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Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursda, October 19th  for K-3. I am with upper’s building so I did my conferences with upper’s schedule. I won’t be there on Thursday for conferences, but if you would like to meet with me just call and we can set up a time. 






Please complete the online evaluation of the GT program for the 2016-2017 school year. It can be found under the tab GT Evaluation. Once you click on it, there will be a drop down arrow and you will click on the evaluation you would like to take and it will take you to the evaluation. Thanks in advance for your input in Ozark’s GT program.

Some of my 6th and 7th graders shares lessons they learned about life through personal experiences. Check it out.




Announcing the 2017 Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer (AEGIS) Programs


The following six programs have received grant funding from the Arkansas Department of Education to provide enrichment for Arkansas students.  Additional information can be found at each program’s website.  Apply for your favorite!


  1. Arkansas and the World: Model United Nations Summer Camp at UCA, July 23-28, 2017. For students entering grades 10-12 in the 2017-18 school year. Conway, AR


Webpage address:  http://uca.edu/politicalscience/model-united-nations/arkansas-and-the-world/

  1. Project C.A.V.E.S. (Creative Adventures and Valuable Experiences through Spelunking, June 11-17. For students entering grades 10-12 in the 2017-18 school year. Near Deer, AR


Webpage address: https://sites.google.com/deer.k12.ar.us/projectcaves/home


  1. SummerStage, July 22-29, 2017.  For students entering grades 9-11 in the 2017-18 school year. Fayetteville, AR


Webpage address: https://www.arsummerstage.org/


  1. MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience, June 26-30, 2017. For students entering grades the 7th or 8th grade in the 2017-18 school year. UALR, Little Rock, AR


Webpage address: http://ualr.edu/gifted/mt-stage-the-hamilton-experience/


  1. Project M.A.R.S. (Mars Autonomous Robot System), July 16-22. For students entering 10th grade in the 2017-18 school year. ASMSA, Hot Springs, AR


Webpage address: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSet92QwljkK6aU_F1I409nvekfvM1vZKvEFtD9qEcakQEB8RQ/viewform


  1. Teen Tech Academy, June 5-8 and June 12-15, 2017. For students entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grades in the 2017-18 school year. Alma, AR


Webpage address: http://www.edline.net/pages/Alma_District/Support_Services/Gifted


****Arkansas students may only participate in one ADE funded program per summer including Arkansas Governor’s School and AEGIS programs.

The Comic Strips


***Ozark’s Gifted and Talented Program is now accepting nominations.

The Ozark Gifted and Talented Program is currently taking nominations for students that will be in grades 3-12 during the 2017-2018 school year.  If you would like to nominate your child, nomination forms may be obtained from your child’s teacher, from the GT Department, or you can find the nomination form on the Hillbilly Homepage (http://www.ozarkhillbillies.org). The Gifted and Talented web page is located under the Departments tab. If you need information about the GT Program, you may contact Lorrie Casey at 479-667-3464 or at lorrie.casey@ozarkhillbillies.org.  Nominations will be taken until February 24th 2017.


*** February 10 Coop QB has been canceled.


*** I have added an Ozark’s G-Team  Facebook page to help keep everyone informed and share things that are happening in GT. Please like and follow the page. Just search Ozark’s G-Team and it should come up.


*** Please check calendar for QB and Chess dates. Keep in mind these dates are tentative, when they give them to me they have great intentions of following the dates, but sometimes things happen and they have to be changed. Tentative dates for all QB teams are on the calendar.



Welcome Back!!

I am very excited about the upcoming year. If your child was nominated for GT at the end of last year, decision letters will be mailed after the Placement Committee meets, you will usually hear something by the first or second week of school. If you have not heard anything by the end of the second week of school please contact me.





Important Year End Dates (Deadlines for due dates are highlighted in yellow.)


*** May 10th 5th/6th Chess Tournament in Greenwood. Permission slips due April 27th.


*** May 11th 3rd/4th Chess Tournament in Greenwood. Permission slips due April 27th. 


*** May 12th Ropes Challenge Course Field Trip for 6th and 7th grade GT students, Permission,money, and  liability consent forms due May 9th. (No SSN needed on liability form)






*** April 27th  End of the Year GT party for 4th grade

*** STEM competition at Waldron 6th and 7th grade April 29th


*** May 3rd End of the Year GT party for 5th grade

*** May 4th Hour Glass Escape Room Field trip for 8-12th grade GT students. Permission slips and money due May 2nd. 


*** May 5th End of the Year GT party for 3rd grade

*** May 6th – STEM Paris Competition permission slips due from 5-7th graders interested in going. Permission slips and money due April 27th. 

If you have not already done so, please take the GT evaluation concerning Ozark’s GT Program. When you click on the link just use the drop down arrow to select your role and it will continue to the survey. Thanks in advance. Appreciate it!




Clarksville, AR, March 15, 2016 — A seventh-grader from Clarksville has won a tri-county chemistry competition and will move on to compete at the state level. Steven Lynch bested a field of twenty-two fifth to eighth grade students to become the River Valley You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion. Local students from Scranton, Ozark, and Clarksville schools came together at Kraus Middle School in Clarksville to compete for the top prize. Lynch will represent the River Valley at the state-level competition.

Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), the You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an exciting question-and-answer competition that motivates fifth to eighth grade students to sharpen their knowledge of chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Students compete for prizes at the local and state levels, and the ultimate prize of a trip to Philadelphia to vie for college scholarships. The Challenge program relies on partnerships between community members who seek to foster student engagement with science, including industry, schools, universities and community organizations.

The 2016 River Valley Challenge was held at Kraus Middle School. After correctly answering dozens of chemistry and general science questions over multiple rounds of competition, Lynch was declared the River Valley Challenge Champion. He will advance to the Arkansas State You Be The Chemist Challenge® in El Dorado on April 16, 2016. The following top-placing students have also earned a chance to compete at the state level: (front from left) Brodi Kremers (Clarksville), Chloe Yarbrough (Clarksville), Joseph Cowell (Ozark), Cody Warren (Clarksville), Megan Kessler (Ozark), Gavin Sanders (Ozark); Back (from left) Gracie Blaschke (Scranton), Tristan Chittenden (Ozark), Roc Webb (Clarksville), and Steven Lynch (Clarksville). 

 “Competing in the Challenge is a wonderful way for middle school students to explore the chemistry of their everyday lives,” stated CEF’s executive director, John Rice. “The competition brings teachers, parents, and local industry members together to support students – inside and outside of the classroom – in learning about science, its impact on society, and the variety of careers in the STEM fields.”


The winner of the state competition will receive an expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia to compete in the National Challenge, held on June 20. At the national level, state winners from across the country will vie for the title of You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion and a total of $18,500 in college scholarships.


For more information about the You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition, please visit CEF’s website at www.chemed.org


3rd grade Scamper Video

4th grade Scamper Video

5th Grade Scamper Video


*** The 5th grade Quiz Bowl team brought home the 1st place trophy for the second year in a row when they played in the Annual Coop Tournament. The 4th and 6th grade team both came in 4th place. Congratulations to all the team members!!!

***  2016-2017 nominations are now being accepted until March 18th. You may obtain a nomination form through your child’s teacher, the GT department, or under the resource tab on this website. Please return to me by March 18th.

*** You Be The Chemist Challenge – Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00 at Kraus elementary in Clarksville

*** K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences – Thursday, March 17th

*** Spring Break march 21st – March 25th

*** 1st -3rd Grade IOWA and Aspire – week of April 11th

*** 4th-7th Grade Aspire – week of April 18th

*** STEM competition at Waldron 6th and 7th grade April 29th



Old News

*** 4th Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament – Tuesday, March 1st @ Van Buren

*** 5h Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament – Wednesday, March 2nd @ VAn Buren

*** 6th Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament – Thursday, March 3rd @ Van Buren

*** AGQBA Junior Hihg Quiz Bowl with Coach Marlin – Friday January 22nd @ Prairie Grove

Congrats to the AGQBA Quiz bowl team for placing 4th in their tournament. Woo Hoo they have a chance to go to state !!!

*** 4th, 5th 6th Quiz Bowl – Tuesday, February 2nd @ Clarksville

*** Junior High Coop Quiz Bowl – Wednesday, February 3rd @ Van Buren

*** AGATE- Annual Gifted and Talented Conference – February 10th- February12th

*** GT Field Trip for 3rd-5th GT students to see Mulan is Thursday, Dec. 17th. We will leave around 9:30 and be back around 1:00. Bring a sack lunch, we will eat on the bus on our way home.


**** Congratulations to all who participated in the Chess Tournament. We had two win Bronze Medals in our 3rd and 4th division. They were Amelia Post and Britton Simpson. Dean Culver brought home a second place silver medal in the 3rd and 4th grade division. Carter Lemley brought home the third place Bronze medal in the Junior High division. WOO HOO!!! 


 *** Pets Poetry poems are due before Christmas break. You can send them to me or go to the website and enter your poem on your own.