WYNONA NEWS Aug. 24, 2016

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


(Submitted by Superintendent Shelley Shulanberger)

The first week of school is off to a good start. The elementary teachers and students are all excited to have a home room class all day this year. Our fifth-through-eighth grade students are excited to be in the high school building. The transition has been great.

Elementary teachers also are excited to begin a new reading series called “Reading Wonders.” It includes hardback books, as well as workbooks, assessments, leveled reading books, spelling cards, and online websites to engage all learners.

Our softball girls are doing well. The high school team will be participating in a festival in Glencoe on Thursday. The first home softball game was to be Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Just a reminder: We will block off parking for the softball game on the north side of the field and also on the east side of the field. This is for everyone’s safety and the safety of the vehicles. Please park in the high school parking lot by the bus barn.)

The cheerleaders will be collecting admission money and they also will have a concession stand serving nachos, hot dogs, candy, pop, Gatorade, water and sunflower seeds. This year’s admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. (As in the past, senior citizens get in for free.) Don’t forget, season passes can be purchased in the office. The passes admit two adults and two children for for seven home softball or basketball games.

Also, the athletes are selling businesses 4 x 4 vinyl advertising banners for the softball field or the basketball gym. Cost is $150. Each year, there will be a $100 renewal fee. You may purchase one from an athlete or contact the office at 918-846-2467. We appreciate your support for our athletic program. These two fundraisers will provide funds for equipment and to pay officials.

Mr. Powell will transport the fifth- and sixth-grade students to Tulsa on Wednesday, Aug. 24, and the following five Wednesdays to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. They will take part in hands-on activities. Permission slips were being sent home Monday.

Fall pictures will be taken Friday, Aug. 26.

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and the wear/tear on our school buses and school van, we have had to change our bus route. We shortened the bus route and are not able to pick every student up in the same location as we previously have. However, we have tried our best to develop a route that best suits all of our bus riders. This will help our school save in repairs, maintenance and fuel charges.

I would like to thank several people:

1. Larry Dilley — He has mowed, weed-eated, hauled off opposums and collected dogs, helped our maintenance fix a water leak, trimmed trees, worked on our lawnmower, removed broken furniture and many other things.

2. Wynona Police Chief Brian Lenington — He has mowed the grass, helped on the water leak, captured dogs on the playground, etc.

3. Jason Stansberry — He brought his mower and mowed the school grass.

4. Ralph McGill - He weed-eated around the school.

5. Joe Shulanberger — He donated and sprayed weed spray on our softball field, playground and around the school yard.

6. Youth Works Program — Each week during the summer, the program sent a different group of adults and students. They painted a classroom and the hallway, and helped move furniture.

7. Osage county department of transportation — They repaired all of the holes in the administration parking lot and trimmed the trees hanging over the street on the west side of the school.

8. Anchor Paint — For donating five gallons of paint.

9. Sherwin Williams of Owasso — For donating three gallons of primer.

10. Evan’s Nursery of Bartlesville — For donating 16 crepe myrtle plants for our school.

It is so awesome to have such great people in our community who are willing to give up their labor, time, skills, equipment, etc., to help make our small, wonderful school look better. Without their help, Wynona School would not have been able to make improvements both inside and outside of our school building. Thank you all!


Wynona Police Chief Brian Lenington reminds all drivers that with school starting on Aug. 15, the school speed zone is in effect at 25 mph. He advises drivers to watch, especially at the crosswalk when the crossing guard is there walking children across. There also are children walking to school on the side of the highway. The speed limit through the residential areas is 25 mph, too. The police chief reminds everyone to help keep our children safe!


Wynonans offer their condolences to the family and friends of Julia Dilley, who passed away last week. We all knew and loved Julia and we will all miss her.


The Wynona Board of Trustees met for the August meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Board members discussed regular business and listened to a presentation from April Thompson from Hominy EMS. Thompson said the ambulance service would like a $7 fee added to Wynona’s monthly water bills for covering the cost of ambulance service to the town.

Following much discussion, the topic was tabled until next month — giving the town time to send letters out to the residents so they can have a say in the matter. Ms. Thompson said that if the mandatory billing is not passed, Hominy Ambulance will no longer service our town.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 20, starting at 7:30 p.m.