SPS update: reading initiatives, security updates, athletics, etc.
School is in full swing for the students of Stuttgart. Nikki Hawkins, director of communications and student services at Stuttgart Public Schools, said there were sporting events and reading programs this week.
Meekins Middle School’s One Book, One School program is ongoing. The program encourages students, their families and community members to read the same book, at the same time. This week, participants read “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper.
“Parents, be on the lookout for this novel. Please read with your children,” Hawkins said. “They never get too old for you to read to them. It’s actually a very enjoyable experience.
Stuttgart secondary school also encourages students to read. Seventh graders will read “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. Eighth graders will read “The Journey Back” by Priscilla Cummings.
“The English teachers have planned all sorts of fun activities to accompany these novels,” Hawkins said.
Stuttgart High School principal Latara Robinson has implemented updated safety measures that will be in place for the remainder of the school year.
“The gates on the east and west sides of the old pavilion will be closed between 7:20 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. as well as 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.,” Hawkins said.
There are also new rules for people dropping off and picking up students from school.
“In the morning, students can be dropped off at the pavilion in front of the college gymnasium,” Hawkins said. “People picking up students should be parked in designated parking spaces to ensure students can walk through the parking lot safely. We kind of had close calls. We just want to make sure our students are safe. »
There will be no school on Monday, September 5, as schools observe Labor Day.
The Stuttgart tennis team will travel to Heber Springs today. Matches will start at 3:30 p.m.
The seventh grade and junior high Ricebirds will face the Morrilton Devil Dogs tonight.
“The seventh grade game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the college game will follow immediately,” Hawkins said.
The Stuttgart Ricebirds beat the Warren Lumberjacks 31-28 in the season opener at Ned Moseley Stadium last Friday night. The senior Ricebirds will travel to Star City to face the Bulldogs this Friday.
“This game is at 7 p.m., so you have plenty of opportunities to support your Ricebirds this week,” Hawkins said.