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Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Vilonia dissolving alternative school

Vilonia dissolving alternative school

VILONIA — Officials with the Vilonia School District said they believe the alternative education services they have been providing students is good, but if another education facility can provide better services, it merits a try.

The Vilonia Board of Education, Monday night, approved dissolving the district’s alternative school and contracting with Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative to provide alternative education services to students K-12 at Florence Madison School in Conway.

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'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

CABOT, Ark. (CAPAA) – The award winning young artists of the Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy present the Tony Award winning musical, “In the Heights”. This is the first time this modern musical has ever been presented in Arkansas. The show opens February 7 and runs through February 9, 2014.


Danelle Hoffer, Executive Director of CAPAA, said “This musical is an important accomplishment for our young performers. “In The Heights” is an artistically challenging, uplifting and beautifully written story about life in Washington Heights in New York City. We are proud to present our amazing work to the arts community and showcase our up and coming actors and their efforts.


In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.

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.

Pulaski Tech registration continues through Aug. 15

Pulaski Tech registration continues through Aug. 15

Pulaski Technical College fall registration continues through Aug. 15.

Students who have never attended any college must meet minimum reading scores for admission and must apply and submit all required admissions documents by Aug. 7 to enroll for the fall term. Students who qualify and submit all documents by the deadline date can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for course selection and registration through Aug. 15.All other students can apply and submit all required documents through Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.

Students who did not previously schedule an appointment with an academic advisor can register without an appointment from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. August 13-15.    

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.

School District publishes policies for free, reduced meals

School District publishes policies for free and reduced meals. For more information, click the link below: