Get your tickets now for Shrek!
 
 Pinocchio (Korbin Hart) sings of his plight in the Mustang Public Schools district-wide production of the musical “Shrek.” The public is invited to the musical which runs Feb. 23-25 at 7 p.m. at Mustang High School. By tickets online at https://www.showclix.com/event/ShrekYeah.
Shrek opens this Thursday! 

For the third time, Mustang Public Schools is putting on a district-wide musical, including students from second grade through seniors as well as faculty. Emily Farnham, MHS theatre director, is directing and coordinating “Shrek” with the help of other MHS fine arts instructors. Farnham knows of only two other districts that put on district-wide shows.

Shows are Feb. 23, 24, and 25 at 7 p.m. Doors to the Mustang High School auditorium open at 6:15. Buy tickets online at https://www.showclix.com/event/ShrekYeah.

Farnham said “Shrek” is a fun, recognizable show that appeals to a wide age-range.

“Ultimately, it serves our purpose for inclusion for the district-wide aspect,” she said. “We are looking for shows the little ones and the the big ones can participate in. It’s very accommodating to the district-wide, multi-level production.”

Mustang puts on a district-wide musical every two years. The first one was “Oliver!” and the 2015 show was “Annie.” Some elementary students who appeared in the first two shows are now taking her theatre classes at MHS. There are other students who have been in all three shows and still haven’t reached high school. This production includes 105 in the cast and crew, eight of which are staff members; 26 musicians including three staff and eight of Mustang’s 13 school sites are represented. Artwork in the lobby and onstage was created by Centennial Elementary, Horizon Intermediate and Canyon Ridge Intermediate art students. Farnham said she’s curious to see how the district-wide musical helps build all the fine arts programs over time.

“A fun fact about the show - every single person in the show has learned some new skill or new positions and that includes the staff,” she said. “It’s more than just music. Many of our leads have never acted before. It’s the first time for some kids in the orchestra to play. Others have never danced before.”

Besides the long hours invested by the cast and crew, Farnham praised the volunteers, the community and local churches for making the production possible. One student’s mother is making the costumes.

“She is talented,” Farnham said. “She is going to be my costume lady from now until she tells me no.”

Rehearsals go so long in the week before the show and during the week of the production that at least one meal is provided each day.

“We have had a big outpouring of love from the community,” she said. “A lot of churches and businesses either bought ads in the program or donated food or money. One church brought more than 2000 water bottles. It’s unbelievable how much support we have received. I cannot show enough appreciation for their kindness and how they have honored the hard work and efforts of the kids and staff. They made it where the cast only needed to bring $5 each and it would take care of two weeks of meals because so many people donated.”

Mustang Public Schools is one of the rare large 6A schools that has only one high school. From pre-kindergarten through their senior year, everyone is a Bronco.

“That’s probably my favorite aspect, that sense of community that comes from this project,” Farnham said. “I feel like our community is generous anyway, but man, it’s hard not to feel loved and appreciated. I don’t know a lot of other 6A communities that are like that. That’s why I love it here.”



News
Bond passes with 66 percent in favor
Voters turned out in record number, despite the cold and rain, to cast their ballots in the 2017 Mustang Public Schools bond election. The $180.8 million bond issue will make it possible to plan for the district’s 3.2 percent average student population growth with a new elementary, intermediate and middle school. Capacity on the high school campus will also be increased with a new freshman cafeteria, eight classrooms, a science academy for upper-level courses and a new visual and performing arts center. 
AP Exam registration information
  • Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Registration Begins
  • Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $25 late fee per registration.
  • Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends

The cost of each exam is $97. Students taking two or more exams will receive a $25.00 per exam discount and students on free and reduced lunches pay $14 for their AP exam.

Register at https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/372500

Registration is again totally online. No payments will be taken in person.

Questions? email Kristi Stephens at stephensk@mustangps.org. 
 

OG&E grant to make unified robotics a reality
Mustang High School’s Robotics Club is the first in Oklahoma to launch a Unified Robotics program that partners mainstream Robotics Club students with students with special needs. Matt Moore, robotics coach, said the program began last year with a robotics team in Washington state. 
Theatre students get superior rating with OSSAA One Act Competition


MHS Theatre students came home from the OSSAA State One Act in Tulsa as 6A State Champions! Thirty-two of Mustang's finest performed our one act, The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman, and received a superior rating, earning the title of 6A State Champions. Additionally, they won "Best Costumes" and "Best Direction," and three students (Emma White, Alexis Perry, and Kenny Le) were chosen as "All-State One Act Cast Members."
 
Coaching change slated for boys' basketball
Mustang Public Schools has learned that Terry Long is resigning from his position as the Mustang High School boy’s basketball coach effective today, Monday, Oct. 3. He will continue his teaching duties with Mustang Schools.

“Coach Long said that economically he has reached a position personally where he must make changes to provide for his family,” said Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel. “He’s heartbroken to make this announcement as the season has just started, but the time has come when he feels there is no other choice.”

While Long will teach during the day, he will be giving private lessons in the evening, a much more lucrative option than what the school can provide with a coaching stipend.

“Coach Long is one of the premier 6A coaches in the state,” McDaniel said. “We have been blessed to have him be part of the Bronco athletics program.”

Mustang High School Assistant Principal Robert Foreman, who was a basketball coach for many years, is taking over the program for the remainder of the season. McDaniel said Foreman understands this will be a difficult transition for the team, but he’s excited about the opportunity to step in and lead a team as talented as this one. Foreman brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. He has coached four years at the collegiate level, 13 years as a high school head coach, with nine of these as a 6A head boys’ coach. He is currently the Director of the Oklahoma Swish Basketball Club. Players were made aware of the change Monday afternoon.  
It's cold and flu season!

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year when colds, strep throat, the flu and stomach bugs are passed around in our schools. District custodial staff disinfect each of the school sites using Virex, but we need your help as well.

Common colds are the main reason children miss school and adults miss work. Please remind your children how important it is for them to wash their hands well, for at least 20 seconds each time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the spread of colds and other illnesses can be reduced if children avoid touching their face with unwashed hands. Also, they should cover their mouth with a tissue or with their sleeve when they cough or sneeze.

Attendance at school is very important, however, students cannot be expected to perform well if they are ill. Please keep students home if they are running a temperature. Students must be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea for twenty-four (24) hours without the aid of medication before returning to school. If your child becomes ill during the school day and has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, he/she will be sent home.

If your phone number may have changed, please contact the office. Schools need current telephone numbers for parents, guardians and all emergency contacts. Questions? Call the nurse for child’s school. 

Thank you!

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