Welcome to this issue of The Download, the EPIC family monthly newsletter. Each month, we send you a round-up of news from the school that we believe you will find helpful and valuable in your child’s education at EPIC and in communicating with your teacher.

We want to make sure The Download is responsive to questions you have, too. So if you have suggestions for information or news we should share in the next issue, email us at communication@epiccharterschools.org and make the subject of your email Newsletter Information.

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NOTE: EPIC'S offices in Oklahoma and Tulsa will be closed from Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5. This is EPIC administrators' summer break. We look forward to serving you and responding to phone calls, emails and live chat questions on Monday, July 8. Our best wishes to you for a wonderful Fourth of July!
Born For the Job: Banfield Takes Reins
as EPIC Superintendent
EPIC's own Bart Banfield has been promoted to the role of superintendent. The former EPIC assistant superintendent of instruction and Stidham Public Schools superintendent brings with him years of brick-and-mortar experience in addition to a lifelong legacy of education and passion for learning.

Read all about how Banfield was born for the job by clicking the button below.
Dipolomas! Coming soon to a mailbox near you!
Congratulations to all our EPIC Class of 2019 graduates!

We know you worked hard to graduate high school. Rest assured that diplomas are being printed and will be mailed to all graduates in July to your official address in Epicenter. If that address has changed, now is the time to go in and update your contact information.
Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is open! 

Be sure to remain on your teacher's roster by re-enrolling now. Rosters fill up fast, so the sooner you submit your re-enrollment for 2019-20 the better.

Do not re-enroll using a mobile device. The enrollment form must be completed using a computer. If you need assistance in any way, give us a call or reach out to us through Live Chat on the EPIC website during normal business hours.

Re-enroll at the link below today!
College and Career Readiness
Website Update Announcement
We are excited to share that the Epic website now has a section dedicated to all college and career readiness information. Check it out! https://epiccharterschools.org/next-step.html

Interested in Concurrent Enrollment? (Also known as Dual Enrollment)
It is STRONGLY encouraged for all college bound Epic students to participate in dual enrollment opportunities. Dual enrollment is when a student is enrolled in both high school and college courses at the same time. The college courses then count as credits on both the high school and college transcripts.
Benefits of dual enrollment include: saving time and money, trying college level classes, preparing for academic challenges, and exploring interest areas and possible options for majors.

Enrollment Options:
Option 1: Enroll in a TEL Library College Course through Epic. These courses are online and do not require books. Each course costs $75 through the Learning Fund. Please see the 2019 Course Catalog for more details. . If you are interested in enrolling in any of the courses listed, please notify your teacher. *Minimum GPA required of a 3.0.
Option 2: Juniors and Seniors who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA or a 19 Composite on the ACT are eligible to apply for dual enrollment.
Step 1 – Choose the college.
Step 2 – Complete an application for dual enrollment at the college selected. (Submit transcript and other requested documents) Epic records can be requested here .
Step 3 – Get the requested Dual Enrollment Form signed by your Graduation Support Manager. *Provided by the college.
Step 4 – If accepted, enroll into classes at the selected school. *Some courses will require an ACT score higher than a 19.
Step 5 – Provide your GSM with your course schedule, so the classes can be added to your schedule.
Example of how dual enrollment can work:
Senior enrolls in Language and Composition 1 in the fall and Literature and Composition 2 in the spring. These courses count as college credit and replace Senior English A and B.
Who covers the cost of Dual Enrollment?
Currently in the state of Oklahoma there is no funding for Juniors to receive tuition waivers through the OK Regents. Therefore, juniors enrolling in dual enrollment may use available funds from the learning fund and/or pay out of pocket for dual enrollment courses. **Tulsa Community College will cover 18 hours of tuition for juniors limited to 6 credit hours the summer before, the fall and spring of the student’s junior year. You do not have to live in Tulsa to attend Tulsa Community College.
Seniors qualify to get 18 hours of tuition waivers through funding from the OK Regents.
Interested in Career Tech?
Check out this website - https://www.okcareertech.org/ Next, you will explore the Career Tech locations in your district. Then explore the programs and classes offered as the courses vary by location. You will apply directly with the Career Tech. For most programs, you will apply online and then meet with an advisor at the Career Tech. If accepted, you will submit the schedule to your teacher and assigned Graduation Support Manager (GSM). **Most students apply for a career tech program during their 10 th grade year and begin the program during their 11 th grade year.
Looking for Scholarships?
Nicole Ellison, Director of College and Career Readiness Nicole.Ellison@epiccharterschools.org (Questions specific to Next Step, ICAP, College Tours, Career Tech)
Shay Patterson, College and Career Readiness Coordinator Shay.Patterson@epiccharterschools.org
(Questions specific to Dropout Prevention)
How online learning helped local grads
EPIC's 2019 Graduating Class Tulsa Valedictorian Jude Urban and Griffin Massey, who was recently accepted into the renowned Julliard School of Dance both recount their stories of how EPIC helped them achieve their academic and life goals.

Both students received their diplomas at EPIC's June 8 graduation ceremony at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

EPIC Partners with the U.S. Army to create EPIC STAR Club Program
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, EPIC Charter Schools has joined forces with the United States Army to create the EPIC STAR Club Program.

Focused heavily on on leadership, character development and life skills, the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Club Program’s goal is to put high school students in close contact with local Army soldiers. The program uses a classroom setting to encourage them to take personal responsibility for their own lives and to be active in their communities.

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To help kick off the new school year, EPIC will host a Back To School Bash in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The events are free for actively enrolled EPIC students and their parents. More details and registration to come later this summer!
We're continually searching for talented, dedicated individuals to join our Epic team! Does this sound like you or a friend? View our current openings at the button below.
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