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12A JUMP l Harrison Daily Times Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Alpena High School nets OEP honors By BRYAN HIX

Alpena High School recently received a “High-Achieving High Schools” designation from the University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy. Each year, the Office for Education Policy creates a report — the “Outstanding Educational Performance Awards” — highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas based on the Benchmark and End-ofCourse exams. The “High-Achieving High Schools” awards are based on the “Outstanding Educational Performancecreated “school GPA,” which is calculated on the basis of the percentage of

students that perform at a particular level on the Benchmark exam. Performance levels include advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic. Based on the school’s 11th grade literacy exam scores, Alpena High School was ranked 12th of the Top 20 High Schools in Arkansas. Alpena High School was also ranked 11th in the Top 20 High Schools in Arkansas, based on the school’s End-of-Course Biology Exam performance. “High-Achieving High Schools” awards are given to highachieving schools for their performance on End-of-Course exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy exam.

ALCOHOL: ‘No plans’ for campaign From Page 1A voters to decide whether or not to put the question on the ballot. Editor’s Note: To see or download a PDF

copy of the initiative petition for the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquors in Newton County go to the newspaper’s website at

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DAVID HOLSTED/STAFF Jasper High School teacher Waynetta Villines holds a copy of an 1877 edition of the New York Times describing Custer’s last stand at Little Bighorn.The newpaper was one of several dozens historic papers, some of which are shown on the wall behind Villines, given to the school by Paul Christ.

PAPERS: History comes alive From Page 1A Times account of Little Bighorn, in which George Custer and his men were all killed, was told from the perspective of an American Indian who was at the battle. The L.A. Record story incorrectly stated the armistice ending World War I was signed on Nov. 7 rather than Nov. 11. According to Villines, several other newspapers at the time made the same mistake. Villines planned on rotating the exhibit of newspapers, occasionally bringing out some of the ones that are not currently on display. On Veterans Day, the historic front pages became the backdrop for a program honoring brave Americans who fought and died in the wars being reported. Members of Villines’ history club donned costumes of the various eras and gave brief summaries of each war. Hard facts were combined with interesting trivia from each conflict. The Revolutionary War, for example, is the reason we enjoy fireworks every Fourth of July. The last Revolutionary War veteran died at age 109 in 1869. The Korean War was fought because of the

What: Newspapers ranging in date from 1758 to present day, reporting on the wars the United States has fought Where: Jasper High School Obtained: Donated by Paul Christ Oddity: 1877 New York Times account of Custer’s Last Stand as told from an Indian’s perspective Domino Theory, the idea that should one country fall to Communism, others would soon follow. For the Vietnam conflict segment, a couple of club members were dressed in full “hippie” costume, representing the many young people who protested the war. The sight of the longhaired, psychedelicallydressed figures produced laughs from the audience. Villines was quick to point out that they did not represent everyone during the Vietnam War, a divisive time in our nation’s history. “The Vietnam War was a serious thing,” she said. “We don’t want to make light of it.” Here and there among the audience were students who knew someone who fought in World War II. A few more knew Korean War veterans, while even more had a grandfather or other relative who

DAVID HOLSTED/STAFF Members of the Jasper High School History Club get into their roles as they talk about the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. It was part of a Veterans Day program presented next to a display of historic newspaper front pages reporting on American wars.

served in Vietnam. Few knew little of their relatives’ service other than Grandpa was in the Navy or “he still has his old helmet.” Villines encouraged the students to learn about their relatives’ experiences. “It’s good to ask these

people,” she said. Christ was on hand to watch the program. He expressed his satisfaction with his gift to the school. “I think it’s unique,” he said. “After all, how many schools can say they have a collection like this?”

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From Page 1A board member Kenneth Davis moved to accept the resignation of high school math teacher Jason Marshall. Fellow board member Ron McNair seconded the motion, which was then passed unanimously. Approval of minutes from the board’s Oct. 14 and Nov. 4 meetings was the first order of business when the group convened Monday night, Nov. 11. With all five members present, the board unanimously approved the district’s current financial report,

three student transfers, and contracts for provider services related to occupational therapy. Superintendent Andrea Martin presented information from Mercy Hospital Network regarding its proposal to offer free physical screenings for student athletes in the spring, as well as Mercy’s proposed provision of wellness and hygiene education for Head Start and preschool students. Mercy Hospital Network further offered to add the Alpena district to the school supply donation

listing in August. Prior to adjourning, the board agreed to explore incentives available from both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola through “pouring contracts” with the district. Also of note is an entry in the minutes from the board’s Oct. 14 meeting. The minutes indicate that board member Smith made a motion to authorize Martin to execute a formal separation agreement with former Alpena teacher and coach Jerome Reding. The terms of the

agreement specify that the Alpena School District accepts Reding’s resignation, in exchange for a release of all claims Reding may have against the district, including dismissal of a lawsuit that was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. In exchange for his acceptance of the agreement, Reding was to receive a cash settlement, which would be funded by the district’s insurance carrier, ACE Group. The motion passed unanimously.

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