Dear Bishop Kelley Community, 

We are off and running!

In the educational world it's easy to treat this school year like the last school year and the one before that. But one of the many things I love about OUR school is that every year is special. Every class of students is special. Every child is special. With some new faculty and staff and a whole new group of freshmen and transfer students, Bishop Kelley is once again renewed to continue the good work of carrying on the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ.

We begin the year with 907 students, a 12-year high. Just that would be exciting news, but we begin also with renewed energy to serve those students in the best way we can. We start the year with new facilities for our choir, our digital media program, and with a new breezeway to get our students to class on rainy days. The Dill Family Fieldhouse, the Smith Wrestling Room and the Ritchie Cheer Gym are all fully functional. Under the leadership of Principal Judith McMasters, the teachers are beginning to work to transition to 1:1 technology next school year. There is so much about which to be excited.

From my perspective, we're in a very strong position, but we must not rest. There is always, always, always room for improvement and we will continue to strive for excellence now and in the future. Personally, please know that I pray for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families every day. I remember you at the altar in Mass and in my daily prayers. There is no greater privilege than to be a part of the life of this community.

Let's have a great year!

In Christ, 

Rev. Brian O'Brien

Our faculty and staff donated their time before school began at Tulsa's Catholic Charities, at the organization's annual Day of Recollection.

BKHS welcomed Bishop David Konderla of the
Diocese of Tulsa Aug. 19


Bishop David Konderla visited campus for a faculty Mass in the chapel. He returned Aug. 19 for the first all school Mass. See the entire Mass that was streamed live on 


Cell Motel is catching on  

The idea of a place to store cell phones during class came up last year when a few teachers began talking about the potential distraction in the classroom.

Science teacher Mary Jo Othon said although she does not have a "cell motel" in her room, she talked about the idea with some teachers because "I have done it before when I taught younger kids."  

Theology teacher John Simons, who heard about the cell motel from a teacher at another school, has implemented it in his classroom. Last year, "It was kind of like divine providence when we went to (Dean of Students) Jeff Pratt and decided to implement it." 

Other teachers have quizzed him about it, while considering how to "remove this incredibly distracting element from their class time."

Student feedback has been very positive, and "while it's not their favorite thing at first, within a few weeks they become detached from this thing that's kind of become an addiction."

Students keep telling Simons that things are "quieter."

Third-year religion teacher Meg Kanatzar said she knows that checking cell phones is part of a student's daily routine and can be another way for students to prepare for learning. She used the cell motel in her class, where there's no longer a temptation to students checking their phone. 

Students can check messages and use their phones before class and during the last few minutes of class time, she said.

Simons added, "Where better to learn detachment from the distractions of the world than at a Catholic school?" 

Golf Tournament is Oct. 10

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. lunch provided, 12:00 p.m. start
Cedar Ridge Country Club (10302 South Garnett Road)

Love to golf?
The Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, October 10, is a day of golf not to be missed!  With a great location at Cedar Ridge Country Club, you are assured of an afternoon of fun with friends and magnificent golf on a newly renovated course.  More details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking here.  Contact Megan Schaunaman Neely ‘01 at with questions.

Welcome back ...
 teachers    parents  chaplains  


All students strive for the best grade they can achieve each day. Mostly, those grades are A’s. This year, Bishop Kelley is striving for F’s – in the form of Furniture, Frequency and Financial Aid.

Each year we invite our alumni, parents and friends to share in the mission of Bishop Kelley High School through their generosity as well as their continued involvement in our Lasallian community, and we are eternally grateful for the support we receive.

Thanks to everyone who supported Believe in Kelley (BiK) which surpassed its $425,000 goal last year by $10,000. This fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, we want to reach an annual fund goal of $500,000.

Campus improvements are targeted to been made after this year’s Believe in Kelley fund. The goals include “Furniture, Frequency and Financial Aid.” 

We need furniture to replace cafeteria seating and tables that are older than our students. Also, furniture in the Commons and Main office where students, parents and guests congregate is aging and needs be upgraded.

Frequency refers to the sound systems and public address equipment needed in the chapel, cafeteria and small gym. It’s critical that students be able to hear important messages in the Chapel or at an all-school Mass in the gym or during the Honor’s Assembly.

Financial aid is perhaps most important in carrying on the tradition of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, who sacrificed a life of privilege to help educate children who could not afford a strong, Catholic education. God calls us to assist those who need help. 

Through tuition assistance, we can make sure BK students go on to college and become productive citizens. Thank you for helping us provide the most tuition assistance ever awarded by Bishop Kelley in a single year (2016). Let's make a Bishop Kelley education affordable to even more families and their students during the coming year.

Click here to make a gift to Believe in Kelley. View the latest Believe in Kelley video that shows what is needed on a campus such as public address systems, new furniture, and helping students with financial aid.


The  Bishop Kelley “Tradition” goes on!
Wednesday, September 28 - 7 pm 
Thursday, September 29 -  7 pm
Saturday, October 1 - 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, October 2 -  2 pm
Watch your email for the opening of online ticket sales.
ACT scores are highest ever at Bishop Kelley High School

In case you missed it on social media or the website, Bishop Kelley's Class of 2016 students did exceptionally well on their ACT tests, said Principal Judith McMasters. 

All 189 seniors took the test which resulted in the highest overall score since we've been keeping track of scores in 1983. 

The composite score of 24.9 surpassed the school’s 2015 high of 24.7. All of the 189 seniors in the class took the ACT.

Results from Bishop Kelley High School, the largest private high school in Oklahoma, showed that scores in English, Reading and Science were all-time high scores for the school, established in 1960.

“There is still work to do at Bishop Kelley,” McMasters said, “but this is a great testament to the hard work our teachers do in the classroom and some of the initiatives we have added in the last few years to help our students raise their scores. I am proud of our composite score with our diverse population.”

Bishop Kelley High School had 65 Oklahoma Academic Scholars in the class of 2015. Those students have a 3.7 or higher grade point average and a 27 ACT score. 


College Prep Test Dates 2016-17

ACT TEST DATES                                                                                                              
Nov. 5, 2016
Jan. 7, 2017

To register for these tests go to and

Students will upload a photo and provide their gender when they register.  Photo and gender will be printed on all rosters, tickets, and score reports.
Government issued ID (driver’s license, passport), school ID card with photo, school letter with photo, or notarized statement with photo are acceptable.  Please note: personal recognition or photos from yearbooks are no longer acceptable.
Students must bring BOTH an acceptable photo ID and a paper copy of their admission ticket.  Names on roster and photo ID must match.  Students not listed on roster will not be admitted.
You can no longer just show up at the center to test.  You will be required to complete a standby testing request online in advance of testing and must print a standby ticket.  This same procedure applies to students wanting to change tests and test centers.
Be prepared: College recruiters are coming to see BK students this month

1:00-3:00 p.m.
All Bishop Kelley students and parents are invited to attend the College Connection College Fair on Sunday, September 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Central Park Hall at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. Over 125 colleges and universities will be available to speak with interested students and answer questions.
In addition, Bishop Kelley is extremely fortunate to have many of these colleges and universities visiting our campus throughout the year. To see who is visiting Bishop Kelley at any given time please go to the Counseling web site and click on “Colleges Visiting Bishop Kelley”.
Mary Dill to Dance for Spotlight 2016   
Mary Dill '09 will compete to raise funds for San Miguel Middle School of Tulsa in the fourth annual Spotlight on San Miguel: Dancing with the Tulsa Stars event on Nov. 5 at Cox Business Center.
Table sales and other information are available at

Voting is open now through Nov. 5 on the website and also on mobile devices at
Proceeds benefit Tulsa's other Lasallian school, San Miguel.

Mary and her professional partner, Stefan Easter, are currently rehearsing for the event, which includes cocktails, dining, entertainment and, of course, the dance competition. The dancer who brings in the most votes ($10/vote) wins, so vote early and often!

Vote for Mary Dill on Dancing with the Tulsa Stars. 
Estate & Retirement Planning Essentials
Fall 2016 Planned Giving Partnership Seminar


  • The Importance of Estate Planning
  • Essential Estate Planning Documents
  • Beneficiary Designations
  • The Federal Estate Tax
  • Gifting
The importance of estate planning has grown as our world has become increasingly complex; thus estate planning is a fundamental part of managing your resources today.  Additionally, over the past few years, there has been a dramatic shift in retirement planning as future and current retirees have shifted their focus from asset accumulation to income and legacy planning. 

This seminar will help you create a baseline to better understand essential estate and retirement planning issues.  These two areas must work together to ensure your assets work for you.  
Please choose one session from the two dates listed below: 
  • Tuesday, September 27th at 8:30 am - 10:00 am
    OU-Tulsa Schusterman Administration Building, Innovations Common 
  • Thursday, October 6th at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    OU-Tulsa Learning Center, Room 145
View Map of OU-Tulsa  
Light food and beverages will be served.

Please call or email Doug Thomas to RSVP directly to Bishop Kelley: 
Bishop Kelley High School
Doug Thomas
This is a complimentary educational workshop presented by Tulsa Community Foundation and the local non-profit community.  No products are being sold. 


Parent Club Updates

Club '17

Join us for lunch at Cafe Ole`
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 14
509 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 100
RSVP to Julie Davidson at 918-760-0799
Upcoming events: Meet us at Ricardo's before the football game at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. Please RSVP so we can reserve space by calling 918-760-0799 or comment on the Facebook page. Christmas Ornament exchange details to come. 
BK Club ‘17 is seeking ideas for the upcoming year. Are you interested in planning and/or hosting a gathering or event? We would love to hear from you. Please email or text or call 918-760-0799 
Club ’18
Club ’18 is seeking a few co-leaders to help with events and monthly lunches. Please contact Paige McMurray at if you are interested.
Club ’19

Please join us for our first lunch at Charleston’s at 6839 S Yale Ave., at 12:20 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23. RSVP to Yadi Boykin @ 918-500-4220 or
Club ’20

Join Club ’20 for lunch at Johnny Carino’s
11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15
6364 E 41st St.
RSVP or Facebook page BishopKelleyClub’20


Congratulations to the
2016-17 PTO Officers!

President - Kathy Sands

Vice President - Pam Rhodes

Treasurer -  Sarah Goetz

Secretary - Lorinda Mires

Click here to stay up to date with the PTO meetings and events.

PTO is proud to be a part of the spirited Bishop Kelley community. BK parents and grandparents are automatically members of PTO and no forms or dues are required. 

We have volunteers who share their time and talents with Bishop Kelley on behalf of PTO and we are so thankful for them!

PTO will meet the first Tuesday of every other month throughout the school year.  Our first PTO meeting will be 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the Stephenson Family Library Meeting Room. I would like to extend a special invitation to all freshman parents to come to our first meeting to learn about ways to get involved and help out at BK. Once the PTO meeting is over we will have a brief meeting to coordinate the freshman parent group (Club ‘20).

Each grade has a parent club named by the year of your students’ graduation year. These groups meet as families, couples, moms, and dads. They meet for coffee, lunch, cocktails, tailgating, etc..  To learn more about the clubs come to a PTO meeting on the first Tuesday of every other month or click on the parent link on the school webpage. Most of the clubs have a Facebook page as well.

Our officers and committee chairs are ready to implement the many activities we have planned for the year!  Some of our committee chairs have already been busy.  PTO would like to say “Thank You!” to our Teacher Activities Committee Chairs Cathy Burdick, Dede Soule, and Tricia Stotler for welcoming our teachers back to school on their first day with a delicious breakfast. 

Beginning this month, our Staff Appreciation Committee will serve the teachers lunch once a month.  The committee typically prepares the main dish and then asks parents from each class to provide sides, desserts, etc. twice during the school year.  On Thursday, Sept. 15, Senior parents will be asked to assist with the luncheon.  Please be on the lookout for a “Club ’17 email” asking for volunteers to send food, or contact Celeste Cole or Christen Miles to volunteer. If you are interested in helping prepare the meals text/call Celeste at 918-808-2061 or email her at

Our Spiritual Development Chair, Lisa Swords, welcomes anyone who would like to volunteer or learn more about Eucharistic Adoration and spend one hour of their time in this centuries-old devotion of prayer. Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Chapel on the first Friday of each month. The next Adoration day is Friday, Sept. 2.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lisa at

Our Praying Moms group (dads and grandparents are welcome too!) will begin meeting in September.  This group will meet in the Chapel foyer at 2 p.m., on the last Wednesday of each month to pray for our students and staff.  All are welcome to come! Thank you for your continued support of the Bishop Kelley PTO.

Kathy Sands
PTO President

August boy and girl of the month

Enriq de Asis
Enriq is Student Council treasurer, National Honor Society president, Philosophy Club president, a Brother Bernardine scholar, a member of cross country, Link Crew and Comet Ambassadors. He also led the sophomore boys retreat. 

His goals this year are to spend more quality time with his friends, attend more sporting events and make the most of his last year at BK. 

After graduation, Enriq's college choices are USC, Cal-Berkeley, Dartmouth and OU. Enriq plans to be a doctor.

His favorite class is AP Biology with Mrs. Gathright. 

"I think the diversity of the students is great here. Everyone you meet has a different background and everyone has grown up in a school where you are used to being yourself and everyone can be themselves and not worry about what everyone thinks about them. How everyone can be really genuine is what attracted me to this school." - Enriq de Asis

Maddi Duke

Maddi Duke has been involved in Class Board since she was a sophomore. She has served on Student Council as chair for the Spirit Committee, and participated in cross country, track and bowling. She is involved with Link Crew, Gardening Club and is a Comet Ambassador. She was a Breezeway staffer and Senior retreat leader.

After graduation, Maddi is considering attending OU, OSU or Kansas.

Her favorite class is AP Government with Mrs. Tyler. 

"Bishop Kelley is such a great community and everyone relies on each other for support and learning," -Maddi Duke. 



Yes, You Can Afford College...

Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition. 

The state of Oklahoma will help pay college tuition through Oklahoma’s Promise. This program is open to students in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade whose family income is $50,000 or less and who agree to meet certain academic requirements and conduct standards.  The requirements for the Oklahoma’s Promise program are described below:
**Be an Oklahoma resident
**Graduate from an Oklahoma high school
**Take 17 units of high school courses and achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative gpa in those courses (4 English, 3 Lab Science, 3 Math, 3 History and Citizenship, 2 Foreign Language or Computer courses, 1 additional course from those listed, and 1 Fine Arts)
**Achieve a cumulative gpa of at least 2.5 for all courses in grades 9-12
**Achieve at least a 2.5 gpa in the 17 cores courses listed above
**Attend school regularly
**Do your homework
**Stay away from drugs and alcohol
**Don’t commit a crime or a delinquent act
**Apply for other financial aid during your senior year of high school
For more information contact Maureen Lawler in the guidance office or go to or email  Students may now apply on-line for the program at
AmazonSmile Foundation benefits Bishop Kelley

Amazon Is donating to our schools. They call it Amazon Smile.
Google AmazonSmile before you order, input  Bishop Kelley and your child's school will get a portion of the sale.

Upcoming Tulsa Area Alumni Events- To RSVP for any event, please email

Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30, 2016

Homecoming festivities will kick off with an Alumni Homecoming Happy Hour and Tulsa Area Reception on Thursday, September 29t, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at McNellie’s South City.  Join us for free appetizers and lively conversation.  The first 50 alumni and guests will receive a free drink!  On Friday, September 30, join us for an alumni tailgate on campus and the Homecoming Football Game against Pryor.  More details to come, but you won’t want to miss any of these events!

Friday, October 14, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Bishop Kelley Practice Field

Kids of all ages will enjoy this fun, FREE, fall carnival!  The Kelley Krazies, the BK Student Spirit group, hosts this annual event with carnival games, sno cones, cotton candy, a Jupiter jump, and more.  After KidFest, bring your family down to the Varsity Football game versus Skiatook.  Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

CITY GATHERINGS – Do you want to be an active alumni but don’t live in Tulsa? No worries, we are bringing that BK spirit to YOU!  More information will be sent to alumni in these areas.  For now, mark your calendars!

OKLAHOMA CITY… Friday, September 9, 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at The Barrel, 4308 N. Western Ave., Join us for a happy hour and reception, then follow us to the BK v. McGuinness Football Game!  WEAR RED! :)

RALEIGH, DURHAM and CHAPEL HILL… Friday, October 76:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of Mark and Stacey Miller '82 Yusko.  Email for more details or to RSVP. 

DALLAS… Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at the home of Scott and Lisa Estrada ‘84 Wallace.  More details to follow!

COLLEGE VISITS – College alumni, do you miss us already?! The BK College Tour begins in September. Look for Fr. O’Brien, Gary Oberste ‘70, and Megan Schaunaman Neely ‘01, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at a student union near you! Check out the BK Facebook page on the day of our visit to find out our specific location.

    The University of Tulsa… September 7, 2016

    The University of Oklahoma… September 9, 2016

    The University of Arkansas… September 28, 2016

    Oklahoma State University… October 6, 2016  


Save the Date: January 21, 2017  

Reservation Info

Sponsor Tables
Reservations will open online Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. for sponsor table reservations or you may contact Robin at 609-7114 to make your sponsor table reservation over the phone. Sponsor table reservations must be made before October 10th when all available tables go on sale online as standard tables.

Standard Tables
Reservations will open online Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. for standard table reservations.  All standard table reservations must be made online.  You cannot call in to make a standard table reservation.

Details about the Event
The price for a standard table for 10 players is $300. This includes 20 alcohol drink tickets for wine and margaritas.  Food and drink tickets for all other food and drink (including beer) can be purchased in advance online or at the event.

The price for a sponsor table for 10 players is $650 and includes 30 alcohol drink tickets for wine and margaritas. Plus…….. $100 of food & drink tickets (for all other food and drink, including beer), a table runner, and recognition the night of the event.
All reservations are made for a table not for individual players.
When you make your reservation you can request the Gym you would like to be in; Big Gym or Small Gym.  Those requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Go to the website beginning Monday, September 19 to make sponsor table reservations or Monday, October 10 to make standard table reservations. 

Save the Date For Bishop Kelley's Auction
April 22, 2017


Saturday, April 22, 2017 for the 37th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction!
Kathy Brainerd and Beth Snapp are chairing the 2017 Auction along with a wonderful committee of energetic and creative Bishop Kelley parents and friends. 
Mark your calendars now and plan to join in the fun. 

  • Congratulations to Jake Jeffries, Michael Robertson, and Ryan Roy for becoming Eagle Scouts

  • Colton Craig '12 is a recipient of the The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship to honor the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Walter J. Travis in the game of golf. Craig is an intern with Tripp Davis and Associates and a 5th year senior in the Landscape Architecture Program at OSU. Find out more here in Bunker Shot.

  • Sophomore Hannah Darden will compete Sept. 2-4 in Mill Springs, N.C., for the American Eventing Champtionship, an equestrian/dressage competition for which she qualified again. Good luck, Hannah!
  • Junior Remmi Smith will be on Chopped, a nationally televised Teen Cooking Tournament show, on Sept. 6.

  • Freshman Stevi Piper Ring finished fifth out of 15 boats in the Alter Cup, a national regatta (team sailing event) held Aug. 20-27 in Carlisle, Ill. Stevi is in Kelley Crazies, the softball team and will be an athletic trainer for basketball.

  • Ryan Patrick committed to TU to play football.

  • Cristen O'Connor Shelby '01 demonstrated her cooking expertise on NewsOn6.

  • KJRH-TV Weatherman Jon Haverfield '09 shot a brief video of himself at the "Kiss Your Mom Goodbye Day" on the first day of school. He got nearly 17,500 views on his Facebook page! (granted this was during the summer Olympics) so that added to his page views.

Like us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to see more stories about our students and alums.

2016 Bishop Kelley
Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony

5:30 p.m., Sept. 2  at The Student Commons

Tommy Griffin ’02, Ed Hurd ’61, and Dr. John Vosburgh

Please join us as we honor these individuals before the Varsity Football game vs. Edison, as well as on the field at halftime. 

Tommy Griffin '02 - Griffin was a three-sport star at BK, earning 11 varsity letters in his four years as a Comet. He received multiple conference, district, and Tulsa World honors in football, baseball, and basketball. Griffin was the team captain as a shortstop at Baker University after graduating from BK. He currently runs an orthodontic practice in the Tulsa area and has celebrated nine years of marriage to Margo Jones Griffin '01.

Ed Hurd '61 - Hurd was one of the first great Comets in the early '60s. He was a champion hurdler on the track team, a Catholic Schools State Champion basketball player, and a bruising fullback for the Comet football team. His accomplishments included a record time of 13.9 seconds in the high hurdles and an MVP trophy at the 1961 State Basketball Tournament. Hurd went on to play football and basketball at Langston University.

Dr. John Vosburgh - Dr. Vosburgh was the first team physician for BK. He has spent decades supporting Bishop Kelley athletics as a parent and as a team doctor. Dr. Vosburgh was a fixture on the sidelines of Bishop Kelley games for more than a decade as the team doctor, providing medical care for BK athletes from 1976-1988. Dr. Vosburgh has also helped lead the charge for many facility upgrades at Bishop Kelley. Through the years, he has been a driving force for improvement to Bishop Kelley athletics.

Welcome new faculty and staff for 2016-17

Back row from left to right: Lindsey Jensen, assistant to admissions and counseling; John Roselle, theology teacher; Lilyann Bledsoe, iConnect learning specialist; Sarah Dicks, campus minister; Fr. Todd Nance, chaplain; Chris Barton, director of marketing and communications; and Shari Stone-Fredricks, iConnect learning specialist.

Seated from left to right: Linda Shipley, head teacher, speech and debate; Ellen Glasgow, boys and girls swim coach; Jeff Scardino, theology teacher/9th grade football coach and varsity baseball assistant coach; Debbie Cogan, college counselor; and Amour Beals, biology teacher. Not pictured is Beau Beathard, strength and conditioning coach.

Debbie Cogan
​joins Maureen Lawler in college counseling. 
Debbie has 30+ years in high school counseling and for the last five has been the head of counseling at St. Thomas High School in Houston. 
​Jeff Renegar is our new boys basketball coach. He has experience as a high school and college coach most recently was an assistant at Division 1 University of Texas-San Antonio. See the press release sent out this summer.
Lilyann Bledsoe is the Director of the iConnect Program. Lilyann comes to BK after five years with Bixby Public Schools as an algebra teacher and special education teacher. She was the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year at the Freshmen Academy. Before Bixby she taught in Kiefer Public Schools. She's a graduate of Northeastern State University with a major in special education.
Shari Stone-Fredericks joins Bishop Kelley as a learning specialist. For the last five years she's been a counselor for Jenks including a significant amount of time in supporting students with special needs. She oversaw 550 students. Before Jenks she worked at Claremore Sequoyah, Claremore and Oologah-Talala and at schools in New York, Texas, and Ramstein, Germany. She has an Education degree and Masters degree in Human Relations from OU. 
Beau Beathard comes to BK as our new Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. This is a new position for us. Originally from Texas, Beau is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a BS in Education focusing on Health and Physical Education and a Masters of Education from NSU as well. Most recently he has been the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Weightlifting teacher at Union High School. Before Union he was Assistant Strength Coach at NSU. While an undergraduate, Beau played football at NSU. 
Jeff Scardino has joined our faculty as a Theology and Business teacher. He'll also coach freshman football and will continue his service as a coach in our baseball program. Jeff is a 2006 Bishop Kelley alumnus and for the last four years has been the Youth and Young Adult Minister at Christ the King in Tulsa. During the 2011 school year, he taught at San Miguel. Jeff has an Associates Degree from Eastern Oklahoma State College, a BA from the University of Missouri and is currently working on a Masters in Theology through the Augustine Institute in Denver. 
Linda Shipley is our new Speech and Debate teacher and coach. Linda is a bit of a legend in the Speech and Debate world. Since 1993, she's taught speech, competitive forensics, drama, technical theater, ACT/SAT prep, and English at Bartlesville High School. Before that she taught at Cleveland High School. She was the BHS Teacher of the Year in 2009 and has coached national finalists and a national champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. She has a BA from NSU and a Masters in Secondary Education from NSU with Speech and English as her major subject areas.

Sarah Dicks joins Coach Jerri Berna in Campus Ministry. Sarah is a 2004 Bishop Kelley graduate and has been an assistant in our volleyball program for the last 10 years. Sarah comes to BK after seven years as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Tulsa.  She  has worked one on one with many students (including current and former BK students) helping draw them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Outside of the parish she has also done a lot of work with our diocesan youth office including as a training director for Totus Tuus of Oklahoma (a summer Catholic program of evangelization) and as Director of the Diocese of Tulsa Summer Camp.

Amour Beals teaches Biology. She comes to Bishop Kelley from Broken Arrow High School. She's a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has a major in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Anthropology.

Ellen Glasgow is our new swim coach. She has extensive experience as a swim coach with the USS Swim Club in Winfield, KS. She's a graduate of OSU where she played soccer. Ellen is also a personal trainer. 
Lindsey Jensen is the new Registrar and Admissions Assistant. Most recently, Lindsey has been the Corporate Relations Representative and Admissions Counselor at the Tulsa campus of St. Gregory's University. Before that she worked eight years for the American Red Cross. She is a graduate of OU with a Bachelors in Fine Art in Visual Communications and a minor in Art History. 

Chris Barton is our new Director of Marketing and Communications. Chris comes to BK after eight years as the Public Relations Specialist for Osage Casinos. Before that he worked in Communications for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Chris has a BA in Journalism from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Science in Marketing and Communication from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. He is the father of a current junior (Katherine) and a 7th grader at St. Mary's (Madeline).
Message from the school nurse ...

Keeping your teen safe and healthy can feel like a full-time job. Parents and guardians, you can check one thing off your “worry list” by talking to your teen’s healthcare provider to see that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations!  You might be surprised to hear this, but millions of teens across the country are under-vaccinated, and outbreaks of serious infectious diseases, which can lead to death, are still taking place.1,2
The CDC recommends that teens receive the following vaccines to protect against serious infectious diseases.3 Talk with your healthcare provider about vaccinating your teen!

Meningococcal vaccine 
  • Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious disease that develops rapidly and can claim a life in as little as one day.4 Of those who survive, approximately one in five are left with serious medical problems like amputation, deafness, and brain damage.Teens are at increased risk of meningococcal meningitis. This increased risk may be due to activities like sharing utensils and kissing.6,7,8  
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • HPV can cause various cancers in both boys and girls.9
Tdap vaccine
  • Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over your body;diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and can also lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death; andpertussis causes coughing spells and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death, particularly in infants.10
Flu vaccine
  • Flu can lead to fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and more. Serious outcomes include hospitalization and even death.11
Questions? Contact Tierney Dower, RN, school nurse, at

Learn more about vaccination at and visit the website for more information.

Please download this file for more information about meningitis from the Oklahoma Department of Health.

ASBESTOS: According to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 Bishop Kelley must annually notify all parents, teachers, and other faculty and staff members of our Asbestos Management Plan. Information regarding any asbestos related activities planned or in progress can be reviewed at your request.  The management plan is in the office of the Dean of Students.

See the September 2016 calendar here.
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