HAPS, BHE expansion mark HPS changes for 2016-2017
HOPE – Changes in facilities and leadership structures in the Hope Public School District mark significant developments for the district in 2016-2017.
Classes resume in the district Aug. 15, after traditional open house activities at each HPS campus on Aug. 11, (3:30-7 p.m.) and classes for the 2016-2017 school year will conclude on May 26, 2017, after graduation ceremonies for the Hope High School Class of 2017 on May 12, 2017.
Something historic becomes something new as the Hope Academy of Public Service welcomes its inaugural class this fall in the Augustus H. Garland School building on West Sixth Street.
HAPS will be a grades 5-8 campus, anticipating an inaugural class of about 160 students in a blended learning environment that combines collaborative and individualized learning with computer-centered instruction based upon rigorous individualized learning plans for each student.
Students at HAPS will still be part of the Hope Bobcat tradition and will participate in athletics, band and other Bobcat traditions, according to HAPS Principal Dr. Carol Ann Duke.
Students at HAPS will work with graduate students from the William J. Clinton School of Public Service through a partnership with higher education to develop a public service curriculum for the school and pursue the development of public service projects in Hope. HAPS will also enter into partnership with the University of Arkansas at Hope to provide educational enrichment.
Dr. Duke has said a key goal at HAPS is to prepare students to succeed in college and career readiness, and to reach a score of at least 19 on the ACT at the 10th grade.
The historic Garland campus has been substantially renovated to provide for non-traditional classroom design with all new furnishings, science lab, multi-purpose space renovation, office renovation and landscaping.
The academy concept campus was designed in connection with extensive consultation with parents and other stakeholders within and for the Hope Public School District.
Beryl Henry Elementary School
The sound of construction will greet students in grades 5-6 returning to school at Beryl Henry Elementary School this year.
The $4 million academic/activities expansion began with central office, library and counseling offices renovation and remodeling, which remains incomplete. Principal’s office space will now occupy the former library, and counseling offices will occupy the remodeled former principal’s office. A centralized campus entrance is also being constructed with an entry tower at the north end of the main building.
The addition of some $25,000 square feet of academic space and 3,000 square feet of multipurpose space. That will accommodate the eventual removal of metal buildings which have been used as classrooms for more than 30 years. Playground and parking areas will occupy that space upon completion of the expansion construction.
The McDougal Group of Texarkana is the primary construction contractor for the project.
BHE Principal Dr. Roy Turner said some changes in curriculum and schedule will be in place in 2016-2017.
“BHE will be using a new program called Eureka Math for fifth and sixth grade,” Dr. Turner said. “Most of the core classes will be daughter during the morning hours, and interventions, as well as literacy/math enrichment classes will take place in the afternoon hours.”
Turner said the campus leadership is excited about improvements in ACT Aspire testing scores and that BHE has put the Response to Intervention concept into place beginning this year with himself, Misty Gilbert, Instructional Coach Sonji Flemons, Teacher LaToya Martin, Specialist Louise Collins, Counselor Christi Sullivan, and ELL Teacher Cari Winemiller as the campus RTI team.
A Parent-Teacher Organization will also serve the campus this year, under the direction of Inell Thornton.
District Co-Activities Directors
Longtime Hope coaches Susan Powers and Jay Turley have been named district co-activities directors.
Both have a depth of experience and will coordinate the athletic and extracurricular activities in fall and spring sports, band and music programs, campus organizations and fundraisers, and special/social events.
Powers, a Hope High School graduate, comes to the post with 35 years of educational and coaching experience which began at then Yerger Junior High School in 1981.
Turley came to Hope as head football coach in 2010 and has overseen the district’s football program since.
Powers will direct all fall activities while Turley undertakes the HHS Bobcat football program; and, Turley will oversee spring activities to allow Powers to continue coaching the girls’ basketball program.
Hope High School
Two key senior administrative positions at Hope High School have been filled by veteran educators, as HHS prepares for a year that is expected to see some 180 seniors in the Class of 2017.
Donald Patton comes to Hope High School as assistant principal as an educator of 33 years experience, with 20 years of administrative experience and 13 years of classroom teaching experience.
He most recently was employed by the Liberty Eylau Independent School District near Texarkana, Texas, where he had been assistant high school principal since 2009. Prior to that time, Patton was the principal at Alto High School in Alto, Texas, for four years. He was assistant high school principal in the Mount Pleasant, Texas, school district for 10 years, having also taught in grades 9-12 at Mount Pleasant for four years prior.
Mike Radebaugh, most recently of Okeechobee, Fla., is the ninth grade assistant high school principal at Hope High School.
Radebaugh is a graduate of Nashville High School in Nashville, Ar., and has 12 years of administrative experience and taught for five and half years. He has taught and been an administrator in the Okeechobee, Fla., school system since 1998.
Seniors at HHS were welcomed Aug. 4 during the annual Senior Breakfast, where Hart encouraged them to remember the opportunities that they have at HHS and the legacy they will leave.
“Finish your job,” he said. “You have great opportunities at Hope High School.”
Senior pictures will be made Aug. 30 and the annual Senior Class Meeting is set for Oct. 3. The Senior Banquet is set for May 11, and graduation will be conducted May 12.
Seniors are to verify their academic record in the HHS Counselor’s Office no later than the second week of the school year from Aug. 22-26, according to HHS Counselor Sallie Nix.
Yerger Middle School
Yerger Middle School begins the year with new campus leadership, as Principal Josclyn Wiley has taken the helm, coming to YMS from the Texarkana Public Schools where she has worked extensively in the area of special education and compliance, developing monitoring procedures for those programs, while overseeing professional development for teachers including a poverty training module for new teachers in Texarkana. Wiley has extensive experience in Therapeutic Intervention Learning Center services and the management of inclusion program implementation.
Clinton Primary School
Clinton Primary School Assistant Principal (K-1) Robin Townsend comes from Beryl Henry Elementary School, where she served as an instructional facilitator for the past four years. Prior to that time, Townsend served as an instructional facilitator at Clinton Primary from 2003-2012, and was the Parental Involvement Facilitator for the campus during that period, as well.
She began her career at CPS as a fourth grade teacher in 1992. Townsend is also a former Rotary Club Teacher of the Year.
New faculty at CPS this year includes kindergarten teachers Anita Dillhunty, Alisha Searcy, and Carrie Webb; first grade teachers Lauren Douglas and Samantha Young; third grade teachers Elizabeth Gafford and Patience Walker; fourth grade teachers Davis Butterworth and Cindy Lee; special education teachers Angie Gentry and Elessia Scott; ELL teacher Mary Storey; and instructional facilitators Melissa Gildon and Lacey Robbins.
Classes begin at 7:50 a.m. with first dismissal at 3:05 p.m.
Glenda Newton, RN, school nurse at CPS said parents of kindergarten students enrolling should provide a copy of a doctor’s physical exam record for their children along with updated immunization records prior to the first day of school.
And, HPS District Nurse Renee Sells, RN, reminded parents to be certain their children are in compliance with immunization requirements as outlined by the Arkansas State Board of Health beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Sells recommended that parents check the HPSD district website or the website for their child’s school for the requirements for the 2016-2017 school year.
“The health and well being of all of our students is important and we encourage all families to make certain that these documents are up to date,” Superintendent Bobby Hart said.
Additional information is available from the Arkansas Health Department at 870-777-2191.