Recent Activities at Texarkana, Arkansas ISD

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Arkansas High School Redline | On October 11th, the Arkansas High Redline competed in the 2014 Benton Dance Invitational in Benton Arkansas. The Redline competed against regional teams in the Pom and Kick categories. Arkansas High Redline received 2nd place in the high kick portion of the competition. On November 8th, the AHS Redline will have the opportunity to compete at the state competition in three different categories; Pom, Kick and Jazz.

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Fairview Elementary | As part of a Discovery unit of study in Mrs. Bullard’s Kindergarten class, students were asked to bring items in their “All About Me Bag.” A student, Bostyn Fry, brought a picture of his dad and another soldier. As he began to tell his story, the students found out that Bostyn’s dad is in the Air Force and stationed in Afghanistan.

The students became very interested and wanted to know more about their classmate’s dad. The class looked at the globe, marked their current location, and marked where Bostyn’s dad is stationed. This discovery sparked the students’ interest even more. With the help of Mrs. Fry, we obtained photos and other information about Afghanistan.

Since Bostyn’s dad will not return until November, the class decided to make a book entitled, “All About Me: All Around the World,” describing their day at Fairview. They developed a strategy of what pictures to include and assigned themselves tasks. Upon completion, the students shipped their book along with “good” food such as candy, chips, popcorn, chocolate, and crackers to Bostyn’s dad. Two weeks later, Mrs. Bullard’s class received a United States Flag that was flown in Afghanistan on September 6, 2014, during Operation Enduring Freedom, along with a special certificate from the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron.

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Washington Charter Academy and Arkansas High School | November is National DECA Month. DECA, an association for marketing students, is formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America. It is one of the largest student organizations in the nation and has been well known since its development in the late 1940’s. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

On October 21, Mayor M. Wayne Smith of Texarkana, Arkansas proclaimed November as Texarkana, Arkansas DECA Month to show his support of Arkansas High School’s and Washington Academy’s Marketing Education program and DECA Chapters. Representatives from Washington Academy DECA Chapter were: Haley Dion, Brandie Johnson and Kimbrionna Moore with advisor, Ms. Teresa Dow. Arkansas High School DECA Chapter representatives were: Vicki Allen, Tyler Shackelford, Ryan Stiles, Deyana West, and Brennon Seifert and were accompanied by Chapter Advisor, Mrs. Teresa Heflin.

On October 27, Arkansas High School and Washington Academy DECA Chapters will attend the Central Arkansas DECA Leadership Development Conference to be held at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, AR.

Union Elementary | Students will participate in the live webcast with Taylor Swift on Wednesday, October 29, at 12:00 noon and tune in to Usher on Thursday, November 6, at 12:00 noon. Union fourth grade students and staff will tune in on a live webcast with Taylor Swift and Usher. Scholastic, the largest children’s book publisher, promotes literacy with books for kids of all ages and reading levels. Scholastic believes that when kids read, their whole world opens up. And when they share their love of reading they help build a community of readers and create a world full of possibilities. With that belief in mind, Scholastic is inviting children across the nation to join global superstar and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift in a live webcast as she shares which books have influenced her, how reading and writing have opened her world, and a special never-before-seen video clip. Additionally, R& B singer Usher will host a live webcast and special program where students will learn how to take informed action, become reading advocates, and help make a difference in their schools, communities, and the world. “We are so excited to participate in this upcoming webcast,” commented Principal Thelma Forte. “It is great opportunity for our students to see that celebrities enjoy reading and learning – the things they (students) do every day.”

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