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Holly Harshman Kicks Off Bearcat Week with Pep Rally

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Holly Harshman Elementary kicked off opening week with a “Bearcat Eyes Are Watching You” Pep Rally.  School Counselor, Vicky Maye and Behavioral Interventionist, Ashlynn Watts is excited to be adding this as a positive behavior system for the school.  The following Special Alumni Bearcat guests were present to help kick off the new year:  Head of Security, Shane Torix; HHE Building Manager, Joe Bunch; Technology, Nathan Stone; Coach Ray Hunter; Coach Randy Peters; Elementary Behavioral Interventionist, Ashlynn Watts; Cheer sponsor, Andrea Hughes; Bearcat Head Football Coach, Craig Bentley; High School Teacher, Andy Philpot; and  Mayor Seth Smith.  All alumni shared a few words about growing up as a Mena Bearcat and being back as part of the Mena TEAM staff member.  Mayor Smith signed a proclamation for the week of August 19-24, 2019 as “Be A Bearcat Week!”  Mr. Justin Goodnight, middle school instructor for Career Orientation and Agriculture was present to share his story of how he modeled kindness when he gave a student his shoes last school year.  Mr. Torix closed the pep rally with his famous quote, “It’s a great day to be a Bearcat!” Maye shares, “HHE staff and students can look forward to the monthly pep rallies this school year!”

Maye continues sharing, “Our first parent night will be September 23, 2019 at 6 p.m. We have had an awesome week back as we welcomed a huge turnout for Open House.  Our Parent/Family Engagement Plans for HHE have been included in our beginning of the year important correspondence for families.  The following HHE parent/family advisory committee members met on Thursday, August 15th for lunch at Papa’s Mexican to review and make plans for family engagement opportunities:  Building Principal, Tamara Smart; Building Manager, Joe Bunch; Behavioral Interventionist, Ashlynn Watts; Campus Facilitator and School Counselor, Vicky Maye; and parents, Bridgett Martin, Stephanie Miller, and Shelby Garcia.  The HHE Parent/Family Engagement Plan is available on the HHE School website at

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