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Oklahoma's Best High Schools

Tuesday April 22, 2014

As it has over each of the last several years, the Oklahoma City metro area comes out quite nicely in terms of the state's best high schools. In fact, it holds 8 of the top 10 spots in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list released this week. Harding Charter Preparatory High School in OKC takes the top spot, followed by Dove Science Academy and Edmond North High School at #3. Also ranking in the top 10 are Classen School of Advanced Studies, Edmond Memorial, Norman, Edmond Santa Fe and Harding Fine Arts Academy. Nationally, all rank in the top 1,800 of more than 19,000 evaluated.

The study, conducted in conjunction with Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, analyzed public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia using data from the 2011-2012 school year. The three steps of evaluation were whether students performed better than statistically expected for the average student in the state, whether the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) performed better than average for similar students in the state and whether students were "college ready" based on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.

Search the results online to see how your school performed.

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Festival of the Arts 2014

Sunday April 20, 2014

One of the city's most anticipated spring events begins Tuesday on the streets of downtown, from Walker to Robinson between Reno and Sheridan. Coordinated by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the OKC Festival of the Arts includes wonderful visual art such as paintings and sculptures, street performances, stage shows, activities for kids, tasty culinary creations and much, much more.

From April 22-27, an expected crowd of over 700,000 will enjoy the work of nearly 150 artists from all over the United States and over 200 performers on three stages. Plus, in 2014, the festival is a sustainable event in which all waste will be composted or recycled. Admission is absolutely free, and here are some links to get you prepared:

Photo Arts Council of Oklahoma City

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Easter Weekend Highlights

Friday April 18, 2014

There are a number of Easter events all over the metro this weekend. For example, the Orr Family Farm has an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday as well as duck races, egg decorating and more. There's a big egg hunt at the Myriad Gardens Saturday, and the Oklahoma City Zoo presents "Hopabaloo" on Easter Sunday, where kids can have brunch with the Easter Bunny, participate in a scavenger hunt, hear stories and more. Head to Yukon for "Easter on the Prairie" or to Choctaw for the 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, both on Saturday. Plus, there are multiple opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny. Get full information on all of these events and more.

This weekend also brings the 19th Annual Remembrance at the The Oklahoma City National Memorial on Saturday. People throughout Oklahoma and the nation pause to honor those lost on April 19, 1995. The ceremony begins at 8:55 a.m, followed shortly by the traditional 168 seconds of silence at 9:02 a.m. Entry into the museum is free all day, thanks to Cox Communications.

Other highlight events in Oklahoma City include...

2014 Earth Day Activities & Specials

Wednesday April 16, 2014

It is the day for us to evaluate what we're doing, or not doing, to protect our planet and its resources. And even though Earth Day isn't until April 22nd, there are a number of activities and events planned for the occasion. So even if it's only for a day, take the opportunity to participate and do something positive. From recycling and picking up litter in the community to riding a bike to work or making changes in your home, there are so many simple things we can do.

Here are some upcoming events and specials in honor of Earth Day:

  • April 18: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., take a tour of the city's H.B. Parsons Municipal Fish Hatchery at 10940 N Meridian. It will cover how the biologists study the waters and monitor fish population in our city lakes and parks.
  • April 21-25: Go to Pottery Barn Kids for a free packet of seeds.
  • April 22: Metro Transit is offering free bus rides throughout the day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • April 22: The Disney Store will give out a free reusable Disneynature Bears tote when you bring in five plastic bags to recycle.
  • April 25: Anthropologie at Classen Curve has free butterfly crafts for kids 5-8. RSVP by calling (405) 842-8673.
  • April 27: The OKC Zoo hosts a Party for the Planet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, giveaways, family activities and more, all included with zoo admission.
  • All Month: Consider volunteering for the Great American Cleanup efforts going on throughout the state or with OKC Beautiful's 14th Annual LitterBlitz.

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