Hugo School board renews Supt. contract

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The Hugo board of education met in regular session on Dec. 14. Our annual financial audit was reported by Bledsoe, Hewett, and Gullekson. The board approved fundraiser requests for HMS and HHS as well as the opening of a new activity account for the HMS Computer Lab. Leah Brown was employed to work as a custodian at HMS and the board accepted the resignations of Jan Hunter and Ruby Nored. After an executive session to discuss the matter, the board renewed my contract. Encumbrance, Payroll, and Minutes Clerk, Shelly Wilson, was selected as the Support Employee of the Month. Shelly is a godsend who has helped us keep the district running smoothly for many years. Our December payroll will include employee bonuses for unused sick and personal leave from last year.
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Hugo teacher receives portion of Sonic’s $1.3 million donation for learning supplies

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• Hugo teacher request garnered the most votes by SONIC fans, resulting in funds for classroom supplies through SONIC’s Limeades for Learning Fall Voting Campaign For the 12thh year in a row and during an especially urgent time of need, SONIC@ Drive-In donated an all-time high of $1.3 million to fund public school teacher requests across the country as part of its annual Limeades for Learning Fall Voting Campaign. In partnership with nonprofit teacher crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose and with the help of SONIC fans, a teacher from Hugo, Oklahoma was among the community heroes up-voted to receive $576 for essential materials to create an engaging learning environment.
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Boxing up the Blessings

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INTERNATIONAL PAPER’S Valliant Containerboard Mill has a long history of investing in the communities where their employees work and live. This holiday season, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of hardships that have resulted in many families being without the resources they need to provide food to their families. In response, the Valliant Mill is teaming up with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. and Pruett’s Foods to Box up the Blessings. During the month of December, for every day the Valliant Mill achieves daily production targets, $1,000 will be donated to Little Dixie Community Action Agency for families in need. An additional $5,000 will be donated at the end of the month if the mill beats the monthly production target, according to Plant Manager Pete Thompson. Pictured are: Lindsey Hutchings, Valliant Mill Communications Manager and Becky Reynolds, Little Dixie Communication Action Agency, Executive Director.

Youth Leadership deadline approaching

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Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program, is now accepting applications for its 2021 Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) class. Applications are accepted on line and can be accessed through the Leadership Oklahoma website or by using this link: https://smr.to/p68968. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Applications must be submitted online by that date. Applicants must be high school juniors or homeschooled equivalent with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Luke 2

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The Birth of Jesus 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while a Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

Additional statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts announced

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• Limited public gatherings among updated efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye announced an updated executive order to implement additional statewide COVID-19 mitigation measures. “I cannot thank Oklahomans enough for their tremendous personal sacrifices thus far to protect their loved ones and neighbors from COVID-19.