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Funeral arrangements announced for Gregory Krosnes

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Funeral arrangements for Arlington High School theatre teacher Gregory Krosnes have been announced, according to his family.

Krosnes, 50, passed away on Tuesday. He was approaching his tenth year as a teacher at AHS.

Visitation will be held this Sunday, July 8 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The funeral will immediately follow at 4:00 p.m. Both services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home, located at 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis.

A celebration of his life will also take place this Saturday, July 7 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Mark E. Collins Auditorium at AHS. Students, faculty and staff, alumni and other community members are welcomed to gather to remember Mr. K. and the life he lived. (more…)

AMS football to hold final registration, fitting

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – The Arlington Middle School football team will hold its last registration and fitting on Thursday, July 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Arlington High football locker room.

Please make plans to attend the registration if you have not returned all paperwork or been fitted for a uniform, need to order a helmet or need to pay fees.

Additionally, don’t forget to RSVP to the AHS football camp, which will be held next Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12th, from 8:30 -11:00 a.m. Follow this link to RSVP for the camp.

Reminder: Only 7th and 8th-grade students zoned for Arlington Middle School are allowed to play.

Email Sherri Buchanan should you have questions.

Beloved AHS theatre teacher, Greg Krosnes, passes away

The Mark E. Collins Auditorium at Arlington High School will be open Saturday, July 7 from 12-2:00 p.m. for students, faculty and staff, alumni and other community members who would like to gather to remember Krosnes.

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Beloved Arlington High School theatre teacher Gregory Krosnes, known by students as Mr. K., passed away Tuesday night.

Krosnes, who was approaching his tenth year at AHS, was known by many to have an infectious laugh and as someone who cared for his students. Posts on social media from colleagues, former students and parents highlighted his “down-to-Earth” attitude and his ability to make anyone smile, regardless of how their day was going.

“Genuine is the best word I can come up with,” posted Sarah Kelley, a fellow teacher at AHS. “I’ll miss your laugh through the halls, your whistles as we signed in daily, and your random voices saying hilarious movie, TV and play lines when the situation called. My days won’t be the same.”

Another post said, “This man had the most beautiful heart and most contagious laugh. He was so influential on all of us…his passion was stunning and his talent was remarkable.” One person even described him as “the cool uncle that let you get away with things your mom never would.” It’s clear reading through the heartfelt messages that Krosnes left a lasting impact on the school and community he served. (more…)

AHS a cappella group to perform at statewide convention

A Major, the a cappella group for Arlington High School, will perform at the TSBA Convention in November. (A Major, 2017-2018)

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – This November, Arlington High’s a cappella group will garner statewide exposure after being selected to perform at an annual conference.

A Major, the a cappella group led by AHS teacher Jeff Chipman, was chosen to perform at the 2018 Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

“I’m really proud of the kids and how they’ve performed over the past few years to be selected for something like this,” Chipman said. “We have great talent in Arlington, and their consistent performances have landed them this opportunity.”

Chipman said they had to complete a questionnaire about why they deserve the recognition and submit audio of a past performance.

A Major, made up of about 16 Arlington High students, will perform in front of more than 600 school board members and superintendents from across the state, which Chipman said is likely outside of the students’ comfort zone. (more…)

All in the Family: Mom, son team directs DES Drama Camp

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Grayson Todd is an actor. His mom, Angie, is a former dancer. His dad once worked at a theme park as one of those costume characters. And his older brother has a background in audio and stage lighting.

It’s easy to see why Angie says theatre runs in their blood.

And it’s a bond that has only grown stronger. For the past three years, Angie, a teacher at Donelson Elementary School, and Grayson, a rising senior known in the community for his acting chops, have worked side-by-side during the summers to put on the DES Drama Camp.

“From the beginning to end, it’s been a fun experience to help out and watch her interact with the kids,” Grayson said. Three years ago, he started off as the helper, directing from backstage and making sure the kids were listening for their cues. Year two brought more responsibility – he also helped choose the show. This year, he found his voice as Angie took a backseat, allowing Grayson to direct his very first show.  (more…)

AHS student selected for youth leadership seminar

Lexy Heflin, second from left, represented AHS at the annual HOBY Leadership Conference in Nashville.

Nashville, Tenn. (ACS) — A rising junior from Arlington High School recently represented the district in a prestigious state-wide youth leadership seminar in Nashville.

Lexy Heflin served as an ambassador to HOBY, short for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, which is described as an educational, life-changing experience that provides leadership skill development with a strong focus on community service.

The three-day seminar took place at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where 93 ambassadors from across the state participated in team-building activities and learned from guest speakers about leadership.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience that allowed me to grow so much,” Heflin said. “It showed me what it means to be a leader and how to apply that in my life. I’ll definitely be able to implement what I learned over these next two years in high school.”



ACS alum shares heartwarming message after summer camp

Emily Collins, an AHS and theatre alum, helps direct students during the annual summer theatre camp.

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (ACS) – Emily Collins spent her life in the Arlington High School theatre. Her dad, Mark E. Collins, was the longtime director of AHS’ program – his influence so far-reaching that the auditorium now bears his name.

The younger Collins, now 23 and a recent graduate of the University of Memphis, remembers the days well of watching her dad in his element. “Just being in my dad’s theatre has always made me feel closer to him,” Collins said.

Her dad, a 20-year veteran in education, died in 2008. Collins was just 12 years old.

Despite the passing time, her memories of her father in the theatre haven’t faded. She still remembers the auditorium seat he directed from and his voice calling out cues.

All of those memories came rushing back last week when she helped direct the annual ACS Summer Theatre Camp. “There was something very special and different about teaching in his same space,” she said. But it wasn’t until the very last day of camp, at the final dress rehearsal before the big show, that Collins was reminded
of how the theatre has impacted her life. Collins wrote about the experience on social media. (more…)

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