Lion's Pride

March 2019

Message from the Superintendent

Flu season is going strong in the schools of Garland County. At the time of this writing, the Jessieville School District has yet to see it reach a level among students and staff that there has been a need to close school. Our staff are being proactive in fighting germs and disinfecting high traffic areas and surfaces where germs grow. With Spring Break occurring next week, hopefully, we will see the last of the flu.

Please mark your calendars for March 28 to attend parent-teacher conferences. This is an important time to communicate with your child's teacher regarding performance, academic growth, and progress.

Please make sure to view the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter for dates and activities. More information can be found on the district website and calendar.


Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Arkansas

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, two Jessieville students and six Jessieville staff members participated in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Arkansas at the Hot Springs Health and Fitness Club. This event raises money to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Events like this take place across the state of Arkansas and the United States.

Individuals had the opportunity to "take the plunge" in the frigid water for $50 or for those who were less brave a $25 donation got them a "Chickened Out" t-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing that they were helping a worthy cause.

The local event raised a total of $9000 with Jessieville raising $2100 of that total.

Jessieville participants picture below - left to right: Gary Paul Walls, Lyndon Albright, Mackenzie Marshall, Chris Benson, Jennifer Lawhon, Jed Johnson, and Cameron Hall. Not pictured - Chris Davis.

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Jessieville Buddy Club

Jessieville High School became a Special Olympics Unified Champion School in the 2015/2016 school year and formed the Jessieville Buddy Club. Unified Champion Schools integrate Special Olympics programs with current activities in the school to promote inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities into these activities and the community.

Jessieville Buddy Club is facilitated by Jennifer Lawhon and has on average 20 members. This student-led club meets throughout the year to plan events, attend Special Olympics competitions to help Jessieville's Special Olympics athletes, and to ensure that all students are included in school activities. The photos below are a sample of the recent events Jessieville Buddy Club have undertaken.

K-Kids Food Drive

The Jessieville Elementary K-Kids Club held a food drive during the month of December to benefit the Faith Fellowship Church Food Pantry. According to Faith Fellowship Church, this collection was the largest one-time collection their pantry received for all of 2018.

The food pantry held their first food giveaway January 9, 2019 for the new year. They distributed all of this donation to 446 families totaling 1040 individuals who benefited.

In the words of Faith Fellowship Church - "Jessieville Lions Rock!!!"

Jessieville K-Kids is sponsored by the Hot Springs Village Kiwanis Club and is under the direction of fifth-grade teacher, Teresa Harper.

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JHS Concert Choir Headed to State Competition

The Jessieville High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Lydia deSambourg, competed at the Regional Choral Performance Assessment on February 21 at Henderson State University. The choir received Superior and Excellent ratings at the competition. The choir is now qualified to compete at the State Competition at UCA in Conway in April.

Jessieville Elementary Art Teacher Wins Award

Deborah Norfleet, Jessieville Elementary art teacher, recently placed 1st in the teacher division of the Have a Heart for Art competition. The purpose of this event is to educate Garland County students about heart disease and its prevention through the art curriculum in the local schools. Schools may submit two pieces of art per grade per school as well as a teacher submission.
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Jessieville School District Cafeteria Provides Options for Students

Jessieville Middle and High School students and staff have noticed many changes in the variety of lunch offerings in the school cafeteria this year. Theresa Stockrahm, Child Nutrition Director, and her staff have worked extremely hard this year to provide more options for students and staff while still complying with the stringent guidelines of the USDA. A second salad bar was added this year to provide both middle and high school student access to supplemental food items to their lunch choice. Mrs. Stockrahm and staff also opened a second location in the Glazener Gym for "grab-and-go" lunch items during the middle and high school lunches. This has been a hit with students.

The photos below show the options middle and high school students were given for lunch one day during February.

Upcoming Events

March 18 - 22 - Spring Break

March 23 - Softball at Harmony Grove

March 25 - 29 - National Public School Week

March 25 - 7th grade track - Magnet Cove

March 25 - Baseball and softball against Two Rivers @ home

March 26 - Junior track @ Lakeside

March 27 - Special Olympics Swimming Competition

March 27 - Softball against Prescott @ home

March 28 - High School Academic Awards, 11:00 am

March 28 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

March 28 - Senior track @ Lakeside

March 29 - Altrusa 4.0 Luncheon, Arkansas Governor's Mansion

March 29 - Baseball @ Atkins

April 1 - Middle School Academic Awards, 11:00 am

April 1 - Baseball and softball @ Ftn. Lake

April 2 - Senior track - Lion Relays @ home

April 5 - Special Olympics Track and Field Events - Lake Hamilton

April 5 - Senior track @ Russellville

April 5 - Elementary Daddy-Daughter Block Party

April 5 - Baseball against Booneville @ home

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