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Band/Choir Concert

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The 2014 Band and Choir Concert was a huge success this past Sunday afternoon. They performed to a packed gym and did a fabulous job. We are very proud of Mr. Kain, the band, and the choir.

New Uniforms

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Thanks to Turner Transmissions, our Dragon Flames are sporting new uniforms. We are very thankful to this business for their sponsorship.

Christmas Time at the Ballgame

The Mountainburg Senior High Cheerleaders and Dragon Flames will be sponsoring Merry Christmas Mountainburg! at the basketball games on Friday, December 19 against Magazine. Everyone is encouraged to wear your Christmas attire - pretty sweater, ugly sweater, or Christmas character costume. There will also be a Toy Toss! Any Mountainburg Student who brings in a stuffed animal will receive $1.00 off of admission. Please bring new or gently used stuffed animals. Following the Dragon Flames' performance during halftime of the Varsity Lady Dragons' game, the crowd will be asked to toss their stuffed animals onto the court from the stands. They will be collected by the Varsity Cheerleaders and the Dragon Flames. They will be distributed to our local Secret Santa program, to the Unity for Community Organization for kids at the Christmas Parade, and to the ambulance services in Crawford County to have to give to children when needed. 

Band News

The high school band is accepting donations of old, new, and used instruments.  With our rapid rate of growth, we currently do not have enough instruments for future students.  Donors will receive a thank you letter that can be used as a tax write-off as well as a mention in future concert programs. Questions may be directed to Mr. Kain, the band director at robertk@mountainburg.org or (479)369-4860

Full House

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The 3rd and final performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" was performed by the MHS drama department to a full house today. So proud of these students!

MHS Canned Food Drive

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Mountainburg High School Student Council conducted a holiday food drive from November 5-21. This became a competition between the classes to see which class could bring the most non-perishable food items. Over 5,000 food items were brought! The Senior Class of 2015 won the competition and were rewarded with a pizza party on Friday, November 22.  This event made it possible for several families in the community to receive a Thanksgiving meal plus additional items of food. From this food drive, meals will be provided to families for Christmas and then the remainder will be donated to a local church in Mountainburg to help families. The Toasty Tots Winter Clothing Collection Program partnered with Student Council and furnished the turkeys and the bread. MHS STUCO's adviser is Spring Stout and the Toasty Tots Winter Clothing Collection Program was developed and is sponsored by Mr. and Miss Mountainburg 2013 - Sienna West and Samuel Vanourny. The motto of the drive was "Bring a ca…

ACT Achiever

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One more on the board! Good job to all of our students who have achieved a 27 or better on the ACT.

Good Start to Basketball Season

Congratulations to the Junior High girls and Junior High boys on their wins over Pleasant View this evening. We are proud of you guys!

ACT Test Prep for MHS Students

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MHS Canned Food Drive

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Mountainburg High School Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit those in our community. To encourage participation, there is a competition between the grades. If any community members want to contribute, please feel free to drop off any non-perishable food items in the office.

Dance Team Competition

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Good luck this weekend to the dance team! We know you will do well.

Homecoming Football

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It doesn't get much cooler than this! Nice job, Ms. Boland. This ball will be given to the Homecoming Queen on Friday night.

Senior/Parent College Night

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With over 60% of this year's seniors in attendance, we received great information about scholarships, financial aid, and next step options. We are very thankful for the many schools and military in attendance.

MJH Football

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Beautiful evening in Mountainburg for some football.

NWA Tackle Club--Clayton Stephenson

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Way to go, Clayton! We are so proud of you.

Blue Is Back!

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Here are some pictures from our last few games. Go Big Blue!!!



Foreign Exchange Students

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Have you ever considered hosting a Foreign Exchange Student? This year we are pleased to have two students, Tom and Thyme (American names), from China at Mountainburg High School. Having foreign exchange students in our school brings an added depth and richness to the school that cannot be attained in any other way. If you might be interested in hosting a student now or in the future, please contact Mr. Rutherford for more information.


Finding Our Place

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Senior/Parent College Night

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Parachute Drop

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9th grade Physical Science is doing a little experimentation with parachutes, as well as practicing on data collection.

Hope, Built on Sweat

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I bought the hanging/plaque pictured above and just recently placed it in my office. I know it took me almost 3 years to decide to start decorating, but it’s finally starting to come together. I bought this particular piece mainly because it was on sale, but I finally hung it up because I believe in its message. Hope is what we have; hope is what we give; and even more, hope is what we must create in our students. I spoke with a student today who had gotten into considerable trouble. I counseled this student as I normally do, but I then pointed to this sign and said I believe in that word. I told her that I have hope that she can do better; that I have hope that she can correct her serious misdeed; that I have hope she can learn from this and become stronger. But I also told her that hope without a lot of blood, sweat, and tears behind it is worth very little. True hope must be backed by full effort and a lot of hard work. Oddly enough, I had a conversation with Mr. Blakney during lunc…

2014 Dragon Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2014 Dragon Homecoming Court: Senior Maids - Allison Earnhart, Amber Ellison, Carly MannJunior Maids - Harley Morin, Jaclyn NewmanSophomore Maids - Bailey Shepherd, Tehya WalkerFreshman Maids - Shelby Watkins, Teonah Carr

Signs of the Times

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I saw this verse posted on the desk of one of our teachers earlier this week while I was acting as a temporary substitute in her classroom. I smiled and thought, “How true!” It takes patience, listening, discipline, and instruction--of “Biblical” proportions--to be a teacher in the 21st Century.
Listening, teaching, discipline, and patience--all of these elements are part of the daily routine of teachers. Teachers do teach, delivering instruction and content to our students. If we didn’t do that, we would get fired. And we get better every year at teaching because we develop our craft, intentionally growing and learning and expanding our repertoire of teaching strategies. But we do so much more. We love, even when not loved in return. We correct, we mold, we shape, we forgive, we get forgiveness, and we persist and we hope, even when it seems all hope is gone. That’s a tall order, but it is what we do every day. We call this school. There are many ideas in our nation about …

Note on Desk

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I subbed for a teacher today and saw this on her desk. It is very appropriate to our line of work.

New Paint, New Year

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It’s a new year. We have new paint on the walls and the benches. We have new air units on the roofs and a few new teachers in the classrooms. We have renewed hopes, renewed goals, and a renewed sense of the desire to accomplish and make a difference. Right now is the time when all feels right, all the kids are behaving (more or less), and all is going like it should.

I love this time of year. I do go home tired every night, ready to fall asleep at 8:00. I do feel the pressure of making sure all is running smoothly. Every teacher feels this tiredness and this pressure the first week. But even with this, I love the feeling of optimism that comes with the first of the year. So far, all of the students (except one or two) are still on their best behavior. Every student has a clean slate, a second chance, a possibility of doing better. Every teacher has new strategies, renewed energy, and an up to date gradebook. The whole school looks to the day, and the next, with fresh eyes and fresh ex…

End of Year Activities

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Science goes outside with the end of the year.

A Principal’s Thoughts While Driving

A Principal’s Thoughts While Driving
            I spent all day with seven students. We left the parking lot at 5:45 this morning and arrived back in the same lot at 6:45 this evening. Thirteen hours of my day—almost seven of them driving a bus—were dedicated to only seven students. Those seven students learned leadership and life lessons at a day-long training at the Arkansas Outdoor School at the 4-H Center outside of Little Rock. It was a day well spent.
            Yesterday I also dedicated a whole day to only seven students, but this was not by design, and it certainly was no field trip. It was investigations and discipline and eventually ISD.
            The life of a principal consists in large part of managing a large group of people (many of whom do not want to be there), maintaining order and discipline, ensuring that school happens every day, every class period, from bell to bell. I often remark that if everybody behaved and if there were no problems, I really wouldn’t …

Class Officer Leadership

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On a trip today with the 2013-2014 class officers. Leadership, outdoor skills, and survival training: it's been a great day.

M Awards

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We held the annual M Award ceremony today. We are so very proud of the hard work of our top achievers and those who have improved throughout the year.

Value of Education

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At Mountainburg High School, we consistently and constantly stress the value in education and the need to further it beyond high school, whether in college, trade school, structured apprenticeship, or in other ways. This article helps bolster our practice and further pushes us to continue it.

Election Season

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It's that time of year. Get signed up to run for student council.

Impressive!

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This was built from scratch and will be a beautiful kitchen table soon. Great work!

FFA Banquet--Live Entertainment

Ms. Johnson and Mr. Kain provided live entertainment for the banquet tonight. We are blessed to have these two on our faculty.

FFA Banquet

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The 2014 FFA Banquet is underway. It is well attended this year, and the food is great. Proud of our FFA members and Ms. Tvrdik.

Woodmen of the World

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The Woodmen of the World recently donated $1000 to the HS girls basketball team. We are so thankful for our supporters.

Trap Team

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The trap team competed this past weekend at the regional shoot. They had a great time and did a good job.

Band Concert

Here is another clip, this time from the band. We are so proud of the band's growth this year. We really look forward to seeing where Mr. Kain leads us next year.

Choir Concert

Enjoy a small clip of the choir performance of May 4.

Spring Concert

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Today is the Spring Band and Choir concert in the HS gym. Our kids have done a wonderful job this year.

Dance Show!

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Today was our 2nd annual dance show. So proud of our students for a job well done.

Prom 2014

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Prom 2014 is underway!

Signing Day

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Today was signing day. We are so proud of this young man. His character and his playing are superb. Graceland University has signed a fine young man.

Great Job!

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The Mountainburg Drama Club did a fabulous job today with their one act skits. I am so very proud of these kids and teachers. Each year we grow and get better. Can't ask for more than that.

ACT High Achiever

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When our students make a 27 or above on the ACT, they get a place on our wall. Congratulations!

ACT High Achiever

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When our students make a 27 or above on the ACT, they get a place on our wall. Congratulations!

ACT High Achiever

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When our students make a 27 or above on the ACT, they get a place on our wall. Congratulations!

ACT High Achiever

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When our students make a 27 or above on the ACT, they get a place on our wall. Congratulations!

ACT High Achiever

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When our students make a 27 or above on the ACT, they get a place on our wall. Congratulations!

Bridge Destruction Day

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Math class is testing architectural principles. So far the bridges have withstood a pretty good amount of weight.

State Finals!!

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2A finals about to happen. So proud of our Lady Dragons!

Hot Springs Bound!!!

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Our Lady Dragons are on their way to the State Finals!