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Trojan Good Things, 9/25
09/25/2020
Parent/Teacher Conferences are an exciting, but exhausting time for educators. We all celebrate the time we get to spend providing real data to our parents AND the opportunity to receive feedback from our families about how we can make a student’s educational experience more effective and meaningful. This Trojan Good Things is very simply dedicated to your HARD WORK AND ABOVE AND BEYOND EFFORT this week to prepare for conferences. You worked late (which many of you are already doing anyway, I know). You communicated complicated and difficult things in some cases. You dealt with protocols and challenges that we’ve not had to deal with before in trying to communicate with our families. THANK YOU. Thank you for doing what is best - always - for our kids. Thank you for your compassion and kindness in trying to communicate with the families of our students, who must be part of our team in supporting and encouraging our kids. Thank you for doing everything in your power to make this school year work, no matter what we face. Our Trojan Family is so strong, and I’m proud of you all.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/18
09/18/2020
Where would we be without our outstanding IT Team? During a normal school year, our IT professionals are busy. During a COVID-19 school year, they are all juggling multiple levels of busy, and needed in four places at once - and yet they continue to stay on top of our IT needs with flexibility, kindness, and dedication! We have the most knowledgeable, professional, ingenuitive, and driven individuals in our IT Department. THANK YOU to our IT Team for all that you do to keep this district up and running, and for all that you are doing this year to address unprecedented IT needs. National IT Professionals Day was Tuesday, September 15 and today, I dedicate our Trojan Good things to our IT Department. Please make sure to send a “thank you” and always share appreciation with our IT team members in each of your buildings. They are the very best at what they do, and they are deeply valued and essential to our work as an educational institution.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/11
09/11/2020
On this Patriots Day, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, I am so proud to honor all of YOU HEROES with this Trojan Good Things. This anniversary is about honoring and remembering the many lives lost, but most importantly for our kids it is about celebrating the strong American spirit and highlighting the many who came to the aid of Americans in need 19 years ago today. Please remember that all of you in education are also heroes. You show our kids the same spirit that so many exemplified on 9/11/2001. Thank you for your courage, dedication, and SPIRIT every day - especially as you work as educators during a crisis. May we never forget the tragic loss, as well as the amazing bravery and courage that took place in the aftermath of this anniversary. And, may we all continue to be inspired to carry on that legacy in our work as educators who are called to be heroes for our students. I also have several anonymous Good Things to share today … see more in this update:
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Trojan Good Things, 9/4
09/04/2020
We have so many staff members working hard - from our teachers and nurses and administrators, to our bus drivers, coaches, paraprofessionals, special services staff, cafeteria workers, administrative teams, and all in between. We see you and we thank you for doing more than you’ve ever been asked to do to make school possible. Our Trojan Good Things this week goes to our Football Teams. Our Junior High Team had a great win last night over our across-town rivals at Lake Hamilton. Our Varsity team travels tonight to Arkadelphia to play. We send good energy and love to our athletes, and we appreciate all of you who continue to cheer on all of our Trojan activities, sports, programs, and efforts. (We haven’t forgotten you volleyball, tennis, or golf - your Shoutout will come, too!). We also have an anonymous Good Thing to share about a deserving Trojan Nurse at Park Magnet, Mrs. Dawn Utsey … “I want to give a huge shoutout to Nurse Dawn Utsey. She is so kind and caring every morning and she always has a smile on her face. She takes the temps daily at Park and is so helpful with getting the children out of the cars in the rain, even if that means she gets wet (all so that the children don’t!). She has TRUE TROJAN SPIRIT! Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! It is her goal to communicate all the positives happening in #HSSD. If you have any special events happening in your classes or buildings or if you know of someone we need to give a shout out to, please complete the Trojan Good Things Form, here.
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HSSD Students Take NWEA Tests Through 10/2
09/01/2020
HSSD students are taking NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) Tests in K-10th grade classrooms through October 2. NWEA test data is directly used by our teachers, administrators, and HSSD leadership to make informed decisions about day-to-day classroom instructional content and offerings and individual student learning needs. Educators receive actionable data in real-time so that they can offer curriculum and activities that are appropriate for the learning levels and skill sets of our students. Educators also use the data to determine which students may need enrichment activities, and intervention and/or remediation services.
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Park 2nd Graders Enjoy Storytime with Spriggs
08/28/2020
Our Mrs. Spriggs read “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to Park 2nd grade students this week. With social distancing in place - she allows small groups to enjoy floor time as she reads during storytime throughout the week, while others listen from desks. During activities, she also engages students attending virtually by sharing the book and classroom discussion with students connected to the classroom via a computer screen positioned on the front row or with help from the Promethean Board.
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Google Pear Deck Helps 8th Graders Re-Connect
08/28/2020
Mrs. Miller used creative measures to get to know her students and help them to get to know her, by creating an interactive activity in Pear Deck (an add-on feature for Google Slides)! 8th graders used Chromebooks to participate in an anonymous group discussion where they answered a mix of questions about themselves and their interests, random math facts (afterall, this is 8th grade math!), and about Mrs. Miller. All students answered each question anonymously, but all answers were populated on the Promethean Board so that students could read/discuss/and laugh together.
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Trojan Good Things, 8/28
08/28/2020
We see you Trojans! This was truly a first week back to school like no other. We have asked a lot of our kids, staff members, and the families of our students. We know that so much about our “new normal” is challenging. Our students did an outstanding job this week of following the protocols - wearing those masks, using social distancing, following new routines in our cafeterias and hallways, sitting at desks with shields, and more - and you did it with a strong Trojan spirit and a wonderful attitude. Trojan kids truly set the standard this week for us all. We see you making sacrifices. We see you supporting each other. We see you following safety protocols because you know that following these guidelines is what allows us to be here. We see you working hard, and not complaining. We see you Trojans, and we couldn’t be more proud or appreciative of you. THANK YOU. Keep on working, because we are right here working with you.
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MVPA 2nd Graders Make Worry Stones
08/28/2020
Second grade students at our MVPA made Worry Stones to help relieve anxiety and soothe worrisome thoughts during the school day. Mrs. Stane used the Promethean Board to show students how to work with the clay to create oval, smooth stones. Students chose three colors of polymer clay. They then rolled the clay into a ball, or rolled it into a thin snake-like shape, and then back into a ball. Once they had the colors mixed together well, she helped them to lightly press their fingerprint into each Worry Stone. Second grade teachers will bake these stones and give them back to students. Students will keep Worry Stones at their desks to use when they are worried or anxious. Mrs. Stane explained that to use the Worry Stone, students place the stone in their hand and rub the smooth sides with their fingers or they can put the stones in their pockets and use the same hand motion there.
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Protocols and Safety in 2020-2021 School Year
08/20/2020
In a new #HSSD resource - Parent Protocols and Safety Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic - you'll find information and links/resources about the HSSD Mask Policy (requiring the wearing of masks by all students in K-12 and by all HSSD staff), guidelines for what you and your family should do if you don't feel well and/or have symptoms or impact from COVID-19, guidelines for student and health and/or when you should arrange for your student to work remotely for a time period, and details about what communication processes will be followed if our school team needs to reach out to your families regarding a COVID-19 impact at the HSSD.
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FREE Meals for All Students Continues
08/13/2020
We will continue to provide FREE meals to all Trojan students in the 2020-2021 school year, in our cafeterias and at food truck stops across Hot Springs. No matter which Learning Option our students have chosen - Traditional, Blended, or Virtual Learning - we will ensure that all Trojan families have access to free meals. Find more important food details in this update ...
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Trojan Teams Welcome Back Families!
08/10/2020
Our teams want you to be fully prepared for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins August 24! Please find videos in this update from leaders at each of our schools, as well as our District Administrative team - all of which explain safety protocols, Learning Options, day-to-day routine details, and more for the fall semester.
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HSSD Open House Events: Aug 10-11
08/06/2020
We can't wait to see our students! HSSD Open House events take place next week on Monday, August 10 (at HSJA, only) and Tuesday, August 11 (at HSWCHS and all Elementary Schools). Each event includes a Virtual Open House and an in-classroom Open House. Elementary schools are hosting in-classroom Open House events by appointment, only. Find all details in this update regarding Open House plans and protocols for each of our schools.
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Trojans Ready to Learn Plan
07/22/2020
The Trojans Ready to Learn Plan was developed with input from the Trojans Ready to Learn Committee, and with guidance from the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. Trojan families can find detailed information in this plan regarding Safety and Health, Academics, Learning Management Systems, the 2020-2021 School Calendar, Communications and Outreach, Transportation, Contact Information, Details about day-to-day Routine and more. We hope you find this document informative and helpful as you plan for the fall semester.
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HSWCHS Registration Dates and Details
07/21/2020
The HSWCHS will host Registration (required for all students in grades 10-12) on July 27, 28, 29, and 31. During registration, HSWCHS staff members will be present to collect required student information, discuss student schedules, create student IDs, create bus tags, update information in the Home Access Center (HAC), and more. Find details in this update about the times and dates for each student to register, organized by grade level and last name.
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HSJA Registration Dates and Details
07/21/2020
The HSJA will host Registration (required for all students in grades 7-9) on July 27, 28, 30, and 31. During registration, HSJA staff members will be present to collect required student information, discuss student schedules, create student IDs, create bus tags, update information in the Home Access Center (HAC), and more. Find details in this update about the times and dates for each student to register, organized by grade level and last name.
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Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar Approved
07/21/2020
An updated HSSD Academic Year Calendar for 2020-2021 has been approved and is published here for reference.
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2020 Graduation Ceremony
07/06/2020
We are thrilled to honor our Graduating Class of 2020! The Hot Springs World Class High School Graduation Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Due to COVID-19, many protocols and guidelines must be followed to ensure the safety and health of all graduates and attendees. We appreciate your patience as we strictly adhere to the guidelines in our HSSD Graduation Plan in order to host an in-person graduation ceremony for our wonderful students.
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Fall Re-Opening: Learning Options & FAQs
06/22/2020
Do you have questions about HSSD learning options for the fall semester? The HSSD will follow the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and the Arkansas Ready for Learning report issued by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education in planning for re-opening in the fall. Three Learning Options will be provided to families for the fall semester. A full Trojans Ready to Learn District Support Plan will be available in July, with comprehensive details about how all protocols and procedures will be implemented. To help our families begin to make decisions, an FAQ document is provided here with information to be included in the support plan following input from the Trojans Ready to Learn Committee.
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Bridge the Gap: Summer Learning Activities
06/04/2020
Summer Learning Activities have been created by a team of #HSSD teachers for students in K-8th grade. Find fun, engaging, curriculum-based lessons in three subject areas to help students continue building skills through the summer!
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HSSD Summer Meal Program Starts June 8
06/02/2020
We will continue to offer FREE meals to children 0-18 years old during our Summer Meals Program from June 8 - July 30 at five different locations listed in this update. Let's keep the Hot Springs community well-fed, all summer long!
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TrojansRead Book Bus Opens June 9
06/02/2020
With great excitement, we announce the arrival of the #TrojansRead Book Bus! Through a generous partnership and donation from Kamo's Kids Foundation, and outstanding work from the HSSD Transportation Department, the HSSD has converted a school bus into a mobile book library. Free books can be checked out from HSSD media specialists and volunteers aboard the book bus all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 8 - July 30 (times and locations are listed in this update). Students will check out books just as they usually would in a traditional library during the school year. We are honored to provide meals AND books throughout the summer to our Hot Springs community. Please join us!
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HSSD End of Year Ceremony
05/29/2020
Please join us in honoring our HSSD Trojans award recipients and honorees for the 2019-2020 school year, in our online HSSD End of Year Awards and Retirees Ceremony! We also proudly announce the HSSD District Teacher of the Year in an exciting surprise presentation. Find the video link in this update.
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Congrats HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Ms Lesher
05/27/2020
Congratulations to Hot Springs World Class High School Teacher of the Year Angie Lesher. Angie has taught for six years at the Hot Springs School District. She boasts, “I’ve been a Trojan my entire life!.” She attended Oaklawn, Langston, Southwest, and then graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1999. Since 2014, Ms. Lesher has taught English in classes for students ranging year-to-year from 9th-11th grade.
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Congrats HSJA Teacher of the Year Mrs. Ward
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Hot Springs Junior Academy Teacher of the Year Carla Ward. Mrs. Ward has been changing lives for three years at the Hot Springs School District, and 17 in all as an educator. She teaches 7th-8th grade Math and Math Intervention.
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Congrats Oaklawn Teacher of the Year Mrs. Thrasher
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Teacher of the Year Barbara Thrasher. Mrs. Thrasher has been changing lives for three years at the Hot Springs School District, and four in all as a teacher. She teaches second grade at our Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School (which is soon-to-be our Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School).
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Congrats Langston Teacher of the Year Ms. Holder
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Langston Elementary Leadership Academy Teacher of the Year Rebecca Holder. Ms. Holder has been changing lives for nine years at the Hot Springs School District, and 12 in all as a teacher. She currently teaches third grade at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy.
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Congrats Gardner Teacher of the Year Mrs. Moody
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Gardner STEM Teacher of the Year Stephanie Moody. She has been changing lives as an educator for eight years at the Hot Springs School District. She currently teaches kindergarten at our Gardner STEM Magnet School (soon-to-be Oaklawn STEM Magnet School).
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Congrats to Park Teacher of the Year Mrs. Burton
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Marissa Burton, Park Magnet Teacher of the Year. She has been changing lives as an educator for nine years at the Hot Springs School District. She currently teaches kindergarten at our Park Magnet, an IB World School.
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HSSD Virtual Graduation Ceremony, 2020
05/21/2020
Without further ado, and with great pride, please allow us to present - the Hot Springs World Class High School Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Honoring the Hot Springs School District Trojan Graduates of 2020:
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"We the People" Project through ADL Program
05/13/2020
Throughout this school year, HSWCHS Media Specialist Mrs. Shipman has used innovative lessons and resources from the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. For the final project, students were given an assignment that started with observation of “We the People” by Nari Ward. “We the People” is an 8 x 27-foot wall sculpture presenting the opening words of the Constitution’s preamble, spelled out in the elegant original script, and with each letter outlined in shoelaces that hang from perforations in the gallery wall. Students were asked to describe what “We the People” meant to them and then to create their own version that represents Hot Springs. The inspiring student projects that resulted from this assignment (featured below) and the historical artifacts used throughout the year for the program will be displayed in the newly renovated Hot Springs World Class High School Library.
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Virtual Disney Rides and Literacy Skills
05/08/2020
HSSD third grade students in Ms. Lauren Sierocuk’s class at Gardner STEM Magnet School enjoyed virtual “rides” on attractions at Walt Disney World. Each day, she provided a different virtual ride video and a literacy challenge crafted for the ride. The AMI period has created new challenges that teachers and students have never before experienced. Throughout our final month of school, we will highlight extraordinary assignments, success stories, unique projects, and memorable moments from our classrooms from March to May.
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HSJA Parent Meeting Notes
04/29/2020
Meeting notes from virtual parent meetings for current 7th-8th grade students AND for current 6th grade students are included in the documents linked below. Find information regarding grading for the current school year, course planning for the 2020-2021 school year, and information about moving 7th-9th grade classrooms to the new complex on Emory Street in August.
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Activities to Make Learning Fun ... From Home!
04/29/2020
Find educational and unique, engaging, all-around fun activities for families to enjoy together in this collection from our HSSD Gifted & Talented Team!. These activities require very few additional resources or supplies (if any at all) outside of the information and/or links provided within each link below. Families can use these ideas, prompts, games, projects, virtual tours, and more as we wrap up the school year online (to supplement AMI coursework) or throughout the summer months. We hope these ideas help to make education and family time from home memorable for our Trojan Family!
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Adopt A HSSD Senior Student
04/22/2020
Graduation for our current HSSD senior class will be unlike any other. If interested and able … Help us to make it as memorable as possible, by Adopting a Senior Student! Our Adopt-a-Senior effort is an organized initiative to ensure that every single HSSD senior receives a celebratory Graduation Gift Package, in addition to specially ordered senior signage to be placed in their yards by Administrators during the week of May 11. We appreciate your support so much! Find all details in this update ...
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Planning for HSSD Graduation & Prom
04/21/2020
Information is provided in this update about a Virtual Graduation Ceremony to take place May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the HSWCHS Facebook Page, and TENTATIVE plans to host a traditional Graduation Ceremony and Prom Event in late-July. Please read details ...
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HSSD Registration is Open for 2020-2021!
04/19/2020
School Registration is Open for the 2020-2021 School Year! We look forward to having you join our Trojan Family at the Hot Springs School District. Students currently in grades 7-12 have already re-enrolled. All online registration information is available at our registration page, which you can link to in this update. Call the HSSD District Administrative Office with any questions about the enrollment process at: (501) 624-3372.
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HSSD Pre-K Registration is Open!
04/16/2020
Pre-K registration is open at all HSSD elementary schools! Find information about how to hold a spot for your child in the 2020-2021 school year at our HSSD Pre-K Registration Page: www.hssd.net/parents/registration 
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HSSD Library Book Return by May 15
04/15/2020
By May 15, HSSD families should please return library books to schools at designated drop boxes outside of each school building. Books can be dropped off between 9:00 - 3:00, Monday - Friday. We encourage parents to keep students in vehicles during book drop off, please. Any HSSD books checked out from any HSSD school library can be dropped at any of the book returns.
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Parent Support Resources During Covid-19
04/14/2020
We know that this time period is challenging for families. Find a collection here of timely support resources during the Covid-19 crisis including links, scholarly articles, tips, and recommendations for supporting the emotional needs of families. We hope the information below will help you to take care of yourselves, and to support the emotional well-being of your kids as you manage an array of new challenges and frustrations.
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HSSD Student Registration to Take Place Online
04/09/2020
SSD student registration will take place online to continue ensuring the safety of all students and families during ongoing precautionary efforts to stop the spread of COVID19. No one will get left behind in this process, and we are working to make this as safe AND convenient for everyone as possible. Details are provided below for registering or re-enrolling Kindergarten Students, New Students in Grades 1-12, and Students to Re-Enroll in Grades 1-12, here ...
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Online Tryouts for Trojan Cheer & T-Steppers
04/07/2020
Tryouts for Trojan Cheerleaders and T-Steppers will take place online, and all information and details about how to prepare and participate in tryouts is available via Google Classrooms set up by respective coaches. Find all details, here ...
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HSSD Wellness Update, 4/6
04/06/2020
Arkansas school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year due to continued COVID19 prevention efforts. Education will continue at all public schools through AMI learning, and HSSD schools will continue AMI Days through our last day of school, which is May 28. Our Trojan Family is dedicated to continuing to provide students with a high quality education, and we are using flexibility and the best resources possible to do that online for all families. Teachers and administrators are working to make sure that every HSSD student is engaging with a teacher on a daily basis and is involved in school work through Google Classrooms and/or Zoom sessions. We are also working to ensure that every family has access to Internet and technology devices (if those resources are not available at homes, we are offering them for free). Furthermore, our staff members are dedicated to providing a continuation of services that our schools provide in addition to learning including free meals, counseling services, support from intervention professionals, curriculum and virtual field trips through our Gifted & Talented Program, support from our Special Education Team, support from our therapists, and more.
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Contact Info for HSSD Principals & Counselors
04/06/2020
HSSD Principals and Counselors are still available to you! If you need to ask questions, or receive services or support from these individuals, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone call or email. Find all contact information, here ...
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Trojan Good Things, 4/3
04/03/2020
Trojan Good Things this Friday is dedicated to our wonderful staff members - our Trojan Family - who are working through trying times to deal with unprecedented circumstances and never before seen challenges to our roles as educators. Thank you for being flexible, driven, courageous, and dedicated to the education and services that we provide to our kids and to this community. Thank you all for your planning and efforts this week via virtual classrooms and meetings. Thank you to the many that participated (as spaced apart as possible) in our Trojan Spirit Parade on Wednesday. The Trojan Spirit Parade was such a heartwarming expression of your love. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of you at every grade level and every role. I couldn’t be more proud of our collaborative efforts to create progress and productivity in such an uncertain and scary period. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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HSSD AMI Days, Grab and Go Meal Schedule
04/02/2020
During HSSD AMI Days, we will continue providing FREE grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches (at lunch times, only) at Park and Langston, at sites throughout the city via #TrojanEats Food Truck and the HSSD Box Truck, and via school bus routes . These meals are FREE to children ages 0-18. Find all details about locations and times, here ...
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Updated AMI Guidance for K-12
04/02/2020
An update has been published to the AMI page on the HSSD website with the information included in this news update. With the period for AMI Days extended, the HSSD is working to ensure that a high quality education continues for all students. Starting Monday, April 6, all students in K-12 need access to a technology device with Internet. All students in K-12 will be expected to have daily online interaction with teachers. The HSSD is providing FREE Internet access and FREE technology devices to all students. If your student has not checked in with a teacher via Google Classroom and/or Zoom session and/or email, please make sure that communication takes place as soon as possible. If you have questions about how to get a technology device for your student, or how to arrange for the installation of free Wifi, or to find out about free meals being provided across the city, please ask your teacher via email, ask your principal via email, or call the school office. We appreciate our HSSD families so much for the hard work and patience throughout this period of learning. Please read the full update regarding HSSD AMI Guidelines for an extended period (through April 17), here ...
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Trojan Spirit Parade, Watch April 1
03/31/2020
Watch for us tomorrow, April 1, between 4:00 - 5:00 along the route in the map included in the second graphic, below. We will drive by and wave at you from car windows. We are so proud of your hard work, and we want to celebrate you!
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HSSD is Providing Internet Access to All
03/30/2020
The HSSD is working to provide FREE Wifi access to all students who do not already have it available. - Connect at Home: If your family does not already have access to the Internet, the HSSD is installing FREE Wifi devices at the homes of students during the AMI period. E-mail your teacher or principal as soon as possible to have this installation arranged. -Connect in School Parking Lots: At all six HSSD school campus parking lots, vehicles may park and allow students to access district Wifi on district devices (which automatically connect) or personal devices. Please keep all students and family members inside vehicles while accessing Wifi at these locations.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/13
03/13/2020
I would like to use the shout out this week to encourage you all and thank you as educators in a public school district - THANK YOU! I am so honored to work alongside public servants who, during challenging and - even scary times - we are committed to the wellbeing of a cause greater than ourselves. I also have wonderful shouts to share honoring Ms. Newborn at Gardner STEM and Ms. Tiffany Cooper with our SPED Team. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Looking Glass Self Exercise Spreads Positivity
03/12/2020
HSWCHS students in Sociology Class with Ms. Mahoney used a “Looking Glass Self Exercise” to learn more about socialization, and spread positivity. Using socialization theories - students explored how our interactions with others do have a direct impact on our own behavior and how we think other people see us. She proved that by sharing kindness through words and interaction, we can change how people see themselves, for the better!
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JAG Students Plan Healthy Meals
03/06/2020
Our HSJA students in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) classes have worked over a series of weeks to learn the skills necessary for designing, planning/budgeting, and preparing healthy meals. JAG Facilitator Mrs. Goodman invited the new Chartwells Mobile Teaching Cart to her classes, so that students could be part of a hands-on demonstration in healthy meal preparation. Today and Monday, students are shopping with a $25 budget at the Albert Pike WalMart, and will purchase items to take home with them and prepare a meal for their families.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/6
03/06/2020
I have four outstanding, anonymous shoutouts to share from across the HSSD with you this afternoon … for our Mrs. Crawford at Gardner STEM Magnet School, Mr. Lenox, Mr. Shepard, and JAG students/Mrs. Goodman at Hot Springs Junior Academy, and theatre students/Ms. Potts at Hot Springs World Class High School!
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Langston Students Build Inspiring Biographies
03/05/2020
As a special project to honor and study Black History Month, 5th grade students in Ms. Hicks’ class at our HSSD Langston Elementary Leadership Academy worked together with partners to create biographies of famous African Americans. Ms. Hicks pointed out - the primary purpose of this project was to make connections between individuals and events in history that impacted the United States. Some of the those chosen included Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Harriet Tubman, Ray Charles, and Langston Hughes. “This was important for our kids because they learned how these people paved the way and helped create a world for unity …,” she said. The lesson combined reading and social studies standards, and created collaborative, memorable experiences for our kids - about actual historic heroes!
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Oaklawn Presents "Cinderella" March 10 & 12
03/05/2020
The OVPA production of the musical “Cinderella” is next week! Join us Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Productions are free to attend by all. This is also a very special production, because it is the last to be performed in the Oaklawn Auditorium (as our Oaklawn students and staff members will move to the building at 701 Main Street in the 2020-2021 school year. Our Oaklawn staff members invite all OVPA alumni (anyone who has been in an Oaklawn production since 2000) to attend “Cinderella” to give this auditorium a nostalgic goodbye and offer celebration toward changes ahead! One of the most special things about productions at our OVPA is that they include any 1st-6th grade OPVA student who wants to participate. OVPA Theatre Teacher Mrs. Roxanne Kirchhoff shared that she finds the story of Cinderella inspiring to audiences of all ages because it’s a tale of “how ultimate kindness and hard work can take people as far as they want to go in life!.” Meet the cast and learn more ...
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Trojan Good Things, 2/28
02/28/2020
I love to highlight how involved our HSSD is with community programs and initiatives … for the final #TrojanGoodThings of February, I want to highlight our three students who were celebrated this week at the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club meeting: Andrea Ortega, Sara Vasseau and Katyra Johnson.
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Opening Ceremony for Athletic Facilities
02/28/2020
Our Trojan Family, community partners at the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, and a crowd of students and area families joined us on February 27 for a Ribbon-Cutting and Opening Ceremony for the new HSSD Indoor Practice Facility and Trojan Baseball/Softball Complex! The Indoor Practice Facility is a spacious, state-of-the-art multi-purpose Indoor sports complex, one that HSSD leaders hope can be utilized by our own students across programs and clubs, and by the entire community. The Trojan Baseball/Softball Complex is equally outstanding, and also serves as the home field for the National Park College Nighthawks teams.
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Thespian Troupe Attends State Festival
02/27/2020
Our HSSD Thespian Troupe broadened horizons with an extended field trip to include attending an award-winning musical “Once on this Island” at the Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville), and then the Arkansas State Thespian Festival at Arkansas State University (Jonesboro). The group brought back experiences and made connections that will help them get into (and hopefully qualify for scholarships toward) theatre programs at colleges and universities across the region, and inspire new ideas for productions they will undertake right here in Hot Springs (like their upcoming short play “Alice” on March 13 and March 15). “I want them to take away that theatre and art programs touch people from all walks of life,” says Hot Springs World Class High School Theatre Teacher and Thespian Troupe Leader Mrs. Potts.
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HSSD Pre-K Programs
02/27/2020
The HSSD is proud to offer Pre-K options for students at all four of our elementary schools. Each program is unique, in terms of cost, student qualification factors, curriculum, and other details. Learn more about what each program can offer your child, here ...
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Read Across America Week: March 2-6, 2020
02/25/2020
HSSD elementary schools will celebrate Read Across America Week March 2-6 to celebrate reading with students, alongside a Dr. Seuss theme!
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Trojan Good Things, 2/21
02/21/2020
Tonight is our last home game in the current Trojan game gym. While we are all beyond excited about athletic events and activities in our spacious new Trojan Arena, I want to dedicate the shoutout today to the Trojan sweatbox - an experience like no other - that our gym has been home to for so many years. The countless students and staff members, fans and supporters, and opponents alike, and all who have sat shoulder-to-shoulder in our packed and humid gym know what I’m talking about very well. There is nothing like being part of a community that is so hopeful, happy, and excited about student growth and student achievement (which is the entire point of every single event that we have held there). Tonight is also Winter Sports Seniors Night (in between our girls and boys basketball games). Congrats to all of our outstanding athletes who work so hard to develop the discipline and practice the skills that make them such wonderful representatives of our school. We are so proud of them all! Games begin at 6:00. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Freshmen Explore Career-Related Study Options
02/14/2020
Our 9th grade students attended a Career Fair yesterday, hosted by staff members and 11th-12th grade students who are part of each career-related study offered at the HSWCHS. They completed a survey at the end of the experience to select their top three choices, which will be used by administrators and counselors to make choices about course offerings and scheduling in the 2020-2021 school year. Career-related studies are part of the Career Academies model at the HSWCHS, which helps to ensure that our students are as prepared as possible for whatever their path is after graduation.
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Trojan Good Things, 2/14
02/14/2020
Happy Valentine’s Day Trojan Family. You all inspire me every day with the love and kindness that you give to our students and to one another. Even through all of the challenges I know that you deal with, you show love to our kids and to this community. I’m so proud of you for that, above all things. I also have two anonymous shoutouts to share to our Oaklawn team!
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FACS Classes Sew Little Monsters for OVPA
02/12/2020
HSWCHS students in Family and Consumer Science classes brought to life monster characters created by OVPA kindergarten students! FACS classes sewed monsters based on descriptions and images created by kindergarteners earlier in the school year. They presented monster projects in person today to excited kids at OVPA.
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Saving Money Matters from First Security Bank
02/10/2020
First Security Bank representatives including Penny Pockets, First Security Bank Kids Club Savings Program mascot, presented to Park Magnet second grade students today about the importance of saving money. The presentation follows a Unit of Inquiry based on Economics. Assistant Vice President Heather Busch presented to an excited group and discussed how early students should start saving money (as soon as possible), where money should be stored (in a safe place, like a bank), and why families need money (for food, shelter, transportation, fun, and more!). Ms. Busch and Penny Pockets encouraged students to look into Kids Savings Accounts at any bank, to help begin good money saving habits, and to learn about how interest can help saved money add up!
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Trojan Good Things, 2/7
02/07/2020
I want to give a huge shoutout to our School Counselors for the outstanding work that they do all year long. They are an invaluable asset to our team, and their profession is honored across the country this week for National School Counselor Week! Also, I have an anonymous shoutout to share about our Langston students. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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5th Grade Experiences Portable Planetarium
02/06/2020
In coordination with our HSSD Gifted and Talented Program, representatives from Arkansas State Parks brought a 25-foot planetarium to our Park Magnet School and presented a “Native Americans and the Stars” program to more than 250 HSSD fifth grade students. Programs include lessons in social studies, science, and reading comprehension - as interpreters explain how Native Americans used the stars and constellations for navigation, and passed down knowledge from generation to generation through storytelling.
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R.I.S.E. Trainers Certified at HSSD
02/06/2020
Mrs. Gail Bean and Mrs. Joie Trejo are now certified R.I.S.E. Trainers for the HSSD, which allows for in-house training and support to staff members for the. R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas program facilitated through the Arkansas Department of Education. They add a valuable service area to their roles as District Instructional Facilitators, because they can combine specialized R.I.S.E. training with the specific needs and challenges at the HSSD.
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Park Named Magnet School of Distinction
02/04/2020
Park Magnet an IB World School, a part of the Hot Springs School District, has been named for a second year in a row as a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.
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Little Trojan Cheer Practice & Performance
01/31/2020
HSSD girls in K-6th grade, see details about an upcoming Little Trojan Cheerleaders practice and performance opportunity! Registration is due February 8th.
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Trojans Youth Baseball Registration Opens
01/31/2020
The Trojans Youth Baseball Association has opened season registration to HSSD boys in grades 1-8. Find details and registration forms here.
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HSSD Launches New Mobile App
01/31/2020
Download the "Hot Springs School District" app on any mobile device from your app store (for FREE of course) to quickly and easily access HSSD News, Calendars, a quick link to the Home Access Center (HAC), Lunch Menus, the Student Handbook, and more! We look forward to utilizing this additional communication tool to help keep our students, families, and community as well informed as possible!
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Trojan Good Things, 1/31
01/31/2020
As we wrap up January, I want to give a big shout out to the outstanding teams at all of our schools for meeting second quarter goals. We also wrap up School Board Appreciation Month today. I cannot say enough good things about the great support and excellent leadership that we receive from our School Board members. I have one shoutout to share from our Langston 5th and 6th grade team. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Let's Fight Flu Season, Together!
01/30/2020
Let's work to stay healthy, together! HSSD families, please remember that January - March is the peak of flu/sickness season. What are everyday preventive actions we can all take to avoid spreading germs? Learn more, here ...
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Juniors Experience 1920s in HSWCHS Library
01/30/2020
Juniors at our Hot Springs World Class High School traveled back in time today, as the new Library Media Center was used as the host site for a hands-on, interactive experience to model the 1920s - including an archive of historic documents and photographs, activities and board games, films, photo booth, and large collection of memorabilia from the time period.
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Chartwells Introduces Mobile Teaching Cart
01/24/2020
Our HSSD food service provider Chartwells unveiled a new teaching tool yesterday - the Discovery Mobile Teaching Cart! Staff members across our campuses can request this cart station and Chartwells staff for classroom demonstrations and collaborative cooking lessons with our kids.
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Trojan Good Things, 1/24
01/24/2020
I have three anonymous shoutouts to share with you this week to our Gardner STEM Kindergarten Team, our T-Steppers, and our Institutional Law Enforcement Officer. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Growth and Change for the HSSD
01/23/2020
We are thrilled to continue growth and progress within the Hot Springs School District! Starting in August of 2020, the HSSD will consist of six campuses. Learn more here about upcoming school name changes, location changes, and more in the 2020-2021 school year.
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Park 2nd Graders Redefine Holiday Traditions
01/21/2020
Second grade students at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, presented summative assessment projects for the “Who We Are” Unit of Inquiry. The project assignment was to create their own holiday or celebration, entirely unique from any existing holiday. Students created posters to help communicate the details of their unique holidays and celebrations. The critical thinkers and creative minds in all three second grade classrooms came up with outstanding celebrations. It is noticeable immediately that most holiday ideas have in common the need for togetherness with family and/or friends, and great food. Read here to see all the innovative ideas ...
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Trojan Good Things, 1/17
01/19/2020
My shoutout this week goes to all of our students who experienced academic improvement in the second nine weeks! Congrats to all of our kids who received academic awards, academic improvement awards, or leadership awards of any kind including our Terrific Kids Awards and Leader in Me Awards; AND congrats to our secondary level students who saw any kind of growth in their grades or test scores. Growth and learning is hard work, and we are so very proud of your hard work and your progress!
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Gardner Students Collaborate for MLK Artwork
01/17/2020
To help students reflect upon and remember the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our Gardner students in Mrs. Jackson's class collaborated to create this portrait. They discussed famous MLK quotes as they worked together to produce this memorable artwork.
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HSSD Students Attend Broadway Musical "Wicked"
01/17/2020
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy Choir & Hot Springs World Class High School Thespian students got to see the memorable Broadway Musical, "Wicked" on this week at Robinson Performance Hall (Little Rock). Students enjoyed a sensational show and learned about appropriate etiquette, musical production, and the many careers available in arts and drama.
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"We Have a Dream" Project
01/16/2020
Second grade students at our Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School completed an “I Have a Dream” assignment modeled after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Mrs. Avery read books focused on the life and work of MLK to her students and then assigned them the task of identifying a dream of their own, that could bring positive change. Students used their writing time to create artwork from their own experiences and opinions to communicate their own dreams for future change.
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"Free to Be Me" Celebration for Park 1st Grade
01/16/2020
First grade students at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, read about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and focused on stories from his childhood. Mrs. Sligh’s class reflected about how he used experiences of being treated unfairly in his childhood to help create changes when he was an adult. Students created “Free to Be Me” necklaces to celebrate who they are as individuals, to celebrate the friendships that they all share, and to remind of the importance of celebrating our differences in love and kindness.
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Oaklawn Students Inspired by MLK Quotes
01/14/2020
Oaklawn students in the Gifted & Talented Program used GT class time to read Martin’s Big Words, a children’s narrative that describes the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through quotes and watercolor portraits and patterns. They made a list of adjectives used to describe Dr. King in the book, and discussed how and why those attributes are so important to being a good leader.
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HSSD Geography Bee Winners
01/14/2020
Geography Bees, hosted for HSSD 4th-8th grade students, took place last week for all four elementary schools and our Hot Springs Junior Academy. This national geography competition is designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Ten competed at each school-level competition. A first, second, and third place were awarded at each competition. Congrats to all participants!
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HSSD Report Cards Sent Home Today
01/10/2020
HSSD families, please be advised that report cards are being sent home today from all HSSD schools. Elementary students in grades K-6 will be sent home with their report cards. Secondary students in grades 7-12 will receive report cards by mail. Please contact school principals with questions.
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Trojan Good Things, 1/10
01/10/2020
Happy New Year and welcome back for the second semester! While I hope you’re all recharged and well rested from a nice holiday break, I know the first week back comes with many challenges of getting our kids focused and back into a routine. We are beginning a new decade - and I’m so honored to have you all at our wonderful school district, working toward a strong, productive 2020 for our kids and this community! I have one shoutout to share, and two celebrations to share with you, as we celebrate our first week back ...
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Oaklawn Jr. Beta Featured as RISE Spotlight
01/09/2020
Our OVPA Jr. Beta Club was selected to be the featured group in the January R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Spotlight! They were chosen for their "Betas, Books, and Babies" project - which was a partnership with CHI St. Vincent Hospital to supply books to newborn babies.
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Langston 4th Grade Challenged with Rebus Puzzles
01/07/2020
Amid the various tactics used for fostering student learning and achievement, teachers develop various creative strategies to keep young minds at work. Langston 4th grade students in Mrs. Limbaugh’s class choose from multiple learning centers and daily supplemental reading for time between assignments. Many enjoy most the daily rebus puzzle. A rebus is a puzzle device that combines the use of illustrated pictures with individual letters to depict words and/or phrases. Rebus puzzles are a fun way to reinforce reading skills, build and refine critical thinking, and the puzzles expose students to new vocabulary and ideas during discussion as a class at the end of each day.
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HSSD Spelling Bee Finalists Compete Thursday
01/06/2020
This Thursday, January 9, all finalists from HSSD Spelling Bees will compete at the Garland County Spelling Bee! The Garland County Spelling Bee is hosted at Gospel Light Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. Congrats to all of our outstanding, hardworking competitors.
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HSJA Donates to Ouachita Children's Center
12/20/2019
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy 7th-8th grade students collected items needed by the Ouachita Children’s Center this holiday season - to help families receiving shelter or services from OCC. Thank you to the students, families, and HSJA staff members who contributed to this heartwarming effort for an area non-profit.
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Betas, Books, and Babies at CHI
12/19/2019
Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School Jr. Beta Club students created “Betas, Books and Babies” as their community project, and made a special holiday book delivery to the CHI Anthony Childbirth Center. They collected books for infants and toddlers from Jr. Beta members and OVPA students/staff to be distributed at no charge to families with newborn babies.
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Ornaments For Firefighters and Medical Staff
12/19/2019
Our Langston Jr. Beta Club helped to spread Christmas spirit this season by thanking community heroes and medical professionals at all Hot Springs Fire Department stations, the CHI St. Vincent Emergency Room, and Hot Springs EMS. They delivered ornaments to all of these groups, in appreciation for their efforts - even during Christmas Day - to protect and serve the Hot Springs community.
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HSSD Introduces #TrojanEats Food Truck
12/17/2019
The Hot Springs School District and our food service provider Chartwells proudly introduce the first ever #TrojanEats Food Truck! The truck has a fully equipped kitchen on board, and room for up to four chefs and/or servers at once. #TrojanEats will be helping to feed our kids and spread Trojan spirit across the Hot Springs area.
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Trojan Good Things, 12/13
12/13/2019
The shoutout this week goes to our three newly National Board Certified Teachers: Mrs. Anna Jackson (Gardner STEM Magnet School), Mrs. Cheryl Long (Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School), and Mrs. Jan Sligh (Park Magnet, an IB World School). This extremely challenging process takes 1-3 years, and is the highest and most rigorous professional certification that a teacher can earn. We couldn’t be more proud of these three who have moved through the finish line (and committed countless hours) of this certification process, and who will collectively join others with this same elite certification status in continuing to make our district world class in teaching and student learning.
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St. Mary's Sponsors Donations for HSSD Kids
12/12/2019
Generous parishioners of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church delivered wrapped toy bundles and clothes for HSSD families in need. Next week, they will complete the donations for each family with food boxes. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful effort from St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church. We are so thankful for those in our Hot Springs community who remind us and set the example for our kids - especially during the holidays - that we are all here to take care of each other.
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Xpress Boats Helps HSSD Feed Families
12/10/2019
Xpress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons has again generously sponsored the Wild Game Snack Stick Program through Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Through this program, more than 3,000 tasty, protein-rich snack sticks have been provided to the HSSD, for distribution through our school Backpack Programs and the Welcome Center.
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Gardner Collects Toys for Festival of Stars
12/06/2019
As their Jr. Beta Club Community Service Project, Gardner STEM Magnet School 4th-6th grade students hosted a local toy drive for the annual Arkansas Children’s Hospital “Festival of Stars” toy and donation drive event. Toys have been donated by students, staff members, and community partners across the HSSD
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Trojan Good Things, 12/6
12/06/2019
As we kick off December, I want to do a shout out for the spirit of service that is so prevalent across our district. You all are a model for kindness and compassion to our students, and through the year-round service projects that you undertake - especially during the holidays - we are giving them experiences of servanthood that they will never forget. It makes me so proud to be part of a Trojan Family that truly does serve and graciously give back to the Hot Springs community.
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2019 HSSD Holiday Lineup
12/04/2019
Don't miss a thing across the #HSSD during our exciting holiday season. We have so many outstanding and talented student groups to showcase! Find dates and details, here:
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Kiley Simms Named as HSWCHS Principal
12/03/2019
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board have named Mrs. Kiley Simms as the Hot Springs World Class High School Principal, starting December 3, 2019. She has worked in the Hot Springs School District since 2007.
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Langston Memorial Flower Bed
12/02/2019
Garland County Master Gardeners generously worked with our Langston 4th-5th grade students to complete the planting of a flower bed surrounding the Langston Memorial at the entrance to the new campus on Silver Street. Blue and gold flowers were planted to honor the Langston BullDogs - the mascot of the first Langstonians, before Langston became part of the Hot Springs School District Trojan family.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/22
11/22/2019
Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful Trojan Family! I am so thankful for this amazing district (all the people in it) and our wonderful community! As we take next week to rest and enjoy family and friends, I want to very simply capture for you how thankful and proud I am of you - and your work - and our amazing kids. You change lives through the work you do every day. Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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"Elf" the Musical Presented by HSSD
11/21/2019
Drama students in grades 7-12 bring the musical production “Elf” to the HSSD December 12-14 at the Hot Springs Junior Academy Auditorium. An outstanding cast of 25 actors and 11 dancers have rehearsed since August for roles and performances to warm your heart and bring holiday spirit to all! Find details about performance times and cast members, here.
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Celebrating HSSD Special Olympics Bowling
11/20/2019
Our HSSD Special Olympics Bowling Team enjoyed an exciting season, and we celebrate their success! Participation includes a series of practices and instruction and a culminating competition at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. The motto “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” is threaded into all learning and achievement.
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Sister City Exchange Trips for 2020
11/19/2019
Applications are now open to join the Hot Springs delegation of students and teachers traveling to Hanamaki, Japan in the summer of 2020 - through the Hot Springs Sister City Program. Student applications are due December 21; Teacher applications are due January 7.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/15
11/15/2019
For the second year in a row, our Hot Springs World Class High School has received a Beating the Odds Award for Math Growth from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Annually, excellent schools around the state are highlighted by Outstanding Educational Performance Awards through the OEP. We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work by our students and teachers.
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Anthony Tidwell Works with Dance Students
11/15/2019
Our wonderful community partner Anthony Tidwell of Cutwell 4 Kids spent the morning in our Hot Springs World Class High School Dance Studio teaching students about the elements of visual art. Students will use this to deconstruct a chosen piece of artwork and create original choreography.
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Outstanding Educational Performance at HSWCHS
11/13/2019
For the second year in a row, our Hot Springs World Class High School has received a Beating the Odds Award for Math Growth from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Annually, excellent schools around the state are highlighted by Outstanding Educational Performance Awards through the OEP.
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Langston Hosts Mock Trial
11/12/2019
Students from classrooms including Mr. Webb, Mr. White, Ms. Hicks, and Ms. Ross at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy hosted a live mock trial with Honorable Judge Wade Naramore.
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HSJA Digital Art Show
11/12/2019
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy held a first ever Digital Art Show with over 120 student art pieces on display. The student-led event was a collaboration between our EAST and Art Programs. Free snacks and coffee were provided by volunteers from our FCCLA and donations from Red Light Roastery. In total, over 150 students were involved in the production.
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HSSD Thanks Military Veterans on Staff
11/11/2019
Thank you to all Military Veterans for your service and sacrifice. We would like to especially recognize our own Hot Springs School District personnel, who are also Military Veterans.
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Veterans Day Tribute to LT Paul Riley
11/10/2019
A Veteran’s Day Tribute to LT Paul Riley, from LCDR Sean M. Garrett, USN (Ret.), our Senior Navy Science Instructor for the HSWCHS NJROTC
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Trojan Good Things, 11/8
11/08/2019
Our shoutout this week goes to our students and staff members who make our Fall athletic, performance, musical, and all other extracurricular activities possible! Tonight is our Senior Ceremony ahead of the final home Football game versus Lakeside, and also marks the transition from fall to our winter sports and programs.
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HSSD to Perform in "Broadway Bound" 11/7
11/05/2019
The Hot Springs Junior Academy and Hot Springs World Class High School Dance Programs present “Broadway Bound” on Thursday, November 7, at the Hot Springs Junior Academy. Join us for performances at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
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Three HSSD Students Serve as AHA Sweethearts
11/05/2019
Congrats to our Rachel Snider, Janaiya Reedy, and Emma Campas, who will represent the HSSD among the Garland County ladies committed to the 2019-2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Sweetheart program, presented by National Park Medical Center. They spend five months from October - February learning more about heart healthy lifestyles in preparation for the 2020 Heart Ball.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/1
11/01/2019
Congrats to us all, and thank you to the many who organized, volunteered, and contributed to another outstanding Pumpkin Light Night event on Tuesday. As you know, this is our largest district wide outreach initiative for the entire year, and our 5th annual event didn’t disappoint - even with rainy weather. Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Gardner Adjective Café Reinforces Language Skills
10/31/2019
Gardner second grade students in Ms. Crawford’s class enriched their use of adjectives in day-to-day language through an Adjective Café experience.
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ACT Aspire Interim Tests Nov 4-6
10/31/2019
On November 4-6, students in grades 3-6 will be taking ACT® Aspire® Interim Assessments at all HSSD elementary schools. Each day (Monday - Wednesday), your child will one test in one subject area- one day in Math, one day in Reading, and one day in Science.
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Hanamaki Student Delegation Visits HSJA
10/30/2019
We were so proud to have a student group from Hanamaki, Japan (through the City of Hot Springs Sister City Program) at the Hot Springs Junior Academy. The group of students, principals, and school administrators spent over three hours at the HSJA yesterday touring classrooms, watching student performances, and visiting with our students and staff members.
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Pumpkin Light Night, Oct 29
10/28/2019
Families from across Hot Springs - join us for a festive event celebrating the HSSD, including bouncy houses, decorated pumpkin judging, booths and games, and entertainment from our talented, world class HSSD student groups! Make the fun even bigger this year by bringing your kids in costume.
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HSSD Construction Update: Oct, 2019
10/28/2019
It was in September of 2016, that the great citizens of Hot Springs passed a millage to allow the Hot Springs School District to construct two brand new buildings -- Langston Elementary Leadership Academy and Hot Springs Junior Academy-- and to upgrade and remodel almost every one of the district’s campuses. In just over three years, we are nearing completion of each exciting addition and renovation to our facilities.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/25
10/25/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! The final week in October is also the last week of National Principals Month. I want to dedicate our shout outs this week to our outstanding group of Principals who work tirelessly to lead, empower, and encourage our students and staff.
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Arkansas Symphony Performs for Garland County
10/23/2019
For the 13th year, more than 3,000 Garland County students in 3rd-6th grade experienced an outstanding performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra thanks to the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild. The annual ASO performance takes place at the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena and is free to all students.
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HSWCHS Hosts Unity Day Ceremony
10/23/2019
Our Hot Springs World Class High School proudly hosted an anti-bullying pep rally today in honor of Unity Day for all 9th-12th grade students. The NJROTC presented flags, and the HSWCHS Choir performed the National Anthem, to begin the ceremony. Students enjoyed an anti-bullying short play from the Drama Club, an inspiring solo by Mya Sander, a performance from the Hot Springs Dance Troupe, and a challenge from guest speaker Lataschya Harris (Professor at National Park College) to end bullying, report bullies, and to take care of each other.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/18
10/19/2019
This week, I would like to share two wonderful shoutouts, one to Mr. White at Langston, and the other to Mrs. Olive at Park Magnet. I also want to send deep appreciation to our food service staff members as we wrap up National School Lunch Week.
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Audiology Services Provided to HSSD via EARS
10/18/2019
Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) is an outreach program of Arkansas Children’s Hospital that works with the HSSD to offer hearing evaluations, technical assistance to students and staff members with hearing aids and other hearing devices, hearing loss resources and tips, and more. Learn more about how the EARS program assists the HSSD and HSSD School Nurses, and when a representative will visit each school.
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HSSD Pee Wee Basketball Registration Opens
10/18/2019
HSSD 4th-6th grade students, find registration forms for Pee Wee Basketball in all elementary school offices. Registration is open through November 11. See more details and practice dates, here:
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Foundation Awards HSSD Enrichment Grants
10/16/2019
At the October Board Meeting, the Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation awarded 11 first-ever HSSD Enrichment Grants to HSSD student groups and programs, in grades, subject areas, and initiatives across the district.
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HSSD Institutional Law Enforcement Agency
10/14/2019
Safety is our top priority at the Hot Springs School District. We are proud to announce the approval of our Hot Springs School District Institutional Law Enforcement Agency by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, which will be directed by Chief Institutional Law Enforcement Officer Carl Seymour.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/11
10/11/2019
Thank you to HSWCHS and HSJA administrators and staff for meeting your first quarter goal. Both schools had a deadline to submit their essential standards documents. On Wednesday, we surprised both buildings with a celebration in honor of meeting their goals. I also want to pay special tribute to our HSSD Homecoming festivities throughout this week and today. Thank you to all students, staff members, families, and returning alumni for the joy that I sense from you in reflecting about where this district has been, and where we are going in the future.
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2019 HSSD Homecoming Festivities, Oct 11
10/10/2019
Our Homecoming Pep Rally and Ceremony are tomorrow! Please note a few minor changes here, due to expected rain. We look forward to a wonderful finale to Homecoming Week, and the celebration of HSSD tradition!
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HSJA Ladies Speak to Women's Leadership Council
10/10/2019
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy G.R.A.C.E. (Girls Reaching Above Challenging Expectations) group and Principal Natasha Lenox spoke today at the Women’s Leadership Council of Hot Springs Luncheon. Because of a generous grant from the Council, G.R.A.C.E. students have taken multiple field trips and participated in numerous community service events and projects in the Hot Springs area and in Little Rock.
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1,000+ Attend 4th Annual Garland County Reads
10/09/2019
The 4th annual Garland County Reads event was another hugely successful literacy celebration hosted by Garland County school districts in downtown Hot Springs at the Hot Springs Farmers Market. The collaboration is unique from any other literacy celebration across Arkansas, and is well loved and generously supported by the Hot Springs community and area schools. A community that reads together, grows together!
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Superintendent's Student Council Meets at Langston
10/09/2019
The first meeting of the newly created Superintendent’s Student Council was hosted at Langston Elementary Leadership Academy yesterday with 5th and 6th grade students. The 18 Council members were chosen through nomination by teachers for leadership and speaking skills, good behavior, good grades, and ability to collaborate well with others. Dr. Nehus and administrators will meet with a Superintendent’s Student Council at each school once per quarter throughout the school year.
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Frazier & Comstock Serve on Youth Advisory Council
10/09/2019
Our Alix Frazier and Logan Comstock will represent the Hot Springs School District on the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council. They are among a select group of students from school districts across the Hot Springs area who meet each month to learn about area non-profit organizations that benefit youth. Community Adult Advisors work with Council members to become better stewards of communities through work in philanthropy and community service.
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2019 HSSD Homecoming Week Daily Themes
10/04/2019
Start planning now to join in on the fun for our 2019 HSSD Homecoming Week, October 7-11. See daily themes to make Homecoming week as memorable as it always is in celebrating #HSSDTrojans spirit and tradition!
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Trojan Good Things, 10/4
10/04/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! I would like to highlight the outstanding role that our HSSD students played in the Garland County Veterans Memorial 10 Year Dedication Ceremony today.
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Gardner 4th Grade Honors U.S. Constitution
10/04/2019
Fourth grade classes at Gardner STEM Magnet School wrapped up an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution by throwing a party to honor signing of the revolutionary document on September 17, 1787. During the celebration, students reviewed the main purpose of the constitution - which was to establish the basic rights of all American citizens.
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Flu Clinics Scheduled October 1-4
10/01/2019
Flu Clinics have been scheduled for all HSSD schools October 1-4. Students must provide signed consent forms in order to receive flu shots. Consent forms are available in all school offices.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/27
09/27/2019
This week, I am excited to highlight a visit from Senator Alan Clark and Representative Les Warren as part of Take Your Legislator to School Month, offer a BIG Congrats to our athletic programs following a week of wins, and share two anonymous shoutouts to our HSJA EAST Program and an educator at OVPA. Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Mock Interviews Build Skills for JAG Students
09/25/2019
HSJA JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students completed mock interviews today, as part of the skills-focused JAG program curriculum. Thank you to the many HSSD personnel who volunteered time to serve as interviewers. Congrats to our amazing students for the hard work completed! We are so proud of you.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/20
09/20/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! See anonymous shoutouts here to our K-6 teachers involved in collaborative meetings, and our students and staff involved with the “A Chance to Dance” event last weekend, as well as personal note from me ...
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Law Enforcement Agencies Ensure Campus Safety
09/18/2019
Law enforcement agencies worked with HSSD Director of Safety Carl Seymour to complete a random K-9 search at the Hot Springs World Class High School. K-9 Units from the Hot Springs Police Department, National Park Service, and the Garland County Sheriff's Office participated. These random searches are arranged at all HSSD campuses, multiple times each school year.
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Kindness Activity Inspires Gardner 3rd Graders
09/18/2019
Gardner STEM third graders exchanged positive affirmations as a hands-on exercise in the power of kindness, in Mrs. Sierocuk’s class. Third grade teachers brainstormed as a team to devise a classroom activity that could create encouragement from students to other students. They reasoned that our kids easily forget sometimes that encouragement doesn’t always need to come only from our teachers; it can sometimes mean more if it comes from peers.
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HSSD Team Presents on Co-Teaching
09/17/2019
Angela Bates and Katie Bradley, the "Blooming Bee-lievers," represented Hot Springs School District at the 2019 LEA Administrator's Academy with the same enthusiastic, energetic passion with which they co-teach their fourth grade class at Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. This HSSD co-teaching team has quickly become a role model for successful implementation of the Arkansas Co-Teaching Project.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/13
09/15/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! See a shoutout here to our HSWCHS students involved with the National Park Technology Center, and more importantly - a positive observation about improved student interest in exploring careers and investing in their futures ..
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National Arts in Education Week
09/13/2019
The HSSD is proud to offer a wide array of visual and performing arts at each of our schools. For National Arts in Education Week, we explore an overview of the many ways that arts education is threaded into the offerings and accomplishments of our schools.
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Students Reflect About September 11th
09/11/2019
A full reflective 9/11 experience has been created for our 9th-12th grade students in the HSWCHS old gymnasium featuring eight stations. Each station is dedicated to the history, events, and implications of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Students rotate through each station with specific objectives and worksheets to help guide them through understanding and reflection.
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IB Parent Night at Park
09/11/2019
The upcoming Park Magnet School Parent Night (tomorrow evening, 9/12, at 5:30 p.m.) is a new informational event for our parents about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. All Pre-K - 6th grade classrooms at Park use the IB PYP Programme curriculum. We are so proud to have your student be part of such intense learning! We also want to make sure that our parents stay informed about the best ways to support and encourage student growth in such rigorous curriculum and practices.
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2019 HSSD Homecoming Court Announced
09/10/2019
The HSSD is proud to announce our 2019 Homecoming Court - a group of 9th-12th grade students selected by their peers to represent our Hot Springs World Class High School.. Join us at the 2019 Homecoming Ceremony and Trojans Football Game on Friday, October 11, at Joe Reese Stadium.
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HSSD Superintendent's Councils
09/09/2019
HSSD Superintendent Dr. Nehus organizes four unique Councils that meet throughout the school year to share and discuss district initiatives. Superintendent’s Council meetings are structured to allow for two-way communication, and open forums for information and sharing of feedback. Learn more about how to join one!
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Trojan Good Things, 9/6
09/06/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! See a shoutout here to our Gardner Music Teacher Mrs. Bettis for making music a “safe place” for all:
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HSSD Athletes Volunteer at CHI
09/05/2019
Athletes from the HSSD and Fountain Lake volunteered at CHI St. Vincent today, as part of continued community and athletic events in the First Security Kickoff Classic!
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HSJA Offers New Food Options via Chartwells
08/30/2019
Students at our Hot Springs Junior Academy can now enjoy added options for when and what to eat, thanks to our districtwide food service provider Chartwells. Second Chance Breakfast and Fast Break Lunch via a Grab-N-Go Line provide students with unique choices from the traditional breakfast and lunch offerings.
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Trojan Good Things, 8/30
08/30/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! See shoutouts this final week of August to 5th grade teacher Ms. Williams and school safety personnel and partners.
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Garland County Reads Kickoff Event, Oct 8
08/29/2019
Join us and participating school districts across Garland County for the 4th annual Garland County Reads kickoff event - October 6 at the Hot Springs Farmers Market.
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HSSD Immunization Requirements
08/29/2019
HSSD families, please be advised that student vaccinations must be current by September 15, 2019. Please send all immunization records to the school nurse at each HSSD school. An overview of all Arkansas Immunization Requirements are provided here for K-12th grade for reference.
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2019 First Security Kickoff Classic
08/28/2019
Join us in a series of athletic and community events generously sponsored by First Security Bank - during our 2019 First Security Kickoff Classic!
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Video Documentary of OVPA in the Works
08/28/2019
A camera crew will be at our OVPA campus starting tomorrow and throughout the school year, to document our staff and students for their success as a Pilot School for Project Learning Communities through the Arkansas Department of Education and Solution Tree.
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NWEA Testing Helps Educators Improve Learning
08/27/2019
HSSD families have seen information from teachers and/or school leadership at each of our campuses regarding NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) Testing, which is taking place in K-10th grade classrooms through September 13. NWEA test data is directly used by teachers, administrators, and HSSD leadership to offer the very best education possible to our world class students.
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Park Uses Writer's Workshop to Build Skills
08/26/2019
During “Writer’s Workshop” at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, kindergarten students are assigned daily writing prompts to help develop descriptive writing skills. Entries begin as drawings, and eventually expand to include words, thoughts, and full sentences.
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Leader in Me Skits with Mrs. Ross
08/23/2019
Sixth grade teacher at Langston Mrs. Ross used skit prompts to teach students about the value of becoming leaders who explore solutions during conflict that allow everyone to win and/or benefit.
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Trojan Good Things, 8/23
08/23/2019
We have five wonderful anonymous shouts to include this week for our Trojan Good Things, from three schools … I am so proud of our wonderful staff, districtwide - it has been a truly world class, productive first full-week back! Thank you all. Keep it up.
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5th Graders Take Gallery Walk of Great Depression
08/22/2019
Fifth grade students at our Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts School did a gallery walk at the Park Magnet library to view iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Music was played from the time period, as students worked to answer seven reflective questions about the images.
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HSSD Opens Welcome Center
08/16/2019
Come visit the new HSSD Welcome Center on Main Street, intended to offer FREE outreach services and resources to families. Guests will enjoy assistance from interpreters as needed, free wifi and computers, food and clothing pantry, quiet study areas and playroom for small children, and more.
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Trojan Good Things, 8/16
08/16/2019
Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! See the first of the 2019-2020 school year, highlighting the excellent work of our maintenance staff over the summer, and a heartwarming reunion between one of our teachers and a student.
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HSSD School Year At a Glance
08/14/2019
Find all of your academic year dates and district events included here, in your 2019-2020 School Year At a Glance Calendar!
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Student Meals Are FREE at HSSD
08/08/2019
Through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, the Hot Springs School District will again offer free meals (including breakfast and lunch) to all students enrolled. Parents can expect all meals to be provided for free to all students on August 15 and throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Our excellent, nutritious, and filling food options will again be provided by our wonderful food service provider Chartwells.
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26 Educators Attend HSSD New Teacher Academy
08/02/2019
On July 31 - August 2, the HSSD hosted our annual New Teacher Academy for 26 new educators to the district and/or current staff members who are transitioning positions or schools. We are thrilled with this group of eager professionals, who will soon be meeting colleagues and finalizing plans to make an impact on our world class students in the 2019-2020 school year.
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HSSD Continues to Provide Free School Supplies
07/30/2019
The Hot Springs School District will proudly carry on the tradition of providing all school supplies for all students at no cost in the 2019-2020 school year. Families with students attending any HSSD school (across all grades) should only purchase supplies if students have preferences for specific items.
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HSSD Opens 2019-2020 Athletic Passes
07/11/2019
Find pricing for general admission and sports passes from our HSSD Athletic Department for the 2019-2020 school year. Trojan Spirit Runs Strong!
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HSSD Receives Wellness Program Grant
07/10/2019
The Hot Springs School District - alongside other Garland County school districts - is honored to receive another grant through the Oaklawn Scholarship Foundation Student Wellness Fund, administered by and presented through the United Way of the Ouachitas. These generous funds go to support all students in need across the district, and are used at the discretion of school counselors and district leadership.
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HSSD Registration & Open House Events
07/02/2019
Please find details here about important dates for HSSD Registration and Open House events. We want to be sure that we confirm all spots for our students in the 2019-2020 school year. With any questions, please call respective schools, or our HSSD District Office at 501-624-3372. We look forward to another outstanding school year, starting August 15!
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Echols Named as HSSD Assistant Superintendent
06/24/2019
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board are pleased to announce that after a special called HSSD School Board Meeting, Mrs. Taryn Echols has been selected as a new HSSD Assistant Superintendent beginning July 1, 2019.
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HSSD Jr. Beta Club Earns 8 National Awards
06/21/2019
The Hot Springs School District is so proud of our eight Jr. Beta Club National Awards, brought home from the National Beta Club Convention hosted in Oklahoma City, June 15-18. CONGRATS to our dedicated Jr. Beta students and sponsors - we are so proud of you! And, thank you to the support from our wonderful parents, partners, and Jr. Beta sponsors/volunteers for all of your work throughout the year to bring our kids so far.
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HSSD Offers Summer Meals June 3 - July 26
05/30/2019
The HSSD - in partnership with Chartwells - our food service provider at all six of our schools - is providing meals in four locations in the Hot Springs community and at our Gardner STEM Elementary School, June 3 - July 26. Kids 18 and under eat for free. Adults may also purchase meals at a low cost. Children must be present with adults to receive meals. Learn more about locations and offerings!
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HSPSEF Opens HSSD Enrichment Grants
05/29/2019
The Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation opens the first-ever HSSD Enrichment Grants. Grants are intended to to enhance the quality and/or opportunity of our teachers and staff members to provide impactful, memorable curriculum and experiences to HSSD students, and to enrich the offerings of the HSSD. Application period ends August 28.
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HSSD Girls and Boys State Delegates
05/28/2019
We are proud to honor the following delegates, who are representing the HSSD at Girls State (hosted at Harding University in Searcy, and Boys state hosted at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway): Girls State - Hayley Mitchell, Caroline Moore, Rachel Caldwell, Xenia Allegria Martinez, Georgia Grimaud, Madalyn Simmons, Isabel Ritter, Anniemarie Van Oversteeg, and Rachel Tyler; Boys State - Kaleb Hughley; Jacoby Weston; Dayton Clayton; Devin Hill; Sebastian Love; John Thomas Butler; David Carter; Eli Spainhour, Cristian Jovel, and Miles Hermann.
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Trojan Good Things, 5/24
05/24/2019
For our last Trojan Good Things of the 2018-2019 school year, I want to reiterate what I told you this morning at our HSSD Staff Breakfast and Awards Ceremony - THANK YOU to our wonderful staff members for truly making HSSD a place for everyone.
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HSSD Summer Pee Wee Camps
05/21/2019
HSSD Pee Wee Camps began today! The HSSD will host summer Pee Wee Camps for students entering 1st-6th grade for the following athletic activities: Soccer (July 8-10), Cheer/Dance (May 28-30), Football (May 28-30), Volleyball (May 28-30), Baseball/Softball (May 21-23), and Basketball (July 22 - 24). A camp fee of $10 per camp will be charged per student
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Dr. Tremayne White Named as HSWCHS Principal
05/21/2019
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board are pleased to announce that after a comprehensive application process, Dr. Tremayne White has been selected as the new Principal for Hot Springs World Class High School beginning July 1, 2019.
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Mrs. Gordon Selected as OVPA Principal
05/21/2019
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board are pleased to announce that after a comprehensive application process, Mrs. Kristen Gordon has been selected as the new Principal for the HSSD Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School beginning July 1, 2019.
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Senior Awards Ceremony, 2019
05/20/2019
Just before Graduation each year, we host a Senior Awards Ceremony at the Hot Springs World Class High School.
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Trojan Good Things, 5/17
05/17/2019
Graduation ceremonies are such a special part of our jobs as educators. Whether you were part of the graduation for our outstanding senior class last night, or are part of our precious kindergarten commencement ceremonies from each of our elementary schools, you are part of moving our kids on to another step in their growth and academic journey. The term “Graduate” comes from the Latin term "Gradus,” which actually means a “step.” This week’s shoutout goes to all of our #HSSD Graduates - of all ages! Here’s to you - Class of 2031 AND Class of 2019. This week’s shout out goes to our staff members involved with any one of our graduation or awards ceremonies. Thank you for working so hard to help us honor and celebrate our kids in every way possible.
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Congrats to Class of 2019!
05/17/2019
Last night, we proudly hosted the 132nd annual Hot Springs World Class High School Graduation Ceremony at the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena. We couldn't be more proud of this outstanding, talented, world class group of students. We expect great things from you!
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Air Force Association Honors Mr. Stokes
05/17/2019
HSWCHS EAST Facilitator John Stokes received the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award from the Air Force Association’s Arkansas State Association, at the chapter level (AF270 Chapter, which includes Garland County) and the state level.
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Dance Camp to be Hosted July 8-11
05/14/2019
This summer, we look forward to hosting our HSSD Community Dance Camp July 8-11. Camp is open to any students, ages 4+. Mrs. Amy Bramlett Turner coordinates for instruction from local and abroad guest teachers to teach ballet, jazz, modern dance, and tap! All participants will receive the official dance camp shirt and perform in an informal performance on July 11. The cost is $45. All Dance Camp proceeds go towards the HSJA/HSWCHS Dance Program.
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Goodman Earns Lead Professional Educator License
05/13/2019
Congrats to our HSJA JAG Specialist Mrs. Goodman on earning her Lead Professional Educator license. The lead professional educator license is available to educators who aspire to leadership roles, while continuing classroom work. Three years of teaching and a show of classroom effectiveness are prerequisites to applying for professional educator licensure, along with demonstrating competency in leadership.
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Three Students Selected for AR Governor's School
05/10/2019
Xenia Alegria Martinez, Hayley Mitchell, and Gladwin Tony of HSWCHS are among a select group of rising high school seniors chosen as prestigious members of the 40th Arkansas Governor’s School. The 2019 Arkansas Governor’s School is scheduled for July 7-Aug. 3 on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville.
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HSJA Teacher of the Year: Karina Miller
05/10/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about our HSJA Teacher of the Year Karina Miller. She has taught with the HSSD for 15 years.
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Trojan Good Things, 5/10
05/10/2019
This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week and School Nurse’s Day was on Wednesday - celebrations that don’t come close to the thanks and praise that our educators and nurses deserve for the huge impact that they make! All of you remember - even though you may not be told directly, or see it for yourself - the work that you do within HSSD changes the lives of our students forever. You make a difference. You make an impact. You are changing the world, one student at a time. Also - I want to give a special shoutout to our HSSD Teachers of the Year! We are all so proud of you!
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Langston Teacher of the Year: Ami Parker
05/09/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about our Langston Teacher of the Year Ami Parker. She has taught with the HSSD for six years.
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OVPA Teacher of the Year: Cheryll Long
05/08/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about OVPA Teacher of the Year Cheryll Long She has taught with the HSSD for 20 years.
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Park Magnet Teacher of the Year: Amy Ratcliff
05/08/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about Park Magnet, an IB World School, Teacher of the Year Amy Ratcliff. She has taught with the HSSD for 10 years.
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HSIS Teacher of the Year: Otilia Peret
05/08/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about Hot Springs Intermediate School Teacher of the Year Otilia Peret. She has taught with the HSSD for six years.
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HSWCHS Teacher of the Year: Amy Turner
05/07/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Amy Bramlett Turner. She has taught with the HSSD for five years.
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Gardner Teacher of the Year: Lorri Saracini
05/07/2019
Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our world class schools. Learn more about Gardner STEM Magnet School Teacher of the Year Lorri Saracini. She has taught with the #HSSD for 37 years.
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HSSD Dance Signing Ceremony
05/03/2019
In our first-ever #HSSD Dance Signing Ceremony, we celebrated three students who have signed for acceptance to collegiate dance programs! Aneth Vazquez and Jamiyah Rutledge will attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. David Warren will attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy at the Los Angeles, CA campus. Congrats again to more of our #HSSD seniors, who are graduating with world class opportunities because of their dedicated, outstanding hard work and talent!
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OVPA Second Graders Engineer Robots
05/03/2019
OVPA second graders took an in-depth look at various kinds of robots, and the many ways they are used, in a lesson from Ms. Bean and Ms. Timm. They concluded with group discussion and a memorable experience in planning, illustrating, and engineering their own robots!
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Trojan Good Things, 5/3
05/03/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our amazing senior class! This week has been their last with us here at HSSD. An educator has a truly unique journey with each student. We all feel a sense of pride for each child that walks our hallways because in part, their progression through each of our classes and buildings is partly our success, too. A piece of our hearts graduates with each and every one of them. Congratulations to these amazing kids. THEY are why we are all here, and THEIR success is our success and our celebration. We look forward to celebrating them on May 16th as 194 graduate from HSWCHS as the HSSD Class of 2019!
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Panama Street Road Closure Advisory
Panama Street Road Closure Advisory
04/29/2019
Please be advised - starting today, Panama Street from Emory to McLeod will be closed due to construction until May 10, btw 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. During this time, the best route to the Hot Springs World Class High School will be to enter from Higdon Ferry Road to Emory Street.
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Trojan Good Things, 4/26
04/26/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our boys Trojan Soccer Team - who played a true nailbiter game last night against Benton. Congrats on your hard work and a GREAT, memorable season. You have set yourselves apart in your teamwork and your discipline.
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OVPA Creates Recycling Videos
04/25/2019
In honor of Global Youth Service Day earlier in April, students across the HSSD completed service projects in schools and the community. Our OVPA Jr. Beta Club dedicated their efforts to creating memorable, educational videos about the importance of recycling. Enjoy a five-part video series below, highlighting the importance of recycling items that students frequently collect at school, including plastic bottles, plastic shopping bags, paper, cardboard, and aluminum cans.
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HSSD Announces Driver's Education Class Dates
04/25/2019
HSSD will host Driver's Education classes this summer on the following dates: June 10-14; June 17-21; July 8-12; and July 15-19. See details below about cost and deadlines. With questions, call our Hot Springs World Class High School at 501-624-5286.
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National Park College Signing Day Event
04/25/2019
50 Hot Springs World Class High School seniors were honored today during a NPC Signing Day event for being accepted to attend, receiving scholarships to attend, and/or intent to attend National Park College in Hot Springs. This is the one of the largest groups to have ever received scholarships and/or committed to attend NPC before, thanks to the National Park Promise Scholarship through the National Park Technology Center.
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HSSD Senior Beta Club Inducts 42 Members
04/23/2019
The Hot Springs World Class High School Senior Beta Club proudly inducted 42 new members today, bringing the total club membership to 66 students. Beta Club students are committed to service projects, maintaining high grade point averages, and serving as student leaders in the district.
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Park Hosts Fancy Friday Event at Special Touch
04/22/2019
For the fourth year, Park Magnet first grade classes enjoyed a “Fancy Friday” event hosted by generous community partners at Special Touch Catering. Debbie Talley and her wonderful crew provided tasty snacks, festive decor, and a memorable lesson in manners at their special event facility across the street from Park. The event is held is in conjunction with the first grade unit on writing, food celebration, and manners.
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Teacher Interns Highlighted for AR Signing Week
04/19/2019
In honor of Arkansas Educator Commitment Signing Week, April 14-20, 2019, we highlight the outstanding work of our students in the Orientation to Teaching class at our Hot Springs World Class High School. The week is dedicated to promoting and celebrating those who have committed to the teaching profession across the state. High school students in Orientation to Teaching with Ms. Sarah Graham have spent the year working within curriculum and material equivalent to what they will see in the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in education.
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Trojan Good Things, 4/19
04/19/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to the innovative art programs and amazingly talented artistic students that we have across the HSSD - all showcased at a WONDERFUL Hearts on Fire for the Arts event last night at the Hot Springs Mall. Congratulations and thank you to the unbelievable student performances from all schools, and to the artists who had artwork featured from across classes and genres. I would like to specifically highlight an awesome story that I had the personal pleasure of hearing this week, from a Langston student at our Intermediate School, Brandon Cazalez. I also want to share anonymous shoutouts to our 7th-8th grade Trojan Baseball Team, and to Mrs. Deardorff and district arts staff for their dedicated effort.
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3rd-10th Grade Students to Take Standardized Tests
04/17/2019
Standardized testing begins next week across the #HSSD ... Find details for 3rd-10th grade, below. On these dates, please make sure that your students are well rested, and well fed. Please do not schedule appointments for students during these dates. We appreciate you!
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HSSD Coordinates Career Day for K-6
04/16/2019
The HSSD coordinated more than 2,100 K-6th grade students through the Hot Springs Airport today for Career Day, an event dedicated to highlighting the careers and services available in the Hot Springs community. Public safety and service agencies provided unique stations for students to visit with representatives and tour equipment and gear.
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JAG Students Serve Hot Springs Residents
04/12/2019
For their contribution to Global Youth Service Day, our amazing JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students at the Junior Academy chose various locations in the Hot Springs community to serve including: Brookfield, West Shores, downtown Hot Springs, and The Caring Place.Groups developed their own goals, shopping lists, and agendas necessary to complete service projects at each unique spot. JAG Coordinator Mrs. Goodman points out that students not only put thoughtful time into planning projects, but that she receives excellent compliments from staff members at each location regarding their manners and kindness, and their thorough job of cleaning up after themselves. Our #HSSD students are welcome back to all facilities at anytime.
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Trojan Good Things, 4/12
04/12/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our excellent Assistant Principals in honor of National Assistant Principals Week, April 8-12. Thank you to Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Gordon, Mr. Hines, Mr. Iverson, Mrs. Simms, Mr. Spainhour, and Mrs. Wilson for all that you do to lead, encourage, and support our students and staff. I also want to commend all of you that have participated in Global Youth Service Day by completing and highlighting service projects at school campuses, and in the Hot Springs community. Please also see anonymous shoutouts to Ms. Yates at Oaklawn and Mrs. Evans at Park/HSIS.
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Math Class Creates Memorable Get Well Cards
04/10/2019
As part of our district-wide participation in Global Youth Service Day, 9th-12th grade math students in Mrs. Gray’s math class created colorful cards decorated in geometric shapes and patterns for patients at St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. Each card included a handwritten message of encouragement from students. Look for all of our #GYSD19 stories right here at www.hssd.net.
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OVPA Spring Recital
04/09/2019
Just over 350 students participated last week across four performances at the annual Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Spring Dance Recital. Under the leadership of OVPA Dance Coordinar Ms. Katie Yates, kindergarten - fourth dance students chose a genre and worked alongside classmates from February-April to practice and prepare for the memorable performance. Students at OVPA have the option to take dance classes as electives throughout their tenure, and can also be part of the OVPA Dance Company. Performances included a morning and evening show on Tuesday and Thursday, last week.
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Trojan Good Things, 4/5
04/05/2019
This week’s shoutout is to all of you working so hard to prepare our students for upcoming tests. I want to encourage each of you during what I know is a hard push in the coming weeks not only because of testing, but also as we motivate ourselves to be great, inspiring leaders for our kids during the final nine weeks. Those tests are important - yes, but what is most important is the relationships that you have built with our students and the memorable impact that your professional expertise as an educator has made on the kids in this district. Keep working hard, and hang in there! I also want to share an anonymous shoutout to our Jr. High Lady Trojans Track Team
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HSJA Students Earn MOS Certifications
04/05/2019
Fifteen 8th grade students at our HSJA have earned Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certifications in Microsoft Word while in Ms. Robin Todd’s Computerized Business Applications (CBA) class. The MOS Certification is offered through a testing website named Certiport. This official testing process confirms to employers that an individual is highly proficient at working within a specific Office program such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. While MOS Certifications are available to HSWCHS CBA students, this is the first time that 8th grade students have the same opportunity.
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HSSD Students Receive Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy
04/04/2019
The HSSD is proud to announce that 20 students have received an Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy, which is a national certification that encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The Seal of Biliteracy becomes a permanent honor and skill placed on each student’s transcript.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/29
03/30/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our excellent community partners in the Hot Springs area, and all of you HSSD staff members who are so wonderful about reaching out to them to create opportunities for our students. Teens from across Garland County, including 11th-12th graders from our HSWCHS, attended "Operation Prom Night" Wednesday at Center Glades Park. Over 50 volunteers created a dramatization of a fatal car crash involving alcohol, in hopes of educating teens about the dangers and risks of drunk driving. For our 7th-8th graders - Mrs. Miller and HSJA staff members, in collaboration with the Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union, hosted a great Reality Fair event at the HSJA this week. Volunteers, students, and staff were part of this interactive event that teaches our kids about realistic financial goals and planning for the future. I also share an anonymous shout out to Mr. Echols, Mr. Seymour, staff members working the gate entry point, and all other athletic and HSSD staff members present at the 7th-8th grade track meet on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to all involved with making our track and field events world class!
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Bio Poems for U.S. Presidents at Gardner
03/29/2019
How do you summarize the biographies of our 45 United States Presidents? Gardner STEM third grade students in Ms. Sierocuk’s class wrote bio poems, created illustrations to accompany each poem, and presented their work to the class. As part of the Presidents Unit, the project included writing, art, and speaking skills, and challenged them to learn collaboratively about U.S. leaders.
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Reality Fair Sets Financial Expectations
03/29/2019
At the HSJA Reality Fair this week, HSSD 7th-8th grade students worked with volunteers organized by the Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union to simulate the planning and management of personal finances based on a set income. Volunteers from students and staff at the HSJA and across the HSSD, as well as the Hot Springs community, served as an array of salesmen, experts, and financial advisors. Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union hosts events like these across Garland County to help set realistic financial goals and expectations for individuals of all ages.
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Kindergarten Registration Opens April 1
03/28/2019
Kindergarten registration opens April 1 for all four outstanding HSSD elementary schools. Come join our Trojan Family! Find info about open house or community events scheduled at each magnet school, and all required registration items, at: www.hssd.net/parents/registration
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Elementary Dance Workshop, April 5
03/26/2019
On April 5, the National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapter at HSWCHS will host an Elementary Workshop for students ages 3-12 (grades Pre-K-6). The workshop will be held at the HSWCHS Studio from 3:30-5:30 on Friday, April 5. Participants will learn a technical warm up and then a dance to be performed at the HSIS/HSJA/HSWCHS Spring Dance Concert on April 11 at 6 p.m. Participants will rehearse on stage at HSJA on Tuesday, April 9 from 3:30-4:30. They will receive an official concert t-shirt and have the opportunity to dance with our talented dancers in the HSSD Dance Program.
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Park/Intermediate Talent Show
03/26/2019
On March 14, our HSSD Park Magnet/Intermediate School hosted a talent show to showcase the outstanding and varied talent of our K-6 students. Thank you and congrats to the following 17 amazing student performers: Siona Andrews, Jeeya Sharma, Trinity Moss, Hampton Crain, River Fox, Kauri Soumanou, Gary Galdwin, Jay Nehus, Miley Mezo, Dallas Yelvington, Jeremy McCoy, Abigail Hendrick, Emma Jones, Kiara Davis, Megan Burris, Jantaira Davies, and Laylah Shaw.
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Shepperd Selected for AR Declaration of Learning
03/25/2019
Langston Media Specialist Mrs. Julienne Shepperd has been selected to serve in the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program by the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas Declaration of Learning is a first-in-the-nation public-private partnership in which teachers and librarians create units and lesson plans featuring historical objects and art from state and national museum partners. Because of her participation, the HSSD will benefit from the development of new curriculum and enjoy access to traveling exhibits.
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HSJA Staff Step Challenge
03/25/2019
HSJA staff members have set an extraordinary example for students during a four-week Step Challenge! 29 participants competed in teams divided by departments. The winning team - Team Electives - logged 1,340,787 steps over the course of the challenge. Pedometers were graciously donated by the Arkansas Heart Hospital.
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HSWCHS's Got Talent
03/15/2019
In an awesome display of diverse student talent, HSWCH's Got Talent competition included 13 entries of individuals and duos with performances including singing, dancing, magic, and more. Thank you to the HSWCHS Beta Club for organizing; the many talented students brave enough to participate; an engaging student audience; and all #HSSD staff members, volunteers, and judges for assistance!
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Trojan Good Things, 3/15
03/15/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to the amazingly talented students at our HSSD, and the brave way that our student groups put themselves out there in public forums, competitions, and performances. We’ve had a series of memorable events this week that have taken weeks (and in some cases- years) of preparation, discipline, creativity, integrity, community collaboration, and I’ll say it again - amazing talent. I also want to share an anonymous shoutout to Mrs. Hatcher at our HSJA. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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HSSD Programs Present at EAST Conference
03/14/2019
At the HSSD, we have four outstanding EAST Programs. All groups presented and competed this week at the 2019 EAST Conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Their amazing work has made the HSSD extremely proud. During the Conference Gala last night, our HSWCHS team Program was awarded the prestigious Project Sophistication and Innovation Award, and an individual award via Miles Hermann in the ARCHICAD Competition.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/8
03/08/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our Park Magnet School staff members who have been super positive and helpful all week during massive staff absences due to widespread flu and illness. They also still managed to have incredible growth in MAP reading scores in all K-2 classrooms. I am SO proud of this staff and our students. I also want to share an anonymous shout to Ms. Holder and Mrs. Cox as follows “Langston’s Ms. Holder and Mrs. Cox rendition of Dr. Seuss Wocket in My Pocket!!!!”
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"Poetry in Motion" Explores Poetry and Dance
03/07/2019
Dancers in the HSWCHS Dance Program are giving poetry life through choreographed dance, as part of a “Poetry in Motion” assignment. The Student Choreography Showcase I: Poetry in Motion presentation will highlight many of the final dance projects created on March 14 at 1:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the HSWCHS Mackey Auditorium. The HSWCHS Dance Program is among only three programs in Arkansas that are Institution Members of National Dance Education Organization and one of three secondary programs with a chapter of National Honor Society for Dance Arts.
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Bank OZK Donates Books to Langston Kindergarten
03/06/2019
Bank OZK of Hot Springs graciously donated Dr. Seuss books to kindergarten students at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy as part of continued efforts to support the Hot Springs community. In all, 88 books and snacks were delivered by bank representatives. Principal Ellars oversaw the delivery and presentation to all Kindergarten students across classrooms.
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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
03/05/2019
The Hot Springs Chapter of the National Honor Society proudly inducted 30 students today during a formal NHS Ceremony at the HSWCHS.
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Gardner First Graders Use Snacks as Manipulatives
03/04/2019
Gardner first grade students in Mrs. Stacie Love’s class used snacks as manipulatives, to help practice math skills using quantities of 10s, up to 100 items. “Using snacks instead of traditional manipulatives like blocks really engaged the kids because it was such a different experience from what they are used to …”
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Trojan Good Things, 3/1
03/01/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our 7th-12th grade students and support staff/sponsors in our HSSD Secondary Theatre Program for their excellent production of “Footloose!” Your theatrical talent, months of hard work in rehearsals and preparation, and wonderful collaboration as a student team was evident during every part of the “Footloose!” performance. I also want to share an anonymous shout to Mrs. Sadler at our HSJA.
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Sentence Scramble Builds Reading Skills
03/01/2019
Langston kindergarten students with Mrs. Bledsoe use the sentence scramble to build reading skills, and to practice problem solving and teamwork.
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JAG Program Receives Walmart Community Grant
02/28/2019
The HSJA JAG (Jobs for Arkansas Graduates) Program has received a $500 Walmart Community Grant to help support 7th-8th grade JAG students in community service endeavors and student initiatives within the district. Thank you to Walmart Store 261, which is the Walmart Supercenter on Central Avenue in Hot Springs. JAG students are working during the spring semester to plan a ceremony for students who have completed the program, and to complete service learning projects in the Hot Springs area at nursing homes, homeless shelters, blood donation centers, and other non-profit organizations. JAG students are also beginning a campaign of reading to elementary classes throughout the HSSD.
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Emblem Club Donates Books to Oaklawn Students
02/28/2019
The Hot Springs Emblem Club generously donated books to each first grade student at our #HSSD Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. Club members hand-delivered more than 140 books to each classroom as part of a literacy initiative to promote reading and reading skills across Garland County. Retired OVPA teacher Mrs. Gail McKee abd Emblem Club President Bev Goodridge were among Emblem Club volunteers who made the deliveries.
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Read Across America Week: Feb 25-March 1
02/25/2019
HSSD elementary schools are enjoying Read Across America Week! Join in on the fun - Find a full schedule of books and attire for each day of the week, here. The National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. It is celebrated on March 2nd, which is also the birthday of the famous children’s book author Dr. Suess. Our wonderful school media specialists at each HSSD school organize the week-long celebration ahead of March 2nd to celebrate reading and the many ways we promote and support literacy for our students at the HSSD.
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QR Codes Help Students Tell Immigration Stories
02/22/2019
Third graders in Ms. Sanchez’s class at Oaklawn have created personal immigration stories inspired by the experiences of thousands of immigrants who have come through Ellis Island. With help from the historical fiction text, The Orphan of Ellis Island, students learned about the process followed by individuals seeking citizenship through Ellis Island, and the many challenges and hardships that families faced to make the journey. They wrote stories, created personal recordings of each tale, and created a photo to represent each character - all showcased in the “American Immigration Wall of Honor,” display just outside her classroom. Stories from each student are available for anyone to listen to, via specially created QR codes.
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Trojan Good Things, 2/22
02/22/2019
This week’s shoutout goes to our Trojans Basketball Teams. You - just like all of our athletes at the HSSD - represent us with such sportsmanship, maturity, and professionalism. Our Special Olympics Basketball Teams at the HSJA and HSWCHS have wrapped up an excellent season of hard work. Our HSJA team won a Bronze medal as team and several individual placement ribbons. Our HSWCHS Team won a third place finish. I also want to wish luck to our Boys and Girls Trojans Basketball teams, who will be playing next week at Lake Hamilton in the State Championship Basketball Tournament. You have worked so hard to get where you are, and we are all very proud of you! Thank you to the many hours that our athletes, coaches, and families put in to make our athletic programs world class. I also want to thank and congratulate the many staff members and students who have organized, volunteered, performed, or contributed in any way to our HSSD Black History Month celebrations and concerts.
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HSSD Represented during Legislative Changes
02/20/2019
Mr. Dudley Webb, 6th grade teacher at our HSSD Intermediate School, attended an official bill-signing ceremony at the State Capitol in honor of a new law (HB1145) signed by Governor Hutchinson to raise the base pay for Arkansas teacher salaries. Mr. Webb was invited alongside other members of the Teacher Leader Advisory Group (TLAG) organized by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) because of the role the group played in helping to write the Teacher Pay Increase Plan. Educators from across Arkansas on TLAG joined ADE leadership and state officials including Representative Bruce Cozart of Garland County, who helped to sponsor the legislation as Chairman of the House Education Committee, at the ceremony.
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HSIS EAST Class Focuses on Leadership Skills
02/19/2019
HSSD is proudly one of the few districts in Arkansas to offer EAST classes to elementary students, exposing them to cutting edge technology, self-directed learning, and leadership skills at a young age. Two projects for 5th-6th grade students in the Intermediate School EAST class with Mrs. Rakejah Wells-Williams are particularly memorable efforts to collaborate with community partners and solve real world problems. One group has created a child safety watch that alerts children and parents when a child is too far away from supervision; another is building a virtual reality game that creates interest in environmental responsibility by creating challenges out of trash pick-up.
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Trojan Good Things, 2/15
02/15/2019
In honor of #LoveTeaching Week, this week’s shoutout goes to all of you for the passionate, dedicated way that you #LoveTeaching our students; the collaborative strategies that allow you to #LoveTeaching among professional, excellent learning communities; and the many ways that I see all of you grow and change each year in your profession, hopefully inspiring our students to love learning because you #LoveTeaching. I want to congratulate our Gardner STEM Teachers, who have been working very hard in RtI Meetings on making data-driven decisions for curriculum and classroom planning. I am very excited to see how the decisions you’ve made as a team positively impact growth and learning for our students. I also want to congratulate our 2019 Sweethearts, honored last week at the Hot Springs Heart Ball: Mallory Bratton, Ella Pace, and Camila Holden. 2018 HSSD Sweetheart Cassidy Miller was also part of festivities. Thank you to our Sweethearts for being yet another way that HSSD is represented so well in the Hot Springs community.
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HSSD ESOL Program Offerings & Resources
02/14/2019
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs are available at all public schools in Arkansas, and HSSD is committed to maintaining ESOL resources and assistance of the highest caliber to students and families. Student diversity is one of the most important pieces of the identity and culture at HSSD. We are proudly providing an educational foundation to the most diverse student population in Garland County, where 11 languages are spoken among HSSD families. Learn more about the professional facilitators, specialized resources and tools, outreach events, and opportunities available to our HSSD families who are experiencing a language transition.
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HSSD To Host Black History Month Concert Feb 21
02/14/2019
Join us next Thursday, Feb. 21 for a special student tribute to Black History Month in: Honoring the Past, Building a Better Future. Student groups from all #HSSD schools and organizations will perform in the Hot Springs World Class High School Mackey Theatre at 1:00 and 6:00.
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Gardner Third Graders Get to Know Roz the Hamster
02/13/2019
Third graders in Mrs. Jackson’s class are excited to welcome Roz - a furry, white hamster - to their room. Students will be busy in the coming weeks learning how to care for Roz in terms of cage maintenance and food/water needs, while also observing her eating and sleeping habits. Students will also read about the habitat and behaviors of hamsters in books Mrs. Jackson has selected from the library. Plans are also underway to soon acquire a rolling cage ball for Roz, so that she can safely engage with students, while rolling herself around the room as they work.
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Don't Miss "Footloose" at HSJA, March 1-2
02/12/2019
Hot Springs Secondary Theatre Program Presents "Footloose!" on March 1 at 1:00 and 6:00, and March 2 at 1:00, at the HSJA. Please join us for a fantastic show by our talented theatre students and crew.
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Chinese New Year Brought to Life by Panda Express
02/08/2019
The local Panda Express restaurant worked with the HSSD Gifted and Talented Program to bring the Chinese New Year to life for 3rd-4th grade GT students. Alissa Mayavski, Manager at Panda Express - Hot Springs, provided a guest presentation. She described traditions commonly enjoyed during festivities, including fireworks, family reunions, lion and dragon dances, special crafts, the giving of red envelopes for good luck and items used for festive decorating. Students made crafts and enjoyed a traditional Chinese meal. Thank you to Panda Express-Hot Springs for such a great, informative program!
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Trojan Good Things, 2/8
02/08/2019
This week’s shout out goes to our wonderful HSSD Counselors, who work at each of our schools to ensure the academic goals, social/personal development, and even career development opportunities are identified and met by students. We deeply appreciate all that you do: Denise Ludlow, Angela Millard, Cheryl Stafford, Jerry Scroggins, Renee Tester, Leslie Whalen, Katelyn Walker, Amy Snider, Brittany George, and Dawn Anderson. You all truly help to make HSSD “A Place for Everyone.” I also want to share a shout out from a guest from the EAST Initiative Phase Training Team, who recently visited our HSJA EAST Classroom and had glowing remarks.
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Four HSSD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
02/06/2019
Four HSSD high school seniors were honored today at a Signing Event in our Mackey Theater, as they signed letters of intent with three Arkansas universities. Congrats to our following students who have achieved athletic and academic excellence in order to receive such promising offers: - Ramello Cason, to attend Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia). - Eddie Miles, to attend Henderson State University (Arkadelphia). - Damain Walker and Deshun Doss, to attend Arkansas Baptist College (Little Rock).
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HSJA Robotics Club Preps for Growth
02/04/2019
The Junior Academy Robotics Club celebrates the first year as a team, and is busy learning new skills and setting goals for competitions in 2019-2020. HSJA Math Teacher Mr. Willard is the club sponsor, which includes eight students who have all been involved with previous Robotics Clubs in elementary school. Like the HSWCHS Robotics Club, they chose this year to compete in FIRST Tech Robotics, where students in 7th-12th grade are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots.
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Langston Food Drive Provides for Jackson House
02/02/2019
Langston families have graciously donated some 650 canned food items to donate to the Hot Springs Jackson House, during a January food drive. As part of the effort, Langston students also decorated Valentine’s Day lunch bags, which will be used by Jackson House staff members to sack food items on Valentine’s Day and spread a little “love” to those receiving lunches.
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World Read Aloud Day
02/01/2019
For the third year, Park Magnet School students participate in World Real Aloud Day through the Park Library. On World Read Aloud Day, people around the globe read aloud and share stories to advocate for literacy. Park Library Media Specialist Mrs. Evans arranged for Skype connections with five different locations for K-5 students to read with, including a public library in Guernsey, England; Hoover Elementary School in Mason City, Iowa; Madison Elementary School in Madison, Alabama; Episcopal School of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
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Trojan Good Things, 2/1
02/01/2019
This week’s shout out goes to all staff members who have worked to make Summit Learning a successful learning platform for our students. Especially at the Junior Academy, I know you’ve all worked extremely hard with our students and our parents to help everyone become familiar with using Summit in the classroom and to monitor student progress, and hopefully - most importantly - engage in a way that enhances student learning. See a parent shout out for success with that program, for her daughter and teacher team. Also, see an anonymous staff shout out to Ms.Tawana Foxworth at our Gardner STEM Magnet School. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to those individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Beta Clubs Qualify for National Competition
01/31/2019
Arkansas Jr. and Sr. Beta clubs gathered for State Convention January 24 - 26, 2019. A group of 94 HSSD students in 4th - 8th grades competed as Jr. Beta Club members from OVPA, Park Magnet, Intermediate School, and Junior Academy at Arkansas Junior Beta Club Convention January 24-25. A group of 25 HSSD students in 9th-12th grades competed as Sr. Beta Club members from HSWCHS at Senior Beta Club Convention January 25-26. Both events were hosted at the Hot Springs Convention Center. In all, 50 HSSD students qualified (42 from Jr. Beta Club and 8 from Sr. Beta Club) to compete at National Beta Convention in June, to be hosted in Oklahoma City. Huge thanks to Cheryl Long, Madeline Bull, and Melissa Bratton for the countless hours they spent helping our teams prepare. Congrats to HSSD Beta Clubs!
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HSJA Receives EAST Grants
01/28/2019
The Hot Springs Junior Academy EAST Program has received two grants to help support student-led projects in the program including an active chicken coop and egg production operation along with the ability to create quality documentaries. A $350 grant through the Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Conservation Education Grant Program will go toward maintaining their chicken coop, which is built at the front of the campus near the community garden area. A $500 Arkansas Online Media Initiative (O.M.I.) Online Media Production Tools Grant is a reimbursement grant provided through a partnership between the Arkansas Department of Education and Ozarks Unlimited Resource Educational Service Cooperative to reimburse the HSJA EAST program for the of purchase of a new portable recorder for live recording and studio-quality sound.
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EMMI Technology Creates 3D Tumor Models
01/25/2019
HSWCHS EAST students work to identify and solve real world problems and needs through highly advanced technology. Senior Madeline (Maddie) Scott and sophomore Ella Pace created a method for generating 3D models of cancer tumors to solve a doctor-patient educational gap. Their project was inspired by a brain-related tumor diagnosis for a friend, where they learned about the personal confusion and oftentimes shock that goes along with patients who receive serious medical news for the first time. Using a 3D printer, and knowledge gained from many dedicated hours of surgical observation and interviews with cancer patients, the ladies created a way to produce 3D models of cancer tumors so that doctors can provide tangible tumor models to patients. The project hit very close to home for the group when their own EAST Facilitator Mr. John Stokes received a cancer diagnosis, and used the technology during his own diagnosis and treatment.
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Trojan Good Things, Jan 25
01/25/2019
This week’s shout out goes to our outstanding 115 Beta Club students and staff/parent sponsors competing this week at Jr. and Sr. Beta Club Convention, and our dedicated Langston staff members who have been part of building the framework for the new Langston Elementary Leadership Academy. Also, we had a staff shoutout to Ms. Ballard of Park Magnet for all she does to take care of our students.
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Park Named National Magnet School of Distinction
01/23/2019
Park Magnet, an IB World School, has been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. To receive a national merit award, schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. “Our dedicated staff work so hard to go above and beyond in providing the opportunity for academic excellence, and in helping to develop well-rounded, globally minded students. We deeply appreciate this recognition,” says Park Principal Dr. Sarah Oatsvall.
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Langston to Become Leadership Academy
01/22/2019
In August of 2019, the new Langston Elementary Leadership Academy will open doors for pre-K - 6th grade students on Silver Street. A new, state-of-the-art campus is nearing completion, and a change of name and school theme will complete the full identify shift for this historic Hot Springs school. The current building on Chestnut Street is the Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet School, and has 356 students enrolled in pre-K-4th grade classes. HSSD and Langston leadership hopes the new campus and brand will connect closely with the history and residents of east Hot Springs, and provide a renewed spirit of growth, commitment to public service, and inspiration for learning for students and staff. “Langston staff has worked hard to create a new theme that we believe reflects the needs and interests of families in this community,” says Langston Principal Eileen Ellars.
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HSPSEF Begins Supporting HSSD & Community
01/22/2019
The Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation (HSPSEF) has worked for two years to build a structure, membership base, and funds to assist and serve students and staff at the Hot Springs School District (HSSD), HSSD alumni and partners, and the greater Hot Springs community. The foundation has funded a student-led EAST project, initiated a partnership between the HSSD and the local Project Hope Food Bank, and is co-sponsoring an upcoming HSSD Staff Alumni Reception. HSSD alumni who wish to be part of engaging with or donating to the foundation should send an email to HSFoundation17@gmail.com.
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Trojan Good Things, Jan 18
01/18/2019
This week’s shout out goes to our Hot Springs School District as a business and community dedicated to our students. As most of you know, the HSSD was nominated for Large Business of the Year. Our leadership staff and other nominees for Woman of the Year (Mrs. Hughley) and Rising Star (Mr. Webb) attended the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet last night on behalf of these nominations. In my heart and mind, we are the winner every year of the most distinguished group that does nothing but give back to this community every single day, and I’m so proud of every one of you. I also want to shout out to our HSSD leadership team. On Monday, principals and administrative staff participated in small groups to develop specific, short vision statements about priorities for the educational experience that we offer students. The work we ask of you in focusing on the planning and implementation of Professional Learning Communities also takes places within your district leadership team.
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Robotics Club Wins Trophy for Collaboration
01/18/2019
Launched last year, the HSWCHS FIRST Tech Robotics Club will advance to the State Competition after earning a “Connect” trophy from a recent competition. A “Connect” Trophy was earned by our team of eight because of their outstanding efforts to “connect” with other students. At HSSD Robotics Clubs at our HSJA and Gardner STEM Magnet School, and even at surrounding schools outside the district, club members have collaborated with younger students to engineer their own robots and practice engineering skills. Success and popularity of the program has lead to the development of an academic robotics class at the HSWCHS, to begin in the 2019-2020 school year. Also exciting, thanks to newly established robotics club at the HSWCHS and the HSJA, students at the HSSD can participate in robotics through established clubs in K-12th grade.
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OVPA Integration Station Keeps Students Moving
01/18/2019
A new Integration Station at our HSSD OVPA provides a much needed brain break for students, via a colorful path prompting a series of physical, fine, and gross motor activities. Activities - including a bear and crab crawl, hop scotch, twirling, an ABC hop, climbing a ladder, walking backwards, and more - create intentional sensory stimulation for participants of all ages. Completing any portion of the station helps students to recharge and refocus between classes, between lessons, in preparing for tests, or during student pull-out sessions. By making them use both the left and right side of their brains, and remain active in a series of unique movements, it helps our students to stay calm, and more effectively focus for classroom time.
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Ratcliff Presented with McLarty Scholarship
01/17/2019
HSWCHS Senior Jackson Ratcliff was surprised today with a presentation by McLarty Automotive Group of a $2,500 McLarty Drives Education Scholarship. Jackson was nominated for his excellent leadership skills, academic rigor, commitment to citizenship and responsibility, honorary participation in Arkansas Governor’s School and Boy’s State, and his community involvement through organizations including NJROTC, Boy Scouts, local food pantries, and more. “We look for the well rounded student … Jackson excels at everything and is everything you want in a model student and a young person. I could go on forever about the way that he contributes to this school and his community,” said Chris Phares of McLarty Automotive Group of Benton today, as the check was delivered. Congrats to Jackson and family!
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Gardner EAST Program Partners with Community
01/17/2019
The EAST (Education Advanced by Service and Technology) at Gardner STEM Program is a unique group of young entrepreneurs working in the Gardner STEM Magnet School community and the Hot Springs area to complete technology-based service projects. EAST classrooms are different from others, especially at the elementary level, because EAST curriculum is based on developing skills that are directly applicable to the real world through self-directed projects. Few schools in Arkansas host EAST programs for elementary students. The HSSD is proud to have Gardner focusing on EAST for such a young age, and EAST Facilitator Paul Miller helps to ensure that these young minds remain challenged, and are not underestimated. The group is excited to be part of the 2nd Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference on January 26th, where they hope to partner with local Pre-K programs to build educational resources and outreach tools, and serve as mentors to younger students with an interest in technology.
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HSSD Geography Bee Competitions
01/13/2019
Geography Bees, hosted for HSSD 4th-8th grade students this week at the Park Magnet/Intermediate School and Hot Springs Junior Academy campuses, are the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee. This national geography competition is designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science. Winners from each HSSD Geography Bee (Milo Moore, Andrew Steven-Assheuer, and AJ Orellana) will take an online qualifying test. The top 100 scorers in the state of Arkansas will advance to the Arkansas GeoBee. The winner of the Arkansas Geo Bee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Geographic Bee, which will be held in Washington D.C. next May.
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Trojan Good Things, 1/11
01/11/2019
This week’s shout out goes to our #HSSD maintenance staff. While we all enjoyed two weeks of a winter break to recuperate, our maintenance personnel were busy taking care of our facilities and trying to accomplish as much as possible while we were out of their way! To all of our custodians, technicians, mechanics, and all maintenance support staff and leadership in between - THANK YOU for all you do to keep our campus and classrooms running smoothly. Also see an anonymous shout out here for the great work by Ms. Christie Spriggs at our #HSSD Gardner STEM Magnet School.
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Arkansas Teen Book Award Committee
01/11/2019
HSWCHS Librarian Mrs. Shipman has been selected to serve on the Arkansas Teen Book Award Steering Committee by the Arkansas State Library. An honor for Mrs. Shipman and the HSSD, this four-year position allows her to contribute input and call attention to leading books for 7th-12th grade students across the state. She will also gain valuable insight about books, authors, opportunities, and more for the HSWCHS Library offerings and book collection. Begun in 2009, the Arkansas Teen Book Award is a cooperative effort between public and school libraries across the state that encourages reading by all students and targets young adult grade readers.
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6th Grade Dissection Project
01/10/2019
6th grade students at HSSD Intermediate School had a once-in-a-lifetime experience just before winter break as they wrapped up a unit on cells and systems by dissecting sheep hearts and brains in Ms. Casey Wylie’s science class. Students had to apply to be part of the exercise, and were selected based (mostly) on a record of good behavior, and interest. Students who dissected the brains were looking at nerves and nerve chords. Those dissecting hearts learned about the circulatory system, including the atrium and ventricles. This experience was their first at HSSD with using scissors and exploring actual animal tissue.
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HSSD Represented in Global Learning Fellowship
01/08/2019
Laura West, GT Coordinator for the Hot Springs School District, was chosen as the Arkansas representative to the National Education Association Foundation's Global Learning Fellowship for 2018. Alongside 46 other K-12 public school educators from across the U.S., the year-long fellowship included an in-person workshop in Washington D.C., online coursework each month, webinars with leading experts, and an international field study to South Africa in July where the NEA Fellows visited five schools. Fellows wrote global minded lesson plans in culmination of all experiences and study that were combined in the book "Twelve Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World" and were invited to Harvard University for the book launch in November of 2018.
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HSSD Indoor Practice Facility
01/07/2019
Due to questions from our partners and community, please be advised - On behalf of the HSSD Dr. Nehus will go before the Hot Springs Planning Commission on Thursday to seek approval for the construction of a new Indoor Practice Facility to be located next to the visitor's parking lot behind our football stadium. The Indoor Practice Facility is being funded by district dollars from our HSSD Building Fund, not millage dollars. Funds are available in the HSSD Building Fund for projects like the Indoor Practice Facility due to good management practices and fiscal responsibility by the HSSD.
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Second Semester Greeting from from Dr. Nehus
01/06/2019
HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus celebrates the many accomplishments of the first semester, encourages and charges staff to remain committed to world class standards and foundational strategies that keep the focus on our excellent students, and challenges students to continue bringing full focus. You are all vital to making HSSD a thriving, hopeful, and distinctly different school district. Bring it on 2019!
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Park Showcase of Learning Event
12/23/2018
Twice each year, our #HSSD Park Magnet IB World School opens classrooms across grades for the Showcase of Learning event. Students display their work along walls, present special projects to parents and guests, and reflect on what they have learned during the semester. Parents and guests are encouraged to engage with students and ask questions about their learning. First grade students paired the event with an opportunity to raise funds for the Garland County Habitat for Humanity.
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OVPA Show Choir Celebrates 19 Years of Talent
12/22/2018
The 2018 Oaklawn Show Choir includes an OVPA ensemble of 60 talented 4th-5th grade students. For their 19th annual Christmas Show Choir Concert on Friday 12/21, performances featured jazzy, unique Christmas songs including "Jazzy Suzy Snowflake," "Singing Starlet Miss Snow Monroe," "Rudy Rudolph with a Country/Pop Flair," "ELFIS," and "Talented Tina Tinsel.” The OVPA Show Choir originated in 1999, and since that time has continued under Oaklawn Music Director Mrs. Kina Clayton. Since that time, Show Choir has performed for three Arkansas Governors and countless others at local, regional, and state venues.
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HSIS Trip Around the World Christmas Tour
12/22/2018
Fifth grade students at HSIS celebrated the end of an in-depth study into Christmas traditions from around the world with a “Trip Around the World” today. Students rotated classrooms to explore the traditions that each group studied in respective countries. By the end of the day, students will have learned about and experienced holiday traditions from Italy, Sweden, Germany, China, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and more. As part of the project, students were also responsible for individually selecting and studying a country, and producing an expository (research) paper, a visual resource to display material, and provide an oral presentation of findings.
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Trojan Good Things, 12/21
12/21/2018
This week’s shout out goes to HSSD staff members who have recently completed continuing education programs of any kind this semester. Congrats to Karli Sanchez of Oaklawn, Britney George and Julienne Shepperd of Langston, Zondria Campbell of Hot Springs Intermediate School, Chris Hall of Hot Springs Junior Academy, and any others we may have missed. I commend you for the hard, dedicated work it takes to hold down a full time position, and put yourself back into the role of a student or trainee, while also working additional jobs or raising families, or both. I am so very proud of all of our HSSD staff, and am impressed every day by the many of us who truly embody what it means to be servant leaders and lifelong learners. I also want to wish all HSSD staff a wonderful, safe, very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our first semester is now behind us, and we have done amazing things. Please enjoy two weeks of resting, relaxing, and refreshing. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to those individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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St. Mary of the Springs Angel Tree Program
12/21/2018
For another year, the generous parishioners of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church provided toys, clothes, and food boxes for families in need at the HSSD through the Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree effort was organized by a committee of Di Baker, Rosemary Hadlock, Jonne Roseau and, Phyllis Baltz. With their leadership and with the help of countless other church volunteers, items for more than 100 HSSD students (which included approximately 43 total families) were delivered, organized, and picked up by families from the HSSD Central Office this week.
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Lessons in Kindness at Gardner
12/20/2018
No students can have enough exercises, reminders, and examples of how to embody kindness toward others and toward themselves. Second grade teacher Mrs. Nikki Anderson seized an opportunity to offer a heartwarming lesson in kindness to her classroom of rambunctious students, with big hearts and curious minds. Students discussed personal examples and experiences with unkindness and identified solutions to improve their own behavior and treatment of others. Their responses to the exercise surprised even her, and has created a lasting impact for her kids about the power of kind words and gestures in all situations.
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HSIS Student Council Serves HS Community
12/19/2018
Hot Springs Intermediate School Student Council volunteered at the Jackson House earlier this month. The HSSD is so proud of the many ways our students across schools serve and support our wonderful Hot Springs community. This group is hosting a Silent Auction on Friday (12/21) in the Park Magnet School lobby from 1:30-3:00. All proceeds will benefit the Jackson House - a Hot Springs homeless shelter, food pantry, and crisis intervention center, and the Student Reward Fund - which pays for special student field trips to reward good behavior throughout the school year. Please join us for bidding!
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Relyance Bank Donates Funds to HSSD
12/17/2018
Relyance Bank is generously donating $2,400 toward the purchase of playground equipment at the site of the new Langston Magnet School on Silver Street. Upon completion, the facility will offer 75,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space for Pre-K - 6th grade students.
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Senior Interviews Prep Students for Careers
12/17/2018
The process of preparing for and delivering an impressive interview is not an easy one, and usually not something that comes naturally to most. HSWCHS Oral Communications and Art Instructor Mrs. Lorrie Duke helps seniors prepare for that experience through a Senior Interviews event. She commissions professionals from the HSSD and the community to create mock interviews for students. Students are required to create full resumes, including references and letters of recommendation, to prepare for the event. Students receive real world feedback from interviewers regarding their resume, presence and delivery during the interview, and general guidelines for improvement.
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