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QR Codes Help Students Tell Immigration Stories
Third graders in Ms. Sanchez’s class at Oaklawn have created personal immigration stories inspired by the experiences of thousands of immigrants who have come through Ellis Island. With help from the historical fiction text, The Orphan of Ellis Island, students learned about the process followed by individuals seeking citizenship through Ellis Island, and the many challenges and hardships that families faced to make the journey. They wrote stories, created personal recordings of each tale, and created a photo to represent each character - all showcased in the “American Immigration Wall of Honor,” display just outside her classroom. Stories from each student are available for anyone to listen to, via specially created QR codes.
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Read Across America Week: Feb 25-March 1
HSSD elementary schools are ready for Read Across America Week! Join in on the fun - Find a full schedule of books and attire for each day of the week, here. The National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. It is celebrated on March 2nd, which is also the birthday of the famous children’s book author Dr. Suess. Our wonderful school media specialists at each HSSD school organize the week-long celebration ahead of March 2nd to celebrate reading and the many ways we promote and support literacy for our students at the HSSD.
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HSSD Beta Clubs Qualify for National Convention
Arkansas Jr. and Sr. Beta clubs gathered for State Convention January 24 - 26, 2019. A group of 94 HSSD students in 4th - 8th grades competed as Jr. Beta Club members from OVPA, Park Magnet, Intermediate School, and Junior Academy at Arkansas Junior Beta Club Convention January 24-25. A group of 25 HSSD students in 9th-12th grades competed as Sr. Beta Club members from HSWCHS at Senior Beta Club Convention January 25-26. Both events were hosted at the Hot Springs Convention Center. In all, 50 HSSD students qualified (42 from Jr. Beta Club and 8 from Sr. Beta Club) to compete at National Beta Convention in June, to be hosted in Oklahoma City. Huge thanks to Cheryl Long, Madeline Bull, and Melissa Bratton for the countless hours they spent helping our teams prepare. Congrats to HSSD Beta Clubs!
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OVPA Integration Station Keeps Students Moving
A new Integration Station at our HSSD OVPA provides a much needed brain break for students, via a colorful path prompting a series of physical, fine, and gross motor activities. Activities - including a bear and crab crawl, hop scotch, twirling, an ABC hop, climbing a ladder, walking backwards, and more - create intentional sensory stimulation for participants of all ages. Completing any portion of the station helps students to recharge and refocus between classes, between lessons, in preparing for tests, or during student pull-out sessions. By making them use both the left and right side of their brains, and remain active in a series of unique movements, it helps our students to stay calm, and more effectively focus for classroom time.
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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