Month: April 2012

SHS Students Produce Award Winning Writing

Four Smackover High School Students were recently recognized for their award winning writing through the Southern Arkansas University Writing Festival this year.

  • Spencer Stanton, 8th grade:  1st place in the fiction division taking home a certificate, a trophy, and $50
  • Holly Donahue, 7th grader:  2nd place in the poetry division taking home a certificate and $30
  • Mike Howell , 8th grader:  3rd place in the poetry division taking home a certificate and $20
  • Courtney Davis, 7th grader:  3rd place in the  short story fiction division taking home a certificate and $20

The seventh grade students are taught by Mrs. Kim Stanton.  The eight grade students are taught by Mrs. Sonia Barker.

Congratulations to these students and their teachers for all their hard work!

SHS Student Council News

Every year, the Arkansas Association of Student Councils (AASC) selects a charity of the year.  Local student council chapters across the state conduct fundraisers to support the chosen charity.

For 2011-2012, the AASC chose Arkansas Children’s Hospital as its charity of the year.  The Smackover High School Student Council raised $500 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital through the Pop Tart Cart fundraiser.

What is a Pop Tart Cart???

A Pop Tart Cart is just that, a cart that rolled around the high school hallway between 3rd and 4th period every other Friday.  Student Council members sold Pop Tarts and drinks for $1.50 because they realized that kids were VERY hungry about that time of day!

The idea for the Pop Tart Cart was such a creative and unique fundraiser that the Smackover High School Student Council’s Pop Tart Cart won Fund Raising Project of the Year at the Arkansas Association of Student Council State Conference last weekend!

Congratulations to the SHS Student Council for representing our school so well in supporting Arkansas Children’s Hospital!

High School to Host Book Fair

Smackover High School will host a luau themed book fair next week, April 16-20, in the high school library.

There will be a great selection of books, posters, and other items available for purchase.

Please support your high school library by participating in this fun event and by wearing the following attire:

  • Monday – Sunglasses Day
  • Tuesday – Luau with a Twist Day (scarves, crazy, etc.)
  • Wednesday – Flip Flop Day
  • Thursday – Crazy Hat Day
  • Friday – Hawaiian Day (anything)

For more information about the high school book fair, please contact Mrs. Tonya Corley.

Gifted and Talented Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program are being accepted in the Smackover School District.

Nominations are accepted for students in first through eleventh grades.

The deadline for nominations is April 23, 2012.   All nominations must be submitted to the GT Coordinator by that date.

Parents desiring additional information or nomination forms should contact the GT Coordinator at the Smackover Elementary School Campus.


April School Board Meeting

The Smackover School District School Board met on Monday, April 9.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Adding $10,000 to the fuel budget because of the rising cost of gasoline
  • Listening to a proposal  presented by VARtek Services, Inc. in reference to outsourcing the technology department
  • Hiring a band director for the 2012-2013 school year
  • Hiring a preschool paraprofessional
  • Rehiring licensed and classified staff for the 2012-2013 school year

The Smackover School Board meets on the second Monday of every month.  The public is invited to attend.

School District Report Card Posted

Dear Parents:

Each year, the Arkansas Department of Education publishes a Performance Report of the state’s schools. Not to be confused with student report cards, this report provides parents and communities with information about each school and district including test performance, teacher qualification, retention, discipline and much more.

This report is designed to help open the lines of communication between schools, parents and the local community. Parents can use the report when visiting their child’s school for conferences and other meetings to ask questions about how well the school is performing and what measures are in place for improvement.

We hope the information included in the 2011 Arkansas School Performance Report will encourage you to become more involved in your child’s education. When parents are partners in their children’s education, the results are improved student achievement, better school attendance and reduced dropout rates.

If you need additional information about this report, contact your local school administrator or visit:

This year, Arkansas schools began implementing the Common Core State Standards in grades K-2.

Common Core is an effort by states to align curriculum across the country. The new learning standards will ensure children — no matter where they live — have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and the workforce.

Arkansas educators have high expectations for the children of this state. Common Core will help parents understand exactly what their children need to know.

Students in grades 3-8 will begin the transition to Common Core in the fall of 2012, and full implementation will be in place for all grades in 2014-15. For more information, we encourage you to visit

Tom W. Kimbrell, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education

To access the elementary report card, click here.

To access the high school report card, click here.

To access the district report card, click here.

SPS Enjoys Spring and Easter

Spring is in the air at Smackover Preschool!

Check out these pictures of students celebrating Easter with a real bunny, an Easter party in the Toddler room, and lots of fun playing outside on warm, spring days.

Parents, if your child will be five by August 5, don’t forget to register your child for kindergarten.

Information about kindergarten registration can be found here.

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SHS Student Chosen to Attend Governor’s School

Savannah Horne has been selected to attend the 2012 Arkansas Governor’s School.  She will attend in the area of English Language Arts.  Selection
for Governor’s School is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive.  She was selected as one of the 400 from a field of 700 applicants.

The Arkansas Governor’s School is open to students completing their junior year of high school.  For more information about Governor’s School, click here.

Students Support Arkansas Children’s Hospital

The Smackover Elementary School Student Council is selling Bracelets 4 Babies.  The bracelets are made from a blue, swirl silicone that says Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  The bracelets are selling for $1 with ALL proceed going directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The deadline for buying bracelets is April 20th.

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Smackover High School student Haley Bird has been selected as Miss Greater Camden Outstanding Teen.  As Miss Greater Camden Outstanding Teen, Haley has started a program called “Happies for ACH.”

Haley stated, “We all like receiving ”happies” on special days such as birthdays, Easter, and Christmas!  At Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) some children are admitted for long periods of time and receiving “happies” make a hospital stay a little easier.

“Please join me, Haley Bird, Miss Greater Camden Outstanding Teen, in making a child’s day better by placing an item or two in the “Happies for ACH” box that is located at the high school and elementary office! A few examples are baby dolls, barbie dolls, small cars and trucks, coloring books, crayons, puzzle books and etc.”

The deadline for “Happies for ACH” is April 20th.

Regional Science Fair Winners Announced

Southern Arkansas University recently held the regional science fair for elementary to high school aged students.

Winners from the Smackover School District include:

  • Hannah Freeman, third place, Biological Science,The Effect of Tulip Bulb Growth in Different Soil Depths
  • Robert Dixon, third place, Physical Science, Melting Ice
  • Colby Pearson, third place, Earth/Space Science, Permeability of South Arkansas Soils
  • David Martin, first place, Engineering Math, One Shot One Kill
  • Kayleigh Yeager and Hailey Watson, first place, Team Project, Which Paint Covers Better?
  • Cody Chelette, third place, Biological Science, Planting Pots
  • Breana Poindexter, first place, Engineering Math,Dueling Solar Panels
  • Hunter Lee and Savannah Thompson, first place, Team Project, Horse of Another Color

Congratulations to these students!