Author: The Buckaroo Blog

“Office” Hours for Teachers and Staff

Parents and Community Members,

It is the goal of the Smackover-Norphlet School District to be as easily accessible to parents, guardians, and students during this time.  We know that many parents work on shifts and we want to make sure that we accommodate all parents with all types of work schedules.

  • If you need to contact a teacher or staff member, the best way to do so is by emailing the teacher directly.
  • If you would like for the teacher or staff member to call you back, please leave a call back phone number, the hours you are available, and a brief message in the email that you send to them.
  • Teachers and staff members will do their best to make contact back with you in less than 24 hours.
  • You may also call the office of each campus and leave a voice mail.  These voice mails will be forwarded to the appropriate person to help you out.

As a courtesy to our teachers and staff:

If a teacher or staff member has given you his/her personal phone number, please do not call or text their phones between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am.

Our teachers and staff members will be most refreshed and ready to serve our students if they do not receive texts and calls in the middle of the night.

We appreciate everything that our families are doing to support students during this time.

Food Service Updates

As the Smackover-Norphlet School District continues to monitor the current pandemic situation, we will be moving our food service pick up days to twice a week.  This will reduce staff and family exposure to a minimum while still serving our community.

  • Beginning next Monday (April 13), the schedule for student meal picks up will change.
  • Meals will be available for pick up on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 am – 12: 30 pm.
  • There will be enough meals provided to last until the next pick up.

Reminders:

  • Good Friday: Friday, April 10 is a holiday on the school calendar (Good Friday).  There will be no meal pick up on that day.
  • Backpacks: Students currently receiving a weekend food backpack will be able to pick up those backpacks on Thursday instead of Friday.

Thank you for your flexibility during this time.

Jostens Distribution Date Changed

Jostens will be passing out cap, gown & announcements on Tuesday, April 14th from 9 am to 1:00 pm underneath the awning across from the Ag Complex.

  • When you pull up please stay in your vehicle, Jostens will be there to deliver your products through your car window.
  • You must have your balance paid prior to Tuesday.
  • If you need to know your balances or to make payments please call 1-800-JOSTENS.

Picking up your merchandise is optional. However, if you choose to not pick up your items on Tuesday, you will not be allowed to get your items until all COVID19 restrictions have been lifted.

FAQs for the Senior Class of 2020

The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding seniors during the COVID-19 closure and apply to the Class of 2020 only.  These answers are based on information as of April 6th.

Please contact Jan Henderson (jan.henderson@smackover.net) , Bernadette O’Guinn (bernadette.oguinn@smackover.net) , or Amber Miller (amber.miller@smackover.net) with any unanswered questions so they can be addressed.

As questions arise and new guidelines are introduced, we will provide updates on this page.

How is GPA and class rank being calculated?

  • With the exception of concurrent credit and secondary technical courses, 3rd nine weeks averages will count as the final grade for 2nd semester.
  • For purposes of class rank and GPA regarding the Class of 2020, class rank and GPA will be calculated based on grades reported for the 3rd nine weeks grading period.

Who is expected to continue working on coursework?

  • Students enrolled in Concurrent credit courses through ATU or SouthARK will continue with coursework for completion purposes. Please continue to work or your college transcript will be adversely affected.
  • Students enrolled in the Secondary Technical Center will continue with coursework online using Blackboard for completion purposes. SouthARK will reschedule all hands-on components required to complete certifications.
  • Seniors enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to sign up for the teacher’s AP Google classrooms to participate in AP review activities.
  • Students with missing or incomplete work for 3rd 9 weeks have been notified of make-up work expectations.  They will be required to complete all required assignments.

Are we still having graduation?

  • At this time, we are committed to holding a traditional graduation ceremony to celebrate the class of 2020. Alternate dates will be determined soon.  However, if closure and distancing recommendations continue into June, an alternate plan for virtual graduation will be decided. Seniors will be surveyed and a panel of representatives will be formed to help prepare for a possible virtual alternative.

Are we still having prom?

  • As of right now prom is not cancelled, just postponed. Alternate dates are currently being considered. If we are able to return to normal activity before summer, we will reschedule prom if at all possible.

Will I still be able and required to take AP Exams?

  • Yes, AP testing will all be conducted virtually from home. The exams will be modified to remove content that would have been taught in the final 9 weeks. You should be receiving information released by the College Board from your AP teachers.
  • Seniors enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to sign up for the teacher’s AP Google classrooms to participate in AP review activities.
  • The Commissioner of Education has waived the AP exam requirement to receive weighted credit, but in order to receive college credit for AP courses you must take and pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or better.

How can I get a copy of my transcript and ACT scores?

  • Email the counselor at amber.miller@smackover.net to receive a digital copy.
  • Login to your ACT/SAT account.  If you do not have an account, please contact ACT at 319-3371270 or College Board at 766-756-7346.

How do I turn in my scholarship application packets?

  • A list of local scholarships with due dates was given to seniors in January and various reminders were sent throughout 3rd 9 weeks.  Some due dates have been extended.
  • Questions and completed applications may be emailed to Mrs. Miller. You may also mail some scholarships directly to the scholarship committee.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

  • Jostens is scheduled to be here on April 15th to deliver all senior orders.  Please make sure that your account with Jostens is paid in full or your order cannot be picked up.  Jostens will accept no payments at the time of delivery.
  • Jostens will provide an insert card for graduation announcements once an alternative date is finalized.
  • Senior letters and other important information will also be distributed on April 15th.

Are we still having Senior Day and Senior College Recognition Night?

  • Senior Day and Senior College Night will be rescheduled to coincide with graduation.  Care will be made to preserve all traditional senior recognition events. Information regarding all senior celebrations will be forthcoming.

Will we still be voting for Outstanding Senior, Mr./Mrs. SHS and other senior personalities?

  • We will use a Google survey to conduct voting, so it is very important that all Seniors check their smackover.net email to stay informed and participate by voting.

This has definitely been an unusual way to end your senior year.  While recent events are beyond anyone’s control, we strive to recognize this milestone and honor long standing Buckaroo traditions.

Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2020!

Your hard work and efforts over the past 13 years are commendable and we celebrate your individual accomplishments.

You are soon to be the youngest representatives of our community as Smackover High School Alumni.  Once a Buckaroo… always a Buckaroo!!!

From the Office of the Superintendent

Dear Buckaroos and Smackover-Norphlet Community Members,

As many of you know, Governor Hutchinson announced that traditional school has been cancelled for the remainder of the year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

As a community member, I’m encouraged by our ability to unite, show resolve, and make the best decisions possible in these unique times.  This is a tough situation for us all, but we are tougher and will prevail in due time.

Please follow the recommendations from our national and state authorities and government during these time and do all we can do to keep our Buckaroo family safe and strong.

Books and School Materials

As a district, we will be preparing information for our students, staff, and parents in regards to books, technology devices, athletic gear pick up/drop off, etc. in the coming weeks.  For now, take care of your families and gather those materials for when that time is announced.

AMI Resources

As for our students and parents, please continue to utilize the AMI resources and plans our teachers and staff have provided.

Seniors

To our seniors and senior parents, we will be posting an FAQ that will provide answers to your questions as well as an avenue to ask more questions in regards to graduation, GPA, etc.

For now, the Smackover-Norphlet School District is postponing graduation.  We will discuss possibilities and make a decision in the near future as to how graduation will be handled.

Closing

As I close, please be faithful in these times and stay positive!  Although this is an adverse situation, it also provides us an opportunity to grow and be a positive impact on those around us.

Stay healthy and stay strong.  God bless and go Bucks!

Jason Black, Superintendent