Alma School District Newsletter

March 6, 2020

A Message from the Superintendent

CORONAVIRUS

What we know today

All of us are reading and hearing about Coronavirus. This is certainly a topic that we should all be paying attention to. While so far there have been no cases reported in Arkansas or Oklahoma, it is important that we take appropriate action now so that if there were to be a case locally we would know how to minimize the possibility that it might spread, and to have a plan for what we would do if there were to be an outbreak.

What we are doing now

Alma School District is in regular contact with both Federal and Arkansas health departments and education departments, who are giving us important information and advice. We are paying careful attention to this information and advice.

We have always taken seriously the cleanliness of our buildings. We regularly clean classrooms, restrooms, corridors, and all areas where students and staff learn and work. This includes floors, desks, toilet facilities, drinking fountains, doors and all areas and surfaces that students come in contact with. Currently we have increased the intensity and frequency of this cleaning. We have also begun sanitizing all of our buildings with a product designed to kill viruses such as this. We continue to explore all options to keep our schools as clean and germ free as possible.

What we are preparing to do

If the Corona virus were to become present in our community, we will follow the advice and direction of Federal and Arkansas authorities and experts as to the best course of action. If this were to include the closing of schools for any period of time, we are currently working to prepare plans as to how we could continue to provide educational activities while students were at home.

What you can do

Wash your hands frequently.

Try not to rub your eyes or touch your face.

If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow, not your hand.

If you are sick, stay home.

Encourage your child to do these things.


The safety and wellbeing of our students is at the forefront of everything we do. As always, if you have any questions about this or anything else, I hope that you will contact me or the principal at your child's school.

Thank you.

David Woolly, Superintendent

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Lady Airedales @ Clarksville Panthers

Friday, March 6th, 5:15pm

Clarksville High School, West Clark Road, Clarksville, AR, USA

The Lady Airedales will travel to Clarksville to take on the Mills Lady Comets in the first round of the Clarksville Girls Invitational Tournament! Kickoff is set for 5:15 pm at Metheny Field! Admission is $5.

Girls 5A State Tournament

We are so proud of our Lady Airedales for making it to the 5A State Tournament!! They came up a little short against a very strong Nettleton team. We thank our Seniors for all of their hard work and we are sure going to miss watching them play! We know they will do big things in their futures.
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AMS Raises Money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

AMS celebrated our local Hero Daxtin Hughes who is bravely battling Leukemia. In honor of Daxtin’s brave battle, we began our fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Valentine's Day because we wanted to give from the heart. With the help of many from our school and some generous donations, we collected $8133.69, more than double our expected outcome! Sixth-grader, Brella Hughes accepted the Local Hero Award on behalf of her younger brother Daxtin. Daxtin’s mom and grandmother were also present for the presentations. Thank you Mrs. Redo-Robles for organizing this fundraiser.
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Alma High School

Regional History Day

Congratulations to Alma High School’s 2020 Region 9 History Day 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. These students have qualified for the Arkansas State HD competition in April! Great

work!!

Full List Here

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Alma Middle School

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Students of the Month

A big congratulations to AMS Students of the Month!!

Paul Eubanks

Kenadie Farris

Delanee Anderson

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Adopt-A-Professor

Automation and Robotic students went to the UAFS Robotics Lab on Thursday as part of the Adopt a Professor program. They were able to get hands-on with the robots, learned more about coding, and how these bots could be used in the real world. Randy Kent was our professor for the day and was great with our students!

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Alma Intermediate School

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Monday the students enjoyed a variety of celebration activities to honor National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Day!
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Kindness is Sweet!

Alma Intermediate School students know that kindness is sweet! We are in the third full week of our Kindness is Sweet Challenge and we are having so much fun! In fact, our number of kind acts at this point exceeds how many kind acts we had completed in the first two weeks of our challenge in October. Top Secret Missions are being fulfilled by all of our classes... picking up trash, giving compliments, performing a skit, drawing pictures, writing kind notes, giving high-fives, creating a kindness mural, leaving treats for neighboring classes, making bookmarks, starting games at recess and writing positive messages on sidewalks are just a handful of the things we have done. Two more weeks to go in our challenge, but we know that these kind gestures will carry over into our everyday lives and help us be good citizens everywhere we go!


If you come to visit AIS, check out our 1,536-foot long kindness chain from October that represents the 9,215 kind acts we did in the fall! And ask us what we are doing to show kindness and compassion to others!

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Alma Primary School

APS Star Students

Congratulations to the Star Students for the week of February 24-28!

Dr. Seuss Week

Students and Staff had a great time this week celebrating Dr. Seuss week!!
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Ms. Ellifrits Class

Fire Chief Eddie Wakefield reads to Ms. Ellifrits’Class during “Dr. Seuss’ -Read Across America Week.”
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Airedales in Action

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Airedale Football

Airedale Football visited with residents of Alma Health and Rehabilitation Center earlier this week!
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Airedales Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is fast approaching!! You can pick up a registration packet from APS or by clicking here. We can not wait to meet all of our newest Airedales!!
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Looking for Host Families

Are you or your family interested in hosting an exchange student? Applications for next year are already starting to arrive. To fill out a form of interest and receive information about students click here, for more information on hosting, please visit the Alma School District Website.

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Airedale News

STOPit

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.

Alma Safety Tip Line-STOPit

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


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