The inclusion of the GearUp program in Duncan Schools has students “gearing up” for post-high school education.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Allison Lovett, Duncan curriculum director and GearUp district coordinator, spoke about the things GearUp is doing within Duncan Public Schools.
Lovett said the program is providing more training for teachers and is introducing students to various college-readiness activities. One of the most recent GearUp programs was the Freshman Focus orientation program just before the beginning of the school year.
She said Freshmen Focus gave students an introduction to the GearUp program while helping students find their way around the Duncan High School campus.
“We had a super turnout of kids,” Lovett said.
Through GearUp, teachers are undergoing Advanced Placement (AP) training. They even attended a math academy to give them a stronger understanding of how to teach the subject.
Several students were even chosen to attend a science academy, Lovett said.
She said there are several things set for the future. One step in the GearUp program is to give students an idea of the different types of college campuses available in Oklahoma.
A field trip will transport high school seniors to several campuses, including Western Oklahoma State University, Cameron University and the University of Oklahoma. Lovett said this will help students determine what type of educational facility would best suit their needs.
Aside from the GearUp program, Lovett was also tapped to talk about the new third grade retention policy. The policy steps in line with the state policy.
Lovett said the state had determined third-grade students who aren’t reading on grade-level by the end of their third-grade year will not be promoted to fourth grade.
“Students who don’t meet the requirements will be held back,” Lovett said. “It will affect next year’s third-graders.”
She said the new retention policy will keep students back who have not shown they’re ready to move on. But it will also help determine which students need more one-on-one attention.
Although students could be held back, there is potential for them to be promoted during the middle of the year if they show progress.
“We’re going to work real hard to not have kids hit that wall,” Glenda Cobb, assistant superintendent, said.
Empire FFA champions
The Waurika P.I. recently held its annual FFA Opening Ceremonies contest at the First Baptist Church in Marlow. Chapters from Stephens and Jefferson County competed for first place and an opportunity to attend the state contest in Stillwater.
Seventeen teams competed with four coming back for the finals. The Empire FFA ninth grade team came out on top. Team members were Cale Schreiner, Anna Mitchell, Luke Davis, Alexia Newman, Ryley Dumas and Blake Cheatwood.
Greenhand quiz finalists
Ryley Dumas of the Empire FFA chapter and Ryan Kerr of the Duncan FFA chapter were two of 50 high school freshmen FFA members from across Oklahoma to qualify for the state finals of the Greenhand Quiz Career Development event held Oct. 21 on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
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Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’
Deadlines, staff meetings and presentations are only a few of the reasons the Duncan High School Smoke Rings yearbook staff were awarded with Sweepstakes for the second consecutive year.
This year’s yearbook “Smoke Rings” and newspaper “Demon Pitchfork” staff attended Fall Media Monday, hosted by Oklahoma Scholastic Media, on Nov. 4 at the University of Oklahoma. Staff members had their choice of various sessions to attend throughout the first part of the day, then awards were announced for the 2012-13 yearbooks.
Schools receive A-F report cards
Most school districts may not be happy about the results of the A-F grading system released Wednesday.
The Duncan School District received a D+, a grade it shares with the Comanche, Empire and Velma-Alma school districts. Those grades make up half of the school districts in Stephens County.
Other county results included Grandview with a C, Bray-Doyle with a C+, Marlow with a B- and Central High with an A. Central High was the only school district to receive an A last year.
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These nine teachers are this year’s teacher of the year nominees. They include Christy Jarboe, Emerson Elementary; Kyle McPherson, Plato Elementary; Cindy Millirons, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Michelle Spurgin, Mark Twain Elementary; Amy Benton, Horace Mann Elementary; Tammy Bennett, Duncan Middle School; and Denise Clark and Lisa Snider, Duncan High School.
DHS Band places eighth in OBA contest
Duncan High School Band’s marching season is drawing to a close. And for its final contest, the band placed eighth overall, while giving what Band Director Jeramy Haas referred to as its best performance.
The band competed in the Oklahoma Band Association (OBA) contest Oct. 26 in Mustang. The contest featured 4A and 5A high school bands from around the state. And the DHS Band was one of the competing bands to make it to finals.
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