Classes start Thursday in Pawhuska

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Classes will start Thursday for students in the Pawhuska Public School District.

Teachers and school staff held professional development days Monday through Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming 163-day school year. (The will be 77 class days in 2015 and 86 in 2016.) According to the school calendar, the last day of classes is to be Thursday, May 26, 2016, and graduation ceremonies will follow on Friday, May 27.

Last spring, Pawhuska school officials seriously considered switching to a four-day class week before making the decision to stick with the traditional five-day plan. Proponents of the four-day school week insist that teachers have been leaving Pawhuska schools in favor of other area districts which have switched to the shortened weeks.

Following are some of the educators who will be new to the Pawhuska district for the 2015-16 school year:

Lauri Shatswell is to be serving as an assistant high school principal and as the district’s co-athletic director. She also will be head coach for the Lady Huskies basketball teams.

The new coaches also will include Chad Kills Crow, a PHS graduate who will be the new head coach for Pawhuska Huskies’ boys basketball teams, as well as Seth Creamer, Christian Supernaw and Ben Rawlinson.

Other new teachers for the district will be Athena Farrell, Joseph Farrell, Corey Duncan, Sharon Holloway, Debra Richardson and Meghan Davis.

See next week’s edition for more on the new teachers and their goals for the upcoming school year.