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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Thunder Reading Challenge

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Ace Dyer, Bella Morrison, and Lundee Brackett are the 1st grade winners for the Thunder Reading challenge for the month of March! 

Waurika Band Members Receive Honors

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 Five Waurika High School band students competed at the State Solo and Ensemble contest recently held at Oklahoma State University.

Four of those came home with Superior medals.  

Riley Hobbs, a senior,  got a 1 on his baritone solo and the Clarinet Trio, consisting of freshmen Hope Cummings, Brooklyn Barnes, and Regena Bradley also received the top rating.  Michael Bryant, senior tuba player, got a 2 on his solo.

Band Director Everett Hodges said, “This is the most we have ever had make I’s at state. All of these worked hard and had very good performances.  Once again, I would like to thank Starr Herron for her extra time put forth in accompanying these students.”

Waurika School Board Launches Superintendent Search

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Waurika Public Schools has selected the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to assist in its search for the next superintendent, and school board members is including the community in the search process.

“Waurika has a lot to offer and we are obligated to our kids and our community to maximize our recruitment efforts in order to find the best candidate,” school board President Kimberly Gholson said. “OSSBA provides an organized plan to accomplish a critical task of obtaining a top leader who will inspire and make a difference in our district.”

The board hosted a community forum on Tuesday. An online survey will be available through March 16 so parents, school employees and other community members can share what qualities they believe are important in the next superintendent. The survey is posted on the school district’s website.

Gholson said board members will use information gathered via the survey and employee forum to help guide its decision making. The board hopes to select a new superintendent in April or May 2018.

Waurika Roundballers Have Tough Outing At Tourney

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The Waurika girls’ and boys’ basketball squads traveled to Velma-Alma last week to compete in the 87th annual Stephens County Tournament.

It was a tough week in what has become a tough season for the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

The Eagles finished sixth in the tournament after falling to Davis, 70-38, in the consolation finals last Saturday.

The Wolves jumped out in front of the Eagles, 14-3, after one quarter and extended the lead to 27-10 at the intermission.

The two squads played on even terms through the second half of play, but Waurika was unable to cut into the deficit.

The Eagles did have an advantage in scoring inside with 20 points, but suffered 18 turnovers in the contest.

Waurika shot only 27% from the field and was only 13 of 26 from the free throw line.

Turner Mora led the Eagles with eight points, while Gatlin Black and Edwin Garcia each added seven tallies.

Waurika earned the right to play for the consolation title with a come-from-behind 43-41 win over Central High last Friday in the consolation semifinals.

Central High dominated the first quarter as the Bronchos jumped out to a 17-10 advantage.

The Eagles still trailed at the half, 26-19, but were able to cut into the lead in the third quarter by outscoring Central High, 10-6, to trail 32-29 heading into the final frame.

The Bronchos held the Eagles at bay until the final moments but Coach Joe Masoner’s crew outscored Central High, 14-9, to secure the win.

The Eagles got the win despite shooting only 41% from the field and hitting only 43% of their charity tosses.

Waurika was able to stay in the contest by getting 19 points over turnovers and holding a 24-0 advantage on scoring inside.

The Eagles pounded the boards throughout the game resulting in a 30-15 advantage in rebounds.

Aaron Nitka shot 60% from the field and led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points.

In the first-round game on January 16, the Eagles fell to eventual tourney runner up Comanche, 59-31.

The Eagles suffered another dismal shooting night as they connected on only 28% of their field goals and converted only four of nine free throw attempts.

Comanche jumped out to an 18-9 first quarter lead and then extended the margin to 32-18 at the half.

The Indians continued the onslaught with a 16-5 scoring advantage in the third quarter to lead 48-23 heading to the final frame.

Comanche took advantage of 23 Waurika turnovers during the contest and held a 22-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

Nitka set the pace for the Eagles in scoring with eight points.

The Lady Eagles dropped both of their games during the tournament.

Waurika fell in the consolation semifinals to Empire, 70-37, and lost to eventual tourney champion, Comanche, 68-20, in the first round.

In the first round contest with the Lady Indians, Waurika fell behind, 25-0, after the first quarter.

Madison Roberson managed a single free throw early in the second quarter, but the Lady Eagles had too big a hole to climb out of and trailed 45-11 at the half.

No other details on the two games were available.

The Waurika squads were to have traveled to Walters last Tuesday.

Waurika returns home Friday to battle rival Ringling and then will travel to Cyril on Saturday. Waurika stays on the road Tuesday as they will travel back to Velma-Alma.

Game time is 6:30 p.m.

The Waurika girls took a 5-9 mark into the meeting with Walters, while the Eagles are 4-11 on the year before the matchup with the Blue Devils.

Waurika Band Qualifies for State Again

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The Waurika High School Band, under the direction of Everett Hodges, made a First Division Superior rating at the OSSAA District 8 Band Contest held last Wednesday, February 28th.  The contest was held at Duncan High School.  All three judges gave the band the highest rating possible.  The band qualifies for State Band contest to be held at East Central University in Ada on March 27th.

The 62-member group played 2 selections, Majestica and Pinnacle.  This marks the 2nd consecutive year and the 6th out of 7 years the band has qualified for state.  Hodges said, “I am really proud of this group. To start with, we lost 14 seniors last year.  Then we missed 4 days in the last month to flu and weather. They handled the adversity well and responded like we needed them to.”

The band also sight-read at that portion of the contest and made a 2 rating. Hodges continued, “There are 224 schools in Class 2A in Oklahoma.  Of those, some don’t have bands, but even at that, to be one of 10 or 12 schools that go to State on a regular basis makes me feel good about what we are doing.  It is fun to have success.”

Waurika FCCLA Officers Attend LEAD Conference

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Front- Nicole Burton, VP of Service Projects, and Hannah Owens, Reporter and South4 District VP of Public Relations Center- Hope Cummings, President, and Olivia Ralls, Treasurer Back- Landry Forsyth, VP of Fundraising,and Riley Cronin, Secretary

On September 6, Waurika FCCLA chapter officers attended Oklahoma FCCLA’s LEAD Conference at the Simmons Center, in Duncan. The purpose of LEAD, which is short for leadership, is to teach the organization’s officers to be better leaders for their respective chapters. 

Approximately 400 students from four districts in the South Region attended the general session and then broke into workshops.  The keynote address was offered by Brandon Baumgarten, who motivated the students to learn through service. The five workshops, designed to be fun and informative, were enjoyed by students.  Waurika’s own Hannah Owens, a sophomore, is currently serving the South Region as Vice President of Public Relations.  She participated in the general session, as well as led a workshop over officer etiquette.

After being treated to lunch by the Oklahoma National Guard, the officer team also attended an afternoon session called Oklahoma Challenge. It centered around safe driving education.  Students participated in a 3-D interactive video segment and brainstormed about ideas they could include in their chapter’s program of activities for the coming year.  Oklahoma Challenge is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Organization. 

Front- Nicole Burton, VP of Service Projects, and Hannah Owens, Reporter and South4 District VP of Public Relations
Center- Hope Cummings, President, and Olivia Ralls, Treasurer
Back- Landry Forsyth, VP of Fundraising,and Riley Cronin, Secretary

Waurika Pre-Enrollment

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Pre-K Enrollment on April 18 and 19 at the elementary school.  This will be for

2018-2019 school year.  Parents will need to bring the following:

1)Must be four by September 1.

2) Social Security

3) Certified Birth Certificate

4) Up-to-date Shot Record.

Waurika Student Receives Scholarship

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Four Red River Technology Center Practical Nursing students were recently awarded the John Lillard Scholarship. The scholarships, worth $300.00, were presented to (l-r) Dana Luker, Chickasha; Madison McGlothin, Marlow; Chelsi Lawson, Duncan; and Brianna Porterfield, Waurika.

Waurika Teachers Not Walking Out?

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A special school board  meeting was held Monday evening in the Waurika Library at 6:30 pm.

The subject of the meeting was to discuss any possible board action with regard to proposed teacher walkout.

Roxie Terry, Waurika Superintendent started the session saying that the teachers have not had a raise in nine years.

He also stated that their had been a decrease in school funding.

He said the teachers across the state feel that their back is against the wall. He said something has to be done. “We are losing teachers across the state.”

Terry went on to say that it was the Oklahoma Education Association who called for the Walkout scheduled for April 2, 2018.

He said the decision to participate in the walkout was not up to the administration.

A week ago the teachers voted 19-14 to stay in school and not participate in the walkout.

Someone had suggested that the vote was not fair. Mr. Simmons said later in the meeting that the vote was fair and teachers had not been influenced in anyway. He said he believed the teachers deserve a raise.

There was another vote taken. The second time 17 teachers voted  to participate in the walkout and 14 teachers voted not to walkout. Two teachers didn’t participate in the second vote.

Terry went on to state that with 17 teachers being absent it wouldn’t be possible to have school.

He further stated that they needed to decide whether or not to support the teachers by passing a resolution stating such and allow them to leave without loss of pay and what to do about the extra-curricular activities left on the school calender.

Terry said that the OSSAA would probably not change the sports calender just because the teachers had participated in the walkout.

Nobody could say how long the walkout may last.

This became a concern the board wanted to discuss because of the need to fulfill the number of days required to complete the school year.

Terry informed the board the length of the teacher’s absence was up to the teachers.

The last time there was a walkout, Terry said that the teachers were only absent from school for about four days.

Currently, Waurika has five days that they can use between now and the end of school that can be missed without having to have any makeup days.

Anything over those five days would require another day be tacked on to the end of the year for each day missed.

Waurika has 24 working days that have to be fulfilled starting April 2, 2018.

The walkout would affect support people Terry said. It could even possibly hurt their pay. (The board voted to continue to pay support staff if there is a walkout).

According to Mr. Terry, Red River VoTech will still be conducting classes and the school will continue to run a bus to Red River.

The special education bus that takes students to Walters will continue to run each school day.

An immediate question that was asked was “Who will take the students to the extra-curricular activities?” The answer was that some teachers had volunteered to take students to the scheduled sport activities that are on the schedule. This would become a point of contention later in the meeting.

The concern the board expressed was in essence that not teaching in the classroom and yet still participating in athletics was setting a bad example for the students— as if to say that sports is more important than education.

The board wanted to know what was meant by “work stoppage” and Mr. Terry said that it meant that all classroom instruction would be suspended. The teachers would not be in the classrooms.

The next question that was asked was “when will the walkout end?”

There was no definite answer to that question.

The board did vote to support the teachers and not penalize them financially for participating in the walkout. Board members expressed their support for the teachers having a raise and that they appreciate all that they do for our students.

Board members expressed that if the teachers were walking out that it should encompass all activities and not just classroom activities. Otherwise it defeats the purpose. Therefore,  if the teachers walk out on April 2, there will be no further school activities until the teachers return to their contracted duties in the classrooms.

According to Mr. Terry, on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the emergency board meeting, 65% of the teachers decided to not participate in the walkout.

Mr. Terry felt confident that there should be enough teachers present to have school this coming Monday.

If the situation changes we will post it on our website at www.waurikanewsjournal.com.

Ace Dyer Serves as Principal for the Day

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Ace Dyer served as “Principal” for a day this past Monday. He won the opportunity as a part of a drawing during the Elementary School Carnival. 

 Ace Dyer served as the Principal for the day Monday 

He turns seven today!

It was the luck of the draw at the recent Elementary Carnival that allowed him to serve in the highest office of the Elementary School in Waurika. 

It’s something that only happens once a  year. 

Dyer said they began the day by greeting the kids with Principal and newly appointed Superintendent Cody Simmons. 

After that they went to the gym and had Rise and Shine.

Dyer and Simmons then enjoyed a great breakfast together. 

After their morning meal they went around looking at things that may need improvement at the school. 

He said they looked for cracks in the walls and the condition of the ceiling tiles. 

Dyer said he and Mr. Simmons had to go to the store to get a new radio. 

Dyer looked comfortable setting behind the big desk. He was dressed in a pressed long sleeve shirt and a tie. 

He is in the first grade and its his only time to ever get to serve as Principal for the day. Dyer said he was very lucky because this is the last year that Mr. Simmons will be the Elementary Principal. 

When he grows up he may be a rancher and a principal. Although he said the principal has a lot of work to do. 

At the end of the day they made announcements to all the students. 

It was a great day for Dyer, it’s one he will never forget. 

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