The Comet's Tale  
March 24, 2017
Looking forward: Gala preparations are in gear!
Robotics Team puts programming to test 
Mr. Barnes and the ASTEC Robotics Club have been at Smart Robotics Regional competitions Thursday and Friday, inching their way closer to the top of the contest. 

" Guess who has a robot that can climb 4ft up a rope?" Barnes said. "That's 3.5 ft more than Mr Barnes can climb."

We're moving up the ranks and improving our robot every match, he said.

Find an update on Facebook and in next week's newsletter about how the team finished! 
No business like show business
ASTEC'S most esteemed actors and actresses will take the stage on March 30 and 31 for "A Family Reunion to Die For!"

The play is a comedic murder-mystery that revolves around the Knotting Family Reunion turned upside down by a triple murder.

To make matters worse, a terrible storm has trapped all of the guests inside.  It’s up to Freddie to catch the murderer and save his blushing bride.  After all, he is a detective — well, a mall security guard turned wannabe detective, anyway.  Who is trying to wipe out the Knotting family?  Is it the pair of squirrel-hunting hillbilly sisters with their rifle?  The former Vegas showgirl with a knack for knitting?  The maid with a single digit IQ?  The grouchy cook?  The bitter journalist?  The troupe of mimes?  Will the perpetrator be found before the entire Knotting family gets the axe?

   Cast members include: Melissa Prado, Madison Clayton, Alex Stager, Alora Brooks, Jacqueline Martinez, Salma Reyes, Emily Villigran, Leslie Henessee, Rain Serano, Marie Bernal, D'chika Onwusa, Walfred Bonilla, Estefani Martinez, Laura Martinez, and Jesus Rios. 
Performance times are from 3:30 to 4 p.m. March 30th Thursday for Middle school scholars and March 31   from 3:30 to 4 p.m. March 31st for High School scholars. That evening, a family night performance will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets for family night are $3 and include dessert. 

The play is directed by Jeff Hames and Vance Black. 
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Shop with Mom for Prom!

Attention ASTEC junior and senior girls and their moms: 

Thanks to generous donations of prom dresses from individuals and a large donation from The Formal Niche in Yukon, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on March 31, you're invited to the first ever ASTEC Prom Boutique! Bring your mom or another favorite adult to experience this important high school rite of passage along with you! 

We are still accepting donations to the Prom Boutique, especially of dresses in larger sizes, shawls and cover ups, feather boas, etc. The Prom theme is "Gatsby Style." Contact Heather Warlick at (405) 947-6272 to donate. 

The event will be held in Ms. Shore's classroom. If the dress fits, it's free! 
No rest for the rowers

 Our ASTEC comet rowing crew doesn't know the meaning of spring break.

Last week our scholar athletes gave up hours of their free time to make sure we are rowing for gold in our youth league regatta in May.  We had a 97% attendance! That's dedication! 
 We've mentioned it before and we'll say it again: The end of the school year is approaching and a mark of summer's arrival is having your school yearbook firmly in-hand. There's a lot to designing a yearbook and one of the most important elements is advertising.

With your advertising, you help keep our yearbook affordable to all ASTEC scholars. Ads are available in various sizes to fit your business and your budget.

Here's the breakdown: Full page: $300 Half page: $200 1/4 page: $150 1/8 page $100 1" by 8.5" Banner ad: $100 (A strip message to our Comets such as "Congratulations Seniors 2017 from Miller Construction"

For assistance with your ad or banner contact

Don't have a business or need an ad but still want to help? Be a Yearbook Angel! Each school year, ASTEC manages to get every senior scholar a yearbook, whether they can afford it or not. This is with the help of Yearbook Angels, who donate $50 so a deserving student can take home a treasure trove of fond memories of their high school years.
Edibles and Activities


March 27 to March 31, 2017

All meals include fresh fruit. All breakfast meals include milk or juice and cereal as a choice. All lunch meals include milk or water and salad bar.


 Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick

 Lunch: Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans and breadstick


 Breakfast: Biscuit and Gravy

 Lunch: Chicken Burrito Bowl (chicken, cilantro rice, chili beans, queso) chips and salsa


 Breakfast: Yogurt parfait

 Lunch: Pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner roll


 Breakfast: Cinnamon toast, scrambled eggs

 Lunch: Orange chicken, fried rice, steamed broccoli


 Breakfast: Donut, Trix Yogurt

 Lunch: Pizza, carrot sticks, ranch, garden salad

Mark Your Calendar!

March 24 to March 31, 2017

Friday, March 24
Robotics Competition at Cox Convention Center (7:30am to 8pm - please see Mr. Barnes for more details)

Middle School Dance
7 to 9:30 p.m.  ASTEC Auditorium
See Mr. Perkins or STUCO representative for details 

Saturday, March 25  
8:30 a.m. to noon
Saturday School at ASTEC 

OSSM Math Competition at The Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
See Ms. Pacione for  details

Drama Competition - Regionals
See Mr. Hames for  details

Robotics Competition
7:30 a.m. to 1p.m.  Cox Convention Center See Mr. Barnes for  details 

Tuesday March 28 
OSU/OKC Counselor presentation to 60 Spec Ed Students
9 to 10 a.m. in ASTEC Auditorium

Middle School Soccer 
ASTEC vs. Belle Isle
MS Boys at  4:30 p.m. , Girls at  5:30 p.m.   5904 N Villa Ave, OKC, OK 73112

High School Soccer
ASTEC vs. Star Spencer
Girls at  4 p.m. , Boys after -
3001 N Spencer Rd, Spencer, OK 73084

Thursday, March 30
Spring Play performance for Middle School
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  in ASTEC's Auditorium 

High School Soccer
ASTEC vs. McLoud
Girls at  5:30 p.m. , Boys at  7:30 p.m.
1100 W Seikel Blvd, McLoud, OK 74851

Friday, March 31
Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry Presentation for 6th grade students + Health Class -  8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m .  
$2 tickets. 

Spring Play performance for High School 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  in ASTEC's Auditorium 
$2 tickets.

Spring Play Family Night performance 
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in ASTEC's Auditorium  
$3 tickets include dessert.