There were fifteen athletes, twelve from Catoosa and three from Coweta. These athletes participated in three lifts: bench press, deadlift and squat. They competed at the state level on May 8, at Oklahoma State University.

 



 

Catoosa Indian Baseball Senior Night

Pictured (l-r): Austin Potter, Craig Sackett, Dusty Haueter, Lynn Haueter, Jacob Morgan, Ryan VanVleck 

 




Catoosa Special Olympics Receives Awards

Liz Hubert was recently recognized as area athlete of the year and Stephanie Ryan, area volunteer of the year.  They are now in the running for state honors which will be given in May at the Summer Games in Stillwater.

 


 

 


 

Catoosa students win at state personal finance competition 

For the third time in four years a team of four high school students from Catoosa will compete against other state winners from across the nation in the annual National Personal Finance Challenge May 2, in St. Louis.

Catoosa had both the first and second place team winners.  Team members Dillon Crawford, Zak Hanes, Elizabeth Hayes, and Devin Williamson all competed April 2, edging out the second place team from Catoosa.  Members of the second place team were Chase Jezik, Mackenzie Schur, Jamie Sowers, and Alanna Guilbault. The first place team won the title as the State Champion therefore qualifying them for the National Competition.  Micah Metcalf, a junior from CHS, had the highest score in the competition. More...


 



Catoosa Teacher Recieves $11,000 Grant

 

Diann Dodd, Personal Financial Literacy Teacher at Catoosa High School, applied for and received a grant from The Discover Brighter Future Fund through the Pathway to Financial Success Grant. Discover Financial Services, through Pathways to Financial Success, share our commitment to bringing financial education into the classroom. 

A check for $11,000 was awarded to Catoosa High School for financial education materials and teacher training at Catoosa High School through the effort of Mrs. Dodd. This money will allow her and Mrs. Hanigan, the other Personal Financial Literacy Teacher, the opportunity to attend conferences to learn from other teachers from around the country and to purchase materials for the PFL classrooms.
 

 


 

Catoosa Students Attend 24th Annual Oklahoma Model Congress

Catoosa was well represented at Model Congress. Eighteen students participated this year. Devin Williamson was Speaker of the House in the afternoon. Rachael Banning and Shawna Vann served as Timekeepper and Clerk for the House of Representatives all day.  Catoosa had three bills in the House and three bills debated in the Senate. Adrienne Creech and Devin Williamson - To abolish the Electoral College and form new electing methods. (House) Elizabeth Hayes and Mallory Cole - To standardize commitment time for defendants claiming insanity. (House and Senate) Ciara Wilson and Yirrah Torres - To limit Congressional terms. (House and Senate) Kelsey Houston and Kambri Jackson -To establish a 10% flat tax. (Senate) Chosen as "Best Debater for the House of Representatives" - Dillon Crawford and "Best Debater for the Senate" - Brandon DeVera. 



Catoosa students win at state personal finance competition 

For the third time in four years a team of four high school students from Catoosa will compete against other state winners from across the nation in the annual National Personal Finance Challenge May 2, in St. Louis.

The state competition recognizes the individual highest scoring student, as well as the first and second place teams.

Catoosa had both the first and second place team winners.  Team members Dillon Crawford, Zak Hanes, Elizabeth Hayes, and Devin Williamson all competed April 2, edging out the second place team from Catoosa.  Members of the second place team were Chase Jezik, Mackenzie Schur, Jamie Sowers, and Alanna Guilbault. The first place team won the title as the State Champion therefore qualifying them for the National Competition.  Micah Metcalf, a junior from CHS, had the highest score in the competition.

The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education hosts the Oklahoma Personal Finance Challenge to provide a fun academic competition and to enhance student’s learning of the new Oklahoma Passport to Financial Literacy standards.

The Oklahoma Passport to Financial Literacy requires graduating seniors to demonstrate proficiency in 14 areas of content of personal finance beginning in 2014.  These 14 areas include topics such as budgeting, managing debt, saving and investing, credit and planning for retirement.

Micah Metcalf received a $100 Visa gift card as the individual high scoring student.  Mrs. Hanigan, Micah’s PFL teacher, was very excited and proud of Micah.

Mrs. Dodd and the members of the winning team all received Visa gift cards and an expense paid trip to St. Louis to compete in the National Competition.

The National Personal Finance Challenge is a competition for students in grades 9-12.  The competition features the champion teams of four students each from other states throughout the United States.  The competition, like Oklahoma’s event, includes a series of written tests and a “quiz bowl” finale to determine the nations’ champion.

Members of the first-place team and their teacher-sponsor will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a school trophy.  Members of the second-place team and their teacher-sponsor will receive a $500 cash prize and a school trophy. Prizes are made possible by the generous funding of the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation and other donors. 

 

 
 
High School teacher wins Secondary School Prize for Inspiration

 

Johnnie Marshall, Catoosa High School advanced mathematics teacher, was recently awarded the Secondary School Teacher Prize for Inspiration, presented by the University of Tulsa. Marshall was nominated by Catoosa senior, Caitlin Dingle, who feels that Mrs. Marshall contributed to her personal growth during her time in high school. The award is a $3,000 prize which includes $1,000 for Catoosa High School.

Marshall has a masters degree from Tulsa University in Mathematics Education and has taught for 24 years at the high school and college level. She is the ACT test administrator for Catoosa High School and was named teacher of the year in 1992-1993, and district teacher of the year in 2008-2009.

 


 

Apple presents Catoosa Middle School with Distinguished School Award 
 

Pictured (L-R): Della Parrish, R. J. Wells Principal, Brenda Aldrich, CPS Assistant Superintendent, Rick Kibbe, CPS Superintendent,

Bruce Johnson, Board of Education President, Jim Gilmartin, CPS Assistant Superintendent, Amy Shouse, Board of Education Vice President


Apple Inc., in conjunction with Apple Education, presented R.J. Wells Middle School with the Apple
Distinguished School Award for the 2012-2013 school year on Friday, April 5, at the middle school in Catoosa.
R.J. Wells is one of a select group of schools nationwide that Apple is recognizing as demonstrating an
exemplary learning environment and are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. 

 


 

Catoosa Chamber ribbon cutting for new Athletic Center TODAY!

Everyone is invited to join the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce and Catoosa Public Schools today from 5-7 p.m., to tour the new Athletic Center at Catoosa High School. The Athletic Center has one of the best weight rooms in the state, indoor running track, space for treadmills and eliptical machines, coaches offices, meeting room, locker room for 100 athletes, laundry room and an athletic training room. There are also concessions and bathroom facilities on each end of building. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. 

This is a great opportunity to tour the new Catoosa Athletic Center!

 


 

Drama Department Sponsors Catoosa's Got Talent

Catoosa's Got Talent is a fundraiser for the drama department. 
Performances are today
 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wells Middle School Multi-Purpose room. Tickets are $6 at the door. There are a total of ten acts. First place prize = $100, Second place prize = $50, Third place prize = $25.  
Let's support those thespians!!

 
 

 

Every year, each school chooses a Teacher of the Year, and a committee chooses a
District Teacher of the Year to represent CPS at the state competition.
This year Mike Mitrik was chosen as District Teacher of the Year.




Congratulations
Samantha Schreck
J.W. Sam Elementary's
2012-2013 Teacher Of The Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Catoosa Chamber of Commerce offers Leadership Scholarship


The Catoosa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Scholarship fund is
designed to offer Catoosa High School Students seeking post secondary
educational and career tech/trade school training, a one-time $1,000 

scholarship award to help further their educational goals. 

Click Here to download application or contact 
Mrs. Metcalf for more information. mmetcalf@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 

 

 

Helen Paul Learning Center Hosts Travis and Presley TODAY!

Helen Paul Learning Center, in partnership with Tulsa County Reading Council, will host children's educator and entertainer, Travis Brorsen and his dog Presley, on TODAY at 6:30 p.m., in the Wells Middle School Auditorium.

After winning the CBS hit reality show, "Greatest American Dog," this young actor and studio trained brindle boxer decided to hit the road. As they travel the country to entertain children and adults, they show how respect, friendship and using good manners are empowering benefits to being successful.

 

Admission is FREE for all ages!
Contact Taunia Smith for more information TSmith02@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 


 

Friday, April 19, 2013 
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Homebuilders Association  

11545 E 43rd St., Tulsa, OK 74146
Click for Directions


Dress: Semi-formal or formal. (A suit and tie can be worn instead of a tux for the guys.) Please rent or purchase your attire as soon as possible. See the handbook or an administrator for dress code restrictions. You cannot buy your tickets from another student. Your tickets must be purchased from Ms. McNabb or Mrs. Bergeron in advance. There are no refunds. You may bring only one guest. Behavior: All school policies will be enforced! Any person who displays drug or alcohol behavior will be removed immediately and will not be allowed to return.

 

 

Click Here to view State Testing Schedule
for the week of April 15, 2013

Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast,
a word of encouragement, and a special hug on test days.  
Please arrive on time for testing days.

 

A happy, confident child will succeed on test day!

 
 
 
 

 

Wendy's donates to Catoosa Public Schools

Catoosa Wendy's restaurant manager, Larry Nichols, presents Catoosa Public Schools Superintendent, Rick Kibbe, with a check for $1,000. Wendy's donated 10% of their Kids' Meal sales in January, to CPS. "I am very appreciative of our businesses here in Catoosa that form partnerships to help our school," said Kibbe. "We appreciate the willingness of Wendy's to provide opportunities for our community and we were happy to participate in their fundraiser and promotion." In addition to the discounted meals, Wendy's also provided kids' coloring sheets to support the promotion. "Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, believed in giving back to our communities," said Nichols. "I am pleased that we were able to support the Catoosa school system and will continue to do so!"
 


 

Catoosa Middle School Places in National Science Bowl

Catoosa middle school placed 4th in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's 3rd Annual Intertribal Middle School Science Bowl, March 21-22, 2013, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

"The Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of math and science," said team coach, Yvette Laughlin. "Students were quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format." Teams were chosen from tribal communities around the nation and comprised of four to five students and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. Each team chosen received an expense-paid trip to compete in the competition in Albuquerque.

Catoosa’s winning team: (l-r) Dalton Robertson, Paige Hardman, Blake Houston, Alyssa Smothers, and Madison Chalupa. 

 


 

AN ARTISTIC MIND

BY STEPHANIE RYAN
Catoosa High School Journalism

Mrs. Burchfield’s drama class recently performed the Dr. Seuss classic, "The Cat in the Hat." Of course, every play needs a set, and every set needs a backdrop.

Kelsey Whitlow, a seventeen year old junior, stepped up and took charge of this challenging project. After 41 hours and very little help, Kelsey completed the challenge.

When asked if the assignment was difficult, Kelsey responded, “Not really, I honestly enjoyed doing it, but it was not that difficult, just stressful.” 

It wasn’t difficult for her because she has been interested in and pursuing art for a long time. Around the age of four Kelsey took an interest in art. Instantly, she loved to draw. Now she loves to paint and draw in her spare time.

 


 


Catoosa Girls Soccer Team Wins Tournament

The Catoosa girls soccer team is in the news again with a win at the 2013 Midwest City Tournament. There were eight teams in the tournament and Catoosa was the only 4A team represented.

Great job girls!

 

 


 

Caring Van to visit Helen Paul Learning Center April 3.

The Caring Van is coming to Helen Paul Learning Center Wednesday, April 3rd.  Immunizations needed for Pre-k, kindergarten, and 7th/8th grade will be available. You must accompany your child to the Care Van, where registered nurses will provide the immunizations. Please bring a current copy of your student's immunization record. The Oklahoma Caring Van Program delivers immunizations to protect children and adolescents from dangerous illnesses at no cost to their families. The Oklahoma Caring Van Program is uniquely designed to eliminate barriers that commonly prevent children from receiving on-time, age-appropriate immunizations in traditional health care settings. This is to comply with the new requirement by law that children get a Tetanus Diptheria booster. The Caring Van parks outside the school, it's convenient, cost free, and given by nurses.

To sign up: 

 


 

 

Reminder: TODAY is early out day!

Helen Paul Learning Center, J.W. Sam Elementary and

Cherokee Elementary - 1:45 pm

R.J. Wells Middle School and High School 1:00 pm

 

 


 

Catoosa Students Encouraged to Sign Up for Oklahoma’s Promise


Here’s something you can fall in love with this month – scholarship money for college! Now is the perfect time to sign your student up for Oklahoma’s Promise.

Oklahoma’s Promise is a state scholarship program that allows high school students – from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less – to earn free college tuition. Special income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians. More...

 

 



Catoosa Middle School Selected as Apple Distinguished School


  The Catoosa Public School system has a lot to be proud of. R. J. Wells Middle School has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year. They are one of a select group of schools nationwide that Apple is recognizing as demonstrating an exemplary learning environment and are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

“This is the third year of the one-to-one MacBook initiative at Wells Middle School,” said Rick Kibbe, CPS Superintendent. “The teachers have received extensive training in the use of the MacBook as well as using technology as a teaching tool. They are making the shift from a traditional teaching format to a project-based, student-led learning 
environment.” 

 


 

Catoosa Concert Band qualifies for state level competition

The Catoosa High School Concert Band, made up of 8th-12th grade students, recently received superior ratings at the OSSAA District 9 Concert Contest at Bartlesville High School.

The contest was a qualifying round for state level competition. Each band performed two prepared pieces of their choice and one had to be from a mandated list for the school's size. Each band then competed in a sight-reading exercise and was then presented with a new piece of music and given eight minutes to prepare and then perform.

The band earned a superior rating in both sight-reading the prepared portion. The concert band will travel to Ada, on April 17th, to compete at the state level competition.

 

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES UPDATED!

Catoosa High School student, Benjamin McCoy, just applied to a $400 scholarship on http://www.collegepeas.com/scholarshipgreen. The scholarship is open to all high school students and is one of the few that is not based on grades or test scores.It's important to stay on track with what's current in financial aid and college prep. This page is a simple and quick way to find some exciting financial aid and scholarship opportunities! Check back regularly because you never know what will become available next! Click Here To Visit The Website.

 

 


 

Attention: Parents of 7th and 11th grade students

The state mandated HIV Prevention Program will be presented to your student this March. If you would like to review the material online, click the following links. 
HIV 101-7th Grade  or HIV 101-11th Grade

If after review of the material, you would like your student to be excluded
and not attend this educational presentation, you must complete an opt-out note
and return to the school office to the attention Nurse, as soon as you receive it.
Extra forms will be located in the school office.  Click here to download opt-out note.

 


 

Donation drive to help Catoosa teacher with cancer treatments


Catoosa teacher, Amanda Green, is battling cancer for the second time and a donation drive has been launched to help with the expenses of surviving this disease. During her career, Amanda has been an elementary and middle school teacher, and high school cheerleading coach. There is an account set up at RCB Bank in Catoosa to take donations.  You can also donate at your building. The drive ends on March 14, but the account will be open long term and you can continue to donate after that time.  If you have questions, please contact Della Parrish, DParrish@catoosa.k12.ok.us, or Dee (Sackett) Saldivar, dsackett@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 

Thank you for your compassion and generosity.

 

 

 

Caring Van to visit R.J. Wells Middle School Today

The Caring Van is coming to R.J. Wells Middle School today from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., to offer free immunizations to the 6th and 7th graders. The Oklahoma Caring Van Program delivers immunizations to protect children and adolescents from dangerous illnesses at no cost to their families. The Oklahoma Caring Van Program is uniquely designed to eliminate barriers that commonly prevent children from receiving on-time, age-appropriate immunizations in traditional health care settings. This is to comply with the new requirement by law that children get a Tetanus Diptheria booster. The Caring Van parks outside the school, it's convenient, cost free, and given by nurses.

To sign up: 

 


 

Catoosa Choir Program set to "Shake, Rattle and Roll."

 

Catoosa High School and Wells Middle School choirs perform with Elvis impersonator, Brent Giddens Tonight, at 7pm, in the Wells Middle School Multi-purpose room. All ticket proceeds benefit the Catoosa Choir Program. Giddens will be accompanied by the Burning Love Band. Band members include, Larry Sparkman, director of Catoosa high school and middle school choirs, George Gow, guitar and Johnny Nunn, percussion. Adults $10 - Students $5
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqMU5G-4cHI&safe=active 

 

           "Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. 

That's what happens to me...I can't help it."  Elvis

 

 



 

High School Drama Department Presents: 

The Cat in the Hat 

Today! - 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Helen Paul Learning Center

Plan to attend and bring a friend!
"Your mother won't mind at all if you do."

 
 

 

Student wins national award with Ivy League entry

BY DANIEL MARQUEZ
Catoosa High School Journalism


Ivy Holt, a sophomore at Catoosa High School, was recently awarded an Honorable Mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short story, “The Story of Alex.” The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began as a small writing contest in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades seven through twelve from around the nation submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. More...
 

 


 

Catoosa High School now has access to three subscription databases

Issues and Controversies - Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, 
government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

Issues and Controversies in American History - Builds a deeper
understanding of how historical
 events have shaped our nation
by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.


Science Today - Bridges the gap between the science that students learn
in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.
 

Email Mrs. Parrish for the username and password.
lparrish02@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 

 

Catoosa Indian Sports News Updates

Catoosa grad and current University of Tulsa softball player, Haley Henshaw, was Conference USA's offensive player of the week after hitting two homeruns and winning the Florida State Invitational.

Asst. HS Principal, Chester Knight, recorded a "hole-in-one" at Heritage Hills Golf Course. Congrats Mr. Knight.

Catoosa Grad, Eric Martray, is working for the Boston Red Sox as the strength and conditioning coach. He is in Ft. Myers Florida at spring training camp and will be assigned a position for the upcoming season with the AA Portland Seadogs in Portland Maine.

 


 

RSU Hillcats Women's Basketball Team Clinic With Catoosa Partners Club® 

Catoosa Public Schools Superintendent, Rick Kibbe, welcomes RSU women's basketball coach, Roxanne Long, and the Hillcat basketball team to the Catoosa Indian Activities Center. The RSU Girls basketball team has formed an ongoing relationship with the Partners Club® at CPS, and was here to give a mini-clinic for the kids. Partners Club® is a unique school-based program that teams students with and without intellectual disabilities, through sports training and competition on a regular basis.

 


 

Coach Wesson nominated to be Oklahoma all-state coach

Catoosa girls basketball coach, Bryan Wesson, has been nominated by area coaches to be the region three nominee as the Oklahoma all-state girls basketball coach. There will be seven nominees in the state, and one will be chosen from the seven.  Good luck coach Wesson! 

 

 

 


 

High School Lady Indians place 3rd in Oologah basketball tournament

The Catoosa High School Lady Indians recently placed third in the Oologah basketball tournament.
Congratulations to Kayla Jones, who was named to the all-tourney team.
The team posted an 8-5 record halfway through the season.

 


 

Girls Volleyball Team: Champions on the Court and the Classroom


The Catoosa High School volleyball team was recently crowned 2012 regional champions and qualifed for the state tournament. The volleyball team previously earned this title in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.

The Catoosa Lady Indian Volleyball Team also received the Academic Achievement Award by having a team grade point average of 3.25.  More

 

 

 


 

Congratulations!!
Catoosa High School Students Earn All-State Honors

Anna Rywelski: Band  -  Haiden White: Volleyball  -  Cassie Young: Band

 


 

Jr. High Wrestlers Place at State Tournaments

Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association State Qualifiers February 9th: Camron Chilcoat, Jake Smith, Vincent Eremita, Fabian Huerta. The Junior High school wrestlers also attended the USA-Folkstyle Jr. High State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 1st & 2nd in Enid, OK. State Placers included: Nate Ussrey 2nd place, Derek Banning 2nd place, Camron Chilcoat 3rd place, Jalen Otero 3rd place, Fabian Huerta 5th place, and Andrew Dearmond 6th place.

 

 

Please take time to visit the link below for important information on flu season 2013.

Flu.Gov - How do I protect myself from the flu - What are the symptoms

 

 


 

CPS Board of Education Meeting Tentatively Rescheduled

Special Announcement: The regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, February 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., was canceled due to the lack of a quorum. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled as a Special Meeting for Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.

 

 

Today is THE day!


Valentine's Day is here, and the Youth Alliance Club is selling candy grams for just $1.00.
Each candy gram will include a valentine, heart sucker, and a special message from you.
They will be delivered TODAY during 6th hour.

 


 


First Grader Continues Catoosa Wrestling Legacy

Gunner Wilson, First Grade student at Helen Paul Learning Center, won his division in the United States Junior Open Wrestling Championship. He will be competing for state in February.  Way to go, Gunner!

 

 

 


 

Louise Long retires after 31 years with Catoosa Public Schools
Louise Long, Special Services secretary, is retiring after 31 years of service with the Catoosa Public School system. Long has decided to be a full-time grandmother and world traveler. "I've decided it's time to start another chapter in my life by staying home with my great-great grandbaby until she is old enough for daycare, and then I plan to travel…everywhere," she says with a laugh. The back wall of her office is covered with more than 200 photos of her family. "I am so happy that with the birth of our newest baby, my family now has five generations. I have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren," Long said. All of her children attended and graduated from Catoosa. "We have been fortunate to have her at Catoosa,” Superintendent Rick Kibbe said. “She loves Catoosa and the students here. She has devoted her life to working for them. She has been an amazing asset for our school system for all of these years, and I know I speak for everyone who has had the privilege of working with her, when I say what a great person, friend and co-worker she has been."  "When I started working here I was the bus driver for the first special education route in Catoosa," said Long. "I also worked at the concession stand and as a special education aide." For the past 25 years she has worked side-by-side with Special Services Director, Debbie Thompson. "We have complimented each other perfectly, although we are exact opposites," said Thompson. "I'm laid back and she's a pusher." When asked to sum up her time with Catoosa Public Schools, Long simply said, "I feel like I have made a difference and made a lot of friends."

 


 

Catoosa Coach Named National High School 

Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Finalist


The National High School Athletic Coaches Association recently selected Catoosa High School girl’s volleyball coach, Carolyn Replogle, as a 2013 National Coach of the Year Finalist. 

Criteria for coach of the year honors included, outstanding coaching longevity, win-loss record, championship years, awards received and services to the coaching profession and to athletes.

“Coach Replogle’s dedication to sports and education is the perfect example of our mission at Catoosa Public Schools,” said Rick Kibbe, CPS superintendent. “We strive to promote excellence through integrity, accountability, leadership, community involvement, compassion, and pride, to create productive citizens with lifelong learning skills.”

As a Finalist for the 2013 Coach of the Year, Replogle will be honored at the NHSACA National Awards Banquet in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The Awards Banquet is held to honor Athletic Directors and Coaches in 19 sports from throughout the United States.

 


 

Diann Dodd Earns Financial Teacher of the Year Award


Catoosa High School business education teacher, Diann Dodd, was recently honored as the Oklahoma Financial Empowerment Teacher of the Year by the Tinker Federal Credit Union. The contest was open to Oklahoma instructors who teach financial literacy to students in grades 7-12. The winning teacher and the school that employs the teacher each receive $1,000. Entrants were evaluated on the official application, their principal’s recommendation and financial literacy lesson plans. Dodd has a bachelor's and master's degree in secondary education. She is a master teacher in personal financial literacy and was named the Oklahoma Economic Council Teacher of the Year for 2011. 

 

 


 

Catoosa Public Schools receives check from Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Public Service Company of Oklahoma presented CPS with a check for $4,166.86, at the August school board meeting. The check was part of PSO's Smart Schools Program. "We were very fortunate to be chosen by PSO to be a part of the Smart Schools program," said Rick Kibbe, CPS superintendent. "The technical support and incentives PSO provides through this program will benefit our school and community for many years." The Smart Schools Program is an energy efficiency program designed to provide assistance and financial incentives to K-12 school districts and accredited higher education institutions served by PSO, for the installation of new energy efficiency equipment that reduce peak demand loads and energy usage, resulting in reduced operating and maintenance costs. 

Pictured L-R: Rick Kibbe, CPS Superintendent, Tracey Godfroy, PSO, Bruce Johnson, CPS Board President

 


 

Catoosa Indian sports news at a glance

Homecoming basketball this Friday!
Results of the Port City Classic Basketball tournament: Memorial won the boys bracket with a 60-58 win over Owasso.  Bixby girls beat Bartlesville 46-43. Catoosa Boys won 7th place with a 55-35 win over Claremore. Catoosa girls won 7th place beating Skiatook 32-28.

 


 

Catoosa Wendy's Donating to Schools

Wendy's restaurant will donate 10% of their Kids' Meal sales in January to Catoosa Schools. The promotion runs through February 2, 2013. In addition, they will provide Kids' coloring sheets that will help support the promotion.

 

 

 

 


 

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits." The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

 



47th Annual Port City Classic January 24-26

The 47th annual Port City Basketball tournament will be held January 24-26, at the Catoosa High School Activity Center. The tournament will host teams from Tulsa Memorial, Claremore, Verdigris, Skiatook, Catoosa, Victory Christian, Casia Hall, and Owasso.
Click on links to see game dates and times.


 

Boys Brackets         Girls Brackets

 


 

Special Olympics Fundraiser: Today is the last day to order!

The Special Olympics fundraiser runs through January 28.
Contact: Shelley Gibson (918) 266-8603 ext. 1027 or email her
sgibson@catoosa.k12.ok.us

 


 

Special Catoosa Public School Board Meeting Announcement

There will be a special Catoosa Public School Board Meeting on Friday, Sept. 21, at noon. This meeting will be to review and approve the 2012-2013 budget.
Click here to see agenda.

 



Don't Forget...Wrestling Fundraiser This Saturday!

Catoosa HS and JH Indian Wrestlers will have a car wash at Walgreens in Catoosa between 10am-2pm on Saturday, Sept. 29,
to raise money for our wrestling team.

Please come out and let us wash your car for a donation.

 

 

 


 

Just so you know...
Catoosa High School has a Partners Club®!
Partners Club® is a unique school-based program that teams students with and without intellectual disabilities, through sports training and competition (Unified Sports™) on a regular basis. More

 

 


 

Conference for high school students on First Amendment Freedoms 

The 14th Annual First Amendment Congress will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the University of Central Oklahoma. This conference is for high school students and focuses on our First Amendment freedoms. The cost is minimal and includes lunch.  Students interested in journalism, speech, government, and more will want to attend this fascinating conference. Find more information at the following Web site:   https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxJlXieXYiPAQXRYT0ZwZ2EwZzg/edit?pli=1

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." —Abraham Lincoln

 


 

Upload your own photos for the 2013 High School Yearbook!

The high school yearbook staff is using RePlayIt, as an extra source for photos for the 2013 yearbook. Students, parents, etc., can log on, or download the app. which is through Jostens, and upload any pictures they have from their computers, phones, cameras, etc... More

 

 

 


 

Important Scholarship Information For Seniors
College App Week is Oct. 29-Nov. 2

 

Oklahoma College App Week is an opportunity for high school seniors, especially those who have never considered college or will be the first in their family to attend college, to receive hands-on assistance from knowledgeable volunteers while completing their application to college. College App Week happens on site at the local high school and encourages school districts to promote college as the next step after high school. Click Here To Visit The Gear Up Website

 


 

Tulsa's News on 6 Visits
Catoosa High School

With only two weeks left until the state high school football playoffs begin, Tulsa's News on 6 sent their Six in the Morning crew to Catoosa High School on
Friday, October 26...and they brought the

"Spirit Stick Road Show" with them.

Click Here To Watch Video.

 

 


 

Senior Class Fundraiser: This Week Only!

The Senior Class of 2013 is selling
Blue and Gold products for their yearly fundraiser...

Sausage (2.5 lbs.)- $ 6.00
Bacon (3.5 lbs.) - $ 14.00
Chicken Strips (5 lbs.) - $18.00


Orders need to be turned in by
Monday, November 12, at 2:30 pm. Will be delivered the week of the 26th of November. If you want to place an order call Margaret Mathias, (918) 266-8619 Ext.1003, or contact a senior of the class of 2013.

 


 

High School Academic Team Wins First Round Competition

The Catoosa High School Academic Team recently defeated Adair high school,110-0, to win their first round on Rogers State University's public television show, I Want Answers. I Want Answers, is a 30-minute game show featuring local area high school students. The students compete against other schools by answering a variety of trivia questions. The questions test the student’s knowledge on academic topics and random trivia. The teams are competing for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes! The show will air on November 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Pictured: L-R Cassie Young, Elizabeth Hayes, Jasmine Siragusa and Dillon Crawford.

 


 

CHS Academic Team Selling Cookie Dough...


The Business Professionals of America is selling Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough thru November 27th as a fundraiser. Merchandise will arrive before Christmas. There are 18 different items, all priced at $16.00 each. Contact any BPA team member or Angie Littrell, BPA sponsor, (918) 266-8619 Ext.1207. Thank You For Your Support!

 

 

 


 

Business Professionals of America Selling Cookie Dough...



The Business Professionals of America group at CHS, is selling Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough thru November 27th as a fundraiser. Merchandise will arrive before Christmas. There are 18 different items, all priced at $16.00 each. Contact any BPA team member or
Angie Littrell, BPA sponsor, (918) 266-8619 Ext.1207.
Thank You For Your Support!

 

 


 

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Catoosa December 1st!

 

The Catoosa Drama Department presents a murder mystery dinner theatre "Murder Runs in the Family," by Pat Cook on Saturday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m., at the CHS Activity Center. Advance tickets are on sale now in Mrs. Burchfield's room for $5.00. If you purchase tickets at the door, it will be $6.00. Come enjoy dinner and a show on December 1st. Purchase your tickets now!

 

 

 


 

Catoosa High School Library Hosting Book Fair


The Catoosa High School Library is hosting a book fair December 10-14, in the library.  It will be open from 7:30-3:00 each day. The profit will be used to purchase new books for the library.  This is a great opportunity to pick up some holiday gifts because there will be books, posters, and gadgets for all ages.  The book fair will accept cash, checks, and credit cards. The public is encouraged to attend to help support our library!  For questions, call Lee Ann Parrish, High School Library Media Specialist, at (918) 266-8619, ext. 1204.

 


 

Message to the Catoosa Community


I want to take a moment to address the terrible tragedy that occurred in Connecticut, and the safety and security measures in place at Catoosa Public Schools. We offer our most sincere condolences to the families and citizens of Newtown, and pray they find peace and healing. Understandably, everyone around the country is concerned about the security and safety of their children at school. I want to assure you that we have strict security measures in place at each of our schools to ensure our children are safe, and specific plans and policies to deal with a potential intruder crisis. We are now, and have always been committed to creating a healthy, safe and secure learning environment for our children. More
Rick Kibbe, Superintendent

 

 


 

Middle School Students in AERO GAMES at RSU

R.J. Wells Middle School had several students participate in the first Aero Games at Rogers State University on November 3, 2012. AERO GAMES is a competition for middle and high school students to participate in hands-on competitions involving gliders, wind-powered rockets, remote-controlled helicopters, and other wind- and aerospace-related objects. In an effort to promote science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) education, Google, RSU, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) came together to offer a fun, interactive learning experience for Oklahoma students.
Wells Middle School took two teams to the games. Pictured in back row: Brian Lessley, Hunter Blackburn, Jesus Ramirez , Sheawn Desrochers. Front row:   Kathryne Parrish,
Solen Spitzer, and Sara Chalupa. They placed first in the paper plane gliders, first in overall middle school engineering, and  third place  in the hot air ballon contest. Mrs. Yvette Laughlin is their teacher sponsor.

 


 

CHS Journalism Class Publishes on National Website

Catoosa High School Journalism has the opportunity to publish its articles on a national website for high schools, My High School Journalism.  Each week, journalism students write articles over topics that relate to them, and are able to put those articles out there for the world to see.  Take some time and see what our students are doing.

Click Here to visit their site

 


 

Catoosa Sporting Events Broadcast Live Online



The Catoosa Athletics Department, with assistance from the high school journalism class, will begin broadcasting sporting events live online. You can watch by going to  http://catoosaindians.tv

 

 


 

 

Team Catoosa 2012 Participates In Tulsa Run

Team Catoosa, made up of 67 CPS staff, their families and students, participated in the Tulsa Run on October 27. Team Catoosa had the largest group of finishers since they started doing the Tulsa Run five years ago. We want to thank our sponsors: Bank of Commerce-Catoosa, RCB-Catoosa, Tulsa Technology, Lloyd & Cindy Robson and BWA.

 


 

Catoosa Special Olympians win
Gold and Bronze Medals at State Tournament!!

OWASSO, Oklahoma - Special Olympics Oklahoma hosted its annual state-level soccer competition in Owasso Wednesday. This year's competition was the largest held in Special Olympics Oklahoma history. More
 

Click Here To Watch News On 6 Video

 

 


 

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