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Waurika and Ryan Thinclads Have Good Day at Waurika Meet

 The weather for last Saturday’s Red River Invitational Track Meet hosted by Waurika was some of the best of the season and the results for both Ryan and Waurika reflected the better conditions.

Waurika girls finished second in the meet with 100 points behind Atoka’s 122 points.

Ryan’s girls finished fourth with 68 points well behind third-place Frederick that finished with 96 points.

Walters took the team title in the boys’ division with a dominating performance. The Blue Devils racked up 187 points outdistancing Riverside Indian School that finished with 148 points.

Waurika finished third in the team standings with 91 points and Ryan finished eighth in the 14-team meet with 33 points.

One of the highlights of the meet came in the 3,200 meter relay where Ryan and Waurika continued to battle for supremacy in the event as they have throughout this season.

This time, it was the Ryan Cowgirl squad of Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Juliet Spangler and Holland Carter that took first-place honors with a time of 10:52.01. The time is a new school record for Ryan in the event.

Waurika managed second place in the event with a time of 10:58.70. Asia Smith, Lexie Streeter, Faith Roberson and Tallin Mora ran for the Lady Eagles in the event. It was easily the best time of the season turned in by this squad.

Waurika had three other relay teams to place in the meet – the primary factor for the Lady Eagles to earn runner up team honors.

The 800 meter relay team of Kaci Reynolds, Savana Ritter, Hope Cummings and Sara Ballard finished sixth with a time of 2:09.57.

That time was two seconds behind Ryan’s team of Harmon, York, Spangler and Carter who turned in a time of 2:07.28 to take fifth place.

The 400 meter relay team of Dallas Fristoe, Ritter, Reynolds and Ballard ran fifth for the Lady Eagles and turned in a time of 59.54.

In the 1,600 meter relay the Cowgirls and Lady Eagles battled again, but this time Frederick posted the winning time with the Cowgirl team of Harmon, York, Spangler and Carter finishing second with a time of 4:53.03 which is a new school mark.

The Lady Eagles finished fifth with the team of Smith, Streeter, F. Roberson and Mora posting a time of 5:10.28.

In the individual events, Madison Roberson had an outstanding day for the Lady Eagles as she earned two gold medals in the shot put and discus. Her shot put mark was 37-2, while the toss of the discus was 106-5.

Mora also won a gold medal for the Lady Eagles in the long jump with a leap of 16-2. Ballard earned a bronze medal with a jump of 15-0.

The other gold medal winner for the Lady Eagles was Smith in the 1,600 meters. She posted a time of 6:22.02 and Streeter was not far behind earning third place with a time of 6:28.37.

In the 800 meters, Smith finished fifth with a time of 2:46.71. Mora was sixth with a mark of 2:49.36 and F. Roberson finished eighth with a time of 3:11.99.

Ballard also scored for the Lady Eagles as she finished seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 13.86.

The Cowgirls did not have any titlist in the individual events, but Spangler did earn a silver medal in the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:14.33.

Harmon and Carter both placed for the Cowgirls in the 800 meters. Harmon was third with a timeof 2:44.04 and Carter was just behind in fourth place with a time of 2:44.87.

Spangler finished fifth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:39.24.

The only other scorer for the Cowgirls was Katlyn Dabbs in the 300 meter hurdles with an eighth place finish. She recorded a time of 62.69. She is the first Cowgirl to score points in this event since the 1997 Southern Eight Conference track event.

The Eagles had another impressive day in the relay races. Waurika placed in every relay and won the 1,600 meter relay.

The team of Kevin Garcia, Turner Mora, Colton Bryant and Cache Arellano turned in a time of 3:42.98 to earn the gold medal just four-hundredths of a second behind the best time of the season.

The 3,200 meter relay team of Arellano, Bryant, Garcia and Bryson Hernandez finished second with a time of 9:18.58. It was Waurika’s best time in the event this season.

The 400 meter relay team of Garcia, Tu. Mora, Nic Alvarado and Bryant was third with a time of 59.54.

The same quartet also took third in the 800 meter relay with a time of 1:36.81. This was the best time of the season for the Eagles in this event.

Tu. Mora also won a gold medal in the 400 meters with his time of 53.62. He was the only gold medal winner for the Eagles on the day.

In the discus, Aaron Nitka finished fourth with a toss of 113-10, while Alvarado managed to finished fifth in the 100 meters with 11.5. Hernandez rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a seventh place finish in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:32.44.

The Cowboys did not have any teams entered in the relays during the meet, but did have several outstanding marks in some of the individual events.

Walker Rawlings topped the performers for the Cowboys in the meet with two gold medals. He was first in the shot put with a toss of 41-10 and also first in the discus with a throw of 125-10.

Travis Fristoe had some impressive performances for the Cowboys. His mark of 19-3 in the long jump earned him fifth place and is the best mark in that event by a Ryan athlete since the 1985 Healdton invitational when Justin Savage posted a 20-6 jump.

Fristoe was also fifth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 19.25.

The Cowboy senior was also fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 59.86, while Landen Alexander also scored in the event for the Cowboys by finishing eighth with a time of 66.92.

Here are the complete results for the annual Red River Invitational Meet at Waurika:

HS Girls Results

Team Standings: Atoka 122, Waurika 100, Frederick 96, Ryan 68, Walters 63, Ringling 62, Geronimo 46, Healdton 39, Riverside 32, Empire 25, Soper 21, Ninnekah 15, Temple 11, Bennington 10.

400 Meter Relay: 1. Frederick 52.58; 2. Atoka, 53.93; 3. Healdton 54.02; 4. Ringling, 54:83; 5. Waurika (Dallas Fristoe, Savana Ritter, Kaci Reynolds, Sara Ballard), 59.54; 6. Walters, 61.39

3,200 Meter Relay: 1. Ryan (Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Juliet Spangler, Holland Carter), 10:52.01; 2. Waurika (Asia Smith, Lexie Streeter, Faith Roberson, Tallin Mora), 10:58.70; 3. Geronimo, 11:29.68; 4. Walters, 13:01.12; 5. Soper, 14:26.98

100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Molly Koons (Rin), 16.54; 2. Steelie Price (Rin), 18.43; 3. Kadyn Smith (Wal), 18.8; 4. Trinity Brooks (A), 19.25; 5. Bryonna Jackson (A), 19.31; 6. Trinity Powell (A), 21.02; 7. Meghan Roberts (Rin), 22.48.

100 Meters: 1. Deuna Miller (F), 12.91; 2. Lilyan Cole (A), 13.26; 3. Macey Howell (H), 13.43; 4. Chloe Perdue (H), 13.46; 5. D’Kari Wrice (A), 13.68; 6. Haley German (H), 13.79; 7. Sara Ballard (Wau), 13.86.

800 Meter Relay: 1. Frederick, 1:53.86; 2. Atoka, 1:55.40; 3. Ringling, 1:57.18; 4. Healdton, 1:57.38; 5. Ryan (Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Juliet Spangler, Holland Carter), 2:07.28; 6. Waurika (Kaci Reynolds, Savana Ritter, Hope Cummings Sara Ballard), 2:09.57. 7. Walters, 2:10.32

3,200 Meters: 1. Carmella Everhart (Riv), 14:12.53; 2. Juliet Spangler (Rya), 14:14.33; 3. Cennedi Griffin (H), 15:40.58; 4. Sweetwater Marshall (Riv), 16:43.68; 5. Alyssa Van Worth (S), 19:29.15.

200 Meters: 1. Diamond Garza (F), 27.59; 2. Lilyan Cole (A), 27.82; 3. Jade Millam (E), 27.94; 4. D’Kari Wrice (A), 29.26; 5. Madelyn Osceola (Riv), 29.39; 6. Hailey Werger (G), 29.41; 7. Haley German (H), 31.11.

800 Meters: 1. Trista Ford (Wal), 2:38.67; 2. Elizabeth McCarthy (G), 2:41.47; 3. Lilybet Harmon (Rya), 2:44.04; 4. Holland Carter (Rya), 2:44.87; 5. Asia Smith (Wau), 2:46.71; 6. Tallin Mora, 2:49.36; 7. Carmella Everhart (Riv), 2:59.44; 8. Fiath Roberson, 3:11.99

400 Meters: 1. Hailey Werger (G), 67.83; 2. Jade Millan (E), 68.56; 3. Madelyn Osceola (Riv), 70.11; 4. Elizabeth McCarthy (G), 72.18; 5. Michelle Gonzalez (F), 72.72; 6. Jayah Rodriguez (N), 73.46; 7. Trinity Power (A), 74.18; 8. Anna Ritter (A), 1:15.38

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Molly Koons (Rin), 52.03; 2. Trista Ford (Wal), 53.64; 3. Tristan Baker (N), 54.56; 4. Macey Howell (H), 55.75; 5. Bryonna Jackson (A), 57.13; 6. Breanna Sheffield (A), 58.43; 7. Trinity Brooks (A), 62.69; 8. Katlyn Dabbs (Rya), 62.69.

1,600 Meters: 1. Asia Smith (Wau), 6:22.02; 2. Lottie Deere (G), 6:25.22; 3. Lexie Streeter (Wau), 6:28.37; 4. Carmella Everhart (Riv), 6:31.24; 5. Juliet Spangler (Rya), 6:39.24; 6. Emily Gardner (A), 6:51.68; 7. Cennedi Griffin (H), 7:18.09; 8. Brooklyn Higginbottom (S), 7:38.68.

1,600 Meter Relay: 1. Frederick, 4:44.16; 2. Ryan (Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Juliet Spangler, Holland Carter), 4:53.03; 3. Atoka, 4:58.77; 4. Ringling, 5:06.01; 5. Waurika (Asia Smith, Lexie Streeter, Faith Roberson, Tallin Mora), 5:10.28.

High Jump: 1. Hannah Adkins (B), 4-10; 2. Jade Millan (E), 4-8; 3. Tristan Baker (N), 4-8; 4. Breanna Sheffield (A), 4-8; 5. Angel Anderson (F), 4-4.

Long Jump: 1. Tallin Mora (Wau), 16-2; 2. Daryen Wrice (A), 15-10; 3. Sara Ballard (Wau), 15-0; 4. Jodi Moore (A), 14-3.5; 5. Harley Akin (F), 14-3.5; 6. Jade Millan (E), 14-3; 7. Anna Ritter (A), 14-1.

Discus: 1. Madison Roberson (Wau), 106-5; 2. Sunny Waters (Wal), 85-7; 3. Arrica Lee (A), 83-3; 4. Brooklyn Abbe (T), 72-11; 5. Dayven Reyes (Wal), 70-0; 6. Allie Powers (Wal), 65-1; 7. Jayla Davis (Wal), 62-5.

Shot Put: 1. Madison Roberson (Wau), 37-2; 2. Delaney Pardue (S), 31-1; 3. Brooklyn Abbe (T), 30-8; 4. Dayven Reyes (Wal), 30-3; 5. Justiss Dickey (F), 29-6; 6. Jayla Davis (Wal), 28-5; 7. Haleigh Jull (Wal), 27-10.

HS Boys Results

Team Standings: Walters 187, Riverside 148, Waurika 91, Atoka 58, Ringling 52, Healdton 44, Frederick 40, Ryan 33, Soper 31, Ninnekah 21, Geronimo 20, Temple 5, Fletcher 3, Cement 3.

400 Meter Relay: 1. Walters, 45.62; 2. Riverside, 45.92; 3. Waurika (Kevin Garcia, Turner Mora, Nic Alvarado, Colton Bryant), 46.67; 4. Ringling, 47.30; 5. Frederick, 47.57; 6. Healdton, 48.09; 7. Ninnekah, 48.37

3,200 Meter Relay: 1. Walters, 9:08.10; 2. Waurika (Cache Arellano, Colton Bryant, Kevin Garcia, Bryson Hernandez), 9:18.58; 3. Riverside, 9:40.05; 4. Soper, 9:40.14; 5. Healdton, 11:16.32

110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Tony Craddock (N), 16.19; 2. Josh Munn (Wal), 17.46; 3. Rylan Penn (Wal), 17.58; 4. Julius Koons (Rin), 18.06; 5. Travis Fristoe (Rya), 19.25; 6. Castil Tallent (C), 19.76; 7. Carlos Houston, (Riv), 24.2.

 100 Meters: 1. Austin Perdue (H), 10.96; 2. Jeron McKinney (Riv), 11.05; 3. Lucas Brooks (A), 11.3; 4. Brayden Keller (N), 11.43; 5. Nic Alvarado (Wau), 11.5); 6. Devyn Holley (Wal), 11.53; 7. Joel Seat (N), 11.65.

3,200 Meters: 1. Rylan Cochran (A), 11:29.81; 2. Dallas Clark (Wal), 11:52.05; 3. Xinghui Huang (A), 11:54.59; 4. Kris Bruton (Wal), 11:58.62; 5. Brayden Strange (Wal), 12:16.79; 6. Brandon Wolfenbarger (S), 12:37.56; 7. Tracy Marsh (S), 14:02.43

800 Meter Relay: 1. Walters, 1:35.80; 2. Riverside, 1:36.66; 3. Waurika (Kevin Garcia, Turner Mora, Nic Alvarado, Colton Bryant), 1:36.81; 4. Frederick, 1:39.35; 5. Healdton, 1:39.65; 6. Ringling, 1:40.65

200 Meters: 1. Remington White (Wal), 24.16; 2. Jeron McKinney (Riv), 24.53; 3. Tevyn Mack (Riv), 25.26; 4. Javion Wineberry (S), 25.63; 5. Lucas Brooks (A), 25.93; 6. Hunter Babel (G), 26.15; 7. Josh Munn (Wal), 27.73.

800 Meters: 1. Cache Arellano (Wau), 2:16.52; 2. David Hastings (Riv), 2:17.06; 3. Gabrielle Saldivar (Riv), 2:18.39; 4. Santiago Herrera (Riv), 2:21.81; 5. Trevor Miller (G), 2:22.55; 6. Collin West (T), 2:33.87; 7. Charlie Foster (S), 2:36.73; 8. Xinghui Huang (A), 2:47.55

400 Meters: 1. Turner Mora (Wau), 53.62; 2. Damon Redbird (Riv), 53.99; 3. Colton Pickelsimer (H), 54.41; 4. Hunter Babel (G), 58.45; 5. Travis Fristoe (Rya), 59.86; 6. Brayden Strange (Wal), 61.47; 7. James Wirries (F), 64.75; 8. Landen Alexander (Rya), 66.92.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Duchaine Paul (Rin), 42.14; 2. Josh Munn (Wal), 44.83; 3. Rylan Penn (Wal), 46.06; 4. Christian Beard (Riv), 47.97; 5. Jarod McDaniel (S), 48.26; 6. Michael Wyrick (A), 50.19;  7. Carlos Houston (Riv), 52.19; 8. Jamar McKee (A), 52.24.

1,600 Meters: 1. David Hastings (Riv), 5:12.21; 2. Trevor Miller (G), 5:21.33; 3. Gabrielle Saldivar (Riv), 5:21.43; 4. Dallas Clark (Wal), 5:27.30; 5. Santiago Herrera (Riv), 5:29.54; 6. Steven Stephens (Fle), 5:32.19; 7. Bryson Hernandez (Wau), 5:32.44; 8. Rylan Cochran (A), 5:34.88.

1,600 Meter Relay: 1. Waurika (Kevin Garcia, Turner Mora, Colton Bryant, Cache Arellano), 3:42.98; 2. Walters, 3:49.72; 3. Ringling, 3:50.80; 4. Riverside, 3:53.09; 5. Frederick, 4:11.04; 6. Healdton, 4:23.67; 7. Atoka, 4:27.42.

High Jump: 1. Lucas Brooks (A), 5-6; 2. Josh Munn (Wal), 5-6; 3. Braden Prewitt (Wal), 5-6.

Long Jump: 1. Devyn Holley (Wal), 19-10; 2. Seth Eidison (Wal), 19-8.5; 3. Damon Redbird (Riv), 19-5.5; 4. Lucas Brooks (A), 19-5; 5. Travis Fristoe (Rya), 19-3; 6. Jamar McKee (A), 17-7; 7. Quinton Ellis (F), 17-6.

Discus: 1. Walker Rawlings (Rya), 125-10; 2. Keelan Blackwater (Riv), 124-6; 3. Ryder Ramirez (F), 116-9; 4. Aaron Nitka (Wau), 113-10; 5. Quenton Leflore (A), 112-8; 6. Julius Koons (Rin), 106-2; 7. Ivan Lawrence (Riv), 102-1.

Shot Put: 1. Walker Rawlings (Rya), 41-10; 2. Nate Moiser (Wal), 40-3; 3. Caleb Steward, (Rin), 39-4; 4. Jarod McDaniel (S), 39-4; 5. Ryder Ramirez (F), 38-4; 6. Dakota Gorothy (Wal), 38-0; 7. Milyk Brown (T), 36-3.


Waurika Head Start Enrollment

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The Waurika Head Start program is now taking applications for the 2018-2019 school year. We serve children who are 3 & 4 years old by September 1, 2018. Please Apply at 803 Phillips Ave. by May 18th!

You will need to bring the following items with you to apply: Birth Certificate, Shot Record, Soonercare or Private Insurance Information, Proof of Income, Social Security numers for everyone in the home, Proof of disability (if applicable), Proof that your receive TANF or SSI (If applicable) For more information please call: 580-228-2810 or 580-726 3343

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.

Hurricane Michael School Supply Drive

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This year’s student council is putting forth an effort to help the victims of the Hurricane Michael in Florida. Any kids or adults can participate in this school supply drive. We are collecting school supplies to help all those who lost everything to get back into learning. Shelly Morgan, a high school graduate from Waurika in 2001, lives in the impacted region in Florida and is helping to organize relief efforts. Her mom Lupe Edwards, an employee at WES, is going to drive all the supplies to Florida during the Thanksgiving break. The supplies that will be taken up there will be pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, and other school supplies. They will try their best to help these kids back into their routine. The faster they start learning the happier and better they’ll be. Currently, students in the impacted area of Florida are having school in transportable pods to get them back to a classroom setting. Some of the members helping thrive this supply drive are student council members, Gatlin Black a senior, Landry Forsyth a sophomore, and Madison Roberson a senior. They say they are happy to help and want all the support and care for these kids. Anybody who wants to donate to this school supply drive is welcome to do so. See Magen Allen or Jessica Cornelison at Waurika High School. Students were asked to have supplies turned in by November 14th, but donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th. The student council appreciates everyone who donates.  

Landry Forsyth Selected for Council

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 Waurika’s Landry Forsyth has been given the distinct honor of being one of 74 students across the state to serve on the 2019 Student Advisory Council instituted by State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

 The Advisory Council will have their first meeting in 2020 on January 29th at the State Capitol. 

At the meeting the council will discuss issues related to the youth in the State of Oklahoma. 

Hofmeister chose these students because of their perspective and willingness to serve. “These are among Oklahoma’s best and brightest high school leaders, and we look forward to learning more about the student perspective on matters of school policy,” Hofmeister said in a prepared statement. “Working with these outstanding young people is a highlight of every spring and their input on topics as diverse as bullying, career readiness and school funding has been instrumental to our state-level decision-making. 

The first Advisory Council convened in 2016. 

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.”

FCCLA Attend District Leadership Meeting

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On October 26, nineteen Members of Waurika FCCLA traveled to Duncan to attend the South 4 District Leadership Meeting.  This years meeting, held at the Simmons Center, was centered around a carnival theme.  Around 500 members from 20 schools enjoyed the keynote delivered by hypnotist Johnie Fredman.  For their service project, the group donated over 500  needed items to Oklahoma Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer begun by Toby Keith’s Foundation.  Family, Career and Community Leaders is a student organization that focuses on leadership, service and personal development, and is a part of Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Samantha Horner is one of Waurika’s Valedictorians

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 Samantha Horner is one of the Valedictorians of this year’s senior class of Waurika.

Besides being a cheerleader, she has also enjoyed showing pigs and playing basketball. 

Her love of working with pigs began when she was in the 7th grade and inspired her to found Sam’s Show Pigs, a business that breeds, raises and sells show pigs. 

Horner has a huge love for all animals and plans to be a veterinarian when she graduates from Oklahoma State University. 

She is currently working at Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital on Fuller Road near Duncan and has even earned her certification of veterinary assistant. 

Horner says she has known since  her sophomore year in high school that she wanted to be a veterinarian. 

When she starts college in the fall she will  be classified as a second semester freshman because she has already earned 12 hours of college credit. 

Her most memorable moments from high school are from her experiences showing pigs. 

Purple is her favorite color and her favorite genre of music is country. 

She has been involved in Oklahoma Honor Society, FFA, 4H, Student council, National Honor Society, scholastic meets, Cross-Country, basketball, golf, cheer leading, and track. 

Horner has also served as President of Beta Club and her senior class, treasurer for National Honor Society, student council representative and captain of Waurika Cheer. 

At times she has volunteered at the Waurika Public Library and has served as a mentor to incoming 6th graders. 

She served as a mentor at middle school cheer tryouts, leader for little eagle basketball camp, and was a spokesperson for the local effort to support the hurricane Harvey relief project. 

Horner has earned many awards and honors. She has received FFA awards and 4H awards such as Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Swine Showmanship. 

She was the recipient of the Hollis Dickey Award and the HOBY Leadership Conference Ambassador honor. 

She has also received academic awards in physical science, biology, US History, Oklahoma history, anatomy, and the OSU Academic Excellence Scholarship. 

Honer was Homecoming Queen. 

Samantha Horner has a great future in front of her and will continue to excel at college and in her chosen profession. 

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.

Cody Simmons Reflects on the Transition from Principal to Superintendent

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Although he began his student teaching in Waurika back in 2004, his history with Waurika schools goes back further than that. 

His family have deep roots in Jefferson County. 

After beginning his student teaching, he was hired soon thereafter in January of 2005 as the second grade teacher at the Elementary. 

For the past eight years he has served as the Elementary Principal. 

By now, everyone is probably aware that Cody Simmons is the new Waurika Public Schools Superintendent beginning July of this year. 

Over the past couple of weeks the reality of the role has sunk in. 

He says he has been getting more familiar with the high school.

Cody said he recently met with the high school principal and the athletic director. 

He is becoming more familiar with the high school.

The adjustment for him will be managing the overall school system rather than just the Elementary. 

He says he is looking forward to the new experience. 

Simmons says that one of his expectations for the upcoming year is to close the gap between the Elementary and the High School. 

He would like to see the school system be more of a whole than separate parts (Elementary, Middle School, and High School).

During his time as principal, the Elementary has achieved “Blue Ribbon” status. 

That status is determined by the test scores over three consecutive years. 

Simmons is a busy man.

 

Besides being a full time school administrator, he also enjoys mowing yards, working out, and most of all spending time with his family. 

He says right now they are enjoying ball games several nights per week. 

Simmons is also deeply involved in the community.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Park downtown. 

He is quick to give credit to others who have assisted in the success of the park. 

Craig Williams, he says was gracious to add his professional touch to the landscaping. 

Simmons also attributes the success of the Elementary, including its “Blue Ribbon” status, to the hard work and dedication of the teachers. 

“I feel like the teachers here are all high quality enthusiastic professional teachers. Whenever you surround yourself with [people like ] that good things will happen,” Simmons says .