Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Katie Bennett, Art Work Featured in Benefit Auction

I am very proud of Katie!!!  She has artwork being included in this auction to benefit the needs of patients receiving treatment at the Batesville Oncology Clinic and White River Medical Center.

History of the Grand Ole Opry

a little reading for the GATE trip :-)

Parents -- 4A State Track Meet 5/6

The following parents have signed up to help out with food:

Heather, Tonya, and Witsy are bringing soup :-)

Kerri - Cheese
Marli - Cheese Ball
Tali - Crackers
Dawn - Veggie Tray
Netta - Salad
Beth - Salad Dressing
Brenda - Cheese Ball and Crackers
Mary -
Kristy -
Amber - Cheese Ball

Thanks so much for helping out!!!

Tali Reed, Occupational Therapist

Tali Reed, an Occupational Therapist and GATE mom came to speak to the middle school students today.  She discussed activities of daily living (ADL) with the students.  Mrs. Reed also shared exercise techniques to help the students maintain focus and increase concentration during class.  Occupational Therapy is a very holistic field, meaning the OT will look at all aspects of the person.  The students really enjoyed :-)  Thank you Mrs. Reed!!!

Great Video-- Think About It :-)

This is a great video and article about the work scientists do. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Curbside Couture Article, Arkansas Democrat Gazette 4/27/2014

Heber Springs students picked for Curbside Couture fashion show

By Tammy KeithPublished April 27, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
0CommentsAAFont Size
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard
Heber Springs students Faith Cowherd, from left, Maddie Vowels, Grace Cowherd, Delaney Drexler, McKensey Lathrop, Sophie Lawrence and Rylee Harrod had their designs selected for the Curbside Couture fashion show at 7 p.m. today at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Most people see boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and see snacks, but Grace Cowherd of Heber Springs saw a dress.
Grace, 13, and her sister Faith, 10, are two of seven students in the Heber Springs School District whose creations were selected for the Curbside Couture fashion show scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Heber Springs Middle School gifted-and-talented-class teacher Amanda Brogdon said she first read about the Clinton Foundation event last year in the Wall Street Journal, “so it was on my radar,” she said.
“I thought this would be fun. I just encouraged all students to participate,” Brogdon said, although almost all of the students were from GT classes.
“We offer nothing like it at school,” Brogdon said. “The kids can show their originality and talent and do something they’re really interested in, create something new. And it’s also teaching the importance of recycling.”
It was a statewide contest, Brogdon said, and the clothes made out of recycled materials were taken to the Clinton Center, where 85 students were chosen to participate in the fashion show, according to the Clinton Foundation website.
Dr. Kristy Cowherd, mother of Faith and Grace, said that when she saw the information Brogdon sent from the school about the event, she asked her daughters if they were interested, and they said they were.
“They’ve never really done anything like this,” Kristy said.
“I thought it sounded pretty fun and different, Grace said when her GT teacher mentioned the fashion show. “My dad suggested a beach theme, and I like it.”
Grace said she was inspired by Girl Scout Cookies boxes to make her dress.
“It was around Girl Scout Cookies time, so I just used boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and cut up [the boxes] with the different colors, and then I glued them onto a trash bag and made a beach scene,” Grace said. “The different boxes were different colors. I cut up the blue ones and made the water, and the green ones and made an island,” she said.
The boxes had to be emptied first, of course.
“Faith sold them; we ate them,” Kristy said, laughing.
“That was pretty much it for the dress,” Grace said. “Then I made some shoes — some flip-flops. I just took some flip-flops and tied fabric that matched the colors of the dress onto [them].”
Faith, who made a skirt and top, said the idea of Curbside Couture appealed to her, too.
“I thought it would be fun because I could do my own design. I could fit it to where I could wear it, and I didn’t have to worry about making it for somebody,” she said.
For the skirt, she said, “I used silver lining from a cooler pack, and then I got Popsicle sticks you do crafts with, and I made this chevron pattern.”
Faith also got fabric in a “bluish-navy color, and I filled in every other row,” she said. The fabric was furniture-store samples given to her mother by a patient.
“For the shirt, I got a skirt that was a navy color and put Velcro underneath my arm. It has one sleeve. My other arm is out,” Faith said.
Students can model their clothes themselves or use another model. Faith is going to be the model for her and her sister’s outfits.
“I’m pretty excited,” she said.
She said what she learned from the experience was “just be yourself. It’s OK to be yourself.”
Grace said she is most looking forward to “just going there and meeting new people and seeing all the designs,” she said.
Kristy said a mentoring session with professional designers, including Korto Momolu of Little Rock, was held about a month ago. Momolu is a first runner-up on Project Runway, a clothing-design show on television that Grace said she enjoys watching.
“That was one of the biggest things for them,” Kristy said, referring to meeting the designers. She said the experts’ suggestions were helpful.
Plus, Grace said, a winner will be chosen, “and I think there’s money. I think they judge you there at the fashion show, and they give the winner the cash prize.”
She’s right. According to the Clinton Foundation website, high school designers, grades nine through 12, will win $500 for first place, $400 for second place, $300 for third place and $200 for fourth place. Middle school students, grades six through eight, will win $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Elementary school students have a chance to win $200, $100 and $75.
Other Heber Springs students participating are Delaney Drexler, Rylee Harrod, McKensey Lathrop, Sophie Lawrence and Madelyn Vowels.
Senior writer Tammy Keith can be reached at (501) 327-0370 or
Niche Publications Senior Writer Tammy Keith can be reached at 501-327-0370 or
To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

4A Track Meet at Heber Springs-- PLEASE READ

We are hosting the 4A State Track meet because Nashville Arkansas had damage to their track about a month ago.  They asked Coach Goldman if we could host the track meet again this year.

We have plenty of former GATE students that will be participating in the meet and hope to have many of your students now participating when they are older.

The needs are:

Salad Dressing
Cheese for sandwiches
Veggie Tray or just veggies
Cheese Ball or 2

The State Track Meet is May 6th and that morning they can bring any of these items to your room and I will send students over to pick it up.

Last year we fed: 150 breakfast  250 lunch  250 dinner

If we all do a little we will make this happen again first class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

We thank you for your help,



Gaye Stark and Johnette Goldman

Important Dates

April 30                    Science Fair Projects Due
May 1,2,3,4               AGATE trip to Nashville
May 5                       Cinco de Mayo
May 5                       Middle School Walk Through for 5th grade students
May 5-9                    Quiz Bowl Tournament for grades 2-5
May 6                       4A State Track Meet at Heber Springs
May 9                       1st Grade to the ZOO
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 16                     3rd Grade to Sandy Beach 8:30-11:30
May 12-16                 Kindergarten Quiz Bowl Tournament
May 17                     Sugarloaf Heritage Day at ASU (11-1) lunch provided by Mack's Fish House
May 20                     4th Grade Talent Show
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                     4th Grade Field Day
May 23                     Graduation
May 26                     Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
June 6                      Last Day of School

Science Fair Projects, Due April 30

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:

AGATE Trip to Nashville- May 1,2,3,4

We will be leaving for Nashville on Thursday morning.  Copies of the trip itinerary have been sent home twice in the past two weeks.  Please let me know if you did not receive your copy.  I am looking forward to another great trip.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Curbside Couture 2014

A great time was had by all involved!!!  We spent a little time in the basement of the Clinton Presidential Library due to tornado warnings-- but went on to see a great fashion show!!!  I am so proud of the following students:  Grace Cowherd, McKensey Lathrop Delaney Drexler, Faith Cowherd, Maddie Vowels, Sophie Lawrence, and Rylee Harrod.  They all worked very hard on their designs.  These girls also learned valuable life lessons on helping others, the importance and value of our differences, problem solving, taking pride in what you do, presenting projects,  teamwork, and recycling.

The designs were amazing-- look at the pictures!!!!  Heber Springs also took 3 top awards, Rylee Harrod, 2nd place elementary; Grace Cowherd, most creative; and Delaney Drexler, 2nd place middle school!!!  We will definitely be back next year :-)

A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents that helped, encouraged, and participated and made this a great family event!

I had planned on taking pictures at the end of the show, but everyone was ready to get home.  I will post more pictures of the individual designs a.s.a.p.  I will try to have all designs in my room on display for the next two weeks.