Monday morning, the Monroe fifth grade gifted and talented students will attend a speech and drama workshop at Longfellow Middle School from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mrs. Thrower can answer questions regarding their field trip.

Tuesday night is the Norman Public Schools Teacher of the Year banquet. Teachers, staff and students once again congratulate Ms. Stuemky for representing Monroe as its Teacher of the Year. Tuesday evening also is Subway night from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Street location. Receipts should be left in the collection box near the register.

Monroe will recognize Thursday as "Take your Son or Daughter to Work Day." Students will be excused from school to spend the day with a parent at work. However, parents must contact the school office to notify staff of their absense. Skateland night is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The class with the most attendance will win a pizza party.

Friday will be a busy day for each grade beginning with Good Morning Monroe. There will be a guest speaker from the City of Norman recycling program. Students will be advised how best to help their city through different types of recycling. The third grade will host its Business Day Sale as a conclusion to their study on economics. Items sold will help raise funds for their end-of-year trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The fourth grade will take a field trip to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. They leave at 9:15 a.m. and return at 2 p.m.

The last Book Fair of the year is coming up. On May 1, students will have a viewing of the books that are for sale, with purchases allowed May 2-5. Call Mrs. Gramling to volunteer to help.

Monroe would like to recognize Brownie Troop 299 for its accomplishments this school year. As a troop, members have earned 12 Try-It's and 9 Patches. They studied and participated in ways to help their community, decorated a float for the Norman Christmas Parade and achieved their goal of raising cookie sales over last year's numbers. Troop members are Samantha Arledge, Gretchen Emig, Richelle Hallows, Kirsten Moore, Eunice Ogungbuyi, Leoni Schlupp, Mary Springfield, Alex Walling and Julia Weldon.


Thursday -- Half-day Kindergarten Curriculum Night;?Invention Fair all day in gym

Friday -- Peer Mediator Bake Sale, Chess Club, lunch; school assembly, 2 p.m.


Lakeview congratulates March and April Employees of the Month, Debbie Baskeyfield and Joy Nix.

Mrs. Meisel, school counselor,?will be recognized at the NPS Teacher of the Year banquet Tuesday.

Dates to remember:

Monday -- Fourth grade bowling at AMF Lanes

Thursday -- Kendall Haven, author visit; sixth grade orientation 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday -- Kiwanis Terrific Kid award; Earth Day

March Students of the Month are: Ashlyn Dembinski, Cara Compton, Allison Rosati, Joa'Qeuinn Hall, Autumn Morgan, Ben Sauvageau, Cailey Davenport, Christian Bowman, Jayson Tadlock,. Mary Hendricks, Danielle Rainbow, Trace Pack, Erica Hightower, Alexis Kirkman, Kristina Fort, Grant Otto, Arissa Hayes, Bradley Stephens, Jake Baum, Paul Cook, Loren Waters, Erica Fowble, Heath Stacy, Jessica Deal, Haleigh Ward, Caleb McElhaney, Kelsi Curtin, Chris Gibbs, Alexis Kirkman.


IGPRO for elementary schools?is now in effect. Parents must request a login and password on the Norman Public Schools Web page and then can check their child's progress anytime they log onto their computer.

At 8:15 a.m. Tuesday students will hear a concert by the Sooner Bassooners. The bassoonists are from the University of Oklahoma and under the direction of Carl Rath.?

Also Tuesday, counselors from Whittier Middle School will talk to all fifth-graders about their big step to middle school next year. There will be a fifth grade parent information meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Whittier.? Parents should plan to attend.

Friday Cleveland will celebrate its partners in education, the OU men's gymnastics' team, and its national championship. Coach Mark Williams and the team will be at the school for a big Boomer Bash congratulating them on their recent accomplishments.

Fourth-grade students also will give a recorder mini-concert, and the "Guess the fifth-grader" contest continues. Parents of fifth-graders should bring a baby picture, as well as pictures of activities in the "early" years of their student to music teacher Regina Bell. All pictures will be returned.??

Speedy get-well wishes go out to fitth-grade student Jake Marsh. He fell during a recent camping trip and suffered some serious injuries.?

Future events:?

May 4 -- Fifth grade to the Oklahoma RedHawks game

May 5 -- Field Day, grades 3-5?

May 8 -- Fourth and fifth grade Oklahoma Symphony field trip??

May 11 -- 7 p.m., first grade One Lucky Kid Program?

May 16 -- First grade field trip to Children's museum

May 17 -- Kindergarten celebrations

May 22 -- Fifth grade vs. staff in volleyball

May 23 -- Fifth grade promotion ceremony?

May 24 -- Fifth grade fun day at Celebration Station

May 25 -- Super Kids Day and third grade to Reaves Park


Home School

The last information session for the spring will be Thursday, May 11. Families and prospective teachers interested in learning more about the school are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be at Trinity Baptist Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Music Room. Childcare is available upon request for $5 per child. RSVP to Rebecca at 850-5309.

Congratulations to the junior high girls Oklahoma City Knights Basketball Team for winning the NCHAA National Tournament last month in Witchia, Kan. Leah Dile and Breonna Lewis, both seventh-graders at VCA, are members of the team. The OKC Knights are a part of the Oklahoma Home Education Activities Association. For more information on this organization, visit their web site at

Irving Middle School

With the theme, Irving Middle School: Bridge Builders, "Come on Over," the Irving Middle School community welcomes students and parents to the Spring Open House. A special invitation is extended to fifth-grade students from Irving's "feeder elementary schools," Kennedy, Lincoln, Madison, and Washington.?

The event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 125 Vicksburg Ave. The evening will begin with refreshments in the main hall from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by an informational meeting for fifth-grade parents in the Cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. After the meeting, the Irving Vocal Music Choir and the Irving Step Team will perform. Parents and students are invited to tour the building and visit booths for the variety of Exploratory classes throughout the evening.

Norman Public Schools

Students interested in attending NPS summer school can begin enrollment procedures now for driver education and all other summer school programs. Enrollment forms are available at all secondary school sites and the Norman Public Schools web site,

Driver education enrollment will run through May 12. Regular summer school enrollment is under way and will continue until June 1. Students will be placed in driver education on a first-come, first-served basis. The tuition cost of driver education is $225.

High school summer school will be held this summer at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Summer school classes meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. First semester is June 1-June 28. Second semester is June 29-July 28. The fee is $150 per academic semester. Out-of-district students pay an additional $25 a semester fee.

Course offerings will be English I-IV, Algebra I-II, Geometry, World History, U.S. History, Physical Science, and Biology I.

For more information about summer course offerings, call the director of Student Services/Summer Programs at 573-3511. After May 31, call the summer school office, 573-3567. Completed enrollment forms may be taken to the director of Student Services, 131 S. Flood Ave., or may be mailed with tuition fee included, to Norman Public Schools Summer Program, 131 S. Flood Ave., Norman, OK, 73069.

General Information

OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Superintendent Sandy Garrett and the Oklahoma Department of Education have given Oklahoma's most-achieving high school seniors, their parents and loved ones a taste of the excitement their high school commencements certainly will generate next month.

The event honoring the more than 2,100 Oklahoma Academic Scholars and Robert C. Byrd Scholarship winners was attended by an estimated 4,000 people and was held in the Cox Convention Center.

To be named an Oklahoma Academic Scholar by the Oklahoma Department of Education, students must accumulate from Grades 9 through the first semester of Grade 12, a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale or be in the top 10 percent of their class. As well, they must achieve a 27 composite score on the ACT or a combined reading and mathematics score of 1220 on the SAT, and be expected to complete the curricular requirements for a standard diploma at the end of the current school term.

Oklahoma Academic Scholars receive a certificate of recognition from the State Board of Education and their local high schools, a goal seal affixed to their diplomas, and the honor recorded on their official transcripts.

To be eligible for a 2005-06 Byrd Scholarship, students must be a legal resident of Oklahoma, graduate at the end of the current school term, have a minimum ACT composite score of 32 and/or a minimum SAT combined score of 1420 and have applied or been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education.

Local academic scholars are:

Norman High School, Ashley Adolfs, Heather Barfield, Robyn Beck, Anastasia Besore, Morgan Biddick, Sara Boyer, Colin Brooks, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Bublis, Justin Buchanan, Marie Castagna, Haylee Chapman, Amanda Cline, Christopher Colijn, Patrick Conlon, Sravya Ennamuri, Elizabeth Greene, Angela Harrington, Johnathan Harris, Megan Lambert, Jennifer Lawmaster, Dyanna Leslie, Lee Littlejohn, Melinda Marcott, Sarah McGuffee, Megan Murphree, Ivana Nitzova, Kyle Norlin, Cooper Pasque, Neele Philipp, Rory Pulvino, Madeline Ross, Eric Russell, Gerald Sipe, Zach Smith, Dylan Sullivan, Cameron Twyford, Jason Weeks, Thomas Weider, Jonathan Whalen and Brianna Yort;

Norman North High School, David Burget, Robert Carlsen, David Collins, Diana Culp, Jennifer Dillon, Foster Dobry, Brandon Doull, Sarah Fain, Stephen Folmar, Sarah Foster, Jason Gadberry, Caitlin Goddard, Aaron Gray, Laura Hamilton, Simon Hertzke, Ashley Jain, Elizabeth Kao, Nazia Khan, Danielle Larson, Justin Lee, Roger Liao, Robert Love, Tiffany Lynch, Bahar Malakouti, Vania Mardirossian, Jacob McDonald, Alexander Meo, Sarah Meyer, Ashleigh Miller, Serana Nelson, Maegan Nicholson, Donald Norris, Daniel Pechacek, Connor Peterson, Nicholas Peterson, Archith Ramkumar, Daniel Reches, Yonathan Reches, Kelsey Rogers, Lily Ryzhkova, Matthew Schemmer, Dounan Shi, Jared Smith, Kirsten Snauffer, Alexander Spray, Matthew Stensrud, Anum Syed, Afsaneh Talai, Haoran Tang, Jennifer Taylor, Elizabeth Teeters, Elizabeth Thompson, Yeganeh Torbati, William Wilson, Lauren Yeary and Yi Zhou;

Noble High School, Megan Bowers, Sarah Brockhaus, Abigail Chaplin, Sara Glenn, Brittany Lee and Stacey Sugg; Moore High School, Amy Barrios, Shawn Bean, Kyle Clark, Joel Collins, Steven Hardin, Kayla Kennedy, Adela Lounmala, Carolyn Maher, Lindsay Nordstrom, Daniel Patterson, Brittany Portillo, Lourdes Ramos, Caitlyn Riedmann, Katie Schaeffer and Joshua Squires;

Westmoore High School, Daniel Ambuehl, Jacqueline Bijan, Amy Braid, Sarah Cain, Dennis Chastain, Corey Coles, Billy Devinney, Donh Do, Tracy Do, RyanElassal, Ryan Frampton, Amanda Higgins, Ian Hoffman, Chris Hollen, Ashley Hovda, Melissa Huynh, Jordan Johnson, Tony Lam, Keri Ledbetter, Justin Lemmon, Timothy Long, Morgan Marr, Deanna Miles, Daryl Nagode, Mia-Thnguyen Nguyen, Abigail Ntreh, Pritesh Patel, Ryan Porterfield, Hillary Post, John Postic, Coleman Ramsey, Tyler Robinette, Matt Swearingen, Long Tran, Daniel Truong, Louise Vo, Eric Walker, Sarah Waugh, William Winfree, Sarah Wright and Denis Zhidelev;

Blanchard High School, Amber Burke, Susan Butler, Bradley Cottrell, Cody Hensley, Jason McCracken, Suzanne Simpson, Symantha Suffridge and Amanda Walkup; Lexington High School, Tyler Coker, Morgan Gordon and Judd Shannon; Newcastle High School, Daniel Bailey, Jacob Digby, Brittany Moore and Elizabeth Way; Purcell High School, Arthur Dunaway, James Lafoe, Matthew Lohn, Sarah Morris, Samantha Riddles and Brent Wilson.

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