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Jonathan Dunn joins ACS Board of Education; incumbents take oath of office
The ACS Board of Education welcomes its newest board member, Jonathan Dunn! He and reelected incumbents Scott Benjamin and Dr. Dale Viox took the oath of office, administered by Tennessee State Representative Tom Leatherwood, during Tuesday's monthly board meeting. Dunn, representing Position 3, joins incumbents Benjamin, Lyle Conley, Kay Williams and Viox.
The Board also held officer elections, nominating Dr. Dale Viox as Chairman and Scott Benjamin as Vice Chairman for the 2022-2023 school year. Kay Williams was also elected as the Tennessee Legislative Network (TLN) Representative Read more about our ACS school board members by visiting our website.
WATCH: ACS announces new strategic plan: Portrait of an ACS Graduate
After nearly eight months of researching, conducting listening sessions with students and staff, and collaborating with a committee, we're excited to publish our strategic plan results with the community at large! We set out to ask, "What makes a graduate?" In return, we developed the Portrait of an ACS Graduate, our vision for students and what they will need to succeed in college, career and life by identifying 21st century skills, character traits and social/emotional competencies.
We held listening sessions with 400 employees and 70 students from all elementary, middle and high school levels and surveyed 800+ parents and more than two dozen Arlington Chamber of Commerce members to find out what skills our students need by the time they graduate. By combining all those results together, we identified five common trends; ACS Graduates will:
- Communicate Effectively
- Collaborate Intentionally
- Cultivate Creativity
- Be Resilient
- Lead with Empathy
WATCH: ACS takes on pickleball in new elementary P.E. curriculum
A craze sweeping the nation is coming soon to ACS elementary schools! Pickleball, said to be the fastest growing sport in the U.S., will soon be featured in P.E. classes at Arlington and Donelson Elementary Schools through a curriculum called Pickleball with a Purpose, offered through PickleMania. As ACS Communications Intern Jake Stoope shows us in this video, the curriculum goes beyond the basics of the sport by serving up important life lessons.
AMS Drama Club reveals fall show, record number of students show interest
The AMS Drama Club, led by Natalee Godsey, revealed its fall show on Tuesday, and to say it caused sheer excitement and uproar would be understatement! High School Musical is coming to AMS! To prove "We're All in This Together" (as performed in the movie/musical), teachers Niki Cardosi and Colleen Walker helped announce the show by surprising students on stage with a musical number of their own, which you can watch here! 🤣
A record 101 students attended the club's kick-off meeting on Tuesday to learn details about auditions and casting, which is set to happen in the coming weeks. Break a leg, AMS Thespians!
WATCH: AES 4th graders catapult ping pong balls to learn about energy
Potential and kinetic energy are more than just lessons from a book in Arlington Elementary's 4th grade classrooms! Watch how Ms. Hardy, Henrikson and Johnson transformed this lesson about energy into a hands-on learning opportunity.
Tigers on the move! Two AHS athletes announce verbal commitments
It's only September, but sports news is already heating up for our Tiger athletes! Within the past week, AHS Soccer's Kaylee Allen and AHS Baseball's Carter McKay announced their verbal commitments to Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis, respectively. Verbal commitments are when student-athletes verbally agree to attend a school before they're able to officially sign a letter of intent. As usual, Arlington Sports will cover sport signings as they occur throughout the year. Way to go, Kaylee and Carter!
Courtesy The Daily Memphian
Courtesy The Daily Memphian
We have more than 20 clubs and organizations participating in this year's Track or Treat Movie Night - a.k.a. Trick or Treat around the track! Dress out in your Halloween costume and bring the family! Track or Treat will begin at 5:45 PM, followed by Scared Shrekless at 6:30 PM and Hocus Pocus at 7:00 PM.
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🎃 Free Admission & Open to the Community!
🧙🏽♀️ Wear Your Costumes!
👻 Track or Treat will feature clubs and organizations from Arlington High!
🗝 Students in Grades K-8 MUST be accompanied by a guardian. Students will not be allowed into the stadium without a guardian present.
🪑 Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Stadium seating will be closed.
Learn more about Scared Shrekless from Common Sense Media
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
- Fall Break (No School) - October 10th - 14th
- AMS Lunch & Learn: Canva! - Wednesday, October 19th @ Noon
- DES Coffee with the Counselors: Internet Safety - Thursday, October 20th
- ACS PEP Talks: Strategies for Helping Students with ADHD - Thursday, October 20th
- Quarter 1 Report Card Release - Friday, October 21st
- DES Family STEM Night - Tuesday, October 25th @ 5:15 PM
- ACS Track or Treat Movie Night - Friday, October 28th beginning at 5:45 PM
L to R: Natalee Godsey, Niki Cardosi, Colleen Walker and Kristin Newton announce High School Musical as the fall show for the Arlington Middle Drama Club.