Month: January 2012

Accepting Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program

Nominations are now being accepted for the Gifted and Talented Program at Smackover Public Schools.

Students, teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to complete nomination forms.  The required form may be picked up at the office in the Smackover Elementary School building, or from the Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Kristan Zargari.  Completed forms must be submitted by April 25, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year.    Students must be in grades 3-12 during the 2011-2012 school year to be nominated  for the GT program.

Letters will then be sent to the student’s caregiver requesting permission to assess the abilities of the nominated student.

Students are selected for the gifted and talented program by a committee which studies all data collected.  The Gifted and Talented Identification Committee places a non-bias/blind (no names are used) vote to decide which students will be placed according to the program’s ability to meet the student’s needs.

Students will be notified of their placement/non-placement after all data has been reviewed by the committee.Ace

Elementary School Book Fair

Smackover Elementary School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the elementary library this week, January 30 – February 3, during regular school hours.

The Book Fair will stay open until 7 pm on Thursday, February 2, during Parent Teacher Conferences.

There is quite a selection of books including board books, picture books, chapter books, books for adults, and cookbooks.

Come join the fun this week!

FBLA Members Qualify for State Competition

The Future Business Leaders of America from SHS attended the District III Spring Leadership Conference in Pine Bluff on January 25, 2012.  At the conference, students competed in various business related subjects.  The following students qualified for the state competition to be held in Little Rock on April 2-3:

  • Mallory Pyron – Job Interview (1st Place)
  • Nicole Martin – Business Calculations (1st Place)
  • Gerrett Alphin – Introduction to Business (2nd Place)
  • Cordell McDonald – Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure (2nd Place)
  • Brooke Roden – Public Speaking I (2nd Place)
  • Ashley Roden – Public Speaking II (2nd Place)
  • Mary Ashton Bradshaw – Hospitality Management (3rd Place)
  • Skylar Jones – Health Care Administration (6th Place)

Congratulations to these students!

Baseball Spaghetti Supper

The Smackover High School baseball team will have spaghetti suppers for sale on Thursday, February 2.

Tickets can be purchased from Coach Strickland, any baseball player, or the elementary office for $6 each.

February 2 is also Parent Teacher Conference time  on the elementary campus.  Visit with your child’s teacher and then walk over to the cafeteria to support the baseball team!


The baseball team will also host a hamburger night on Thursday, February 9, during high school parent teacher conferences.

Smart Core Curriculum for High School Students

During the middle of the spring semester, students will make course selections for the upcoming school year.

The Arkansas Department of Education strongly encourages all students to follow the Smart Core Curriculum.

To see what courses are required for the Smart Core Curriculum for the classes of 2012 and 2013, click here.

To see what courses are required for the Smart Core Curriculum for students in the class of 2014 and later, click here.

If you have any questions regarding graduation requirements for high school students, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Corley.

SHS Students in Washington DC

Mr. Ray has taken six Smackover High School students to Washington D.C. this week through Close Up.  Participating students include:

  • Lindsey Burson
  • Tate Chandler
  • Cordarius Enright
  • Tucker Henderson
  • Audrey Kemp
  • Jeff Savage

From visits to the famous sites of Washington to meetings with government officials, these student will experience government.  The Close Up  program takes students to Washington’s famous monuments and memorials and gives them a front row seat to democracy in action in the halls of Congress, as well as in meetings with Washington insiders and media.

If you are interested in participating in Close Up next year, please contact Mr. Tim Ray, SHS Close Up Advisor.

For more information about Close Up, click here.