Congratulations to the CHS Unified Special Olympics Team!
They won all three games at Ouachita Baptist University last week to advance to the State Tournament next week!
The team, made up of both Special Olympic Athletes and General Education Students, works together and plays together.
Their Coach and Sponsor Cheryl Daniels could not be prouder of her kids.
"Our group won the State Championship last year and we can't wait to go back this year," says Daniels. "This is such a great group of kids, I just go along for the ride!"
Students in Ms. Maiden's Science Classes get a lesson from an 'unusual' teacher.
"John D" is a nationally recognized Search and Rescue dog who won a Hero Dog award in 2013.
He’s also well-known for working with UAMS on cancer-detection for certain cancers such as ovarian and thyroid that are difficult to detect by medicine until they are quite progressed.
John D and his handler, Donna Waugh, came to Ruth Doyle to visit the students before participating in their STEM night this week.
They visited Maiden's classes to show the students how powerful scents can be, and how dogs can smell things humans can't.
John D smelled some scents in the classroom and then demonstrated for the students how quickly he could locate things based on scents.
He even found the school counselor hiding outside!
The students loved John D and can't wait to see him come back for STEM night, which will be held at RDMS this Thursday February 23rd, from 5:30-7:00.
It was an awesome day," says Maiden, "I think the students will be talking about it for some time to come."
16 Conway High School Choir Students have earned a chair at the Arkansas All-State Music Conference.
To even qualify for All-State, a student must first earn a spot in the top 20 chairs at All-Region competition.
Over 1,100 students auditioned at all-Region.
Choral Director Sam Huskey says this is a big commitment for his students.
"Those students who qualified worked countless hours during and after school working on the all-state music," says Huskey. "They auditioned in Dover on February 3rd along with 1,000+ kids from across the state. I am very proud of their work."
The 16 students who earned a chair at All-State is the largest number of Conway choir students in recent history - at least the past 25 years.
About 800 students make All-State from across the state of Arkansas.
The following students earned a spot in the Arkansas All-State Choir: Aryana Gardner, Briya Alford, Maggie Carroll, Hannah Smith, Taylor Williams, Brittany Baker, Kaymon Neal, Epi Torres, Seth Guidry, Asher Owen, Nash Roach (alternate), Ben Thompson, Austin Henderson, Archer Murray, Alec Buddenberg, and Joel Fountain (not pictured).
Congratulations to Conway's Junior High's Quiz Bowl A Team!
They placed first out of 16 teams at the Conway High School Invitational Tournament Saturday.
Team members include: Rodrigo McCarthy-Garvan, Cade Smiley, Matthew Ablondi, Elliot Wiebe, Mitchell Lovelady, Francesca Redditt and not pictured is Autumn Emerson.
The team is headed to the state tournament along with the Conway B team next Saturday in Searcy.
Good luck students!
Conway High School hosted its first Mental Health Awareness Week during the month of February.
The week included announcements every morning concerning mental health, guest speakers from various facilities, and a mental health fair.
“The Mental Health Fair was an extremely educational and eye-opening experience that I believe should become an annual event," said Senior Manahil Kazmi. "It provided students with great information on mental illnesses people suffer from on a day to day basis and how it affects their lives."
Many local community partners participated in the event.
The UCA Psychology Department informed students of the various health care careers in psychology.
Curtiss Robinson, CEO/owner of Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching, engaged students in a game of jeopardy. Categories included disease and disorders, Myers-Briggs personality test, mental health professions, and the five love languages.
Missy Lewis from Chenal Family Therapy of Conway stressed the importance of finding someone they can trust and confide in, reminding them that they are not alone and not the only one going through difficult times.
Students who attended the fair said the information was very important.
"The facilities that were present provided contact information and prevention tips which could help students who may have wanted to seek help but did not know where to go. This fair was a step in the right direction to ending the stigma around mental illnesses and it allowed us to realize that there are students at this very school who may be suffering in silence," said Kazmi. "I hope to see educational events, such as this fair, that will promote the fact that mental illnesses are just as important and immediate as physical illnesses, and that no one is alone in their fight.”
Scotty Smittle from The Rice Clinic told students what therapy looks like and what to expect once an appointment has been made. He stated that the top 3 mental health issues for teens are depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
Health Care Science Technology classes also designed health display boards on various mental health and wellness topics.
“The experience was very informative," Junior Zach Renfroe said, "I enjoyed being informed and talking to actual people in the field of psychology.”
Some Conway High School students take their learning to a whole new level.
Students from the Conway Area Career Center of Conway High School attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference at the University of Central Arkansas last week.
This event included only females in an effort to promote these specific career fields, which historically are largely male dominated.
Students were asked to submit an interest survey prior to registration which placed them in three of several sessions which included guest speakers in the areas of chemical and robotic engineering, computer coding, wildlife and natural sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and astronomy.
Dr. Kimberly Hambuchen served as the keynote speaker, discussing her career field in robotics engineering at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The ladies were treated to a delicious lunch buffet which rounded out the professional experience of the conference.
“I liked the L’Oreal session because they talked about what goes into making the make-up products we use every day," says student Ashlee Carter. "We watched the making of a lipstick and selecting pigments.”
Cailey Maples commented on the presentation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “I found myself constantly intrigued by the information about wildlife and nature. We went outdoors and were able to hold an owl. This was a unique experience.”
Student Manahil Kazmi added “I had no idea these career fields were so interesting. I had a great time today."
Many commented that the day was exciting, well-organized, and provided an educational opportunity that would not be obtained otherwise. It was an experience like no other.
The Garden Project at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School has received another boost of support.
The school has been awarded a $2000 grant from Innovative Solutions for Educational Partnerships (ISEP) for the 2016-2017 school year.
These funds will be used to purchase cooking supplies, food, and gardening supplies to expand the gardening and nutrition program.
The supplies will support: hands-on gardening, nutrition, and cooking classes; healthy school taste tests and snacks; and a school-wide culture of health.
"We, at Carolyn Lewis, are striving to provide a natural forum for cross-curricular student activities that support a wide variety of learning styles, cultivate student curiosity and exploration, support healthy lifestyles, and connect with the community," says Sarah Lane, Food Corps Service Member. "Because of the grant, it is possible to achieve this mission and we are proud to be helping our students grow their pride from the ground up."
Carolyn Lewis Elementary School is a Food Corps Service Site this year.
Their garden, which began last year with a grant from the Conway Public Schools Foundation, has been used for countless lessons with students in grades K-4 for the last two years.
The Conway Junior High Quiz Bowl teams took first and third places in the 7A West Central Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament last weekend.
Rodrigo McCarthy Galvan was the tournament MVP.
The wins advance the two teams to the State tournament later this month.
Quiz Bowl Coach Paula McKee says the team members on both teams have great dedication and commitment.
"They practice twice a week for 2 hours a practice, plus study their information outside of practice," said McKee. "We have attended 5 tournaments this year and have done really well in all of them."
The first quiz bowl team has brought home two first place and three second place wins, often playing without the full squad because of conflicts with other school activities. The second team has brought home four third place trophies, which McKee says bodes well for next year, since they are all 8th graders.
The State Tournament will be held at Searcy Junior High School on February 25th.
The 5th Annual Conway Middle Schools' Blood Drive competition was held Friday.
Ruth Doyle, Carl Stuart, Courtway, and Simon Middle Schools all recruited blood donors to come to the school to donate blood for the contest.
Each school saw excellent numbers as their teachers, parents and other community volunteers came out to help the Red Cross save lives.
"CSMS had 52 donors walk through the doors. We ended up with 38 units due to deferrals and other factors, but we are so thrilled with these results," said Lena Priest, Carl Stuart Middle School Counselor. "We had parent volunteers helping to cover our teacher's classes while they donated and this was a team effort by our great families!"
The final results of the blood drive competition will be available next week.
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