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2018-2019 DOLLARWAY MATTERS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018: STUDENTS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY

SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

Season's Greetings Dollarway Family,

This has been a fast-paced year and there’s still work to be done, but as we look towards the end of the year let's remember the reason for the season. I'm so pleased to announce that one of the final highlights to end the year is right around the corner! Our annual "Evening With The Arts" production, is going to be better than ever, and will take place on the campus of UAPB on 12/13/18 at 5:30pm in Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium. For more info click here: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/76205. This event is sure to delight and get you into the holiday spirit as our children share with us their amazing talents and abilities! As you prepare and make plans to go your various ways for the holidays, I want to sincerely thank YOU the parents/families of our district for your contribution to the forward progress that we are making as a district; and as you join your friends and families, take this time to relax and reflect on all the great memories and blessings we have. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter, peace and goodwill. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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 November...Hello December--(See Below)

REMEMBER: STUDENTS RETURN FROM WINTER BREAK, TUESDAY, JAN. 8th. THE NEXT EARLY OUT DAY IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH...PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!!
It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

JAMES MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY

Believe in the Magic of Christmas...

CHRISTMAS CHEER FROM HERE...TO THERE!!!

Teachers and students all join in, to transform the lobby area into Christmas Candy Land.

PBIS: Stop the Bullying Poster Contest

BE THE HERO!!!
James Matthews Elementary recently held a "Stop the Bullying" poster contest. Each grade worked to create a "Stop the Bullying" poster, and one class from each grade was chosen as the winner and will receive a popsicle party. This activity was coordinated by Mr. Andrew Roshell, PBIS Behavior Support Coordinator. Pictured are the winners from each grade. L to R: Ms. Weeks, 1st grade, Ms. Nesby & Ms. Richardson, Pre-K; Ms. Bolick, 4th grade; Middle: Ms. Holmes, Kindergarten; Ms. Carmickle, 3rd grade. Great job to everyone that participated. AMAZING JOB!!!

MAKING EVERDAY MERRY & BRIGHT!!!

Top Left: Parent & student take a moment to pose for an afterschool picture. Right: Mrs. Cynthia Hardin is recognized by her Arkansas River Ed Co-op Education mentor for a "Job Well Done". Bottom: RSVP volunteer engages students during a reading session.

READY...SET...READ!!!

Everyone is a Reader...Some Just haven't Found Their Favorite Book Yet.
The atmosphere is set to begin welcoming parents, students and families to participate in the annual Book Fair . Much Thanks to Mrs. Alexia Williams, librarian for getting it set up!!!
An RSVP member, volunteers to read to students in support of the reading initiative....and just for fun!
Chairs wait in eager expectation of a great crowd.
Delivery Day...The Books Are Here!!!

ROBERT MOREHEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL

"Maybe Christmas" he thought..."doesn't come from a store". "Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit MORE...." Dr. Seuss's- The Grinch
ALL IS BRIGHT: The foyer greets parents, students, staff and visitors with visions of Christmas, just in time for the holiday season!!! Thanks to the most wonderful decorating Elf, Mrs. Beverly Fletcher. Bottom: These ladies did an outstanding job, bringing Christmas cheer to the cafeteria. Pictured from left to right: Startaisha Daniels, Naima Scott and Ta'nylah Lyons.

STEAM Family Night Highlights

Students and parents at RMMS had a blast during the annual STEAM Fall Fest & Family Night. STEAM is a hands-on educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The end results are students who learn to work collaboratively, to problem-solve, to be creative and to explore career opportunities and connections. It was an evening of fun and excitement for parents and students. The event included a chili supper, games and a grand-prize giveaway, that was just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!!! Below are a few highlights from the event that was coordinated by Mrs. Vernice Meadows, Math Coach and Ms. Kristi Caldwell, Literacy Coach.

DOLLARWAY HIGH SCHOOL

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
The tree is trimmed and all are welcome to enter into this joyous time of year!!!

TODAY'S STUDENTS ARE TOMORROW'S LEADER'S...

Pictured: Mr. Lyles, DHS Math Teacher (left) and Representative Vivian Flowers (right center) picture with students selected to participate in the "Beyond Civilty" Workshop, sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institution.

A number of high school students were selected to participate in the "Beyond Civilty" Workshop, sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institution. The Institute hosted this program for high school students representing districts in four Arkansas communities around the meaning and importance of civil conversations and how to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue in order to foster collaboration, promote mutual understanding and resolve conflict. For more info & pictures click here: http://rockefellerinstitute.org/blog/beyondcivility

THIS IS OUR TIME!!!
Seniors are making some big moves in planning for life beyond high school. Top: Miss UAPB, Angelica Perkins even dropped in to see what all the excitement was about! Bottom Right: Infinity Washington (middle) accepts the Chancellor's scholarship to UAPB. She is flanked by Dollarway Alum Amari Gurndy-left, other UAPB students and Career Coach, Mrs. Marla J.

LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE WELCOMES DHS BAND TO PERFORM

DHS BAND is always showing Cardinal Pride and do a spectacular job. Throughout the season they have been a highlight at not only athletic events, but also community events. Most recently the percussion session was invited to Lowe's Home Store to help them celebrate their store's success and recognize the employee of the month!!! The band will also be performing in the upcoming Christmas parade & "Evening With The Arts" program.

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!!!

FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT...MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!!!

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS AMAZING HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENT...SEE YOU THERE!!!

GO FORWARD PINE BLUFF PRESENTS "MISTLETOE MAGIC"--Click Below to view OR see flyer.

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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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