A broken water main underneath the street at the corner of 16th and Main St., between Mini Mart and the former Bancorp South 16th Street Branch, has crews busy Friday morning. Hope Water & Light Crews expect the repair to take most of the day Friday, and recommend motorists plan an alternate route to school and work.
The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Fine Arts Club is sponsoring a military service member holiday care package drive. The care packages will be sent to units in Afghanistan.
All donations must be delivered to the UAHT Fine Arts Club by November 14, 2016.
Hope campus, 2500 South Main, Hope, AR, 71801
Texarkana campus, 3501 UofA Way, Texarkana, AR, 71854
Attached is a list of items the troops would love to receive. Please note this is a gift drive, not a canned food drive. Troops are in great need of toiletries or other small goodies from home to add some cheer to their holiday season.
Also, if you would like to sponsor the postage cost of a package, the cost is $12.95 each. Please make checks payable to: UAHT Fine Arts Club.
If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Slack at 870-722-8219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Items Needed for Service Member Care Packages
(No pork products (read labels), obscene magazines, glass, or items that will melt.)
Tuna/chicken (in pouches only)
Hot Sauce (plastic bottle or packets only)
Hot Chocolate Packets
Microwave Popcorn Packages
Powdered Drink mixes (pre-sweetened)
Beef Jerky/beef sticks
Gum, Hard Candy
Liquid Soap (small bottles)
Air Freshener (no aerosols)
Shampoo (small bottles)
A Boil Order has been issued for Washington Water System effective immediately until further notice .
Historic Washington State Park hosted the Chamber Coffee on Wednesday October 26th. The park traditionally hosts the Coffee around Halloween and many of the staff dress in their Halloween costumes. The park does have a program set for October 29th called "Washington After Dark" which is appropriate for the season as it is a lantern tour of the park highlighting areas where "unexplained" events have occurred. For info or reservations phone the park at 983-2684. Pictured at the Coffee (where nothing unexplained happened!) are Debbie Martin, Superintendent Brandon Wen, Ashley Martin, Terry Waggoner, Marissa Wilson, Shelia Little, Eric Lindy, Assistant Superintendent Janelle Shepherd, Shelia Ballard, David White, Alicia Dowell, Chris Adams, Holly Ballard, and Donna Martin.
The Hope Kiwanis Club welcomed Dave Phillips from the Hempstead County Relay for Life on Tuesday October 25th. Phillips noted the recent Relay for Life "Celebrity Waiter" event at Hempstead Hall raised over $6,000. He noted the Relay will be held May 4th and 5th at Fair Park in 2017 and this year's goal is $55,000. Phillips estimate the relay has raised around one million dollars in Hempstead County in it's nearly twenty year history.
The Hope Lions Club heard a report from the Leo Club from Garrett Memorial Baptist Church recently. Rebecca Still and Morgan Hooker visited Lions for the update. The Leo Club is a high-school age division of Lions.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Joshua Jones/Edward Jones Advisor on Thursday October 23rd. Jones' office is located at 1200 South Main. A large crowd of well-wishers turned out for the opening and to enjoy food and fellowship.
HOPE – The Hope Public School District Board began a process Monday night designed to take the district from its “current reality” to the vision which the board seeks to sustain for its students, faculty, parents and patrons.
“It’s an ongoing, never ending process,” Superintendent Bobby Hart said. “We’d like to revisit every six months where we are on our goals; but, we also try every two years to establish new goals and make sure we are still focused on what we want to achieve.”
Hart said the board typically addresses strategic planning during the summer months, but with the election of a new board member and reorganization of the board after the retirement of longtime board president Joe Short, that was delayed this year.
“All of the other board members had asked that we postpone that until our new board member was on board and give him a chance to participate in the process,” he said.
The working session conducted Monday night was facilitated by Blaine Alexander, consultant from the Arkansas Leadership Academy in Fayetteville.
Alexander took the board from a broad perspective of defining strategic planning through finding effective strategies in an orderly planning process that reflects purpose.
“Everything filters through your core beliefs,” he told the board. “These are the things that you are not going to be talked out of by anyone.”
Alexander challenged the board members to take those ideas and find a common vision of destination the district as a whole should achieve.
“This is your model school,” he said.
A board consensus developed around eight key factors, including student achievement, discipline, facilities, communication, finance, parental involvement, community involvement, and personnel.
“I can’t speak for the board, but those eight items that were listed are the focus areas that they want to look at specifically,” Hart said. “If you go more than that, their time and attention is spread so far that fidelity to the process is hard to achieve.”
He said developing a vision in each of the eight areas is ambitious, despite a certain level of overlap.
Hart said the continuing work of the board will involve creating visions of each of those points upon which district administration and educators can act.
“It’s our challenge now as administrators to come up with a plan of how we are going to accomplish that, and, for them to monitor the work once they have established a vision and goals,” he said.
Hart said he anticipates frequent reporting to the board from that perspective as the process continues.
“I wasn’t surprised to see anything listed there; and, most of those eight things are tied into our previous goals,” he said. “And, all of those things are related to what schools should do in any case, and they all lead to student achievement.”
Hart said he anticipates making an initial report to the board at its next regular meeting on Nov. 28.
“I was very proud of the way the board worked together, and Mr. Alexander, he was very pleased with how cordially they worked together,” Hart said.
Blaine Alexander, consultant from the Arkansas Leadership Academy, of Fayetteville, moderated a special working session of the Hope Public School Board here Monday night concerning strategic planning. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
The University of Arkansas at Hope will host an ACT Prep workshop for high school seniors on Saturday, November 12 and Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the UofA Hope campus. The cost of the workshop is $15 per Saturday or $5 per Saturday with a scholarship.
This workshop will offer focused, discipline-specific skills in all four ACT areas: Reading, English, Math, and Science. Students can choose to attend one or both Saturdays and may take Reading/English on one Saturday and Math/Science on the other Saturday.
For an application to the ACT Prep workshop, please see your high school counselor or contact Ashli Dykes at email@example.com or 870-722-8267.
Spring Hill High School Students Receive Invention Grant to Create an
Innovative C-Bot for Poultry Producers
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Initiative Inspires a New Generation of Inventors
Hope, Arkansas, October 25, 2016 -- Spring Hill High School was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant in the amount of $10,000 to create an agricultural robotic system to be used in broiler houses of poultry farmers. The C-Bot (ChickenRobot) will be utilized by producers to monitor environmental conditions and health quality of the birds. Spring Hill High School is one of 15 high schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year.
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. This initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.
“The InvenTeams program represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these fields among youth. With InvenTeams, our primary goal is to foster high school students’ passion for invention, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.”
Tammy Glass, Business and Technology Instructor at Spring Hill High School initiated the InvenTeam application process last spring and attended training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June to help prepare the final proposal. A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as representatives from the industry and former Lemelson-MIT Award winners, assembled this fall and selected Spring Hill High School as one of this year’s InvenTeam grantees.
The C-Bot is an autonomous robotic system that will maneuver throughout the poultry house, moving birds that are clustered together in a relatively small space. This will allow for freer movement, a decrease in health issues and increase in quality of life. While the robot is moving through the house it will also be collecting data that will benefit the producer in monitoring oxygen, ammonia and moisture levels.
The Spring Hill High School InvenTeam will also work with Paul Fucile, Senior Engineer of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who will guide the students through the development of their invention. Spring Hill High School InvenTeam will also work with numerous local, county and state entities as they develop their invention, including local farm associations and Southern Arkansas University Agriculture, Engineering and Computer Science Departments.
Over the next nine months, the Spring Hill High School InvenTeam will develop its C-Bot. In June, the students will showcase a prototype of their invention at EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. EurekaFest, presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models and encourage creativity and problem solving.
ABOUT THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM
Celebrating invention, inspiring youth
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education.
ABOUT THE LEMELSON FOUNDATION
The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and PRIs in support of its mission. For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.