Tempers flare, money at stake in debate over education standards
For four years, Norman teachers have prepared for the day that new education standards adopted by Oklahoma legislators would arrive in their classrooms.
Like other districts across the state, Norman’s schools have spent thousands to prepare teachers. They’ve reviewed curriculum, adjusting when needed, to ensure students will be ready when the new Common Core standards in English and math, also known as Oklahoma Academic Standards, take effect this coming school year.
Extension recreating demonstration train whistle stop for centennial celebration
These days the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) uses a blend of 21st century technology to help fulfill its mission of helping Oklahomans live the best lives possible. In addition to a strong social media presence, Extension’s two weekly television shows — SUNUP (agriculture) and Oklahoma Gardening — boast more than 2.5 million views on YouTube.
But, in Extension’s earliest days, agents crisscrossed the state on demonstration trains, sharing the latest trends and know-how for farm and family.
Oklahoma Christian presents opera scenes program
The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music will present its 2014 Opera Scenes performance April 4-5.
The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Adams Recital Hall.
The scenes feature a variety of composers and musical styles, including familiar music like the famous “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and popular songs from commercials and movies. Featured composers include Cimarosa, Menotti, Mozart and Rossini.
Thomas Jefferson visits Edmond school
Before the first shots of what would become the war for American Independence were fired in April 1774, colonists were gaining their own identity.
Wednesday afternoon, Ida Freeman Elementary students heard these words from the mouth of Thomas Jefferson portrayed by historical interpreter Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg.
Jefferson said colonists with many different customs and habits, came to America from many different countries where they encountered a social melting pot.
Court rules against Take Shelter Oklahoma Initiative Petition title
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against the Take Shelter Oklahoma’s Initiative Petition for ballot title. The Take Shelter petition calls for the state of Oklahoma to provide storm shelters for public schools across Oklahoma.
However, the court gave Take Shelter 90 additional days to collect enough signatures for the November ballot.
Justices ruled in favor of Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s amended ballot language. Pruitt had challenged the petition for not having a sufficient title.
Radio KCSC 90.1 FM now KUCO
Classical Radio KCSC 90.1 FM has adopted new call letters, KUCO, to better reflect the partnership between the radio station and the University of Central Oklahoma, its licensee. KCSC was named for Central State College, the university’s official name when the station was created.
“We have always felt that the radio station represented an important outreach to the community, and we are truly pleased that the call letter change will tie the station even more closely to UCO,” said Pam Washington, dean of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design, which includes the station under its umbrella.
Broadcasting from UCO’s campus since 1966, KUCO 90.1 FM is the only locally programmed classical music station in the state of Oklahoma. No changes to the content of the station are currently planned.
Through its repeater station, KBCW 91.9 FM, KUCO’s reach extends north to Enid and Stillwater, east to Okmulgee, Sallisaw and Poteau, south to Smithville, Atoka and Ada and west to Chickasha and Weatherford.
FOR MORE information about KUCO 90.1 FM, visit www.kucofm.com.
Production of ‘Working’ celebrates lives for everyday people
The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present Stephan Schwartz’s “Working” at 8 p.m. April 3-6 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.
Schwartz — the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “Godspell” — adapted “Working” from the same-titled novel of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel.
City honors Arbor Day poster contest winners
As part of the City of Edmond’s annual Arbor Day celebrations, the winners of a competitive poster contest themed “Trees in Our Town” have their work on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 5 at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.
The first place winners — a fifth-grader from each of the 16 elementary schools in Edmond Public Schools — includes: Ava Woolery of Centennial, Cole Brummer of Washington Irving, Jonathan Barbour of Cross Timbers, Hudson Brown of Northern Hills, Haley Clark of Will Rogers, Jadyn Neuschaefer of Angie Debo, Galadriel Mitchell of Charles Haskell, Lainey Kerr of Russell Dougherty, Teresa Carrion of Ida Freeman, Emma Green of West Field, Rena Go of John Ross, Alexandra Hibbard of Clegern, Rafe Smith of Chisholm, Kahlan Fuller of Sunset, Brooklyn Tillman of Orvis Risner and Luxy Binion of Frontier Elementary.
These students were honored by the Edmond City Council at its regular meeting last week.
UCO promotes staff fitness, wellness
Spring has sprung and members of the University of Central Oklahoma community are keeping fit at the Wellness Center.
To promote fitness and wellness in the workplace, encourage teamwork and build positive camaraderie, university administrators and the Wellness Center work with departments to design a fitness program that fits staff schedules and needs.
UCO Symposium offers opportunities for academic insight
The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts will present its annual symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Liberal Arts building on Central’s campus. The symposium will offer opportunities to hear from both students and experts in poetry, science fiction, photography, philosophy and a variety of other topics.
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