What was supposed to be the first full week of school was cut short one day due to the loss of electricity. Arnett teachers took full advantage of that virtual day and applied for DonorsChoose projects to enhance their classrooms. Thanks to the State of Oklahoma, teachers were awarded up to $1,000 in Federal COVID Relief funding; therefore, Arnett Schools received $18,000 worth of materials for their subject areas. 

The rest of the week was jam packed with fun lessons, hands-on learning, baseball & softball games, service projects, fundraisers, and more. The school year is definitely in full swing!

The Arnett Beta Club is hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 30, from 1:00-5:30 in the high school gym lobby. If you would like to sign up for a time to donate, please sign up through the Arnett Beta Club’s facebook page or contact Jena Burcham at

Also on Wednesday, August 30, Cunningham Peaches will be delivered. You may pick up your orders in the gym lobby from Noon-5:30.

Mrs. Broyles and four students attended the Elk City Choir Workshop before school began. The kids got a head start practicing the 3 songs, one of which is in French, that they will be auditioning on for the WOCDA Honor Choir and the OCDA JH All-State Choir this fall.

Arnett Schools is blessed throughout the year by the Arnett S.W.A.T. (Supporting Wildcats and Teachers) Team. This wonderful parent and community group provided cinnamon rolls and coffee baskets filled with K-cups, flavored coffee, creamers, hot chocolate, and apple cider. The staff is very appreciative of this thoughtful donation.

New Staff Spotlight: Denise Kibbe is the new HS Custodian at Arnett Schools. She will also be driving a daily bus route. Denise graduated from Arnett with the Class of 1992. Her two children, Josh & Jacklyn, graduated from AHS as well. Denise has three grandkids: Kian, Breck, and Coah, with two more on the way. Denise has always been a hard worker. She worked in the oilfield for 11 years, doing everything from hauling crude oil and salt water to helping build locations. For the past 3.5 years, Denise has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. She is looking forward to getting to know the school kids again, having a similar schedule to her grandkids, and being out of the extreme outdoor elements on a regular basis.

Melanie McCracken is a 1993 graduate of Vici High School. She has been married to her husband, Shannon, for 28 years this September. They have two sons, Colton and Chase, as well as two daughters, Cayce and Cadie. Cadie will be a Junior at Arnett this year. Melanie obtained her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in 1996. She taught Title1 Reading and Math for three years as well as First grade for two years at Woodward Public Schools. Melanie owned and operated Sunnyside Floral for 14 years while raising her family. She returned to the classroom last year at Vici teaching 7th and 8th grade Reading/ ELA, Library, Senior Class Sponsor, and tutored a fourth-grade student. This year at Arnett, Mrs. McCracken will be teaching Art, Home Economics, Yearbook, Library, and 4th Grade Social Studies. Melanie said they are excited to be a part of the Arnett Wildcats, and they appreciate everyone welcoming them into another great Northwest Oklahoma community.


Brooklyn Vincent, Eli Coykendall, Adante Smith, and Lincoln Coleman attended a choir workshop in Elk City.

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The Arnett Beta Club is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, August 30th.


Cunningham Peaches can be picked up on Wednesday, August 30.


The Arnett S.W.A.T team provided staff with cinnamon rolls and coffee.


Denise Kibbe is the new High School Custodian at Arnett. She is also driving a suburban route.


Melanie McCracken is taking on several different teaching roles this year at Arnett.