Missy Bramlett- National Board Certified 05-06, NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project award in 2005. Cook School was the 2005 School of the Year at the State Level in the 25th Annual Youth Awards for Energy Achievement. Who’s Who Among American Teachers. 20 year service pin 10-11 school year, National Board recertified 2015
Gayle Clutts- National Board Certified in Music Education 05-06
Susan Hannan- Distinguished Teacher Leader Award from the Teacher Institute 2004.
Cami Stancil- Arkansas PTA Teacher of the Year 2001-02, Outstanding Young Educator Award FS Jaycees, 20 year service pin 10-11 school year, National Board Certification 09-10.
T.R.E.E.S. NATURE AREA- The development of the Cook School nature area has been an exciting time. The support of grants from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Fort Smith Public School Foundation, Fort Smith Community Foundation, the United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc. and the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Council's Allocation Committee have greatly helped to make this possible. Through grant funding and financial support from students, parents, community members, and the Cook P.T.A., we have been able to develop a walking trail, plant 80 trees and shrubs, install four bluebird houses, acquire an irrigation system, construct a rock garden, create seven raised flower beds, and purchase 21 tree identification signs. The fact that we were able to accomplish more than we planned speaks volumes for the generosity of many people. Students, parents, and community participants donated time, machinery, plants, and technical advice.
The Cook Nature Area has its focus on student-centered learning and activity. Through the development of this special project, students have learned how to plant and water trees and design and plant theme gardens. A bluebird expert taught students about these birds and placed four bluebird houses in the nature area to attract them to the new habitat. Sixth grade students planted columbine seeds from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and developed a "healing" garden. The Cook School Student Council planned and built a butterfly-friendly rock garden. In addition, they also purchased and planted 25 historical trees with marble markers. The lessons from this area are too numerous to name. The look of joy on students' faces while they work on this ongoing project speaks for itself.
1:1 COMPUTING PROJECT- Teachers Cami Stancil, Ashley Griffith, Marla Testa, Missy Bramlett, Vickie Cross, Joan Spearman, Karen Napier, Amber Dailey, Rashunda Williams, Jean Bercher, Betty Brinker, Lesley Clark, Traci Pixley, Susan Hannan, Carrie Curtis, Gala Forsgren, Lindsey Estell, and MaLissa Evans have all written grants and received the 1:1 mini laptop computer labs for their classes. The labs come with a full class set, one per student. The students use the laptops daily in many ways. For example, in Kindergarten they are learning and utilizing computer navigational strategies, supplementing science and social studies learning through cooperative activities, and working independently and in groups on academic skills in all areas. In 5th and 6th grades, they use the minis for research activities, skills practice, and for project based learning. Students in today’s classroom use technology more, on a daily basis, than their classroom teachers. The students love these mini laptop labs and are thrilled to use them!
NATURE TRAIL PATHWAY- After two years of penny drives (thank you United Federal Credit Union for counting all those pennies!) and one amazing fundraiser, our dream of paving the trail around our nature area has finally come true. Steve Beam Construction, Inc. worked during the month of June to complete the project at their cost!! Our students and community now have a quarter mile paved walkway to use for exercise and for observing and enjoying nature. Thanks to all students, parents, and staff members who helped make this possible. Enjoy the trail!
This School is accredited by the North Central Association and the Arkansas Department of Education.