Education

  Osceola High School pauses on learning new concepts

According to Osceola High School Principal Toshiba Pugh, both students and teachers feel they were not successful with learning this semester.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

  Helping those in need: How Rivercrest senior Keshawn Scott gave back to his community

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Mid-South college offers degree program to Tennessee inmates

Lyon College to utilize testing as students return for on-campus learning

  Pair of major projects nearing completion at Sloan-Hendrix

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  Students get their buckets ‘filled’ with nice letters

  PLWC’s internet outage affects virtual students

Retired teacher demands change from state lawmakers

  Bank ‘loves teachers’ with $500 gifts

  CityYouth Ministries receives $10,000 donation from Arvest Foundation

  Ribbon cutting held for school playground designed by students

  Plan to keep rural doctors in Arkansas receives boost

A plan to train and keep primary care doctors in the Natural State picked up a financial boost this week with a nearly $3 million funding request.

  Switching between virtual, in-person learning affecting student mental health

Attending school has not been easy for some students who were looking forward to learning in the classroom.

  School district teams up with food pantry to serve families in need

The Cross County School District will use a $25,000 grant to help the Cherry Valley Food Pantry feed families in need.

  Cross County School District receives $60,000 literacy grant

Cross County School District is one of 128 schools across the state to receive part of a $5.5 million literacy subgrant award from the Arkansas Department of Education.

  Poplar Bluff School Dist. sees change in student attendance after issuing face mask requirement

Mo. teachers call for mask mandate

  Learning modifications create a challenge for Westside High School semester exams

  Tournament honors slain student while helping abused women

Iowa teacher dies 3 days after positive coronavirus test

Free COVID-19 testing through NYITCOM at A-State’s Delta Care-A-Van

  ASU-Newport offering first Winterim session for students

Arkansas State University-Newport is offering a new session to make sure students who need certain classes are able to get those credit hours.

Mizzou to temporarily move to remote learning after Thanksgiving

The University of Missouri will temporarily move to remote learning after Thanksgiving.

  Mo. health, school leaders announces changes to K-12 school quarantine guidance

The Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) have modified COVID-19 guidance for close contacts and assessing exposures in school settings.

  Lepanto Elementary School won’t let COVID steal Christmas

The pandemic has made it difficult to have fundraisers. Lepanto Elementary School’s main Christmas present fundraiser is Winterfest. The event was canceled because of COVID-19, but they’re not letting that stop them from making sure holiday cheer is spread.

  Jonesboro police investigate trespassing at area school

Jonesboro police want to know who jumped the fence at a local school early Tuesday, plus went to lengths to move playground equipment.

  Henderson State, Arkansas State inch closer to merger

Two Arkansas universities are closer to a merger after receiving approval from a regional accrediting agency.

  GCT takes students for court who ‘lack participation’

The Greene County Tech School District has students who are not being engaged or participating in their virtual work, to the point the legal courts have to get involved.

  Armorel Superintendent recalls battle with COVID-19

“At first I thought… this is in my head. No, I’m not really losing my taste,” Superintendent Morgan said.

  Semi-truck hits school bus, injuring several students

At least nine students went to the hospital with minor injuries after a tractor-trailer slammed into a Rivercrest School District bus.

  Southeast Mo. State student makes impact with clothing line

A Southeast Missouri State University student is making a clothing brand with a big impact, by combining fashion with a deeper purpose.

  A-State switching to ‘mostly virtual’ classes after Thanksgiving

With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing across the country and here in the state, Arkansas State University announced Friday it will pivot to virtual instruction.

  Broken water main causes school to be closed Thursday

The Marmaduke School District will be closed Thursday due to a busted water main, school officials said on social media.

  A-State to sell former coaches' home

For years, a home in one of Jonesboro’s more exclusive neighborhoods has housed a variety of A-State football coaches.

  Parents sue Simpson Co. School District over ban of daughter’s ‘Jesus Loves Me’ mask

According to attorneys, the district singled out the girl and robbed her of her constitutional rights.

  Ole Miss displays new Mississippi state flag

The University of Mississippi displayed the new state flag on campus Wednesday morning.

  First-time voters at A-State excited to participate in election

For many students at Arkansas State University, it’s their first time to vote in an election.

COVID-19 takes toll on NE Arkansas school teachers, staff

Of the eight Arkansas public school teachers and staff who have died from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, four were from Northeast Arkansas.

  Parent says schools in Poinsett County need to go virtual permanently

Several schools in Poinsett County have shifted from in-person learning to virtual as COVID-19 cases increase.

  Harrisburg Middle School students lead self-defense class

Their class offers up a solution to women who may ever find themselves in a bad situation.

Eighth-grader dies of coronavirus in Mo.

The National Center for Health Statistics report for Oct. 28 cited just 80 deaths nationwide among children ages 14 or younger.

  Harding University president to retire Nov. 30

The current president, Dr. Burce McLarty, served as president of the university for over seven years.

  WBU homecoming plans will look differently due to pandemic

Reunions and alumni events coming up next week have been canceled, but officials have gotten creative to make sure Homecoming will still take place.

NTSB investigating Tenn. crash that killed school bus driver, girl

Authorities said the oncoming utility vehicle veered off the road and then over-corrected, swerving and skidding sideways just in front of the oncoming bus.

  Lyon College announces data science partnership with Ark. company

In a news release, Lyon College announced a partnership with a Little Rock analytics team designed to help companies move their businesses forward.

  Tyronza Elementary sees increase in COVID-19 cases

One elementary school is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, despite the school going virtual until November.

  JPS task force to address diversity, race

A new task force created by JPS will help target diversity and include the opportunity to explore more cultures and backgrounds.

  Three Rivers College opens Commercial Driving Training Program to all students

The new simulator takes students behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, but virtually.

  School district to feed students on weekends

One Northeast Arkansas school district wants to make sure no student goes hungry. Even on the weekends.

  Celebration of life service announced for Nettleton Athletic Director Greg Rainwater

A celebration of life service will be held to honor a fixture of Northeast Arkansas high sports who recently died.

  Hoxie superintendent reacts to ACHI “Red Zone” report

According to a recent report, the Hoxie School District has 103 new cases of COVID-19 within its district’s population. Superintendent Kelly Gillham says that number is concerning, but it can be misleading.

  Westside senior receives JROTC leadership award

Cadet Laityn Tippy, a Senior at Westside High School, won the Air Force JROTC Leadership Award, recognizing the most outstanding cadet in the world.

  Community COVID-19 cases putting dozens of new schools in “red zone”

The infections are among the people in the community living within the boundaries of the districts and are not limited to students and school employees.

  Newport Elementary hosts “field trip” for students

Students at Newport Elementary School were able to get outside and enjoy the weather with a pumpkin patch.

Is your child complaining of headaches? Too much screen time could be to blame

If you're child is complaining of headaches, it's possible too much screen time is to blame.

Fluffy caterpillar one of the most venomous in the United States

Don’t be fooled by appearances. A fluffy caterpillar is one of the most venomous caterpillars in the United States.

  Nearby robbery forces school to go into lockdown

Gosnell schools were forced to go into lockdown mode after police say the nearby Dollar General was robbed.

  Rise in COVID-19 cases closes courts, school district

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Blytheville has seen a jump from less than 20 new cases a week to almost 50 new cases.

  Poplar Bluff School District hires contact tracers

Poplar Bluff Superintendent Scott Dill said his staff won’t have to double up on their job duties anymore.

Something ‘shady’ underway at local schools

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is branching out in an effort to educate and protect children from skin cancer.

  Jonesboro Police D.A.R.E. hosts “DARE 2 Tread the Trails”

On Saturday, Jonesboro Police D.A.R.E hosted “D.A.R.E 2 Tread the Trails.”

Neelyville schools to close temporarily after 18 students, 8 staff test positive for COVID-19

The Neelyville School District will be closed for seated instruction from October 19-23, 2020.

  Area school plans to implement ‘Flex Days’

A Clay County school works to relieve stress on their teachers by giving them more time to work on preparing schoolwork for students.

  COVID-19 sidelines HS football teams in Week 8

Blytheville announced Friday that their game with Gosnell would be canceled.

  BRTC partners with local universities to offer four-year degrees

Black River Technical College is now offering an opportunity for students to receive a four-year degree from local universities.

Teacher gets job back after battling termination

A teacher in Beebe has her job back after she was originally terminated for refusing to work jobs at multiple schools.

  Tech Depot receives $2.5M economic development grant

The Newport Economic Development Commission will match the grant with $625,000 to build a 12,000 square foot facility to house the Tech Depot.

  Roseanne Cash speaks to students about father, Dyess, and music

Roseanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, spoke to students about her father growing up in Dyess and music.

  Marked Tree School District faces increase in COVID-19 cases

Marked Tree School District has seen an increase in coronavirus cases, leading them to close the school and move to virtual instruction on Oct. 7.

Univ. of Arkansas announces Fall 2020 commencement plans

University of Arkansas officials announced their Fall 2020 commencement plans on Tuesday for students.

  $7,500 donation to help program where students graduate debt-free

The program lets students work 16 hours per week through the fall and spring semesters.

  WBU hosting historical exhibit until Oct. 14

The Felix Goodson Library on the campus of Williams Baptist University has turned into an exhibit for this week.

  A-State releases Spring 2021 plan

In a letter to the A-State community, Damphousse says they plan to keep with the current Spring 2021 academic calendar starting on January 12, 2021.

  UofM awarded $1M grant to establish automation and robotics training center

The University of Memphis has been awarded a huge grant from the federal government to create a brand-new, state-of-the-art robotics center with a job training program to go along with it.

  Inside Look: How one school district is keeping students safe in pandemic

Deborah Hubbard, the custodian supervisor for the district, gave Region 8 News a first-hand look at how the cleaning process works.

  Osceola School District to transition to “Blended Wednesdays”

All K-12 students will be working from home as teachers and staff assist students with schoolwork or computers, address attendance issues, and most importantly, distress themselves.

  Westside School Board covers expansion, resignation and hires

The special board meeting covered a few topics including recent resignations and hires. But also, more conversation on the high school facility project.

  School district helping kids cope with deaths of 2 students, alum

One school district has been hit hard by death and tragedy in the few short weeks school has been in session.

Orpheum Theatre hosting virtual camp to help young people who stutter

Orpheum Theatre is hosting a free two-day camp to accommodate the evolving needs of young people who stutter.