Month: March 2012

SHS Writers’ Ink Winners Announced

Several Smackover High School students have been selected for publication in the 15th annual volume of Writers’ Ink, a literary magazine published by South Arkansas Community College and edited by the SouthArk English faculty.

During the 2011-12 academic year, high school students were invited through their English teachers to submit original poems, essays, and/or short stories as entries in a creative writing contest with the best submissions to be published in Writers’ Ink.

Smackover  students who were published in Writers’ Ink include:

  • Amanda RaeAnn Lowery – honorable mention for junior division poetry
  • Tucker Henderson – first prize for junior division short fiction
  • Grace Nash – honorable mention for junior division short fiction
  • Disheanna Brown – honorable mention for junior division short fiction
  • Antonisha Barker – honorable mention for junior division short fiction
  • Joseph Clark – honorable mention for junior division short fiction

All of these students are taught by English teacher, Mrs. Aprile Richardson.

The prizes in this year’s contest will be awarded and the magazines distributed at a ceremony at 2 pm on April 22 at the El Dorado Conference Center.  The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception in honor of the student authors and their English teachers.


SHS Athletes Excel

Congratulations to Deonta Baker for making All-State basketball.

Also, the following Senior High Buck track member have qualified for the State Track Meet:

  • Deonta Baker, Ryan Lawson, Fabian Sims, and Brandyn Thomas – 4 x 100
  • Brandon Thomas – 100 meters

These students qualified during the first track meet of the year.

Keep up the great work!

SES Students Published in the El Dorado News Times

Congratulations to the following students for having their work published in the Newspapers in Education section of the El Dorado News Times:

First Grade – Coloring Contest

  • Lanee Green

Second Grade – Recipe Contest (Titles of recipes are spelled the way recipes were published in the paper.)

  • Grace Langley – choc. strawberrys
  • Madison Johnson – How to make a Funny Drink
  • Kayla Thomas – Coconut slasher
  • Shamya Hunter – cereal
  • Emily Bailey – Cheese Chimchena
  • Evan Pietranski – Steak
  • Tori Bates – Tacos
  • Erin Frazier – PB and Banana Sandwich
  • Emily Ann Venable – Chicken and dompling
  • Brea Boyce – Vanilla Shak
  • Xavier Richardson – Breakfast
  • Braiden Anders – Choc Chip Cookies
  • Kaylee Manasko – Choc. Milk Shake with Strawberry short cake
  • Jayden Smith – How to make Gingerbread cookies

Third Grade – Weather Picture Contest

  • Haley Johnson

Fourth and Fifth Grades – Ad Design Contest

  • Anna Claire Kraztzer – Calhoun’s Medical Supply
  • Shae Belt – SAE
  • Lawson Points – Cross Oil Refining
  • Hannah Squyres – Sourth Ark Pump and Supply
  • Jillian McKnight – Smackover Motors
  • Miranda Stewart – Quality Lube

Jewelry Sale for Fundraiser

Mrs. Strauch and Mrs. Corley will host a Jewelry Express Sale on Thursday, March 29, from 11 am to 5:30 pm in the Smackover School Auditorium.  Money raised from the jewelry sale will be used in the SHS and SES Student Services Program.

The following items will be for sale:

  • Bracelets
  • Watches
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Brooches
  • Rings
  • Wallets
  • Hair Accessories
  • Lipstick Cases
  • Wallets
  • And much more!!!

Many items are $5.  Other items are $10 – $15.

Come join the fun!

March School Board Meeting

The Smackover School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Highlights from the meeting include:

  • The Board approved reorganizing the 5th and 6th grades for the 2012-2013 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2012-2013 school calendar.
  • The Board approved a rezoning proposal.
  • The Board approved the adoption of a new promotion/retention policy for 7th and 8th grade students.
  • The Board approved the proposal by AIREARK for fiberoptic services.
  • Mr. Smeltzer reported that the two bonds the District had up for refunding were purchased.  One sold for 2.89% and the other sold for 3.05%.

SSD Spring Break

The Smackover School District will not hold classes during the week of March 19-23 for Spring Break.

Classes will resume on Monday, March 26.

Other important dates:

  • Kindergarten Registration – Thursday, April 5
  • Good Friday Holiday, – Friday, April 6


SES Announces AR Goal Getters for 3rd Nine Weeks

Congratulations to the following Smackover Elementary School students for being Accelerated Reader Goal Achievers for the 3rd nine weeks:

2nd: Chase Brumley, Anna Grace Crutchfield, Laylah Gaston, Malayia Holloway, Gabbi Kelly, Colin Kratzer, Mackenzie Minor, Anna Morgan, Emily Bailey, Grace Langley, Kaylee Manasco, Ma’kalia Massey, Timmy Preston, Xavier Richardson, Colton Thomas, Emily Ann Venable, Paige Williams, Landree Clark, Cody Watson

3rd: Drew Haynes, Gracyn Belin, Alec Gatewood, Jacob Eubanks, Dawson Inzer, Kendall Key, Gracie Muckelrath, Jayce Nutt, Tiyas Rester, Caleb Watson, Kaylee Armstrong, Dylan Calloway, Rylee Darden, Audrey Dearman, Morgan Duncan, Austin Goodwin, Madison Ingle, Hayley Johnson, Breylon Love, Bailey Rivers, Elizabeth Rodrigues, Brealyn Smith, Courtney Smith, Karli Willett

4th: Harley Ainsworth, Kennedy Briggs, Braden Doherty, Courtney Fisher, James Gatewood, Angelina Roberts, Brooks Tolin, Jordan Brock, Trenton Bailey, Nichole Davis, Lainey Holland, Anna Claire Kratzer, Lexie Lawrence, Vanessa Lofton, William Newton, Gloria Porter, Jillian Russell, Alex Savage, Beatty Zargari

5th: Laynie Clark, Haley Davis, Robert Dixon, Sabrina Estridge, Katelynn Gifford, Forrest Harrison, Brooklyn Kell, Kalin Key, David Martin,  Megan Mullin, Jordan Price, Hailey Watson, Kayleigh Yeager, Alondra Grant, Nicole Hildebrand, Elijiah Roberson, Alisa Smith, Able Kinley, Jonathan Mitchell

6th: Colt Aycock, Precious Dorman, Jacob Muckelrath, Noel Pietranski, Scott Porter, George Williams, Max Zargari,

Winning Classes for most points:

  • 2nd: Mrs. Tolin 312.8
  • 3rd: Mrs. Wylie 337.1
  • 4th Mrs. Knox 421.3
  • 5th activity: Evans activity group: 279.1
  • 6th activity: L. Jameson activity group: 280.8


For more information about the Accelerated Reader program at the elementary school, please contact Charlie Weaver.