• Alma School District Newsletter    May 18, 2018

    Alma School District Newsletter

    School News for May, 2018


    Lowe's Grant Awarded

    On May 16th our high school PSC class was awarded a $5000.00 Tools for Education Grant from Lowe's of Van Buren!! We will be using the grant to upgrade our classroom kitchen and also putting in a greenhouse! All this is to help in teaching life skills for our students. We are thankful for Lowe's for this opportunity!! 


    May 21 & 22 Early Dismissal
    AHS 2:30
    AMS, APS, AIS 2:20


    Students Earn Award for Contest

    These students earned a total of $190 in the UCT (United Commercial Travelers of America) annual safety poster contest. This contest is open to all individuals with intellectual disabilities who are in special education classes in a public school. Jerry Prescott is pictured with them after passing out winnings!

    Alma Foundation Honors Banquet

    Alma foundation honors students, recognizes leaders. In front of a crowd of over 400 family members and friends, the Alma Education and Arts Foundation honored 133 graduating Alma High School seniors for their achievements and excellence at its annual Honors Banquet last Friday. Those students recognized had achieved an ACT score above the national average, had received state-level recognition in a co-curricular activity, or in many cases, both. These students each received a medallion to wear at commencement along with a certificate of excellence. The medallions were individually presented to the students by Teresa Schlabach, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Brent Taylor, Foundation Board member. 

    The featured speaker for the evening was the Honorable Charles Baker, District Judge for Crawford County. In his address to the students, Judge Baker spoke to the graduating seniors about what it takes to be successful in their life. 

    Also honored at the event was Mr. Russ Aikman, who received the Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, and Mr. Jim Fincher, who received the Outstanding Service Award.  Aikman is a 1994 graduate of Alma High School and is currently the Director of Sales for Arkansas Best Freight. Fincher is a long time bank executive in Crawford County who has supported Alma School District in countless way, both directly in his banks’ financial dealings with the school district, as well as his banks’ support of numerous Alma student organizations. 

    This is the 17th year that the Alma Education and Arts Foundation has honored outstanding students through this event.


    Two Students Awarded Scholarships at ISEF

    Landon Medlock and Ethan McKinley "Bridging the Gap Between Human and Robot Interaction" are at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA. The Fair is sponsored by Intel and these two Alma students were awarded full tuition scholarships to Arizona State University at tonight’s award ceremony!

    Early Dismissal 

    May 21 & 22 Semester Test for AHS and AMS
    AHS 2:30
    AMS, AIS, APS 2:20



    Alma Families!

     It is the end of the year and we still have several students waiting for a loving family to take them in!  Hosting a student is such a rewarding experience that my personal family has enjoyed for years.  Please take a moment to look over the short descriptions of the following students and think carefully of offering one of these children a safe and happy place to stay during this next school year.  They are all great kids that want to improve their English, experience the American way of life and be a part of your family. Please visit our website or email me for more information about hosting! 


    Eileen Parham



    An 18-year-old boy from MEXICO. I am a very friendly kid that enjoys being with other people. With my family I have a great communication we enjoy talking each other and support us, I am a responsible guy and active. I like to go to the gym and do some exercise, I also play tochito (football) with my dad in a local tournament on Sunday mornings, it is so fun and we meet other people like us enjoying of this sport. I hope to make many friends at school and have the opportunity to participate at the school activities.


    He is a 17-year-old boy from Spain that loves sports and the outdoors. He comes from a big family with 2 little brothers, 1 little sister, his mom and dad, and two little dogs named Bimba and Lola.  He describes himself as a kind, enjoyable, happy, polite, and generous boy. He is Catholic and active in his church. He is fine with going to a church of a different denomination while he is here if his host family attends church.
    He loves sports and particularly loves basketball, soccer, and judo. He also loves fishing. 


    He is a 15-year-old boy from Thailand and he is going into 10th grade. He really likes playing baseball, American football, soccer, boxing and movies. He would like to play basketball. He is allergic to cats dogs, and fava beans.  


    She is a 14-year-old student from China who will be a freshman at Alma High School next year. She enjoys playing the piano, singing and drawing. She also loves the outdoors and would love to participate in outdoor activities with her new host family. Miya is excited to share her Chinese culture with her host family and looks forward to improving her English skills living in the United States.

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