Alma School District Newsletter

February 7, 2020

Alma Dance places 14th in the NATION!!!

Alma Dance wrapped up the Dance Team National Championships on Saturday by winning 14th in the nation for their Hip-Hop routine! Dancers have been working hard and practicing diligently for months. We are so proud of all of you!!

To see their Nationals routines, follow Alma Dance on Facebook and Twitter!

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National School Counselors Week

What is a school counselor?

Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or waiting for a crisis to occur. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career, and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.


Did you know that the state of Arkansas recently passed a law stating “A school counselor shall spend at least ninety percent (90%) of his or her working time during student contact days providing direct & indirect services to students? This new law allows school counselors more time to impact students. A lot of school counselors are tasked with the responsibility of being a Testing Coordinator for their school, which takes valuable time away from students. Thankfully, the Alma School District has Testing Coordinators within the district to serve in this capacity, which allows counselors to focus on providing direct & indirect services to students.

To read more click here.


Our counselors are so much more than the above definition. They go above and beyond every day to advocate for our students. They are an ear to listen, a mindful adult to provide direction and the calm voice that shows them accountability, they are a safe place for kids to discuss their troubles and worries. We truly have the best group of counselors working every day to make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you to Haley Blanton at APS, Kristin Wagner at AIS, Rhonda Jones and Becky Lowrey at AMS, Tawnya Shelton, Manessah Moore, and Megan Reese at AHS and Brandi Brogan our District Family Engagement Coordinator. We couldn't do it without you!!

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GAMEDAY

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Alma Airedales vs Vilonia Eagles

Friday, Feb. 7th, 5pm

101 East Main Street

Alma, AR

Join the Airedales tonight as they take on the Eagles. Games will start at 5:00 with JV Boys, followed by the Lady Airedales, and then the Airedales. If you can't make it out you can always watch the live stream on the Alma School District YouTube Channel. Go Airedales!

Alma Dance @ UCA Nationals

AHS Cheer performed their routine this morning. They anxiously waited to see if they would move forward. For the first time EVER they are bypassing semifinals and heading STRAIGHT TO FINALS!!! Wowzer!!! Way to go, ladies!!! We can't wait to see your next performance!!!
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Alma High School

The Airedale

The students of Airewaves Media have once again pulled off an incredible Newscast. Click on the link below to watch the latest episode of The Airedale. Great work, Airewaves Media!!
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Microsoft Certifications

Several students have earned the PowerPoint and Word Certifications. Students in Mrs. Bull's classes have earned just under 100 certifications so far this year! Great job!
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Great Kindness Challenge

This week Alma High School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. To learn more, check out The Pawprint .
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Alma Middle School

Congratulations to AMS Students of the Month

Mason Collins

Noah Downs

Mia Welch

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Scribble Bots

Students in Mrs. Dooley's class used some critical thinking with this hands-on activity.

Alma Intermediate School

Alma Primary School

APS Star Students

Congrats to this week's Star Students!!!

Global School Play Day

Global School Play Day was a big success! Look at all those little minds using their creativity to play!!
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Miss UAFS Allison Thompson

Mrs. Warnock's class was excited to have Miss UAFS visit their class. She was there to promote "A Night to Shine" and students wrote words of encouragement to place in the attendees' goody bags. She even made time for a quick dance with SRO Mahan!

Airedales in Action

Airedale Enlistments

We are so proud of our 4 Alma Seniors who recently enlisted to serve in the Arkansas National Guard! We have no doubt our Airedales will live up to the "Always Ready, Always There" motto!!
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Airedale Alumnus

Chad Burris

Alma's own Chad Burris is taking Broadway by storm! Fresh off of playing Olaf in Disney's Frozen he will now step into the role of Damien in Broadway's production of Mean Girls!

Airedales Upcoming Events

Looking for Host Families

Are you or your family interested in hosting an exchange student? Applications for next year are already starting to arrive. To fill out a form of interest and receive information about students click here, for more information on hosting, please visit the Alma School District Website.

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Airedale News

STOPit

Parents, our online safety reporting tool TipTxt has been discontinued, but we have replaced it with a program called STOPit. Information may be reported now through the icon on the website Safety Tip Line. We will also be informing you in the days to come about the STOPit app to download and a phone hotline number. We will provide students and parents with building-specific access codes in order to report information through an anonymous app. You may have received an email from your child's principal this past week or you will be receiving one next week. You can find out more information here.
What is STOPit? (Education Version)

Alma Safety Tip Line-STOPit

To find out more about our Alma Safety Tip Line click here.


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