• Alma School District Newsletter    April 20, 2018

    Alma School District Newsletter

    School News for April, 2018


    School Choice- May 1st

    The May 1st School Choice deadline is fast approaching.  School Choice is the law that allows students who are non-residents of the Alma School District to apply to attend Alma.  If you have friends or family that are considering attending Alma, please pass this information on to them.  The application can be found online here. If you have questions about School Choice please contact Assistant Superintendent  Pamm Treece at 632-4791.



    April 20, 

    Softball vs Farmington  @ Alma 5PM
    Baseball vs Farmington @ Alma 5PM

    April 21, 

    Airedale Soccer Jamboree Girls Only @Alma
    State Weightlifting Meet in Charles B. Dyer Arena

    April 23, 

    Jr. Airedale Track NWA Regional Track Meet @ Greenwood
    Airedale Soccer@ Van Buren 5PM

    Arkansas River Valley Conference Champions- Jr. Girls 4/16/18

    Alma Junior High Girls are River Valley Conference Champions. Our junior girls' team ribboned in 16 out of 16 events with 6 first places finishes, 4 second place finishes and 6 third place finishes for a total of 40 ribbons. 
    Lydia Mann (7th grade) won the high point award with 42 points. She won the long jump, triple jump, and 100 hurdles. 
    * indicates a personal record
    High Jump
    McIntosh: 4-10* (2nd)
    Pole Vault
    Posey: 7-0* (3rd)
    McIntosh: 6-6* (5th)
    Henson: 5-6* (6th)
    Shot Put
    Towns-Robinson:36-3.5 (1st)
    Hatley: 32-7* (3rd)
    Bias: 32-1.5 (5th)
    Mann: 31-2* (7th)
    Long Jump
    Mann: 14-11.5* (1st)
    Towns-Robinson: 14-2.5 (6th)
    Triple Jump
    Mann: 32-7 (1st)
    McIntosh: 27-11 (8th)
    Duggar: 26-7*
    Towns-Robinson: 92- 9*(1st)
    Bias: 67-6(6th)
    3200 Relay
    Team: 12:26.54(4th)
    A. Smith, D.Smith, Maxwell, Phenis
    Dean: 13.99(4th)
    Towns-Robinson: 14.09*(6th)
    Kilgore: 14.52*
    400 Relay
    Team: 56.34(5th)
    Kilgore, Posey, Henson, Dean
    300 Hurdles
    Mann: 51.60(2nd)
    White: 55.37*(3rd)
    Henson:59.51 (8th)
    Dean: 29.52*(1st)
    Posey: 29.83*(3rd)
    Henderson: 30.93*
    100 Hurdles
    Mann: 17.39*(1st)
    Dean: 18.17(6th)
    Henson: 18.95*
    Valdez: 6:36.54*(7th)
    Phenis: 6:42.82*(8th)

    Our junior boys' track team finished fourth overall; you can find the full list of track results here.


    Teacher of the Year 

    Each of our campuses nominates and then selects their campus Teacher of the Year.  The selection for each campus will then be reviewed by an outside committee with the winner of  Alma School District Teacher of the Year to be announced at our staff convocation in mid-May. 

    Erin Mills is our Alma High School Teacher of the Year. She has been a history teacher at AHS since 1988.  Mrs. Mills' students and peers have heard her recite her philosophy, "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't make you better." She believes her teaching is her calling. The teacher that nominated her had this to say, "While her courses are known around campus as being some of the hardest, she is truly preparing her students for their future."

    Tiffany Reeves is our Alma Middle School Teacher of the Year. She has been a choir teacher at AMS since 2009. Mrs. Reeves' philosophy, "Is simply to teach people through music. I hold my students to an incredibly high standard and, most of the time they rise to the occasion. " Her nominator had this to say, "Mrs.  Reeves goes above and beyond in building relationships with students in order to push students to reach their maximum potential."

    Dawn Stewart is the Alma Intermediate School Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching at AIS since 2005. Mrs. Stewart's philosophy, "I believe all successful teachers teach to their students' social, emotional and cognitive learning needs."  Her nominator had this to say about Mrs. Stewart, " She incorporates predictable, yet flexible structure that supports learners of all ability levels."

    Erica Walters is the Alma Primary School Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching at APS since 2000. Mrs. Walter's philosophy, "It is a privilege and an honor to be someone's teacher, and to spend my entire day loving, nurturing, and teaching a person's most prize possession, their child."  Her nominator had this to say, "She has a passion for life and learning that inspires her students to explore, take risks, and care more than they ever have before. She goes out of her way to make sure that her students have a safe and fun experience every day."



    Alma NJROTC traveled to Nashville, TN to compete in the Vanderbilt University Invitational JROTC Drill Meet. Alma competed with nine teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The Airedale Unarmed Regulation Team led by Brianna Hartman was awarded the First Place trophy in their final competition of the year.

    Alma NJROTC Commanding Officer, Israel Hatley, was presented the United States Daughters of 1812 JROTC award for outstanding leadership and academic excellence for the 2017/2018 School Year. Jenny Watkins presented the award on behalf of the Thomas H. Flippin Chapter in Bella Vista.




    The Alma Dance Department presents "Sideshow" Saturday, April 28th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m. at the Alma Performing Arts Center. The show is an original story of a circus troupe and their journey to present their circus show to the public. The show features over 300 Alma School District students performing all styles of dance as well as acrobatics and various circus acts! This family-friendly show is sure to be loved by all! Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at almapac.org or by calling the Alma PAC box office at 479-632-2129..    Purchase tickets online here.  Student tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office, not online. 


    ALICE Training

    Alma School District administrators will be participating in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training to be held July 10-11 at Alma High School. The training will also be open to local law enforcement, community members and churches. ALICE will also provide the district with a three-year online training program for all staff members.  Please see the full details here. 


    Art Show

    Alma Middle School students will have an art show at the Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception on Tuesday April 24 from 4-6 pm at the PAC Art Gallery. Please come see our student's impressive art work. 

    Girls of Promise

    Five eighth grade girls from Alma Middle School were selected to attend the Girls of Promise STEM conference in Little Rock on April 12-13. To apply, the girls were required to get a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor and write two essays; only 200 girls were chosen state-wide.
    The purpose of the conference is to encourage girls to pursue higher-level courses in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the ultimate goal of getting more girls into these career fields. The girls were teamed up with a mentor/group leader who works in a STEM field or is in college for a STEM career. Each team rotated through various hands on breakout sessions, had several keynote speakers, and had face to face contact w/ various STEM company representatives.


    Congratulations to Michelle Wells, Elissa Williams, Austin Cluck and Aubrey James for placing third in the Career and Technical Education Social Media Challenge Contest that took place in Little Rock on April 18. These students are part of Alma DECA. 

    Please see the full list of DECA students who have qualified to compete in the International DECA Career Development Conference in Atlanta, April 20-25. See full list of students going to ICDC here.


    Robotics - Drone Visit

    Alma High School students attended the first ever student drone conference in the state of Arkansas. Students attended workshop sessions where they learned about 3D printing techniques, using drones in government agencies, how to use drones in cinema, and how to obtain their drone license.  Students also visited with Rogers State University to hear about their drone racing competition that is sponsored by Google. Members from the 188th Air National Guard brought their drone simulator for students to see how they can fly drones in the Middle East from here in Arkansas. Blake Williams won a $100 gift card from Bedford Camera and Video to use on the purchase of a drone.

    Fast Finger Challenge

    On April 13, two students at Alma Intermediate School held the five minute fast-finger typing contest. Elijah Waldrop and David Silva typed on stage in front of 200 of their peers.  Both did a wonderful job.  Elijah won with 72 words per minute. 


    HS Track

    Congratulations to Martie Shockley for winning the 300 hurdles at the McDonald's Relays in Fort Smith with a winning time of 47.17. 

    Other Sports News: 

    Softball: Coulson, Alma rally past Goblins

    Times Record Weekly Soccer Notes

    ** Parents, on Friday, April 13 we sent out an email and text message regarding getting our students to safety during the tornado warnings.  If you did not receive those messages please call the building your child attends and let them know to enter your information into the system.*
    Primary 479-632-5100
    Intermediate 479-632-2166
    Middle 479-632-2168
    High 479-632-2162


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