Conway High School 11th and 12th grade students swept the 2016 Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase (Y.E.S.). Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Elizabeth Wells!
Kharisma Aaron, 1st place: “The Blotch”
Sam Emery, 2nd place: “Sam’s Record Shop”
Jhordan Collins, Tavian Cranford, and MarQuese Jackson, 3rd place: “Eclipsed Orchid”
Ryan Bush, 4th place: “Ryan’s Law Care Service”
Winning team members for first place in each category receive a $100 cash prize and a certificate. The teacher advisor of the first place teams win $500 and a trophy for the school. Second-, third-, and fourth-place winners in each category also received cash prizes, team member certificates, and school trophies.
Competitors also included teams from Little Rock Central, Spring Hill School District in Hempstead County, LISA Academy / North Little Rock, and Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. In all, 47 business plans were submitted by teams totaling 85 high school students.Nearly 30 Arkansas business, education, and community leaders volunteered this year to judge the plans and selected the winners.
Since 1957, Arkansas Capital has worked to empower Arkansas entrepreneurs by providing capital to businesses through its capital availability programs and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational and technological improvements.
In 1999, the company established the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with a mission to promote and foster the development of Arkansas’s future entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition to the Y.E.S. 2.0 competition, AEAF also coordinates the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Y.E.S. for Arkansas business plan competition for 5th – 8th grade students. - See more at: http://chs.conwayschools.org/news/students-win-2016-youth-entrepreneurship-showcase#sthash.Lb9T0LAn.dpuf
Many students work hard and finish Lexia Core 5 during their years in Conway Public Schools.
But no student has ever done it while in Kindergarten.
Krish, a Kindergarten student in Mrs. House's class at Theodore Jones Elementary School, completed all 16 levels of Lexia this week.
His teacher says the accomplishment took a lot of time and perseverance.
"Krish is an exceptional student that loves to read," says Randi House, Krish's Kindergarten Teacher. "He worked on Lexia at school during our station time as well as in computer lab, but would often choose to work on it during his free choice time. He worked at home quite often as well. It wasn't rare for him to come into class on Monday with the news of him accomplishing another level over the weekend. His parents often commented to me that when he got home, instead of choosing to read, watch t.v., or play games on his iPad, he chose to work on Lexia."
House says Krish set a goal at the beginning of the year to finish all the levels of Lexia. His fellow classmates loved watching his progress.
"The morning he came in announcing he had finished, he was greeted with an eruption of excited screams, high fives, and looks of awe," said House. "Even though it got tough for him at times, he kept going and never gave up and eventually he accomplished his goal. This has led to some wonderful discussions in class about how to handle challenges and not give up. His accomplishment has turned him to being such a role model in class that my other students are working harder this year to level up on Lexia than ever before. I am so proud of his hard work and dedication and cannot wait to see what challenges he takes on next!"
The entire school was excited to celebrate this milestone accomplishment.
"We are very excited for Kirsh and proud of his perseverance!" says Theodore Jones Principal Tammy Woosley. "What a huge accomplishment to be the first kindergarten student in our district to complete Lexia Core 5."
He's been recognized for his singing and dancing...and even his BBQ...but now Woodrow Cummins' Assistant Principal Gary Logan has received yet another honor.
He's been named the "Assistant Principal of the Year" for all Elementary Schools in the state of Arkansas.
Logan was surprised with a presentation and a school-wide assembly at Woodrow Cummins Friday morning.
Leaders from the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals, as well as Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry, were on hand to present Logan with his award.
The students cheered as Principal Dayna Lewis described how she nominated Logan for the state honor.
"I nominated Gary for AP of the Year because he's the Singing and Dancing Assistant Principal!" says Lewis. "His morning routine makes our students and their parents smile and laugh. He believes in play and fun which is why you can catch him playing on the playground during recesses, dressing up as Santa Claus at Christmas time, and being one of the seven dwarfs during a book character parade. Our students love him because he is really just a kid at heart."
Logan received nationwide, even worldwide, media attention last fall for his "morning routine" of greeting students with a song as they arrive at school in the mornings; His motto of "I don't do bad days" resonating with parents everywhere as something that makes such a big difference in the lives of their families.
Logan said he doesn't even know what to say about all this, addressing the crowd of students, fellow teachers and staff, as well as his family and his former Principal, who came from another school district to share the moment with him.
"You all really got me, and I just can't believe this," Logan said. "Thank you all so much. Anyone could have won this."
Woodrow Cummins' students made a video of some of Mr. Logan's highlights, including many clips with him telling various people "You're my favorite!"
No matter how many "favorites" he has, Logan is no doubt the favorite among his peers, and now the state of Arkansas.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2259 awarded CHS students for winning entries in the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. This year's theme was "My Vision for America." From the VFW website,
"The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C."
Meet our Conway High School essay winners:
Braeden Davis also placed 3rd in the the VFW state competition and received a $1,000 scholarship.
If your child will be 5 on or before August 1st 2016, it's time to register him or her for Kindergarten!
Kindergarten registration has three important steps.
1. Go to our website—conwayschools.org/registration. Use our address search/zone map to find your child’s zoned school building.
2. Register your child online at www.conwayschools.org/new-student-registration. At the end of the online registration, parents will schedule an appointment at the school during Kindergarten Registration week. The hours for registration appointments are as follows:
Monday May 2- 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday May 3- 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday May 4- 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Thursday May 5- 8:30 am-4:00 pm
3. Bring your documentation to your appointment.
Parents must bring the following items to the registration:
*Upon request, an official identification number will be furnished to serve in lieu of a social security number.
**In order to verify school zone of residence, parents or legal guardians must provide two or more proof of residence documents. That list is published on the District website at www.conwayschools.org. Students must be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2016.
If you have specific questions about registration, please call your child's school.
Three Carl Stuart Middle School Students are honored by local veterans as winners of the annual "Patriot's Pen" essay contest.
The students, along with many of their peers, joined more than 120,000 students nationwide in participating in the contest.
The CSMS students swept the competition and won first, second and third place.
"When I found out my students won, I was thrilled and extremely proud of them" says teacher T.K. Gault. "They are great students and wonderful writers who understood the spirit of the essay's theme: "What Freedom Means to Me."
Patriot's Pen is an annual essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.
The winning students were visited by VFW representatives Commander Jim Brewer and Chairman Jonathan Indell who awarded them with cash, a medal, and a certificate.
This week, members of the Spanish club at Conway Junior High "traveled" to Pamplona, Spain to go "Running with the Bulls."
They learned that the event takes place during the Fiestas de San Fermin on July 6th-14th and only lasts a few intense minutes as the bulls race from outside the city into the bullring.
It is only a distance of 1/2 a mile, but it is highly dangerous.
"We had several courageous "bulls" chase our bravest Spanish club members around the football field until only one human was left standing," says Megan King, Spanish Teacher.
"We try and focus on cultural activities in the Spanish-speaking world and the "Running of the Bulls" is one of the most well-known. It is also one that we don't get to talk about in most of our Spanish classes since it occurs in the summer... But since the weather has been so lovely, it was a great time to get out and enjoy the fresh air while learning something new!"
After an outstanding performance at the state tournament in Fort Smith last weekend, the Conway High School Quiz Bowl team is once again headed to the state championship.
The team will be defending their 7A state title at AETN on April 23rd at approximately 2:00 p.m.
They will battle Fayetteville High School.
Quiz Bowl Coach Paula McKee says even though they will be without one of their starters, she is confident in her team.
"One of the starters, once again will not be able to play in the final game at AETN because he will be starring as one of the brothers in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as will several other members of the team. They are such a intelligent and talented group!"
All the students from Theodore Jones Elementary School gathered outside their school building this morning to cheer on their "Jones Joggers" as they ran two miles in a milestone accomplishment for their year.
Around 40 third and fourth grade students participated in the Jones Joggers running club this year. They practice after school each week and slowly build up their laps to be able to run the two-mile distance.
Theodore Jones' teachers Brittany Griffith and Danette Dunn sponsor the joggers.
"This day is always my favorite day of the school year," says Griffith. "I love watching our kids show how hard they've worked and that the whole school comes out to cheer on the runners. It's always amazing, but I think this year was our best year yet!"
This year's race was a special event for the school. Runners ran in memory of Dunn's daughter Lauren, who was killed in an accident in 2014.
Every member of the Jones Joggers finished the race, while their classmates cheered. First, Second and Third place male and female finishers received a trophy.
Students from Ellen Smith Elementary School have taken Legos to a whole new level.
They not only attended a Lego robotics competition last Saturday, but they placed 2nd and 4th place in the competition.
The teams, led by Ellen Smith's G/T teacher Shonda Smith, are part of the school's robotics club. Smith says the students really wanted to participate in the Lego competition.
"The members of the club that wanted to compete wrote an essay to explain why they should be allowed to go," Smith says. "We ended up with three teams with three members each. They trained using LEGO mind storm robotics. At the competition they competed in sumo challenges."
Each team built a robot that tried to push the opponent's robot out of the ring.
It was a great learning experience for the students.
“The competition was really fun," says 4th grader Clayton. We were all nervous if our robots would work or not. We had some trouble, but that didn’t stop us. “
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