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Trojan Good Things, 9/18
09/18/2020
Where would we be without our outstanding IT Team? During a normal school year, our IT professionals are busy. During a COVID-19 school year, they are all juggling multiple levels of busy, and needed in four places at once - and yet they continue to stay on top of our IT needs with flexibility, kindness, and dedication! We have the most knowledgeable, professional, ingenuitive, and driven individuals in our IT Department. THANK YOU to our IT Team for all that you do to keep this district up and running, and for all that you are doing this year to address unprecedented IT needs. National IT Professionals Day was Tuesday, September 15 and today, I dedicate our Trojan Good things to our IT Department. Please make sure to send a “thank you” and always share appreciation with our IT team members in each of your buildings. They are the very best at what they do, and they are deeply valued and essential to our work as an educational institution.
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Trojan Good Things, 9/11
09/11/2020
On this Patriots Day, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, I am so proud to honor all of YOU HEROES with this Trojan Good Things. This anniversary is about honoring and remembering the many lives lost, but most importantly for our kids it is about celebrating the strong American spirit and highlighting the many who came to the aid of Americans in need 19 years ago today. Please remember that all of you in education are also heroes. You show our kids the same spirit that so many exemplified on 9/11/2001. Thank you for your courage, dedication, and SPIRIT every day - especially as you work as educators during a crisis. May we never forget the tragic loss, as well as the amazing bravery and courage that took place in the aftermath of this anniversary. And, may we all continue to be inspired to carry on that legacy in our work as educators who are called to be heroes for our students. I also have several anonymous Good Things to share today … see more in this update:
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Trojan Good Things, 9/4
09/04/2020
We have so many staff members working hard - from our teachers and nurses and administrators, to our bus drivers, coaches, paraprofessionals, special services staff, cafeteria workers, administrative teams, and all in between. We see you and we thank you for doing more than you’ve ever been asked to do to make school possible. Our Trojan Good Things this week goes to our Football Teams. Our Junior High Team had a great win last night over our across-town rivals at Lake Hamilton. Our Varsity team travels tonight to Arkadelphia to play. We send good energy and love to our athletes, and we appreciate all of you who continue to cheer on all of our Trojan activities, sports, programs, and efforts. (We haven’t forgotten you volleyball, tennis, or golf - your Shoutout will come, too!). We also have an anonymous Good Thing to share about a deserving Trojan Nurse at Park Magnet, Mrs. Dawn Utsey … “I want to give a huge shoutout to Nurse Dawn Utsey. She is so kind and caring every morning and she always has a smile on her face. She takes the temps daily at Park and is so helpful with getting the children out of the cars in the rain, even if that means she gets wet (all so that the children don’t!). She has TRUE TROJAN SPIRIT! Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! It is her goal to communicate all the positives happening in #HSSD. If you have any special events happening in your classes or buildings or if you know of someone we need to give a shout out to, please complete the Trojan Good Things Form, here.
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HSSD Students Take NWEA Tests Through 10/2
09/01/2020
HSSD students are taking NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) Tests in K-10th grade classrooms through October 2. NWEA test data is directly used by our teachers, administrators, and HSSD leadership to make informed decisions about day-to-day classroom instructional content and offerings and individual student learning needs. Educators receive actionable data in real-time so that they can offer curriculum and activities that are appropriate for the learning levels and skill sets of our students. Educators also use the data to determine which students may need enrichment activities, and intervention and/or remediation services.
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Park 2nd Graders Enjoy Storytime with Spriggs
08/28/2020
Our Mrs. Spriggs read “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to Park 2nd grade students this week. With social distancing in place - she allows small groups to enjoy floor time as she reads during storytime throughout the week, while others listen from desks. During activities, she also engages students attending virtually by sharing the book and classroom discussion with students connected to the classroom via a computer screen positioned on the front row or with help from the Promethean Board.
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Google Pear Deck Helps 8th Graders Re-Connect
08/28/2020
Mrs. Miller used creative measures to get to know her students and help them to get to know her, by creating an interactive activity in Pear Deck (an add-on feature for Google Slides)! 8th graders used Chromebooks to participate in an anonymous group discussion where they answered a mix of questions about themselves and their interests, random math facts (afterall, this is 8th grade math!), and about Mrs. Miller. All students answered each question anonymously, but all answers were populated on the Promethean Board so that students could read/discuss/and laugh together.
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Trojan Good Things, 8/28
08/28/2020
We see you Trojans! This was truly a first week back to school like no other. We have asked a lot of our kids, staff members, and the families of our students. We know that so much about our “new normal” is challenging. Our students did an outstanding job this week of following the protocols - wearing those masks, using social distancing, following new routines in our cafeterias and hallways, sitting at desks with shields, and more - and you did it with a strong Trojan spirit and a wonderful attitude. Trojan kids truly set the standard this week for us all. We see you making sacrifices. We see you supporting each other. We see you following safety protocols because you know that following these guidelines is what allows us to be here. We see you working hard, and not complaining. We see you Trojans, and we couldn’t be more proud or appreciative of you. THANK YOU. Keep on working, because we are right here working with you.
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MVPA 2nd Graders Make Worry Stones
08/28/2020
Second grade students at our MVPA made Worry Stones to help relieve anxiety and soothe worrisome thoughts during the school day. Mrs. Stane used the Promethean Board to show students how to work with the clay to create oval, smooth stones. Students chose three colors of polymer clay. They then rolled the clay into a ball, or rolled it into a thin snake-like shape, and then back into a ball. Once they had the colors mixed together well, she helped them to lightly press their fingerprint into each Worry Stone. Second grade teachers will bake these stones and give them back to students. Students will keep Worry Stones at their desks to use when they are worried or anxious. Mrs. Stane explained that to use the Worry Stone, students place the stone in their hand and rub the smooth sides with their fingers or they can put the stones in their pockets and use the same hand motion there.
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Protocols and Safety in 2020-2021 School Year
08/20/2020
In a new #HSSD resource - Parent Protocols and Safety Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic - you'll find information and links/resources about the HSSD Mask Policy (requiring the wearing of masks by all students in K-12 and by all HSSD staff), guidelines for what you and your family should do if you don't feel well and/or have symptoms or impact from COVID-19, guidelines for student and health and/or when you should arrange for your student to work remotely for a time period, and details about what communication processes will be followed if our school team needs to reach out to your families regarding a COVID-19 impact at the HSSD.
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FREE Meals for All Students Continues
08/13/2020
We will continue to provide FREE meals to all Trojan students in the 2020-2021 school year, in our cafeterias and at food truck stops across Hot Springs. No matter which Learning Option our students have chosen - Traditional, Blended, or Virtual Learning - we will ensure that all Trojan families have access to free meals. Find more important food details in this update ...
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Trojan Teams Welcome Back Families!
08/10/2020
Our teams want you to be fully prepared for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins August 24! Please find videos in this update from leaders at each of our schools, as well as our District Administrative team - all of which explain safety protocols, Learning Options, day-to-day routine details, and more for the fall semester.
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HSSD Open House Events: Aug 10-11
08/06/2020
We can't wait to see our students! HSSD Open House events take place next week on Monday, August 10 (at HSJA, only) and Tuesday, August 11 (at HSWCHS and all Elementary Schools). Each event includes a Virtual Open House and an in-classroom Open House. Elementary schools are hosting in-classroom Open House events by appointment, only. Find all details in this update regarding Open House plans and protocols for each of our schools.
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Trojans Ready to Learn Plan
07/22/2020
The Trojans Ready to Learn Plan was developed with input from the Trojans Ready to Learn Committee, and with guidance from the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. Trojan families can find detailed information in this plan regarding Safety and Health, Academics, Learning Management Systems, the 2020-2021 School Calendar, Communications and Outreach, Transportation, Contact Information, Details about day-to-day Routine and more. We hope you find this document informative and helpful as you plan for the fall semester.
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HSWCHS Registration Dates and Details
07/21/2020
The HSWCHS will host Registration (required for all students in grades 10-12) on July 27, 28, 29, and 31. During registration, HSWCHS staff members will be present to collect required student information, discuss student schedules, create student IDs, create bus tags, update information in the Home Access Center (HAC), and more. Find details in this update about the times and dates for each student to register, organized by grade level and last name.
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HSJA Registration Dates and Details
07/21/2020
The HSJA will host Registration (required for all students in grades 7-9) on July 27, 28, 30, and 31. During registration, HSJA staff members will be present to collect required student information, discuss student schedules, create student IDs, create bus tags, update information in the Home Access Center (HAC), and more. Find details in this update about the times and dates for each student to register, organized by grade level and last name.
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Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar Approved
07/21/2020
An updated HSSD Academic Year Calendar for 2020-2021 has been approved and is published here for reference.
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2020 Graduation Ceremony
07/06/2020
We are thrilled to honor our Graduating Class of 2020! The Hot Springs World Class High School Graduation Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Due to COVID-19, many protocols and guidelines must be followed to ensure the safety and health of all graduates and attendees. We appreciate your patience as we strictly adhere to the guidelines in our HSSD Graduation Plan in order to host an in-person graduation ceremony for our wonderful students.
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Fall Re-Opening: Learning Options & FAQs
06/22/2020
Do you have questions about HSSD learning options for the fall semester? The HSSD will follow the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and the Arkansas Ready for Learning report issued by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education in planning for re-opening in the fall. Three Learning Options will be provided to families for the fall semester. A full Trojans Ready to Learn District Support Plan will be available in July, with comprehensive details about how all protocols and procedures will be implemented. To help our families begin to make decisions, an FAQ document is provided here with information to be included in the support plan following input from the Trojans Ready to Learn Committee.
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Bridge the Gap: Summer Learning Activities
06/04/2020
Summer Learning Activities have been created by a team of #HSSD teachers for students in K-8th grade. Find fun, engaging, curriculum-based lessons in three subject areas to help students continue building skills through the summer!
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HSSD Summer Meal Program Starts June 8
06/02/2020
We will continue to offer FREE meals to children 0-18 years old during our Summer Meals Program from June 8 - July 30 at five different locations listed in this update. Let's keep the Hot Springs community well-fed, all summer long!
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TrojansRead Book Bus Opens June 9
06/02/2020
With great excitement, we announce the arrival of the #TrojansRead Book Bus! Through a generous partnership and donation from Kamo's Kids Foundation, and outstanding work from the HSSD Transportation Department, the HSSD has converted a school bus into a mobile book library. Free books can be checked out from HSSD media specialists and volunteers aboard the book bus all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 8 - July 30 (times and locations are listed in this update). Students will check out books just as they usually would in a traditional library during the school year. We are honored to provide meals AND books throughout the summer to our Hot Springs community. Please join us!
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HSSD End of Year Ceremony
05/29/2020
Please join us in honoring our HSSD Trojans award recipients and honorees for the 2019-2020 school year, in our online HSSD End of Year Awards and Retirees Ceremony! We also proudly announce the HSSD District Teacher of the Year in an exciting surprise presentation. Find the video link in this update.
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Congrats HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Ms Lesher
05/27/2020
Congratulations to Hot Springs World Class High School Teacher of the Year Angie Lesher. Angie has taught for six years at the Hot Springs School District. She boasts, “I’ve been a Trojan my entire life!.” She attended Oaklawn, Langston, Southwest, and then graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1999. Since 2014, Ms. Lesher has taught English in classes for students ranging year-to-year from 9th-11th grade.
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Congrats HSJA Teacher of the Year Mrs. Ward
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Hot Springs Junior Academy Teacher of the Year Carla Ward. Mrs. Ward has been changing lives for three years at the Hot Springs School District, and 17 in all as an educator. She teaches 7th-8th grade Math and Math Intervention.
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Congrats Oaklawn Teacher of the Year Mrs. Thrasher
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Teacher of the Year Barbara Thrasher. Mrs. Thrasher has been changing lives for three years at the Hot Springs School District, and four in all as a teacher. She teaches second grade at our Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School (which is soon-to-be our Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School).
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Congrats Langston Teacher of the Year Ms. Holder
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Langston Elementary Leadership Academy Teacher of the Year Rebecca Holder. Ms. Holder has been changing lives for nine years at the Hot Springs School District, and 12 in all as a teacher. She currently teaches third grade at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy.
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Congrats Gardner Teacher of the Year Mrs. Moody
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Gardner STEM Teacher of the Year Stephanie Moody. She has been changing lives as an educator for eight years at the Hot Springs School District. She currently teaches kindergarten at our Gardner STEM Magnet School (soon-to-be Oaklawn STEM Magnet School).
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Congrats to Park Teacher of the Year Mrs. Burton
05/26/2020
Congratulations to Marissa Burton, Park Magnet Teacher of the Year. She has been changing lives as an educator for nine years at the Hot Springs School District. She currently teaches kindergarten at our Park Magnet, an IB World School.
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HSSD Virtual Graduation Ceremony, 2020
05/21/2020
Without further ado, and with great pride, please allow us to present - the Hot Springs World Class High School Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Honoring the Hot Springs School District Trojan Graduates of 2020:
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"We the People" Project through ADL Program
05/13/2020
Throughout this school year, HSWCHS Media Specialist Mrs. Shipman has used innovative lessons and resources from the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. For the final project, students were given an assignment that started with observation of “We the People” by Nari Ward. “We the People” is an 8 x 27-foot wall sculpture presenting the opening words of the Constitution’s preamble, spelled out in the elegant original script, and with each letter outlined in shoelaces that hang from perforations in the gallery wall. Students were asked to describe what “We the People” meant to them and then to create their own version that represents Hot Springs. The inspiring student projects that resulted from this assignment (featured below) and the historical artifacts used throughout the year for the program will be displayed in the newly renovated Hot Springs World Class High School Library.
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Virtual Disney Rides and Literacy Skills
05/08/2020
HSSD third grade students in Ms. Lauren Sierocuk’s class at Gardner STEM Magnet School enjoyed virtual “rides” on attractions at Walt Disney World. Each day, she provided a different virtual ride video and a literacy challenge crafted for the ride. The AMI period has created new challenges that teachers and students have never before experienced. Throughout our final month of school, we will highlight extraordinary assignments, success stories, unique projects, and memorable moments from our classrooms from March to May.
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HSJA Parent Meeting Notes
04/29/2020
Meeting notes from virtual parent meetings for current 7th-8th grade students AND for current 6th grade students are included in the documents linked below. Find information regarding grading for the current school year, course planning for the 2020-2021 school year, and information about moving 7th-9th grade classrooms to the new complex on Emory Street in August.
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Activities to Make Learning Fun ... From Home!
04/29/2020
Find educational and unique, engaging, all-around fun activities for families to enjoy together in this collection from our HSSD Gifted & Talented Team!. These activities require very few additional resources or supplies (if any at all) outside of the information and/or links provided within each link below. Families can use these ideas, prompts, games, projects, virtual tours, and more as we wrap up the school year online (to supplement AMI coursework) or throughout the summer months. We hope these ideas help to make education and family time from home memorable for our Trojan Family!
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Adopt A HSSD Senior Student
04/22/2020
Graduation for our current HSSD senior class will be unlike any other. If interested and able … Help us to make it as memorable as possible, by Adopting a Senior Student! Our Adopt-a-Senior effort is an organized initiative to ensure that every single HSSD senior receives a celebratory Graduation Gift Package, in addition to specially ordered senior signage to be placed in their yards by Administrators during the week of May 11. We appreciate your support so much! Find all details in this update ...
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Planning for HSSD Graduation & Prom
04/21/2020
Information is provided in this update about a Virtual Graduation Ceremony to take place May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the HSWCHS Facebook Page, and TENTATIVE plans to host a traditional Graduation Ceremony and Prom Event in late-July. Please read details ...
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HSSD Registration is Open for 2020-2021!
04/19/2020
School Registration is Open for the 2020-2021 School Year! We look forward to having you join our Trojan Family at the Hot Springs School District. Students currently in grades 7-12 have already re-enrolled. All online registration information is available at our registration page, which you can link to in this update. Call the HSSD District Administrative Office with any questions about the enrollment process at: (501) 624-3372.
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HSSD Pre-K Registration is Open!
04/16/2020
Pre-K registration is open at all HSSD elementary schools! Find information about how to hold a spot for your child in the 2020-2021 school year at our HSSD Pre-K Registration Page: www.hssd.net/parents/registration 
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HSSD Library Book Return by May 15
04/15/2020
By May 15, HSSD families should please return library books to schools at designated drop boxes outside of each school building. Books can be dropped off between 9:00 - 3:00, Monday - Friday. We encourage parents to keep students in vehicles during book drop off, please. Any HSSD books checked out from any HSSD school library can be dropped at any of the book returns.
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Parent Support Resources During Covid-19
04/14/2020
We know that this time period is challenging for families. Find a collection here of timely support resources during the Covid-19 crisis including links, scholarly articles, tips, and recommendations for supporting the emotional needs of families. We hope the information below will help you to take care of yourselves, and to support the emotional well-being of your kids as you manage an array of new challenges and frustrations.
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HSSD Student Registration to Take Place Online
04/09/2020
SSD student registration will take place online to continue ensuring the safety of all students and families during ongoing precautionary efforts to stop the spread of COVID19. No one will get left behind in this process, and we are working to make this as safe AND convenient for everyone as possible. Details are provided below for registering or re-enrolling Kindergarten Students, New Students in Grades 1-12, and Students to Re-Enroll in Grades 1-12, here ...
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Online Tryouts for Trojan Cheer & T-Steppers
04/07/2020
Tryouts for Trojan Cheerleaders and T-Steppers will take place online, and all information and details about how to prepare and participate in tryouts is available via Google Classrooms set up by respective coaches. Find all details, here ...
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HSSD Wellness Update, 4/6
04/06/2020
Arkansas school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year due to continued COVID19 prevention efforts. Education will continue at all public schools through AMI learning, and HSSD schools will continue AMI Days through our last day of school, which is May 28. Our Trojan Family is dedicated to continuing to provide students with a high quality education, and we are using flexibility and the best resources possible to do that online for all families. Teachers and administrators are working to make sure that every HSSD student is engaging with a teacher on a daily basis and is involved in school work through Google Classrooms and/or Zoom sessions. We are also working to ensure that every family has access to Internet and technology devices (if those resources are not available at homes, we are offering them for free). Furthermore, our staff members are dedicated to providing a continuation of services that our schools provide in addition to learning including free meals, counseling services, support from intervention professionals, curriculum and virtual field trips through our Gifted & Talented Program, support from our Special Education Team, support from our therapists, and more.
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Contact Info for HSSD Principals & Counselors
04/06/2020
HSSD Principals and Counselors are still available to you! If you need to ask questions, or receive services or support from these individuals, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone call or email. Find all contact information, here ...
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Trojan Good Things, 4/3
04/03/2020
Trojan Good Things this Friday is dedicated to our wonderful staff members - our Trojan Family - who are working through trying times to deal with unprecedented circumstances and never before seen challenges to our roles as educators. Thank you for being flexible, driven, courageous, and dedicated to the education and services that we provide to our kids and to this community. Thank you all for your planning and efforts this week via virtual classrooms and meetings. Thank you to the many that participated (as spaced apart as possible) in our Trojan Spirit Parade on Wednesday. The Trojan Spirit Parade was such a heartwarming expression of your love. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of you at every grade level and every role. I couldn’t be more proud of our collaborative efforts to create progress and productivity in such an uncertain and scary period. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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HSSD AMI Days, Grab and Go Meal Schedule
04/02/2020
During HSSD AMI Days, we will continue providing FREE grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches (at lunch times, only) at Park and Langston, at sites throughout the city via #TrojanEats Food Truck and the HSSD Box Truck, and via school bus routes . These meals are FREE to children ages 0-18. Find all details about locations and times, here ...
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Updated AMI Guidance for K-12
04/02/2020
An update has been published to the AMI page on the HSSD website with the information included in this news update. With the period for AMI Days extended, the HSSD is working to ensure that a high quality education continues for all students. Starting Monday, April 6, all students in K-12 need access to a technology device with Internet. All students in K-12 will be expected to have daily online interaction with teachers. The HSSD is providing FREE Internet access and FREE technology devices to all students. If your student has not checked in with a teacher via Google Classroom and/or Zoom session and/or email, please make sure that communication takes place as soon as possible. If you have questions about how to get a technology device for your student, or how to arrange for the installation of free Wifi, or to find out about free meals being provided across the city, please ask your teacher via email, ask your principal via email, or call the school office. We appreciate our HSSD families so much for the hard work and patience throughout this period of learning. Please read the full update regarding HSSD AMI Guidelines for an extended period (through April 17), here ...
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Trojan Spirit Parade, Watch April 1
03/31/2020
Watch for us tomorrow, April 1, between 4:00 - 5:00 along the route in the map included in the second graphic, below. We will drive by and wave at you from car windows. We are so proud of your hard work, and we want to celebrate you!
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HSSD is Providing Internet Access to All
03/30/2020
The HSSD is working to provide FREE Wifi access to all students who do not already have it available. - Connect at Home: If your family does not already have access to the Internet, the HSSD is installing FREE Wifi devices at the homes of students during the AMI period. E-mail your teacher or principal as soon as possible to have this installation arranged. -Connect in School Parking Lots: At all six HSSD school campus parking lots, vehicles may park and allow students to access district Wifi on district devices (which automatically connect) or personal devices. Please keep all students and family members inside vehicles while accessing Wifi at these locations.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/13
03/13/2020
I would like to use the shout out this week to encourage you all and thank you as educators in a public school district - THANK YOU! I am so honored to work alongside public servants who, during challenging and - even scary times - we are committed to the wellbeing of a cause greater than ourselves. I also have wonderful shouts to share honoring Ms. Newborn at Gardner STEM and Ms. Tiffany Cooper with our SPED Team. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Looking Glass Self Exercise Spreads Positivity
03/12/2020
HSWCHS students in Sociology Class with Ms. Mahoney used a “Looking Glass Self Exercise” to learn more about socialization, and spread positivity. Using socialization theories - students explored how our interactions with others do have a direct impact on our own behavior and how we think other people see us. She proved that by sharing kindness through words and interaction, we can change how people see themselves, for the better!
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JAG Students Plan Healthy Meals
03/06/2020
Our HSJA students in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) classes have worked over a series of weeks to learn the skills necessary for designing, planning/budgeting, and preparing healthy meals. JAG Facilitator Mrs. Goodman invited the new Chartwells Mobile Teaching Cart to her classes, so that students could be part of a hands-on demonstration in healthy meal preparation. Today and Monday, students are shopping with a $25 budget at the Albert Pike WalMart, and will purchase items to take home with them and prepare a meal for their families.
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Trojan Good Things, 3/6
03/06/2020
I have four outstanding, anonymous shoutouts to share from across the HSSD with you this afternoon … for our Mrs. Crawford at Gardner STEM Magnet School, Mr. Lenox, Mr. Shepard, and JAG students/Mrs. Goodman at Hot Springs Junior Academy, and theatre students/Ms. Potts at Hot Springs World Class High School!
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Langston Students Build Inspiring Biographies
03/05/2020
As a special project to honor and study Black History Month, 5th grade students in Ms. Hicks’ class at our HSSD Langston Elementary Leadership Academy worked together with partners to create biographies of famous African Americans. Ms. Hicks pointed out - the primary purpose of this project was to make connections between individuals and events in history that impacted the United States. Some of the those chosen included Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Harriet Tubman, Ray Charles, and Langston Hughes. “This was important for our kids because they learned how these people paved the way and helped create a world for unity …,” she said. The lesson combined reading and social studies standards, and created collaborative, memorable experiences for our kids - about actual historic heroes!
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Oaklawn Presents "Cinderella" March 10 & 12
03/05/2020
The OVPA production of the musical “Cinderella” is next week! Join us Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Productions are free to attend by all. This is also a very special production, because it is the last to be performed in the Oaklawn Auditorium (as our Oaklawn students and staff members will move to the building at 701 Main Street in the 2020-2021 school year. Our Oaklawn staff members invite all OVPA alumni (anyone who has been in an Oaklawn production since 2000) to attend “Cinderella” to give this auditorium a nostalgic goodbye and offer celebration toward changes ahead! One of the most special things about productions at our OVPA is that they include any 1st-6th grade OPVA student who wants to participate. OVPA Theatre Teacher Mrs. Roxanne Kirchhoff shared that she finds the story of Cinderella inspiring to audiences of all ages because it’s a tale of “how ultimate kindness and hard work can take people as far as they want to go in life!.” Meet the cast and learn more ...
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Trojan Good Things, 2/28
02/28/2020
I love to highlight how involved our HSSD is with community programs and initiatives … for the final #TrojanGoodThings of February, I want to highlight our three students who were celebrated this week at the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club meeting: Andrea Ortega, Sara Vasseau and Katyra Johnson.
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Opening Ceremony for Athletic Facilities
02/28/2020
Our Trojan Family, community partners at the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, and a crowd of students and area families joined us on February 27 for a Ribbon-Cutting and Opening Ceremony for the new HSSD Indoor Practice Facility and Trojan Baseball/Softball Complex! The Indoor Practice Facility is a spacious, state-of-the-art multi-purpose Indoor sports complex, one that HSSD leaders hope can be utilized by our own students across programs and clubs, and by the entire community. The Trojan Baseball/Softball Complex is equally outstanding, and also serves as the home field for the National Park College Nighthawks teams.
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Thespian Troupe Attends State Festival
02/27/2020
Our HSSD Thespian Troupe broadened horizons with an extended field trip to include attending an award-winning musical “Once on this Island” at the Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville), and then the Arkansas State Thespian Festival at Arkansas State University (Jonesboro). The group brought back experiences and made connections that will help them get into (and hopefully qualify for scholarships toward) theatre programs at colleges and universities across the region, and inspire new ideas for productions they will undertake right here in Hot Springs (like their upcoming short play “Alice” on March 13 and March 15). “I want them to take away that theatre and art programs touch people from all walks of life,” says Hot Springs World Class High School Theatre Teacher and Thespian Troupe Leader Mrs. Potts.
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HSSD Pre-K Programs
02/27/2020
The HSSD is proud to offer Pre-K options for students at all four of our elementary schools. Each program is unique, in terms of cost, student qualification factors, curriculum, and other details. Learn more about what each program can offer your child, here ...
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Read Across America Week: March 2-6, 2020
02/25/2020
HSSD elementary schools will celebrate Read Across America Week March 2-6 to celebrate reading with students, alongside a Dr. Seuss theme!
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Trojan Good Things, 2/21
02/21/2020
Tonight is our last home game in the current Trojan game gym. While we are all beyond excited about athletic events and activities in our spacious new Trojan Arena, I want to dedicate the shoutout today to the Trojan sweatbox - an experience like no other - that our gym has been home to for so many years. The countless students and staff members, fans and supporters, and opponents alike, and all who have sat shoulder-to-shoulder in our packed and humid gym know what I’m talking about very well. There is nothing like being part of a community that is so hopeful, happy, and excited about student growth and student achievement (which is the entire point of every single event that we have held there). Tonight is also Winter Sports Seniors Night (in between our girls and boys basketball games). Congrats to all of our outstanding athletes who work so hard to develop the discipline and practice the skills that make them such wonderful representatives of our school. We are so proud of them all! Games begin at 6:00. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Freshmen Explore Career-Related Study Options
02/14/2020
Our 9th grade students attended a Career Fair yesterday, hosted by staff members and 11th-12th grade students who are part of each career-related study offered at the HSWCHS. They completed a survey at the end of the experience to select their top three choices, which will be used by administrators and counselors to make choices about course offerings and scheduling in the 2020-2021 school year. Career-related studies are part of the Career Academies model at the HSWCHS, which helps to ensure that our students are as prepared as possible for whatever their path is after graduation.
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Trojan Good Things, 2/14
02/14/2020
Happy Valentine’s Day Trojan Family. You all inspire me every day with the love and kindness that you give to our students and to one another. Even through all of the challenges I know that you deal with, you show love to our kids and to this community. I’m so proud of you for that, above all things. I also have two anonymous shoutouts to share to our Oaklawn team!
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FACS Classes Sew Little Monsters for OVPA
02/12/2020
HSWCHS students in Family and Consumer Science classes brought to life monster characters created by OVPA kindergarten students! FACS classes sewed monsters based on descriptions and images created by kindergarteners earlier in the school year. They presented monster projects in person today to excited kids at OVPA.
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Saving Money Matters from First Security Bank
02/10/2020
First Security Bank representatives including Penny Pockets, First Security Bank Kids Club Savings Program mascot, presented to Park Magnet second grade students today about the importance of saving money. The presentation follows a Unit of Inquiry based on Economics. Assistant Vice President Heather Busch presented to an excited group and discussed how early students should start saving money (as soon as possible), where money should be stored (in a safe place, like a bank), and why families need money (for food, shelter, transportation, fun, and more!). Ms. Busch and Penny Pockets encouraged students to look into Kids Savings Accounts at any bank, to help begin good money saving habits, and to learn about how interest can help saved money add up!
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Trojan Good Things, 2/7
02/07/2020
I want to give a huge shoutout to our School Counselors for the outstanding work that they do all year long. They are an invaluable asset to our team, and their profession is honored across the country this week for National School Counselor Week! Also, I have an anonymous shoutout to share about our Langston students. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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5th Grade Experiences Portable Planetarium
02/06/2020
In coordination with our HSSD Gifted and Talented Program, representatives from Arkansas State Parks brought a 25-foot planetarium to our Park Magnet School and presented a “Native Americans and the Stars” program to more than 250 HSSD fifth grade students. Programs include lessons in social studies, science, and reading comprehension - as interpreters explain how Native Americans used the stars and constellations for navigation, and passed down knowledge from generation to generation through storytelling.
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R.I.S.E. Trainers Certified at HSSD
02/06/2020
Mrs. Gail Bean and Mrs. Joie Trejo are now certified R.I.S.E. Trainers for the HSSD, which allows for in-house training and support to staff members for the. R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas program facilitated through the Arkansas Department of Education. They add a valuable service area to their roles as District Instructional Facilitators, because they can combine specialized R.I.S.E. training with the specific needs and challenges at the HSSD.
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Park Named Magnet School of Distinction
02/04/2020
Park Magnet an IB World School, a part of the Hot Springs School District, has been named for a second year in a row as a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.
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Little Trojan Cheer Practice & Performance
01/31/2020
HSSD girls in K-6th grade, see details about an upcoming Little Trojan Cheerleaders practice and performance opportunity! Registration is due February 8th.
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Trojans Youth Baseball Registration Opens
01/31/2020
The Trojans Youth Baseball Association has opened season registration to HSSD boys in grades 1-8. Find details and registration forms here.
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HSSD Launches New Mobile App
01/31/2020
Download the "Hot Springs School District" app on any mobile device from your app store (for FREE of course) to quickly and easily access HSSD News, Calendars, a quick link to the Home Access Center (HAC), Lunch Menus, the Student Handbook, and more! We look forward to utilizing this additional communication tool to help keep our students, families, and community as well informed as possible!
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Trojan Good Things, 1/31
01/31/2020
As we wrap up January, I want to give a big shout out to the outstanding teams at all of our schools for meeting second quarter goals. We also wrap up School Board Appreciation Month today. I cannot say enough good things about the great support and excellent leadership that we receive from our School Board members. I have one shoutout to share from our Langston 5th and 6th grade team. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Let's Fight Flu Season, Together!
01/30/2020
Let's work to stay healthy, together! HSSD families, please remember that January - March is the peak of flu/sickness season. What are everyday preventive actions we can all take to avoid spreading germs? Learn more, here ...
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Juniors Experience 1920s in HSWCHS Library
01/30/2020
Juniors at our Hot Springs World Class High School traveled back in time today, as the new Library Media Center was used as the host site for a hands-on, interactive experience to model the 1920s - including an archive of historic documents and photographs, activities and board games, films, photo booth, and large collection of memorabilia from the time period.
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Chartwells Introduces Mobile Teaching Cart
01/24/2020
Our HSSD food service provider Chartwells unveiled a new teaching tool yesterday - the Discovery Mobile Teaching Cart! Staff members across our campuses can request this cart station and Chartwells staff for classroom demonstrations and collaborative cooking lessons with our kids.
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Trojan Good Things, 1/24
01/24/2020
I have three anonymous shoutouts to share with you this week to our Gardner STEM Kindergarten Team, our T-Steppers, and our Institutional Law Enforcement Officer. Trojan ‘Good Things’ is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Growth and Change for the HSSD
01/23/2020
We are thrilled to continue growth and progress within the Hot Springs School District! Starting in August of 2020, the HSSD will consist of six campuses. Learn more here about upcoming school name changes, location changes, and more in the 2020-2021 school year.
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Park 2nd Graders Redefine Holiday Traditions
01/21/2020
Second grade students at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, presented summative assessment projects for the “Who We Are” Unit of Inquiry. The project assignment was to create their own holiday or celebration, entirely unique from any existing holiday. Students created posters to help communicate the details of their unique holidays and celebrations. The critical thinkers and creative minds in all three second grade classrooms came up with outstanding celebrations. It is noticeable immediately that most holiday ideas have in common the need for togetherness with family and/or friends, and great food. Read here to see all the innovative ideas ...
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Trojan Good Things, 1/17
01/19/2020
My shoutout this week goes to all of our students who experienced academic improvement in the second nine weeks! Congrats to all of our kids who received academic awards, academic improvement awards, or leadership awards of any kind including our Terrific Kids Awards and Leader in Me Awards; AND congrats to our secondary level students who saw any kind of growth in their grades or test scores. Growth and learning is hard work, and we are so very proud of your hard work and your progress!
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Gardner Students Collaborate for MLK Artwork
01/17/2020
To help students reflect upon and remember the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our Gardner students in Mrs. Jackson's class collaborated to create this portrait. They discussed famous MLK quotes as they worked together to produce this memorable artwork.
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HSSD Students Attend Broadway Musical "Wicked"
01/17/2020
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy Choir & Hot Springs World Class High School Thespian students got to see the memorable Broadway Musical, "Wicked" on this week at Robinson Performance Hall (Little Rock). Students enjoyed a sensational show and learned about appropriate etiquette, musical production, and the many careers available in arts and drama.
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"We Have a Dream" Project
01/16/2020
Second grade students at our Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School completed an “I Have a Dream” assignment modeled after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Mrs. Avery read books focused on the life and work of MLK to her students and then assigned them the task of identifying a dream of their own, that could bring positive change. Students used their writing time to create artwork from their own experiences and opinions to communicate their own dreams for future change.
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"Free to Be Me" Celebration for Park 1st Grade
01/16/2020
First grade students at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, read about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and focused on stories from his childhood. Mrs. Sligh’s class reflected about how he used experiences of being treated unfairly in his childhood to help create changes when he was an adult. Students created “Free to Be Me” necklaces to celebrate who they are as individuals, to celebrate the friendships that they all share, and to remind of the importance of celebrating our differences in love and kindness.
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Oaklawn Students Inspired by MLK Quotes
01/14/2020
Oaklawn students in the Gifted & Talented Program used GT class time to read Martin’s Big Words, a children’s narrative that describes the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through quotes and watercolor portraits and patterns. They made a list of adjectives used to describe Dr. King in the book, and discussed how and why those attributes are so important to being a good leader.
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HSSD Geography Bee Winners
01/14/2020
Geography Bees, hosted for HSSD 4th-8th grade students, took place last week for all four elementary schools and our Hot Springs Junior Academy. This national geography competition is designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Ten competed at each school-level competition. A first, second, and third place were awarded at each competition. Congrats to all participants!
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HSSD Report Cards Sent Home Today
01/10/2020
HSSD families, please be advised that report cards are being sent home today from all HSSD schools. Elementary students in grades K-6 will be sent home with their report cards. Secondary students in grades 7-12 will receive report cards by mail. Please contact school principals with questions.
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Trojan Good Things, 1/10
01/10/2020
Happy New Year and welcome back for the second semester! While I hope you’re all recharged and well rested from a nice holiday break, I know the first week back comes with many challenges of getting our kids focused and back into a routine. We are beginning a new decade - and I’m so honored to have you all at our wonderful school district, working toward a strong, productive 2020 for our kids and this community! I have one shoutout to share, and two celebrations to share with you, as we celebrate our first week back ...
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Oaklawn Jr. Beta Featured as RISE Spotlight
01/09/2020
Our OVPA Jr. Beta Club was selected to be the featured group in the January R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Spotlight! They were chosen for their "Betas, Books, and Babies" project - which was a partnership with CHI St. Vincent Hospital to supply books to newborn babies.
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Langston 4th Grade Challenged with Rebus Puzzles
01/07/2020
Amid the various tactics used for fostering student learning and achievement, teachers develop various creative strategies to keep young minds at work. Langston 4th grade students in Mrs. Limbaugh’s class choose from multiple learning centers and daily supplemental reading for time between assignments. Many enjoy most the daily rebus puzzle. A rebus is a puzzle device that combines the use of illustrated pictures with individual letters to depict words and/or phrases. Rebus puzzles are a fun way to reinforce reading skills, build and refine critical thinking, and the puzzles expose students to new vocabulary and ideas during discussion as a class at the end of each day.
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HSSD Spelling Bee Finalists Compete Thursday
01/06/2020
This Thursday, January 9, all finalists from HSSD Spelling Bees will compete at the Garland County Spelling Bee! The Garland County Spelling Bee is hosted at Gospel Light Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. Congrats to all of our outstanding, hardworking competitors.
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HSJA Donates to Ouachita Children's Center
12/20/2019
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy 7th-8th grade students collected items needed by the Ouachita Children’s Center this holiday season - to help families receiving shelter or services from OCC. Thank you to the students, families, and HSJA staff members who contributed to this heartwarming effort for an area non-profit.
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Betas, Books, and Babies at CHI
12/19/2019
Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School Jr. Beta Club students created “Betas, Books and Babies” as their community project, and made a special holiday book delivery to the CHI Anthony Childbirth Center. They collected books for infants and toddlers from Jr. Beta members and OVPA students/staff to be distributed at no charge to families with newborn babies.
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Ornaments For Firefighters and Medical Staff
12/19/2019
Our Langston Jr. Beta Club helped to spread Christmas spirit this season by thanking community heroes and medical professionals at all Hot Springs Fire Department stations, the CHI St. Vincent Emergency Room, and Hot Springs EMS. They delivered ornaments to all of these groups, in appreciation for their efforts - even during Christmas Day - to protect and serve the Hot Springs community.
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HSSD Introduces #TrojanEats Food Truck
12/17/2019
The Hot Springs School District and our food service provider Chartwells proudly introduce the first ever #TrojanEats Food Truck! The truck has a fully equipped kitchen on board, and room for up to four chefs and/or servers at once. #TrojanEats will be helping to feed our kids and spread Trojan spirit across the Hot Springs area.
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Trojan Good Things, 12/13
12/13/2019
The shoutout this week goes to our three newly National Board Certified Teachers: Mrs. Anna Jackson (Gardner STEM Magnet School), Mrs. Cheryl Long (Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School), and Mrs. Jan Sligh (Park Magnet, an IB World School). This extremely challenging process takes 1-3 years, and is the highest and most rigorous professional certification that a teacher can earn. We couldn’t be more proud of these three who have moved through the finish line (and committed countless hours) of this certification process, and who will collectively join others with this same elite certification status in continuing to make our district world class in teaching and student learning.
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St. Mary's Sponsors Donations for HSSD Kids
12/12/2019
Generous parishioners of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church delivered wrapped toy bundles and clothes for HSSD families in need. Next week, they will complete the donations for each family with food boxes. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful effort from St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church. We are so thankful for those in our Hot Springs community who remind us and set the example for our kids - especially during the holidays - that we are all here to take care of each other.
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Xpress Boats Helps HSSD Feed Families
12/10/2019
Xpress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons has again generously sponsored the Wild Game Snack Stick Program through Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Through this program, more than 3,000 tasty, protein-rich snack sticks have been provided to the HSSD, for distribution through our school Backpack Programs and the Welcome Center.
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Gardner Collects Toys for Festival of Stars
12/06/2019
As their Jr. Beta Club Community Service Project, Gardner STEM Magnet School 4th-6th grade students hosted a local toy drive for the annual Arkansas Children’s Hospital “Festival of Stars” toy and donation drive event. Toys have been donated by students, staff members, and community partners across the HSSD
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Trojan Good Things, 12/6
12/06/2019
As we kick off December, I want to do a shout out for the spirit of service that is so prevalent across our district. You all are a model for kindness and compassion to our students, and through the year-round service projects that you undertake - especially during the holidays - we are giving them experiences of servanthood that they will never forget. It makes me so proud to be part of a Trojan Family that truly does serve and graciously give back to the Hot Springs community.
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2019 HSSD Holiday Lineup
12/04/2019
Don't miss a thing across the #HSSD during our exciting holiday season. We have so many outstanding and talented student groups to showcase! Find dates and details, here:
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Kiley Simms Named as HSWCHS Principal
12/03/2019
The Hot Springs School District Administration and School Board have named Mrs. Kiley Simms as the Hot Springs World Class High School Principal, starting December 3, 2019. She has worked in the Hot Springs School District since 2007.
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Langston Memorial Flower Bed
12/02/2019
Garland County Master Gardeners generously worked with our Langston 4th-5th grade students to complete the planting of a flower bed surrounding the Langston Memorial at the entrance to the new campus on Silver Street. Blue and gold flowers were planted to honor the Langston BullDogs - the mascot of the first Langstonians, before Langston became part of the Hot Springs School District Trojan family.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/22
11/22/2019
Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful Trojan Family! I am so thankful for this amazing district (all the people in it) and our wonderful community! As we take next week to rest and enjoy family and friends, I want to very simply capture for you how thankful and proud I am of you - and your work - and our amazing kids. You change lives through the work you do every day. Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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"Elf" the Musical Presented by HSSD
11/21/2019
Drama students in grades 7-12 bring the musical production “Elf” to the HSSD December 12-14 at the Hot Springs Junior Academy Auditorium. An outstanding cast of 25 actors and 11 dancers have rehearsed since August for roles and performances to warm your heart and bring holiday spirit to all! Find details about performance times and cast members, here.
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Celebrating HSSD Special Olympics Bowling
11/20/2019
Our HSSD Special Olympics Bowling Team enjoyed an exciting season, and we celebrate their success! Participation includes a series of practices and instruction and a culminating competition at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. The motto “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” is threaded into all learning and achievement.
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Sister City Exchange Trips for 2020
11/19/2019
Applications are now open to join the Hot Springs delegation of students and teachers traveling to Hanamaki, Japan in the summer of 2020 - through the Hot Springs Sister City Program. Student applications are due December 21; Teacher applications are due January 7.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/15
11/15/2019
For the second year in a row, our Hot Springs World Class High School has received a Beating the Odds Award for Math Growth from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Annually, excellent schools around the state are highlighted by Outstanding Educational Performance Awards through the OEP. We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work by our students and teachers.
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Anthony Tidwell Works with Dance Students
11/15/2019
Our wonderful community partner Anthony Tidwell of Cutwell 4 Kids spent the morning in our Hot Springs World Class High School Dance Studio teaching students about the elements of visual art. Students will use this to deconstruct a chosen piece of artwork and create original choreography.
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Outstanding Educational Performance at HSWCHS
11/13/2019
For the second year in a row, our Hot Springs World Class High School has received a Beating the Odds Award for Math Growth from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Annually, excellent schools around the state are highlighted by Outstanding Educational Performance Awards through the OEP.
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Langston Hosts Mock Trial
11/12/2019
Students from classrooms including Mr. Webb, Mr. White, Ms. Hicks, and Ms. Ross at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy hosted a live mock trial with Honorable Judge Wade Naramore.
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HSJA Digital Art Show
11/12/2019
Our Hot Springs Junior Academy held a first ever Digital Art Show with over 120 student art pieces on display. The student-led event was a collaboration between our EAST and Art Programs. Free snacks and coffee were provided by volunteers from our FCCLA and donations from Red Light Roastery. In total, over 150 students were involved in the production.
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HSSD Thanks Military Veterans on Staff
11/11/2019
Thank you to all Military Veterans for your service and sacrifice. We would like to especially recognize our own Hot Springs School District personnel, who are also Military Veterans.
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Veterans Day Tribute to LT Paul Riley
11/10/2019
A Veteran’s Day Tribute to LT Paul Riley, from LCDR Sean M. Garrett, USN (Ret.), our Senior Navy Science Instructor for the HSWCHS NJROTC
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Trojan Good Things, 11/8
11/08/2019
Our shoutout this week goes to our students and staff members who make our Fall athletic, performance, musical, and all other extracurricular activities possible! Tonight is our Senior Ceremony ahead of the final home Football game versus Lakeside, and also marks the transition from fall to our winter sports and programs.
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HSSD to Perform in "Broadway Bound" 11/7
11/05/2019
The Hot Springs Junior Academy and Hot Springs World Class High School Dance Programs present “Broadway Bound” on Thursday, November 7, at the Hot Springs Junior Academy. Join us for performances at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
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Three HSSD Students Serve as AHA Sweethearts
11/05/2019
Congrats to our Rachel Snider, Janaiya Reedy, and Emma Campas, who will represent the HSSD among the Garland County ladies committed to the 2019-2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Sweetheart program, presented by National Park Medical Center. They spend five months from October - February learning more about heart healthy lifestyles in preparation for the 2020 Heart Ball.
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Trojan Good Things, 11/1
11/01/2019
Congrats to us all, and thank you to the many who organized, volunteered, and contributed to another outstanding Pumpkin Light Night event on Tuesday. As you know, this is our largest district wide outreach initiative for the entire year, and our 5th annual event didn’t disappoint - even with rainy weather. Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things!
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Gardner Adjective Café Reinforces Language Skills
10/31/2019
Gardner second grade students in Ms. Crawford’s class enriched their use of adjectives in day-to-day language through an Adjective Café experience.
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ACT Aspire Interim Tests Nov 4-6
10/31/2019
On November 4-6, students in grades 3-6 will be taking ACT® Aspire® Interim Assessments at all HSSD elementary schools. Each day (Monday - Wednesday), your child will one test in one subject area- one day in Math, one day in Reading, and one day in Science.
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Hanamaki Student Delegation Visits HSJA
10/30/2019
We were so proud to have a student group from Hanamaki, Japan (through the City of Hot Springs Sister City Program) at the Hot Springs Junior Academy. The group of students, principals, and school administrators spent over three hours at the HSJA yesterday touring classrooms, watching student performances, and visiting with our students and staff members.
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Pumpkin Light Night, Oct 29
10/28/2019
Families from across Hot Springs - join us for a festive event celebrating the HSSD, including bouncy houses, decorated pumpkin judging, booths and games, and entertainment from our talented, world class HSSD student groups! Make the fun even bigger this year by bringing your kids in costume.
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HSSD Construction Update: Oct, 2019
10/28/2019
It was in September of 2016, that the great citizens of Hot Springs passed a millage to allow the Hot Springs School District to construct two brand new buildings -- Langston Elementary Leadership Academy and Hot Springs Junior Academy-- and to upgrade and remodel almost every one of the district’s campuses. In just over three years, we are nearing completion of each exciting addition and renovation to our facilities.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/25
10/25/2019
Trojan Good Things is a weekly shout out from #HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus to individuals in our school community who are doing amazing things! The final week in October is also the last week of National Principals Month. I want to dedicate our shout outs this week to our outstanding group of Principals who work tirelessly to lead, empower, and encourage our students and staff.
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Arkansas Symphony Performs for Garland County
10/23/2019
For the 13th year, more than 3,000 Garland County students in 3rd-6th grade experienced an outstanding performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra thanks to the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild. The annual ASO performance takes place at the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena and is free to all students.
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HSWCHS Hosts Unity Day Ceremony
10/23/2019
Our Hot Springs World Class High School proudly hosted an anti-bullying pep rally today in honor of Unity Day for all 9th-12th grade students. The NJROTC presented flags, and the HSWCHS Choir performed the National Anthem, to begin the ceremony. Students enjoyed an anti-bullying short play from the Drama Club, an inspiring solo by Mya Sander, a performance from the Hot Springs Dance Troupe, and a challenge from guest speaker Lataschya Harris (Professor at National Park College) to end bullying, report bullies, and to take care of each other.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/18
10/19/2019
This week, I would like to share two wonderful shoutouts, one to Mr. White at Langston, and the other to Mrs. Olive at Park Magnet. I also want to send deep appreciation to our food service staff members as we wrap up National School Lunch Week.
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Audiology Services Provided to HSSD via EARS
10/18/2019
Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) is an outreach program of Arkansas Children’s Hospital that works with the HSSD to offer hearing evaluations, technical assistance to students and staff members with hearing aids and other hearing devices, hearing loss resources and tips, and more. Learn more about how the EARS program assists the HSSD and HSSD School Nurses, and when a representative will visit each school.
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HSSD Pee Wee Basketball Registration Opens
10/18/2019
HSSD 4th-6th grade students, find registration forms for Pee Wee Basketball in all elementary school offices. Registration is open through November 11. See more details and practice dates, here:
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Foundation Awards HSSD Enrichment Grants
10/16/2019
At the October Board Meeting, the Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation awarded 11 first-ever HSSD Enrichment Grants to HSSD student groups and programs, in grades, subject areas, and initiatives across the district.
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HSSD Institutional Law Enforcement Agency
10/14/2019
Safety is our top priority at the Hot Springs School District. We are proud to announce the approval of our Hot Springs School District Institutional Law Enforcement Agency by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, which will be directed by Chief Institutional Law Enforcement Officer Carl Seymour.
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Trojan Good Things, 10/11
10/11/2019
Thank you to HSWCHS and HSJA administrators and staff for meeting your first quarter goal. Both schools had a deadline to submit their essential standards documents. On Wednesday, we surprised both buildings with a celebration in honor of meeting their goals. I also want to pay special tribute to our HSSD Homecoming festivities throughout this week and today. Thank you to all students, staff members, families, and returning alumni for the joy that I sense from you in reflecting about where this district has been, and where we are going in the future.
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2019 HSSD Homecoming Festivities, Oct 11
10/10/2019
Our Homecoming Pep Rally and Ceremony are tomorrow!