Monthly Archives: April 2010

Driver’s Ed not offered at Webster

By Dale Barnes

Staff Writer

Driver’s Education is one of the main things that students start to think about when they get to high school.  Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet is one of the many schools in Tulsa Public Schools that doesn’t offer the program.

“I’m an ex-Drivers Ed teacher, and it was unfortunate to get rid of it. It was a good program,” Webster Assistant Principal Dale Edwards said.

Driver’s Ed not offered anymore because of student allocations. This means that enough students didn’t enroll in the program, Webster Assistant Principal Saundra Ford said.

 Also, Mrs. Ford said that not enough students were qualified to take Driver’s Ed because they had not passed their eighth grade reading test. The reading test is just a test to make sure that students know how to read. Students have to pass the reading test to qualify to take the Learner’s Permit test.

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Webster’s going green: FFA plant sale

By Antonio Dean

Staff Writer

Philip Majors, the Agricultural teacher at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School, is hosting the school’s annual FFA Plant Sale on April 29 and 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  in Webster’s Agricultural Building at 1919 w. 40th Street.

Mr. Majors is a first year teacher at Webster, and this is his first time holding Webster’s plant sale. The FFA has a total of 62 members at Webster and more than 500,600 nationwide. It’s the “largest student organization in the United States,” Mr. Majors said.

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Webster shows a love for reading

By Jasie James

Staff Writer

The Action Team for Partnership Training hosted Family Literacy Night on April 13 in the Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m.

The theme for the event was called Oh the Places You’ll Go from the Dr. Seuss book.

“We think that it will be a real fun event and we encourage everyone to participate,” Debbie Little, parent involved facilitator for Webster, said.

“We wanted to have a night to educate the parents the importance of reading,” Mrs. Little said. “We went to a workshop to come up with the idea for the event,” she also said.

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SAFE at Webster

By Cody Stidham

Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School will be installing the SAFE program for the 2010-11 school year. The SAFE program is a way for family members to get involved in school life.

Some of the things these volunteers will be doing are helping teachers, patrolling the grounds, and greeting students and guests, Dr. Matt Crain, the guest speaker for SAFE, said at the PTSA meeting on March 9.

SAFE’s goal is to make the school environment welcoming and safe.

This program was initially started for elementary schools. However, the SAFE Team realized that this program could be even more effective when implemented into middle school and high schools, Dr. Crain continued.

Kevin Stidham, parent of a Webster student and attendee of the PTSA meeting, informed that the SAFE team members “share a community goal of making the school a safe and welcoming learning environment.”

The SAFE volunteers will be wearing a bright yellow shirt with the SAFE logo on it, so they are visible to everyone and easily distinguished from students and teachers.

The SAFE Team is looking for volunteers for the 2010-11 school year. If you are interested in volunteering for the SAFE Team, visit and fill out the quick application. Volunteers must pass a background check and complete SAFE training.

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Project: Yes is set to be a great event for Webster

By Cody Stidham

Staff Writer

Vertical Life Youth Initiative, as well as many other sponsors, is putting on a talent competition named Project: Yes. The competition will take place on April 24 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The competition will be held at the TCC South East PACE off of 81st   and Highway 169.

The admission fee to get into the competition is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. The winners will receive a collective sum of $1,000.

The grand prize winner will receive $500, the second place winner will receive $300, and the third place winner will receive $200. The deadline to sign up was April 12.

 The students that signed up for this talent competition will have a sound check on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If the students do not show up to this sound check they cannot compete, no exceptions, Jacarriah Johnson, Webster Transition Interventionist, said. On the competition day the contestants have to show up at 5:30 p.m., Mrs. Johnson, who organized the applications for Webster students, added.

Mrs. Johnson said she does not know how many Webster students will be competing in this talent competition; however, she added, “I believe it is important to continually work on your craft as well as find ways to share it with others.”

These sponsors came up with the prize money for the competition: Subway, CiCi’s pizza, Chik –Fil-A, TCC and the Vertical Life Youth Initiative.

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“Trimming” Webster teachers

By Heather Taylor

Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School will be “trimming” six teaching positions for the next school year, Patricia Mott, a Webster teacher and secretary of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, informed.

Webster Principal Jim Rector informed that these six positions will be eliminated from the core classes such as math, fine arts, history, English etc.

This leaves 22 teaching positions allotted for core classes next school year, Mr. Rector said.

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What does success look like to you?

By Artra W. Rice

Staff Writer

Taken from the Web site, success means attainment of wealth, positions honors or the like. I started a project to find out exactly what it is that students envision in their mind when they think of success.

Students’ depth of success could be defined in a vast number of ways. Do they think of wealth in material value or internal value? Do they wish to have a position as an executive or the position of a husband or wife? What will bring them honor? What will they attain to be the successful person they would like to be?

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