Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 10, 1972 · Page 11
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33rcfy4rmua/ FAYEHEVILU, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1972 School Edition^ :,..tfMn^«yfi!(a*a»; · » i i' New Elementary Open-Space School Ready 1 i I M U i I 1 ' [ ir ,i - · ' New Priorities Set For City's Junior High Schools HARRY VANDERGRIFF Superintendent FaycKcvllle 'Schools School .administrators 'at)d, tudents have at 1 least one thing day, Career c'ducatlon la Slven nr lo 'a 1 ' tota program that emp %^--* ~, "V* · · ^ " j ' i r * ' , .^:^ r. ·:.;:- ·; jt r (i HAPPY HOLLOW SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST PART OF FAYETTEVILLB ...new 124eaching station school, Constructed under botjd issue passed m the 1971 school election si , _ in common -- surn°mer time passes much too rapidly, It seems as if the ending of school In the spring and the beginning' of school in the fall are getting much closer together. , ' · Summertime, for school ad; mmisti-atlv'e personnel is a time for planning for ,the , coming year, and for making the necessary arrangements for the yfear^ We look at the past year for those things we'feel need to'be changed, or strengthened.' and try to devise the' best'way to accomplish this change, If a major change appears to be In order, it sometimes, takes more than one summertime to effect that change and plans are then prepared to'make these changes' the next year. ' ' DEVELOPMENTS ' Some of the developments in 'Another ch the Fayettevilie 1 schools during perceived to the past 'year have pointed to a been in our new need for some changes Some of the changes will take place this year, others will be made in the near future as time will permit. One of the major decisions made during this past year, and this summer is the decision to give junior high schools a much greater priority In terms of personnel and program than in previous years* This change has come about as a result of the increased restlessness on t h e part of'Students during the past few years A great change in student attitudes at the junior high school level seems to have taken place in recent years, and we are seeking changes that will make the years a student spends in junior high schopl profitable and pleasant for him. We are adding full time assistant principals to each junior high school who will take some of the responsibilities now being handled by the counselors giv ing the counselors more ^ime to help Individual students with their problems. T h e assistant lion to prepare students t,i , lend college, and glye student* a good look at'all typ$ ofi- cupatlons, ,Thls , will., help sTi}-, dents make decisions, based «H* on their 'desires' a 1 n d dbitlne** raj.l)er, than ' up on* J \Wiat; otjjefi, people' are' do 7 ing. We are,'ftn-f plemdntmg career, cduoalionlliV; the junior hlgh,schopjs,by stm-^ Ing classes in,orientation to',wa.', world of work, These^clssjej/ will explore all,types*,of iPJO-^ fossions 'and .occupations''..aid, will,* hopefully, help'Juntor,hfehj school students to make'be«CF4 decisions about * the * classes!: Ihey w|H elect at,rihe seiner., high 'sch'ool 'level. We/alsoAx.- 1 , pect this course .to eyemuajly: change rtudent f atliWdes'.)6 1J "work, andilqWard llroe c lions that do not require i training. , , * '' ,n-? 'STRENGTHEN'.PROGRAM ,4 'Another, change'thai we n$r«? -- - ' -J ' t b be, .lecessar'y' Dpi? ur activity' prognfm.j: Activities for girls have; t*ei»j more limited than those ipr; boys. We have thefefa, strengthened our girls physical' education program and are add'i jng other activities that wUl«in-« volye girls. The projected \V-C tivilies are those students jpll; enjoy, that require effort,-.aUd; will give students a feellng^of* accomplishment for haying Ir«j ticipated. ^ ^ « The actiyity program wllRbtf enlarged at the Junior nigh" school level and at the senior; high school level. . J,t « NEW FACILITIES , S 4 Another of our summertUTi» activities Is concerned w MhJ getting our new facilities lin-j shed i and equipped for t[he. r^L _, J-it_ * I mu ut.lO..* -i * | Funded For'fEayetteville And Springdale principals, will also relieve the rmclpals of some responsibil- ics so they may w °rk m.q] osely with the instruction; Local Drug Education Program To Serve As Model For State WINSTON SIMPSON Director, Drug Education Program The Fayetteville School District- has received a grant of $57 610 to operate education program drug in the Springdale and Fayetteville School Disncts during the 1972 73 school year The grant is from Title III funds' administered by the Arkansas State Department of Education, The drug' education program is lo'serve as a model for other school districts and has been named Arkansas Drug Abuse Prevention Tactic's (ADAPT). The ADAPT Drug Education Program was developed during a planning period of six months .beginning in January of 1972. An Advisory Committee of six teachers, four sludents, four community representatives, and two school board members was established to help the'ADAPT sstaff formulate a program of drug education aimed, primarily, at prevention. The Advisory Commitlee and ;he staff reviewed existing drug education programs from acioss the nation Featuies of tjiese programs that appealed most promising for this aiea weie selected and other features were developed by the group,Abased on their .knowledge of the^ drug problem as it exists here. ' UNDERLYING CAUSES ADAPT's drug /education program is designed t° .deal with the underlying . causes, of drug/abuse -- the only, meaningful way to : . approach drug abuse prevention.' - · · · · . The best deterrent to drug · abuse is 1 the individual's value system and his assessment of t h e consequences associated w i t h drug,abuse. Obviously, parents.have the major'rcspon- rslbility for development of value systems and decision -making skills in their,children. A great many changes in our society in the past 30 to 40 years have caused these parental re. sponsibilities to be more difficult . t o meet. ADAPT's drug e d u c a t i o n is design- to s h a r e ...with adults ideas that have proved,to be help'Fill in meeting these. parental icsponsibihlies VALUE SYSTEMS Reseaich has shown the second greatest influence on the formation of value systems and decision-making skills to come from the student's school exp e'r i e.n c e s . Therefore, 1 the various components of t h e APART program was developed to' deal with .value ''systems, attitudes, behavior, ; decision making skills and factual information about.drugs. It is important to understand that the ADAPT program does not attempt to teach a · particular set of values, but provides the student with tlie skill-to recognize and clarify his own value system. The three .basic components in ADAPT's drug education program are the valuing approach to preventaliye drug education; a counseling program, and the Teen-Involvement Program. To WORKSHOP implement the; valuing approach to drug education an in-service" workshop for leacliers has been planned The workshop will be conducted by the Uni versity of Arkansas College of Education i At the conclusion of the in service Workshop teachers will be able to apply specific m e t h o d s ,.'.. strategies, and techniques to help students at all grade levels develope healthy attitudes towaid self and others while acquiring de cisiqn making skills Based on sound information these sKilIs and attitudes will promote the development of individual responsibility that will inhibit student involvement in such-high-risk behaviors as drug abu e Although the goal is not to make "drug experts" of teachers, teachers will learn basic drug information and have access to more specific information when needed. The "valuing approach"; attempts to bring about a balance of em phasis in instruction between t he affective (emotions feelings) domain and the cognitive (information, facts) domain i GOALS The major;:goal.of the .counseling component will be to woik with the legular school counselors to develop counseling techniques that are effective in; prevention of drug abuse and curbing experimentation with drugs. Tied with the in service woik shop in valuing ' t h e coun seling component will complete a system in which teachers are trained tp;identify;and in 1 many .cases meet t h e needs of stu- dents^wlth developing mental 'health problems. The school .counselor will be better equipped to meet the needs' of students referred to I h e ' m i by-.the teacher,:, and identify those students who need to be referred to other .professionals. With teachers and counselors belter prepared to identify and meet needs o: students in the psyco-sqcia realm, students -willi be ; aidec i n . making more ralkma 'decisions about, such, high-risk behaviors as drug abuse TEEN INVOLVEMENT The third component Teen Involvement, was im'ple'menlec in the spring of 1972 on an ex perimental basis m b o 11 Springdale and Fayetteville. Senior high students were selected trained and scheduled to visit selected fifth grad classrooms. The trial periOc was successful and, therefore Teen-Involvement was includef in ADAPT's operational pro gram. Teen-Involvement utilizes the cross-age ; teaching · concep based on positive peer pressure in preventing drug .abuse. As a non-drug-using Teen-Counselors (i students) negate model, the i g h schoo the "everybody does .it" attitude anc show,'.by example, how one can (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Fayetteville School Board Expects A Challenging Year The Fayetteville School Board Views the 1972-73 school term as a challenge to meet the d e m a n d s of a changing educational system. The elected sfx-man Board Is composed of Henry Shreve, president; George Tharcl ,vice president; Mrs. Ferlba McNair, Dr. James Patrick, Dr. Charles Oxford and John Lewis, who was elected to his first term in thfi March school elections. "Many people think we arc in the . age of conflict, bargaining and negotiation," salrt a Board spokesman. "This attitude seems, to be based on the belief Hint all segments of society are not striving for the same gonls." he said. Public schools in many areas have been disrupted by a society which seems to be less goal-oriented and more self- ccnlercd, said the spokesman d expressed the hope that , .. . FAYE'rrKVHJ.K BOARD OF DIRECTORS' ,,. from rlgM, Tliarcl, Shraue, Palric-k, aitd Lewis. Mrs. McNair who hat served fitw terms on the School Board um absent rayetlcvllle will not be subject o such disruption. . "I hope we can keep in niind he purposes of our educational n'ocess. I would like to think hat each group will exhibit common courtesy, respect and utual concern and cpm- municale differences in ah atmosphere of cooperali.on. Our whole reason for ' existence is ;o maintain quality education lor our children," he said.. Recognizing the role of public education is changing, the director said, "The expansion of responsibility of the school system for the proper' training of students has compounded the duties of our teacher and administrators and the 'way they tinvc integrated Into schools the social changes demanded by our present society is testimony o their devotion and dedication to the highest principles, of education." . "Society at large lins not adopted the all these changes hut expects the schools lo he more perfect lhan It is. This Is the wny 11 should be, for the educational process Is no limited to education, but mus devise ways to develop diverse tnlciits, maintain Interest, ex plain the complex sociologies problems to youth And to oh force and develop discipline. The School Bonrd, is aware this crentos new responsibilities and fully recognizes' thai Ihr nintn asset of the system is it: teachers. "W« have tried to compensnli ur teachers to the point where iur reserves are low. However loth the Board and the faculty know that mere "monetary eward is not a just com ichsalion for the Job'they .do !dth arc also cognizant that thr iecond important asset in ttv school, is the .trust,cooperatipi and open avenues of com municatioh · with parents.',' 1 the'' school school -year whicl confronts us we ask for un derstanding and this comm'un cation. Problems can be solve when all 'interested person discuss them freely," th spokesman said. . '·Praising 'the · administraliv staff for development of a imaginative, sound, long-rang drug education program he sai "It is not the ultimate answe nor will It solve the drug abus problem immediately. It is major/first step to help solv a problem that will be with u as long as people are frustrate angry, resentful and incapab of solving their person problems in B calm logic manner. (Related story In th edition.) ,. . . ; . . ' The School Board, rccognizi too that it has « mandate fro the people to operate th highest quality schools funriin will permit. "The directors w do nothing, knowingly, lo hu the-educational process'of op ch|ld and to achieve our mutu goals we seek n positive, ah constructive d i s c u s s i o n p r o b l e m s from parent teachers and students. here needed, Vnncipals jvll e able to spend much m o r e me with teachers, Jielpin] hem provide a belter'program or all students, d!vot"nE r 'Mre" ime to improving communica ions wit,h parents of children n their school. CAREER EDUCATION There is 'great emphasis beifig he principal purpose of structmg \a. new "eleme: school in the. southeast pal -, Payetleville, and to consttupt; anfaddition to Butterfield Trait Elementary 'School. £. - * The new school,' subsequently, named-Happy Hollow Elerdehi tary School; is rearing comple^ Hop. It will -be ready for oc_cu» pancy when school starts, It, is ^ beautiful open space school surrounded by_a-large woooeov area The school is located at the north end of,Ray AyeYiua jus.t north^nf Jiastgate Shopping Center oH'Highway 16 East, : The addilion lo ButterffeliJ Trail Elementary School has been'finished for soVne time ^nd is now ready for student? a n 4, teachers Part of the money der placed on career education to-(CONTINUED on PAGE Back To School ·' Since 1938 the TIMES has published a Back To School Ed-' 5 ition to keep school patrons abreast of the changing edUca-, * Uonal scene in Northwest Arkansas | This year Ihe edition features special programs in t h f , ·* ^Fayetteville School System and mside the 24 page edition J will be found opening schedules reports on construction or * new facilities and pictures of many area administrators and ; student activities , . , ; The edition is a joint effort of the TIMES and .area edu- ? cators who have supplied the information Mrs Henrietta j Holcomb of the Fayetteville school faculty has coordinated , .the material from the local school district Photography £ are by TIMES photographers Ken Gcod and Hie Reed , j i Student Leaders At FHS Officers of the Fayellevllle High School Student Council, for the 1927-7:1 term »ro O u y . Kunuth, president; Tony Hi!- ·Hririt/y'lee prtsWwitt Huckleberry, *«cret*rj' Mark Hancock, Ireiiinrer »»4 Cb«*k Bonnell, reporter,

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