The Greenwood Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the induction of the 2020 Hall of Honor will be held on Friday, October 16th on the field at Smith-Robinson Stadium beginning 6:45, pregame of the Greenwood-Russellville football game. A reception honoring the inductees will be held in the GHS Student Union from 5:30-6:30. The members of the 2020 Hall of Honor Class for the Greenwood Education Foundation are: Dr. Ken Hamilton Dr. Lee Johnson Mr. Curtis Weaver Many times an individual invests his time, money and effort in another person and tries to remain a silent investor. Such is the case of Curtis Weaver. His known investments in business and unknown investments in people have produced uncompromising dividends. Although he is well-known for some of his timely investments, many more are unknown or the credit for his investments had been transferred to others. Weaver and Glenda Rogers met while attending Texas Tech. Both were from large, hard working, strong, valued centered, west Texas families. They were married in 1965. Thus began a journey which 56 years later has them call Greenwood their home. Upon graduation from college, Curtis accepted a position with the Samsonite Corporation in Denver, Colorado, which led to transfers to six different states. He worked with Labor Relations, in Manufacturing and was considered the “turn-around” person to improve performance. Finally, in 1977, Curtis and Glenda, 4th grade daughter, Laurie, and 2nd grade son, Jeff, were transferred to Fort Smith. They determined Greenwood would be their permanent home. One of his fondest memories of making Greenwood home was taking his son, Jeff, to his first live football game. Walking through the yet to be completed Smith-Robinson Stadium led them to the “old football field” with rock bleachers and a section of metal bleachers filled with Greenwood fans. They were hooked! That one experience led the family to be Bulldog fans for life. Weaver always had a dream of owning his own company. In 1982, he and Glenda accepted the challenge of starting a small business and committed to being a Bulldog as long as his life cycle would allow. He proved his abilities as an entrepreneur through building and expanding local companies (SEBA and OEI). He always looked for employees who would work, who knew what they could and couldn’t do, and who were willing to learn. One of his greatest joys was coaching a young person on job performance and how to be successful in business. The Weavers successfully operated businesses with the commitment of many devoted employees and heartfelt support of the community. With a dedication to the community, Curtis served on the Greenwood School Board (1984-1990), the Greenwood Bulldog Foundation Board, a non-profit corporation with a mission to provide small and large capital projects for Greenwood School athletics (1981-present), and numerous other public and private boards. When the decision was made to install artificial turf at the football stadium, Curtis helped establish a committee and an effective plan to raise funds to pay for the project. Follow-up to the artificial turf was the installation of the large video board and the live streaming of all football games which required interfacing with technicians, installers and new technology training. Weaver willingly put in the time and effort to learn what was needed to provide the services to school and community programs and then stepped up to get it done. Walking in step with the administrations of different boards has always been fulfilling and satisfying and giving back has always been a major part of Weaver’s life as a Greenwood resident. Weaver and his family have worshipped at Northside Church of Christ since moving to Greenwood. Curtis gives much of the credit for his success as an individual to his wife, Glenda, for her support and her determination as a wife, mother and business partner. His impressive business acumen, his leadership skills and ideas, his many contributions to the school and community, and his quality of character make him most deserving of selection to the GEF 2020 Hall of Honor.
The Greenwood Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the induction of the 2020 Hall of Honor will be held on Friday, October 16th on the field at Smith-Robinson Stadium beginning 6:45, pregame of the Greenwood-Russellville football game. A reception honoring the inductees will be held in the GHS Student Union from 5:30-6:30. The members of the 2020 Hall of Honor Class for the Greenwood Education Foundation are: Dr. Ken Hamilton Dr. Lee Johnson Mr. Curtis Weaver Dr. Lee Johnson is a 1988 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 1992 graduate of Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude). From Hendrix his educational journey continued to the University of Arkansas Medical School (92-96) with completion of his residency in Emergency Medicine in 1999. He immediately began working in the emergency department at Sparks Hospital. He has served as a medical director for the Emergency Department for 18 years and currently serves as a Regional Medical Director for Envision Physician Services of Arkansas and six other states. His roots and his desire to continue his family legacy of service brought him back to the Greenwood area. He is very proud of his family connections to Greenwood. Both of his parents are GHS graduates (Kay Bridges - 1968 and Donnie Johnson - 1967) as are his grandparents on his mother’s side (Violet and Hughes Bridges). Dr. Johnson said, “There are more of my relative’s names on the sidewalks of Greenwood than I can count. I am very proud to have my roots here.” Having been positively impacted by the community of Greenwood during his formative years, and wanting that for his own children, the Johnsons moved to Greenwood in 2005. Involvement in the school and community became a driving force in Dr. Johnson’s life. He was elected to the Greenwood City Council in 2008 where he served until 2018. He was then elected to the Arkansas State House of Representatives for District 75 (parts of Crawford and Sebastian counties). He has shaped a stellar resume’ of service to Greenwood and the surrounding areas: Volunteer Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Clinic, Board of Directors of the South Sebastian Boys and Girls Club, Greenwood Parks Committee, Bell Park Foundation, Board of Directors of Sparks Regional Medical Center, The Degen Foundation, BOST Foundation, Greenwood Economics Development Committee and was appointed by the governor to the State Board of Health from 2016-2018. These are just a few of the committees and boards on which he has served. One very important aspect of his medical career is serving as the volunteer physician for the Greenwood Bulldogs Athletics Program. Bulldog fans are accustomed to seeing him pace the sidelines or sit close-by in the bleachers overseeing the welfare of Greenwood athletes. He also currently volunteers with the Greenwood Special Olympics. Greenwood schools, Greenwood athletics and the community of Greenwood are the grateful recipients of Johnson’s passion, commitment and medical expertise in so many areas. Through his characteristic humility, Dr. Johnson has illustrated that true leaders are servants. The degrees, the titles, the honors, and the accolades are a postscript to who Lee Johnson is. A son, a husband, a father, a friend--those are the only titles he wears with pride. It is only fitting to end with the accomplishments he holds most dear: Lee and his wife Jennifer have been married for 25 years and have three children, Will (21), Luke (19) and Wesley. (16 and an endeared member of the Lady Bulldog Volleyball Team) Congratulations to Lee Johnson on his Induction to the 2020 Greenwood Education Foundation Hall of Honor.
Congratulations to the staff at East Hills Middle School for their outstanding efforts during the 2020 United Way Pacesetter campaign. East Hills' teachers gave $6950 and earned the Big Dog Award for the 4th year in a row. The staff was honored with a Taco party by United Way on October 14th. Greenwood School District donated a total of $17005.00 to United Way for our community! @unitedwayfortsmith @easthillsmiddle school #GSDexcellence #liveunited #bigdogaward
The Greenwood Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the induction of the 2020 Hall of Honor will be held on Friday, October 16th on the field at Smith-Robinson Stadium beginning 6:45, pregame of the Greenwood-Russellville football game. A reception honoring the inductees will be held in the GHS Student Union from 5:30-6:30. The members of the 2020 Hall of Honor Class for the Greenwood Education Foundation are: Dr. Ken Hamilton Dr. Lee Johnson Mr. Curtis Weaver Dr. Ken Hamilton is a 1967 honor graduate from Greenwood High School and a member of the 1967 GHS Hall of Fame. Coming from a family with a widowed mother, he was the first in his family to attend college. He carried his academic successes and desire to achieve from high school to college and graduated with a B.A. Biology and B.S. Medical Technology from Arkansas Tech University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri/Kansas City. While many GHS graduates were looking elsewhere to start their careers, Dr. Hamilton was drawn back to Greenwood. He practiced dentistry in Greenwood and at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital from 1978-1989 until he was forced to quit due to a congenital neck condition. But this did not slow him down in his desire to use his education and skills in the medical community. At the age of 40, he was hired at Westark Community College to start and direct a Medical Laboratory Technician program. He started a legacy of success with a 100% pass rate as he raised the program to national recognition. He became a site visitor for the accrediting association (NAACLS) and was instrumental in the review for accreditation for other nationwide programs. Dr. Hamilton was a tenured faculty member who was nominated for an excellence in teaching award before leaving Westark in 1997. After leaving the Westark faculty, he was elected to the Board of Trustees for Westark Community College and served four years. He was on the board as vice president during the transition from Westark Community College to University of Arkansas/Fort Smith.. He joined the staff of the Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in 1997 and served until 2012 when he retired as the State Director. During this time he visited coaches and student-athletes across Arkansas to encourage them to “make a difference” in their local schools and communities. As state director, he also organized summer sport camps, One Way to Play-Drug Free programs in secondary schools, and the First Serve Tennis Program in Sebastian and Crawford Counties. Although he has retired from FCA, his legacy as a leader is still felt throughout the state, and the programs he organized still continue to thrive. While being very involved with Westark Community College, he championed other causes within the community. He has served on the Sebastian County Library Board for over 30 years, endeavoring to maintain and increase library services in South Sebastian County. He has been the recipient of an American Cancer Association award as well as the recipient of a Community Leadership Award in the area of religion from Leadership Fort Smith in 2009. For the last 20 years, Hamilton has served as a volunteer coach for the GHS Boys and Girls Tennis Teams. Under his tenure, GHS Tennis has achieved statewide recognition and respect, winning 15 conference championships, three state titles, and three overall championships. He has been named Conference Coach of the Year 15 times. A member of the 1966 state championship GHS baseball team, he is the only GHS graduate to play for a state championship team as well as be the head coach for GHS state championship teams. Ken and his wife Ann have three children, Audrey, Kasey, and Jessica. Although he is considered “retired”, his grandchildren, his family and his biblical studies continue to fill his days. Complete retirement from coaching the GHS tennis teams is still a future focus. Through his mentorship and dedication to programs for young men and women, Dr. Kenneth Hamilton’s legacy will continue to grow through future generations who will continue to be affected by his impact. The Greenwood Education Foundation is honored to have Dr. Ken Hamilton as part of the 2020 Hall of Honor.
We hope everyone is enjoying their Fall weekend activities! All Greenwood School campuses will be open with normal schedules starting tomorrow, October 12th.
Arvest Foundation Grant: "Greenwood Schools is proud to be a partner with Arvest Bank - through the years we have enjoyed a positive relationship with the Arvest team that has been beneficial for our students and community. This grant will provide a variety of assistance to our students from those with basic physiological needs to those with aspirations to work in the medical field someday! Thank you Arvest Foundation for supporting Greenwood Schools!" $8000 Total $2000 Envision program medic mannequin $500 East Pointe snack pantry $500 Westwood snack pantry $5000 Greenwood Parent Center
Buses are rolling this afternoon! Expect early deliveries due to less students riding today!
Greenwood High School, Greenwood Freshmen Center, and Greenwood Jr High School will pivot to online instruction for Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th. This decision was made, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education, due to the large number of teachers in quarantine and a shortage of substitute teachers at this time. COVID-19 positive cases in Sebastian County continue to increase, which in turn has started to filter into the school setting. The district will use this time to thoroughly clean the buildings, and allow time for staff quarantines to expire so we can return to campus with a full staff. Greenwood PreK Center, Westwood Elementary, East Pointe Elementary, and East Hills Middle School will continue normal daily schedules.
Important Reminder: We recently created a new district app at Greenwood AR Public Schools. If you have the old app under the name Greenwood Public Schools downloaded on your phone, you will need to delete it, and search for the new app to download Greenwood AR Public Schools. This will prevent confusion with any out of date calendar information that might be on the previous app.
Greenwood Schools will be in session tomorrow as scheduled. We have purchased plenty of water for each campus and will make sure students have what they need to stay hydrated!
Keep voting until September 13th for Greenwood School District as Best of the Best in the River Valley! https://swtimes.gannettcontests.com/2020-Best-of-the-Best/?fbclid=IwAR3x63W_mNa79_M0veE3RS_mpq0kyVpchIMTL8B2k
Greenwood Jr High School has been notified of 1 positive student COVID-19 case today. This student is also a member of the 7th grade football team. The school district consulted with the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, resulting in the quarantine of probable close contacts from the classroom and bus, as well as the 7th grade football team and one coach. Parents of all quarantined students have been contacted today and those students were moved to online instruction with school issued Chromebooks through September 23rd. In addition, Athletic Director Dustin Smith announced that all 7th grade football activities will be paused until September 24th. Practice will resume on September 24th and regular season schedules will resume on September 29th. Superintendent John Ciesla emphasized there is only one positive case at this time. “These decisions are not easily made, but are in the best interest and safety of our staff and students.”
Due to Covid restrictions, tailgating will not be allowed at the games. Thank you.
Keep voting until September 13th for Greenwood School District as Best of the Best in the River Valley! https://swtimes.gannettcontests.com/2020-Best-of-the-Best/?fbclid=IwAR3x63W_mNa79_M0veE3RS_mpq0kyVpchIMTL8B2k
Keep voting until September 13th for Greenwood School District as Best of the Best in the River Valley! https://swtimes.gannettcontests.com/2020-Best-of-the-Best/?fbclid=IwAR3x63W_mNa79_M0veE3RS_mpq0kyVpchIMTL8B2kzENUVVQzcFC7FTT2yc
For a flexible and rewarding job, we are hiring substitute teachers and paraprofessionals. Link: https://sforce.co/3m3EuJS
Ticket Information for the week of Sept. 7 - 11th from Dr. Dustin Smith, Athletic Director. https://youtu.be/J6meZ_aFQmc
No Cost Student Meals Available The Arkansas Child Nutrition Unit has announced that the USDA grant to provide meals at no cost to students will begin immediately through December 31st. This means that all students in PK-12th grade will be provided one breakfast meal and one lunch meal free of charge. Any student wanting a la carte items or extra breakfast and lunch meals will be required to purchase those items separately.
Greenwood Volleyball will be live on the NFHS Network today vs. Southside! If you can't make it to H.B. Stewart Arena this is an option. There is a subscription to view. https://bit.ly/2EXDk1K
Link to purchase tickets online for Tuesday's Volleyball game vs. Southside at the H.B. Stewart Arena. https://www.greenwoodk12.com/o/greenwood/page/tickets--6 Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate this week.
Athletic Update for the week August 31 through September 4th with Dr. Dustin Smith, Athletic Director. https://youtu.be/tuWTQUoUSBM
The Arkansas Department of Health released the most recent school COVID-19 numbers on Thursday. Schools with 5 or more cases are listed at this link: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/school_report_8_27.pdf So proud of our staff, students, and parents for contributing to a safe and healthy school environment! Keep up the good work and Have a great weekend!
Staggered Schedules for the week of Aug. 24-28 are as follows: Westwood and East Pointe Elementary: 1st-4th grade: Monday, August 24 -- students whose last name begins with A-K attend school Tuesday, August 25 -- students whose last names begin with L-Z attend school Wednesday, August 26 -- all 1st-4th grade students attend school Kindergarten: Classes will be divided up into 3 separate groups for back-to-school attendance. Your child’s teacher will let you know which day your child is assigned. Monday, August 24 -- Group 1 Tuesday, August 25 -- Group 2 Wednesday, August 26 -- Group 3 Thursday, August 27 -- all kindergarten students attend school East Hills, Jr. High, Freshman Center, and High School (grades 5-12) Monday, August 24 -- students whose last name begins with A-K attend school Tuesday, August 25 -- students whose last names begin with L-Z attend school Wednesday, August 26 -- all 5th-12th grade students attend school
The Arkansas Department of Education announces the opening of the Ready for School Resource Call Center (1-833-353-6050) The purpose of the call center is to provide Arkansans with information and resources regarding the reopening of schools. https://bit.ly/2XriDBs
The Greenwood Board of Education met in Special Session on Thursday, July 30, 2020. During the meeting, the Board approved the following items: Greenwood School District Re-entry Plan, Emergency Procedure for Face Coverings, and AAA Guidelines for Students involved in Online Learning. Access these documents at: https://bit.ly/3jQ6Aaq
The Greenwood Board of Education will meet in a special session on Thursday, July 30th to discuss the Ready for Learning Plan and take action on personnel items.
Greenwood School District administration was recently notified that a student athlete tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Dustin Smith, Athletic Director, stated that the parents of all students who were identified as “close contacts” have been notified per ADH guidelines. Smith also released this statement, “The case was confined to one sport and one facility. Activities/practices for that sport have been suspended at this time and the facility will undergo the appropriate disinfecting and cleaning. For the privacy of our students and staff, the Greenwood School District cannot share personal information regarding this case. The school district has followed the procedures outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health and remain steadfast in our commitment to the safety of our students and staff.”
We are loving our new app! Access sports, cafeteria menus, news updates, and even emergency notifications, right from your pocket. Download the app on Android: https://bit.ly/2zjoWhv or iPhone: https:///apple.co/3cpkcot
On Thursday, July 9th, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the state would move back the start of the 2020-21 school year. The new directive outlined that schools could begin their first day of school no earlier than August 24th and no later than August 26th. Superintendent John Ciesla stated that “although we are saddened by the delay in the start of the school, we will use the extra time to continue to prepare our schools for the 2020-21 school year.” District administration, calendar committee members, and the Board of Education will work to review the current school calendar and make necessary changes. Those changes will be announced late next week.
Information Document regarding Back to School can be found with this web address: https://tinyurl.com/ybsb483v