May 21, 2015
It is with great pride that we announce Mirna Isabel Borbolla Castillo as our May Student of the Month!
It’s only befitting that Mirna and her son, Francisco, graced the front page of the March 26 edition of the Times Record – she’s a rock star in her own right. In addition to being known for doing cool things around town with her children such as working on art projects at the public library, she
has been an invaluable asset to our school community.
Since relocating to Fort Smith two years ago, Mirna’s conscious decision to elevate her and her family’s quality of life by taking on active roles in her children’s education as well as that of her own has yielded remarkable results. One of the most notable outcomes is that she recently obtained her GED in English. That’s an impressive feat for someone who was in a beginning-level ESL class just 20 months ago! In pursuing her GED, she has traveled a road to success paved in post-it notes, highlighted sentences and phrases, a personalized vocabulary notebook, and a positive attitude grounded in determination, reflection, and a willingness to take risks. Moreover, she has proven to be a helpful classmate who is eager to help her peers with their learning. When recently asked to offer them advice, she replied, “I strongly believe that READING is the key to learning English.”
Mirna has also successfully managed to transfer her acquisition of English to the world outside of the classroom by becoming a more independent person and playing a greater role in her children’s education by helping them with their homework and communicating effectively and consistently with their teachers.
While she is quick to thank her teachers and classmates for her progress, her accomplishments are a testament of her perseverance and commitment to excellence. Congratulations, Mirna, on being chosen as the May Student of the Month!
May 14, 2015
We are open for Summer School! Summer I meets from June 1-24, and Summer II meets from July 6-29. Summer hours will begin June 1: We will be open Monday- Thursday 8-4pm, and Monday and Wednesday nights 5-8pm. Full schedule here.
April 28, 2015
The 41st Annual GED Commencement ceremony of the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is at 7:00pm on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Stubblefield Center. This year our guest speaker will be author Janis Kearney. More about her here.
We plan to honor our GED graduates and our high-achieving English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The Southside High School band ensemble will perform, and the Northside High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors. Our soloist will be Ms. Katy Featherston, choir teacher at Darby Jr. High.
Janis F. Kearney will also be signing books at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center on May 11 at 10am. Paperback copies of her books will be available for $10 for students.