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DOLLARWAY MATTERS CAMPUS NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB 2020: STUDENTS, PARENTS & COMMUNITY

SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

Happy New Year Dollarway Family!

We are happy to be starting the remainder of the school year. So many opportunities lie before us to make a positive impact on our children as they look to us for instruction and guidance. We want our parents, families and stakeholders know that teaching and learning with care, is the main thing and we do our best to make that a priority each and everyday. Several opportunities are availiable for you to support your child during this month (Black History Month), beginning with our Parent-Teacher Conferences set for Tuesday, Feb. 11th. Please see the calendar below for details. Remember to tune into Delta Plex Radio 101.3 KDPX "Voice of the Delta" @ 8:00am, every second Friday, to listen as I share highlights and relevant information concerning our district & community. Thank you for listening. Intensely Focused on making a positive difference every day!

WHAT'S IN THIS EDITION?

TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Upcoming Events/Academic Calendar; 2CAMPUS NEWS: James Matthews Elementary, Robert Morehead Middle School, Dollarway High School; College & Career Readiness 3OTHER NEWS: Family & Community Engagement; Arkansas Department of Education

Goodbye January...Hello February (See Below)

new year...new beginnings

(Don't Forget to Click at the Bottom to View the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar)

NEXT EARLY OUT DAY--WEDNESDAY, February 5th, 2020.

JAMES MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY

My Dear Child...You Are a Wonderful Reminder of All That Makes Life Enjoyable.

PTO/TITLE-I MEETING

A big THANKS to all the parents & family members that attended James Matthews Elementary PTO & Title-I meeting on Tuesday. We appreciate our families commitment to their child's success. Information on ESSA, Title-I & upcoming special events was shared. An additional thanks to parent facilitator, Ms. Kanasha Carmickle for coordinating this event, and Principal Williams, staff and volunteers for their tremendous support. #IAMDOLLARWAY #ENGAGEMENTMATTERSAR

ROBERT MOREHEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL

When You Can't Find the Sunshine...Be the Sunshine!

2ND 9 WEEKS AWARDS ASSEMBLY

Robert Morehead Middle School hosted their 2nd Nine Weeks Awards Assembly on January 16th. Students received awards for good grades, attendance, reading points and citizenship. We love celebrating our wonderful students!

RMMS: CAREER EXPLORATION CAMP

Dollarway hosted its annual Career Exploration Camp on Friday, January 24th for 8th &12th graders at Robert Morehead Middle School & Dollarway High School. Students were so excited as they gained hands-on experience in what it takes to pursue innovative & in-demand professions of the 21st centure. Coordinating this effort for the Dollarway School District was Mrs. Marla Barnes, College & Career Coach. Assisting were RMMS & DHS teachers Marcellina Williams, Jeron Jefferson, Dedrick Cross & Rhonda Hill-Jones.Career Exploration Camps are one-day learning experiences conducted at locations throughout the state in collaboration with the Arkansas Career Coach program and are made possible through funding from the Arkansas Department of Career Education Division of Career and Technical Education & Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. For more info visit: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/182981 .

Commercial Truck Driver Simulator
Students listening & exploring EMS/EMT careers.
Pine Bluff Fire Department
Trying on the firefighter uniform is hard work!
Lineman Repairman simulator.
RMMS 8th graders.
Be Pro Be Proud Chris Rose & RMMS Teacher Ms. Williams
RMMS 8th grade students Janylaah Sanders & Makayla Miller

AROUND CAMPUS

Students between classes & during special assemblies--RMMS & DHS Cheerleaders are all smiles during the MLK Parade.

DOLLARWAY HIGH SCHOOL

it's a new day & a new beginning for all...

Create the Highest, Grandest Vision Possible for Your Life, Because You Become What You Believe...

HAPPENING AROUND CAMPUS

The spring semester is in full swing at DHS. Students hurry to class, listen to their teachers and participate in leadership events. All in a day's work!

DHS: CAREER EXPLORATION CAMP

Dollarway hosted its annual Career Exploration Camp on Friday, January 24th for 8th &12th graders at Robert Morehead Middle School & Dollarway High School. Students were so excited as they gained hands-on experience in what it takes to pursue innovative & in-demand professions of the 21st century. Coordinating this effort for the Dollarway School District was Mrs. Marla Barnes, College & Career Coach. Career Exploration Camps are one-day learning experiences conducted at locations throughout the state in collaboration with the Arkansas Career Coach program and are made possible through funding from the Arkansas Department of Career Education Division of Career and Technical Education & Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. For more info visit: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/182981.

Planning for the future and exploring careers.

ROTC COLOR GUARD

Dollarway High School ROTC Color Guard participated in the Memphis Grizzles vs. New Orleans Pelicans Martin Luther King Day ceremony presentation on January 20, 2020. For some students, this was their first time attending an NBA game. Thanks to Navy-ROTC faculty Master Chief Martin and Petty Office First Class Jimmy Sanders for helping to make it happen!

For the first time ever, three students from Dollarway were chosen to participate in the Four States Bandmasters Association Honor Bands. Dollarway High School was the ONLY SCHOOL DISTRICT in Pine Bluff that had students selected to participate. The convention was held in Texarkana, TX on January 16th - January 18th. Pictured L to R are: Makhiya Jackson (Senior - Trumpet), Romello Turner (Senior - Trumpet/Drum Major), and Ladajah Green (Senior - Tuba/Drum Major). Pictured in back: Mr. Xavier Broughton, DHS Band Director. For full article visit: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/181607?org=district. Great job!!!

2019 SIMMONS/DELTAPLEX RADIO DREAM TEAM

Congratulations to the students below for being selected as the 2019 Simmons Bank-Deltaplex Radio Dream Team for Dollarway School District. These seniors were honored during a banquet at the Pine Bluff Country Club on Wed. Jan. 29th. More pics can be found here:http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/185319.

Pictured L to R: Cheer Coach, Mrs. Rhonda Hill-Jones; Cheerleader, LaNaja Tyson; Football Players: Terrance Brown, Reggie Lee & Rod Collier; Head Coach, Martese Henry.

CARDS BASKETBALL--SENIOR NIGHT

Join us as we celebrate and honor seniors and their parents during the basketball game at 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 13th at Cardinal Basketball Stadium. We will face off against Lake Village. Thanks for your support. Go Cardinals!!! For a complete 2019-2020 basketball schedule visit: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/159570?org=district.

COLLEGE and CAREER READINESS: EDUCATION & SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

ACT TEST DATES & PREP/HELP SESSIONS. sign-up today. See DHS Career Coach, Ms. Marla Barnes.

APPLY TO COLLEGE

While there don't forget to view & apply for scholarships and housing!!!
ATTENTION SENIORS--SEE THE CAREER COACH ASAP TO GET A JUMPSTART ON FAFSA, SCHOLARSHIPS, ETC. YOU CAN ALSO USE LINK BELOW TO APPLY FOR OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS.

PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:

WE ARE FAMILY!!!

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DOLLARWAY'S HOME ACCESS CENTER:

PARENTS, YOU CAN ACCESS YOUR STUDENT'S INFO FROM HOME OR BY PHONE

Parents/Guardians--You have the opportunity to access your student’s school information over the Internet through a website called Home Access Center (HAC). Through Home Access Center, you can view a daily summary of your student’s attendance, schedule, and classwork, along with interim progress, report card, and discipline. For log-in and password info please contact your student's principal. If you are ready to access HAC click below.

ADE HAS A NEW LOOK

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will soon be known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.

NEW LOOK, BUT SAME GREAT INFORMATION!!!--LINK BELOW

See Below for Info to Help Parents Share with Their Students and Connect with Teachers

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to improving family and community engagement across the state. We recognize that family members are students' first teachers and we must work together for all children to have the opportunity to be college, career, and community ready. For more information on upcoming events and to have your voice heard click here: http://www.arkansased.gov/im-looking-for/parents. While there take a look at the 2019-2020 My Child/My Student public awareness campaign! The goal of this campaign is to encourage positive & productive communication between parents and teachers, to help with students learning and success. Find out more: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/my-childmy-student.

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