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John Rex Stands Up Against Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and a new outdoor project at John Rex Charter School (JRCS) is teaching students about the importance of kindness. The project was led by Troy Hays, a local Life Scout and son of a John Rex Elementary School teacher. Hays constructed four cedar benches, or “Buddy Benches,” for students to use during recess. Students are encouraged to sit on a “Buddy Bench” when they feel lonely or in need of a new friend, which signals to other students to approach them. “The world needs more kindness,” Hays said. “It’s been an honor to do…

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John Rex Charter School Hires Dean Ketchum as Head of School

Experienced educator returns to Oklahoma Dean KetchumClick to download photo OKLAHOMA CITY (May 21, 2020) — Dean Ketchum, a teacher and administrator with nearly 30 years’ experience, has been named the next head of school at John Rex Charter School (JRCS). Ketchum was confirmed by the school’s board of directors today, and he will officially start July 1. However, Ketchum has immediately begun work to support staff, prepare for the upcoming school year and make introductions within the JRCS community.  “My teaching career began in Norman, Oklahoma, and I am excited to return to the state to be part of…

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