Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 12, 2014
Miscellaneous News
Time To Start Planning Garden /
Herald Honesty Awards /
Editorial Cartoonist At CMS

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Herald Elementary News (Purple Honesty Awards)
Ted, here are some more pictures for the school website on the counseling
page. There are 3 pictures of students with purple Honesty awards. These are Character awards for the month of January. There is also a picture with the completed Buddy Bench, and a picture of my door from this week (Valentine's "Heart Attack") done by one of the 4th grade classes.

Also, I have attached the newsletter from January and February.

Thanks, Jenni Hurd (2/11/2014)

-- Submitted by Jennifer Hurd (Herald Elementary Counselor) 2/11/2014
Bruce Plante, Tulsa World Editorial Cartoonist, Visits With Current Events Classes at Middle School
Bruce Plante, Tulsa World Editorial Cartoonist, presented a slide show of his work for the Current Events classes at the Middle School. Mr. Plante came loaded with stories and cartoons drawn over the years. Students enjoyed the cartoons and the humor as Mr. Plante, who has also worked as a stand-up comedian, explained the job of editorial cartoonist. His first opportunity as an editorial cartoonist came at the University of Arkansas, where he “got into editorial cartooning by accident”. His editorial cartoon of the Exxon Valdez was selected as environmental cartoon of the year. He explained that he gets to go to work every day, doing what he loves to do. He holds several awards such as National Cartoonist of the Year, and has had his cartoons published in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other top newspapers and magazines, as well as being published internationally. Mr. Plante also introduced the students to caricatures and their importance to editorial cartooning.

Jacob Sprangel, a 7th grade student, shared his impression of the presentation. “Mr. Plante’s visit was very interesting. His job as an opinion cartoonist sounds fun. We learned the process of making a cartoon. I like the job because you can give your opinion. And we did learn a bit of history from the presentation.”

-- Submitted by: Karen Rowden,
Current Events instructor (2/11/2014)

Spring is Around the Corner!
By Maureen Wright, GrowMos, LLC
Collinsville Victory Community Garden Administrator
Master Gardener

This is the time of year when we all get a little cabin fever, especially all of us home and community gardeners. We have all had enough of winter by the end of February. This is the time of year when we can start getting ready for our upcoming growing season. We can get in some pruning and fertilizing. We can make sure our tools are cleaned and sterilized and pull out our vegetable planting guide and determine what food we want to grow this year. I personally, start as early as I can on cool season crops just because I need to get my hand in the dirt by this time of year! I also like to find a variety of crop that is new to me each year to see how well it does in our Oklahoma environments. It keeps me looking forward to the upcoming growing season and warmer sunnier weather, so I start my seeds indoors.

I have learned that timing is everything. You want your seedlings to be ready on planting day, which means paying attention to the calendar. For spring planting, determine your last frost date and work backwards. Start warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers roughly 6-8 six weeks before that date. For instance, if you can plant out on May 1, you can start your tomatoes indoors on about March 15. No sense in rushing – I’ve seen people start warm season crops far too early.

If you just have to grow something and I understand this, start a cool season crop, like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and lettuce. These can be planted outside 2-3 weeks before the last frost (and even earlier with row covers), so you can start them earlier, 10-12 weeks before the last frost. Example: If your last frost date is May 1, you can start your spring broccoli in late February-early March.

Here is a link to the OSU Extension website for access to a great Oklahoma planning guide and calendar, (Fact Sheet HLA 6004).
Anyone interested in growing at the Victory Community Garden this upcoming season please contact Maureen Wright at 918.636.2656. Let’s get started!