Members of the Conway High School Soccer Team are rallying around a teammate, hoping to honor her fighting spirit and help her family with medical costs.
A cookout to benefit Morgan McAlexander and her family will be held tonight during the Conway Baseball, Softball, and Soccer Athletic events versus Van Buren. A grill will be set up by the baseball/softball fields and one at the stadium. For $6 you will get a hamburger, bag of chips, and a drink. You can also get desserts from many local vendors for $2 and/or Stoby’s Cheese Dip for $2. All proceeds will go to helping her family. All profits from the concession stand at the soccer games will also go to helping the family.
" We are dedicating our season to Morgan and her family. We hope our attitude, work ethic, and style of play will make her and her family proud," says Kevin DeStefano, Girls' Soccer Coach. "If we win, great, but the most important thing is for us to play in a way that will make her and those who love her proud that she is part of our family/team. She has become our inspiration as she fights everyday to get better. We knew Morgan was a fighter but she continues to impress us with her refusal to give up."
Morgan was severely injured in a car accident in December. She suffered severe head trauma and had surgery to relieve swelling in her brain. She is now stable and undergoing rehabilitation.
First and Second grade students at Ida Burns Elementary School are experiencing "March Madness"...but it's the musical version! They performed their "March Madness" musical for their parents and teachers this month. Songs included celebrations of Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick’s Day, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and Spiderman. The audience enjoyed beautiful set decorations and costumes, wonderful singing, and great dancing and acting. "It was an overall WONDERFUL performance!" says Instructional Facilitator Nicole Loftis.
After a district-wide vote, the Conway School district has decided to make up three snow days by extending the school day by 72 minutes for three weeks, beginning April 6th and ending April 24th.
The decision comes after having to dismiss school five times for snow this year.
“We feel this decision will maximize student learning and work in the best interests of everyone involved while allowing parents more flexibility with their family summer plans,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry.
The extended school day will begin 12 minutes earlier and end 60 minutes later. Morning bus schedules will remain the same, while afternoon routes will run exactly one hour later.
The schools will all slightly modify their daily schedules, with time added throughout the day to each class period.
“We know this is going to take some flexibility on everyone’s part and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding,” says Murry. “This is a team effort and we are working hard to put the needs of our students’ first.”
There's a new man in charge in Mrs. Clark's Kindergarten Class at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School! The students just completed an "election" for Class President and Vice President.
"We were learning about American symbols and discussing the role of our country's President," says teacher Ashley Clark. "We talked about what it means to be a leader and what characteristics a president should possess."
At the end of the unit, the students decided whether or not they wanted to become a "candidate" for President or Vice President.
They discussed the roles and what each job would entail.
"They took this VERY seriously," says Mrs. Clark. "They made posters and came up with slogans like "I promise to look out for you!" and "I promise to ask for more center time." One student even brought candy and campaign cards to try to win more votes!"
When it was time to decide, the students completed "voter registration" cards before they were able to vote. After registering, they were given the ballots with each candidate's name. They voted in a private "voting booth."
"I was very proud of my students for choosing the class leaders based on their character and positive behavior, rather than just choosing their friends," Clark adds.
The new class leaders will have jobs such as helping to make classroom decisions, running errands, and speaking to larger groups at the school.
Three Theodore Jones Elementary students have had their art voted into the 54th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition, the largest student art show in the state. Leesa, Essie, and AJ will have their art exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock from May 1st-July 26th. From there, the artwork will be part of a traveling show that will tour Arkansas for the next two years.
A group of Carl Stuart students are reaching out to make a difference in the lives of their younger "neighbors." Each week, the CSMS mentors come to the Marguerite Vann cafeteria to meet with about 20 elementary students. The students from Carl Stuart listen to the elementary students read aloud, and play literacy and math-based board games with them. They provide needed encouragement to the kids.
"I like the feeling of teaching a kid a new thing." says Grant.
Madeline adds "I've enjoyed leaving campus to do something that benefits children."
Teachers say these students are building key relationships throughout the year.
Mothers and sons at Julia Lee Moore Elementary had a special night out together this week! The JLM PTO hosted a Mother and Son game night Thursday night. The evening was filled with game playing, pinewood derby racing and so much fun! Table Play games partnered with the school to create a fantastic evening of learning and fun. The moms and sons had a great time!
Conway Senior Jordan Danberry has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Arkansas Girls' Basketball Player of the Year.
This is Danberry's second time to win the prestigious award. The 5-foot-7 senior guard has led the Wampus Cats to a 24-6 record this season. She and her teammates will face Fayetteville in the Class 7A championship game tomorrow.
"To be a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year is an unbelievable accomplishment." says Conway Lady Cats Head Coach Ashley Nance. "I could not be more proud of Jordan and her ability to improve her game over the past three years. Jordan has grown into a leader on and off the floor and has not only developed into an unbelievable player but has helped develop her teammates."
Danberry averages 14.0 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. She was the MVP of the 2014 state title game, is a returning All-State selection and has been named to USA TODAY’s All-USA Arkansas First Team.
Danberry has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball camps and the Boys and Girls Club of Conway. She plans to play basketball at the University of Arkansas next fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes Danberry for her athletic excellence, academic achievements and exemplary character on and off the court. The honor distinguishes Danberry as Arkansas’s best high school girls basketball player.
Conway Public Schools and its Special Education Department will be sponsoring a “TRANSITION FAIR” on the evening of Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event will be held in the Conway High School lobby, located at 2300 Prince Street.
If you are a student with a disability, or the parent of or a student with disabilities, you may have many questions about what happens after high school. What types of services are available for support? How do I access these services? What about college? Employment? Independent living? SSI and work? Job training? Guardianship? Representatives from several local and state agencies will participate to provide you with information about the services and supports that they provide for students with disabilities, now and after high school.
For additional information contact Dean Newell, Special Education Supervisor, at 501-450-6634, ext. 225.
Recruitment for our music programs is underway throughout the district, and teachers at Bob Courtway Middle School are excited to share their love of music with others! Student musicians from the BCMS Choir, Orchestra, and Band all performed beautifully in their recruitment concert. The purpose of this concert was to encourage 5th and 6th graders to join one of the music programs that begins in Middle School and continues all the way through high school. There were even a few "guest performers" who helped prove that music is a life-long skill!
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