Arkansas Diamond School to WatchKirksey Middle School was the first school in the state of Arkansas to be selected as an Arkansas Diamond School to Watch (February 12, 2007). The visitation team unanimously agreed that Kirksey Middle School fits the definition of being a school that is conscientiously moving to fully meet the nationally endorsed criteria of high performing middle schools. To earn this award a school must show marked progress in meeting all the criteria, including measurable gains in student achievement over time. The criteria of a high-performing middle school can be narrowed to three categories:
1) Academic excellence
2) Developmentally responsive
3) Social equity.
KMS is now part of a select cadre of schools across the nation that are designated Schools to Watch. (According to the website www.schoolstowatch.org there are currently 86 schools across the nation recognized.) We are very pleased to be recognized as a model school in the state and the nation.
Shannon Wright AwardThe Shannon Wright Award has recognized one exemplary middle level program in Arkansas each year since its inception in 1999. The award is presented to a school that demonstrates outstanding achievement in the implementation of the best middle level practices as outlined in the report Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century.The award derives its name from Shannon Wright, a middle school teacher, who died in the tragic Westside Middle School shooting incident in March, 1998. KMS is very proud to be recognized as an outstanding middle school.
PE 4 Life AcademyThe physical education program at Kirksey is a certified PE4LIFE program. To become certified, a school must go through an application process and demonstrate that it combines todays best practices to inspire and educate all students about the vital importance of lifetime physical activity and fitness. Academy status was announced in January of 2007. Being an Academy means Kirksey will provide training to school and community leaders with the objective of assisting them with the development of PE4LIFE Certified Programs in their communities.
Arkansas Governor's Council on FitnessIn 2004, Kirksey Middle School was awarded the Governor's Leadership and Fitness Award School of the Year for being "An outstanding individual/ organization that demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of physical activity and health or serves as a role model epitomizing personal health and fitness".
International Reading AwardThe Award of Excellence is presented annually by the
International Reading Association to state and provincial associations that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that
(a) serve and support councils and members
(b) contribute to education
(c) coincide with and support the programs and goals of the Association.
State and Nationally Recognized StaffMel Ahart, Principal
Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators Board Member
Jim Yurwitz, Physical Education Teacher
Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Teacher of the Year, 2004-2005.
,8th grade Language Arts Teacher
National Board Certified
, Career and Technical Teacher
National Board Certified
, Academic Facilitator
National Board Certified in Early Adolescence English Language Arts, 2009
, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Special Education Teacher
National Board Certified , 2012