Thursday, March 20, 2014

Centers - with Britney Hickman

District Teacher of the Year for the Arkadelphia Public Schools (2013-14), Britney Hickman, explains one element of her 2nd grade class's weekly routine - Centers. Centers is a timed rotation between a variety of learning activities. Ms. Hickman teaches the activities during normal class time and then assigns the center to a spot in the rotation. Since students are familiar with each assigned task, Ms. Hickman is able to work closely with one small group at a time with guided reading lessons. Between each center, students are allowed a brief "brain break." During the break, music plays and students dance and can move around freely while transitioning to their next center.

Britney Hickman teaches 2nd grade at Central Primary School in the Arkadelphia Public Schools in Clark County, Arkansas - Home of the Arkadelphia Promise.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

2014-15 APS calendar

The APS Board of Education approved the 2014-15 district calendar during the March board meeting. Monday, Aug. 18 will be the first day of the 2014 school year, which will conclude on Monday, June 1, 2015. Other highlights of the calendar are one week off for Thanksgiving Break from Nov. 24-28, two weeks off for Christmas Break from Dec. 22-Jan. 2, one week off for Spring Break from March 23-27, and holidays off including Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, and Memorial Day. Any days missed for inclement weather will be made up beginning June 2. 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Pi Day

On March 14 (3/14), students at Goza Middle School participated in creative, hands-on, math-focused activities which demonstrate the constant relationship of a circle's circumference to its diameter, known as pi. The first few decimal places of pi are all that's needed for most typical calculations (3.14), but since it is an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition. Pi has been calculated to over one-trillion digits beyond its decimal point.

Once the bubbles pop, the students measure the circular mark left behind.

Discovering pi through measuring common, round items.

Circumference / Diameter + A splash of color = Fun learning!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Clark County Spelling Bee results (1st-3rd grades)

Perritt Primary School hosted the Clark County Spelling Bee for 1st through 3rd grades on Friday in the auditorium at Central Primary School. Arkadelphia and Gurdon Public Schools were represented in the competition. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support for the spellers. 

1st grade top finishers -

Perritt Primary 1st grader Jared Campbell, 1st place.

Campbell, joined by Gurdon's Molee Manning and Tamerea McLure who took 2nd and 3rd. 

2nd grade top finishers - 

Central Primary 2nd grader Summersky Molinari, 1st place.

Molinari, joined by the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Rowan Phelps of Central Primary and Emma Jo White of Gurdon.

3rd grade top finishers -

Gurdon 3rd grader Miles MacDonald, 1st place.

MacDonald, joined by 2nd and 3rd place finishers Gray Manning of Central Primary and Miranda Stricklin of Gurdon.

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