Month: July 2012

Registration and Open House Dates Set for Elementary and High School

The following dates for registration, open house, and orientation have been set as follows:

Smackover Elementary School

  • Class lists posted on the The Buckaroo Blog and on the front doors of the elementary school – August 6
  • 5th and 6th grade schedules available for pick-up – August 6 at the elementary school
  • Open House for K-4th grades – August 16 from 5 – 7 pm on the elementary campus
  • 4th – 6th grade orientation – August 19 at 9:00 am in the cafeteria (Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend)

Smackover High School

  • 12th grade registration – August 13 from 8 – 10 am
  • 11th grade registration – August 13 from 10 am – 12 pm
  • 10th grade registration – August 13 from 1 – 3 pm
  • 9th grade registration – August 15 from 10 am – 12 pm
  • 8th grade registration – August 15 from 1 – 3 pm
  • 7th grade orientation – August 16 at 6:30 pm (7th grade schedules will be available for pick-up at this time.)
  • Open House for 7-12 grades – August 16 from 5 – 7 pm

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We will be posting athletic schedules and other important information on the blog in an effort to keep parents and the community informed about the events occurring in the Smackover School District.

July School Board Meeting

The School Board for the Smackover School District met in regular session on Monday, July 9, 2012.  The following are highlights from the meeting:

  • Approved a transfer of money to the building fund for repairs to the elementary parking lot.
  • Hired Jana Reynold to the position of Administrator of Technology and Information Security and Josh Wesson to the position of Girls’ Basketball Coach and Social Studies Teacher.
  • Accepted the resignation of one employee.
  • Approved changes to the Licensed and Classified Personnel Policies.  These changes will become effective for 2012-2013 if approved by majority vote of each employee group when they return in the fall.
  • Accepted the bid from Tim Tolin Construction for the Smackover School parking lot.
  • Accepted the resignation from school board member Sue Nash.

The School Board meets in regular session on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Board Room of the Central Office.

SHS Students Excel on AP Exams

Many of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in the Advanced Placement (AP) courses which are offered at the high school.  At the conclusion of the AP courses, students are required to take an exam.  Most colleges and universities will give students college credit to students scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam.

Congratulations to these students for scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the following exams:

  • AP Statistics – Ariel Dunn
  • AP Literature – Reese Childers and Jeff Savage
  • AP Language – Reese Childers, Ariel Dunn, Alexis Evans, and Savannah Horne
  • AP Biology – Mallory Pyron
  • AP US History – Cody Bussell

Two years ago, Smackover High School was awarded a grant through the AAIMS Foundation.  As a part of the grant, each of the students listed above will receive $100 for their excellent test scores in AP Statistics, AP Literature, AP Language, and AP Biology.

Smackover State Bank will provide $100 to students with excellent test scores in AP US History and AP Music Theory.

Thank you to Smackover State Bank and the AAIMS Foundation for supporting our students!


SHS Students Recognized for Outstanding Work and Participation

The following Smackover High School students were presented awards  at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Congratulations to these students!

  • ACT*Up – Alexis Evans, Tyler Stevens
  • Outstanding Student Helper – Lindsay Burson, Kiera Longing, Holly West
  • Perfect Attendance – Lacy Bates, Mercedes Ellis, Adriana Williams, Landon Darden, Jackson Leach, T.J. Williams, Elmore Hempstead, Hannah Johnson, Justin Haltom, Chelsea Hempstead, Nicole Martin
  • Excellent Student Helper – Debbie Hernandez, Keondra Harris, Meaga McGowen, Dakota Loggins
  • 8th Grade Social Studies – Spencer Stanton
  • 7th Grade Social Studies – Brycelynn Bailey
  • UAMS “Hands on Health” – Haley Corley, Brooklyn Taylor
  • AHEC Summer MASH Program – Haley Clayton, Emily Church
  • Arkansas Governor’s School – Savannah Horne
  • Henderson 100 Program – Mariah Gough, Caitlin Warren, Ashley Wilson

The following students served on Student Council during the 2011-2012 school year:

  • President – Haley Corley
  • Vice President – Mallory Pyron
  • Recording Secretary – Shaq Richardson
  • Attendance Secretary – Cordell McDonald
  • Junior Class Representatives – Brooklynn Taylor, Ashton Herring, Abbigail Bradshaw, Mariah Gough
  • Sophomore Class Representatives – Blane Dolden, Reid Malone, Tucker Henderson
  • Freshman Class Representatives – Murphy Aycock, Kayla Green, Grace Nash, Joseph Clark, Kiera Longing, Katherine Jerry
  • 8th Grade Representatives – Morgan Ruddell, Spencer Stanton, Sam Zargari
  • 7th Grade Representatives – Davis Roden, Makenzie Malone

Deadline Approaching to File for School Board Positions

All of the seven school board positions are open in the upcoming school board election in September.

The deadline for filing is Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at noon.

If you would like to become a school board member, submit the following three items on or before noon on Tuesday, July 10, 2012:

  1. Petition with 20 signatures from the zone in which you live
  2. Affidavit of Eligibility
  3. Political Practices Pledge

Forms may be obtained from the Union County Courthouse.

The Smackover School Board meets in regular session on the second Monday of each month.

If you would like more information about becoming a school board member, please contact Superintendent Don Smeltzer at 725-3132 for further information

When will the Common Core State Standards be taught and tested?

Common Core will be implemented into Arkansas public schools in the time frame below:

  • Kindergarten – 2nd grades:
  • 3rd – 8th grades:
  • 9th – 12th grades:

The new assessment system will be in place in the 2014-2015 school year. Until then, the Arkansas Department of Education will continue using the Benchmark and End of Course exams to assess students in mathematics, English language arts, and science.

SHS Students Recognized for Science Excellence

The following Smackover High School students were presented awards related to science at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Congratulations to these students!

  • AP Biology – Mallory Pyron
  • CHemistry – Ariel Dunn
  • Pre-AP Biology – Troy Dino
  • Biology – Oleshia Grant
  • Bausch and Lomb Science Award – Haley Corley
  • Outstanding 7th Grade Science – Lacy Kemp
  • Outstanding Pre-AP 7th Grade Science – Brycelynn Bailey, Daven Sipe, Drew Crutchfield
  • Outstanding Pre-AP 8th Grade Science – Krisanna Reynolds, Sam Zargari
  • Southwest Regional Science Fair Winner – Breanna Poindexter, Hunter Lee
  • Outstanding Work in Physical Science – Kaine McKnight, Disheanna Brown, Brianna Barnhardt, Cammie Martin, Alex Golden, Gage Garner
  • Most Improved in Physical Science – Lacy Thomas, Lacy Goss, DD Finks, Katherine Jerry, Jamarkus Renix, Lacey Thomas
  • Outstanding Work in Pre-AP Physical Science – Logan Clark, Dalton Owens, Justin Ervin, Jacob Wood, Tyler Waxley
  • Most Improved in Pre-AP Physical Science – Chad Parker, Tripp Evans
  • Outstanding Work in Chemistry – Ashley Drummon, Alex Holt, Mallory Pyron
  • Most Improved in Chemistry – Justin Haltom, Shea Sewell, Jessi Watson
  • Outstanding Work in Physics – Ariel Dunn

SHS Students Honored For Excellence in English Language Arts

The following Smackover High School students were presented awards related to English Language Arts at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Congratulations to these students!

  • Accelerated Reader:  1st place overall – Alexia Johnson
  • Accelerated Reader:  3rd place overall – Courtney Davis
  • Accelerated Reader:  7th grade points winner – Brycelynn Bailey
  • Accelerated Reader:  8th grade points winner – Taylor Ramsey
  • Accelerated Reader:  9th grade points winner – Disheana Brown
  • Accelerated Reader – 10th grade points winner – Sequin Cook
  • Accelerated Reader – 11th grade points winner – Jessie Watson
  • Journalism – Sequin Cook
  • Oral Communications – Keith Birchfield
  • 7th grade English – Holly Donahoe
  • 7th grade Pre-AP English – Ashley Haynes
  • 7th grade Creative Writing – Courtney Davis, Tessa Watson, Daven Sipe, Cydni East
  • American Literature Survey – Olivia harrison
  • AP Language and Composition – Haley Corley
  • 9th grade Pre-AP English – Makara Frazier, Joseph Clark, Dalton Owens, Logan Clark, Jackson Martin
  • Outstanding Teacher’s Aide – Savannah Horne
  • 9th grade English – Alex Golden, Cammie Martin
  • 10th grade English – Oleshia Grant, Dakota Blakney
  • 10th grade Pre-AP English – Mallory Pyron, Lindsay Burson, Emily Church, Troy Dino

Why are the Common Core State Standards good for parents?

Common standards are good for parents because:

  • They help parents understand what students need to know and be able to do at each step in their education.
  • They help facilitate conversation between teachers and parents about how to help their children reach those education goals.
  • They assure parents that their children have access to the same high-quality education other students receive in other parts of the country.