The Norman Transcript

March 2, 2013

Education briefs

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Reis contest winner

Eva Corga Queimado Reis, a fifth-grader from Fisher Elementary School in Moore, has been named the winner of the 2013 Colonial Day at the Capitol Literature Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Eva was recognized and read her award-winning essay, “What It Means To Be An American,” during Colonial Day at the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 1. American revolutionary leader Patrick Henry, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg historical interpreter Richard Schumann, presented Eva with a plaque and a $100 prize during an opening ceremony in the House of Representatives Chambers.

Henry also recognized essay contest finalists, who received certificates of merit. The finalists were Jaxon Schmitt from Houchin Elementary in Moore; Katie Brooks from Elgin Elementary; Jordan Walker from Barnes Elementary in Oklahoma City; and Timothy Stolp from Adams Elementary in Norman.

Choral Festival

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Norman Public Schools will present the second half of its annual Secondary Choral Festivals. Each high school and its feeder middle schools have separate rehearsals and concerts, and each concert will feature approximately 350 students.

The North Secondary concert will be conducted by Tony Gonzalez and Ryan Bogner, directors at Norman North High School, Heather Appel-Bailey, director at Longfellow Middle School, and Marcy Porter, director at Whittier Middle School.

Each concert will feature a variety of music and will include a final number performed by all choirs combined.

Both concerts are open to the public. Adults will be charged $3 at the door. There is no charge for students Pre-K through 12th grade.

Schools sought

for art program

The Oklahoma Center for Arts Education (OCAE), a division of the University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design, seeks applicants for its “Extreme Makeover: Arts Education Edition,” a new arts education program open to all Oklahoma schools grades K-12.

The “Extreme Makeover: Arts Education Edition” is designed to demonstrate how the arts can be integrated into K-12 core curriculum (math, science, English, history, technology). UCO College of Fine Arts and Design faculty and staff will lead five classes of up to 30 students each, in hands-on arts education workshops integrating visual art, music, theatre arts, design or dance into each of the workshops.

The winning school will choose five of their teachers to work with the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design to customize the arts education workshops for their classes. The workshops will be hosted during the week of March 11 and will culminate with a live collaborative performance for the chosen school and community members.

The “Extreme Makeover” is not a school or classroom physical makeover or renovation. Participation is free for any school chosen, any Oklahoma school is qualified.

NPS Sex Education

Parent meeting

Sexuality Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum will be provided for secondary school students in the Norman Public Schools during the spring semester.

There will be a parent information night on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:30 P.M. in the Media Center at Whittier Middle School (2000 W. Brooks).

Materials and videos will be available for you to review. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Patterson at 447-6578.

Statewide student art contest

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students in grades K-12 to participate in the ninth annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. Entries will be accepted February 18 through March 29, 2013.

Students participating in this year’s contest will have a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $500 in tuition courtesy of First Security Bank and Dr Pepper, and have their design placed on one of two Dr Pepper vending machines located on Zoo grounds. Submitted entries will be judged on creativity and relevance to the contest’s theme, “I spy, water wonders”!

Official entry forms are available online at All submitted entries become property of the Oklahoma City Zoo and must be postmarked by March 29, 2013. The winning designs will be unveiled at the Zoo on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. during the Zoo’s Party for the Planet celebration.

— Transcript Staff

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