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Sensory Stations Enhance Learning at Oaklawn
It’s all about providing balance for Mrs. Elizabeth (Graves) Roach in her first grade classroom at Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts (OVPA) Magnet School. Through the use of sensory stations/exercises and kinesthetic learning techniques, she creates a unique classroom setting for a diverse of array of students with diverse needs and talents. Looking around, you may find a bean bin, shaving cream table, chalk desk, bouncy balls, water beads, and other non-traditional items because in her classroom all curriculum is tied to a sensory learning experience and student-led dialogue and problem solving.
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HSSD Holiday Performance Lineup
The HSSD is a diverse community of student groups, talents, and organizations. We look forward to each holiday performance and event throughout December. Don’t miss a thing, with an all-inclusive HSSD Holiday lineup, below. All events hosted at HSSD schools, as well as the Holiday Extravaganza on 12/6, are free to the public and open to all.
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Tap Sessions Provided by Dancers from Untapped
For Giving Tuesday, the Little Rock-based professional tap dance company Untapped sends dance instructors to schools across Arkansas at no charge to work with students in dance classes. Savannah Boyce and Michael Roberson, professional dancers and dance instructors with Untapped, worked with HSSD dance students across the district today. They brought hands-on tap sessions and brief discussion of tap history to our classrooms.
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Sit Down with Cast of Mary Poppins, Jr.
Get to know four main cast members from the memorable presentation of Mary Poppins, Jr. at OVPA to capture for yourself a small glimpse of the “magic” behind each annual student production: Meet Anani Coleman (Mary Poppins), LaRon Samuels (Bert), Valerie Sutton (Jane Banks), and Ryan Tedford (Michael Banks). All four are fourth grade students, and represent well the connection that all participants develop with staff, other students, and the school theme during weeks of preparation and rehearsal for the annual event.
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Principal's Message

Welcome To Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet!

Jason Selig
Welcome to Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School!   My name is Jason Selig (Principal) and I I would like to introduce Kristen Gordon (Assistant Principal). We are very excited to begin our third year as principal and assistant principal here at Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet as we work in partnership to ensure every student at Oaklawn Magnet is actively engaged in a rigorous arts-integrated learning experience while developing social-emotional skills that will foster resilience, perseverance, empathy and the ability to collaborate and communicate in a diverse learning and work community.   Oaklawn Magnet’s fundamental purpose is to ensure that all students learn and grow at high levels and therefore is extremely excited to begin a new journey, known as our PLC Journey, through the Arkansas Department of Education’s Professional Learning Communities (PLC) At Work Pilot Project.  This past summer Oaklawn Magnet was selected as one of nine schools out of seventy-four who applied in the state to embark on this journey to ensure that ALL students learn grade level essential skills and standards to prepare them for the next grade level and set the foundation for post-secondary success.

For the next three years our staff will be paired with a Solution Tree Associate to provide research based strategies to staff to accomplish our Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals, also known as, the Four Pillars of the PLC Process and to engage in an ongoing process in which staff work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the children we serve.  

We need the help of all parents to speak positively about our school and become involved in their child’s school simply supporting your child’s teacher and reading to students daily for twenty minutes throughout the school year! The Oaklawn Staff is extremely excited and motivated to provide all students the skills and knowledge needed to progress to the next grade level.  Our staff understands that it is our moral obligation to treat every student as if they were our own and guarantee students will learn at high levels and, if needed, will receive the extra time and support to do just that.

I appreciate all of your support for another fantastic school year filled with the Broadway Junior Play Mary Poppins, Annual Show Choir Performances, as well as Dance and Strings Recitals. I look forward to working with you to ensure the success of all of our students and hope you have a great year!!


Jason SeligOaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School Principal Email: seligj@hssd.net  Phone: (501)-623-2661