Conway Teacher Nominated for the MacGregor Teaching Award
Mrs. Jennifer Barnett, a teacher at Conway Junior High School has been nominated for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year History Teacher Award.
Barnett was nominated for her outstanding teaching and work with National History Day, a project in which many Conway students participate and excel each year.
Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and high school teacher each for this award. Mrs. Barnett is the senior division nominee from Arkansas.
“Everyday, Ms. Barnett demonstrates her heart for kids through passionate attention to not only rigor, but also differentiated instruction that reaches every child,” says Conway Junior High School Principal Ben Darley. “Her skillful use of technology enhances learning for her students and also makes her a leader in our school.”
Barnett has represented Conway Junior High as their 2019 Teacher of the Year in the district this past year.
The two national winners of the MacGregor Award will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ 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.
Dr. James F. Harris sponsors the $5,000 awards, in honor of his sister, and in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.
Winners must demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.
The two national winners will be announced on #NationalHistoryDay, June 13, 2019.
“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the MacGregor Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Mrs. Barnett on her nomination.”
On April 4, Conway High School and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Hosted a Transition Fair for students with disabilities.
Over 30 area vendors participated in the areas of college transition, post-high school training opportunities, employment opportunities, community support services, and disability resources.
Carrie Tuttle, with Arkansas Transition, and Andrea Gilliam, with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services spoke to the students about preparing for Transition and exciting opportunities available for students.
Conway High School is appreciative of the support the community showed on this exciting day for our students.
Conway High School's Culinary Arts Instructor Jennifer Park has been nominated as ProStart Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
This award, for outstanding achievement in high school culinary and restaurant management education, is given to only one teacher in the state of Arkansas.
Park is now a finalist for the National Educator of Excellence Awards (NEEA) sponsored by Golden Corral.
NEEA winners are recognized either by category (Classroom Expertise, Best Practice/Knowledge Sharing and Industry Connection), where each category winner will receive $3,500, or as a finalist for the James H. Maynard Teacher of the Year Award, where one winner will receive $10,000.
“Jennifer is an outstanding teacher and goes beyond the classroom to help students succeed," said Montine McNulty, CEO of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. "Mrs. Park guides her students to work together and helps them develop the skills and attitude important for business success. She has high expectations and her students leave her class prepared for college as well as the industry.”
ProStart®, a nationwide high school program that unites classroom and industry to develop the talent of tomorrow’s workforce, reaches nearly 150,000 students in more than 1,500 high schools across 50 states. Hospitality is the 2nd largest industry in Arkansas. Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Arkansas represent 10% of employment in the state in 2019.
Jennifer Park started Conway High School's Culinary Arts program in 2012. This year 54 students are participating in ProStart.
"What excites me about the educational side of the Hospitality and Food Industry is watching my students recognize the relevance of these courses to their general education," says Park. "They are able to adapt the critical thinking skills learned in our classes to other courses, to the food industry, as well as the in the kitchen. It is a privilege to see them succeed in the kitchen, in school, and in life!”
Jennifer was selected for the award from over 10 ProStart educators across the state and will be recognized in May at the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI), where over 400 ProStart students and educators from across the country showcase their culinary and restaurant management skills in a live-action competition for over $200,000 in scholarships.
CHS Senior Verity Miller recently won 1st Place in the Creative Writing division at the Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition. Her short story, "Eloise" impressed the judges and she was awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
"The competition was extremely tough and Verity has accomplished so much being a Thea Winner," Paul Leopolis, Director of the Thea Foundation, wrote in an email to Verity and her parents, "Our judges were very impressed."
Conway High School English Teacher Debbie Hibbs says Verity's recognition is not surprising.
"Verity's enthusiasm for learning is contagious. She's a true artist, both visually and with the written word. I've observed her at Arkansas Governor's School and at Conway High School- she's naturally curious and brings genuine, positive energy to every environment."
If Verity decides to attend college in Arkansas there are matching scholarships given at all four year colleges and a few of the community colleges across the state. Several colleges outside the state also award our winners additional scholarship monies.
Thea scholarships are open to all Arkansas high school seniors from public, private, and charter schools, as well as homeschooled seniors and those seeking a GED.
The Conway High School Mock Trial team is now the State Champions after winning the Arkansas Mock Trial State Tournament.
"We have been working since October for the Mock Trial Championship," says sponsor Casey Griffith. "We competed in regional competition in Jonesboro at the beginning of March, where we qualified for the state tournament."
Their victory means they will represent Arkansas at the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Athens, Georgia this May.
Team members are:
Sidnie Thompson, Attorney
Kelli King, Witness
Brett Thompson, Witness
Lawson Points, Witness
Chloe Solis, Attorney
Maddie Meek, Timekeeper/Understudy
Jayce Pollard, Attorney
Their volunteer attorney coach is Matt Brown.
The team will now begin working on their case for the National tournament.
"We will commit all of our extra time to preparing this case... We are thrilled and look forward to representing Conway High School and the state of Arkansas on Conway High in Georgia!"
Conway High School’s Kim Raup has been named a finalist in the 2019 Computer Science Educator of the Year Award.
The five finalists were announced by the Arkansas Department of Education Monday.
This is the first year for what the department hopes will be an annual award.
"We had many well-deserving applicants; however, when the #CSforAR team carefully considered every application, the team unanimously agreed that these five educators demonstrate both a long-term and ongoing commitment to, passion for, and impact on computer science education in Arkansas and the nation," said Anthony Owen, state director of Computer Science Education and chief state STEM officer. "These educators have earned and deserve this recognition."
Raup teaches Computer Science Programming and Coding, as well as Advanced Placement Computer Science classes at Conway High School. She is also the faculty sponsor for the high school’s coding team, who won First Place in the Governor’s Coding Competition last year.
Conway High School Principal Buck Bing says Raup is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond for her students.
“There is a reason the demand for Mrs. Raup’s classes is always beyond capacity,” Bing said. “She is constantly working with and for our students to ensure their highest level of success.”
Each of the finalists will receive a $2,500 award from the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Computer Science.
A panel comprised of representatives from the ADE Computer Science Initiative Unit and external computer science and education leaders will now review the five finalists' applications and select the 2019 Computer Science Educator of the Year based on a rubric scoring system.
The winner, who will be announced at a later date, will receive an additional $12,500 award, paid registration and travel expenses to the ADE 2019 Summit, and a $1,000 sponsorship to attend the Computer Science Teachers Association's Annual Conference.
Joining Raup as finalists are Carl Frank, Computer Science Teacher, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Josefina Perez, Business/Computer Science Teacher, Springdale High School, Brenda Qualls, Computer Science Teacher, Bryant High School, and Karma Turner, Computer Science Teacher, Lake Hamilton High School.
Students in Conway High School's Culinary Arts Program brought home first and third place awards in recent competitions.
Senior students Hannah Bramlett, Gracie Childress, Triston Hollomon, Henley Masters, and Lauren Murphy placed 1st in the ProStart State Culinary Competition. The team will travel to Washington DC to compete at the National ProStart Competition in May.
The culinary competition highlights each team's creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation for a 3-course meal. Their starter was Cucumber-Wrapped Asian Slaw over Sushi Rice, Asian Aioli, Butter Poached Shrimp, Lotus Chips & Avocado. Then for the Entrée the students made Black Tea Smoked Duck with Blood Orange Agrodolce, Spicy Pickled Daikon & Asian Micro Greens. For dessert they featured a Coconut Ginger Mousse, Fresh Mango with Sesame Nougatine, Matcha Cake & Raspberry Coulis.
The Senior restaurant management team- Akiyah Ford, Jermaine Jackson, Joaniseyia Ratliff, Deja Tate, and Nicholas Tufu- placed 3rd in the state.
Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present to it to a panel of industry judges. Their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.
CHS JROTC MAINTAINS ELITE HONOR UNIT STATUS
On Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, the Conway High School (CHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program received their Accreditation Inspection from the United States Army Cadet Command’s 5th Brigade Headquarters out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The CHS JROTC scored 96.5%. A score of 95% or higher is required to earn the elite status of Honor Unit with Distinction. The inspection is a program requirement every three years. The Conway JROTC program has earned the top award at every inspection in the program’s 14 existence.
The 189 CHS cadets worked hard all this school year to prepare for the day– long program evaluation. All cadets must wear and maintain their dress uniform immaculately. They are also evaluated on their marching abilities, Color Guard precision, and curriculum knowledge. Finally, the cadet leadership must present two 45-minute briefings, the Continuous Improvement Program Briefing and the Service Learning Briefing. The Continuous Improvement Program Briefing is a presentation of how the cadets are working to improve some aspect of the CHS program. The Service Learning Briefing is a presentation on how the cadets apply their curriculum knowledge to activities in the community.
The JROTC program’s mission is “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” The CHS instructors are Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Speck, Command Sergeant Major Jennifer Broach, and First Sergeant Michael Colbert.
Zinnia Clanton, Business Manager for Conway Public Schools, has been named the 2019 Arkansas School Business Administrator of the Year.
The award was presented to Clanton during a surprise presentation at the Conway School Board meeting Tuesday night, January 8th.
“Zinnia Clanton is such a tremendous asset to our district and the students we serve,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “Her expertise in school finance is exemplary. Her work ethic is unmatched. Her integrity is unquestioned. Zinnia is so deserving of this recognition and I couldn’t be prouder for her.”
Clanton has worked as Business Manager for Conway Public Schools for the last ten years. Before coming to Conway, she worked at the Arkansas Public Schools Computer Network (APSCN) and at Arch Ford Coop.
Her peers in school business say Clanton is worthy and deserving of the award.
“I have a few school business officials from other districts that are my ‘go to’ people when there is a question or problem that comes up,” says Tina Wiley, Director of Finance for Cabot Public Schools. ”Zinnia quickly became one of those people for me when she started working in Conway.”
The AAEA (Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators) gives the annual award to an outstanding school business official each year, as a way to honor outstanding school business officials and pay tribute to Truett Goatcher, for whom the award is named. Goatcher, a long-time school business official, Arkansas Department of Education staff member, and AAEA member, was a mentor to many.
Clanton was given a standing ovation by the Conway School board, her co-workers, and many members of her family at Tuesday night’s meeting. She will also be recognized at several upcoming school business conferences this spring.
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