Arkansas High Weekly Happenings

April 4 - 8, 2016

Lunch With Dr. Kesler

Dr. Kesler will be proving lunch for AHS Monday at the Red Wall during all three lunches. Please plan on stopping by during your lunch time and visit.


Remember our expectation is for bell to bell instruction to be evident. We do understand there are times such as after a test that students may have down time. We will be looking to see when those times occur that our students are reading. We want to everyone reading!

Steps in Close Reading

There is no specific sequence in a close read; these steps are meant to generally guide you in crafting a lesson that scaffolds students and focuses on increasingly complex text dependent questions. Begin with questions about the big ideas in the text and gradually ask higher level questions.


Set the purpose for reading and have students read text as independently as possible. Depending on the text complexity and the readers, the first read may be done independently, as a read aloud/think aloud, or paired or shared reading. The first read should be without building background; students should be integrating their background knowledge with the text as they read. Focus on the key ideas and details in the text, making sure that readers know the main idea, story elements, or key details that the author includes. Following the first read, have students Think-Pair-Share to assess what they have gleaned from the text. By listening to students as they share, you can determine the focus of the first read, etc.


For a second, close read, select a portion or chunk of the text that is “close read worthy.” That is, have students reread a section that includes complex elements or ideas that they should explore to arrive at a deep understanding of the text. After rereading, students discuss the text with partners or in small groups, focusing on the author’s craft and organizational patterns. This may include vocabulary choices, text structure or text features that they author included. Use a Text Dependent Question to focus or set a purpose for a close rereading. After students share with partners or in small groups, have groups share out with entire class to assess understanding.


The third close reading of a text should go even deeper, requiring students to synthesize and analyze information from several texts or media. They may record their ideas on sticky notes, graphic organizer, or a thinking sheet. Have students journal a response to a Text Dependent Question. Focus the discussion on text evidence.



PROM is coming up in a few weeks, April 16th. If you would like to chaperon the dance from 7:00-11:00 at the Convention Center or the After-Party in the AHS Student Union from 12:00 - 3:00 please contact Mrs. Marshall and let her know. We would love to see you there.

Razorback Sports

4/4 DeQueen JV Baseball away 5:00 James

4/5 Parkview V/JV Softball Home 5:00 Nadeau

4/5 Parkview* V.JV Baseball Home 5:00 Nadeau

4/5 Parkview* VG/VB Soccer Home 5:00 Nadeau

4/5 Jr. Scrapper Relays (Nashville) 9G Track Away 3:30 Ross

4/5 Panther Relays (Magnolia) 9B Track Away 3:30 Jones

4/7 Foreman V/JV Softball Home 5:00 Nadeau

4/7 Ashdown V.JV Baseball Home 5:00 Nadeau

4/7 Trojan Relays (Hot Springs) VG/VB Track Away 3:30 Hampton

4/7 Nashville Relays JVB Track Away 3:30 Aaron

4/8 Hall V/JV Softball away 4:30

4/8 Hall * V.JV Baseball Home 5:00

4/8 LR Hall* VG/VB Soccer away 5:00

4/9 Genoa V.JV Baseball Home 3:00

Important Links

Important Events

Channel 12 "One Classroom at a Time" Award Presentation

Monday, April 4th, 2pm

AHS Greenhouse

Leadership Team Meeting

Tuesday, April 5th, 4pm

Freshman Academy, CIA Room

Please be present at this important meeting.

AHS Art Show

Wednesday, April 6th, 8am to Friday, April 15th, 3:45pm

AHS Red Wall, 1500 Jefferson, Texarkana, AR

Special Olympics Track & Field

Wednesday, April 6th, 9am

751 Rankin Street

Ashdown, AR

Wadley Scan Van

Thursday, April 7th, 8am

1500 Jefferson Avenue

Texarkana, AR

Distinguished Gentleman Meeting

Thursday, April 7th, 2pm

1500 Jefferson Avenue

Texarkana, AR

Redline to Kilgore

Friday, April 8th, 3pm

300 South High Street

Longview, TX

ACT Test

Saturday, April 9th, 8am

1500 Jefferson Avenue

Texarkana, AR