Month: November 2019

Fabulous Fun at Family STEM Night

Last night over 850 people attended the 5th Annual Family STEM Night at Norphlet Middle School.  It was a great evening filled with dancing ooblek, shooting galleries, film production, tinkering, science experiments, hands-on medical equipment, and so much more.

Parents and students:

Just to let you know…

  • These industries want to hire you when you graduate from high school or college.
  • The colleges who were here last night want you to come be a part of their programs.
  • The reason they come to our Family STEM Night is to hopefully recruit YOU!
  • So work hard, do your best, and then consider a career with great benefits from the industries who came last night!

Thank you so much to our partners for who provided activities and door prizes!

  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
  • Canfor Southern Pine
  • El Dorado Chemical
  • Delek
  • LanXess
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Medical Center of South Arkansas
  • Murphy Oil
  • Murphy USA
  • ProMED
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • SAU Tech:  Aviation Maintenance
  • SAU Tech:  Film Programming
  • Smackover High School Engineering Department
  • SouthARK Community College:  Process Technology
  • SouthARK Community College:  Information Technology
  • SouthARK Community College:  Anatomy and Nutrition
  • SouthARK Community College:  Health Sciences
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office:  Search and Rescue/SWAT Teams

Thank you to the following for your support:

  • Coca Cola – Donating drinks
  • Crotty Casing Crews – Ice chests, grills, and cooking food
  • NMS Student Council – Serving food
  • Sysco Food – Donating food
  • Smackover Police Department – Providing security


Message from SES Principal

From the Office of Smackover Elementary School Principal Holly Strickland:

  • If you need to make a transportation change for your student, you must notify the office by phone call or send a written note on the day of the change.  The elementary phone number is 725-3601.
  • Please call in all transportation changes by 2:45.  No changes will be made after 2:45.
  • Please do not text, email, dojo, or message the teacher.  Teachers are not guaranteed to check their messages during the day before dismissal.
  • Thank you for your help in assisting in getting your student home safely.

5th Annual Family STEM Night – Sneak Peak #8

Tonight is the Night!!!!

The 5th Annual Family STEM Night will be TONIGHT, November 12, from 5:45 – 8 pm at Norphlet Middle School.  The event is open to all Kindergarten through 12th grade students, parents, faculty/staff, and community members.

Sneak Peak #8

Check out the map below to find where your favorite activities will be located.

  • Don’t forget that activities will be held in the main building, the auditorium, and both STEM Rooms.
  • Free food and drinks will be served in the Norphlet Middle School cafeteria.
  • The grand finale will be held in the new Norphlet Middle School gymnasium.

So bundle up and come on out to the best Family STEM Night ever!

Robotics Club Competes in 1st Tourney of the Season

The Smackover-Norphlet School District Robotics Club had three fifth grade robotics teams competing in their first VEX IQ competition on Saturday at McGehee High School.

The Robotics Club has students competing at various levels:

  • 5th and 6th graders – VEX IQ
  • 7th and 8th graders – VEX EDR
  • 9th through 12th graders – VEX EDR

Each robot is scheduled to participate in 3 different tournaments throughout the season in addition to various local scrimmages being held at NMS and El Dorado.  There are currently 5-8 robotics teams that are in process at this time.

Sponsors are being sought for the SNSD Robotics Club to cover the registration costs for the tournaments.  There is a $55 registration fee for each robot competing in a tournament for a total cost of no more than $1,250 for all of the robots to compete for the entire season.

If an individual, business, or industry would like to help sponsor a robotics team to compete, please contact Coach Robin Boerwinkle at  Donations may also be made at the Smackover-Norphlet School District with a designation towards the SNSD Robotics Club.