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April 16, 2014

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Applications Now Being Accepted for TPS Summer School

02/19/14

Applications Now Being Accepted for TPS Summer School

Parents of children entering grades 1-12 next fall can now register their children for Tulsa Public Schools’ 2014 summer school program, which will again be part of the Teach For America Summer Institute. Two additions have been added to the offerings this year – the Summer Academy Reading Program and Edgenuity (E/2020). Third grade students who may be held back due to the Reading Sufficiency Act can apply for the Summer Academy Reading Program. This program will be taught by TPS teachers with extra training in reading instruction and is separate from the TFA Summer Institute. After completing the coursework, students can retest their reading proficiency and be promoted to 4th grade. Edgenuity (E/2020) is an opportunity for an additional half credit to be earned...

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Free Money for Oklahoma Colleges

02/17/14

Free Money for Oklahoma Colleges

I know how expensive college is from personal experience. I have two kids who are out and my last one is a senior this year. And, unfortunately, from the Governor’s recent budget proposal, it looks like less of our tax dollars will be going to higher education, meaning tuition will probably be going up instead of down. But that’s a blog for another day. I wanted to let you all know about some great scholarship opportunities if you have kids who know their Oklahoma history and are going to state schools. The first one is 2014 John W. & Mary D. Nichols Oklahoma Heritage Scholarship. This is a FOUR-YEAR scholarship, totaling $10,000, for an Oklahoma high school senior. The scholarship is given by the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum in...

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02/14/14

Reading Partners - Alex Update – 2/11/14

Editor's Note: TulsaKids Education Columnist Karen Moult will be sharing her experience with Tulsa Reading Partners. Read below to find out more about it and click here to read her introduction post. When you begin to see your Reading Partner student (my student is Sequoyah second grader Alex) reading with a bit more ease, you can’t help but smile. It is so vital to help these kids, like Alex, catch the reading bug.  Alex, like all of his fellow students face a reading sufficiency test in the latter half of their third grade year.  The results of that test are to serve as a student grade promotion road map for school administrators.  Will third graders travel to fourth grade or will they stay in the third grade classroom for another year?  One test...

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My Kids Skipped School and I'm Not Sorry

02/10/14

My Kids Skipped School and I'm Not Sorry

I really try to do the right thing as a parent. I'm an information junkie and I've been known to research things to death. I can sometimes talk myself and others (especially my husband) silly questioning and asking advice. Although I'm a questioner and a bit of a rebel sometimes, I do tend to rely on the advice of experts. That is, until the advice of experts seems to go against my better judgement or common sense. I'm a firm believer that each of us gets to make the final call on parenting and we shouldn't have to answer to anyone else about decisions we alone have to live with. So, on the morning in question when the view out my front door looked like this: I decided my kids weren't going to school. Judging from a lifetime of living in...

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Are Long-Term Teen Relationships Cause for Concern?

02/07/14

Are Long-Term Teen Relationships Cause for Concern?

Q: My daughter started hanging out with one of her classmates, a boy, in fifth grade. It started with sharing classes and studying together, watching each other’s sports, talking on the phone, and going to all the school dances together. Now, six years later, I feel like her boyfriend is part of our family. Our two families are close; we love our kids and yet know they are both so young to have only had this one relationship. Now that they’re high school juniors, I’m worried. I’ve done the safe sex, healthy male/female relationships, and balanced lifestyle (outside interests, girlfriends, and hobbies) talks with my daughter. She’s doing great, yet I worry that she may limit her future choices due to the relationship. Is there anything for me to do?...

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How to Handle a Bragging Parent

02/07/14

How to Handle a Bragging Parent

Years ago when one of my children was struggling in life, I ran into an acquaintance in the produce department at Whole Foods. We hadn’t seen each other in years and standing between the organic kale and heirloom apples, she regaled me with stories of her children’s successes: straight A’s, football quarterback, play productions, voted most popular, prestigious scholarships, etc. With each accomplishment, I felt my chest tighten: sadness for my struggling child, anxiety that maybe my parenting was somehow lacking, and even resentment for her seemingly effortless life. Today, my child is doing great, and I could be the one crowing in the grocery store aisle, but I’ve never forgotten how defeated I felt that day. “Bragging about yourself is well known...

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Transitioning to a Big Kid Bed

02/07/14

Transitioning to a Big Kid Bed

Sleep. It’s a word most parents of young children only dream about…if they ever get the chance to dream. You never realize how much you need it until it’s taken from you by a tiny, crying human that you happily invited to live with you. Thankfully, as infancy gives way to toddlerhood, it becomes more and more common. A couple of extra hours here and there and suddenly you’re feeling like your old self again, when BAM! Transition strikes again. Your bouncing boy is climbing the crib rails or your dreaming daughter is suddenly up all night. Welcome to the toddler bed. Our daughter was doing neither, so maybe we’re just crazy. We recently moved to a new house and with her third birthday fast approaching, and a little brother on the way, we decided it...

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Acro Yoga at I Am Yoga in Tulsa

02/07/14

Acro Yoga at I Am Yoga in Tulsa

Ah, February. We’ve been inundated with red hearts and ads for high-priced roses since the calendar flipped to 2014. And now it’s crunch time. Regular celebrants of Valentine’s Day may be looking for a new trick to pull from the typical hearts and flowers hat for kindling, or rekindling the romance. Five-course meals and champagne breakfasts are so 2013. For couples who enjoy trying new things, for couples looking to get fit in the new year, for anyone who is vaguely interested, there’s a new option in town. According to Melissa Cameron, co-owner with Joe Piccorale of I AM Yoga in Tulsa, “acro yoga is a blend of yoga and acrobatics that’s taking off right now,” and it is perfect for couples. I AM Yoga is currently the only Tulsa...

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Sophia Short – Jenks High School Student Council President

02/07/14

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Sophia Short – Jenks High School Student Council President

Jenks High School Student Council President Sophia Short embraces her role as a liaison between her fellow high school students and the school’s faculty and administration. A member of National Honor Society, the Pre-Med Society and a captain of the girls’ cross country team, Short said Student Council keeps her “plugged in” at school, whether she is challenging the student body to raise money for the Jenks Food Bank, organizing the Jenks Homecoming Dance or rallying student spirit at a school sporting event.  TK: Did you have to give an election speech when you ran for Student Council President and what was your platform? Sophia: Public speaking used to terrify me before this year, so fortunately I didn’t have to give a speech when I ran...

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Disconnected Kid: Strengthening the Brain

02/07/14

Disconnected Kid: Strengthening the Brain

Carter’s preschool teacher was the first educator to notice that Carter was struggling to keep up with his peers. He was having trouble paying attention and was hyperactive. Carter’s parents, Bill and Kelly McCollough, co-owners of Landstar Homes in Tulsa, decided to keep Carter in the 3-year-old classroom at Metro Christian Academy for another year. Even so, Carter continued to lag behind – in comparison to other 4-year-old children, he was not meeting growth, behavioral or social maturation milestones. From birth, Carter’s development worried Kelly. He was adopted and Kelly was aware that poor fetal growth had been an issue in utero, and Carter continued to be small for his age. Although Carter saw geneticists annually until he was 6 years old, the...

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