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.
2012 SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS TO BE DESTROYED
On January 14, 2019, the Conway Public School District will destroy Special Education records of students who graduated, moved or were dismissed from Special Education services in the district between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. This process is carried out in compliance with federal and state laws. Students, parents and/or guardians may obtain any data from folders prior to January 14, 2018, by calling the Special Education office at (501) 450-6634, extension 221.
Conway Schools is improving school-to-home communication by implementing "Peachjar" to distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.
Beginning January 8th, parents will receive a once-a-week email containing all district-approved flyers right to their inbox.
"Several years ago we began "going green" and eliminating paper flyers going home in backpacks," says Heather Kendrick, Communication Specialist for the Conway School District. "But we still want to ensure that parents can stay informed about important district and community activities that enhance their child's life. Peachjar allows this to happen."
Digital flyers will be sent directly to parents who see them as visually engaging images right on their smartphone or computer screen.
Additionally, all flyers will be still be posted to each school’s website. (Just look for the "Peachjar" button.)
Parents will be able to click to register their children for participating youth sports, enrichment programs, and district/community events.
Parents who do not wish to receive the "Peachjar" emails may unsubscribe at any time.
Our District Teacher of the Year A.J. Spiridigliozzi got quite a surprise in his 6th period class last week!
The folks from Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger came and presented "Mr. S" with a $1,000 gift card!
Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger have teamed up to honor Teachers of the Year in 7 school districts in Central Arkansas as part of their "Big Hearts, mini cans" program.
"Teachers invest in our community each day through their work," says Devin Dunnaway, Director of Retail Sales for Coca-Cola Consolidated, "Our Big Hearts, Mini Cans Program gives us the opportunity to invest back in them. We like to say that our cans might be mini, but our appreciation for our local educators is enormous."
Besides this fun surprise to Mr. S, the teachers of the year from our other 15 schools will also receive $500 to "refresh" their classrooms at an upcoming "Stars in Education" event.
The event will take place at the Clinton Presidential Center on November 10th and will celebrate 150 deserving local educators.
Guests will enjoy live music, a catered dinner, and a ceremony honoring teachers' work to support families throughout Central Arkansas.
THANK YOU to these generous community partners for investing in our teachers!
Congratulations to Carolyn Lewis Elementary School- winner of the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year- Best Community Collaborative Garden Award.
As the winner, they receive $500 to help with their farm-to-school efforts.
“School gardens bring agriculture, our state’s largest industry, to life for Arkansas students,” said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “Congratulations to the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year awardees. We are honored to continue this program another year and support school garden initiatives across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible.”
The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit of Arkansas started the contest in 2014 to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Any Arkansas school, grades pre-K-12, with a working school garden during the 2017-2018 school year, or a startup proposal for the 2018-2019 school year was eligible to apply.
“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we believe it’s important to support local food system initiatives such as the Arkansas Grown School Garden Program,” said Farm Credit Midsouth President and CEO, James McJunkins, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas. “Local food projects like this are a great way to educate the next generation and the public about food production and agriculture.”
CHS Senior Elizabeth Ablondi has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ablondi, one of about 34,000 students nationwide to be recognized for her academic promise with this honor, placed among the top 50,000 scorers on the 2017 PSAT. More than 1.6 million students took the test.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes these commended students in an effort to broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential...” says a National Merit Corporation Spokesman, “...these students are vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”
Ablondi’s class schedule this year includes all Advanced Placement classes except for her athletic period. She is a member of the CHS Dance team.
Conway High School Principal Buck Bing says Ablondi is an outstanding representative of the Class of 2019.
“We are all extremely proud of the accomplishments of Ms. Elizabeth Anne Ablondi,” says Bing. “She takes her academic achievement very seriously, and is still committed to contributing and making the extracurricular activities she’s involved in one of the state’s best. Ms. Ablondi is one of those students who no matter the day or time is always seen with a smile on her face and exhibiting a great attitude and effort.”
Conway High School's Food and Nutrition Instructor will be bringing her students some new Food Safety curriculum this year, after being chosen for some prestigious training at the FDA in Washington D.C. this Summer.
Leslee Ann Tell, a teacher at Conway High School, was one of 32 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.
The training is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train U.S. teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms nationwide.
The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them.
Mrs. Tell says she will incorporate the training into all her Food Safety classes, as well as conducting workshops for her colleagues around the state.
The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science.
Participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts.
Teachers also receive nutrition education material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.
“Many teenage students have jobs in the food service industry or have food preparation responsibilities at home,” said Louise Dickerson, FDA’s Project Manager for the Professional Development Program in Food Science. “This program will better educate them about the importance of handling food safely and why precautions must be taken. From FDA’s perspective, our professional development program for teachers is an effective way to support the goal of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in this country.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year.
During the training, teacher participants learned firsthand about the development and spread of foodborne illnesses; the vulnerability of at-risk populations; and the science behind safe food handling, storage, and preparation. Teachers also learned how to better use the Nutrition Facts label to assess the nutritional value of foods. In addition, the teachers talked with scientists from FDA and conducted laboratory experiments to further increase their understanding of food science.
Among the topics covered, teachers investigated how a single bacteria cell can multiply to millions in just a few hours, and they observed how different temperatures (heating, room temperature, chilling, and freezing) affect the growth of bacteria. The teachers explored these concepts by putting their culinary skills to the test. After cooking hamburgers to various temperatures, the teachers tested them for bacteria and other organisms that cause disease.
The Conway Schools Mass Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday October 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Conway High School Cafeteria. This is for Conway Public Schools' students and staff only.
Consents will be available that evening or if interested you can pick one up at your child’s school. If applicable, the consents will ask for insurance information so please have that available that evening.
You can also register your child at the link below link if you register before October 3rd. Please print your form at the end of your registration and bring to the clinic.
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