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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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Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
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