Badger Blast

Arkadelphia Public Schools newsletter

Badger Blast: February 28 - March 2

At the end of the week, we'll tear the month of February off of the calendar and move into March. There are just a few more weeks until Spring Break, so we look forward to seeing what our students will d over these first few weeks of the month!

Last week, we directed you to the information about our "Standard Response Protocol" program that we are working to implement along with the Arkadelphia Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office. Then Thursday, we were advised to implement the "Lockout" portion of the SRP by local authorities due to an incident in town. Since the program is still in the implementation stages, there was some confusion between the terms "Lockout" and "Lockdown."

There are a few things that we noticed that can be done better in the event we have to implement the SRP in the future and one of those is that in the future we will be sending out a text notification if any of the four areas of the SRP are put into action. Just one week before last week's incident, we were in discussion about whether or not to issue a district-wide text notification during a "Lockout" since there is no imminent threat to students. We learned after Thursday that it's better to utilize our text notification system in any case so as to try to help alleviate confusion.

This incident also is a good time to tell you to pencil in the evening of Tuesday, April 9, for a district-wide informational meeting about the SRP program to help parents and community members be on the same page. We set the meeting before last week's event, but it reinforced the need to have such an event to help parents understand the program. To get a head start on the meeting and learn more about SRP, we urge you to see the information below and visit the I Love You Guys Foundation website. We'll be sending out more information about meetings specifics as plans are finalized. The safety of our students is of utmost importance to APSD, APD and CCSO and we want parents to know about the Standard Response Protocol.


Monday, February 25: Badger Football Championship Ring Presentation, Rec Center, 6:00

Thursday, February 28: Perritt Kindergarten Musical, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Friday, March 1: Perritt EarlyACT Student Council, 8:00 am

Friday, March 1: 9th grade pre-registration for current Goza 8th graders, Goza Student Center

Monday, March 4: Perritt Pre-K Family Night, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5: Board of Education Agenda Meeting, 5:00

Tuesday, March 5: Arkadelphia Bands Winter Concert at OBU

Thursday, March 7: Parents as Teachers Group Connection, Noon

Thursday, March 7: Peake Winter Musical, 1:30 and 6:00 pm

Friday, March 8: JROTC Military Ball, HSU Garrison Grand Ballroom, 6:00 pm

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The Arkadelphia Public School District, in conjunction with the Arkadelphia Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office, is implementing the "Standard Response Protocol" to be used in the case of an emergency at any of the district's campuses.

The SRP is a free program from the I Love You Guys Foundation that allows organizations to have common terminology, visual aids and instructions for all groups to employ in the event of an emergency situation at a campus.

APSD School Resource Officers and administrators have begun working with faculty, staff and students to educate them on the terminology and visual aids used in the program.

Be on the lookout for information regarding an informational meeting in April for parents to attend to learn more about APSD's use of the SRP. In the meantime, for more information on this program, visit the SRP K-12 Program website here.

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AHS registration for next year's ninth graders

Students in the 8th grade will soon be making the transition from Goza Middle School to Arkadelphia High School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Pre-Registration is scheduled for March 1, 2019 and it is vital that parents be a part of this important process. Therefore, special invitations have been mailed to each parent inviting them to have input and direction in their student's decision-making. They were given a special appointment time to meet on March 1, 2019 in the Student Center at Goza Middle School to register with their student. AHS administrators, counselors, and teacher advisors will be present to meet and assist parents/students with the registration process. If the assigned appointment time is not convenient, parents should call Betty Macon at (870) 246-7373 x211 or Marvetta Farnam at (870) 246-7373 x206 to work out a better time, or you can contact Betty Macon at


CONGRATULATIONS to our APSD students who competed in Spelling Bees and Quiz Bowls over the last week. Keep up the good work!


It was also a busy weekend for winter sports championships as our Badger swimmers, divers and wrestlers represented Arkadelphia nicely at their respective state championships.

Visit the "Badger Athletics" Facebook page to see all of the weekend's activities, but if you see these students who all medaled at their respective state championships, tell them congratulations!!


Hayden Harris - 1A-4A State Diving Champion

Rhett Womack - 1A-4A 152-lb. weight class Wrestling State Champion (1A-4A Outstanding Wrestler for 138-170 weight classes)

Rickey Rogers, Jr. - 1A-4A 195-lb. weight class Wrestling State Champion



Xander Adams - DIVING - 1A-4A State Diving Runner-Up


Reyna Rogers - 3rd place in 1A-4A 106-lb. weight class (1A-4A Outstanding Wrestler for 106-132 weight classes)

Ross Womack - 3rd place in 1A-4A 138-lb. weight class wrestling

Alec Ruble - 5th place in 1A-4A


Nick LeVar - 5th place in 1A-4A 100 breaststroke

Caroline Derby, GraceAnn Covington, Colleen Lloyd, and Sydney Motl - 5th place in 1A-4A in 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Sydney Motl - 5th place in 1A-4A 100 free

Colleen Lloyd - 6th place in 1A-4A 100 free

Owen Phillips, Shepherd Molinari, Colson McKinney and Colin Conroy - 5th place in 1A-4A 400 free relay

hsu partners in education scholarship - march 1 deadline

The Henderson State University Partners in Education program (PiE) will be awarding scholarships to two high school seniors from PiE schools who plan to attend Henderson State University in fall 2019 and major in education. Recipients will be selected by the PiE Scholarship Committee based on criteria described in the application, which can be picked up in the AHS Counselors' office. Application deadline is this Friday, March 1
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Arkadelphia High School seniors will be able to pick up scholarship applications for two scholarships awarded by the Peake High School Alumni Foundation beginning on January 30. The applications for the Richard and Roberta Griffith Scholarship and the Peake High School Alumni Foundation scholarship are available to pick up in the AHS counselors's office.The amount of each scholarship is $1,000 and the deadline for applications to be postmarked is March 31, 2019.

it's flu season...wash your hands, wash your friends' hands, wash your enemies' hands

Several towns have been hit hard by the flu and other viruses during this flu season, so see the below tips on hand-washing from the CDC and help do your part to help us have healthy schools!


The school lunch menus are located on the official APSD App (available in the App Store and on Google Play) as well as the link below on the APSD website (just click the image below the next paragraph).

For those parents who use the app to check school lunch menus, a change was made before Thanksgiving Break and menus are again available on each school's portion of the app. For some reason, the menus had just been populated to the APSD section of the app. From now on, you should be able to locate the school lunch menus on your respective school's page on the app. Normal procedure is for menus to be uploaded for the entire month at the beginning of the month.

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APSD Utilizing AMI Days Again in 2018-19; PLEASE Update Contact Info. at Respective Campuses If You've Changed Numbers

January has started off on the warm side, but there's still the potential for winter weather over the next two or three months in our area. As you've read before in this space, the Arkansas Department of Education has again approved APSD for five days to be used at Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Days along with many other school districts in the state of Arkansas.

AMI days allow school district to potentially not have to add extra days to the end of the school calendar in late May and early June.

APSD will use phone and text notifications as well as social media and traditional media to notify families of cancellations. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ON FILE WITH YOUR CHILD OR CHILDREN'S RESPECTIVE CAMPUS IS UP TO DATE.

Information regarding AMI days as it pertains to APSD can be found at this link

Keep Up with Arkadelphia Public Schools on Social Media

You can keep up with events and other information at all of the APS campuses by several social media outlets. These locations are also a great place to see pictures of events that take place throughout the year.

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