Badger Blast

Arkadelphia Public Schools newsletter

Badger Blast: March 11-16

One more week until Spring Break. Our next Badger Blast will come out on the Monday we return from Spring Break. Thanks to those of you who have signed up for the newsletter over the last two weeks. Please continue to share this with your friends so we can continue to add parents, family members and community members to our growing list who receive the Badger Blast.


Spring Break couldn't come at a better time in our district with regards to sickness. We do still have five days before the break, so please follow these suggestions below from our friends at Attendance Works when your child may be sick or recovering from a sickness when deciding whether or not to send them to school. Sickness can be an inconvenience for a home, but please do all you can to limit it to just your home and not send a sick child to school to spread the wealth!!


Enjoy the week and we hope everybody gets to enjoy Spring Break!

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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, March 11: Central Primary 3rd Grade Family Night

Friday, March 15: Goza Spring Pictures

Friday, March 15: AHS Cheerleader Tryouts (tryout week March 11-15)

March 18-22: SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 25: Perritt Report Cards

Tuesday, March 26: Central and Peake Report Cards

Wednesday, March 27: Peake Group Pictures

Wednesday, March 27: Perritt 2019-20 Kindergarten Roundup

Thursday, March 28: Parents as Teachers Group Connections, noon

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KINDERgarten registration

Kindergarten Registration began last week, but if you missed your time to register last week, it's not too late! contact Perritt Primary at 870-246-2260 for more information and keep in mind that the Kindergarten screening is set for Wednesday, March 27, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. See the image below for details on what to expect during the screening process.
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goza jazzler tryout packets available

Jazzler packets are available in the Goza Middle School office for current sixth and seventh graders. Packets are due March 28th by 3:15 PM. Tryouts will be held the week of April 1-5th. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 5:30 PM at Goza on Monday, April 1st.

permit drug walk t-shirts available

Louisa E. Perritt Primary’s annual drug free walk is April 12, 2019 at 8:30! We look forward to this day at Perritt all year and welcome parents and grandparents to attend. More details are coming soon about the walk, but T-shirts for the event are available now. T-shirts are $10.00 each. Forms have been sent home and are due March 15, 2019, in order to receive your t-shirt in time for the drug free walk.
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APSD IMPLEMENTING STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

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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.


Recently in the Badger Blast we have been directing you to the SRP website. Then two 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 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.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.

national speech & debate education day

Arkadelphia Debate celebrated National Speech & Debate Education Day with a proclamation from Mayor James Calhoun and a debate. The "Affirmative Side" (Mike Evans, Dylan Rich, & Anyah Evans) defeated the "Negative Side" (Aisha Faiq, Yebo Moyo, & Noah Kelly). We would like to thank all who supported us and we look forward to another year!
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CLICK IMAGE BELOW FOR HSU ACT ACADEMY INFORMATION

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.

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!

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.

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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