Community: School News

Manila school goes high tech

At the December board meeting held Thursday, Dec. 15, Manila School Board participated in a demonstration of 3-D computing. The 3-D computers are part of the Manila Middle School "Maker Space," which is a room dedicated to student achievement through creativity, research and advanced thinking. The computers allow students to view three-dimensional images.

Manila School District is the only school in Northeast Arkansas with this advanced technology, with only one other school in all of Arkansas having the same computers.

Read the full story at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Eat Breakfast at School!

Mornings can be really crazy: the alarm doesn't go off … the kids don’t want to get up … they don’t have time to eat before the bus comes … or they’re just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school.

If this sounds like your house, we have good news for you -- breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast provides vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.

Breakfast at school is affordable, too. If you qualify for free and reduced-price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!

Business-savvy kids showcase their products

Out of nearly the 250 business plan submitted in the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase, four of the final round of 25 teams came from Manila Middle School.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) -Taking a step up from the roadside lemonade stand, youngsters with an entrepreneurial flair got a chance to put their products to the test.

The Youth Entrepreneur Showcase gives 5th through 8th graders the opportunity to come up with a product, develop a business plan and set up shop. Foster and his team say they created the VHS Item Box.

Watch the video news story at KTHV.

Manila Middle School receives multiple recognitions

Manila Middle School received $13,760 for being in the top 20% in the state for overall test scores. The money came as part of the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance and student academic growth.

Manila Middle School was also among the schools receiving a 2014 Outstanding Educational Performance Award from the Office of Education Policy. The awards recognize the most improved schools in Arkansas, based on benchmark and end-of-course exam growth from 2009-2014.

And, the Middle School was one of 67 public schools to meet annual test score improvement targets. The school was designated as an Achieving school for meeting those targets, which were approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Justin Veach Elementary School receives reward from Arkansas School Recognition Program

Justin Veach Elementary School received $37,214 for being in the top 10% in the state for overall test scores. The money came as part of the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance and student academic growth.

View the Arkansas Department of Education's complete list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Justin Veach Elementary School receives Outstanding Educational Performance Award

Office of Education Policy logoJustin Veach Elementary School was among the schools receiving a 2014 Outstanding Educational Performance Award from the Office of Education Policy. The awards recognize the most improved schools in Arkansas, based on benchmark and end-of-course exam growth from 2009-2014.

The elementary school ranked fourth in mathematics benchmark achievement among elementary schools in northeast Arkansas. The school also ranked for literacy benchmark achievement: first in northeast Arkansas and ninth in the state overall.

Read more about the awards in the Office of Education Policy's Arkansas Education Report.

Junior Lions capture Bay Invitational Tournament Championship

Manila grabbed an early lead over Riverside and held on the rest of the way to capture the Bay Invitational Tournament Championship with a 39-28 victory in the finals at Bay.

"We pretty much led the whole game, but Riverside stayed within striking distance," said Lion Head Coach John Deaton.

Read the full story at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

MMS Robotics teams qualify for state

Manila Middle School Robotic Team 8/1 Destroy won first place in the Core Value and 7th place in Robot Game, qualifying them to go on to State Competition in December. Two other teams, The Twisters and Team Dynamite, also qualified for state.

Read the full story at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Manila Veterans Day program

The City of Manila and the Manila Middle School will honor Manila veterans with a program at the Herman Davis Monument State Park at 11 a.m. Monday, November 11. Manila Middle School students will welcome the veterans by waving flags as they arrive.

Read the full story at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Manila High School awarded for Achievement

Office of Education Policy logoThe Office for Education Policy (OEP) announced Nov. 1 that Manila High School has won an award for high performance on the End-of-Course exams.

The “High-Achieving High Schools” OEP awards are based on OEP’s “GPA” performance measure in each subject.

Manila High School ranked No. 1 among high schools in Northeast Arkansas for on the EOC exam in Geometry, ranking No. 3 in Arkansas overall for the exam, based on the 2012-2013 school year scores.

To view the full lists of school ranks and awards, read the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards report.

MHS ALE receives $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy foundation

The Manila High School "Alternative Learning Environment" (ALE) recently received a $3,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will help at risk students maintain and improve their reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span to the point where they are reading at grade level.

Rodney Lancaster, teacher in the ALE classroom, expressed his appreciation to Dollar General for the grant.

'It is a continuation grant for our school and community," Mr. Lancaster said. "With the help of the Dollar General Literacy Organization, we have gone from reading 10 books two years ago to over 100 last year. We want to continue the success."

Read more at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Manila teacher reaching her goals

Cindy Bunch, Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science teacher is reaching her goal to do what it takes to prepare her students at Manila High School for their future endeavors.

When the bell rings in May for the last day of the 2013 school year, Bunch will not be slowing down as she has been invited to be a reader for the AP Chemistry exam, followed by being accepted into the eight week Arkansas STRIVE research program.

Read more at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Manila School District One of 35 "Achieving"

The Manila School District has been recognized as one of 35 of the Arkansas Department of Education's "achieving" school districts. A recent story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that 35 of Arkansas's 239 school districts and six of 16 open-enrollment charter schools were classified as "achieving" under the state's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility system of accountability.

The full story from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is available here (subscription required).

Robotics program kicking off at Manila Middle School

Beginning Robotics, LEGO Mindstorms NXT, kicked off at Manila Middle School with 30 students divided into six teams.

Librarian Melissa Baker and Coach John Deaton are the program coordinators and both said they are pleased with the students' enthusiasm for the program.

Read more at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Manila High School ALE awarded $3,000 Youth Literacy Grant by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Rodney W. Lancaster, Manila ALE (Alternative Learning Environment) teacher at Manila High School, applied for and was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to help students improve reading skills.

Read more at Northeast Arkansas Town Crier Online.

Buy yearbook online

Yearbooks are available now for purchase online through Walsworth Yearbooks' website.

Best High Schools

US News & World Report awarded Manila High School a Bronze Medal in its 2012 ranking of the best high schools. Read the full report here.