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DOLLARWAY MATTERS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2018: STUDENTS, PARENTS & COMMUNITY

SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

Dear Dollarway Family,

October is here and with it has come the excitement of Fall Festivals, Homecoming and the energy of student growth and learning. Every season, we must accept the challenge before us to be our very best for our students. I applaud the efforts of our Dollarway Family, students, staff and community supporters in embracing a new season for the continued growth and improvement of our district. I'd also like to mention that this month is also National Bullying Prevention Month! We know that many students are victims of bullying and cyber-bullying everyday. Let's use this month to stress the importance of teamwork, kindness, and inclusion as we continue to collaborate, educate and graduate the whole child. More info on bullying prevention can be found here: https://www.stopbullying.gov/

In Loving Memory...

WHAT'S IN THIS EDITION?...SEE BELOW

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHAT'S HAPPENING?--1. Upcoming Events/Academic Calendar; 2CAMPUS NEWS: James Matthews Elementary, Robert Morehead Middle School, Dollarway High School, In the Spotlight, Game Day Action, College & Career Readiness; 3OTHER NEWS: Family & Community Engagement, Arkansas Department of Education

GOODBYE september...HELLO october!!! (See Below)

LEAVES FALLING AUTUMN CALLING...
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT....Wednesday, November 7th, 1:30pm is the next day for Early Dismissal for students. Please plan accordingly!!! View all Early Dismissal dates by clicking on Academic Calendar below.

JAMES MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN!!!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE

James Matthews Elementary-Parent Teacher Conference. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star-What a Wonderful Child You Are…” Parents and families were engaged visiting with teachers to get updates on their child’s academic progress and other important updates and information. Our parents are amazing!!! Pictured Top Left: Mr. Harold Withers, parent of Deldrick Withers, 3rd grade; Top Right-Mrs. & Mr. Christopher, parents of Terryun Mackrell, 1st grade with teacher, Mrs. Gaddy. Middle Left: Mr. Ken & Natasha Williams parents of Taylah (4th grade) and Aria (Pre-K). Left: Mrs. Weeks reviews students progress with Mr. Earl Anderson, grandparent; Mother and son take a moment to pose in front of student created poster. Bottom: Bulletin boards welcome parents into the building, art teacher Mr. Woods, proudly displays artwork of his talented students and parent center provides resources that help parents to help their student.

ROBERT MOREHEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL

LEARNING...GO FOR IT!
To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow...
EAST Students are teaming up to learn gardening skills as part of the campus beautification project. In the RMMS gazebo & courtyard garden, students learn the joy of gardening, planting and spending time outdoors. Mrs. Nash (Pictured-far right), shared that students are very motivated and excited to learn about nature and the effort that goes into maintaining a garden.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE

Many parents and families attended the first Parent Teacher conference of the semester. Our staff were prepared and excited to share with parents new and exciting happenings and updates. Progress reports were issued, and left many students feeling very positive and ready to finish the semester strong!!!
In Loving Memory...

Brent Jones

Gone...but not forgotten.

DOLLARWAY HIGH SCHOOL

Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer...

HONORING A HOMETOWN HERO...

WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

9/11: DOLLARWAY REMEMBERS & HONORS--NEHAMON LYONS IV

The Fine Arts Department of Dollarway High School in observance of 9/11 (Patriot's Day) hosted a ceremony to honor a fallen hero, Nehamon Lyons IV, who graduated from DHS in 1989, went on to enlist in the United States Navy in 1997 and was killed on September, 11, 2001 while serving at the Pentagon as Operations Specialist 2nd Class, for the Navy Command Support Team. Nehmon Lyons, was 30 years old and received the Purple Heart, Navy & Marine Corps Commendations Medal posthumously.

A number of city officials, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, community members and Class of 1989 alumni were in attendance to show their support. Army National Guard, Sergeant First Class Tara Tyler-Woods served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and also as a representative of the class of 1989. Pine Bluff Mayor, Shirley Washington shared inspiring and encouraging words to the student body and made a special presentation to DHS staff and administration. The guest speaker for the assembly was Mr. Lee McFadden, District Veteran Service Officer and Former Navy Crash & Structural Firefighter. Sophomore Trevion West and senior Donteria Willis both provided rousing and inspiring tributes in the form of song and poetry. After the assembly, the student body and participants met at the flagpole for a balloon release sponsored by the Class of 1989, and the DHS band played a special tribute. Afterwards the library hosted several community members to view poster displays created by students that honor the lives of the fallen. This event was coordinated by Mrs. Linda Simmons, English Teacher and Chair of the Fine Arts Dept. at Dollarway High School.

Pictured L to R: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement, school staff and community leaders assemble for a group photo. Mr. McFadden Guest Speaker, pauses to remember. Mayor Shirley Washington presents a certificate on behalf of the City of Pine Bluff to DHS staff and administration in recognition of Lyons. Teachers gather for a picture after the assembly. Student, Trevion West poses for a shot, after giving an amazing song performance.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE

Parents dropped in throughout the day to meet with teachers and discuss their child's progress. Many parents also had students at JMES, and were thankful that both campuses held their PTC on the same evening. Students that attended were eager to get their progress reports, and staff worked diligently to assist parents with signing in and issuing them important information.

STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

EVERY VOTE COUNTS...

Dollarway High School recently held a voter registration drive in which students ages 17 & 18 had the opportunity to register to vote. The purpose of the event was to help students understand that their right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy and gives power to their voice. It also encourages life-long community involvement and civic participation. The event was held in the high school Library & Media Center from 8:30am-10:30am. Representatives from the Mayor's Office & County Clerk's Office were present to facilitate the discussion and assist students in completing the voter registration application. This event was coordinated by Ms. Joyce Wilkes, DHS Library Media Specialist.

Students watched a video and listened closely to the presentation describing the voting process. Dr. Mary Liddell, Outreach Coordinator for the Mayor's Office led the presentation. She commended the students for all the positive happenings occurring in the Dollarway School District. Dr. Liddell was joined by Ms. Ima Etim (Special Programs), who distributed a sample ballot to students and explained state ballot issues such as Issue #5, an Act to increase the state minimum wage. Alderman Steven Mays rounded out the presentation as he highlighted the issue of term limits and what they mean, and went on to share that if people like you and agree with your position, they will continue to vote for you. He also encouraged students interested in pursuing political office to maintain a good reputation and clean record, stating that it was always his dream to become a politician and how thankful he is to have the opportuntiy to positively influence his community. Pictured Middle, L to R: Alderman Steven Mays, Mary Lidell & Ima Etim; Not pictured was Tiffany Lowery, Chief Deputy Clerk in County Clerk's Office, who assisted students in completing their voter registration card.

MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE

The Pine Bluff National 10 point: Pen or Pencil Expansion Hub partnered with RMMS & DHS to hold a non-violence march. POP fosters cultural-based core competencies such as mentoring programs that provide positive role models to students, encouragement, direct instruction and discourage agression. The event was coordinated by RMMS Principal Paulette Bell. Dollarway alumni, Jordan Sims served as the POP Leader and speaker for the event. Students created posters and marched in support of Non-Violence to No-Violence. "Non-violence is a way of life for courageous people." Dr. Martin Luther King

CLASS OF 2019: SENIOR & PARENT FALL MIXER...YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!!!

Dollarway High School will be hosting a Senior and Parent Fall Mixer on Monday, October 22nd. Members of the Class of 2019 and their parents will have the opportunities to gain valuable information as they prepare for graduation, parents that attend will receive special incentives. Please contact Mrs. Marla J., DHS Career Coach at 870-727-9609 / mbarnes@dollarwayschools.org OR Mrs. Candice Jones, Family Engagement Coordinator at cajones@dollarwayschools.org.

DOLLARWAY'S GOT TALENT!!!
Sophomore Trevion West, won senior youth vocals (left) & Senior Donteria Willis (right) won senior youth variety at the Southeast Arkansas District Youth Talent Show. They are pictured with Ms. Trish Mahon (center), talent show representative.

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

Members of the Class of 2019 & 2020, and staff gather for picture before boarding the bus to attend Jefferson County's College & Career Fair at UAPB.
Colleges from all over the state of Arkansas were in attendance for the Jefferson County College & Career Fair held at UAPB's STEM building. Our students took advantage of the opportunity to pose questions to college admissions officers, gather important academich and scholarship information, and have a little fun!!!

READY, SET, PLAN FOR THE FUTURE....BE COLLEGE & CAREER READY!!!

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

While there don't forget to view & apply for scholarships and housing!!!

APPLY TO COLLEGE

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.
GAME DAY ACTION...AT HOME & AWAY
We are mid-way through football season, it's great to look back at captured moments!

PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:

WE ARE FAMILY!!!
Please contact Mrs. Candice Jones, DSD Family Engagement Coordinator if you questions about any of the events listed.

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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, in its fifth year, is to encourage positive and productive communication between parents and teachers. Ongoing communication builds a support network that encourages student learning and success. Find out more: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/my-childmy-student .

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