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Dear Bishop Kelley Community,

There has been a lot of ink spilled in recent months over Oklahoma and our education crisis. The state is consistently ranked towards of the bottom of national rankings in per-pupil spending, test scores, and several other educational benchmarks. Day after day, headlines in the Tulsa World and on our local newscasts speak to a serious crisis. Where the fault lies and how we can fix it are the subject of vigorous and necessary debate, but I'm pleased to share that the issues affecting our friends in the public schools are different from the challenges we face at Bishop Kelley High School.


While public school districts are increasing class sizes by cutting teachers, slashing budgets, contemplating four day school weeks, cutting summer and fine arts programs, etc., Bishop Kelley High School is in a position of strength. While we are always looking for ways to be more efficient with the dollars entrusted to us, we are supremely focused on the solid education of our students and are constantly striving to generate private gifts to the benefit of current and future students. We even have a few desks we hope to fill this summer. 

A few Points of Pride:

  • A robust summer school program which grows by the year
  • No cuts to the arts or athletics
  • More National Merit Semi-finalists than any private school in Oklahoma
  • A growing iConnect program serving students with special needs
  • $10,000,000 in campus improvements over the last four years
  • A commitment to growing our endowment, supporting the GO for Catholic Schools tuition tax credit, and the St. Francis of Assisi Tuition Assistance Trust that allows us to offer $750,000 in tuition assistance each year. 

We are in a great position but there is always room for improvement... so improve we will.  We'll be spending the summer making a few last hires, gearing up for the 2016-17 school year, and analyzing the results of our senior exit interviews and the parent, faculty, and student surveys so that we might continue to improve. Pray for us!

In Christ,


Rev. Brian O'Brien
President


P.S.- Our fiscal year ends June 30th. If you haven't given to our annual fund, "Believe in Kelley", we need your help to reach our goals. Please click here to give today.



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Class of 2016 Graduation 

On  May 21, 2016, 182 members of the Class of 2016 gathered with friends and family at the University of Tulsa Reynolds Center to celebrate the students' graduation from Bishop Kelley High School.



Seniors Taylor King and Nick Bernard were selected to give
speeches during the commencement. 



Principal Curt Feilmeier presented medals to the Valedictorian, Nigh Herndon '16, who graduated with a 4.602 GPA and will be attending the University of Oklahoma, and to the Salutatorian, Kennedy Stansbarger '16, who graduated with a 4.576 GPA and will be attending St. Louis University.


Marc LaManque '16, who will be attending the University of Oklahoma, was named the winner of the Bishop's Medal


Physics teacher Mary Jo Othon was named the recipient of the De La Salle Faculty Award. 


Father O'Brien presented a special De La Salle Award to the
Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery for all of his work to promote
Catholic education during his 22 years as Bishop of Tulsa.

 

Click here to watch the entire Baccalaureate Mass

Click here to watch the entire Bishop Kelley graduation.

Click below for excepts of the graduation ceremonies. 

Graduation 2016 - Baccalaureate Mass Homily
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Taylor King Graduation Speech 2016
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Nick Bernard Graduation Speech 2016
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Bishop Kelley Valedictorian and Salutatorian Presentations
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Bishop's Medal 2016 - Marc LaManque
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2016 De La Salle Faculty Awards
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(Left to right) Josh Gottes, Joseph Mellor, Devin Raine,
Brennen Gray, Angela Brown

 

Academic Bowl Team Takes Third Place at Nationals

Congratulations to the Academic Bowl team which finished third at the Questions Unlimited national competition in New Orleans on May 28-30.  Academic Bowl members Angela Brown, Josh Gottes, Brennen Gray,  Joseph Mellor, and Devin Raine had a great weekend with wins over Booker T. Washington (OK), Jesuit (LA), Lusher Charter School (LA), McKenzie (AL), The Pingry School (NJ), and St. James (SC).  Their third place finish at nationals caps off the 2016 season which saw them win their third straight state championship in February.

Parent Club Updates

June 22: Club 19 lunch at 12:30 p.m. @ Guthrie Green.  It’s Food Truck Wednesday!  Please RSVP to Yadi Boykin at pcyadi@gmail.com or call/text 918-500-4220.   

August 13: Save the Date for a Club 19 Back to School Family Picnic.


August 13: Club 17 Back to School breakfast get-together at Old School Bagel.  Plan to join us for bagels and coffee!  Details will be in the August Connection.

College Prep Test Dates 2016

ACT TEST DATES                                                                                                              
June 11, 2016 
 
SAT TEST DATES
June 4, 2016

To register for these tests go to www.actstudent.org and sat.collegeboard.org.

REGISTRATION:
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.
 
PHOTO ID REQUIRED:
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.
 
ID REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO TESTING ROOM:
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.
 
STANDBY TESTING:
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.
 

Shelby Pasque

Shelby Pasque has strived to be a shining example of a Bishop Kelley student.  She is a Brother Bernardine Scholar, vice-president of the National Honor Society, and chair of the Student Council Spirit Committee.  Aside from her schoolwork, Shelby is active in varsity cheer, Pro-Life Club, Pre-Health Club, Link Crew, and the Comet Ambassadors.
 
After graduation, Shelby will attend Oklahoma State University and major in biology.  After earning her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend either physical assistant (PA) or medical school.  Shelby attends the Church of St. Mary where she was confirmed last year.
 
“Bishop Kelley has the greatest sense of community and never fails to give everyone the opportunity to get involved.  I’m very glad to say I’m a Bishop Kelley Comet!” – Shelby Pasque


Jarrod Chavez

Jarrod Chavez isn’t your typical, ”one-sport” type of student.  He played on the varsity football and track teams while scoring strikes, spares, and turkeys on the Bishop Kelley club bowling team.  In addition, Jarrod is a member of the Senior Class Board, Student Council, and Link Crew while still finding time to be in the all-school musical.
 
After graduation, Jarrod will attend Tulsa Community College for his first two years of school.  He then plans to transfer to Oklahoma State University to become a nurse practitioner in sports medicine.  Jarrod attends the Church of Saint Benedict in Broken Arrow where he was confirmed last year.
 
“There is so much to say about my time at Bishop Kelley.  We all come together as a community and it is very easy to make friends.  The teachers care about you – you’re not just a faceless student to them.  Most of all, I love how we can freely practice our faith at school.” – Jarrod Chavez


 

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.

2016-17 Academic Calendar  **UPDATED**

The 2016-17 Academic Calendar has been been updated to reflect the new April testing date and time.  Click the image to see a high resolution image of the calendar.
 

Yes, You Can Afford College...

2015 Oklahoma's Promise - English
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Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition. 

REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be an Oklahoma resident.
  • Must enroll in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
  • Family income must not exceed $50K per year
For more information, please contact Maureen Lawler in the Guidance Office or click here to learn more at www.OKpromise.org.


Summer Reading and Math Packets

The Summer Reading and Math packets are now available by clicking here.  All assignments must be completed before the first day of the corresponding class.

Reunion Weekend 2016 is almost here!  The Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011 will be celebrating their reunions the weekend of June 17 and 18, 2016.  

Friday night, alumni will enjoy a big reception on campus with complimentary wine and beer, food trucks with dinner available to purchase, school tours, and visits from your favorite faculty members!

Saturday will bring a Par 3 Golf Challenge, BK Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Mass on campus in our beautiful chapel, and finally, individual class dinners and receptions.  

For more information or to register online, click here

With over 10,000 alumni, we want to make sure we get to share and celebrate important moments in your life.  If you have any sort of news, event, or announcement happen in your life that you want to share with your fellow alumni, please click here for your information to be included in our quarterly Alumni Updates.
 
Finally, we have a lot of fun alumni events still to come, so read on for more ways to stay involved in the BK community!  
 

Upcoming Tulsa Area Alumni Events

Alumni Young Moms Lunch | Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 12:00 p.m. | El Tequila (5001 South Harvard Avenue)
Want to meet other alumni moms with young children?  Join us for lunch and some much needed support!  Feel free to bring your little ones.  RSVP to alumni@bishopkelley.org.
 
Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament | Monday, October 10, 2016 | Cedar Ridge Country Club
The Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament is a day of golf not to be missed!  With a great location at Cedar Ridge Country Club, you are assured of a day of fun with friends and magnificent golf.  More details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon.  Contact Megan Neely at alumni@bishopkelley.org with questions.

Hall of Fame Reception and Induction
Saturday, June 18, 2016 


Photos Courtesy of Ervin Photography

You are invited to the Bishop Kelley Hall of Fame Reception and Induction on June 18 at Bishop Kelley High School.  Those being inducted are the following:
  • Dennis and Teresa Keenan '78 Caruso
  • Ray Hornak '79
  • Rick Hornak '80
There will be a reception at the Stephenson Family Library at 2 p.m. prior to the Hall of Fame ceremony. The Prayer Service and Induction will be held in the De La Salle Chapel at 3 p.m.

Please RSVP by June 15 to Margaret Jones at 918.609.7142 or by clicking here to RSVP online.

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Employment Opportunities


Bishop Kelley is hiring!  We have openings for a principal and a biology teacher as well as an opening for an executive assistant to the administration.  Please click here to learn more.

 

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