• Alma School District Newsletter    May 11, 2018

    Alma School District Newsletter

    School News for May 11, 2018


    Alma Kick Start

    On May 8th the Kick Start Alma Action Plan was unveiled at the Alma High School Courtyard.  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson along with state, county and city leaders presented information about the plan development over the past nine months and about the strategic plan moving forward.  See the full Times article here. 

    Some of our own Alma High School DECA students have been part of the planning and development committees involved in Alma Kick Start.   

     Member of AHS Freshman Student Council pictured below with Governor Hutchinson. 



    May 18 Early Dismissal for Staff Convocation 1:30 PM

    May 21- Early Dismissal 
    2:30 PM

    May 22- Early Dismissal 
    2:30 PM


    AMS Student Participating in Summer Volunteer Program

    Eighth grade student, Kaitlyn McAllister, applied and has been chosen to participate in Sparks Caring Teen Summer Program. Students who participate will have the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare by serving in a variety of hospital departments such as accounting, information desk, outpatient surgery, pharmacy, medical imaging, and nursing floors. Kaitlyn will volunteer every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer for a minimum of 96 hours. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!


    Did you know? The Pride of Alma

    -Band had 5 All-State members.
    -Thirty All-Region band members.
    -Band students earned 29 Superior Ratings at Solo/ensemble assessment 
    -Earned 11 excellent ratings at solo/ensemble assessment
    -Finished 3rd place at Arkansas State Marching Contest. One of only 4 bands in our class to receive a superior rating at state. 
    -With the concert bands earning superior ratings, the band program has been awarded an ASBOA Sweepstakes Award for over 20 years. This is the highest award available for band programs





    High School FACS Classes

    Mrs. Blackwell's FACS classes went to the Alma Health & Rehab last week and passed out quilts they made to the residents there.   This was the 4th year for the "Wrap them in Love" project and over 20 quilts were passed out. If you have any fabric you would like to donate to this project, please bring it by the high school.
    Mrs. Blackwell's FACS class surprised Mrs. Walters' Kindergarten class with their personalized "monsters" last week. In February, Mrs. Walters read her class a story about monsters and then had her students draw a monster.  Mrs. Blackwell's FACS class took the drawings and made them into stuffed animals

    Book Mobile

    Please see our summer Book Mobile schedule here: Alma Book Mobile

    Bookmobile will run June 4 - August 4

    Students under the age of 18 will be given a free sack lunch



    May 23rd and 24th
    Time:  1-4 PM
    The Alma Women's Volleyball and Basketball Programs will hold a skills camp for girls just completing grades k-6th for the 2017-18 school year. 

    Find out more information here. 


    State Track Meet - Meet of Champs

    Both Martie Shockley and Cooper McGhee finished second in the hurdles at the State Track Meet.  Cooper had a personal record of 15.21 in the 110m hurdles, and Martie with a personal record of 46.23 in the 300m hurdles. Both of these athletes earned a spot at the Meet of Champs on May 12. The Meet of Champs is the overall track meet which allows for the best performances in the state, all classifications to compete against each other. Both have earned All-State honors for their performances at the state meet. 

    Golf Tournament

    The 2018 Citizens Bank Airedale Golf Classic is right around the corner! Please register your teams as soon as possible! All proceeds will benefit the Mikell McSpadden and Frank Vines Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole of entering a team in the Airedale Golf Classic click here to find out more.  

    Great Start

    Great Start is for students grades K, 3, 6, and 9. This is a special orientation day for students in those grades to explor and learn about their new school. 

    Click here to find out more.


    Exchange Student

     Please take a moment and look over the international students that would like to join our district.  We are still actively recruiting several more families to host a teenager for the 2018-19 school year.  All sorts of families are welcome!!  Here is a short description of the current eligible students.  We will be adding more to the list as they submit their applications.  Remember that there is a small monthly stipend of $400 that is offered to our host families to help offset the costs of hosting. Thank you again for all of your support and commitment to the Alma School District!

     Eileen Parham
    Alma High School
    Exchange Program Coordinator/DSO


    Early Dismissal - Convocation & Semester Tests

    If you can not make it to the commencement ceremony on May 12, 7 PM in Charles B. Dyer Arena, you can watch the ceremony on our Alma School District YouTube Channel. 

    Alma Schools will dismiss early on the following dates:  
    May 18-  Dismissal for Staff Convocation
    AHS 1:30
    AMS, AIS, APS 1:20
    May 21 & 22 Semester Test for AHS and AMS
    AHS 2:30
    AMS, AIS, APS 2:20

    Alma Articles: 
    Track: Alma's Edwards finishing school year filled with sports

    Softball:  Alma's Longmate will miss softball





    Visit page 21 in the link below to see our own Alma NJROTC student Brianna Hartman's winning essay.  What a wonderful honor to be recognized in this national publication. 

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