September School Board Meeting

Learn more about the Sept. 12 School Board meeting

Celebrating Continuing Education

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Dr. Jane Webb, Area 7 board member for the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, presented a $2,000 continuing education Parson-Burnett Grant to social studies teacher Hannah Mhoon of Springdale High School at the September Springdale Public Schools School Board meeting.

Eligible grant recipients must be currently employed as a certified educator in an Arkansas public school and must be working toward a specific graduate degree, endorsement or certification.

Mhoon will use the grant to complete an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in education in the future.

Grant applications are evaluated based on applicants' academic record, teaching performance, innovation and technique, community service and extracurricular activity and financial need.

Applications are accepted annually from March 15 to June 15.

Bulldog Soccer Accomplishments

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The School Board celebrated the Springdale High School boys soccer team.

Keith Fimple, Springdale Schools' executive director of athletics, shared the Bulldogs’ staggering record.

The team has been an unheard of record of 239-61-16, has had five conference coaches of the year, has been conference champions nine times, state finalists six times, state semi-finalists 11 times, state championships four times and earned the United Soccer Coaches Large School State Coach of the Year Award in 2019.

The team was ranked the No. 22 nationally in 2021, No. 13 in 2019 and No. 23 in 2012, Fimple said. The Bulldogs had no less than a top two finish in the conference 12 out of 14 seasons, an unbelievable record for an Arkansas program at this time.

“The word dynasty’ is used all over the place,” he said. “I don't know exactly what the description is or what you have to meet, but this is one of these things here in Arkansas that the expectations the word ‘dynasty’ is met in soccer.”

The Springdale boys soccer team is coached by Donald Beeler.

Master Principal

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The School Board celebrated Michelle Doshier of Hunt Elementary School, who earned the Arkansas Master Principal designation.

"I feel so grateful and honored," Doshier said. "I have the best staff, who were eager to implement many of the strategies I learned in order to improve the learning for all students."

The Arkansas Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Arkansas General Assembly, created the Master Principal designation to develop school leaders that utilize transformational and sustainable system change practices, according to the academy's website. The academy concentrates on developing adult leadership and continuous learning as strategic drivers for improving statewide student learning and performance.

"We are excited for Mrs. Doshier and the staff at Hunt Elementary," said Bradley T. Webber

Master Principal Program director.

Doshier said Springdale Public Schools was a significant factor in earning the designation.

"The collaborative culture of our district allows me to share what I learned through the experience with Master Principal Institute," Doshier said.

Architectural Award

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The American Society of Interior Designers South Central Chapter recognized two Springdale Schools with institutional Excellence in Design awards.

Don Tyson School of Innovation received the 2021 Silver Award for Phase 2 of the school's construction, and Jim D. Rollins School of Innovation received the 2022-23 Gold Award for the school's overall design.

The American Society of Interior Designers advances the interior design profession and communicates the impact of design on the human experience, according to the society's website.

The 2023 Back to School Rally is Tonight!

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Free admission is offered for the first 10,000 students, staff and family members affiliated with Springdale Public Schools.

The event will also feature interactive and informative booths, free train rides and playground access, spirit performances by district band, choir, cheer and dance teams, on-field recognitions and more!

Complementary parking is available for attendees using the phrase “Springdale Schools Rally."

Gates open at 5 p.m., the pre-game starts at 6 p.m., and the Naturals play at 7:05 p.m.!

Arvest Ballpark has a clear bag policy for all events. Please see below for the types of bags that are permissible in the venue.

One clear, unopened water bottle per person will be allowed in the ballpark. No other outside food or beverages are permitted.

Back to School Rally | 2023 Promo
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We are giving away a FREE rally shirt. Stay tuned to the Springdale Schools Facebook page to win the giveaway tonight! #SpringdaleFamily

2023 SPSEF Duck Race

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Join us at Turnbow Park in Shiloh Square on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11-11:30 a.m. to cheer on your duck at the sixth-annual Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation Duck Race.

Purchased ducks may be earmarked a specific teacher or school. If that duck is one of the top 10 winners of the race, that school or teacher will win a $1,000 grant from the foundation’s Classroom Grants Program to use during the school year for materials or projects of their choosing.

Participants may also purchase ducks without expressing a preference for which school they want to support. The SPSEF will assign your duck to a school for them.

2023 Duck Race Commercial
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Springdale Schools' Free and Reduced Lunch Application Report

  • 65.41%

  • 13 days to go

  • We are 9.5 percentage points and 10 days ahead of where we were this same time last year

  • 21,714 total students (not including 1,008 PreK students)

  • 14,203 approved applications

  • We need 997 more approved applications to reach 70% by Oct. 1

  • Every application over 70% equals $1,000 additional dollars

  • A huge THANK YOU to a great TEAM:
    Parents, students, principals, assistant principals, social workers, counselors, nurses, secretaries, registrars, meal application call center staff, and many more

*Numbers valid for Sept. 12, 2023

Future Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

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Damon Donnell, district Student Service director, gave the School Board received a report on the Arkansas Tech University and Walton Family Foundation Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers.

The program is funded by the Walton Family Foundation for the purposes of incentivizing underrepresented graduates of Arkansas Tech University to teach in Northwest Arkansas.

By encouraging students to pursue teaching careers in Northwest Arkansas, this program aspires to provide underrepresented graduates with not only a financial incentive, but also prepare graduates for success in the classroom and the community through implementing a mentoring program for the participants.

The loan forgiveness program will provide selected participants loan forgiveness for up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of five years, provided participants fulfill the program requirements.

Loan payment amounts will be dependent on the amount borrowed by the participant and other aid applied. Loan payments on behalf of the student are contingent upon the student complying with the attached Memorandum of Understanding and the funds being available through the Grantor (Walton Family Foundation).

Eligible participants will be juniors or seniors that are on track to meet state licensure requirements. This program is available for students who have been accepted into Stage II in the undergraduate initial teacher licensure program at Arkansas Tech University.

EAST Leadership Award

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The Education Accelerated by Service and Technology Board of Directors honored Brittany Berry of Helen Tyson Middle School as a Matt Dozier EAST Legacy Award recipient.

Facilitators nominate peers who are leaders within the facilitator community and outstanding in their classrooms for the award. The recognition was first granted in 2022 to Jeanne Roepcke, a long-term facilitator in Batesville who lost a battle with cancer. The award is named for Matt Dozier, a long-term CEO of EAST, who began as facilitator.

Construction Update with Jeremy White

Springdale Public Schools | September 2023 Construction Update

Watch the Full September School Board Meeting

Springdale Public Schools | September 2023 School Board Meeting