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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 Summer Pee Wee Camps
04/24/2019
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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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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Trojan Good Things, 12/14
12/14/2018
This week’s shout out goes to our HSWCHS students and staff, following the flying of a United States flag over our United States Capitol in their honor at the request of Congressman Bruce Westerman. In a proclamation presented to Principal Echols, the plaque states, “This flag was flown at the request of the Honorable Bruce Westerman, Member of Congress, honoring the students and staff at Hot Springs World Class High School in their quest to raise their achievement and impact their community, WHATEVER IT TAKES.” When Arkansas’s highest leaders recognize the outstanding work taking place at this district, I hope it makes you all realize what a huge impact you are making every single day. I also want to congratulate all of you as a Hot Springs School District community, as we have been nominated for Large Business of the Year by the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. 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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Intermediate School Girls in P.I.N.K.
12/14/2018
At the Hot Springs Intermediate School, a special club is changing perspectives for 6th grade girls by way of a dedicated study in leadership and community service through the practice of good etiquette. The P.I.N.K. club, which stands for “Proud, Intelligent, and Noble Kids,” is led by 6th grade teacher Mrs. Wilda Hughley. Members, reserved only for 6th grade girls, meet twice each month after school for one-hour meetings and meet for service projects. One meeting is dedicated to coordinating service projects in the community. The other meeting is set aside for a guest speaker and rotating lesson theme. The club provides a foundation in a girls-only setting for friendship, manners, discipline, gratitude, confidence and work ethic.
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Trickster Tales Tie Comics & Digital Cartoons
12/14/2018
Third grade Oaklawn students created their own Trickster Tales, or cultural stories that include one character who tricks another, and a moral or lesson. In a collaborative effort across third grade classrooms from all teachers and staff, students wrote their own Trickster Tales and then created four-part comic strips in art class to illustrate the tales. To build on the lesson even further, they transformed their comic strips to digital cartoons in the library media center. By integrating classroom standards into multiple mediums, students with all types of learning styles, needs, and interests benefit. A book of comic strips and digital cartoon archive of all third grade Trickster Tales is being compiled in the Oaklawn Library.
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Gardner Sound Choir Shares Holiday Spirit
12/13/2018
The 35-student Gardner Sound Choir delivered holiday cheer via music and hand-written cards last week to residents of the Lake Hamilton Rehab. Gardner Music Teacher Mrs. Paula Bettis organized the visit as a stop on their way to perform at the Arkansas State Capitol. Students chose favorite songs including “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” for the appreciative crowd who - to the surprise of students - sang along with them. Mrs. Bettis worked with other Gardner teachers to include handwritten Christmas cards from multiple classrooms. Students delivered cards in hopes of also bringing comfort and holiday spirit to residents that could not watch the performance.
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HSSD Celebrates Spelling Bee Competitors
12/11/2018
Last week, the HSSD hosted three spelling bees across the district for 1st - 8th grade students. HSSD Gifted and Talented Coordinator Mrs. Laura West coordinated the spelling bees, which are exciting competitions for students to improve their general spelling, vocabulary and language skills in a fun competition with their peers. All of nine our finalists (the top three from each bee) will advance to the Garland County Spelling Bee on January 24, 2019 at the Gospel Light Baptist Church Auditorium (600 Garland Avenue, Hot springs) at 9:00 a.m. HSSD Spelling Bees are held in coordination with official rules and scripts from the Scripps National Spelling Bee so that they are uniform with those hosted across the U.S. Thank you to all competitors and judges!
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NJROTC Focuses on Leadership & Discipline
12/11/2018
The HSWCHS NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps) unit is the oldest NJROTC program in the state of Arkansas, established in March of 1969. NJROTC serves as a character and leadership development program nationwide for high school students. New instructors to Hot Springs include Lieutenant Commander Sean Garrett and Senior Chief David Patti, both of whom bring distinguished Navy careers with them to the classroom. Their focus is on building disciplined, service-minded students, who are prepared for leadership and careers in whatever fields they choose. Currently, 115 HSWCHS students are part of the program. The HSWCHS NJROTC Color Guard is requested to events across the community and central Arkansas area. In competitions, our teams were also among finalists last year in physical fitness and air rifle meets.
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Trojan Good Things, 12/7
12/07/2018
This week’s shout out goes to Carrington Holder, one of our seniors at HSWCHS, who was chosen as the student guest and speaker at Hot Springs Rotary. Rotarians seek student guests and speakers who are in the top percentage of their classes, involved in school activities, and community minded, and Carrington couldn’t have been a better candidate. Carrington represented us so well, and spoke about his 13 years as a Trojan. I also want to highlight our wonderful Hot Springs School District Board Members, three (Lonnel ‘Dino’ Lenox, Ann Hill, and Debbie Ugbade) of which received Boardmanship Awards from the Arkansas School Boards Association this week. Finally, we’ve had an anonymous shoutout submitted to highlight our excellent staff members who contributed to the Holiday Extravaganza event.
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Gardner Hosts First Annual STEM Day
12/07/2018
In a first annual STEM Day, Gardner STEM Magnet School dedicated an entire Friday to STEM-related activities and projects for kindergarten-5th grade students. The idea behind this effort was to create fun, diverse opportunities for students to explore STEM topics and activities. Partners from other schools within the HSSD and the community - including the Gardner PTO, HSWCHS EAST students, Henderson State University STEM Center, and Dawson Cooperative - were instrumental in creating a successful day of memorable activities and collaboration.
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HSSD Schools Receive Beating the Odds Awards
12/05/2018
Hot Springs World Class High School and Gardner STEM Magnet School have received Beating the Odds Awards for Math Growth at the elementary and high school levels from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Both schools are being honored by OEP because students demonstrated high growth in scores on the ACT Aspire in mathematics. Congrats to our world class students and staff across the HSSD!
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Sensory Stations Enhance Learning at Oaklawn
12/04/2018
It’s all about providing balance for Mrs. Elizabeth (Graves) Roach in her first grade classroom at Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts (OVPA) Magnet School. Through the use of sensory stations/exercises and kinesthetic learning techniques, she creates a unique classroom setting for a diverse of array of students with diverse needs and talents. Looking around, you may find a bean bin, shaving cream table, chalk desk, bouncy balls, water beads, and other non-traditional items because in her classroom all curriculum is tied to a sensory learning experience and student-led dialogue and problem solving.
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HSSD to Host Getting Ahead Class for Parents
12/04/2018
In 2019, a free class series - Getting Ahead - will be available to all HSSD parents from January - May. The class is designed for adults hoping to begin a new chapter after being plagued with barriers, faded opportunities, various setbacks, or tragedies of any kind, or those simply looking for self improvement and the ability to provide added stability to his/her family. Further details, a program application, contact information for assistance and more are available, here.
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Student Choice Rollout at HSWCHS Cafeteria
12/01/2018
Chartwells introduces new Student Choice Program to allow students to taste and then vote on new additions to the HSWCHS school cafeteria lunch menu. Student Choice kicks off 12/4 - 12/6 with tasting events - during normal student lunch schedules - where students will sample a variety of new menu items from different food station options. The menu that receives the most votes will be introduced in the cafeteria as a daily meal option.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/30
11/30/2018
This week’s shout out goes to volunteers from the First Lutheran Church who fed our kids at the Juvenile Detention Center on Thanksgiving Day. Without these special volunteers, these kids would not have had visitors over the holiday, because it was not an approved day for family members to visit. I also want to shout out to Coach Lasker and our Trojan Basketball Teams! Congrats on your first conference win as head coach against Hope teams earlier this week. 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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HSSD Holiday Performance Lineup
11/29/2018
The HSSD is a diverse community of student groups, talents, and organizations. We look forward to each holiday performance and event throughout December. Don’t miss a thing, with an all-inclusive HSSD Holiday lineup, below. All events hosted at HSSD schools, as well as the Holiday Extravaganza on 12/6, are free to the public and open to all.
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HSSD Receives $201,000 in Energy Incentives
11/29/2018
Hot Springs School District has received close to $201,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas, saving approximately 1.6 million kWh of electricity – enough to power 128 homes for a year – through the CitySmart℠ Program. This was accomplished by strategically replacing approximately 8,300 lighting fixtures associated with lamps and ballasts with state of the art LED lighting. The cost savings at HSSD will allow the district to more efficiently use staff time and district funds to ensure that we sustain the safest, most state-of-the-art facilities possible for students.
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Park Presents at Blue Ribbon School Conference
11/28/2018
Park Magnet School Principal, Dr. Sarah Oatsvall, and Kindergarten Teacher and IB Coordinator, Kristal Brandon, are presenters this week at the 19th Annual Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conference. Schools represented at this annual event include those having received recognition through the National Blue Ribbon Program of the U.S. Department of Education. Their session highlights the unique way that inquiry-based learning and growth mindset are guiding principles for staff development and collaboration at Park Magnet.
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Tap Sessions Provided by Dancers from Untapped
11/27/2018
For Giving Tuesday, the Little Rock-based professional tap dance company Untapped sends dance instructors to schools across Arkansas at no charge to work with students in dance classes. Savannah Boyce and Michael Roberson, professional dancers and dance instructors with Untapped, worked with HSSD dance students across the district today. They brought hands-on tap sessions and brief discussion of tap history to our classrooms.
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Thanksgiving Introduced to HSJA Students
11/18/2018
In a rare opportunity, HSJA English Language Development Instructor Mrs. Briner was able to arrange for a full Thanksgiving experience for 7th-8th grade students, after learning that many of them had never tasted items included in a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
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Student Enrollment Opens for Sister City Program
11/18/2018
Each year, the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation graciously sponsors a trip for 8-11th grade students from Garland County to Hanamaki, Japan (Sister City to Hot Springs) for approximately one week. Up to 10 students will be chosen to travel to represent Hot Springs in early June, 2019. Learn more about how to apply to be part of student delegation and how to apply for a scholarship!
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Trojan Good Things, 11/16
11/16/2018
This week’s shout-out goes out to OVPA staff and students for creating a moving, magical experience in the delivery of Mary Poppins, Jr. - and most importantly - for creating an annual production, which includes a cast of 500+ students, that creatively allows the talents of our wonderful diversity of students to shine. Also, see an anonymous shoutout to our excellent staff at HSWCHS, and their efforts to create complete power standards for each course offering. Finally - we wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! Thank you for the work you do (staff AND students!), and thank you for choosing to do it here. 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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HSSD Students Hear from Holocaust Survivor
11/16/2018
27 HSSD high school GT students joined more than 200 across Arkansas in attending “Near Normal Man: A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor,” at the Clinton Center in Little Rock. Students viewed a 30-minute documentary film, “Near Normal Man,” which is based on the life of Ben Stern. In a rare opportunity, they then also got to hear from Mr. Stern about his lifelong commitment to retelling the story of the Holocaust in the hopes of stopping social injustice for future generations. Learn more about the event, here.
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Sit Down with Cast of Mary Poppins, Jr
11/15/2018
Get to know four main cast members from the memorable presentation of Mary Poppins, Jr. at OVPA to capture for yourself a small glimpse of the “magic” behind each annual student production: Meet Anani Coleman (Mary Poppins), LaRon Samuels (Bert), Valerie Sutton (Jane Banks), and Ryan Tedford (Michael Banks). All four are fourth grade students, and represent well the connection that all participants develop with staff, other students, and the school theme during weeks of preparation and rehearsal for the annual event.
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Gardner Thanksgiving Kindergarten Feast
11/15/2018
The annual Gardner Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast is a colorful display of costumed students who bring to life the historic first Thanksgiving between Native Americans and European Pilgrims at Plymouth held to celebrate the colony’s first harvest. Gardner kindergarten teachers organize the event and invite student guests from all grade levels to attend. Kindergarten students dress as Native Americans and guest students from other grades dress as Pilgrims. A ceremonial walk to the cafeteria and student handmade gift exchange makes for a truly memorable lesson in expressing friendship, appreciation, and thanks.
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Dia de los Muertos at Park Magnet
11/14/2018
Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a multi-day celebratory holiday in Mexico. Festivities involve happy gatherings of family and friends to honor loved ones who have passed. Park Magnet Spanish Teacher Ms. Lorraine Valladares leads students in the completion of projects by grade level to observe the holiday, and works to communicate that Dia de los Muertos isn’t truly about mourning death at all, but about celebrating life and honoring death as a part of the journey of life. Learn more about the making of “Calacas,” “Ofrendas” and more.
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Langston Sumdog Math Contest Champs
11/12/2018
In a Sumdog Math Contest from Oct 26 - Nov 1, Langston 4th grade students in Mrs. Jamie Limbaugh’s class won first place as a class overall during one day of questions, had six students finish among the top 10 in the competition overall, and had the 1st place finisher (BIG congrats to Trenton Moore!) for the most questions answered overall. In total, 206 students played in this area and answered 43,000 math questions. Sumdog is an online learning service that offers engaging game-based student learning opportunities on computers and tablets for math, reading, and writing skills.
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HSSD Teams Place 4th in Congressional Challenge
11/11/2018
Two apps submitted by teams from the Hot Springs World Class High School EAST program tied for fourth place among the top 5 rankings in Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District, announced by Congressman Bruce Westerman at the Congressional App Challenge Award Ceremony on Friday. HSSD apps and teams that tied for 4th place are: The ELTE App, created by a team comprised of Madeline (Maddie) Scott, Michael Rivera, and Ella Pace; and the Child Check App, created by a team comprised of Bianca Martin, Bonnie Shannon, and Shawn Wilson. These two apps tied for 4th place among 60 eligible entries in this district.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/9
11/09/2018
This week, our HSWCHS staff and students took a new state required test (the Arkansas Civics Exam) and turned it into a memorable, engaging Civics Tournament that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. This is a shout-out to our amazing students who (by the way) are taking the Civics Exam today and Monday and are passing with flying colors. This is also a shout-out to Mrs. Moody, Principal Echols, and all HSWCHS staff for taking yet another testing requirement and turning it into an excellent learning opportunity for everyone. When our students have fun AND learn, it’s an ultimate win for us as educators. Also, see staff shout-outs to Mrs. Shelman, Mrs. Limbaugh, Langston paraprofessionals, and Mr. Hines.
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Gardner Lego League Combines Values & Robotics
11/09/2018
The Gardner Magnet Lego League is a Robotics Club connected to leagues across the world through the FIRST Lego League Program, which is an alliance program established in 1998 between FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) and the Lego group. Through the program, which establishes an annual theme to guide these efforts, students work through a process of 1) Identifying a real world problem and solution, 2) Completing missions through robots and robotic technology, and 3) Following character-building Core Values. As they prepare for competition in December, learn more about how members intend to solve the problem of food provisions for long-term astronaut missions through cultivating crickets on spaceships to provide a protein-rich food source.
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Civics Tournament Preps for New Exam Requirement
11/09/2018
In a heated competition, HSWCHS students faced off in front of a packed gymnasium yesterday in the first ever HSSD Civics Tournament. Mrs. Meggan Moody organized the event as an engaging way to prepare 9th-12th grade students for a new graduation requirement to pass the Arkansas Civics Exam. Congrats to the winning team of Juniors: Tremain Young, Anthony Mitchell, Angel Youngs, and Sevannah Lawson, who have received tickets and school transportation to the Memphis Grizzlies game on Saturday.
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ESOL Program Strengthens Outreach
11/08/2018
The HSSD ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program has launched a new family outreach initiative this fall to personally connect with ESOL families across the district. ESOL staff have teamed up with guest speaker Cristiam Espinoza- Madrid, a bilingual licensed professional counselor, to offer evening outreach classes at each school. Classes are one hour and include an overview of school information and resources, as well as emotional support, parenting strategies, and other discussion regarding the difficulty of a transition period from one culture to another.
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Park Magnet Students Focus on Community Leadership
11/06/2018
As part of their Community Unit of Inquiry, three first grade classes received a presentation this week from Mr. Dudley Webb, who is running for an elected position with the City of Hot Springs and is a teacher at HSSD Intermediate School. He stressed that elected officials are there to serve the public, and encouraged all students to get involved with community leaders and value their eventual right to vote.
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Community Donates to HSSD Backpack Programs
11/05/2018
Thanks to the “Woods to School” Deer Snack Sticks program, the HSSD has acquired a protein-rich tasty snack to add to items for our backpack programs. Backpack programs provide children with take-home backpacks of non-perishable food items each Friday to ensure they have food through the weekend. More than 130 backpacks are sent home each week by HSSD schools. XPress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons sponsored 2,000 deer snacks, made from deer meat harvested and processed in Garland County, through the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry Woods to School program.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/2/2018
11/02/2018
There aren’t many areas where you will find such a unified team of school districts, as right here in Garland County. That was more evident than ever this week at another successful Garland County Reads event. Thank you to all HSSD staff who put in weeks of planning and thanks to those of you that hosted booths or brought student groups. Thank you to our partner school districts and partner attendees and readers from the city, county, and state level. And, thank you to the wonderful, energetic students and parents that attended. Also - shout out to Oaklawn Magnet teachers Angela Bates and Katie Bradley for their implementation of the Co-Teach model.
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Black Glue and You at Langston
11/02/2018
Langston Art Teacher Mrs. Debbie Shelman was invited to present “Black Glue and You” at the Arkansas Art Educators Fall Conference. Black Glue is a glossy art material that creates a unique effect when mixed with bright colors because it separates shapes and images to add dimension. Art educators were provided with examples of black glue artwork completed by HSSD Langston students and received handouts, resources, website links, and more for choosing age appropriate projects for working with the material.
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Hanamaki Student Delegation Tours HSJA
11/02/2018
Each October, students from the Hot Springs Sister City of Hanamaki, Japan, visit Garland County schools to learn about academic and cultural experiences of junior high and high school students in the Hot Springs area. This week at HSJA, six Hanamaki Junior High and two Hanamaki High School students toured campus and spent dedicated time with unique programs and classes including the JAG (Jobs for Arkansas’s Graduates) classroom where they played American games and learned about the Hot Springs Button Company. They created and toured art projects in Mrs. Mitchell’s classroom. They spent time in HSJA Math and History classes. Delegation guests also toured the chicken coop and urban garden
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HSSD Trojans Pee-Wee Basketball League
11/01/2018
HSSD is starting the 5th year of our Hot Springs Trojans Pee-Wee League. Teams will be selected by HSWCHS Coaches and coached by Hot Springs Trojan basketball players, alumni, and community leaders. Fundamentals of basketball will be stressed including dribbling, passing, shooting form, defensive stance, and team play. A Skills and Drills Session will take place November 12 from 5:30 - 6:30. The season begins on January 12, 2019. Find details and registration forms, here.
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After School With Mid-America Science Museum
10/31/2018
A new after school care program at Mid-America Science Museum, entitled Science After School, is being planned in collaboration with the HSSD. To launch this project, a pilot program will be conducted beginning on January 7, 2019 and will be offered Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm until the end of the school year. At this time, Science After School will only be available for a maximum of 107 K-6 HSSD students. This pilot program will be the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas. Forms and fees are due December 10, 2018.
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Park Magnet Remains AR's Top Elementary School
10/30/2018
Our HSSD Park Magnet remains the top elementary school in Arkansas based on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) scores released by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The school will receive $26,381.88 in Arkansas School Recognition Program funds based on the 2017-2018 student enrollment of 269 students to support the maintenance and growth of these excellent standards. Park Magnet is among only 51 Arkansas schools that achieved the top 5% tier of ESSA ratings, and is the only Garland County school to earn recognition in this category.
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HSSD Schools Receive Recycling Grants
10/29/2018
Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District awards the #HSSD HSWCHS and Oaklawn Magnet Recycling Grants to help add recycling bins to both sites, and to build greater engagement, general awareness, and participation for recycling in the student body and community.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/26
10/26/2018
Shout out to our HSIS for remaining committed to keeping bullies and bullying out of the HSSD. Today the HSIS staff and students hosted a Unity Day Ceremony (and have since 2015) featuring student entertainment, artwork, and guest speaker Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department, focused on anti bullying messages and strategies. Shout outs also go to our HSWCHS Band - which competes Monday in the State Marching Assessment after earning First Division Ratings this Week. Shout out goes to our senior athletes and band members, honored tonight at the Senior Night Ceremony. Finally, a special shout out to HSWCHS Economics & History Teacher Mr. Knott.
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Mary Poppins Production at Oaklawn Magnet
10/26/2018
Join us November 13 and November 15 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for unforgettable student performances in Mary Poppins, Jr., at our OVPA Auditorium. The annual production is special for so many reasons, mostly because it includes all 1st-5th grade OVPA students who want to participate. Student actors, singers, dancers, and musicians are showcased each fall during this memorable play that is entirely arranged by staff and community volunteers. The Broadway-experience is free for students through fundraisers and other school support.
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Park Pilots After School Enrichment Program
10/26/2018
Park Magnet is offering two sessions of a pilot IncredIBles After School Enrichment Program this October - December and again January - March. The IncredIBles program is intended to offer non-traditional teaching methods and student experiences to further challenge students in reading, writing, and math. 45 students (kindergarten - 5th grade ) were chosen for each session by random selection from names of those that applied.
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Gardner Second Graders Make Stone Soup
10/25/2018
Second grade Gardner students made their own Stone Soup after reading the historic folktale about the value of sharing and collaborating. In the tale, hungry travelers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. Students brought cans of potatoes, corn, carrots, peas, chicken broth, and green beans and combined all items to make a large pot of soup to share.
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HSSD Observes School Bus Safety Week
10/23/2018
During National School Safety Week, officials across the U.S. work to educate students and staff about best safety practices for school buses. HSSD Deputy Superintendent Lloyd Jackson and Transportation Staff are working in all HSSD schools to ensure that every student has been updated on bus safety practices during a school presentation this week. Students are then also completing a live evacuation exercise where they exit a bus just as they would during a live emergency scenario.
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HSJA Presents Health Challenges to Students
10/23/2018
Junior Academy students have been encouraged to choose amid three 30-day health challenges that lead to a lifetime of healthy habits and sharp minds. HSJA Nurse Miki Smith is holding their feet to the fire on healthy initiatives through the provision of challenges and resources from Healthy Active Arkansas, a state-funded initiative comprised of representation from the public and private sector including government agencies, healthcare providers, and community organizations. Learn more about the Soda Free challenge, Water Challenge, and an upcoming Step Challenge for staff using pedometers donated by the Arkansas Heart Hospital.
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HSSD Beta Clubs Win at Leadership Summit
10/22/2018
This month, 70 students (57 from 4th-8th grade and 13 from 9th-12th grade) from our four HSSD Beta Clubs attended a regional Beta Leadership Summit. It was a record breaking year, as HSSD clubs took home seven awards and qualified to compete at the National Beta Club Summit in five categories. Student groups are from Beta Clubs currently established at Park Magnet (4th-5th grade students), Oaklawn (4th-5th grade students), a combined team from Hot Springs Intermediate School (6th grade students) and Junior Academy (7th-8th grade students), and Hot Springs World Class High School (9th-12th grade students).
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Alumni Recognized by Hot Springs Board
10/21/2018
A group of six Hot Springs School District alumni were recognized by District Two Director Elaine Jones and Mayor Pat McCabe at the Hot Springs Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday for giving back to the community and the district by returning home after getting their educational degrees to serve as teachers within the district.
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HSSD Students Experience Arkansas Symphony
10/19/2018
Thanks to the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild, Garland County 3rd - 6th graders experience a memorable performance by the unforgettable Arkansas Symphony Orchestra every year in Hot Springs. This year musicians presented Story Time, which connected the excellent musical performance to favorite literary tales. The annual student concert is tied to curriculum customized for the performance. Development of the curriculum is heavily influenced by our own HSSD teachers including Mrs. Sue DeLeon, Mrs. Becky Counts and Mrs. Casey Wylie, who help write the majority of the Student Journal portion.
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Trojan Good Things, Oct 19
10/19/2018
HSSD receives two $3,000 Recycling Grants from West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, awarded to Oaklawn Magnet and HSWCHS. Also, Congrats to our Andre D. Dunson, 8th grader at HSJA, for receiving the first AYM Against All Odds Achievement Certificate and Stipend. Finally, great job to all of our HSSD students - including Isaac from HSJA - who were part of showcasing projects at the National Park College Innovative Technologies Center Makerspace Grand Opening today!
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Good Behavior at HSIS Earns Extra Recess
10/18/2018
5th-6th grade students with no office referrals for the first nine weeks were rewarded with a special extra recess at Family Park. 423 out of 474 Hot Springs Intermediate School students were eligible to attend, which is almost 90% of all HSIS students.
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Red Ribbon Week, Oct 22-26, 2018
10/16/2018
Students across the U.S. are getting ready for Red Ribbon Week® 2018! This year’s theme is: Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. At all HSSD schools, students will engage in activities that promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle. Please partner with us and discuss this message at home, at the dinner table, at family outings, and with friends and extended family. Students can be part of the celebration by enjoying themed dress up days for all schools which are included here.
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Students Collaborate for Mini Maker Faire
10/15/2018
Hot Springs World Class High School EAST and Park Magnet second grade students collaborated for a Mini-Maker Faire event. The Maker Faire - which are events that feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft - was part of bringing to life the Inventions Over Time Unit of Inquiry for second graders. EAST student teams used invention kits to design projects for younger students to interact with.
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Pumpkin Light Night, Oct 23
10/15/2018
Pumpkin Light Night is a FREE event for the whole family, on October 23. This gathering celebrates the programs, clubs, organizations, and many offerings of the Hot Springs School District. Bouncy houses, pumpkin displays, booths and activities, food trucks (food trucks charge for food), and entertainment fill our Trojan Field. Be part of celebrating HSSD students and the HSSD community at the 4th annual Pumpkin Light Night!
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Garland County Reads, Oct 30
10/15/2018
Garland County School Districts (K-6) will come together again for the 3rd annual Garland County Reads event - united to promote the love of reading. Attendees will enjoy free hot dogs and cookies, literacy activities and booths hosted by school districts and community partners, and the reading by community leaders of the first letters in the book: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Join us October 30 at the Hot Springs Farmers Market, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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Trojan Good Things 10/12
10/12/2018
Thank you to a special HSSD group (pictured) who attended a guest presentation by Flip Flippen, founder of Capturing Kids' Hearts - an initiative that our HSSD participates in districtwide that focuses on relationships. BIG CONGRATS AND THANKS to our entire students, staff, and community for a wonderful Homecoming week.
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Gardner Video Project Highlights Composting
10/12/2018
The Garland County Master Gardeners, EAST at Gardner students, and third grade classes are collaborating to create multiple composting bins at Gardner STEM Magnet School. The process of building compost piles, determining what and how to add items to the compost, and then using compost to enhance area flower beds and eventually a vegetable garden is being documented via video series.
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Park Among Site visits for Hanamaki Delegation
10/11/2018
As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Sister City Program, Hot Springs and Hanamaki, Japan exchanged delegations of guests. Last week the Hanamaki group toured various Hot Springs sites including our HSSD Park Magnet School. To make the experience unique from other school tours, the delegation was divided into smaller groups of 6-8 and led by students and interpreters.
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International Baccalaureate Student Celebration
10/10/2018
Yesterday during an International Baccalaureate (IB) Celebration, HSWCHS honored students for various levels of participation or completion of courses within the IB Programme. IB is among the most rigorous and demanding college preparatory curriculums available in the United States, for both public and private schools. 230 HSSD 9th-12th grade students are currently participating in some level of IB courses.
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Langston Loves Reading Event
10/10/2018
Langston Loves Reading is a quarterly program where members of the community are invited to visit with and read to a K-4th grade class at our HSSD Langston Magnet School. Readers of all kinds participate, including volunteers, community officials like police officers, alumni and retired faculty, HSSD leadership, and others. Future Langston Loves Reading events will be hosted December 14, March 8, and May 10.
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HSSD Homecoming Week, Oct 8-12
10/08/2018
Join us in celebrating our the HSSD community for 2018 Homecoming Week, October 8-12. Find a lineup of daily themes for all HSSD schools. We will also host a districtwide pep rally on 10/11 at Joe Reese Stadium (all students will travel via buses to HSWCHS). Festivities conclude on Friday 10/12 with a Homecoming Court Assembly in the morning and the Crowning Ceremony and Football Game (vs. Magnolia) later that evening. Thank you for being part of honoring our #HSSDTrojans!
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JAG Program Makes Students Job Ready
10/08/2018
7th-8th grade JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Specialist Stephanie Goodman is changing the conversation for students to a “When you graduate” scenario, and focusing on being job-ready via whatever path they choose after graduation. The JAG program has 125 programs in Arkansas school districts, and HSSD Junior Academy is among the only to have a dedicated specialist position for 7th-8th grade JAG Middle School curriculum.
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HSWCHS Receives Arkansas CTE Funds
10/07/2018
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a national initiative that requires states to offer courses that prepare students to be job ready, via whatever path they choose after graduation. CTE courses create a bridge between academics and career paths by directly connecting student learners through experiences like apprenticeships, internships, hands-on training and demonstrations, service projects, and other personal interaction with employers. Through of a series of curriculum changes, grants, and visionary leadership, HSSD is proudly offering world class CTE opportunities through full Career Academies. Most recently, a grant from the Arkansas Department of Career Education is continuing to evolve and add to the CTE offerings of HSSD.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/5
10/05/2018
Firefighters with the Hot Springs Fire Department help out our HSWCHS and Shout Outs to our world class staff, this week to include Mrs. Henley and Mrs. Knox
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VEX IQ Robotics Club Builds Engineering Skills
10/05/2018
At Gardner Magnet, the VEX IQ Robotics Club meets after school every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to study and experience robotic engineering. Through the VEX IQ program, Gardner has acquired a snap-together robotics system with many pieces and parts designed from the ground up to build engineering skills in students of all ages.
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Cameroon & Jamaica Highlighted by Guests
10/04/2018
To begin a new Unit of Inquiry at Park Magnet called “Who We Are,” kindergarten students enjoyed presentations from guests originally from Cameroon, Africa and Jamaica. Both guests shared with students the day-to-day cultural differences between living here in the United States and living in respective regions.
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6th Grade Character Analysis Group Projects
10/02/2018
Summary: 6th grade literacy teacher Mrs. Veronica Sanders guides students in Character Analysis projects that challenge them to take an in depth look at main characters in the novel Stargirl. “Character analysis helps them to understand what motivates her actions, and why she experiences different social situations in reaction to her behavior,” says Mrs. Sanders.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/28
09/28/2018
Twelve #HSSD teachers are working to earn accreditation as National Board Certified Teachers.
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Constitution Bee Challenges Langston 4th Graders
09/28/2018
The second annual Constitution Bee was hosted on September 27th to challenge HSSD Langston 4th grade students with questions taken directly from the official Naturalization Test, which is required of individuals seeking to become U.S. Citizens. Winners are: First Place - Azarah Lewis; Second Place - Kyle Young; Third Place - Alfredo Perez.
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HSSD Students Visit Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
09/28/2018
This week #HSSD 5th grade Park Magnet students, and Junior Academy Jr. Beta Club and Jobs For America’s Graduates (JAG) students, visited the “RISE ABOVE” exhibit - which is a special presentation on the Red Tail Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen via traveling exhibit. The exhibit highlights obstacles that this unique group overcame to fly and fight for the U.S. during World War II.
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HSSD Flu Clinics, Oct 1-4
09/27/2018
The Hot Springs School District will host Flu Clinics at all schools October 1 - 4. Please contact school offices for consent forms, which students will need in order to receive flu shots.
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Oaklawn Uses Bots to Reinforce Reading Skills
09/26/2018
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Meghan Mabry’s class at Oaklawn Magnet are developing key skills, while also trying new learning techniques with the help of Bee-Bots. Bee-Bots are small, colorful, bee-shaped robots that can be used by educators in the teaching of counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and in this case - targeted learning objectives like rhyming that lead to eventual reading skills.
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Gardner Magnet Launches New PTO Group
09/26/2018
Central to the efforts of any school team is a strong support system from parents. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) groups at each of the #HSSD schools provide much needed support and assistance to teachers and school staff through volunteer opportunities. Gardner Magnet School has reorganized their PTO and is wrapping up a successful membership drive this week.
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Junior Academy EAST Students Raise 4H Chickens
09/24/2018
Junior Academy EAST students set new standards for tying student-led technology and creativity to agriculture. A fully operational chicken coop is visible from the front of our #HSSD Junior Academy, thanks to the dedication of EAST students who raised the birds through the Arkansas 4H program.
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High School Receives Grant for JAG Program
09/21/2018
Governor Hutchinson and leadership from the Jobs for America’s Graduates program, Arkansas Department of Career Education, and other Arkansas business leaders presented the HSSD with a $25,000 Entergy grant check to fund a Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) program at Hot Springs World Class High School.
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Rep Cozart Visits Park 3rd Graders
09/21/2018
As part of a government-focused Unit of Inquiry, Park third-graders receive a visit from Representative Bruce Cozart.
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East Students Set Guidelines for Service Projects
09/20/2018
6th grade EAST students at Hot Springs Intermediate worked this week in Mrs. Rakejah Williams’ class to complete first steps toward identifying service-based projects for the school year. Service-based projects are part of EAST curriculum, and require that students collaborate with individuals or businesses to identify projects that meet needs in the community.
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Backpack Program Fills Gaps for Hungry Children
09/19/2018
The Arkansas Foodbank Backpack Program helps to fill weekend gaps for hungry children. At Langston Magnet Elementary, teachers use the program as another way to meet student needs.
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Junior Academy Introduces Summit Learning
09/18/2018
For 7th-8th grade students at HSSD Junior Academy, Summit Learning has been introduced as the new learning platform for English, math, science and social studies. Summit offers a unique approach for educators because it enables students to learn academic content at their own pace, and provides data-driven feedback to teachers about how to make lessons and projects more tailored to individual student needs.
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Social Hour Provides Family Dialogue Strategies
09/17/2018
Social Hour brings families together in an informal dinner setting to focus on social and emotional challenges through multiple topic areas and hands-on projects.
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Cafeteria Upgrades Increase Tasty Options & Access
09/14/2018
Upgrades completed to the HSSD High School cafeteria, allowing for more convenient access by students, and additional tasty options for all food palates.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/14
09/14/2018
Thank you to HSSD School Board Members!
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Park Students Move from Lessons to Action
09/13/2018
HSSD students benefit from an International Baccalaureate (IB) education in many ways throughout their years with us. In the IB-Primary Years Program (PYP) at Park, a primary focus is to challenge students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning while exploring local and global issues in real-life contexts.
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HSSD Recognized as Five to Thrive District
09/11/2018
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign are pleased to announce Hot Springs School District as one of nine Arkansas school districts to achieve Five to Thrive status.
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Langston Participating in Additional Recess Program
09/10/2018
Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet School is Among 32 Arkansas Schools to Participate in Additional Recess Program
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HS Students Plan for the Future
09/07/2018
Seminar Planning helps High School Students Design Personalized Plans for the Future
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Trojan Good Things, 9/7
09/07/2018
Thank you Mr. Sligh for making a difference!
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Trojan Good Things, 8/31
08/31/2018
Security Bank Kickoff Classic is a Success!
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Trojan Good Things, 8/17
08/17/2018
Sophia Whitfield-Turner at Oaklawn Greets Students on the First Week of School
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