On Tuesday, March 7, National Honor Society officers and senior members delivered more than 300 pounds of food items to the Family Resource Center Food Pantry. The items were collected as part of NHS’s annual Stock-the-Kids’-Pantry drive. I am very proud of the students who made this project their own. The officers and senior members were in charge of and completed, by themselves, planning; all of the advertising; organizing, sorting, and packing of boxes; and delivering the items to the food pantry. One of the main tenets of the NHS organization is service. We uphold the importance of working in service of others as a primary focus of our club activities. This is one of many service projects, and perhaps the most rewarding, the students have been involved in to serve not only our school, but our community. LHS is very fortunate to have students who are not only driven academically, but compassionate and driven to contribute to their community. It is my hope that the students continue these efforts beyond their time at LHS.

State Archery Tournament

The Lonoke Elementary School recently qualified to participate in the ANASP State Archery Tournament at the Hot Springs Convention Center. This was an amazing learning experience for all these students. It was exciting and has motivated these kids to keep practicing archery. These kids made HUGE improvements in their scores from Regionals to State! This program will only get better next year. The students who qualified and participated in state are: Gaston Fletcher, Cole Spears, Jackson Miller, Cutter Colvert, Averitt Black, Skylar Inman, Will Payne, Tucker Cooper, Colton Moore, Addison Cunningham, Adison Amato, Jonathan Pickard, Weston Wicker and Coach Amanda Wicker.

Cultural Expo Day

This was an opportunity for the third through fifth grade GT students to present their research project they have been working on since January. The students were asked to choose a country, research about its geography, economics, culture, religion, politics, and interesting facts. They also were required to illustrate a flag, create a 3D representation, bring a food that originated from that country, and dress as someone would from their country. The students worked very hard and were so excited to share their creative work with LES students and teachers!

Middle School Science:

Discovering Excellence in Arkansas was held by the Arkansas Museum of Discovery on March 9. The event was sponsored by Molex and other top STEM employers in the state such as Entergy, Wellspun, Dassault Falcon Jet, Caterpillar, Southwest Power Pool and others. Central Arkansas sixth grade science teachers were asked to nominate three sixth grade students who exhibit a potential to excel in science and math, hoping to steer them toward STEM careers.

Ms. Lynn, sixth grade science teacher at Lonoke Middle School, attended with Mason Ford, Mekyla Potter, and Anh Van along with their families.

The students were treated to a catered meal from Chuy’s, and then were placed in cooperative learning groups with other 6th graders from Central Arkansas schools. Approximately one hundred students were in attendance. Students were able to investigate circuits, pop balloons with the latest laser technology, and experience sound travel through various mediums. They learned how to build structures on a budget, and considered how airplanes are outfitted with light-weight materials. Using a specially equipped trailer, Entergy visually explained the dangers of power lines, making the lesson a highlight for everyone.

At the end of the evening, students were motivated to continue to strive for excellence as they study math and science in their respective schools. Each student received an award and certificate for completing the night’s learning activities.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration:

Pre-K registration will be Thursday, April 13 from 2-7 p.m.. Students must be four years-old on or before August 1. There are 40 slots for ABC and 30 for Tuition. Pre-K is on a first come, first serve basis. Packets will be available at LPS on April 3. All paperwork and a list of documents needed will be in the packets.

Kindergarten registration will be Thursday, April 20 from 4-8 p.m. Must be five years-old on or before August 1. Packets will not be available until the time of registration.