The pilot project of the Pawhuska Public Schools’ 1:1 Chromebook initiative already has put the PC-like laptop devices into the hands of more than 150 local students, and that’s only the beginning, according to Technology Director Danny Chronister.

“A lot of our teachers are getting excited about the program expanding,” Chronister said. “By next August, we expect 300 to 350 kids will have their own Chromebooks.”

Only two instructors — Sarah Kendrick (science) and Debra Richardson (math) — are directly involved in the pilot project, but others already are recognizing its potential.

In an effort to get more of the local faculty familiar with the Chromebooks before the program expands next fall, the district is planning a special teaching session in May.

“We’re going to have boot camp training for the teachers who want to learn as much as they can about the project,” the technology director said. “It’s will be directed at grades seven through 12, but I think we’re probably going to see some from the elementary level, too.”

Of the 150 students who are involved in the pilot project, all but about 30 have paid a $50 “technology fee,” which allows them to take their personally-issued Chromebooks home with them, said Chronister. The nominal fee insures the district-owned devices don’t become damaged.

The Osage Nation paid technology fees for at least 35 tribal-member students. Cherokee Cheshewalla from the ON Financial Assistance Department said funding for the educational project was available through the federal Johnson-O’Malley program.

FEB. 28

PRE-ENROLLMENT

Pre-enrollment for pre-K and kindergarten will be conducted at Indian Camp Elementary School on Feb. 28, beginning at 8 a.m.

7TH-GRADE SCIENCE FAIR

Seventh-graders are looking forward to several days of science fair fun hosted by the Osage Nation.

The Osage Nation STEAM Science Fair is to be at the Osage County Fairgrounds from Feb. 21-24, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. In addition to Pawhuska students, there will be seventh-graders attending the event from Avant, Barnsdall, Bowring, Hominy, Osage Hills, Skiatook and Woodland.

ON officials said this will be the first science fair to be given by the Osage Nation Education Department’s STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — program.

HONORS

BANQUET

Tickets for the 28th Pawhuska High School Honors Banquet are on sale at the high school office.

The annual event recognizes the PHS students ranked in the upper 10 percent of their grade/class. This year’s event will be held Monday, March 6, at the Elks Lodge, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person, which covers the price of a meal.

This year’s Western theme is “2017 Branded the Best.” Guest speaker will be State Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Entertainment will be provided by the Dancemaker Academy Dancers.