Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reader's theatre

Reader's theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines.  Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together.  In Reader's theatre, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.

According to some drama teachers, plays have built-in strategies to help students improve their reading skills.  The acting out of dialogue causes readers to work more closely with the text to project and interpret meaning into the reading experience.  Consequently, students gain improvement in vocabulary, comprehension, and retention.  Reading in a small group provides reading role models which is also proven to improve reading skills in students.  Research has shown that Reader's theatre can improve reading fluency, word choice and comprehension.

Our classes in grades 1-5 will be performing Reader's theater throughout the month of February.  So far, the students really seem to be enjoying Reader's theatre.  Our first play was about Benjamin Franklin.  I will post pictures and we do the plays.  Below are pictures of the 4th and 5th grade students.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dallas Trip Balances

Trip balances, t-shirt order forms, and the AGATE fishing fundraiser forms are going home today.  If you have any questions, please give me a call (501) 691-3288 or e-mail me any questions.

AGATE Guided Fishing Trip Fund Raiser

Fundraiser for AGATE
We are now starting our final fundraiser for the year.  We will be selling tickets ($1) for a chance to win a one-half day guided fishing trip with Mr. Cody Smith.  100% of the profits from this fundraiser will go into your child’s account.  If you are going on the trip this year, the amount that you sell will be deducted from your final trip payment.  Even if you are not going on the trip, your child has an account set up, and the money made from this fundraiser can be applied to any trip in the future.  If you would like to participate, please send a note letting me know how many tickets you would like and I will send them home with your child. 
A little information about Mr. Smith:
Please take a few minutes to browse the website at and see all that we have to offer as well as to learn a little more about our guide service and the area.  
Whether it is a deep water electronics trip, a tournament pre fishin run, family outing, map reading and interpreting, or just a good day on the water we will design a trip built specifically for YOU!  Just know that we will do all that is necessary to make your day a day you will not soon forget!  I encourage you to bring the children, as well as the Grandparents- we cater to all ages.  Come on an Catch the good life here on Greers Ferry Lake!
Species We Can Target Include:
Walleye, Hybrid Striper, White Bass, Trophy Smallmouth, Large mouth, Kentucky’s, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegills, as well as Brown Trout, Rainbows, Cutthroat, Brookies and Chain Pickerel. 
For more information, please contact Cody S. Smith, at (501) 691-5701  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bauxite Jr. High Quiz Bowl Tournament, January 28, 2012

Heber Springs Junior High Quiz Bowl Team
Dear Junior High Quiz Bowl Team,
I am excited about competing in the Bauxite Quiz Bowl tournament on January 28, 2012.We will be traveling to Bauxite Schools, 800 School Street in Bauxite.     The bus will leave the school at 6:30 a.m.  We will meet in the GATE room and then board the bus.   We will probably not have time to go and get lunch, so please send your child with a sack lunch.  I will provide a cooler for drinks.  Depending on how we play in the tournament, we may stop for dinner somewhere along the way.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (501) 691-3288.  I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!!!  Please don’t forget to wear a Panther/Heber Springs shirt.  
Amanda Brogdon
GT Coordinator
Please sign the attached permission slip and return before Friday.  
Special Trip Authorization:
Student’s Name______________________________________________________
As parent/guardian of the above student, I hereby grant permission for said student to participate in the Bauxite Quiz Bowl on January 28, 2012.  We will be riding a bus to Bauxite and then back to the school.  Students will need to bring a sack lunch for this trip. 
Parent Signature:___________________________________________________

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ft. Smith Quiz Bowl Tournament

We went to Ft. Smith with two Junior High Quiz Bowl teams and played some of the best teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma.  The highlight of the tournament play was a loss to Collinsville in sudden death overtime.  We all learned some new things about quiz bowl,  and about what we can do to be a better team.  After tournament play, we headed to Judge Parkers courtroom and the Gallows in Fort Smith.  We finished up with a great dinner at Mike's Place in Conway.  STUDY STUDY STUDY:-)