The first day of school for Arnett Public Schools was Thursday, August 10. Going back to school always has a certain level of excitement for teachers and students. Teachers have rearranged and redecorated their classrooms, studied new curriculum, attended professional development, and spent hours at the school before August even rolled around preparing for the upcoming school year. Different facilities and areas of the school have received a facelift, some faculty have changed job titles, and a few new teachers and personnel have been added to the Arnett staff. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with our students, staff, and community at Arnett Schools.

Teachers and staff officially reported to school on August 7th for inservice. That Tuesday, Arnett visited Fargo-Gage Schools, along with Leedey and Shattuck, as Gerry Brooks, social media personality and elementary principal, delivered an amazing morning of professional development. The area schools ate lunch catered by Gusto’s Italian Grill and had grade level/curriculum area breakout sessions that afternoon. Also during inservice, teachers received all of their state required professional development and met with their administration. A big thank you goes out to the Arnett Church of Christ for providing breakfast on Monday & Wednesday, our Aflac representative, Rhonda Searcy for lunch on Monday, and the Arnett United Methodist women for lunch on Wednesday.

“Meet the Teacher” was held Wednesday evening before school began. PK-6th grade students had the opportunity to bring their school supplies to their classrooms and meet their teachers. Incoming 7th graders had a “Sneak Peek” to junior high where they received their lockers and class schedules.

The first two days of school were filled with fun projects, lots of pictures, rules and procedures, and extracurricular meetings.  We are looking forward to a successful 2023-2024 year at Arnett!  

New Staff Spotlight:

Chris Johnston is the new Ag teacher at Arnett Schools. This is his 8th year in the Ag-Ed classroom. Chris attended high school in Fort Supply, Oklahoma, and graduated college from OPSU. Chris and his wife, Torrie, have three children: Tinsley, Kreason, and Kutter. Chris enjoys spending time together as a family in the barn or at stock shows. Chris & Torrie own and operate a showpig operation that has about 25 head of sows. One of the things that Chris most enjoys about working with kids is seeing them reach the goal that they have set for themselves and watching them achieve at a high level. 

Brett Williams is taking over the Packsaddle suburban route this year. She will transport students to and from school each morning & afternoon and substitute teach when needed as well. Brett grew up in Bridge Creek, OK, graduating high school from there in 2004. She went on to MACU on a basketball scholarship, and then transferred to NWOSU and graduated with an Agricultural Business degree with a minor in Animal Science. Brett married 2003 Arnett graduate, Clint Williams, in 2006, and they moved to the family farm in 2007 where they are raising their 3 boys: Sabe, Ryder, and Tyke. Brett is looking forward to spending time with her route kids & all Arnett students and learning more about them.


Elementary Teachers on the first day of school


JH/HS Teachers on the first day of school

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90s Hip Teacher (Mrs. Wheeler, 4th-6th Reading), Professor Hammertime (Mrs. Ham, 4th-6th Science), & Senora Matematica (Ms. Landers, 4th-8th Math) dressed up for “Meet the Teacher” night. They are pictured with 6th grader, Noah Holman. 

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Arnett Elementary teachers pictured with Gerry Brooks during Professional Development.


Chris Johnston is the new Ag-Ed teacher and FFA Advisor at Arnett Schools. He is pictured with his wife, Torrie. 


Brett Williams is driving the Packsaddle suburban route this year. She is married to Clint, and they have three sons: Ryder, Tyke, & Sabe.