Calling all little razorbacks! It’s time for kindergarten registration. Parents if you have kindergarten age children, this razorback message is for you. Texarkana School District invites parents to come out for an early, easy registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Enjoy a morning full of games, prizes and fun at Arkansas Middle School (located at 5443 Jefferson Avenue), this Saturday March 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Visit each of the elementary campus booths as they showcase their magnet themes. Parents, be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, social security card, physical exam documentation and insurance card. For more information call 870-772-3371.
Update: Power has been restored at the Administration Building, Kilpatrick and North Heights Community School.
Currently the Administration Building, Kilpatrick, and North Heights Community School are experiencing a power outage. We are waiting on information regarding power restoration. All staff and students are safe. Stayed connected for more updates. ￼
All TASD campuses will hold virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 17, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. and Friday, February 18 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Students will not attend school on Friday, February 18. Additionally, all TASD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of Presidents Day. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. in the AHS student Union, Our AHS Band will be presenting a preview concert of their state honor band performance, which will be held next Thursday, February 17th in Hot Springs. Please come and support the best 5A Band in the state of Arkansas. They will be performing some terrific music, that I am sure you will enjoy! The concert is free and will end by 6:45 p.m.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE- This afternoon the following routes will be delayed for grades 6 - 12: Route 4 & Route 8
Good Luck to the AHS Razorback & Lady Razorback Bowling teams. They will be participating in the Conference Tournament this week. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
All TASD schools and offices will resume as normal tomorrow, Friday, February 4. Students will receive alternative method of instruction (AMI) work in the form of Google Classroom or paper packets to complete as a result of the inclement weather closing today, February 3. Students will have 5 days to complete the AMI work.
The National Weather Service and Office of Emergency Management have issued a winter storm warning for our area. Out of an abundance of caution, all Texarkana Arkansas School District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, February 3rd. Additionally, all extracurricular activities scheduled for tomorrow are cancelled. TASD administrators will continue to monitor weather conditions and will provide updates via the district’s website www.TASD7.net and our social media sites. The TASD callout system provider is currently experiencing technical difficulties so please help us by sharing this message with others.
COVID -19 Vaccine Clinic - 2nd Shot ONLY for age 5 -11 who attended the January 7 clinic. Friday, January 28 - AHS - Cafeteria - 1500 Jefferson Ave. - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
School Closing Friday, January 21, Due to Staff Shortage - All Texarkana Arkansas School District schools will close on Friday, January 21, and return on Monday, January 24. The Texarkana Arkansas School District is currently experiencing staff shortages due to the increased number of positive and quarantine cases as Omicron continues to spread across our community. The district did see a decrease in the number of staff absences after the previous school closure; however, the positive and quarantine numbers among staff have increased once again. TASD staff are stretching themselves to the limit to provide COVID-safe learning for all of our students; however, we cannot be successful without adequate resources. The staff shortage coupled with the low number of substitute teachers available limits the district’s ability to staff our classrooms and offices. Navigating through this pandemic has been challenging for our staff, students, and the community as a whole; and we try very hard not to close our schools unless it is necessary. We understand the burden that closing our schools causes on some of our families, and we apologize for the short notice. All students PreK through 12th grade will use Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) for Friday’s school closure which may include instructional paper packets or digital learning. Our custodial services department will continue to deep clean and prepare our facilities for staff and students. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CODING EVENT - Arkansas High School will be holding a Virtual Community Coding Event. January 25, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Sign up by visiting https: https://bit.ly/AHSCCERegistration
TASD campuses will resume face-to-face instruction Tuesday, January 18. TASD will continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases. If your child checked out a Chromebook prior to the school closure (grades 2nd - 5th), keep the device at home just in case we have to pivot back to off-site instruction due to increased positive/quarantine cases. As a reminder, both staff and students are required to wear masks.
After carefully reviewing our recent COVID-19 isolation and quarantine data as well as consultation with the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Health, the Texarkana Arkansas School District has made the decision to close our schools for on-site instruction. Effective Tuesday, January 11, all TASD campuses will close temporarily. This temporary closure will last through January 17 (students will return on Tuesday, January 18). All students PreK through 12th grade will use Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) days which may include instructional paper packets or digital learning. Great care and research went into this decision and we regret the hardships this will cause for some of our families. However, we believe that this is the right step to take for the health and safety of our families, employees, and the community. Additional information regarding meal pickup/distribution will follow. For the latest updates be sure to stay connected by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.TASD7.net.
Want to be a substitute for TASD? Here is your chance. Join us onsite for the Meeting and Substitute Training. Wednesday, January 12 or Thursday, January 13 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at 3512 Grand Ave. Texarkana, Ar 71854. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
School started today, January 4th. Schools are open.
On Friday, January 7, TASD will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The clinic will take place in the Arkansas High School cafeteria from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Ages 5 to 11 will receive the Pfizer vaccine and ages 18 and up will receive the Moderna vaccine for booster shots only. The second shot for children ages 5 to 11 will take place on January 28. Students who receive the vaccine during the January 7 and January 28 vaccine clinics will have their names entered for a drawing to receive the following items: iPad, bicycle, karaoke machine, or gift card. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18 and must sign a waiver for individuals under the age of 18 to receive the vaccine. Please bring proof of insurance.
TASD Christmas Break - December 20, 2021 - January 3, 2022. Professional Development for Teachers is January 3, 2022. Students will return January 4, 2022. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
Trice Elementary Robotics Team Advances to State - The Trice Elementary robotics team recently competed in the FIRST LEGO League Competition. The 3rd through 5th grade team, named Tricebots, is led by Julie Carver, robotics sponsor. FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting, hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem solving experience through a guided, global robotics program. The Tricebots finished in 6th place after competing in the Cargo Connect Challenge and qualified to advance to the Arkansas state competition on January 22, 2022. Tricebots’ concept was to construct a Package Depot in various neighborhoods where packages could be delivered and customers could pick up their items at their leisure. The Tricebots’ presentation highlighted how the Package Depot would ease shipping congestion, increase the speed of delivery in the transportation industry, and create safe and secure delivery locations. Additionally, the Package Depot would help eliminate package theft or damage due to weather.
AHS Teacher Receives National Board Certification - Arkansas High School teacher, Anna Shumake, recently received her National Board Certification. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. The reflective analyses that they submit must demonstrate: 1) A strong command of content; 2) The ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning; 3) The use of assessments to inform instructional decision making; and 4) Partnerships with colleagues, parents, and the community. Through this structured and iterative process, teachers expand and refine their content knowledge and pedagogy. The outcome is more powerful teaching that improves student achievement and reflects college and career readiness. “I started working on my National Board Certification four years ago, and it was the most challenging undertaking I have done in my career, but one of the most rewarding,” Shumake commented. Mrs. Shumake graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and joined the TASD family in 2012. Later, she received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. During her time at AHS, Shumake taught World History, Psychology, and Sociology; she also taught the following Advance Placement courses: World History, European History, Human Geography, and Research. In addition to teaching, she is a Google Certified Educator and serves as the department chair for the AHS Social Studies Department. “I am a local girl who graduated from Pleasant Grove and decided to become a history teacher after taking AP United States History with Mr. Chuck Zach my junior year,” said Shumake. Shumake said the National Boards have helped her learn how to assess the needs of her students and give targeted instruction based on their needs. “Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher helped me grow in my practice to best serve the students at Arkansas High School,” Shumake commented. “I had a lot of support from the AHS facilitators through this process. Their feedback, support, and encouragement was invaluable to me.”