Month: September 2019

From the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has become a dangerous trend in which too many Arkansas teens are participating. Eight years ago, just two percent of Arkansas teens vaped. Today, more than 20 percent of Arkansas teens vape. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling a vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term “vaping” is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol that actually consists of fine particles containing varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as seizures, respiratory and heart diseases.

“As adults, we need to be watchful of the young people around us and educate them about the dangers of vaping,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Manufacturers make these products to look flashy and appealing to teens. This is an extremely dangerous trend that is hitting Arkansas’s middle and high school students at alarming numbers.”

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to warn parents, teachers and children of the dangers of vaping e-cigarettes:

  • Review the ingredients carefully because many of them contain substances known to be carcinogenic, such as nicotine, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol.
  • Consult your physician about the risks associated with vaping. One pod used in an e-cigarette can have the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of traditional cigarettes. Exposure to nicotine can alter the structure and function of developing children’s brains.
  • Remember that studies have shown that nicotine products are highly addictive and is associated with later onset of cigarette smoking habits.
  • Investigate the incidence of product failure as some e-cigarette device batteries have exploded or caught on fire, causing burns or even death.
  • Remember to keep e-cigarette supplies out of the reach of small children as some have become sick or died from swallowing the pleasant-smelling e-juice.
  • Be mindful that e-cigarette pods can be used for illegal purposes such as for odorless marijuana oils based upon online tutorials.

There are many different types of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, most of which contain pods of nicotine-filled e-liquid, sweet-smelling flavorings, and other potentially harmful chemicals. With sweet-smelling aromas and catchy flavor names like Strawberry Watermelon POP, Sunrise Pressed eJuice, Pink Lemonade Risky and Ice Cream, teens are experimenting with, and ultimately becoming addicted, to e-cigarettes. Once they get hooked, teens are often able to hide their addictions from parents, teachers and other adults by purchasing widely available vaping devices disguised as everyday items like pens or USB flash drives.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

 

Reprinted with permission from the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General.  For more information, click here.

Homecoming Festivities

Homecoming will be September 27, 2019!

EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE FOR HOMECOMING

School will be dismissed early on Homecoming Day!

  • 1:21 pm – Students are dismissed
  • 1:25 pm – Shuttle buses leave
  • 1:40 pm – Route buses leave

Smackover Preschool will dismiss at 1:30 pm on September 27 in observance of the Homecoming Festivities.

HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES SCHEDULE

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Smackover High School Campus Tours
  • 2:30 pm – Coronation in Hobgood Auditorium
  • 3:30 pm – Homecoming Parade
  • 6:30 pm – Homecoming Pre-Game
  • 7 pm – Football Game

HOMECOMING PARADE INFORMATION

Registration for participation in the Homecoming Parade is open until Thursday, September 26, at 3:19 pm.  To register and pay to participate in the Homecoming Parade, please go to the high school office.

Students will park at Smackover First United Methodist Church and Smackover First Baptist Church because of use by float entries and people attending Coronation.

Parade float line up will be from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, September 27.

Float Entry Fees:

  • Small Float (car, truck) – $5
  • Large Float (trailer attached) – $10
  • 4-Wheelers, Side-by-Sides – $5
  • Golf Carts -$5
  • Horses – $5
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Class Floats, Clubs, etc. – No cost
  • Queen/Maid Cars – No cost

FFA Excels at Fair

Congrats to these FFA members who swept the competition at the Union County Fair:

  • Kaylee Armstrong 1st in Class Beef and Grand Champion Senior Showman and Market Steer.
  • Kendall Key: 4 Hogs 1st in Class, 1 2nd in Class, Grand Champion, Senior Showman, Market, Hog, Commercial Gilt, and Reserve Champion Prospect Hog.
  • Colton Thomas 3 Swine First in Class, 1 was Second in class, and Reserve Champion, Senior Showman, Market Hog, and Commercial Gilt.
  • Trey Darden: 3 Hogs 1st in Class, 1 2nd in Class, Grand Champion, Registered Gilt and 3rd Over All.

SES Breakfast with Grandparents

Smackover Elementary School hosted a breakfast with grandparents on Tuesday morning with support from PTO volunteers and PTO President Sarah Langley.  They served around 431 students and grandparents.

Due to the large number of tickets which were purchased, the event was moved to the Family Life Center at Smackover First Baptist Church.  Thank you so much for allowing us to use your facility!

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at Norphlet Middle School on Tuesday, September 17.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at Smackover Elementary School and Smackover High School on Tuesday, October 1.

School will be dismissed early on all three campuses on both days.

  • 1:21 pm – Students are dismissed
  • 1:25 pm – Shuttle buses leave
  • 1:40 pm – Route buses leave

 

Smackover Preschool will NOT dismiss early on September 17 or October 1.

 

Early Dismissal Days

When school is dismissed early, the time schedule below will be followed:

  • 1:21 pm – Students are dismissed
  • 1:25 pm – Shuttle buses leave
  • 1:40 pm – Route buses leave

Based on the calendar adopted by the school board on March 12, 2019, K-12 students will be dismissed early on the following days:

  • September 17 – Parent Teacher Conference (Norphlet)
  • September 27 – Homecoming
  • October 1 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Smackover)
  • November 22
  • December 20
  • February 6 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Smackover)
  • February 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Norphlet)
  • March 20
  • May 22

Smackover Preschool will dismiss early on the following dates:

  • September 27
  • November 22
  • December 20
  • March 20
  • May 22

Homecoming Announcements

Smackover High School recently held Homecoming elections.

The football team chose Queen Karli Goocher and Maid of Honor Lexie Lawrence.

  • Senior Maids : Vanessa Lofton and Jordyn White
  • Junior Maids: Ja’Niya Murphy and Anniston Ross
  • Sophomore Maids: Jewel Tolin and Jadyn White
  • Freshman Maids: Carlie Crawford and Charlotte Robinson

The Homecoming theme is “Under the City Lights.”

Each class chose a city for their class theme.

  • Seniors chose Las Vegas.
  • Juniors chose New Orleans.
  • Sophomores chose Hollywood.
  • Freshmen chose Tokyo.