Alma School District Newsletter
March 20, 2020
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
This is certainly a unique time in all of our lives. We are all dealing with multiple concerns, and for many of you, the education of your children is just one of them. We know that many are struggling with conditions at your place of work, relatives, your bills, daycare, and many other things. We want you to know that we want to do anything and everything that we can to help you with your child’s education.
As you probably know by now, the Governor has closed all schools in Arkansas for at least the first three weeks after spring break. Following is a quote from Arkansas Secretary of Education Johnny Key on Thursday.
“I trust that educators and parents will understand this is not perfect, but we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” ADE Secretary Johnny Key said. “While the suspension of onsite instruction is necessary to protect our students, the extension of AMI is a responsible way to continue education delivery. I have been encouraged and inspired this week by the creativity we have seen from teachers in posting engaging lessons and activities for their students across a variety of platforms. I appreciate the efforts of our educators, and I look for this dedication and creativity to continue as we work through this difficult time."
When spring break is over, we will continue educating your children. All of us at Alma School District are working as hard as we know how to provide the very best educational experiences possible for them, given the circumstances.
Teachers will continue with essentially the same teaching as they have done this week, except they will need to begin to introduce new material and work on new skills. We cannot afford for students to go four weeks (or more) and not continue to move forward with their education.
Learning will continue to be mostly online for those students that have internet access. For those students that do not have internet access, we are making plans to provide them with paper copies of work.
In addition to this, your child, with your assistance, is strongly encouraged to explore interesting educational topics on their own. The world is full of things to explore. Please encourage your students to use their imagination and creativity to work on their own, in addition to the work that their teachers send them.
I want to emphasize that these three weeks are school days. This is not an extended spring break or a preview of summer. Please do everything you can to assure that your child does their assignments and more. If they don’t, they will have a difficult time when we return to regular school. This is really important.
After spring break, we will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to any student that wants it. We are exploring ideas to make these meals more interesting and tasty. The delivery method will change slightly so that we can more efficiently get meals to those families that want them. There will be more information about this later.
To the Alma community and parents, THANK YOU for everything you are doing to assist our students through this time. This is difficult for all of us, but especially so for young people. They are worried about their family and their future, they miss seeing their friends, they even miss seeing their teachers. It is important that all of us support them in every way possible.
Again, we want to do everything we can. We are always available for your questions, suggestions, and ideas. We will keep you updated as needed.
Airedales and AMI
Alma High School
AHS does AMI
Mrs. Willhite was so excited to get questions from a student. Our teachers look forward to hearing from you and miss the students terribly!
Mrs. Dickens is wearing two hats for AMI, she is teaching AHS students and helping her daughter complete her APS AMI instruction. Great work!!
Sophomore student Shivam Raja is hard at work, too!!
Alma Middle School
Message to Coach Potts
This student is getting some "extra" AMI lessons!!!
Landon is learning to make green eggs and ham!
No Horsing Around
Sixth-grade student Chloe Gregory isn't horsing around when it comes to AMI!
Alma Intermediate School
Working in the Fort
Mrs. Reeves asked fourth-grade students to "build a fort" somewhere in their home as a place to do school work using Chromebooks or packets.
Adventures of a Fourth Grader
Lilly did a little geocaching after working on her AMI instruction! This looks like fun!
One assignment was to share their Google Slide presentations for a selected region of the United States. Brody can be seen showing his slideshow with his parents.
Working in the Fort
Adventures of a Fourth Grader
Alma Primary School
Ms. Warnock's 2nd Grade
One student had to ask for an extension on AMI due to her ferret taking a bite out of AMI.
Ms. Ellifrit's Kindergarten
This Kindergarten is engaged in his AMI packet work!
Carter Meredith is getting in his 20 minutes of reading!
Thinking and Learning
First-grader Lawson has enjoyed completing his AMI packet each day, as well as getting extra practice on Istation! We are thankful learning hasn’t stopped!
DeAndre Robins from Mrs. M.Long's class worked on his Weekly Reader and literacy skills.
J’lyn Jerkins from Mrs. Grant’s first-grade class is doing a math activity with cards. Way to play your hand!!