On the last day of second grade, Melinda Flowers thought about each of the students who had been sitting in her class every single day of this school year.
She thought about all they had learned, all they had done together, all the memories they had shared.
Then she took out a (washable!) magic marker, and wrote each of them a special note on their desks.
When they walked into her classroom that last day, they each excitedly sat down at their desks, and read her words to them.
"You have really worked hard this year, keep working on your reading."
"I loved having you in my room."
"You are an amazing kid with a great personality."
"I'm going to miss all your fun stories about you and your baby brother."
"You have taught ME so much this year."
"I am really going to miss you this Summer."
Each message personally written to each student. Each student leaving this year knowing he or she is loved by their teacher.
Mrs. Flowers says she decided to write these messages because she wanted to leave a lasting impression with them on this last day of school.
"I decided I would leave them a personal note so they would know that I truly listened to them as they shared their interests with me and their classmates throughout the year," says Flowers. "Writing the notes was also very relevant because we had learned to write and respond to letters throughout the year with different books we read like "The Day the Crayons Quit" and more."
"They really enjoyed reading their notes and their peers' as they walked around reading each and every one of them," says Mrs. Flowers. "They later erased them, and wrote a note back to me. Even on the last day of Second grade, I got my students to read and write one final time while continuing to build relationships."
Conway Junior High students ended their school year by joining in a food drive for CAPCA.
Students school-wide were asked to take part in giving back to their community in this way.
In all, they collected more than 1900 food items for CAPCA.
Assistant Principal Ben Broyles says he decided the project would be worthwhile when he heard about the need for food pantry items in the summer time.
"When school is out for the summer, students who eat breakfast and lunch at school often don't have food to eat at home," said Broyles. "This food drive will fill up CAPCA's food pantry and directly benefit not only our students, but those around our area as well."
Broyles and his staff wanted to find a way for all students to participate, so with help from Centennial Bank, they gave kids the incentive of a fun lunch if they brought a food item. The bank grilled hot dogs for the students who participated, while the classes who brought the most food items had the opportunity to dunk principals and teachers in a dunking booth. The winning class brought 300 items!
"We wanted everyone to win," said Broyles. "This way it was a competition for some, but everyone got to win. And it fills such a need here in our community and beyond...I am so glad we could help out in this way."
Some Ruth Doyle Middle School GT students decided the best way they could impact their community might be to show some love to a furry four-legged friend who helps their school.
Mrs. Taylor's 6th grade class decided to start "Tips for Chip," a school-wide fundraising project that collects spare change and donations from fellow students at their school for K-9 Resource Officer "Chip."
The money will be used to purchase K-9 First-Aid Kits, which help Chip and other K-9's when they need medical assistance.
The students were very enthusiastic about the project, which came out of a "Think Tank" session in their class.
“We wrote down all of our ideas on paper," says Chloe U. "Then we all agreed on having a change drive for the police dogs. Overall, we were pretty excited because we knew we were helping Chip and his partners in the police force.”
The "Tips for Chip" change drive raised approximately $580 for K-9 first-aid kits.
School Resource Officer Sean Julian says he and Chip are so appreciative of the students' efforts. They did a special assembly and demonstration for the class in celebration.
Conway Schools has named its District Teacher of the Year for 2017.
Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry surprised Anita Cegers-Coleman, Keyboarding Teacher at Ruth Doyle Middle School, in her classroom this morning with balloons and cookies.
Cegers-Coleman is finishing up her 21st year of teaching, and has been teaching at Ruth Doyle Middle School for the last three years. She has also taught at Conway Junior High School and Bob Courtway Middle School.
Ruth Doyle Principal Debi Avra says Cegers-Coleman is an asset to their faculty in many ways.
""Mrs. CC" as she is affectionately known to both our students and staff, gives tirelessly to her students and our school," says Avra. "Whether it's working with students during lunchtime to catch them up in keyboarding or cheering them on from the sidelines at games, her presence and extra efforts are noted. She is not afraid to accept challenges and enthusiastically models a "we can do it" attitude! She is a blessing to our RDMS family."
Before being chosen as the District Teacher of the Year, Cegers-Coleman was chosen to represent Ruth Doyle Middle School as Teacher of the Year for their school.
Other Teachers of the Year for Conway Schools are as follows:
Adult Education- Larry Mahar
Sallie Cone Preschool- Jennifer Rappold-Moreno
Ellen Smith Elementary- Jennifer Fason
Florence Mattison Elementary- Matthew Coatney
Ida Burns Elementary- Sharon Cone
Marguerite Vann Elementary- Lisa Ortega
Julia Lee Moore Elementary- Sheila Jeffries
Jim Stone Elementary- Molly Loop
Carolyn Lewis Elementary- Jamie Fisher
Theodore Jones Elementary- Lindsey Jones
Woodrow Cummins Elementary- Ashley Silliman
Bob Courtway Middle School- Jana Irvin
Carl Stuart Middle School- Ashleigh Castles
Simon Middle School- Jennifer Shelton
Conway Junior High- Kathy Adams
Conway High School- Lizzie Wells
Cegers-Coleman says she is very thankful, humbled, and excited to win the honor for the Conway School District this year.
She will now go on to represent Conway Schools in the State of Arkansas' Teacher of the Year competition.
Conway High School Foods and Nutrition Students were invited to meet with Representative Warwick Sabin at the Innovation Hub of Arkansas in North Little Rock this week.
Mr. Sabin serves in the Arkansas House of Representatives and is the Sponsor of House bill 1979, dealing with Food Waste.
Students were invited to discuss the findings of a Food Waste Study they completed this semester.
Students not only met with Rep. Sabin, but several leaders in the state in their respective fields regarding Food Insecurity and Food Waste.
Teacher Leslee Tell says the students had a wonderful experience.
"We had no idea when we arrived why all the people were there," says Tell. "But they came to listen to my students, and hear their data and their ideas. They were so impressed with them."
4th grade students from Julia Lee Moore attended their first Career Fair, hosted by school counselors and members of the community from all different career areas.
Students visited stations where community leaders shared information about their careers.
They heard from a modeling agent/producer, police officer, basketball coach, Air Force pilot, musician, and real estate agent among others.
Students were able to see some of their equipment and ask questions.
"I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up yet," said student Aaliyah M.
"This gave the students an opportunity to hear about a career they might not be familiar with," said Bridget Maxell, literacy teacher. "We're so thankful for those who came to speak to us!"
This school year Marguerite Vann Elementary launched the very first Distinguished Gentleman’s Club.
The nearly 120 program participants were recently recognized for their commitment to making good choices, being school leaders, and working hard to be successful in the classroom.
The awards ceremony was sponsored by Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier and each student received a special lapel pin.
“We enjoy supporting the local schools and are excited to be a part of this prestigious program.” said co-owner Erik Sward.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s club is an empowerment program which uses a variety of character and leadership methods holistically integrated to change students’ attitudes toward learning and inspire them to set attainable goals as they strive toward their personal hopes & dreams.
Through this program male students in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th have the opportunity to participate in leadership building activities and engage in conversations about having strong values and character.
Each month they also take part in Dress for Success Day; a day when they get to wear professional clothing and ties to school.
The club is led by Principal Bobby Walker with support from staff mentors and school Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students).
“Research has shown us that when students look good and feel good; they excel in the classroom. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Club is a tool we are using to teach social responsibility and to build future leaders.” said Principal Bobby Walker.
During the awards program several students shared why they liked being in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Club.
“I like when we get to dress up. It makes me feel important; like I am the president!” said third grader Kaden F.
“In the Distinguished Gentleman’s Club we learned how to do a firm handshake and we learned how to open doors for other people because that’s what gentlemen do.” said fourth grader Ben O.
The motto of Marguerite Vann Elementary’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Club is Building leadership, values and academics in young men and they are looking forward to doing it for many years to come.
Conway Public Schools is pleased to announce seven of our schools have received funds from the Arkansas School Recognition Program this year.
The Conway Chamber of Commerce and local legislators recognized this accomplishment with a check presentation yesterday.
Woodrow Cummins Elementary School, Carolyn Lewis Elementary School, Ellen Smith Elementary School, Jim Stone Elementary School, Ruth Doyle Middle School, Simon Middle School, and Conway High School received funds from the state as part of the recognition program this year.
The Arkansas School Recognition Program provides financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance and high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rate comparisons for secondary schools.
These funds must be used for the following purposes: nonrecurring bonuses to the faculty and staff; nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance; or temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance. Each school has discretion on how the funds are spent in these areas.
Registration is now OPEN for returning students for the 2016-17 school year. If your child will be attending Conway Public Schools next year, you need to go online here to register him/her in order to reserve a spot at your zoned building. This process requires your CPSD login and password. This information has been emailed to you if you need a reminder. If you still need your login and password, please call your child's school.
Please save this login/password as it is also used for our Conway Schools Mobile App and the Home Access Center. It's a good idea to go ahead and login to the app while you have the login/password right in front of you, so it will be ready to go when you need it this Summer. You will want to make sure you are subscribed to the calendar and notifications for your child's school, as well as using the student information on our mobile app, as it will provide you all the important details you need for Back to School, including seeing your child’s schedule and teacher information. Helpful hints for our Conway Schools Mobile App can be found on our website here.
Conway High School's FCCLA students visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art recently.
The FCCLA Sponsors received a grant from the Pat Walker Foundation to cover all the cost related to the trip.
"It was amazing to watch my students view these paintings, says Leslee Tell, one of the group's sponsors. "They seemed to become totally captivated with each one."
Tell's Family and Consumer Science students have a few more outings planned before the end of the school year, including a trip to the state capitol.
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