Month: March 2014

Children’s Theatre on Tour Coming to Preschool!

The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour will perform The Engine That Thought It Could at Hobgood Auditorium on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30 am. Children’s Theatre on Tour is part of the State Services program at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art.

The Children’s Theatre on Tour invites Smackover Preschool children and parents along on this classic tale of determination. Join in as Millie, the Little Engine, learns that hard work pays off even when faced with adversity.  The play is written by Alan Keith Smith and based on the 1906 story by Reverend Charles S. Wing.

CT on Tour - The Engine That Thought It Could

“The Children’s Theatre on Tour brings the magic of the theatre to thousands of children and families across the state,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “Every year, their performances wow the audiences and create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.”

Children’s Theatre on Tour will be traveling to tour locations around the state from April 1 to May 9 performing The Engine That Thought It Could. Although this production closes out the 2013-2014 season, a new line-up of plays will begin touring later this year.

Kindergarten Registration will also be held on Thursday, April 17.

Drop by the elementary school before or after the play to register your child for Kindergarten!

SHS Announces AR Achievers for the 3rd Nine Weeks

The following Smackover High School students met their Accelerated Reader (AR) goals for the 3rd nine weeks.  Congratulations to these students!


  • Dallas Bolling
  • Brent Burris
  • Caleb Bush
  • Seth Byrd
  • Abbie Crawford
  • Riley Crowe
  • Haley Davis
  • Hannah Davis
  • Robert Dixon
  • Hannah Freeman
  • Alondra Grant
  • Cole Hagler
  • Forrest Harrison
  • Catherine Hodges
  • Austin Huckabee
  • Diamond Johnson
  • Brady Lavoie
  • Cody Lee
  • David Martin
  • William Mitchell
  • Terra Peace
  • Colby Pearson
  • Jordan Price
  • Gracie Ragan
  • Caleb Reynolds
  • Elijah Roberson
  • Alisa Smith
  • Hannah Squyres
  • Chloe Stafford
  • Mary Claire Wilcox
  • Kayleigh Yeager


  • Stormy Anders
  • Hunter Baker
  • Jacob Beavers
  • Brayden Belt
  • Justin Berry
  • Alison Billings
  • Zoe Bradley
  • Kenny Burger
  • Jake Crews
  • Blake Doherty
  • Precious Dorman
  • Tucker Evans
  • James Johnson
  • Peyton Jones
  • Ashton Lewis
  • Keleeon Lios
  • Sara Livingston
  • Bryce Lockhart
  • Kristi McDonald
  • Braden McKinnon
  • Mark Miller
  • Jacob Muckelrath
  • Noel Pietranski
  • Gabe Porter
  • George Williams
  • Crystal Willis


  • Brycelynn Bailey
  • Kara Burson
  • Amber Carter
  • Drew Crutchfield
  • Courtney Davis
  • Laura Deal
  • Drake Dolden
  • Holly Donahoe
  • Lane Duke
  • Cydni East
  • Michael Edwards
  • Mercedes Ellis
  • Midori Ellis
  • Elizabeth Golden
  • Camron Harris
  • Elizabeth Harrison
  • Ashley Haynes
  • Natalie Jennings
  • Nick Jennings
  • Katharine Langley
  • Wyatt Leach
  • Hunter Lee
  • Ashley McKnight
  • Brennan McKnight
  • Gerardo Montoya
  • Charissa Newton
  • Breanna Poindexter
  • Jared Russell
  • Hayley Sampson
  • Tessa Watson

10th GRADE

  • Doyne Alphin
  • Hogan Barker
  • Brennan Belin
  • Emily Buggs
  • Ashlynn Coke
  • Adam Dorman
  • Trevor Eppinette
  • Liz Frisby
  • Erica Harris
  • Michael Howell
  • Summer Jones
  • Tori McKinnon
  • Haley Mullin
  • Reagan Pyron
  • Holly Reynolds
  • Krisanna Reynolds
  • Bailey Snider
  • Spencer Stanton
  • Seth Strickland
  • Ivy Tolin
  • Brady Venable
  • Mason Willett

11th GRADE

  • Dakotah Alexander
  • Brianna Barnhardt
  • Aaron Brant
  • Disheanna Brown
  • Luke Bussell
  • T’ishona Campbell
  • Logan Clark
  • Tripp Evans
  • Brittany Fisher
  • Makara Frazier
  • Jessica Glover
  • Kayla Green
  • Kierra Harris
  • Katherine Jerry
  • Lexie Johnson
  • Cody Johnson
  • Melissa Jones
  • Tristian Kelley
  • Tessa King
  • David Lee
  • Alyce Love
  • Cammie Martin
  • Jackson Martin
  • Meagan McGowen
  • Grace Nash
  • Adrianna Parker
  • Chad Parker
  • Drake Payne
  • Tamia Ramey
  • John Schaffer
  • Cooper Thurmon
  • Nathan Toms
  • Jacob Wood


  • Gerrett Alphin
  • Morgan Anders
  • Antonisha Barker
  • Brittney Barnhardt
  • Tawanna Bell
  • Aaron Brock
  • Lindsay Burson
  • John Burton
  • Haley Clayton
  • Brooke Cottrell
  • Troy Dino
  • Blane Dolden
  • Charmaine Givens
  • Blair Goss
  • Hannah Green
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Christina Jones
  • Luke Landreneau
  • Rae Ann Lowery
  • Cordell McDonald
  • Ty Mullens
  • Emily Porter
  • Mallory Pyron
  • Brooke Roden
  • Cat Sampson

April Calendar of Events

April is a very busy month for Smackover students!  Please mark your calendars for these dates:

  • April 3 (Thursday) – Preschool class and individual pictures
  • April 4 (Friday) – Smackover Band Color Guard Tryouts
  • April 11 (Friday) – “S” Factor Talent Show
  • April 17 (Thursday) – The Engine That Thought It Could (Smackover Preschool)
  • April 17 (Thursday) – Kindergarten Registration
  • April 18 (Friday) – Good Friday Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
  • April 24 (Thursday) – Progress reports sent home
  • April 25 (Friday) – SES Natural High Day  Rescheduled for May 9
  • April 26 (Saturday) – SHS Prom
  • April 29 (Tuesday) – 3rd – 6th grade Family Fitness Night

Field Trips

  • April 11 (Friday) – 2nd Grade field to the museum
  • April 16 (Wednesday) – Kindergarten to the zoo
  • April 17 (Thursday) – 3rd Grade to the museum
  • April 24 (Thursday) – K-2 to the farm fair

Testing Schedule

  • April 1-4 – 1st – 2nd Grade ITBS
  • April 7-10 – 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th Benchmark Exams
  • April 7-11 – 5th and 7th grade Benchmark Exams
  • April 22-23 – Geometry EOC
  • April 29-30 Biology EOC

Gifted Talented Nominations

Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program are being accepted in the Smackover School District.

Nominations are accepted for students in first through eleventh grades.

The deadline for nominations is April 11, 2014.   All nominations must be submitted to the GT Coordinator by that date.

Parents desiring additional information or nomination forms should contact the GT Coordinator at the Smackover Elementary School Campus.

GT Nomination Form

Middle School Summer Science Camp

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) will be hosting the 2014 Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp from July 6 – 18, 2014.  This camp is available at 19 other universities nationwide and is the only camp site in Arkansas.

UALR will select 48 rising 6th through 8th graders with at least a “B” average in math and science.  There will also be an equal distribution of boys and girls and across all grade levels.  The program supports historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities.  This includes students from rural areas and or school districts where opportunities are limited.  ALL interested students should apply!
  • The program is free and residential with a nurse on staff and certified instructors and counselors.  All personnel are required to pass background checks.
  • If you have students who would benefit from this once in a lifetime immersion in STEM, please fill out an application, which is located here:
  • Applications are due May 3 and parents will receive notification by May 27.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vernard Henley via e-mail or by phone, 501-569-8203.

SHS Junior Cheerleaders for 2014-2015

Tryouts for the Junior Buckaroo Cheerleaders were held this week.  Each student trying out for the squad was assigned a number.

The following will be the 2014-2015 Junior Buckaroo Cheerleaders:

  • 7
  • 16
  • 1
  • 4
  • 15
  • 3
  • 9
  • 14
  • 2
  • 5
  • 13
  • 8
  • 6
  • 12
  • 10
  • 11

All new junior high cheerleaders are to pick up a fund raising packet from the high school office on Monday, March 31st.

Camp deposits of $50 are due by April 15.

Congratulations to those student who made the cheer squad!

SHS Senior Cheerleaders for 2014-2015

Tryouts for the Senior Buckaroo Cheerleaders were held this week.  Each student trying out for the squad was assigned a number.

The following will be the 2014-2015 Senior Buckaroo Cheerleaders:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 7
  • 8
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16

All new senior high cheerleaders are to pick up a fund raising packet from the high school office on Monday, March 31st.

Camp deposits of $50 are due by April 15.

Congratulations to those student who made the cheer squad!

Junior High Cheerleading results will be posted at 8 pm on Friday, March 21st.

March School Board Meetings

The Smackover School District Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, March 17, 2014 in Hobgood Auditorium.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Recognized Mrs. Judy Doherty as the Teacher of the Month.  Mrs. Doherty was described as a patients, dedicated and organized teacher who loves her students and has concern for them both academically and socially.
  • Recognized Willie Manning as the Student of the Month.  Willie was congratulated on his accomplishments at SHS and for exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities.
  • Heard a presentation from the Superintendent regarding the proposed merger proposal with the Norphlet School District.
  • Approved addendums to the elementary school handbook.
  • Accepted the resignation of one employee.


Mrs. Judy Doherty with School Board President Joe Bates

The Smackover School District met in a special called meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Approved an Agreement for Voluntary Annexation of the Norphlet School District into the Smackover School District.
  • Approved the Petition for Annexation.
  • Approved the Publication of Notice of Intent to File Application.
  • Authorized the Superintendent of Schools to file petition with the State Board of Education.
  • Hired Candis Langley and Michelle Martisek as school nurses.
  • Accepted the resignation of one employee.

The Smackover School Board of Directors meets in regular session on the third Monday of every month in the board room of the Central Office at 5:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend.



SHS Students Excel in Math Competition

More than 130 regional high school students competed in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Southern Arkansas University.

Students competed for math awards winners from the various mathematics disciplines, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry/Pre-calculus, Calculus and Probability and Statistics.

Regional winners were presented with trophies. Students placing first, second or third, along with others from a statewide pool of high scores, will be invited to participate in the state contest. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Smackover High School awards winners are as follows:


First place: Cat Sampson/Smackover High
Second place: Sam Zargari/Smackover High

Algebra II

Second place: Brycelynn Bailey/Smackover High

Algebra I

Second place: Precious Dorman/Smackover