Badger Blast

Arkadelphia Public Schools newsletter

Badger Blast: March 4 -9

March is here and there is plenty going on around our district both before and after Spring Break.

This week begins our Kindergarten Registration period for those future Badgers who will be the AHS Class of 2032! (Sounds funny, doesn't it? All those parents who have students in the class of 2019 if it still sounds as funny as it did 13 years ago...)

See the information for Kindergarten Registration below in the Badger Blast immediately below this week's APSD Athletic schedules.


March 11-15: Perritt Primary 2019-20 Kindergarten Registration

Monday, March 4: Perritt Pre-K Family Night, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5: Board of Education Agenda Meeting, 5:00

Tuesday, March 5: Arkadelphia Bands Winter Concert at OBU (7th, 8th and High School)

Thursday, March 7: Peake Spring Pictures

Thursday, March 7: Parents as Teachers Group Connection, Noon

Thursday, March 7: Peake Winter Musical, 1:30 and 6:00 pm

Friday, March 8: JROTC Military Ball, HSU Garrison Grand Ballroom, 6:00 pm

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

Tuesday, March 12: Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 pm

Friday, March 15: Goza Spring Pictures

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

March 18-22: SPRING BREAK

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Goza Students Participate in BizKids Competition

Students from the Career Development classes of Ms. Jequetta Berry at Goza Middle School competed for a spot in the national BizKids competition. Patterson Federal Credit Union and Ms. Nicole McGough worked with this students on creating a presenting business plans. The winning group presented their business called "Hydroplies", a vending machine for schools that dispenses bottled water with flavor packets and various school supplies. All five groups did a great job in creating the business plan and presenting to a panel of local "Sharks". Thanks to Patterson and Ms. McGough for organizing and to the panel of "sharks" who gave great advice to our students.
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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.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our APSD students who competed in Spelling Bees and Quiz Bowls over the last week. Keep up the good work!



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!


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.

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APSD Utilizing AMI Days Again in 2018-19; PLEASE Update Contact Info. at Respective Campuses If You've Changed Numbers

January has started off on the warm side, but there's still the potential for winter weather over the next two or three months in our area. As you've read before in this space, the Arkansas Department of Education has again approved APSD for five days to be used at Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Days along with many other school districts in the state of Arkansas.

AMI days allow school district to potentially not have to add extra days to the end of the school calendar in late May and early June.

APSD will use phone and text notifications as well as social media and traditional media to notify families of cancellations. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ON FILE WITH YOUR CHILD OR CHILDREN'S RESPECTIVE CAMPUS IS UP TO DATE.

Information regarding AMI days as it pertains to APSD can be found at this link

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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