Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest Announced

Little Rock, Ark. – Entries are being accepted for the third annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit. Applicants can be any Arkansas school grades pre-K through 12 that had a school garden open during the 2015-2016 school year. Entries will be judged by an agricultural committee amid categories below. Entries will be required to provide documentation through photos or video of garden activities and progress. Entry forms are available at

Farm Credit is generously providing funding for winners in the following award categories:

•             Best Nutrition Education Based Garden - $500
•             Best Community Collaboration Garden -  $500
•             Best Environmental Education Focused Garden - $500
•             Overall Winning Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year - $1,500

“School gardens are an excellent way to create a lasting impression on students about the process from food growth and cultivation to food consumption. The AAD appreciates Farm Credit’s partnership in making the financial awards possible, as well as the many Arkansas educators that place priority with hands-on learning and agricultural initiatives,” says Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward.

“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are excited to continue our support of teachers and projects that engage Arkansas students in food production and agricultural sustainability. Through these partnerships, we can ensure that the valuable role of Arkansas agriculture remains top-of-mind for the next generation,” said Farm Credit Midsouth President & CEO, James McJunkins, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas.

Entry forms are available at Entries should be submitted by September 9, 2016. School garden contest winners in 2015 included Yellville-Summit Schools (Marion County), Kingston School (Madison County), Forest Park Elementary School (Pulaski County) and Magnet Cove High School (Hot Spring County). In most cases, school gardens are supported by community donations, grant funding, or student fundraising efforts. Raised and in-ground garden bed structures, greenhouses and/or hoop houses, as well as containers were used by schools to grow produce.

The Arkansas Grown program promotes food and products grown in Arkansas by Arkansas producers, and helps make the connection between growers and buyers. Arkansas Grown is a program of the Arkansas Agriculture Department. Find producers, farmer’s markets, and other local fresh food resources at

With approximately $3.2 billion in assets, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Delta Agricultural Credit Association, Farm Credit Midsouth, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas support rural communities and agriculture across Arkansas with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.  The four Farm Credit associations in Arkansas are owned by the more than 10,750 customers. Through the cooperative structure, customer-owners have a voice and vote in the associations’ governance and share in their cooperatives’ financial success through cooperative returns, which total more than $168.0 million since 1997.

Warren Schools Release Menus

First Day Photos from the Warren School Districg

First Day of School: The new school year is underway in the Warren School District. Featured are pictures from Eastside, Brunson, Warren Middle School, and Warren High School.

Warren Schools to Hold Kindergarten Camp

The Warren School District has announced that Kindergarten Camp will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 2nd and 3rd at Eastside New Vision Charter School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Lunch and breakfast will be served.  The children do not have to bring anything with them.

Warren Schools Announce Class Meeting and Registration Information

All Warren High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors may pick up their schedules beginning Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For your convenience all forms needed to pick up your schedule will be available for download from the district website beginning July 15th. Go to, click on schools, then high school. There will be a folder that is labeled “registration forms”. You must complete all of them even if they don't apply to you. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY YOU. There will not be a formal orientation at this time for these grades. It will be come and go at your convenience.

Freshmen and new learners to Warren High School orientation will be held Friday, August 5 at 9 a.m. in the Warren High School cafeteria.  You may also download the forms ahead of time but you will have to go through the orientation process. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY YOU.

Eastside New Vision Charter School Class meeting will be held August 11, 2016:

Each grade will have two 30 minute class meeting sessions--5:00-5:30, 5:30-6:00; parents can select the session to attend. There will be a block party from 5:30-7:00.

ABC Preschool Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for August 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Brunson New Vision Charter School open house and Title I meeting is scheduled for August 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Warren Middle School-A Conversion Charter School parent/student orientation is scheduled for August 4, 2016 at the following times:
6th grade- 9:00 a.m.
7th grade- 11:00 a.m.
8th grade- 1:00 p.m.
A parent/guardian must tend orientation with the student.

There will be a $5.00 locker fee due upon registration.

WHS Literacy Department Releases Supply List

9th Grade English
Two (2) Packages 8 tab Dividers
One (1) Package of 25 Sheet protectors
One (1) box Kleenex
Two (2) packs of loose leaf paper
Ink pens and pencils
Package of multi-colors highlighters

10th Grade English
Two (2) Packages 8 tab Dividers
One (1) Package of 25 Sheet protectors
One (1) box of Kleenex
One (1) container of Lysol/Clorox wipes
Two (2) packs of college-ruled notebook paper

11th Grade English
Two (2) Packages 8 tab Dividers
One (1) Package of 25 Sheet protectors
1 ½” Heavy Duty Binder (any color)
One (1) box Kleenex
Two (2) packs of loose leaf paper
Ink Pens and Pencils

12th Grade English
Two (2) Packages 8 tab Dividers
One (1) Package of 25 Sheet Protectors
One (1) Package of Black or Blue Ink Pens
Two (2) Packs of loose leaf paper
1” Binder (any color)
1 Box of Kleenex


2 large pink erasers
1 package of wooden, number 2 pencils (24 ct)
1 pair Fiskar brand safety scissors
2 boxes Crayola brand crayons, (24 ct)
2 boxes washable markers
1 Clorox wipes
1 bottle hand sanitizer
2 boxes Kleenex
2 plastic pocket folders with prongs
3 jumbo glue sticks
2 rolls of paper towels

First Grade
2 spiral notebooks
5 plastic pocket folders with prongs
1 Crayola washable markers
2 boxes Crayola brand crayons (24 ct)
1 school box
2 packages of “Expo” markers (8 total)
1 pair of scissors
2 glue sticks
3 packages of #2 pencils
4 large pink erasers
2 packages of wide ruled notebook paper
1 1-inch binder
2 boxes of Kleenex
1 bottle of hand soap
1 bottle of Germ-X
1 package of baby wipes
1 box of gallon Ziploc bags – boys
1 box of quart Ziploc bags – girls

Second Grade
3 boxes of #2 pencils (20 ct)
4 large pink hand held erasers
3 packages of loose leaf paper (wide rule)
5 one subject spiral notebooks
3 plastic folders with prongs
3 boxes of crayons (24 ct)
1 pair of safety scissors
10 glue sticks
8 “Expo” dry erase markers
1 school box
2 bottles of liquid hand soap
4 boxes of tissues
2 containers of Clorox disinfecting wipes

Third Grade
1 small school box
1 1-inch binder
   pocketed & pronged folders (1-blue, 1-red, 2 green, 2 black, 1 purple
1 pair scissors
2 glue sticks/per semester (4 total)
24 pencils #2/per semester
1 package construction paper
1 package copy paper
2 packages wide rule, loose paper
2 box crayons
1 bottle hand soap
2 boxes Kleenex
2 composition notebooks
1 package cap erasers
1 backpack
2 rolls paper towels
1 bottle hand sanitizer
Ink pens- red, blue, black (1 of each)
1 box gallon Ziploc bags – girls
1 box quart Ziploc bags – boys
1 12-inch ruler
2 package lined notecards – girls
1 package small white envelopes

Fourth Grade
1 12-inch ruler
1 protractor (no arm)
2 boxes crayons (24 ct)
1 2-inch binder
2 packages of loose-leaf paper
1 package of black or blue pens
2  Black “Expo” markers
1 package of multi colored construction paper
12 pencils
2 glue sticks
1 pair of scissors
4 1-subject notebooks wide ruled
1 supply box or bag
1 package markers
2 boxes of Kleenex
1 hand soap – boys
1 hand sanitizer – girls
2 rolls of paper towels
4 pocket folders

Fifth & Sixth Grade
3 3-subject notebooks
3 speckled composition books
2 packages of blue or black ink pens (10 pack)
1 package of colored pencils (12 pack)
2 rolls of transparent tape
2 hand sanitizers
2  packages  of loose-leaf  notebook paper (100 ct)
1 package of copy paper
1 package of #2 pencils (24 ct)
2 red pens
1 package of markers
2 packages of highlighters
1 1-inch 3-ring binder
1 package of index cards
1  ½- inch binder
1 package of tab dividers
1 pair of scissors
1 package of post-it notes

Warren Middle School-A Conversion Charter School Supply List for 2016-17

Brunson New Vision Charter School Supply List Released for 2016-17

Eastside New Vision Charter School Supply Lists for 2016-17

Please Purchase Name Brand Listed for Each Grade.  Other brands do not work as well.  Write your child's name on all items. Inquire often to see if your child needs school supplies.

Productive Parkway: (Formerly 3rd)

*2 packages of 24 wood pencils (no plastic coating or mechanical)
*2 packages of loose leaf paper
* 2 packages of wipes (one Lyson and one baby wipes)
*2 Boxes of Kleenex
*1 Bottle of GermX
*2 spiral notebooks
*2 pocket folders
*Pencil pouch
*4 black Expo markers (Black Only)
*1 box of 24 count crayons
*1 package of sheet protectors
*1 package of 8-10 dividers
*2 large glue sticks
*1 eraser
***Binder (school store)
**Scholastic news $6.00
*3 prong 2 pocket folder blue (art)

Hairston Competes in National History Bee

Mark Hairston, a student of Warren Middle School, competed recently in the National History Bee in Chicago, IL, in the 8th grade division. Mark placed 136th in the Nation.  He qualified for the national finals when he won the Little Rock Regional Finals.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hairston.

Monticello Christian Academy Students Honored by President Obama

Pictured from left to right:  Bottom row: Hayley Hunter, Braxton Shelton, Christin Sullivan Top Row: Kelly Word, Director of Education MCA, Mayor Zack Tucker, Mayor of Monticello, AR

Mayor Zack Tucker was on hand at the recent Monticello Christian Academy Victory Ceremony to help Kelly Word, Director of MCA, present three students with Presidential Community Service Awards. In the past two years, MCA has had the honor of presenting six of its students with this prestigious honor.  Students receive a metal of honor for their service, a certificate of achievement, and a letter from the President of the United States.  This years award winners are as follows:  Hayley Hunter, Bronze Metal; Braxton Shelton, Bronze Metal; Christin Sullivan, Silver Metal.  Monticello Christian Academy is committed to service to the SEARK community.  MCA students have been involved in over 400 hours of service to the surrounding area.  Student service activities have included everything from a food drive that collected over 500 pounds of food, to singing at senior citizen living facilities, to delivering meals and commodities to meals on wheels recipients through the local Senior Citizen's Center.  If you would like more information of MCA and how you can get involved in service, please contact Kelly Word, Director of Education at 870-460-0829 or visit our website at


Pictured from left to right:  Bottom Row:  Ezekiel Breshears, Kaylee De La Cruz, Michael Cunningham, Sophie Sivils, Matthew Tumlison; Middle Row:  Matthew Nunn, Isaiah Breshears, Braxton Shelton; Top Row: Hayley Hunter, Jaden Jean, Nick Barajas, Christin Sullivan

Monticello Christian Academy, located at 910 Old Warren Road in Monticello, AR, recently honored some of its students for the 2015-2016 Academy Year at its annual Victory Ceremony.  Students received varied awards for achievements ranging from academic achievements to character and integrity awards.  "The annual Victory Ceremony is a highlight of the year that every student looks forward to," said Kelly Word, Director of Education.  If you would like more information about MCA and any of its events, please call 870-460-0829 or visit the website:

Hermitage Pinwheel Project Winners for Hermitage Announced

In conjunction with Pinwheel for Prevention for Child Abuse Awareness, the GFWC Warren Woman's Club sponsored a Pinwheel Craft Contest in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in the Hermitage and School.  The Pinwheel is a national symbol for recognizing the awareness of the children in Domestic Violence.  The winners of the contest were fourth grade:  Izzy Hollingsworth, first place; Jacob Johnson, second place; and Mayra Rene-Valle, third place.  Fifth grade winners were:  Perla Rincon, first place; Melissa Ramirez, second place; and Thomas Rice, third place.

Sixth grade winners were:  Haley McDougald, (not pictured) first place; Victor Vargas, second place; and Emilye Esquivel third place.  

Warren Pinwheel Winners Announced

In conjunction with the Pinwheels for Prevention for Child Abuse Awareness, the GFWC Warren Woman's Club sponsored a Pinwheel Craft Contest in the 4th and 5th grade in the Warren School. The Pinwheel is a national symbol for recognizing the awareness of Domestic Violence.  The winners of the contest were fourth grade:  Hayden Williams, first place; Natasha Nunez, second place; and Braden Clack third place.  In the fifth grade winners were:  Tabitha White, first place; Marly Rawls, second place, and Hannah Taulbee, third place.

GFWCA Warren Woman's Club Announces Pinwheel Coloring Contest Winners

In conjunction with Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness, the GFWC Warren Woman's Club held a pinwheel coloring contest in the Warren and Hermitage Schools.  The Hermitage art work was under the direction of art teacher, Libby Stracner.  In the Warren Schools, the art work was under the direction of art instructor Cheryl Moring.  The winners are as follows:

Hermitage School Kindergarten:  Elainea King, first place; Mia Ramirez, second place; and Emily Freeman, third place.  First grade:  Easton York, first place; Paisley Speers, second place; and Sitlali Ramos, third place.  Second grade:  Tyree Hampton, first place; Ny'asha Tatum, second place; and Tyshana Boswell, third place.  Third grade:  Candence Vaughn first place; Joshua Myers second place; and Olivia Harrod, 3rd place.

Hermitage School Fourth grade winners:  Easton Parker, first place; Kalyiah Miller, second place; and Carter Poole, third place.  Fifth grade:  Magaly Uribe, first place; Traylon Miller, second place; and Morgan Shelby, third place.  Sixth grade:  Vanessa Lopez, first place; Haley Carney, second place; and Haven Harrod, 3rd place.

Warren Schools Kindergarten:  Tony Castillo, first place; Clair Colouette, second place; and Jessica Chavez, third place.  First grade:  Levi McKinney, first place; Macie Morgan, second place; and Allison Mondragon, third place.

Warren Schools Second Grade:  Isaac Resendiz, first place; Melinda Ramirez, second place; and Leland Henwood, third place.  Third grade:  Sarah Villeda, first place; Zoe Tullos, second place, and J'ciana Strong, third place.

Audrey Swope Poetry and Short Story Contest Winners Announced

Audrey Swope Poetry Contest winners were sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman's Club.

Talia Poole, grade 11-12 category, Poetry, "Our Love" pictured with her teacher Britny Standridge, 1st place, $25.00 and certificate; Warren

Railey Greenwood, grade K-2 category, Poetry, "Mouse", 2nd place, certificate, Hermitage.  Erica Corker, grade 6-8 category, Poetry, "Rain Makes the Swallows Sing", 2nd place, Hermitage.  Alan McGhee, grade 6-8 category, Short Story, "Stressed Out", 2nd place, certificate, Hermitage

Jolie Trussell, grade 3-5 category, short story, "Brave" 2nd place, certificate, Warren.  Victoria O'Neill, grade 3-5 category, Poetry, "The World I Dreamed to See", 2nd place, certificate, Warren.

Mattie West, grade K-2 category, short story, "The Haunted House", 2nd place, certificate, Warren.

District 10-Penny Art District Contest Winners From Bradley County Announced

The GFWC District 8 of Arkansas recently held its 10-Penny Art Contest.  The Bradley County students were in competition with other schools in the district.  The winners from Bradley County were:  Class 1 (Grades 9-10), Multi-Medium, Kayla Pruitt, "Alice and the Wonderland", first place.  Class 11 (grades 11-12) Multi-medium, Carlos Navarro, "Arachnophobia", first place; Caitlin Russell, "The Tree of Color", second place; and Ariel Belin, "Pie in the Sky", third place.  Each of these students were under the direction of Hermitage art teacher, Libby Stracner.  The first place winning art pieces are to be judged in the state 10-Penny Art Contest.

GFWC Warren Woman's Club Announces Hermitage Arbor Day Poter Contest Winners

2nd Grade, Amy Evans teacher sponsored by GFWC Warren Womans Club
Charle Wardlaw 1st place
Sarah Huitt 2nd place
Nicholas Brown 3rd place

GFWC WWC Announces Local Winners from Hermitage and Warren in10-Penny Art Contest

The GFWC Warren Woman's Club held its 10-Penny Art Contest recently in the Hermitage High School.  The students were under the instruction of art teacher, Libby Stracner.

Winners in the Class 1 (Grades 9-10) Multi-medium were:
Kayla Pruitt, "Alice and the Wonderland, first place
Marley Robinson, "Sugar Skull", second place

Winner in Class 1 Pencil Drawing was Lexy Grice, "In the Distance", first place

Winner in Class 1 Watercolor was Lexy Grice, "Windy Blue and Gold", first place

Winners in the Class 11 (Grades 11-12) Multi-medium were:
Carlos Navarro, Arachnophobia", first place
Caitlin Russell, "The Tree of Color", second place
Ariel Belin, "Pie in the Sky", third place

Class 11 Watercolor:
Brandon Oelsen "Sunset in the Marsh" first place

Class 11 Pencil:
Austin Howsen, "Too Much of a Bat Thing", first place

The 10-Penny Contest Results from Warren High School where Ms. Laura McKinney is the art instructor were:

Class 1 Multi-medium - Marcelino Castillo, "The Blue Bird", first place

Class 1 Pencil Drawing -Marcelino Castillo, "The Lion and the Lamb", first place

Class 1 Watercolor (not pictured), Jessica Martinez, "Missing You", first place

Each art piece was taken to be judged in the District 10-Penny Art Contest in Fordyce.

Policemen and Firemen Treat ABC Kids

The students at the ABC Pre-School in Warren were treated to a hotdog/ice cream lunch Wednesday May, 18th by employees of the Warren Police and Fire Departments.  Providing the food from their own contributions were Sergeant Thomas Miller, Animal control Officer Seth Jolley, Fire Captain Larry Hayes and Firemen Nathan Moore.  Fire and police personnel host events such as this from time to time to visit with young people and to demonstrate their concern for the students.  The "fire truck grill" was used to prepare the hotdogs. 

Mr. Freddie Honored as GCA Employee of the Month

Pictured from left to right:Michelle Temple, GCA Supervisor, Freddie Coleman, and Martha Taylor, Eastside staff.
Freddie C. Coleman has been recognized as GCA's Employee of the Month.  Mr. Freddie has worked in the Warren School District for close to 20 years.  He recently joined the district's new custodial company, GCA.  We are grateful for Mr. Freddie's dedication to our district.

PBPD Detective Sergeant Talley Speaks to Criminal Justice Class at SEACBEC

On 5/20/2016, Pine Bluff Police Department’s Detective Sergeant Brett Talley, spoke to SEACBEC’s Criminal Justice classes about his field experience in policing. He explained all of the various policing positions and the different divisions he has worked in through his years of employment with PBPD. He began as a PB Patrolman in 2003. He worked within many diverse positions throughout his 13 years of employment, such as a Narcotics Detective, the Burglary Task Force, Bike Patrol Officer, and Motor Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and was placed back in patrol as a graveyard supervisor. A short time later, he was transferred to the Detective Division as one of the day-shift Sergeants and this is the position he now works in for the PBPD. Sgt Talley also is a member of the PB SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team and his position on the team is “point” or “shield”.
He mentioned to the students the importance of researching the different levels of Law Enforcement (local/state/federal) prior to entering the field of policing. Sgt Talley discussed a few incidents and crime scenes that gave a general overview of the things one would experience while working as a Law Enforcement Officer. He spoke to the students about the life long effects that are caused by drug usage. He explained to students about how trying or using drugs is never worth testing ones will power. Students enjoyed hearing Sgt Talley’s experiences and appreciated his visit to SEACBEC’s Criminal Justice classroom.  

Level 2 Learners Recognized for Performance and Accomplishment

Eastside Level 2 learners Haven Johnson and Ava Denton served as Eastside's Library Media Specialists for the Day on May 18th. They were given this recognition for superior performance and outstanding accomplishment over the past school year in the Eastside Accelerated Reader Program. Each learner read and tested on over 500 books, earning each of them over 240 Accelerated Reader points. They are pictured with Eastside Library Media Specialist Lindsey Vickers.

Students in 26 Arkansas Counties to Benefit from $2.4 Million Gift

A grant from the Walton Family Foundation will create a new program at the U of A to foster academic success and career readiness.

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – The Accelerated Student Achievement Program, or ASAP, is being established at the University of Arkansas thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

The program will serve first-generation and low-income students in 26 Arkansas counties and is a joint effort by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and the Office of Graduation and Retention at the university. University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz, a first-generation college graduate, made the announcement today while meeting with high school administrators in Helena-West Helena as a part of a five-day bus tour of Arkansas.

“We’re excited about this program and the opportunities it will provide to so many deserving students,” Steinmetz said. “The Walton Family Foundation understands that this is the type of gift that will not only deliver benefits to individuals and their families but to entire communities, regions and the state as a whole as well.”

Learners Listen to Nature Center Talk

Thursday, May 12, a representative of the Delta River Nature Center from Pine Bluff came and presented a program to all Eastside New Vision Charter School learners. He brought several animals and hides to show to the learners.