Month: November 2013

Pilgrims and Indians Come Together in Peace in the School Cafeteria

The Pilgrims (First Graders) and Indians (Kindergarteners) feasted together in peace in the school cafeteria Monday morning.

Supervised by parents, teachers, and administrators, the menu included “traditional” foods including popcorn, pumpkin pie, fruit, and apple juice.

A special thank you goes to all of the parent volunteers who helped support the “alliances” made by these early Americans!

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Early Dismissal on Tuesday

Smackover Elementary School and Smackover High School will dismiss at 12:30 on Tuesday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Smackover Preschool will remain open its regular hours; however, parents may pick up their preschool students early if they choose.

Smackover Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.


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SES Students Selected as Grand Marshals of the El Dorado Christmas Parade

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce announced the grand marshals for the 2013 El Dorado Christmas Parade on Thursday.  Each school district in Union County chose two fifth grade students to represent their school in this capacity.

The following students were selected to represent the Smackover School District based on winning an essay contest:

  • Rylee Darden
  • Dawson Inzer

The parade will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm.

November School Board Meeting

The Smackover School Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, November 18.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Recognized Mathieu Malin as the Student of the Month.  Mathieu is fourth grade student at Smackover Elementary School who is a leader within his classroom and school, a high achieving student, and an encourager to his classmates and teachers.
  • Recognized Karla Darden as the Employee of the Month.  Ms. Karla has been a PreK teacher for over 15 years with the Smackover School District.  She loves her students deeply and provides support and leadership to her co-workers.
  • Recognized Smackover Elementary School for being named one of nine Exemplary Schools by the Arkansas Department of Education.
  • Acknowledged the receipt of an Arkansas Better Beginnings (ABC) Preschool Incentive Grant of $1,000 and an ABC Professional Development Grant of $1,500.
  • Accepted the resignation of one employee.
  • Received brief budget training provided by Business Manager Lori Willis.

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Smackover Elementary School Principal Holly Strickland, Mathieu Malin, and School Board President Joe Bates.

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Special Programs Director Teri Philyaw, Karla Darden, and Board President Joe Bates.

Smackover School Board Recognizes SES

The Smackover School Board recognized Mrs. Holly Strickland and the Smackover Elementary faculty and staff for being named one of nine exemplary schools in the state of Arkansas for 2013.  School board president Joe Bates presented principal Holly Strickland with a banner and a plaque recognizing the school for its high academic achievement.


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Smackover School Board Members Jerry Hegwood, Chris Long, President Joe Bates, Principal Holly Strickland, Heather Preston, Lynn Birchfield, Don Thomas, and Jeremy Ward.