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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Expo highlights foreign exchange students

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  • Friday was a busy night for the Ardmore City Schools community.
    First, foreign exchange students and the community were able to see a showcase of Ardmore City Schools at the One Tiger Nation Pride Expo.
    “I feel it went really well,” said Chauvin Aaron, director of bands and event organizer. “It’s rewarding to see interaction between our foreign exchange students, the other students and the community.”
    The event included performances from middle school and high school groups, as well as Medica Folkloric Dance, Spanish teacher Talitha Howell and Miss Black Ardmore Charity Halstied.
    “It’s exciting to see the community here,” said Patty Lee, district Teacher of the Year. “I love when they can see all the wonderful kids we have here.”
    Local restaurants also provided food for the event.
    The nine foreign exchange students were introduced and given front row seats to the festivities.
    “It’s been great. The band and choir are awesome, and I liked meeting people,” said Jeonghon Choi, a foreign exchange student from South Korea.
    Other students also appreciated the chance to get together before the football game against Durant.
    “It’s an exciting show of school spirit and to recognize the foreign exchange students,” said Kacy Benson, Ardmore eighth-grader.
    State Superintendent Dr. Janet Barresi and others from the State Department of Education also had a table with information on the Oklahoma Academic Standards. OAS is a collective name for the Common Core State Standards in language arts and mathematics and revised standards in social studies, science, visual arts/music, physical education and world languages. This group of standards replaces the Priority Academic Student Skills.
    After the event and before the football game, there was a “Road Rally” at the stadium. According to a media release, the rally “will explain the Oklahoma Academic Standards and provide parents, community members and business partners with information about Oklahoma Academic Standards and get them geared up for the 2013-2014 school year.”
    Two old vehicles were driven around the track and local and state dignitaries were introduced. The audience was also encouraged to look at the “Road to Success” brochures handed out at the gate.
    “Our state has raised the bar, so our kids like you will be prepared for the 21st Century workplace after graduation,” read the announcer. “These teachers, parents, business, community and state leaders represent all stakeholders who played a role in education. We are here to support you kids and all Oklahoma children on their journey to success.”
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