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PCSSD Registration Dates for 2014-15 School Year

PCSSD Registration Dates for 2014-15 School Year

The new student registration dates for the 2014-2015 school year are August 4-8, 2014 at each elementary school and at secondary hub locations. Secondary students can also register throughout the summer at the hub(s), except for the week of July 4.

Tony Wood New Education Commissioner, Fills Role of PCSSD Board

Tony Wood New Education Commissioner, Fills Role of PCSSD Board

The State Board of Education approved Tony Wood as the Arkansas Department of Education commissioner last month. Gov. Mike Beebe previously recommended Wood for the position.... Wood, previously the deputy commissioner, replaced Dr. Tom Kimbrell, who accepted the superintendent position at the Bryant School District.

“Tony Wood is clearly a good choice to be our next commissioner of education,” Gov. Beebe said. “He has always put the needs of students first throughout his academic career, and Tony has carried that philosophy statewide while serving Arkansas as deputy commissioner.”

“While transition is never simple, I cannot imagine being more confident in the leadership of the department and the future of education in Arkansas,” SBE Board Chair Brenda Gullett said. “Tony Wood is an exceptional leader and will be an exceptional commissioner.”

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year

Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year
 

The Arkansas State Board of Health has recently mandated some new immunizations for the 2014-2015 school year.

The law will go into effect September 1, 2014. Students will have until October 1, 2014 to show proof to their school that they have obtained the needed vaccines. If a parent cannot provide documentation that the student has received the necessary vaccines by October 1, 2014, the student will be excluded from school at that time. The student will not be allowed to enter school until the necessary documentation is provided.

Warren Dupree Student Wins InvestWrite Challenge

Warren Dupree Student Wins InvestWrite Challenge

The state’s best elementary school finance writer is a PCSSD fifth-grader!

It takes years to build up the financial savvy to navigate the markets. But Dylan Mosakowski is decades ahead of the game. He just won distinction as the first place state winner in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. Clark, a fifth-grade student at Warren Dupree Elementary School in Jacksonville, claims this recognition in the elementary school division in the Spring 2014 competition.

InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, challenges 4th - 12th graders to analyze investments and recommend portfolio allocations targeting financial goals.

Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf putting on Rummage Sale

Arkansas Registry of  Interpreters for the Deaf putting on Rummage Sale

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARID) - ARID (Arkansas Registry of  Interpreters for the Deaf) is putting on a Spring Cleaning Rummage Sale which benefits ARID's 2015 Biennial Conference. These conferences allow Interpreters to continue their education, so they may provide the most excellent service to our Deaf Community.

The Rummage Sale event is Sat., June 7 starting at 7 a.m. and going until the last patron. It will be located at Arkansas School for the Deaf Tornado Shelter at 2400 W. Markham in Little Rock, AR.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.