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Bridget Kern Memorial Fund

July 27, 2021

It was pi day, not the pi spelled p-i-e, but pi. The pi that is a ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. But if you had stepped into one of Bridget Kern's math classes at Ozark Adventist Academy on pi day, you would have seen the other kind of pies. The homemade ones she made herself in her own kitchen. The kind whose crusts were rolled out with prayer and the apples were cut with love.
There was not a doubt in the minds of those that knew Bridget Kern that she loved her students. So it was with heavy hearts that we learned that Bridget fell asleep in Jesus on July 18, 2021 after a several year fight against kidney cancer. Bridget served as a math and physics teacher at Ozark Adventist Academy from 2018-2020. Bridget also served as the campus chaplain during the 2020-2021 school year. Bridget will be deeply missed on our campus and she will leave a void that cannot be filled until resurrection morning and her passing makes the words "even so, come, Lord Jesus" more indelibly etched on our hearts.
A scholarship in Bridget's memory has been set up to enable students with financial need to obtain a Christian education. Those wishing to donated to this scholarship fund may do so at the link below.

Bridget Kern Memorial Scholarship

Commencement

May 22, 2021

More photos from Saturday night's Commencement service.

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2021 Graduation Diploma Presentation

May 22, 2021

Photos from Ozark's 2021 Diploma Presentation during Saturday night's Commencement service. Friday night's Consecration, Sabbath morning's Baccalaureate, and Saturday night's Commencement services were live streamed and are archived on Facebook live.

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Senior Class Trip

May 13-19, 2021

Photos from Ozark's Senior Class trip. It started with a community service project on campus on Thursday and Friday, May 13th and 14th. Then on Sabbath the group headed to the Safari in Gentry, had a picnic at Withrow Springs State Park for supper, and then went to Branson, Missouri for the rest of the trip.

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Music Practice and Performance

May 14, 2021

Photos from last week's practice and performance of OAA's Spring Concert "Ridin' the Waves." Thank you Jenny P. (Class of 2021) for helping with photos.

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Award Assemblies

May 11 & 12, 2021

From Pre-calculus to World History, Tuesday's award assembly recognized outstanding students from each class. Wednesday's assembly had some academic awards as well as various other awards for excellence. The awards included things like the cleanest room in the girl's dorm (Rachel G.). Luke T. was awarded the most helpful guy in the boy's dorm. There were medals made by Mr. Harris for the winners of Monday's Kubb tournament. There were gummy snacks for the winner's of Monday's crawdad catching tournament and music awards for the first chair in string ensemble and bells. Our students have done a great job this year. We are proud of them not only for what they have accomplished but for the choices they are making that's building a character for heaven.

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Art Class

May 2021

A few photos Mrs. Dale shared from Art Class.

Photo Credit: Linda D.

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Spring Picnic

May 10, 2021

It was Spring Picnic on Monday. Students and staff were able to enjoy the day together playing games and eating pizza, nachos, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and Mrs. Timm's homemade brownies. There were events such as rock painting, corn hole, Kubb, three on three basketball and volleyball, and earth ball. There was even a crawdad competition this year. Parker and David caught one that was 17cm long!

Drone photos: Donald U.

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Spring Concert

May 8, 2021

Ozark Adventist Academy's Spring Concert "Ridin' the Waves" was held on Saturday night, May 8, and is now archived on Facebook live.

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Junior-Senior Banquet

May 2, 2021

The lights were turned down low and there were plenty of glow sticks to go around on Sunday as students made headbands, glasses, and other creations with the glow sticks during Ozark's Junior Senior Banquet at Compass Fellowship NWA Church in Siloam Springs. After dinner there was ping pong, fuzzball, air hockey, video and board games, and a movie in the youth room.

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Sabbath Worship with George Dennehy

May 1, 2021

We felt so blessed that George Dennehy and his wife, Amanda, were able to come to our campus this weekend. Mr. Dennehy was the guest speaker for Friday evening vespers, for church, and while Ozark's girls were at the Sutherland's barn for the "Girl's Tea," Mr. Dennehy joined Ozark's boys on the cafeteria patio. His worship talks are archived on Facebook live. You can also follow him online at #thatarmlessguy. Sabbath afternoon cafeteria patio photos - Photo Credit: Donald U. and CJ F. (Class of 2022).

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Girl's Tea

May 1, 2021

This year the Girl's Tea was held at the Sutherland's barn on Sabbath afternoon and the theme for the tea was "What kind of shoe are you?" While speaking to the girls Angel Pfeiffer used the characteristics of certain shoes to represent the different character traits of a friend. The girl's were encouraged to be the kind of friend Jonathan was to David in the Old Testament. The kind that is loyal, dependable, and comfortable and not the kind of shoe that is beautiful on the outside but starts to hurt after only a little while of walking.

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Anatomy and Physiology

April 29, 2021

Mrs. Pendergrass's Anatomy and Physiology students were in the lab dissecting fetal pigs on Thursday. (For a peek at some extra photo's from Mrs. Pendergrass's Biology class taken by one of our students check out OAA's Instagram account (@ozarkadventistacademy).

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This Week Around Campus

April 29, 2021

This week, Kelli Caldwell, a radio announcer and host from the Scott and Kelli Show on Klove radio, was here via Zoom to talk with Ozark students about careers in communications. We really appreciated Kelli taking the time to talk with our students and to answer their questions during our special Career Day Assembly on Monday. Also this week we take a peek inside the class "Topics in Architecture" taught by Mr. Kobliska and Mr. Harris. Students are currently studying structure relating to robotics. Flag ball is also taking place this week and we take a peek into Tuesday night's flag ball game.

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International Supper

April 25, 2021

OAA's Student Association held a new event this year called "International Supper." There were sixteen or seventeen booths circling the perimeter of the cafeteria from a variety of countries such as Morocco, Nigeria, Vietnam, and Singapore. Food was served to students and staff from the different countries represented by the booths. Many of the booths were done entirely by OAA students. The food was amazing and the students had such a great time we hope this will be an event that will be repeated through the years.

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This Week Around Campus

April 22, 2021

On Monday it felt like it was around 70 degrees. On Tuesday it was snowing. Sometimes it snowed just a little, and sometimes it was a bit like being inside a snow globe. Click on the link below for photos from around campus this week.

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2021-2022 SA Officers

Congratulations to our newly election Student Association officers for the 2021-2022 school year!

(Zack K. - President, Autumn G. - Vice-President, Diem-Ai L. - Social Activites Coordinator, Enselmo C. - Religious Activites Coordinator, Hannah H. - Secretary/Treasurer, Thien-An L. - Sports Coordinator).

Photo Credit: Hannah H. (Class of 2022)

Drama Presentation of Esther

April 24, 2021

Ms. Bazzy's Drama and Stage Production classes took a step back into Biblical history in the play "Esther" on Saturday, April 24. An archived video of the play is available on Facebook live.

Photos from several dress rehearsals are available at the link below:

Rehearsal Pictures

Facebook Live

Academy Days Live Stream

April 20-24, 2021

If you missed our Virtual Academy Days this year, the programs were recorded and are available to view on Facebook live. Learn more about what Ozark has to offer, meet some of our faculty, staff, and students, and be spiritually blessed during our Sabbath worship services.

Anyone who is interested in attending Ozark who would like to take an in person tour of our campus may contact Renee Patterson at [email protected]

Facebook Live

SA Talent Show

April 10, 2021

Ozark Adventist Academy's "SA Talent Show" was on Saturday night, April 10, 2021 on Facebook Live. OAA's Student Association awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes of $100, $50, and $25 respectively. There was also a People's Choice Award voted on by students and staff of $100. Here is a little peek into Wednesday night's auditions and a link to the archived video on Facebook.

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Facebook Live

Vespers Program

April 9, 2021

On April 9, 2021, Ozark Adventist Academy streamed a special vespers program called "The Final 24 Hours" on Facebook Live. Using monologues and music the program depicted scenes from the final 24 hours of Christ's life. Ozark's Drama and Stage Production classes, OAA's Bell Choir, students in OAA's Percussion class, as well as other OAA students and staff members participated in the program. A link to photos from Thursday night's rehearsal as well as a link to the archived video on Facebook is available below.

Rehearsal Pictures Facebook Live

This Week Around Campus

March 18, 2021

From Coach Boyd's Soccer Skills class to Tuesday night's championship intramural basketball game, photos from around campus this week.

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New Principal

March 11, 2021

OAA'S auditorium erupted with students cheering and clapping as Mr. Burton announced today that Robert Fetters would be Ozark's new principal. Mr. Fetters currently teaches math and science classes at Ozark. Congratulations Mr. Fetters!

This Week Around Campus

March 11, 2021

Photos from Saturday night's "Family Feud" hosted by Ozark's own Mr. Timms.

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Spring Week of Prayer Live-Stream
Spring Week of Prayer

March 5 - 13, 2021

Ozark's Spring Week of Prayer started on March 5 and ran through March 13. Pastor Werner Gil, Bridget Kern, and Steve Burton, the Educational Superintendent for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, were the speakers during the meetings. All the meetings are archived on Facebook and available to view at the link below.

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Dinner and a Movie

March 5, 2021

This week around campus, photos from Sunday evening's valentine's dinner and a movie. OAA's faculty and staff worked together to serve a special meal for students and show a "Peanuts" movie.

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The Prodigal

March 4, 2021

A peek into last weeks Drama class as they practiced for the creative movement "The Prodigal."

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Spirit Week

February 22 - 26, 2021

Monday, February 22, started SA Spirit Week. Monday was crazy hair/mismatch day. Tuesday was career day.  Wednesday was twin day. Thursday was sports day and Friday was class day (class day photos - photo credit Kelechi N).

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Career Day Photos

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This Week Around Campus

February 11, 2021

This week many Ozark students were in the cafeteria on Sunday night enjoying Domino's pizza, chips, snacks, donuts, and the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the big screen. There was even a little Karoake at half-time.

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Christmas in February

February 6, 2021

On Saturday night, February 6, 2021, the Christmas concert OAA students missed at the end of first semester took place in the OAA auditorium. The concert was live streamed on our Facebook page. All of our students did a great job! The concert is archived and available to view on Facebook HERE.

This Week Around Campus

February 4, 2021

From the Student Association's "Jeparody" game on Saturday night, to Wednesday's class flag reveal, photos from around campus this week (except for one of the photos). An archived video of the class flag reveal is also available on our Facebook page.

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Notes from Mile High

February 3, 2021

We feel so blessed to have received a box filled with love and stuffed with prayer from the students at Mile High Academy. Their hearts were touched by the recent loss of our beloved principal, Mike Dale, and we received handmade cards and notes from the students. Mrs. Dale thought the cards were "so sweet" and they are now on display in our business office to cheer and encourage our students and staff. Thank you Mile High Academy!

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10 Days of Prayer

January 18-29, 2021

Ozark's "10 Days of Prayer" was a series of ten meetings planned by our Campus Ministries department. Each night a different staff member and OAA student spoke to our student body on a variety of spiritual subjects. These meetings were live streamed on our Facebook page. The final meeting on Friday evening, January 29th, also included music by OAA's handbells and string ensemble, a special candle lit communion service, and testimonies by many of our students. The meetings are archived and available to view HERE.

This Week Around Campus

January 22, 2021

Photos from around campus this week.

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This Week Around Campus

January 14, 2021

Second semester classes resumed on Monday, January 11th. We are glad to have our students back on campus and their laughter filling our hallways and classrooms again.

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This is Not Goodbye

January 13, 2020

A special service honoring the life of Ozark Adventist Academy's principal, Mike Dale, was held in OAA's Auditorium on Wednesday, January 13th. This service was live streamed and is now archived on our FACEBOOK page and is available to view.

December 20, 2020

It happened every Wednesday. If you passed through Ozark's business office at the right time, you could hear Pastor Mercer's footsteps as he slipped into Mike Dale's office and closed the door behind him. They were prayer partners, Mike Dale and Rick Mercer. Week after week, and Wednesday after Wednesday, their heartfelt prayers for our students and staff ascended heavenward, presenting this student's case and that one before the Lord. How many students' hearts were touched for God's kingdom as a result of those Wednesday meetings, we will never know until we stand on the other side of the great divide and look back with the vision only God can give.
Not just in his prayer life but in every area of his life, Mike Dale sought to uplift our campus and our students. On December 20th, Mike Dale, Ozark Adventist Academy's principal, fell asleep in Christ. And as our hearts mourn his passing, we know his prayers and his influence on our campus have not passed away. And we are looking forward to the rapidly approaching day when we shall see him again standing in God's kingdom. Standing again with the students and staff he worked for, he prayed for, and loved so deeply. And it will be then that we will be able to see that truly "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

Those who would like to share their best memories of Mike with his family and friends may write a short note via the link below.

Celebrating the Life of Mike Dale




An Ozark Adventist Academy scholarship fund has been set up to honor Mike Dale's commitment to educating young people for God. Those wishing to contribute may do so via the link below or mail their checks to 20997 Dawn Hill East Road, Gentry, AR, 72734.

Mike Dale Scholarship




An archived video of Mr. Dale's funeral service is available at the following link.

Funeral Service




This Week Around Campus

November 13, 2020

From Anatomy and Physiology to Percussion, photos from around campus this week.

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This Week Around Campus

November 6, 2020

Campus Ministries planned a Sabbath (Oct. 31) filled with activities. There was horseback riding, a rope swing, church in the pavilion, smores around a bonfire, scripture messages in biodegradable balloons, hotdogs, a chili cook-off, Mr. Baldridge's caramel apples, and a hay ride (Thank you Zoey J. for sharing a photo).

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This Week Around Campus

October 30, 2020

We have had a lot of wet and drippy weather this week but there are still a few bright spots on campus. We have new furniture in the Administration Building lobby. The new chairs and tables were donated by the Class of 2019 and several other anonymous donors. Another generous donation provided new carpeting for the boy's dorm. The new carpet has already been installed in the chapel and several hallways. Also this week, Ms. Bazzy's English III classes have started making presentations about different literary works and Mrs. Pendergrass shared some science lab photos.

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Fall Picnic

October 23, 2020

This was a new event this year. Ozark's Student Association planned Thursday's picnic and filled the hours with games, food, and friends. The activities included a pumpkin painting contest, a kubb tournament, 3 man basketball, volleyball, single and doubles tennis, corn hole, earth ball, three-man slingshot, and a jump rope competition.

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This Week Around Campus

October 22, 2020

From Friday evening vespers with Jaime Jorge to Coach Boyd's Basketball Skills class, photos from around campus this week. Thank you Keren Q. and Bridget K. for helping with photos.

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This Week Around Campus

October 7, 2020

Photos from around campus this week (thank you Bridget K. for sharing a few photos from the Sabbath afternoon activity at city lake).

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This Week Around Campus

October 2, 2020

You could hear the excited words "there is a fish in my shoe" coming from along the banks of Flint Creek on Thursday morning as Mrs. Pendergrass's Biology Class was catching and identifying some of the amazing creatures living in the water. Also this week, the SA Olympic high jump competition was held on Saturday night in the gymnasium and Ms. Simmons put together a band to play for Monday morning worship.

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SA Olympics

September 28, 2020

We had some different Olympic events this year. Some of Monday's events included fencing, tire flipping and field goal kicking.

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This Week Around Campus

September 24, 2020

It used to be called "Dorm Wars," but now it is called "Club Wars." Whatever you call it, Saturday night's Boys' Club vs. Girls' Club activity started with a game called "Steal the Bacon," followed by "Wink," and then a game called "Sharks and Minnows." Also, this week on our campus, SA Olympics started with events such as the football throw, softball throw, disc golf, and a Kubb Tournament.

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This Week Around Campus

September 17, 2020

This week on our campus Ms. Bazzy's Christian Drama Class had their first performance during vespers. Mr. Boyd's gymnastics class has been working hard in the gym, and Mr. Timms' Kubb Club was out on center campus on Wednesday.

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This Week Around Campus

September 10, 2020

This week on our campus Mr. Timms and Mr. LeBard have been speaking to Ozark students about various themes found in The Great Controversy. The meetings have been live streamed and are archived on our Facebook page. Tennis intramurals have started and if you were in our music hall around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday, you would have heard the great progress our students are making in handbells.

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This Week Around Campus

September 3, 2020

From Sabbath afternoon's creek walk and snow cones, to Friday evening's singing on center campus, the photos in this gallery were taken on Friday evening and on Sabbath.

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All of our students who participated on Sabbath's creek walk started out dry, but they didn't ended up that way. Mr. Harris, who was leading the creek walk, shared some additional photos and video clips with us. Thank you Mr. Harris!

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This Week Around Campus

August 27, 2020

Mrs. Dale had her Home Economics students in the kitchen this week. Kickball intramurals started during evening recreation on Monday and Chaplain Kern's Sabbath afternoon activity was popcorn, watermelon, and the movie "Jonah."

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During the last several weeks Mrs. Dale's Home Economics class has been making zucchini bread, corn muffins, and sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. Here are a few pictures she shared from her classroom.

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Bridge Completion

August 26, 2020

The sign that said "Road Closed" is no longer blocking the bridge over Flint Creek. The bridge is now open and those traveling to Ozark may now drive over the bridge.

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This Week Around Campus

August 20, 2020

A creek runs next to the little valley below the church across the street. On Saturday afternoon, August 15th, Campus Ministries made it a place for our students to hang out skipping rocks by the creek, playing Bible games, singing (with social distancing), swinging in hammocks, eating ice cream sandwiches and Little Debbie's, and enjoying being together with friends. Campus Ministries is continually active on our campus planning activities and worship services designed to strengthen our student's walk with God and make God's Seventh-day a delight.

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SA Election Speeches

August 19, 2020

Students running for SA offices gave their speeches during chapel on Wednesday, August 19th. All of our students did a great job!

The new officers for the 2020-2021 school year are Kelechi N. - President, Zach K. - Vice President, Kobe G. - Religious Activities Coordinator, Diem-Ai L. - Social Activities Coordinator, Nathan F. - Secretary/Treasurer, Sarah O. - Public Relations.

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Junk Scramble

August 15, 2020

Junk Scramble was live streamed via Facebook Live and is now archived and available to view on our Facebook
page. Photos from Saturday Night's Junk Scramble are available via the link below.

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This Week Around Campus

August 12, 2020

Photos from around campus on Wednesday.

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Dorm Student Registration and Move in Day

August 9, 2020

A peek around campus during Sunday's dorm student registration and move in day.

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Day Student Registration

August 6, 2020

Our campus is so quiet during the summer months. It was good to see some familiar faces we have missed over the summer and hear their laughter in our hallways again this week. They may be wearing masks now, but their eyes will often tell you they have the same great smiles underneath.

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Covid-19 Guidelines

Ozark Adventist Academy has developed Covid-19 guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff members. Our plan is based on recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. We will continue to monitor the situation and as recommendations from the ADH and CDC change regarding the pandemic, our guidelines will be updated to meet current best practices.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Emergency Text (SMS) Notification

Ozark uses RenWeb's notification service, ParentAlert. All students and parents with cell phone numbers in our system will receive emergency alerts.

NOTE: Please be sure that you have given us the correct cell phone numbers for both students and parents so that you receive any emergency text notifications.

Online Grade Information & Parent Communication

Parents, besides grade and attendance information, other official correspondence from the school is conducted through RenWeb. Please make sure that you have your account active with the correct e-mail address and phone numbers. Contact Renee Patterson if your account is not working.

New Students and Parents:

Parents, your RenWeb account was set up in the online enrollment process. New students will get their accounts on the first Monday of school.

Returning Students and Parents:

You should be able to use the same username and password that you had last school year.

Inclement Weather Policy

Since the majority of students live on campus, Ozark Adventist Academy generally does not close school due to inclement weather. Parents of day students may keep their child home if they feel the roads are unsafe. Please check online or e-mail your teacher for assignments.

If the need arises for modifications to our school schedule, notification will be sent via our mobile-text-alert system.

Parents are responsible for contacting Ozark's attendance office at [email protected] or (479) 736-2221 x128 if their child will miss school.

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