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Wed
20
Sep
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A Word From The Superintendent

On Monday, September 25, our State Legislators will convene into special session. The special session is necessary due to the ruling of the State Supreme Court which found that the revenue which was approved by the legislature was unconstitutional.

It is estimated that 215 million dollars in revenue will be lost due to the ruling of the state’s high court on the cigarette tax. The loss of that revenue has led to the Governor calling for the special session. If a solution is not agreed upon during the special session, deeper cuts in state agencies will be the result. This means more cuts to public education, higher education as well as the Department of Human Services.

Oklahoma has experienced some very tough budgets in the past few years. The decline in the economy along with tax breaks and tax cuts have left us facing continued budget shortfalls. All state agencies have faced reduced budgets and simply can’t handle much more in the way of budget cuts.

Wed
20
Sep
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Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior,

What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it.

Stiff and Achy Dear Stiff,

Many people who have arthritis believe that exercise will worsen their condition, but that’s not true. Exercise is actually one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis.

Proper and careful exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles around the joints and increase flexibility. It also helps manage other chronic conditions that are common among seniors with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Wed
13
Sep
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any services you know of that check in on elderly seniors who live alone. I worry about my 84-year-old father falling or having a medical emergency, and not being able to get to the phone to call for help. And he won’t wear a lifeline help-button.

Desperate Daughter Dear Desperate,

Depending on where your dad lives, there are check-in call services, volunteer visiting programs, and a variety of technology options you can turn to that can help you keep tabs on him. Here are several to check into.

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Wed
13
Sep
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Pet Corner

by De De Young
Trainer, K-9 Kampus

It is a false accusation when people say, “my dog eats grass because he may be wormy”. This is something dogs have done since the beginning of time and something dogs will always do.

Keep your dog wormed regularly and keep an eye on his well being.

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Tue
05
Sep
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

The school year has gotten off to a smooth start. It is hard to believe that we are approaching the midway point of the first nine weeks. It is good to have the teachers and students back into their routine. At this point we can really focus on the task of educating our students.

I would like to offer a huge “Thank You” to Mr. Hutchins for organizing and following through on a beautification project at the high school. With the help and financial support of Tractor Supply and Kevin Hougland, Mr. Hutchins has made a difference in the appearance of our campus.

Mr. Hutchins, along with Mr. Dowdle, Mr. Scalf, and students Ryan Wedel, Zack Venable and Brett Jackson, worked after school last week to complete this project. Dean Jackson also helped in the planning of the type of plants needed to complete the project.

 

Tue
05
Sep
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

From 1892 to 1895, a young man named Will Rogers traveled a 40-mile cattle trail from his family ranch near Oologah to Willie Halsell College, a Methodist boarding school near Vinita. That trail became part of U.S. Highway 66 in 1926.

Rogers played a major role in publicizing the “Mother Road” with his syndicated newspaper columns on the 1928 Bunion Derby and on Model-T Ford drivers racing from Claremore to Beverly Hills, California, wrote Joseph H. Carter in Route 66 Magazine.

A congressional resolution to name Route 66 in honor of Will Rogers was considered in 1935, but was not finalized. The highway was unofficially dubbed the Will Rogers Highway by the U.S. Highway 66 Association in 1952.

 

Tue
29
Aug
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Pet Corner

By De De Young

I’ve had people ask me about submissive wetting. This is when the dog wets every time he becomes excited. It is usually a puppy behavior and not a pleasant problem to overcome.

You can help him out by getting him into different situations that will stimulate him into excitement. He will learn to control himself.

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Tue
29
Aug
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do.

Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned,

The opioid epidemic is a national problem that is hitting people of all ages, including millions of older Americans. Here’s what you should know and do to help your mother.

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Tue
22
Aug
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Pet Corner

by De De Young

Summer is just about to come to an end. We need to give our dog a good grooming for the end of shedding season.

Sometimes they will have a mat of hair on them and if we don’t get rid of it they will have it all winter.

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Tue
22
Aug
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As we are in the middle of our second full week of school, everything is running smoothly. It is great to see the smiling faces of the students as well as their enthusiasm for learning. The smiling faces and enthusiasm begin somewhere. In my opinion these qualities start at home as well as with our teachers.

It is great to work with the many professional educators within the Cordell School District. Our teachers really work hard to see that the needs of our students are met. Students come to us with a variety of different needs, and our teachers always step up to the task. The love and support that our students receive is truly what makes Cordell Schools a very successful school district.

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