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Pawhuska Schools to begin program for 3-year-olds

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The superintendent of Pawhuska Public Schools is preparing to launch a program for 3-year-olds, which will be housed at Indian Camp Elementary School, which is the school district’s lower elementary facility.

The Pawhuska school district already has a pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds. The new program for three-year-olds is to initially have two staff members and will be capped at 20 pupils, Superintendent David Cash said.

“We’re very excited about being able to offer it to our parents,” Cash said. The program for three-year-olds will be 250 days in length and will focus on helping young children begin to learn fundamental concepts such as numbers and shapes and colors.

Enrollment of children in the new program will not cost parents anything, Cash said. He explained Wednesday that Pawhuska Public Schools had just advertised, earlier that day, for staff members for the program. Information such as dates and times that parents will need should be forthcoming soon, he said.

Not that many Oklahoma public school districts offer three-year-old programs, Cash said. Perhaps as few as 10 percent of districts have such programs, he said. Pawhuska Public Schools has been navigating regulations that govern the operation of programs for three-year-olds, he said.

New Huskies ‘App’ Coming

Pawhuska Public Schools is also planning to improve its overall quality of communication with students, parents and the community at large by launching a new electronic application or “app,” which individuals can download onto their phones.

The launch date for the new free app is Aug. 15, and students and parents will be able to find it by visiting Apple’s App Store, or Google Play and looking for “Pawhuska Huskies,” Cash said. He clarified that the school district will still maintain its Facebook page and its website as points of information dissemination for persons who choose not to download and use the new app.

“There are some people that don’t like using apps yet,” Cash said. He added, however, that the new app will allow students and parents to customize the types of information being sent to them on their phones. Users of the Pawhuska Huskies app will be able to choose to receive all notifications from Pawhuska Public Schools, or to choose specific groups and activities such as fast-pitch softball and Future Farmers of America (FFA), he said.

“We will be think about notifications in a seamless way,” Cash said.

The app will make it possible for users to buy tickets ahead of time for sports events and other ticketed activities. The user will be able to buy the ticket and then show it – on his or her phone screen – to someone at the event gate.

And if you need a fresh Pawhuska Huskies shirt or cap, the app is also expected to provide users with the opportunity to buy Huskies merchandise and have it shipped.