Hundreds of young faces lined the street in front of their school early Thursday afternoon, waving American flags in support of a local firefighter.
The Marguerite Vann Elementary Students wanted firefighters to know they support their work and they love our country, school leaders say.
The "flagline" was designed to honor Conway Fire Department Engineer Wayne Hartness who recently lost his battle with cancer.
When the staff at Vann Elementary heard the Hartness funeral processional would be passing by their building on Salem Road, administrators & teachers quickly devised a plan for a special salute to the family.
All of Vann's students joined together to line the sidewalk with American flags and signs in support of Hartness' family, and all of the Arkansas fireman that were represented.
This is just the beginning of a special “We Love America!” celebration that will begin at the school next week. The students will be learning about honor, the flag, the Constitution and events of 9/11. There will be a culminating program on Friday September 18th with the UCA Color Guard and local elected officials.
Ten Conway High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists today in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Timothy Ablondi, Zachary Arnold, Samuel Cloyd, David Desrochers, Allison Dombek, Jennie (Rachel) Lance, Juan Melendez, Matthew Sweere, Joshua Vines, and Bradley Wickliffe are our 2016 National Merit Semifinalists.
"We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments,” says Conway High School Principal Joel Linn. “Having such a high number of Conway students earn National Merit status is a direct reflection of our great student body, teachers, and community support we have in our school district. You can expect to see great things from these students in the future."
These ten students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars. The semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to go on to become a finalist. 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, with half of the finalists winning a merit scholarship.
Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry says these students represent Conway Schools well.
"Our school district continues to produce exceptional scholars who distinguish themselves through accomplishments such as these.” Murry said. "Their recognition is a testament to the incredible work that our teachers, administrators, and staff do each day to prepare our students for their next step in life. All of us are very proud of them.”
The students qualified for this distinction by taking the Preliminary SAT /National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and scoring in the top one percent of the nation. The number of semi-finalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This year there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the nation.
As part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Conway High School will be participating in the American Public Education Foundation’s “Oh Say Can You Sing” Project this Friday at noon. Students across the nation will simultaneously be singing the national anthem. Our students are encouraged to dress in red, white, and blue on Friday to show the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Key Club is sponsoring this event to provide a positive, helpful way for people to remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and honor those that rose to serve in response to the attacks. The band will play and ROTC will present the colors.
GT Students at Ellen Smith Elementary School are using different tools and technology to challenge their thinking.
Some students work on the "OSMO" system, which outfits the ipad with educational games. The purchase of the "OSMO" also provides letter tiles and Tangram manipulatives, which GT Teachers use to enforce special recognition and higher level thinking skills like problem solving and critical thinking.
Matt loves it...saying, “I used the shapes to make a bunny. The hand at the bottom told me what to do. It was a lot of fun.”
The OSMO also comes with activities for word work, and an engineering type function where you have to use ordinary items to get balls from one spot to another for points. You can use things like scissors, ink pens, rubber bands, or even paper clips or your hands to get the balls where they need to be.
Carolyn Lewis' Art Teacher found some true inspiration this summer as she traveled around the world to make one of her life-long dreams come true!
Connie Willis took a two-week trip to Italy with one of her friends, where she saw many different of works of art.
" This was a “bucketlist” item for both of us and it lived up to every expectation," said Ms. Willis.
She says she was so inspired while traveling and visiting ancient towns and seeing world renowned pieces of art like “David.”
She was moved at how someone so long ago could create something so beautiful that even centuries later people are able to appreciate it.
"This was a moment of awakening for me...I feel compelled to bring this mindset back to the students at CLE," Willis said. "I want my students to learn not only the basic concepts of art but, more importantly, I want to foster the spirit of creativity and help inspire the children who may see this as a true interest for their lives."
Ida Burns 4th graders are working hard on their reading and writing...but it sure looks a little different than it used to!
Karla Walter's Reading classes at Ida Burns are all using Google Classroom for many of their daily activities.
Each day, students complete their journal and their reading logs digitally on Chrome Books.
The students love it and Mrs. Walter has instance access to all their entries!
I’m trying to get my students ready for the upper grades and life by using technology where I can. Goggle Classroom is a good way for me to keep track of the volume of reading and what they are thinking about when reading. "
The CHS Forensic and Debate Club will sponsor a brand new pageant this fall, and crown a "Miss Wampus Cat" for 2015.
The pageant is open to girls in K-12, attending Conway Public Schools. There will be divisions for all ages, with the breakdown as follows:
Miss Wampus Cat (10th-12th), Junior Miss Wampus Cat (8th-9th), Teen Miss Wampus Cat (6th-7th), Little Miss Wampus Cat (4th-5th), Petite Miss Wampus Cat (2nd-3rd), and Tiny Miss Wampus Cat (K-1st).
Each age division will crown a Queen, 1st-4th place runner-up, and Miss Photogenic. Entry fee is $30.00 and the deadline to enter is September 23rd.
The Miss Wampus Cat Pageant will be held Saturday September 26th at 5:00 pm at the James Clark Auditorium.
For more information, or to obtain an entry form, e-mail Casey Griffith at email@example.com
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