Agra Schools has been renewed for another 5-year grant cycle of its before and after school and community programming, totaling over $721,000 in grant money. Agra is proud to be a part of the 21st Century Learning Communities grant program. This program supports the creation of community learning centers to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for the children of Agra. We have a lot of exciting events and activities planned for the new program. Click here for more information.
Through a cooperative grant agreement with the Oklahoma Arts Council, Agra Public Schools has secured a five-year deal to place a full-time K-12 art teacher in our classrooms. Agra Public Schools is the first and only school in the state to be a part of the agreement and we are excited about the opportunity to offer art to all of our students and to see what they will create. At APS we firmly believe in the research that finds that creating and viewing art aids in the development of many of the needed skills for all our students. Our new K-12 art teacher is Gwynievere Harris, a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Agra High School was notified that they are a 2011 recipient of the OETT K20 Center grant. . . The grat;akldjsfTThe grant is for $65,000 of technology and professional development and will allow AHS to purchase an iPad 2 lab with accessories, software, interactive projectors, document cameras, and digital microscopes. The K20 Center Whole School Phase focuses on empowering teachers, parents, and community leaders by creating technology- enriched learning communities. These groups share a purpose to improve the quality of student learning, and help students connect this new knowledge to their community and society. Collaboration is a critical component of success, whether it is in the workforce or the classroom. This includes professional development for the whole school, building leadership capacity through learning teams, integration of technology into authentic learning in all content areas, and developing collaborative learning communities.
In 2011, Agra Elementary School received a Title I Academic Achievement Award gap in elementary reading. In 2010, Agra High School was awarded the Title I Academic Achievement Award for their excellence in closing the achievement gap for high school math. Coming with those awards is a monetary award of over $59,000 to purchase instructional materials. To see the news coverage from News Channel 9 click here.