Springdale School District
Thank A Custodian! Jazmain Izquierdo Flores designed and applied a Kelly Knight logo on the new stained concrete floor in a J.O. Kelly hallway.
about 17 hours ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sonora Elementary School kindergarten students enjoyed learning about performing arts before watching Trike Theatre's production of Three Billy Goats Gruff through the 360 Trike-sperience. The Pre and Post show workshops and retelling materials provided teachers and students are based on research that has established using performing arts strategies in classroom content instruction improves students' language and literacy skills. "This is a beta test for possible use in all our schools," said Sonora principal Regina Stewman. "Social, emotional and literacy learning are embedded in the theatre experience. We can't do field trips this year because of the pandemic but this was a way to bring the theatre to our students in a safe way. Each student's parents will receive a 360 Trike-sperience box that has a book that is in English, Spanish and Marshallese, as well as other activities that can be done at home. This was all done through a Walmart Foundation grant given to Trike Theatre." Great partnerships are another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
about 18 hours ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE at 6:00pm Arkansas 6A Volleyball State Tournament | Har-Ber vs. Bryant https://youtu.be/oHLPrW-2xfg
about 19 hours ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Let's fight the flu this season!
2 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch live at 2:00pm the Industrial Maintenance Technology Ribbon Cutting at Don Tyson School of Innovation. https://youtu.be/IOfIqA_nm_k
2 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Attention ALL students: Our next round of ACT Boot Camp will be here before you know it! Make plans NOW to attend. Beginning November 14th, we will have Saturday sessions from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon, and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. All sessions are completely FREE and you may attend as many sessions as you are able. See the attached calendar for more details, or email Mrs. Renneker at trenneker@sdale.org.
4 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Long time Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins was honored with the Retiree Award at the 10th annual Cornerstone Event for the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation. Great leaders have helped make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don and Carol Lynn Gibson were given the Alumni Award at the 10th annual Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation Cornerstone Event. Successful alumni help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE as Har-Ber hosts Fort Smith Southside in live football action https://youtu.be/K5FDLFpzpIs
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE the battle of the Bulldogs as Springdale takes on Fayetteville https://youtu.be/8a6xxshddNU
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Long time school board member and community leader Adrian Luttrell was honored with the Patron Award at the 10th annual Springdale Public School Education Foundation Cornerstone Event. Wonderful patrons help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Millie Peters of Springdale High School has been named the Arkansas Choir Directors Association Regional High School Choir Director of the Year. Congratulations! Talented staff members help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Rachel Cornett of Lakeside has been named the Arkansas Choir Directors Association Regional Junior High Choir Director of the Year. Congratulations! Honored staff members help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don't forget parents! Flu clinics are available these dates below!
5 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
6 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
6 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Congrats to the Shelter Insurance Players of the Week! Davon Sparks from Springdale High School and Ethan Fender from Har-Ber High School.
6 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Support the SHS Baseball team with this fundraiser! See all the details below on this flyer.
6 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
PETER REYNEBEAU – SRO, George Junior High Think your life is busy? How would you like to be in college, a member of the Army National Guard, a full time police officer and recently married, all at the same time? It was a challenge but somehow Peter Reynebeau managed to handle it all at once. “I look back and am not sure, other than by the grace of God, how I did it,” says Reynebeau about his time at the University of Arkansas. “I needed 17 hours to graduate so I took all my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I worked Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the Springdale Police force. The police were great to work with me on scheduling my hours.” Also just married to Beth, who he dated as a senior at Har-Ber High School and throughout their time at the UA, when did he study for his classes? “Honestly, I can hardly remember,” Reynebeau responds. “Somehow I made it. It was certainly challenging at the time.” Reynebeau, a Springdale native who is in his second year as student resource officer at George Junior High, had not even thought about becoming a police officer when he graduated from Har-Ber and enrolled at the University of Arkansas. His original intent was to become a school psychologist or counselor. “A psychology professor turned me off to the profession and I was taking criminal justice as an elective,” Reynebeau recalls. “I liked criminal justice and made the switch. The Dallas Police Department started recruiting me but Beth and I had just become engaged so we wanted to stay here. I applied at Springdale and since I had already turned 21, they hired me. I had to sit out a semester to go to police academy, then I finished with the 17 hours.” Reynebeau may not have thought his senior year schedule was more than he could handle because of how busy he had been at Har-Ber. He joined the Army National Guard during the summer between his junior and senior years and was a member of the Har-Ber band as well. “I played and still play the trumpet,” says Reynebeau, “but since I was gone all summer at National Guard training, I lost my spot in the band. I had to earn it back. For some reason I got paired with Beth, who I had known since Central Junior High and who was a close friend of my sister’s. We practiced together, grew together and started dating. She is now a nurse at Washington Regional Hospital.” Reynebeau and his wife enjoy doing Crossfit together and their 18-month-old twins (boy and girl) sit in their strollers and watch. When the parents are finished, the kids imitate their parents by doing squats when they get home. Reynebeau also enjoys golf and plays as often as possible. Beth doesn’t play golf and rarely joins her husband after breaking his driver. “We went to play one day and Beth snapped my driver head,” Reynebeau recounts. “So, she doesn’t play anymore. I got a new driver out of it. It was probably time for a new one anyway.” Speaking of new, George Junior High was a new assignment for Reynebeau last year. Previously he had spent five years serving as an SRO at elementary schools, including George, Tyson, Harp, Elmdale, Smith, Shaw, Bayyari and Hunt. “The kids are different in junior high,” Reynebeau says. “I know many of them from elementary school. It’s fun watching them grow up. It’s great building connections with them. They will grow even more as they go to high school. “I love being part of the school culture at George Junior High. I love the staff here. La Dena Eads, the principal, is awesome. Josh (assistant principal Jenkins) is great and Cara (assistant principal Sedberry) is fantastic. It’s fun seeing the students compete at sporting events. They even let me play the trumpet for one song during each of their concerts last year.” As much as he enjoys George Junior High, how difficult was the premature end of the school year last March because of COVID? “Like most of the SROs, I went back on patrol,” Reynebeau answers. “There is a big difference between the school environment and patrol. In one sense it was odd to go back. On the other hand, patrol is in my blood. At school everyone is glad to see me. It’s a very welcoming place. When you get a call while on patrol, you are responding to someone that is having a really bad day and they need your help. “At school my job is to keep everyone safe. I have to be ready for the worst day here but pray it never comes.” Reynebeau makes sure the students and staff at George Junior High feel safe at while he patrols the hallways as well as every corner of the school. He and all of the district SROs are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
6 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch live at 6:00pm tonight Arkansas 6A West Volleyball | Conference Tournament | Har-Ber vs. Ft. Smith Southside https://youtu.be/BPTECeMRlkA
7 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Har-Ber High School tennis standouts Hayden and Carter Swope have done it again! This time they won the doubles championship at the boys Overall state tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock. Earlier they won the 6A West Conference and 6A state doubles titles. Congratulations! Great athletes help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents, join us this Saturday, October 24 at 9:00, for a fly in by the Har-ber Aviation Club at the Springdale Municipal Airport. Volunteers from the Har-Ber Aviation Club will be there and free pancakes will be available while supplies last! See you there!
7 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Let's join the fight against the flu this season! Listed below are all the dates when the flu clinics are available.
7 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
WATCH LIVE AT 5:00PM SOUTHWEST VS CENTRAL VOLLEYBALL https://youtu.be/aAmqDfuO0a4
8 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
MICHAEL SPARKMAN, SRO, SPRINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL Michael Sparkman learned a lot from football as well as jail as he was being prepared for a career in law enforcement. Both helped launch him onto the Springdale Police Force and a position as a student resource officer at Springdale High School. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the football coaches at Har-Ber High School,” says Sparkman, who was a linebacker and special teams player on the Wildcats’ 2009 state championship team. “Coach (Chris) Wood and the assistant coaches instilled a deep connection to the team. No one was looking to get recognition. We just wanted to get the job done.” Wood says, “Michael did whatever he could to help the team. He was focused, driven and had a servant’s heart. You never know what your players will do professionally but it doesn’t surprise me that Michael is a police officer. He always wants to help people.” Sparkman received an early lesson in helping people when he served as a jailer before he was old enough to join the police force. “After I graduated from Har-Ber I went to the University of Arkansas to study engineering,” Sparkman explains. “One of the requirements was to job shadow someone in the engineering field. The person I shadowed sat behind a desk in front of a computer all day. I love the outdoors and like to keep moving. I couldn’t see myself doing that. The nine-to-five job didn’t jive for me. “So, my life was at a crossroads. I like being a person who someone calls when they need help. A job in a jail opened up and I took it, knowing it would be a good stepping stone for going into law enforcement. I stayed with it until I turned 21.” What was working at a jail like for a 19-year-old? “It was a shock,” he responds. “I was not as aware of the world as I had previously thought. Working there changed my outlook, though. There is a stigma attached to those who are arrested. They aren’t all bad people. Some just make a mistake. Some just fail to pay a ticket. “I would talk to them. I would hear their stories and talk to them as people, not prisoners. It taught me how to talk to people.” Sparkman already had solid communication skills. At Har-Ber he was a member of the debate team coached by Taneisha Wright. “She was a great teacher,” Sparkman says. “She taught us critical thinking. I wasn’t very good at debate. I could think on my feet but you had to be prepared to defend both sides of an issue. I wasn’t good at rebuttals when defending things I don’t believe in.” He does believe in defending innocent people. The day after he turned 21, Sparkman joined the Springdale Police and served on patrol until becoming an SRO at the beginning of the current academic year. “When you work the streets and someone calls, it is usually because they are having one of the worst days they’ve ever had. You always expect to deal with adults but when there are kids in the area, it’s a hundred times more tough. I can see the effect the actions of adults are having on kids.” His empathy for kids is one of the reasons he became an SRO. After two years in the narcotics division and time on patrol and crime suppression, he took the position at SHS, alongside John Scott, who is in his third year at the school. “I can remember seeing the SROs in the halls at Har-Ber and the little things they did,” Sparkman says. “They were very helpful to the students and staff. I like being an SRO. Counting students and staff we have over 2,000 people at Springdale High School. It’s like our own little city within the city of Springdale. It’s much more personal than being on the streets where there are 80,000 people over 46 square miles. “We get to know the students. With today’s political climate I like to be able to have conversations with students and answer the questions they have.” Growing up in Springdale, Sparkman’s questions were about when he and his parents would be outdoors again. “My dad loved the outdoors and we were always out,” Sparkman remembers. “We would fish, hunt and hike. That’s all I ever knew. Northwest Arkansas is a hidden gem for the outdoors. I have friends in California who ask about moving here. I tell them how great it is and that they should check it out. But, no one else is allowed. We want to keep the area as a gem. “Northwest Arkansas is a metroplex with over 500,000 people in the area but I can drive 15 minutes and be out of cell service. I can drive two hours and hear the elk’s bugle. This is a great place.” Married to a former Har-Ber cheerleader, he and his wife, Amber, have two children, ages two and four. Still, he is finding time to work on an associate’s degree online and expects to have earned it by this spring. “I’m taking 15 hours online through Eastern Gateway Community College,” Sparkman says. “The school accepts hours from our training at police academy toward the associate’s degree. That allows me to finish sooner. Eventually I will work on a degree in criminal justice. You only need a high school degree to become a police officer but if you get hurt, you need a fallback plan.” Sparkman’s fallback plan for now is becoming a Springdale Bulldog, not easy for a Har-Ber Wildcat. “I know the Har-Ber alma mater word for word because the coaches demanded it,” Sparkman says. “We competed at the highest level because of the character our coaches developed in us. But, I am a Bulldog now. These are our kids. I will do anything I can to help them.” With Scott serving as his mentor, Sparkman has been a wonderful addition to the SHS team. He and all the district student resource officers are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
8 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE: Har-Ber High School Football | Har-Ber vs. Bentonville West https://youtu.be/XQZ2a04VWWo
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Springdale Bulldog Football | SHS vs Rogers https://youtu.be/6sD3jPMRjYo
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Wal-Mart!
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Sonics Youth Basketball Tryout Information in Marshallese
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Sonics Youth Basketball Tryout Information in English and Spanish
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Attention parents, remember that today, October 16th and Monday October 19th are remote learning days. Please read our flyers below for tips and information about remote learning.
12 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Superior Automotive!
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE: Southwest vs Farmington Football https://youtu.be/GkCXwE6P9Vo
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Kim Person has been an innovative nurse who has changed her tactics this year because of COVID. If a student is quarantined, she and the school counselor deliver technology to the student's home, making sure it has been thoroughly cleaned and is ready to be utilized at home. Springdale Schools is so grateful for nurses like Kim who are looking after the care of our students!
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
Free school meals are still available on the All Virtual Days, Friday and Monday. Both meals can ONLY be picked up on October 16. Preorder by 9am October 16 at http://go.sdale.org/food. Families pick up your meals from any school. Serving families is why Springdale is #TheChoice!
13 days ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Har-Ber Volleyball! https://youtu.be/9FNMFmKr4GI
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
So we can play ball! #ShieldUp
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Walker Foundation!
13 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Truity Credit Union!
14 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you McDonald's!
14 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
JOHN SCOTT – SRO, SPRINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL John Scott had served in law enforcement for 22 years when he was given an assignment he was told was “perfect for me.” The trouble was, he didn’t see it that way. But, after a month of teaching in the Springdale High School Law Academy, Scott realized how perfect his new position was. “I loved doing training in the police department,” Scott says. “I love teaching and sharing the knowledge I’ve picked up through the years. I had trained officers for four and a half years when the position came open to teach in the Law Academy at Springdale High School. “I was told the job would be perfect for me because I was a good teacher but I didn’t think I would have enough patience to work with kids. After a month at the school my attitude changed and I fell in love with teaching high school students. They were so welcoming.” Scott teaches two classes a day to juniors taking Fundamentals of Law Enforcement. He also serves as a student resource officer at SHS. In his third year in his current position, Scott still appreciates the welcoming environment. “The image of law enforcement in our schools is very positive,” Scott says. “The students at the high school love us, the have fun with us, they engage with us and they communicate well with us. They feel comfortable telling us what their needs are and we do everything we can to help meet those needs. “The Springdale police department and Springdale School District support the SROs. The administration at Springdale High School is wonderful. We are here for them and they are here for us. It is a great community.” Scott utilizes one of his talents to build a deeper bond with the SHS staff. He cooks lunch for them on a semi-regular basis. “My wife, Melissa, and I love to cook,” Scott explains. “On Sundays we map out our meals for the week. Today I have fajitas and rice for lunch. Everyone in the office is envious. Every Friday a staff member or an SRO is responsible for furnishing lunch for the principal, assistant principals and ladies in the office. “Most Fridays whoever is responsible will order pizzas but when it’s my turn I cook something and bring it. I include some for the nurses and the attendance staff. This week I am either going to make chili or tacos. When I make chili I will bring about six pounds of it and it is always gone by the time the day is over.” Scott receives plenty of satisfaction when he cooks but even more when he witnesses the progress of students in the Law Academy. “We have about 140 students in the Law Academy and 46 are in the classes I teach,” Scott says. “Sophomores take Introduction to Criminal Justice and seniors take Introduction to Criminal Law. They receive various certificates during the time they are in the academy. That gives them a head start when they graduate. In fact, they can go right into areas of law enforcement like dispatching or working in a jail. “Two of last year’s graduates are already serving as dispatchers for the Springdale police. They start with good salaries and excellent benefits. In Arkansas you have to be 21 to join the police force. Serving in the jail or as a dispatcher provides valuable experience for those who want to join the police when they are 21. We believe what we are teaching them allows them to bridge the gap between when they graduate from high school and when they turn 21 and can become an officer.” Of course, students in the SHS Law Academy are well versed in several areas long before they graduate. They are tested in handcuffing, dealing with felony traffic stops, and DWI testing and are trained to stop the bleeding when encountering someone who has been wounded as well as dealing with an active shooter, among other things. “Training has been a little different this year because of COVID,” Scott says. “We are just finishing testing for handcuffing. Everyone wears rubber gloves and face coverings, we do it outside, we rotate partners so no two students are close to each other for more than 10 minutes, and when we are done we sanitize everything. To be fair, I don’t judge them. SROs from other schools will come and do the judging.” While training officers and now students is enjoyable for Scott, his career didn’t begin as a policeman. After he graduated from high school he went straight into the military. “I graduated from McDonald County High School in Missouri, just north of the Arkansas line, and joined the army,” Scott recalls. “I was in Operation Desert Storm and trained all over the world. I helped train Thailand’s military when I was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. They are wonderful people in Thailand. “I loved being stationed in Alaska. The winters were cold but weren’t so bad because I loved to ski. The summers were great. The sun would be up at 3:30 in the morning. It was hardly ever dark. I had been in the army eight years, my time in Alaska was over and I wanted to be stationed in Colorado. When that didn’t work out I came home and joined the police force.” He served with the Bella Vista police for 12 years before moving to Springdale. He notes, “Springdale is a larger community with more opportunities on the police force. I served on patrol and in the traffic division recreating accidents. That was tough because many times the accidents involved death. I was training officers when I took the position at Springdale High School.” Since an officer’s career lasts 28 years and Scott has just three years remaining before hitting that mark, what does he plan to do when he retires from the force? “I’m already working on it,” responds Scott, who earned his associate’s degree from Northwest Arkansas Community College and his degree in organizational management from John Brown University. “I want to teach. “Each of our students does a portfolio and part of that is writing letters. I read those letters. When I read a letter that said, ‘I never had a dad but if I did I would want him to be like Corporal Scott’ it brought tears to my eyes. So, this summer I decided to give our students all of me. I went to Little Rock to take classes to get a teacher’s license. I’m now certified. “We are able to do a lot in the Law Academy but we can do much more with another certified technician. Obviously it would be up to the district administration and the school board but I would love to continue to teach in the Law Academy full time.”
14 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents don't forget! October 16th and 19th will be remote learning days. Please see the flyers below for more information.
14 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Har-Ber High School Volleyball | Har-Ber vs. Ft. Smith Southside https://youtu.be/M_9PzbKUPRc
15 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Congratulations to Hayden and Carter Swope Har-Ber High School boys double state championships in tennis. Also, please congratulate the Har-Ber High School boys tennis team for being the 6A state runner-up. State championships are another reason why Springdale Schools are #TheChoice .
15 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Joann's Fabric!
15 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
Free school meals are still available on the All Virtual Days, Friday and Monday. Both meals can ONLY be picked up on October 16. Preorder by 9am October 16 at http://go.sdale.org/food. Families pick up your meals from any school. Serving families is why Springdale is #TheChoice!
15 days ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Watch Live at 5pm Springdale Public Schools | October School Board Meeting https://youtu.be/KZTZEygYX9A
15 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you United Way!
15 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you Burger King!
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Bernice Young wins National Recognition https://www.smore.com/rext5-bernice-young-elementary-wins
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you NWA Food Bank!
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents please mark your calendars for these important dates!
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
First grade teacher Jana Lara and third grade teacher Amy Sandy, both of Sonora Elementary School, have each won $500 from Scholastic Books by entering the company's contest. Each will be able to add a considerable number of books to their classroom libraries. Dedicated teachers who utilize resources to enhance their classrooms help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
TRAVIS BEYER, SRO, CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH Think toys make a difference? They did for Travis Beyer, who serves as student resource officer at Central Junior High. Fascinated by police car and firetruck lights, Beyer loved playing with toy versions of those vehicles. “I was always intrigued with the flashing lights on police cars and firetrucks,” Beyer recalls. “I loved the gadgets that came with those vehicles. All my toys reflected that. If a toy had lights, I wanted it. I was also impressed when I saw a policeman in uniform. I knew at an early age I wanted to be a police officer.” Beyer has been wearing the uniform of a Springdale police officer for 20 years. He is in his sixth year as SRO at Central Junior High. “I’ve always enjoyed working on the police force because there are so many options available to us,” Beyer says. “I have served on all shifts of patrol and as a field training officer. There are also detectives and drug interventionists and SROs. A full career on the police force is 28 years and they make sure you never get burned out. “Becoming an SRO was a goal of mine. Jeff Taylor, who supervises the SRO program, had talked to me about being an SRO for years before I took the position at Central. When I came to Central I fell in love with my job again.” Why does he love being SRO at Central so much? “The students, staff and families have made me feel like a team member,” Beyer responds. “It’s been amazing. Until COVID the students gave me high fives and fist bumps every morning. There’s still an occasional elbow bump. The PTO here spoils the teachers and staff and me, too. I’ve received so many baked goods I think I’ve gained 30 pounds since I’ve been here. I am blessed to be part of the Central team.” Diligently watching student traffic even as he was being interviewed, Beyer is quick to point out, “It’s important to make sure our schools have a safe learning environment. Studies show kids learn better when they know they are safe. That’s why the relationships we build with students and their families are so important. Those relationships last long after the students have gone to high school. “I will see some of our former students in the community and they do a double take when they see me out of uniform. I’m usually wearing a ball cap and comfy clothes. It means a lot to me when they say hello.” Of course there are many in the community who have known him away from the police force since he has been a lifelong Springdale resident. He was an Elmdale Eagle, a Central Warrior and a Springdale Bulldog growing up. Was he influenced by an SRO as he was going through Springdale schools? “Not really,” he responds. “I knew we had an SRO at Springdale High School and I saw and respected him but I never got in trouble growing up. I never had to deal with the police on that side.” Beyer was too busy playing American Legion baseball and football for Springdale High to get into trouble. He enjoyed his athletic experiences but is envious of what he sees at Central. “Sports were stressful for me,” Beyer says. “I wish I would have had more fun. I look at the relationships these kids at Central have with their coaches and am a little jealous. They form a strong bond with each other.” Beyer’s strongest bond is with his family. He and his wife have three daughters, all of whom have been or are being educated in Springdale. “Our oldest daughter was a Har-Ber cheerleader and is in graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas,” Beyer says. “We have a 10th grader at Har-Ber High School who plays volleyball and softball and our fifth grader is at Walker Elementary. I’ve always told our kids to have no regrets. Try out for whatever you are interested in. “I tell the kids at Central the same thing. They call me “OB” for Officer Beyer. I always tell them to have a great day and make good choices. They’ve heard it so much they sometimes say it to me before I can say it to them.” Beyer has plenty of great days at Central but when he’s away from his job he loves to hunt and fish. “My entire family loves the great outdoors,” Beyer says. “We all have a passion for being outdoors. Our daughter at Har-Ber is also into travel sports. We are away most weekends for travel softball. Our youngest daughter takes dance. We encourage our daughters to pursue what they enjoy. They don’t have to do something just because an older sister does.” Beyer encourages the students at Central just like he does his own daughters. It helps that he and the other district SROs receive plenty of community support. “Lieutenant Taylor has a love and passion for Springdale Schools,” Beyer says. “We receive amazing support from Lieutenant Taylor, city government and the entire community. I hear from parents all the time, thanking me for what I do. I am very grateful to work in Springdale and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and families.” Beyer and the entire staff of SROs make a difference every day. They are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
16 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
U.S. Congressman Steve Womack visited Young Elementary School to congratulate teachers, staff and students for being named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. He also took a tour of the school and presented the library with several books donated by the Library of Congress. Womack said, "Springdale Schools have an amazing list of accomplishments that would take years to chronicle. Students at Young may be too young to realize it now but someday they will know they are being educated in a system that is much better than most systems around the country. And, don't forget the great support you receive from the Springdale community." Special visits by state and national leaders help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice .
19 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Each year, the United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month. But, how long has the U.S. been doing this? Was it always a month? Don't know? Don't worry This is Springdale has you covered! https://www.smore.com/f5nqb-this-is-springdale
19 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE at 5:30pm Springdale High School vs Har-Ber High School https://youtu.be/BECVlQMD8Wk
19 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
Free school meals are still available on the All Virtual Days, Friday and Monday, October 16 and 19. Order your meals by 9am October 16 at http://go.sdale.org/food. Families may pick up their meals from any school. Serving families is why Springdale is #TheChoice!
19 days ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Come on...share the love! #ThankaTeacher
19 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
MATT RAY, HAR-BER HIGH SCHOOL SRO Matt Ray bleeds Springdale red when he doesn’t bleed Har-Ber blue. A Springdale High School graduate who serves as a student resource officer at Har-Ber High, Ray supports both schools and agonizes when they play each other. “I grew up a Springdale Bulldog,” Ray says, “but I love the students at Har-Ber, too. I like to see Springdale kids be successful whether they are Bulldogs, Wildcats or the Phoenix of the Don Tyson School of Innovation. When Har-Ber plays Springdale I pull for both. I am always happy for the winner but feel bad for the team that doesn’t win. We have more than one high school now but we are still one city.” Ray loves that city. He says, “Springdale is an awesome town. I am grateful to live in Northwest Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is a great place to be a police officer. There is still a lot of growth coming to Springdale. It is a hidden gem.” Har-Ber students and staff consider Ray a gem. He is in his fifth year at the school after serving in many other areas of the Springdale police force. He was a dispatcher, jailer, patrolman and detective over a 10-year period before becoming an SRO. Why did he switch from patrol to school? “It really started with our summer Sandlot program,” Ray responds. “About the time of Ferguson (Missouri), Lieutenant Jeff Taylor started doing community events. I love being part of the community and I was drawn to working with kids. “An SRO position opened and I came to Har-Ber. I thought, oh my gosh, this is fun. Being around students, teachers and staff is a great gig. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with students. In fact, one of our newest officers was at Har-Ber during my first year at the school. He remembered me as his SRO.” Ray also remembers his SRO at Springdale High School. It was Mike Hignite, who still serves as an SRO in the district. “Mike Hignite was the biggest influence on me getting into law enforcement,” Ray says. “Unfortunately, they started the Law Academy the year after I graduated. I wish they would have had it while I was there. No doubt I would have been a better student.” Hignite is one reason he still has such a fondness for Springdale High. Another reason is his dad drew the logo that is used all over the school. “My dad (Russ Ray) drew the bulldog head that is used at Springdale High,” Ray says. He had an ad agency on the corner of Emma and Spring. He also drew the giant mascot for George Elementary. I was a fourth grader there when the school opened. A student hand drew a giant but it was a little rough. My dad made it neater.” It was at his father’s business that Ray became interested in becoming a police officer. “We would watch the parades from his office and see the police cars,” Ray remembers. “They were very impressive. The rest of the year police officers drove up and down Emma Avenue, past his office.” Once he got to know Hignite, Ray’s future was set. He recalls, “Mike Hignite would come into our classrooms and visit with us. I had his wife, Marjay, for psychology. She had us do career assessments and I would talk to Mike about being a policeman. “I was already thinking about a career because I didn’t do many activities in high school. I had played Babe Ruth baseball growing up because my dad coached and that was our thing but at Springdale High the only activity I was involved in was choir. I was a terrible singer. I lip synched.” Lip synching never got Ray in trouble but one day he did get stopped by the other Springdale SRO, Tim Hill. “I was squealing tires in the in the high school parking lot and Officer Hill stopped me,” Ray says. “He talked to me but didn’t give me a ticket. He said we are all humans and capable of making mistakes. We need to grow from them. “That’s how I look at the high school students I work with now. They are human. They make mistakes. I try to help them grow from them. I still have to be vigilant but this is such a good community I just want our kids to take advantage of the amazing opportunities they have. I didn’t graduate that long ago – 2001 – but the opportunities available to students now are much greater than they were then.” Ray is glad to have the opportunity to serve on the police force in Springdale. He is quick to say, “I am all Springdale. My parents are from Springdale. My wife is from Springdale and my daughter is involved in volleyball at Hellstern Middle School. We love this community.” The Har-Ber community loves Ray back. So does the city of Springdale. He and the other officers who serve in the schools are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
19 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
SCOTT JOHNSON, SRO, HAR-BER HIGH SCHOOL When Scott Johnson isn’t patrolling the halls of Springdale Har-Ber High School as one of its student resource officers, he is likely to be found on a golf course. He describes his pursuit of golfing excellence as “a second job.” In his second year as a Har-Ber SRO, Johnson says he is “110 percent committed to golf. I’ve played since I was seven. When I was in sixth grade I shot even par on the Springdale Country Club course when it was nine holes. Roy Hobbs, the pro there, gave me lessons. I won several junior golf tournaments.” But, how could golf be a second job? “I’m 45 years old and when I’m 50 I intend to try to make the Senior Tour,” Johnson responds. “You have to be really good to play with the professionals. But, if I don’t try I will regret it and I have a lot of try in me.” Married less than two years to former Arkansas basketball standout Rochelle Masengill, Johnson credits his wife for “supporting me 110 percent. She looks at golf as my retirement job since nearly every weekend I am playing in a tournament or practicing. I was 43 when I got married. She is the best thing that ever happened to me.” While Johnson prefers to be in the fairways on the golf course, he also loves being in the woods. He says, “I love cutting wood. I cut 15-20 ricks of wood a year and sell some of them. I also like hunting. I’ve been hunting since I was five years old.” He was only a little older than five when he realized “I was born to wear the uniform. My dad was a policeman in Springdale, then Fayetteville and I have always admired the police. There is no doubt this is what God put me on the earth to do. My dad taught me the right personality it takes to do this job.” What type of personality does it take to be a police officer? “You have to be able to control yourself,” Johnson responds. “Your emotions can’t be visible. If you can’t control yourself, you’ve lost the battle.” Knowing early in life he wanted to be a police officer, what route did he take? “I played baseball at Springdale High School and the University of Arkansas showed some interest in me but I decided against college and went to work for Multicraft after graduating from high school. You have to be 21 before you can go to police academy so as soon as I turned 21 I went to the Missouri Southern Academy. “After I graduated I joined the police force in Rolla, Missouri. I was there two years when there was an opening on the Springdale police force. That’s where I was born and raised and it was my dream to work in Springdale. When I was hired I was definitely moving back home.” Johnson was thrilled to be working in Springdale but near the end of 2004 he “regretted not going into the military so I took at job with CPI as an international police officer. I was sent to Kosovo. It was a great experience. They love Americans there and it was very safe. “As much as I liked Kosovo, it was culture shock. I realized quickly we have things very good in America. I missed ice in my drinks as well as full time electricity and hot water. Those are things we take for granted.” After a year he returned to Springdale and rejoined the police force. After serving for 20 years on patrol, the drug task force and as a member of the SWAT team, Johnson became an SRO at Shiloh Christian for a year before moving to Har-Ber. He is in his second year at the school. “Being an SRO gives you a different perspective,” Johnson says. “It’s a break from being on the street. It’s good to see our students and get to know them. It’s an opportunity to be a positive influence and build relationships.” His current job also gives him time for golf and to help the Har-Ber girls golf team. Har-Ber recently won the state 6A championship by a large margin. Johnson has been working with sophomore Lauren Milligan at the request of her father. “It was very exciting for Har-Ber to win the state championship,” Johnson says. “Their team is really good. In fact, I think they are one of the top 10 teams in the country. Lauren is only a sophomore but she can play. I’m hoping by her junior or senior year she will be offered scholarships to play golf in college.” Milligan has some work to do to equal Johnson’s high school prowess. He was an all-conference baseball player for coach David McGinnis. The Bulldogs played for the state championship during his junior season. “We played Pine Bluff in the championship game,” Johnson recalls. “Torii Hunter was their centerfielder. They were stacked. They had about eight division one players and beat us. I didn’t realize who Torii Hunter was at the time.” Hunter went on to a brilliant major league career. Johnson is hoping to be as successful on the Senior PGA tour when he reaches age 50. Until then he will continue to make sure the students at Har-Ber High School are always kept safe. Johnson and the entire staff of district school resource officers are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
20 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you for the grant and support for families for over the last five months!
20 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Help control the spread. Let's #ShieldUp !
20 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Andrew Peterson and Tyler Hart are this week's Shelter Insurance Players of the Week for Springdale and Har-Ber High Schools.
21 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
John Tyson Elementary would like to send a big THANK YOU to Arvest Bank, one of their partners in education, for sponsoring mask lanyards for all of their students. These lanyards secure student masks during mask breaks to keep the mask clean and keep it from getting lost. The students love them. Thank you, Arvest!
21 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Addi Harrison, sixth grade daughter of Hellstern Middle School assistant principal Misty Harrison, made face coverings for every student resource officer in the district. The face coverings have the officer's last name on one side and badge number on the other. She did it because "I think officers don't get appreciation for what they go through." It took her three days to make the face coverings. She used her sowing and embroidering skills to make them. As a result she was named an honorary member of Northwest Arkansas Adopt A Cop. #THEChoice
21 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Math is better face-to-face! Grateful for educators like Brian Jamison and their years of dedication to our students!
21 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch this story produced by J.O. Kelly East Program for the Springdale Fire Department. This year's theme is fire safety in the kitchen. https://youtu.be/b44wh2fZ9_Y
22 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
MILISA STEINER, SRO, Hellstern, Young, Hunt On Milisa Steiner’s 18th birthday her father allowed her to drive her parents’ brand new vehicle. She didn’t make it out of the garage. As she was backing up, she hit her own Jeep. She quickly made two phone calls, one to her older brother and another to her favorite police officer. “I called my brother Alex,” recalls Steiner, whose maiden name was Tejada. “Then I called Officer (Mike) Hignite. He was my teacher in the Springdale High School Law Academy and he was also our school student resource officer.” Why did she choose to call Officer Hignite? “I knew I could talk to him,” Steiner responds. “I wanted him to tell me how I could fix my father’s car. He told me to call my dad, so I did. My dad wasn’t angry. He’s amazing. He said it was an accident and accidents happen.” That wasn’t the only time Steiner visited with Officer Hignite. In fact, Steiner credits Hignite with her decision to become a police officer. Now she serves as an SRO, working at Hellstern Middle School as well as Young and Hunt Elementary Schools. “Officer Hignite is the reason I am on the Springdale police force,” Steiner says. “He was my law and public safety teacher in the Law Academy. He was always there for us. He built us up. That stuck with me. I decided one day I wanted to be in position where students could come to me just as we did to Officer Hignite.” Now that she is an SRO, she’s had plenty of opportunities to visit with students. One example comes quickly to her mind. “I’m in my fifth year at Hellstern,” says Steiner. “One girl from a few years ago moved from Springdale to Texas. She still keeps my updated on her grades and jobs. When she applies for jobs she uses me as a reference. She has always reached out to me. She’s 18 now and wants to go into law enforcement. “Any time students reach out to me, it’s the best feeling. I try to make every interaction with students positive. That’s what they will remember. That’s why even if it’s helping them get a ball off the roof or translating for them (Steiner is fluent in English and Spanish), I always want to be positive.” Steiner’s intent is to make a difference in the lives of the students, teachers and staff she interacts with. Her parents laid the framework for her desire to be a difference maker. “My mom and dad moved to California from El Salvador when they were teenagers,” Steiner explains of her parents, Samuel and Milagro Tejada. “They are grateful they have lived the American dream. So, every year they go back to El Salvador and donate clothes, shoes and school supplies. They have taught me what it means to give back.” The community Steiner loves giving back to is Springdale. Her family moved to Springdale when she was five years old and she is quick to say, “Springdale is home. I went to George Elementary from first through fourth grade, then Harp Elementary for fifth grade, J.O. Kelly Middle School, George Junior High and Springdale High School. Then I went to the University of Arkansas, where I earned my degree. At SHS she followed in the footsteps of Alex, who was a superstar kicker for the football team before becoming an outstanding placekicker for the Razorbacks. “Since everyone knew Alex was my brother, I had to carry myself a certain way,” Steiner says. “Everyone knew him. Now that I am an officer, people talk to me rather than think of me as Alex’s sister.” According to Steiner’s husband, Bob, everyone talks to his wife. “My husband calls me ‘Mayor Millie’ because everywhere we go somebody talks to me,” Steiner says. “It’s especially nice when students recognize me out of uniform. It’s a great feeling when they are comfortable coming up to me away from school.” Steiner likes everyone to be comfortable around her. It’s easy for her husband, who is a United States Marshall (“We met at work,” she says.) It’s just as easy for staffs at the schools where she works. “I have a coffee pot in my office,” Steiner explains. “Counselors, custodians and other staff members know they can come have a cup of coffee with me. “There’s a time to be nice and there is a time to go to work. I can go to work. At the end of the day it’s all about helping people.” Helping people is what Milisa Steiner is all about. She and the entire staff of SROs that serve the district are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
22 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Let's #ShieldUp to protect our families.
22 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The world is a better place because of teachers! Happy World Teacher's Day! Springdale Schools is grateful for all the educators in our district.
23 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you for keeping Springdale Public Schools a safe place for everyone.
23 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It is October 5th, please apply for Free and Reduced Lunch. It is time to POWER UP!
23 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thanks to T&T Expresso and United Federal Credit Union, Sonora Elementary teachers enjoyed coffee delivery Friday morning. Since the school encouraged its teachers to "Be the Bean" for students last semester, it was only natural to deliver coffee beans, in a delicious form, to the teachers as a thank you. Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice !
23 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Christine Dolan, a second grade teacher at Tyson Elementary, has won $500 and 500 bonus points from Scholastic Books after entering the company's contest for the eighth time. She says, "I enter every year and when I received notification I had won I had to consult another teacher to make sure I had actually won. Our students are excited. We normally add about 100 books to our classroom in a year. This will allow us to add about 250 books. I am so grateful for winning that I wouldn't mind winning again next year." Principal Shelly Poage adds, "We are book crazy in our school. Readers are leaders at Tyson Elementary."
23 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Schools is proud to be home of seven National Merit Semifinalists! Congratulations! Way to go, Scholars!
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools is grateful for all our custodians and recognizes the hard work they do every day! Thank you! #NationalCustodianDay
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Har-Ber Wildcats vs Rogers Heritage War Eagles on Springdale Schools YouTube. https://youtu.be/AFzWrLYgiWA
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Springdale Bulldogs vs Bentonville West Wolverines on Springdale Schools YouTube. https://youtu.be/aD2qivgFNxo
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please congratulate the Shelter Insurance Football Players of the Week, Landon Phipps of Springdale High School (red top) and Christian Ramirez of Har-Ber High School (blue jersey)
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please apply by October 5th at www.schoolcafe.com Por favor aplicar antes de el 5 de Octubre
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Let's Shield Up!
26 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
One of the greatest attributes of our educators, like Jesus Albarran, is caring so much about our students. Springdale Schools is happy to support and is grateful for our compassionate teachers and staff. #ThankATeacher
27 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch LIVE Central Junior High Warrior Football 8th and 9th Grade vs Farmington https://youtu.be/Gd93PAeuvrM
27 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Gifted and Talented continues to excel! Check out all the great work from this department in the October Newsletter https://www.smore.com/x07mb
27 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
On this weeks episode of Asi Es Springdale: We discuss the Flu Clinic Information, Ozark Guidance, Truity Check presentation and Economic Arkansas https://www.smore.com/4jtq8-this-is-springdale
28 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
There is so much more to Free and Reduced Lunch than Great Food! Hay mucho mas beneficios en aplicar para almuerzos gratis o reducidos que solo buena comida
28 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
So we can compete! #ShieldUp
28 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
29 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
LAKESIDE SRO: FROM HAWAII TO SPRINGDALE Gomez Zackious grew up in Hawaii. As you would expect, he loved the ocean. He also loved going to the park after school. Why? Because a police officer was always there to make sure it was safe for kids to play. “I grew up in Maui but there is another side to paradise,” Zackious says. “Where I lived was pretty rough. We would go to the park after school and always felt safe because Officer Hirioka of the Maui police was there. He would talk to us. He would throw the football and shoot baskets with us. I was told later that the drug dealers and bullies stayed away from the park because Officer Hirioka was there. He will never know the influence he had on me.” Zackious is now serving as a role model, as Officer Hirioka did for him. He is the student resource officer at Lakeside Junior High. He talks with students, just as Officer Hirioka talked to him.” “This is my fifth year at Lakeside,” Zackious says. “At first the students were a little standoffish. I didn’t know but maybe they had not had positive experiences with the police. I started going to the football games and other events and just starting talking with them. Now they realize I am there to protect them. “My goal is to make sure the school and everyone in it is protected. Relationships are a plus but my first priority is making sure the kids and staff are safe.” Zackious has been keeping people safe for a long time. The son of a mother who was from Hawaii and a father from the Marshall Islands, he was always comfortable around water so after graduating from high school he joined the United States Navy. “I joined the Navy because I wanted to get away but they first stationed me at Pearl Harber,” Zackious recalls. “I wanted to be a cook. So, I entered the culinary arts program. But at basic training they saw me in the pool and couldn’t believe how fast I swam. I was way ahead of everyone else. I played football and baseball in high school but my swimming came from swimming, surfing and snorkeling in the ocean. “They talked me out of being a cook and put me in search and rescue. I thought that was pretty cool. We jumped out of helicopters and rescued people and got paid to do it. I did that for eight years. “I was stationed on an aircraft carrier and might be gone for six months at a time. My wife finally told me it was time for me to get out of the Navy because she rarely saw me. The cost of living in Hawaii was high and my wife had relatives in Springdale so we decided to give it a try. When I saw the cost of gasoline, cereal and milk in Springdale compared to Hawaii, we decided to move here. A gallon of milk in Hawaii is $10.” Once he and his wife had moved to Springdale, he applied for a position on the Springdale police force. He notes, “It was always in the back of my mind to be a policeman because of the impression Officer Hirioka had made on me. He was always there and he made the bad guys disappear.” Three months after his initial application, Zackious joined the Springdale police. “I felt right at home,” he says. “Springdale is very diverse with Hispanics from different countries, the Marshallese and other Pacific Islanders. In Maui there were workers from the Philippines, China, Japan, Portugal, Korea and other countries in the sugar cane fields. Our population didn’t have enough workers so they came from everywhere. “I love the diversity in our department. We have two other Marshallese officers and several Hispanic officers along with our other officers. I am very grateful to live in Springdale where officers are still loved.” Zackious’ spent his first eight years patrolling in Springdale. Even then he enjoyed working with students. “I liked patrol,” Zackious explains. “That’s why I wanted to be an officer. Even then I loved working with kids. I liked going to Marshallese homes because it was such a big thing for them to have an officer who was like them. “Since I liked working with kids I thought it might be my calling. When there was an SRO opening, I applied. I shadowed an SRO for a week and thought it was cool. I also liked the hours. When I was on patrol I never had Saturdays or Sundays off. So, this has been good for my family. I get to have dinner with them every night.” And, dinner is frequently cooked by Zackious. “In our culture, the men do the cooking,” Zackious explains. “I love to cook. I am planning to build an underground oven, like we had on the islands. It’s a work in progress. I will cook island food sometimes but my kids were born in Arkansas and they don’t always like island food. In fact, my kids have Arkansas accents and when we visit Hawaii, their cousins wonder why they talk like they do.” While Zackious enjoys his time at Lakeside and with his family, he was back on patrol for a few months when COVID forced schools to close in March. “I enjoyed being with the other officers,” he says. “They are awesome. There are some new officers since I became an SRO and it was good to see the ones I remember working with before. Each of us understands what we all go through. I start every day with a little prayer because I don’t know what the day will bring.” Zackious is an answered prayer for Lakeside Junior High. Students and staff are glad to have him there. He and the entire group of district SROs are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
29 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Schools educators go above and beyond to give back to their students and the community. We are so grateful for the time that they invest in the educational enrichment of our students. #ThankATeacher
30 days ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It is so much more than a meal! Apply today at www.schoolcafe.com
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Parents and Patrons, Please see this message from Dr. Jared Cleveland, Superintendent about Remote Teacher and Learning Days on October 16 and 19 https://www.smore.com/2az8q-remote-teaching-learning-practice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational! #ThankATeacher
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Truity Credit Union, a community partner, delivered an $11,600 check to Springdale Public Schools today! Pictured: Kirby Jett, Business Development Officer at Truity Credit Union, delivering the check to Dr. Jared Cleveland, Superintendent of Springdale Public Schools. A percentage of the transactions made from Springdale employees using a debit card with a Springdale school logo was set aside to go back directly to the school system. The money is also from a promotion made for teachers who opened a new account with Truity Credit Union. They were given $50 and another $50 was saved for the schools! Thank you Truity Credit Union for your partnership with Springdale Schools!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Amy Sandy's classroom from Sonora Elementary received a grant from United Federal Credit Union for $500 this morning! The money will be used to purchase additional books for the classroom library. Thank you UFCU!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
WATCH LIVE! Springdale Bulldog Football vs Rogers Heritage https://youtu.be/4VCfFNXk96c
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
WATCH LIVE!! Har-Ber Wildcat Football vs Bentonville https://youtu.be/cHsd0RCQm_M
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Have you filled yours out yet? It is time to POWER UP!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
YOUNG ELEMENTARY NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL Bernice Young Elementary School has been named a 2020 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. “I commend you for striving to do what’s right for your students and to personalize instruction to meet your students’ unique needs and strengths,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a letter to the school. “Thank you for what you do to help your students realize their potential and achieve their dreams.” In her first year as Young Elementary principal, Christy Norwood said, “It’s an honor to lead a school that already had so many good things happening. It’s amazing to be recognized at a national level.” Debbie Flora, the principal at Young for many years before retiring in May, shared in the exciting news. She said, “If anyone deserves to be recognized, it’s the incredible team at Young. Through the great relationships built between students and staff, every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. “While this validates the work the Young staff does, it is a reflection of the entire Springdale School District. Young puts into action district values and initiatives. The entire district utilizes research that shows what works best for kids.” Young is one of five schools in Arkansas to be recognized with 2020 Blue Ribbon status. The most recent school in Springdale to have been named a National Blue Ribbon School was Hunt Elementary in 2018.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Asi Es Springdale: Gradebook and Literacy Tips for Parents: Please share through social media https://www.smore.com/8fbgu-this-is-springdale
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
We have the winners for this year's 3rd Annual Springdale Public Schools Education Fund Duck Race! The winners are: Jones Elementary, Central Junior High, Young Elementary, and two ducks from Turnbow Elementary! Thank you to our sponsor, Cargill!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
#Shieldup for safety!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
JOANN Fabrics and Crafts has developed a partnership with Jones Elementary through the Kids in Need Foundation. The company has donated school supplies and crafts to Jones but went over and above by providing 554 masks for each of Jones' students. The masks were hand stitched by 16 employees who devoted 200 hours to the project. Each student was able to choose his or her own mask. Thank you JOANN Fabrics and Crafts! #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents please read this important flyer below to learn about free and reduced lunch. Please apply by October 5th. Padres, por favor lean este anuncio importante sobre almuerzos gratis y reducidos. Favor de aplicar para el 5 de Octubre.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Jax Nalley is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. He is a senior at Har-Ber High School. He says, "I'm look at the University of Arkansas, Duke, Vanderbilt and Dartmouth. I'm super excited about this because it validates years of study. We started in boot camp in junior high and we bought books to help study for the PSAT. It's crazy to think i'm a senior now."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The 41st Annual Springdale Schools Band Car Wash was a huge success! 1,000 cars were washed and vacuumed! Thank you to Speedy Splash for supporting our Band Programs.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Let's #ShieldUp Springdale!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Pedro Manon is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. He is a senior at Har-Ber High School. He says, "MIT is my goal. I want to study computer science and MIT is the best in the world. I will try to get there through Questbridge but also will try the normal application process. This shows hard work pays off. It's still hard to believe I'm a senior, though. That hasn't really hit me yet."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Kayley Gawf is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. She is a senior at Har-Ber High School. She says, "I was super surprised and excited because there are so few National Merit Semifinalists. This is a reward for a lot of hard work. Baylor is the only school I was able to visit before COVID prevented other visits. Baylor has a good pre-med program and I want to go into the field of medicine."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Favor de llenar el formulario de almuerzos gratis y reducidos! Son más que solo almuerzos, también ayudan en apoyar a los programas de nuestro sistema escolar.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please fill out Free and Reduced Lunch forms! It is more than meals, it also helps important programs in the our school system
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Young Elementary principal Christy Norwood and assistant principal Stacey Plumlee thank Matt Lewis for providing signage and a new large stapler through a Lewis Ford program that has benefitted 40 local teachers and schools in Northwest Arkansas. "We are a family owned business that has been in Northwest Arkansas for 70 years and we enjoy giving back to our community. We love to help schools and education because their students may be our future employees." #THEChoice.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
We are going to kick off our first ACT Boot Camp of the year THIS SATURDAY (9/19)! If you are taking the October ACT this boot camp would be the PERFECT opportunity for you to learn some test taking strategies and review content that you will see on the test.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Collin Thompson is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. She is a senior at Har-Ber High School. She says, "This is proof of how hard I have worked throughout my academic career. It is a validation of hard work. I am not sure about where I will go to college yet. I am interested in the University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Duke."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Patrick Kingston is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. He is a senior at Har-Ber High School. He says, "This feels really good. We took the PSAT test a couple times during my freshman and sophomore years. We did a lot of test preparation. This is exciting and means a lot. My dream school is Columbia University. My backup plan would be the University of Arkansas."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Come out and support the Springdale Schools Band programs and get a free car wash! The first 1,000 are free!!! Thank you Speedy Splash
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
And the band keeps marching on! Our teachers and directors go out of their way to put our students as their priority and think of new ways to adapt! Thank you for all that you do! #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Trey Bowerman is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. He is a senior at Har-Ber High School. He says, "I didn't see this coming. I still can't believe I made it. It was a lot of work and I think I did well, but it's still hard to believe I am a National Merit Semifinalist. I have applied to go to school at Oxford University in England. If that doesn't work out I will likely attend the University of Arkansas."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Noah Livingston is one of seven Springdale Public School District National Merit Semifinalists. He is a senior at Har-Ber High School. He says, "I have been working a long time for this. It is a great honor. Har-Ber has a great atmosphere for learning and I love the students and teachers here. I am doing the paperwork to apply for admission to one of the military academies. All three of them are great."
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
When you qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch you also get FREE resources and opportunities! https://www.smore.com/h18vp-schoolcafe-com
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Shelter Insurance Players of the Week for Har-Ber and Springdale High! Way to go! Pictured: Luke Adams - HBHS, Ricardo Gonzalez - SHS
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This weekend looks like a perfect weekend to support our band and get a free car wash! First 1,000 are free!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
A Butterfly of Hope Art, with all its positive power, can be used to bring light, grace and tranquility to a community, and what better way to bring students and teachers together than an art project? This is exactly what the art teachers and students at Springdale High School did as they collaborated to make a beautiful and unique butterfly installation with the purpose of uplifting the school in the midst of the pandemic. Students in sculpture class, including blended students, were given an origami paper that they could take home if needed and instructed to write a message of hope or a simple note within it. Mary Beth Breshears, an art teacher at Springdale High School, asked herself, “How can we bring color to the school?” And instead of having students introduce themselves, she thought it would be fun to start their return to school with art right away! The teachers walked the halls of the school brainstorming about where they could place this unique art project and came across the idea of displaying it in the rotunda for everyone to see and admire. They wanted to bring a “hopeful note” to the school and purposely wrote out the word “hope” in origami butterflies with help from the Student Council team. “A lot of the teachers have been thanking us for bringing color to the school; really appreciating something aesthetically pleasing to look at.” said Breshears. Amanda Craddick, another SHS art teacher, explained, “We are in the middle of this pandemic, our students have been hit so hard with issues and it’s great to see it raise the morale of the school. It’s just so happy! The reception of it has been really good.” The art teachers believe it is the brightest part of the school and this collaboration will bring a positive impact and an uplifting message of HOPE to the community, especially to the students and staff, during this time. Below are just a few of the messages of hope written by students themselves. Pictured: SHS Art Teachers: Amanda Craddic, Mary Beth Breshears, Katie McCloskey, and Ty Lee. Pictured as well, the student council team of Springdale High School. “I hope I pass the year with good grades and that we may have everything back to normal, if not better than before.” “I hope to make new friends.” “I want to be able to connect with others and pass all my classes. I also hope everyone stays safe. “I hope I have a successful future.” “I am wishing this year everything goes back to normal and everything will be okay.” “I hope to get to see our season through for cheer and football.” “My dream for this year is to be more involved in school, start applying for colleges, and find the right career path for my future.” “I hope to improve my art skills and maybe find new hobbies.” “I want to learn how to draw and create cool art pieces.” An amazing art display completed through collaborative effort is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
George IF Has Passion to Help Dyslexic Students Elizabeth Dederich is in her 21st year as an educator, including 20 in the Springdale Public School District, but a new assignment has flamed her passion for helping students who are diagnosed with showing markers for dyslexia. While maintaining her position as an instructional facilitator at George Elementary School, Dederich has had the opportunity to work with the district’s building level dyslexic interventionalists. “I taught fourth grade in my first year in education and I was mesmerized by how first grade teachers taught readiing,” says Dederich, who is in her 10th year at George. “Four or five years ago Annette (Thompson, George principal) wanted me to dig deeper into dyslexia. “I earned an endorsement in dyslexia and learned through the Science of Reading that phonological awareness is the first step toward learning to read. So, the question becomes, how do we recognize when a problem in learning to read is because of dyslexia?” In searching for answers for supporting those diagnosed with markers of dyslexia, Dederich dove into district professional development, noting, “Linda Odle, Leanne Howard and Cindy Love have done a great job of helping us watch children, find specific gaps in their learning and helping us fill those gaps. It’s fascinating. We have time and a structure in place to fill those gaps.” Recognizing the need to have someone within the district to train and work with the building level dyslexic interventionalists (there is one in every school), coordinator of student support services Damon Donnell chose Dederich to begin to fill that role. “It was like giving a dog a bone when Damon gave me the opportunity to work with the BLDI’s,” says Dederich. “In kindergarten through fifth grade, we use Phonics First when dealing with dyslexia. In grades 6-12 we utilize Structures. The BLDI’s are given extensive training and are exposed to the Science of Reading. Our district has given us resources to support the work. “At George, Annette has given me responsibilities and taught me how to create systems that promote change. Sue Wood, another IF, has been instrumental in my learning through the years. I love my work at George but also want to serve our entire district. The BLDI’s need a place to ask questions and have peer support. I have been blessed because several of them have reached out to me after our training sessions.” It doesn’t surprise Donnell that the BLDI’s have connected with Dederich. He says, “Elizabeth is one of the best leaders I’ve ever worked with. She gets people and how to make change through collaborative effort.” Dederich doesn’t take the leadership responsibility lightly. “One of the ways we can test for dyslexia is through a map fluency assessment,” Dederich explains. “I spent the summer doing a deep dive into how the test works and how we are assessing. It enabled me to create professional development. “A book we use says one in five students could have dyslexia. We need to recognize what the markers for dyslexia are. Reading difficulties could be a result of too many absences, a language barrier or it could be dyslexia. We have to be able to identify the problem to provide the proper services.” What is the eventual goal? “Our hope is that within time every student is reading on grade level as we remove the difficulties of being dyslexic,” Dederich responds. “We want to make sure every student’s needs are met. There is no specific timetable because every child is different. But, when we look at the data we want to make sure each student is making adequate progress.” Working to insure every dyslexic student receives the resources necessary to overcome any obstacles is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Padres, por favor lean el anuncio importante sobre almuerzos gratis y reducidos. ¡Es más que un almuerzo!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents, please read the important announcement about free and reduced lunch. More than just a meal!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Padres, por favor vea el volante para aprender información importante sobre los almuerzos gratis y reducidos.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents, please see the flyer below to learn about important information regarding free and reduced lunches.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Donation to GJHS by the Urban League of Arkansas. They collected school supplies for the month of August and presented them to us Sept. 4th. The supplies will help our students at every level of engagement their families choose this year. Pictured in photos: Brandon Claybrook, Mr. Jenkins, Danielle Reynolds, Gheremey Edwards, Alicia Johnson.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Save the Date! The 41st annual Springdale Band Car Wash is almost here! On September 23rd the first 1,000 cars get a free car wash and vacuum at 3 Speedy Splash Locations. Partners like Speedy Splash is another reason why Springdale Schools is #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch Bulldog Varsity Football LIVE on YouTube! Springdale Bulldog Football | SHS vs Farmington https://youtu.be/tG76zotze9I
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Watch Wildcat Varsity Football LIVE on YouTube! Har-Ber High School Football | Har-Ber vs Greenwood https://youtu.be/XBW79zVZqHM
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
DTSOI Lacrosse are looking at adding more players to our men's lacrosse program across the district. If interested, please reach out to Coach Stokes at jstokes@sdale.org. Practices start at the beginning of October. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Air high fives are just as awesome! Thank you teachers for caring so much about our students! #ThankATeacher
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It's that time of the year again! Please support our Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation! You can join us live stream on September 23rd from 2 - 2:30 pm on the SPSEF Facebook Page.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Instructional Facilitators met in the Springdale High School Performing Art Center today to discuss Vision, Mission and Purpose! Dr. Jared Cleveland and Mrs. Shannon Tisher led the meeting. The IF's support teachers with curriculum needs so our students are achieving on the highest levels! Instructional Facilitators are another reason why Springdale school District is #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Veteran leadership in the Springdale school system is another reason why we'd like to #ThankATeacher !
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please congratulate Andre Sparks SHS Shelter Insurance Player of the Week
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please congratulate Drue McClendon HBHS Shelter Insurance Player of the Week
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
“I’m showing them some of the online sources that we have. We are partnering with Springdale Public Library. So there’s more choices for them to do online reading, if we go back to remote learning.”
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The Springdale School District is proud to have outstanding Social Workers and Counselors who are ready to serve students, families, and the community.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Our teachers put students as their number one priority and their safety is always important! #ThankATeacher !
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Our teachers are awesome! Their innovative and creative adaptability to respond to these times makes us so thankful for them! #ThankATeacher
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Leslie Orozco joins the Communications Staff. Leslie Orozco, a graphic designer and professional photographer, has joined the Springdale Public School District Communication staff. She will spearhead the district’s social media initiatives as well as assist in communication through the district’s Spanish language channels as a member of the public relations department. Born and raised in Rogers, Orozco graduated from Rogers High School before earning a degree in graphic design and photography from Northwest Arkansas Community College. She continued her academic career at John Brown University where she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. After graduating from JBU, Orozco served as a correctional officer in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office before joining a vendor for Sam’s Club as a graphic designer and product photographer. She mastered her photography skills when she took a position at Bedford’s Camera and Video. Roblee Orthodontics observed Orozco’s work and hired her as records coordinator. She handled graphic design and photography while working on their brand as well during her time there. “This opportunity is a huge blessing for me,” Orozco said. “I always dreamed of being part of an amazing communications team. I am so excited and grateful to be here and I look forward to producing stories about the lovely people of Springdale Schools. Now more than ever, communications through media will be such an important role to bring the public the information they need.” We are excited to have Mrs. Orozco join us and we believe her creativity and interpersonal skills will make her a superb addition to our communications team! #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 for more information call (479) 750-8707 ext. 1, or email, gsmith2@sdale.org https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/08/31/usda-extends-free-meals-kids-through-december-31-2020
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Brayden Ingram of Springdale Har-Ber High School is a National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Agricultural Proficiency Award Finalist in the Poultry Production Entrepreneurship/Placement Agricultural Proficiency Award area. He will continue to compete and final judging and announcement of winners will take place during the virtual 93rd annual FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 27-29.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Putting our kids at the center of all we do is why Springdale Schools would like to #ThankATeacher !
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Matrick Samuel is the Shelter Insurance Har-Ber Wildcat Player of the Week. Congratulations! #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Trevon Westbrook is the Shelter Insurance Springdale Bulldog Player of the Week. Congratulations! #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please see the information for Meals for Virtual and Blended Students
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Excited for fall sports like we are? We can't wait to see you! Here is a fall update about our Athletic venues.
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don't you love this bitmoji staff picture from Sonora Elementary? #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Home Football Games are back! Learn how to get your tickets and use your passes. Springdale Schools is #THEChoice
about 1 month ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Excited for fall sports like we are? We can't wait to see you! Here is a fall update about our Athletic venues.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Excited for fall sports like we are? We can't wait to see you! Here is a fall update about our Athletic venues.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
#SHIELDUP to protect my family...
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
We are all in this together! So thankful to be back in school.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools is rated the fourth Best-in-Arkansas employer by Forbes magazine. Researched by Statista, which did interviews of employees nationwide to compile Best-in-America Employers in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and based on entities that employ at least 500 people, Forbes' list ranked Springdale Public Schools second among those whose home base is in Arkansas. Entergy, headquartered in New Orleans, was ranked first and Federal Express with home office in Memphis was third. Arc Best of Fort Smith was second, first among Arkansas-based companies. District teachers, administrators and staff members make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank the NAACP for partnering with the district to provide face coverings for students. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank George's for partnering with the district to provide face coverings. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank Tyson Foods for its partnership in supplying masks! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Tyson Foods! Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Bayyari Elementary students wasted no time getting to learning, excited for the school year! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Knapp Elementary students showed up bright and early ready to see their teachers! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students at Central Junior High were happy to be around friends and teachers, and to get their courses started! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
How about the new entrance and entryway into Parson Hills Elementary that also connects to the new Wellness Center! Students are proud of the new look and were glad to be back in school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
How about the new entrance to Parson Hills Elementary that connects to the school's new Wellness Center! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Archer students were eager to talk to their teachers, and to find out who they had class with. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This Lakeside Junior High student was excited to have his water bottle and chromebook on the first day of school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
J.O. Kelly students were very excited to see their friends and teachers again, and start off a great school year. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Principal Martha Dodson, assistant principal Brett Unger and the entire staff of Sonora Middle School were busy all day as students returned to school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students at Shaw Elementary enjoyed seeing their friends, and went home happy after a great first day of school! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Monitor Elementary students got their bodies moving and established healthy habits on the first day of school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Remember your first recess as a kindergarten student? Sonora kindergartners experienced their initial recess on the first day of school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students at Southwest Junior High toured their school and picked up Chromebooks today! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Walker Elementary students were excited to be back on the playground with their friends, and staff keep them sanitary in between recesses. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Westwood Elementary students had a wonderful first day of school. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
At Springdale High School students showed up ready to learn. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students around George Elementary were excited and engaged on the first day of school! Keep it up! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students at Elmdale Elementary were happy to see their friends and teachers again! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
What a GREAT first day of school! Let's keep it up! Proud of our Community.
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Jones Elementary students showed up happy and ready to see their teachers after a long summer. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Lee Elementary were excited to get back to school and learn with friends. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
A great first day at George Junior High School means a lot of help learning a new school! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Students were eager to get to work on the first day back at Tyson Middle School! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Nothing like a group picture on the first day of school! That was one of the activities at Tyson Elementary. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
Hunt Elementary students have a fun year ahead learning together safely in the classroom! #TheChoice
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
T.G. Smith students are excited to learn on the first day of class! #TheChoice
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
Young Elementary is so happy to have students back in the classrooms learning with one another! #TheChoice
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
Hellstern Heroes are welcomed back to middle school with excitement! #TheChoice
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
Classes at Har-Ber High School are off to a brilliant start on day one! #TheChoice
2 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Students were picking up their schedules then enjoying their first classes in the new east wing of the Don Tyson School of Innovation. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It was a happy welcome back for students at Harp Elementary! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Turnbow Elementary principal Stacy Ferguson and the entire staff welcomed students back to school. Everyone was excited after over five months away from classes. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland recently did this interview for the Marshallese community. #THEChoice https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1218006835220496&id=119290915092099
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Maribel Tapia, who has served in the ESL Department since 2015, will split time between communications and ESL, bringing her creativity to the communications department. Tapia will continue to oversee the ESL Parent and Community Center. "I am excited to join the communications office and still work with ESL," says Tapia. "I have enjoyed building strong relationships with parents. I look forward to this opportunity to share information with the Springdale community." Born in California the oldest of five sisters, Tapia and her family moved to Rogers when she was young. She graduated from Fayetteville High School and attended Crowder College. She worked nine years in the Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County and served in the administration of Children's House. Tapia's parents both serve as custodians in the Springdale School District. Her father is at the Archer Learning Center and her mother is at Monitor Elementary. She has a son who is a sophomore at Har-Ber High School. The creativity Tapia brings is among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
With 3,000 students signed up for the Don Tyson School of Innovation Virtual Instruction Academy, the DTSOI staff has been working diligently for two weeks handing out chromebooks to students and their parents. All the VIA DTSOI students should be ready for Monday! #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tyson Foods is partnering with Springdale Public Schools and HOPE Distributors to give away approximately 45,000 pound of Tyson protein, produce and other shelf-stable items Saturday at C.L. "Charlie" and Willis George Park at 4308 Hylton Road in Springdale. The drive-through food distribution event is free and open to the Northwest Arkansas community and begins at 9 am. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Linda Childers Knapp Elementary School is having three consecutive nights of open house to allow for plenty of social distancing. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here are more photos from the Don Tyson School of Innovation Phase II Tour. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Media and School Board members were given a tour of Phase II of the Don Tyson School of Innovation. It is amazing! The incredible DTSOI is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Community Clinic will be hosting a Vaccine Clinic THIS Friday, August 21 from 1:30 - 4:30 at the Wellness Center at Jones Elementary. All children - with or without insurance including private insurance and Medicaid are welcome to attend and appointments are not required.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is another feature story on a Springdale Public Schools board member. EDDIE RAMOS School Board Member Eddie Ramos had not been on the Springdale School Board long when he was having lunch at Smith Elementary School. He had an experience he not only related to but will never forget. “I was sitting between two students and was speaking English,” says Ramos, who moved to Springdale from Mexico when he was 10 years old. “The girl sitting next to me didn’t speak English so I talked to her in Spanish. The boy sitting on the other side of me was in awe I could speak two languages. The girl was in awe that I could talk to her in Spanish. Both were encouraged by hearing an adult that was fluent in two languages.” When Ramos moved to Springdale he was just like the girl he sat next to at Smith. At the time, though, the Hispanic population in Springdale was much smaller than it is today. “My parents had both found jobs in Springdale so we moved here when I was in the fifth grade,” Ramos recalls. “I didn’t speak a word of English and we had a small Spanish population at that time. I picked up English fast. My teacher, Mrs. Pope, was very encouraging and there was another student and an ESL teacher who helped me. “It was sink or swim. It was very tough. I hated it but if it had not been for that experience I would not have known how to speak English as well as I do today. I am happy our district now has so many programs that help kids with a second language. Without help, a student can feel lost at times. I would also encourage students to continue to speak in their native language, even while mastering English. There are great advantages to knowing more than one language.” Ramos should know. He has taken advantage of every opportunity he’s been given and is a business development officer with Armstrong Bank. Previously he worked at Legacy Bank and he enjoys the banking industry. “I like banking because it is never the same,” Ramos says. “I get to meet lots of people in my business development role. We had an event recently at Shiloh Square. We were socially distanced but I had an opportunity to meet several people. We deal with contingency after contingency. We help people hope for the best but also be prepared for the worst. We help develop leadership.” How did Ramos get involved with banking? “I earned a business degree from the University of Arkansas and as a student had worked as teller at Arvest,” Ramos responds. “After college I worked in Fort Smith for two years before going into insurance for six years. Then I was hired at Legacy Bank.” While he enjoyed Fort Smith, Ramos was happy to move back to Springdale. It was a much happier move than his first one. “When my parents moved us to Springdale, I didn’t like it,” Ramos says. “We had lived in a small town in Mexico where everyone knew everyone. When we got to Springdale, I didn’t know anyone. I thought we would only be here a year, then move back to Mexico. But, the longer we stayed, the more I liked it. “My dad had been a teacher in Mexico. He had a good job there. He and my mom got jobs in manufacturing in Springdale. The work was hard. My dad gave up a lot for us. He gave up his job and his friends so my sister, brother and I could get a better education. My parents have retired and live in Huntsville. “I am very appreciative of my dad for what he gave up. It was the most unselfish decision I’ve ever witnessed someone make. He and my mom gave up a comfortable life to get a better life for their children.” Ramos is also appreciative of the education he received in Springdale. He was among the students who were the first sixth graders at Tyson Middle School before heading to Central Junior High, then Springdale High School. A teacher at SHS was the difference in Ramos pursuing higher education. “Jamie Clark was a health teacher and part time coach who was my biggest inspiration at Springdale High,” Ramos explains. “She grounded me and opened my eyes to the repercussions of not continuing education after high school. She’s retired now but I owe my entire pursuit of college to her.” To whom does he owe his pursuit of a position on the school board? “No one in particular encouraged me to run for the school board,” Ramos answers. “I kept getting an email about the position being open. It said to forward the email if you knew anyone who might be interested. When I found out it was my zone, I thought what better way to give back? At the last minute I signed up to run. As it turned out, I ran unopposed. I’m glad it worked out.” What does he like best about being on the school board? “I like all the success stories,” Ramos says. ‘It’s amazing to see where we are today compared to when I was in school. The technology is amazing. It’s also been amazing to see my friends from when I was in school now having kids who are in school.” Ramos and his wife, Yuri, now have two sons at Harp Elementary. Ian is a second grader and Eli will be in kindergarten. “Ian is in special education and they have done a really good job with him at Harp,” says Ramos. “He’s come a long way in two years. It’s a big deal for Eli to be starting kindergarten. We thought about virtual but decided to start Eli as normal as possible and hope it stays that way.” Ramos is happy it’s normal for many students to speak two languages. He remembers, “When I was growing up it wasn’t cool to speak Spanish. I thought, ‘why not?’ I realized, ‘I know one more language than most people. What’s your super power?’” Ramos knows there is super power in education and his membership on the school board helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
We are all in this together! Healthy YOU = Healthy Schools
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sonora Middle School greeted students and parents Monday with many of the activities outdoors. Half the student body was invited for the first session and the second half has been invited for Tuesday night. Night one was great fun for the participants! #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Westwood Elementary Library Media Specialist Shelly Porter, who just joined the Westwood staff, is one of only 98 teachers in the U.S. that was selected for a National History Day summer professional development program. She has nearly completed the program that "teaches me what students will need to develop an argument for their thesis." This is the second NHD program in a row she has participated in. Distinguished faculty help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Teachers from all 31 schools were tuned into the Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. Thanks to the Chamber for an amazing assortment of gifts, valued at more than $110,000, for district teachers and administrators. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
For the first time in its 55 year history the Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast was virtual. The Chamber utilized the district TV studio and district staff handled the production. #THEChoice
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Steffi Teo of Hellstern (pictured) and Lyndsey Strange of the Don Tyson School of Innovation were the winners of $10,000 makeovers from Sam's Furniture at the annual Chamber of Commerce Teachers Appreciation Breakfast. Great partnerships make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
2 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents and students please see the important information about bus transportation! We are excited to see our students on August 24th
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is another in a series of feature stories about Springdale School Board Members. KEVIN OWNBEY School Board Member Playing high school football in Russellville, his hometown, Kevin Ownbey already was impressed with Springdale. No matter the subject, Springdale’s excellence was just as apparent to Ownbey from his first exposure to the school district as it is now. “When I was playing football at Russellville High School, Springdale thumped us every time we drove up the mountain,” Ownbey recalls. “Springdale always had the edge whether it was athletics, band or education. “Pat Ellison was the band director at Springdale. H.L. Shepherd was our band director at Russellville. They were always competitive but Pat Ellison was regarded as the best in the state. With Pat Ellison, Jarrell Williams as football coach and Dr. (Jim) Rollins as superintendent, Springdale was the pinnacle. That’s how I viewed it, even when I was in high school.” In his 10th year as a member of the school board, Ownbey believes the Springdale District is as strong as ever. “There is excellence in everything we do,” says Ownbey. “The magnitude of care our teachers have for their students is huge. The community partners that walk hand in hand with our schools provide great benefits for everyone. Being on the board is time consuming but very rewarding. It gives us exposure to our buildings, our students and all the extracurricular activities that are offered.” How did Ownbey become involved with the school board in the first place? “I had been with Tyson Foods for 25 years and much of my time was spent on the road, away from my family,” Ownbey says. “I had a change of heart and began to realize my faith and family were more important than my work. I resigned at Tyson. My last day was on a Friday. The following Monday Jim Bradford, who was about to finish his time on the school board, called me about running for a spot on the board. “Jim’s call was totally out of the blue to me. I didn’t know Jim or anything about the school board. I knew it was an elected position but that was it. I owe a lot to Jim Bradford. He took a leap of faith on me. Even though he asked me to run, he really vetted me. That was 2011 and I’ve been on the board ever since.” What does he like most about being on the school board? “I love everything about our district,” Ownbey responds. “I love how the different cultures work together. Seeing the love, compassion and overwhelming concern for our kids’ safety that exists in our district is impressive. I was school board president for three years and was exposed to Dr. Rollins’ visionary abilities. He could not only see the district now but how it would be five years from now with the ultimate goal always being taking care of our kids educationally and socially.” Ownbey’s work with Tyson Foods and time on the school board has led him to say, “I love Springdale. It is my kids’ hometown. All three of our kids, Meg, Zach and Mollie are Har-Ber High School graduates. Meg is 26 and has a five year old who will be in kindergarten at Tyson Elementary. Zach is 24 and in construction management. Mollie is in apparel management. My wife, Holly, has been a teacher at Tyson Elementary for 18 years. I love this district.” What has been the most difficult aspect of being on the school board? “The most difficult time for me personally and professionally was being board president for most of the time Dr. Rollins was transitioning out of the district,” Ownbey says. “Dr. Rollins taught me all about the district. In Northwest Arkansas there has been Don Tyson, Sam Walton, J.B. Hunt and Jim Rollins. He has been as impactful to education as those others were to entrepreneurship. “As superintendent, he prepared our district for transition and the future. He began preparing us years ago. In the position he’s in now, as president of Northwest Technical Institute, he will be able to create two legacies. He will help Springdale Schools partner with NWTI to create unlimited opportunities for graduates not only of Springdale but of schools all over Northwest Arkansas.” Ownbey was on the board when Dr. Jared Cleveland, current superintendent, was named deputy superintendent seven years ago and is confident Dr. Cleveland will build on Rollins’ legacy. “Jared is compassionate and looks at things from every possible angle,” Ownbey says. “He is ultimately most concerned about the safety of our staff and kids. His thought process includes the well being of every student. “I like the plan he and our administrative staff developed for school this year. He has given excellent guidance as he’s worked with Johnny Key, the state’s commissioner of education.” Grateful for his time with Tyson Foods and enjoying his tenure on the school board, Kevin Ownbey is among the extraordinary people who help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Schools are open for enrollment. If your student is not yet enrolled, please call your school as soon as possible. If you aren't sure what school you are zoned for, please call the district office at 750-8800. #THEChoice https://www.sdale.org/o/springdale-public-schools/page/new-student-registration--28
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
District students who scored 5 on AP exams were given yard signs celebrating their success. There were 190 scores of 5 by district students, 18 more than in 2019, even though fewer students took AP tests. High achieving students help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
#SHIELDUP to keep everybody safe...
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please join Kevin Conkin, Co-Director of Transportation, about Bus and Transportation Back to School information. Topics include: -Routes & Times -Disinfecting Busses -Expectations for Bus Riders and more https://www.smore.com/eubks-bus-and-transportation-information
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank George's! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Salem Lutheran! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank ImmunizeAR. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
#SHIELDUP SPRINGDALE
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is the schedule for parents and/or students who are taking classes virtually to pick up their Chromebooks at the Don Tyson School of Innovation. #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thank Birdeye Printing! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another in a series of feature stories on Springdale School Board members. NICK EMERSON School Board Secretary-Treasurer Nick Emerson was raised by a teacher, married a teacher and thought about teaching and coaching for a career. Things changed when his baseball playing days ended and he learned about firefighting. “I played baseball and basketball at Springdale High School and went to the University of Central Arkansas to play baseball,” Emerson recalls. “It only took one year of college baseball to let me know I was done. So, I transferred to Northwest Arkansas Community College and got a degree in fire science. I had done volunteer work for the Johnson fire department while I was in school and a friend recommended I look at the Springdale fire department. “I liked fire science. In fact, my grade point average went up once I started taking those classes. So, I applied at Springdale and was hired. At the same time, I had always been interested in the medical field and 90 percent of our calls were medical rather than fire related. So, I went back to school to get certified as a paramedic.” Emerson served as a firefighter for five years, then was a paramedic for three. However, he began having neck issues and was forced to make a career change. “I was already doing real estate part time so it was an easy transition to get a broker’s license and move into that field,” Emerson explains. “Last March I was certified to sell property, casualty and life insurance. So, I am working for Gibson Real Estate and Adams Insurance and Financial. The businesses go together well.” Does he miss firefighting and serving as a paramedic? “I miss the guys, the work, the job,” Emerson responds. “I don’t miss the schedule. First responders go through a lot to provide service to the community and they sacrifice a great deal of family time. There are no holidays and, there are some tough moments. We worked some bad wrecks. It’s difficult to see people lose their loved ones.” Emerson is glad his loved ones are in education. His mother is a first grade teacher at Tyson Elementary, his wife, Rachel, teaches pre-k at Shaw Elementary, his sister taught at Harp Elementary before becoming a stay at home mother and his sister-in-law is an instructional facilitator at Elmdale Elementary. His wife is the daughter of Roger and Cynthia Voss, both of whom retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Cynthia was principal at Shaw and Roger taught and coached golf at Springdale High School. He and Rachel have two children, Carter and Cannon, in fourth and first grade, respectively, at Shaw and a daughter, Claira Kay, who will be in kindergarten next fall. The newest member of his family, Corali, was born in July. “My dad and I are the only ones in the family that aren’t in education,” Emerson says. “Without going back to school and becoming a teacher, I wanted to get involved. I have a passion for Springdale and Springdale Public Schools. I went through the Springdale District as a student, from Tyson Elementary to Tyson Middle School to Southwest Junior High to Springdale High School. “I’ve always liked being part of a team and that’s why I love being on the school board. We have a spectacular administrative team. With everything that is going on, our administrative team is proving they are the best and can handle just about anything. I have complete trust in them. They work countless hours and make our job as school board members much easier.” Emerson’s memories of being part of a team go back to making an all-star baseball team as a 10-year-old. “I made the all-star team but my dad told me I probably wouldn’t play much because the team was loaded, Emerson says. “I still wanted to be part of the team, even though I only played a little. Later, I played basketball at Southwest, then as a sophomore tried out for the team at Springdale High. They only took 20 for the junior varsity team and I got cut. “During the first week of school Coach (now assistant principal) Don Eichenberger stopped me in the hall and told me one of the junior varsity players had quit and there was a spot open if I wanted it. That night my dad told me, again, that I might not play much but asked me if I still wanted to be part of the team. I said yes and ended up starting quite a bit that year and most games as a junior.” Emerson adds, “I like being part of a team and involved. If you want to solve problems, you have to get involved instead of complaining. That’s why in real estate and insurance my goal is to serve people and make the experience of buying or selling a home or buying insurance as enjoyable as possible. It can be a stressful time. I try to be an example of loving my neighbor. In our world today, that is as important as ever.” A man who says he “loves life, being with family and sports,” Emerson is a major asset to the Springdale school board and among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Katie Wilson of Southwest Junior High receives a $2,000 scholarship check from David Cauldwell of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association to utilize toward her educational specialist degree. Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland joins to congratulate Katie. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Congratulations to Associate Superintendent Dr. Marcia Smith has been named the Association of Curriculum and Instruction Administration's Administrator of the Year. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland has been named Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Association of School Personnel Administrators! Congratulations! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Perry Webb and Bill Rogers of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce rehearse for the August 14 Teacher Appreciation Breakfast that will be virtual this year. Live streaming will be provided by district media staff members from the district TV studio. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is some great news! With One Step: The Arkhan Langenbelik story is an Official Selection of the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival! Amazing stories like his are why Springdale is #THEChoice Click here to watch the documentary: https://youtu.be/1876ILyLVHs
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please join Dr. Tara Harshaw, Director of Special Education for Springdale regarding the 2020-2021 School Year for Special Education Families. In English, Spanish and Marshallese https://www.smore.com/jz9bp-special-education-back-to-school
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another in the series of feature stories on school board members. DEBBIE CREEK School Board Member Debbie Creek inadvertently launched her route to becoming a member of the Springdale Public Schools School Board by serving as a substitute. Not a substitute teacher. A substitute speaker. Creek, controller at Harp’s Foods, was asked to substitute for Frank Ray as a Harp’s spokesperson at the annual Chamber of Commerce Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast. Ray had to switch to another commitment shortly before he was supposed to attend the breakfast. “I told Frank I wouldn’t talk about Harp’s,” Creek says. “Everyone in Springdale knows about Harp’s and how much the company supports Springdale Schools. I told him I would focus on the teachers and thank them for the great work they did. “While I was teaching it struck me how much I love school, so I said, ‘I love school.’ That night I decided that since I love school I would go back and earn my master’s in business administration. That was in August, 2016. I enrolled in the MBA program at John Brown University in December of 2018 and was able to complete the work in 18 months.” Speaking to the teachers motivated Creek to return to school but it also motivated a member of the audience to suggest Debbie should consider becoming a member of the school board. “Kathy McFetridge and I were friends and she was a member of the school board for many years,” Creek explains. “She heard me say I love school. She was about to move and couldn’t run again for school board in her zone so she suggested I run for that spot. I was working on my MBA, had three kids in school and was working full time at Harp’s so it made me really nervous to think about running for school board. “A short time later she stepped down so she could join the Arkansas School Board and I was appointed in her place. When I eventually ran I was unopposed and won the election, 2-0. My husband, Curtis, and I were the only ones who voted.” Creek is grateful Harp’s believes in community involvement and allows her to serve on three boards. “I’m also on the Chamber of Commerce and Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation boards,” says Creek. “I’m grateful to Harp’s for being so supportive. I had always been involved in PTA and booster clubs but Harp’s lets me go to school board lunches, work sessions and regular school board meetings. Harp’s is a big supporter of Springdale Schools.” School board lunches are among Creek’s favorite activities. She notes, “My goal is to never miss a school board lunch because the school administrators and teachers take time to prepare for us and I want to be there. I’ve only missed two since I’ve been on the board. I remember going to one and having a student tell me, ‘We have some very important people coming to our school today.’ It’s great that they feel that way. “At the lunches I love seeing what our kids are doing. They do amazing things. Our schools provide so many opportunities for students. That’s the advantage of being in a large district. I went to school in Huntsville. It’s a wonderful district but we didn’t have all the activities that are available in Springdale.” Creek enjoys sharing Springdale’s opportunities with members of other districts. “Last December we were in Little Rock for a state school board meeting,” she remembers. “Nick Emerson and I did a presentation with Dr. Marcia Smith on how to increase involvement in the schools by school board members. We told them about the school board lunches and everyone there was blown away that we spent so much time in the schools.” Spending time in school is something Creek has always liked. She credits her parents. “My dad was very intelligent but only finished the eighth grade,” Creek says. “My mom finished high school but didn’t get a college degree. Education was very important to both of them. I was the fourth of eight children and we grew up on a dairy farm in Clifty. We all had chores and they weren’t just making our beds and keeping our rooms clean. We milked cows twice a day. “Even though he had only gone to school through the eighth grade and he was operating a dairy farm, my dad always wanted to learn. If any of us couldn’t locate a textbook to do our homework, dad may have been studying it. So, my parents gave all of us a strong work ethic and desire to learn. All eight of us earned college degrees, five, including myself, from the University of Arkansas, two from the University of Tulsa and one from Arkansas State.” Springdale has taken care of Creek’s children. She and Curtis have five between them. Three have graduated from Springdale High School, one is a senior at SHS this year and the other is a sophomore at the Don Tyson School of Innovation. Curtis has served Springdale Schools for 11 years and currently serves as an instructional assistant in physical education at Harp Elementary. “We are proud of all our kids and are grateful to Springdale Schools for the education they have received,” Creek says. “Our oldest is an officer in the Air Force. Our two daughters who graduated from SHS are in nursing. One is a registered nurse and the other will be an RN after she finishes the nursing program at Arkansas Tech.” Of course, Creek is still learning, too. She has her CPA license, is a certified fraud examiner and loves to listen to audio books when she is driving. She’s even considering a doctorate program in accounting. She and the rest of the school board members are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Abbie Russell was presented her Regional Teacher of the Year Award by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Commissioner of Education Johnny Key. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Abbie Russell of Childers Knapp Elementary was in Little Rock for the celebration of Arkansas Teacher of the Year. She was among the 12 regional finalists. She was not among the four finalists who were named but was honored with the other 11 regional finalists. Joel Lookadoo, the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year who is currently at the Don Tyson School of Innovation and earned the award while at Lakeside Junior High, met with Russell, who also had her family present. Lookadoo introduced the regional finalists and announced the four finalists at the event. Great teachers help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is a feature story on School Board Vice President Randy Hutchinson. RANDY HUTCHINSON School Board Vice President The current longest tenured school board member is a Springdale High School graduate who might never have been involved in Springdale Schools if his father hadn’t done research on the district. Randy Hutchinson’s basketball skills landed him at Southwest Junior High and to eventually becoming an all-state basketball player at SHS. “I didn’t know this until many years later but while we were in the process of moving from Fort Smith to Northwest Arkansas my father researched all the schools in the area to find out who the best junior high basketball coach was,” explains Hutchinson, who is beginning his 14th year on the school board. “He knew I was tall, had big hands and feet and could be a good basketball player. “Dad discovered that Steve Price at Southwest was the best junior high basketball coach in Northwest Arkansas. I also played the tuba and Noel Morris was the Southwest band director. He was excellent as well. So, we bought a house in Springdale and I was ready to go to Southwest.” Hutchinson almost didn’t make it to Southwest, though. His parents thought they had moved into Southwest’s zone but it turned out their home was zoned to Central Junior High even though it was two miles closer to Southwest than Central. “Dad asked for a transfer and he took me to see Dr. (then Superintendent Jim) Rollins,” Hutchinson recalls. “I was about to be an eighth grader and went in to see him by myself. I explained the situation. He couldn’t have been nicer. He signed the form and I was enrolled at Southwest.” He spent two happy years at Southwest, playing basketball, football for coach Bruce Matthews and tuba in the band. He enjoyed all three activities but his father advised him to choose only one as he began high school. “Dad suggested basketball, so that’s what I did,” Hutchinson remembers. “That didn’t make Pat Ellison (band director) or Jarrell Williams (football coach) very happy. I was going to be a tight end in football. If I have one regret about my time at Springdale High, it’s that I didn’t play football.” Hutchinson thought he would be playing basketball for coach Dwight Gilbert but before Hutchinson’s sophomore campaign, Gilbert took another job. Jim Hamilton became the coach. Hutchinson still had a wonderful career, starting his entire junior (except for one game) and senior seasons and enduring when several players decided to leave the program. He thought he had a future in basketball until he spent his freshman year at John Brown University and saw very little playing time. He decided to transfer to the University of Arkansas where he earned a degree in business. “I met my wife, Cynthia, while I was at the UA,” Hutchinson says. “We had a late winter storm and I was at our fraternity house when Cynthia and a couple of her friends came by. She was competing in the Miss UA pageant. My ex-girlfriend had competed in several pageants so I was well versed in them. That prompted conversation with Cynthia. We clicked, had a date a week later and have been hanging out ever since.” Ever since is 29 years of marriage. That’s a year less than Hutchinson has worked for Shelter Insurance. “My mom had been working with Steve Harp, a Shelter agent, for years,” Hutchinson says. “Steve heard Shelter was hiring and, unbeknownst to me, put my name in the hat. I had accepted a job with Dillard’s and was about to go into management training in Little Rock. Walmart had talked to me about a job but I would have had to start in Grove, Oklahoma, so I accepted Dillard’s instead. “I got a call from Shelter telling me there was a claims adjuster position opening. It sounded pretty neat so I interviewed and got the job. It was hard calling Dillard’s to tell them I wasn’t coming. They’ve managed to do all right without me. “After a little more than six years as a claims adjuster, I became an agent. I love working with people and, since several of my clients are UA international students, I can truthfully say I insure people from all over the world. Shelter has been a great company to work for. It’s all I’ve ever known. I have many friends who have had four or five jobs in the 30 years I have been with Shelter.” Settled in Northwest Arkansas, happily married and raising three boys, Hutchinson was invited by his good friend and SHS classmate Mike Luttrell to run for a position on the school board. Luttrell was moving and could not run for his zoned position on the board. “Mike knew how involved I was with our sons’ booster clubs and PTAs,” says Hutchinson. “He thought I should run. I didn’t know anything about what school boards did. I had met Dr. Rollins as an eighth grader but I didn’t know anyone else on the administrative staff. “I met with Mike and Annette (now Thompson) Freeman, who was principal at George Elementary where our sons had all attended. They convinced me to run. I was unopposed. I think the vote was 2-0 since my wife and I were the only ones who voted.” Once he joined the board, he was immediately intimidated. He recalls, “Doug Sprouse, Jim Van Bebber, Robert Farrell and Jim Bradford were on the board at the time. They were all extremely successful. I wondered what I had gotten into. I just listened. I really enjoyed it, though. “When I started, Andrew was 12, Matthew was nine and Sam was eight. Now Andrew covers the Razorbacks for Rivals, Matthew works in Springdale and Sam just graduated from the UA and was just accepted into the master’s program for Supply Chain Management. “So, they’ve been out of Springdale Schools for four years but I still enjoy going into the schools and meeting the students and teachers. Plus, Cynthia and I do photography and take photos at athletic events and other venues. It keeps us young and gives us a chance to stay plugged in. It would be great to have another 13 years on the board. I am a Springdale guy through and through.” Also a member of the Arkansas School Board Association board who has been nominated for secretary-treasurer which, if he is elected, will lead to eventually being board president, Randy Hutchinson is a member of a strong school board that helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Schools thanks Dollar General! #THEChoice The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded a $7,240.00 grant to Springdale Public Schools ESL Department, in order to support family literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves. The funds awarded to the Springdale ESL department were used to create "take home" Summer Camp Literacy tubs. This project benefited 96 Springdale Family Literacy families and over 200 children in Springdale. “During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.” Thank you Dollar General Literacy Foundation! -- Shawna Lyons, Ed. D Grants Coordinator Springdale Public Schools Joye Ryan-
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Jaime Miller, who has served as a district ESL instructional specialist for the past 10 years, has been promoted to assistant ESL director. "I am very excited," Miller said. "This is a great opportunity to partner with Carrie Bradow (ESL director) and all our schools to equip our English language learners with the tools they need to insure their success by being able to access the wonderful programs in the Springdale Schools. "Our English learners and their families enrich the fabric of Springdale." A University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in Spanish and secondary education, Miller taught Spanish for three years at Springdale High School, two years at Har-Ber High School and for a year in Arizona. She was an ESL instructional facilitator at Har-Ber for three years before joining the district staff. She has spent considerable time in Mexico and Peru. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Reopening School: Know your options 2020-2021 School Year- July 28, 2020 Update https://www.smore.com/k0var
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is the first in a series of feature stories on current Springdale Public Schools school board members. MICHELLE COOK School Board President Michelle Cook has been a Springdale resident for all but three years of her life. However, it was during those three years away from Northwest Arkansas that she developed her passion for serving in education. “We moved to Houston shortly after I got married,” Cook, in her first year as School Board President and seventh year on the school board says. “We moved for my husband, John’s, job. A friend of mine’s mother in law was principal at a private school in Houston for students with special needs. I was at our rehearsal dinner when the principal called and offered me a job as a teacher’s assistant. “As it turned out the school was a block from the apartment we leased and I could walk to work. I worked in a class with 10 students. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. During that year I earned an alternative certification so I could teach. “So, I taught special ed students for two years at a public school and finally fell in love with Houston. Then we had our first child and decided to move back to Springdale. We’ve been very happy here and all three of our children have gone through Springdale Public Schools.” Cook is a Springdale High graduate and earned a degree in marketing and management at the University of Arkansas before getting married. She hasn’t taught since returning to Springdale but was impressed with Springdale Schools long before she joined the school board. “Our oldest, Anna, is a senior at the University of Arkansas and our middle, John Ryan, is a junior there,” Cook says. “Our youngest, Ashley, is a junior at Har-Ber High School. Anna and John Ryan would argue with anyone that Springdale provides the best educational experience to prepare a student for college. Given the opportunities they had in Springdale Schools, they were exceptionally prepared. Having diverse schools prepared them for college.” Cook was present with her children every step of the way as they progressed through Springdale Schools. She was PTA President at Hunt Elementary when it opened and later at Hellstern Middle School. Her experience led to eventually running for a spot on the school board. “I enjoy serving and have been on several governing boards, says Cook. “As a school board member, I like meeting the needs of students, parents and teachers. Any time they say thank you, I know I’ve helped make a difference. “The best part of being on the school board is going into the schools and seeing what makes students have that ‘light bulb moment.’ I love seeing the light go on students’ faces when they explain something that they have learned. “We need to be present in the schools. If we see students smiling and parents feeling welcome, we know things are working. I watch students run up to their teachers and both have smiles on their faces.” Because Cook taught in special education classrooms, she especially looks forward to visiting special ed rooms as a school board member. “I like to read to special education students,” Cook says. “I like to talk to special ed teachers and ask counselors what they need.” While special ed has Cook’s heart, she also enjoys band. Once she made a request of the administrative team. She wanted to sit in the middle of a band. “At a school board luncheon at J.O. Kelly Middle School they made arrangements for each of us to sit in the band while they practiced,” Cook recalls. “At Lakeside Junior High they taught us how to play the ukulele. I’ve learned so much at those school board luncheons. I’ve learned some math and some coding. Our students are amazing.” Cook also has been amazed at some of the notes and small gifts school board members receive from students and staff. “I’ve kept everything students have given me,” she says. “I’ve kept every letter, every note. I have seen so many students grow up in our district. That’s why I love graduations. I love seeing faces of students I know or hugging them as they come get their diplomas. I look forward to having traditional graduations again in the future.” Cook also looks forward to the upcoming academic year. “This has been a very different year,” Cook says. “I became President of the school board in March and a week or so later we were out of school. Then we went through our first change of superintendents in 38 years. But, we have come through it and are in good hands with Dr. (Superintendent Jared) Cleveland and the administrative team. “I’m excited for our students. This year will be challenging. It’s not like past years. But, if we extend grace it will be much easier on everyone. Circumstances can force things to change on a dime but if we extend grace and realize we are all in this together we will see growth and innovation. We need to show love to our neighbors. I hope we come out of this kinder than ever before.” It’s hard to imagine Michelle Cook being kinder than she already is. She has a deep affection and commitment to the Springdale School District. She leads a school board that cares deeply for the students in each of the district schools. Cook and the rest of the school board members are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another feature story on a member of the Springdale Public Schools leadership team. KEVIN CONKIN Co-Director of Transportation, Assistant Director of Support Services Three words changed Kevin Conkin’s direction in life. They were, “Come see me.” Simple words but they eventually caused Conkin to leave a lucrative construction business to enter the world of public education. “I always wanted to be a contractor so I started building homes, then owned my own company in Paris, Arkansas,” Conkin recalls. “Richard Abernathy was superintendent of the Paris School District at the time and he had a job open as maintenance director. There was construction involved and he knew that was my background. “I had seen the job advertised in the newspaper but the salary did not interest me. He called me and asked why I hadn’t applied and I told him it was the salary. That’s when he said, ‘Come see me.’ “It came at a time the economy was going down and our youngest son, Charlie, would cry every time I went out the door because he knew I might be gone for a few days or more. So, I went to see Richard on a Friday, he made the money right and I’ve been in the school business ever since.” Conkin has completed 20 years in public education maintenance, construction and transportation as he enters his third year in Springdale. He has been elevated to Co-Director of Transportation with Dana Samples, who plans to retire in the near future, and is Assistant Director of Support Services to Jeremy White. He and his family were entrenched in the Paris community and had no intention of leaving. What brought him to Springdale? “I was active and once served as president of Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and also was president of the Arkansas School Plant Managers Association,” Conkin says. “Dr. (Superintendent Jared) Cleveland was deputy superintendent in Springdale at the time. I was presiding over a class and wanted to get Northwest Arkansas more involved so I visited with Dr. Cleveland, who suggested we have it at the Springdale Holiday Inn. “We got to know each other and he told me they needed me in Springdale. We didn’t want to move but Dr. Cleveland is a tough negotiator and he’s very persistent. He loves kids, is a good Christian, shares the same values we have and knows a lot of the same people I do. He wasn’t the superintendent at the time but I wouldn’t have left Paris for anyone else.” It didn’t take long for Conkin to realize how special Springdale is. He had been in the district for only a year when his wife, Schelle, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer even though she had never smoked. “We had just moved into our home and Schelle was a first grade teacher at Young,” Conkin explains. “The out pouring of love we received from teachers and staff at Young was overwhelming. School board members were bringing food to our house. School board members! How did they even know who we were? We had only been here a year. “She was sick but we never went hungry. People came with food every night. Bus drivers sent us cards, prayed for us and even made financial contributions. Kevin Ownbey was school board president. He called, concerned. So many people contacted us I couldn’t even write them all down. Once while we were at M.D. Anderson in Houston, someone mowed our lawn. I still don’t know who it was. “When she was diagnosed there was no guarantee she would see our son, Garrett’s, next football game. Now she is in remission and saw our son, Charlie, graduate from college. He’s starting medical school at UAMS this year. “The community support has been amazing. I’ve seen that same love between teaches and students. You don’t get that support everywhere. Dr. Cleveland got us to Springdale but after what we have experienced in a short time, nothing will get us to leave.” Going through a difficult personal time has helped prepare Conkin for the circumstances facing Springdale, Arkansas and the entire nation today. He notes, “We have challenges ahead. We are doing our best to keep schools and buses clean. We will be disinfecting our buses multiple times per day. Our drivers will be wearing masks. “Dana loves kids and this district and so do I. Safety comes first. We are in uncharted waters but we are expanding our mission to keep kids and employees safe.” Even during challenging times Conkin says, “There has never been a day in the school business that I have regretted. I love coming to work.” Conkin has become a valuable member of the Springdale School District leadership team, all because Richard Abernathy told him to “Come see me,” and Dr. Jared Cleveland was persistent enough to convince him to come to Springdale. Conkin, Samples, White and the entire maintenance, transportation and food service teams are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Principals and assistant principals assembled in the Springdale High School Performing Arts Center to hear a welcoming message from first-year Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland. School Board President Michelle Cook also gave a brief greeting. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Trent Jones, who has served as Director of Media for the past eight years, has been named Director of Communications. He replaces Rick Schaeffer, who will serve with Jones as Media Relations Specialist. "This is a humbling honor because I love the city of Springdale and the people of our school district," Jones said. "I am motivated and dedicated to insuring that all people in our city know how much our schools think of them. Our students are the future of our community and it is my distinguished honor to let them know that. "I thank Dr. (Superintendent Jared) Cleveland for his trust in the communications department and in me personally." A graduate of Springdale High School, Jones earned his degree in communications from the University of the Ozarks. He served as chief photographer for the NBC affiliate in Northwest Arkansas (KNWA) for three years before joining the Springdale School District. After a year of teaching study hall at Springdale High School, Jones was named video productions instructor at Har-Ber High School when it opened. He served at Har-Ber for seven years before directing video and media operations for the entire district. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Join Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland and School Board President Michelle Cook as they ask important questions regarding COVID-19 and the 2020-2021 school year, with special guest and President of Arkansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Gary Wheeler https://www.smore.com/5us7m
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thanks to partnerships with the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and Tyson Foods, Sonora Middle School has been distributing food bundles to needy families weekly since March. This is in addition to passing out district meals three times per week. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
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3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents: A survey allowing you to choose either onsite or blended learning for your students will be sent out Wednesday morning. #THEChoice Padres: una encuesta que te permite elegir entre el aprendizaje en el sitio o combinado para sus estudiantes se enviará el miércoles por la mañana.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
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3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another feature story on a member of Springdale Public Schools' leadership team. JEREMY WHITE Director of Support Services Jeremy White wanted to be a firefighter. As a teenager he was a volunteer on the Nob Hill Fire Department in Sonora, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. Two decades or so later he isn’t fighting fires but he has become skilled at putting fires out. White, recently promoted to Director of Support Services after serving as Director of Maintenance, puts out fires of a different kind on a regular basis. It might be replacing carpet with stained concrete. It could be installing cabinets in a new building. It might even be as dramatic as replacing a broken water main so quickly that students hardly knew it happened. “A couple of years ago we had a water main break at Shaw Elementary,” White recalls. “We started work as soon as school was out that day and worked all night. We had to tear out the floor and we had the floor put back together about four in the morning. By 6 am, it was still a little wet but by the time school started it was so normal the kids hardly knew it had happened. “The Shaw students thought it was cool how quickly we fixed the problem. They sent us cards and letters with drawings of the floor. I still have those cards, letters and drawings in our showcase.” White and his crews don’t always have to work so quickly or so late but events like the water main break at Shaw have helped prepare him for the challenges presented by COVID-19. “COVID totally changed our summer plans,” White explains. “We have been taking out water fountains and putting in sneeze guards. We have taken out or have plans to pull out hallway carpets and replacing them with stained concrete in seven elementary schools, all four middle schools and in front of the gym at Southwest Junior High. We’ve also replaced carpet with concrete in several classrooms. “Our custodians have really stepped up. By removing carpet and staining and polishing the floors, they have made it easier to keep the hallways clean and sanitized. We’ve had custodians working day shifts and night shifts to get the work done. They have adapted amazingly well. Our custodians and all our support services staff members have been working the whole time.” What drives White and his staff to take on such monumental projects? “Being able to help the kids and staff in our district makes us all feel good,” White responds. “It could be overwhelming but we don’t know any different. We are a big district. It’s normal for us to have a lot of projects. “It’s funny. When I was going to school I couldn’t wait to get out and get a job. Now I am in schools every day and this is the best job I’ve ever had. There are different challenges every day.” White isn’t insinuating he didn’t like school. He treasures spending 13 years in the Springdale District. After a kindergarten year at Lee, he went to Jones Elementary from first through sixth grade. He spent seventh, eighth and ninth grade at Central Junior High before three years and graduation at Springdale High School. “After high school I went to Northwest Arkansas Community College to study to become a firefighter but when I had to learn about EMT, I didn’t like it,” White says. “The medical aspect of it wasn’t for me.” So, he learned to do network wiring and worked for a company that traveled all over the country to work on schools as well as commercial properties. “I loved the travel,” White says. “It was a lot of fun. But, I was married and had a daughter and when she was somewhere between three and four years old she realized I was gone a lot. Travel wasn’t as much fun, then. I didn’t want to travel anymore.” Before losing the itch to travel, White had done the network wiring at Young Elementary as it was being completed. He did such good work that Amanda Love, head of district technology at the time, tried to hire him. “I didn’t take the job but two years later, when I decided I wanted to be home more, I applied with the district tech department,” White says. “They didn’t have a position but sent me to maintenance. I went to work with Fred George, then Junior Copeland. I took Junior’s job as Director of Maintenance when he retired in July, 2015. “Our district maintenance is not like those in 90 percent of the districts. We have our own construction team that works on all our building projects. We polish and seal concrete, build shelves and put in data. We do a lot of the work in house, from design to finish. We have electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians. I like knowing we can build nice buildings and help make them work for kids.” Confirming the maintenance team’s work on new buildings, White has personally been involved in the construction of two pre-k centers, seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two junior highs, three high schools and four wellness centers during his time in Springdale Public Schools. While White no longer wants a job with a lot of travel, he did have an opportunity to leave the district. However, he loves Springdale and his work too much to depart. “Dr. (Superintendent Jared) Cleveland talked me into teaching a class on energy star ratings in Hot Springs a couple years ago,” White remembers. “A representative from the Arkansas Department of Education heard the presentation. A week later they wanted to hire me as Director of Maintenance and Facilities for the entire state. “It would have been a really good job but I didn’t want to relocate to another part of the state.” Cleveland, among many others, is glad White stayed in Springdale. One of Cleveland’s first moves when he became Superintendent July 1 was to elevate White to his new position. White now oversees custodians, the warehouse, maintenance and transportation as well as works with food services, nurses and health care. Springdale is fortunate Jeremy White decided years ago to stay close to home. He and his staff are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
These are challenging times for everyone and we want you to know that no matter what educational option you decide is best for you and your family, Ozark Guidance is here to help. Ozark Guidance School Based Mental Health Professionals and Qualified Behavioral Health Providers will be available to provide services and support at school locations, in our clinic offices, and virtually. For more information, call (479) 695-1240 or visit us here: https://www.ozarkguidance.org/programs-and-services/child-services/#school-based-services
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another in a series of feature stories on Springdale Public Schools' administrative staff. KENDRA CLAY General Counsel Planning on taking a trip? You might want to find out where Kendra Clay is traveling and head in the opposite direction. That’s the advice Clay’s mother suggested years ago. “I was studying in Spain with other University of Arkansas students when a commuter train that ran very near to us was bombed,” recalls Clay, who serves as the Springdale School District’s General Counsel. “A year later I was a first-year law student at Tulane when Hurricane Katrina hit. My mom said it was getting to the point no one would want to travel with me.” Clay and her family have made many seamless trips since so it’s probably safe to vacation in the same area with the Clay’s after all. However, her experiences in Spain and New Orleans have helped keep her steady during the current national pandemic. “Unexpected bad things can happen at any time,” Clay says. “I’ve learned you can come out better on the other side. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but you’ll get there. It’s easier to say than do but dealing with something like the current pandemic you have to keep calm and not be overwhelmed. Step by step we can all get through this.” Clay didn’t experience Katrina’s ferocity but she experienced the aftermath. “Katrina hit on a Monday,” Clay remembers. “I left New Orleans on the Saturday before it hit. My mom called and told me there was a hurricane coming. I initially didn’t want to leave. It was August and I hadn’t been there very long. But, we agreed I would start driving home and if the hurricane didn’t hit I would turn around and drive back. “By the time I got to Conway (where she grew up), Katrina was a category 5. I had packed clothes for three days thinking it would be like coming home for the weekend. Katrina hit in August. I didn’t go back to my apartment in New Orleans until October.” What did she find when she returned? “My apartment was on the third floor so it’s didn’t flood,” Clay explains. “I had a betta fish in a fish bowl as a pet. The bowl was nearly dry and the fish was laying on the bottom. My dad, who is a prankster, said ‘I think it’s still alive.’ I thought he was kidding but we brought in some bottled water and poured it into the bowl. Amazingly, the fish was alive. It hadn’t had food or water since I left but it was alive. “We were only allowed to stay a day in New Orleans to clean out the apartment. We brought the fish home. I left it with my parents, they took care of it and it lived another couple of years or so.” While she was in Conway and before returning to Tulane, Clay began dating Justin, who would eventually become her husband. He was working in Little Rock at the time. Once Kendra went back to law school, they dated long distance until she earned her degree. When she did go back to Tulane in January, she witnessed the devastation that remained in New Orleans. Her fish had survived but Clay began to wonder if law school was for her. “I had known for a long time I wanted to go to law school but when you get in, you discover how hard it is,” Clay says. “It’s a different environment than I ever had experienced. Lots of times I wondered why I was there. I would call home and there were lots of tears. My parents told me to take things one step at a time. I finally finished. I made it.” Clay’s future took an unforeseen turn once she completed her work at Tulane. “After growing up in Conway I just assumed I would move to a big city and practice corporate law,” she says. “I worked two years at a private law firm, then was hired by the Arkansas Department of Education. That’s where I discovered my area. I didn’t know much about educational law before being hired but it was relevant and different. I was staff attorney for five years, then served a year as General Counsel before moving to Springdale.” Clay moved to Springdale at the invitation of Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland, who was Deputy Superintendent at the time. “At the Department of Education I had worked with Jared and Megan Slocum, who was Associate Superintendent in Springdale when Jared asked if I would be interested,” Clay says. “When Jared called the first time I had just had our middle child and the timing wasn’t good. He called two years later and I accepted the job.” Clay has thrived in providing legal counsel for the district. She is happy she and her family made the move. “We are glad to live in Springdale,” says Clay. “When I was at the University of Arkansas as a student I knew Springdale was up the road from Fayetteville but didn’t know much more about the city. Springdale is sizable but feels like a small community. The school district is fantastic. The district serves kids more and better than I ever imagined.” Clay has reason to know. Her two sons, Cross and Cohen will be at Young Elementary this year. Cross will be in the second grade. Cohen will be in kindergarten. She also has a 19-month-old daughter who is a future Springdale School District student. So, for the Clay's, living and working in Springdale is a family affair. For Springdale Schools, bringing Clay to the administrative team has been a tremendous blessing. Kendra Clay is among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Attention Students: Those of you planning on taking the ACT exam tomorrow, July 18, 2020, please log in to ACT and check your assigned testing location. IT MAY HAVE CHANGED! Don't miss your chance to test by showing up at the wrong location!
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
AETN's education panel featuring Springdale Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland is being taped this morning and will actually air at 7:30 pm Friday and 10 am Sunday. Steve Barnes is the host. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tucker Reed will be a third grader at Walker Elementary and can't wait to get back to school. He wants teachers and staff to be safe so he set up a lemonade stand to raise money for extra face coverings and sanitation supplies. After two nights of sales, Tucker delivered $502 to help keep Walker teachers and staff safe. #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is another in a series of feature stories about Springdale Public School administrators. DR. MARCIA SMITH Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation Marcia Smith dropped out of college before discovering her passion. She spent a year at the University of Arkansas but left and spent three months as a teacher’s aide. That’s when she decided to pursue a career in public education. “My grandmother had encouraged me to go to college so I went to Arkansas,” Smith, Springdale’s Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation, recalls. “After a year I dropped out and became a teacher’s aide. It was a job that didn’t require a college degree. I loved it and decided I wanted to be a teacher. I enrolled at John Brown University and earned a degree in math with a minor in education. Smith’s grandmother did more than encourage her to go to college. She raised her for three years of elementary school and three years in high school. “I was born in San Diego and grew up just north of Los Angeles until my dad and mom got a divorce,” Smith explains. “So, when I was in the third grade my sister, Mari, and I came to Cincinnati, Arkansas to live with our grandmother. There are only about 50 people in Cincinnati. “My grandfather, who served in the military in World War II and was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, had already passed away. My grandmother had never driven a car. She learned to drive and got a driver’s license just so she could take us to school. School was in nearby Siloam Springs. After three years Smith and her sister moved back to California where her dad lived close to Six Flags Magic Mountain. She says, “If you remember the movie ‘Vacation,’ Six Flags was just like Walley World.” Eventually she moved back to Cincinnati and spent 10th, 11th and 12th grades at Siloam Springs High. “My grandmother (Marie Franceschi) will always be special in my heart,” says Smith. “She was the person who pushed me academically. She is the one who strongly suggested I go to college. She was in failing health while I was at John Brown. I finished my degree work in December and she passed away the following January. So, she was still here when I earned my undergraduate degree.” Her grandmother also was still alive when Smith met her husband, Brent. “We met 36 years ago at Pizza Hut in Siloam Springs where I was waiting tables,” Smith recalls. “After several years of dating, we got married. It’s been over 30 years now. I have been very fortunate.” She has also been fortunate to have a career she thoroughly enjoys. Her degree was in math rather than elementary education because “my friends all told me I would rather teach older students. So, that’s what I did, for a year at Southwest Junior High and Springdale High School, then for several years just at Springdale High. But, I love elementary schools. Looking back, I could have easily decided to go into elementary education.” She thought teaching would be her permanent occupation until Allen Williams, then the SHS principal, suggested she should consider administration. “I had never considered administration but went home that night and, after thinking about it, decided I would like to try,” Smith says. “Two years later I was assistant principal at Springdale High School. I owe my administrative career to Allen Williams. It shows how one person can make a difference in your life. I am glad he is back in our district.” (Williams was just hired as principal at J.O. Kelly Middle School.) After eight years as assistant principal at Springdale High and after earning her administrative, building license leadership, specialist leadership and PHD degrees, Smith was named principal at George Junior High. She had hardly started the job when she received a surprising phone call. “Dr. (then Superintendent Jim) Rollins called and told me I had been hired as assistant superintendent,” Smith remembers. “I was in the George parking lot and almost didn’t take the call because I didn’t recognize the number. I sat in my car dumbfounded.” She served as Assistant Superintendent for instruction, grades 6-12 for three years, was promoted to Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation while retaining her other duties for a year and is in her second year as strictly Associate Superintendent. “This is a dream come true job for me,” Smith says. “I swap stories with my sister, who is an educator in California, and educators from other states and realize how amazing Springdale is. We truly are leading the state and nation in supporting students. “No matter what position I’ve held or anyone in our district holds, student learning is our number one priority. When I was a first-year teacher I started because of my love for math. I quickly shifted to understanding student learning is the ultimate. Teachers impact students. In the position I am in I have the opportunity to influence teachers and administrators to inspire student success.” Smith hasn’t lost her joy of teaching. While at SHS she also taught courses at Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas. She still teaches courses at the UA. “I absolutely love to teach so I teach one course each semester at the UA,” Smith says. “I like to try new strategies and it keeps me connected to teaching. Several of my former students work in our district. I love seeing them as young adults.” As passionate as she is for education, Smith also loves to run. She has participated in eight marathons (26.2 miles), including one in Chicago where she “finished a minute behind Oprah (Winfrey). I never saw Oprah. She had quite a team surrounding her.” A foot injury has limited her running lately but nothing slows down the torrid pace she keeps as an educator. Thank goodness she served as a teacher’s aide while she was pondering her future because Smith is a highly valued team member on an administrative staff that helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dr. Jared Cleveland releases an update on several topics regarding opening school in August. July 15, 2020 update https://www.smore.com/wu90g
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Archer Learning Center has a new logo and mascot, approved by the School Board at the July meeting. Archer students are now the Aviators! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
During the spring semester Brian Johnson of Lakeside Junior High was named Arkansas Library Media Specialist of the Year! Congratulations! #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
For clarification, the Springdale School District will provide, at no charge, two washable masks for every student in the district. Parents may provide their students their own masks if they wish. #THEChoice
3 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The Springdale School Board approved a new calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QJKSQllDJ6goiNUcfG9ZNWwaWzuFd3ZS5oFvIome08k/edit?usp=sharing
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The School board of Springdale Public Schools approves a temporary policy to require face coverings for staff and students when social distancing is not possible. This requirement includes any time a student is on district property, district-owned transportation or school-sponsored activities. Students will be able to remove face coverings while eating meals or snack, and will be given breaks throughout the day. Students will be placed at least six feet apart during face-covering breaks.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Lakeside Junior High counselor Lauren Willis has been named Arkansas Middle Level Counselor of the Year! She had previously been selected as Northwest Arkansas Middle Level Counselor of the Year. Congratulations! #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is another in a series of feature stories on the district administrative staff. DAMON DONNELL Coordinator of Student Support Services Damon Donnell can relate to the Little Drummer Boy. When he was in the sixth grade, Donnell wanted to take band. His mom was struggling to put food on the table but found Damon a drum at a yard sale. That drum helped launch a career in music that eventually led to Donnell becoming Coordinator of Student Support Services in the Springdale School District. “My mom knew I wanted to be in the band,” Donnell recalls. “She went to several yard sales and finally found one she could purchase. It was a real sacrifice for her. I not only used that drum during sixth grade but throughout high school. I made a few modifications and it wasn’t the best but it lasted through my senior year.” His love of band lasted way beyond high school but he never would have had the opportunity to continue had it not been for his high school band leader. “I had a great teacher,” Donnell says. “Her name was Miss Flourney. She has married since then. Her name now is Mrs. Humphrey. She put me in her own car and drove me to the University of Central Arkansas. Gilbert Baker was the percussion teacher there. I auditioned for him and probably wasn’t too impressive. “Somehow Miss Flourney convinced Gilbert Baker to give me a four year scholarship. She told him how good I could be. I not only played in the UCA band for four years, I also served as a graduate assistant. It was all because a teacher believed in my potential, not where I was but where I could be.” After graduating from UCA, Donnell was hired as middle school and assistant high school band director at Vilonia. He spent five years there before coming to the Springdale School District as band director at Central Junior High. After three years at Central, he became band director at Hellstern Middle School. Hellstern elevated him to assistant principal, a position he held for eight years before being named assistant principal at the Don Tyson School of Innovation. He moved into the central administration office at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. “There is so much creativity in band and I love that,” Donnell says. “It’s also why I love my current job. Families in our district need help and I love helping them. I oversee social services, counselors, dyslexia, school safety and district band programs. All of those areas require creative solutions and I like to be creative. “This job has broadened my horizons. It has allowed me to be more connected to our community as well as principals, assistant principals and teachers. I feel a huge burden to continue the tradition of excellence in Springdale Schools. Excellence didn’t occur by happenstance. It has been great people working hard for over 40 years.” Donnell and his wife, Michelle, have twin daughters at Har-Ber High School. Faith and Cadence are their names and they are very involved in volleyball. That’s no surprise since Michelle was quite an athlete. She was a state track champion. “We met at the Conway Athletic Center when I was at UCA,” Donnell recalls. “We differ on which one of us asked the other what time it was. I thought I asked her. She thought she asked me. In any event, it led to conversation and a date. Six months later we were married. We’ve now been married 20 years.” Besides his family and keeping the Springdale tradition, what drives Donnell to be excellent every day? “My upbringing in poverty motivates me,” Donnell responds. “Others grew up with more opportunities than I had. We have a lot of students in our district who I can relate to. I like to work and I enjoy serving others and doing the right thing.” Donnell knows he did the right thing when he moved to Springdale and he still communicates with his high school band teacher, thanking her for showing faith in his potential. Donnell’s focus on providing opportunities for students and his care for their families are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Abbie Russell, EAST facilitator at Childers Knapp Elementary School, has been named one of 12 regional finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year. She says, "I always wanted to be a teacher because teachers are the people who help others realize their dreams. They believe in all students and empower them to believe in themselves. I'm so honored and blessed to represent the amazing teachers from all over Northwest Arkansas." Joel Lookadoo of the Don Tyson School of Innovation is the current Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Great teachers help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sara Ford, principal at J.O. Kelly since it opened 25 years ago, was surprised by a drive through retirement celebration in front of the school! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Shay Hopper, who has served the past two years as instructional facilitator for the Don Tyson School of Innovation Virtual School, has been named Assistant Principal at DTSOI and Coordinator of the DTSOI Virtual Innovation Academy. "I love that Springdale provides so many academic platforms," said Hopper. "The flexibility and opportunities virtual can offer are essential, not only during COVID-19, but any time so students can explore their passions outside of school and get a head start on college and/or career. "I appreciate the trust Dr. (Superintendent Jared), Dr. (Associate Superintendent Marcia) Smith, Shannon (Assistant Superintendent) Tisher and Kelly (DTSOI principal) Boortz have put into me to direct the virtual program. We want to exceed the expectations of our Springdale families in giving opportunities to our students." Hopper earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Arkansas. She served her MAT internship at Tyson Middle School, Southwest Junior High and Springdale High School. She authored the Arkansas history textbooks being used by seventh and eighth graders. Before moving to the DTSOI, she served as the district leader in strategic planning in the Fayetteville School District. She also opened the Fayetteville High School Virtual program. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is another in the continuing series on Springdale Public School District administrators. MELISSA FINK Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Grades K-7 Melissa Fink has always had a huge heart. She enrolled at the University of Arkansas with the intent of becoming a social worker and her work began much sooner than expected. Even while she and her husband, Dewayne, were in college, they took in a nine-year-old who needed help. “I was working at the Habberton House in connection with Ozark Guidance while I was in college,” Fink says. “It was an eye-opening experience to see what kids went through. Dewayne and I were already married and there was a nine year old girl that needed a place to stay. We were already working with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and we made the decision to take her in. Looking back, we were way too young to do that but we built a good relationship and we still maintain a relationship with her today.” The experience helped prepare her for an educational career in the Springdale Public School District. After serving as principal at Jones Elementary for 13 years, Fink was named Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, grades K-7. “I am super excited to be in this new position,” says Fink. “It was sad to leave Jones. I had been there 16 years, three as assistant principal under Debbie Flora and 13 as principal. The community support we had there was amazing. In my new position I can support Jones and all the elementary and middle schools at a level not possible for a principal.” Helping kids has been in Fink’s heart since her days in high school. “As a student at Springdale High School I was part of a mentoring experience with elementary students,” Fink recalls. “I was working with a girl at Tyson Elementary who didn’t have what I had. We built a good relationship. That’s when I decided to go into social work. “When I got into college I realized teaching was what I wanted to do. I saw the impact a teacher could have in the classroom. Having a vision of impact has guided me from the classroom to eventually becoming a principal and to my new position as assistant superintendent.” Fink’s vision has been developed in Springdale throughout her entire life. She went to Springdale Schools from kindergarten through high school. While her master’s of teaching internship was in Fayetteville, her desire was to teach in Springdale, even as Dewayne was considering his own future employment. After flirting with Dallas, where Dewayne had several offers to launch his career as a pilot, the Finks decided Springdale was where they wanted to remain. Dewayne took a position as a commercial pilot with American Airlines but commuted from Springdale. He now flies for Federal Express and commutes to Memphis. “We just couldn’t leave Springdale,” Fink says. “Dewayne can commute from anywhere and I took a teaching position at Parson Hills. I was there five years before moving to Jones as assistant principal. After those three years and 13 years as principal at Jones, I could write a book but no one would believe all that has happened there. “Jones was a mission field for me and I only had to drive 10 minutes to get there. We followed our students all the way through high school and celebrated their graduations. We followed them into adulthood. Our oldest daughter, Lauren, went to elementary school at Jones and just graduated from Springdale High School. Our other daughter, Ashlynn Grace, will be a fifth grader at Jones this year.” There may be another Fink in the Springdale School District in the future as she and Dewayne are currently fostering a two-year-old with intentions to adopt. “Our entire family is passionate about Springdale Schools,” Fink declares. “We want all the schools to do well because we want the community of Springdale to do well. We could choose to live anywhere with my husband’s job but we choose to raise our family here.” The Springdale Public School District is fortunate to have Melissa Fink as an incredibly committed member of its staff. She is among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Har-Ber High School seniors who desired a moderated traditional graduation went through ceremonies in the Marsha Jones Performing Arts Center, then picked up their diplomas. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale High School staged its moderated traditional graduation ceremony in the school's rotunda. Several seniors and their families participated. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Archer Learning Center seniors who desired a moderated traditional graduation ceremony were honored in the school's gym. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dr. Allen Williams, who has worked in several positions in the Springdale School District, has been named principal at J.O. Kelly Middle School. He replaces Sara Ford, who is retiring after 25 years as the school's principal. "I've heard nothing but great things about the staff and students at J.O. Kelly," Williams said. "Sara Ford has been a model principal for 25 years. I look forward to getting to know the students and their families and to serve them. I'm grateful to Dr. Jared Cleveland, the administrative staff and the school board for this opportunity." Ironically, Williams was selected to be the initial principal when J.O. Kelly opened. He was assistant principal at Springdale High and had been named J.O. Kelly principal while the school was under construction. However, he accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Vilonia and Ford was hired as principal. "Allen Williams is a long time educator who brings stability," said Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland. "He's been a principal, assistant principal and superintendent. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring him back to Springdale." A University of Central Arkansas graduate with a degree in education, with focus on math and chemistry, Williams earned his master's from UCA in secondary school leadership and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas in education administration. Williams taught four years in Conway before moving to Springdale. He served two years as assistant principal at Southwest Junior High, then three years as assistant principal at Springdale High. After his time as assistant superintendent at Vilonia, Williams was hired as principal at Springdale High. He was there four years, then became Assistant Superintendent for Finance for three years. He left to become Superintendent at Prairie Grove. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Superintendent, School Officials Tour Tyson Foods Plant to Learn about Company’s Health and Safety Measures Springdale Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland and other district representatives toured Tyson Foods’ Berry St. plant in Springdale today to learn more about the company’s health and safety measures in response to COVID-19 and how those best practices can help inform the district’s plan as it prepares for the return of students to the classroom this fall. Tyson has put in place a host of protective steps in collaboration with local health and government officials that meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidance for preventing COVID-19 at its facilities. School officials received an up-close look at the protections the company has implemented, including symptom screenings for all team members before every shift,  mandatory protective face masks to all team members, as well as a range of social distancing measures, such as physical barriers between workstations and in breakrooms. Tyson is also working with team members to provide training and education in several languages on how best to follow CDC guidelines both at work and home. “What I was hoping to accomplish was to find out what Tyson had been doing for their employees to ensure safety, security and cleanliness,” said Dr. Jared Cleveland, Superintendent, Springdale Public Schools. “What I found was that Tyson is doing way more than what I anticipated in regard to sanitation. I discovered that they really care for their employees and went over and above what I thought might be necessary in order to do so. We have that same high level of care for our students and staff.” “Our top priority is the well-being of our team members, their families and our communities, and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe and healthy,” said Matt Evans, complex manager, Tyson Foods. “As our team members’ and their children prepare for the upcoming school year, today’s tour was an opportunity to share best practices with the district to help ensure we’re all doing our part to keep the community safe and healthy.” Photos and b-roll of today’s tour, as well as a video clip from Dr. Cleveland can be accessed here.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dr. Jared Cleveland: Reopening School in August July 10, 2020 update https://www.smore.com/v5b9q
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Crystal Bridges and The Momentary are donating art supplies to Smith Elementary students every Wednesday during July while supplies last. They are distributing the supplies as families pick up meals at the school. Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Seniors and their families who wanted to enjoy a modified graduation experience participated at the Don Tyson School of Innovation Thursday evening! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland will be answering questions about the opening of school today at 4 pm on KFSM, channel five's newscast. His interview with KUAF radio, also about the opening of school, will air on the station Friday at 12 noon and 7 pm. #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
To our community The Springdale Schools are ready and prepared for the 2020-2021 school year with a safe, innovative, culture of caring. We want our parents and students to know they have choices and that the Springdale Schools will provide the highest quality of educational experience. Choices for School: 1.Onsite 2.Remote/Blended 3. Virtual through VIADTSOI Springdale Schools will: -Have hand sanitizers in every classroom -Have water bottle filling stations -Provide Face coverings for all staff and students and allow up to $20 of reimbursement for teachers -Transportation: Sanitizing busses multiple times a day -Janitorial: Sanitizing all surfaces multiple times a day Springdale Schools Administration team is working through the constantly changing information and will keep post updates as they become available.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is another in the continuing series of feature stories about Springdale Public School District Administrators. SHANNON TISHER Assistant Superintendent For Instruction, 6-12 Assistant Superintendent Shannon Tisher has impeccable character. Want an example? She is not only an educator but also a swimming official. Once she had to disqualify her own daughter from a race! “My son, Max, and daughter, Miley, are very involved in swimming so I became a USA Swim Official,” Tisher says. “I love to watch them swim and I also officiate swim meets, mostly those they have competed in. It just so happened that Miley was in my lane and she ended her backstroke on her stomach. “She knew what she had done but she still looked at me with shock when I disqualified her. I told her, ‘I love you but I had to disqualify you.’ The other officials were laughing. Several of them had done the same thing to their children. “My poor kids! There’s no escaping their mother. I’m a school official and a swimming official, too.” It’s doubtful Max or Miley want to escape their mother. Max will be a sophomore at Har-Ber High school and is already a key member of the swimming program. Miley will be a sixth grader at Hellstern Middle School. Max and Miley were destined to become athletes. Shannon was a cheerleader, on the dance team and competed in gymnastics while at Fort Smith Southside High School. Her husband, Mitch, pitched for the Razorback baseball team and is an excellent golfer. “Mitch and I actually met on his recruiting visit to the University of Arkansas,” Tisher recalls. His host was my roommate’s boyfriend. I graduated from the UA and we got married in 2002, after his Razorback career was over.” Once she was a UA graduate, it didn’t take long for Tisher to dive into public education. She had known since childhood she wanted to be a teacher. “I played school at home,” she explains. “I always wanted to be a teacher. My dolls and stuffed animals were my students. I had an aunt who was a teacher for 40 years. She gave me her teacher workbooks when she was finished with them. My parents bought me a chalkboard. “I always thought I would be an elementary teacher after working at church camps and as a lifeguard. While in college I felt a strong calling to work with older students. That surprised me.” When she entered the MAT program at the UA, she did internships at Springdale High School, J.O. Kelly Middle School and Central Junior High. “After I finished the MAT program the English teacher I had interned with retired at Springdale High and I was hired as the replacement,” Tisher says. “It was interesting. I had a constant awareness that I was only 23 years old and, teaching sophomores and seniors, I wasn’t much older than they were. The good part was I could relate to them. “I still see some of my first students when I am out in the community. Nick Emerson and Eddie Ramos took English from me and now both of them are on the school board. That’s always a little funny for me when I am speaking at a school board meeting.” Tisher spent five years at Springdale High before moving to Har-Ber when the school opened. She served as an instructional facilitator for two years, then was hired as an assistant principal at George Junior High. Two years later she was named assistant principal at Har-Ber High. She served in that position for five years. Her next stop was Southwest Junior High where she was principal for four years. She moved to the Don Tyson School of Innovation as principal and was there only a year before being named assistant superintendent. “I’ve moved a lot but it’s been cool because I spent seven years on the east side of the district, seven years on the west side and four years at Southwest, where we had students from both sides,” Tisher says. “The year at DTSOI was an awesome, different experience. It was a blessing because it gave me a good lens into all aspects of education. “I love being in administration. When a teacher leaves the classroom a piece of his or her heart still yearns for that classroom. But, in administration we support teachers who in turn support students. The impact we can have is at a much broader level.” What does she like most about working in Springdale? “There are so many things to like but the best parts are the relationships and interaction we have with principals, teachers and students,” Tisher responds. “It is wonderful to see how the work of administrators and teachers impacts students and to celebrate with them. “Springdale is a one-of-a-kind school district. When you consider the relationships we have as an entire staff combined with interaction with our community, there is none like it. We truly are one community.” Tisher helps make Springdale a great community and her contributions as a member of the administrative staff team help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is the first in a series of feature stories on Springdale Public School District Administrators. KELLY HAYES Deputy Superintendent, Finance Kelly Hayes’ specialty may be accounting but he has a wonderful sense of humor. In fact, he’s been told that rather than be a financial expert for the largest school district in Arkansas, he should have been a cruise director. “I’ve had friends who have come back from cruises tell me I remind them of their cruise director,” Hayes says. “They say I am personable and funny. I hope people see me that way. I take my job seriously but I don’t take myself seriously.” Former Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins saw both sides of Hayes. He trusted Hayes’ financial advice while also ranking him “the eighth or ninth funniest comptroller in the state, depending on the joke.” New Superintendent Dr. Jared Cleveland also appreciates Hayes’ humorous side and has been so impressed with Hayes’ professional abilities that he has added the responsibilities and title of Deputy Superintendent to his duties as head of finance. “Kelly Hayes is one of the most trusted educators in Arkansas,” says Cleveland. “He always makes himself available to help other districts in the state. We are not replacing the position of deputy superintendent because of Kelly’s unique talents. His ability to lead in this district is needed. I look forward to the support and input he will provide to advance quality education in our district.” Hayes, who has a bachelor of arts degree in Accounting and a master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration, appreciates Cleveland’s confidence. Kelly and his wife, Jo Ellen, enjoy being involved in the Northwest Arkansas community as well as the Springdale Public School district. “My wife and I love Northwest Arkansas,” Hayes says. “It’s beautiful and a wonderful place to live. Plus, both of our children and their families live here. That makes it even better. “It’s also great to be on the Springdale Public Schools staff. My motto is simple: Do Right. I enjoy helping find solutions to problems. My greatest joy comes from making a difference with our students. I believe that right now our students have more educational opportunities than they’ve ever had before.” Springdale is fortunate Hayes and his family were willing to leave Cabot 11 years ago. After all, Hayes grew up in Cabot, graduated from Cabot High School and served as business manager in the Cabot district for 17 years before moving to Springdale. “It was great working in Cabot,” Hayes says. “It was my school district and our children were in school there. We were at all the football games and other events. Our son was into sports and our daughter was a cheerleader. I was president of the PTA when our kids were in elementary school. There weren’t many jobs for accountants in Cabot so I was grateful to work with the school district.” Cabot gave Hayes his initial experience in public school finance and he had to learn on the fly. “After I graduated from college I worked a year as an accountant, then six years in a friend’s family business,” Hayes recalls. “I applied for the Cabot schools’ job in 1991 but didn’t get it. A year later it was open again. I applied and was hired. “My first day was June 15. The fiscal year ended June 30. So, in two weeks I had to close out one year and start working on the budget for the next. When I took the job I didn’t know the difference between a mil and a million. In all the accounting courses I had in college we spent the grand total of two weeks on government accounting. We only covered the basics. “So, I learned on the job. Somehow we got the year closed and got the budget in and we’ve done it ever since.” Even though he loved Cabot, he and Jo Ellen sensed it might be time to move. An opportunity opened in Springdale. “I went to a conference and Allen Williams from Springdale was there,” Hayes remembers. “He told me there was a position in the business office open and asked if I was interested in relocating. I surprised him by saying yes. During my time at Cabot I had heard a lot about Springdale. Springdale was and still is regarded as a leader in educational circles. When I interviewed with Dr. Rollins, it was the first time I had met him. “Dr. Rollins asked me who the best district business managers in the state were. I thought that meant he wasn’t interested in me so Allen and I started naming them. Then he asked, ‘Aren’t you one of them?’ I said, ‘Well, I guess so.’ Since I didn’t know Dr. Rollins, I am sure Allen Williams helped him get a feel for who I am.” Now, of course, Hayes is extremely knowledgeable about public school finances. What, many years ago, stirred his interest in accounting in the first place? “In high school I had a knack for accounting and I had great respect for my accounting teacher,” Hayes answers. “That led me to major in accounting at Ouachita Baptist.” From high school accounting to deputy superintendent of the Springdale Public School District has been a great adventure for Hayes. And, by the way, he’s even been on a couple of cruises. “We’ve cruised in the Gulf and also in Alaska,” Hayes says. “The cruise directors were good but neither of them reminded me of me.” Directing cruises may not be in his future but Hayes is among the humble, competent administrators that help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks UAMS! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
District administrators gave a socially distanced going away lunch for Dr. Jim Rollins on his final day as superintendent. It was also the final day in the district for assistant superintendent Maribel Childress who begins as superintendent at Gravette Wednesday. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale teachers, counselors and administrators spent last week learning strategies to improve social-emotional learning and school culture. Since the larger event had been cancelled, Lakeside Junior High had a unique opportunity to host a small "pod" for a blended approach to the Conscious Discipline Summer Institute, learning from master instructors in a live stream and from each other in small groups. Conscious Discipine is a brain-based, trauma-informed approach that promotes safety, connection and problem-solving. #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
CARRIE BRADOW NAMED ESOL DIRECTOR After serving four years as assistant ESOL Director, Carrie Bradow has been promoted to ESOL Director, replacing Mary Collins who has left the district. “This is an amazing opportunity to continue to grow our partnerships with parents, families and educators as we focus on serving students,” Bradow said. “I am very grateful to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, Dr. (Deputy Superintendent, new Superintendent July 1, Jared) Cleveland, the district administrative team and the school board.” Dr. Cleveland noted, “Carrie Bradow is a trusted, phenomenal educator who has been a teacher, instructional facilitator, assistant principal and assistant ESOL director in our district. She is the consummate professional and has a heart for all children. Our English Language Learner department is in good hands.” A graduate of Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Bradow earned her master’s in education (reading) from Harding University, her ESL certification from Arkansas Tech and her building level leadership certification from Harding. She just completed her superintendent license certification from Harding and will be working on her doctorate from Harding in the fall. Bradow began her educational career as an elementary teacher in Hazen, where she served five years before accepting a position as a fourth grade teacher at George Elementary in Springdale. She taught two years at before being named an instructional facilitator at George. She remained in that position four years before serving as a district teacher on special assignment in k-5 literacy for a year. She then was hired as an assistant principal at Walker Elementary. She was at Walker two years before being named assistant ESOL director. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is updated information on Springdale Public Schools Summer Meal Program. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Adrian and Becky Luttrell! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is a free COVID-19 testing opportunity for those who may be interested. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Schools: 2020-2021 School Reopening Letter with Question and Answer Section Click here to read the release in English, Spanish and Marshallese https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DluVnuys6AMzZt5LOCzmpRJDvxOaAnhvsVvX06uJ-aE/edit?usp=sharing
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Walker instructional assistant Tonya Tetrick presented Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins with a hand made quilt composed of t-shirts from all 31 district schools. He was overwhelmed! Amazing going away gift! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Innovative ideas for the beginning of school were discussed at Central Junior High. Students, parents, community leaders, district administrators, staff and teachers participated. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is some interesting information on help for obtaining food. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
We have added K-5th grades to our Virtual Innovation Academy for the 2020-2021 school year! Visit go.sdale.org/viadtsoi for more information. Providing students with quality education from the safety of home makes Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Selected groups of parents, students, community members, district administrators, staff and teachers will formulate innovative ideas about the return to school beginning Thursday. Central Junior High's Lowe's Room is clean and being prepared. #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Hellstern Middle School's team of Silas Wilson, Tyler Moon, Ethan Gibson, Ethan Jones, Lindsey Crowder and Adrianna Schmidt won the Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education. Each team member will receive a $1,000 award and the school will receive a $2,500 award. Congratulations! #THEChoice
4 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale students, don't forget meals may be picked up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Smith, Jones, Parson Hills, George and Bayyari Elementary Schools and J.O. Kelly and Sonora Middle Schools. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale students, don't forget meals may be picked up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Smith, Jones, Parson Hills, George and Bayyari Elementary Schools and J.O. Kelly and Sonora Middle Schools. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dr. Jared Cleveland met with members of the media to discuss being named new Superintendent as of July 1. He emphasized the strong team -- administrative staff, principals, assistant principals, teachers, and support personnel -- already in place. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The baton has officially been passed! Dr. Jared Cleveland is replacing Dr. Jim Rollins as Superintendent of Springdale Schools. It became official at the June School Board meeting. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dr. Jared Cleveland has been named Superintendent of the Springdale Public School District effective July 1, it was announced following an executive session that concluded the June School Board meeting. He replaces Dr. Jim Rollins, who resigned after 38 years to become President of Northwest Technical Institute. Dr. Cleveland, who has served as District Deputy Superintendent for the past seven years, said, "When you dream about a moment and it happens you know you are doing what you are meant to do. It is humbling to work with dedicated, hard-working people who have a heart to serve kids in a district that is second to none. It is a privilege to be in Springdale where I have learned so much from Dr. Rollins during the past seven years." School Board President Michelle Cook said, "When Dr. Rollins brought Dr. Cleveland here we expected him to prepare Dr. Cleveland for this position. We are confident that with the guidance Dr. Rollins has given him, Dr. Cleveland can lead our district, even through the crazy times we are experiencing. I have never been more confident in a team of leaders than the one we have in place." Dr. Cleveland earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Arkansas Tech and his master of science in Educational Leadership, M.S.E., P-12 Educational Specialist, Ed.S. and P-20 Doctorate in Education, Ed.D. from Harding University. He began his educational career as a teacher and coach at Leftwich High School in the Magazine School District. He served in those positions eight years before becoming principal of the school for a year. He then was named Superintendent of the Magazine School District. Two years later Dr. Cleveland became Superintendent of the Lavaca School District. He served at Lavaca six years before being named Arkansas Department of Education Assistant Commissioner of Finance in 2012. He was only there a year before accepting his position in Springdale.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tyson Elementary School has received a Joint Use Agreement Grant for $30,000, provided by the Arkansas Department of Education School Health Services to purchase a play structure for its playground area. The school will install an interactive playground facility designed to promote strength, agility, flexibility, balance and imaginative play. The Tyson Family Foundation and Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation partnered with Tyson Elementary through the Play Matters Campaign to provide additional funds. Students, families and community members will benefit from a resource that encourages free play as an important way to get exercise. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Maribel Childress, Debbie Flora and Cynthia Voss all began their Springdale District careers as teachers at Smith Elementary so it was appropriate for principals to gather at Smith to celebrate their next steps with lunch. Linda Knapp, who hired all three when she was principal at Smith, joined the luncheon by ZOOM. Childress, who served this past year as an assistant superintendent after years as principal at Parson Hills and Monitor Elementary Schools, is leaving to become superintendent at Gravette. Flora, who is principal at Young Elementary and previously was principal at Jones, and Voss, principal at Shaw Elementary, are retiring. All three were glad they made Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Interested in pre-k in the fall? There are openings and you can sign up now! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
After 39 years as Superintendent of Springdale Public Schools, Dr. Jim Rollins has resigned his position, effective June 30. His letter of resignation was accepted by the Springdale School Board at a specially called session Tuesday, June 2. "I want to thank the school board members, past and present that I have worked with for the privilege of serving in the Springdale School District," said Dr. Rollins. "Springdale is a great place to serve and a great place for families to raise children." Dr. Rollins became Superintendent of Springdale Schools in fall, 1982, after serving two years as Director of Secondary Education in the district. He served as a principal, assistant principal and teacher in Little Rock and North Little Rock before moving to Springdale. "For nearly 40 years Dr. Rollins has built a legacy of growth, innovation and excellence to our district," said school board President Michelle Cook. "His vision of 'Teach Them All' has become a way of life." It is believed Dr. Rollins served as Superintendent in one district longer than any person in Arkansas history. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 12 Class of 2020 Post a picture of yourself in cap and gown. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Janet Hornberger has been named the 2019-2020 Springdale School District Social Worker of the Year. During the past two years she has served at Parson Hills and Bayyari Elementary Schools and Sonora Middle School. She was selected for exemplifying Springdale's social worker vision of Connecting, Advocating, Resolving and Empowering families. Her response? "I am floored by this. Since kindergarten I have wanted to be a teacher, social worker or stewardess. So, this is truly my dream job and I love it." #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Virtual ACT Boot Camp begins Monday for those interested. Contact information is on the flyer. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 11 Back to the Future Post a pic that represents your college or career. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
This is a great summer program for ESL students! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale and Har-Ber High Schools will have New Student Enrollment August 4-5 from 8:30-11:30 am and 1-3:30 pm. If a student is new to the district (never enrolled in any grade previous), he or she needs to sign up in Gateway (located on the district website) first and plan to attend one of the dates to get students signed up for the classes. If the student is returning to the Springdale District or transferring schools, he or she needs to come one of those dates to enroll and get signed up. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Are you looking for the BEST CHOICE in a virtual school? There is none better than the Don Tyson School of Innovation. It is #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 10 Senior Year Post a pic about your favorite moment of your senior year. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
May 27 - June 26, Springdale schools summer meal program will offer curbside pick-up for the Grab-n-go lunches. Pick-up locations will be open MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY. For details in English, Spanish, and Marshallese, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j0ZhQu_Kz5tc0ezRsMdTYD8DuF4KLozy/view?usp=sharing
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It was Senior Parade at the Don Tyson School of Innovation! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sonora Elementary planned a party in the parking lot for its last day with teachers. Alas, it rained, leaving the final teachers meeting of the year to ZOOM. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Principal Kim Simco greeted Smith Elementary teachers on their final contract day of the academic year. She made sure there was proper social distancing and had beach balls to celebrate the beginning of summer. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Teachers who haven't gathered for weeks are doing so on the last day for teachers to be in the buildings. At Southwest Junior High the day started with breakfast and honoring retiring teachers. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 9 Teacher Appreciation Post a pic and a special thank you to your favorite teachers. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 8 School Colors Post a pic showing your high school spirit. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 7 The One Where They Became F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Post a pic of you and your friend(s). #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 6 Memories Made Post a pic from one of your school activities. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
It was Drive Through Good Bye at Bayyari Elementary. Students were all given books at the conclusion of the drive. How appropriate on what was the actual last day of the academic year. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
George Elementary didn't let a little rain get in the way of a year ending Drive Through. Cookies and popsicles were distributed before students and their parents were greeted by teachers. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Amazing! 292 cars came through Turnbow Elementary's year-ending parade. Students and teachers celebrated together with a great summer sendoff! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
District seniors were asked to provide photos of themselves then (when they started school) and now (as seniors). This is Don Tyson School of Innovation senior Quest Southern. #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
George Junior High staff and students enjoyed their Get Your Summer Started Drive Through. Associate Superintendent Dr Marcia Smith even stopped by! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks United Way. Partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 5 Senior Quote Post a pic with your favorite quote. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Fifth graders at Childers Knapp Elementary were greeted by their teachers and congratulated for advancing to middle school. Later in the day the school's kindergarten students were welcomed into the first grade. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Lee Elementary's Justin Swope has been named Arkansas Elementary Principal of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals. Surprised by the reception he received when he drove into the school parking lot, Swope could say only, "I have no words." In his ninth year as Lee principal, Swope later said, "This is about our school, the kids who work hard and grow and the teachers that believe in them. Our district, including Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the administrative staff and the school board, set the conditions for great things to happen." A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Swope earned his master's and specialist's degrees from the University of Arkansas. He taught in Elkins five years before being elevated to elementary school principal. Her served in that position for four years before becoming assistant principal at Jones Elementary in Springdale. After three years at Jones he was named principal at Lee. The ceremony was capped by district elementary principals driving by with congratulations. Great administrators help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 4 Throwback Thursday Post a side-by-side picture of you back then and now. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
George Junior High uniquely saluted its All-Region band members. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Summer ACT Tests are scheduled for June 13 and July 18. Students, are you ready? Springdale High School is staging a Virtual ACT Boot Camp completely free. Monday June 1-Thursday June 4 from 9 am to 12 noon specific content and practice problems on each section will be reviewed. Friday June 5 a full length practice test will be given and scores calculated. Monday June 8 practice test questions will be reviewed and corrected. All sessions will meet via Zoom. Questions? Email Mrs. Renneker at trenneker@sdale.org. For more information you can access Google Classroom: vki7o5p. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parson Hills Elementary celebrated its fifth graders, kindergarten students and high school seniors who started their academic careers at the school in one, wonderful day! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale High School is one of 305 schools in the country to receive a United Nations Association Community Service Award. SHS students Evelyn Falcon, Sofia Garcia Ala, Vanessa Osorio Ramirez and McKenzie Taylor earned Ambassador Awards for over 100 hours of service across at least 12 activities during the school year. Natalee Phoumivong earned an Honor Award for 40 hours of service in eight activities. Congratulations! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is the Marshallese version of Community Clinic Testing. #THEChoice MA- Kem kar konan tilmaake waj nan kwe juon ien clinic eo ejenolok im elap nan komman kakolkol enaj bok jikin, Wonje Mae, 20 ilo Community Clinic ilo Springdale im rej koba maron ippen Arkansas Department of Health. Jen 9 jibbon nan 4 jota, Community Clinic enaj kommane juon clinic eo elap nan kakolkol ilo jikin baak eo. Men in enaj komman ilo wawein eo kwoj drive-thru im kajojo renaj teeje ir jen lowaan wot wa ko waer nan kejbarok. Ien in enaj bellok nan aolep, ilo ejelok woneen. Kwojjab aikuj komman appointment ak kwomaron kajju itok. Elane ewor jabrewot kajitok kin ien ne elap enaj komman ilo raan eo, kirtok ak jeje nan nomba in 1-855-438-2280. Atreej eo ne 610 E Emma Ave. Springdale, AR 72764 ilo jabon kona eo ilo Berry St. im Emma Ave.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is the Spanish version of Community Clinic testing. #THEChoice Queríamos compartir con ustedes una prueba masiva especial que tendrá lugar miércoles 20 de mayo en Community Clinic en Springdale en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud de Arkansas. De 9 am a pm, Community Clinic tendrá una clínica de pruebas masivas en el estacionamiento. Esto se llevará a cabo en un formato drive-thru donde las personas pueden ser evaluadas desde la seguridad de su vehículo. Este evento estará abierto al público, sin costo para el paciente. No se necesita cita. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el evento llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 1-855-438-2280. La dirección es 610 E. Emma Ave. Springdale, AR 72764 en la esquina de Berry St. y Emma Ave.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 3 Family Post a picture with you and your loved ones. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Community Clinic is hosting COVID-19 testing today. #THEChoice We wanted to share with you a special mass testing clinic happening Wednesday May, 20th at Community Clinic in Springdale in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health. From 9am to 4pm, Community Clinic will have a mass testing clinic in a the parking lot. This will be held in a drive-thru format where individuals can be tested from the safety of their vehicle. This event will be open to the public, at no cost to the patient. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions about the event, call or text 1-855-438-2280. The address is 610 E Emma Ave. Springdale, AR 72764 on the corner of Berry St. and Emma Ave.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Central Junior High had an opportunity for students to see teachers and staff one more time before the academic year ended. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don Tyson School of Innovation graduating seniors visited their elementary schools as part of 12 Days of Graduation. These seniors returned to George, Shaw, Smith and Monitor Elementary. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Graduating seniors who started as elementary students at Tyson Elementary were greeted with cheers and signs by the teachers and staff at the school. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Walker Elementary not only welcomed back seniors who started as Wildcats but also honored its kindergarten and fifth grade students with a drive through. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Day Two of the 12 Days of Graduation in Springdale. Seniors visited the elementary schools where they began their educational journeys. It was a great day at Hunt Elementary! THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
These Don Tyson School of Innovation seniors earned their associate degrees from Northwest Arkansas Community College while completing their high school requirements! Congratulations! Beneficial innovation for students, another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools
12 Days of Graduation - Day 2 Where it All Began Post a shout out pic in front of your elementary school. #TheChoice #SPSseniors2020 http://go.sdale.org/graduation
5 months ago, Springdale Public Schools
Springdale School District
Kelli Langan, who has served as a Research Associate in the University of Arkansas Office of Innovation for Education for the past six years, has been named Director of Accountability and Assessment for Springdale Public Schools. "I want to thank Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins and the school board for the opportunity to work with the Springdale School District," Langan said. "I am onboarding with a great team and can't wait to share my expertise and experience with them to further excel Springdale's students." A graduate of Pittsburg State (Ks.) with degrees in secondary math and Spanish education, Langan earned her master's in mathematics from Pittsburg State. She earned her doctorate in educational statistics and research methodologies from the University of Arkansas. Besides her research position, Langan also has served as an adjunct professor at the UA and South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Before that she was a math teacher at Sarcoxie and Pierce City High Schools in Missouri. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don Tyson School of Innovation Seniors were delivered their graduation signs by faculty and staff members! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It was the first of the 12 Days of Graduation at Springdale Har-Ber High School. Students were given yard signs, creative art they had left behind, honors cords and a celebratory sendoff through Wildcats balloons! #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale High School kicked off the 12 Days of Graduation with activities in its parking lot. Staff members passed out yard signs, honor cords and gift certificates after collecting chromebooks and library books while interacting with seniors. #THEChoice
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Day 1 #SPSseniors2020
5 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sonora Elementary principal Regina Stewman, assistant principal Lindsey Hennarichs, the school librarian and all the fifth grade teachers spent 12 hours Thursday and several hours Friday visiting all 112 of the school's fifth graders. They presented books, fifth grade graduation gifts and yard signs to every fifth grader. Amanzing! Exceptionally caring faculty and staff help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Razorback Stadium is lighting up for high school graduates. Saturday would have been graduation day at Bud Walton Arena for Springdale High School and Har-Ber High School seniors had it not been for COVID-19. So, Razorback Stadium lights will honor Har-Ber seniors from 8:40-9 pm Saturday and Springdale High seniors from 9-9:20 pm. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Announcing the 12 Days of Graduation beginning Monday May 18, 2020. Springdale Schools is #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is the release on Springdale Public Schools' plans for July graduation. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Flintco! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Signature Bank! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
May's Springdale School Board Meeting was the first one ever held virtually. School Board members and Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins met in the conference room of the administrative building while presentations were made from the board room. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Abby Russell, EAST instructor at Linda Childers Knapp Elementary School, is the Springdale Public School District Teacher of the Year. Russell is in her fourth year at Childers Knapp, where she taught fourth grade for two years before directing the EAST program. She taught two years at Monitor Elementary after a year as an MAT intern at Harp Elementary. A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in education, she earned her master's in elementary education from the UA. "It's a huge honor," Russell said. "It is humbling to be selected from a group of so many great teachers. I am blessed to represent the teachers at Childers Knapp and the teachers of our entire district." Russell received an Arkansas Department of Education scholarship to attend a national computer science conference in Washington, D.C. this summer. The conference now will be virtual. She also was selected to serve in a Trans Atlantic Outreach Program that was scheduled for this summer but has been postponed until the summer of 2021. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Seniors: Your elementary schools are having a Senior Celebration Thursday, May 21 at 1 pm. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parson Hills Elementary teachers enjoyed the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week with a social-distance picnic in the school parking lot. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Don Tyson School of Innovation assistant principal Aurelian Sennett has been elected to the board of the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators. Honored administrators help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank You to Crystal Bridges. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank will join Tyson Foods, Hiland Dairy, Harris Baking, and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to host a drive-through food distribution event on Saturday, May 9th at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. - noon or while supplies last. 2,000 food boxes will be distributed by the food bank. Tyson Foods will donate three truckloads or 120,000 pounds of protein to the food bank’s feeding agencies and community members. Milk will be donated by Hiland Dairy and bread will be donated by Harris Baking. A map is attached to better direct traffic. Partnerships like this is why Springdale Schools is #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Smith Elementary administrators, PTA parents and their kids distributed signs and goody bags to their teachers and staff members to show their love and appreciation. Smith has teachers in Washington, Benton and Madison Counties. Caring administrators, parents and students help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
A taco bar from Acapulco Restaurant and several donated gift items were the highlights of Teacher Appreciation Week at J.O. Kelly Middle School. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Archer Learning Center principal Coby Davis and assistant principal Nicole Davis showed their appreciation for their faculty members by passing out Dickey's Barbecue family meals and gift certificates from Sonic and Whattaburger to their teachers as they drove in front of the school. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Catering Unlimited for its latest contribution. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Hellstern Middle School teachers enjoyed watching their students, driven by their parents or on bicycles, parade through the school parking lot to show their gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Springdale Public Schools' Speech-Language pathologists do a magnificent job of helping students find their voices! Thanks from the district for the great work these staff members produce! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Today is School Nurse Day. Springdale Public Schools has an exceptional staff of school nurses! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Cheryl Harrison, an instructional facilitator at Elmdale Elementary for the past five years, has been named assistant principal at the school. She replaces Stephanie Hinsey, who was named assistant principal at Central Junior High. "I want to thank Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the phenomenal administrative team and school board of the Springdale School District for their leadership and guidance," said Harrison. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue the excellent work being done at Elmdale Elementary in my new role. "I also want to personally thank Maribel Childress, Michele Hutton, Stephanie Hinsey and the staff at Elmdale Elementary for their support, leadership and culture of learning." A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in early childhood education, Harrison earned her master's in teaching from the UA. She received her P-8 Educational Administration Endorsement from Arkansas State. Harrison is a 20-year veteran in education. She served 14 years at Happy Hollow Elementary in Fayetteville before teaching fifth grade for a year at Monitor Elementary in Springdale. She then moved to Elmdale. Dr. Rollins said, "Mrs. Harrison has the confidence of the entire Elmdale staff and works extremely well with the principal, Michele Hutton. They will create a strong administrative team and will extend the positive culture already in place at the school. "Mrs. Harrison is a life long learner and a devoted educational practitioner who will help chart a positive, progressive path for the school." #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Walker Elementary made picking up the final AMI packets of the year a special experience! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Sonia Hernandez has been named assistant principal at Lee Elementary, replacing Molly Brock, who accepted a principal position in the Rogers School District. Hernandez, a graduate of Springdale High School, has been a teacher at Lee for two years after spending three years as a pre-K teacher at the Early Childhood Center. She also served the district through Americorp. "I am thankful to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the amazing administrative staff and the school board for this opportunity to continue working with Justin Swope (principal) and all the faculty as we continue to grow fearless, confident learners at Lee Elementary," Hernandez said."I am from Springdale and am passionate about serving our community." A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in elementary education, Hernandez earned her master's degree from the UA in educational leadership. "Mrs. Hernandez is an amazing teacher," said Dr. Rollins. "She is a major contributor to the positive school culture at Lee Elementary. She is a student and family advocate and has been a master in engaging all stakeholders in student learning at the school. Her work ethic and personal commitment to educational excellence has the attention of her fellow teachers and the district's leadership team."
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
There's still time to sign up! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Bayyari Elementary is one of nine schools in Arkansas to be named among the Professional Learning Communities at Work project schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. The project provides up to 50 days of training, coaching and support on strategies for effective teacher collaboration as a way to improve student learning. Quality schools with special training help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
What a day at Tyson Middle School! Principal Stephanie Anderson was honored in the morning, then teachers greeted students of Tyson, Walker Elementary and other area schools as they picked up meals. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Monitor students and their families picked up their final AMI packets for the year Friday and were greeted by their teachers, including one on a horse! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It was Lunch Hero Day at Smith Elementary! Tyson Foods showed its support of the lunch workers and school staff by posting signs on Smith's grounds and donating buttons, hats and aprons. As always on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, meals were distributed to students. Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Registration for grades k-5 for the 2020-2021 academic year is ongoing! You may enroll your student via Registration Gateway. If you need assistance, please contact your child's school. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It's National Principals' Day! Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins and the administrative staff saluted all 31 district principals in a Zoom meeting. Incredible principals help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Announcing the 2020 Graduation Special! Watch LIVE on May 29 and May 30.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Cathy Misfeldt, who has served as an instructional facilitator for the past four years at Childers Knapp Elementary School, has been named assistant principal at Childers Knapp. She replaces Dori Little, who was named assistant principal at Shaw Elementary. "I am so excited and thankful to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the administrative staff and school board for this opportunity," Misfeldt said.. "I look forward to continuing to work with Mrs. (principal Cindy) Covington and the entire staff at Childers Knapp. "My husband and I moved here six years ago from Florida and are amazed by the exceptional level of commitment to education by the community of Springdale. This district provides and utilizes resources like no district I've ever seen. The innovation and technology in the Springdale district is mind blowing." A graduate of South Florida where she earned her degree in elementary education, Misfeldt earned a master's in instructional leadership from St. Leo's (Florida), a specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State and her curriculum director's certificate from Arkansas State. She taught six years, then served as a literacy specialist for five years in Florida. She taught a year at Sonora Elementary before moving to Childers Knapp. "Mrs. Misfeldt has done exemplary work as a teacher and instructional facilitator since she has been in our district," said Dr. Rollins. "She is recognized as a servant leader and a culture-builder at the school. She is well prepared and very deserving to assume her new duties as assistant principal." #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tyson Middle School Principal Stephanie Anderson has been selected as the 2020 Charles Green Administrator That Makes A Difference Award winner. Shayne Taylor of the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators visited the school to present the award. A surprised Anderson said, "To have my name associated with anything associated with Charles Green is incredible. He is a phenomenal leader. I am very grateful and super excited. I couldn't do it without the amazing staff we have at Helen Tyson Middle School." Great administrators who make a difference are another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Deputy Superintendent for Personnel/Facilities Dr. Jared Cleveland has been elected to the Arkansas Activities Association board, representing Activity District I West. He will represent Northwest Arkansas student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and officials as a board member. It is a three-year term beginning July 1. "Our board members represent not only athletics but all activities like band, choir and speech and debate," said AAA executive director Lance Taylor. "We are excited to have Dr. Cleveland. I've known him a long time. We've worked together when he was at Magazine, Lavaca and the Arkansas Department of Education. I'm looking forward to working with him again now." Educators who earn state recognition are another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Congratulations to teams from Jones Elementary and Lakeside Junior High for being Region I winners in the Spring Arkansas Stock Market Game staged by Economics Arkansas. Jones teams, directed by Lynn Massey, finished first and second in the elementary division. Lakeside teams, led by Justin Brantley, were first and second in the junior high division. Strong economics education helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Congratulations to teams from Jones Elementary and Lakeside Junior High for being Region I winners in the spring state stock market game staged by Economics Arkansas. Jones teams, directed by Lynn Massey, finished first and second in the elementary division. Lakeside teams, led by Justin Brantley, were first and second in the junior high division.Strong economics education helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
A year ago Ethan French was near the end of his ninth grade year at Central Junior High when he was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma (cancer). He had a tumor on his right rib. Rigorous chemotherapy began immediately. After 2 CT Scans and almost a year later French, now a sophomore at Har-Ber High School, has been declared cancer free! Ethan and his family are celebrating and the entire Springdale School District celebrates with him. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Our AMI packets are available on the web at http://go.sdale.org/AMI, or look for the AMI button on your schools' website. In addition to the required lessons, you'll find helpful resources for each grade level including videos and translations for grades K - 2. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued partnership and support. ------- Nuestros paquetes de AMI están disponibles en la web http://go.sdale.org/AMI o busque el botón AMI en el sitio web de su escuela. Además de las lecciones requeridas, encontrará recursos útiles para cada nivel de grado, incluyendo videos y traducciones para los grados K - 2. Por favor, póngase en contacto con el maestro de su hijo si tiene alguna pregunta. Gracias por su continua colaboración y apoyo. ------- AMI packet ko am rebed ilo website ne http://go.sdale.org/AMI, ak bukot ilo AMI button eo ilo website eo an jikuul. Kakobabalok ilo lesson ko kom aikuj kommani, kom naaj loe resource ko renaaj lukkun jiban nan kajojo kireet labol ekoba video im ukook ko nan kilaaj K - 2. Jouj im kirlok rikaki eo an ajiri eo najim elane ewor am kajjitok. Kommol kin am wonmaanlok wot im paatnor ippam im barainwot jappoot ko am rellap.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Megan Fraser, who has served as a speech pathologist working with special education students for 10 years in the Springdale District, has been named University of Arkansas "Mentor of the Year" for the Communications Sciences and Disorders Program for her work with UA interns. One intern said of Fraser, "She was the best supervisor I could have asked for." Another said, "She instantly made me feel like I was part of a great team." Fraser said, "I was so excited to learn about this. I was blown away by the nice things people said about me. It helped validate what I do every day. I love working with students with disabilities and I love working with interns because they push me to be better." Fraser, who serves at Elmdale Elementary, is another example of the staff members that make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here are more scenes from the unparade at J.O. Kelly which also featured staff from Childers-Knapp. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Principals, teachers, staff members and cafeteria workers from J.O. Kelly Middle School and Childers-Knapp Elementary greeted families as they picked up meals at J.O. Kelly. Smiles were everywhere! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Lori Rooney of Springdale Har-Ber High School, has been recognized as a 2020 National Master Adviser by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America! She is one of 58 FCCLA chapter leaders who will be recognized at a Virtual National Leadership Conference. There are over 6,000 chapters in the United States. She earlier had won the Arkansas Master Adviser Award. Congratulations! Great teachers help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale's Teen Support Center has virtual options for students. For more information call 479-636-8272 or visit https://www.tascnwa.org/service
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Attention Seniors! Save the Date for the 2020 Graduation Special. We are excited to celebrate the class of 2020!
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Stephanie Hinsey, who has served as assistant principal at Elmdale Elementary for the past 11 years, has been named assistant principal at Central Junior High. She replaces Christy Norwood, who was named principal at Young Elementary. "Thank you to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the administrative staff and the school board for this amazing opportunity," said Hinsey. "I am sad to be leaving my Elmdale family but I am looking forward to continuing to serve the district and Central Junior High in this new role." Hinsey graduated from John Brown University, where she played basketball, with a degree in early childhood education. She earned her master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas. She taught a year at Young Elementary and three years at Jones Elementary before becoming an instructional facilitator for a year at Jones. She then served as a district ESOL Program Specialist for three years before being selected as assistant principal at Elmdale. "Mrs. Hinsey is a master teacher and a distinguished school administrator who has continued to grow immensely as a school leader< Dr. Rollins said. "She is a positive, enthusiastic leader who constantly demonstrates the spark for continuous improvement and positive culture change. She will make an enormous contribution to the excellent work already being done by Dr. Todd Loftin (principal) and the great staff and teachers at Central." #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Jill Jackson, who has been principal at Lincoln Elementary the past four years, has been named principal at Jones Elementary. She replaces Melissa Fink who has been named Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. "I'm so excited Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the administrative staff and the school board have given me this opportunity," Jackson said. "I can't wait to meet the kids, their families and the staff at Jones. A lot was put into place by the previous principal and I look forward to moving things forward at Jones." A graduate of Arkansas State with a degree in elementary education and early childhood education, Jackson earned her master's in literacy from Walden University and her educational administrative studies degree from Arkansas Tech. She taught for 16 years at Asbell Elementary in Fayetteville and also spent a year at Hunt Elementary in Springdale as a literacy specialist before moving to Lincoln. "Mrs. Jackson is recognized across the Northwest Arkansas region for her instructional leadership and team-building skills and for her ability to engage families and connect her students to the learning," said Dr. Rollins. "She is a proven building principal and we are excited to welcome her to Jones Elementary." #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
For sixth graders interested in seventh grade band and/or choir, it's time to sign up! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is updated information from Community Clinic. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parson Hills fourth grade teacher Mercedes Webb reports, "We have been having so much fun with our students using Zoom. We've done show and tell, Pictionary, Kahoot, Estimation Jar Mysteries, scavenger hunts, hangman and charades with phonics lessons at the end!" Creative measures during unique times help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Team Legends, seventh graders at J.O. Kelly Middle School, has been hosting guest speakers the past few weeks. Shelby Byrns, Tania Cardenas, Scott Dunn and Mike Gauthreaux, 7th grade teachers at the school, have been reaching out to the community to secure speakers for their students via Zoom. So far they have had an FBI agent, a cyber security Air Force major, a surgeon, an author and the Senior Director of Entertainment from Nickelodeon. If you might be interested in being a guest speaker, contact Shelby Byrns at sbyrns@sdale.org. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It's the Shaw Elementary Amazing Maker Race! Students had five destinations in a scavenger hunt to add items to their Box of Awesome. Those items were to be taken home where students would make something, then display it on social media. First stop was Tontitown Park where students picked up their box that contained two items and a clue to where the next stop was. Hellstern was stop number two and the final spot was Shaw Elementary. The Amazing Maker Race featured faculty volunteers at every spot and provided more evidence Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public Schools thanks Arkansas Community Foundation and the Jane Hunt Meade and Dr. Benjamin Meade Fund.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Yes, it would be best if students could be at their schools but one of the blessings of this time has been the work the maintenance crews have been able to do. Several elementary schools have had carpet in the halls removed and replaced by stained concrete, like this example from Harp Elementary. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
How about this surprise for J.O. Kelly teachers on a ZOOM meeting! #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Cara Collins, an instructional facilitator the past six years at Sonora Middle School, has been named assistant principal at J.O. Kelly Middle School. She replaces Sara Conley who is moving to Kansas. "I am so excited to join the team at J.O. Kelly and the great foundation built by Sara Ford (principal)," Collins said. "Thank you to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the school board and administrative staff for allowing me to learn and grow with the J.O. Kelly staff. "I also want to thank Martha Dodson, the principal at Sonora Middle School. It is hard to leave my friends and colleagues there. My husband, Tom (football coach and social studies teacher) will still be there so I will be connected." Collins is a University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in middle level education. She received her master's in teaching from the UA. He first teaching position was at Tyson Middle School where she taught math, science and reading. She then moved to Sonora Middle School. "Mrs. Collins ha an excellent background as a teacher and curriculum specialist," said Dr. Rollins. "We are very impressed with her commitment to serve children from all backgrounds as well as her focus on quality organizational systems such as the importance of data-driven decision making, the impact of well-designed data systems, quality academic schedule design and purposeful and engaging structures for the PLC model." #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dori Little, who has been assistant principal the past four years at Childers-Knapp Elementary, has been named assistant principal at Shaw Elementary. She replaces Shelly Bewley who has been named principal at the school. "I am so excited and am grateful to Dr. (Superintendent Jim) Rollins, the administrative staff and school board for this opportunity," Little said. "This is close to where we live and we have children here. I look forward to being assistant principal and a mom in the same school." A graduate of Troy (Ala.) University with a degree in early childhood education, Little earned her master's in educational leadership from Arkansas State. She taught four years in Alabama before moving to Arkansas and served as a third grade teacher at Turnbow Elementary for six years. She helped open Childers-Knapp as assistant principal. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The Springdale Schools will showcase a graduation special on May 29 and May 30th to celebrate our 2020 Senior Class. We are asking Business, Community, Government members and more to take a moment and share a personal message- please see the specifications below.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
SAVE THE DATE
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Have you been Zooming a lot lately? Springdale Public School teachers, administrators and staff members have. In fact, since March 16, the first day in-class learning did not take place, through this morning (April 16), district officials have utilized Zoom 10,914 times! Zoom has provided vital connection between teachers and students, teachers each other, and principals and administrators with each other among the many communications that have been established. Innovative use of technology is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank You to Catering Unlimited. #THEChoice
6 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please take a few minutes to help the district with this Needs Assessment Survey. Thank you.https://forms.gle/KC8iPrzKy4N8HDbZ9
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Giselle Cervantes and Raquel Washburn, seniors at Springdale Har-Ber High School, have been selected as one of the top 10 national finalists int he 2020 Toyota TeenDrive 365 Video Challenge. They are vying for the $5,000 People's Choice Prize. They are also in the running for the $15,000 grand prize. Results will be announced in May. Giselle says, "We were very surprised to make the top 10 nationally. Our video focused on preventing texting while driving and is directed toward teens." Students receiving national attention is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Public schools thanks Springdale Community at Fellowship. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Harp Elementary School has received a Joint Use Agreement Grant for $30,000 provided by the Arkansas Department of Education Health Services. The fund will be used to re-pave and widen the existing track located behind the school. The track is utilized by students, staff and surrounding community members. The project also includes a stretching/muscle endurance station next to the track. The City of Springdale will partner with Harp Elementary on the project. Great community partners help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
This is information concerning Community Clinic. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Meal distribution has changed somewhat as the district is deeper into non-classroom instruction time. Cafeteria staff members at Sonora Middle School have lunches and breakfasts on trays. They set the meals on tables where students and parents pick them up. A student resource officer supervises traffic. It works quickly and students still receive nutritious meals. Providing meals during unprecedented times, another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Because of the COVED-19 situation, the April School Board meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, has been cancelled. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Helen Tyson Middle School has received the 2020 Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants. The school will be recognized in nationwide publications for providing opportunities in music education and outstanding instruction in the performing arts. Congratulations! Tyson's award is another example of why Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank You to Tyson Foods
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank You Arkansas Community Foundation
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank You Seeds That Feed
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thank you to Girls Gone BBQ
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Thanks to the Rockin' Baker
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Attention 2020 Seniors: With the new information that Alternate Methods of Instruction will be extended through the end of the academic year, Springdale Public Schools has made the decision to allow seniors who are in good standing at the end of the third nine weeks to graduate. Seniors who are not on track to graduate as of the last day of the third nine weeks will be given the opportunity for credit recovery. Any assignments that have been submitted since this date will be used to support or improve a senior's third quarter/semester grade. Seniors who wish to improve grades are encouraged to continue to participate in the AMI process. May 6, 2020 will be the deadline for all senior assignments. Seniors enrolled in college concurrent credit classes must finish that coursework as instructed from the college/university to receive college credit. We will continue to support seniors to improve their grades, in concurrent courses, AP courses, FAFSA scholarships and college admission. The district will continue to evaluate 2020 Commencement Exercises. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Bud Walton Arena is not available. Our alternative graduations and senior celebrations will be combined in order to recognize the outstanding efforts of our seniors. The district has a coordinated plan to pass out caps and gowns and information will soon be available. While proms are amazing events, because of social distancing expectations, proms have been cancelled. The district encourages seniors to remain positive in this never-before-seen situation. You have met this historic challenge head on and will persevere. Your story is unlike any other senior class in the history of Springdale. The senior class of 2020 will never be forgotten. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
In accordance with Governor Asa Hutchinson's proclamation, Springdale Public Schools will continue to educate its students with Alternative Methods of Instruction through the end of the school year. AMI packets were distributed this past week that take students through May 1. AMI for the rest of the school year is in the development stage. Even in difficult times, Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Dawn Kuehn, sixth grade teacher at J.O. Kelly, mixes teaching time with taking care of her youngest at home. Innovative teachers in uncharted circumstances are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
As cars streamed through the drive through area of Bayyari Elementary, students and their parents picked up not only meals but AMI packets Friday. To protect students, each of the teachers who distributed the lunches or packets wore protective masks. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here's information on Springdale Public Schools' meal distribution plan beginning Monday, April 6 in English, Spanish and Marshallese. #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
J.O. Kelly teachers had an "unparade" to let students picking up lunches at George Elementary how much they were missed. Innovative, caring teachers are another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is information from United Way that could prove beneficial to Springdale families. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Turnbow Elementary teachers had a message for their students! #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is information on a change in meal distribution for Springdale Public Schools students beginning Monday, April 6. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Marshallese- Rijikuul ro im baamle ko, jouj im lale webjait eo an jikuul nan melele ko rekaal ikkijien AMI. Melele in enaj bed koba in makutkut(activity) ko 1-10 an kajojo raan in AMI im ajeej in makutkut(activity) ko rekaal an raan in AMI kein jen 11-30. Kemejmej aolep makutkut kein an AMI kwomaron komman am kaape jen weebjait eo an tijtrik
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Estudiantes y familias, por favor revisen el sitio web de su escuela para obtener nueva información de AMI. Esta información incluirá la recopilación de las actividades diarias de AMI 1 - 10 y la distribución de las nuevas actividades diarias de AMI 11-30. Recuerde que todas las actividades imprimibles de AMI se pueden encontrar en el sitio web del distrito.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Estudiantes y familias, por favor revisen el sitio web de su escuela para obtener nueva información de AMI. Esta información incluirá la recopilación de las actividades diarias de AMI 1 - 10 y la distribución de las nuevas actividades diarias de AMI 11-30. Recuerde que todas las actividades imprimibles de AMI se pueden encontrar en el sitio web del distrito.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Estudiantes y familias, por favor revisen el sitio web de su escuela para obtener nueva información de AMI. Esta información incluirá la recopilación de las actividades diarias de AMI 1 - 10 y la distribución de las nuevas actividades diarias de AMI 11-30. Recuerde que todas las actividades imprimibles de AMI se pueden encontrar en el sitio web del distrito.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale students and families: Please check your school's website for new AMI information. This information will include the collection of AMI daily activities 1-10 and the distribution of new AMI daily activities 11-30. Remember, all printable AMI activities may be found on the district website (www.sdale.org). #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here are recommendations from UAMS on dealing with the COVED-19 virus. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Here is information on Coved-19 in English, Marshallese and Spanish from UAMS. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Shelly Bewley, assistant principal at Shaw Elementary for the past 13 years, has been elevated to the position of principal at the school effective July 1. She replaces Cynthia Voss, who is retiring. "I'm excited for the opportunity to continue to lead this amazing school with a staff that always puts students first," Bewley said. "It will be difficult not working side by side with Mrs. Voss but she is following her plans and dreams of retiring, knowing the school would be in good hands." Voss and Bewley have been together for 20 years. After earning her degree in elementary education from the University of Arkansas, Bewley went through the MAT program and interned at Smith Elementary, where Voss was principal. She was then hired at Smith and served six years, first as a teacher, then an instructional facilitator. When Shaw opened 13 yeas ago Voss was named principal and Bewley was hired as assistant principal. It was a continuation of a lifetime in Springdale for Bewley, who started at Tontitown Elementary, moved to Walker Elementary when it opened, advanced to Southwest Junior High and graduated from Springdale HighSchool. "My roots in Springdale run deep," Bewley said. Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins noted, "Shelly Bewley is a product of the Springdale system who has done outstanding work as a teacher, instructional facilitator and assistant principal. She is absolutely committed to the team at Shaw Elementary. The great work being done at Shaw is a compliment to Cynthia Voss and Shelly Bewley and their superb leadership. She is prepared and I can't wait to see the great work that will continue to be done at Shaw Elementary." Shelly Bewley is another example of the terrific administrators who help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones to make the historic Williamsburg trip when you were in Springdale Schools! This past December students from Central, Southwest, Lakeside and George Junior Highs and the Don Tyson School of Innovation made the journey which included stops at Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Washington D.C. and Fort McHenry in Baltimore. What an incredible time they had! On site learning on valuable field trips is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
J.O. Kelly volleyball coach Kayla White did an online fundraiser with her friends to purchase volleyballs and basketballs for her girls to have practice equipment at home. She delivered the gifts to surprised, very happy Kelly Knights! Thoughtful teachers and coaches help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Just before the postponement of classes, members of Katelyn Grigg's class at Springdale High School partnered with Stephanie Long's second grade class at Turnbow Elementary on a sewing project. Long's students needed new clothes for their indoor recess Barbie dolls and Grigg's Sewing classes made over 40 new outfits. They delivered them to Turnbow and encouraged students to work hard in school. Great partnerships help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
The Census Talent Show scheduled for April 4 at the Jones Center has been cancelled. #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tyson Middle School EAST instructor Brittany Berry coordinated delivery of art supplies donated by Art Feeds to be delivered by Tyson Middle School and Tyson Elementary students to district students being delivered lunches and breakfasts by Springdale bus drivers and nutrition workers. This is another example of industrious teachers, students and community partners helping make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Alex (Central Junior High) and DeAnna Reynolds colored 100 pictures to cheer up those at Springdale Health and Rehab and coordinated with Pediatric Dental Associates to give over 160 dental kits to the Springdale Bus Barn for distribution with meals being delivered throughout the district. Service minded students are among the reasons Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It had to be the most unusual birthday surprise of Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins' life when principals and staff members conducted a celebration by ZOOM Wednesday. A few wore celebratory hats, others had exotic backgrounds designed to make the occasion a happy one despite current circumstances throughout the United States. Meaningful celebrations and wonderful, thoughtful staff members help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents, we are looking for feedback. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrvynPNvG25IQ6rBWdSdi5tM3sEM_GT6gjE4k8HXrV3VmRuw/viewform
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Parents, We are looking for feedback. Please take a minute to complete this survey. Thank you. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrvynPNvG25IQ6rBWdSdi5tM3sEM_GT6gjE4k8HXrV3VmRuw/viewform
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Springdale Seniors, Our hearts go out to you during this unprecedented time. Springdale School District is currently evaluating end-of-year senior celebrations (prom, senior awards, and graduation). The U of A will not be available for commencement ceremonies in May and we are assessing alternative dates and plans for the commencement ceremonies. Thank you for understanding.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
These Central Junior High students have been using ZOOM to keep up with some of their lessons. A technology rich district is another reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Please see this announcement from the Springdale Public Library. #THEChoice Since all students are working from home the Library has a new service to help students who may need some assistance with their homework as well as other great skill-building session to keep your brain sharp! Brainfuse is a free service with your Library Card. If you do not have a Library card you can go to this link https://catalog.wcls.lib.ar.us/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx?ctx=9.1033.0.0.1 and apply for an e card to access our online resources. If there are any issues please call 479-750-8180. A Librarian will be available M-F 9 am – 6 pm. Brainfuse includes: Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP, and state standardized tests. Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help. Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more! 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback. Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance. Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more! Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support Brainfuse Link http://main.springdalepl.ar.brainfuse.com/authenticate.asp
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Teresa Oliger, instructional facilitator at Walker Elementary, is a ROOTS Award winner for constantly researching new strategies, tools and concepts to share with faculty and implement with students. She is saluted by Associate Superintendent Dr. Marcia Smith, Assistant Superintendent Maribel Childress and Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins. Great instructors help make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Incredible is the only word to describe the partnership among Tyson Foods, the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation, Springdale Public Schools and the Springdale police that resulted in the distribution of Tyson chicken to nearly 4,000 families in more than five hours Friday at Springdale High School. The process was supposed to start at 9 am but traffic was backed up so far on Thompson that Tyson's staff, Springdale Public School volunteers and student resource officers began serving at 8:15. The process extended past 1 pm. Tyson donated the food through the SPSEF, whose director, Chris Stecklein, worked with district administrator Damon Donnell and Springdale police to work out the logistics. Amazing teamwork with community partners like Tyson Foods helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
School breakfast is out of this world! Cafeteria workers at Helen Tyson Middle School are preparing and serving lunches and breakfast for the next day to students. Grab and Go lunch packs will also be distributed next week during Spring Break! #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
J.O. Kelly principal Sara Ford and her physical education teachers gave away balls, jump ropes, board games and additional food at the same time lunches and breakfasts were delivered to the AQ Apartment Complex. Serving the community is a major reason Springdale Public Schools are #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
It's been a day filled with news but there's still time to celebrate ROOTS Award winner Kaci Phipps, an instructional facilitator at Young Elementary. Given the award by Assistant Superintendent Maribel Childress and Associate Superintendent Dr. Marcia Smith, Phipps was saluted for facilitating numerous modeled lessons, sparking discussions and questions during PLC meetings and going above and beyond in providing teachers with resources and additional strategies for making phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding instruction come alive for teachers and students. She is another example of the terrific faculty that helps make Springdale Public Schools #THEChoice.
7 months ago, Springdale School District
Springdale School District
Tyson Middle School is producing yearbook online learning with Mrs. Roliard and Mrs. Loftin. #THEChoice
7 months ago, Springdale School District