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DOLLARWAY MATTERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018: STUDENTS, PARENTS & COMMUNITY

SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

Dear Dollarway Family,

During this Thanksgiving Season I want to share my gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our children’s lives. I believe that helping students to succeed is one of the most important things any of us can do. That is why I am so grateful for the staff and community of the Dollarway School District. As we reach the end of this semester, let us all pause a moment and remember to give thanks for the men and women in uniform that serve our country, to the employees for their commitment, to our community for their support and to our parents and families that continue to entrust us with the care of their children. A special thanks also to those of you that attended our Community Voices: Annual Report to the Public Meeting. See the Parent & Family Engagement Section for highlights and pictures.

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: Community Voices, Arkansas Department of Education

GOODBYE OCTOBER...HELLO NOVEMBER!!! (See Below)

GIVE THANKS...
NEXT EARLY OUT DAY IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH...PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!!
We pay special tribute to all our Dollarway Family who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

JAMES MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY

I am Thankful For...

ARTS & SCIENCE FUN!!!

Third grade teacher, Kanasha Carmickle's class had the opportunity to make a model of a plant with Stephanie Johnson-Carlton, Dollarway alum and UAPB STEM Coach on 10/4. The students learned a lot about plant structures and had a great time in the process!!!

Homecoming Highlights

During the month of October the 4th grade students of James Matthews Elementary (JMES) had an opportunity to compete for the titles of King and Queen. Each student took home letters explaining to parents that JMES was seeking King and Queen participants and the activities that would be included.Votes were cast Miss. Kennedy Sanders and Mr. Davion Shaw were revealed as King and Queen of James Matthews during our campus Homecoming assembly.This event sparked that start of a new tradition at JMES and those students who will be in 4th grade next year, have been inspired to possible participate.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Front Row (L to R): Quenton Calhoun, Tavon Stinnett, Ayden Davis, Kendral Patterson 1st Back Row (L to R): Jamia Riley, Trystan Jackson, Summer Stokes, Tyler Johnson, La’Maya Allen, Kristian Myers, Lyriq Williams, Armando Hernandez 2nd Back Row (L to R): Jamie Riley, Ricky Whitmore, Kenatity Patterson, DaEricka Price Not Pictured: Ke’Marrion Webster, Kayden Evans, Jervais Logan, Jaylen Williams, Ja’Marion Tillman

RED RIBBON WEEK

I Pledge to Be...Drug Free!!!
During the week of October 22nd – 26th the student body of James Matthews celebrated Red Ribbon week. This week consisted of a kick off assembly supported by the Pine Bluff Arsenal Employee Assistance Division. The division members Mrs. Cassandra Cosen and Mrs. Pat Jenkins were able to provided 500 balloons for students, red ribbons, signs, banners, activity books and drug pledges. Mrs. Pat Jenkins spoke to the entire student body and the remaining days of the week consisted crazy socks “socking it” to drugs, hat day “ hats off” to drugs, and class lessons led by Louise Sullivan, School Counselor.

UAPB: SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Several members of the UAPB Golden Lions Football Team served as cafeteria volunteers in the month of October. These young men understand the importance of setting a great example for the next generation, and were enthusiastic for the opportunity to serve and assist students and cafeteria staff. To become a leader you must also know how to serve and we believe that these young men are well on their way to becoming great leaders on and off the field. Go Lions!!!

Robert Morehead Middle School

LEARNING...GO FOR IT!

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE BRINGS GREAT THINGS....

OH GIVE THANKS!!!
The foyer at RMMS. Mrs. Fletcher continues to wow us with her wonderful creations!!!

HOMECOMING HIGHLIGHTS

TOP LEFT--Bottom Row Left to right: Jaylon Savage, Jaide Sanders, Ma'Kyla Miller, Cy'nai Frazier, Queen Ty'Kira Boston, Ja'Miyah Gary, Na'Havia Davis, Sariah Wilson, and Kelton Miller. Top Row Left to Right: James Marrow, D'marion Wallace, Jacorey Alexander, Jayvion Cain, Jeremy Hunter; RIGHT: Queen Ty'Kira Boston and her escort Jacorey Alexander; BOTTOM: Left to Right: Jaide Sanders, Ma'Kyla Miller, Cy'nai Frazier, Queen Ty'Kira Boston, Ja'Miyah Gary, Na'Havia Davis, and Sariah Wilson.

DOLLARWAY HIGH SCHOOL

Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer...

DHS ROTC & WABBASEEKA ARKANSAS FLAG MEMORIAL

On October 12th DHS participated in the 5th Anniversary of the AR Flag & Wabbaseka Memorial held in Wabbaseka AR. Dollarway Navy ROTC presented the AR State flag to Deb Crow, AR State Fair Director & Competitive event Manager for safe keeping. DHS participated along with other local High School ROTC cadets. Many from the community were also present to observe this occassion. Wabbaseka is home of the Arkansas State Flag. The Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial was founded by Jason Irby in 2013. Jason is an Author and Humanitarian who grew up in Wabbaseka and attended the public schools around the city. Jason attended Willie K. Hocker Elementary/Jr. Highs schools, J. S. Walker Elementary/ Jr. High schools and Wabbaseka High School. He is also the brother of Dollarway Career Coach, Marla Irby-Barnes Jones.

DHS students Trent Simmons (left) and Niana Williams (right) preparing the AR Flag.
DHS Student Niana Williams completed presentation of flag to Deb Crow.
Onlookers from the community and other school high school ROTC cadets.

Arkansas College Campaign Month

October was a great month for the Class of 2019. DHS hosted several events to help students and their parents become College & Career Ready, starting out with the Arkansas College Campaign Month Assembly which served as the kick-off to ACCM. During the month, some seniors were given the opportunity to tour the campus of University of Arkansas at Monticello. The first ever Senior Parent Fall Mixer was also held, in which seniors and the parents were treated to food, fun, information and special pampering by Mary Kay representatives, and freebies courtesy of the parent gift boutique. The month wrapped up with the National Guard hosting a Pizza Party and informational session for the the Class of 2019. Students were so excited to wear their class t-shirts and recieve special treatment on that day. A big applause to Career Coach Marla J. who coordinated the entire month of activities!!!!
DOLLARWAY'S GOT TALENT!!!
Congratulations to freshman Tamarion Chandler (L), and senior William White (R) (both first year choir students) for making All Region Honor Choir 2018. William placed high enough to also be an All State Choir contender in Jan of 2019. Both young men will perform at Lake Hamilton High School on November 10th. Thanks to Dollarway School District's Choral Director Mr. Kourtney Smith for his tireless efforts and enthusiasm in working with students.These are amazing young men and we are so proud of them!!!

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

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

For More Info Go to: www.act.org

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 THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS.

PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:

WE ARE FAMILY!!!

ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC

COMMUNITY VOICES

Dollarway School District would like to thank everyone that attended the Community Voices Meeting-Annual Report to the Public meeting on last Tuesday. Parents and students were served a delicious meal prior to the start of the meeting & DHS cheerleaders helped to create an atmosphere of excitement with their amazing poise and cheerfulness, that greeted all who entered the building. A special thanks goes out to Rural Community Schools who helped to support this event.Several topics were discussed, from the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Report and Grades, PBIS, Health Services to Family Engagement.

The community also provided valuable feedback and support during this meeting. Superintendent Barbara Warren placed special emphasis on the direction the district is taking with Professional Learning Communities at Work, PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) and the focus on Literacy (reading and writing across the curriculum).The goal was to share with community about Dollarway's growth, challenges and great efforts, staff and students are making to continue to move the district forward to become the achieving district of choice.

UNLEASH STRONG...BE A GIRL SCOUT!!!

(SEE MEETING INFO BELOW)

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DOLLARWAY'S HOME ACCESS CENTER: PARENTS CAN ACCESS STUDENT'S INFO FROM HOME OR BY PHONE

INFO @ YOUR FINGERTIPS

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 here https://hac40.esp.k12.ar.us/HomeAccess40/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fHomeAccess40 .

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

MY CHILD/MY STUDENT

The State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education are proud to launch the 2018-2019 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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