Helena-West Helena School District “Excellence Without Excuses” The Cougars Den December 2009 Issue 2 Schools of Excellence Under the supervision of Principal Joyce Stevenson, Beech Crest Elementary School has received an award of Excellence for the 2008-2009 school year from the Arkansas Department of Education. Schools are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 representing Schools of Excellence. Being no stranger to achievement and hard work, Beech Crest Elementary has scored a 5 for the second consecutive year. The score is based on the above or at proficient levels scored by third through eighth grade students on the Arkansas Augmented Benchmark Exams distributed to all public schools in the state of Arkansas. “Teachers and students make an agreement. They agree to come early and stay late in order to reach the set goals” stated Principal Stevenson. In the morning before school begins, students are able to use the Success Maker Computer Program under the supervision of Charlotte Jones, which tracks progress and weaknesses for each individual child and aligns lessons accordingly. L toR. Joyce Stevenson, Charlotte Jones, Aurelia Echols, Karen Randolph, and Also making academic waves is J.F. Wahl, under the direction of June Fears Principal Becky Alexander. J.F. Wahl was also recognized by the Arkansas School Recognition Program receiving a score of a 4 for the second consecutive year which recognizes the school as Exceeding Improvement Standards. This year, however, marked an additional achievement for the In This Issue… previously mentioned award recipients. This was the first year a monetary award was attached to the school achievements which is a Exemplary Schools…………1 good tool to further equip and motivate our students and teachers as Tis the Season……………….2 they gear for future successes. December Events…………..2 Holiday Recipe……………….3 Responsibility. Accountability. Results. A Season for Giving In this season of giving, the Helena-West Helena School District in cooperation with Together for Hope, gave coats to students in need. On Friday, December 4 at the Helena Community Center, families were invited out for a night of giving, learning, and feasting. Over 120 students ranging from ages two to twelve were given new or gently used coats for the cold winter months at no charge to the families. Responsibility. Accountability. In addition to this gift of giving, parents and students were able to participate Results. in workshops further promoting the spirit of family and community within the District. Students were able to make gifts to give to their parents over the holiday season, and families were also served dinner with an opportunity to meet, greet, and socialize all in the holiday spirit of giving. Happy Holidays to each and every family from the Helena– West Helena School District! December Events December 4 December 14 Christmas Parade Helena Home for the Holidays 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Taking place downtown Helena Central High Gymnasium, showcasing the talents of the students of the Helena- showcasing several bands, the West Helena School District Mayor, and Superintendent December 15-16 December 5 Project Discover Christmas Festival See the talents of students at Beech Crest and West Side at this project fair. 12:00 p.m. Downtown Cherry Street free admission and fun for the entire December 16-17 family District Wide Staff Meeting 3:30 p.m. December 11 J.F. Wahl cafeteria, district employees can find out if their future is secure. Talk Christmas in Memphis to Carl Thomas of Farmers Insurance 9:00 a.m. District wide field trip to MyPac December 18-20 Memphis Holiday Celebration and Love Came Down at Christmas An original stage musical by Kyle T. Miller featuring an all star cast including much, much more! Roosevelt Griffin Jr (“Jimmy Early” in Dreamgirls) Chocolate Crunchies 1 package (16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough 1/2 cup sweetened cocoa powder 1 egg 3 bars (1.55 ounces each) milk chocolate with crisp rice candy 1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. 2. Combine dough, cocoa and egg in large bowl; beat until blended. Stir in candy. Shape dough into 36 balls; place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. 3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Let cool on cookie sheet. Responsibility. Accountability. Results.
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