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"We will be a school/district with an unrelenting focus on learning. All students are expected to succeed; failure is not an option."
Three Ashdown schools are inviting grandparents to their campus on Friday, Sept. 11, to celebrate Grandparents' Day with their grandchildren. Ashdown Schools recognizes the importance of parental support, including grandparents, in the educational success of its students and wishes to honor their contributions.
Ashdown Elementary School (Margaret Daniel Building), kindergarten through second grade invites their grandparents to join them in their classrooms from 9-10 that morning.
L. F. Henderson Intermediate grades 3-5 welcome grandparents from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Their book fair will be open until 3:30 that day in the library.
At Ashdown Junior High School (grades 6-8), grandparents may enjoy breakfast with their grandchild from 7:45-8:45 in the cafeteria. The adult breakfast costs $2.00. Students are $1.35. The menu will be sausage biscuits, milk and juice.
Congratulations to the following Ashdown students who competed at the Little River County Fair this year and were reserve or grand champion winners.
Reserve champion goat- Madison Kidd
Grand market hog-Lyndon Youngblood
Pictured are Superintendent, Jason Sanders and Jim Bob Hambleton
"Like a good neighbor," Jim Bob Hambleton with State Farm Insurance in Ashdown showed his support of the Ashdown School District by sponsoring magnet-backed schedules of 2015-16 school events in the district. Magnets are available to every student and employee in the district, thanks to Hambleton and media production company Five Star Sports, which also has an Ashdown connection. Hometown boy and Ashdown alumnus Dickie Johnson is Senior Vice-president of Recruitment and Public Relations for Five Star Sports, based in Fayetteville. Thank you Mr. Hambleton and Mr. Johnson for once again supporting Ashdown Public Schools!
Diana Blankenship is a Special Education Teacher at L. F. Henderson Intermediate. She has been a paraprofessional since 2002 in the Ashdown School District. She graduated from Texas A & M. She has a six-year-old daughter and loves spending time with her. Ms. Blankenship believes that all children can learn and it is her responsibility to find out how they learn and teach them to the best of her ability.
AJHS added, Mrs. Lorna Yochum as their new seventh grade math teacher. She has thirty years experience as a third grade teacher. She graduated from East Texas State University with a B.S. in Education. She has two grown children and loves to spend time with her children, fitness, and travelling and long walks in the park. Mrs. Yochum hopes to relate well with her students and that she will be able to teach them what they need to know about math.
AJHS also added, Beau Tillery. He is the girl’s basketball coach, but will also teach track, cross-country, PE and health. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Blue Mountain College. He coached at Southwest Junior High for one year and at Blue Mountain College. He loves sports of all kinds and is married. His desire is “to be the best I can in the classroom and on the court, and prepare young men and women for life outside of school. Hopefully, we can win a few games in doing so.”
AHS welcomes back Melissa Kilgore as a Business Education Teacher. She graduated from Southern Arkansas University and is currently working on her MAT. While working on her degree, she was the counselor’s secretary at AHS. She is married to Mike Kilgore and one son, Bradley, daughter-in-law Nikki and grandchildren, Reed and Natalie. She enjoys camping, hunting and fishing. She expects to, “engage students through an enthusiastic environment and provide them with the skills and knowledge to set them on course for a successful future.”
Jessica Weatherl teachers Special Education at AHS, she graduated from Arkansas Tech University with an early childhood education degree. She is currently working on Special Education at Arkansas State University. She has been a substitute in the district and at Friendship Pediatrics. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and will be married to Chance Jewell in October. She said, “I am very excited about this new opportunity and the opportunity to work in this district.”
Josh Fleming joined the AHS Staff and will be teaching civics/economics and coaching junior high football, basketball and high school baseball. He graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a BSE in Education and a minor in History. He is married to Amber, who teachers at Ashdown Elementary and they have one son, Aiden. He shared 2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight., I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Ashdown High School also welcomes Karen Vice. She is teaching sophomore English,ELA Drama, and Creative Writing. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters in Education. She has attended Texas A & M, Texarkana and Southern Arkansas University. She has taught at TASD, Ashdown, Malvern and Fountain Lake. She has a daughter Rachel and a large extended family. She enjoys music, traveling, and home decorating. She is very excited to be back home and looking forward to a great year preparing her students for life after high school. Her classroom philosophy: "The greatest reward is the satisfaction of a job well done."
Ashley Sanders will be working within the district in speech. She has her bachelor’s degree and master’s from the University of Central Arkansas. She and her husband, Jason have three children, Jacob, Micah, and Grayson. She enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling and she is looking forward to meeting everyone and working in the district.