Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 18, 2013
Miscellaneous News
Public Comments For State's Science Standards /
Michael Forcelle Black Belt /
Philbrook Festival Of Trees

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Proposed Changes to the State’s Science Standards
Public Comments due by Jan. 17th

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has posted on the agency’s website the newly proposed draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

The draft is available on the OSDE’s Science webpage at

Educators and the public are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed draft. The public comment period is from Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 17, 2014. All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2014.

Send written submissions to the Oklahoma State Department of Education at 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599.

It is recommended that the introductory sections of the proposed draft be read prior to reviewing the standards including:

Introduction, Revision Process and Document Structure pgs. 4-7
State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s message pg. 8

The draft version is available in PDF. For ease of access to the separate sections and chapters, bookmarks are provided on the navigation bar to the side of the document.

Writing and draft teams of more than 50 representatives from K-12, higher education, scientists, engineers, parent and community members from throughout the state developed and provided feedback on the standards, meeting multiple times. More than 500 educators throughout the state were involved in reviewing the standards.

-- 12/13/2013

First Degree Black Belt
I would like to submit a news item for your consideration. My son Michael Forcelle was awarded his First Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do by his instructors, Chris Velez - Fifth Degree/ Chief Instructor and Rick Gibson - Third Degree/ Instructor, of The Family Martial Arts Academy in Owasso on December 14, 2013. He is a student at the Collinsville Middle School. His family and friends are all very proud of his great accomplishment.

His mother and I would also like to thank his instructors for sharing their wonderful knowledge, abilities, and guidance with Michael, and for serving as excellent positive role models for him, their other students, and the community as a whole.

Thank you,
Brad and Christi Todd

Students Visit Philbrook / Build Gingerbread Houses
The 2nd and 3rd grade Gifted and Talented students took a trip to the Philbrook Art Museum to view the “Festival of Trees”. After returning from their trip, each student was asked to put their Civil Engineering skills to the test and design their own gingerbread style house.
-- LeAnn Crabaugh 12/17/2013