Parent-teacher conferences schedules March 20

Thursday, March 12, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Eureka Springs School District has parent-teacher conferences coming up for all three schools Friday, March 20, the day that kicks off spring break for students.

The Eureka Springs School Board received updates on what's happening at each of the schools at its board meeting Monday, March 9.

Elementary music teacher Donesa Mann gave an update on the elementary school.

She said the elementary and middle schools had a mental health poster contest with the school’s AWARE mental health professionals and all the posters will be displayed in the schools. An eighth-grader won the contest, and is now competing with other districts in the AWARE program.

On Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, Mann said, there will be the Scholastic Book Fair in the elementary school cafeteria, and the Singing Scotties’ will perform Frozen KIDS at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the high school auditorium.

There will be a Scottie Art Show and Leadership Celebration from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the elementary school cafeteria.

“This is the first time we’ve had an art show since I’ve been here,” Mann said. “Ms. Shelby is all about showing off the kids’ artwork. It’s not a contest, but everyone’s art gets displayed.”

The elementary school also will hold the leadership program, Leader in Me, on the same night for parents, as well as a display of the students' “book re-cover-y” project in the library. Fourth-graders are creating new covers for old books, with the artwork and back cover synopses and reviews.

Mann said the staff is making sure to talk to the students about sanitation to combat the flu and other viruses by reminding them to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough and avoid too much physical contact with one other.

She also mentioned the Student Lighthouse teams, which allow students to be in leadership positions around the school.

“We have one team that runs the assemblies, one that’s the safety patrol and greeters, one that’s in charge of celebration and one that’s in charge of facilities … to try to keep our beautiful building clean,” Mann said.

Middle school principal Cindy Holt then gave updates on both the middle and high schools.

She said the seventh- and eighth-grade band has been preparing for its yearly assessment Friday, March 13. W. Dale Warren, band director at the University of Arkansas, was scheduled to work with the students on Tuesday, March 10, to help them prepare.

“On April 6 and 8, our school resource officer is doing the girls’ self-defense class for interested seventh- and eighth-graders,” Holt said. “It’s already been done at the high school and was very well-received.”

She said U.S. Rep. Steve Womack will be at the high school for an assembly at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, to help recognize a 2019 alumnus, Kayden Eckman, for being accepted into the U.S. Military Academy.

High school students are participating in different club competitions next week as well.

“EAST students are competing and showing off their projects at the annual EAST conference in Hot Springs. That is next week, March 17 through 19,” Holt said. “FFA students will be competing on March 19 at Arkansas Tech.”

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 in the administration building.

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