Monday, March 31, 2014

Important Dates

April 7-11                 Testing for grades 3-5
April 16                    AGATE Meeting at noon in the GATE room
April 21                    Chess Tournament
April 22                    Earth Day Celebration
April 25                    Middle School Dance
April 25                    2nd Grade Field Trip to LR (regular class)
April 27                    Curbside Couture at the Clinton Library, 7:00 p.m.
May 1,2,3,4               AGATE trip to Nashville
May 5-9                    Quiz Bowl Tournament for grades 2-5
May 13                      Summer Activity Fair
May 15                     Duke Tip Recognition Ceremony at UALR
May 16                     5th Grade Field Trip to the Old State House Museum
May 12-16                 Kindergarten Quiz Bowl Tournament
May 17                     Sugarloaf Heritage Day at ASU (11-1) lunch provided by Mack's Fish House
May 19- 23                First Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament
May 22                     Honor Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.
May 23                     1st Grade Field Trip to Spring Park 8:30 - 10:00
May 23                     Graduation
May 26                     Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
June 6                      Last Day of School

Friday, March 28, 2014

Free Science Camp (Grades 5-7) Deadline April 4th


The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is pleased to present Science Day at UCA! Science Day at UCA is a FREE, half-day camp for middle school students, grades 5-7. This camp will teach middle school students that science can be fun and interesting, using different hands-on activities and demonstrations.  The goal of Science Day is to get kids excited and motivated about learning new concepts that relate to science.
This camp will be held on the UCA campus in Conway at theLewis Science Center on Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Check in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Parents must register students by Friday, April 4.  Online Registration is Available!
Districts are welcome to bring students to the camp; however, parents must complete the application form (printable versions are available online).  Districts choosing to bring groups of students must notify Ms. Kelly in advance to insure that space is available, and all districts must be responsible for students' transportation to and from the camp and supervision during the camp.
Limited spots are available.  Please register your student TODAY!
For more information contact, Ms. Karnesia Kelly  or 501-420-3504.
Sponsored By:
ACXIOM, Antioch Baptist Church, ARAMARK, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Walmart, and
UCA Division of Outreach & Community Engagement
Teachers please share with parents and other teachers in your district. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pharmacy Camp at Harding University

Pharmacy Camp

*The deadline to apply for Summer 2014 is May 1, 2014.

General Information 

Harding University College of Pharmacy will host its sixth annual Pharmacy Summer Camp June 15-20, 2014, on the Harding University campus.  The camp is sponsored by Walgreens.
This is a unique opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pharmacy to explore the profession through classes, hands-on learning experiences and other activities.  Students can explore the beautiful Harding University campus, meet other campers their age sharing the same interest, interact with Harding College of Pharmacy faculty, staff & students, and much more!

Camp activities include (but are not limited to): field trips, pharmaceutical laboratory experiences, campus scavenger hunt, group health project activity, games and recreational activities, shadowing, introduction to pharmacy curriculum & current topics in pharmacy.  Our goal is to familiarize high school students with the profession of pharmacy and the many opportunities available in this field.
Students interested in attending the camp must submit a camp application with deposit, a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or a teacher, and a copy of their high school transcript.  Students who are accepted to attend the camp will be notified by mail and will receive additional information, including a list of what to bring and a detailed camp schedule.

Program Costs

The cost to attend is $350.  This fee will cover activities, housing, and meals.
Classes & Labs:
compounding       Hospital Skills  
Hypertension       Drug Therapy lab 
And Fun Evening Activities:
Lazer Tagvolleyballgames

Our Admissions Staff

Carol Jones, Director
Pam Celsor, Administrative Secretary
Please let us know if we can assist you in any way!  We look forward to having you with us for this unique, educational experience.

Harding Academy Summer Camps

Summer LEAP Enrichment Camps 2014

LEAP camps offer a wide variety of experiences that allow campers to explore unique interests and talents, build self confidence, improve critical thinking skills, express themselves creatively, and just have FUN! These mini-camps may be attended separately from the day camp program or may be combined with Summer Day Camp (separate fee) for a full day of summer fun.
There are lots of great camps that will be registering soon . . .
  • American Girl Camp
  • Princess Pageant
  • Chess
  • Karate
  • Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Computer 101: From Basics to Beyond
  • Young Hemingway Club (computer authorship, books, comic strips, and more!)
  • Mad Science (Robotics, Science, and more!)
  • Art
  • Sign language
  • Sewing
  • Art (lots of art!)
  • Junior Equestrian Club (off campus)
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • And MORE!
For more informaiton, contact Jane Hassan or call 901.322.3002.

Youth Theatre - UCA Camp for grades 3-12

Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas


JUNE 9 - JULY 11.

Registration information and forms

will be available the first part of April.

The Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas was formed in 1990 to provide students in grades 3-12 with quality, creative, theatrical experiences and is supported by UCA Theatre and the UCA Theatre Foundation. The Youth Theatre has encouraged and fostered the talents of hundreds of children in the central Arkansas area. Its unique program combines the fun of performing on stage with a professional educational experience available nowhere else. Students are taught by professional theatre faculty with years of experience both on stage and behind the scenes. Many Youth Theatre alumni have earned college degrees in Theatre and are leading successful careers in the world of entertainment, education, and private business.
The Youth Theatre currently has two age groups. The Junior Group consists of students in grades 3-6 with the Senior Group for students in grades 7-12. If you want your child to learn from knowledgeable professionals, then the Youth Theatre is the place for a fun, creative and educational experience!
The Youth Theatre is fortunate to have Ruthann Curry Browne as its director. Ruthann holds an MA in Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and has taken graduate courses toward a PhD in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She has directed numerous plays, taught middle school drama, and led workshops in acting and auditioning. Ruthann is currently an adjunct professor at UCA where she teaches Theatre Appreciation.Liz Parker, Business/Production Manager for UCA Theatre, has served Youth Theatre as its coordinator for the past 19 years. She holds a BS in Theatre from UCA and is responsible for registration, scheduling, and day-to-day operations of the Youth Theatre.
This generally consists of 4-5 weeks of rehearsal on the production of a full-length play. Both age groups meet and rehearse five days a week in preparation for their production. Registration fees for the summer program generally run between $250 and $300.
NOTE: The summer program is a day camp available only to those students who are able to return home each day. On-campus housing is not available.
If you'd like to receive information about upcoming classes and workshops, simply email: Liz Parker at or call 501-450-5092.
Please include:
Student's name
Grade level
Parent Email address
Short note indicating that you wish to be added to the YOUTH THEATRE mailing list.
We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for payment of fees.
Call Liz Parker, Youth Theatre Coordinator, at 501-450-5092 or email:

Science Fair Information

I am currently working on coordinating a science fair for the elementary and middle school.  I would like for some of my GATE students to go ahead and do a science fair project to use as an example to show other students.  I am working on dates, I know the fair will take place after the Benchmark Exams.   For the initial science fair projects, I am allowing the students to work in groups.  I have included the following categories:

Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Energy and Transportation, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Medicine and Health, Physics, and Plant Sciences.

I am working with all individual classroom teachers to make the science fair project an individual and/or group assignment for their respective classes (after the Benchmark Exam).  If you have any suggestions please feel free to give me a call.  I want to make this a GREAT learning experience for all students. 

I am going to require all students submit a Science Fair Research Plan before beginning their project.  ALL SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS MUST BE APPROVED!!!

I have also included a link to a great video that explains the science fair project:

Fish Art Competition, Due March 31

 will provide materials and give students time in class to complete entries.

Arkansas State Fish Art Contest 

Program Overview

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Wildlife Forever have joined together to promote conservation awareness and catch the imagination of young artists. The contest encourages young artists to create an illustration of their chosen state fish. The illustration must be accompanied by a written composition on its behavior, habitat and conservation needs.
Arkansas students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the annual State Fish Art Contest. The contest is held each spring with entries being accepted in March and winners announced in May.
Contestants must draw or paint an official state fish from any state and write a one-page composition about its behavior, habitat or conservation.
One Arkansas winner will be selected for each of four grade levels:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12
For more information on the contest, visit and Related Documents below.
Students should mail entries to:
Arkansas State Fish Art Contest
Education and Information Division
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resource Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205

Program Staff

For more information, contact AGFC Hooked on Fishing--Not on Drugs Program Coordinator Dawn Cook, or Pat Conzemius, or call (763) 253-0222.

2013 State Fish Art Contest Winners

Click image to magnify and view the largest version.

Shelby Stewart, 10th-12th grade division
Ava Obert, 7th-9th grade division
Shelby Stewart
10th-12th grade division
Ava Obert
7th-9th grade division

Savana Kuhn, 4th-6th grade division
Jasmine Powell, K-3rd grade division
Savana Kuhn
4th-6th grade division
Jasmine Powell
K-3rd grade division

Related Documents

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Central High Desegregation

Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in educational facilities was unconstitutional. Five days later, the Little Rock School Board issued a statement saying it would comply with the decision when the Supreme Court outlined the method and time frame in which desegregation should be implemented.
Arkansas was at the time among the more progressive Southern states in regard to racial issues. The University of Arkansas School of Law was integrated in 1949, and the Little Rock Public Library in 1951. Even before the Supreme Court ordered integration to proceed "with all deliberate speed," the Little Rock School Board in 1955 unanimously adopted a plan of integration to begin in 1957 at the high school level. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed suit, arguing the plan was too gradual, but a federal judge dismissed the suit, saying that the school board was acting in "utmost good faith." Meanwhile, Little Rock's public buses were desegregated. By 1957, seven out of Arkansas' eight state universities were integrated.
In the spring of 1957, there were 517 black students who lived in the Central High School district. Eighty expressed an interest in attending Central in the fall, and they were interviewed by the Little Rock School Board, which narrowed down the number of candidates to 17. Eight of those students later decided to remain at all-black Horace Mann High School, leaving the "Little Rock Nine" to forge their way into Little Rock's premier high school.
In August 1957, the newly formed Mother's League of Central High School won a temporary injunction from the county chancellor to block integration of the school, charging that it "could lead to violence." Federal District Judge Ronald Davies nullified the injunction on August 30. On September 2, Governor Orval Faubus—a staunch segregationist—called out the Arkansas National Guard to surround Central High School and prevent integration, ostensibly to prevent the bloodshed he claimed desegregation would cause. The next day, Judge Davies ordered integrated classes to begin on September 4.
That morning, 100 armed National Guard troops encircled Central High School. A mob of 400 white civilians gathered and turned ugly when the black students began to arrive, shouting racial epithets and threatening the teenagers with violence. The National Guard troops refused to let the black students pass and used their clubs to control the crowd. One of the nine, 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford, was surrounded by the mob, which threatened to lynch her. She was finally led to safety by a sympathetic white woman.
Little Rock Mayor Woodrow Mann condemned Faubus' decision to call out the National Guard, but the governor defended his action, reiterating that he did so to prevent violence. The governor also stated that integration would occur in Little Rock when and if a majority of people chose to support it. Faubus' defiance of Judge Davies' court order was the first major test of Brown v. Board of Education and the biggest challenge of the federal government's authority over the states since the Reconstruction Era.
The standoff continued, and on September 20 Judge Davies ruled that Faubus had used the troops to prevent integration, not to preserve law and order as he claimed. Faubus had no choice but to withdraw the National Guard troops. Authority over the explosive situation was put in the hands of the Little Rock Police Department.
On September 23, as a mob of 1,000 whites milled around outside Central High School, the nine black students managed to gain access to a side door. However, the mob became unruly when it learned the black students were inside, and the police evacuated them out of fear for their safety. That evening, President Eisenhower issued a special proclamation calling for opponents of the federal court order to "cease and desist." On September 24, Little Rock's mayor sent a telegram to the president asking him to send troops to maintain order and complete the integration process. Eisenhower immediately federalized the Arkansas National Guard and approved the deployment of U.S. troops to Little Rock. That evening, from the White House, the president delivered a nationally televised address in which he explained that he had taken the action to defend the rule of law and prevent "mob rule" and "anarchy." On September 25, the Little Rock Nine entered the school under heavily armed guard.
Troops remained at Central High School throughout the school year, but still the black students were subjected to verbal and physical assaults from a faction of white students. Melba Patillo, one of the nine, had acid thrown in her eyes, and Elizabeth Eckford was pushed down a flight of stairs. The three male students in the group were subjected to more conventional beatings. Minnijean Brown was suspended after dumping a bowl of chili over the head of a taunting white student. She was later suspended for the rest of the year after continuing to fight back. The other eight students consistently turned the other cheek. On May 27, 1958, Ernest Green, the only senior in the group, became the first black to graduate from Central High School.
Governor Faubus continued to fight the school board's integration plan, and in September 1958 he ordered Little Rock's three high schools closed rather than permit integration. Many Little Rock students lost a year of education as the legal fight over desegregation continued. In 1959, a federal court struck down Faubus' school-closing law, and in August 1959 Little Rock's white high schools opened a month early with black students in attendance. All grades in Little Rock public schools were finally integrated in 1972.

Important Dates in History - March

This Month in History - March

1 Yellowstone becomes the U.S.'s first national park. (1872)
2 Texas declared its independence from Mexico (1836).
2 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 100 points in a basketball game. (1962)
3 The Star Spangled Banner becomes the National Anthem (1931)
4 The Constitution of the United States of America goes into effect. (1789)
4 Mrs. Charles Fahning of Buffalo N.Y. is recognized as the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game. (1930)
5 The Boston Massacre occurred. (1770)
6 Silly putty is invented. (1950)
6 Well known and loved Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman off the CBS Evening News (1981)
7 Alexander Graham Bell patents the Telephone. (1876)
7 Monopoly board game is invented (1933)
8 President Ronald Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)
8 Baseball great Joe DiMaggio dies (1999)
9 Ironclad ships the Monitor and the Merrimack battle in the Civil war.
10 The U.S. government issues paper money for the first time. (1862)
10 Alexander Graham Bell places the world's first telephone call, to his assistant in the next room. (1876)
11 The most famous storm in American history begins.... the Blizzard of 1888.(1888)
12 Girl Scouts were founded. (1912)
12 Baseball great Joe Dimaggio agrees to a new contract with the NY Yankees, and gets a $6,250 raise. My, how times have changed! (1942)
13 Senate begins impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. (1868)
13 Greenwood patented earmuffs, originally called the "Champion Ear Protector". (1877)  See Ear Muff Day
13 Harvard University is named after clergyman John Harvard. (1639)
14 Eli Whitney patents the Cotten Gin (1794)
14 George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, commits suicide rather than facing the ravages of cancer. (1932)
15 "The Ides of March" Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus. (44 B.C.)
16 Professor Robert Goddard launches the first liquid fuel rocket. (1926)
16 The Mai Lai Massacre takes place in Vietnam. (1968)
17 On this day everyone is a little bit Irish- It's Saint Patrick's Day!
17 The rubber band was invented. Can you imagine life without them!?! (1845)
18 Soviet Union cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to take a space walk. (1965)
19 Congress approves Daylight Savings Time. (1918)
20 Harriet Beacher Stowe publishes the book Uncle Tom's Cabin . (1852)
21 The infamous Alcatraz prison is closed. (1963)
23 Patrick Henry declares "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (1775)
24 German scientist Robert Koch announces he has discovered the bacillus that causes Tuberculosis. (1882)
24 Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army. (1958)
25 The European Economic Community (ECC) is established by the Treaty of Rome. (1957)
26 Ludwig von Beethoven dies in Vienna, Austria. (1827)
26 Dr. Jonas Salk invents a vaccine to fight polio.
26 The Eastman Dry Plate and Chemical Company manufactures the first motion picture film. (1885)
27 The biggest earthquake ever recorded strikes Anchorage, Alaska.  It measured 8.3 on the Richter scale. (1964)
28 Nathaniel Briggs patents the washing machine. (1797)
28 The city of Madrid falls to the forces of Francisco Franco, ending the Spanish Civil War. (1939)
28 Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurs in Middletown, Pa. (1979)
29 Ice jams stop the flow of water over Niagara Falls. (1848)
29 Coca Cola is invented. (1886)
30 The 15th amendment goes into effect, giving black men the right to vote. (1870)
30 Jeopardy debuts on television. (1964)
31  The Eiffel Tower opens in Paris, France (1889)

Seussical and The Clinton Library, March 18, 2014