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Fort Smith District and Curriculum
The mission of the Fort Smith Public Schools is to ensure academic and personal success for each student, both today and in the future. Like all schools in Arkansas, Fort Smith’s curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards, which provides the foundation for instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, History and Social Studies, Science, and Technology. Additionally, Fort Smith’s 14,000 students participate in all of the Arkansas Department of Education’s required criterion-referenced and norm-referenced tasks. Fort Smith Public Schools has created its own assessments to guide classroom instruction and to monitor each student’s academic skills. The District was identified as an overachieving district in Education Week because a higher percentage of high school students graduate when compared to other similar urban districts.
In Language Arts, in grades K-6, foundational skills in reading both literature and informational text, language, writing, speaking, and listening are developed. All elementary students use Accelerated Reader and Star Reader to encourage them to practice reading so that they acquire the necessary skills for junior high and high school. In junior high, each student’s own thinking and writing continues to develop, using more difficult reading texts. Students learn to analyze literature to become critical thinkers.
We currently cover the following Fort Smith-area school district: Fort Smith Public Schools.
Schools in Fort Smith include:
John P. Woods Elementary School is located on 3201 Massard Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72903, John P. Woods Elementary School covers grades PreK-8 and can be contacted at 479-452-5808. John P. Woods Elementary School has been in the Fort Worth Area for over 40 years. Staff provide students with a learning environment that focuses on collaboration and academic and personal growth. In 2017, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. This award celebrates schools that have performed well on their state tests, as well as schools who have made the effort to close achievement gaps between groups of students. At John P. Woods Elementary School students take classes in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. Students also take other classes in Fine Arts and Physical education. Additionally, the school also provides classes for accelerated mathematics and English. In science, students are able to learn about a variety of topics, ranging from physical science, life science, and earth and space sciences. The principles of Engineering and technology are also integrated into the curriculum as students are encouraged to design and test their own experiment to help them get hands-on experience with science. For more information on the Science Tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.
L. A. Chaffin Jr. High School is located on 3025 Massard Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72903, Breakthrough Magnet School covers grades 7-9 and can be contacted at 479-452-2226. A. Chaffin Jr. High School is one of the four junior high schools in Fort Smith. In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 798 students enrolled in the school. L. A. Chaffin Jr. High School was named in honor of Lewis Adria Chaffin who was a teacher in the Massard-Barling area. The school has received multiple awards, including being honored as one of the 14 “Best Practice” state middle and junior high schools by the Just for the Kids in Arkansas and the National Office for Research Measurement and Evaluation Systems at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The school was also in the top 6-10% in the 2016-2017 school year for Performance and top 5% for growth. The mission of L. A. Chaffin Jr. High School is to inspire student success through innovative instruction. Staff believe that all students have the ability to learn and achieve. Like other students in the state of Arkansas, students at L. A. Chaffin Jr. High School are taught a curriculum that includes the curriculum guidelines set out by the Arkansas Department of Education. In mathematics, students in grades 6-8 learn about ratios and proportions, operations with fractions, rational numbers, geometry, statistics and probability, and equations involving variables. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help you or your child with mathematics tutoring, please contact us.
Southside High School is located on 4100 Gary St. Fort Smith, AR 72903, Southside High School covers grades 10-12 and can be contacted at 479-646-7371. Southside High School originally opened in 1963 and had an enrollment of 1570 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Since its opening, the school has been the recipient of “Best Practice School” by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. In the 2007-2008 school year, Southside High School received the Sieman’s Award for Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores. Some of the AP courses offered at the school include Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, and American History. Taking AP courses allows for students to take college level courses while in high school. This helps them gain the study skills necessary to be successful in college or university. Students from Southside High School also participate in educational competitions such as Quiz Bowl, National Science Bowl, and Knowledge Master Open. In addition to the school’s strong academic program, students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports such as football, and volleyball. After attending high school, many students make the decision to attend a post secondary institution. As part of the application process, most students take the SAT or ACT tests. For more information on the SAT and ACT test preparation tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Fort Smith District Curriculum
In Mathematics, students are instructed using the Common Core Standards as the foundation. In elementary school, the emphasis is on operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations, measurement and data, and geometry so that students have the skills necessary for the introduction of ratios and proportions, expressions and equations, and statistics and probability. In high school, students are required to complete coursework in algebra and functions. There are also innovative curricular programs such as the 1:1 Computing Project which provides teachers and students with the opportunity to use mini-laptops to support instruction.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Fort Smith Educational News
- All-Region Orchestra Placements - Recently junior high and high school students competed at the All-Region Orchestra Auditions. Ninety-four students earned chairs, including seventeen first chairs. Fort Smith's students received more chairs at the auditions than students from any other school district.
- Arkansas Scholars - This program is for students in grades 9-12 who are committed to achieving at least 95% attendance, completing the Smart Core Curriculum, earning at least a "C" in all classes, and completing high school in eight consecutive semesters. Students who accomplish these requirements earn recognition by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, participate in a 12th grade luncheon, receive a special seal on their transcripts, and earn a medal. They are also given preferential hiring by Fort Smith employers and scholarship assistance to attend the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.
- Partners in Education (PIE) - The Fort Smith community strongly supports the public schools. Over two hundred businesses are involved in ongoing relationships with the schools. In 2012, Chaffin Junior High School, the Fort Smith Public Schools, and Northside High School were honored for their successful partnerships with area businesses.
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About Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County in the state of Arkansas. The city is found on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers. In 1817, Fort Smith was established as a western frontier military post, it also became a center for fur trading. In the city’s early history, it became well known as a base for migrants settling the “Wild West”, and also for its law enforcement heritage. Today, the city still embraces its reputation as being a gateway to the Wild West. Visitors can experience the city’s history through the various attractions, such as the Fort Smith National Historic Site. True West Magazine has recognized Fort Smith as a “Top Ten True Western Town”.
In addition to the city’s western history, visitors can also enjoy the city’s modern amenities, including a thriving arts and culture scene, a wide variety of entertainment options, family friendly festivals and events, and a selection of restaurants representing cultures from all around the world.
In 2017, the population of Fort Smith was 88,037, making it the second most populated city in the state of Arkansas. 24.9% of the population was under 18, 24.4% of the population was between 18-34, 25.5% was 35-54, 11.7% was 55-64 and 13.6% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $35,956 in 2017.
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith National Historic Site is located along the Arkansas River. The site contains a Visitors Centre containing exhibits that focus on the military history of Fort Smith from 1817 to 1871. Found on the grounds of Fort Smith National Historic Site are the remains of the first Fort Smith (1817-1824) and a reconstruction of the gallows that would have been used by the Federal Court. There is also a walking trail that goes along the Arkansas River which has exhibits on the Trail of Tears on it. Visitors can attend one of the ranger-led programs, or go on a walking tour with audio wands available for free from the front desk.
Parrot Island Waterpark
Parrot Island Waterpark is located on 7300 Zero Street in Fort Smith. It is a great place to visit for people wishing to escape the heat! One of the water activities at Parrot Island Waterpark is the Carribbean Splash Wavepool. Containing over 85,000 gallons of water, the Wavepool is a fun activity even if you want to just dip your toes in at the water’s edge, or brave the biggest waves. Crocodile Creek is the park’s lazy river. It is 500 feet in length total and also features a waterfall and other fun surprises. Thrill seeking visitors can enjoy one of the park’s waterslides, including Pineapple Plunge, Pelican Plunge, Tangerine Twist and Blue Macaw. Pineapple Plunge is one of the tallest waterslides, standing at 40 feet tall at a 45 degree angle. Before going down the slide, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the park.
Fort Smith Museum of History
The Fort Smith Museum of History is found on 320 Rogers Avenue near the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith. The museum’s collection is focused around the history of Fort Smith and the surrounding area. The museum is housed inside the former Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, which was built in 1906 and is one of the oldest surviving warehouse buildings in the city. The building stands at 4 stories high and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. One thing visitors can do at the Fort Smith Museum of history is to enjoy a treat from the old fashioned soda fountain. Ice cream, floats, sundaes and handmade ice cream sodas are also served. The first floor of the museum includes a timeline that helps visitors learn about the growth and development of the city from the 1817 military fort.
- Another one of the attractions in Fort Smith is the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. The museum’s collection contains antique trolleys and other related items. The museum also offers trolley rides year-round.
- The Old Fort Days Rodeo is held annually and includes 10 days of Wild West Activities. It has been held every May since the mid-1930s and is rated as one of the top all-around rodeos in the country.
- Sister cities to Fort Smith are Cisterna in Italy and Jining in China.
- In 1917, Arkansas became the first Southern State to allow women to vote in party primaries. On November 13, 1917, Fort Smith became the location of where the first woman voted was Dymple Johnson cast her ballot in a special mayoral election.
Chalk Talk: Creating a Family Game Night
Many families have begun to create the family tradition of having a weekly or monthly game night. Families are so busy with school activities, homework, and sports activities. A game night provides the opportunity for all family members to bond, learn enjoyable games, relax, and most importantly, have fun! Here are some guidelines to make your family game night a success:
- Have all family members help plan the night, choose the games that will be played, and snacks to serve.
- Make a list of rules so that everyone has a good time (Rules might include no television or cell phones)
- Remember, the goal is to be together, enjoy each other, and create memories.
Easy as 1, 2, 3!