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"We will be a school/district with an unrelenting focus on learning. All students are expected to succeed; failure is not an option."
Ashdown Schools views its contact and communication with parents and community as one of its foremost responsibilities and has established its district website for that express purpose.
Located at www.ashdownschools.org, the Ashdown School District website offers just about any information a visitor would be seeking -- campus and faculty contact information, lunch menus and pay systems, school calendar and events, even a recorded version of the AHS Alma Mater and Fight Song played by the AHS Purple Pride band!
Campus and district news, both archives and the most up-to-date, can be found on the website, along with all state-required documentation including board meeting minutes, personnel policies, ACSIP plans, and Average Yearly Progress reports, plus more.
Ashdown School District subscribes to School Success for Parents and posts both Elementary and Secondary School Success Ideas for Parents on its homepage.These posts are updated daily and include Idea of the Day, Timely Topics, Ask the Experts, Weekly Quiz, and School Success Library.In the same area of the homepage, viewers can also find Today's Tip for Parents in both elementary and secondary versions.
Ashdown School District encourages all parents and other involved community members to use the district website as their go-to-site location for school-related information and to be always informed where our school children are concerned.A copy of the district handbook, in full, can also be located on the website by clicking "Parents & Students" on the menu bar.
The NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) recently recognized Ashdown Public Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Ashdown Public School joins 376 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2014.
Over 2000 music programs submitted surveys that asked detailed questions about what each campus offered to their K-12 students. Donna Gabbard, Ashdown’s K-3 Elementary Music instructor, answered a series of detailed questions about the opportunities for music education K-12. "All Ashdown K-5 students attend General Music classes for one hour a week, and the junior high and senior high students (grades 6-12) are also given the opportunity to participate in either Vocal or Instrumental Music Education," she wrote.
In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
Mrs. Gabbard wrote an essay praising the involvement and attendance of her students and their parents for each first through third program that she has the opportunity to work with. She commented that these same students and parents often continue their community support for the upper elementary music programs and for the junior high and high school band performances throughout the school year.
Other educators in the district verifying this support include Annette Epperson, vocal/music teacher of grades 4-12, and band directors Josh Jackson and Chelsa Keathley. Additional credit should be given to Mark Pounds, Ashdown High School band director for 18 years and now AHS assistant principal.
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