Monday, May 15, 2017

Twelve students were inducted into the James C. Perry Chapter of the National Honor Society Tuesday afternoon. The inductees were Linsey Ainsworth, Amber Blagg, Karsen Brown, Cheyenne Chancery, Ellie Dean, Addison Ephlin, Mika Gonzalez, Zante' Harris, Morgan Russell, Madison Smith, Christian Stremming, and Paula Valenzuela. NHS members of the Class of 2017 were also presented with their cords and collars to wear at graduation. Those seniors are Mallorie Boyles, Kenny Dean, Karlea England, Jacob Lackey, Bryce Nelson, Kinsey Norvell, Brayden Parnell, Jason Smith, Azariah Williams, Kaylynn Williams, and Preston Wilson. Congratulations to our new inductees and to our seniors! I also want to thank Mrs Lisa Poag, our NHS sponsor, and Ms. Beth Ephlin, for coordinating the ceremony and the reception afterward.
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Several of Mrs. Penn's CTE students have been working on various certifications this semester. Harold Green has earned certification in Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Excel 2016, Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, and Microsoft Word Expert 2016. Jamyka Franks, Derrick Jones, and Precious Rios have all earned certification in Microsoft Word 2016. Congratulations!
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Several of our students have also earned Career Readiness Certificates at various levels this year. Jacob Lackey earned a Platinum certificate. Randy Franklin, Tamera Hughes, Nyler Jacobs, and Kinsey Norvell all earned Silver certificates. Jasmine Childress, Amber Leija, Bobbie Pierce, and Lindsey Walker earned Bronze certificates. I really appreciate their hard work, and the efforts of ANC Career Coach Dave Diagostino to emphasize the importance of earning industry-recognized work-based credentials. Great job!
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For the second consecutive year, junior Sydney Lane won the high jump at the Arkansas Track & Field Meet of Champions! She won with a jump of 5-08, and narrowly missed setting a new state record of 5-10.25. Congratulations! Freshman Caitlyn Fincher, who was competing in her first Meet of Champions against girls from all classifications, cleared 9-06.00 in the pole vault.
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We are very proud of the job done this season by our Lady Colt softball team and coaches Lowell Coffman and Murphy Smith. They advanced to the Class AAA State Tournament before being eliminated by Camden Harmony Grove in a 3-2 game. We were victorious in 10 of our last 13 games. Erin Hardin and Lauren Shempert were named All-State, and Bailee Henard was chosen to the All-State Tournament team. All three young ladies made all-conference as well.  
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We are nearing the end of our first year of implementation of Flex Mod Scheduling at Rivercrest. Our 7-12 faculty and staff completed a survey last week on their perceptions of our ColtFlex experience this year.

90% of our faculty and staff believe that ColtFlex is teaching our students the "soft" skills they will need after leaving Rivercrest;

97% believe that ColtFlex gives our students greater access to teachers during the day;

80% believe that the safety net that ColtFlex provides to help students with low grades is working;

73% said that there were fewer instances of misbehavior in their classes since we implemented ColtFlex;

85% said that they had developed stronger relationships with the students in their advisory group;

90% said that the advantages of ColtFlex outweigh the disadvantages of it; and,

92% believe that we should continue with ColtFlex in 2017-18.

We do have some aspects of ColtFlex to work on for next year, most notably Independent Learning Time (ILT) and Structured Learning Time (SLT). We are having ongoing conversations in our weekly Think Tank meetings and in our bi-monthly leadership team meetings about how to better serve our students in ILT and SLT,
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, May 15th - The Senior Banquet will be at 6:00 p.m. in the RHS Cafeteria. 

Tuesday, May 16th - A team from Cedar Ridge High School will visit RHS. A representative from Alford will meet with our juniors at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17th - The Sr. Video will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the Sr. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and graduation practice at 9:00 a.m. Baccalaureate will be at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wilson.

Thursday, May 18th - Our Eight Sector Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. in the RHS 9-12 library.

Friday, May 19th - Graduation will be at 6:00 p.m. in the RHS auditorium.
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Colt Pride!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nine students in the Class of 2017 were recognized as Arkansas Scholars at a banquet held in their honor Monday night at the Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce in Osceola. Mallorie Boyles, Karlea England, Bryce Nelson, Kinsey Norvell, Brayden Parnell, Hayley Toler, Lexie WalkerKaylynn Williams, and Preston Wilson met the criteria for selection. To be an Arkansas Scholar, a student must make a semester grade of "C" or better in all academic courses; achieve a 95% or better attendance record; take the recommended courses to prepare for post-secondary education; complete high school in eight consecutive semesters; have no major disciplinary actions; and complete eight hours of community service. Congratulations to our Arkansas Scholars!
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We have celebrated our faculty and staff this week during Teacher Appreciation week, and I am very thankful for the contributions of our students, our PTO, our clubs and organizations, and Mr. Rowdy Fortson. On Monday, our teachers received gift bags donated by the student body and collected and assembled by the student clubs. Mrs. April Gray coordinated the efforts of our PTO to provide breakfast on Tuesday morning. Our Student Council, under the direction of Mrs. Emily Thomasson, provided a Subway lunch for everyone on Wednesday, and dessert was provided by our FCCLA students, under the direction of Mrs. Shelby Coffman. Today, Mr. Fortson is cooking pork steaks with all the trimmings, an event our faculty and staff looks forward to annually. He also presented all staff members with a handmade leather key chain/book mark emblazoned with the word "Colts." On behalf of our faculty and staff, thank you!!
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The six student-athletes on our Lady Colt track team finished third at the Class AAA State Track Meet this week! Junior Sydney Lane won the state championship in the high jump with a height of 5-07, a meet record. Sydney also finished second in the 100m hurdles and in the 300m hurdles. Freshman Caitlyn Fincher is also a state champion in the pole vault, with a height of 9-0. Freshman Precious Rios finished fifth in the 300m hurdles, and Elizabeth Bell was eighth in the pole vault. Our 4x400 relay team of Rios, Bell, Fincher, and Lane finished sixth, and our all-freshman 4x100 relay team - Melanie Lucas, Tyshianna Turner, Fincher, and Rios - finished ninth.

Both Sydney Lane and Caitlyn Fincher will represent Rivercrest at the Meet of Champions on Saturday, May 13th at Russellville High School.
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Several members of our boys' track team also competed at the Class AAA State Meet this week. Senior Freddy Ware finished third in the discus. Our 4x100 relay team of Travis Smith, Oscar Rios, JD Winda, and Kentavious Robinson came in sixth. Our 4x800 relay team of Marco Cordova, Demilon Brown, Jarvius Johnson, and Carl Coleman finished eighth. Bruce Parker finished sixth in the 400m dash. Robinson was fifth in the 200m dash and sixth in the 100m dash.  
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Our band program closed the 2016-17 year with a banquet last Saturday night at the Riverlawn Country Club in Osceola, followed by our Spring Concert Monday night in the RHS auditorium. Mr. Hunter Durham and Mr. Sebastien Isom presented several awards at the dinner last weekend. Senior Jason Smith received the John Philip Sousa Award, which is the top award given in Senior High band. The Director's Award went to senior Anthony Dyson, and classmate Morgan Trenthem was honored with the Patrick S. Gilmore Award. The Outstanding Beginning Musician, which is the top Beginning Band Award, was presented to Joseph Atchley, and Marleigh White was recognized as the Outstanding 6th Grade Musician. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to our band and co-directors collectively for an amazing band year! 
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You may notice a new sign erected in front of our JROTC/Special Services building that pays homage to our veterans. The sign, which was donated to us by Banccorp South in Wilson, was erected by JROTC cadets Jamya Coleman, Oscar Rios, Kaylee Smith, Freddy Ware, and Aviance Washington.
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Our Lady Colts will play Valley Springs Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Region 3A-3 Tournament at Manila. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The winner will earn a berth in the Class AAA State Tournament next week in Harrison.
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, May 8th - The AP Biology exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. The District Leadership Team will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Parent Center at RES. The RHS Athletic Reception will be at 6:00 p.m. in our auditorium.

Tuesday, May 9th - The National Honor Society induction will be at 1:00 p.m. in our auditorium. The school board will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Parent Center at RES.

Wednesday, May 10th - The AP English Language & Composition exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. The RHS Leadership Team will meet at 12:30 p.m. in room 108/109.   

Thursday, May 11th - The AP World History exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. The AP Statistics exam will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 12th - The District ACSIP Meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Parent Center at RES. The 7-12 Academic Awards Ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. in our auditorium.
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Colt Pride!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Junior Bruce Colbert has been chosen to attend the COE National Student Leadership Congress at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this June! TRIO Educational Talent Search will assume all costs for Bruce's leadership experience, and they will also arrange all travel and rooming accommodations. During this six-day experience, Bruce will have the opportunity to meet with our Congressmen on Capitol Hill, visit national monuments, and participate in a special mock congress. Congratulations, Bruce!  
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Freshman Alex Poag placed fifth in Geometry at the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) State Math Contest last weekend on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Sophomore Ellie Dean also represented RHS in the Algebra II competition. Congratulations!
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We celebrated Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday at RHS! Cynthia Mauppins, Diann Townson, and Tina Gordon were treated to a special luncheon at the Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce in Osceola. They do a tremendous job for us, and I very much appreciate their work!
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Six RHS students completed our ACT Sylvan Test Prep Academy prior to the April administration of the ACT. I am pleased to report that five of those students demonstrated gains in their composite score and in their English subscore. One student improved his composite score from a 15 to a 23, and another student improved his composite score from a 15 to a 20! Four students improved their scores in Reading and in Math. Our strongest area of gain was in English, where the five students who improved did so by an average of almost six points in their subscore! Each of the six students earned incentive money of $150 based on their attendance at the prep sessions, and the five students whose scores improved earned an additional $1,400 for improving their scores (ranging from $210 to $350 per student)!
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Our scores are also back from the March administration of the ACT, given to all juniors at Rivercrest. Of the 78 students who took the test, 24 earned a composite score of 19 or better. Within the subareas of the test, 27 earned a 19 or better in Science; 22 did so in English; and 25 did so in Reading. In Math, 18 earned at least a 19 and seven earned a 21 or better.
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, May 1st - The AP Chemistry exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. The RHS band will present their spring concert at 7:00 p.m. in the RHS auditorium. In coordination with the concert, there will be a Colored Pencil Student Exhibit by our art students in grades 7-12.

Tuesday, May 2nd - The Class AAA state track meet will be at Prescott High School. The Arkansas Scholars Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce in Osceola.

Wednesday, May 3rd - The AP English Literature & Composition exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. A team from Cedar Ridge High School will be at RHS to discuss implementation of Flex Mod Scheduling at their school.

Friday, May 5th - Beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Jr. High gym, we will have physicals for students currently in grades 6 through 11 who wish to participate in athletics next year.
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Colt Pride!

Friday, April 21, 2017

I did an informal observation in Coach Rainwater's Social Literacy class this morning, and I was pleased to find his students working in cooperative groups on a learning project. They were tasked with choosing and researching an historical event from the 1970's to date; selecting a song; re-writing the lyrics of that song to reflect the historical event they had chosen; and creating a video about their historical event set to the re-written song. I spoke with students in every group, and they were engaged at a high level. All of their conversations were about the work. Their chosen topics included 9/11, the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, the Jonestown Massacre, and the election of Donald Trump. I was excited to see that the activity required students to work at the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. I can't wait to see their finished products!
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We are continuing to focus on finding work-based experiences for our students. Haley Toler job shadowed at Great River Medical Center this week, and Luis Valenzuela did the same at Denso. I was told that Luis did an outstanding job on his mock interview! Three of our students toured Nucor this week as well.
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Thirty-nine members of the Class of 2017 have been accepted for enrollment by Arkansas Northeastern College! Our ANC Career Coach. Mr. Dave Diagostino, will be taking 30 of those students to ANC on Monday, April 24th for ANC Advising Day.
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Jamya Coleman and Megan Beatty presented a patriotic program to the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization in Blytheville on Tuesday, April 18. Both students represented our school very well!
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Our Jr. Colts won the 3A-3 District track championship yesterday! Our boys finished with 190 points, 53 points better than second-place Walnut Ridge. We were led by high-point man JD Winda. He won the long jump (19-00.00), the 110m hurdles (17.61), the 300m hurdles (45.05), and the 200m dash (23.93). JD also finished second in the triple jump (34-11.50) and the 100m dash (11.75). Our boys' teams swept the relay events. Keshawn Scott, Travis Smith, Alec Hinklin, and Kam Turner won the 4x100; Alec Hinklin, Jarvius Johnson, Jackson Stovall, and Kam Turner won the 4x400; and Noah Bishop, Jarvius Johnson, Kevin Jaramillo, and Andon Vaughn won the 4x800. Congratulations to our boys and to head track coach Allen Higgins! Yesterday marked the seventh district championship for our Jr. High boys' track program in the last eight years.  
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Our Jr. Lady Colts brought home a 3A-3 District track championship trophy of their own yesterday! Our girls finished with 188 points, 56 points better than second-place Osceola. We were led by high-point winner Selena Thurman. She won the long jump (16-00.25), the triple jump (28-09.00), and the 100m dash (13.07). Caitlyn Fincher won the pole vault (9-06.00), and Precious Rios won the 300m hurdles (53.66). Melanie Lucas, Tyshianna Turner, Caitlyn Fincher, and Selena Thurman won the 4x100m relay, and Carlisha Barfield, Melanie Lucas, Victoria Joiner, and Caitlyn Fincher won the 4x400m relay. Congratulations to our girls and to head track coach Greg Griffin! Yesterday marked our 12th consecutive district championship in Jr. High girls' track!    
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Our softball team improved to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in conference play yesterday with a 13-2 victory over Manila on Senior Day. We honored Kinsey Norvell, a four-year letterman and two-time all-conference player, prior to the game. Lauren Shempert went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs on the afternoon. Melanie Shannon collected three hits, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove in a run. Grace Booker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Hannah Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Winning pitcher Bailee Henard threw a complete-game one hitter and struck out 10.  
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, April 24th - Students in grades 9 and 10 will take the ACT Aspire in mathematics and science. Our Sr. High track team will compete in the Arnold Relays at Paragould. Our softball team will play Piggott in the first round of the 3A-3 District Tournament at Corning. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25th - Students in grades 9 and 10 will take the ACT Aspire in reading and English.

Wednesday, April 26th - Students in grades 9 and 10 will take the ACT Aspire in writing. Our baseball team will play Piggott in the first round of the 3A-3 District Tournament at Lake City. The RHS Talent Show is at 2:30 p.m. in the RHS auditorium.

Thursday, April 27th - Students in grades 7 and 8 will take the ACT Aspire in mathematics. The Sr. District Track Meet is at Pocahontas.

Friday, April 28th - Students in grades 7 and 8 will take the ACT Aspire in science.

Saturday, April 29th - The RHS band banquet will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Riverlawn Country Club in Osceola.
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Colt Pride!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Several of our students recently competed in the 2017 ACTM Regional Math Competition on the campus of ASU Mid-South. Ellie Dean placed third in Algebra II; Zante Harris received Honorable Mention in Algebra II; Alex Poag received Honorable Mention in Geometry; Christian Stremming received Honorable Mention in Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry; and Joseph Robertson received Honorable Mention in Statistics. Congratulations!
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We are continuing to emphasize field-based experiences for our students. Eight of our students participated in job shadows this week at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville and at Viskase in Osceola. Next week, we have job shadows scheduled for Denso, Great River, and Nucor. Dave Diagostino, our ANC Career Coach, is coordinating those experiences. He has also set up opportunities for groups of our students to tour the Nike Distribution Center in Memphis and Nucor.
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Junior baseball player Duncan Jones and sophomore softball player Erin Hardin were chosen as the Glen Sain Players-of-the-Week in their respective sports!
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Our boys' and girls' Jr. High track teams competed at the Wellman Relays yesterday in Pocahontas. Led by high-point winner JD Winda, our boys finished in third place behind Batesville and Pocahontas. JD won the 100m dash, the 200m dash, the 110m hurdles, and the 300m hurdles.

Our girls also finished third, behind Jonesboro MacArthur and Valley View. Caitlyn Fincher won the pole vault and Selena Thurman finished first in the 100m dash.
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Last Friday, four of our students traveled to Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville for the 2017 Women's Expo. The theme for the event was "Encourage, Educate, and Inspire." Our students heard from successful women around Mississippi County and were educated on various struggles women can face and available resources to help them. I very much appreciate our partnership with ANC, which continues to pay wonderful dividends for our students!
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We are excited to share that we have been invited to present on our implementation of ColtFlex at the summer conference of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators August 1st and 2nd, in Little Rock. This is typically a large conference, with over 1,800 educators from around Arkansas!
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, April 10th - The RHS Leadership Team will meet at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Colts will host EPC in a softball game, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11th - Our Jr. Colt and Lady Colt track teams will compete in a meet at Batesville. The Colts and Lady Colts will play at Osceola; the baseball game will start at 4:00 p.m., and the softball game will start at 4:30 p.m. The school board will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Parent Center at RES.

Wednesday, April 12th - FAFSA Night for members of the Class of 2017 and their parents will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the 9-12 library.

Thursday, April 13th - Our Sr. High track teams will compete at the Sara Lowe Relays in Batesville. The Colts and Lady Colts will host Riverside; the baseball game will start at 4:00 p.m., and the softball game will start at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14th - In recognition of Good Friday, there will be no school.
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Colt Pride!

Friday, March 31, 2017

On March 16, 2017, Chip Greenwell of PACE SN visited Rivercrest to gather data from students, teachers, and parents on our implementation of Flexible Modular Scheduling, known to us as "ColtFlex." Based on dozens of private conversations with teachers, students, and parents, and his own observations, Mr. Greenwell found the following:

Key Findings

  • "100% of students and over 95% of teachers Mr. Greenwell spoke with prefer flexible scheduling to traditional scheduling. Everyone was very opposed to going back to traditional scheduling.
  • The main benefits to ColtFlex from teachers’ and students’ perspectives - 100% of conversations expressed one or more of the following:
    1. More time to work on homework, meet students’ individual needs, etc.; 
    2. Closer relationships between students and teachers; and,
    3. Students are learning more soft skills. Specifically, they see improvements in time management, responsibility, and work ethic.
  • Teachers are really enjoying the Tuesday after-school Think Tanks. They really appreciate two-way communication and input into school decisions.
  • There is an obvious warm and caring environment and strong rapport between students and teachers before and after school and in the hallways during ILT at the high school.  Multiple teachers expressed the importance of having extra time now to build stronger relationships."
Are we perfect? No, far from it. We still have much work to do, including re-working advisory and moving it to the middle of the day; determining an action plan for ILT in our 7th and 8th grade building; re-configuring our ILT and SLT locations; and providing ongoing professional development for flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and other instructional strategies to better meet the needs of students, especially in 85-minute classes. However, considering where we were this time last year, searching for ideas to redefine the culture of our school and improve student achievement, I could not be happier with the work of our faculty, staff, and students, and the willingness of our parents to embrace and support change! #ColtPride   
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Dr. Jeanne Glover was in our 7th and 8th grade building on Wednesday, working with our math teachers. She spent two mods in Mrs. Tammy Fleming's classroom. Dr. Glover brought a review game for the students to play, the math version of the card game "spoons."  Students divided themselves into four groups of five and played for approximately 40 minutes, with the object of the game being to get four cards that had the same numeric value. The cards were in fractions, decimals, whole numbers and percents. After playing, our students were asked how they preferred this type of review over a book review, and what they took away from the lesson. They also discussed several misconceptions that were discovered during the game. According to Mrs. Fleming, our students preferred this method of review over a book review. I very much appreciate Dr. Glover's work, and certainly appreciate Mrs. Fleming for welcoming Dr. Glover into her class.
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An event to recognize those students who have completed Career and Technical Education programs of study will be held on Friday, April 21st at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. I am very pleased to report that we have 33 members of the Class of 2017 who are completers, and 15 of those students have earned a work-based and industry-recognized credential! I challenged Mrs. Shelby Coffman, Major JC Northcutt, and Mrs. Lynette Penn  from our CTE Department and Mr. Dave Diagostino, our career coach, to really emphasize the importance of our students earning work-based and industry recognized credentials this year, and they have done an outstanding job!
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Mrs. Sebree Bird scheduled an informational meeting earlier this week to visit with upperclassmen about enrolling in our JAG (Jobs for Arkansas Graduates) program next year. When the turnout was not what she had hoped, Mrs. Bird took matters into her own hands. She visited with students during lunch and passed out applications. Lots of interest, lots of questions! Some of our current JAG students helped get the word out, too - created hype for sure. The end result of "the meeting" was AWESOME!
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We will host the Lady Colts Classic softball tournament tomorrow. Our Lady Colts will play EPC at 10:00 a.m., followed by a game between Gosnell and Walnut Ridge at 11:30 a.m. The consolation game will be at 1:00 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. 
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Our JROTC Military Ball will be tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. at Puerto Jaivo in Osceola. This is always a wonderful night and one of the highlights of the year for our JROTC cadets.
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, April 3rd - The District Leadership Team will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Parent Center at RES. Our boys' and girls' Sr. track teams will compete at the Wellman Relays in Pocahontas. Our baseball team will host Marked Tree in a 4:30 p.m. game.

Tuesday, April 4th - Our baseball team will play Harrisburg in a 4:00 p.m. game at RHS. Our softball girls will also play Harrisburg at home, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6th - Our boys' and girls' Jr. track teams will compete at a meet in Pocahontas.

Saturday, April 8th - The RHS prom will be held in our cafeteria, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
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Colt Pride!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Victoria Beckett, Micah Driver, and Kinsey Jones have been selected to attend the Girls of Promise conference in Little Rock on April 13th and 14th. They were required to write two essays, and had to be nominated by a career & technical, a math, or a science teacher. The Girls of Promise committee chose our students out of many applicants from across Arkansas. This organization is focused on getting female students involved in STEM careers. Congratulations, girls! I also want to thank Mrs. Tracey Bell, Mrs. Tammy Fleming, and Mrs. Brooke Brewer for their participation in the process.
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Thirty-one of our students in grades 9-12 earned a spot on the "Three A's" list for their work during the third nine weeks. Modeled after an initiative first implemented at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, the Three A's recognizes and rewards students who, during each quarter, earn at least a 2.0 grade point average (academics) with fewer than two absences (attendance) and no discipline referrals (attitude).
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I am very pleased that nine of our RHS students have been selected to participate in the SkillsUSA State Competition, to be held April 10th-12th in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They were chosen to participate based on academic performance and classroom behavior at the ANC Technical Center. Congratulations to Chance Ainsworth, Tanner Austin, Breann Bonee, Courtney Brister, Kelly Robinson (observing only, will compete next year as upperclassman), Payton Russell, Aaron Sherrill, Haley Toler, and Savannah Winford.
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Congratulations to senior Bruce Parker and to sophomores Demilon Brown and Kentavious Robinson, who were named to the Class 3A-3 all-conference basketball team.
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Congratulations to juniors Sydney Lane and Dede Williams, who were named to the Class 3A-3 all-conference basketball team.
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Our Lady Colts finished in third place last weekend in the Bearcat Blast softball tournament in Brookland. We won two of three games, including 5-2 over Salem and 2-1 over Armorel. Our only loss was to Marmaduke, by a score of 6-1. Addison Ephlin, who had five RBIs in the tournament, drove in both of our runs against Armorel. Bailee Henard had five base hits in three games, while Erin Hardin and Lauren Shempert each had four hits. Bailee also struck out 26 hitters over the weekend. 
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The boys' track team competed in the Panther Relays last Thursday in Heber Springs. Senior Freddy Ware won the discus with a throw of 126-9. Oscar Rios finished second in the pole vault (11-8) and also in the 110m hurdles (16.90). Carl Coleman placed third in the 400m dash (53.79). Bruce Parker competed in four events. He was fourth in the 400m dash (55.04), fourth in the triple jump (39-11.5), seventh in the high jump (5-8), and ninth in the long jump (19-0).
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Our JROTC sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive last week, and our Rivercrest family exceeded our quota by donating 25 pints of blood. I want to thank senior cadet Jamya Coleman for coordinating the drive, and cadets Madison Crawford, Aliya Davis, Leah Pannell, and Ashley Thomas for working it.
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On the Horizon at RHS.... 

Monday, March 20th - The Lady Colts will travel to Walnut Ridge for a conference softball game. The first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21st - The Colts will play Bald Knob at West Memphis. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. The Lady Colts will host Jonesboro Westside in a conference game, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23rd - The Colts will travel to Riverside for a 1:00 p.m. conference baseball game.

Friday, March 24th - The Colts have two baseball games in West Memphis. We will play Gosnell at 1:00 p.m. and West Memphis at 3:00 p.m.
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Colt Pride!