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BRIAN GOLDEN, SUPERINTENDENT                                                                                                             Malvern School District                                                                                     A Newsletter from
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                                                                                                                                                                                        PASSION • PRIDE • EXCELLENCE

                                                                                                                                        News from the Central Office
                                                                                                                                         Monday, May 30th, 2011                        for this accomplishment. The other
                                                                                                                                                                                       finalists for the award included:
                                                                                                                                             As we look back on the 2010-11            Malvern Elementary teacher Penny
                                                                                                                                         school year, I would like to convey to        Gassman, Malvern Junior School
                                                                                                                                         the Senior Class of 2011 our best             teacher Debbie Seale, and Malvern
                                                                                                                                         wishes. This senior class has been            High School teacher Stephanie
                                                                                                                                         a great example of passion, spirit,           Sprague. All of the other finalists
                                                                                                                                         and leadership in our school district.        received a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart.
                                                                                                                                         Their academic and extra-curricular           Congratulations to all of our finalists,
                                                                                                                                         accomplishments have been second              and a special thank you to our
                                                                                                                                         to none. This senior class has set a          sponsors Southern Bancorp and Wal-
                                                                                                                                         new school record for financial aid.          Mart for their generosity.
                                                                                                                                         They have received over $2 million to             We want to congratulate the
                                                                                                                                         continue their education. Fifteen             Wilson Intermediate Special Olympics       The Seniors of 2011 capped off a tremendous
                                                                                                                                         members of the senior class have              Team for qualifying for the state          senior year with a memorable graduation
                                                                                                                                         scored 27 or higher on the ACT, and           competition.                               ceremony held at Claude Mann Stadium. We
                                                                                                                                         approximately thirty members of the               The district would like to thank       overcame the weather issues to recognize the
                                                                                                                                         senior class obtained a 3.5 grade             parents, relatives, and community          seniors for their accomplishments. The Senior
                                                                                                                                         point average or higher. The senior           members for your recent attendance         class set a new scholarship awards record
                                                                                                                                         class won the state championship              at our spring events. Many of you          by earning $2,292,534. What a tremendous
                                                                                                                                         in the high school quiz bowl, a               have children or interests at more than    effort by our Seniors!
                                                                                                                                         national gold medal in the Skills             one school and attend many events
                                                                                                                                         USA Quiz Bowl competition, two                during the year. We appreciate your
                                                                                                                                         state final appearances in baseball.          continued involvement with our
                                                                                                                                         Many members of the band and choir            schools and programs. The district
                                                                                                                                         received All-State and All-Region             would especially like to thank the
                                                                                                                                         honors. We are extremely proud of             parents of our students for giving us
                                                                                                                                         the Class of 2011, and we wish them           the opportunity to educate your
                                                                                                                                         great success as they begin a new             children and the support you offer
                                                                                                                                         chapter in their lives.                       over the course of the school year.
                                                                                                                                             Construction of the new middle                We hope our students have a
                                                                                                                                         school facility will begin during the first   safe summer, and we look forward to
                                                                                                                                         part of June. The process will begin          seeing them return in August. Please
                                       MALVERN HIGH SCHOOL                                                                               with the demolition of Pratt School,          be aware of registration dates for
                                                                                                                                         the armory, and the special education         the 2011-2012 school year that are
                                                                                                                                         office building. Soon after demolition,       available at all of our schools. We will
                                                                                                                                         the construction process will begin.          be contacting parents by mail and by
                                                                                                                                         The district plan is to move 7th and          recorded phone messages to remind
                                                                                                                                         8th graders into the new facility in          you of these important dates.
                                                                                                                                         August of 2012.                                   Thank you for your support,
                                                                                                                                             The district is proud to announce
                                                                                                                                         Wilson Intermediate School teacher
                                                                                                                                         Thelton Hughes as the district Teacher
                                                                                                                                         of the Year. Mr. Hughes was elected
                                                                                                                                         Teacher of the Year by his peers and                   Brian Golden
The Skills USA team were state champions in the high school quiz    Seniors enjoy a moment of fellowship during the Senior Breakfast.    the Malvern School Board. Southern                     Superintendent
bowl and will compete at the national competition in Kansas City,   We want to thank all of the parents who worked so hard to put the    Bancorp awarded Mr. Hughes $500                        Malvern School District
Missouri.                                                           breakfast together four our seniors.

                                    Malvern School District Newsletter • June 2011                                                                                                      PASSION • PRIDE • EXCELLENCE
News from Malvern Elementary School                                                                                                                        News from Wilson Intermediate School
     Another year has come to a close at Malvern                                                      a school-wide mini relay at MES. It was a very        MSD Teacher of the Year 2011                       and arranging music for performances,               to develop three valuable characteristics
 Elementary School. This final quarter was very                                                       moving experience as 900 students lined the                Mr. Thelton Hughes, sixth grade teacher       conducting after school sectionals, and             involved in becoming champions at school
 busy with testing and special events. In April,                                                      curb cheering on our own cancer survivors in          at Wilson Intermediate School, has been            giving private lessons. Over the years, eleven      and in life . . . Never give up, Encourage
 students in K-4th grade participated in state                                                        the survivor lap. There were very few dry eyes        selected by the Malvern School Board as the        of his drummers have received scholarships to       others, Do your best!
 mandated testing. The students took the tests                                                        among the adults. The final amount raised             2011 Teacher of the Year. Each school of           play music at state colleges and universities.
 very seriously and worked very hard. We are so                                                       topped $3600! The county Relay for Life                                    the district chose their      He also has his own personal five member            Million Word Readers
 proud of them!                                                                                       committee recognized MES at the main Relay                                 Teacher of the Year. Mr.      band. He volunteered his live band for the              WIS had sixty (60) students who by May
     The MES Science Fair was also held in April.                                                     for Life event, and the class who raised the                               Hughes was chosen by          Wilson Valentine Social/Dance this year. Their      3 had read 1,000,000 words this school
 The 78 entries were very impressive. Some of                                                         most money made a mini lap at that Relay,                                  his peers as Wilson’s         music met the musical tastes and interests of       year! They were rewarded with a 1,000,000
 our students went on to compete at the regional                                                      also.                                                                      Teacher of the Year. Of       all our youth and adults at the dance.              word tee-shirt and a trip to Magic Springs.
 level and won there also. Regional winners                                                                                                                                      the four candidates, he                                                           Research shows for every million words you
 were: Piper Baker won overall; Maddie Slatton                                                                                                                                   was voted as Malvern’s        Sixth Grade Band                                    read on or above your grade level, you gain
 won third place overall; and Violet Moore won          Our EAST students worked on the Outdoor                                                                                  Teacher of the Year at the        The sixth grade beginning band recently         7,000 new vocabulary words. Mrs. Cummings
 second place for 2nd grade.                        Classroom. They prepared a wildflower garden,                                                                                April Board meeting. The      performed their spring concert for friends and      and Mrs. B., Princpal, are very proud of the
                                                    animal track boxes, and made birdhouses.                                                                faculty, students, principal and his wife, Gay     family. From all indications it appears that        increase in vocabulary their students have
                                                    Once it was all set up, all of our classes had                                                          Hughes of Arkadelphia, gathered early the          next year’s seventh grade band will be very         gained in the million word reading count each
                                                    the opportunity to take advantage of the                                                                next morning and made the surprise                 good. The beginners did a great job this year       year.
                                                    Outdoor Classroom. It was a great addition to                                                           announcement. According to his best friend         learning new instruments.
                                                    our learning environment!                                                                               and co-worker, he was speechless for the                                                               Gifted and Talented / EAST Program
                                                        Also this spring, a group of EAST students                                                          first time. He is rewarded with a $100 gift        Fifth Grade Literacy/ Language Arts                 Student Learn to Find Ancestors
                                                    (Sarah Totten, Olivia Johnson, and Harley                                                               card from Wal-Mart and a $500 check from               Ms. Fitzhugh’s literacy classes researched           Students from the Gifted and Talented
                                                    McKeehan) organized several fundraisers to                                                              Southern Bancorp. Wilson Intermediate              people and events from the Revolutionary            and EAST Programs were invited to the Hot
                                                    benefit Relay for Life. One of those events was                                                         School is also rewarding him with a day off to     War. Students studied this war in Social            Spring County Historical Society to get a
                                                                                                           In May and June, students in all grade levels    take a weekend trip with his wife.                 Studies and read Woods Runner by Gary               lesson in genealogy. Society members met
                                                                                                      were recognized at Award Ceremonies. The                   Mr. Hughes has thirteen (13) years of         Paulsen in Literacy; which is set during this       with the students after hours at the Hot
                                                                                                      students at MES accomplished many great               experience, all as a sixth grade teacher at        time period. Each student presented his or          Spring County Library and provided them
                                                                                                      things this year. Our 4th graders are ready to        Wilson Intermediate School in Malvern. For         her research in class during the final week of      with a pedigree chart to fill out and introduced
     The 4th graders performed an outstanding                                                         move on to WIS, and our other students are            two years, Thelton worked as a co-teacher          May. Some chose to role play an event from          them to some of the online resources available
 show called Rock ‘n Roll Forever this spring, as                                                     certainly ready for the next grade. Plans are         with the special education teacher to include      the life of the person they researched. Others      to investigate their family tree. Before the
 well. The audience couldn’t keep still as the                                                        already in the works for a fabulous 2011-2012
                                                                                                                                                            all the special needs students in his math         drew maps or created posters depicting              students got started on their research, county
 students sang and danced to familiar songs that                                                      at Malvern Elementary where the students show
                                                                                                                                                            classroom. He takes a personal, one to one         uniforms of the soldiers from the American          librarian Ashley Parker, gave them an intro-
 helped influence Rock and Roll music that we                                                         passion for learning, pride for their school, and
                                                                                                                                                            approach to students and their learning.           Revolution.                                         duction to the library. The library has access
 know today.                                                                                          strive for excellence daily.
                                                                                                                                                            Thelton’s successful relationships with his            Mrs. Keisler’s literacy classes read a          to 26 computers and a genealogy section.
                                                                                                                                                            students have led to sustained improvement         series of passages that focused on “People          The group will be returning in September. For
                                                                                                                                                            in their academic achievement and growth.          Who Made a Difference.” They read about             more information, you may contact Mrs.
                                                                                                                                                            He was one of the WIS math teachers                Nelson Mandela, George Washington Carver,           Susan Bryant.
News from Malvern Junior High School                                                                                                                        recognized this year by the NCEA /ACT              Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, Susan B. Anthony,
                                                                                                                                                            foundation for higher performing schools in        and Chiune Sugihara. The actions of these           Library Writing Contest
                                                                                                                                                            mathematics. This was due to sustained             people made a very positive difference in the           In honor of National Library Week the
 MJHS Holds Registration /Orientation               make students aware of the dangers related            Following the ceremony a reception was            math achievement over a three year period.         lives of others. The students wrote essays          Hot Spring County Library offered a writing
     On May 2nd and 3rd, the Malvern Junior         to cyber crimes and cyber bullying. Carol         held and sponsored by the Office of the                    “Mr. T.,” as we call him at WIS, is one       about the three people whom they feel made          contest to youth ages 8 to 18. The topic was:
 High School held registration and orientation      Robinson from the Attorney General’s office       Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic              who stays updated of the newest trends in          the most significant contribution to a better       Describe the library of the future and why it
 for upcoming 7th and 8th graders. Parents          made presentations at all three schools.          Affairs, Arkansans for Gifted and Talented            education as well as the interests of students     way of life for others.                             is important to the community. There were
 and students were invited to attend the event          The presentations for the students            Education (AGATE), the Arkansas School for            from age 10 through high school. As principal,         We also continued to do Word Journeys.          approximately 50 entries for the contest.
 so that students could learn more about the        included, but were not limited to a video,        Math, Science, and Art (ASMSA), and the               I always call on him to assist with technology.    We worked on synonyms , antonyms, prefixes,         Winners were announced at the library's
 school schedule for the 2011-2012 school           questioning, and even a panel discussion.         Center for Gifted Education honoring the              He can discuss music to cell phone, iPod to        and suffixes in addition to reviewing similes,      National Library Week Celebration Party,
 year, hear from teachers about elective            Students learned about the dangers of             students and their families.                          iPads, and, I refer to him as my own personal      metaphors, and idioms. The fiction book for         where the essays were read aloud to the
 courses, and submit course requests.               posting personal information on the Internet,                                                           “snopes investigator.”                             the quarter was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.            public and then the winners were each
     The turn-out by parents and students was       crimes related to texting and posts on social                                                                Mr. Hughes’ personality is best described     This book was excellent for visualizing,            presented with a trophy and a $30 check.
 exceptional. Students who did not attend           networks, and Internet predators.                                                                       by a former student of his, one of our             predicting, identifying plot, character analysis,   This contest was sponsored by Promed and
 the event were provided the opportunity to                                                                                                                 co-workers. She told of what her son had           theme, and other strategies that enhance the        Terry Bracy was present to congratulate
 complete registration information on May 4th.      MJHS Students Recognized                                                                                said about “Mr. T.” “Mom, you know, I think        reading process.                                    the winners. The winners from Wilson
 If a child has not registered for the 2011-12          The annual Arkansas Recognition                                                                     I want to be just like T. Hughes. I mean, he’s         Many students met their Accelerated             Intermediate School were Kait Williams and
 school year and plans on attending MJHS,           Ceremony for the 7th Grade Talent Search                                                                funny and goofy, like me, and he’s good at         Reading Goal. They were rewarded with a             Whit Jones.
 parents or guardians are encouraged to             sponsored by the Duke University Talent                                                                 drums, like me. Yeah, I’m going to be like T.      treat from Hobo Joe’s on one of these hot
 contact the school guidance counselor, Linda       Identification Program was held at the                                                                  Hughes.”                                           early summer days.                                  WIS Fifth Grade Quiz Bowl Team
 Lingo, at 501-332-7530.                            University of Arkansas at Little Rock on                                                                     Mr. Hughes’s job does not end at 3:30.                                                                The following fifth grade students from
                                                    Friday, May 13th. There were over 500                                                                   In addition to his teaching duties, he is the      Wilson Students Enjoy NED Show                      Wilson Intermediate School participated in a
 Cyber Bullying                                     young Arkansans who are just completing                                                                 percussion section instructor of the Wilson            The NED Show was presented at Wilson            quiz bowl tournament at Henderson State
     On May 9, the Malvern Junior High              the seventh grade that met the criteria to                                                              beginning band, Malvern Jr. High and               Intermediate School on May 17. It is a              University sponsored by Dawson Education
 School EAST program organized assemblies           attend the state ceremony. Two students                                                                 Malvern High School Bands. At WIS, he              program experienced by nearly 2 million kids        Co-op: Leslie Paul, Kristen Jones, Aubrey
 for Malvern Elementary School, Wilson              from Malvern Junior High School were                                                                    takes one of his two daily conference periods      a year worldwide. The assembly combined             Nix, Anjel Poole, and Whit Jones. There were
 Intermediate, and MJHS in connection with          recognized. They were Bradley Robinson                                                                  to teach the percussion band students in his       a great message with yo-yos, humor and              approximately 50 students who participated
 the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office to          and Haley Dingler (shown at right).                                                                     classroom. His duties include composing            audience participation to teach students how        from 8 different school districts.

                                         Malvern School District Newsletter • June 2011                                                                                                                       PASSION • PRIDE • EXCELLENCE

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