Parents- We are having some technical difficulties with our Parentlink Survey and we apologize for this. We will resend the survey call tomorrow night (Friday May 1st) from 7:00-8:00 pm with the same question AND the instructions for voting at the end. Again, we apologize for the difficulties and we appreciate your patience and your feedback.
Calling all young soldiers! The Conway High School JROTC is looking for a few good young men!
The JROTC will host their "Little Raider Camp" for kids ages 5 through 13 on May 9th at the Conway High School Football Stadium.
"This event shows kids a little bit about what our CHS JROTC Raiders do in competitions against other JROTC programs," says Lieutenant Thomas Speck. Speck is the Senior Army Instructor for the CHS JROTC Program.
The Little Raider Camp is a 3-hour program designed for the kids to have a good time while learning a little about JROTC. Instructors select some of the activities their students perform during the school year and share them with the attendees.
"Our cadets not only get to practice more, but also get to teach the younger folks, which is one of the tasks they must accomplish during their senior year," Speck says.
This year's event will be held on Satuday May 9th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. To register or get more information, parents can call Speck at (501) 733-4070
In case of inclement weather, the camp will be held in the High School's Old Gym.
The Conway Public Schools is proud to host the Annual Wampus Cat Wellness Expo Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 at the Buzz Bolding Arena.
The popular event has something to offer for the whole family, focusing on fun and fitness.
Admission is free. Some of the activities include a petting zoo, archery, health screenings, smoothies, face painting, and more.
"Our PE teachers, district, and community have worked really hard to make this happen every year and we think it will be an even bigger and better event this year," says Janet Taylor, Assistant Director of Athletics.
There will also be performances by many of our Elementary School students, including dance teams, jump rope teams, and the "Little Dribblers."
Now that Conway Public Schools has completed three weeks of Extended Days for Snow Day Make-up, District leaders are taking the opportunity to discuss how the school district will make-up snow days in the future.
Conway Public Schools will be making a Parentlink call to parents THURSDAY NIGHT between the hours of 7-8 pm, where parents can let the district know their opinion. Parents are asked to please be aware that this call is coming and answer it if possible. If the call goes to voicemail, there will be a callback number parents can call to complete the survey. Parents have until noon on Friday to use this callback option.
The one-question survey reads: "Would you like to use extended days to make up snow days in the future?" Parents can press "1" for yes and "2" for no.
If Conway Public Schools chooses to do extended days in the future, they would be built into the school calendar as part of the district's snow day make-up plan.
The Conway High School Quiz Bowl Team is the 7A High School State Tournament Champions.
The team beat Fort Smith Southside in the State Tournament Saturday.
Pictured are Bethany Starr, Zelda Engeler-Young, Jillian Tang, Monica Choquette, Matt Sweere, Blaine Booher, Tim Ablondi, Ben Coney, and Coach Paula McKee
Others who were on the team but had to be at Footloose: Megan Haase, Joe Coker, Peter Grant, Savannah Raup, Kiersten and Kaelin Taylor, and Tarek Esaw.
Quiz Bowl Team Coach Paula McKee was also selected as the 2015 7A Quiz Bowl "Coach of the Year" by her fellow coaches.
McKee, who has coached the Quiz Bowl team for over a decade, is quick to bring the focus back to her students.
"Conway must have the greatest students and teachers in the world," McKee said. "The students are so hard working and dedicated that I just facilitate. They regularly give shout outs to teachers when we practice, as questions come up over curriculum that they've had. I just facilitate and encourage. The future looks bright because of students like these. I love them!"
Going into Saturday's competition, the team was without several starters because of conflicting schedules with the school's musical production of "Footloose." But McKee wasn't worried.
"This is a young team and I had a deep bench. They have a lot of knowledge and can astound you at any time with what they know. I knew it would be fun no matter what."
And it was. The Conway High School team never trailed Fort Smith Southside in Saturday's match. McKee says her players were outstanding.
"We exceeded anything I could have dreamed of doing this year," McKee said.
This is the second time in recent history that Conway has made it to the Quiz Bowl Tournament finals.
A Conway High School student will be learning a long way from home next year. Tenth grader Montanna Owens will be an AFS exchange student next year in Bosnia, Herzegovina. She has been awarded $12,900 in scholarships from AFS and is working on some fundraisers.
Owens started researching cultural destinations earlier this year. Her original dream was to go to France, but there was a special scholarship to be given to students who were adventurous enough to go to a country that is off of the beaten tourist path. She decided on Bosnia, partly because she wanted the challenge of learning another language.
“I’d like to bring something new to them like they’re bringing something new into my life.” says Owens.
She says her family was very surprised, but supportive.
"It’s really exciting to have someone who’s such a great student and who’s willing and able to take advantage of an opportunity like this," says Karen Strossner, Owens' teacher and one of her biggest supporters.
Montanna impressed the AFS staff so much that they gave her double the amount usually awarded for this scholarship.
Owens has a blog where she shares information about her journey. You can read her words at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conway High School Senior Madison Moline is excited about graduating from high school and attending BYU in Utah in the fall. But she'll get to to travel to Beijing, China, first as part of her tour with the National Youth Orchestra this Summer.
Moline will join 113 other youth from around the United States on the National Youth Orchestra Tour. The students will study together in New York for two weeks this summer under the direction of some of the country's finest Orchestra professional players before leaving for their concert tour. The group will perform nine total concerts around the US and then travel to China, where they will visit many of China's greatest concert halls.
"I am honored and super excited to be apart of the NYO this summer. I know I will learn so much from all of the other musicians and the coaches and directors. Since I have never been out of the country, it is a little nerve wracking thinking about so much travel, but I can't wait to perform in the incredible Chinese Performance Halls with the orchestra!! This entire experience so far has been so fun- and I know it will be something that I will never forget! Once I'm done with NYO I will head to Utah and study Viola Performance and Music Education at BYU on a full tuition music scholarship. I am so thankful for the Conway Orch. Program and the community for supporting me and helping me get to where I am today. It's more than I have ever dreamed of!! "
Child's Name: Randi Wilborn/Dylan Mathis
Child's Grade: 2nd Grade/4th Grade
Child's Teacher and School: Mrs. Otis/Ida Burns
Parent's Names: Randy and Nicole Wilborn
Military Branch/Rank/Title: Army/E3/Combat Medic
Tell us about your Parent's Military Job: "My Daddy is a Combat Medic and Soldier for the Army."
Tell us what you love most about your Military Parent: "He is my Daddy and that he serves for our country."
Tell us anything else you want us to know about your Military Parent: "That my Daddy is proud to be a soldier."
The James H. Clark Auditorium will be the site of the performance of the popular musical "Footloose" this week.
Show times are Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm, Friday, April 24th at 7 pm, and Saturday, April 25th at 1 pm and 7 pm. There will also be a school show for the middle schools on Friday the 24th at 9 am.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.
"The Footloose cast is working super hard in preparation for opening night..." says Musical Director Anthony Spiridigliozzi. "We are so proud of the passion and sacrifice our students have put into this show! We are very proud of the heart they have shown and are so excited for opening night!"
Bob Courtway Middle School Literacy Teacher Corey Oliver served as the Keynote Speaker for the University of Central Arkansas Black Alumni Weekend Scholarship Banquet Saturday. Oliver encouraged attendees to use their time, talents and treasures to give back to the students at UCA. He was recognized as an astounding UCA Alumni Association Lifetime Member.
"Corey has impacted so many students here in Conway," says Dr. Karen Lasker, Principal at Bob Courtway Middle School. " I really have never known one individual who encompasses so much talent. He continues to share his love for academics with his students and colleagues."
Over $2,000 was donated at UCA's event and several pledges totaling $15,000 were made that will go toward student scholarships.
"He is so full of rich stories to tell of student accomplishments and how he celebrates students in the classroom. People that I encounter across the state ask me do I know him and I am so proud to say not only do I know him, but I know him well. He is a part of our family at Bob Courtway," says Lasker.
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