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DOLLARWAY MATTERS CAMPUS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020: STUDENTS, PARENTS & COMMUNITY

SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

Hello Dollarway Family!

Spring is just around the corner. As the semester progresses our teachers and staff continue to work diligently to promote learning and to help student acheivement. March will be a month filled with listening activities and sharing opportunities throughout our district. Next week we will host "Community Voices Listening Sessions in Altheimer (3/10/20) and in Pine Bluff (RFMMS - 3/12/20). We are inviting community stakeholders (parents, community leaders, etc.) to respond and share their perspectives on the topic "How can DSD provide a more meaningful experience for our students?" I hope you will attend one of these sessions and join us as we listen to what our extended family has to offer and share with us. We will round out the month with Spring Break, which will provide a well-deserved break to enjoy time relaxing and having fun with friends & family. Thanks for all you do in helping us to continue our mission to "Collaborate, Educate & Graduate...The Whole Child."

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 February...Hello March (See Below)

Intensely Focused on...

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

NEXT EARLY OUT DAY--WEDNESDAY, April 1st, 2020.

JAMES MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY

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

"DREAMS DO COME TRUE"

James Matthews Elementary School, hosted its annual Black History Program on Friday, February 28 in the school gymnasium. The Theme was, "Dreams Do Come True." Many parents & family members of our community were in attendance as students honored and celebrated the accomplisments of many black heros and role models. The guest speaker was County Judge, Gerald Robinson.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the many parents and families that came out in the rain to attend our spring parent-teacher conferences in February. Students were all smiles as they viewed the progress they had made. A final thanks to the teachers, staff and administrators that helped to coordinate this very important event.

DAD'S DAY OUT!!!

Dad's Day Out at James Matthews Elementary on Friday, was a huge success! Over 100 dads, granddads, uncles, moms, aunts, grandparents, and community volunteers showed up to help with general classroom duties, transitioning around campus, and of course, Valentine's Day parties! Delicious refreshments were also provided to our family of volunteers. Thanks to Principal Leondra Williams, Parent Facilitator & Teacher, Ms. Kanasha Carmickle and the entire JMES staff for coordinating this amazing event!!!

ROBERT MOREHEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

CELEBRATING HISTORY

During RMMS Black History Month program, students, staff and family members came together to celebrate & honor the many accomplishments of African-Americans.

BOOKFAIR & MAGIC SHOW

RMMS is Raising Ready Readers...During the spring bookfair, students, parents and staff took advantage of some of the exciting resources offered through Scholastic Book Fairs. Every purchase made, earned rewards for the school. Thanks to everyone for their support. In addition to bookfair excitement, students also had the chance to participate in the "Making Accidents Disappear" Magic Show, in which Scott Davis, a magician, teamed up with the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas to use magic tricks to teach electrical safety to students. The 40-minute program was a big hit!

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

Music & Drama were on full display during DHS's Black History Month Gallery rotation on Thursday, Feb. 27th. The entire student body at DHS had the opportunity to observe powerful dialogues presented by Mrs. Linda Simmons and her English students as they portrayed a number of noteable figures in black history from musical songstress Etta James to President Barack Obama. In addition to that students also listened to a number of negro hymns and spirituals that celebrated the freedom and strength of our black ancestry, presented by DHS chamber choir, under the direction of Mr. Kourtney Smith.

figure Me out: math & science coming together

DHS Freshman: Ashanti Washington & Jahmiyah Bowers

DHS freshman are currently working on further enhancing their English & Math Skills. In order to increase students' understanding of complex algebraic equations, teachers Ms. Childs & Ms. Gately proposed a "Team Teach" method. The learning method was presented as the Figure Me Out project. Students had to think of questions involving themselves & create a series of equations in order to receive the correct answer to the question. The student responses are proof of the efficiency and success of the project. For more info and complete article visit: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/article/200170

Dollarway High School Teacher Cadets recently attended the 2020 Impacting Tomorrow Summit at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. The purpose of the event was to share information with students interested in becoming future teachers. Sessions included networking opportunities with colleges and universities, education service cooperatives and ADE representatives. Congratulations to DHS students who won 1st place in the Inside Our Schools competition. Students presented a Power Point on the benefit of Flex Fridays and how it has helped improve the overall culture and climate of the school in a positive manner.

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS!!! Pictured L to R: Jamaya Vassar, La'Naja Tyson, Fredaricka Hawkins, Jamauria Byrd, and ADE Educator Recruitment Advisor, Sharlee Crowson.

2019-2020 ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STATE FOOTBALL NOMINEES

Congratulations to seniors Reggie Lee & Terrance Brown for being nominated for the 2019-2020 Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas High School All-State Football team.

We are so proud of these guys!

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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