Month: November 2012

November Board Meeting

The Smackover School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Recognized retiring board members, Sue Nash, Lawrence Bearden, and Tim Jones, with a plaque for their years of service to the district
  • Appointed Vicky Brant to fill the vacant Zone 7 position until the next school election held in September, 2013.
  • Drew for terms for each zone:
Zone Board Member Length of Term
1 Don Thomas 1 year term
2 Joe Bates 5 year term
3 Lynn Kennedy 2 year term
4 Jerry Hegwood 4 year term
5 Chris Long 5 year term
6 Tommy Norrell 3 year term
7 Vicky Brant 4 year term
  • Listened to a salary proposal presented by Jason Arrington, spokesperson for the Licensed Personnel Policy Committee.  The board agreed to table this until the December board meeting for further data comparisons.
  • Approved a one-time non-recurring salary payment for licensed staff.
  • Approved resolutions regarding High Stakes Testing and Sequestration of Federal Funds.

Smackover Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

The annual Smackover Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 7th, at 5 pm.

Trophies will be awarded to winners along with a cash prize for the 1st place float.

There is no entry fee.

Meet at the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on 7th Street at 4:30 pm.

Following the parade will be the arrival of Santa Claus, the lighting of the tree, and the lighting of Eddie’s Cross.

For more information, contact the Smackover Chamber of Commerce at 944-0221 or 725-3521.

Tom Turkey Visits Preschool

Mrs. Janda Darden and her husband, Dusty, brought their tame turkey, Tom, to visit the children at the preschool last week.

Tom is not quite two years old.  Mrs. Janda assured us that Tom is loved like a pet and will NOT be a part of the Thanksgiving meal!

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Winter Water Land

Are you looking for something for your children to do over Christmas break?

HealthWorks Fitness Center’s Aquatic Department will be presenting Winter Water Land on December 26 and January 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

This event is free to the public and is intended to promote water safety and awareness.

Children will be able to participate in:

  • Water Safety Clinics
  • Learn to Swim Groups
  • Fun Swim Time
  • Explore Exhibits
  • Guest Speakers and Swimmers

For more information, click on the link below or contact Laura LaVeer-Taylor at 870-862-5442 ext 40 or ext 13.

Our Gift To Our Community

American Enterprise Day

Future Business Leaders of America recognizes American Enterprise Day on November 15, every year. On this day, chapters salute and promote the American enterprise and free market systems. Chapters around the country host activities to promote American enterprise within in their schools and communities.

What is American Enterprise? American Enterprise is the system where little to no restrictions are placed on businesses, and the government has little to no intervention

On October 8, 1980, President Carter made a proclamation directing American citizens to observe American Enterprise Day. During the 1980s FBLA received a grant from Chevron Corporation to expose students to capitalism.

The Free Enterprise movement began in the 1700s when business owners were tired of government intervention. Citizens wanted control of their own business without restrictions.

Today, American Enterprise still advocates against heavy restrictions placed on businesses.

Smackover students and FBLA members will be attending events and meetings locally to learn more about American Free Enterprise and wearing their FBLA T-shirts to commemorate the day.

American Enterprise Day

SHS Seniors Nominated for National Scholarship Program

Hope Barker and Haley Corley, seniors and members of the Smackover High School National Honor Society, have been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship program for this school year.

This year the program will award more than $200,000 in college scholarships. Special recognition and additional awards will be presented to state and regional winners. One national recipient will receive a $13,000 award.

High school National Honor Society chapters from across the country were eligible to nominate between two and five senior NHS members to compete. Nominees are selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs; achievements in the arts and sciences; and general academic record.

While at Smackover High School, Hope and Haley have been very active in many clubs and organizations such as NHS, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Student Council, FLBA, Mu Alpha Theta, Literati, FCCLA, and involved in several service projects. Both girls were members of the 3A State Champion golf team. Hope plans to attend college after graduation and Haley plans on attending University of Arkansas to study  biology/chemistry with a focus on Pre-Dentistry.

Bake Sale

Do you need some sweets and treats to serve your family around Thanksgiving???

If so, there will be a Bake Sale on Saturday, November 17, at Kennedy Park as a fundraiser for the 6th grade.

The bake sale will begin at 8 am and last until the last cupcake is sold!

For more information, please contact Mrs. Rona Harrison.

Sneak Peak for December:

  • Don’t wrap those Christmas gifts yet!  On December 15, there will be a gift wrapping fundraiser for the 6th grade class.  More information to come.
  • Parents of sixth grade students are asked to bring wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, ribbon, tape, boxes and sacks to wrap Christmas gift.  These items may be given to Mrs. Rona Harrison prior to December 15.