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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 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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