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FALL 2017


FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT Dear Parents and Community, The first nine weeks of the 2017-18 school year is in the books, and our schools and district are making great strides by working together. We appreciate our parents for attending parent-teacher conferences and all your efforts to support our schools and students. These conferences allow our teachers and parents to strengthen the hometo-school partnership, and allow for better communication, planning and reflection. The research is clear when it comes to parent involvement – our students achieve at higher levels when their parents are involved and supportive of the educational process. Thank you, parents and teachers! This school year brought several transitions in leadership within the district including Tasha Hines (PreK Director), Shannon Prince (Principal at Central), Trent Smith (Dean of Students at AHS, Mary Snowden (Principal at Peake), and Nikki Thomas (Assistant Principal at AHS). We look forward to seeing the great things they will accomplish as they provide support to our students and programs across the district. Finally, we hope you’ve had a chance to visit our campuses and attend some of the first rate activities and events that showcase our talented students. From our elementary musicals to our many extracurricular and athletic events at Goza and AHS – our students are the pride of Arkadelphia! Come out and support them in their quest for quality and excellence. You’ll be glad you did! Go Badgers! Yours truly,

Donnie Whitten, Ed.D. Superintendent


APS Superintendent Dr. Donnie Whitten APS Communications Dept. Hanna Dean, Director

BACK-TO-BACK 3A STATE CHAMPIONS Congratulations to the Arkadelphia Badger Pride Marching Band as they reclaimed the AAA State Championship title! The band earned Outstanding Musical Performance, Outstanding Visual Effect, and First Place Band in the AAA State Marching Competition at War Memorial Stadium on Monday, Oct. 30.

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Arkadelphia Public Schools Board of Education Mr. Randy Turner, President Dr. Kenneth G. Harris, Jr., Vice President Karrie Goodman, Secretary Dr. Casey Motl Dr. Jeff Root Mona Vance Gina White


New Certified Staff Sarah Brawley

Hometown: Bismarck, Ark. Position: 4th Grade Literacy Teacher at Peake Elementary School Education: Bachelor of Science in Education-Early Childhood Education and Master of Science in EducationSchool Counseling K-12 Experience: I taught 3rd grade for two years and 2nd grade for 3 ½ years at Central Primary School. I then took a positon at the Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center, where I was a Forensic Interviewer for 2 ½ years. Now, I am thrilled to be teaching my first year as a 4th grade teacher at Peake! Family: Husband-Marcus Brawley, Son-Carson Brawley, DaughterBrooklyn Brawley Hobbies: I enjoy outdoor activities, especially those I do with my family including camping, water sports, and watching my children play sports. Favorite aspect of teaching: My favorite aspect of teaching is being a part of a team of devoted educators, parents, and community helpers who work together to provide guidance for our future leaders. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: My favorite aspect of Arkadelphia is the community’s commitment to children and youth, which is evident by the financial and human resources that are dedicated to them.

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Hayley Cole

Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark. Position: Special Education Teacher at Perritt Primary School and Peake Elementary School Education: Associate’s degree in Science, Bachelor’s degree in P-4 early childhood education, and currently seeking a master’s degree in K-12 special education Experience: This is my second semester with the public school system. Family: I am married, and I have two dogs and two cats. Hobbies: My hobbies are crafting, drawing, and listening to music. Favorite aspect of teaching: My favorite aspect of teaching is to see students grow academically. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: My favorite aspect of Arkadelphia is the community. Every person that I work with is very welcoming and positive. Someone is always willing to help you.

Caithy Gentry

Hometown: Delight, Ark. (Currently lives in Gurdon, Ark.) Position: Special Education Self-Contained Teacher at Goza Middle School Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, master’s in Developmental Therapy, and currently pursuing Master of Art in Teaching Special Education Experience: Experience in working

with children 0-3 diagnosed with specific disabilities suspected to cause delays in development. Family: I am married to Ronnie Lasker, and I am a mother of three boys and one girl. I am also the grandmother of six beautiful granddaughters, and my first grandson is due in November. Hobbies: In my spare time, I like to do absolutely nothing. With teaching, attending college, helping with the grandchildren and participating in family functions, I rarely find time to do anything extra. Favorite aspect of teaching: Because this is my first time teaching, I will gladly say that my favorite aspect of teaching is “learning:” Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: Goza!! (Of course).

Rachel Greis

Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark. I recently moved to Arkadelphia. Position: 4th Grade Literacy/Social Studies Teacher at Peake Elementary School Education: Quapaw Technical Institute CIS I & II; Associate of Arts, Associate of Liberal Studies, Associate of Arts in teaching, Associate of Science from National Park Community College; bachelor’s degree in general studies, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood P-4, Master of Science in


technology leadership from Henderson State University Experience: This is my first year teaching. Family: I am a single mom to an 11-year-old. Hobbies: I love to read, watch movies, bake, garden, and spend time with my son. Favorite aspect of teaching: I love watching the students learn. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: Being closer to my grandfather.

Jamie Hathcoat

Hometown: McCrory, Ark. Position: Computer Applications 1 and 2 Teacher at Arkadelphia High School, Yearbook Adviser, and FBLA co-adviser Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Vocational Endorsement from Henderson State University. I have a CDF (Career Development Facilitator) license. Experience: I have taught at Magnet Cove Middle School for ten years. Family: Husband-Michael, Two sonsRobbie Hathcoat and Jim Breckenridge, Grandson- Liam Hathcoat Hobbies: Playing the piano, spending summers on the lake, being around family Favorite aspect of teaching: Being there for the students and letting them know that I care about them.

Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: A small town, the shops downtown, the restaurants, and a friendly atmosphere.

Rebecca Haydon

Hometown: Horatio, Ark. Position: Special Education Teacher at Perritt Primary School Education: B.S.E in Early Childhood Education(P-4) and a M.S.E in Special Education(K-12) Experience: I taught at Ascent in Arkadelphia straight out of school and then moved to Oklahoma to help out family and teach Kindergarten. I have taught at eStem Public Charter School in Little Rock in special education and interventions. I then started at Malvern School District teaching self contained for a year and half. Family: My husband and I are expecting our first child in December. Hobbies: I love to paint and read! Favorite aspect of teaching: I love being able to help children grow. The “Ah-ha” moments are the best! Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I love the small town, and that it is not only a town, but a family. My husband and I have met so many great people!

Robin Jones

Hometown: Curtis, Ark. Position: Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Advisor at

Arkadelphia High School Education: BSE - Family & Consumer Sciences, MSE- Special Education Experience: 1.5 years - Saratoga School District - FACS Teacher, 12 years- Hot Springs - FACS Teacher, 10 years - Rainbow of Challenges (Rainbow Junction) - Community Service Assistant Coordinator Family: Husband - Dedric Jones (Married 2 years), Adelyn Jones -1, Malik Jones- 17 (Step-son), Diamond Jones - 16 (Step-daughter) Hobbies: Cooking, reading, and spending time with family Favorite aspect of teaching: I teach classes that will help students be prepared for everyday life. Students learn to care for themselves and their families which is an essential assest for survival in today’s society. They learn how to balance a fulltime career and a family. The classes I teach help students take their interests from the classroom into careers for the future. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I was born and raised right outside of Arkadelphia. My whole family graduated from the Arkadelphia School District, and I am a proud 1998 Badger Alumni. I received a wonderful education from Arkadelphia Public Schools. This school district was the reason that I wanted to become a teacher. My sister (Lenette Jones), my brother (Paul Bailey III), and myself completed our

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New Certified Staff post-secondary education at HSU, and I loved my college experience as well. Arkadelphia is a place where I plan on raising my family and allowing them to receive the outstanding education that I received. Arkadelphia truly is “A Great Place To Call Home”.

Drew Loe

Hometown: Prescott, Ark. Position: 9-12th Health Education Teacher at Arkadelphia High School, Head Varsity Baseball and Head Jr. High Football Coach Education: Bachelor’s of Health Science from UALR, Master’s of Ed. from UALR Experience: Volunteer baseball coach at Bismarck High School, 3 yrs. Teaching/Coaching at Palestine-Wheatley High School as 9-12 Health/P.E and 7-12 Assistant Football/ Jr. High Head Coach/ Sr. High Defensive Coordinator Family: Wife (3 years)- Haley Loe, Son- Kaden (13 month), Dog- Diesel (Siberian Husky) Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors (Hunting, Fishing, Farming) and spending time with family Favorite aspect of teaching: I enjoy seeing students grow in education and hopefully continue to go towards higher education. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: Being part of a great community and

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watching it grow. Also being closer to home.

Skye Lowe

Hometown: Arkadelphia, Ark. Position: 2nd Grade Teacher at Central Primary School Education: Bachelor’s in Education from Henderson State University Experience: My first teaching job was in Tucson, Ariz. I taught kindergarten for two years. Family: My husband is a Park Ranger, and we have 2 children. Ainsley is 7 and is in 2nd grade here at Central, and Braddock is 3 1/2. He goes to Peake Rosenwald. Hobbies: I love to spend quality time with my family. We love to be outdoors, hiking, camping and exploring. I also enjoy scrap booking. Favorite aspect of teaching: Seeing students faces excited to learn and knowing that I’m helping each student grow to succeed. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: My favorite aspect of Arkadelphia is the people around me: family, friends and co-workers. They are the best!!

Anita Malcom

Hometown: I grew up in Arkadelphia and graduated from Arkadelphia High School. Position: 5th Grade Literacy Teacher at Peake Elementary School

Education: I graduated from HSU with a specialty in Math and a master’s degree in reading Experience: I have 29 years of experience: 23 years in Arkadelphia from 1987-2010 and five years in Gurdon from 2010-2015. Now, I am back at Peake in 2017. Family: I have a husband, Kent, and two daughters, Amanda and Kelly. I have one grandson, Logan. Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, vacationing, and playing with Logan. Favorite aspect of teaching: The kids...I really do not like the paperwork! Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I love everything about Arkadelphia, especially the people.

Wade Matlock

Hometown: Gurdon, Ark. Position: 7/8 Social Studies Teacher at Goza Middle School, Offensive Line Coach Education: General Studies, HSU; MAT, HSU; Coaching Endorsement, UALR; Middle School Generalist 4-8 Experience: Four years at Glen Rose, One year at Nashville. Family: Wife - Sarah; Three grown children. Hobbies: Farming, Hunting, Fishing, and Beekeeping Favorite aspect of teaching: Being able to teach and witness growth in


children. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: Being back closer to home and family and the potential of the Badgers this year.

Katie McGlone

Hometown: Born and raised in Arkadelphia (Benton past 5 years) Position: Speech Pathologist at Peake Elementary School and Goza Middle School Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from OBU and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UAMS Experience: Five years of speech therapy at ACCESS Group, Inc. in Little Rock Family: Husband - Nick, Son Grayson (will be 3 in September) Hobbies: Going to the beach, shopping at TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby, playing with my toddler, remodeling our new house Favorite aspect of teaching: I love that I learn something new every day from the students. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I love Arkadelphia because all my family lives here, and it is very nice to have them close (especially to help babysit!)

Heather Rash

Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark. Position: 10th Grade English Teacher at Arkadelphia High School Education: I have a bachelor’s from Arkansas Tech University for English and Teaching English as a Second Language. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Arts and Teaching program at Arkansas Tech University. Experience: This is my first year teaching. Hobbies: I love to be outside hiking, kayaking, or enjoying nature. I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially baseball. I also just enjoy spending time with my family. Favorite aspect of teaching: Spending time getting to know my students. I love getting to know who they are as people and young adults and seeing the potential for greatness that they all exude. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I am new to Arkadelphia, but I love the small town cozy feel.

Julia Rawls

Hometown: Hurst, Texas Position: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Special Education Teacher and Literacy and Math Teacher at Goza Middle School Education: Bachelor of Music Education and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from East Central

University in Ada, Okla.; PhD in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.; Mild/ Moderate Special Education Certification Experience: Taught nine years for public schools and one year for a college Family: Married to Arnold; 2 children- Graham (23 yrs old) Madison (18 yrs old) Hobbies: Music Favorite aspect of teaching: Helping students discover their strengths Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: Friendly people!

Amy Taylor

Hometown: I grew up in the New Orleans area, but we have called Arkadelphia home now for nine years. Position: Art Specialist for PK - 3rd Grade at Perritt and Central. Education: I graduated from OBU with a Bachelor of Music Ed. degree, with an emphasis in vocal music, but my love of Art led me to a dual certification in both music and art. Experience: I taught K-5 music and drama for four years in the Chicago, IL suburb of Des Plaines, and for one year I was the K-12 music and choir teacher at Magnet Cove School District. Family: Married to James (13 years), and I have 2 super kids: Ben and Jack

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Hobbies: painting and drawing, playing the piano, traveling, exploring/ learning about different cultures Favorite aspect of teaching: Helping my students discover that they are valued and capable of achieving difficult things! And seeing them discover a love of the Arts (music AND art) is also a wonderful benefit of my job. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: There are so many amazing opportunities for family fun and meeting new and lovely people (great activity facilities such as the soccer fields, and the water park; proximity to outdoor experiences like Lake DeGray or Feaster Trail; cultural experiences through both HSU and OBU; etc!) And the commute time isn’t too shabby either!

Natalie Thomas

Hometown: Arkadelphia, Ark. Position: 1st Grade Teacher at Perritt Primary School Education: BSE in Early Childhood and MSE in Curriculum and Instruction ESL from Henderson State University Experience: Taught at Hot Springs School District for nine years and taught at Gurdon and Little Rock School District Family: Rev. Charlie and Mrs. Mary Thomas (parents) and Charlie Thomas Jr. (brother) Favorite aspect of teaching: I love

seeing children grow academically. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I love being home!

Kennedy Tillman

Hometown: Sheridan, Ark. Position: 4th and 5th Math and Literacy Resource Teacher at Peake Elementary School Education: Educational studies and working on my MAT in special education Experience: First year teaching Family: Youngest of two sisters, and I have a 5-year-old nephew Hobbies: I like to shop and watch Netflix. Favorite aspect of teaching: Helping students reach goals that they didn’t think they could accomplish. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: I like the small town home feeling.

family. Favorite aspect of teaching: My favorite aspect of teaching would be the success of students and the impression made upon me. Favorite aspect of Arkadelphia: The kindness and competitive spirit in the people of Arkadelphia and Clark County.

John Ware

Hometown: Hampton, Ark. Position: Science Teacher at Goza Middle School, Assistant Jr. High Football Coach, Assistant Sr. High Boys Basketball Coach Education: Graduate of Henderson State University, B.S.E. Experience: 30+ years of teaching experience in the Arkansas Education System Family: Married to Lois Ware Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, sports and

Arkadelphia High School is proud to announce the inception of Badger Weather Station, the high school’s very own weather station. With the help of AHS Pre-Engineering Teacher Bud McMillion, students have the opportunity to learn about mechanical engineering as they work together to produce weather updates for the public. Currently, the station is running with a team from the Engineering Design and Development class. It sends updated weather conditions every 30 seconds to the internet. In order to receive updates, users need to refresh their browser. On the browser, users will find wind speed and direction, temperature, rainfall and barometric pressure. You can access updated weather information at www.weatherlink.com/ user/AHSweather.


Junior ROTC Raider Challenge Arkadelphia Junior ROTC competed in the JROTC Raider Challenge on Oct. 21 at Lake DeGray. Cadets competed in events including physical training, map reading, land navigation, pentathlon, cross country rescue, ruck march, raider relay, team challenge, and more.

Backpack Program

The Goza Student Council and JROTC Cadets from the Badger Battalion accepted $3500 from Kiwanis on behalf of the Arkadelphia School District, providing $700 for each school to use for purchases for the backpack program. In addition to Kiwanis generous donation, several local businesses have hosted food drives for Arkadelphia’s backpack program as a part of Patterson Federal Credit Union’s “Project CARE” initiative. These businesses include: Alumacraft, Clark County offices, City of Arkadelphia offices, Danfoss, and Hitco.

4-H Petting Zoo Peake Rosenwald and Perritt Primary School Pre-K students took a field trip to the 4-H Petting Zoo. Students explored the Arts and Crafts and Commercial buildings and got to pet rabbits, chickens, goats, lambs, cattle, and hogs.

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Classified Staff of the Year B.C. Stanley

District Staff of the Year Office & Support Staff B.C. Stanley is a secretary and bookkeeper at Peake Elementary School and has worked for the Arkadelphia Public School District for 16 years. She previously worked for the Hamburg School District and served as the school secretary for 15 years at the junior high school. Stanley attended Southern Arkansas University for 2 ½ years. She is married to Richard Stanley and has two children and three grandchildren.

James Davis

Custodial/Maintenance Staff

James Davis serves in the Custodial and Maintenance Department at the Administration Building and Early Childhood Center in Gum Springs. Davis is from Arkadelphia, Ark. and has worked for Arkadelphia Public Schools for seven years. He worked for International Paper for 15 years and Baptist Health Hospital for 12 ½ years. Davis and his wife, Rachel, have three children, Jarrell, Jessica, and Teanna.

Penny Medley

Food Services Staff

Penny Medley serves in the Food Services Department as the Arkadelphia High School cafeteria manager. Medley is originally from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Waldron High School in Waldron, Ark. Medley has worked at Arkadelphia Public Schools for seven years and has nine years of experience in food service. She is married to Eddie Medley and has one daughter, Sidney, and one son, Collin.

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“It is an honor for our school district to recognize the classified and certified staff of the year at the annual Teachers of the Year reception. The 10 employees being recognized have demonstrated exceptional dedication in the performance of their positions and have consistently set a positive example for our students and staff to follow.” -Dr. Donnie Whitten Superintendent Shane McBride

Transportation Staff

Shane McBride is a bus mechanic in the transportation department. He has worked for APSD for four years. McBride is a graduate of Gurdon High School and the UACCH Diesel Technology program. Before working for APSD, McBride worked for Arkansas Best Freight in the truck shop, a logging company, and several trucking companies after graduating from trade school. He also worked for local equipment and truck shops while in high school. McBride and his wife, Becky, have two sons, Cade and Cale.

Aiga Porter

Classroom & Early Childhood Staff

Aiga Porter serves in the Classroom and Early Childhood Department as the Early Childhood Center Director. Porter is from Arkadelphia, Ark. and has worked for the Arkadelphia School District for seven years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science specializing in Childcare Management from Henderson State University. Porter and her husband, Chris, have one daughter, Lyndi, and one son, Matthew.


Teachers of the Year Jodie Daniell

District Teacher of the Year Peake Elementary School Jodie Daniell has worked for Arkadelphia Public Schools for six years and currently serves as the Instructional Facilitator for Peake Elementary School. She is originally from Sparkman, Ark., but she has lived in Arkadelphia for the past 16 years. Daniell has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Ouachita Baptist University. She completed the Non-traditional Teacher’s Program in 2006 and received her dyslexia therapist endorsement in 2017. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in Advanced Instructional Studies in December 2017. Daniell taught third grade for six years in Nashville, Ark. and fourth grade for five years at Peake Elementary School before becoming the Instructional Facilitator. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 16 years and has three sons and one daughter-in-law.

Sandi Tuttle

Perritt Primary School Sandi Tuttle is a kindergarten teacher at Perritt Primary School and has worked for the Arkadelphia Public School District for three years. She is from Dierks, Ark. Tuttle received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. Before coming to Arkadelphia, she taught first grade for six years at Danville Public Schools and kindergarten for eight years at Dardanelle Public Schools. Tuttle and her husband, Tim, have one daughter, Savannah, and one son, Riley.

Brandi Cotton

Goza Middle School Brandi Cotton is in her sixth year teaching seventh grade mathematics at Goza Middle School. She serves as the CHAMPS sponsor, FCA host, and Goza Relay for Life captain. Before teaching at Arkadelphia, Cotton taught for one year at Bearden Elementary School. Cotton is from Sparkman, Ark. She was a graduate of Henderson State University and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She plans to graduate in May 2018 from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock with a master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education. Cotton and her husband, William, have two sons, Lunden and Tanner

Becky McBride

Central Primary School Becky McBride is a second-grade teacher at Central Primary School. She is a native of Arkadelphia and has worked for the Arkadelphia Public School District for 17 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education in Reading. Before teaching at Arkadelphia, McBride taught 4-year-olds at the Child Service Center at Henderson State University. She also taught second grade at Caddo Hill Elementary School in Caddo Gap, Ark. McBride and her husband, Shane, have two sons, Cade and

David Gustaveson

Arkadelphia High School David Gustaveson is a marketing teacher at Arkadelphia High School and has worked for the district for five years. He also serves as the DECA advisor and internship coordinator. Gustaveson holds a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In addition to Arkadelphia, Gustaveson has eight years of teaching experience in Springfield, Mo. Gustaveson and his wife, Tracey, have five children, James, Ashleigh, Grace, Addison, and Sophie.

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Badger Pride

Golf The Badger and Lady Badger golf teams put together a solid season sending representatives to their respective state tournaments. Junior Payton Edington qualified for the 4A State Tournament on the boys’ side and was named 4A-7 All-Conference with his performance at the 4A-7 District Tournament at DeGray State Park Golf Course. On the girls’ side, Faith Ochello and Miranda Raney represented AHS at the state tournament. The Badgers won five of the tournaments they entered this year, and Edington won medalist honors at New Haven GC in Texarkana. The lone senior on the squad, Parker Davis, was one stroke shy of winning medalist honors at Silver Springs, when the Badgers posted their best team score in several years according to head coach Steve Patterson. Raney also earned co-medalist honors this year for the Lady Badgers in a match at Malvern. All three of the players will return next season as the only senior on either team was Parker Davis.


Tennis Five students represented AHS in the 2017 4A State Tennis Tournament in Russellville, one of the largest number of AHS players to qualify for the state tournament in a few years. Thanks to their performances in the 4A District Tournament at OBU and HSU, the following Badgers and Lady Badgers competed in the state tournament: Lynli Lowry and Kylee Overturf – Girls’ Doubles Tyler Allen – Boys’ Singles Henry Hunley and Harrison Shuffield – Boys’ Doubles. Hunley and Shuffield were able to make it to the second round of the state tournament, defeating Kaczmarski and Smith from Pocahontas (4-6, 6-2, 6-4). The Badgers won four of their seven matches of the season and other team members included: Michael Evans, Nelson Ferguson, Nick LeVar, Aiden McMurry and Drew Webb. The Lady Badgers also fared well in their season with a young and inexperienced squad. Other team members included: Olivia Dixon, Fateemah Faiq, Olivia Harford, Kate Helms, Alex Leguin, Colleen Lloyd, Sydney Motl, Shelly Smith, Rebekah Warner.

Volleyball The Lady Badger volleyball team bid farewell to six members of the squad as their season came to an end in the 4A-West District Tournament with a loss to Mena. The biggest highlight of the season came in a weekend tournament at Mena when the Lady Badgers won the silver bracket of the Mena Ladycat Invitational, the team’s best performance at the tournament in years. Junior outside hitter Jamari Whitaker was recognized by the league’s coaches as one of the best players in the conference, as she was named 4A All-State. Whitaker was joined on the 4A West All-Conference team by seniors Lyndi Porter and Ashlyn Taylor. It was a season of streaks for the Lady Badgers as Arkadelphia won seven of eight matches at one point early in the season and then put together another solid stretch winning four of five. In addition to Porter and Taylor, the Lady Badger program recognized fellow seniors Mollie Daniell, Jasmyn Gordon, Dekota Jones and Sallie Matthews.


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2017 Homecoming Royalty Alisha Bivens Niya Box Khennedy Brunson Mollie Daniell Kyla Goshen Allie Harris Hanna Jones Angel Marciano Sarah Pollock Lyndi Porter Ka’Brelle Stulgate Ashlyn Taylor Kacie Thomas Haley Zeiler Perritt Primary School Escorts: Sophia McClure and Aiden Pickett

Brunson was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Daniell was crowned Homecoming Maid of Honor at the homecoming football game, where the Badgers came away with a 70-7 win against the Fountain Lake Cobras.


AHS Industry Fair Arkadelphia High School hosted a two-day Industry Fair on Sept. 27-28 in the high school parking lot. According to AHS Principal David Maxwell, just over 700 students from seven Arkansas campuses attended the event. Some of the skilled professionals and representatives that brought simulators and demonstrations to the Industry Fair include: Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop

Arkansas Truckers Association

Share the Road Presentation/Truck-Driving Simulator

Baptist Medical Center

Medical-Flight, Rotary-Wing Helicopter

College of the Ouachitas Truck-Driving Simulator

Henderson State University Aviation Simulator

Midsouth Forestry Equipment

Tigercat Feller Buncher and Manufacturing Video

South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative High-Voltage Simulator

Stribling Equipment

John Deere Log Skidder/Excavator Simulator

University of Arkansas at Monticello Road-Grader Simulator

This event was put in place in an effort for students see the technology that they study on a daily basis, in application. The goal was for students to understand that there are high-paying jobs coming to the Arkadelphia community that require specific skills, and they have the opportunity to be on the front-edge. The Industry Fair showcased the types of jobs that will be available to them when they are coming out of their training schools, college, or whatever direction they decide to go after high school. “I want them to see what they need to be planning on when they choose classes in high school,” Maxwell said. “We need to be doing things like the Industry Fair to get them thinking about careers and what it is that they enjoy doing and what kind of education they need to do it.”


Early Learning Programs’ Fall Parties Early Childhood Center in Gum Springs The Early Childhood Center in Gum Springs celebrated the fall season with a party on Oct. 31.

Peake Rosenwald Peake Rosenwald hosted its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 26. Peake Rosenwald students enjoyed participating in activities including magic painting, face painting, making bracelets, playing with slime, playing putt putt, bowling, and jumping in the bounce house.


Perritt Pumpkin Totem Pole Perritt Primary School held its annual Pumpkin Totem Pole Celebration on Oct. 25. With the help of our friends at South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc., the pumpkins were judged and placed on our totem pole for everyone to admire! Congratulations to Ms. Burroughs’ class for decorating the winning pumpkin this year!

Grandparents’ Day Celebration

AHS Family and Consumer Science Arkadelphia Public Schools would like to thank South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc. for their donation of four stoves to our Family and Consumer Science classroom. The Family and Consumer Science classroom has four kitchen stations, one being a convection kitchen. South Central provided three regular stoves and a convection range to meet the needs of our FACS students and teacher, Ms. Robin Jones. Pictured: Jones, Sandy Manning, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Kevin Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer, and Ronnie Penney, Director.


Classroom Spotlights Ms. Tuttle’s kindergarten class loves working in stations! These include: listening station, computer station, writing station, reading station, ABC station, “Red” vs. “Green” choices station, and many more! Students also have been working on sight words, writing letters, and distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase.

Mrs. Ander’s kindergarten students have been keeping busy in their learning centers! In one of their learning centers, students enjoyed painting apples and using their handprints as the apple’s leaf.

Mrs. Talley’s second grade students got to examine real bees using their magnifying glasses. The students learned about the process of pollination and documented their observations in their journals.

Mrs. Robertson’s second grade students are learning how to do research. This nine weeks, the class researched people from the Wild West. The students divided into groups and used textbooks, Chromebooks, and other sources to gather up information on Annie Oakley.

The science classes of Ms. Calhoon, Ms. Clark, and Ms. Wright have enjoyed dissecting squids at Peake Elementary School! Students divided up into small groups and took turns identifying the different parts of the squid.


Ms. Capps’ art students have been working on Picasso faces. David Warren, a professor of art at Henderson State University, and five art teachers came to Peake to help with the project. Students printed faces they drew using a foam paper and paint.

Ms. Dumond’s seventh grade science students practiced measuring length, mass, volume, and temperature of several different objects. They were also challenged with finding the volume of an irregular object using displacement. Ms. Hall’s seventh grade literacy students had a great time imagining they were travel magazine editors for a day! Students were challenged with the task of editing a travel article with several important parts missing. In small groups, the students worked together to perfect the article.

Ms. Alexander’s AHS biology students examined elodea leaves and their own cheek cells in their recent microscope lab. The students examined each slide under their microscope, recorded their observations and answered questions regarding the information they gathered.

Mrs. Phillips welcomed Mrs. JoAnn Vann from the Clark County Extension Office to her Financial Literacy class. Vann led an interactive demonstration called “Get Real Here’s the Deal.” This demonstration helped the students understand real life financial situations, set financial goals, and learn to financially plan according to their occupation, family size, etc.


Children’s Hospital Fundraiser Peake Elementary School’s fifth grade gifted and talented students went to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Oct. 18. The students delivered Hot Wheels-style cars, Lego sets, and monetary donations from their most recent fundraiser. Their goal was to make the children at Arkansas Children’s Hospital smile!

Central Primary School Drug-Walk Central students participated in the annual Drug-Free March to Henderson State University on Oct. 24. Students heard speeches from Miss Henderson State University Olivia Moore, Henderson Football Player Daniel Moore, and Women’s Basketball Player Bree Bossier. They also saw performances by the Henderson cheerleaders and the men of Phi Beta Sigma.

AHS Engineering Department The Arkadelphia High School Engineering Department recently received an important grant from the Clark County Reuse Committee. This grant, combined with a second grant for Innovative Technology Education from the Arkansas Career Education Department, has allowed AHS to purchase two FANUC LR Mate 200 iD/4S robotic arms. AHS Engineering Teacher Mr. Bud McMillion is in the final stage of obtaining Program Certification from FANUC, allowing him to certify students in Robotic Material Handling. This will allow students who successfully complete the training to operate all FANUC Robots in a factory setting. FANUC North America is the largest supplier of industrial robotic arms in the United States. Both Danfoss and W.P. Malone Inc. use FANUC Robotic Arms in their operations.

Fall 2017 Voice  
Fall 2017 Voice  
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