The ARTicle

3/6 through 3/10

Thoughts from a teacher...POSITIVE PATHS: Choosing your best life now for the future.

A path is a direction we choose. Our choices each day create mental and physical paths for our day. Each day is a new opportunity to select our paths in life. School can be a challenge for teenagers, and attending school is also a path that students must navigate to find later success. So, here below are a few ideas to create changes that can affect positive attitudes, therefore, creating positive paths we can navigate each day. Creating a positive mindset or attitude is sometimes a challenge, but here are a few suggestions,

  1. Mindset is everything: Belief in yourself, your goals, and your abilities are key. You can do this. You can be a success in school, and in life. Repeat these affirmations to yourself each day.

  2. Stop negative thoughts or self-talk —you are smart, capable, not dumb or stupid as I hear kiddos stay out loud in classes. If you have a bracelet you like to wear, change it to the other wrist if you hear yourself do negative self-talk.

  3. Find a way to organize your day so the day goes more smoothly

  4. Be proactive in getting enough sleep—for teenagers that is a minimum of 9-12 hours, so turn off that phone at night early at a time reserved for sleep.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended that children aged 6–12 years should regularly sleep 9–12 hours per 24 hours and teenagers aged 13–18 years should sleep 8–10 hours per 24 hours.”

  • Do some things at approximately the same time every single day, such as breakfast, homework, and bedtime. Schedules settle the mind and create calmness.

  • Have paper and pencils, pens, and necessary items for each class ready each day; charge that Chromebook the night before school. Small pre scheduled items that are completed ahead of time to help the day go more smoothly and create positive outcomes..,10%20hours%20per%2024%20hours.


Welcome new staff members!

Jessica Wasserman- Biology and Environmental Science

Cristiane Stephenson- Paraprofessional

Kyle Cornelison- Study Skills and Paraprofessional

Carrie Haase- Ceramics and 3D Arts

Sheena Owens- Culinary

Autumn Dubois- Special Services

Scholarships Awarded to Seniors

Alyssa Coleman received a $3,000 Arkansas Connections Scholarship

Olivia Tillman received a $4,000 Honors College Academy Scholarship

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Bass Repair

Aiden Steele is shown stripping a damaged ground wire on Jaxon Williams bass guitar. These students are doing a great job at learning how to maintain instruments.

AAA Regional Quiz Bowl Team

AAA won three games out of 8 and lost that 8th one by 5 points in the last round, on a challenge that didn't go our way. Those five points cost us 4th place and a trophy, but it only made the team ready to start preparing for next year. We were one of the youngest teams with 4 sophomores and 3 freshmen. It really was a blast!


The FCCLA Club is preparing Olivier Salad to present to Mr. Bradley’s Geography class this week. The Geography students are learning about Russia, so we are collaborating to introduce a staple comfort food in Russia to the classes.

Upcoming Events

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T-Shirt Tuesdays

We are starting “T-shirt Tuesdays” this week. Everyone should wear their favorite inspirational, funny, school appropriate t-shirts on Tuesdays. If students need t-shirts they should see the counselors.
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Rockhopper Auditions 2023-2024

Audition Guide

Auditions will be virtual. Please submit a video to that includes the


• Your name

• Your instrument(s) or voice part

• A playthrough of a song of your choosing, with clear audio and video

Please submit your video on or prior to April 30, 2023.

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Arkansas Arts Academy Jazz Band Auditions 2023-24

Audition Guide

Auditions will be virtual. Please submit a video to that includes the


• Your name

• Your instrument(s) or voice part

• One octave scales in the following CONCERT keys: C major, Bb major, G minor

• A playthrough of one of the following jazz standards: Autumn Leaves, Take the "A" Train,

Misty, Black Orpheus, or Fly Me to the Moon*

Please submit your video on or prior to April 30, 2023.

*play your part - if you are a melody instrument (wind, brass, voice), play/sing the tune; if you

are a rhythm instrument, play the chords/accompaniment.

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AAA Dance Class Placement & Company Auditions: 2023 – 2024 School Year

Arkansas Arts Academy will be holding Dance Class Placement & Dance Company Auditions during the week of March 6, 2023 at the AAA High School. These placement classes and company auditions are for students that will be in grades 7 – 12 during the 2023 – 2024 school year and will take place in the AAA high school dance studio (D130).

March 6

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Dance Class Placement for current 6th graders and any seventh or eighth grade students new to AAA. Class will include ballet barre, ballet center and modern/contemporary combinations.

March 7

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Dance Class Placement for AAA students currently in grades 7 – 11. Class will include ballet barre, ballet center and modern/contemporary combinations.

March 8

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Dance Company Auditions

This audition is for both Ensemble and Equilibrium Dance Companies. If you will be in 7th or 8th grade next year, you will be auditioning for the Ensemble Performance Company only. Ensemble is for students in grades 7 – 12. Equilibrium Dance Company will be grades 9 – 12.

Female dancers should wear a black leotard and pink or black tights that have holes in the bottom (called convertible tights) so the tights can be rolled up for the modern/contemporary portion of the placement class and company auditions. Hair should be in a bun – no bangs and no jewelry. Male dancers should wear white t-shirt and black tights or shorts. All dancers should bring ballet shoes.

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Friday (March 10th 6-8 pm) We are hosting an Uno Tournament and multiple trivia games. Attendees may bring their own games to play too. $2 entry fee and $3 Uno tournament fee. Snacks will be sold for $1.
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ELPA 21 Testing

Hola comunidad AAA, nos complace anunciar que Arkansas Arts Academy dará la Evaluación de Competencia en el Idioma Inglés (ELPA21) obligatoria por el estado a los Aprendices del Idioma Inglés de nuestro distrito durante las semanas del 6 de marzo y el 10 de marzo. Por favor, asegúrese de fomentar hábitos saludables de sueño y nutrición, así como reforzar la asistencia especialmente en estos días.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o duda con respecto a su estudiante y este examen, no dude en enviarlas al coordinador de ESOL de nuestro distrito - Thomas Stephenson ( o 479-877-1712)


Hello AAA community, we are pleased to announce that Arkansas Arts Academy will be giving the state mandated English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) to our district's English Language Learners during the weeks of March 6 and March 10. Please be sure to encourage healthy habits of sleep and nutrition as well as reinforcing attendance on these days.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your English Language Learner and this exam, feel free to address them to our district's ESOL Coordinator - Thomas Stephenson ( or 479-877-1712)

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AAA students attend free with ID.

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Let's Make a Zine

This class will be a combination of collage, bookmaking, & digital media! Each child will choose something important to them, whether it be a social issue or other topic of interest, and make their very own informational zine.

Day 1 will be a digital organization of the zine. They will format their pages & choose what images, colors, quotes, etc. they’d like to include in this small book. The rest of the week will focus on making a physical copy of their digital rough draft. We will use fine art papers, ink, multiple magazines and books for collage. The last day we will apply a paint sealant on the pages and bind them with different threads! This class is an introduction to using digital media in an art making practice while giving each child an opportunity to inform others about an issue that matters to them!


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It's that time of year again! So make sure you order a yearbook!!!

It is the best and easiest way to keep all your Arkansas Arts Academy memories alive!!

Follow the link and choose the school your student attends. It is all digital with no need for cash or checks!!

Transportation Parent Portal App

Here is the web address for the parent portal app for bus transportation. All parents should use the email that is registered with eschool. Parents will be instructed to download the app on their phone.

NEW Attendance Email

Need to report an absence at the High School? Email us at :

You can also attach a doctors note!

Community Volunteer Opportunities

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Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline: 1-800-482-5964

Alternate Phone: 1-(800)-422-6641