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OEP Awards

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Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report titled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas based on the Benchmark and End-of-Course exams. I am pleased to announce that Mountainburg High School won a “High-Achieving High Schools” OEP award. These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at a particular level on the Benchmark exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic). Our area of recognition is for the EOC Algebra I exam. Way to go students! Way to go Mountainburg!


Red Ribbon Week

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Yupp, I work with these ladies, and they're awesome. Twin day has struck at MHS.

Homecoming Hall Decorating Contest

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The senior hall looked great, but juniors won out.

Spirit Week--Pink Day

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The girl doesn't have a chance...

Spirit Week--Camo Day

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Kinda scary!

Spirit Week--Pink Day

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Spirit Week--Tacky Tourist Day

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Homecoming Spirit Week--80's Day

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Way to represent, cafeteria staff!

Homecoming Court 2013

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Last Friday was homecoming. The court was presented Friday at the pep rally. Our 2013 homecoming queen, Auburn Peters, was crowned Friday night before the game.

Positive Referral

Faculty Focus October 21, 2013                 Positive Referral          Jason Rutherford

A great teacher makes it cool to care. –Todd Whitaker
            “Mr. Rutherford, I need to speak with you about a student on my bus. Remember how much trouble ________  ________ was last year? Well, she has been fabulous this year. I wanted you to know how well she has been doing.” My jaw dropped, then I smiled, and then I thought, “How good is that!” So I called the student to my office, acted as serious as I could, and then told her she got a positive referral and I told her why. Her jaw dropped, then she smiled, and then we said, “How good is that!” So I called her mom at work. “Ms. _________, I am sorry to interrupt you at work because I know how busy you are, but I wanted to speak to you about your daughter….” And then her jaw dropped, she smiled (I could hear both of those over the phone), then she said “Glory Hallelujah” or something like that.
As educators, we are trained to look for…

The Importance of the Why

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Here is this week's Faculty Focus.

 Faculty Focus       The Importance of the WhyOctober 7, 2013 Jason Rutherford             I always feel a little guilty when I go to those inservice meetings where someone says, “I didn’t go into teaching for the money.” Here’s my problem: I did go into to teaching for the money. I did not set out from high school to be a teacher. I wanted to go into speech-language pathology, but I surrendered to the ministry shortly after high school, changing those plans. I needed to find a line of work that could support my preaching, a line of work that did not require weekends or summers. Teaching was it. So, I always feel a little guilty about that.             It didn’t take long, however, for my motives for teaching to change. I saw something more than a paycheck. I found something that gave meaning. Some teachers call their classrooms a mission field. Some teachers say that teaching is a calling for them. No matter how you view your classroom and you…

Faculty Focus

I began writing a weekly Faculty Focus letter to my faculty and staff this year. My desire is to inspire, encourage, and equip all of us to achieve our goal of student success. Below is my first.



 Faculty Focus   To the TopAugust 15, 2013

Senior Night

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We were blessed tonight with a large turnout for our senior night. With a meal, admissions advice, financial advice, college reps, vocational school reps, military reps, and senior cap and gown ordering, many good things were accomplished tonight. Thank you to all who attended and participated.