Senator Trent Garner visited Smackover High School this week for the students to be able to interview a veteran.
The Smackover-Norphlet School District annually submits a request to the Arkansas Department of Education and for Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days to use when school is closed due to exceptional or emergency circumstances such as: a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather, or other acts of God; or a utility outage.
What does this mean for me as a parent?
On Monday, October 14, teachers will send home AMI FOLDERS with students. These AMI FOLDERS will contain work for five days. Please put these AMI FOLDERS in a safe location.
- AMI folders contain work from every single class including fine arts, physical education, career and technical education, and core content classes.
- Teachers will include contact information for the students in case the student has difficulty completing the assignment. The contact information may be one of the following: email address, phone number, Class Dojo app, Remind app, etc.
- Students will need to complete the work in the AMI folders ONLY if school is officially cancelled and declared an AMI DAY.
- On the day students return to class, students are expected to return all completed work to their teachers.
- Failure to complete the work in the AMI folders and return the work to the teachers will be counted as an absence for the student.
What is the difference between an AMI Day and a Regular School Cancellation Day?
- AMI Day – AMI folders will be sent home with students with work for students to complete at home. Because the students are completing work at home, AMI Days do not have to be made up at the end of the year.
- Regular School Cancellation Day – No AMI folder was sent home with students. This day will be made up at the end of the year.
How will we know if a school cancellation is an AMI Day or a Regular School Cancellation Day?
- Parents will be notified by phone using the number on file in the school office and an announcement will be placed on The Buckaroo Blog.
- If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the school year, please contact the school office to update your information.
- To receive automatic emails from The Buckaroo Blog, go to thebuckarooblog.wordpress.com, and enter your email address on the lower right hand column on the blog.
What if my student brings home an AMI FOLDER and the weather turns out to be fine?
- Do NOT complete the work in the AMI folder until school has been officially canceled and declared an AMI DAY. Official announcement of school closing will be through automated phone messages sent by the superintendent’s office and through notification on The Buckaroo Blog.
- As a courtesy to the teachers who have spent a great deal of time preparing the AMI folders, do NOT throw the folders and the work inside the AMI folders away!
- Save the AMI FOLDERS in a safe place for the future.
What if we experience unexpected bad weather and no AMI folders were sent home?
- This would be considered a regular school cancellation day and students would be expected to make up the day at the end of the school year.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation representative Nell Kelly presented $1,000 to Assistant Principal Bernadette O’Guinn and Engineering teacher Tami Philyaw for the engineering program at Smackover High School.
Mrs. Jonna Bates’ Pre-AP Biology classes at Smackover High School conducted a lab on cell organelle speed dating!
The Norphlet Middle School Cross Country teams recently participated in the Moro Bay Invitational Meet.
Those running for the Jr. High Boys’ Team: Phillip Bailey, Gage Fowler, Hunter Goodwin, Braxton Griffin, Colin Maroney, Zander Olds, Evan Phillips, and Ethan Tarver.
Those running for the Jr. High Girls’ Team: Abby Brewer, Emily Camacho, Taylor Darden, Gretchen Goodwin, Savannah Green, Kayleigh Jerry, Joleigh Saulsbury, Layla Sharp, and Tatum Watson.
Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to be the Student of the Month for September:
- Mrs. Jameson – Murphy Preston
- Mrs. Rowan – April Carrier
- Mrs. Smith – Nevaeh Ferrell
- Mrs. Wills – Jeremiah Dunn
- Mrs. Doherty – Madison Lucas
- Mrs. Hunter – Beau Miller
- Mrs. Perkins – Skye Miller
- Mrs. Winright – Morgan Hansen
- Mrs. Arrington – Alysson Diaz
- Mrs. Coleman – Jacob Reeder
- Mrs. Reed – Brycen Winborn
- Mrs. Tolin – Aidynn Calloway
- Mrs. Goode – Paul Thomas
- Mrs. Hargett – Beau Hopkins
- Ms. Henderson – Tyler Barker
- Mrs. Peeples – Landon Waxley
- Mrs. Fogle – Taylor Gray
- Mrs. Knox – Delilah Hansen
- Mrs. Russell – Lillie Fogle
- Ms. Weaver – Lane Falcon
Norphlet Middle School students celebrated Homecoming week by dressing up for special dress-up days!