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Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton School District, created in 1945, is the 20th largest district in Arkansas. The district is dynamic and always changing, so the 2014-2015 school year will bring significant changes.

A Career Pathway Task Force will be implemented to find ways to prepare students for life after high school, specifically related to job training and two year college programs. This is in conjunction with area businesses and National Park Community College.

Campus wide building and remodeling projects are reshaping the campus. Opening in August is the new Lake Hamilton Agri Science Building, and new parking for high school, Wolf Stadium, and the new arena will be available.

Junior High’s new front entrance will be ready in August, along with a new Middle School cafeteria. 2015-2016 projects are on schedule.

New parking will be available at the Elementary. Car rider drop off will now be off of Adam Brown Road between the Elementary playground and the practice field.

Lake Hamilton High School was one of 15 high schools in the nation to receive the High Schools That Work Platinum Achievement Award. The award is given based on academic scores and preparing students for career and college readiness. Both Primary and Elementary were also honored as scoring in the top 10% of Arkansas schools. Middle School and Junior High were in the top 20%.

Lake Hamilton High School teachers Alex Dykes and Jason Braziel were the first in Arkansas to attend a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institute at Texas Tech University. Dykes received certification in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Braziel received certification in Agricultural Science-Animals.

Lake Hamilton School District – Working Hand in Hand, We Build Success.

Hot Springs

The Hot Springs School District is gearing up for a stellar academic year. The implementation of our new Freshmen Academy (Creating a Family) at the High School is one of our new programs. This Ninth Grade academy will help focus students in the transitioning into the high school setting.  Each student will be provided a Chromebook continuing the One-to-One technology implementation in the district.  Each student will be assigned a staff mentor.  Also added is a blended learning course at the high school in response to the Digital Learning Act.

A model technology classroom where students will be immersed in the use of technologies through deliberate, planned instruction in a collaborative setting will be implemented at the Middle School.  The classroom will be designed to accommodate multiple teaching modes and engage multiple learning styles.  Math will be the primary discipline while incorporating the technology standards.

Hot Springs School District’s IB program, which encompasses the PYP years (K-4), MYP years (5-10), and the IB Diploma program (11-12), is the only district in the state of Arkansas with all three levels of the International Baccalaureate program.  Park IB was the number one school in the state on the AR Benchmark Assessment and is a National Blue Ribbon School.  Several students competed at the state and national levels.  Christian Boekhout competed in Washington for the National Geography Bee Competition for the fourth straight year.  Designation Imagination went to World in Knoxville, TN, and Jamie Loe competed at the national level in Skills USA in Photography in Kansas City, MO.  District Robotics continues to compete and win at the local level.

The Hot Springs School District is looking forward to a fantastic 2014-2015 school year. Hot Springs School District- Choice, Excellence and Opportunities.



The Lakeside School District will see several changes in programs offered to students, as well as many technical upgrades.

Lakeside has received a playground grant through the West Planning and Development District, allowing for the planning of the installation of $35,000 of new equipment for all elementary aged students.

For students in grades 3-12, the newly expanded Strings program will now include instruction to interested students during the day, rather than being limited to after school.

PLTW Launch is a new program to promote problem solving in students K-5. This program teaches students to use structured approaches like the engineering design process and encourages students to employ critical thinking.

Lakeside High School has been awarded the Platinum Achievement Award that will be presented at the 2014 High Schools that Work Conference at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the highest award issued by the Southern Regional Education Board, with only 15 schools in the nation meeting the rigorous SREB standards.

Lakeside High School was also honored by the Washington Post, winning an award as America’s Most Challenging High School, 2014.

As a result of performing in the top 10% of  Arkansas high schools, Lakeside High School received $111,617.74 in reward money. The funds were used to purchase a mobile broadcasting unit that will allow the live-streaming of school activities and events.

As a result of the overwhelmingly popular Sports Medicine program, an additional trainer has been hired and new course offerings have been added to the curriculum.

With these and other exciting additions to the Lakeside curriculum, students will have every opportunity for an excellent 2014-2015 school year.


St. John’s

St. John’s Catholic School, a fully accredited educational institution, develops the whole person, promotes Gospel values, inspires a love of reading, and upholds academic excellence in a nurturing community. St. John’s is founded on the four pillars of Catholic education: Catholic identity, academic excellence, affordability, and accessibility.

Computer classes are offered to Pre-K-8th Grade, in a state-of-the-art lab. Laptops are provided for writing, social studies, and science classes for students 5-8.   Smart Boards, Sympodiums, and IPads are utilized in every classroom.

Students participate in Parochial League athletics, such as volleyball, basketball, track and field, and cross country, in grades 3-8.

Students in grades 5-8 engage in a curriculum based program encouraging students to read often. The writing program expects students to research information and use it to support their ideas.

Grades 7 and 8 participate in caring for God’s creation through the Stream Team Program.  The connection between God and science is an integral part of the St. John’s curriculum.

Students also learn by serving others through the annual Thanksgiving food drive, taking collections during Advent and Lent, and community outreach projects.

New for the 2014-2015 school year will be an extended school day. Twenty minutes of additional instructional time has been added, with classes from 7:55 until 3:20.

Latin will be taught to middle school students, and, in cases of inclement weather, there will now be 5 allowable cyber days, where students will work from home on internet assignments and can communicate with teachers online.

The school uniform policy now includes neckties for middle school boys.

The 2014-2015 school year promises to be exciting and fruitful at St. John’s Catholic School.


Mountain Pine

The Mountain Pine School District is gearing up for the 2014-2015 school year. Several changes and upgrades have been made on campus.

The use of technology on campus is growing. The Elementary School has a new computer lab. Chromebook mobile labs have been added to the Elementary and the High School. The whole campus is now connected to wireless Internet, allowing easy access to all faculty and students, and the bandwidth was upgraded to 100 MB.

Campus upgrades include new intercom, bell, and phone systems, renovations to the High School fieldhouse and concession stand, and all doors are secured with video and magnetic locking systems. Security cameras have been installed in every classroom as well.

Mountain Pine School District is passionate about reaching each student. A student to teacher ratio of 13:1 ensures students receive a more personal learning experience.

The Junior Girls Basketball Team has gone undefeated for two years, and is looking forward to dominating the sport once again in the 2014-2015 school year. The back-to-back District Tournament and Conference champs, previously coached by Jimmy Hancock, will now be coached by Ms. Jamie Williams.

New staff members have joined the faculty for the 2014-2015 school year. Mountain Pine Elementary welcomes Toby Crosby, Laquita Smith, Shelly Chapman, and Tracy Hogan. Mountain Pine High School welcomes Mike Keese, Joseph Alderman, Ashley Hull, Sean Kelloms, David Jordan, Haley Villines, and Jamie Williams.

Chartwells will be the new food service company for all student meals on campus. Following federal guidelines for nutritional health, Chartwells will oversee the balanced, healthy, low-fat meals for the students.

The Mountain Pine School District looks forward to a successful year in

2014-2015. Go Red Devils!


National Park

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are expected to grow 17% by 2018, far faster than the 10% growth projected for overall employment.  Through a variety of partnerships with high schools, universities, business partners, and other two-year colleges, National Park Community College (NPCC) has identified a variety of unique opportunities that provide multiple career and educational paths for students into STEM career fields.

The National Park Technology Center for area high school juniors and seniors recently added a Pre-Engineering program.  This program is offered in association with Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  The two-year program consists of four classes:  Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, and an elective focused engineering capstone course.

National Park Community College and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have partnered in making an Associate of Science with Emphasis in Engineering degree available. The new NPCC associate degree is part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Preparation Program designed to increase access to STEM classes for students at two-year colleges in Arkansas.

Collaboration between NPCC and the University of Arkansas offers science, engineering and math classes online with lab classes at NPCC. Classes are taught by University of Arkansas professors at the NPCC tuition rate.

New classes to be offered for the engineering track are Calculus I, II, and III; Differential Equations; Introduction to Engineering; and University Physics I and II. Classes offered this fall at NPCC are Calculus I, University Physics I and Introduction to Engineering.



For the 2014-2015 school year, Jessieville is continuing the technology initiative started last year. The One-to-One Initiative enables all Middle School students to receive Google Chromebooks while Elementary students will be using iPads. Students will use technology on a daily basis to enhance learning within the classroom.

Elementary students will be enjoying a new playground, to be ready by the first day of school. The new area will be fenced and include brand new play equipment and rubber mulching. The playground available for Middle School students is being refurbished. When ready in August, the area will feature new sod, trees and seating areas.

Jessieville Elementary School has a new principal, Kendal Glomski. Ms. Glomski is a graduate of the Jessieville School District, and comes with several years of experience as a principal.

The Elementary office is being relocated in order to offer a more secure check-in procedure for parents and guests. The Hall Pass system will be used to check in parents and guests in all three schools. It is a quick process, but ensures that students are secure. Parents and guests will be required to show a driver’s license to process a pass when visiting.

Jessieville High School will be implementing a new Student Council beginning this fall, as well as a new dress code policy. Parents are urged to review the handbook regarding policy changes.

Students will continue the Breakfast in the Classroom program for grades K-8.  No students will be required to pay for lunch, as part of the No Charge Lunch program across the campus.

Jessieville School District is looking forward to a successful 2014-2015 school year.


Cutter Morning Star

The Cutter Morning Star School District has undergone several exciting changes during the last few months. For the 2014-2015 school year, the High School will continue the Virtual Arkansas program it piloted last year. The Distance Learning program provides students the opportunity to take classes via laptop in courses not offered on campus. Students can enroll in courses such as Fashion Merchandizing, Broadcasting, and Sports Management.

The Jobs for Arkansas Graduates program, known as JAG, has been very successful with the High School students. In conjunction with Junior Achievement, students learn skills that will enable them to compete in the job market following graduation.

The Microsoft IT Certification program will allow students to begin working within the computer and software industry directly out of high school. This innovative program of study is scheduled to begin sometime during the 2014-2015 school year.

During the last school year, the district has seen significant growth. Student growth increased by 10% and numbers predict that trend to continue. In an effort to meet the need for space, the district purchased property directly across the street and renovated space for additional classrooms. In the future, the Pre-K program will be able to expand as well.

There have been technological updates across the campus as well. Over a 2-year period, all computers have been upgraded. The school’s Internet bandwidth also increased tremendously.

Other improvements still in progress include renovating and upgrade campus bathrooms.

The Cutter Morning Star School District is looking forward to a successful 2014-2015 school year.



St. Luke’s Episcopal School is one of Hot Springs’ oldest private schools, having been in existence for over 50 years. Educating students from the age of 2 through the second grade, the Episcopalian Church’s mission is to provide an inclusive school to any family that wishes to send their child to school that fosters a comprehensive curricular program within a safe, Christian environment.

Pre-school aged children experience an academic track while still respecting children’s needs for play and exploration. Curriculum is planned and organized according to the Arkansas Frameworks for Early Childhood Education. Accredited teachers work to prepare young children to compete in Arkansas public schools. St. Luke’s students also consistently score at proficient levels on Stanford 10 testing.

In addition to regular studies, students are offered a variety of enrichment activities, including computer instruction, Spanish, gymnastics, and music. Children also attend Montessori-based religious instruction and weekly chapel.

St. Luke’s is also committed to helping children learn about their cultural heritage. St. Luke’s sponsors holiday related activities, such as parades and performances that relate to our country’s rich history. Students are also involved with current events through Newspapers in Education. Families are encouraged to be involved in fundraising activities for the school and for outside groups like the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s.

New for the 2014-2015 school year are updates including painting and repair of the building, new safety practices for visitors, and an improved custodial and facility management system.

As always, St. Luke’s takes every opportunity to nurture the development of children in their initial school years.


Fountain Lake

Fountain Lake High School begins the 2014-2015 school year focused on the goal of seeing every student graduate high school prepared for the next step in life. New courses have been added to assist students with this goal. Juniors and Seniors can now participate in a Career Focused Internship, Small Business Operations is being offered, and students interested in Education as a profession are encouraged to enroll in Intro to Teaching.

FLHS continues to partner with National Park Community College and National Park Technology Center, offering courses for college credit on the Fountain Lake campus as well as transporting students to NPCC twice daily for courses in Medical Professions, Engineering Design, Machine Tool Technology, Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology, and Advertising Design.

As part of the emphasis on improving literacy, a reading period has been built into the enrichment schedule. Brown Bag Book Clubs featuring popular young adult titles and authors will begin in 2014. An interactive reading program developed by FLHS English Faculty, #readlife, will make its official debut this fall.

College and career preparation will be the emphasis of daily Enrichment classes. Freshmen will take “High School 101” while Sophomores will study “Life Skills 101.” Cambridge Educational Services ACT Prep Program will be utilized to boost ACT scores with Juniors, and 12th graders will complete a Senior Project.

Changes to the attendance policy, honor graduate criteria, semester test exemption policy, and student dress code have been made. The Fountain Lake Student Handbook is online and on school-issued Chromebooks. Chromebooks, student parking permits, and student class schedules will be available at the High School Open House August 14.