Month: November 2018

4th Annual Family STEM Night a Huge Success!

Tuesday night, Norphlet Middle School hosted the 4th Annual Family STEM Night for K-12 students.  Over 827 people attended the event!

Thank you to Lt. Governor Tim Griffin for speaking at the grand finale about the importance of STEM education and the availability of STEM jobs in South Arkansas.

We could not put on this event without the help of community, industry, and post-secondary education partners.  Thank you to these volunteers who made this evening possible:

  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
  • Canfor Southern Pine
  • El Dorado Chemical
  • El Dorado Refinery (Delek)
  • LanXess
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Martin Transportation/Cross Oil
  • Medical Center of South Arkansas
  • Murphy USA
  • SAU Tech – Aviation Maintenance Program
  • Southern Arkansas University – Computer Science Program
  • South ARK Community College – Process Technology Program
  • South ARK Community College – Information Technology Program
  • Smackover High School – Engineering Program
  • Coca Cola
  • Crotty Casing Crews
  • Norphlet Middle School – Student Council
  • Sysco Foods
  • Smackover Police Department

Be sure to join us next year for the 5th Annual Family STEM Night on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Check out all of the pictures from the evening:

NMS Pumpkins and Books

Norphlet Middle School hosted a pumpkin/book character creation contest at Halloween.  The winners of the contest were:

  • Abby Fogle-Rainbow Fish – Most Creative
  • Janelle Drummond – The Lorax
  • Madison Ham – Charlotte’s Webb
  • Evan Keaster – The Wizard of Oz/Tin Man – 2nd Place
  • Lee Gilkey – The Wizard of Oz/Lion – 1st Place
  • Savannah Green – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Jada Ferguson and Saylor Cropper – The Wizard of Oz/Tin Man – 3rd Place
  • McKinley Wages – Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Natalie Collins – The Zombie Fish
  • Taylor McDowell – Curious George – Honorable Mention

Cellfies Not Selfies!

Mrs. Jonna Bates’ PreAP class Biology class participated in Cell Organelle Speed Dating.

They had to write descriptions of cell organelles complete with “cellfies,” a trendable hashtag, a pick up line (school appropriate), and a theme song.

The students had sparkling cider, chocolates, and candlelight to enhance the experience.


It’s Family STEM Night TONIGHT!

Tonight is the big night!


The 4th Annual Family STEM Night will be Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 5:45 – 8 pm at Norphlet Middle School. K-12 students, parents, and community members are invited to attend!

Door Prizes!

We will be giving away 1 iPad, 6, Chromebooks, 2 Samsung Galaxy Tablets, 1 Remote Controlled Drone, and a $100 VISA gift card.  (Door prizes are for K-12 students only.)


We have amazing industry partners who are presenting some incredible activities this year.  Check out the activity descriptions in the pictures below.

Free Food!

Hot dogs and drinks will be served!  Don’t miss out on hot chocolate!  This year the food and drinks have been moved inside to Room 5 due to the cold temperatures.  A map of all of the evening’s events is below.

Grand Finale!

If you thought last year’s laser light show was great, then get ready because this year’s Magic of Science Laser Show presented by Lockheed Martin is going to be even more spectacular!

Join us at the new gymnasium at 7:30 pm for the Grand Finale with Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, the laser light show, and the door prize drawing!

Don’t miss out on the biggest and most fun STEM event of the year in the Smackover-Norphlet School District!