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ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASMSA) - Corey Alderdice, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a summit focusing on the disparity in academic performance between lower-income and higher-income students at advanced levels.

“Closing the Excellence Gap: Advocating for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students” was a two-day summit hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on Feb. 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The Cooke Foundation in a nonprofit organization that offers the largest scholarships in the country to high-performing students who have financial need.

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

HOTSPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A press conference will be held Friday, Jan. 23 by Lakeside School District Superintendent Shawn Cook who will announce a partnership between the school district and National Park Community College. 

Lakeside School District plans for the conjunction to offer a two year associate degree for their students at no cost to their family. 

The conference will be held at the Lakeside High School auditorium, Friday at noon. 

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 30, 2014) - After school snacks and dinners are underway all over the state for the new school year. This year the Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is sponsoring after school snacks for approximately 1,700 children at 16 after school centers in 9 counties. In addition to snacks, 2 centers will also serve dinner 3 nights a week.

All centers are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's At Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Center Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children after school, many of whom may be not be able to eat again until breakfast at school the next day.

Nutritious snacks and/or dinners will be provided to all children without charge and the same meals will be served to all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum

Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas educators say the next governor of the state will need to help teachers overcome low pay and high health insurance premiums.

At a forum Tuesday in Hot Springs, the major-party nominees for governor told a meeting of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center they were sympathetic but that their ability to help is limited.

Responding to a question from the audience, Democratic candidate Mike Ross said tax cuts passed last year amid negotiations in Arkansas' Medicaid program will likely limit revenue growth to $50 million next year.

Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson agreed to the need to increase teacher pay and control insurance costs but told the crowd the next governor will face a challenge doing so.

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Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Exams are a part of school life for your kids, but there is one that requires no studying but may cause a little anxiety: their annual scoliosis screening.

Parents can help prepare their children for this test and alleviate some of their pre-test stress.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett is here to share some tips on how to get informed and ahead of the curve.

Scoliosis is just a rotational deformity of a child's backbone, when they're bent forward it could look almost like an S or a C. And your pediatrician or your school medical professional can check this out for you.

There are types of scoliosis. There's the idiopathic which has an unknown cause, and then there's congenital which your children would be born with, or a neuromuscular scoliosis which is caused by a medical condition that impacts the nerves or the muscles.