Health Fair Draws Large Crowd

Saturday morning, April 21st was a day full of activities on Main Street from the intersection of Main ( U. S. 63B ) and Pine Street to the rail road tracks just south of the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.   The YMCA was host to the 2018 Bradley County Health Fair.  Activities were ongoing both inside the Y and outside.  Other meetings and activities were taking place in the Bradley County Veterans Museum just across the street.  There were large crowds, young and older and every age in between.

The Fair consisted of tables and boothes set up by vendors and agencies and a number of professionals present to check blood pressure, blood sugar and vision screenings by the Warren Lions Club.  Law enforcement was on hand to teach safety and fire personnel to advocate for fire prevention.  Smokey the Bear and the Arkansas Forestry Commission was present to teach "how to prevent forest fires.  Life Shares was on site accepting blood donations.  There were games, face painting and a cake walk. 

Many volunteers assisted and a good time was enjoyed by all.  More information will be forthcoming concerning the list of vendors and attendance.

Festival Chorus Presents Concert

Southeast Arkansas Festival Chorus presented their annual concert Saturday, April 21 in the Drew Central Auditorium.  More than 150 students represented 7 school districts in Southeast Arkansas.  Warren Participants were Ashlyn Crawford, Jolie Trussell, Karlee Files (Back row L-R), Weston Reep, Adyson Rauls, and Katie Kuhn, Director (Front row L-R).  These students are 6th graders at Warren Middle School and are active participants in the Middle School Beginning Chorus directed by Katie Kuhn.

2018 Warren Prom King and Queen

King Luke Gorman and Queen A'Jasia Hempton
Warren High School held its prom Friday, April 20.  The theme of the prom was Diamonds Are Forever.  A'Jasia Hampton and Luke Gorman were selected at the King and Queen.

Nine WMS Students Chosen as Girls of Promis

Warren Middle School had 9 8th grade students, Ruthann Corker, Jayden Grider, Brianna Campbell, Chloe Phelps, Bailey Solis, Stephanie Canuto, Ella Garner, Olivia Brown, and Anna Herron, attend the Girls of Promise conference in Little Rock on April 12 & 13.  The conference was two days of activities focused on encouraging the girls to pursue higher-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and introduce careers related to those fields. Women in those careers including scientists, welders, physicians, computer systems engineers, and coders led sessions with the girls discussing how STEM is used in their chosen careers.

WSD Chess Tournament Results

Warren School District Gifted and Talented:  After weeks of competition, the following students were named winners of the 5th Grade Chess Tournament:
Jayden Pool- 1st Place, Cody Weatherspoon- 2nd Place, Alex Perez- 3rd Place

These students will compete in the Southeast Arkansas Elementary Chess Invitational in May.​

Students Attend FBLA State Leadership Conference

FBLA State Leadership Conference in Little Rock at Statehouse Convention Center. Those who qualified for state: Heaven Clary-Acctg II, Monica Rivera-Acctg I, Martheli Gonzalez-Hospitality Management, Kelsie Harris-Hospitality Management. Pictured in attendance are Kelsie Harris, Martheli Gonzalez, Heaven Clary, and FBLA Sponsor Janet Harton.

Key Note speaker for State FBLA Leadership Conference opening session, Joe Fingerhut with FBLA Advisor Janet Harton. Topic of Key Note address was "Permission to Play," giving yourself permission to enjoy your life and career choices. Mr. Fingerhut spoke to 3800 FBLA students and advisors in attendance.

4th Grade Chess Champs

Warren School District Gifted and Talented:  After weeks of competition, the following students were named winners of the 4th Grade Chess Tournament:
Colton Steen - 2nd Place (tie), Jeduthun Wallace 1st Place, Bleyze Fellows 2nd Place (tie)

These students will compete in the Southeast Arkansas Elementary Chess Invitational in May.​

Elementary Quiz Bowl

Warren School District Gifted and Talented:  The Warren School District's Elementary Quiz Bowl Team recently competed against other area schools in the Southeast Arkansas Invitational Quiz Bowl . The students did very well, and were knocked out of the competition in a sudden death match, losing only by one question. 

Quiz Bowl Team Members:  Abby Raines, Addyson Rauls (scorekeeper), Chloe Sanders, Taliyah Walton, Avery Wharton, Reiss Cornish, Andrew Rhoden, Jude Cathey, and Race Frazer (captain).

Hermitage Students Attend Roller Coaster Challenge

Five Hermitage GT students competed in the annual roller coaster challenge at the Monticello Educational Cooperative on March 27. These students worked in teams composed of students from various schools in the cooperative area. The students put together the paper parts, made design decisions and constructed group roller coasters. These could be designed for a fast or a slow ride and for the most creative coaster. Two of our group members, Chelcie Grider and Rayleigh Temple were on winning teams and received a medal. Students participating in this event are from left to right: Rayleigh Temple, Sarah Huitt, Stella Huitt, Ana Castillo and Chelcie Grider.

Hermitage GT Bunny Name Contest

Hermitage GT Enrichment students in grades K-3rd have been involved with the study of rabbits. The GT teacher brought a live bunny to school and there was a contest to select the most appropriate name for the bunny. The name selected from the various entries  by the 4th, 5th and 6th grade GT students was OREO. The students pictured submitted this name. front row Left to Right: Nakaylee Neal, Jeremy Keller, Ed Ramos, Nevaeh Whitney, Kannan Belin, Brenda Gonzalez. Back row L. to R: Yasmine Candido, Connor Knuckles, Travis Grice, Alexa Belin, Jaycee Smith, Emma Clay and Harmoney Hickam.

HOSA/SEACBEC Compete in Conference

HOSA SEACBEC students recently competed with over 700 other students across the state at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Hot Springs.  Members pictured are (L to R): KaNiyia Grant, Johanna Lasiter, Briaunna Harris, Jaye Saunders, and Alaina Glover.
Jaye Saunders placed 2nd in Extemporaneous Writing and Alaina Glover placed 3rd in Medical Math.  Alaina also received the Barbara James Service Award which is given to students completing at least 100 hours of community service.
HOSA sponsors are Kasey Reep and Emily Harton​

Winners Named In Southeast Arkansas Math Contest

Top mathematics students from throughout southeast Arkansas competed at the annual Arkansas Council for Teachers of Mathematics Southeast Arkansas Mathematics Contest hosted Saturday by the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Pictured from left by row are the first, second and third place winners in each category. First place winners were (bottom row, from left) Jaci Gibson of Monticello (Algebra I) Michael Underwood of Monticello (Geometry), Haley Gibson of Monticello (Algebra II), Justin Dady of White Hall (Trigonometry/Precalculus), and Hunter Smith of White Hall (Calculus). Second place winners were (second row, from left) Leah Huitt of Hermitage (Algebra I), Alexis Temple of Warren (Geometry), Sarah Xie of White Hall (Algebra II), Julia Everett of Hamburg (Trigonometry/Precalculus), and Reid Mansur of Hamburg (Calculus). Third place winners were (third row, from left) Anna McEowen of Hermitage (Algebra I), Isha Patel of White Hall (Geometry), Anna Marie of Monticello (Algebra II), Bradley Dallas of Monticello (Trigonometry/Precalculus), (Not pictured: Gavin Shapiro of White Hall (Calculus).

Warren School District Gifted and Talented

Brunson New Vision Charter 5th grade  Student, Annette Escobedo, and Warren Middle School 7th grade student, Hunter White, have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they have both qualified as semifinalists to compete in the 2018 Arkansas National Geographic State Bee.  The contest will be held at The University of Central Arkansas on Friday, April 6, 2018.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year.  School Bees were held in school with fourth - eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school's champion.  School Champions then took a qualifiying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.  The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states to compete in the State Bees. 

Annette is the daughter of Jose and Josephina Escobedo.  Hunter is the son of April White and Hunter White.

Hermitage Students Compete in Chess Tournament

Five Hermitage Junior High Chess Club Students recently competed in the South Arkansas Chess Tournament in Monticello. The students competed against students from area schools in the Southeast Cooperative and had several wins.
They are from L to R Victor Vargas, Alan McGhee, Braden Harrod, Jorge Ramos and Tristen Woodall.​

JROTC Military Ball Set for March 17th

Hermitage Jr. High Quiz Bowl Places 1st At 1A Regional tournament

The Hermitage Jr. High Quiz Bowl Team competed at the Regional Tournament in Maumelle on Saturday February 3rd.  The team finished with a 1st place win with an undefeated record. The team qualified to compete at the State Competition on February 24th, 2018 in Morrilton, Ar. Team Captain, Edwin Martinez, also had the second highest individual average for most questions answered per game. He was invited to join the All-Tournament team for the Region. Team members include (back row starting left) Julianne Baker, Olivia Pierce, Braden Harrod, Alan McGhee, Sutton Nelson, John Robert Ellis (front row left to right) Joseph Best, Edwin Martinez (Captain), and Hailey Carney (Scorekeeper). Coaches are Mistie McGhee and Ginnie Sellers.

WMS Students Compete in Chess Tournament

Pictured: 8th Grader Cade Cobb, 7th Grader Weston Gavin, 8th Grader Pierce Wargo.
Warren School District Gifted and Talented:  Three Warren Middle School students recently competed in the South Arkansas High School Chess Tournament in Monticello.  The students competed against students from other area schools and had several wins for the Warren team.

Drew County NAACP to Hold Science Fair

The Drew County Branch of the NAACP #6042 is hosting a Community Science Fair on February 24, 2018 , from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, 521 McCloy, where Rev. Dr. Alford Branch is the pastor. 
The featured scientist will be Mr. David Westbrook of Little Rock, AR.  Mr. Westbrook has been working in the science field for many years.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and continues in that field.  He worked for the Little Rock Zoo for twenty-one years and served as Zoo Director for fourteen of those year.  In addition, he worked as an educator with the Little Rock Museum of Discovery where he entertained and wowed onlookers with science  presentations.  Today he  provides STEAM emphasis (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) through his own company “Field Trips 2 You.”  Through this mobile program, Mr. Westbrook is able to provide programs to students all across the state. 
Some of the programs include demonstrations with electricity, rocket engineering, edible cars, and other fun presentations. Mr. Westbrook combines education and entertainment to get his participants involved in his shows.
 For Saturday’s program,  he will be doing “Matter Matters” where he utilizes dry ice and innovative STEAM-oriented approaches to have students explore and differentiate between types of matter, forms of energy and to study changes when energy is added to remove from matter.  He also has a spectacular collection of small critters including spiders and snakes.   Students will be wowed by his presentation antics and his cool demeanor as he handles small reptiles, all of which are from his private collection.
He is originally from nearby Dumas,AR.  He is married to Kelli Westbrook, a retired zookeeper, and the couple has two sons.


Congratulations to Coach Clark Watkins for winning the SEACBEC HOSA Restaurant Raffle.  Coach Watkins won $120.00 in meals donated by local restaurants.  Thank you to the following restaurants for donating:  El Palacio, El Ranchito, Golden Girls, Roberson Smoke House, Simple Simon’s, and Sonic.  SEACBEC HOSA Advisors are Emily Harton and Kasey Reep.

Hoodie Drive by HOSA

SEACBEC HOSA recently collected hoodies to be distributed the Warren School District Learners in need.  Approximately 50 hoodies and coats were collected.  Thanks to all who participated. Pictured above: HOSA Advisors-Kasey Reep and Emily Harton, SEACBEC Director-Devin McDiarmid and HOSA members.

WMS OUT Crew Get Middle Schoolers More Involved

The WMS PIT Crew (Parent Involvement Team) started the year off with a plan in place to get middle schoolers more involved in community service. For the past two months, students and parents have volunteered their time at Mrs. Fee Fee Jones' Soup Kitchen. From grocery shopping, food preparation, cooking, plating and delivering, WMS students have done it all. Mrs. Fee Fee has been a gracious, patient host and teacher. If your organization has a community service project in need of volunteers please contact Brooke Hatch at 870.226.4346.

SourthArk-Guiding Students to Success

What does student success in college look like? How will I know if I’m on the right path? Whom can I ask for help? These and many other questions are often on the minds of college students.
Guidance is available at colleges and universities to assist students in setting appropriate goals and evaluating personal progress.
You may ask yourself, “Do I need to have an outstanding grade-point average in high school to make it in college?” The answer is no: You may not even have graduated from high school, but instead have a General Educational Development diploma. Also, doing well in high school does not guarantee that you will see the same success in college. Most students will have to study hard and learn to balance life’s demands to succeed.
To keep any scholarships earned, avoid academic probation or suspension, get into the program that you want, earn a good GPA and graduate, you need to evaluate your ability to work hard, your ability to do the required work and your willingness to ask for assistance.
In college, you will have access to your grades so that you can gauge your progress. You will have what is called a syllabus for each class that often lists your assignments and tests as well as how many points each is worth. When you find yourself struggling or when you just want to make sure you are on track to do well, there are many people who can assist you. Most colleges, such as SouthArk, have tutoring centers. You also can ask your instructor for assistance.
If you are unsure whether you are on the right path, you can speak to an adviser or counselor. This person can assist you with completing a career interest inventory, talk to you about things that you are passionate about, talk with you about your past success in classes and your test scores and guide you to the right degree program.
Some high-school students have a 504 Plan to ensure they receive needed specialized instruction, or an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) to ensure that they receive needed accommodations. Many of those modifications can become accommodations in college as well. You will need to make an appointment to see the person who handles disability services at your college. All colleges will require some form of documentation confirming that a disability exists.
What if you become so stressed out that you have trouble focusing? Again, ask for help! Most colleges have licensed counselors who can assist you with anxiety, depression, or other mental-health needs. These services are confidential with very few exceptions. In many cases, there are no out-of-pocket expenses or insurance claims, because the service is covered in the fees you already pay.
Now, ask yourself, “How can I be sure I will land the job I want once I graduate?” Many colleges have career services that can help you prepare a resume, practice for your interview and write those cover letters. You may want assistance with these tasks also to land internships before graduation.

Colleges are in the business of helping students achieve their educational goals. So, study hard and take advantage of resources. If you need assistance, no matter what kind, ask!

Hermitage High School Hosts Literacy Night

Hermitage High School will host Family Literacy Night for students in grades 7-12 and their parents on February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. Featured speaker is Rhonda G. Williams, author and HHS alumnae. Ms. Williams will discuss the writing process, strengthening literacy skills, and preparing students for college-level literacy classes.

Williams is the author of The Naming of Girl, a novel whose spunky main character, Girl, faces numerous challenges as she navigates through life. At times heartbreaking, but often hilarious, the book leaves the reader wanting to know how Girl’s story will turn out. Williams is currently working on the sequel, which will continue Girl’s story with her newly discovered family.  Williams also teaches Freshman Composition through the Early College High School program. Her current class includes several HHS students.

Copies of The Naming of Girl will be available for purchase, and Ms. Williams will be signing copies.  If you already have a copy, we invite you to bring it to be signed. Please come and join us for a fun and informative evening!

G/T Students Tour Museum

Warren School District Gifted and Talented:  4th Grade Gifted and Talented students visited the Bradley County Historical Museum to observe the YAA Exhibit.  The students were treated to a guided tour of the museum and viewed art pieces that are currently in the exhibit.  Warren 4th Grade GT student, Kelby Robertson, has a piece in the art exhibit. 

Middle School Quiz Bowl Team Competes

Warren School District Gifted and Talented: The Warren Middle School Quiz Bowl Team recently competed in the Jr. High Quiz Bowl Tournament held in Monticello, Ar.

Quiz Bowl Team Members:
Weston Gavin, Pierce Wargo, Aidan Reynolds, Cade Cobb, Hunter White, Aiden Crozier, Kailey Henry, Luci Woodard and Keller Bigham. ​