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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Happy Easter!

The schools of the DeWitt School District will be closed Friday, April 18, for Good Friday. Classes will resume at the regular time on Monday, April 21.

Have a joyous Easter Sunday, everyone!

"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine."
Dwight L. Moody


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


Special Education Surveys

As part of the special education monitoring activities, general education and special education staff members are asked to complete a survey about the district's special education program. The surveys, which can be accessed through the links below, will need to be completed by all special education and general education personnel in the district. The ADE-SEU will use information collected from the questionnaire to inform onsite monitoring activities as well as to identify possible technical assistance needs for the district. The results of the survey can only be accessed by ADE-SEU and individual staff responses will remain confidential. Surveys need to be completed by April 18, 2014.

>>>Special Education Teacher Survey 2013-2014
>>>General Education Teacher Survey 2013-2014


Dragon Fan Gear

by Coach Steven Jones
BSN Sports has opened up an online store to update your Dragon fan gear. From April 4th through the 20th, you can go online and order t-shirts, hoodies, and polos that have a Dragon Football logo on them. This was set up for our players to order cleats and gloves, but also gives everyone a chance to buy if interested. The items are sold at cost; this is not a fundraiser.

Click to visit >>>www.bsnsports.com<<< then click the My Team Sports link and enter promo code dragon7NV. Items will be shipped to DHS and the coaches will make sure they're delivered to everyone.


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  • April 17
    Sr. Track Meet at Monticello
    Softball vs. Crossett
    Baseball vs. Crossett
  • April 18
    Good Friday Holiday
    Senior Class Fundraiser
    Softball vs. Arkansas Baptist
  • April 19
    Baseball vs. Stuttgart
  • April 20
    Happy Easter!
  • April 21
    Sr. Track Meet at Lonoke
    Softball vs. Monticello
    Baseball vs. Monticello
  • April 22-23
    EOC Geometry Exam
  • April 23
    DES Spring Pictures
    PCC Senior CTE EOC Tests

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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.]


For the Long Run 5K

by Randi Hestir
As a class project in EAST, Rylee Knoll and Whitney Price have planned a 5K Race to benefit Dana's House Transitional Home for young adults leaving foster care. The race will take place in the beautiful Arkansas Post National Memorial Park in Gillett, AR on May 10 at 8:00 AM.

Transitional Living Services offered through Dana's House, Inc. will serve teens ages 17 through 21 that are on the path to aging out of care without a support system in place. With the guidance of a life coach, and in collaboration with Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Arkansas County Adult Education, and the DeWitt School District, invaluable life and educational skills as well as a sense of independence will be instilled that is often misplaced as youth are moved from home to home within the foster care system. The following services will be offered to youth that participate in transitional living services: assessment and transitional plan development and review, life skills coaching, semi-supervised living, mentoring, educational support, career/job guidance, health care life skills, housing life skills, home management, interpersonal/social skills, money management skills, parenting skills, driving skills, crisis intervention, mental health services, emergency cash assistance, and weekly Bible study.

>>>More Information & Registration


EAST Conference

Each spring, more than 2,000 students, teachers, parents and communities and business leaders attend the EAST Initiative's largest training event of the year, the National EAST Conference, March 19-21 in Hot Springs. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. This three-day event allows attendees to network with other students, share stories and ideas, showcase and celebrate work from the past year and experience an expo-style environment, concluding with a formal banquet.

Students from DeWitt High School attended the conference along with their EAST facilitator, Mrs. Carole Anderson. The DeWitt EAST program was recognized as the state winner of the Visualizing the Past competition for their work documenting the History of DeWitt and the Bicentennial of Arkansas County with QR codes, a website, and more. Congratulations!


Quiz Bowl Qualifies For State

by Scarlett Brown, Christen Earhart, and Jessica Lehmann
On March 8th, the DeWitt High School Quiz Bowl team traveled to Hamburg to compete against six other schools. They played a total of six games. They won three games and lost three. They had three ties, and won two of them. Mrs. Hubsch is very proud of this year's quiz bowl team. She said they they did the best they could, considering how challenging the questions were. In a game, there are 620 points possible. There were two games in which DeWitt and the opposing team scored half of the points combined. We are so very proud of our quiz bowl team!

This year's quiz bowl team:
Seniors
Chris Tucker, Kailey Vilches, Lauren Box, Malik Gatson, & Kahlan Philipp
Juniors
Matthew Kirkpatrick & Elizabeth Bronson
Sophomores
Anna Cunningham, Catherine Kirkpatrick, Banks Philipp, Aidan White, & Nicholas Wright


Yarn Bombing

by Hollye Jackson
The Art History class at DeWitt High School recently 'yarn bombed' several trees on campus as part of Youth Art Month. The yarn bombing activity was to go along with the class study of Rococo art, a style of art from the 18th century which often used used playful and witty artistic themes and ornate detail.

What is "yarn bombing"? It is a type of temporary, expressive graffiti almost exclusively about personalizing sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.

The Arkansas Arts Center organized a public display of yarn bombing in September with the help of many volunteers. The large front exterior as well as its fountains and surrounding trees and light poles were decorated in yarn in what organizers say is the second-largest "yarn-bombing" ever.

The yarn-bombed trees will be on display at DeWitt High School through end of March. Please enjoy!

>>>Photos


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 27at the Arkansas Arts Center. Congratulations to Makala!


DHS Physics Class

Egg Drop Experiment

by Kristin Bradley
Seniors in Mrs. Hubsch's AP Physics performed to Egg Drop Experiment on March 6th. Each student was to design a device to build around four eggs that could withstand being dropped from press box at the Dragon football field and land on a plywood board.

Due to all of the bad weather, the students were unable to drop our devices from the press box. So, in order to simulate being dropped from the press box, we dropped our devices from a ladder in the cafeteria and onto the plywood board.

The students made their own devices out of boxes, bags, bubble wrap, sponges, etc. Each were able to discover whether their device could last through the hard fall from the top of a ladder. Some were successful and others weren't, but we learned that in order to protect the fragility of the eggs you must wrap the eggs tight in something soft to where they won't be able to bounce around.

It was a very messy but exciting project and many lessons were learned. Thanks to Mrs. Hubsch we were able to have a fun time and learn a lot about physics at the same time.

Plumbing Fun in Physics

by Clay Kirkpatrick, Video by Samantha Woodiel
While working on a lab last week Mrs. Hubsch's physics students noticed a unique problem with the plumbing in one of the sinks. The iPhone 5s offers the option to video in slow motion. Mrs. Hubsch gave the students permission to use their phones to record the water in slow motion.

>>>Video (available soon)


DMS GEAR Up Parent & Student Appreciation Night

The 2nd Annual DMS GearUp Parent and Student Appreciation Night was held Thursday, March 20, in the DMS Cafeteria. Parents and students enjoyed delicious barbecue, displays, and performances by the DMS Band and new cheerleaders.

>>>Photos by Debbie English


Dream Team

by Dawson Moser
This year the High School Dragon Baseball team is looking for a great season. The Dragons are returning many starters from the year before and should have seniors leading the way to victory. This year in football the Seniors led the team to the best season they have had in years, so hopefully the Seniors will lead the way in baseball also. In 2012 the Dragons made their first Regional appearance since 2003 , and fell one game short from returning last year. Returning many starters from last year should give the Dragon's a step ahead with experience that they have underneath their belt. The Seniors hould be more prepared to and be able to make plays in crucial situations. Cole Counce says, " He is looking forward to a great season and to make many memories with his 'Bros' including going farther than DeWitt High School has ever gone in baseball."

>>>Baseball Schedule


Miss DeWitt 2014

The annual Miss DeWitt pageant was held March 19 at DeWitt High School. DHS Student Council sponsors the pageant for girls in grades 9-12. Miss DeWitt 2013, Gina Silva, returned to co-emcee the event with Student Council President Sara Jennings and to crown the new queen. Seventeen girls competed in beautiful evening gowns with the Top Five answering questions on stage which included Rylee Knoll, Carlee Cox, Raegan Snyder, Randi Hestir, and Christen Earhart. Entertainment during tallying was provided by a silly group of senior boys who wore dresses and "competed" in the "I Feel Pretty" Pageant just for fun.

Congratulations to Rylee Knoll, Miss DeWitt 2014, Carlee Cox, 1st runner-up, and Reagan Snyder, 2nd runner-up!

>>>Photos by LeeAnn Morgan


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.

 
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