Simon Middle School students enjoyed a Spring Carnival to mark the end of the school year.
They played carnival games such as a penny drop, a cake walk, Bag-O, Ring Toss, and a stacked cans knock-down game.
The students could get a temporary tattoo and even dunk one of their teachers at the Dunking Booth!
Inflatables were brought in to jump and play on, and carnival food and drinks were available for purchase.
"Great fun was had by all," says Sloan Powell, Simon's Media Specialist. "It was a great way to celebrate our year at Simon!"
Conway Public Schools is proud to announce Megan Fotioo as our 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year.
Fotioo teaches First Grade at Theodore Jones Elementary School, where she is a mentor teacher and a member of the building’s leadership team. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Fotioo also serves on the district curriculum alignment committee and is a graduate of the Arkansas Leadership Academy’s Teacher Leader Institute.
This is the first District Teacher of the Year Honor for Theodore Jones Elementary. Principal Tammy Woosley says her school is beyond thrilled with the honor.
“Megan is a real leader in our school and district,” says Woosley. “I have enjoyed watching her grow as a teacher during her five short years here. Each student, which we entrust to Megan’s care, is met with a smile, love, and dedication. While she builds a sense of community in her classroom, she treats each child as an important individual.”
As District Teacher of the Year, Fotioo will represent Conway Schools as the nominee for Regional Teacher of the Year. She will also address the district faculty and staff at the annual Back to School Assembly in August.
“We are delighted that Megan has been selected as our district Teacher of the Year,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “She is an exceptional teacher who is so deserving of this honor. She will serve as a wonderful representative of all our teachers who do whatever it takes to make our district a great place for our students.”
Other Teachers of the Year from Conway’s Schools include:
Sallie Cone Preschool-Audrey Jolivette; Ellen Smith Elementary- Valerie Henderson; Florence Mattison Elementary- Krystal Henderson; Ida Burns Elementary- Kristy Green; Marguerite Vann Elementary- Barb Clardy; Julia Lee Moore Elementary- Bridget Maxell; Jim Stone Elementary- Angela Ladd; Carolyn Lewis Elementary- Kerri Gray; Woodrow Cummins Elementary- Meredith Thone; Ruth Doyle Middle School- Amanda Hawkins; Simon Middle School- Denise Dacus; Bob Courtway Middle School- Courtney Bishop; Carl Stuart Middle School- Cindy Buddenburg; Conway Junior High- Kyle Branscum; Conway High School- Carla Owen; Adult Education Center- Sandy Kennemore.
Conway Senior Kiley Lefler has earned a place on the Kansas University "Rock Chalk Dancers" for the 2015-16 school year.
Lefler will be attending Kansas University on a dance scholarship this fall.
A member of the CHS Dance team, she is an honor graduate for Conway's Class of 2015.
Lefler was selected for the KU "Rock Chalk Dancers" after a 3-day long tryout process that included rehearsals and formal and informal interviews.
"I am very excited to start the season. We start practice on July 12." says Lefler. "I am probably most excited to cheer on the sidelines at Basketball games since it is such a big deal at KU. There is a lot of tradition there and I can't wait to be a part of it!"
Students at Ruth Doyle Middle School had a beautiful day for their Fishing Derby!
The RDMS fifth grade students enjoyed a great day of fishing at Conway Station Park.
Their Counselor, Gerrard Martin, even explained to the students how to correctly handle the catfish when removing it from the fishing line.
"The students, teachers, parents, and volunteers had a great day toegther," said Holly Vint, Ruth Doyle Media Specialist.
The Fishing Derby was a celebration of a great school year at Ruth Doyle this year.
Staff and students at Ida Burns Elementary School did a little "clowning around" this week...all in good fun!
They celebrated National Red Nose Day...a national effort to raise awareness and money for children living in poverty.
"At Ida Burns we are a school of character and strive to make a positive difference in the lives of others," says Assistant Principal Tami Burcham.
The students had the opportunity to purchase a red clown nose for $1.00.
For every nose purchased, an impoverished child receives 10 meals, 3 vaccines, and 2 bars of soap.
In total, Ida Burns bought 5,000 meals, 1,500 vaccines, and 1,000 bars of soap!
The students had a great time at their Red Nose celebration.
Some students at Woodrow Cummins Elementary School learned an important life lesson this week: If everyone chips in just a little, it can add up to be a lot.
Mrs. Parks' Pinnacle class led a fundraising project to raise money for the Conway Animal Shelter.
The students were asked to bring their spare change to help the animals.
Together, they raised $1,296.
They were thrilled with their fundraising efforts, and so were their friends at the shelter.
The Conway Fishing Club is on their way to the High School World Tournament.
The Club took 4 teams to the state high school fishing tournament on Sunday May 3rd, where one team won 17th place overall.
The tournament was held on Lake Dardanelle and there were 123 total boats in the tournament.
Sponsors said it was the largest high school tournament in the country.
"Each team fished hard all day and it was tough with many boats not boating a keeper," said Coach Steve Love, "We had a good time and represented Conway High School well."
The team is looking for sponsors as they travel to the world tournament. If you would like to help sponsor this team, please call Coach Steve Love at (940) 231-0052.
Students at Julia Lee Moore had some special guests for their end-of-the-year Field Day yesterday. The Conway Police Department, Fire Department, MEMS, as well as UAMS' "Arkansas Saves" Med Flight Helicopter joined forces to give the kids an afternoon to remember!
They were able to tour the helicopter, ambulance, fire truck and police motorcycles, as the personnel told them about each profession.
"The kids were amazed to see the helicopter fly over and land right before their eyes," says Jennifer Epps, Julia Lee Moore's Library Media Specialist. They loved when they would turn on the lights and sirens. They also asked some really good questions."
JLM's had more fun activities for the kids as well. Two teachers participated in the dunking booth, which was a big hit! Students also played games of dodge ball, noodle freeze tag, egg toss, sack races, hula hooping, chase games, parachute games, and best of all water games. Students were given a choice of three snow cone flavors to end the day.
"They had so much fun getting wet and wild in our full day of fun field activities."
Fourth Grade Students at Theodore Jones Elementary School were honored by their teachers and parents this week.
The school hosted an Awards Ceremony for the fourth graders in the school cafeteria. Students brought their family and friends to see them get honored with various awards and enjoy refreshments.
The awards included Presidential awards from President Obama, Reading and Math awards, Good Character awards, and Art/PE/Music Awards. Teacher and "Good Friend" Awards were also given.
Staff all throughout the building attended and wore their graduation attire to promote high school graduation.
The Simon GT Think Tank team has successfully completed a fundraiser/information campaign to benefit the Conway Animal Welfare Unit.
The students presented Shona Osborne of the Conway Animal Welfare Unit and representatives from the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter a check for over $1500 for the Conway Animal Welfare Unit.
Congratulations to Mrs. Shelton's, Mrs. Hooten's, and Mrs. Henderson's home room classes for raising the most money in your grade.
The winning students enjoyed an ice cream party on Thursday.
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