Deni Clark

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Clark

My name is Deni Clark, and this is my 25th year to teach. It is my 10th year at The Anthony School.  I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade History & Reading and 4th grade Social Studies. 2019-2020 is going to be a fantastic year! The Anthony School is a wonderful place for your child to learn and grow.
I want to share a little bit more about myself and my family. Teaching is my passion, but I also love to travel and be outdoors camping, hiking, canoeing or working in my yard. This past summer, after 25 years living on a farm, I moved to a neighborhood in Maumelle. Moving took up most of my summer, but I also enjoyed a week on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas with my whole family.  Summer 2017 I traveled to Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It was amazing! I am also a photo bug, crafty, and play handbells at my church. You could describe me as a dog and animal lover for sure. My husband, Mike, and I graduated from Arkansas Tech University. Mike and I were married for 30 years before he died in a tragic accident on our fish farm in September 2017.  Our son Preston graduated from Central High School in 2013 and is an electrician's apprentice and works for SunPro. He and his fiance', Shelby Brandon, are getting married on 
May 23, 2020 in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Our daugher Abby French is a Central grad and Henderson State alumnus, and has taught elementary school for five years. It is such a joy to teach with her at Anthony.  She is the 4th & 5th grade Math teacher at TAS.  She and her husband, Miles, live in Benton, and he is a police officer in Malvern.  


Next week is spirit week - January 21-24
Tuesday - Tacky Tourist
Wedesday - Panther Pride
Thursday - Western Day
Friday - PJ or Camo Day
TAS Geography Bee -Congratulations to Jack Baker, winner of the TAS Geo Bee and to 5th grader Alli Steliga who won runner-up. 
 Asher Ray Day! 
Lots of yellow for childhood cancer awareness. Great job fifth grade!
There will be no school Friday, January 17 due to Parent/Teacher Conference Day or 
Monday, January 20 due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Fifth graders enjoyed a field trip to Petit Jean Mt. on Sept. 25, 2019. Thanks to those parents who were able to drive and help us chaperone that day! 
 Fifth graders collect quarters all year to buy an animal(s) from Heifer International to help with world hunger.  
 Fifth graders worked hard to fill the quarter tower by Halloween, October 31, 2019. Way to go Fifth Grade! 
Dress like a 75 year old!  The Anthony School is celebrating turning 75 years old. 

Fifth graders at TAS have the wonderful opportunity to attend an overnight field trip to Northwest Arkansas which includes a visit to Crystal Bridges, the Amazeum, and Camp War Eagle. The date has already been set for April 30-May 1, 2020.  Students have had a fabulous time the past two years. It is a wonderful bonding experience for soon to be middle school students.  


Fifth Grade History

Fifth graders begin the year learning about Arkansas and some of its history.  Do you know what two French explorers are depicted in this picture? 
 Fifth Graders at TAS study US history and learn about Arkansas history throughout the year. Students create timelines for Arkansas history, PowerPoints about the American Revolution, Prezi presentations about the Civil War, and so much more.  Fifth graders use Kids Discover Magazines, technology, and other resources to learn a lot about our great country!

4th Grade Social Studies

At The Anthony School, Fourth graders learn about the geography of Arkansas as well as its many symbols and our state flag. They learn about all of the regions of our country. We begin in the Northeast and then move to the Southeast, Middle West, Southwest and finally the West.  Fourth graders create in class projects at the end of studying each region. Some of those projects include time lines, Printshop posters, postcard books, and murals . In May, fourth graders create presentation using Google Slides on different National Parks and share them with their classmates.  I'm so impressed with The Anthony School students' ability to use technology.

Fifth Grade Reading

This year fifth graders will be reading three to four novels: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff, and hopefully Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages.  We will also be reading stories from your basil reader, Journeys. My favorite book as a child was The Boxcar Children. What is yours? 
"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."
 -Vera Nazarian
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
 -Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 
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