• Alma School District Newsletter   January 12, 2018  

    Alma School District News

    January 12, 2018


    Game Day 4A-7A Cheer State Champions

    Our 2017-18 Alma High School Cheerleaders were undefeated in competition this year winning their division at the Van Buren, Heritage and Bentonville Invitationals. They were named the Overall Champion at the Van Buren and Bentonville Invitational. On December 16th, the squad won the 4a-7a Gameday State Championship.
    Members of our squad are: Landi Bowen, Jennah Brown, Jordan Brown, Anna Chapen (Captain), Lauren Evans, Kylee Jacobs, Jordyn Johnson, Kate Keener, Caitlyn Malone, Amanda O'Neal (Co-Captain), Sarah Patton, Jaden Petree, Kaytlin Ray, Bradi Rogers, Kenzie Sindle, Kennedy Stockburger (Captain), Carlie Westra, Abby Wilson. They are coached by Christy Law and Kenra Newton.


    January 12- Varsity Basketball Siloam Springs JVB JVG VB VG 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    January 13- NJROTC @ Kansas City
    Robotics Competition @ Bryant
    Sr. High All-Region Band Auditions

    January 15- No School - Martin Luther King Holiday

    January 15-8/9 Basketball  @ Farmington 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


    Appreciation Month

    School Board Appreciation Month

    January is School Board Appreciation month.  We are very fortunate here in Alma to have a wonderful School Board that is actively involved in doing what is best for all of our students.  We are very thankful for all they do for all of the Alma School District students. 

    Ron Haught

    Ron Haught

    Ron Haught is beginning his 27th year on the Alma School Broad. He attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, Missouri and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Ron served in the U. S. Army for 4 1/2 years serving 1 of those years in Vietnam as an artillery executive officer receiving the Army Commendation Medal and 2 Bronze Stars. His last year of service in the Army was served at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma as a battery commander training men to be officers at the Officer Candidate School.

    Ron was a State Farm Insurance agent in Alma for 33 years as an independent contract agent before retiring in December 2014. Ron has been married to Lynda ( formerly Lynda Crawford of Alma) for 46 years and they have two sons, Matt and Jason, who attended Alma Schools for all 13 years. They spend as much time as possible with their 6 wonderful grandchildren.

    Mike Higgins

    Mike Higgins

    Mike grew up in Fort Smith and graduated from Southside High School in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in 1977. He moved to Alma in 1982 after marrying Paula Coleman, a 1978 graduate of Alma High School.  Mike was elected to the Alma Board of Education in 1992. Mike and Paula have been married 38 years and have five children and five grandchildren.  Three of his children graduated from Alma High School and the two still at home are students in the Alma School District.
    Carrie Jernigan

    Carrie Jernigan

    Carrie Roberts Jernigan was born, raised and graduated high school in Alma.  She is a 2000 graduate of Alma High School where she graduated with High Honors.  She was a three (3) year starter on the Volleyball and Basketball team where she received All-Conference Honors. 

    After graduating from Alma, she attended the University of Arkansas where she received her bachelor's degree in computer science.  Carrie then received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville in 2006.  She came home upon graduation and in 2010 became managing partner at Settle & Jernigan Law Firm.  Carrie has been named Best of the Best attorney in the River Valley.  She also was named a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 in the nation for 2017.  Carrie also served 3 terms as a member of the Crawford County Quorum Court. 

    Carrie is married to Shawn Jernigan, an Alma graduate, and they have two daughters, Harper and Campbell and a son, Amos.

    Ronnie Newton

    Ronnie Newton

    Ronnie Newton graduated from Arkadelphia High School and after earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Henderson State University, he began his teaching career in Wynne, Arkansas. After receiving his Master’s Degree in education, Ronnie continued his service in education as an elementary principal in the Dover School District before becoming a principal in the Alma School District. He served as a principal at Newark School District and as middle school principal at Alma before being appointed to a central office position in the Alma School District. After forty-five years in public education, he retired in 2015 from the Alma School District as an Assistant Superintendent.

    Ronnie has been married to Rosie, a retired kindergarten teacher, for over forty-eight years and they have two daughters and five grandchildren. Both daughters, graduates of Alma High School, serve as public school teachers, Tina at Alma and Angie in the Bentonville School District. He has two grandchildren attending Alma Schools and one who graduated from Alma in 2015 and is attending UA at Fort Smith.

    Chapin Rucker

    Chapen Rucker

    Chapen Rucker was elected in 2013 to the Alma Board of Education. He is a 2002 graduate of Alma High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A lifelong resident of Alma, Chapen is married to Lyndsay (Carter) of Van Buren and they have a daughter, Addison. In 2017 Addison became a 4th generation Airedale when she began kindergarten.

    Chapen received Master Board Member certification in 2016 by the Arkansas School Board Association and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Crawford County. He is a homebuilder for the family business, Rucker Fine Homes, in Alma.

    Pat Whorton

    Pat Whorton

    Pat Whorton is a retired educator after thirty-two years in education.  
    She is a 1969 graduate of Hartford High School and worked for an electronics firm, a finance company, and in hospital administration for several years before enrolling in college in 1977.  She has an Associates Degree from Williams Baptist College, a Bachelors Degree in Education from Arkansas Tech University, and a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  
    In 1981, Pat began her first teaching position at County Line Elementary School.  She taught second and third grades for five years.  In 1986, she relocated to Alma and began teaching kindergarten at Alma Primary School.  In 1993, she became the Assistant Principal at Alma Intermediate School,  and five years later she moved to Alma Middle School as the Principal and spent the next 15 years in this position.  She retired from the Alma School District in July 2013.
    Pat is married to Louis Whorton, former women's basketball coach at UAFS, and they have one son.  
    In addition to enjoying retirement, Pat also enjoys volunteering her time within the school district,  serves on the Morgan Nick Foundation Board, and is a member of the Alma Police Focus Group.
    Paul Winborn II

    Paul Winborn II

    Paul L. Winborn II is a 1989 graduate of Alma High School.  He is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas and completed his education at the LSU School of Dentistry.

    He resides in Alma and has a private dental practice in Ft. Smith, AR.

    Paul and his wife, Casey, have six children that keep them very busy with numerous outdoor activities.

    Girls Basketball

    Airedale Classic Champions-Girls

    Airedale Teams Sweep Citizen's Bank Classic
    Boys Basketball

    Airedale Classic Champions-Boys

    Airedale Teams Sweep Citizen's Bank Classic




    Our new gradebook vendor Chalk is adding additional security measures for our gradebook access.  Your access code will be sent home with your student, along with the report card.  The access code is only needed one-time to verify the account is correct.  The access code and the report card were sent home on Wednesday, January 10th.  If you have never had access to your child’s grades online the access code letter will also explain how to obtain that access.  A few of you have already entered the access code; you will not need to do anything additionally.  If you are new this semester you will receive an email Chalk invitation. The access code letter will explain your setup of a new account.

    Thanks for all your comments and support as we transition to the new gradebook.  It is new for all of us.  Your child’s report card is the official grade record.  If you have any questions about a grade, please contact your child’s teacher.

    We are looking forward to a wonderful second semester of learning.

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