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Panhandle Partners for the Future

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 11/07/2017 Students in Panhandle’s Future, an afterschool program partnership with Goodwell Schools and Panhandle State, recently spread Aggie spirit with their door decorations during Homecoming Week. —Courtesy photoStudents in Panhandle’s Future, an afterschool program partnership with Goodwell Schools and Panhandle State, recently spread Aggie spirit with their door decorations during Homecoming Week. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — Successful partnerships occur when each side of the agreement benefits and Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Goodwell Schools are working together as they both seek to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

Most recently, the schools have collaborated to offer an afterschool program, Panhandle’s Future. The mission of the Panhandle’s Future is to provide exceptional afterschool care and learning experience for the children at Goodwell Public Schools. The program maintains a staff to child ratio of 1:10 where the staff are Panhandle State Elementary Education students supervised by a certified employee of Goodwell Public School.

Each day, the program begins with snack time at the Goodwell Cafeteria and ends with free play and physical activity at the Noble Center on the Panhandle State campus. The time in between is focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Arts enrichment followed by homework and reading time at the Panhandle State McKee Library.

Ely Esquivel is an Elementary Education major at Panhandle State and a teacher in the afterschool program. Esquivel said, “Panhandle’s Future has allowed me to experience what teaching in a classroom would truly be like. I make my own lesson plans, modify activities for every student and learn how to handle real life situations that happen in the classroom.”

The two schools also benefit from shared faculty. Panhandle State Choir Director Dr. Dee Wilkins teaches music at Goodwell Schools and Rene Ramon, Director of Counseling and Testing at Panhandle State, serves as the Goodwell Schools Counselor as well. In addition, Carman Shadden serves as a Special Education Coordinator at both schools.

The schools are also able to share facility use. The coop softball team of Goodwell and Texhoma Softball played early season home games on the Panhandle State Softball Field while the coop Cross Country Teams practiced at the Panhandle State Walking Trail.

Additional facility sharing occurs at the Panhandle State Farm. The University has space for the housing of Goodwell student’s 4-H and FFA show animals including cattle, sheep, hogs, and goats. The animals are housed free of charge in a central location with a cover and electricity. The space allows room for working with and exercising the animals. The farm also has livestock available for the Goodwell students to use for Livestock Judging Practice. Dean of Agriculture Dr. Peter Camfield works directly with Goodwell’s FFA Advisor David Layton in coordinating these efforts.

A proposal still in progress would offer high school students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a college degree. Starting their sophomore year of High School, students would begin college coursework while still having a complete high school experience. Upon graduation, students would attain an Associate of Science in General Studies with concentrations available in Education, STEM, and Business fields.

Goodwell School Superintendent Jerry Birdsong said, “I am very excited about cooperation between Panhandle State and Goodwell Schools. The shared resources benefit both institutions greatly. I am looking forward to more opportunities.”

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Panhandle State Student Plays in the 2017 Mixed Worlds Tournament in Florida

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Panhandle State Table Named Winner at Chamber Banquet

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Women’s Team Wins Final Fall Rodeo

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PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Inductees Honored with Banquet Ceremony

From left: David Flowers, Bob Wakefield, Georgia Walton and the family of Jerry Linton gathered for a night of celebration at the 2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony.-Sarah Brady photos

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2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Spotlight: Jerry Linton

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McKee Library Hosts Elementary Visitors

Goodwell Elementary School students visited the McKee Library for a tour hosted by Director Tony Hardman. —Photo by Danae Moore

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2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Spotlight: Georgia Walton

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Run With It: J. Dee Marinko

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2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Spotlight: Bob Wakefield

The 2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Panhandle State.

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Aggie Baseball Helps Host Special Game Day

Panhandle State Baseball players gather around Austin Ronne after he threw out the first pitch at the Special Game Day on October 8 in Goodwell. —Photo by Alexis Faris

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Rogelio Reyna Visits Monday Munch

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Torres Wins National Hispanic College Quiz

This past July, Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior Ami Torres Acuña (second from the right) competed in Nashville at the Hispanic College Quiz and won the competition! —Courtesy photo