Badger Blast

Arkadelphia Public Schools newsletter

Badger Blast: April 1-6

We head into the month of May with lots of activities and the beginning of the final nine weeks of school. We hope you enjoy springtime and best of luck to our students during the season for state testing!

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

Mon., April 1 - Tues., April 2: FBLA State Conference - Little Rock

Thursday, April 4: Parents as Teachers Baby Safety Shower, 5:30

Friday, April 5: Perritt EarlyAct Student Council, 8:00 am

Tuesday, April 9: Board of Education Agenda Meeting, 5:00 pm

Tuesday, April 9: AHS Choir at State Choral Performance Assessment, TBA

Friday, April 12: Perritt Primary "Just Say NO to Drugs" Walk

Saturday, April 13: Arkadelphia High School Prom

Thursday, April 18: Parents as Teachers Group Connections, Noon

Thursday, April 18: Central Primary music program, 1:30 and 6:00 pm

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APSD IMPLEMENTING STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

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.


Recently in the Badger Blast we have been directing you to the SRP website. Then a few weeks ago, 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 our most recent 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.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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SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS ON APP

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.

2019-20 APSD Calendar Posted

The Arkadelphia Public Schools Board of Education recently approved the 2019-20 academic calendar. The calendar has been posted on the APSD website so parents can refer to it when planning vacations, days off, etc. Also please see the image below with 2019-20 Holidays and other dates of interest.

A printable PDF version of the calendar can be found here

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Band and Football summer schedules

Our students who are involved in extra-curricular activities have busy school years, but they also have busy summers! The Badger Pride Marching Band and the AHS football program released their summer schedules last week and they can be found below.
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CLICK IMAGE BELOW FOR HSU ACT ACADEMY INFORMATION

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.


FACEBOOK:
Arkadelphia Public Schools

Arkadelphia High School

Badger Athletics

Goza Middle School

Peake Elementary

Central Primary

Perritt Primary

Early Learning Programs


TWITTER:
Arkadelphia Public Schools

Arkadelphia High School

Badger Athletics


YOUTUBE:
APSD-TV - Arkadelphia Public Schools

PEAKE ALUMNI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

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.