The ACS Connect
Connecting families to stories that make us #ACSproud!
Local senior citizens join Paws to help tutor elementary students
ACS is tapping into an important resource to help our youngest learners! The district has partnered with the Arlington Senior Citizens Center to bring the Paws Reading Program to both Arlington & Donelson Elementary Schools. Twice a week, volunteers from the center are visiting the schools to work in small groups with kindergarten through 2nd graders to help build and strengthen literacy skills.
Fran Shove is one of the volunteers.. He says the program is as much a help to him as it is the students. "For us seniors, it helps us remember our youth," he laughed. "It keeps us youthful, keeps us moving, and really it helps us relearn some of the skills that were maybe lost overtime. I'm spelling words again! I've always liked the challenge of teaching something to somebody. Not everybody learns at the same pace. I've seen that here with this program, but there are ways to make it happen and that has given me joy."
Richard Hunter helps a 1st grader read a short story during the Paws Reading Program.
THIS SUNDAY: Join us for the Homecoming Carnival!
Join us for the first-ever ACS Homecoming Carnival THIS SUNDAY, September 24th, from 3-5 PM to kick off homecoming week and to celebrate the district's 10th anniversary! Carnival games will be hosted by AHS clubs and organizations!
Note: There is potential for rain in this Sunday's forecast. If rain forces us inside, the carnival will be held in the indoor athletic facility, located next to the soccer and baseball fields.
AHS student wins gold at Tenn. Special Olympics
Want to talk about resilience and determination? Kyler Bilbrey is your man! He is now a GOLD medalist after leading his flag football team as quarterback in the Tennessee Special Olympics! His team, the Memphis Gladiators, walked away undefeated in this year’s Fall Games, with gold in hand. He did this despite the odds.
At the age of 10, the seizures started. Then came the diagnosis of autism. It forced him to stop playing rec sports, and then he found the Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. The gold medal represents more than just a win at the tournament. It’s a symbol of hope, of never giving up. It’s the epitome of a true comeback story. Read more about Kyler’s story by hitting this link.
Bonjour! French I Honors now offered at Arlington Middle!
Le département de langues étrangères d'Arlington Middle a augmenté d'une classe cette année. We think that translates to "Arlington Middle's foreign language department grew by one class this year." But we'll leave it up to the professional, Madame Melanie LaRoche, Arlington Middle's new French teacher!
After offering Spanish I for several years, AMS added French I Honors to the line up to give 8th graders another opportunity to take an additional high school course. By offering the class five days a week the entire school year, it also gives them a taste of whether they'd want to continue taking French in high school.
"I think it's important to give the students a choice. I don't think they should have limitations," LaRoche said. "We have so many students who are geared towards the literature, language and creative writing side of things, and French will hit those buckets for them. I'd eventually love to have more than one class. The earlier they start the better, and they'll be in a better position to earn the Seal of Biliteracy by the time they graduate from Arlington High by starting here."
AHS student "Excels" in earning Microsoft certifications
Dean Anderson, a Class of 2024 senior at Arlington High School, we've learned is an apparent wizard in Microsoft Office! In just the first six weeks of school, Dean earned 5 of the 7 Microsoft Office Certifications, passing with close-to-perfect scores in several of them. Laurinda Lamb, Dean's Advance Computers teacher, says she has only ever had one student complete all seven certifications, and it took them the entire year. Dean is on his way to earning all seven by the end of the quarter!
Read more about Dean's accomplishment in this story by Noah Certion, ACS Communications Intern.
Have you listened?! ACS launches mental health podcast, PEP Talks!
Parenting is tough, but PEP Talks is here to make it a little easier. Join us each Tuesday as we seek expert advice to examine issues facing school-aged children today, from anxiety and depression, bullying and social media to everything in between. PEP Talks is hosted by our Social & Transition Specialists Erin Williams and Ja'Neair Johnson, and it's available NOW!
Two ACS board members win awards for service to board, school community
Congrats to ACS Board of Education members Scott Benjamin and Jonathan Dunn for earning the TN School Boards Association's Level IV and Level I Boardsmanship Awards, respectively, for investing their time and energy into becoming more effective school board members. To be eligible, they had to demonstrate how they're continuing their education and enhancing their skills through educational conferences and giving back to the community.
Mr. Benjamin was also elected the TSBA Delta Region District Director and will serve as our area’s point of contact for local school boards and TSBA!
We're looking for the next ACS PLUS Experience award winner!
Donelson Elementary's Tina Stout is our latest PLUS Experience Award winner after receiving an incredible nomination from a former parent. The parent said Mrs. Stout went above and beyond to help her daughter cope with anxiety by showing her patience and kindness and giving her specialized resources to help her with classwork and tests. Watch here as Superintendent Jeff Mayo surprised Ms. Stout with the award during class!
We're looking for our next PLUS Experience recipient. Nominate them today and tell us why!
- ACS Homecoming Carnival - Sunday, September 24th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
- Fall Break (NO SCHOOL) - October 9th - 13th
- Quarter 2 Begins - October 16, 2023
- ACS Board of Education Meeting - October 24th @ 5:30 PM
- SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Track or Treat - Saturday, October 28th @ 5:45 PM