Month: September 2013

September School Board Meeting

The Smackover School District Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, September 16, 2013.  Highlights from the meeting included:

  • Recognized Elaine Parham, retired teacher with a plaque to honor her thirty-three years of dedicated service to the school district.
  • Recognized Logan Clark with a Smackover High School Outstanding Leadership Award, praising him for his character, compassion, and willingness to do the right thing.
  • Listened to a report regarding changes to the ALE program for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Approved a policy to be added to the student handbooks.
  • Tabled the approval of the district budget and the special education budget.


Mrs. Parham with Jerry Hegwood, Smackover School Board Vice-President.


Logan Clark with Jerry Hegwood and Jan Henderson, High School Principal.

Preschool Picture Day

Wednesday, October 2, is picture day at Smackover Preschool!

All students will have their pictures taken on that day.  These pictures will be included in the elementary school annual.

Proofs and order forms will be sent home in a few weeks to parents so that pictures may be ordered.

SSD to Host Flu Shot Clinic

In preparation for the 2013-2014 school year and the occurrence of influenza, the Arkansas Department of Health is currently working with school districts to schedule and plan for flu vaccine clinics in schools.

The flu shot clinic will be held October 16, 2013 in the Hobgood Auditorium.  If you want your child to receive an injection or nasal spray, please fill out and return the appropriate paperwork.  Only those with a signed consent will participate in this event.

To facilitate the paperwork involved in receiving a parent’s consent for the student to receive the vaccine, a Family Education Rights to Privacy Act consent form is attached to this letter.  Please sign and return all attached forms.  These consent forms must be returned to the school nurse by Friday, October 4, 2013.

If you have any questions. please call the Union County Health Department at (870) 863-5101.  For local information, contact school nurses Amy Walthall or Kari Gatewood at 725-3601.




Required Forms (Must submit both.)

FERPA Form for Flu Shot


Students Awarded Money for High Test Scores

Smackover High School held their annual Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science (AAIMS) assembly on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Students were recognized and presented $100 gift cards for passing their respective AP end-of-course exams with a 3 or better score.

In 2013, SHS had 44 students participating in AP classes and almost 30 percent passed their exam.  This was a 10% increase from the previous year in the number of students making the passing score.  With these passing scores, students are able to earn college credit.

Those students receiving the awards were:

AP Literature  (Teacher:  Mr. Ray)

  • Haley Corley
  • Ariel Dunn
  • Alexis Evans

AP Language  (Teacher:  Mr. Ray)

  • Lindsay Burson
  • Sequin Cook
  • Troy Dino
  • Sierra Harper
  • Mallory Pyron
  • Brooke Roden

AP Biology (Teacher:  Mrs. Bates)

  • Troy Dino
  • Darius Frazier
  • Josh Zeigler
  • Dakotah Alexander

AP Statistics  (Teacher:  Mrs. Childers)

  • Mallory Pyron

Also present for the assembly were Mayor Bobby Neal, Smackover High School AP Coordinator Crystal Yeager, AAIMS representative Missye Tyler, AP Calculus Teacher Amber Miller, Smackover State Bank Officers Bob Willett and Jim Yeager, along with Smackover School Board members Lynn Kennedy, Heather Preston, and Chris Long.


Buckaroo T-Shirts for Sale

SHS HOSA club(Sports Medicine) is selling T-shirts to raise money to attend conferences in the Fall and Spring. There are 4 different designs to choose from.

Please fill out the appropriate form and turn it in by noon on Oct. 1, 2013. 

Payment is due upon ordering the shirt.   Make checks payable to SHS HOSA.  Please get your order forms to Mrs. Lois Nutter in the high school office.

T-shirts will be in on time to wear to the Breast Cancer awareness PINK football game on Oct. 18.  (The date on the form is incorrect.)

Buckaroo T-Shirts 1

Buckaroo T-shirts 2

Homecoming Schedule

Smackover High School will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, September 27.


  • Monday—Bonfire at 7
  • Tuesday— SHS Parent Teacher Conferences (Early dismissal for SES and SHS)
  • Wednesday—7th-12th Grade Dance in the Parking Lot
  • Thursday—Jr. Bucks at Prescott

The schedule for Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 27, will be as follows:

  • 11:00 am – Student Council conducts tours for alumni classes of ’93 and ’03.
  • 11:30 am – Alumni eat lunch in the cafeteria.
  • 12:35 pm – Smackover Elementary School students and Smackover High School students dismissed. (Smackover Preschool will remain open for its normal hours.)
  • 2:00  pm – Coronation in the auditorium
  • 3:00 pm – Homecoming parade
  • 7:00 pm – Pregame activities
  • 7:30 pm – Football game

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We will be posting homecoming information, 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.

Buckaroo Bistro Now Open!

Parents of 7th-12th graders:

The Buckaroo Bistro is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 – 5:00. Your students can come study, read, or just hang with friends. We have light snacks, soda, and water available.

The Bistro is located in the former Bruce Drugs Building downtown and is run by Aprile Richardson and Sonia Barker.