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Great turnout for tonight

Great turnout for tonight's SHS Booster Club meeting. Thank you to all the parents who attended the meeting....

8/22/2017

Ramsey Open House was a huge success!!!

Ramsey Open House was a huge success!!! ...

8/22/2017

Watching and learning

Watching and learning about the eclipse....

8/21/2017

Scott Cunningham from Columbus

Scott Cunningham from Columbus, Ohio sharing his expertise in PLC with Ramsey Staff...

8/11/2017

Ramsey ninth grader offered by Arkansas

Ramsey volleyball coach Erin Chronister announced this week that freshman setter Hannah Hogue has been offered to play volleyball by the University of Arkansas. Hogue will be a ninth grader. “She went to a camp up there and they told her they wanted her,” Chronister said. “She is my setter, but she was recruited as a libero.” Chronister, who is about to begin her 12th season with the Lady Rams, said Hogue has the potential to be the best setter she’s coached, and considering the long line of great setters who played at Ramsey, those are big words. But Hogue is up to the challenge. “I told someone the other day she (Hogue) came in the next day and acted as if nothing had happened,” Chronister said. “She kept playing as if it was just another day. She knows she has plenty to work on, and I love that about her.” The 5-foot-8 Hogue plans to attend Southside High School following her final season at Ramsey. “She’s by far the best setter I’ve had, and there have been some good ones come through here,” Chronister said. “She always has a good attitude and comes to work every day.” Chronister believes Hogue is the first player from within the River Valley to verbally commit to Arkansas before her sophomore year. “There are other girls in other states who commit, but she’s the first one I’m aware of,” she said....

8/9/2017

Northside High School gets new principal

Keri Rathbun, who was the principal at Kimmons Junior High, is the new principal at Northside, replacing Ginni McDonald, who will be the new director of secondary education. When McDonald came to Northside nine years ago, the graduation rate was 68 percent. It is now at 84 percent. Rathbun plans to use her first year to listen and learn about the school and carry on with what McDonald has already implemented to improve the graduation rates, such as the School of Innovation program, which alters the bell schedule so that there is 40-minute “Huddle” period worked into the school day Monday through Thursday that the students can use to get extra help with academics, counseling or for an extracurricular activity. Rathbun will also begin searching for a graduation coach who will be there to mentor students who are at risk of not graduating but also be a resource to help all students with scholarship opportunities, she said. The goal is to have someone who can catch at-risk students when they come into the 10th-grade and be there to monitor how they are doing, check in with them regularly and be there for support. When Rathbun was at Kimmons, she, with the help of the counselors, started a mentor program, she said. About 16 mentors from the community came in twice a month to meet with students to talk about their grades, attendance, discipline issues or to just listen to them, Rathbun said. The program has more than doubled in size since it started a few years ago. Rathbun was a counselor at Northside for three years before moving to Kimmons. Working in the high school allows her to help guide the students on their post-graduation plans, she said. “I like working with high school students,” Rathbun said. “They’re easy to talk to. It’s exciting to help them plan what they’re going to do after high school.” The reason Rathbun went into administration was to be able to affect more students, she said. That’s the same reason McDonald said she took the director of secondary education position. “I thought it would be an opportunity to make a larger impact on the lives of kids,” McDonald said. McDonald knows Northside inside and out, so the first thing she wants to do in her new position is reach out to the junior highs and Southside High School to learn more about their schools and their needs. For McDonald, leaving Northside, a place she said she gave a little bit of her heart and soul, means leaving a place where the culture was one where a student could walk in and easily make friends, she said. “There is a level of acceptance here that I just have not seen at any other place else ever,” McDonald said. “I still love the first day of school,” she said. “To be able to see all the bright and shiny faces and even a little bit of anxiety on the sophomores. Then when they become a senior and you get to see them as a grownup on their way out — there’s just not another experience like that. Then you see students at prom, you see students at senior banquet, you see students at graduation and you think that in some small way you may have an impact on those students.” When McDonald came to Northisde and nearly a third of the students weren’t graduating, she wanted to know why. “I just believed that we were so much more than 68 percent,” she said. She found that it was not for lack of work ethic on the staff’s part. “I didn’t want them to work harder. I wanted them to work smarter,” she said. The goal has been to build up in students’ minds that they have options past high school and to show them what some of those options are. The staff worked to expose them to career and higher learning opportunities that they may not have known existed. And students’ plans go up on the walls at Northside — where they are going to college or technical school, what career path they are going into, if they are going into the military. “We were just relentless. It was not an option anymore. It was not an option to quit school. It was not an option to go to Adult Ed,” McDonald said. The district’s former director of secondary education, Martin Mahan, is now the assistant superintendent for human resources, following Annette Henderson’s retirement. ...

7/3/2017

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Great turnout for tonight

GREAT TURNOUT FOR TONIGHT | Great turnout for tonight's SHS Booster Club meeting. Thank you to all the parents who attended the ...

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STAFF | 8/22/2017

Ramsey Open House was a huge success!!!

RAMSEY OPEN HOUSE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!! | Ramsey Open House was a huge success!!! ...

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STAFF | 8/22/2017

Watching and learning

WATCHING AND LEARNING | Watching and learning about the eclipse....

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STAFF | 8/21/2017

Scott Cunningham from Columbus

SCOTT CUNNINGHAM FROM COLUMBUS | Scott Cunningham from Columbus, Ohio sharing his expertise in PLC with Ramsey Staff...

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STAFF | 8/11/2017

Ramsey ninth grader offered by Arkansas

RAMSEY NINTH GRADER OFFERED BY ARKANSAS | Ramsey volleyball coach Erin Chronister announced this week that freshman setter Hannah Hogue has be...

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KEVIN TAYLOR | 8/9/2017

Northside High School gets new principal

NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL GETS NEW PRINCIPAL | Keri Rathbun, who was the principal at Kimmons Junior High, is the new principal at Northside, repla...

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ALEX GOLDEN | 7/3/2017

Learning to dissect a sheep's heart

LEARNING TO DISSECT A SHEEP'S HEART | Brianna Franco, a student at Southside High School, dissects a sheep's heart Friday during Medical A...

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STAFF | 6/27/2017

Medical Applications of Science for Health

MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE FOR HEALTH | Blake Bulger, Lesly Martinez, Sabrina Phan and Peter Hoange of Southside High School compete as a te...

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STAFF | 6/26/2017

Free breakfast is served

FREE BREAKFAST IS SERVED | Christina Montgomery (left) and Gwen Anderson serve breakfast Friday morning at Tilles Elementary as...

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STAFF | 6/23/2017

 Grizzly Boy's Basketball Camp

GRIZZLY BOY'S BASKETBALL CAMP | 150 students attended the Grizzly Boy's Basketball Camp Monday morning. The camp has morning (8:30-1...

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STAFF | 6/20/2017

Math skills while baking a cake

MATH SKILLS WHILE BAKING A CAKE | Students at FSPS Migrant Education Summer School practiced their math skills while baking a cake Wed...

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STAFF | 6/19/2017

Celebrating 20 years as education aid

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS AS EDUCATION AID | For 20 years, the members of one local group have stood behind teachers, providing funds for educati...

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SCOTT SMITH | 6/16/2017

Fort Smith Board of Education

FORT SMITH BOARD OF EDUCATION | The Fort Smith Board of Education will meet in committee at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, in Building B...

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STAFF | 6/11/2017

Great start to the new year!

GREAT START TO THE NEW YEAR! | Great job by the 2017-2018 Ramsey Royal Blues at drill camp showoffs! 5 dances in 2.5 days!!! Great ...

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STAFF | 6/7/2017

 Drill Team Camp

DRILL TEAM CAMP | Day 1 Drill Team Camp is in the books!...

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STAFF | 6/5/2017

 Ballin' with the Five-O

BALLIN' WITH THE FIVE-O | Watching members of the Fort Smith Police Department battle it out with the ninth grade National Jun...

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STAFF | 5/24/2017

Ramsey Spring Concert

RAMSEY SPRING CONCERT | Ramsey Spring Concert was AMAZING, Keith Reeves! The songs were so much FUN! MY GUNNER earned a SOL...

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STAFF | 5/18/2017

Band Concert

BAND CONCERT | Kolton's 8th Grade Band Concert...

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STAFF | 5/16/2017

Breakfast from The Egg and I

BREAKFAST FROM THE EGG AND I | Thank you PTSA for honoring our Ramsey teachers with breakfast from The Egg and I...

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STAFF | 5/10/2017

Check out seminar tonight.

CHECK OUT SEMINAR TONIGHT. | Check out seminar tonight. FS Southside Ramsey PTSA FS Ramsey football RJHRams Chaffin JH...

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STAFF | 5/8/2017

Steering Clear of Drugs

STEERING CLEAR OF DRUGS | Monday night we have Tabitha Fondren speaking about Steering Clear of Drugs in Teens!...

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STAFF | 4/30/2017

Lunch photo booth

LUNCH PHOTO BOOTH | Lunch photo booth sponsored by Ramsey Student Council!!! Money to be donated to a non profit...

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STAFF | 4/28/2017

Teacher Appreciation week!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! | Do not forget that next week is Teacher Appreciation week! Our PTSA loves our Ramsey Rams teachers!...

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STAFF | 4/27/2017

Penny wars for the Sebastian Human Society

PENNY WARS FOR THE SEBASTIAN HUMAN SOCIETY | Ramsey raised $603 in penny wars for the Sebastian Human Society. C lunch enjoying KISR 93.7 ...

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STAFF | 4/13/2017

Making us proud!!!

MAKING US PROUD!!! | Ramsey 9th Grade Band making us proud!!!...

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STAFF | 4/7/2017

Wesley Schwartz for winning first place

WESLEY SCHWARTZ FOR WINNING FIRST PLACE | Congrats to Wesley Schwartz for winning first place in the Arkansas PTA reflections contest for film...

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STAFF | 4/6/2017

Track teams won the Ramsey Relays

TRACK TEAMS WON THE RAMSEY RELAYS | Ramsey Girls 8th and 9th grade track teams won the Ramsey Relays on Monday and Thursday night. Congr...

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STAFF | 4/6/2017

STEM Wars

STEM WARS | STEM Wars today for Ramsey students!!! Thank you for your hard work!!...

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STAFF | 3/16/2017

The Peterson Brothers Band

THE PETERSON BROTHERS BAND | The Peterson Brothers Band performing for Ramsey Students!!! Thank you AAC Live!!!...

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STAFF | 10/6/2016

hank You Geno's

HANK YOU GENO'S | Thank You Geno's on Roger's Ave for feeding our hungry Rams!!!! ...

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STAFF | 10/1/2016

Working at the food bank

WORKING AT THE FOOD BANK | Ramsey Service Club working at the food bank....

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STAFF | 10/1/2016

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