This year, the Conway Public School District moved our registration process completely ONLINE using a company called “Registration Gateway.” “Registration Gateway” works with more than 1,700 schools throughout the country doing online registration for students. Additionally, they have a state-wide implementation here in Arkansas providing services throughout all counties for the Department of Human Services. Conway Schools has been very impressed with their services and we are proud of our partnership with them. This system is designed to save the district a tremendous amount of time and money, and offers parents the opportunity to complete this process from home at their convenience.
We began with our Kindergarten Registration in April and are now doing Registration for all RETURNING STUDENTS in the Conway School District. Returning registration opened Wednesday May 13th and there is not a closing date. We would like parents to register their students as soon as possible, with a goal of having them registered before the end of this school year. This registration helps us determine class sizes for next year and is very important as schools make decisions for hiring, transportation, etc.
It is important to note that this registration is required before a student is considered “enrolled” for the 2015-16 school year. Until a parent completes the online registration—their child cannot be put on a class list for elementary, or given a schedule for secondary.
The process is very straightforward. Every student received a letter to take home to their parent/guardian this week. It gave them a “master login and password” to use for registration. The letter also contains a link to the registration website. Parents/guardians log on to the site, enter their user name and password (these are case-sensitive), and fill out their child’s information. If you did not receive a letter, please call your child’s school.
We have discovered that there are some parents/guardians who received different logins for the different children living in their household. Our goal is for each household to have just ONE login for all their children. We will fix this and issue new logins for these families. For now, please use the logins given for each child to register that child.
If a parent/guardian has specific questions, he/she should call their child’s school. For example, if a name is listed incorrectly, or a birthdate, these are things that must be changed in person---and this will have to be done at the school building, by the parent/guardian.
At the end of online registration, Registration Gateway will prompt you to go through a checklist of your updated information. After you have done so, it should say “done” at the bottom. If you see that, you may press “logout.” After you logout, your child is registered for 2015-16 in Conway Public Schools. Students in grades K-7 will bring their proof of residence to their school building in August.
Parents/guardians should keep their “master login and password” in a safe place after completing the registration. They will need it for our upcoming Conway Public Schools Mobile App, and to use the Home Access Center next year. In August, parents/guardians will be able to log in to find out their child’s teacher (elementary) or see their schedule (secondary.)
More information about Registration can be found on our website at http://www.conwayschools.org/registration.html.
This first year for online registration will be a learning curve for all of us, but we are confident in the huge benefits of this new process. We thank all of our parents for their cooperation and support in this and everything we do for our students.
Conway Public Schools is proud to announce that Sherry Holder has been awarded the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award by National History Day.
Nominees have shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing student interest in history. Each state winner is awarded $500, and is eligible for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Two national winners, announced on June 18, 2015, will receive $10,000 in recognition of their outstanding efforts. Holder is one of only two winners from the state.
Middle and high school teachers are nominated by their administrators, peers, or themselves for the award. Each participating state is allowed to select one high school and one middle school teacher to receive the state award and consideration for the national award.
“National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational tools that students have,” said National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “The teachers selected as Behring award recipients are a credit to their discipline, and exemplify what it takes to be a quality educator.”
Holder has been teaching at Conway Junior High for the last three years, and has been with the Conway School District since 1990.
“Mrs. Holder is the epitome of a great teacher. She is passionate about students and curriculum,” said Dr. Todd Edwards, Principal of Conway Junior High School. “ She works hard to engage students in learning and instills in them an appreciation for history. As shown by this award, she is also recognized as a leader among her peers not only at the local level but state-wide. We are lucky to have her on staff at Conway Junior High.”
Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award winners are NHD participating teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Their work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past; award-winning teachers also demonstrate a commitment to helping students develop their interest in history and recognize their achievements.
Conway High School Senior Tanis Taft will soon have her name in lights.
As a student in Chad Terrell's Gifted and Talented Seminar at Conway High School, she had the chance to go to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Emerging Filmmakers Program last fall.
Taft won fourth place in the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize and she will accept a trophy and $100 cash prize at a prize ceremony on May 22nd. In addition, she will receive the red carpet treatment and her film will be screened at the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock.
"It was a really good experience for me as I'm going to college to study Cinema." says Taft. "It was a chance to do something more professional rather than for the family. I'm excited and it's always cool when someone gets to see your work."
Taft's film, which is about the historic value of a local dairy farm, has also been entered into consideration for this year's Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and will air on AETN's Students Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase program in the fall.
Conway High School Senior Jack Sheng has qualified to compete at the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Tournament in Congressional Debate.
To qualify for the national tournament, Jack competed in Congressional Debate at the Arkansas district tournament in April and scored high enough during his two rounds of debate to qualify for the national tournament.
The tournament will be held in Dallas, Texas in June.
Jack is a member of the CHS Wampus Cat Forensics team, which just finished its second year of existence and competition at Conway High School. The team is coached by Oral Communications teacher Mrs. Casey Griffith.
"Jack is a fierce competitor," says Griffith. "This was his first year for debate, so he picked it up quickly and worked hard to qualify for both the Tournament of Champions and the National tournaments."
To compete in Congressional debate, students generate a series of bills and resolutions, a simulation of the U.S. legislative process. Debaters (also referred to as Senators and Representatives) alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.
A Jim Stone Elementary student became a teacher for just a few minutes this morning.
May 14th is Apraxia Awareness Day, something second-grader Hannah Layton knows all about.
Hannah's little sister, Katie, has Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which is a motor-planning disorder that impacts her ability to speak.
Today Hannah shared a short story with her classmates, and all the Jim Stone Second Graders. It's a story she wrote about her sister and what Apraxia is really like.
She gave the students blue bracelets that say "Every child deserves a voice," which is the slogan for the national Apraxia organization.
"The kids asked great questions like "Does Apraxia hurt" and "Is Apraxia something you are born with?" Hannah's mother said. "It was a great experience and we hope to get to do it again next year."
Hannah, along with her mother, will share their story on KATV's MidDay Arkansas tomorrow.
More information about their story can be found at : http://katieskrew.typepad.com/kk/
Nineteen interns from Conway High School recently earned National Career Readiness Certificates. The Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate is being promoted through the Governor’s office and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services in an effort to ensure that a newly hired employee has the skills required for 21st century jobs. The CRC certifies that a person has core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. The certificate will help distinguish job seekers from the competition and help them enhance their workplace skills. Arkansas has joined twenty other states who have implemented the certification as a part of workforce development.
The interns participated in KeyTrain instruction during the fall semester. This instruction included targeted, self-paced instruction in three areas: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. This determined their eligibility to take the WorkKeys assessments.
Of the Conway High students, 6 earned the "Gold" level of certification. 11 earned "Silver", and 2 earned "Bronze." All of these students are said to now have more employability skills than their competitors.
This week, all Conway Public Schools students in grades K-11 will be bringing home a sheet with important information regarding registration for returning students. Parents should look for this sheet and read it carefully. Every parent will receive a new master login and password for their use from now on in the Conway School District. The "master login" will be used for registration, the home access center, and our upcoming Conway Schools App.
Beginning May 13th, parents need to go online and register their child(ren) for the next school year using this new login and password provided. The link for returning registration is on the information sheet they’ll receive, and is also on the Conway Public Schools website. Also on the website, you can find step-by-step directions for the registration process.
Important Note: Your child is not considered enrolled for the 2015-16 school year until you complete this online registration process. If you have questions, or you do not receive this information sheet, please call your child’s school.
For Conway High School Junior Matt Sweere, the 7th time was the charm.
On his 7th time taking the ACT, Sweere made a composite score of '36' on the test, giving him the top score on the college entrance exam.
"I think I was just so close...I just needed to get lucky one time. I had made a 35 multiple times," Sweere said.
Sweere had been working on improving his ACT Composite score for the last several months. He worked and studied at home, using a book that came with the ACT Prep Course, and he also took a Prep Course for the PSAT exam. He says his teachers helped him as well.
This last time, as soon as he finished the test, he just had a feeling that something was different.
And he was right.
Sweere says the day the scores came in he was sitting in his AP Government class when he checked his phone and saw 8 text messages all at once. The first one was from his mom, a Conway Public Schools teacher. It simply read "YOU DID IT!!!"
"I was pretty excited. I had a really good week (that) week...because we had just won the Quiz Bowl State Championship."
He hasn't taken too much time to celebrate, though. These next two weeks Sweere will take 7 Advanced Placement exams.
His parents are so proud of their son, even though this milestone comes with a price.
"My Dad has to get me a Dodge Challenger now...." said Sweere, "A Black V8 Hemi."
Sweere is humble about this huge accomplishment, which places him in less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT exam.
He says he has no plans to retake the ACT, although he will take the SAT this fall, hoping to qualify as a National Merit Finalist.
As for his plans after high school, Sweere says he has narrowed it down to four schools, one of them being Arkansas' Harding University.
This Summer he's looking forward to attending Arkansas Governor's School, FBLA Nationals, and Quiz Bowl Nationals.
5th Grade Science Gets Out of this World
Our fifth graders have been learning about space in their unit called "Welcome to Earth." As a final cumulative project, students demonstrated an application of what they learned by choosing one of the planets and researching it. They were then asked to create a 3D model of an alien that could live on that planet. They also created a passport for their alien’s journey to Earth. This included information like atmosphere, temperature, environment, distance from the sun and other facts about their planet and the alien. They even calculated their alien’s age and weight on their home planet as well as on Earth.
After completion of this project, a “Welcome to Earth" celebration was held where the aliens came to school, brought their passports, and shared information about themselves. They even had their passports stamped; after all, aliens visiting from outer space must have the proper documents!
11th grader Brittany Lockhart rides the bus home from school every day. But bus drivers say she's not your average bus rider.
Last week her bus had a substitute driver behind the wheel. The sub just happened to be Conway Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Carroll Bishop. Bishop says Lockhart's behavior on the bus stood out among all the other students.
"She went out of her way to help me know exactly where each stop was and to help make sure younger kids were seated and attentive," said Bishop. "She was respectful and helpful. Every driver's dream."
Lockhart says she tries to help the bus drivers out as best she can...saying it's "no big deal" for her.
But it was a big deal for Bishop, who recognized the Junior "good citizen" today with a special visit and a personal thank you.
"I wanted her to know I appreciated her help and her kindness. It makes a big difference and she's a special young lady."
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