Seven Conway High School seniors have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Samuel Coker, Wilson Daily, Jacob Hines, Nicole Main, Erin McShane, Emery Parker, and Zachary Powers will all receive the honor, which is only awarded to about 15,000 students nationwide.
“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments. It is great for a school to have so many students qualify as semi-finalists and even better to have all them achieve finalist status,” said Principal Joel Linn. “This is a testament to the hard work they have put in throughout their entire educational career as well as the support and guidance they have received from their teachers and the folks at home.”
The seven students were chosen as National Merit Semi-Finalists last fall, when their scores on the PSAT placed them above the national “cut score” for the exam. They then submitted their applications to become finalists, which included an essay and information about their extracurricular activities and community service, as well as a recommendation from their school counselor.
Conway High School counselors say the National Merit designation opens many doors for these students to be recruited by colleges and offered extra scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award about 8,000 Merit Scholarships to the group of around 15,000 Finalists. Even though not every Finalist will get a Merit Scholarship, some of the colleges may offer more scholarships for the Finalist designation.
Students at Theodore Jones Elementary School are using technology to learn about important events in History. They are working on individual history projects, but instead of researching their topic using books or even traditional internet research, they are using QR codes to do research on Chromebooks. "The codes take them to different websites, where they will find various history events that we are or have been talking about," says teacher Lindsey Jones. Once they gather their information, they will write an informational paragraph about what they learned. Some of the topics include the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Three Branches of Government, and the American flag.
A group of students at Carl Stuart Middle School get to see what a 3D printer can do! Members of the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology) enjoy an interactive demonstration as part of their learning. SWAT Team is a teacher-selected group of students who apply their intense interest in all things digital to advance the use of technology in the classroom. This specialized task force of students addresses the technology goals and needs at CSMS by providing support to teachers and other students.
Last week, the SWAT students got a visit by John Steward, Lab Manager of the Physics Department at Hendrix College and an assistant, Emily Nichols, a Hendrix College physics major. Excitement filled the room as Mr. Steward demonstrated one of Hendrix College’s new 3D printers. As the students saw firsthand how one of their own images could turn into a physical 3d object, Mr. Steward opened their minds to the possibilities of future uses of 3D printed objects. “It was great getting to see the finished product and being able to actually see and experience some of the newest technology. It was so much better than seeing things like this on television or online,” commented Adam, a SWAT Team member. Mr. Steward challenged each student to use their skills and imagination to provide the world with the next “killer app.” Another team member, Ethan, stated that since the 3D printer demonstration he has “inquired about them and found out a lot of its potential uses.”
SWAT Team members use their skills to update software, troubleshoot hardware issues, and provide training for teachers in new technologies that can be used in the classroom. When not providing support, the SWAT Team advances their individual tech skills.
The National Athletic Trainers' Association has awarded Conway High School their "Safe Sports School award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do the following:
· Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
· Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
· Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
· Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
· Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
· Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
· Provide or facilitate injury intervention
· Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
· Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
· Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Science students at Bob Courtway Middle School learn firsthand about Embryology. A Poultry Instructor from the University of Arkansas visited Mrs. Flower’s and Mrs. Whitlow’s Science classes, and brought fertile eggs for their Embryology unit. She also led the students through an egg demonstration and discussed the parts of the egg, how to tell if an egg is fertile, and the process a chicken goes through as she cares for her eggs. The students loved the EGG-citing lesson!
Students in the Cosmetology Program at Conway High School treat our elementary students with special needs to a "new look." The students in Mrs. Nancy Hill's class at Julia Lee Moore, along with their paraprofessionals, Paula Vandiver and Kimberly McCarty, made a special field trip over to the high school last week. The students were given new haircuts, hairstyles, and some even got manicures! The teachers say the Cosmetology students did an excellent job with their kids.
The kids loved getting their nails done!
When Katti Bowen's 8th grade English students come into her class, they don't take out a pencil and paper. They get out a Chromebook computer and log in to their Google account. Here, in their "Google classroom," the students immediately begin working on their bellwork activity. Each student can access the day's question and type his/her response, then when Bowen brings the class together to discuss their responses, they can "cast" their answer onto the big screen at the front. "My students love it," says Bowen, "They have really become used to using the technology for their learning."
Bowen uses the Google classroom for all aspects of her students' learning. They can access their class assignments and announcements, notes and presentations, and write their essays and other work in Google documents. The documents allow Bowen to edit and make notes along the way. She can also e-mail the students to tell them about missing assignments.
"I have a few students who still choose to use paper and pencil for some assignments, but most love to use these devices...any student from my AP kids to my regular level English class can have success with this learning tool."
Do you know what coding is? Coding is telling a computer what you want it to do by using language the computer understands. Anyone can learn! With the help of 4th-grader Dylan Carter, a coding club has been formed at Ida Burns Elementary School. This club provides a time set aside for 4th grade students to have the opportunity to learn to code. The free, beginner friendly websites code.org and codecademy.com are being used to guide students in learning at their own pace and to make personal goals in learning to code. It is projected that by the year 2020, there will be more than 1.4 million computer programming positions available and only 400,000 qualified coders to fill those jobs. Hopefully, this club will “hook” several students and guide them in choosing coding as their career.
5th, 6th, and 7th grade students at Ruth Doyle Middle School have been busy creating treat bags and Valentine cards for Veterans at the VA Hospital. These students used their club time for this project. After RDMS students reached out and gave Christmas cards to the Veterans, the hospital loved them so much they asked for more!
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