Courtway Middle School will be hosting its annual STEM night promoting fun ways to get involved with science, technology, engineering, and math on Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
There will be all kinds of hands-on activities for families including robotics, gaming, science experiments, and live animals!
They will also have hot dogs and give-aways donated by Sonic on Oak Street.
They would love to have any interested families come on Thursday night for this fun learning event!
Seven Conway Public Schools teachers are among 15 grant winners from the Conway Regional Women’s Council this fall.
The Women's Council awarded 15 grants totaling $7,500 to area schoolteachers to support child wellness and fitness initiatives.
This year’s recipients include Amy Hubbard, Randi House, and Shea Griffith and Danette Dunn from Theodore Jones Elementary School, Amanda Krell from Carolyn Lewis Elementary School, Melanie Church from Marguerite Vann Elementary School, Evada Fields from Simon Middle School, Marcia Pierce and Melissa Patterson from Conway Junior High School, and Andrea Fournier from Conway High School.
The grants to these teachers will be used for a variety of projects- including a "Garden Cafe," funding for the school's backpack program, additional equipment for the school's students with disabilities, a wellness fair for parents and students, calorie/fitness trackers, and many more.
“I am very proud to see the impact the Conway Regional Women’s Council is making on the health of our children through our Teacher’s Grant program,” said Dot Welch, Associate Director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation and Women’s Council. “The leadership and dedication shown by this group of women is awesome. They truly care about our community.”
"I applied for the grant in order to make physical activity time (recess) more purposeful for students with disabilities," said Teacher Amy Hubbard. "I am using the grant to purchase an adaptable basketball goal and equipment."
This is the second year for the grant program which is available to schools within the Conway Regional service area (Faulkner, Cleburne, Perry, Conway and Van Buren counties). The program centers around childhood obesity awareness and prevention and offers PreK-12th grade educators financial support for innovative classroom programs promoting physical activity, good nutrition and/or personal wellness.
“Through the Teacher’s Grant, the Women’s Council is offering educators the opportunity to impact the lives of their students today and into the future,” said Jennifer Hill, president of the Women’s Council.
The Conway Regional Women’s Council is a volunteer, advocacy and fundraising organization supporting the Conway Regional Health System.
Four Wampus Cat Senior Football Players made quite an impression on some Conway Elementary School Students last Friday.
The players were special guests at Marguerite Vann Elementary School's Character Assembly on Trustworthiness.
The young men shared stories with the students about trust and led demonstrations about trustworthiness, and why this character trait is so important.
They talked about the real-life example of a football team and how they all have to work together and trust one another.
After the assembly, they visited a Kindergarten & 1st grade classroom, where they engaged students in meaningful conversations, answered questions, & assisted students in writing.
Then they stayed for Kindergarten lunch.
Marguerite Vann's Counselor says this was a morning the students won't soon forget. "I can only say one word about these boys: IMPRESSED!" says Heather Leavell, "The students were star struck. We would love to have them back any time."
Head Football Coach Clint Ashcraft says this was a great chance for the players to see what major role models they are for others.
"Anytime our guys get a chance to speak to younger kids, we jump at it," Ashcraft said. "We tell our players all the time that little ones are watching them. This is a great way to be a positive role model for the younger students that look up to them."
A Conway Junior High Science teacher got a surprise visit from Ronald McDonald and a few other special guests this morning.
Jessica Smolsky was teaching her class about Atomic Structure when Principal Ben Darley entered her classroom, and told her she had some visitors.
What happened next is something Smolsky will likely never forget.
The publisher of Little Rock Family Magazine announced to her students, and their stunned teacher, that she had been named LR Family Magazine's 2016 "Amazing Educator." Then he presented Smolsky with a $1,000 check.
"Is this even real?" Smolsky said, looking in disbelief at her Principal and the other team of administrators who had gathered at the back of the classroom to watch the presentation. "I cannot even believe this."
Smolsky, the winner in the Middle School/Junior High division, joins only three other teachers in the state as this year's "Amazing Educator" Recipient. Her story will be featured in Little Rock Family Magazine's January edition.
Corporate sponsors Delta Dental, Henderson State University, and McDonald's partner with the magazine for this award, which strives to encourage teachers and give back to education in local communities.
Conway Junior High Assistant Principal Trinina Pouncy nominated Smolsky for the award, saying she is more than deserving of the recognition.
"Jessica is a true teacher-leader," says Pouncy. "She takes an active interest in the success of her students and Conway Junior High as a whole. She is an example of humility and selflessness, and does everything she does with precision and energy."
The Community Listening Forum on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for our area is being held TONIGHT from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Arch Ford Cooperative in Plumerville. This is your chance to give input on Arkansas' Accountability System for Education. For more information about ESSA or tonight's session-- go to the ADE website- https://t.co/2tRKn1kiYn
Congratulations to our 2016 Homecoming Queen Ebony Day and the Homecoming Court!
Pictured L to R: Madi Davis, Kate Pillow, Asiyha Smith, Taylor Conway, Zeniya Wilhite, Andrea Beggs, Kyal Pruitt, AnnaBeth Townsend, Maid of Honor, Sophia Toney, Queen, Ebony Day, Abbi Harmon, Charis Lancaster, Emily Baney, Demi March, Eden Kirsch, Geri McCauley, Morgan Pelley, Victoria Fountain
Conway AGATE, a group for Gifted/Talented Parents, will hold their fall meeting on October 9th, at 2:00 p.m., at Conway School 's Administration Building, 2220 Prince Street .
The guest speaker will be Ronnie Kay Erwin. Her topic will be: "If you don't advocate for your G/T Child, who will?"
Dr. Charlotte Green, G/T and A/P Supervisor for Conway Public Schools, will also give an update on Conway's G/T Program.
The public is invited, and there will be a time for questions and comments from parents.
For more information, contact Dr.Green at Conway Public School's Administration Building, 501-450-4800.
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