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Tip Sheet for the week including 9/28/2015


McLain Junior High wins STEM Exploratorium competition



9/24/2015 , to


McLain Junior High

4929 N. Peoria Ave.


Jennifer Cephus


MJHS' marble roller coaster Some McLain Junior High School went on a roll last week. The students won first place in the Flight Night STEM Exploratorium Roller Coaster Competition with their construction of a marble roller coaster made of paper.

While at STEM Exploratorium, the students, led by McLain science teachers Jennifer Cephus and Robin Kirk, were honored by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance for their dedication to engineering and successful integration of it within the construction of the marble roller coaster. There were 120 entries into the competition, and MJHS won over competition from from Union, Owasso, Bixby and Jenks.

MJHS's coaster also showcased the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness as October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was rapidly approaching. The roller coaster was adorned with pink coaster tracks and statistics about the commonality of breast cancer.

The marble roller coaster created by MJHS students will be on display at the Tulsa State Fair, Oct. 1-11. Additionally, MJHS received a certificate, trophy and $300 to the 8th grade science department.

During the award ceremony, the TRSA leaders said they were only expecting around 60 entries and were excited to see the double that number. Approximately 1,500 students were present at the STEM Exploratorium.

The students at MJHS had to do extensive planning as the type and amount of materials available to be used were limited. The only materials allowed by the STEM Alliance were:

  • one 18-by-24 inch poster board or cardboard as base
  • 24 index Cards
  • six sheets of letter-sized paper
  • two empty paper towel rolls
  • one cereal box
  • two 16.9 ounce water bottles
  • five small paper clips
  • 72 inches of masking Tape
  • one marble



TPS partners to launch 'Golden Apple Award' to honor teachers

Updated 9/21/2015


9/21/2015 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


Golden Apple Award Tulsa Public Schools today announced the launch of the Golden Apple Award, an educator recognition program presented in partnership with Cox and FOX23. The Golden Apple Award will honor outstanding TPS teachers for exceptional work to advance student achievement.

"I am thrilled that FOX23 and Cox are joining Tulsa Public Schools to recognize and honor the outstanding men and women who do such important work every day," said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. "We really can't thank our teachers enough, and the Golden Apple Award is a great way to highlight the incredible work happening in classrooms throughout our district."

All Tulsans are invited to submit nominations online at Golden Apple winners will be awarded in their classrooms during a surprise visit from Gist, FOX23 anchor Ron Terrell, representatives from the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association and Cox Communications. Honorees will each receive a Golden Apple trophy and a $250 grant to be used in the classroom. Golden Apple winners will be featured weekly during the Saturday morning newscast on FOX23 starting on Oct. 3.

"We think this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our teachers and give the public a glimpse at the talent in TPS," said Shawna Mott-Wright, vice president of TCTA.

"Cox is proud to be a partner in recognizing the outstanding work happening in Tulsa's classrooms. Our company is rooted in education and has a longstanding commitment to building innovation and ingenuity in our schools. We applaud these teachers for creating 21st century classrooms," said Tiffani Bruton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications.

To nominate an educator, fill out the form available at Winning entries will explain why the educator is unique or creative, highlight how the educator is student-focused and offer compelling examples.



Eisenhower teacher named finalist for Dream Big Teacher grant



9/16/2015 , to



3111 E. 56 St.


Connie Horner


Eisenhower International School teacher Sandra Weller was named one of 15 finalists for the national Dream Big Teacher Challenge. The challenge, part of the Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers program, will award six of the finalists $100,000 educational grants.

Ms. Weller learned she was a finalist on the morning of Sept. 16 during a surprise drop-in event with local Farmers agent Phil Runyon and State Sen. Gary Stanislawski (R-Tulsa).

Each of the 15 teacher finalist's proposals went through a competitive review process, and Ms. Weller's proposal about implementing new science curriculum in French and Spanish was selected to move on to the voting phase of the Dream Big Teacher Challenge. If she wins the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge grant, she will use the money to purchase new science curriculum in French and Spanish to allow Eisenhower students to be able to use their target language to perform projects with their peers.

Beginning Oct. 1, the 15 finalists will vie for votes at for their chance to win. The public can visit the website to cast their votes to help Ms. Weller win one of the six Dream Big Teacher Challenge grants, and to learn more about the Thank America's Teachers program.






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