The Edmond Sun

Education

January 4, 2013

School growth tops 2012 education news

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EDMOND — Edmond, Deer Creek districts recognized for top scores

The Oklahoma State Board of Education and state legislators recognized 127 Reward Schools from throughout Oklahoma in a special board meeting and in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Oklahoma’s 127 High-Performing Reward Schools include 21 schools in Deer Creek and Edmond school districts.

Reward Schools are those in the top 10 percent of performance in all assessments from three years’ worth of data ending in 2010-11, or those in the top 10 percent of schools that have made high progress in reading and math.

The designation was granted as a result of Oklahoma’s flexibility request from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under No Child Left Behind from the U.S. Department of Education.

Supt. Sean McDaniel leaves Deer Creek

Deer Creek Superintendent Sean McDaniel tendered his resignation in order to accept a like position in the Mustang School District. McDaniel came to the district, with now more than 5,600 students, in the fall of 2010. Under his guidance more than $100 million in construction was completed or is in varying stages of completion.

OC welcomes 7th president

Oklahoma Christian University’s President John deSteiguer began his tenure May 1. He was inaugurated on the OC campus in late August. He leads the school which this year has reported its largest enrollment to date. OC’s fall enrollment of 2,271 students is the highest in the school’s 63-year history.

UCO welcomes 20th president

Don Betz was formally inaugurated in April as the University of Central Oklahoma’s 20th president. A familiar face to the Edmond and Central community, Betz served as vice president of Academic Affairs, as well as a professor of political science, from 1999-2005 at UCO.

“We are here to help students learn. We are learner centered and learning focused,” Betz said at the ceremony at Hamilton Field House. “We are here to create the conditions that create the future.”

The university’s population of 17,239 students marks the third consecutive year of record-setting enrollment in the fall.

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    Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, announces four Edmond Public Schools have earned the organization’s highest distinction: Model School. Based on Great Expectations theory implementation, there are three categories of recognition, including Transitional School, Progressive School and Model School.

    July 31, 2014

  • UCO, local Y create community garden

    A new community garden is providing a transformative learning opportunity for students and helping stock UCO’s Central Pantry.
    The University of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Edmond Rankin YMCA are sponsoring the garden, providing a transformative learning opportunity for students, and organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for the food bank.

    July 31, 2014

  • UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies

    A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
    Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
    As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.

    July 29, 2014

  • UCO announces Spring 2014 Honor Roll students

    The University of Central Oklahoma recently announced the students named to the university honor rolls, a distinction given to those who achieve the highest academic standards.
    For the spring 2014 semester, 1,073 students made the President’s Honor Roll, an honor achieved by those who recorded a “straight-A” or 4.0 GPA.

    July 28, 2014

  • 11.6.12 Mother and Cub (2).jpg UCO forensic researcher answers key question

    After working a few human recovery cases on a volunteer basis with a variety of police departments, a question kept bugging Kama King.
    “You spend the whole day,” the UCO W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute student said, “sometimes days, searching for someone and only find a skull or a few bones and it just ate at me. Are we not finding this or is it not there to be found?”

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • pm_Ramona Paul.jpg Keith, 5 others to receive service awards

    The 2014 Door-Opener Awards Gala dinner and silent auction Sept. 4, benefitting ASTEC Charter Schools, will recognize five outstanding Oklahomans and one Kansan for lifetime contributions made toward helping others in society maximize potential and achieve dreams.
    Those selected to receive a Door-Opener Award at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel event include Dr. Harvey Dean, Pittsburg, Kan.; Toby Keith and Tricia Covel, Norman; Former Gov. George P. Nigh, Edmond; the late Dr. Ramona Paul, Edmond; and Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma City.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Edmond Youth Chorus auditions begin Monday

    The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is seeking talented youth to try out for the upcoming season of the Edmond Youth Chorus.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rainbow Fleet introduces statewide child care line

    Oklahoma parents can now access a statewide program designed to provide resources and referrals for services across Oklahoma.

    July 25, 2014

  • Team Oklahoma Team Oklahoma brings home third place from NTAE

    Members of Team Oklahoma competing in the National Tournament of Academic Excellence placed third at the national competition held recently in Orlando.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond School District’s change orders anticipated

    When building new schools and classrooms there may be additional costs, but when renovating older buildings those costs can more than double, according to a Edmond School District official.
    “When remodeling, you have unknown and hidden costs and you need to include in your budgeted funds for the built-in items you can not see,” said Bret Towne, Edmond’s associate superintendent of general administration.

    July 25, 2014