Students at Jim Stone Elementary are working together to help take care of pets in our community.
So an extra-special, extra-large furry friend visited their school today to help them kick off the Pet Supply Drive.
Clifford the Big Red dog made an appearance at their monthly character assembly Friday afternoon.
He wanted to encourage the kids in their service project.
Kindergarten students and teachers are heading up the Pet Supply Drive as their community service project.
“Kindergartners like pets so we chose this project so they could get excited about it," says teacher Kimberly Browning. "It’s important for them to give back."
Her students are ready to help.
“It’s important so dogs can eat and have food,” Grace said.
“They need food just like people need food,” Paisley said.
"...or they might die."Jackson added.
Students are collecting pet food and supplies for ArkanPAWS this next month. Donations can be taken to the front office at Jim Stone Elementary.
You are invited to an evening of spectacular music of "Heroic" proportions!
The Conway High School Choir presents, "Musings From the Batcave" on Friday and Saturday, January 29-30, 2016 at 7 pm nightly and 1 pm Saturday matinee.
The show is an original one-act musical written by Sam Huskey, CHS Choir Director.
The show depicts a day in the life of Batman, Batgirl, Robin, the trusted butler Alfred, and the Villanous Joker and Harley Quinn.
Other heroes and villains join in the fray in this comedic and inspiring show.
Show length is approximately 1 hour and admission is FREE.
"I am overwhelmed with excitement!" says creator Sam Huskey, who has been working on this project the last several months. "It is such an amazing feeling to see my vision and work blossom to fruition with the most amazing students in state of Arkansas. I think the students are going to knock it out of the park!"
Some may think the 100th day of school is just an excuse for kindergartners to have a celebration at school. What many don't know is that it teaches our children and parents SO much! As we start learning about the 100th day and discuss bringing "collections" to school we learn new vocab as to what a collection is and different terminology we use for collections. Then, our kiddos get our parents involved in helping them with creating their own 100 collection or creating something to wear that has 100 things. This is something that is fun for our parents and kiddos to do together! One of my boys this year worked with his dad (who works in the military) gluing 100 army men to an army hat....what other time of the year would you get to do that! Then once our students get to school on the 100th day they get the opportunity to stand in front of the class and share their 100th day experience with the other students. This covers our speaking and listening standards while also opening up math opportunities. This year I had a student bring 100 pennies, a student had 100 tally marks, and of course several students make groups of 10. We then move on into the day making a 100th day snack (a class favorite!) and at the end of the day students take home a special snack to share with their parents. It is a celebration that is more than a celebration, it creates memories for the family. Oh, and our personal favorite pick today...the Star Wars theme...100 lightsabers!
The Conway Junior High Choral Program is proud to announce that one of their own has been chosen to perform with the Southwestern Region American Choral Directors' Honor Choir at their biennial conference in Kansas City, Missouri this March.
Macy Jordan, a 9th grader at Conway Junior High School, was chosen from students across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Kansas for this distinction.
"I am excited about meeting new people, and growing my musical skills and abilities." says Jordan. "The music is very similar to what we already learn in choir, but it is a bit more challenging in that I have to learn it outside of the classroom."
To audition for the Honor Choir, Jordan, who is enrolled in both choir and orchestra classes, had to prepare an excerpt from a solo selection, and demonstrate vocal skill and flexibility through a number of vocal exercises.
During her time at the conference, she will be working with renowned clinicians, as well as have the opportunity to meet and learn from other outstanding choral directors. She will also have the opportunity to attend several concerts by world-renowned vocalists and composers, as well as several school-age choirs selected from around the Southwestern Region.
“I see singing as my way of communicating to the world how I see things, and how I feel," Jordan says. "I would love to perform one day, but I see this as a gift from God that I can not take credit for. With this talent, I will listen and do what he wants me to do!""
Mrs. Kayla White, Choral Director at Conway Junior High, will accompany Macy and her family to the SWACDA Conference and Honor Choir Festival.
It looks like Science Fiction and sounds more like a Super Hero, but the "Mega Brain" was actually a valuable teaching tool for students at Conway High School last week.
The AR SAVES (Arkansas Stroke Assistant through Virtual Emergence Support) and Conway Regional Medical Center Trauma Coordinator brought the “Mega Brain” to the Health Science classes.
Students were able to see and learn about strokes and their effects, "up close and personal."
“ I never knew that a clot smaller than a penny could ruin someone’s life,” said Hannah Kunkle.
Sarah Owen said “ Coming from a family with genetic high cholesterol, it’s good to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke.”
The 18x 12 foot walk-through exhibit allowed the students to actually see the effects of a stroke on the brain.
“I realize how important it is to know if you’re having a stroke; the fact that it can take years off your life in such a short time is unsettling,” said Angel Kaye, whose class took part in the "Mega Brain" exhibit.
Students learned the acronym "FAST" for detecting if someone is having a stroke, hopeful they could prevent long-lasting stroke effects from happening to someone they know.
Hospitals participating in the AR SAVES program are equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated telestroke coordinators and ongoing education like the "Mega Brain" exhibit.
Some Fourth grade students at Julia Lee Moore are thinking long and hard about the ideals and foundations they see as important for achieving greatness in their classroom...and in themselves.
This week, students in Mrs. Maxell's 4th grade literacy class worked in groups to develop their own class Declarations.
Based on the structure of the Declaration of Independence, and as a lead-in to learning about our Constitution, students discussed what the ideal classroom would be like, how they could create that kind of classroom, and how this would help them become better students.
"Each class had their own ideas, but overall students learned that they are capable of bringing these ideal classrooms to life," said Bridget Maxell, Fourth Grade Teacher. "Just like our founding fathers showed so much courage so many years ago, students today realize they have the power to change the world!"
The date for 2016-17 Kindergarten Registration has been set for May 2nd. Registration will take place at your child's zoned elementary school building.
To find out what elementary school your child is zoned for, use our address search here.
An overview of the registration process, including what documentation you will need to register your child, can be found here on our website.
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Theodore Jones Kindergarten teacher Randi House is among several recipients of a new Conway Regional Women's Council grant.
House was awarded the $500 grant this month. The money will be used to promote healthy nutrition in the school's classrooms through their Kindergarten cooking show.
House says the cooking show is both practical and fun for the students.
"Each week, students engage in a cooking activity that is connected to our weekly theme," she shared. "We are able to integrate many Common Core Standards in each lesson while students are learning valuable life skills and eating a healthy snack."
The students also create a recipe each week that will be placed in their Kindergarten Cookbook that will be sent home at the end of the school year.
The grant will be used to purchase cooking equipment for the classroom such as electric skillets, griddles, crockpots, and utensils.
Ruth Doyle Music Teacher Patricia Oeste also received a grant from the Women's Council, which she will use to incorporate African dance into her music class with the purchase of a Ngoma drum.
Other winners include Carl Stuart teachers Jenni Lea and Chuck German and counselor Lena Priest who will use their grants for new programs at CSMS that will promote healthy lifestyles for their students.
This is the first year for the classroom impact grants. The Conway Regional Women's Council says they look forward to hearing the success stories.
Conway High School Senior Melodie Moore is one of ten winners of a Performing Arts scholarship from the Thea Foundation. Moore is the only Conway Recipient.
More than 100 Arkansas students auditioned for the Performing Arts Scholarships, concentrated in the areas of dancing, singing or drama.
Melodie choreographed a contemporary dance to the song "Jar of Hearts”. She received 9th place and a $2000 scholarship.
“I began choreographing my dance for the Thea Foundation Scholarship in November," says Moore. "When Mr. Paul Leopoulos from the Thea Foundation called and said that I was a scholarship recipient, I was so thrilled.”
Melodie has been dancing for 15 years. She dances in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and tap. She dances for 6 to 7 days a week for 2 to 4 hours a day at Blackbird Academy of Arts. Each year for the past 7 years she has danced key roles in full blown ballet productions. This year she danced the lead role of Cinderella in the ballet production.
“Dancing is like breathing to me. It is something that I just have to do. I can’t imagine not dancing.”
Melodie applied and interviewed for a position in the Internship Program at CHS for her senior year. She is interning for 2 periods of her school day with Blackbird Academy of Arts. This has allowed her to participate in the behind the scenes aspect of the studio she has danced in for the past 7 years.
Her parents are very proud of their daughter, not only for this scholarship but for all her accomplishments in this field that she loves.
“My husband and I are so thankful to the Thea Foundation for providing the opportunity for students in Arkansas to compete for scholarships in the area of performing arts," says Kim Moore, Melodie's mother. "Students who study the arts spend a lot of time perfecting their craft and it is wonderful that they have chance to compete for scholarships in their area of expertise.”
Fourth grade students from Theodore Jones Elementary School took a field trip to UCA this week.
But this field trip took them back to a time far different from today.
The students watched a play, "Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks." The play uses music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.” The play is designed to dispel myths about Parks and her protest and it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation within herself to become an effective Civil Rights leader.
Students told their teachers what they learned from the play.
“I understand now why Rosa Parks would not give up her seat on the bus.” Malerie
“I would have stood up to the bus driver, just like Rosa did. All people should be treated equal.” Jesse
“I didn’t know that Rosa’s grandpa sometimes passed as a white man because he had light black skin.” – CiAnna
The essential question this nine weeks for these 4th graders is "What can we learn from the past?" says Lindsey Jones, Fourth grade teacher at Theodore Jones. "In this unit we will be looking at Revolutionary Heroes, women who dared, and leaders who changed our world. Rosa is one of those outstanding ladies!"
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