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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."
Congratulations to the Ashdown High School 2015 Arkansas State 4A Girls Track and Field State Champions.
Pictured (l-r) are Taylor Grimes, Lakendra Radford, Jada Fricks, Kaylie Vanarsdall, Kayley Miller, Aleesia Washington, Kennedy Cook , Coach James Welchel, Jaylonia Cook, Brittany Harris, Mychelle Crussell, and Jade Kendrick.
The 2015-2016 school year for the Ashdown School District has started and “We ‘ARE’ Ashdown” will be the theme for the school year. We are Ashdown and we are proud!
During the 2015 summer, changes were made to our elementary/intermediate schools. Kindergarten through second grade is now Ashdown Elementary and classrooms are located in the Margaret Daniel Building. Support staff has classrooms in the C.D. Franks Building. Teresa Wake is the principal on that campus. Third grade has moved to the L.F. Henderson Building where Keith Fricks is principal. Fourth and Fifth grade students are still located on that campus. James Jones is principal at Ashdown Junior High School and sixth through eighth graders attend classes there. Kay York now serves as Principal at Ashdown High School after serving as principal at Margaret Daniel Primary for 15 years (26 years in the district).
Every campus of the Ashdown School District is the place to be for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Ashdown School District invited local, county and state police, emergency workers, district administrators and staff to discuss current and future district safety. Superintendent, Jason Sanders called the meeting so that all necessary personnel would be as informed as possible in case of an emergency and to plan for the future. He stated that students must be safe in order to learn and our staff must be trained in order to provide that.
Dean Lillard, District Maintenance Supervisor, presented those in attendance a copy of the district safety and emergency plan and explained district protocol in case staff/district needed to have a crisis response.
Each principal presented their campus safety and emergency plans and handed out copies to law enforcement officers.
Mr. Sanders and David Billingsley, District Technology Coordinator explained the new RAVE Security System that was implemented according to state requirements on September 1st. Staff can download the app and when one of five buttons (Active Shooter, Fire, Medical, Police, or 911/Other) is pushed, the necessary emergency and district personnel are notified. This system will cut down on response time and automatically pinpoint where emergency personnel should go.
There was open discussion about the Magnetic Door Locks currently in use at every campus to ensure that only those entering the buildings are safe to enter, as well as future options that could be implemented to ensure the safety of students. Those in attendance agreed this was a great starting point for open and unified communication.
As the AHS juniors and seniors began the 2015-2016 school year, they were challenged by motivational speaker, Paul Vitale to “Make Today Count”. They were also given the message that people are always watching, whether you are doing good or bad. So, what opinions are they forming about you?
Other points he made were:
Nothing is owed to you! You have to do the WORK to get what you want!
Ashdown High School consists of those who occupy space and those who
bring it to life. Be task-oriented, but people focused.
They were given five simple ideas to accomplish these tasks:
1. Dare to dream courageously
2. Establish a course of action
3. Empower others to imagine
4. Unite a common bond
5. Be resilient like none other
Congratulations to the following Ashdown students who competed at the Little River County Fair this year and were reserve or grand champion winners.
Reserve champion goat- Madison Kidd
Grand market hog-Lyndon Youngblood