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February, 2019

  • 13 February

    Cossatot River School District competed in the regional archery competition

    Elementary team had a score of 2618 and placed 2nd. They will be competing at state. Middle school scores 2821 but unfortunately did not make it to state. We are very proud if both teams for all their hard work and their focus at competition. Picture 387 is elementary and picture 410 is the middle school.

  • 13 February

    Learning Made Fun at Wickes

    Wickes Elementary students were treated to a special guest last week. Cossatot River Park Interpreter, Shelly Flanary visited first graders and showed them fun ways to explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases. Hands on experiences like this with special instructors, in fun manners, helps kids retain what they learn.

  • 13 February

    Correction to Mena band members auditioning for the All State Band (original story 2/6/19)

      Four members of the Mena High School band were invited to audition for the All-State Band.  They were Daniel Greene, Jackson Efird, Christopher Thompson, and Fisher Neufeld.  The Pulse mistakenly reported that only three band members represented Mena during All-State Band tryouts.

  • 6 February

    Makenna Goss elected as the 2019-2020 Arkansas FCCLA Vice President of Parliamentary Law

    Ouachita River School District commends Makenna Goss for all of her accomplishments and the state office she just won. Makenna has studied hard, prepared many speeches, and traveled far to prepare herself for this journey.  “She will have many duties over the course of the next year which will require us to travel many miles.  In addition to many Arkansas ...

  • 6 February

    Bearcat Band members place in the All State Concert Band

          The Mena Bearcat Band recognizes two members who made the All State Concert Band.  Director Charles Morgan proudly stated, “Fisher Neufeld is the best high school jazz pianist in the state of Arkansas.”   Neufeld placed 1st band, 1st chair in the All State Jazz Band and Christopher Thompson placed in the All State Concert Band 3rd chair ...

  • 6 February

    Keep Arkansas Beautiful announces statewide K-5 student contest

    CALL FOR ENTRIES The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites students in grades kindergarten through fifth to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entries are due Friday, March 1. Entry rules are available at Each year, KAB hosts the youth poster contest as part of the Keep America Beautiful™ Great American ...

January, 2019

  • 30 January

    UA Rich Mountain announces Fall 2018 Honor Recipients

    The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain has announced the students named to the Chancellor’s List and Vice Chancellor’s List who were enrolled for the fall 2018 semester. Students named to the Chancellor’s List are full-time, current students who complete 12 semester credit hours or more, excluding developmental coursework, and earn a 4.0 grade point average or higher. CADDO GAP: Brandy Castillo; COVE: ...

  • 30 January

    Vandervoort students celebrate 100th day

    Mrs. Barfield and Mrs. Smith’s first grade classes celebrated 100 days of school.  Students are proudly displaying bookmarks that they made in honor of 100 days of school and their love of reading along with a 100 link chain each class made in honor of the 100th day.  To promote fitness, students also ran a combined total of 100 laps ...

  • 30 January

    2019 Polk County Spelling Bee Winners

    The 2019 Polk County Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday January 22nd, in the Ouachita Center on the campus of University of Arkansas Rich Mountain. Winners of the bee are as follows. 1st Grade 1st Place – Channing Wimbery – Louise Durham 2nd Place – Adelyn Barton- Vandervoort Elementary 3rd Place – Lexi Haggard – Acorn Elementary 2nd Grade 1st ...

  • 30 January

    Mena School District approves paving project

    The Mena School Board met on Tuesday, January 22nd. The Mena School Board approved the paving of the south parking lot at Louise Durham Elementary by Sealco Contractors. Paving should be completed in the coming week. A motion was made and seconded to purchase a student tray slide shelf for the Holly Harshman cafeteria. The board was given an update ...