Oklahoma Foster Homes

Oklahoma has had the greatest increase in foster homes in the in the nation in the past five years, according to a new study. Only 3 states out of the nation showed a constant or lower number of children and youth in foster ca with Oklahoma included in those 3. The Department of Human Resources reports that in Oklahoma today:

  • Children are more likely to safely remain in their homes while their families get much needed help
  • Children are more likely to be placed with family members when first entering foster care instead of an emergency shelter
  • When children are reunited with their families, they are less likely to be reentered into foster care
  • Children in foster care are faced with less moves

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent go to https://okfosters.org/ for more information




New study shows Oklahoma had greatest increase in foster homes in the nation

Drought Calls For Precautions

Most of southwest Oklahoma is under severe or extreme drought conditions. The dry conditions have called for officials to urge everyone who plans to visit the Wichita Mountain Wild Life Refuge to be extra cautious. The drought has put a few restrictions in place such as no open burning or campfires until the burn ban has been lifted. Oklahoma winds and dry gas can cause a grass fire to get out of control easily, which could endanger all the wildlife in the refuge and surrounding communities. If the drought conditions continue on into spring with no rain, not only will there be a drought but there wouldn’t be a normal growing season which will reduce the amount of food available for livestock.

Educational AP Literature Tour

Mrs. Keith is planning a trip to Europe in June 2019 with other high school students and teachers. Parent(s) of the students are also welcome to travel with the group. The trip will last 10 days traveling throughout England. Education First is the travel provider for the trip since their history and experience in education travel and their competitive pricing. There is more information about the company and their programs at http://www.eftours.com/parents. Please let Mrs. Keith know if you are interested so she can add you to the email list. There is limited space on the tour and only 15-18 students from both schools will be selected.

There will be an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Elgin High School in room 3. Please make sure to RSVP so Mrs. Keith has enough materials for the meeting. If you are interested in more information before the meeting, here is the tour website. http://www.eftours.com/2024063dc. Here is Mrs. Keith’s email if you wish to contact her: skeith@elginps.net


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Oil and gas group challenge petition to increase teacher pay

A proposed state question that will attempt to raise teachers’ salary by $4,000 has been challenged by an Oklahoma oil and gas group. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum went to the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging State Question 795. The association is trying to argue that State Question 795 is unconstitutional because it addresses several subjects and is unclear and the language used in the petition is biased. The filing says, “A pay raise for Oklahoma teachers is popular,” but the state question “is constitutionally deficient because it logrolls other distinct subjects into the proposed constitutional amendment, including a gross production tax increase and changes to the separation of powers”. If State Question 795 is passed the rate on new wells will raise from 2% to 7%.



February 2018 Baseball Schedule

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Spring baseball season is about to start so come out and support the boys! Scrimmages will start in February and actual season games will start in March.

February 12        Cache 4:00 p.m.

February 15       @Eisenhower 4:00 p.m.

February 16       Lawton High 4:00 p.m.

February 20       @Macarthur 4:00 p.m.

February 22       Altus 4:00 p.m.

February 23       Duncan 4:00 p.m.

February 26       @Weatherford 4:00 p.m.

February 27       Clinton 4:00 p.m.



18 states might introduce Sports Betting Bills

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The supreme court might legalize sports betting. It’s predicted that 18 states are going to introduce bills allowing sports betting to be legal and that 11 out of the 18 will have a good chance of passing the bills. All states but four, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, and Nevada, have been included in a claim made by New Jersey that inquires to overturn a ban on sports betting.

Many states are looking at different options to bring in revenue. Adding gambling and the expansion of gambling is seen as a good option for many states. If the bills are passed, sports betting will probably be offered through tribal or commercial casinos or the state lotteries. Some analysts speculate that a Supreme Court ruling might trigger an increase in online betting.



Be Prepared for Flu Season

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Flu season occurs in the fall and winter in the United States. The pinnacle of flu season can occur between November and late March. That means you should protect yourself from getting sick since we are in the middle of flu season.

The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. The nasal spray vaccine should not be used this 2017-2018 flu season but there are two other shot vaccines available to use. A trivalent (three component) vaccine is manufactured using virus grown in eggs and  includes a standard dose shot is approved for people 18-64 years of age. A high dose trivalent shot is approved for people aged 65 and older. There is a shot for people 18 years older and is egg free, which makes it available for pregnant women to use.

The other flu shot is called a quadrivalent vaccine. It is approved for use in different age groups, including children as young as 6 months. It contains a virus grown in a cell culture, which is approved for people 4 years and older. An intradermal quadrivalent flu shot is approved for people aged 18-64 which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle because of the smaller needle. Lastly, there is the recombinant quadrivalent flu shot. It is approved for people 18 and older, including pregnant women.

During flu season, Try to avoid the virus by avoiding people who are sick. Also, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Make sure you wash your hands frequently.  If you do do contract the flu virus, use antiviral drugs that your doctor prescribed for you. Many doctors will advise you to avoid contact with people and stay home for at least 24 hours after you break your fever.