STATEMENT FROM THE MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT Today, Magnolia High School received information of a possible threat of violence. The Magnolia Police Department was called and police officers actively investigated all claims. As of this time, no credible threat has been substantiated and there is no active threat to students or staff. The Magnolia School District will be diligent in the safety and security of all students and staff on all District campuses. A police presence will be on all school campuses on Thursday, October 28. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Magnolia School District is aware of a threat toward Magnolia High School last night on a social media platform. School personnel are working with the Magnolia Police Department to resolve the matter. School resource officers are also on campus to aide in the investigation. We appreciate your support and patience.
COVID-19 Protocol Change for K-12 Schools During a press conference on Tuesday, October 19, Governor Asa Hutchinson in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health announced changes to the COVID-19 Protocol for K-12 schools. This change is limited to the school setting. The definition of a close contact in a school setting has changed from within six feet for fifteen minutes to within three feet for fifteen minutes. Reminder THREE EXCEPTIONS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A CLOSE CONTACT TO QUARANTINE: 1. Fully vaccinated – If a person is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive case, they are not required to quarantine. 2. 90-day immunity – If a person is in their 90-day immunity window from having been positive and they are exposed to a positive case, they are not required to quarantine. 3. Proper mask wearing – If BOTH a positive case and a close contact are properly masked during the exposure period, the close contact is not required to quarantine.
October has been declared National Economic Education Month! Magnolia Schools will be celebrating all month long with fun, engaging activities in our schools. Here are some great resources to participate at home! - bit.ly/ecoar21 pic.twitter.com/JkTr7bnbre #PANTHERNATION
Currently, our positivity rate is below 8%. As a result, the requirement for masks to be worn by all school district employees, students, and visitors while inside any school district building, bus, van, or other vehicles is no longer in place. Masks have proven to reduce the number of quarantines as a result of being identified as a close contact. All protocols for quarantines remain in place, and those individuals not properly wearing a mask and/or those who have not received full vaccination, will be required to quarantine if identified as a close contact. We encourage you to consider continuing to wear a mask to reduce the potential of being quarantined, as well as to limit the spread of COVID-19. Should the 14-day average positivity rate in Columbia County exceed 8%, this policy will be reinstated.
We had a successful Panther Partner Planning Meeting! We are excited for the great things to come this year for our students and staff! Thank you to these Panther Partners for attending! Cindy Martin and Krystal Goodwin - Magnolia Group Real Estate Professionals Amanda Anderson - MJCL Rebecca Gosnell - MJCL and Farmers Bank & Trust Bonnie Keith - MJCL & Magnolia Chamber Anne Sands - Southern Arkansas University Whitney Peterson - Mustard Seed Wealth Management Haley Neill and Debbie Arnold - Peoples Bank Jeff Venable - BancorpSouth Rev. Gary Maskell - First United Methodist Church Stayce Rich - Greg Rich & Associates Andrew Hinkle - Southern Aluminum & Leadership Magnolia
Interested in being a Panther Partner?!?! Not sure what a PANTHER PARTNER is?!?! PANTHER PARTNERS is a volunteer program designed to build effective partnerships between the community and East Side to promote and enhance student learning. Volunteer Opportunities Include: Rewards/Incentives for Students and Staff Providing Supplies Being a Guest Speaker Being a Reader Donating to the Clothing Closet Donating to the Food Pantry Providing Discounts to Employees Host Field Trips Providing Job Shadowing Opportunities Project Funding Volunteer Time Join us for an informational meeting Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 9am in the Old 3rd Grade Cafeteria!
JESSICA TALLEY WINS BESSIE B. MOORE AWARD East Side Elementary School teacher, Jessica Talley, was recently surprised at a pep assembly given in her honor. Surrounded by the second grade student body, East Side teachers, and District personnel, Mrs. Talley was recognized as one of five Economics Arkansas’ Bessie B. Moore award winners for the 2020-2021 school year. Marsha Masters, Associate Director of Economics Arkansas presented Mrs. Talley with the “Bessie” award and a check for $1,000. Economics Arkansas launched the Bessie B. Moore Awards program in 1995 to honor exemplary teachers for successfully developing outstanding economic and personal finance classroom projects. Arkansas educators in grades PreK-12 may enter the program by submitting written descriptions of their creative projects. These projects are reviewed and judged by an independent panel of economic education specialists. The winners receive $1,000 cash awards, statewide recognition and “The Bessie.” During the Magnolia READS financial literacy campaign in the spring of 2021, Jessica used her project, Billy Sure Could; We Sure Can, Too! to integrate economic concepts into her classroom lessons. Her K-2 students participated in various activities to learn about the world of finance and economics. Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Arch Ford, with Dr. Bessie B. Moore as its first executive director, to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free enterprise system. It uses practical, innovative and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students can master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in the free enterprise system.
JOHN WARD SELECTED ARKANSAS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR During the regularly scheduled Magnolia School Board meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021, Superintendent John Ward was surprised with an official visit from members of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators. AAEA Executive Director, Mike Hernandez presented Mr. Ward with the 2021-2022 Arkansas Superintendent of the Year award. Ward starts this fall in his eighth year as superintendent of the Magnolia School District.
We LOVE Music at East Side and we LOVE Ms. King! We think you will too! "Hello! I’m Jaymee King and I’m the new music teacher! I graduated from Magnolia High School and Southern Arkansas University. I love being able to teach in the town that raised me and give back to my community. I am the pianist at my church, Full Faith, and a mother to my one-year-old, Clara! Performing and teaching music is my passion and the students have been sharing that passion with me. I am so excited to be at East Side!"
We are looking for our 2021-2022 Panther Partners! Click this link to find out more details and sign up! https://www.magnoliaschools.net/o/ese/page/panther-partners
This Panther is not new to MSD at all but we are so excited to welcome her to the East Side family! "Hi! My name is Hannah Hardy! I am engaged to Brooks Lynch and plan to get married in May! This is my 1st year teaching first grade. I love being at East Side and truly believe that 1st grade is where I’m meant to be!!"
Ms. Light completed her student teaching in Kindergarten last year and even competed in Miss Arkansas this summer! We are so excited to say, "WELCOME HOME!" "My name is Cait Light, and I am one of two new teachers at the Kindergarten! I am a recent graduate of SAU and this is my first year teaching. I decided that I love Magnolia too much to leave, so I was very happy to accept a job at the Magnolia School District. Teaching Kindergarten is my dream job and I am loving every bit of it with my sweet kiddos. I am looking forward to watching them learn and grow throughout the rest of the school year!"
Parents: We need your help to limit the spread of COVID-19 as we enter this school year. PLEASE keep your child at home if they are showing any symptoms such as, runny nose, congestion, headache, fever, dizziness, and fatigue. We understand these may be common symptoms for this time of year, but out of extreme caution, we ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick.
WELCOME TO FIRST GRADE, MRS. HOWELL! "Hi there! My name is Jasmine Howell! I’m married to my wonderful husband, Mikie, and we are expecting our first child, Ivy Joanna, in November! This is my first year teaching first grade. I love being a part of the East Side family and love working with my Explorers!"
Even though Mrs. Torres has been with us since last November, we can officially welcome her to the SECOND GRADE team! WELCOME HOME! "Hey! I’m Sydnee Torres! I was born and raised in Magnolia, so I have always been a Panther! I am so excited to begin my career at what feels like home! The image that best describes me has to be my giant and growing family! ❤️"
Magnolia School District Hosts Formal Unveiling of Magnolia Performing Arts Center The Magnolia School District invites the press and public to attend the formal unveiling of the Magnolia Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2021. The event will begin with MSD board members and school officials taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:00 PM. Magnolia Performing Arts Center viewing is open to the public from 2:15-4:00 PM. “We are excited to welcome all to the MPAC. Its state-of-the-art design allows the freedom and versatility to showcase a variety of performing arts opportunities. We could not be more pleased with the facility and are excited to share this gem with our community.”—Larry Dunn, Director of Performing Arts. Contact Information: Larry Dunn 870.626.0407 email@example.com
MAGNOLIA BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS The Magnolia School District will welcome students back for the first day of school on Monday, August 16. All classes are currently scheduled for on-site instruction. All schools will run on regular schedules with breakfasts and lunches provided the first day. Leading up to the first day of school, District faculty and staff will be involved in several days of professional development and other campus activities. On Monday, August 9, District employees will meet in the new Performing Arts Center on the campus of Magnolia High School where they will be welcomed back by Superintendent, John Ward. During the first day, staff members from each campus will provide presentations related to the overall theme of, “Relationships Matter.” On Tuesday, August 10, staff members will listen virtually to key note speaker, Ron Clark. Clark is a motivational speaker and author and the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year. He is a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of the Ron Clark Academy. Ron Clark brings charisma, energy, and devotion to the education profession. Some of the other topics that will be presented during the week include: • Student Mentoring and Intervention Program • Active Shooter Intruder Response Training • Human Trafficking • Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter Training • Title IX Training • Professional Learning Communities On Friday, August 13, the district will host a Meet the Teacher Visitation Day. Teachers and staff members from each campus will be available and all parents are encouraged to visit each of their child’s teachers and establish a positive working relationship for the academic year. This year, parents are asked to visit campuses on the following schedules. District teachers with school-age children will visit their teachers from 8:00-9:00 am. Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center Time slots will be scheduled to limit the number of parents visiting any one teacher at the same time. Teachers will call parents to notify them of their specific time slot. East Side Elementary School Parents will be mailed a letter notifying them of the schedule below to visit their teacher. Last names beginning with: A – F 9:00 – 10:00 G – O 10:00 – 11:00 P – Z 11:00 – 12:00 Central Elementary School 9:00 – 10:30 Third Grade 10:30 – 12:00 Fourth Grade 1:00 – 2:30 Fifth Grade Magnolia Middle School 9:00 – 10:30 Eighth Grade 10:30 – 12:00 Seventh Grade 1:00 – 2:30 Sixth Grade Magnolia High School 9:00 – 12:00 Ninth-Twelfth Grades
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT WELCOMES NEW TEACHERS The Magnolia School District welcomed thirty-seven new licensed personnel to the District at its annual new teacher orientation training on July 29. New teachers joining East Side Elementary School are Hannah Larey, kindergarten; Cait Light, kindergarten; Kimberly Bolyer, first grade; Brittany Hilliard, first grade; Jasmine Howell, first grade; Sydnee Torres, second grade; and Jaymee King, music. New teachers at Central Elementary School include Lana Brock, third grade; Emma McWilliams, third grade; Stacy Garcia, fifth grade; Gabrielle Gleason, fifth grade; Alisha Goodner, fifth grade; Elizabeth Liberty, fifth grade; and Mallary Bowser, special education. The Magnolia Middle School’s new teachers are Brianna Burton, English; Trey Davis, PE/health/coach; Scarlett Duncan, English; Charlotte Foster, English; Rachael Jones, science; Crissy Klober, special education; Andrea Muldrew, science; Isabella Munson, band; Aaron Nelson, social studies; Lacey Stuart, dyslexia interventionist; and Courtney Williams, PE/health/coach. New teachers at Magnolia High School this year will be Ethan Danner, English; Mathew Foss, audio/video; Megan Haire, critical reading; Erin McKenzie, English; Ricky McWilliams, special education; Spencer Reaves, mathematics; Jeff Savage, coach; Diamond Snyder, family and consumer science; Cameron Vaughan, TV production; Eden Walker, theater; Alex Whaley, special education; and Shanae Williams, PE/health/coach.
Important Announcements -Student letters will be mailed on Friday, August 6. Please do not call the office if you don't receive a letter. You will be able to stop by the office to find out who your child's teacher is during Meet the Teacher. -Meet the Teacher will be Friday, August 13. Students with last names A-F come from 9am-10am. Students with last names G-O come from 10am-11am. Student with last names P-Z come from 11am-12pm. -First Day of School is August 16, 2021. -Drop off begins at 7:30am and ends at 8:00am.
Friendly Reminder! MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINIC The Magnolia School District will host a Back-To-School COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 28. The clinic will be held in Panther Arena and start at 2:00 PM. During this clinic, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. A follow-up clinic for the second dose of the vaccine will be held in approximately three to four weeks. This clinic is for District students (age 12 and older) and District staff members. Parents who want their students (age 12 and older) to receive the vaccine and staff members who want the vaccine should phone the District Administration building at 234-4933 and give their name, student's name and age, and phone number. Immunization forms must be completed prior to receiving the vaccine. Forms can be picked up at the front desk of the District Administration Building across the street from Magnolia High School. STUDENTS (AGE 12 AND OLDER) AND STAFF MEMBERS WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED (TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THEIR SECOND DOSE) WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE IF THEY SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE EXPOSED TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE.
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINIC The Magnolia School District will host a Back-To-School COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, July 28. The clinic will be held in Panther Arena and start at 2:00 PM. During this clinic, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. A follow-up clinic for the second dose of the vaccine will be held in approximately three to four weeks. This clinic is for District students (age 12 and older) and District staff members. Parents who want their students (age 12 and older) to receive the vaccine and staff members who want the vaccine should phone the District Administration building at 234-4933 and give their name, student's name and age, and phone number. Immunization forms must be completed prior to receiving the vaccine. Forms can be picked up at the front desk of the District Administration Building across the street from Magnolia High School. STUDENTS (AGE 12 AND OLDER) AND STAFF MEMBERS WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED (TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THEIR SECOND DOSE) WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE IF THEY SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE EXPOSED TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE.
Thank you to everyone who purchased keychains and cards during our economics unit. We learned so many new things about running a business! We are very proud to have raised $595. Each class voted on donating to CCAPS, The Stewpot, or splitting it between the two! That will help both out a lot. THANK YOU! 🐾❤️🥫
Due to a shortage of drivers, the leaf bus will be running about 40-45 minutes late Monday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Here are the interactive links for our KidVent fair! Thanks again to everyone who helped with Magnolia READS! Kinder: https://www.thinglink.com/card/1447058001113382914 1st Grade: https://www.thinglink.com/card/1447303543559028739 2nd Grade: https://www.thinglink.com/card/1447308194559819779 Virtual: https://www.thinglink.com/card/1447318884599201795
Today concludes the Magnolia READS financial literacy project for East Side and Central Elementary Schools. In today’s video, Mr. Ward, Mrs. Rader, and Mrs. Waters share some final thoughts and words of appreciation. Click the link below to view the final Magnolia READS video. https://youtu.be/t_lhy1K7F9k
Mrs. Talley makes robotics fun! 🤖
Thank you! Thank you! We have had an awesome response to selling our keychains and our cards (just started on those today!) We raised over $200 to donate on the keychains! The first graders were split on the projects, so if you didn’t get a card note, no worries! I wanted to send a color picture so you could see the details better! Thanks again for all your support. We will sell them the rest of this week and all of next week! 💌
The final student entrepreneur video for Magnolia READS comes from Maggie McDonald, a sophomore at Magnolia High School. Maggie shares her journey to becoming the owner of M² Genetics and Testing. Click the link below to hear Maggie’s story of becoming a business owner at the age of fifteen. https://youtu.be/08mADMPXGuU
The Magnolia School District appreciates Farmers Bank and Trust for being a partner for the second year in the Magnolia READS project. Jason Ray, a 1997 graduate of Magnolia High School and Vice President of Commercial Lending at Farmers Bank and Trust, shares his thoughts on the importance of Magnolia READS and students learning financial literacy at a young age. Click the link below to watch Jason’s video. https://youtu.be/VW7q1GLIA10
Last week, we worked on our keychains and note card designs! Keychains will be finished up soon, and cards are going to the printer tomorrow! 🤗So excited, and the kids are too!! Notes will be sent home if you would like to purchase a keychain or card/cards. Each class will chose to donate our profits to either CCAPS or The Stewpot. Thank you in advance if you can help out with this project! We’ll learn more about advertising, how packaging makes a difference to consumers, and work on “shipping” (sending home with your student) this week and next as we finish up these crafts. ✂️🖍
The Magnolia School District appreciates Marsha Masters, the Associate Director of Economics Arkansas, for sending a video sharing her thoughts on the Magnolia READS financial literacy project. Economics Arkansas is one of the sponsors of Magnolia READS. Click below to hear Marsha Masters. https://youtu.be/2Jda5LCiIEM
Tristan Malone, a senior at Magnolia High School, opened his business, Sub-Zero New Orleans Style Shaved Ice, at the end of his freshman year. Using the advice provided from his business-owner dad, and the skills he learned in his eighth grade Career Development class, Tristan set out to be a business owner at the age of fifteen. In his video, Tristan shares what he has learned on his path to being an entrepreneur. Click the link below to hear Tristan’s story. https://youtu.be/9a71qLm1pI4
Panther Plaza, Magnolia High School’s Panther merchandise store, opened in October 2018. In today’s Magnolia READS video, MHS teacher, Wendy Love, and students in her Marketing and Small Business Operations classes share the history behind Panther Plaza, the hands-on knowledge, experience, and certification gained by being a student working in the store, and the daily process of maintaining a successful business. Click the link below to hear about Panther Plaza’s journey to being a campus business. https://youtu.be/lImChyXQdEY
The next video in the Magnolia READS series comes from Randy Reed, a 1976 graduate of Magnolia High School. Randy, the owner of R.L. Reed Funeral Home, shares the career experiences that led him to becoming a business owner in 2016 after working in the funeral home business for thirty-six years. Click the link below to watch Randy’s video. https://youtu.be/0cBtbGRCtcY
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur is a twelve-year-old inventor and CEO of his own business. In today's video for Magnolia READS, Magnolia High School senior, Tanner Neilsen, shares how he began his landscaping and lawn care business at nine years old and what he has learned from running his own business. Click the link below to view Tanner’s video. https://youtu.be/wdBNPg4L_rI
Just as it takes a village to help Billy Sure run his business, it also takes a village to run Panthers’ Pet Spa, the newly established grooming business at Magnolia High School. Mrs. Elam, MHS agriculture teacher, and students in her Advanced Animal Science and Agriculture Business classes talk about the hands-on experience they are getting in what it takes to start a business, market a business, and keep the business running smoothly and successfully. Click the link below to hear about Panthers’ Pet Spa. https://youtu.be/x3YNYFBZ1BY
Next in the series of videos for Magnolia READS is Jessica Weldon Waller, a 2006 graduate of Magnolia High School. Jessica, owner of Southern Roots Hair Salon in Emerson shares her journey to becoming a stylist, cosmetologist, and owner of her business. Click the link below to view Jessica’s story. https://youtu.be/1Ms4Qb8PX24
Magnolia School District will host its annual District-wide art show in the Panther Arena May 5-8. This year’s theme is “An Appetite for ART” and the community is cordially invited to attend the exhibition. Art will be included from all district campuses. You do not want to miss it! Come and support the visual arts of Magnolia School District! Students will be visiting May 5-6 during school hours. The art show will be open to the public May 5 and May 6 from 3:30-5 pm, May 7 from 10 am-5 PM, and May 8 from 10 am-2 pm. This year, 2021 Magnolia District Art Show T-shirts will also be sold. Money raised from the T-shirt sales will help support the art students and will go towards the cost of putting on this year’s art show. Anyone wishing to order a T-shirt should print and fill out the order form, then turn it in to a campus art teacher along with cash or check. All orders need to be turned in by April 21. Checks should be made out to Magnolia Art Club. Click below for a T-shirt order form https://5il.co/rfqk
Magnolia School District will host its annual District-wide art show in the Panther Arena May 5-8. This year’s theme is “An Appetite for ART” and the community is cordially invited to attend the exhibition. Art will be included from all district campuses. You do not want to miss it! Come and support the visual arts of Magnolia School District! Students will be visiting May 5-6 during school hours. The art show will be open to the public May 5 and May 6 from 3:30-5 pm, May 7 from 10 am-5 PM, and May 8 from 10 am-2 pm. This year, 2021 Magnolia District Art Show T-shirts will also be sold. Money raised from the T-shirt sales will help support the art students and will go towards the cost of putting on this year’s art show. Anyone wishing to order a T-shirt should print and fill out the order form, then turn it in to a campus art teacher along with cash or check. All orders need to be turned in by April 21. Checks should be made out to Magnolia Art Club Click below for a T-shirt order form https://5il.co/rfqk
In the book Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur, the main character is a twelve-year-old boy who is an inventor and CEO of his own business. Tatum Carter, a sixth grader at Magnolia Middle School, is also twelve years old and began her business, Tatum’s Tasty Treats, in the spring of 2020. Click on the link below to watch Tatum share her adventures as a baker and business owner. https://youtu.be/-mF5mmBq1dc
TALLEY CHOSEN AS EAST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR East Side Elementary School teacher, Jessica Talley, was recently selected as the campus 2021 Teacher of the Year. Talley is a 2003 graduate of Magnolia High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Arkansas University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Jessica has taught in the Magnolia School District for 14 years. She began her career teaching first grade, taught 10 years in second, and has been the technology lab teacher for the past three years. Talley represents East Side as an ambassador for many educational technology platforms and early coding robots. She has also transformed her old second grade classroom into a Makerspace using East Side’s technology. Her students have learned how to make green screen videos, do stop motion animation, and create posters and cards using educational photo collage apps. She loves helping her K-2 students find new ways to use technology besides just gaming and hopes that some of the projects she has done with them will spark further curiosity as they grow up in this digital age. Talley is married to Zachary Talley and has three children: Brin, age 10; Sebastian, 5; and Barrett, 1. She enjoys decorating, watching movies and doing crafts with her children, and cheering on the Muleriders with her family.
Kory Waller, a 1994 Magnolia High School graduate and owner of Waller Wealth Management, talks about his path to becoming a business owner and entrepreneur. Click the link below to view Kory's video. https://youtu.be/OO6oa7nHUAg
Shermar Easter, a 2019 Magnolia High School graduate and owner of Hot Shots Magnolia Delivery Service, talks about his journey as a business owner and entrepreneur. Click the link below to view Shermar's interview! https://youtu.be/bzG8wMAyNQM
Magnolia READS Kick-off On Monday, April 5, students at East Side and Central Elementary Schools will once again embark on a special project, an all-school book club and financial literacy project. For the past three years, this enterprise has been called One District, One Book. The theme for this year’s event is Magnolia READS. The acronym READS stands for Reading Empowers All District Students. While students at the elementary schools will read the book, middle and high school students will also be involved in this project. Each kindergarten through fifth grade family will receive a copy of the same book—Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe. Families are encouraged to make time to participate in this fun and worthwhile family activity. Reading aloud at home with your children is a valuable experience that better prepares your child to be an effective reader. For the second year, Farmers Bank & Trust Co. is collaborating with the District on the Magnolia READS project. Farmers purchased the book Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur for all the students and staff in grades K-5. Economics Arkansas also partnered in the project. They helped supply the students and staff with resources to use while reading Billy Sure. Angie Saldana, a senior at Magnolia High School, designed the Magnolia READS logo. Angie is a student in Advanced Placement 2D Art. She is the daughter of Irma and Damian Saldana. The District extends our deepest appreciation to Farmers Bank & Trust for the donation to purchase the Magnolia READS books and materials, Economics Arkansas for supplying the supplemental resources, and Angie Saldana for designing the Magnolia READS logo.
MALONE SELECTED AS SHAPE ARKANSAS ELEMENTARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR The Arkansas Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) recently selected East Side Elementary School’s Shelly Malone as the 2020-2021 SHAPE Arkansas Elementary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes PE teachers who promote and support quality physical education in Arkansas and a physical education curriculum that supports the highest quality for excellence in teaching. Award winners demonstrate high moral character and personal integrity who by their leadership and industry have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of teaching health, dance, or physical education in the state. This award qualifies Coach Malone to enter the SHAPE America Southern District Teacher of the Year competition. SHAPE Arkansas is an affiliation of the national organization, Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America. Coach Malone serves as the K-2 PE/Health teacher at East Side Elementary School and the head tennis coach at Magnolia High School. Shelly was nominated by the South Central Service Cooperative in Camden.
Mr. Ward introduces the 2021 Magnolia READS financial literacy project. https://youtu.be/CbRQ7f-bOrs
Off-Site Remote Learning for all students Friday, April 2, 2021! Work will be sent home for Friday and must be completed upon return Monday, April 5, 2021. Thanks!
All power back on. All campuses will be open. We apologize for inconvenience.
All power back on. All campuses will be open. We apologize for inconvenience.
Due to large power outage, Central Elementary school and Magnolia Middle school will be closed today. Magnolia High school, East side, kindergarten and Walker will remain open.
The deadline for purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook has been extended! They are $15. You can send money to the school or pay online at ybpay.lifetouch.com ID code: 12700421 We also have a few of last year's yearbooks if you would like one for $5. Just send money with your child, and we can get you one!
With more winter precipitation moving into our area the MPS will be closed for on-site instruction Thu., Feb. 18 and Fri., Feb. 19. Students and staff will continue with remote learning and instruction. All buildings will be closed. Be safe, stay warm and have fun.
MPS will pivot to Remote Learning through Wed., Feb. 17. While we realize the chances are high that conditions will not improve, we will continue to assess weather and roads and announce plans for remainder of the week on Wednesday. Please be safe and enjoy the snow!
Even virtual students had fun decorating a shirt for 100 day!
National School Counselor Week in Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed the week of February 1-5, 2021 as National School Counselor Week in Arkansas to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within the U.S. school system and how students are different because of what they do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students meet their college and career aspirations. The Magnolia School District recognizes the contributions of nine school counselors employed by the District. Each day these counselors make significant contributions to lives of our children. The District greatly appreciates the remarkable work these counselors do to provide a positive influence on the future of all students. The Magnolia School District counselors include: Judy Barham – Kindergarten Center at East Side Anissa Franks – East Side Elementary School Kerri Ochs – Central Elementary School Karnesia George – Central Elementary School Brandi Lewis – Magnolia Middle School Kelly Ribble – Magnolia Middle School Tracy Card – Magnolia High School Freshman Academy Mary Heinze – Magnolia High School Jill Callicott – Magnolia High School
East Side February News 2021 • 100th Day of School Celebration Tuesday, February 2. • Progress reports February 4. • Valentine’s Day parties February 11 all at 2:00pm. Parents note: In an effort to ensure safety measures are followed, all party supplies and treats must be sent with your child to school. Deliveries at the front will not be accepted. • No school for students or staff February 12 and 15. (Virtual Learning Days) • Class/Group pictures February 17. • Parent/Teacher conferences February 18.
January is School Board Appreciation Month! We are proud to recognize our school board members who work tirelessly for our district! Last night Mrs. Graham and students gifted these individuals, Mr. Ward, and Mrs. Shemas with artwork they can display on their desks! We want them to be able to look at these and remember what they do DOES indeed make a difference! Thank you! 2021 School Board Members: Mike Waters President William Watson Vice-President Steven Souter Secretary Roger Loper Board Member Lynsandra Curry Board Member Presenting Students: Pierre Hawkins Arleigh Walthall Sloane Waller Jace Proctor Ethan Valencia Jana Elamani Miller Britt
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUES REMOTE LEARNING FRIDAY The Magnolia School District will continue Remote Learning Friday during the spring semester for students in grades K-12. The first Remote Learning Friday of the semester will be January 8, 2021. The purpose of Remote Learning Friday is to allow teachers time to work specifically with virtual students and to plan and prepare lessons for virtual and on-site students. This will benefit all students because it will improve the quality of instruction for both options. Parents are reminded that buses will not run morning or evening routes. Breakfast and lunch will be served on each campus for students in attendance and for those who just come on campus for meals. Walker Pre-K will remain open on its regular schedule; however, buses will not run. Parents will need to bring students to Walker Pre-K in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. For Remote Learning Plans for each school, please visit www.magnoliaschools.net.
Jessica Christenson, Matilda Jane Team Leader, recently held THANK A TEACHER CAMPAIGN! Sixty nine staff teachers and staff members at East Side Elementary where blessed with a Matilda Jane mug with a handmade hot cocoa bomb inside! All proceeds from this event were donated to the Local Circle of Friends Chapter! Thank you for spreading the love, Jessica and community! This was absolutely beautiful and there were lots of smiles on the adults’ faces today!
Magnolia Junior Charity League would like to recognize Bodcaw Bank as a Platinum Presenting Partner for the 2020-2021 Backpack program sponsored by MJCL. These funds will be used to purchase food sacks for students enrolled in the Backpack food program in Columbia County schools and for the new Food Pantries for Middle & High school students. Last year, over 250 students were enrolled in the backpack program and over 1,000 bags were distributed in the summer program throughout the county at various pickup locations. “We are so thankful for Bodcaw Bank joining us this year as a Presenting Platinum partner for our Backpack food program. We are looking forward to partnering with them in the future and are thankful for their support of MJCL this year.” -Anna Smith, MJCL 2020-2021 President Each Friday, children in grades K-6 who are enrolled in the Backpack program receive easy to open food placed in their bag to take home for the weekend. This fall, MJCL has made an expansion of the Backpack program to include the new Food Pantry, after meeting with local school administrators. They expressed their concern for the older children in middle and high schools that face hunger every day. Each pantry is stocked with various snacks and meal options for students who administrators, teachers, coaches, and counselors feel need extra nutritional support. Every year, MJCL partners with local churches to raise funds to support the Backpack program. This year, MJCL has been seeking additional local partnerships, such as the partnership with Bodcaw Bank, throughout the county to support the expansion of services for our children. MJCL looks forward to the opportunity of growing the Backpack and Pantry programs in the future to combat hunger in Columbia County. For more information on how you can donate to this need, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for Friday night’s games (Boys9th JV and Varsity) vs Ashdown will be available to purchase starting Wednesday morning at 8:00am in the ANNEX building. CASH ONLY All tickets are $5. You can only purchase a max of 6 tickets. Due to COVID 19 attendance will be limited
It’s coming!!! Our Annual Canned Food Drive that benefits the Stewpot! The Stewpot is a local ministry run by First United Methodist Church that serves over 600 hot meals each week! This is the biggest donation each year and the Stewpot couldn’t do it without our help! Collection dates are November 16 - December 16!
MMS ANNOUNCES DROP OFF SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 19 The intersection of Dudney and East North streets is currently being blocked to work on a broken gas line. The gas line has been fixed but the intersection will be blocked until further notice. To help alleviate congestion when dropping off students at MMS, parents are asked to use the following arrival times on Thursday 11-19-20. All drops off will be in the MMS parking lot. Please do not drop students off on McNeil street behind MMS. 8th grade 7:30 7th grade 7:45 6th grade 8:00
Thank you, Farmers! Your continued support of our SOTM program is such a blessing! Your willingness to pour into our students shows that you care about our community! Jason Ray spoke to the parents about how honored Farmers is to be part of this program that rewards our Panthers for being shining stars in class!
From our friends at Southern Arkansas University: It is so hard to believe that Halloween is this weekend! TODAY is the last day to sign up to BOO your friends, family, co-workers, or a child at Magnolia Specialized Services. Please visit https://web.saumag.edu/boo/ for more information and to register. All proceeds will go to Magnolia Specialized Services. We appreciate all of your support and wish you the Happiest of Halloweens! Go Muleriders!
Music and Art collab! 🎨🎵 Wassily Kandinsky was an artist who could 'see colors' when he heard music. So we're doing our own Kandinsky-inspired masterpieces! Mrs. Denmon's class listened to a variety of music and chose the colors that the music 'sounded like' to them. They used those colors to create concentric circles like in Kandinsky's piece 'Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles' from 1913. (You can see it in the last image.) They did a great job!
From our great friends at Southern Arkansas University: Good Afternoon! As we near Halloween, we know that it is important to retain some bit of normalcy in a year that has challenged every bit of normal. We know that some have reservations about Trick or Treating and others want to make every occasion extra special because of all that has been lost this year. Either way, the Southern Arkansas University Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has you covered! All proceeds from this event, will be donated to Magnolia Specialized Services! BOO MY YARD! We will bring Halloween, and Trick or Treating, to you! We are offering several different options, along with delivery within a 15 mile radius of SAU. The last day to sign up is October 27, 2020 Please visit https://web.saumag.edu/boo/, or contact Sage Woodham (email@example.com), for more information! Happy Halloween!
Flu Shot Clinic consent forms are still being accepted for students at Eastside Elementary School, Central Elementary School, and Magnolia High School. Completed forms should be returned to the student's school by the day before their scheduled clinic date. East Side Elementary: October 20 Central Elementary: October 21 Magnolia High School: October 22
MAGNOLIA SCHOOLS REPORT CARD UPDATE The Magnolia School District announces that due to the change to Virtual Learning Friday, report cards for the first nine-weeks grading period will be sent home on Thursday, October 22 instead of Friday, October 23. Report cards for full-time virtual students will be mailed. Any other changes to report card distribution will be announced at a later date.
We are so proud of first grader, Canton! Canton and family are currently in Xenia,Ohio. He will be coming home with a seizure alert dog named Alton who will assist with seizure alert and balance and will be an overall companion. Canton and mom will train for 12 straight days in Ohio before coming back to Magnolia to continue more training. Canton has worked super hard this year in Mrs. Eddy’s and Mrs. Story’s class and we are proud of him!
REMOTE LEARNING FRIDAY Beginning Friday, October 9, 2020, students in grades K-12 will pivot to a Remote Learning Day. Remote Learning Friday will continue through December 18, 2020. The purpose of Remote Learning Friday is to allow teachers time to work specifically with virtual students and to plan and prepare lessons for virtual and on-site students. This will benefit all students because it will improve the quality of instruction for both options. The District realizes this could cause an inconvenience for parents; therefore, students have the option to attend in person. However, buses will not run morning or evening routes. Breakfast and lunch will be served on each campus for students in attendance and for those who just come on campus for meals. Walker Pre-K will remain open on its regular schedule. As a reminder, buses will not run; therefore, parents will need to bring students to Walker Pre-K in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. For Remote Learning Plans for each school, please visit www.magnoliaschools.net. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOLD FLU CLINIC The Magnolia School District will hold its annual Flu Immunization Clinic on the following dates. Walker Campus: Tuesday, October 13 Middle School: Wednesday, October 14 Kindergarten/East Side: Tuesday, October 20 Central: Wednesday, October 21 9Th Grade Academy/High School: Thursday, October 22 Information packets with consent forms will be sent home with students next week. Completed forms should be returned campus offices no later than Tuesday, October 6. Only flu shots will be available this year. Flu mist will not be available. An online registration option is available through the Arkansas Department of Health website: https://adhschoolfluprereg.arkansas.gov/WebsiteContent/Show-WebsiteContent-HomePage.aspx Questions regarding the Flu Clinic should be directed to the nurse on the student’s campus.
We had a successful meeting with our Panther Partners this morning! With all social distancing guidelines and measures in place, we were able to come up with creative ways we can effectively partner with these businesses and organizations to benefit our students this year! It is going to be an exciting year for our students as these talented members of our community will continue to work hard for our school despite the hurdles were are facing! A special thank you to: -Kelli Sawyer - Ben E. Keith -Tom Sawyer - Bodcaw Bank -Melissa Gulley - Central Arkansas Development Council -Jason Ray - Farmers Bank -Cindy Martin and Krystal Goodwin - Magnolia Group Real Estate Professionals -Anna Smith - Magnolia Junior Charity League -Debbie Arnold - Peoples Bank -Anne Sands - Southern Arkansas University It is a great day to be a PANTHER!
MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL HOMCOMING GAME CANCELED Due to COVID-19, the homecoming game between the Magnolia Panthers and the Arkansas High Razorbacks on September 25 has been canceled. The game has been ruled a “no contest.” All homecoming activities will be rescheduled at a date to be determined. The status of the game between the Panthers and Hot Springs Lakeside on October 2 will also be determined at a later date.
Staff Spotlight Sherrill Stockwell - 1st Grade Teacher Favorite Quote: “To each his own.” Years in Education: I have taught 1st graders for 26 years. What are some of your hobbies?: I like riding my bike with my son, Sullivan. I recently learned that I enjoy painting with acrylic paints (mostly nature scenes) and I love to read. Favorite Movie: Any movie with Patrick Swayze Favorite Book: Any book by Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would love to go to Alaska in the winter to see the Northern Lights. I also want to go to Maine to see if the Maine accent is really the way that Stephen King describes it in his books. What are you most excited about for the school year? I am excited about watching all my new first graders bloom this year as we learn all kinds of new and exciting things! Favorite thing about Magnolia Schools: I love how I have my personal family, my East Side family and my Magnolia Public School family. I love them all. Something that might surprise us about you: We have been a foster family for dogs for the past 8 months and we love each and every puppy/dog we meet! Community involvement: Supporter of CCAPS (Columbia County Animal Protection Society) and OCAPS (Ouachita Animal Protection Society).
Staff Spotlight Julie Eddy - Special Education Teacher Favorite Quote: “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell, American Author and Leadership Expert 25 Years in Education Her hobbies include working out, deer hunting, bike riding, fishing, and anything outdoors! If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Alaska What are you most excited about for the school year? Building relationships with my students and families and watching my kids excel Favorite thing about Magnolia Schools: Students, staff and administration! Something that might surprise us about you: I had a double wedding AND I am a cancer survivor!
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUES SEAMLESS SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the extension of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through December 31, 2020. The SSO allows school districts to provide meals at no cost to children 18 and younger. The purpose of the extension is to assure that children have access to nutritious meals while the nation recovers from COVID-19. During the pandemic, USDA has continued to provide flexibilities for the purpose of assisting families and assuring that children are fed whether they attend school in a classroom environment or as virtual students. The Magnolia School District will continue this program starting Tuesday, September 8. This program allows the District to provide meals at no cost regardless of the student’s eligibility status and outside the typically-required group settings and meal times. Parents and guardians may pick up meals at the East Side Elementary cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting September 8. Although students will receive meals at no charge through December 31, 2020, it is imperative that parents continue to work with the Magnolia Food Service Department in completing and submitting free and reduced meal applications. Families who have not completed a meal application are strongly encouraged to do so. Families are also encouraged to check their email regularly for updates and announcements from the food service department. For questions, please call 870-234-2677.
Students/Parents: Please help us mitigate the spread of infectious disease by using the self-screening health questionnaire prior to coming to school each day. If a student shows unexplained symptoms (i.e. cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell) or has a fever of 100.4 or higher, they should not come to school. Completing this screening prior to coming to school is more effective and efficient than screening upon arrival to school and will allow our teachers and staff to focus time on instruction and provide a more normalized educational experience. It will take all of us doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. This survey can easily be saved to your home screen on your phone and will take only a few seconds to complete each morning. We appreciate your willingness to help. The link for the screener is as follows: https://bit.ly/34iSqta
STAFF SPOTLIGHT ANDRETTI MURPHY - 2nd Grade Teacher Favorite Quote: "Always treat others the way you want to be treated! Choose kindness!" Years in Education: This is my ninth year as an educator. What are some of your hobbies?: Family time and line dancing. Favorite Movie: The Notebook! Favorite Book: Almost all children books! If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Belize What are you most excited about for the school year? Meeting my new student and seeing my last year students. Favorite thing about Magnolia Schools: The support system! Something that might surprise us about you: This will be news to some........ I'm engaged!
Beau is so excited to start Kindergarten at East Side! We want to see our kiddos and how excited they are so comment them below! Give a shout out to their teachers as well! It is going to be a great year! Or maybe you want to comment a picture of how excited you as a parent are to have school starting back! AND we want to see pictures of both our on-site and virtual kids! We love our baby Panthers!
Today's Helpful Tips are all about lunch! While we are happy to assist our students with anything they need help with, there are some ways you can make their lives easier at school! We did not create the graphic below BUT it is super helpful information for parents! Extra tip! Ziplock bags are easy for kids to open. If they struggle to open lunch items like Lunchables and Cheez Its, you can send them in Ziplock bags instead!
Second Grade Teacher Favorite Quote: “Trust the Timing of your life.” Years in Education: 2nd Year Teaching Hobbies Include: Traveling and Shopping Favorite Movie: The Notebook Favorite Book: Anything Romance If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Italy What are you most excited about for the school year? Meeting my new students and starting a new journey with them. Favorite thing about Magnolia Schools: Everyone is always so eager to help when someone is in need. Something that might surprise us about you! I own an online clothing boutique. We hit gold when we found this teacher and are so proud she is a part of our Panther family!
Virtual Student Announcements! Information packets were put in the mail today! If you don't receive them by Friday, August 14, 2020, please call the East Side Office! There will be a mandatory parent meeting for virtual students on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Kindergarten - 9:00am 1st Grade - 10:30am 2nd - 1:30pm Location: Cafeteria in the former 3rd grade building. Please note the following: The packet you will receive in the mail will include multiple forms that need to be filled out entirely before attending the meeting. Student devices will be issued upon receiving that packet of forms at the mandatory parent meeting. In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, only one parent per student will be allowed to attend the meeting. Students and additional family members will need to stay in the car or at home. They will not be meeting their teachers at this meeting. Any and all questions you may have about virtual will be answered at this meeting! We are excited to offer alternative education options for our Panthers! It is going to be a great year!
Today is all about busting myths! Is my child's teacher even excited?! ? YES, these teachers can't wait to see our kiddos! Children are the entire reason we do what we do and when they are absent from school, we aren't complete! Will students be confined to their classroom all day long?!? No, they will not! They will leave the classroom for lunch and recess! At this time, art, music, and computer class will be done in the classrooms. Coach Malone will be conducting PE outside, weather permitting, as much as possible. There won't be enough cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers to go around?!? Again, that is incorrect! District administration has been stocking up on PPE, cleaners, and sanitizers all summer! Sanitizing stations have been placed at all building entrances and dispensers are available to all classrooms. Students won't be allowed to leave their classrooms for lunch?!? That simply isn't true. To encourage social distancing, kindergarten will have two lunch blocks where they eat in the kindergarten cafeteria. 1st - 2nd grades will keep one lunch period but use both the kindergarten lunchroom and the lunchroom in what used to be the third grade building. Classrooms will be bare and uninviting?!? Not even close! It is true that we are simplifying classrooms as much as we can. We have removed non-essential furniture and equipment but students will still be greeted with brightly decorated and inviting classrooms! We are ready to adapt and adjust at a moments notice in order to provide a safe and fun school experience for all of our students! We will continue to be as transparent and honest with you as we can! Are there any other myths we need to bust?!?
Staff Spotlight Alert Kristie Wood - East Side Secretary Years in Education: 1 year 😊 Hobbies: Meal prepping, budgeting and fishing! Favorite Movie: The Santa Clause with Tim Allen Favorite Book: I love trilogies and books about Dystopia! If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Alaska! I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights! Community Involvement: I am an active member at Calvary Baptist Church, Magnolia Junior Charity League Provisional, Circle of Friends, and a member & encourager at Ultimate Fitness 24/7! What are you most excited about for the school year? Seeing all the kiddos! Favorite thing about Magnolia Schools: Its like a big extended family! Something we would be surprised to learn: My specialty when I nursed was Wound Care and I LOVED it! Help us in congratulating Mrs. Wood on her 1 year anniversary at East Side! She is a ray of sunshine to all of those around her!
Please see the link below for updated information regarding this year’s Magnolia Schools Virtual learning option. The enrollment deadline has been extended until August 9th at midnight. **Note** If you have already applied for the Magnolia Schools virtual option, please do not sign up again. We simply are extending the deadline after posting updates information. https://www.magnoliaschools.net/o/msd/page/district-re-entry-plan All items with updates are as follows: Virtual Options Revised and Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar Updated MMS Arrival-Dismissal/Breakfast-Lunch Updated Eastside Arrival-Dismissal/Breakfast-Lunch Updated
Please join us in watching Mrs. Coburn as she as honored at the Governor's mansion for receiving Teacher of the Year for our COOP! This is the ceremony where they will be announcing the top 4 finalists! We can cheer her on in the comments section of the Facebook Live that you can find on the Arkansas Department of Education's page this Friday, July 31 at 11:00am. GO PANTHERS!!!!
There have been some additions and updates to the re-entry plan added on the Magnolia School District website and Campus-specific sites. They include: ACDA Guidelines Added AAA Guidelines Added Face Coverings Guidelines Added MSD Blended Learning FAQs Removed/Replaced by Blended Learning Guidelines Virtual Option FAQs Added T-Chart Comparing Blended Learning/Virtual Option Added General FAQs Added MSD Health & Safety Guidelines Updated MSD Transportation Health & Safety Guidelines Updated Walker Pre-K Arrival-Dismissal Updated Walker Pre-K Breakfast-Lunch Updated Deleting browser history/cookies may be required if Updated documents won’t load. The magnolia schools website address can be easily viewed by clicking this link: www.magnoliaschools.net Thank you!
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT Students and families, We appreciate the patience you have shown while waiting on our plan for returning to school. Our teachers, administrators, and numerous other stakeholders have worked countless hours to develop a plan for a safe environment for our students and staff. Their work and dedication to Magnolia Public Schools is sincerely appreciated. The documents are located on our district website, www.magnoliaschools.net, under the tab “Re-Entry Plan”. At the top of each school’s page, there will be a tab where more specific plans for that campus can be found. Please understand this document could change from day to day as we continue to receive guidance from DESE and ADH. Our initial plan is to begin school on a regular schedule, but that could change throughout the year as needed. We have developed plans for complete on-site instruction, a modified schedule, and remote learning. In addition, we realize that some parents may choose for their child to receive a complete virtual option for instructional delivery. That option is available, and the document for enrollment is located under the “Re-Entry” tab on the district website. We realize that this plan is not perfect; there is nothing perfect about this pandemic. We all want to return to normal. In order to effectively limit the spread of any communicable disease, we need your help in screening your child before sending him/her to school. We realize this is an inconvenience for many parents, but it is impractical and ineffective to screen students after they are at school or already on the bus. We will be providing an easily accessible screening document on our district app and ask that you screen your child daily before sending him/her to school. Most importantly, please do not send your child to school if they are sick. Again, we will continue to update this document. However, we hope this answers many of your questions about how we plan for a safe return to school for our students and staff. John Ward Superintendent Magnolia School District Website: www.magnoliaschools.net
Parents: if you have not already, please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to give your input on the upcoming 2020-2021 School Startup by clicking the link below: https://rb.gy/3jkhif Deadline to submit is today, and we’ve had over 750 entries so far. For all that have submitted, THANK YOU! It only takes a few minutes, and we appreciate each and every entry. Thank you so much! #PANTHERPROUD
Governor Hutchinson is live now providing COVID-19 Updates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rrzU1zVtuc Important information : the start date for the 2020-21 school year has been delayed and set as August 24th. Additional clarification and information will follow soon.
MJCL Receives King Foundation Grant to Support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Magnolia Junior Charity League has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Arkansas Imagination Library and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation in Dallas, TX. Grant funds will be used to purchase Imagination Library books in Columbia County, which is one of 28 counties in east and south Arkansas where the King Foundation focuses its grant making. “We are very appreciative for the $1,000 grant from the King Foundation to the Magnolia Junior Charity League. Their support allows us to continue providing the children in our community the opportunity to participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and receive books month after month. Currently, 437 children receive books and that would not be possible without supporters and donors like the King Foundation.” -Anna Smith, MJCL 2020-2021 President Every child enrolled in the Imagination Library program receives high quality, age-appropriate books in the mail – one book per month until a child’s fifth birthday – at no cost to families. Parents or guardians of children under age five in Columbia County can enroll their child in Imagination Library by going to https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/find-my-program/ Currently, almost 40,000 books are mailed to Arkansas children each month through independent Imagination Library affiliates operating in all 75 counties in Arkansas. Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the world’s preeminent early childhood book gifting program. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.5 million high quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The program’s impact has been widely researched, and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/.
Dear Parents: Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this pandemic. We realize you have many questions, and we are trying to put together a plan for starting school back in August that is safe for our kids, follows guidance from Arkansas Department of Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and still provides our kids with some sense of normalcy. We have had over 60 teachers, parents, healthcare workers and other stakeholders developing this plan, and we are close to completing a document for release. There are a few questions we would like your input on prior to finalizing our plan and releasing the documents. We ask that you take a minute to complete the survey by Sunday, July 12, 2020. https://rb.gy/3jkhif Thank you!
We can't think of a better way to wrap up this extra special weekend than by introducing the newest member of the East Side team! She has already been apart of our family but we are thrilled to call her our newest second grade teacher! "Hey East Side Elementary!! I’m Alli Phillips and I’m so happy to be joining the East Side family as a second grade teacher! I have two precious kids, Levi (6) and Linley (2), and love spending time with my family! I’m a Magnolia School District alum, I student taught in second grade, and graduated from SAU this past December! This will be my first year in a class room and I’m so excited to get to work beside the awesome teachers and staff that taught me so much while student teaching!! I’m extremely ready to be at East Side for an amazing 2020-2021 school year!! GO PANTHERS!" Help us in welcoming Mrs. Phillips! Only the best at EES!!!
UPDATE! TODAY'S MJCL FOOD DISTRIBUTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS! FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020!
Next up in our Star-Studded New Teacher Spotlight is Miss Ali Hardy! We are thrilled this Panther is coming home! She more than impressed during her internship at Kindergarten this past year and we consider ourselves lucky to call her our newest kindergarten teacher! "Hi everyone! I am Ali Hardy and I am super excited to be a new kindergarten teacher! I recently graduated from Southern Arkansas University. I will be getting married to Caleb Ward on September 5th. I grew up in Magnolia and loved being a panther so, I was very happy to become apart of a great school district. I cannot wait to meet everyone!" Help is in welcoming Miss Hardy who will be known to us as Mrs. Ward very soon! :)
Help us in welcoming our new counselor, Mrs. Franks! “Hello East Side Family! I am Anissa Franks, and I am beyond excited to be your new School Counselor. I have been married to my awesome husband for 12 years. Previously, I have taught 8th Grade English for three years, 5th Grade English (one year), and Pre-K (three years). After careful consideration, I decided to pursue a career in counseling. I’m elated to begin my counseling career with you all. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with you all very soon. I am confident that we will work together to make this an awesome school year! Best Wishes, Anissa Franks”
BAILEY COBURN RECOGNIZED AS DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR The Magnolia School Board recognized East Side Elementary School music teacher, Bailey Coburn as the 2020 District Teacher of the Year at their regular meeting on June 15. Superintendent, John Ward read Mrs. Coburn’s biography and then presented her with a plaque of recognition. Bailey will now represent the Magnolia School District in the Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY) competition. Arkansas regional finalists will be announced the week of July 3-8. Regional finalists will also attend a reception ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock on July 31, where the four ATOY finalists will be announced. During the fall of 2020, the ATOY selection panel will visit the finalists’ schools for classroom observation and interviews. The 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year will then be announced sometime prior to December 20, 2020.
BAILEY COBURN RECOGNIZED AS DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR The Magnolia School Board recognized East Side Elementary School art teacher, Bailey Coburn as the 2020 District Teacher of the Year at their regular meeting on June 15. Superintendent, John Ward read Mrs. Coburn’s biography and then presented her with a plaque of recognition. Bailey will now represent the Magnolia School District in the Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY) competition. Arkansas regional finalists will be announced the week of July 3-8. Regional finalists will also attend a reception ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock on July 31, where the four ATOY finalists will be announced. During the fall of 2020, the ATOY selection panel will visit the finalists’ schools for classroom observation and interviews. The 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year will then be announced sometime prior to December 20, 2020.
BAILEY COBURN SELECTED MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR Magnolia School District personnel recently selected Bailey Coburn as the 2020 District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Coburn is the music teacher at East Side Elementary School where she instructs approximately six hundred students in grades 1-3. Bailey is a graduate of Ashdown High School and Henderson State University. She began her career in Magnolia when she did her student teaching in the fall of 2014. She assisted with the band program and with East Side’s music program. After earning her Bachelors of Music in Education, Bailey taught in the El Dorado and Spring Hill school districts. However, she was always drawn back to Magnolia, working as the high school receptionist and finally returning to East Side as the elementary music teacher. At East Side, Bailey teaches approximately 600 students per week. She incorporates music from many cultures and time periods. She leads five music programs each year, including last year’s first-ever East Side Veterans Day program. She also includes self-regulation exercises in music class and began a weekly yoga program for students with behavioral and/or sensory issues. Bailey is married to Russell Coburn, a former Magnolia band director. They have one son, Henry, who will be three in June. They also have their rescue dog, Molly. Bailey’s hobbies include playing piano and ukulele, learning new technology, and taking naps. She loves to uplift her coworkers and come up with innovative ideas for the classroom. She can often be found with a to-do list in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Bailey is also an advocate for mental health and pushes her students to do their best. Mrs. Bailey is now eligible for the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition.
Tech Talk Thursday! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6668947994?pwd=V0VkVFlyeTd3aVphaGlGRnFYdnNRQT09 Meeting ID: 666 894 7994 Password: 347101
OzoTown For those that were able to get on with me, the website to practice more (or challenge yourself and finish up) is https://games.ozoblockly.com/ozotown-basic See you next week at 11!
So excited to be sending out more typing certificates! If your child finishes up to the assessment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get it printed. 😊🥳💻
Congratulations to our East Side Teacher of the Year, Bailey Coburn! We are thankful to have Mrs. Coburn as part of our team! She has a heart for students and is always coming up with creative and fun ways for our students to learn! We can't wait to see what this trailblazer has in store next for our students! Her colleagues had this to say about her! "BAILEY COBURN! She is phenomenal, and seriously a treasure for the school district. I have seen her lead with such passion and care for all students. She has done an incredible job during this time of continuing to teach online. I mean, have you seen her Facebook page?! I remember students on the playground singing and dancing to songs learned during music, and oh my were they having a blast! The musicals that she pulls together for our students are showstoppers. I cannot simply say enough about how wonderful of a job she does with our students; you really have to see her in action. Everything is done and said with such purpose….. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! (Hands down should be teacher of the year)"-Mrs. Nix "I very much appreciate Mrs. Coburn!! She not only goes above and beyond for music, she is OUTSTANDING at offering extra support of classroom behavior by offering additional incentives, checking on students, and communicating with the teachers for earned rewards!! I have seen on numerous accounts, her implementing our classroom curriculum into her music class to offer additional repetitive instruction to build foundational skills across the board! Toot Toot to Mrs. Coburn!!! We are so lucky to have her!!🎉"-Mrs. Shackelford
Tech Talk Thursday-BRING A PENCIL AND PAPER! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6668947994?pwd=V0VkVFlyeTd3aVphaGlGRnFYdnNRQT09 Meeting ID: 666 894 7994 Password: 347101
Magnolia School District has been approved to join forces with Baylor University to offer the Meals-To-You program. What does this mean? It means that meals for your student(s) will be delivered to your home! Each household, with children ages 1-18 who qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to go to the website www.mealstoyou.org and sign up by Monday, May 11th. PLEASE help share this to get the word out. This program will be replacing the food service delivery we have been doing since mid-March. Magnolia School District will not deliver meals after this Friday, 05/08. This is a great opportunity for our community!
Parent Shout Outs for Teacher Appreciation Week! If you'd like to send a Teacher Shout Out, email Whitteni.email@example.com or comment on this post. We will be sure to feature it! #panthernation
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Finished the video for one of the digital escape rooms! I'll send the Zoom link tomorrow!! https://rooms-production.s3.amazonaws.com/430a94db-2feb-4d58-84d6-1ddbfc5408e8/DIGITAL%20BREAKOUT%20.mov
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AMI UPDATES! AMI packets K-3 will be available for pickup at the East Side Office entrance. Packets will be in Filing cabinets outside of the building labeled by weeks. Materials will be one page per week. Materials from past weeks will also be available for those that didn’t receive them for Days 1-20. We will have materials ready on the following schedule. Materials for April 20-May 1 will be ready for pick up on April 20 Materials for May 4-15 will be ready for pick up on May 4 Materials for May 18-29 will be ready for pick up on May 18 We ask that parents keep all completed packets at home at this time.-Mrs. Rader
KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION Due to the circumstances surrounding the effects of the Corona virus, the annual Kindergarten Pre-Registration Clinic has been canceled. However, parents are encouraged to get a head start and begin the pre-registration process using PowerSchool Online Registration. Parents with the resources to upload all the required forms electronically can complete the entire registration process in PowerSchool. If parents are unable to get any/all of the forms into an electronic format, then paper versions will be available once the school district has reopened. To access the PowerSchool, parents should go to the Magnolia School District website at www.magnoliaschools.net. >>> Click EXPLORE at the top of the page >>> Click the REGISTRATION down arrow >>> Click PowerSchool Online Registration Parents will start a PowerSchool account and then proceed to the registration process. Parents using this PowerSchool account will also be able to update information for any of their other children who attend the Magnolia School District. If a student is pre-registered prior to June 25, 2020, the following documents should be uploaded through the PowerSchool Registration process. Paper copies may also be brought to the District Registrar’s office or the Kindergarten Center once the District reopens. 1. One (1) Proof of Residence 2. Proof of Age (Birth certificate or other state approved document) 3. Social Security Number 4. Immunization Record 5. Proof of Physical Examination **PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ONLY** 6. Home Language Survey 7. Health History Form Students currently enrolled at Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center during the 2019-2020 school year will not pre-register through PowerSchool. Parents will be asked to update registration information at a later date.
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With on-site instruction cancelled for the remainder of the year, please know East Side isn’t going anywhere! We will still be here for you! Please continue to connect with those teachers who are reaching out to you, most daily! We are just getting started with the virtual learning! Hold on tight! It’s going to be a fun ride! And as always, it’s a great day to be a Panther! 🐾❤️
Magnolia Schools Superintendent Mr. John Ward gives an update on COVID-19 and our District. Click the link below to view the update video: https://youtu.be/moEmPtyDNis
We can’t even keep up with all the bears that are popping up! MAGNOLIA! YOU ROCK! You have served us a HUGE piece of humble pie! We are thankful to be a small part of such a close-knit community! During these trying times, it is important to remember....TOGETHER WE WILL....make it through this stronger than ever before!
I stopped by my classroom to pick up materials that I will be using to teach with from home. The quiet halls were sad for sure. Then my eyes caught the student work that hangs outside of my classroom. It was a reminder of how each little face makes up such an important part of our Panther family. Our days aren't perfect but our love for one another, among teachers and students, is always present.
Columbia County! Business Owners and Residents! Mr. Ward! Mrs. Penney Talley! Mrs. Sonya Russell! Dr. and Dr. Berry! Mayor Vann! East Side Parents! Magnolia Fire and Police Department! Mrs. Jennifer Hubbard! Downtown Magnolia! Can you help us?!? Place a Teddy Bear in your window! East Side is going hunting in the morning!
Teachers, students, and parents are ZOOMING, FACETIMING, and going LIVE! We are seeing read alouds, math talks, and literacy lessons continue. We are also seeing teachers singing their silly songs and making funny faces because we know sometimes that the familiar face of their teacher is what they really need!
I want to give a shout out to Mr. Glenn Whootenn at MJHS for helping teachers set up Teacher Pages on our district web-site. He also taught me how to make my own assessments to upload in Edulastic! Another shout out to Mr. Dave Graham for showing us how to use Microsoft 365 to interact with our students! So many teachers on all the campuses coming together to help each other grow as teachers. Now that's what it's all about! Proud to be a Panther!-Mrs. Arnold
I’m sorry I left off epic login info on the original page! https://www.getepic.com/sign-in Click Students and Educators then class code is VRR3720. Kinders can use the “Guest” teacher if they want😊
Here’s abcmouse info! You can add up to three younger siblings or try out one of their sites for older grades. It won’t be where they are in lab, but the extra practice won’t hurt. 😉 Feel free to email me if I can help in any way: firstname.lastname@example.org I miss our kiddos! Give hugs and high-fives for me. ❤️
My third grade students have been using my Symbaloo page for literacy activities and they love it! It’s been a great resource for us. Students please keep reading and writing while we are on an extended break. They can find it by searching Arnold Third Grade or We love literacy! www.ArnoldThirdGradeSymbaloo
Heaven gained one of our East Side Angels today. Our deepest condolences to Makayla’s family during this time. Makayla loved the color blue, all things Panther (especially PawPaw and Boys Basketball), JoJo, her brothers and sisters, and tacos from Taco Bell! Rest In Peace, sweet girl! 🙏🏻💙🐾 #pantherstrong #makaylastrong
Some clarification on AMI Information for this week: AMI assignments are made available online at www.magnoliaschools.net under the News section. Links to each campus are provided. AMI assignment packets may also be picked up on the individual campuses from 1:00-3:00 today. For anyone who is unable to access the online assignments or pick them up on the campuses, the AMI assignment packets will be available at the following lunch pick-up locations Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20: o Central Elementary Cafeteria Drive Through- 11:00-1:00 o West Side Park-12:00-12:30 o South Side Park-12:00-12:30 o McNeil Old School-12:00-12:30 o Waldo Old Fire Station-12:00-12:30 o Village Old School-12:00-12:30