RC)--The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s report cards for all state public schools have been released for the 2021-22 school year. According to Enid News and Eagle, the report cards provide a snapshot of school performance from the previous year, and are the first issued since the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many educators skeptical about the results. The report cards rate elementary and middle schools based on academic achievement, academic growth, English language proficiency progress, chronic absenteeism and overall performance. High schools are ranked on academic achievement, graduation, English language proficiency progress, chronic absenteeism, postsecondary opportunities and overall performance. Scores were mixed for EPS schools. The top-rated EPS school was Hoover Elementary School, a Blue Ribbon school led by Principal Tanea Artman. The school received an overall A grade. Enid High School scored an overall D. Individually, the school received an F for chronic absenteeism; a D for English language proficiency progress; C for academic achievement; C for graduation; and C for postsecondary opportunities. All three Enid middle schools had a C scorecard as did grade schools Glenwood, Coolidge, Hayes, Eisenhower and McKinley elementary schools. Taft, Adams and Garfield elementary schools received a D. Prairie View and Monroe received a B on their scorecard. Report cards and more information for all state public schools can be found at https://oklaschools.com/.
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AD)--In celebration of Arbor Day and as a designated Tree City USA, the City of Enid will have a tree planting ceremony at Government Springs Park South Ballpark at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Each year the Enid Tree Board members plan an annual event and invite a classroom to assist with those plantings to encourage a love for trees and to provide an opportunity to be involved in a hands-on environmentally rewarding educational experience. This year, the tree board will plant three Leyland Cypress trees at the ballpark at Government Springs South with students from Carver Early Childhood Center.
The tree board has a downloadable “Tree Care and Selection Guide” on the City website: www.Enid.org/TreeBoard. According to the guide, some of the best trees for Enid are Bald cypress, Lacebark elm, Cedar elm, Chinese pistache, hackberry, Shumard oak, Shantung maple, Oklahoma redbud, Bur oak, American holly, Loblolly pine, and Caddo sugar maple.
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EY)—Enid Public Schools has set the schedule for a number of end of year activities. The Tri-State Music Festival will be May 3-5, May Fete will be 6:00 p.m. May 3 at Government Springs Park, Baccalaureate will be 6:00 p.m. May 14 in the Enid High School auditorium, the EHS Senior Awards Assembly, 6:00 p.m. May 16 in the EHS auditorium, Middle school eighth-grade promotion ceremonies will be May 17 in the EHS gym, with Longfellow at 9:00 a.m., Emerson at 11:00 a.m. and Waller at 6:30 p.m. EHS commencement will be 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Selby Stadium. If it is rained out, graduation will be 10:00 a.m. May 20 at the stadium. If that is rained out, it will be 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
GT)--The 36th annual United Way of Northwest Oklahoma Golf Tournament & Ronna Richards Memorial will be held Monday, May 1, at Oakwood Golf & Country Club. Byrum Electric is the title sponsor. Golf participants can contribute to the event, with proceeds benefitting United Way’s 14 partner agencies. Participants also can donate during the registration process and the day of the tournament. The tournament will have a $15,000 hole-in-one contest, prizes for most accurate drive, roll the dice, multiple hole options, dogleg and mulligan camouflaged balls for $100. Teams are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, so golfers are encouraged to get their signup forms in as soon as possible. Alex Williams, co-chair of the committee said “I don’t think people realize how great of an impact their participation makes; they are helping to make a substantial difference in our community through health, education, and income initiatives that make a positive transformation in thousands of lives. A corporate team is $1,000 and receives company signage on the golf course, lunch buffet and slot in the tournament for four. A hole sponsorship is $300 and receives a company sign on the golf course. Tee times are 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tournament hopes to raise $60,000. Sponsors include Jiffy Trip, NextEra Energy Resources, Stride Bank, Dense Mechanical, Envirotech, Elliott Electric, Harmon’s Electric, Emrick’s Van & Storage and Dillingham Insurance.
DP)--Enid will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, at the Gazebo on the north lawn for the Courthouse. The event will be from 11:55 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Several faith and community leaders will participate in the event. The prayer gathering will represent numerous churches and ministries in Enid and is not affiliated with any one denomination. All people are encouraged to attend and pray. The National Day of Prayer has roots dating back to 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer.” In 1952, a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Harry Truman declared an annual National Day of Prayer, and every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer Proclamation. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan permanently setting the date for the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday of each May.