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HSSD & CHI Covid19 Vaccination Clinic, 6/18
06/15/2021
Join us at the HSSD Welcome Center at 702 Main Street on June 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for a free, voluntary Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic. This Vaccination Clinic is open to any individuals in the community who are 12+ to receive a first OR a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine (*individuals receiving a second dose should be sure to bring their Vaccination Card.)
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Trojan Pee Wee Athletic Camps: Summer, 2021
06/07/2021
Trojan students currently in grades K-6 are invited to attend Trojan Pee Wee A12; thletic Camps this summer! All camps will be located at Trojan athletic facilities at the Hot Springs Junior Academy and Hot Springs World Class High School. Students should bring water bottles, and wear athletic clothing and athletic shoes. Camps are $20 each to attend. Find dates and required Camp Forms in this update.
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2021-2022 Calendar At a Glance
06/04/2021
Find our 2021-2022 School Year At A Glance Calendar in this update.
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Summer 2021 FREE Meal Program: 6/21-8/5
06/03/2021
The HSSD and district food service provider Chartwells will again offer FREE, fresh, and tasty meals throughout the summer on Mondays - Thursdays, June 21 - August 5. Thursday meals will include bundled items for both Thursday/Friday for each individual. All summer grab-and-go meals are FREE to children ages 18 and under. Find all meal pick up locations and times in this update.
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Summer #TrojansRead Book Bus Route: 6/24 - 7/29
06/03/2021
Join us Thursdays June 24 - July 29 for the #TrojansRead Summer Book Bus Route! During all #TrojansRead Book Bus stops and events, books are open to individuals of all ages, and from any school or program; Books are entirely free to everyone!
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Trojan Athletic Physicals, May 27
05/20/2021
Athletic Physicals are scheduled for May 27, 2021 in the Trojan Arena starting at 1:30 p.m. for our 7th-11th grade athletes. Coaches are distributing forms to athletes, or you can find one to print and complete in this update.
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HSSD & CHI Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic, 5/28
05/20/2021
The HSSD will host a third Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic on May 28 for individuals in the Trojan Community ages 12+. CHI St. Vincent will administer the Pfizer Vaccine at this event. Find links to a Vaccination Clinic Interest Survey and a Vaccination Consent Form, in this update.
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HSSD Graduation, May 13 at 7:30
05/10/2021
The Hot Springs World Class High School will proudly host a Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021 this Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Hot Springs Convention Center - Bank OZK Arena. Tickets are required for entry. The Graduation Ceremony will be livestreamed to the Hot Springs World Class High School Facebook Page (@HotSpringsHighSchool) on Thursday evening at at 7:30 p.m. A recording of the Ceremony will also be published to the #HSSD Youtube Channel and shared (here) to our district website and school social media pages for later viewing.
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HSSD to Host Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic 5/6
05/04/2021
This Thursday, May 6, the HSSD will host another free, voluntary Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Hot Springs World Class High School Dance Studio (next to the Auxiliary Gym) from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. A first OR second dose (for those who received a first shot at the April 15 Clinic) of the Pfizer Vaccine will be administered by medical professionals. This Vaccination Clinic has been coordinated through the Garland County Covid-19 Task Force. All members of the Trojan community (16+ years of age) are invited to attend.
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William Brazle Hired as HSJA Principal
05/04/2021
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board are pleased to announce, following a special called Hot Springs School District (HSSD) Board Meeting, Mr. William (Billy) Brazle has been selected as the new Principal for the Hot Springs Junior Academy beginning July 1, 2021.
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Trojan Career Academies Induction Ceremonies
04/28/2021
Our Hot Springs World Class High School proudly hosted Trojan Career Academies Induction Ceremonies at the Joyce Littleton Craft Auditorium for our Trojan sophomores! Watch all Ceremonies for our three HSSD Career Academies: Education and Healthcare, Liberal Studies, and Business and Industrial Technology, in this update.
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Park Teacher of the Year Mrs. Grisham
04/27/2021
Congratulations to our Park Magnet, an IB World School, Teacher of the Year Mrs. Grisham! Mrs. Grisham has taught for four years at the Hot Springs School District, and this is her third year at Park Magnet. She currently teaches 1st grade classes. Watch her interview in this update.
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Langston Teacher of the Year Mrs. Limbaugh
04/23/2021
Congratulations to our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy Teacher of the Year Jamie Limbaugh! Mrs. Limbaugh has taught for 15 years at the Hot Springs School District, and 23 in all. Both of her children are Trojan graduates, and are “phenomenal products” of this district, she says. She currently teaches 4th grade classes. Watch her interview, in this update.
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MVPA Teacher of the Year Mrs. Delaney
04/22/2021
Congratulations to our Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Teacher of the Year Jodi Delaney! Mrs. Delaney has taught for ten years at the Hot Springs School District. She teaches third grade classes. Watch her interview, in this update.
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Oaklawn STEM Teacher of the Year Mrs. Galloway
04/21/2021
Congratulations to our Oaklawn STEM Magnet School Teacher of the Year Louise Galloway! Mrs. Galloway has taught for five years at the Hot Springs School District. She teaches fifth grade classes . Watch her interview in this update.
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HSJA Teacher of the Year Mrs. Jay
04/20/2021
Congratulations to our Hot Springs Junior Academy Teacher of the Year Tina Jay! Mrs. Jay has taught in public education for twelve years in all, and four years at our Hot Springs School District. She teaches classes in 9th grade English. Watch her video interview, in this update.
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HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Ms. Maghoney
04/20/2021
Congratulations to our Hot Springs World Class High School Teacher of the Year Jeri Maghoney! Ms. Maghoney has taught for three years at the Hot Springs School District. She teaches classes in Economics, Personal Finance, World History, Psychology, and Sociology. Watch her video interview, in this update.
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Trojan Kindergarten Boot Camp, Jul 26 - Aug 6
04/19/2021
Incoming Trojan Kindergarteners are invited to experience their new classroom, teachers, and routine before everyone else arrives! Kindergarten Boot Camp will be hosted at all #HSSD elementary schools July 26 - August 6, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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HSSD to Host Covid Vaccination Clinic 4/15
04/12/2021
On Thursday, April 15, the HSSD will host a free, voluntary Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Hot Springs World Class High School Auxiliary Gym from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. A first dose of the Pfizer Vaccine will be administered by medical professionals. This Vaccination Clinic has been coordinated through the Garland County Covid-19 Task Force.
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HSSD Kindergarten Registration is Open!
04/09/2021
Find HSSD info in this update about Kindergarten Registration and required information from families, as well as school-specific details for all four of our magnet elementary schools. Families can also register Trojan Kindergarten students in person at upcoming Kindergarten Open House events, also listed in this update.
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ACT Aspire Summative Tests, April 19-30
04/09/2021
From April 19 - April 30, HSSD students in grades 3-10 will take ACT Aspire Summative Assessments at all HSSD schools. Specific testing dates are broken down and provided in this update by grade level. These tests are required by the Arkansas Department of Education. With ACT Aspire, parents can determine whether children are meeting key benchmarks during the school year, so that necessary steps can be taken to keep him or her on track with academic growth. With data from ACT Aspire, leaders at the HSSD and the state level can measure the effectiveness of state standards for teaching, curriculum requirements, teacher resources and training, and more.
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Interest Survey for Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
03/31/2021
Garland County schools are working with the Garland County Covid-19 Task Force to gauge interest in hosting Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics at school sites for students 16+ and their parents/guardians. Open this update for a short, confidential online Interest Survey for our Trojan families.
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Spring Break Bulk Meal Pickup, March 19
03/14/2021
Pick up Spring Break Bulk Meals on Friday, March 19, between 1:00 - 2:30 at the Chartwells Loading Dock, next to the Hot Springs World Class High School Cafeteria. Families should access the loading dock by turning between the high school and the Hot Springs Junior Academy complex. All family members of any Trojan student are eligible to receive free meals. In order to receive free meals, at the pickup site on 3/19 families will be asked to provide the name, grade, HSSD school the student attends, and total number of bulk meals being requested for the household. There is no pre-registration required.
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5A State Basketball Tournament Tickets & Brackets
03/05/2021
The HSSD is proud to host the 2021 5A State Basketball Tournament March 8 -15, at our Trojan Arena! Find everything you need to know, regarding online tickets, brackets, and more, in this update. All information provided is per AAA Guidelines.
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Online Ticket Sales for Trojan Spring Sports
03/03/2021
All ticket sales for the 2020-2021 Spring Sports Season will take place online. Each athletic event will have a unique link created. These links will be published to district social media platforms, and included in the weekly Trojan Happenings Newsletter (which are published virtually every Sunday afternoon). Families and athletes can also access ticket links for all sporting events at the link in this update, at any time.
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HSSD Kindergarten Registration Opens April 1
03/03/2021
Kindergarten Registration opens at all four HSSD elementary schools on April 1. Look for information soon about the registration process and required information for each student. Also, plan to join us at Kindergarten Open House events at each of our Magnet elementary schools to tour our campuses, meet our staff, and get to know us better!
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Read Across America Week: March 1-5, 2021
02/25/2021
We hope Trojan elementary students (students in grades K-6) will join in on the FUN next week (March 1 - 5, 2021) for Read Across America Week! Find a theme in this update for each day, all of which were selected by our staff members to reflect the national 2021 Read Across America Theme: “Create and Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers.”
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After School Tutoring at HSSD Welcome Center
02/25/2021
After School Tutoring is now offered at the HSSD Welcome Center (702 Main Street), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Educational staff members and a translator will be at the Welcome Center during these times to offer homework help and general classwork assistance to Trojan students. To arrange for your child to attend, or with questions, call Ms. Margaret Freeman at 501-620-7815.
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Schools Closed to On-Site Learning 2/16 - 2/18
02/15/2021
Due to dangerous roads and winter weather, there will be no on-site classes at the HSSD Tuesday, 2/16 - Thursday, 2/18. These will be Virtual Days, and students in K-12 should complete work and engage with teachers online and/or in any take-home work provided by teachers.
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School Board Member Recognition Month
01/27/2021
We proudly celebrate each of our outstanding HSSD School Board members, in this update. Please join us in appreciation for all that they do to serve our HSSD, and the Hot Springs community.
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Langston to Launch Langston Leadership Store
01/27/2021
Students in grades K-6 will learn/practice economics skills - including customer service, budgeting, inventorying supplies, addition/subtraction, and more - through the “purchasing” of items with leadership dollars. Students will earn leadership dollars for following the Eight Leadership Habits (from the Leader in Me program), for honoring classroom Social Contracts, good attendance, and/or academic performance.
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Congrats to 2021 HSSD Spelling Bee Winners!
01/27/2021
Our Gifted and Talented Program organized/hosted Spelling Bees at all four elementary schools, and our Hot Springs Junior Academy. We are proud of all Trojan students who prepare and participate in these annual academic competitions!
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HSJA Traffic Reroute for Car Rider Pickup
12/18/2020
To improve traffic flow and ensure the continued safety of students and staff members, the HSJA has participated in a traffic study. Per results of the study, changes to the traffic route for car rider pickup will begin taking place on Monday, December 21st. All details for the new route are included in this update.
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St. Mary's Sponsors Holiday Packages for Families
12/17/2020
Generous parishioners of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church once again delivered wrapped toy bundles, clothes, and food boxes for #HSSD families in need. This week, families picked up all items from our Hot Springs Welcome Center (702 Main Street). In all, 90 students were among those to receive bundles. Thank you to all who donated, organized, and contributed in any way to this wonderful holiday effort. We are deeply thankful for those in our Hot Springs community who help to make Christmas special for every child, especially during a year with so many challenges for everyone.
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Learn-to-Bike Program Comes to Oaklawn STEM
12/11/2020
A new collection of 22 bicycles are assembled at Oaklawn STEM Magnet School, ready for use by Kindergarten and 1st grade students during PE classes in January! Mr Buth acquired the bikes and helmets through the Bike NWA Program, which provides “Learn-to-Ride” bike programs across the state. The Learn-to-Ride Program is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and includes bicycles, as well as guidance for educators to host an 8-week course that teaches students to ride. The bikes are Balance Bicycles, which means they are assembled for training. At first, there are no pedals added, so Mr. Buth can help students learn to steer and balance. As they progress through the course, he will add pedals. He can also adjust the bikes so that they fit the individual comfort level and ability of each child. Mr. Buth plans to create a bike path in the Oaklawn STEM gymnasium/storm shelter, where students will begin the course. As they progres, they can also use the bikes on the paved area near the playground.
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Request FREE Holiday Bulk Meal Packages
12/09/2020
The HSSD will provide FREE bulk meals for the upcoming Christmas break holiday (12/23 - 1/5) to families by request. Chartwells, our HSSD food service provider, will prepare and package meals for pick-up on 12/21 and 12/28 between 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Each bulk meal package will include 5 days of breakfast items and 5 days of lunch items. All orders must be turned in by December 15, 2020. All children 18 and under who live in the household of a student qualify to receive a FREE bulk meal package
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Safety & Wellness: Covid19 Protocols Update
12/07/2020
At the Governor’s press conference on Thursday December 4, modifications to current quarantine guidelines for persons with no symptoms were announced by Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health. The guidelines were passed down by the CDC on Wednesday, December 3. Find all details about changes, in this update ...
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Art Club Spreads Joy via Holiday Window Paintings
12/07/2020
The HSSD Art Club brought joy to residents of the Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by painting holiday artwork on windows of two buildings this weekend! Mrs. Tipton shared, “ .. residents had only recently been given clearance to come out of their rooms, and interact with one another [due to COVID-19 precautions]. The gift today to each of them was not so much the designs, but rather our presence for them to watch …” Residents watched from the inside as our students created beautiful Christmas designs for almost the entire day on Saturday. Thank you to Maria and Jennifer, Activities Directors at the Center, for making this opportunity possible. Thank you to our talented Trojan artists who worked tirelessly and gave generously of their time: I'Leeuna Manning, Noelia Santos, Ariel Ward, Layla and Lilian Simpson, Kirsten Collins, Mia Brey, Angelica Hurtado, Yasmin Pacheco, and Betty Blue Steelman.
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Trojan Good Things, 12/4
12/04/2020
I would like to give a shout out to our 7-12 HSSD Dance Program for their virtual performance this week of "Dancing in a Winter Wonderland!” The outstanding lineup included our 7th-8th grade dance classes, 8th grade Advanced Dance, Dance I-IV, and the Hot Springs Dance Troupe. Congratulations to our talented students, and thank you to the many teachers and staff members involved who used creativity and ingenuity to provide an opportunity for our dancers to have this opportunity, even amid a pandemic. Bravo! 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.
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Law Enforcement Launches U Got Caught Program
11/11/2020
Our HSSD Institutional Law Enforcement Agency has launched a new program for our K--6 students called "U Got Caught!". This initiative allows our law enforcement officers (LEOs) to recognize students in front of their entire class for an act of good character, bravery, kindness, selflessness, or general good judgement. This program is focused on building relationships between our LEOs and young students, and on showing our kids that LEOs at every level are as interested in praising citizens for doing what is right, as they are in protecting the public from and/or punishing wrongdoers.
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Online Ticket Sales For Trojan Basketball
11/05/2020
We have big news for Trojan Basketball Fans! All basketball ticket sales for the 2020-2021 season will take place online. For each basketball game, we will publish a unique game link. Trojan fans will click the link and provide one of the passwords below, depending on whether the game is a Junior High or Senior High basketball game. The links will change for each game, but the passwords will remain the same throughout the season. The game links will be published on HSSD social media platforms (via Facebook and Twitter), and featured in the Sunday TrojanHappenings Newsletter. Family members of Trojan Athletes will receive a unique game link and password from Coaches to purchase tickets specially held for families of basketball players.
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Words of Life Student Project
11/04/2020
JAG students at our HSJA completed a “Words of Life” project, which included a two-part process including the development of an essay and a reflective piece of artwork. JAG Teacher Mrs. Stephanie Goodman assigned them to choose a word that has important meaning to their lives and experiences, and then write an essay about why the word was chosen with a thorough explanation of their reasoning and thought process. The artwork was meant to create a visual representation of the word chosen.
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Great Shakeout Drill Preps Students for Earthquake
11/03/2020
Main Street Visual Arts Magnet School and Oaklawn STEM Magnet School, in partnership with the HSSD Gifted and Talented Program, participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill in October. Over 28.7 million people worldwide took part in the event, which encourages people to practice safety procedures during an earthquake by learning to "Drop, Cover and Hold On." Each participating classroom teacher received an informational cartoon book, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
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Student Council Hosts November Food Drive
11/03/2020
We need canned goods, please! Our Student Council is collecting canned foods during November to donate to the local Project Hope Food Bank, which is dedicated to helping fight hunger in Garland County and the surrounding area. Please bring all items to the front lobby of the HSWCHS and place items in your class box by November 20.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/30
10/30/2020
I am dedicating this Halloween Eve shoutout to our athletes and band members, all of whom have wrapped up an outstanding season under conditions and challenges that they have never competed under before. Read the full Trojan Good Things update, here ...
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ACT Aspire Interim Assessments 10/20-10/30
10/15/2020
On October 20-30, students in grades 3-10 will be taking ACT® Aspire® Interim Assessments at all HSSD elementary schools. For three days during the two-week period, students will test in one subject area- one day in Math, one day in Reading, and one day in Science. Each test will last under one hour. The valuable data we gain from these assessments allows us to make evidence-based decisions when addressing your students’ strengths, areas for improvement, and growth potential across classrooms and subject areas as defined by state education standards.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/9
10/09/2020
Read this update for Trojan Good Things for 10/9/2020. #TrojanGoodThings 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 Schools Receive Arkansas CLSD Grants
10/06/2020
Last October, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education was awarded a federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant from the US Department of Education. Statewide school districts were invited to apply for grant money from those funds to advance literacy skills and development including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing for all children from birth through grade 12, in respective schools populations. The following HSSD schools received CLSD grants: Hot Springs World Class High School, Langston Elementary Leadership Academy, Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School, Oaklawn STEM Magnet School, and Park Magnet an IB World School. Find details in this update about how HSSD schools plan to utilize funds to advance literacy skills for students in K-12!
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Homecoming Festivities for HSSDHoCo2020
10/06/2020
Please find details here regarding Trojan Homecoming, 2020! Find details in this update about the Homecoming Daytime Ceremony (Thursday, 10/15), Homecoming Evening Ceremony (Friday, 10/16), members of the 2020 Trojan Homecoming Court (Congrats to all!), and districtwide daily themes for HSSD Homecoming Spirit Week (10/12 - 10/16). Throughout Homecoming festivities, we invite Trojan families to share photos using the hashtag #HSSDHoCo2020.
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Down on Main Street News!
10/02/2020
Don't miss our weekly Down on Main Street News ... a NEW creative, zany, and fun news report from students and staff members at our Main Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School! Watch for school safety reminders, arts-inspired activities and ideas, MVPA announcements and contests, school incentives, and more.
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HSJA Seminar Classes Create Student-Led Videos
10/02/2020
Students in Seminar Class with Mrs. Potts are creating a series of student-led videos modeling the 7 Learning Habits, which are part of building student-leaders at a Leader in Me School! Leader in Me Schools like our HSJA establish a culture of social-emotional learning that helps every middle school student build self-confidence and discover their true potential while pursuing academic excellence.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/2
10/02/2020
Read this update for 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! Our Trojan Family is so wonderful about lifting one another up. I hope everyone celebrates these accolades together and enjoys a great fall weekend.
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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 documen