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3 OKC principals plan to leave district

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:24pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

Three elementary principals are leaving Oklahoma City Public Schools, including the leader of a popular community school that faced closure, The Oklahoman has learned.

The resignations of Alisa Stieg (Edgemere); Neal Johnson (Greystone); and Katherine Price (Jackson) are effective June 30, spokeswoman Beth Harrison said Wednesday.

"District leaders are currently evaluating options for who will lead these schools next year," Harrison said.

The departures could be the first of many for a district that replaced principals at 19 schools after the 2016-17 school year.

Steig, 30, of Norman, is returning to Norman Public Schools, where she was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2008.

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Arrest made Tuesday in Norman homicide, police report

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 1:44pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Oklahoma City police made an arrest Tuesday night in connection with the death of a woman found in Norman, police report.

Brittani Young, 27, was found dead about 2:45 p.m.

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Cultivating a community spirit

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:43pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Organizers of a new garden in Norman believe the project can help cultivate community interaction and nurture an appreciation for nature.

The inclusive garden also features raised garden beds and sidewalks by the boxes that offer easier access for people with physical disabilities or those with mobility challenges.

“It's very accessible for everyone,” said Cathe Fox, who has helped coordinate the project and serves on the Cleveland County disABILITY Coalition.

The coalition is one of the sponsors of the community garden, which opens this month.

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Study: Norman development would generate $25 million in annual taxes

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 6:41pm

By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The proposed University North Park development in north Norman would generate $25 million in new annual taxes if fully developed, economists said Tuesday.

According to studies by University of Oklahoma economist Robert Dauffenbach and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce's Jon Chiappe, the proposed 500-acre, mixed-use development also likely would create at least 2,000 jobs.

"We are in a different world as far as retail is concerned.

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Norman police investigating homicide Tuesday afternoon

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:53pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Norman police are investigating a homicide Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responding to a medical call found a woman dead in the 2800 block of Dewey Avenue, Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said. 

Police are searching for Joe Alliniece in connection with the slaying, Jensen said.

He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 275 pounds and wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.




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Achievers

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:42pm

In an effort to celebrate exceptional teaching in classrooms across the state, University of Central Oklahoma-based Oklahoma A+ Schools recently honored Brandi Caldwell, a fifth-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary in Norman with the 2018 OKA+ Teacher of the Year Award.

Sandra Kent, executive director for Oklahoma A+ Schools, presented the award to Caldwell during the DaVinci Scholar Awards ceremony in March at the Oklahoma History Center.

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New on-street parking restrictions on Farmer Street

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:16pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — On Wednesday, city of Norman traffic control crews will install “no parking” signs along the north side of Farmer Street, between Garfield Avenue and McKinley Avenue.

Installation of the signs was requested by residents and property owners in the area.

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Game-based learning keys student engagement

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 2:56pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Isabella Wilson prefers books to video games, but the game she is testing for her father at the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center is growing on her.

Designed for high school juniors and seniors, "Advance U: The Talent Machine" introduces the concepts of neuroplasticity — the brain's ability to change throughout life — and mindset theory.

Heady stuff for the Whittier Middle School eighth-grader.

"I like playing this game; it's pretty fun," she said recently.

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Statue unveiled at University of Oklahoma as weekend celebration honoring Borens continues

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 3:50pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — President David Boren may be retiring at the end of academic year, but he is not leaving campus.

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Statue of University of Oklahoma President David Boren to be revealed in ceremony

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 12:05am

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will unveil a statue of retiring President David Boren on his 77th birthday Saturday.

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Norman district names Teacher of the Year

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:22pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman

NORMAN — A product of Norman Public Schools is the district's 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Teresa Lansford, a teacher librarian at Lincoln Elementary School, was recognized Thursday night during a Celebration of Excellence event that drew more than 600 people.

Lansford, 38, is a 1998 graduate of Norman North High School.

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OKC Symphonic Band to present spring concert Thursday

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:23pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band will present its spring concert, “American Composers Past and Present,” at 7:30 p.m.

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Westwood Park Golf Course offers golf clinics

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:16pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Registration is now open for both men's and women's four-week clinics at Westwood Park Golf Course, 2400 Westport Drive.

Men's classes will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Achievers

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:06pm

The 22nd Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship was held in March at Carl Albert high school in Midwest City.

The Norman Chess Club took 14 members, and won the second place team trophy in the kindergarten through fourth-grade section.

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Norman district to extend school days, calendar

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 6:11pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools will add 30 minutes to remaining days and extend the school calendar to May 31 to make up for missed instruction during the teacher walkout, the district announced Tuesday.

Beginning Monday, schools will start 10 minutes earlier and end 20 minutes later.

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Photographers make stop along Route 66 to work with Norman students

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 4:26pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

Two photographers on a road trip along Route 66 made a pit stop in Norman to offer tips on the craft to some middle school students.

Former colleagues Dean Triplett, owner of Deans Images in Santa Ana, California, and Gabriel Quinones, of Gabriels Photography of Cleveland, Ohio, are traveling the historic route from Chicago to Los Angeles and stopping to do photo shoots along the way.

Triplett said he and Quinones also wanted to use the experience to meet students interested in photography and heard about Loveworks Leadership.

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Norman preps for Earth Day with student art contest

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 9:35am

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Hundreds of drawings and paintings by Norman students covered the walls at STASH on Main Street during April's Second Friday Art Walk.

The art show displayed all submissions to the 2018 Water's Worth It Poster Contest put on by the city of Norman Environmental Control Advisory Board ahead of its Earth Day celebration.

The contest teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade students across the city about sustainable conservation practices that meet some of the state's Academic Standards for Science.

The overall winning submission by Cleveland Elementary School fourth-grader Anastasia Sikavitsas will be printed on the City's Earth Day T-shirts.

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Holmberg Hall at University of Oklahoma as active as ever at 100

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:23pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Auditorium, as it was called when it was built as part of the University of Oklahoma's original campus in 1918, has a rich 100-year history and continues to shine in the spotlight.

"Holmberg Hall is our jewel.

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Boren to leave hospital Monday, OU says

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:22pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A celebration weekend honoring University of Oklahoma President David Boren for his year's of leadership will take place as planned, OU spokesman Rowdy Gilbert said Monday.

Gilbert said Boren has recovered completely from a minor stroke suffered Saturday, and there is no lasting impact.

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OU students, faculty and staff give back in 'Big Event'

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:26pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Thousands of students, faculty and staff recently joined together April 14 to participate in "The Big Event," the University of Oklahoma's 19th annual official day of community service.

Every spring, more than 6,000 students, faculty and staff fan out across Norman and the Oklahoma City metro area for one day of service.

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