Lion's Pride

February 2019

Message from the Superintendent

January was a busy month with basketball games, bowling matches, spelling bees, Beta Club Convention, and the normal, everyday school happenings. February is shaping up to be just as busy. Thank you for supporting our students and staff in these endeavors.


I have been having lunch with small groups of seniors to talk about their experience as a Jessieville student. These conversations have been very insightful and enjoyable. The Class of 2019 is a remarkable group of young adults, and I expect great things from them as they enter their adult lives.


Please make sure to view the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter for dates and activities. More information can be found on the district website and calendar.


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eSports Comes to Jessieville

eSports, which is competitive online video gaming, is a new club sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association and is open to all students in grades 9th - 12th. The AAA chose to bring eSports to Arkansas as a way of increasing participation with students who may not otherwise be involved with sports, band, or other school activities. Students are subject to the AAA requirements for student eligibility, such as grade point average, school attendance, and student discipline.


The Jessieville eSports team currently consists of seven players, and the team has chosen to play the games League of Legends and Rocket League. These games will have teams of three to five students. League of Legends games will take place on Tuesdays, and Rocket League games will take place on Thursday. Official team practices begin next week, and the regular season will run from the week of February 25th - April 22nd. Playoffs and championships will take place at the end of April through May.


Jessieville Middle/High School Media Specialist, Ashley Huneycutt, is the eSports team sponsor.

Kathy Edds Added to Jessieville Wall of Honor

On January 22, during halftime of the senior girls' basketball game, former Jessieville Elementary teacher, Kathy Edds, was honored for her years of service and dedication to the children of the Jessieville School District. Mrs. Edds retired at the end of the 2018 school year after serving 23 years in the Jessieville School District and a total of 43 years in education. During the ceremony, Superintendent, Melissa Speers, presented Mrs. Edds with a certificate for her years of service. Employees who work in the Jessieville School District for at least 15 years and then retire are honored with a plaque on the Wall of Honor in the Jessieville Sports Arena.
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Garland County Spelling Bee

On January 24, 2019, Garland County students competed in the annual Garland County Spelling Bee. Jessieville Elementary student, Thomas Sinclair (4th grader) won the Garland County Spelling Bee. He competed against 22 other students from Garland County schools with students ranging in grade-levels from 1st-8th. He and an 8th grader from Lakeside were the last two left and went 15 rounds back and forth until Thomas won. Jessieville Middle School student Breya Raney won 3rd Place.


Thomas will compete in the Arkansas State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 2nd, at 9:00 in Conway at Central Baptist College. The winner from that spelling bee will go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.


The students that competed in the County Spelling Bee representing Jessieville Elementary were Lizzy Anderson (2nd grade), Thomas Sinclair (4th grade), and Blakely Vines (5th grade). The students that represented Jessieville Middle School were Emma Storment (6th grade), Breya Raney (7th grade), and John Taylor (8th grade).

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4th Grade Space Camp Trip

Jessieville Elementary fourth grade students will be visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, March 15-17. This trip was organized by fourth grade science and social studies teacher Kellye O'Neal after receiving approval from the Jessieville Administration and School Board. Teachers, students, and parents have worked in the basketball concession stand, sold pictures with Santa, sponsored hat and pajama day, among other things to raise funds to attend this camp. Eighteen students and ten adults will be traveling by charter bus to the space camp.

JHS Beta Club Convention

Jessieville High School placed 4th in Engineering at the state BETA Convention that was held February 25 and 26 in Hot Springs. Charlie Davis, Jacob Semmler, and Jacob Theriot competed in the contest to build a Rube Goldberg machine out of random household materials.


Pictured (left to right) working on machine: Charlie Davis, Jacob Semmler and Jacob Theriot. Jacob Theriot is pictured holding the plaque and final picture is the finished machine.

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Mrs. MacKay's 5th Graders Investigate Chemical Changes

Jessieville Elementary 5th-grade students have been investigating chemical changes. The students had to use their observation skills to identify and describe the evidence of a chemical change happening between two substances. They have learned about physical and chemical changes and conservation of mass/matter.

Mrs. Whiley's Kindergarten Class - 100th Day Celebration

The pictures below are of Mrs. Whiley's Kindergarten class as they celebrated the 100th day of school.

Garland County 11th Grade Career Fair

Jessieville High School 11th-graders were able to make connections with local manufacturers and explore potential local career paths on Thursday, January 31, at the Career Exploration Fair, which was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Career Exploration Fair was organized by the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and was attended by students from all seven Garland County High Schools.


The purpose of the fair was to expose students to career paths that involve technical skills. It was also a great opportunity for area manufacturers to get a jump start on their workforce and make connections with potential employees. Twenty-two different businesses were represented at the fair.

Upcoming Events

February 11 - Jessieville School Board Meeting, 5:00 pm

February 11 - 14 - senior basketball district tournament, Two Rivers High School

February 12 - elementary and middle school Spring pictures

February 12 - National Park College tour for JHS sophomores

February 18 - President's Day - no school

February 20 - 23 - senior basketball regional tournament, Perryville High School

February 23 - Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics, 10:00 am, Hot Springs Health Club

February 23 - Baseball @ Haskell Harmony Grove - Benefit Tournament

February 25 - Softball @ Magnet Cove, 4:30 pm

February 26 - ACT for Jessieville Juniors

Febraury 26 - Baseball against Magnet Cove @ Home, 4:30 pm

March 1 - Baseball @ Glen Rose, 4:30 pm

March 1 - Softball @ Booneville, 4:30 pm

March 2 - State Spelling Bee, Conway, AR

March 4 - Baseball and Softball against Ftn. Lake @ home, 4:30 pm

March 5 - Baseball against Dierks @ home, 4:30 pm

Jessieville School District on Social Media

You can now follow the Jessieville School District on Twitter (@JessievilleD) and Instagram as well as Facebook and the JSD mobile app.