Lion's Pride

April/May 2019

Message from the Superintendent

Spring is a great time to be a Jessieville Lion! With all of the events happening in the district, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Students are participating in baseball, softball, track, musicals, band concerts, testing, field trips, graduation, and many other activities.


Looking back at the year reminds me that there truly is NO PLACE LIKE JESSIEVILLE! It has been a great year, and I look forward to what the future holds for the district.


This will be the last newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year. I have enjoyed working on these newsletters and highlighting a few of the many wonderful things involving our students and staff. This year has been packed with events, accomplishments, awards, and memories. I hope that everyone has taken the opportunity to savor each of these throughout the year. The monthly Lion's Pride will start again in August.


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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4th Graders Attend Space Camp

Jessieville Elementary School 4th graders and teachers traveled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, March 15 - 17 to participate in Space Camp. There were 18 students and 10 adults who went on the trip. Funding for the trip was raised through donations, working basketball concession stands, Pictures with Santa, and various other fundraising events.
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Altrusa 4.0 Luncheon

Forty-three Jessieville High School students attended the 2019 Altrusa International of Hot Springs Village 4.0 GPA Student Recognition and Scholarship Luncheon at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion on Friday, March 29. Students were presented with certificates for their accomplishment of maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the Fall 2018 semester. Two seniors, Sidney McCann and Grace Robertson maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and received a $500 scholarship from the Altrusa Club. Students were welcomed to the celebration by Arkansas's First Lady Susan Hutchinson. Fox 16 News Anchor, Kevin Kelly spoke to the students about bullying. The Jessieville School District is proud of our students!
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Flags Presented to Jessieville & Ftn. Lake

Senator Bill Sample donated United States and Arkansas flags to Jessieville and Fountain Lake School Districts for display at the baseball and softball fields. Pictured below are Jessieville Athletic Director Jamie Saveall, Senator Bill Sample, and Fountain Lake Athletic Director Marc Davis.
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JHS Concert Choir Receives Overall Excellent Rating at State Competition

The Jessieville High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Lydia deSambourg, competed at the State Choir competition at UCA on April 9, 2019. The choir received an Overall Excellent Rating.

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JHS Students Attend EAST Conference

Jessieville High School EAST students attended the annual EAST Conference in Hot Springs, March 12 - 14. Students showcased a variety of the projects they have worked on throughout the year, attended workshops, and watched presentations of projects from other high school students. Superintendent Melissa Speers is pictured below with students, Ciera Harvey, Megan Archuleta, Tyler Holloway, Jacob Sanders, Josh McEarl, Jacob Semmler, Evan Ang, and Derek Oseguera.
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Elementary Attendance Competition

The Jessieville School District believes that student school attendance is vital for their academic achievement. In an effort to encourage students and parents to be at school on time, attend every day, and not check out early, Jessieville Elementary Principal Amanda Sarver began an attendance contest among the elementary classrooms.


A bulletin board in the elementary hallway tracks perfect attendance each day by classroom For every day that a class has perfect attendance for each student in the class, a paw is placed on the bulletin board. A quick glance tells observers which class is leading in attendance. The classroom who has the most days of perfect attendance receives $100 for Title I funds to purchase classroom instructional supplies.


Since the inception of the contest, Jessieville Elementary has seen an increase in the daily attendance rate for the school. The daily attendance rate for Feb. 2019 was 96.7%. Attendance rates are a component on the Arkansas ESSA School Index which calculates a letter grade for Arkansas schools. Not only are students and parents investing in students academic achievement by making sure students are in class every day, but they are also helping increase Jessieville Elementary School's ESSA School Index rating.

ALE Greenhouse Project

I had the pleasure of visiting with the staff and students of Synergy this week and see the work they have done with a greenhouse project. Dr. Smith wrote and received a grant to purchase a greenhouse kit. The older students leveled the area where the greenhouse would be located, put the greenhouse together, and worked with the younger students to start the seeds. As the seeds grew, the students transferred the young plants to larger containers. Students were responsible daily for tending the plants in the greenhouse.


The students were dealt a minor setback during one of our storms a few weeks ago and the greenhouse blew over. The students were able to restore it and save the plants. On April 23, they shared the plants - tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers, squash, and various other plants - with the administration of Jessieville and Fountain Lake School Districts and members of the community. Talking to the students about the process and the things they had learned in doing the project was heartwarming. I appreciate the staff at Synergy for working with our students on this worthwhile project.

Grace Robertson Presented With Scholarship

On April 15, Grace Robertson was presented with the 2019 Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1000 by the Greater Hot Springs Kiwanis Club. The local Kiwanis Clubs donate funds for this scholarship annually. In 2019, 26 scholarships were awarded in two states. Grace is the winner for the entire southwest Arkansas division of Kiwanis.
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High School Students Create Podcasts

Jessieville High School English teacher Casey Brindley recently gave her students an assignment to choose a story about their community and create a podcast. The objective was to put emphasis on a sense of place similar to what Maya Angelou did with Stamps, Arkansas, in her novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Students were challenged to design their podcast so that the listener would imagine they were actually in the community experiencing the things the students were describing. Students worked on the project in groups, and their podcasts were entered in an NPR contest.


The students who worked on the CCC project podcast are as follows: Taylor Cate, Katherine Elliott, Kaitlyn Jamison, and Taryn Anderson. The baseball podcast was created by Jacob Semmler, Jacob Theriot, Dexton Hilton, and Emily Crumpton. The Ozark Howler podcast was created by Joey Benson, Presley Leveritt, and Megan Archuleta.


Student podcasts are below.

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CCC Project by Jessieville School District

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The History of Hot Springs Baseball by Jessieville School District

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The Ozark Howler by Jessieville School District

8th Grade CAPS Night

Eighth grade students and parents were invited to the Vell Meredith Library on April 9 for a CAPS meeting. Approximately 90 parents and students participated in the event. Jessieville Principal Toby Packard advised parents and students about classes and scheduling for 2019-2020 as students enter the 9th grade.
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Elementary Daddy-Daughter Block Party

The Jessieville Elementary School held a Daddy-Daughter Block party on April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30. Around 200 people attended the event. Face painting, a photo booth, popcorn, cotton candy, Frito chili pie, hot dogs, popsicles and games were offered to daddies and daughters. A DJ provided entertainment for the free event. Props for the event were built with the help of Comfort Inn and Suites of Hot Springs. Teachers and PTO members helped staff the booths during the event.

Upcoming Events

April 29 - May 3 - 3rd - 8th Grade ACT Aspire Testing

April 29 - High School Choir Concert, 6:30 pm

April 30 - State Track Meet

May 3 - Last day for Seniors

May 5 - Baccalaureate, 2:00 pm

May 6 - 10 - National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9 - Middle School Choir Performance - Willy Wonka Musical, 6:30 pm

May 10 - Middle School Dance, Coronado Center, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 13 - May School Board Meeting, 5:00 pm

May 14 - JHS Athletic Banquet, Safe Room, 6:00 pm

May 17 - JHS Senior Academic Awards, PAC, 6:00 pm

May 18 - JHS Graduation, Sports Arena, 10:00 am

May 20 - 8th Grade Awards and Recognition Ceremony, 5:30 pm

May 21 - 9th - 11th Grade Academic Awards, 5:30 pm

May 22 - 24 - Semester Exams

May 22 - 23 - Kindergarten Registration, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

May 23 - Kindergarten Graduation, 6:00 pm, PAC

May 24 - Last Day of School

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