Super Bowl Champion, Hollywood Star Spencer Paysinger Visits TASD - A Super Bowl champion linebacker turned Hollywood writer/producer, Spencer Paysinger brought his own poignant story of living in South Central LA and playing football at Beverly Hills High to the hit CW and Netflix series, All American. “It’s a story about being an outsider in two worlds,” says Paysinger, who developed the award-winning show and is integrally involved as a producer. Like the “Spencer” character based on his life, Paysinger grew up amid the drugs, gangs, violence, and poverty of South Central LA with education-focused parents and a dream of going to college. A promising athlete who played four sports but excelled in football, he was offered the opportunity to attend Beverly Hills High, going on to lead the football team as captain to an undefeated season. A scholarship to the University of Oregon followed, where Paysinger also became team captain and was part of the team’s very first undefeated season. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he began his NFL career with the New York Giants, winning Super Bowl XLVI in his rookie season. Paysinger played seven seasons with the Giants, Dolphins, and Panthers. Paysinger isn’t just another successful athlete whose story is portrayed on film. He is the creative force that developed the concept for All American, pitched it to network decision-makers and, still sits in the writer’s room to brainstorm and ensure that the show stays true to its original vision. Committed to leveraging his success to create opportunities for young people, Paysinger serves on the board of KIPP Public Schools Black and Latino Leadership Committee, with the goal of creating programs for KIPP’s South Central Youth. Paysinger will speak to students at Arkansas Middle School and Arkansas High School on Thursday, December 9. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
TASD will hold a Meet and Greet event for Arkansas Middle School's new principal, Mr. Kendrick Smith. The event will be Wednesday, December 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Arkansas Middle School. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
Thanksgiving Break - November 22 - 26, 2021 #teamtasd #potentialrealized
TASD Board Hires Smith as New AMS Principal - The Texarkana Arkansas School District Board of Directors hired Kendrick Smith to take the helm as the new Arkansas Middle School Principal. Smith will replace Theresa Cowling, who accepted the position of Director of Magnet Programs earlier this month. “We are pleased to announce Kendrick Smith as the Principal of Arkansas Middle School,” TASD Superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler said in a statement. “Mr. Smith’s interest and focus on developing relationships with staff and students is commendable and will continue to bring out the best in Arkansas Middle School.” Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University – College Station and received his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University – Texarkana. With over 20 years in education, Smith’s educational career includes being a coach/teacher and assistant principal in the Pleasant Grove School District, and both assistant principal and principal at Liberty Eylau High School. “I believe it is important for a principal to know his or her staff and students and build relationships with them,” commented Smith. “I look forward to getting to know my staff and gaining their trust and confidence.” Smith says that through the process of building relationships he hopes to learn the individual strengths of staff and build on those strengths with recognition and praise.
Due to the today's heavy rainfall and muddy conditions, the postponed AHS bonfire pep rally scheduled for tomorrow, November 3, 2021, has been cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
DON'T FORGET TO FALL BACK - Daylight saving time is coming to a close, this year's time change happens on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m.
The AHS senior pep rally is postponed due to muddy conditions and forecasted high winds. We look forward to honoring our seniors at next week’s Senior Pep Rally on November 4th. More information to come! Thank you for your patience and understanding. Class of 2022
SEE or HEAR SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Over the past several weeks, Texarkana Arkansas School District and campus officials have noticed incidents of written threats against the school in restroom stalls on the high school campus. The Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) and Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) take every threat seriously and conduct threat assessments to determine the validity of any threat made whether the threat is made on social media, in-person, written in a restroom stall, etc. If a threat is deemed credible by TASD and TAPD, any of the following actions may take place: increased security and police presence, school lockdown, and/or school cancellation. The district will communicate the nature of the credible threat with students, staff, and parents along with the actions taken. If it is determined, after a thorough assessment is conducted, that the threat is not credible, the campus will resume as normal with additional security and police presence. It is very important for parents/guardians to partner with us by talking with your child and explaining the seriousness of making threats against their peers, staff, campus, or district. Such actions face severe consequences which may include expulsion from school and/or arrest. Anyone with information regarding any threat against another student, staff, or campus should report it immediately to a district or campus administrator or the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. If you hear or see something, say something. It takes everyone working together to help ensure a safe learning environment for the students and staff of the Texarkana Arkansas School District. We realize that our students, like many children across the nation, are facing difficult times as we continue to recover from the affects that COVID-19 has had on our school community. If you or someone you know needs support or is reaching out for help you can contact a school official or connect with a Crisis Counselor by texting HOME to 741741.
Senior Pep Rally and Bonfire - Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 PM - Razorback Stadium
TASD District Wide Pink Out - Friday, October 29 - WEAR PINK
Congratulations to the Arkansas High School Band for receiving all 1 Superior ratings at the Regional Marching Assessment Competition! GREAT JOB!
FACE MASK MANDATE LIFTED - The Texarkana Arkansas School District has lifted the face covering mandate. However, face coverings are strongly recommended for staff, students, and visitors when unable to socially distance. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
Congratulations to the Arkansas High School Razorback Redline on their awards at their first dance competition. Judges Choice Award for Fight Song and 2nd Place Overall for Gameday. #teamtasd #potentialrealized
AHS Band to Hosts Regional Marching Competition - On Tuesday, October 19, the Arkansas High School Band will host and perform in the Region 2 Marching Assessment Competition. Eleven high school bands from the southwest region of the state of Arkansas will be representing their schools at the event. Each band will present a five to eight minute performance that will be assessed by an expert judging panel. Judges will rate the bands’ music, marching, brass, woodwind, percussion, and color guard performances. The ratings for each performance will be assessed as one of the following: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. The high school bands represented in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Region 2 Marching Assessment have been working hard since August to prepare for their contest performances. The event is free to the public, so come and enjoy the performances and support your favorite band. Arkansas High Razorback Stadium Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5:00 p.m.* *Visit www.TASD7.net to view the schedule for each high school band performance.
TIME CHANGE FOR VOLLEYBALL GAMES TONIGHT! AHS vs El Dorado- Razorback Gym Varsity- 5:00 pm followed by JV AMS vs El Dorado- AMS Gym 9th Grade- 5:00 pm followed by: 7th Grade (A & B) & 8th Grade #teamtasd #potentialrealized #saferazorbacks
This is a friendly reminder that students will not attend school on Friday, October 8 and Monday, October 11. Staff Professional Development Day is on Friday and Columbus Day is Monday.
Thursday morning, Arkansas High School administrators were made aware of a threat written in one of the restroom stalls. The campus administrators, Texarkana Arkansas School District security personnel, along with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department immediately followed threat assessment protocol to determine the validity of the threat. It was determined that the threat was not credible. At this time, there is additional police presence on campus, and the Texarkana Arkansas School District will continue working with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department to further investigate the incident. We must all stay vigilant and work together to ensure the safety of our schools and our community. Please continue to talk to your children and let them know how to reach out for help or to report suspicious behavior. If you see or hear something that alludes to a possible dangerous or harmful situation, call and report it.
Let's paint Texarkana red and show our school spirit this Friday by wearing red. Also, join us this Friday night at the "Grab a Panther by the Tail-gate" and football game.
The AHS JV football game scheduled for tonight in Magnolia has been canceled. #teamtasd #potentialrealized #saferazorbacks
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference - Thursday, September 16 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM