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Moody Recyclers

Andrea Ray’s third-graders at Gandy Elementary made Christmas ornaments from recycled materials for the Jefferson County Christmas Tree. The class presented the ornaments to Jefferson County Judge Dutch King in an effort to promote recycling in our county. (Special to The Progress)

Moody announces December Students of the Month

The Mood Elementary December Students of the Month are, first row, from left: Anna Grace Wooley, Meredith Reddin, William Aulenback, Jasper Roberts, Grace Morara; second row, from left: Kelly Johnson, Victoria Ortiz, Jaci Mir, Matthew Nguyen; and third row, from left: Johnathon Trujillo, Dylan Richey, Romelo Bell, Will Colclasure and Alysha Brown.

FCCLA student gains leadership skills

Senior high student Candace Casey — along with her adviser Sheri Deaton, Family and Consumer Science instructor at White Hall High School — attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s Capitol Leadership program, Oct. 12-15 in Washington, D.C.

Hardin Students of the Month

The Hardin Elementary Students of the Month for November are: front row, Emillio Carrillo, J’Kwon Roddy, Landon Gatlin; middle: Jacey Jackson, Haley Stewart, Tyler Stacey; back: Damien Kurtz, Ty Wright, Hayden Martz; and not pictured: Anna Hobson, Nathan McQueen, Richard Branch. (Special to The Progress)

Gandy Students of the Month - October

The October Students of the Month from Gandy Elementary are: from bottom to top: bottom row; Curlan McCray, Karson Peyton, James Menard, Tyler Earnest, Kaitleen Toh, Lincoln Hood; middle row: Tres Kurz, Sara Beth Young, Amiya Laws, Colton Davis; and top row; Stephanie Ames, Jase Welch, Madison Henderson, Maci Poe, Denya Alghazali, Emma Reed, Bronson May. (Special to The Progress)

Gullett chairs education board

Little Rock —The State Board of Education elected new officers at its monthly meeting this week. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville was elected chairman; and Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock, was elected vice chairman. Their leadership terms will be in effect through June 2014. Gullett succeeds Jim Cooper of Melbourne who has served on the State Board since October 2003 and as president since 2012. Gullett, a former state senator, is owner and operator of Brenda Gullett Associates, a company that offers corporate training in customer service, communications and leadership development. She has been a member of the State Board since 2007. Before this week's election, she had been serving as vice chairman. Ledbetter, a former state representative, is an attorney and partner with the McMath Woods law firm. He has served on the State Board since 2008. The State Board has nine members who serve staggered seven-year terms. Members are appointed by the governor. The board has general authority to govern the state's K-12 public school system.

Gandy Students of the Month

Students of the Month at Gandy Elementary for May are (bottom row) Kennedie Johnson, Graci Ames, Isabella Moore, Noah Smith, Cynthia Hankins; (middle row) Alex Pague, Garrett Cook, Julia Bohner, Paige Boast, Barron Mitchell; (top row) Kennedy Akins, Caitlyn Harris, Macy Fultz, Hayden Brown and Austin Shores. Not pictured is Autumn Lollar.

Symposium to feature discussion on achievement gap

The Arkansas Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - School of Education Literacy Institute will host a symposium Friday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sylvester Early auditorium of Henderson-Young Hall (Business Building). With the theme, "It takes a Village to Educate a Child," the symposium will provide a forum for citizens in Congressional District 4 (Union, Yell, Ashley, Scott, Clark, Polk, Madison, and Drew counties) and the State to discuss the rising concerns and sense of urgency in closing the achievement gaps of students in schools.