November Newsletter 2022

On Wednesday, October 19th, the district’s trans- portation department participated in its 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Each year, this event is organized by Mrs. Nakia Turner and began October 2019 under former Superintendent Jeremy Owoh. Mrs. Turner shared that she walks in honor of her mom who is a 26 year survivor. Drivers, bus aides, Assistant Superintendent Carlock, other dis- trict employess and Cancer Survivor/ Girls Basket- ball Coach Trena Rusley-Green all walked several blocks in honor of survivors or those who are cur- rently battling the disease. Employee Kenneth Pruitt shared his thoughts that only women suffered from the disease until his father actually passed away from breast cancer. He stated’ “ that let me know that men can get it too.’ After walking, the crowd gathered on the parking lot of the bus gar- age. Each person wrote the name of someone who they walked in honor of on a pink heart shaped balloon. Following a prayer led by driver Isadore Daniels, the balloons were released. Be- cause this week was also Bus Safety Week, lunch was provided by the Rush Truck Center of Pine Bluff, a local school bus dealership.

Trena Rusley-Green shown with a copy of her book describing her journey




Rusley-Green with Husband and Nakia Turner, event organizer


Dan McKnight, PB Branch Manager for Rush Truck Center and Fred Bennett, PBSD Trans- portation Director

On October 27, 2022 Robert F. Morehead hosted a Red Ribbon Assembly featuring the special guest Broadway Joe of Power 92 Jams!!!!!!!! This assembly included the cheer team of Robert F. More- head, Junior ROTC of Robert F. Morehead, Chamber Choir of Dol- larway High School, Robert F. Morehead Cheerleaders and Pine Bluff School District Pep Band. The assembly included speakers from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and RAAD, encouraging students to be drug free and bully free. The event concluded with Broadway Joe speaking to students about being drug free, bully free, and making the right decisions. Our students applauded Broadway Joe and saluted him with a Hootie Hoo!!!! This was an event to re- member

The Pine Bluff (AR) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a community organization, partnered with Jack Robey

Jr. High to bring educational and career information to scholars. Students were encouraged to begin thinking

about their future and to develop a vision of what they would like their lives to look like, as well as what they

would need to do to get there. Mr. Audreon Duncan, JRJH Career Development Instructor, regularly exposes

scholars to activities to help them figure out what they want to do in life.

Mr. Duncan puts a lot of effort into setting them up for success by giving them opportunities to learn and ex-

perience various career related activities, such as The LIFE Program provided by the Links Chapter. The pro-

gram goal is to create a future job pool of young students that focus on careers in international business and

foreign affairs, according to Mrs. Eula Liddell, ITS Facet, Chair and Mrs.

Tenita Shannon-Gragg Chapter, President. Mrs. Kanika Calvin Davis, a

Pine Bluff native was the presenter that told her incredible story and mo-

tivated scholars to reach for their own goals. She explained that if you

know what you want and you want it badly enough, you will eventually

find a way to get it, as she has with the United States Department of Ag-

riculture Farm Service Agency, as a National Outreach Specialist. Mrs.

Davis' hope is that scholars remember that, “The memories that you

leave with the people you meet is what carries on the longest, so make

a positive impact on people no matter what you decide to do in life.”

Mrs. Dorothy Holt, ITS Facet, Member, was the moderator for the Virtual/

Hybrid Presentation. Mr. Duncan gave the closing remarks and ex-

Scholars engaged in presentation front from left: Kaniya Christopher, Kendall Gates, Charles Moore, Chandler Westmoreland and Gissel Zelaya

plained to scholars that, “Your future depends on what you do today, so

preparation starts today!”

Mrs. Kanika Calvin Davis, Presenter

Group Photo from Left: Mr. Audreon Duncan, Mrs. Eula Liddell, Mrs. Kanika Calvin Da- vis, Mrs. Dorothy Holt, Scholars Claudia Richie, Leighann Williams and M'ky Hemphill

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On November 1st, the PBSD launched a video to provide the community with another opportunity for input and collaboration as they move to implementation. Pine Bluff School District (PBSD staff and Community Advi- sory Committee members) came together in late October to create a special video recording, informing the community about the major elements of the district’s strategic plan, the top five strategies that comprise the district will put implement in the next five years, and ways for Pine Bluff businesses, organizations, and commu- nity members to provide input and collaborate. The strategic plan, developed over the last twelve months with broad community input, focuses on improving student outcomes by addressing critical areas of need in the district. The long-awaited strategic plan will be a key indicator for the Arkansas State Board of Education to determine whether PBSD is ready and able to return to local authority after it completes the five-year span of state control on June 30, 2024. The plan includes five strategies that address expanding learning opportunities for students, creating safer en- vironments, improving school facilities, increasing the number of excellent teachers and leaders, and building trust in the district. Each of the strategies will be implemented over the next five years. Community members can learn more about the vision, goals, strategies, and implementation plans from the video. To view the re- cording, visit: For additional information on the PBSD strategic planning process, please visit pbsd-strategic-planning.

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The PBHS Gentlemen’s Club was very busy during the month of October. We hosted and participated in nu- merous events. We are excited as we grow into mature young men understanding the importance of giving back to our community.

On October 14th, we participated in Pine Bluff High School 2022-2023 Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. This walk was in honor of those who have lost their lives to disease, who have survived and those who are cur- rently fighting the battle against it. The event was organized by Girls Basketball Coach and breast cancer survivor Trena Ford- Green. The Gentlemen’s Club would like to thank you for organizing the walk and we en- joyed every moment of it.

On October 20th, we had an excellent meeting. It was an honor to have our assistant principal Dexter K. Lee talk to us about the meaning of wear- ing a tie. In addition, to that, he tells us the reasons why you should wear a tie throughout your everyday life. So many life lessons were shared in this speech this morning. Again Thank you for coming and giving our gentle- man words of wisdom. Also, we can’t forget our cereal drive!!! We had success due to the number of boxes brought for the project. Our gentle- men gave Ms. NyEsha Gross, Social Worker the boxes to give to a family in need! We support our community and school!

The meeting held on October 29th was out of this world. We got the chance to have Thomas McCastle with Ambassadors For Christ. He taught our gentlemen life lessons and showed scenarios where you can learn from them. Thank you for coming out. In addition to that our sponsor Tom W Scott provided our gentlemen with do- nuts for breakfast to start their day off right!

Happy Halloween! Today was a success! We had the chance to pass of candy to the students and staff at

34th Elementary School. It was great seeing those smiles on their faces and hearing them cheer. Thanks, Ms.

Claudette White for allowing us to do this for her students and teachers.

November 3rd was an astonishing and helpful day for our gentlemen. We had the chance to have two great

speakers today. One was Dr. Reginald Wilson, had talked about hard work, self-discipline, and having a com-

fortable attitude. In addition to that leading by ex-

ample and doing the right things when no one is

watching. After that awesome speech, no other

than Dexter K. Lee came and demonstrated how to

successfully tie a bow tie. With that demonstration,

he talked about how tiny details are very important

and matter. It can change significant situations. One

important thing he said was “ Be a leader in truth not

a legend in your mind.”


President - Kourtney Smith

Vice President - Dedrick Cross

Secretary/Treasurer - Sheritta Sanders

Building Reps:

PBHS - Annette Hatchett

DHS -Elouise Shorter

JRJH – Alisa Smith

RFMMS – Tavante Calhoun

Southwood – Darrell Martin

James Matthews – Delaney Wells

Broadmoor – Myrtle Brown

Greenville/Forrest Park – Dr. Felecia Dotson

Thirty Fourth – Kiarra Barnes


Debra Deshazier , Nurses

Veronica Avery, Clerical

Martin Golden, Technology

Belinda Allen, Custodians

Tim Collins, Security

Carol Rankin, Transportation

Tavante Calhoun, Social Workers

Gloria Gray, Paraprofessionals



The students and staff celebrated their build- ing leader, Mrs. Claudette White, during Na- tional Principal’s Month. Chats, songs and dances were performed in her honor.

On Monday, October 31, 2022 Robert F. Morehead

concluded Red Ribbon Week Activities with a

school wide bullying and drug free carnival. The stu-

dents received entry to the carnival with the dona-

tion of two canned goods. Entries included fun,

food and games. This event was orchestrated by

Mrs. Kanechia Sergeant - school counselor, Mr. Ta-

vantae Calhoun - school social worker and parent

facilitator, and teachers hosted games with incen-

tives. Students had an awesome time!

Robert F. Morehead has been on a quest to impact the culture

and climate of the building through teaming and kindness. At the

beginning of the year we established campus teams along with

pulling kindness numbers.

The kindness challenge extend-

ed through the 1st nine weeks. To conclude the month of October

teams fellowshipped with snacks hosted in each team area. Can

you imagine a scavenger hunt for snacks? It was awesome!!!!!

WEEK # 1 Senior Damarion Wallace 3-8 88yds 1 TD pass

WEEK # 2 Sophomore Keyon Smith 3 Pan- cake Blocks

WEEK # 3 Sr. Chandler Blunt Wr/Db 5 receptions 47yrds 3 tackles 2 assist

WEEK # 4 Tristan Rose number 7 senior defensive end 7 tackle 3 assist 1 tackle for a loss

GAME # 6 Sr. Kristian Can 4 tackles 3 as- sisted 1 TFL Nose Tackle

GAME #7 Jr. Terriek Hayes RB/LB 4 carries 16 yards 3 solo tackles 3 assists

GAME #8 Jr. WR/DB Donald Davis Jr. 4 Tackles 3 assists

GAME #9 Soph. Derrieus Stewart OL/DL 4 Pancakes 3 tackles 2 assists

Let's hear it for the men and women who make sure that our Zebra scholars are protected in the classrooms and during sporting events. We say to our Pine Bluff High School Zebra Security Team, THANK YOU, for providing a safe and secure at- mosphere so that our Zebra scholars can focus on their education. Thank you tour Security Offices Walker, Smith, Higgins, Stubbs, Scott and Bailey.

The royal court of Robert F. Morehead was unveiled in a school wide assembly on October 13, 2022. This as-

sembly included the student body supporting each nominee with cheer and applause alongside the family

members of the nominees. The students graced Morehead in the colors of red, black and white. Student win-

ners were selected by the student body and serve as leading faces for our student body. Following the as-

sembly students graced the football field at Cardinal stadium as they dressed the field in their professional at-

tire, alongside their escort. The events for Homecoming were concluded with a glow themed dance held the

following Saturday, October 15, 2022. These students have memories they will not forget.

Homecoming Court participates included: Queen Destiny Jones, King Christian Lo- gan, Princess Talaiyah Rogers, Prince Malakhi Haymer, Makenzie Smith, Teon Goose- berry, Mariyah Savage, Chase Farris, Jaquetta Brooks, Jakobe Johnson, Samaria Wil- liams, Breydon Stinnett, Kristian Scott, Zecharius Ellis, Jnya Burgess and Justin Burgess

JMES held its Homecoming Coronation Assembly on October 20th. The par-

ticipants were students who consistently modeled the behavior expecta-

tions of Compassion Attitude Respect Discipline and Self-Control (CARDS).

Students worked very hard campaigning and seeking nominations from

their teachers. Congratulations to the 2022-2023 JMES Homecoming Court:

King - Ferbia Allen

Queen - Anauria Harris

5th grade Prince - Javaris Logan 4th Grade Prince - Addison Grandy

5th grade Princess - Zionna Washington 4th Grade Princess - Ivori Butler 3rd Grade Princess- Mahari White 2nd Grade Princess -Carleigh Woods 1st Grade Princess - Carlee Harper

2nd Grade Prince -Zacchaeus Ellis 1st Grade Prince -Javion Allmond

K Prince -Arekay Williams

K Princess - Kayleigh Battles

JMES held its Fall Festival on October 28th at Cardinal Stadi- um! Families enjoyed a carnival atmosphere that featured games, food, bouncy castles, and pumpkin painting. Thank you to all of our families who came out to enjoy the fun!

Chris Jones, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, challenges Zebras to live “with no regrets”

Pine Bluff Commercial/Suzi Parker

The Pine Bluff High School Zebra football team peppered Demo- cratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Jones with questions Tues- day. But the questions weren't about politics. Instead, the play- ers asked tough questions about life, goals and their future op- portunities. Jones visited the Zebras during the team's "character curriculum" course, which occurs before weight training and a two-hour tutoring and homework period. Zebras Coach Micheal Williams frequently invites speakers with Pine Bluff roots who have excelled in life to speak to his team. Jones grew up in Pine Bluff

and is a seventh-generation Arkansan. One player asked Jones what he would tell his 16-year-old self when he lived in Pine Bluff. "Live life with no regrets," Jones said. Jones said living life with no regrets doesn't mean go wild and live care- lessly. "Be true to who God has made you," Jones said. "That has helped me make some decisions." One of Jones' major decisions was deciding to run for governor as a Democrat against Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former President Donald Trump's spokesperson, who is heavily favored in the polls. Libertarian Ricky Dale Harring- ton, who also lives in Pine Bluff, is the other candidate. Early voting started Monday, and Nov. 8 is Election Day. Like a Friday night football game, the race is still anyone's game to win. And the fact that Jones is even running is something no one expected from a kid who grew up in Pine Bluff. One player asked about Jones' biggest obstacle. His answer: Belief in himself. "The first part is of me believing in myself," Jones said. "That's an internal struggle. I'm not supposed to be here as a Democratic candidate for governor. but I believed in myself and surrounded myself with people who believed in me." Growing up a poor Black kid in Pine Bluff, he said, he wore his brother's hand-me-downs and remembers shut-off notices. Jones, who played football for Watson Chapel High School, said his roots in Jefferson County set him on the path he now travels. Jones attended Morehouse College in Atlanta on a NASA Scholarship for physics and math. He then studied at Massa- chusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., to become a nuclear engineer. Jones earned a doctorate in urban planning. Like his parents, Jones is also a minister. He told the students that one day they, too, could be like him and do whatever they wanted like becoming movie stars, CEOs and elected officials. The options for them, he said, are limitless. "I'm here because I believe in you," Jones said to the players and coaches. "I don't have to know you to believe in you. You're from the same soil I'm from. I want you to change the world." A player asked Jones, "Have you ever been in serious trouble?" "Serious trouble? Serious how?" Jones asked. "I haven't in part because of the decisions I made. I had folks that told me to go. They knew I didn't need to be in that environment. You know when things are about to go south. If you do the right thing at that decision, you will have a good life." Jones told the students to have faith and to trust even if they can't see what they want right before their eyes. "You won't see it unless you put in the work," Jones said. Jones' visit resonated with the students. "Sometimes I have trouble believing in myself," Devin Johnson, a senior Zebra linebacker, said. "He said that belief is a step you have to get past and you have to stay firm and strong and believe in yourself." Rachon Crutchfield, a senior Zebra defensive tackle, said that knowing that Jones grew up in Pine Bluff on West 17th Avenue was inspiring. "He talked a lot about how you can't let where you are from affect how your life is going to be in the future," Crutchfield said. "He poured a lot of wisdom to us. It's impressive he had all of those degrees." For Williams, having a Pine Bluff native running for statewide office to speak to his team was "historical" and he welcomed any of the other candidates to come visit with his players, too. "This just shows what kind of people Pine Bluff produces," Williams said. "This city has produced some great people. He

played football. He went to MIT. He's running for governor. That's what I want the players to see. That they can be anything and that just because you are from Pine Bluff don't think you can't." The players, who don't have a game this week, didn't want Jones to leave but campaign duties called. Jones said that Pine Bluff was a "school that pro- duces champions." "The Second Commandment says 'Love thy neigh- bor' and I love you," Jones said before snapping a group selfie with the team. "I love you and that's the thing that matters."

On November 3, 2022, Pastor Silas Vincent

Johnson became an honorary member of the Zebra

family. Pastor V, as he is affectionately called, capti-

vated the attention of Pine Bluff High School scholars

as he shared the story of his own transformation from

a troubled young man who was raised in church to a

thriving pastor with a promised purpose. Pastor V ad-

vised the scholars to find the difference between truth

and deception saying, “I was getting all of my game

from people who didn’t even live to be 50 years old,

yet they were telling me what life was all about; so I

went back to what some people call the Bible, but I

like the call the “ancient scrolls”, a book that teaches

you how to live the game of life no matter what envi-

ronment you’re in, race you are, or what situation

you've gotten yourself into. It gives you the truth!” He

also advised scholars against allowing environments,

circumstances, and other people’s opinions and per-

ceptions to define who they are, but to instead de-

cide how they want to show up and who they want

to be. “As a man thinketh. . . so is he! Whatever I’m

putting in my thought process, is what I’m going to

reflect in my life. My question to you is what are you

thinking about?”

Pastor Johnson, 44, is a native of Little Rock, AR and

holds a Doctorate of Religious Philosophy Degree. He

is the senior pastor at Full Counsel Church-Pine Bluff, a

ministry that has already been active in its new part-

nership with the students, staff, and stakeholders of

Pine Bluff High School. In addition to being a pastor,

he is a motivational speaker, a counselor and a com-

munity activist.

Tony Dowd

Class of 98, Nathaniel Baker

The Zebra football team would like to thank the many stakeholders who have come and blessed us with food and encour- aging words this season. Thanks for pouring into us!


Class of 85

Recruiters visiting in Zebra Land...

University of Kentucky

University of Louisiana Monroe

University of Vanderbilt

Bowling Green State University

In an effort to promote college awareness and access, Pine Bluff High School hosted more than 35 colleges, busi- nesses, and community partners during their College, Career, and Community Fair on October 11, 2022 from 8:45 am to 11:00 am in the Pine Bluff High School Multipurpose Complex, followed by a FAFSA Frenzy for seniors and parents from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Pine Bluff High School Media Center. These events served as the kickoff of Pine Bluff High School’s participation in the Arkansas College Application Campaign, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education (ADE-DCTE) and Pine Bluff High School dur- ing the month of October. During the Arkansas College Application Campaign, which runs from October 1 - November 18, 2002, students at Pine Bluff High School will be assisted as they complete college applications with the goal of each participating stu- dent submitting at least one college application and completing the Arkansas Challenge applications. The College, Career, and Community Fair served as just one of several opportunities where students could apply to any of Ar- kansas’s community colleges, independent colleges, trade schools, public and private universities, as well as colleg- es and universities throughout the country.

While much of the focus of College Application Month is geared toward first-generation college students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, Pine Bluff High School will also offer college- focused activities for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have already applied to college. Not only will students have the op- portunity to visit with potential colleges and universities, they will also have a chance to visit with community profes- sionals who represent ca- reer paths of interest. Ad- ditionally, parents were able to visit the media center with their students anytime between 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm to receive one-on-one assistance from Career Coaches, Mrs. Michelle Heard and Mrs. Denesha Evans, with completing the Free Ap- plication for Federal Stu- dent Aid (FAFSA®).

Denesha Evans, career coach at Pine Bluff High School says, “It is imper- ative that we as a school community expose our scholars to as many post-secondary options as possible; however, we must also help to guide them through the process so that they are equipped to make informed decisions that will lead to a successful career path.” Junior class presi- dent, Jada Barron agrees saying, “ The t -shirts are nice, but for me, col- lege fairs are more than collecting stickers and mugs. I look forward to meeting with college recruiters and learning more about the programs they offer. I also like meeting with different professionals to learn more about the career field that I plan to enter, as well as other careers that I may possibly be interested in. This was the 5th annual College Applica- tion Month in Arkansas and the 12 th year that Pine Bluff High School has hosted a college initiative such as the Arkansas College Application Campaign.

Article compliments of Daisha Thompson, Zebra Mom Squad

It was Friday, November 4th and it’s game day y’all!! And it also happens to be the last game of the regular season for the Zeb- ras! Playoff spots were determined tonight and regardless of the outcome we are extremely proud of the 2022-2023 Zebras for persevering through circumstances that would have destroyed the average team. In case you are unaware or have forgotten, they lost their Head Coach and over half of their Assistant Coaching Staff in a span of a couple months at the end of last school year. The team went into Spring/Summer practices un- sure who would be leading them into the next season. Despite it all they continued to show up. They continued to work and fought to make noise in a new conference against teams they had no experience playing against. Coach Micheal Williams entered with a fresh philosophy, open mind and no nonsense approach to coaching and the boys bought in 100%!!! It is evi- dent in their play, classroom behavior/performance and over all demeanor. He then assembled one of the finest coaching staffs in the state of Arkansas while making sure veteran staff were an integral part of the process as well! Once everyone got togeth- er, they gelled and hit the ground running! We am thankful for the victories both on and off the field as well as the culture shift and blessings to come! The Z’s didn’t pull out the win but never quit! Final score was 24-19.

WEEK # 1 Austyn Dendy had 5 Rec 125 1 TD 2 Rush 15 yards 1 TD 4 Tackles 1 INT

WEEK # 2 Courtney Crutchfield 6Rec for 126 3 TDs 4.5 Tackles 1 FF 1 PBU

WEEK # 3 Jordon Harris 3.5 Tackles 1 TFL 3 Bat Downs 3 QB Pressure

WEEK # 4 Danny Johnson #72 sopho- more defensive tackle, 5.5 tackles 3 sacks 1tackle for a loss 2 QB pressures

WEEK #5 Sr William Howell 8-11 221 Yards 4 TDs

WEEK # 6 Leon Williams 3 solo Tackles and 2 Sacks 1 TFL

Congratulations PBHS DANCE TEAM Won first place in the UAPB Home- coming Bat- tle of the Bands 2022

Special thanks to Dr. Chad SirWick Hughes for coming by PBHS band room and sharing knowledge with the band students. He also provided the seniors scholarship opportunities!

Meet Khylon Owens! Khylon is a senior trombone player/ percussionist planning to be an entrepreneur, he wants major in business management in col- lege! Khylon is a natural born leader, he is highly motivated, extremely dedicated, and will be an asset to any collegiate band program. #SeniorSpotlight

The Air Force is required by Department of Defense Instruction 1205.13 to annually evaluate the operation, administration, and effectiveness of the overall AFJROTC program and the individual units for contractual compliance, cost, and perfor- mance. Unit Evaluations (UE). These are formal, graded inspections. Units will receive UEs approximately every three years. When warranted, more frequent assessments may be conducted. Meets Standards. When all but one section is calculated as “Meets Standards” and one section is no lower than a “Meets Standards w/Discrepancies,” the overall UE is rated as “Meets Standards.” The intent of these visits is to provide a graded assessment as to how the unit is functioning and performing the mission. Each item will be evaluated, and each section will receive a rating. The overall inspection will receive one of the ratings as listed in Paragraph 8.4. (Exceeds, Meets, Meets W/ discrepancies or Does not Meet Standards). The unit will pre- pare for the UE in the same manner as for the Staff Assistance Visit. The evaluator will debrief all section ratings during the visit out brief and will discuss the potential overall evaluation rating, which will be assigned by the headquarters following the visit. The Pine Bluff Cadets did outstanding. Even though we had a few minor discrepancies they had 13 Exceeds Standards. This program is truly run by the cadets and they deserve the cred- it for such an outstanding performance. Also, the support of the Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Laurent, Mrs. Glover, Doc. Wilson, Coach Rusley and Coach Dixon was invaluable.

Tameka Wright, Jack Robey Jr. High, Assistant Principal, accepts uniforms donation on behalf of Jack Robey.

Over the years, Maxey’s Plumbing Company has met the needs of hundreds of students in the Pine Bluff School District, in an effort to empower and equip scholars with items needed to eliminate ob- stacles that stand between them and an equitable path to a quality education. “I feel that Debbie Maxey and Maxey’s Plumbing are a valued asset to our district because they are improving the quality of life in the Pine Bluff Community, by empowering children in our district and altering scholar’s path one child at a time.”, stated Jack Robey Jr. High School Social Worker Deborah Thomas. Tameka Wright, JRJH, Assistant Principal, welcomed the latest uniform donation to JRJH Clothes Closet. Wright stated that “Jack Robey is an A -1 School, Therefore, this donation helps to ensure that all stu- dents have the same opportunities for high-level learning.” Donations to the onsite clothes closet are essential to leveling the playing field for scholars from low-income backgrounds, those that relocate into the district, students who lose items due to house fires or facing outside issues. Arnold Robert- son, Jack Robey Principal, also echoed the same gratitude for the donation of over 100 uniform shirts for scholars in need from Debbie Maxey of Maxey’s Plumbing Company.

Broadmoor School Partners with Local Church to Offer Weekend Food for Scholars

The Broadmoor Elementary School recently ob-

tained a partnership with the Wheeler Chapel

Church to offer the Weekend Food Backpack Pro-

gram for twenty-five scholars. The scholars were

selected for the program based on need and/or


The program will “kick off” in the new year, Friday,

January 6, 2023. The church of volunteers will pro-

vide and separately package 10-15 non-

perishable food items for the scholars to consume

over the weekend. Mr. Timothy Pratt is the pastor

of the Wheeler Chapel Church and Ms. Verdine

Johnson is the facilitator for the backpack pro-


PBHS Students participating in CTE Day at the Fair.

Students participated in a Leadership Summit and

heard from State Leaders on the importance of Ca-

reer and Technical Education. They were able to

take part in the State Fair after the Leadership Sum-

mit was over.

Pine Bluff High School Childcare Guidance Man-

agement (CCGM) Students are participating in a

hands-on practicum at Forrest Park/Greenville Pre-

school this year for the 2022-2023 school year. Eve-

ry week around 30 students arrive on campus 1-2

times a week, during the AM hours, to complete

activities such as read-alouds, hall monitoring, art

project assistance, meal assistance, and games

that aid in hands-on learning. Upon completion of

this course, students may apply for state certifica-

tion in areas of early childhood to become a pro-

vider in a licensed preschool/daycare. We are

thankful for Ms. Laura Graham, PBHS CCGM In-

structor, for her excellence in ensuring that all of

her students succeed as young professionals.

Coach Akeshia Seamster was nominated for coach of the Year for Shape Arkansas. She serves as a physical education girls athletics and health and safety teacher at Robert F. Morehead. She states, "God gave me the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of His children everyday. I take my career very seriously. It is my hope that all I do for the children I serve makes my Father in heaven proud of me. As long as He gives me breath I will be His worker bee for our children." During her years of service I have served in the following roles:  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquatic instructor Assistant - 8 years  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquatic Instructor - 4 years  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Summer Programs instructor - 2007 to 2017  Coach of the Year - 2018-2019  Several Teacher of the Month awards - 2018 to 2022 Coach Seamster has declared her career is not easy, simply reward- ing. She chooses to serve. She chooses to make a difference.

Jack Robey Jr. High School 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Event was a HUGE success! The Pine Bluff School Dis- trict’s JRJH received generous donations of food, candy, tasty treats and more for the Trunk or Treat Event, spearheaded by School Counselor Evette Johnson. Over 200 people were in attendance. Johnson stated that, “Donations and community partners helped to ensure that our students and community enjoyed a free, safe and fun night. Schol- ars and families are already looking forward to next year’s community Trunk or Treat Event.” Partners that made this positive event a success were Nathaniel Baker, What’s Next Pine Bluff, The Uni- versity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1890’s and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sci- ences (MANRRS) Program, Dr. Tomekia White 1890 Scholarship Coordinator and Students, Cadillac Luxu-

ry Club of Pine Bluff, AR., Greater Ward Chapel AME Church of Pine Bluff, AR., Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorpo- rated, Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta So- rority, Incorporated, Debbie Maxey of Maxey Plumbing Company, Mr. Eddie Meadly of Brookshire Grocery Company, JRJH Volunteers, P.T.O Parents, Teachers and others. School Social Worker, Deborah Thomas stated, Jack Robey appreciates its community donations and support, especially the volunteers because their time is very valuable, so gifting it makes a world of differ- ence in the lives of countless people. For that reason, our school works hard at finding ways to provide for and support the local community as well. Jack Rob- ey’s Principal Arnold Robertson is also appreciative of the community's support.


Jack Robey Junior High's October PTO Meeting highlighted the importance of Mental Health. Parents, stu- dents, and teachers received valuable information, resources and tools to aid in being mentally fit all while enjoying a light dinner. #MentalHealthMatters

The students and staff of Forrest Park/ Greenville participated in a variety of activities during Red Ribbon Week. This week is celebrated each year to bring encourage students to live a drug free life.

JAG Students at PBHS Promoting SAFE DRIVING

In partnership with AR Children's Hospital and UAMS, PBHS JAG Classes are bringing aware- ness to the importance of buckling up and driving safely. On October 6th, the students performed a pre-observation to observe the number of students and teachers who were entering the campus wearing their seat belts. They will engage students during lunch to bring awareness of the importance of wear- ing seat belts and will perform a post observa- tion in five weeks.


A very grateful Dr. Eskew and his scholars as they were blessed with donations from the PTO. #PineBluffHSZebras #ZebraProud


Zebra Quiz Bowl is making a fresh start! Two of our Jr High team members took advantage of an opportunity to spend the day at an Arkan- sas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) Jr High Quiz Bowl Camp held in Little Rock. Teams from central and south Arkansas spent the day getting to know one another and sharing tips! I want to celebrate Braysan Terry and Million Roberts on their commit- ment and dedication, and giving up their Sat- urday! --Ms. Shepherd


As we gear up for Flu Season….Dollarway High School Principal Michael Anthony participated in the School's Onsite COVID & Flu Clinic held on his campus on Fri- day, October 14, 2022.

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