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DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

At long last, spring is just around the corner, and not a minute too soon! After an uncharacteristically harsh winter across the state, spring fever is likely to strike soon and hard. Teachers can expect flurries of day dreaming episodes and longing gazes out the windows to begin sometime this month and build in severity and frequency as spring break draws ever nearer. Productivity in the work place may begin to take a hit as employees plot their escape into the great outdoors. Do not despair though, for there is good news as well. A low pressure system of fun and play is expected to sweep across the state bringing with it smiles and laughter beginning March 7th through the 30th, as DeGray Lake Resort State Park will be kicking off Spring Break 2014 park style!

Guests can expect a full line-up of daily programs to be offered by the park’s interpreters that are geared toward the whole family. Many guest favorites will be

Free adult digital literacy classes scheduled across 26 counties

Free adult digital literacy classes scheduled across 26 counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (ACCG) – Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, today announced that more than 80 free adult digital literacy classes will be held at libraries across 26 Arkansas counties.

The Adult Digital Literacy Program provides digital literacy training on a wide range of computer and technology topics ranging from Internet safety and security to setting up an email address. In addition to answering questions about computers and the Internet, there are also specific courses offered such as "Setting up an Email Account," "Computer Basics," "Computer Basics 2," "How to Use Your Email Account Effectively," and "An Introduction to Tablet Computers."

Classes are currently scheduled for the following counties: Boone, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Faulkner, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Miller, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Pike, Poinsett, Pope, Searcy, and Woodruff.

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center. There are 97 students in the Class of 2013.

Three seniors will speak during the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sorena Lo of Paris will give the senior address. Mehr Shah of Little Rock will provide the welcome, and Dimple Shah of Paragould will give the senior speech. Lo is the daughter of Vanessa and Hue Lo. Mehr Shah is the daughter of Sitara and M.B. Shah. Dimple Shah is the daughter of Nisha and Himansu Shah.

AHSCA announces 2013 All-Star basketball coaches

AHSCA announces 2013 All-Star basketball coaches

CONWAY, Ark. (AHSCA) - The president of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association, Scott Kelton of Blevins, announced the head basketball coaches and their staffs for the 2013 East-West Arkansas Army National Guard/Arkansas High School Coaches Association Girls and Boys All-Star teams as selected by their fellow coaches here at a press conference on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

UCA athletic director Dr. Brad Teague welcomed the members of the AHSCA, the 2013 All-Star coaches and media representatives during the morning press conference.

The head coach for the East girls will be Jay Cook of Paragould and the head coach of the East boys will be Johnny Rice of North Little Rock. The West girls head coach will be Charles Berry of Huntsville and the head coach of the West boys will be Shane Thurman of Pottsville.