Conway High School Sophomore Casey Ott has been named the Wendy's Golf High School Player of the Year.
Ott, along with Wil Gibson of Jonesboro, was announced as this year's winner by the Arkansas Activities Association this week.
Ott is the second consecutive sophomore to win the award in the girl’s division. She secured this year’s title by winning the Girl’s Overall State Golf Championship with a four-over par round of 76.
Besides being the Overall State Champion, Ott is also the All Arkansas Preps Girls Golfer of the Year.
Her coach says she is an outstanding young lady who works hard playing the game.
"We are so proud of Casey. She is a complete student-athlete and deserves all the success that comes her way," says Coach Janet Taylor. "She is a great ambassador for our golf team, school, and community. And YES, she is only a sophomore!"
Three Conway High School seniors are winners of a local competition.
The students competed in Conway Corporation's Energy Smart Essay Contest.
Jeff Matthews and an entourage from Conway Corporation presented first, second, and third place trophies and prize money to the students today.
The theme for this year's contest: Powering an Energy Smart Future.
"I am so proud of these students who go above and beyond what is required of them," says Beverly Sutterfield, Conway High School History Teacher. "Their essays were very thoughtful and insightful, giving hope and promise that our future is in their hands."
Students are pictured with their sponsoring teachers, Beverly Sutterfield and Chad Terrell.
L-R: Beverly Sutterfield - teacher, Elaina Taylor - 1st place, Nicole Penn - 3rd place, Meagan Carmack - 2nd place, Chad Terrell - teacher.
Theodore Jones Kindergarteners celebrated the completion of their alphabet study with an ABC Fashion Show on Monday.
The students were assigned letters and vests were sent home as a student-parent project. With the help of their parents, students decorated their vests with pictures with the same initial sound as their assigned letter.
Monday morning, students visited other classrooms throughout the building in a letter parade.
"Our teachers and everyone in our building loved seeing all the creative vests the kids had made." said Fourth grade teacher Lindsey Jones, "We are so proud of all of our awesome kids."
The letter parade ended with students walking the runway and chanting the letter sounds.
First graders at Ida Burns Elementary School are learning about the properties of science using pumpkins!
To teach the science lesson about the properties of solids and liquids, teachers planned a special pumpkin experiment for their students. They say the students predicted and asked questions prior to and during the investigation. Then the lesson concluded with the students writing opinion pieces about their favorite part of the experiment.
"They loved seeing the pumpkin float in the bucket of water and especially LOVED seeing the pumpkin spew green goo after mixing household ingredients inside of the pumpkin!" says Lauren Heathscott, First Grade Teacher at Ida Burns. "It was so much fun to see the excitement in the student's eyes while learning."
During the lesson time, students measured, weighed, explored and carved the pumpkins.
Teachers say the students' writings about the pumpkins was some of their best work so far this year.
Pre-AP American History students recently spent a day at Hendrix College seeing different aspects of campus life and learning.
The Conway Junior High students made the most of their campus visit. They toured the campus, the library, and then students got to hear from different professors about the importance of research in their jobs as professors, and in life in general.
Students got to see the elephant skeleton in DW Reynolds, the pendulum in MC Reynolds, the Student Life Center, a Cat Colony also known as the “Cat Pit”, and classrooms and science labs Hendrix offers their students.
The library staff led students through and showed them where resources were, gave them a form to check out books, showed them how to use the catalogue to search the books and online resources, and offered to help the students personally find sources for their topics.
"The students seemed to really enjoy themselves," said Kevin DeStefano, CJHS History Teacher, "Many came away thinking about college in a new way."
Every day in the Conway School District, 3, 673 students are transported on our school buses. Bus drivers cover more than 36-hundred total miles each day with parents’ most precious cargo--their children.
This week, Conway Schools join with the State of Arkansas to promote School Bus Safety Week. But safety on buses is something that is a year-round effort.
“Safety on our school buses is a top priority,” says Ed Dow, Transportation Supervisor for Conway Public Schools. “We work year round to make sure we get all our kids to and from school safely each and every day.”
The Conway Public Schools Transportation Department works with our schools and community in several ways to promote bus safety.
Recently, “Buster the Bus” made visits to all nine Conway elementary schools. “Buster” is a robotic school bus equipped with load\unload lights, a stop sign, and crossing arm. He is interactive with the students…he can move around, open and close his eyes, wink, talk, move his eyes from side to side and most importantly, talk to students.
“Buster” is a big hit at the schools.
“We show the students how to go to and from the bus stop, how to prepare to cross the street, how to get on the bus, and how to behave on the bus,” says Dow. “We also talk about the area around the bus (the danger zone), and the areas that are safe around the bus. At the end of the presentation we take all the students and let them load and unload on a full size bus. The students get stickers that show they have gone through the presentation.”
School Administrators are thankful for the program.
“We always look forward to Buster the Bus visiting Ida Burns,” says Assistant Principal Tami Burcham. “Some of our younger students are very fearful about the big yellow school bus. When Buster comes, they get to experience the bus ride and learn important safety features that drivers might not have time to share with them.”
This is the third year of the program and it has been a great tool for the district.
Conway Public Schools also uses community awareness campaigns such as “Flashing Red, Kids Ahead” to remind drivers to stop for kids loading and unloading at bus stops.
“This is our biggest problem out on the roadways and we continue to ask drivers to watch for bus stop signs,” says Dow.
Arkansas School Bus Safety Week is October 19-23rd.
Roles will be reversed this Wednesday night as Conway High School students play a Powder Puff Football game at John McConnell Stadium.
The senior girls will battle the juniors and sophomores as the football players cheer on the sidelines.
Admission is $3 and all proceeds benefit Conway Special Olympics and Coats for Kids.
This year there will also be a powder puff "court," made up of fourth grade representatives from each elementary school, with a "king" crowned at half time.
The Powder Puff game is sponsored by the Conway High School Caring Cat Club. It begins Wednesday night at 7 pm.
Students at Ida Burns Elementary School were dressed to impress this week. They had a lot to celebrate.
"We invited all our students to take part in our first 9 weeks reading celebration by dressing up as their favorite superhero," says Assistant Principal Tami Burcham.
The celebration promotes a love for reading, championing those students who completed their reading logs for the first nine weeks.
The "Superhero" theme not only included the costumes, but also some very special guests from the Conway Police Department and Conway Fire Department.
"The students loved seeing these "real-life superheroes," says Burcham, "it was fun for them to get to learn what they do every day to keep us safe."
The "superhero" theme followed the students' learning throughout the day at Ida Burns. They performed all their tasks just like super heroes and even wrote about what name and super power they would have if they could have one.
The staff and students at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School gathered outside the school this morning to break ground on what will soon be the schools's new garden.
The garden project, funded by a Conway Public Schools' Foundation Grant, is spearheaded by CLES Instructional Facilitator Amanda Krell.
Krell wrote the grant and formed a garden committee at Carolyn Lewis, comprised of parents, students, and community members.
All were in attendance at this morning's groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony.
"The students were sitting right where the garden will soon be," said Krell. "We will start small, with just a few beds, but we have dreams of the garden getting big someday. I am so thrilled that we will be able to have this garden for all the students to have a part in."
Landowners Charles and Sue Gates were on hand for the ceremony. Principal Tina Antley, Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry, representatives from the Conway Schools Foundation and School Board, as well as Carolyn Lewis students used shovels to officially "break ground" on the garden. Mrs. Gates cut the ribbon for the special occasion.
Two fourth grade students at Julia Lee Moore are "reporting for work" each day before they report to class.
The two young men have officially been assigned to "greeting detail" at JLM, according to Principal Kenny Clark.
"They help me in the car line to make sure things run smoothly, opening car doors and helping kids get inside." says Mr. Clark.
The morning greeters have made a big difference to families at the school. Leaders say they are developing a "culture of caring," part of the school's mission statement.
"Parents have commented how it makes them smile to see these two young men learning great manners and being great role models for others" says Shannon Riner, the school's Instructional Facilitator.
Mr. Clark says parents have expressed a love for the morning greeters and an appreciation for the smooth-running drop-off line.
"They say "good morning" and tell every parent to "have a great day" each time. It leaves everyone with a smile on their faces," says Clark. "It's the small things that make a big difference."
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