Schools & Education

Tribe closes 2 Head Starts

Citing low Osage enrollment, the Osage Nation says it will not open the Head Start centers it operates in Barnsdall or McCord this coming school year. The Head Start in Barnsdall had an enrollment of 17 students, four of whom were Osage. McCord served 18 students and no Osages. The closures were announced by letter […]


Triumph over all barriers

Triumph over all barriers

Haley Mouser is Pawhuska’s first state champion high jumper, and she got there by jumping four inches higher than she is tall and overcoming a weak left leg born of a club foot. The Pawhuska High School senior has now jumped a personal best 5 feet 8 inches at two successive meets – including the […]


In Summer, hungry must go to other counties

With students across Osage County out on summer vacation, many families are trying to figure out how to stretch their grocery budgets a little further without access to school meals. As part of its national school nutrition program, The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a summer meal program that allows schools and other organizations in […]


Standing room only

Standing room only

Dancer Maker Academy in Pawhuska has been open less than a year and held its first recital Friday night at the Constantine Theater to absolutely rave reviews. The theater was jam packed, upstairs and in the mezzanine, a rarity for any event there. Above, Kelci and Megan Pickering perform Duel, with choreography by Jenna Smith, […]


Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Conner makes All-State

Conner makes All-State

It takes a village to get an all-state bid to western Osage County. After leading her team to within a game of the school’s first state tournament berth since 1991, Woodland senior guard Ray Lee Conner will play on the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s small east All-State team later this year. Although honored and […]


Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Late last month, the Barnsdall Junior High and High School Gifted and Talented group traveled to the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. There were 42 students and 4 sponsors who made the trip. The Science Museum is filled with innovative and engaging exhibits that encourage young people to use their minds to think “outside […]


4-day school week nixed

4-day school week nixed

An unusually divided Pawhuska school board voted 3-2 Monday against moving to a four-day school week despite surveys that showed an overwhelming majority of teachers supported the change. The main sticking point for those opposed: They worried that the quality of education would further erode for at-risk, low-performing students who could not be compelled to […]


4-day week may be in future

The majority of people who responded to a survey supported switching from a five-day to a four-day school week, according to results reported to the Pawhuska School Board on Monday, More than 58 percent – 428 of the 557 people who responded to the survey – said that they wanted to go to a four-day […]


Sporks, bites and bytes

Sporks, bites and bytes

Buzz. Marie Antoinette. Buzz. Eight bits to a byte. Buzz. Spork. For Skiatook High School’s academic team, their ability to quickly recall random bits of information may help them bring home some hardware this weekend. By finishing second at its area tournament last month in Collinsville, the team earned its first berth to the Oklahoma […]


4-day school week debated

4-day school week debated

The debate over Pawhuska going to a four-day school week continued Thursday evening, when another crowd turned up for a public meeting at the community center. People were divided on the issue, with teachers, mainly, promoting the advantages of the four-day week as a way to attract quality teachers, reduce absenteeism and disciplinary problems, even […]


4-day school back on agenda

4-day school back on agenda

A group promoting Pawhuska Schools going to a four-day week will hold a second public hearing on the issue this Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Dave Landrum Community Center. At a similar meeting last month, the notion was met with some skepticism and many questions went unanswered, but organizers promised more specifics at this […]


Support for 4-day school lukewarm

Pawhuskans at a community meeting to discuss the possibility of the city’s schools going to a four-day week had a lot of questions but got few answers. Hally Hagen popped the first question. “Why is it even being considered and what are the benefits?” she asked. “Why is this even coming up?” Stacy Big Eagle, […]


Gilkey charges dropped

Gilkey charges dropped

Scotty Gilkey, the former Pawhuska High School football coach whose lawyer described him as the victim of small-town vindictiveness, will face no more embezzlement charges connected to a fireworks stand. On Friday, despite the stated intentions of District Attorney Rex Duncan after a jury acquitted Gilkey of felony embezzlement from Pawhuska schools, the prosecution  dropped […]


Huskies mull 4-day school

With schools across Oklahoma facing a teacher shortage, the Pawhuska district is considering condensing its weekly calendar in an effort to draw in more quality applicants. A work group of teachers, parents and community members with Pawhuska Public Schools are researching potentially moving the district to a four-day week, something already in place at Woodland, […]


4-day school spreads

Area school districts are beginning to prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year with one looking at a new schedule. Based out of Fairfax, Woodland Public Schools is moving to a four-day week this year, making it the second Osage County school district after Barnsdall to utilize a compressed calendar. Earlier this year, the school board […]


54 years devoted to kids

54 years devoted to kids

For 55 years, Harold Huffman has devoted himself to children, for better and for worse. He spent 18 years teaching and coaching before settling into the job he has occupied for more than 36 years: Directing Youth Services of Osage County, the charitable organization that contracts with the state of Oklahoma to care for troubled […]


Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Pawhuska school board voted unanimously to shut down the junior high school building, thereby moving the seventh grade to Pawhuska Elementary School and the eighth grade to the high school. The move is expected to save the school district about $100,000 a year at a time when the […]


Local schools sending several to state track meets

Local schools sending several to state track meets

With a regional runner-up finish at their regional meet Saturday, the Pawhuska High School girls track team is gunning for a Class 3A state title. The Lady Huskies will have student-athletes competing in nine events at the state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Moore High School. The team picked up wins Saturday in […]


County ‘clarifies’ wind rules

  In an attempt to move a huge wind farm construction project forward, the Osage County Commissioners approved a “clarification” to the county’s wind ordinance, specifying that the commissioners may delegate their authority to the Board of Adjustment. The move met strenuous objection by the Osage Nation, which has filed two legal petitions challenging the […]


Regaining the Pride of Pawhuska

On Thursday evening, a somewhat ragtag group of kids took center stage at Pawhuska High’s Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. And they made music. The Pawhuska school band has nearly doubled in size over the past three years and appears poised to continue to be a more popular choice for students. Mary Hull, who at the age […]


Brains first, then brawn

Brains first, then brawn

They say that no star fades faster than a high school athlete, but for one Barnsdall High School football player the old saw is proving untrue. In fact, the next time he faces another team, Hunter Hansen will be on the field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where he will be on the offensive […]