Monday, January 27, 2014

Elementary and Junior High Quiz Bowl Practice, January 29, 2014

We will have elementary and junior high quiz bowl practice after school on Wednesday.   We will practice until 4:30.

I still need permission forms from Jaden Evans, Olivia Candau, and Max Schroeder

Important Dates -- NOTE EARLY OUT Next Thursday, February 6

January 28                 PTSO Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
January 28                 Elementary and Jr. High Quiz Bowl Practice
January 30                 AGATE Trip Payment Due
February 1                 Junior High Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament at Dover
February 6                 EARLY OUT - CAPS CONFERENCES
February 8                 ACT for Duke Tip 7th Grade Students
February 10               AGATE Meeting at 12 noon in the GATE Room
February 11               PTSO Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
February 13               The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Arkansas Arts Center on Tour) 9 a.m. 
February 22               Junior High State Quiz Bowl Tournament
February 28               Elementary Quiz Bowl Finals
February 28-March 6  Book Fair in the Elem Library
March 1                     AGATE Trip payments must be paid in full
March 1                     Kidfest (PTSO)
March 1                     Senior High Quiz Bowl
March 5                     Grandparents Breakfast 7:30-8:30
March 6                      Family Night
March 10                   AGATE Meeting at 12 noon in the GATE Room
March 13                   Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences until 7 p.m.
March 15                   Junior Duck Stamp Deadline
March 24-28              Spring Break
March 31                   State Fish Art Deadline
May 1,2,3,4               AGATE trip to Nashville
May 23                      Graduation
May 30                      Last Day of School

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cleburne County Spelling Bee, February 3, 2014

The Cleburne County Spelling Bee will be held on the campus branch of ASU in Heber Springs in the First Electric room on Monday, February 3rd.   The Bee will begin at 6:00 P.M.  The spelling bee contestants should arrive no later than 5:45 P.M  Everyone is invited to attend.

AGATE Trip Payments

AGATE trip payments are due January 31, 2014.

Junior High Quiz Bowl Tournament, Saturday, February 1, 2014

The junior high quiz bowl team will be headed to Dover for the Arch Ford Regional Tournament on Saturday.  The bus will be leaving from the middle school at 7:00 a.m.

I will provide water and some snacks.  Students will need to bring money for lunch and possibly dinner.

We will need one judge (adult) volunteer who will not be able to watch our team matches for the day- but will be judging other games.  If you are interested in helping please let me know.

If you have any questions please give me a call at 501-691-3288.

HS Elementary Quiz Bowl Team Wins 1st Place

The Heber Springs Elementary Quiz Bowl Team hosted the Arch Ford Regional Tournament on Friday, January 24, 2014.  The team went undefeated in the three morning games to be placed in the number one spot on the bracket.  The team remained undefeated in the next two games, and clinched the tournament title.

The team now advances to the next level of tournament play in Conway on February 28, 2014.

A special thank you to Carol Jean Ratliff and Gaye Rawls for their help with directing the tournament.  Also, thank you to Therese McFall, Christa Spanel, LaDonna Martin, Brenda Pate, Jackie Zachrich, Carol Ballard, Chris Nichols, Amber Logan, Sharon Williams, Rita Watkins, Justin Johnston, John Meuller,  Vacal Patchell, Maureen Harrod, Kellie and Lance Hamilton, Ashley Miller, Tali Reed, Colleen McKenzie, Beth Lawrence, Sammi Hudspeth, Garrett Hudspeth, Logan Ingram, Brandon Blankenship, Zach Meyer, Natalie Norton, Jammie Jarvis, Witsy Buffalo, Holly Meyer, Freddie Lou Quist, Josh and Bethany Miller,  McDonalds of Heber Springs and Kelli Buckilew for your help and support for this tournament and our team.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 National Youth Science Camp - (Seniors)

2014 National Youth Science Camp®Operated by the National Youth Science Foundation®

Thursday, January 16, 2014


(Little Rock) – Governor Mike Beebe appointed Michele Snyder from the Arkansas Department of Education to serve as Arkansas’ selection coordinator for the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).  Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds.  The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C.  The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership. 
The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status.  Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation®allow delegates to participate in this “once in a lifetime” experience.  Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.
Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, June 27, and depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014.  The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.  Application forms are available on the NYSC website at

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2014.
You may apply at
Michele Snyder, Arkansas Department of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, (501) 682-7942 or


STEM-focused summer camps for middle and high school students


The UALR Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology will be offering several options for students interested in STEM-focused summer camps.  All of our programs are free of charge to the students chosen to attend. The dates of our camps this summer are as follows:
Engineering Scholars Program 
June 15 - 21
June 22- 28
July 13 - 18

High School Research Program
July 6 - 25

National Summer Transportation Institute
To be announced

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Please pass this on to any interested teachers or students.

Thanks and have a great spring semester,

Kyle McCourt | Senior Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
UALR Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology
501.569.8597 | 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Activity Guide (Grades 3-5)

This will be performed in the old gym on February 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. for grades 3-5.

AAC Children’s Theatre on Tour 2013-2014
ACTIVITY GUIDEAbout this Guide
This ACTIVITY GUIDE includes exercises that align with the Arkansas Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards. The following icons provide an immediate recognition of the curriculum connections. This guide is written primarily with the teacher in mind, but it may be used by all audiences.
The place had a bewitching power which caused all those who came to the region to become dreamy eyed and see strange sights!”
About the Play
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is based on the popular American story by Washington Irving. Ichabod Crane is a bookish, timid fellow living in the secluded town of Sleepy Hollow. Journey with Ichabod and his haunted imagination as he fights for the affection of a beautiful woman, suffers the ridicule of the town bully, and encounters the tale of the Headless Horseman. The play was adapted for the stage by Kathryn Schultz Miller from Cincinnati, Ohio.
About the Author: Washington Irving
Daguerreotype of Washington Irving,1861 from the Library of Congress
Washington Irving was born April 3, 1783, in New York City. He was the youngest of a rich merchant’s eleven children. In school he was an average student who enjoyed music, books, and art. Though he would practice law on Wall Street, work in his family’s cutlery business, and even serve (later in life) as U.S. Minister to Spain, he loved books and writing. Much of his writing was influenced by his travels including excursions up the Hudson River and a two-year stay in southern Europe. While traveling, Irving filled notebooks with his impressions of people and he wrote satires based upon those notes. He published his first book, A History of New York, in 1809, under his pen name, “Diedrich Knickerbocker.” Other famous books included The Sketch Book (1819, which included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle), Tales of a Traveler (1824), and The Alhambra (1832). Irving also wrote biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Mahomet, and George Washington. Irving never married, being happy to spend his time at home with his brother and five nieces. Washington Irving died on November 28, 1859 in Irvington, New York.
Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was the first American work of fiction that achieved acclaim in Europe. Set in New York State's Hudson Valley 20 years after the Revolutionary War, Sleepy Hollow depicts the peaceful, rural life of the early Dutch settlers in that area.
Synopsis of the Play
Based on the original story by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the story of a small town in New York—a place where strange things happen and townsfolk seem entranced by spirits. Ichabod Crane, the well- educated schoolmaster is new to Sleepy Hollow. Though he presides over his school with authority, he is constantly frightened by tales of spirits and strange happenings. His gangly appearance and city ways put him at odds with the old -fashioned rural townsfolk.
Ichabod, whose appearance could easily be mistaken for a scarecrow, is directly contrasted with Abraham van Brunt (aka Brom Bones). Brom is a burly, broad-shouldered man with a playful and arrogant nature. For all their differences, Ichabod and Brom share one interest—Katrina van Tassel. The young, rosy-cheeked lass certainly knows how beautiful she is and persistently toys with the affections of both men. Not only is Katrina beautiful, but she is also set to inherit her wealthy father’s farm. Brom has been attempting to woo Katrina for some time and the arrival of the gentlemanly Ichabod is an unwanted challenge. Already at odds, the men are further entangled when Katrina secretly asks both to be her date to the Halloween party.
At the dance, Ichabod impresses Katrina with his “city moves” and knowledge of the two-step. Around midnight, the ladies depart and the men stay behind to tell ghost stories around the fire. Brom tells the story of the Headless Horseman, the ghostly figure that rides at night and haunts the old church bridge—the very bridge that Ichabod must cross to get to the schoolhouse. Ichabod
wearily heads home on his horse, knowing that they must both eventually pass through the dark covered bridge. His mind plays tricks on him as he hears numerous whispers and taunts. He suddenly sees a giant headless figure silhouetted against the night sky. The next morning, the horse is found outside the school along with Ichabod’s hat and a smashed pumpkin. No one knows what happened to Ichabod on that Halloween night. Perhaps he left town. Perhaps Brom had something to do with his disappearance. Perhaps he was the victim of a cruel prank. Or perhaps, as legend has it, a headless ghost spirited him away.
Statement from the AAC Children’s Theatre
Stephan Mark Hansen
I have been working at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre for many years in many different capacities. I have acted on stage, built sets, and managed tours. Now, I finally get to fill a new role—director. The Children’s Theatre directors have a lot to do! Bradley Anderson, the company’s artistic director, has his hands full with administrative duties on top of his artistic ones. Keith Smith, the theatre’s associate artistic director, sometimes writes and designs in addition to directing his productions. And actor/director John Isner has had to direct shows that he is also performing in. Now, I have joined this list of multitaskers to direct our touring production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Having toured as an actor for the Children’s Theatre many times over the years, I have gained a practical understanding of what works and doesn’t work in a touring production. I am now excited to put those insights to use. The challenges of touring are many and I hope to equip our actors with the tools needed to meet these challenges.
Researching Washington Irving has been eye-opening. One of nineteenth-century America’s premier writers, Irving lived abroad, giving him a unique perspective on American life. The stories he tells are often once- or twice-removed, enabling the storyteller to answer any question with “believe it or don’t.” In my retelling of Sleepy Hollow, the children of the Hollow get so involved in the story they are telling that they become convinced that the tale is true. In much the same way, our actors will be called upon to commit to the truth of the story. It will be essential that they play it truthfully and portray the characters honestly in order to pull the audience into the children’s imaginary world.
Review Theatre Etiquette
Please turn off your cell phones so you can look at all the little things that make live theatre a great big experience.
Save all food, gum, candy and drinks for after the performance. They are not allowed in the performance space and can be used as a reward for good behavior!
Sit like a grown up in your seat. That way you won’t miss a thing! Great theatre audiences listen, laugh when something is funny, and clap at just the right time. They never talk out
loud during a performance. Keep your cameras tucked away and turned off. Photography is not permitted. Camera flashes blind the
actors and can cause them to step off the stage.
When the play is over, enjoy talking with your friends and grownups about all the details. See who can remember the most about the play. Start by sharing two things that an actor said that made you smile and two things that you remember about the stage set. Parents and teachers: What a great time to have a conversation about the difference between the theater, movies, and TV!
Read the Original Story
In order to prepare for the play, read the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Ask students to think about the following:
What kind of language did the author use? How did he describe the characters and the events in the book? How did he describe the town of Sleepy Hollow?
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Library Media—Connection: Read; English Language Arts—Reading, Literature: Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
About Adaptations
The touring performance that you will see by the AAC Children’s Theatre on Tour is a variation of the story, or an ADAPTATION. An adaptation is a change made in something so that it can fit a new use. This performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an adaptation of the story (which is meant to be read) into a play (which is meant to be performed and viewed).
Discuss these questions with your class before you attend the play:
? What kinds of things do authors of a play have to consider when writing a script? ? What might the characters look like? What differences can you expect from the illustrations in the story? ? What are some objects (props) that they might use to help tell the story? ? Draw a picture of one of the scenes in the book and imagine how it might appear on the stage. ? If you were to write an adaptation of this story into a play, what choices would you make? How would you act
out the story?
Library Media—Connection: Associate; Theatre Creating, Evaluating, Reading
Learn the Vocabulary
Below is a list of words included in the play. Reviewing this list will help students acquire new vocabulary and also help them better understand the performance. Have students practice saying these words out loud so that they will know them when they hear the actors say them. Once students know how to say the words, they may read the definition and try using the words in a sentence.
Tavern (tav-urn) – an inn; a public house that provides food and lodging Listless (list-less) – too tired or too uninterested in things Lank (laynk) – thin Burly (burr-lee) – strong and heavy built
Frolic (fraw-lick) – to play about happily Glen (glinn) – a narrow hidden valley Pious (pie-us) – having or showing great loyalty; worthy Melody (mell-oh-dee) – a series of musical tones Devotion (dee-voh-shun) – a strong feeling of love or dedication Robust (roh-bust) – strong and healthy Petticoat (pet-ee-coat) – a skirt or slip worn under a dress Tranquil (tran-kwuhl) – calm, quiet
English Language Arts—Reading, Foundational Skills: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition; Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
You have an important role to play!
It wouldn’t be a play without you! Your part is to pretend that the play is real. Part of this includes accepting certain things:
1. Actors tell the story with words (dialogue), actions (blocking), and songs.
2. Actors may sing songs that tell about the story or their feelings.
3. Actors may speak to the audience.
4. An actor may play several characters by changing their voice, costume, props, or posture.
5. Places are suggested by scenery and by props.
Here’s how to play your part: A play is different than television or a movie. The actors are right in front of you and can see your reactions, feel your attention, and hear your laughter and applause. Watch and listen carefully to understand the story. The story is told by the actors and comes to life through your imagination!
Thank you for being a great part of our audience and enjoy the show!
Do you remember what you learned about adaptations? Now that you have seen the play, discuss these questions as a class. Share your answers with friends or family that also saw the play and compare your experiences.
? Were there any characters or events that were in the original story but not in the play? Why do you think these choices were made?
? Did the changes make the story stronger or did you miss the characters? ? What did the set look like? Did it match the picture that you drew before the play? What do you think the set
and costume designers need to consider when bringing the story to the stage? ? What objects (props) helped tell the story on stage?
Library Media—Connection: Associate; Theatre—Creating, Evaluating, Reading
Critical Thinking Questions
Ask students to read the following questions and either write their answers or tell someone in complete sentences. Make sure to use correct grammar and spelling.
? What are some possible things that happened to Ichabod at the end of the play? ? Why do you think the Headless Horseman is such a popular character?
? Have you ever heard a really spooky ghost story? What was the scariest part of the story? Why was it scary?
? What is the time period of this story? How do you think the story would be different if the events took place today?
English Language Arts—Writing: Text Type and Purposes; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration; Language:
Legends & Folklore
A legend is a story that has been handed down from generation to generation and usually includes information about the past. Most cultures have legends of some sort.
Can you think of some famous legends similar to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
Brainstorm different types of stories that might be considered legends. Some examples are ghost stories, fables, family stories, or stories about the past. Discuss the following questions:
Why do you think legends are important to a culture? What can legends teach us about people or the past?
Choose a popular American legend (according to grade level) to read aloud and discuss the following questions:
Where does the story take place?
In what time period do the events occur?
What does the legend tell you about life in America?
Which characters in the story were most important? Which were the most familiar?
What makes this story interesting? Why is it so popular?
Imagine yourself as one of the characters in the story. How would you look? Draw a picture of yourself in the frame on the right.
Take a trip around the world by reading some of the many myths and legends of other countries. Visit the Scholastic website “Myths from Around the World” at Take turns reading these myths from various countries or assign each student a myth. Have the student prepare a report on the myth that includes the following information:
Name of the story Country of origin (or continent if country is not given) along with a map showing the
location of the main events Plot or key events in the story Interesting characters Estimated date of the story (When do the events take place: Past? Modern day?
Future?) Does this story remind you of any American legends, myths, or tales? If so, how? Draw an image of your favorite scene in the story.
Washington Irving based The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on his travels along the Hudson River in New York. To gather information for his tale, he traveled the area and explored the land by hunting and fishing. He also learned about local legends and customs from the townspeople.
Think about the area that you live in. Are there any interesting stories or customs that belong to your town? If you do not know of any, interview a few adults and see if they are able to recall any stories that they have heard. Once you have gathered your information, use your imagination to create a short story in the same style of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Library Media—Connection: Associate; English Language Arts—Literature: Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas; Writing: Text Types and Purposes, Research to Build and Present Knowledge; Fine Arts—Visual Arts: Creative Processes, Reflections and Responses
Tell A Tale
As legends are told and re-told, the stories sometimes change. Gain first-hand experience with the retelling of stories in class by playing “telephone.” Simply follow these instructions:
1. The teacher will begin by whispering a short story (4-5 sentences) to the first student.
2. The students continue whispering around the circle until each has had a turn listening and then “repeating” what they heard by whispering it to the next student.
3. The last student will announce to everyone what they heard. Each student will be able to compare the final story to what they heard.
4. At the end of the game, the teacher will tell the original story. Discuss answers to these questions:
  
Did the story stay the same throughout the game? If it changed, what was different? Why do you think the story changed when it was passed around among a group of people?
As you may have noticed in the “telephone” activity, stories change based on the point of view of the storyteller. Imagine that years after The Legend of Sleepy Hollow takes place, Brom Bones’ grandchildren want to know why he laughs when they mention the famous tale. Have Brom Bones retell the story from HIS point of view to his grandchildren. Focus on using a first person narrative and retell the major plot points of the story.
Library Media—Connection: Associate; English Language Arts—Writing: Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing
Advise students that they are detectives investigating the disappearance of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. They are attempting to locate each of the three suspects: Brom Bones, Katrina van Tassel, and the Headless Horseman. Based on their descriptions in the play and/or the original story, draw a “WANTED” poster for each suspect. Write their names on the line below the poster.
________________________ _________________________ _________________________
Fine Arts—Visual Art: Creative Processes; Library Media—Connection: Associate
True Tales of Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow is a real place! It is located on the Hudson River about 20 miles north of the center of New York City. The Pocantico (poh-can-teh- koh) River runs through the area, and it was referred to as "Slapershaven" in a book published by a Dutch settler in 1655. Translated, this means Sleeper's Haven. After a time, the English version eventually became
"Sleepy Hollow."
At the beginning of the 18th Century, Sleepy Hollow became an important place for local farmers. They came to church for weddings, baptisms, Sunday services, and to the mill at harvest. When Washington Irving visited friends in the area, he met many of the people, and learned about the land through exploring, fishing and hunting. What he learned about local customs and the territory became part of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Use books or the Internet to research the area of Sleepy Hollow and label it on a map of New York.
Use your imagination and draw a map of the town of Sleepy Hollow as it is described in the original story and in the play. Be sure to label all of the major buildings and landmarks such as the covered bridge, Ichabod’s schoolhouse, and Katrina’s house.
Map of Sleepy Hollow by: _______________________
Social Studies—Geography: Physical and Spatial, Culture and Diversity; History; Library Media—Inquiry: Identify and Access, Con- nection: Associate: Fine Arts—Visual Art: Creative Processes
Ichabod’s Iced Cookies
At the end of the play, all that was left behind of Ichabod Crane was his hat and a smashed pumpkin! We know that he loves food and has quite a “sweet tooth”. Hand out recipes of these delicious cookies to each student or project the recipe for the entire class. Then go over the measurements and directions together. Students can take turns practicing measurements by filling measuring cups with a specified amount of water or other substance of your choice. Recipes such as this are also useful for practicing addition and subtraction. For example: The recipe calls for 4 cups of all-purpose flour. If you have added 11⁄2 cups of flour, how many more cups will you need to add?
After practicing in class and answering questions about measurements, students can take home the recipe and attempt to make the cookies with an adult’s supervision.
Mathematics —Measurement & Data, Operations & Algebraic Thinking
CAUTION: Please make sure to review the ingredients for possible allergies.
2 cups canned pumpkin puree 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup unpacked light brown sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoons baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3 ounces cream cheese –softened 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons milk
2. Blend together pumpkin, sugars, oil and eggs until smooth.
3. Stir in flour, spice and baking powder until well combined, dough will be thick.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoonsful 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8- 10 minutes until puffy and just beginning to brown on the bottom. Cool on racks.
5. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk until smooth.
6. Once cookies have cooled, ice the cookies and serve.
Further Reading
The Headless Horseman by Natalie Standiford (Ages 6-8) In sharp contrast to Irving's eloquent and flowing language, this easy-to-read version of the classic
story recounts the major premise in simplified text for younger readers.
A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #4: Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy (Ages 6-9)
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are spending Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, home of the legendary Headless Horseman. They are going to sleep in an old cabin, take a haunted hayride, and check out the Old Dutch Church. That's where some people say they've spotted the ghostly horseman. But strange things start happening that don't seem to be part of the planned spooky fun. Is there a real Headless Horseman haunting Sleepy Hollow?
A New Nation: The United States 1783-1815 by Betsy Maestro (Ages 6-10)
This book demonstrates the importance of many significant events of an often neglected era, such as the formation of the three branches of U.S. government; ongoing conflicts with France and Britain, including the War of 1812; the Louisiana Purchase; and the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky (Ages 6-10)
From a "mud-encrusted" mummy to the a headless horseman, these 12 creepy creations—aided by black-and-white artwork—are sure to raise readers' hair.
The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy) by Jessica Verday (Ages 12+)
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might have the answers, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend.
Library Media—Connection: Read
Visit your local library for more suggestions!
What Was Your Favorite Part of the Play?
Did you know that the play you saw was the result of many people working together? There are many roles in the theatre department and each of the people in charge of these tasks must do their very best as a team in order to produce a great performance. Below is a list of some of these roles:
The DIRECTOR is the person responsible for the overall artistic vision of a production.
The SET DESIGNER is the person responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of the stage setting.
The COSTUME DESIGNER is the person in charge of the clothing worn by the actors in a performance.
The TECHNICAL DIRECTOR is the person in charge of the technical requirements of a production as well as the equipment.
overseeing all the backstage elements of a production (scheduling, rehearsals, etc.)
The ACTOR is the one who performs a role or represents a character in a play.
The CHOREOGRAPHER is the person who designs the dance steps to be used in a play.
The MUSIC DIRECTOR is the person responsible for the musical content of a production.
The STAGE MANAGER is the person responsible for Which of these roles most closely matches your favorite part of the play?
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State Services Programs Sponsored By:
Horace C. Cabe Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston Ellen and Shep Russell Union Pacific Foundation Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
This program is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. With Special Appreciation to: Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Guided Fishing Trip Fundraiser for AGATE-- Mr. Cody Smith

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.   All ticket money will need to be turned in by February 26, 2014. 

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 fishing 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  

THANK YOU-- McDonald's of Heber Springs

A huge "thank-you" goes out to Chris and Kelly Buckliew of McDonald's in Heber Springs.  They made a big donation (to AGATE)  for Breakfast with Santa.  If you see them be sure to thank them for their kindness and generosity!!!

AGATE Trip Payments

AGATE trip payments are due January 31, 2014.

Junior High Quiz Bowl Permission Form, February 1, 2014

Dear Junior High Quiz Bowl Team,

I am excited about competing in the Arch Ford Quiz Bowl tournament on February 1, 2014.  We will be traveling to Dover Public Schools, 101 Pirate Loop, Dover, AR.  I will need for each of you to bring money for lunch and any snacks/drinks you may want.  The bus will be leaving the school at 7:00 a.m. and return times are TBA.  This is a bracket style tournament and we will play until we lose.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (501) 691-3288.  

Amanda Brogdon
GT Coordinator

Please sign the attached permission slip and return.

Special Trip Authorization:

Student’s Name______________________________________________________

As parent/guardian of the above student, I hereby grant permission for said student to participate in the Arch Ford Quiz Bowl on February 1, 2014.  We will be riding a bus to Dover and then back to the school.  

Parent Signature:___________________________________________________

Monday, January 20, 2014

Elementary Quiz Bowl, January 24, 2014

All Heber Springs Elementary Quiz Bowl Team Members will need to be dropped off at the Heber Springs Community Center by 8:00 a.m.  The tournament should be over by 3:15 and students can be picked up at that time.   With the help of our wonderful parent group, we will be providing lunch for our team.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me. 

Greetings Quiz Bowl Coaches and Team Members

Heber Springs is looking forward to hosting the Arch Ford Quiz Bowl Tournament on Friday, January 24, 2014.  We are excited that your team is scheduled to participate!  Please pay close attention to the following information.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Due to the tournament being held on a school day, the location will be off campus.  The tournament will take place at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, Heber Springs.  

Registration will be held from 8:45-9:15 in the main meeting room downstairs in the community center.  This will serve as the “holding area” for the teams.  Please stress to your team members that they need to be respectful of the center facilities; we must behave appropriately and clean up after ourselves.  There is a gym and workout equipment, but I have assured the center will will stay off the floor and away from all equipment.  All food and drink should be kept in the meeting rooms.

Please remember to bring your buzzers, as well as team member name cards and a school name card to use during the matches  Also, it would be helpful if you fill out and bring the attached team registration form to the tournament.  
Make sure you are on site and registered by 9:15.  A coaches’, judges’, and moderators’ meeting will take place at 9:15.  Hopefully, we can start our first preliminary match at 9:40.  

Schedule for the day:

  8:45 - 9:15         Registration
  9:15 - 9:30         Judges/Moderators/Coaches Meeting
  9:30 - 9:40         Welcome/Instructions
  9:45 - 10:30       Preliminary Match 1 (all teams)
10:30 - 11:15       Preliminary Match 2 (all teams)
11:15 - 12:00       Preliminary Match 3 (all teams)
12:00 -  1:00        Lunch Break
Single Elimination Tournament begins:
  1:00 - 1:45         Match 4 (all teams - quarter finals)
  1:45 - 2:30         Match 5 (semi-finals)
  2:30 - 3:15         Match 6 (finals)

As you know, every team must bring a trained judge and a scorekeeper.  Judges will be assigned to work in rooms where their teams are not playing.  Make sure they understand this.  The scorekeeper may be a student, but the judge must be an adult!  Remember that we will use AGQBA rules for the tournament.  Make sure you and your team members are familiar with them.  Make very sure that your judge knows these rules!  Let me know if you have any questions!

There will be a hospitality area set up for coaches, judges, moderators and of course bus drivers.  There are drink machines and water fountains in the community center.  

Notice the information included at the bottom of this letter.  If you have questions or need directions to the community center, please don’t hesitate to call.  It would be helpful if each coach would e-mail me to confirm that you received this information.  Please notify me as soon as possible if your team is unable to participate.  Good luck to each team and we will see you on Friday, January 24th.  

Amanda Brogdon
GT Coordinator, Heber Springs Schools
1100 West Pine Street
Heber Springs, AR