Teachers in Kindergarten-3rd grade at Louise Durham Elementary are participating in Orton-Gillngham training this week. Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds and then builds on these skills over time. It was the first approach to use explicit, direct, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory instruction to teach reading, which is effective for all students and essential for teaching students with dyslexia.
Mena teachers collaborating with other grade level teachers from across the state at the Benchmark Workshop Cohort on Thursday in Farmington at the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative.
The Mena Public Schools would like to welcome new staff for 2023/2024. Including KAELA MENDOZA at Louise Durham Elementary. The first day of the new school year is Wednesday, August 16th.
Transportation Supervisor James Davis says the Mena School District's busses are ready, routes have been planned and inspections passed in preparation for the 2023-2024 school year. He asks that all area drivers remember that school busses will be back on the streets and highways transporting students to and from school beginning August 16th.
The perimeter fence at Louise Durham Elementary has been removed and will be replaced by a new six foot security fence and gates in the days ahead. Just one of the many projects happening across the district in preparation for the first day of school on August 16th.
SUSAN BODEY and AMY BARTOW with Aramark Food Services are representing the Mena Public Schools at the Arkansas Department of Education Summit in Hot Springs. The ADE Summit gives participants the opportunity to attend sessions on a wide range of topics. With access to exciting presenters while learning about innovative programs and much more!
Mena School District is proud to recognize Mrs. Katie Thomas and Mrs. Tiffany Williams in being selected by the Arkansas Leadership Academy for the Instructional Leader Empowerment Program. The Instructional Leader Empowerment program offers an opportunity for growth through a focus on improving instruction in the classroom through professional learning and opportunities from both national and state educators. They will work to develop a plan and process to impact and support classroom teachers and their instruction in the classroom. Mrs. Thomas is the Elementary Interventionist for the district and Mrs. Williams is the Library Media Specialist at Louise Durham. Congratulations Katie and Tiffany! We are proud of you.
Mena Public Schools counselors attended the ArSCA Conference this week! You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero…you just have to care!
Mena Counselors brought a HUGE amount of pop-tops to the ArSCA Conference that will be donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital! Thank you to all of our families who sent pop-tops to the schools! WE all can make a difference together!
The Mena Public Schools would like to welcome new staff for 2023/2024. Including JESSICA BRADLEY at Louise Durham Elementary. The first day of the new school year is Wednesday, August 16th.
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Mena teachers are attending the 2023 summer conference "All In For All Learners" at the DeQueen Mena education Service Cooperative. Today they heard a presentation from Dr. Paula Kluth and another on trauma informed teaching. The conference continues on Thursday with sessions on trauma informed schools, literacy inclusion, math inclusion, science inclusion, CTE and tech inclusion as well as behavior.
Alicia Farringer, Dyslexia Interventionist, finished year two of CALT training the last two weeks at the Southwest Education Cooperative in Hope. The curriculum learned is called Take Flight. Take Flight, A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, was implemented in our school last year and will be continued in the years to come. The design of this curriculum was to enable students with dyslexia to achieve and maintain better word recognition, reading fluency, reading comprehension and aid in the transition from a therapy setting to ‘real world’ learning. Our school district is extremely excited to offer this high quality instructional program to our students that was designed by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorder at Scottish Rite for Children.
The Mena High School performing arts center hosted Dr. Luis Cruz on Friday. He discussed transforming school culture with Mena teachers & others from around the area.
Mena administrators are attending summer training provided by the DeQueen Mena Education Service Cooperative at Lake DeGray Lodge.
The Mena Public Schools would like to welcome new staff for 2023/2024. Including AMANDA MERSHON BECK at Louise Durham Elementary. The first day of the new school year is Wednesday, August 16th.
The project to convert floors from tile to stained and polished concrete continues across the district this summer. Crews are working at Louise Durham Elementary this week.
The Mena Public Schools would like to welcome new staff for 2023/2024. Including the new Principal at Louise Durham Elementary, Samantha Sellers. The first day of the new school year is Wednesday, August 16th.
Thank you to the The Polk County Farm Bureau Women's Committee for donating books to the Louise Durham Library. We are so thankful for your donation that supports our students as growing readers.
Field Day fun is happening today at LD!