Alma School District Newsletter

January 31, 2020

Thank You to our Wonderful School Board Members!

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AHS Dance @ National Dance Team Championship

Earlier today our Airedale Dance had this to say:

"Just wrapped up our prelim jazz performance! No matter what happens we have so much to be thankful for!
-We are at Nationals with the best teams in the nation!
-We hit one of the best runs of our routine ever!
-We are the first team ever to compete 6 males on the floor!
-Our teammate Cambri stepped into the routine less than 24 hours ago, went on the floor after only getting to run the routine full out with the team once and nailed it!
-We feel the love of our entire student body watching the live stream back home!
We are so proud to be Airedales today!"

GO AIREDALES!!! We can't wait to hear about the next performance!

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Future Farmers of America attend Winter Leadership Conference

High School members of FFA attended the Winter Leadership Conference in Hot Springs on January 25 and 26. Members arrived earlier Saturday afternoon at Camp Couchdale, they spent some time “driving a few semis” courtesy of the Arkansas Trucking Association’s simulator and attended sessions focusing on varying skills. There were 5 FFA members that received the Impact Award. This award is a mini-grant to implement the service project that Alma FFA members developed while they were at the conference! We are so proud of our FFA and can't wait to hear more about their service projects!
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Alma Airedales vs Beebe Badgers

Friday, Jan. 31st, 5pm

101 East Main Street

Alma, AR

Join us tonight as the Airedales take on the Badgers in Charles B. Dyer Arena. Games will start with the JV Boys @ 5:00, then the Lady Airedales @ 6:00 and the Airedales @ 7:30. The theme is "Neon Night", so wear your brightest colors and come support your Airedales. If you can't make it out, you can catch all of the varsity action on the live stream on the Alma School District YouTube Channel. Go Airedales!

Attendance Incentives

For the month of January, we have focused on attendance. Some of the buildings have introduced attendance incentives for the students with great results! Keep up the good work!

AMS Perfect Attendance for 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester

AMS celebrated our students with perfect attendance for the 2nd 9 weeks. Of those students, names were drawn from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with the winners receiving a gift card to Sonic. Congratulations to all students who completed the 2nd 9 weeks with perfect attendance!

See the full list of students here Semester 1 and Quarter 2 Perfect Attendance.

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Dr. Teresa Riley visits Alma Schools

Alma Schools were excited to have a visit from Dr. Teresa Riley, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Dr. Riley began as Chancellor of the university in July of 2019, and Alma was her first visit, of many planned visits, to local districts. She and Dr. Ken Warden visited all of Alma's schools and had conversations with staff and administrators about the role the local schools play and how UAFS can help to better serve our students.
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Alma High School

AHS History Day

Many of Alma High School's students participated in the school wide History Day. The National History Day Organization focuses on engaging students and teachers in historical research and skills development. This year's theme is Breaking Barriers in History. The categories in which students can compete are Group Web Design, Individual Website, Individual Documentary, Group Documentary, Individual Exhibit, Group Exhibit, Individual Performance, and Historical Paper. As always our Airedales came prepared. There were many amazing projects presented. For a full list of the students advancing to Regional History Day click here.
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Alma Middle School

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AMS Club Day

No matter what your interests are, you can always find a club that suits you at AMS. The students really enjoy club days!!
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Alma Intermediate School

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Creation Station Week

Students have enjoyed creating lots of projects in the Creation Station Lab in the AIS Library this week!

Alma Primary School

APS Star Students

Congrats to this week's Star Students!!!
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Ellifrits, Anderson & Fimpel Community

Last Friday students enjoyed 100th Day of school activites and goodies!!!
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Airedales in Action

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Alma Mayor Declares February as CTE Month

On January 12, 2020, Alma Mayor Jerry Martin proclaimed February as CTE Month. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the education of career skills in order to prepare students for the workforce. Thanks to CTE classes, students are able to gain experience before they enter the business world.

“I received certifications in Microsoft Office and Digital Literacy. I plan to apply them in future career paths,” shared DECA member, Payton McCain. “Through CTE classes, I have learned professional communication and technological skills that will be invaluable after high school,” added Alma DECA VP of Finance, Colton Wormke.

Career and technical education provides students with significant advantages in academic and career preparation and strengthens our nation’s economy by filling the skills gap. Data shows students who participate in CTE courses are more likely to graduate high school, move on to postsecondary education and perform better on standardized tests. According to the Arkansas Department of Career Education:

● 97 percent of Arkansas high school CTE concentrators graduated

● 97 percent went on to post-secondary education, the workforce or the military.

There are here are 12.3 million students enrolled in at least one CTE course across the United States. At Alma High School, students can choose to take CTE courses in Engineering, Business, Marketing, Health, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and NJROTC.

For more information about Career and Technical Education courses, contact Alma High School, or visit the Alma School District Website.

Arkansas All-Star Dance Team

Congratulations to AHS Dance Seniors, Logan Guerra and Grace Fuell, on being selected for the Arkansas All-Star Dance Team!! They will represent Alma at the All Star games this summer! Logan is the first male to ever be selected for the honor!

Airedales Upcoming Events

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Parents, our online safety reporting tool TipTxt has been discontinued, but we have replaced it with a program called STOPit. Information may be reported now through the icon on the website Safety Tip Line. We will also be informing you in the days to come about the STOPit app to download and a phone hotline number. We will provide students and parents with building-specific access codes in order to report information through an anonymous app. You may have received an email from your child's principal this past week or you will be receiving one next week. You can find out more information here.
What is STOPit? (Education Version)

Airedale News

Alma Safety Tip Line-STOPit

To find out more about our Alma Safety Tip Line click here.

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