Ashdown FFAers on the Go

Members of Ashdown High Schools FFA chapter have had a busy spring and are gearing up for a busy fall. Most recently in their activities was the 85th Arkansas State FFA Convention held at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs on June 6-8, where AHS FFA chapter president Cameron Imler received his State Farmer Degree and Madison Woodruff was named chapter delegate. Other AHS members attending the convention were Hailey Freeman, Kristi Houck, Alexis Houck, Charles Swilley, and Madison Kidd.

Earlier in the spring the AHS FFA chapter raised funds for the convention by raffling a whole hog, cut and wrapped. On May 1, Christy Kirby from Texarkana was drawn as the winner. The hog was donated by Dennis and Katherine Guidry and processed by Center Point High School Meats Lab.

 

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MDP Educational Foundation Awards Grants

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The Margaret Daniel Primary School Educational Foundation recently awarded five grants to several teachers at MDP in Ashdown for the upcoming school year.  These grants bring the total of monies granted to the school’s educational programs since the Foundation’s inception in 2005 to well over $50,000.  The goal of the MDP Educational Foundation has always been to “support worthy educational projects that enhance the education of the K-1 students of Margaret Daniel Primary School.”  The work of the MDP Foundation is supported through donations.


First grade teacher Donna Green was awarded a $2000 grant for Reading Connection, which will deliver books throughout the summer to students to help maintain their reading levels.  Pictured are (l to r) Foundation Board members Darren Thomas, Kari Harger, Green, Beth Provence, Brenda Tate, and Thad Bishop.

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L.F. Henderson Olympics

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It’s the good ol’ summertime for students in Ashdown and surrounding schools! But before the students were released to enjoy their vacations as they pleased, students and teachers alike celebrated the end of “the tests” and kicked up their heels a little bit.
Kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed MDP Safety Day on May 18, and 2nd-3rd graders exerted lots of energy the same day during CDF Field Day.  Fourth and fifth grade teams at LFH competed in true Olympic style for their annual Olympics Day on May 4, and Ashdown Junior High sixth, seventh, and eighth graders could earn their way to a fun-filled free day on May 18 at Beard’s Bluff Overlook on Millwood Lake for good behavior throughout the year.
It is safe to say “a good time was had by all,” and a much anticipated summer break is ahead!

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Safety/Field Day at MDP & CDF

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Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch and Police Detective Zane Butler talk to first graders about Gun Safety at the MDP Safety Day on May 18.  Area volunteers led twelve stations during the day’s events to help the children learn about safe behavior and protection from harm.

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Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship

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The Ashdown Gammu Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presented its annual educational scholarship to Ashdown High School senior Lauren Harvey.  The $250 scholarship is given each year by the local DKG chapter to a senior girl who is going into the field of education in college.  Lauren will be attending Texas A&M University-Texarkana to study … Read more

Ashdown Public Schools Honors Their Volunteers

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Ashdown schools recognized and thanked the many volunteers who have donated selfless hours of valuable service to the students and their teachers during this year with Appreciation Receptions on their campuses.
Margaret Daniel Primary School was the first to honor their valued volunteers with a reception on April 26.  Ashdown Junior High followed by showing their appreciation for their volunteers on May 4; L. F. Henderson Intermediate School hosted an Appreciation Tea for their volunteers on May 18; and C. D. Franks honored their volunteers with a muffin breakfast on Thursday, May 24.
The Ashdown School District expresses many thanks to the parents, grandparents and community members who give freely of their time and energies to serve the children, schools and educational services of the district.  These individuals truly make a difference in the lives of many, both in the present and for the future.

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Area Art Students Win at Whistlestop Youth Art Show

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Twenty art students from area schools won ribbons and prize money at the 2012 Whistlestop Youth Art Show sponsored by the Little River Arts Council on May 11-12 in Ashdown as part of its mission to “advance art in the community and school system.”

Winning Best of Show was Notoreauna Nelson with her painting entitled “Western Valley.”  Notoreauna completed her work under the instruction of Mrs. Katrina Williamson at Ashdown New Traditions School.

 

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Junior Achievement

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What is the cost efficiency of making your own quesadillas?  This is the hands-on lesson that Junior Achievement volunteer Karen Steed is making real for the sixth graders in Mrs. Kim Miller’s 7th period social studies class, even though the students down the hall just thought that something smelled really delicious!

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AHS Student is Runner Up in Downey Cover Art Contest

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Picture:  Ashdown High School junior Emma Thomas shows off her letter of recognition and $250 gift card from Downey Publishing for winning Runner-Up honors in their 2012-13 Cover Art Contest.  Her winning artwork can be seen on the inside back cover of the 2012-13 Downey Texarkana Metro Phone Book.  Thomas is an art student of Becky Edmisten at AHS and the daughter of Darren and Audrey Thomas.

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Students Recognize LFH Mentors for This Year

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Fourth grade teacher Margaret Macon leads her Sophisticated Young Ladies in singing “I Believe I Can Fly” to salute the volunteer mentors who attended the Appreciation Tea at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School on May 16.  SYL is a program for fourth grade girls at LFH that emphasizes good conduct, high ethics, proper manners and always doing your best.

 

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Young Ladies Tea

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Mrs. Tami Cross believes every young lady should know how to socialize . . . and use proper etiquette, of course!  Mrs. Cross, a paraprofessional who operates the Brain Arcade at Margaret Daniel Primary School, gave the first grade young ladies pointers on how to sit properly, sip their punch, and eat their refreshments without getting crumbs … Read more

ALE Community Appreciation Luncheon/Book Signing

The students and staff at Ashdown New Tradition ALE School will host a Community Appreciation Luncheon/Book Signing on May 25, from 10:00 to 12:00, on the school’s campus at 751 Rankin St. in Ashdown.  During this time you will have an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of The Cover Up Is Worse Than the Lie … Read more

AHS Beta Club Induction

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  The Ashdown High School Beta Club initiated one of its largest memberships in years at an induction ceremony April 19 in the AHS library.  A large crowd of parents and friends watched as 35 high school students took the Beta Club Pledge to “make right the master of might” and to “cultivate in life and conduct … Read more

State Solo & Ensemble Winners

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  Six members of the Ashdown Purple Pride Band traveled to Dover, Arkansas to compete in State Solo and Ensemble as a “sextet ensemble” and received a first division rating. Members of the sextet are Zane Lovell, Alan Burns, Laura Embry, Samantha Tompkins, Abby Parker, and Rachel Pounds.  The sextet also performed this piece at … Read more

Return of Student Medications

  The School Nurses of Ashdown School District have announced arrangements for the return of student medications housed in the campus offices.  Medications held in the school offices of Margaret Daniel Primary, C. D. Franks Elementary, and L. F. Henderson Intermediate schools will not be sent home with students, and parents are asked to pick … Read more

C.D. Franks Science & Social Studies Night

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Students at C. D. Franks invited their parents to Science & Social Studies Night on April 30 to get a sampling of the curriculum they are studying in those areas.


Visiting scientist Chad Freeman explained to students and parents about electro-magnetic energy and scientific measurements.

 

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TRACH visits MDP

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Independent Teaching Artist Louise Halsey, expert weaver and fiber artist, was brought to the first grade classrooms of Margaret Daniel Primary School as part of the ArtSmart Institute, in partnership with Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC).  Halsey used a variety of fabric strips and simple frame looms to let each student experience the joy of creating a hand-made weaving.  The goal of Halsey’s instruction was to help the students explore and enjoy the art elements of color, texture and shape.  Halsey is also an Arkansas Arts Council Roster Artist. ArtsSmart’s mission is “to grow educational excellence through the arts.”

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Ashdown School District to Honor Six Retirees with Reception



 

The public is invited to share in honoring six retirees from the Ashdown School District at a reception on Thursday, May 10, from 4:00-5:00 on the Little River County Courthouse lawn. Retirees to be honored include four teachers (Frances Hamburg, Nancy Stuart, Cathie Aubrey, and Brenda Williams) and two employees of the ASD District Services department (Roy Burton and Richard Williams).

 

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Ashdown Scholarship Tea News

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The annual Ashdown Scholarship Tea was held on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria. Thirty-four scholarships of $ 14,575 were given to 20 Ashdown High School Seniors.

The Scholarship Committee has awarded over 100% of all donated moneys for some time due to investments. We plan to continue this trend and strive both to recognize students’ needs and to reward their hard work and high aspirations.

 

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AHS Performs Romeo & Juliet

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After waking from her drug-induced sleep, Juliet (played by Samantha Tompkins) grieves over the body of her Romeo (played by Tyler Knowles) who has committed suicide believing his Juliet is dead.  The star-crossed lovers from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were the main characters of two performances by the Ashdown High School Theatre on April 26.

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The NED Show Comes to Third Graders

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Billy instructed the third graders of C. D. Franks Elementary School in Ashdown to repeat after him in a “thunderous whisper!” And they did! The message he was delivering and they were repeating was the credo of the NED Show – Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best – or NED.

 

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MDP Honors Volunteers

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  Margaret Daniel Primary School recognized its more than 50 volunteers at an Appreciation Tea on Thursday, April 26 on the MDP campus.  Principal Kay York expressed appreciation on behalf of the entire staff to those who unselfishly serve the students in pre-kindergarten through the first grade, performing tasks ranging from tutoring, reading and interpreting to greeting … Read more

Little River Arts Council Contribution

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  The Little River Arts Council contributed $200 art grants to four art departments in the Ashdown School District.  The district art teachers who applied for and received the grants are (back row – l to r) Amy Madden of Margaret Daniel Primary and C. D. Franks Elementary, Tina Roberts and Katrina Williamson of Ashdown … Read more

AHS Skills Competition

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High School and College students from Arkansas showed off their technical, mechanical, culinary skills and more at a SkillsUSA competition held at the Hot Springs Convention Center Tuesday April 10.  Ashdown High School Skills Club sent 18 Medical Professions students to compete.  They competed in Health Kowledge Bowl, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, Promotional Bulletin Board and First Aid/CPR.

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