Month: June 2012

Common Core State Standards

Have you heard anything about the new Common Core State Standards (also known as CCSS)?

If not, keep following the blog throughout the summer to learn more about…

  • What the Common Core State Standards are
  • Why the Common Core State Standards are good for students
  • Why the Common Core State Standards are good for parents
  • When will the Common Core State Standards be implemented
  • When will the Common Core State Standards be assessed

SHS Math Curriculum Changes

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The State School Board of Education approved new mathematics standards for K-12 mathematics classrooms in 2011.  These standards are entitled the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS).  Following the approval, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) released a transition plan for implementing these new standards.

  • 2011-2012:  Kindergarten through 2nd grade will implement the new standards.
  • 2012-2013:  3rd through 8th grade will implement the new standards.
  • 2013-2014:  9th through 12th grade will implement the new standards.

We, in the Smackover School District, have been carefully researching the new math CCSS and attending training regarding the new CCSS.  We have discovered that many things which were previously taught at one grade level are now being taught in a new grade level or under the name of a different course.

What are some of the major mathematics changes?

Old Course Name New Course Name
Algebra I Math 7 and Math 8
Algebra II Algebra I
Algebra II Bridge to Algebra II
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry Algebra II

Please be reminded that the Smackover School District is required by ADE Rules to teach these new standards.  The decision to use new standards was a state decision, not a local decision.

It is the goal of the Smackover School District to minimize any learning gaps which students might experience during the transition to the new standards.

How can the Smackover School District support my child through the transition to the new standards?

Upon the suggestion of the ADE, the Smackover School District has created the following pathways available to students.  These pathways will prevent your child from having major difficulties in transitioning to the new standards.

10th Graders (Class of 2015)

Option Option Option Option
7th Grade Math 7 Math 7 Math 7 Math 7 PreAP
8th Grade Math 8 Math 8 Math 8 Algebra I
9th Grade Algebra I Algebra I Algebra I Part A Geometry
10th Grade Geometry Geometry AND Algebra II Algebra I Part B Algebra II
11th Grade Bridge to Algebra II 4th year math Geometry 4th year math
12th Grade Algebra II 4th year math Bridge to Algebra II 4th year mat

 9th Graders (Class of 2016)

Option Option Option
7th Grade Math 7 Math 7 Math 7 Pre AP
8th Grade Math 8 Math 8 Algebra I
9th Grade Algebra I Algebra I Geometry
10th Grade Geometry Geometry AND Bridge to Algebra II Bridge to Algebra II
11th Grade Bridge to Algebra II Algebra II Algebra II
12th Grade Algebra II 4th year math 4th year mat

 8th Graders (Class of 2017)

Option Option Option
7th Grade Math 7 Math 7 Math 7 PreAP
8th Grade Math 8 AND Math Lab Math 8 AND Math Lab Algebra I
9th Grade Algebra I Algebra I Geometry
10th Grade Geometry Geometry Bridge to Algebra II
11th Grade Algebra II Bridge to Algebra II Algebra II
12th Grade 4th year math Algebra II 4th year math

7th Graders (Class of 2018)

Option Option Option
7th Grade Math 7 AND Math Lab Math 7 AND Math Lab Math 7 PreAP AND Math Lab
8th Grade Math 8 Math 8 Math 8 PreAP
9th Grade Algebra I Algebra I Algebra I PreAP
10th Grade Geometry Geometry Geometry PreAP
11th Grade Algebra II Bridge to Algebra II Algebra II
12th Grade 4th year math Algebra II 4th year math

If you have any questions regarding the new math CCSS or the mathematics pathways, you may contact the following people:

June School Board Meeting

The Smackover School Board met in regular session on Monday, June 11, 2012.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Approved the Student Internet Use Agreement and CIPA Policies for the 2012-2013 school year
  • Approved an agreement with Datamax to handle printing devices for the District
  • Approved installation, service, and training for the District wireless network from IK Electric Wireless Contract
  • Accepted the resignation of two employees
  • Reported that the District Special Education Program met requirements for the 2010-2011 school year as of May 31, 2012

The Smackover School Board meets at 6pm on the second Monday of every month in the board room at Central Office.  The public is invited to attend.

SHS Seniors Awarded Scholarships (Day 8)

Over the next week, the Smackover School District would like to honor graduates of the class of 2012 who were awarded scholarships by highlighting  scholarship recipients each day.

Congratulations to these students!

Logan Skidmore will attend the University of Central Arkansas. She has received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Tre Shutes will attend the University of Central Arkansas.  He has been awarded a $500 SHS Coca-Cola scholarship, Murphy Foundation with a 4-year value of $16,000. He has also received the Academic Challenge valued at $18,000.

Brandyn Thomas will attend the University of Central Arkansas. He has received a SHS Educational Fund valued at $1,000 and the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Raquile Turner will attend University of Central Arkansas. She has received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Cody West will attend SouthArk Community College. He has received the Freshman Recognition scholarship with a 2-year value of $2,664. He has also received the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500.

Holly Yeager will attend Southern Arkansas University. She has been awarded an Achievement Award with a 4-year value of $8,000. She has also received a SHS Educational Fund valued at $1,000 and the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Employment Opportunities

Smackover Public Schools
NOTICE OF VACANCIES

Smackover Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the positions of:

  • 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher
  • Secondary Social Studies AND Coach with primary responsibility of Girls Basketball

Please send your resume and completed application to Jan Henderson, High School Principal.

SHS Seniors Awarded Scholarships (Day 7)

Over the next week, the Smackover School District would like to honor graduates of the class of 2012 who were awarded scholarships by highlighting five scholarship recipients a day.

Congratulations to these students!

Katelyn Phillips will attend SouthArk Community College. She has received the President’s scholarship with a 2-year value of $5,328. She has also received the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500.

Ashley Roden will attend Southern Arkansas University.  She will receive the Blue & Gold Award with a 4-year value of $20,400. She has also received a Union County Farm Bureau scholarship valued at $1,000, a Union County 4-H scholarship valued at $1,000, a FFA scholarship valued at $1,000, a Women of Distinction valued at $500, an Arkansas Career Technical Eeducation scholarship valued at $500, a Class of ’12 book grant for $266, a $500 Teri Fite Tennyson Memorial scholarship, and the Class of ’62 scholarship valued at $2,000. She has also received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Blake Ruddell will enter the Air Force. He will receive the Post 9/11 GI Bill to continue his college education with a value of $51,336.

Jeff Savage will attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has committed to play Warhawk football receiving an athletic scholarship with a 4-year value of $80,325.60. He has also received an Academic Recognition scholarship with a 4-year value of $9,600.

Sharda Sims will attend the University of Arkansas. She has been awarded a $500 SHS Coca-Cola scholarship, a $500 Ella Louise Sims scholarship, a Class of ’12 book grant for $266, the Murphy Foundation with a 4-year value of $16,000 as well as the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

SHS Seniors Awarded Scholarships (Day 6)

Over the next week, the Smackover School District would like to honor graduates of the class of 2012 who were awarded scholarships by highlighting five scholarship recipients a day.

Congratulations to these students!

Jordan McDaniel will attend Arkansas State University. She has been awarded an Arkansas Promise scholarship valued at $10,000 for four years. She has received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000 and the Lifeshare Blood Donor $500 scholarship.

Trevor McElroy will attend Southern Arkansas University. He has been awarded the $500 Changing Lives Ministries scholarship.

Chance Nash will attend Southern Arkansas University. He has received a Blue & Gold award with a 4-year value of $20,400. He has also received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Kimberly Needham will attend Southern Arkansas University. She has been awarded a $500 SHS Coca-Cola scholarship as well as the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Kayla Nelson will attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000, the Murphy Foundation with a 4-year value of $16,000 and a $500 Ella Louise Sims scholarship.

SHS Seniors Awarded Scholarships (Day 5)

Over the next week, the Smackover School District would like to honor graduates of the class of 2012 who were awarded scholarships by highlighting five scholarship recipients a day.

Congratulations to these students!

Brittany Hinson will attend Southern Arkansas University. She has received a Class of ’12 book grant for $266.

Devin Hopper will attend the University of Arkansas. He has received the Academic Challenge valued at $18,000 and a Class of ’12 book grant for $266.

Skylar Jones will attend SouthArk Community College. She has received the Student Ambassador scholarship with a 2-year value of $14,608, the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500, a SHS Educational Fund valued at $1,000, a $500 Bonnie Chamberlain District III FBLA scholarship, SHS FLBA $500 scholarship and the $500 SHS FCCLA Scholarship.

Jasmine Lee will attend University of Central Arkansas. She has received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Kiana Lee will attend Southern Arkansas University. She has been awarded the Achievement Award with a 4-year value of $8,000. She has also received the Academic Challenge with a 4-year value of $18,000.

Free Athletic Physicals

Students in 7th – 12th grades who wish to participate in athletics are required to have a physical.

The Smackover Family Clinic will be offering free athletics physicals on Wednesday, June 6.

  • Physicals for females will begin at 8:45 am.
  • Physicals for males will begin at 10:30 am.

SHS Seniors Awarded Scholarships (Day 4)

Over the next week, the Smackover School District would like to honor graduates of the class of 2012 who were awarded scholarships by highlighting five scholarship recipients a day.

Congratulations to these students!

Jax Evans will attend South Ark Community College. He has been awarded an Albert W Loftin scholarship with a 2-year value of $2,664. He has received the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500 and a Class of ’12 book grant for $266.

Marquis Gaston will attend the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He has received a Martin Resource Management award valued at $1,000. He has also received the Academic Challenge valued at $18,000 as well as the Murphy Foundation with a 4-year value of $16,000.

Jared Green will attend  SAU Tech. He will receive the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500.

Robert Heath will enter the United States Marines. He will receive the Montgomery GI Bill to cover college tuition with a value of $178,648.

Daniel Hernandez will attend SAU Tech. He has received the Merit scholarship with a 2-year value of $6,580. He has received the Academic Challenge with a 2-year value of $4,500. He has received $22,000 from Ford/AAA for his participation in Student Auto Skills competition through the SouthArk Secondary Career Center.