By Nate Robson
At John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, only 22 percent of parents attended a parent-teacher conference in 2012-2013, state records show. In Tulsa, just 4 percent of parents at Central Junior High School made at least one parent-teacher meeting – the lowest rate in the district. At Chandler High School in east central Oklahoma, no parents attended any parent-teacher conferences, giving the school the lowest rate in the state. The small participation in parentteacher meetings at many Oklahoma schools is evidence that more parents need to become involved in their children’s education, many educators say. Statewide, about seven in 10 parents attended parent-teacher conferences in 2012-2013, the latest school year for which figures are available.
By Jim Perry
Day 3 of one of the nation’s biggest transports came and went. And much of the Cimarron Valley stood and stared. Trucks, law enforcement vehicles and other vehicles moved en masse Monday from a spot near the intersection of State Highways 48 and 33. By the time the convoy bypassed Stillwater and Enid, it was making tracks for the Oklahoma Panhandle. And, eventually, to Fort Lupton, Colorado. Large trucks were hauling a demethanizer tower, which many says is the largest oversized load to traverse Oklahoma.
Looking very far ahead seldom is a wise action for sports teams. But it’s somewhat enjoyable. For Cushing High School, looking ahead to the final two games of the regular season seems almost logical. The Tigers play a non-district game Friday at Bethel — the Wildcats have lost 20 in a row — before hosting Blackwell on Halloween and making a Nov. 7 trip to Mannford. By all accounts, the Blackwell game will be the most important of 2014 for Cushing.
By Jim Perry
The calendar in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association in Oklahoma City shows Nov. 14 as the starting date for the 2014 high school football playoffs. Don’t bother telling that to Barrett Shupe.For Shupe and the Cushing Tigers: “We believe the playoffs begin Monday.” “You’ve got to win to get in; that’s what the playoffs are all about. And we’ve got to win the next three.” Cushing last week was beaten 34-14 by fourth-ranked Heritage Hall. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in District 3A-1.
Town & Gown Theatre takes audiences back to the late 1970s with its side-splitting comedy production, “The Nerd.” “The Nerd,” written by Larry Shue, opens Oct. 30. Willium Cubbert is an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Cubbert has written to Steadman to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.” Cubbert is delighted when Steadman shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party.
Oklahoma Film & Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky and producers Charles Agron and Gary Adelman are pleased to announce the start of principal photography for the upcoming feature film, “Monday at 11:01 AM.” Filming will begin Monday in Guthrie. A psychological thriller, “Monday at 11:01 AM” follows a man’s dreamlike journey through a harrowing nightmare vacation. Smooth-talking and independently wealthy, Michael is looking to relax and overindulge with his beautiful girlfriend in a charming resort town. After Michael’s first night in the hotel proves to be less than restful, he desperately wants out. What begins as an extravagant romantic getaway becomes increasingly disturbing, forcing Michael to question his own sanity and the reality around him.