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Area Math and Science Teachers Attend Texas Instruments Training in McAlester

Fifteen area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while 13 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester. The workshops were sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP and was designed to help teachers integrate technology effectively into instruction. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Fred Ferneyhough, Sandra Hocutt, and Cassie Whitecotton. “These trainings were a great way to begin the 2019-2020 school year,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. “It’s a joy to hear

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Area Math and Science Teachers Attend Texas Instruments Training in Poteau

Twelve area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while six teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau. The workshops were sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP and was designed to help teachers integrate technology effectively into instruction. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Fred Ferneyhough, Sandra Hocutt, and Cassie Whitecotton. “It’s always a joy to see local teachers passionate about learning new technologies to implement into their instruction,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Brianna

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Clayton eighth-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Eighth-grade GEAR UP students from Clayton recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film of the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students were led on a tour of the museum by Louanne Weir, volunteer with the National Park Service. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Weir explained to the students that during the time of its use, the room held approximately 100 men year round with little ventilation and no running water. Prisoners drank from a small water barrel

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Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film about the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students went on a tour of the museum led by John Hagan, historian and docent. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Students learned about the unpleasant living conditions that were found in prison and about how difficult life was for the prisoners. Hagan then gave students a short history lesson over the area and the relationship that existed between

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McCurtain GEAR UP students visit the Science Museum Oklahoma

Twenty-four McCurtain seventh- and eighth-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The two-story museum consists of a wide array of hands-on activities that allow students to have fun in an engaging way. The museum, as well as the name, has evolved since its creation in 1958. The mission of Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly known as the Omniplex Science Museum, is to enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. McCurtain students experienced the Science Live show which gave them an opportunity to experience live explosions. The Science Live Host explained the

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Antlers eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Carl Albert State College

Antlers eight grade GEAR UP students recently toured CASC (Carl Albert State College). Students were greeted by Garrett Hayes, Viking Ambassador and a sophomore majoring in Business Communications, and Samantha Lininger, Viking Ambassador and a sophomore majoring in Allied Health. Students began their tour in Hemphill Hall. It is the administrative building for CASC and houses many offices including Admissions and Financial Aid. Lininger discussed the Scholars Program and how it has helped pay for her education at CASC. She also explained how important it is to apply for scholarships and meet financial aid deadlines when in college. Students visited

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Coalgate GEAR UP students tour CLEET

Seventy-five GEAR UP students from Coalgate recently traveled to Ada to tour CLEET (the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training). The seventh and eighth grade students were greeted inside the K.O. Rayburn Training Center by Operations Manager Shannon Butler who gave a brief overview of the purpose and mission of CLEET. He explained that police academy training is more than just learning about firearms and fast driving. Training also involves learning constitutional law and Oklahoma statutes. He addressed several methods of responding to calls and traffic stops. He conducted a field sobriety test on several students. Following the introductory

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Lane GEAR UP students tour the Durant State Fish Hatchery

Thirty-seven GEAR UP students from Lane recently traveled to Durant to visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s fish hatchery. The seventh and eighth grade students toured the facility which is the largest of the four state fish hatcheries which produces millions of fish each year for stocking Oklahoma waters. Rebecca Fillmore, a hatchery technician, greeted the students and gave a brief overview of the hatchery and its role in the Wildlife Department. She led the students to a reservoir where they observed the harvesting process. Intern Chelsea Griffith explained to the students how the reservoirs were drained, how the

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Harmony GEAR UP students tour the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery

Fifteen GEAR UP students from Harmony school recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. Established in 1979, the Museum covers the history of the Civil War in Oklahoma as well as the history of Atoka County. The seventh and eighth-grade students were greeted by Museum Director Cindy Wallis who began the day by asking them to sign a birthday card for a former Atoka resident who is celebrating his 100th birthday. The tour continued as Wallis guided the group through the Museum while discussing the various exhibits. The first stop was a plaster cast of a complete baby

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Spiro eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University

Sixty-six Spiro eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center where they were greeted by Gabby Clayton, Northeastern State University Graduate Assistant of Campus Visit Program; Kaylee Switzer, Northeastern State University Representative and alumnae; and Northeastern State University Student Ambassadors Megan Schwabe and Freeman Degraffenreid. Switzer presented students with an overview of NSU which included, how to apply for college, scholarship opportunities, things to do in Tahlequah, and an emphasis on NSU’s The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) Program. The SOAR Session

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