Preparation for the 2014 Benchmark Exam is in high gear at Southwood Elementary School.

Preparation for the 2014 Benchmark Exam is in high gear at Southwood Elementary School.


Teachers continue to hone in on deficit skills while modifying their instructional strategies and practices.


Southwood Elementary utilized the services of Family Engagement Specialist Kimberly Hunt of Dallas, Texas, in its first mid-day family summit to provide additional insight and motivation to parents and the school’s para-educator staff.


Hunt told parents that they had to move from the more traditional position of being involved to being engaged in their child’s success, citing research that indicates students with engaged parents tend to do better in school and on standardized test. She also reminded those in attendance that the school and home must work together to establish and maintain health boundaries for student.


Pine Bluff School Superintendent Linda Watson stopped by the school to share in the festivities and to congratulate the students on their success. She concluded her remarks by giving the students the symbol for a silent standing ovation.


A reception was staged in the middle of the school’s main hallway for students that scored Proficient or Advanced on the previous Benchmark Exam and those that were on the Principal List (A’s in all subjects). Principal Alfred Carroll said, "this way every student that passed by could see what was going on and asked the question, ‘how do I get to be a part of such a cool party?’"


The school’s music club provided entertainment, a short melody of negro spirituals.


Details: Carroll at 870-692-9039.