Parkview Debaters Win Arkansas Student Congress

 

Parkview Debaters placed first at the Arkansas Student Congress held at the Arkansas State Capitol November 9-11th.  The annual event is sponsored by the Arkansas State Communication and Theatre Association and features high school and college students debating student-authored legislation.  The team placed first in both houses and racked up 251 points to be named Best Overall Delegation.  Har-Ber High School of Springdale was second with 228 points and Bentonville was third at 224.

Sean Anderson (12th) received the coveted Mary Ingalls Award for outstanding use of Parliamentary Procedure, while Hannah Burdette  (12th)  was named Best Delegate.  Josie Efird (12th) received the Best of Delegation Award and was elected House Clerk.  Jordan Borst (12) was a Superior Medalist in all categories as were Anderson, Efird and Burdette.  Melissa Vachon (12th) and Delaney Robertson (10th) both received two Superior Medals and two Medals of Excellence.  Andres Rodriguez (11th) was named Outstanding Senate Page while Michelle O’Neil took the Outstanding House Page Award.  The team brought home 24 medals and seven trophies.  This marks the 16th time in the past 25 years that Parkview has placed first at this state-wide event. 

Parkview coach, Patricia G. Treadway, learned at the event that an award bearing her name has been endowed by the Association.  Sam Kauffman, local attorney and Parkview graduate from the class of 2002, joined by former teammates:  Adam Baldwin, Rosie Valdez, Colton Gilbert,  and Michael Tate made the presentation.  In the future, the Patricia G. Treadway Award will be bestowed to the highest scoring student senator. 

Front row from left to right: Delaney Robertson, Melissa Vachon, Josie Efird; Second row: Michelle O'Neal, Hannah Burdette, Sean Anderson, Andres Rodriguez

LRSD Security Officer Teams with Music Co. to Help Students

When Little Rock School District Safety and Security Officer Chad Henson signed on at Jefferson Elementary School, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of students. Recalling his love for music and the role it played in helping him during his formative years, he decided that he wanted to help Jefferson students develop that same passion. There was one problem - the students, to whom he wanted to introduce music, didn't have instruments, nor did they have the means to acquire them. Henson contacted the non-profit organization Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME) for help.

The request aligned perfectly with APME's mission - to provide scholarships and to enhance reading, language and mathematical skills and other learning experiences" for students through music. The non-profit assisted another aspiring music student at Jefferson in acquiring a violin and music lessons in 2012.

Through its significant contacts in the community, APME developed a plan with partner Saied Music Company in North Little Rock.   In business since 1946, Saied's manager says it was a natural partnership and a win-win for his company, APME and the students at Jefferson.

"We've been a strong advocate for music in schools for many years," said Saied manager Pat Bowles. "Our company believes that music education is important - it helps students with their core curriculum, including improving math and literacy scores - really in all aspects of life."

"We are thankful to Mr. Bowles and Saied Music Company for allowing the students to use the instruments free of charge. We are equally excited that our Safety and Security Officer, Mr. Henson, has volunteered to teach the students music lessons," said Principal Roberta Mannon. "It demonstrates that while all of our employees may not be assigned to our campus as educators, they understand that the role of teaching and mentoring goes well beyond the classroom."

LRSD CFO Kelsey Bailey Honored as CFO of the Year Finalist

Colleagues of LRSD CFO Kelsey Bailey joined other well-wishers during his recognition as a finalist for CFO of the Year. Bailey was among an elite group of top financial managers honored by Arkansas Business Publishing Group recently  at the Embassy Suites Hotel. We're proud of you, Mr. Bailey. And, yes, You are Our CFO of the Year!!!!!

Click here to read Mr. Bailey's article published by Arkansas Business.

Important Flu Clinic Update - Updated Nov 4th, 2014

Click here for the UPDATED Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español).

Due to a delay in flu vaccine shipment that will temporarily decrease the amount of vaccine available to the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is rescheduling several high school flu immunization clinics. This will allow ADH to make flu vaccine available to elementary-aged children who are key transmitters of influenza in the community. In addition, it will allow ADH to provide flu vaccine to more people who are at highest risk for severe flu illness. These high risk people include pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma. The high school flu immunization clinics will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, ADH encourages all people over the age of 6 months to get immunized against the flu. Flu vaccine is already available through many other health care providers, including pharmacies around the state.

Bale GT Specialist Named STEM Champion

Creativity and energy that’s what  Little Rock School District Gifted and Talented Specialist Jennifer Thomas brings to the classroom when inspiring her students at Bale Elementary to appreciate STEM education; and for her efforts she was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2014 ISEA STEM Champion Award.
 
This award honors public and private elementary, middle, high school teachers who have served as champions for integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in their school and/or community. The STEM-Champion Award serves as a standard of excellence for individuals who promote integrating STEM with other core subject areas. Each year, the International STEM Education Association seeks out individuals who have implemented STEM programs, provided professional development, encouraged others, and have been instrumental in supporting integrated STEM education.
 
Thomas, who serves students grades K-5, worked to convert a classroom at her school into a STEM lab where she taught STEM lessons. She has also collaborated with other educational professionals to secure grants to help fund STEM-focused curriculum at Bale. In addition, she created lessons for Bale’s afterschool program and delivered professional development about STEM to her colleagues.
 
To be named a STEM-Champion Award recipient is to join an elite group of educational innovators. All recipients of this award share an important quality - they have taken direct action to champion STEM education that impacts all students in the classroom.
 

Dedicated Long-time Parkview Employee Honored By Former Student

Story contributed by Judith Murray, Parkview

He is considered a “Parkview treasure,” and can be seen in the school halls every day, always smiling, always greeting students and staff. He has worked for the district for 47 years – 42 of them for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School.

Mr. Otis Brown is often the subject of affection of the staff and students. Graduation speeches have been written about him – and Brown is considered by all who know him to be living proof that “attitude is everything.”

On October 24, Hezekiah Kilpatrick of the class of 1984 presented Brown with a plaque for his years of dedication and service. Thirty years after high school ended, the class of 1984 still has not forgotten Brown and the indelible mark he had made on their lives and their character.

Brown smiled as he received the glass etched award.

“Oh, for me? Oh, thank you. Thank you so much!” he exclaimed, clutching the award to his chest.

Brown began his career at Booker in 1967 before transferring to Parkview. 

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to all of our National School Lunch Week Coloring Contest winners!

1st place (70 votes): Bhavana Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

2nd place (33 votes): Savannah Jenkins, Williams Magnet Elementary

3rd place (29 votes): Siddharath Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness Cancelled

Please be advised that the 5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness, scheduled for November 1, has been cancelled. 

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