MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE GRADUATION DATE Magnolia High School has announced a revised graduation date for the 2020 senior class. The tentative date will be Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 pm in Panther Arena. This preliminary date is pending Governor Asa Hutchinson’s announcement that will allow high schools to resume regular graduation exercises. The Governor’s announcement is expected to be middle to late June. Though the commencement ceremony may occur on this date, certain restrictions may be administered for the safety of the students and the public. Restrictions may include a limited occupancy number in the arena and/or a limited number of tickets available for family members and guests. Other restrictions may also apply.
Magnolia School District has been approved to join forces with Baylor University to offer the Meals-To-You program. What does this mean? It means that meals for your student(s) will be delivered to your home! Each household, with children ages 1-18 who qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to go to the website www.mealstoyou.org and sign up by Monday, May 11th. PLEASE help share this to get the word out. This program will be replacing the food service delivery we have been doing since mid-March. Magnolia School District will not deliver meals after this Friday, 05/08. This is a great opportunity for our community!
ACT Test Online at Home Coming Fall/Winter In response to uncertainty and school cancellations due to COVID-19, ACT announced it will offer a flexible schedule for summer 2020 test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter 2020. As CDC and local guidelines for safety allow, ACT will offer its June and July national test dates as scheduled and will additionally provide makeup test dates for June and July. The makeup test date for the June 13 national test date will be June 20, and the makeup test date for the July 18 test date will be July 25. ACT will work with individual national test centers should they need to reschedule to the makeup test date and students will be notified in advance. Students may also make free test date changes from the June to the July national test date. In addition to the three previously planned fall test dates on September 12, October 24 and December 12, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT® test in late fall/early winter 2020, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option as part of its national testing program. The fee waivers ACT provides to students from low-income homes will apply to the at-home testing option, and ACT is considering other ways to address access and equity issues.
Last call for Basketball State Final ticket refund. Friday, May 8, is the last day to refund tickets.
We hope our students are enjoying the Arkansas PBS AMI activities! The week 5 schedule can be found at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI.
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We have great news to share! Arkansas PBS announced they will continue to support at-home learning, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), by providing Arkansas AMI until May 22. Learn more from the Arkansas PBS press release at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/engage/pressroom/arkansas_pbs_to_continue_ami_broadcasts_for_remainder_of_school_year.
The new Arkansas PBS AMI activities and resources are ready! Week 3 can be found on the following websites: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI- AND http://www.dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/learning-services/alternative-methods-of-instruction-.
KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION Due to the circumstances surrounding the effects of the Corona virus, the annual Kindergarten Pre-Registration Clinic has been canceled. However, parents are encouraged to get a head start and begin the pre-registration process using PowerSchool Online Registration. Parents with the resources to upload all the required forms electronically can complete the entire registration process in PowerSchool. If parents are unable to get any/all of the forms into an electronic format, then paper versions will be available once the school district has reopened. To access the PowerSchool, parents should go to the Magnolia School District website at www.magnoliaschools.net. >>> Click EXPLORE at the top of the page >>> Click the REGISTRATION down arrow >>> Click PowerSchool Online Registration Parents will start a PowerSchool account and then proceed to the registration process. Parents using this PowerSchool account will also be able to update information for any of their other children who attend the Magnolia School District. If a student is pre-registered prior to June 25, 2020, the following documents should be uploaded through the PowerSchool Registration process. Paper copies may also be brought to the District Registrar’s office or the Kindergarten Center once the District reopens. 1. One (1) Proof of Residence 2. Proof of Age (Birth certificate or other state approved document) 3. Social Security Number 4. Immunization Record 5. Proof of Physical Examination **PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ONLY** 6. Home Language Survey 7. Health History Form Students currently enrolled at Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center during the 2019-2020 school year will not pre-register through PowerSchool. Parents will be asked to update registration information at a later date.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Food Service Department for their dedication and hard work to continue to provide meals for our kids during this time. In addition, we are also very appreciative to those who have delivered these meals. Beginning Monday, April 13, we are altering our meal delivery to Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All times and locations will remain the same.
Please see this release we received from AT&T. Magnolia Schools can not offer any support, but just relaying this as a service to our community of students and parents. We have no further information than this, so if you are interested please see the info below and reach out if interested. ————————————————————- From AT&T Our Commitment to Helping Families and Schools Stay Connected Now more than ever, it's important to have access to the Internet to stay in‑touch with family, friends, work, and school. That's why AT&T will continue to offer affordable ways to connect. Households with at least one resident who participates in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and in California only, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, may qualify. There is NO annual commitment, NO deposit, NO installation fee and NO charge for an in‑home Wi‑Fi ® capable modem. Additionally, in response to the public health crisis1, Access from AT&T is temporarily: • Offering two months of free service, $5/mo. or $10/mo. plus taxes and fees thereafter, depending on your speed, for new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. • Expanding eligibility based on income2 and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start • Waiving all home internet data overage fees Feel free to share our updated program information with students and their families. Please consider: • Including a flyer from our partner portal in communications to school families • Adding a mention of Access from AT&T and the link (att.com/access) on your school or district website or in emails sent to parents encouraging them to apply online • Ordering free copies of our updated preprinted flyers from the printing portal, attaccess.rrd.com, and distributing at grab‑and‑go locations Go to att.com/access to learn more about Access from AT&T. Please also sign into our partner portal, accesspartners.att.com, to browse our COVID-19 specific promotional and communications materials. For assistance beyond our online resources, please call 1‑855‑220‑5211. In a united effort, thank you for choosing us, AT&T
Per Gov. Hutchinson, all schools will remain closed to on-site instruction for the remainder of this school year. We will continue instructional delivery through AMI. Please watch for announcements regarding the delivery of AMI through the end of the year for each campus. We realize this generates a lot of questions; please be patient as we work our way through all of the uncertainties. Arkansas Activities Association will soon release information regarding all extracurricular activities. John Ward
Parents and Students in Pre-K-Grade 8: Don’t forget the extra educational resources and activities on Arkansas PBS. Week 2 of Arkansas AMI activities and resources can be found at: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI And https://www.dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/learning-services/alternative-methods-of-instruction
Magnolia Schools will continue to provide meals for children ages 0-18 years at the following designated stops Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 1:00pm: Central Elementary Columbia County Annex Old Calhoun School Old Village School Old McNeil School Waldo Fire Department
We miss our students! We wanted to send you all a few words to show we care. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Tiegs from the PantherTV Production class for putting this together! https://youtu.be/EJRlwZXRJyY
Magnolia Schools Superintendent Mr. John Ward gives an update on COVID-19 and our District. Click the link below to view the update video: https://youtu.be/moEmPtyDNis
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE AMI PACKET DISTRIBUTION The Magnolia School District will continue to provide Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) packets to the students of the District. These packets will include assignments and activities for the days missed from March 30- April 17 as directed by Governor Hutchison. The packets will include assignments for AMI days 6-20. AMI assignments for students in grades K-12 will be mailed to students for these days. AMI packets for Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center students will continue to be delivered at designated lunch pick-up locations. AMI assignments are also available online on the District website at magnoliaschools.net. The website provides links for each campus website and each campus has teacher pages that provide resources to assist students. As other resources become available, they will be posted on the website and social media.
Gov. Hutchinson announced today that schools will remain closed until April 17, 2020. Next week is scheduled Spring Break. We will be working hard the next few days to make decisions on how to best deliver effective instruction throughout the mandated closure. All school events are postponed until further notice. Thank you for your continued patience during this time.
All campus offices will be closed for the remainder of this week. The District Administration Building will remain open from 8-12. State final tickets can be refunded at the District Administration Building. Meals will remain at scheduled times and locations.
ACT RESCHEDULES TESTING DATES The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
Some clarification on AMI Information for this week: AMI assignments are made available online at www.magnoliaschools.net under the News section. Links to each campus are provided. AMI assignment packets may also be picked up on the individual campuses from 1:00-3:00 today. For anyone who is unable to access the online assignments or pick them up on the campuses, the AMI assignment packets will be available at the following lunch pick-up locations Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20: o Central Elementary Cafeteria Drive Through- 11:00-1:00 o West Side Park-12:00-12:30 o South Side Park-12:00-12:30 o McNeil Old School-12:00-12:30 o Waldo Old Fire Station-12:00-12:30 o Village Old School-12:00-12:30
For parents and students needing information about the SAU Regional Science Fair, please see link below: https://web.saumag.edu/science/stem/science-fair/
The adult 4A State Championship pre-sale tickets in the HS Annex are sold out. Student tickets are still available. To order adult tickets online, visit the link below: https://gofan.co/app/events/83640 (Panthers are Session 4)
The Magnolia School District will close all campuses and office buildings on Friday, March 13, 2020 in order that faculty, staff, and students may attend the State 4A Basketball Tournament in Hot Springs. The Magnolia High School Panthers will be defending their state championship title when they take on the Mills University Studies Comets at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Game time is set for 7:45 pm. A make-up day will be determined and announced on a later date.
Panther fans, fill your car up and head to Farmington!! The Panthers are in the semi!! 69-55 win over Blytheville
It’s just another GREAT DAY to be a PANTHER! Lady Panther Swim - STATE CHAMPION Panther Swim - State Runner-up Panther Basketball - Regional Champions! 3-0
The MHS Television Production class will be live streaming the full girls and boys basketball games tonight from the MHS Facebook Fanpage located at http://www.facebook.com/MHSMagnoliaAR on Facebook! It’s also Senior Night! Girls tip at 6:00 Guys tip at 7:30
Everyone's talking about the new Magnolia Schools Mobile App. Are you wondering what it's all about? Check out this video! It will answer any questions you may have, and then some! https://youtu.be/YJ25s03oPUs Download the free app using the links below using the link that's right for your device! Android: http://bit.ly/3aO03J4 or iPhone: https://apple.co/2tRYTeO.
BRAELYN BEASLEY SIGNS FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WITH HSU Magnolia High School senior, Braelyn Beasley, recently signed a letter-of-intent to play football for the Henderson State University Reddies next fall. Beasley was a two-way starter for the Panthers during 2019 season. As a quarterback, Braelyn threw for 533 yards with seven touchdown passes. He also had 800 yards rushing with eight touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. As a defensive back, Beasley led the conference with six interceptions. He also had fourteen pass deflections and thirty-eight tackles with three tackles for loss. Braelyn was the quarterback and defensive back of the year as an All-Conference player this year. He was also named to the All-State team as a defensive back. Braelyn has been selected to play in two All-Star games this summer. He will play in the Arkansas High School All-Star game and the FCA All-Star game between Arkansas and Texas All-Stars. Beasley is projected to play either defensive back or receiver for the Reddies next season.
Central Elementary Has Heart for Arkansas Children’s Hospital! Students at Central Elementary School are collaborating with the local chapter of Circle of Friends to support the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Students are collecting specific travel size toiletry items. Once the toiletry items have been collected, the items will be donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to help fill individual toiletry bags. These bags will be given to families who have children staying in the hospital. Students will be collecting these items through February 28, 2020. Anyone interested in making a donation to this effort may bring items to the school office at 456 East North Street during regular school hours. The following list includes very specific items that are being accepted. All products should be new and unopened. Travel size bottles are required for individual use. • Face Wipes • Mouth Wash • Deodorant • Toothpaste/Toothbrush Combo Sets
Magnolia School District would like to thank the sponsors listed below for their $600 donation to the Magnolia Quarterback Club. The sponsors have been supplying sports banners for the high school sports teams, featuring the full teams and their seniors. This donation comes from print sales sold to parents and fans of these images of the MHS and MJHS Football teams. The sponsors involved are: Farmers Bank & Trust Gary Don Farrar Shelter Insurance Agency Mule Kick Kathy's Dance Arts Studio Physiques, Inc. Murphy's Jewelers ONLY in Magnolia Greg Payne D.D.S. and JRowe Photography, LLC Pictured are representatives from these businesses, Magnolia Quarterback Club Representative Jason Ray, High School Head Coach Mark King, Junior High head coach John Rich, and Athletic Director Dyun Long. This money will go directly to this amazing organization and the students of the MHS and MJHS football teams! Many thanks to these sponsors and most importantly all parents who purchased prints making it possible!