(submitted by Superintendent Dixie Hurd)

I would like to invite everyone to join us at the capitol on Monday, March 31, to just voice our ideas to our legislators. We can make a difference if we let them know what we want. They are there to represent us and if we don’t tell them our ideas, they won’t know how to vote for us! I encourage you to email, call, or visit and talk to our representatives. They always say they welcome our input!

Spring is on the way and spring break is near. Spring break is March 17 - 21. We have had so many snow days that we have changed our calendar somewhat. Friday, March 14 was supposed to be a day off for parent conferences. That will now be a regular school day. There will be school next Friday, March 14. Also, May 9, is scheduled for a snow day. That day will also be a regular school day. There is an updated calendar on our website. Hopefully, the snow is behind us!

The 5th and 8th grades took the state writing tests this week. The other state tests will be in April and early May. Students should be reading to keep their minds alert and sharp. They should also be keeping up with their regular studies. If students are diligently keeping up with their school work, they will be prepared for the state testing. The state tests tend to cause stress because of the high stakes status that has been placed on them. The bottom line is that children are being taught what they need to know — they can do the tests. They just need to relax and do what they know how to do!

The kindergarten roundup will be the Monday after spring break, on March 24. This is for the 5-year-old kindergarten program. The Osage County Interlocal Co-op will bring in a team of people to assess our students who will be going into the 5 yr old program next year. Parents are asked to attend with their child. Our Junior High girls’ softball team will start the spring season with an away game with Copan on March 11, at 4:30 p.m. A schedule is available on our website or in the office.


Just a reminder that Lee Webb, is still coming to the Town Hall on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to help Veterans with their benefits. This is a great opportunity for veterans and should be utilized by all that are qualified.

Veterans are reminded that they can use their tax exempt card from the state to exempt taxes on their phone bills. Just contact your telephone provider for more details. The OK Department of Veterans Affairs representative will not be coming to Osage County anymore, but Lee Webb will be still doing the Veterans Assistance for this area. Every Friday Lee will be at the Pawhuska Community Center, 9 -11 a.m.; Wynona, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; and Hominy from 1-2 p.m. and any other towns that need assistance can come to one of these towns to meet with Lee.

Remember that the VA Healthcare meets all the requirements for Obamacare, so anyone who does not have their VA Healthcare should come and talk to Lee. Lee wanted to remind everyone that he will also be at Cleveland at the City Hall. 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Fridays, as well.