The DeWitt School District in DeWitt, Arkansas, provides excellence in education for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The DeWitt School District in DeWitt, Arkansas, provides excellence in education for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The DeWitt School District in DeWitt, Arkansas, provides excellence in education for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The DeWitt School District in DeWitt, Arkansas, provides excellence in education for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The DeWitt School District in DeWitt, Arkansas, provides excellence in education for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

       


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Congratulations, Graduates!

Commencement was held Friday, May 16, for the DeWitt High School Class of 2014. Beautiful spring weather made for a wonderful night for graduating seniors and their family and friends in Dragon Stadium. Congratulations and best wishes, graduates. We're proud of you!


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  • July 11
    Football: Pine Bluff Team Camp
  • July 14
    Football Parent Meeting
  • July 15
    Football: Dumas Team Camp
    School Board Meeting
  • July 17
    Football: DeWitt 7 on 7
  • July 22
    Football: Dumas Team Camp
  • July 24
    Football: DeWitt 7 on 7
  • August 1
    Football: 1st Practice
  • August 7-8, 11-15
    District Professional Development
  • August 12
    School Board Meeting
  • August 18
    First Day of School
  • August 22
    Football BBQ - Meet the Dragons!

..>>>Click here for more events...


MOS Certification

by Julie Sebree
Students in Mrs. Julie Sebree and Mrs. Nancy Whiting's classes were given the opportunity to take Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification tests. MOS certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries.

Certifying in MOS requires students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office. MOS enables students to tap in to the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office system, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence, and differentiation. In the classroom, MOS promotes success for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce.

Triple Certificate (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Delia Barrett

Double Certificates (Word & PowerPoint)
Antonia Canelo
Carlee Cox
Elizabeth Craig
Kalen Kemp
Kylee Milliken
Lexi Brown
Luis Chavez
Sherterica Canady
Sydney Bueker
William Kimbrell
Zakayla Black

Word Certificates
Adam Hill
Allie Roush
Brittany Ellenburg
Brooke Henderson
Jillian Anderson
Jotera McShane
Logan Watts
Mika Wansley
Natthaphat Watthanaphuti
Noah Ward
Savanna Bisswanger
Zach Self

PowerPoint Certificates
Alex Bay
Beth Ann Shadwick
Drew Dillion
Heidi Wright
Leighton Wilson
Nikki Winans
Paige Hill
Tyler Juneau


DMS StuCo Day 2014

by Debbie English
DMS started off the day with a video from past events of the year. Students also looked at baby pictures of teachers to see if they could name the teacher. Mrs. Linda's sixth graders made volcanoes and everyone was able to see what makes the eruptions. The eighth graders made rockets in Mr. Wilson's science class and provided an awesome rocket show. After lunch the games began! The Titans came in first place overall and the Acachallas came in second place.

>>>Photos


Weather Ninja Visits GES

by Rachel Mitchell

Michael Hook, The Weather Ninja, visited Gillett Elementary School recently and talked about his career as a storm chaser. He also gave tips on how the kids can be safe during severe weather.

>>>Photos


2014 Miss Arkansas County Rice

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bronson, 2014 Miss Arkansas County Rice! Lizzy is a junior at DHS and competed in the county-wide competiton earlier this spring. She will be speaking at area meetings and events this year promoting rice as a crop and a delicious ingredient in her winning recipe, Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole.


GES Pre-School Field Trip

by Rachel Mitchell
Gillett Pre-School took a field trip to the Gov. Mike Bebee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Students were able to learn about wild animals such as the red tailed hawk, the barred owl, the black bear, and the American alligator. The students loved getting "hands-on" with the animals. The children were able to view the feeding of several native Arkansas freshwater fish. They also toured the facilities and played with several interactive exhibits. The students were joined by their parents and teachers for a fun (and rainy) day of learning!

>>>Photos


Gifted and Talented Field Trip

by Meagan Padgett
The Southeast Arkansas Educational Co-Op hosted a Paper Roller Coaster Exhibition and Virtual Field Trip for 5th grade GT students. Meagan Padgett took five students to participate.

DeWitt and Gillett students were grouped with students from schools in our co-op. These student-led groups collaborated, designed, and constructed roller coasters made from paper and tape only. They tested their tracks by timing a marble as it went through the coaster. Each group produced impressive roller coasters! The co-op hopes for this to be an annual event for GT kids.

DES and GES students look forward to participating again next year. Enjoy the pictures!

>>>Photos


Academic Awards

The annual DeWitt High School Awards of Excellence Banquet was held May 5 in the DHS cafeteria. Students in grades 9 - 12 who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA for the first 3 quarters of the school year are recognized, and students and their families are treated to a delicious meal. The event is sponsored by Arkansas County Bank, DeWitt Bank and Trust Company, Farmers and Merchants Bank, and DeWitt School District. Click the images below for a larger version.

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Four Year Awards
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Three Year Awards
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Two Year Awards
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One Year Awards

Art Show Winners

by Hollye Jackson
Five art students from DHS are winners in the Arkansas Art Educator's Eastern Regional Art Show and Competition. Kylee Milliken received 'Best of Show' and Libby Cox placed 2nd in the 9th grade division. Tyler Corley placed 2nd and Catherine Kirkpatrick placed 3rd in the 10th grade division. Carissa Mannis received 'Best of Show' in the 11th grade division. These students will receive awards at a reception at EACC in Forest City on May 29. Milliken and Mannis' art work will represent the Eastern Region at the AAE State Show this summer.

>>>Photos of the Artwork


For the Long Run 5K

by Rylee Knoll
Whitney Price and I would like to thank everyone who donated or participated in the For the Long Run 5K in any way. With your help we raised over $10,000 for the Dana's House Transitional Home! We have all truly made a positive impact in these young adults lives "for the long run". There was a great turn out on Saturday, May 10, and we were blessed with beautiful weather. It is awesome to live in a community so willing to help serve! Let this be an example that you are never too young to do what you set your mind to!


DMS FBLA

by Phyllis Holloway
The FBLA Club from DeWitt Middle School traveled to the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, for the Spring Leadership Conference. These students had entered the competition by taking skills tests and on-line objective tests in their event categories. Recognition was awarded to the following: Ashtyn Beck, 3rd place in Business Letters; Max Boyd, Spencer McCarty, and Braden Wilson, 1st place in Desktop Publishing Applications; Nicholas Dawes, 2nd place in Computer Concepts; Cole Hardwick, 2nd in Business Math; Jomia Harris, 4th in FBLA Principles and Procedures; Kayla Poor, 4th in Keyboarding Applications II; Casey Sieber, 2nd in Web Page Creation; Olga Silva, 5th in Three-Minute Timing; Sara Thompson, 3rd in One-Minute Timing; Darby VanCamp, 3rd in Tabulations; Carly Watkins, 3rd in Keyboarding Applications I; Camden Westfall, 5th in Manuscripts, and Lauren Kemp, 5th in Career Exploration. Others placing in the top ten were Emma Bullock, Candice Kelly, and Zoe Strayhorn. Molly Anderson, also a member, was recognized as a Mid-Level District Officer.


Food Chain

by Julie Amstutz

Mrs. Peggy Denmans 5th grade Science class is learning about food chains. Pictured is Layton Blackmon with his food chain model.


Photography Contest Winner

by Ashley White, Photography Instructor
Congratulations goes to Hannah Lane for winning 2nd place and a cash prize of $50 in the Youth People/Portraits Division at the Caddo River Art Guild Photography Contest in Arkadelphia for her entry of "Carissa." Hannah is a Junior and is taking Fundamentals of Photography from the Dawson Center for Distance Learning where Ashley White is her teacher.

The Caddo River Art Guild (CRAG) is located in Arkadelphia and was founded by five local artists who painted together for many years and saw a pressing need to promote the arts and artists in the area. In addition to the yearly Round About Artist Studio Tour, the guild began an annual photography contest in 2010. It is supported by local businesses and art patrons and is judged by professional photographers. The contest has 2 divisions, Adult and Youth with 5 categories within each division. This year over $2000 in prize money was awarded.


Gear Up Jamboree

by Linda Gunnell
DMS and DHS students participated in the GEARUP Jamboree Saturday, April 26 at the Stuttgart Grand Prairie Center. Mr. Hunter Smith taught a robotic hand activity and Mrs. Linda Gunnell did a tower of pasta activity with all the students that attended. The students rotated through about 15 booths with different activities at each booth. Lunch was served and door prizes were given to students.

>>>Photos by Linda Gunnell & Marty Weaver


Body Biography

by LeeAnn Morgan
Students in Ms. Morgan's Ninth-Grade English classes were divided into teams and given the literary project of creating a "Body Biography" based on the characters "Jem Finch" or "Jean Louise (Scout) Finch" from the classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

A "Body Biography" is a visual and written portrait illustrating several aspects of the character's life within the novel. Their goal was to SHOW the character to the audience– not just a picture of the way the character looks physically, but also the way the character acts, thinks, his/her values, and his/her influence on others, all through the use of symbols (e.g. The Heart, The Hands, The Feet, The Backbone, Quotations, Virtues/Vices, Colors, Mirror/Mirror, Changes, and The Background.).

The students were allowed to use whatever creative medium (crayon, colored pencil, water color, etc.) they wanted to create their character portrait. All symbols had to be supported with textual evidence from the novel.

>>>Photos


Un Libro de Mi

Story and Photo by Anna Cunningham
Photo by Dagan Knoll

The Spanish II classes at DHS recently completed a project called Un Libro de Mi (A Book About Me). Students answered 20 questions about themselves using spanish grammar skills taught by Señora Counce. Then students compiled the answers to the questions in a 20-page book with 3 pictures for each page. Everyone did a great job and worked hard on their Un Libro de Mi. [Click the images below for a larger version.]


Cinco de Mayo

by Julie Amstutz

DES celebrated Cinco de Mayo in several ways on May 5. This is Mrs. Patricia leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the moment of silence in Spanish. Also we had several parents come and eat lunch serving their children authentic Mexican foods. Yum!


Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

by Hollye Jackson
A work of art by high school senior Makala White has been accepted into the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. This year there were over 450 entries, and Makala's was one of only 7 seniors who's work was selected for this year's YAA. Members of the Arkansas Art Educators juried the exhibition and picked the top works for each grade. Makala's piece titled "Running in the Trees" is a deconstructed book. The exhibit runs May 9-July 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Congratulations to Makala!


DES Spring Fire Marshals

The new DES fire marshals for the spring semester are Luke Burns, Logan Moss, Emily Golleher, and Amanda Horton. They met with Mr. Dustin Danner of the DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department to go over their new job.


We're Braggin' on Our Dragon Best

by Paula Counce
Here are some examples of the creative work of our freshmen in Mrs. Counce's Creative Writing classes. The students recently finished personal narratives, limericks, haikus, walkabout poems, poems written in the style of Dr. Seuss, sensory poems, and free verse. Click below to enjoy the students' work.


AdvancED Accreditation

Following an in-depth external evaluation by a five member evaluation team from three states, the DeWitt School District has been granted accreditation by AdvancED for five years. On Thursday, April 24, Dr. Vicki DeMao, the Lead Evaluator, announced to board members and staff that through 120 interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members; documentation provided by the district; and classroom observations, the DeWitt School District had met the criteria for accreditation. AdvancED is an independent school accreditation organization committed to systemic, systematic and sustainable improvement.


School Choice

The Public School Choice program was established to give parents and students more options with respect to where students attend public school and to enable any student to attend a school in a district in which the student does not reside, subject to the restrictions contained in ARKANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE ACT 1227 OF 2013.

Parents should be aware if their resident school district has filed for an annual exemption with the Arkansas Department of Education to not participate in school choice.

The DeWitt School District will accept the application for requests to transfer under School Choice until June 1, 2014.  This application must be completed and returned or mailed postmarked by June 1, 2014. (The Application to Transfer must be submitted to both non-resident and resident districts.)

Act 1227 of 2013, which established the Public School Choice Act of 2013, went into effect on April 16, 2013.  The Act includes the following deadlines:

June 1 - Students/parents apply for school choice to a nonresident district (with a copy of the application to the resident district).

June 1 - The ADE reports to each school district the net maximum number of school choice transfers for the current school year.

August 1 - The superintendent of the nonresident district notifies the parent and resident district of the acceptance or denial of a school choice application.

>>> School Choice Application
>>> School Choice Rules and Regulations

 
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