Second-grade students at Florence Mattison Elementary impressed their families and teachers with their production of It’s a Jungle Out There on Tuesday, March 10th. In the story, King Leo the Lion has money, power, and fame, but he is still terribly unhappy. His loyal advisors, Spots and Stripes, seek to find the key to happiness for him. They question the monkeys, the cheetahs, the elephants, and even the hyenas. Before long, they discover that true happiness comes not from money, power, or fame, but from true friendships and simple pleasures in life. Marcella Archer directed the musical. Principal Sam Nelson commended Mrs. Archer and the students for their “wonderful performance.”
Two Conway High School students have earned money for college and a spot in the National ProStart Competition.
Emily Brown and Sarah Dussex, along with their teammates from Vilonia Schools, recently competed at the Arkansas Culinary School’s ProStart Competition in the area of Restaurant Management. During this competition, students created a restaurant concept, "from the ground up”. Then they presented their concept to judges much like in the show “Shark Tank”. Their team won the competition and have qualified to compete nationally, in Anaheim, CA on April 17-21.
Winning this competition also helped these four students receive scholarship offers of a combined $96,000!
Career Center Supervisor Jason Lawrence says Emily and Sarah decided last year that they wanted to win this competition in order to obtain these scholarships. Now they have achieved their goal.
"We are very proud of these students and look forward to seeing how far they can take this opportunity, said Lawrence."
Students at Conway Junior High are taking a stand against bullying.
In a school assembly Tuesday, students shared personal stories of bullying.
The message of the assembly: "Make a change, starting today!"
After the assembly, many of the students signed a pledge to do their part to combat bullying at Conway Junior High School.
Conway High School Senior Emery Parker is soon to be a published illustrator!
It all started when Conway High Visual Art Teacher Carla Owen was approached by local author Caryn Southerland, needing help with a project. "She came to me looking for a student that could illustrate her children’s Christmas story. That is when I put her in touch with a Senior student of mine Emery Parker," said Owen.
Parker, who is also a National Merit Finalist this year, has been working with Southerland for almost a year now on this project. The book is currently in the prototype stage of completion and should be ready in time for Christmas 2015.
Students at Theodore Jones have joined with 29,000 other schools nationwide to raise money to help fight blood cancers like Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myloma. They have set a school goal of $300, but have already raised $689 in just two days!
Principal Tammy Woosley says her students are so thrilled to be able to help others in this effort. "We had one fourth grader who donated her weekly allowance to help this great cause."
The project is called Pennies for Patients. The school will continue to collect money through March 20.
Conway Public Schools Foundation’s Hall of Honor Gala will be Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the Conway High School cafeteria.
The 2015 Hall of Honor Inductees include Dr. Bobby New, Dr. Woody Cummins, and late John McConnell.
Jeff Matthews of radio station B98.5 and host for Conway Corporation’s Wampus Cat football coverage will serve as the master of ceremonies as guests enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Chef Jill McCollum.
Proceeds from the Gala support the foundation’s mission to partner with teachers to enrich the learning environment for students by funding innovative programs and resources that stimulate creativity, promote excellence, and enable life-long learning.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://cpsfoundation.com/gala/.
A Bob Courtway Middle School teacher is present as the Arkansas Legislature votes to honor some of the state's finest teachers. Last week, House Resolution 1025 came before the Arkansas House of Representatives at the State Capitol. This particular resolution recognizes and honors Arkansas National Board Certified teachers. The House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of this resolution. 7th Grade Teacher Melinda Francis was able to attend this important moment in Arkansas's educational history. "Thanks to Dr. Lasker I was able to be there for this moment. I am so very thankful to work in a district that supports its teachers and encourages us to undergo the National Board certification process, which has personally taught me how to make a significant impact on student achievement." says Francis. "We received a standing ovation by the house after the vote."
Parents at Simon Middle School enjoyed learning about the PARCC Assessment and trying it out for themselves at a PARCC Parent Night March 3rd.
They got to see firsthand the types of test questions and the format of the test their students will be taking on the upcoming PARCC exam.
If you'd like to try taking a PARCC test as well, go to Parcc.Pearson.com, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on "View Test Preparation". Sample items and practice tests are available.
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