Award Year: 2016

Euper Lane Elementary School

6601 Euper Lane
Fort Smith, AR, 72903-4049

(479) 452-2601

Sherri Penix, Principal at time of Nomination

Melissa Braddy, Current Principal

Title I School

Fort Smith Public Schools

School Website


Working Together Today To Be Compassionate And Honorable Leaders Of Tomorrow

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
If I believe, I can achieve! Eagles Soar!

If I believe, I can achieve! Eagles Soar!

Euper Lane has a diverse population of students where the school community work together as a cohesive unit. The integration of our self-contained special education with our general education is an opportunity to promote tolerance and empathy.

Close Reading is used to promote academic achievement. Students are taught how to read like detectives. Students learn to analyze text, find evidence, clarify understandings of the text and justify findings.

We engage families and others in supporting students using a program called "Strong Fathers, Strong Families." A math morning and science night allows parents to participate with their child(ren) in engaging activities.

Euper Lane promotes and actively engages in the STEM program. Students compete with their peers and then go to the District competition. Teachers meet weekly in Professional Learning Communities to analyze data and determine how to meet the needs of students.
Students engage in SOAR "Students' Opportunity to Achieve Readiness". This practice capitalizes on students' academic needs and serves to close the achievement gap.

The Digital Conversion Initiative for all students to have a Chromebook has allowed teachers to use technology for problem-based learning. This introduces students to real life situations and prepares them for 21st Century learning skills.

Our school works with the community and utilizes community resources. We have a thriving PTA that connects well with our community partners. We have committees that work diligently to build that relationship between the school and the community.
2016 National Title I Distinguished School