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Parent Teacher Conferences

The Smackover-Norphlet School District will be conducting parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 8.  The conferences will be held face-to-face utilizing the safety precautions listed below.

School will be dismissed on all campuses at 1 pm.

Conferences will begin at 1:30 pm and will last until 7 pm.

Health and Safety

To support the health and safety of our students, parents, and faculty, the following will occur on all campuses:

  • Masks must be worn at all times while on campus.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet will be expected at all times while on campus.
  • Conferences will be fifteen minutes or less (If you need more than 15 minutes, please schedule a separate time on a different day to conference with the teacher.)
  • Chairs will be placed outside the door of each teacher’s room to help ensure social distancing while waiting.
  • There will be no congregating in the building or on the parking lot.
  • The buildings and parking lots will be monitored to protect all of our patrons.

Smackover Elementary School

  • Forms to schedule conferences were sent home earlier last week.  Please return the form ASAP so that your child’s conference can be scheduled.
  • Only one parent/guardian per student.
  • Parents will be notified of their scheduled times within the next few days.
  • For parents of 3rd and 4th grade students, conferences will only be held with the student’s homeroom teacher.  If a parent needs to speak with the other teacher, please let the homeroom teacher know and she will notify the afternoon teacher.

Norphlet Middle School

  • Just like in previous years, NMS will be conducting student-led conferences.
  • A student-led conference is one in which the student discusses their work with their parents and sets goals for the year.  The teacher is available in the room to answer any questions.  (No more than two parents and two students will be allowed in a classroom at any time to practice social distancing.)
  • Only one parent/guardian per student.
  • 5th grade parents and students:  The auditorium will be used as a waiting area. Parents and students will be called in on first come basis. 
  • Parent wishing to schedule a phone conference:  Please call and make an appointment to speak with a teacher at a time separate from parent teacher conferences.
  • If anyone has questions, please call Principal Larry Beasley at (870) 546-1002.

Smackover High School

  • Parent teacher conferences will be held in the same manner as in previous years using the health and safety guidelines listed above.
  • Only one parent/guardian per student.
  • For parents that wish to schedule a conference via phone or Google Meet: Please call and make an appointment to speak with the teacher at a time separate from parent teacher conferences.

Test Your Broadband Speed!

The Smackover-Norphlet School District would like to encourage everybody to participate in testing their Broadband speed at their homes.

The Arkansas Legislature funded $100 million in awards to rural communities for broadband. Your help is needed to ensure that South Arkansas gets the grants.

Use the link below to “Test Your Broadband Speed” and let them know South Arkansas needs to increase broadband access.

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After you go to the website above, scroll down and click on the green button that says Test Your Broadband Speed.

October Reminders

Please note the following dates in October:

  • Thursday, October 8th – Early Dismissal at 1 pm
  • Thursday, October 8th – Parent Teacher Conferences (1:30 pm – 7 pm)
  • Friday, October 9th – Virtual Make-Up Day (at home)
  • Monday, October 12th – Tuesday, October 13th – NO SCHOOL

Please note that Smackover Elementary School parents will receive a scheduled time for their Parent Teacher Conference.

Thank You SNSD & Update Regarding VSC Device Fee

Dear Buckaroos,

We want to thank our community and parents for their great attitudes, effort, and flexibility during the start of this school year!  From Covid-19 preparations and precautions, to masks, to hurricanes, to power outages, we have persevered through them all as a community!!

As we constantly monitor our processes, we will occasionally make adjustments in the hopes of operating our district more efficiently, adhere to new and ever changing state guidance, or try to improve our plans to be more user friendly for our parents when possible.

One of those adjustments moving forward will be the removal of the requirement to pay a $50 reimbursable fee for devices used as part of Virtual Seat in the Classroom instruction.  This situation could possibly cause a barrier for some of our families and we want to alleviate that.

If you have already paid the $50 reimbursable fee for VSC, please contact your child’s school to process a refund or feel free to wait until your child returns to the traditional school setting to process it at that time.

As we remove this fee, please help ensure our students are taking care of these devices as you would your own in hopes that these can be utilized for many years to come!

Once again, thank you for a great start to the year.  If you see a Smackover-Norphlet staff member out there, let them know you appreciate them as much as we appreciate you! It has been an adjustment for us all, but as a team working together to do what’s best for these kids, we will make a major impact!

Have a great weekend and Go Bucks!!

Jason Black

Superintendent

Football Updates

As of the most recent update from the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA), there has not been a change to any of the directives for the current restrictions on football.  We will stay in contact with you via the blog and Remind to keep you updated on the current situation.

Monday, August 3, was the original start date for football practice in helmets.  Until more information arrives, that is on hold.

We will continue having practice to be prepared for the season.

All practice times will stay the same from last week until we receive further directives from the AAA.  The only exception being 7th grade football will come in at 11am.

The current workouts are providing our athletes with an overall strength and conditioning program that will prepare us for the upcoming school year.  The workouts will continue to follow the current guidelines requiring mask, check in and social distancing.

Your player’s health and safety is our main concern during this time.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at david.osborn@smackover.net .

Football Practice Schedule (all practices are at Smackover)

  • Sr High-  9am-11am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Jr High (7-9th grade) 11am-12:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Practice times on Thursday and Friday will be announced early next week.  Times will depend on any changes by the AAA and teacher in-service.

Arkansas PBS Schedules for K- 8 Students

The Smackover-Norphlet School District is offering two different instructional options while schools are closed due to COVID-19.  One option is a digital option utilizing Google Hangouts, Google Classroom, and Khan Academy.  The second option is a non-digital option that is supported with instructional programming from Arkansas PBS (Television Public Broadcast System-Channel 2) for academic opportunities.

What is Arkansas PBS?

Arkansas PBS has changed its regular television programming to provide age-appropriate educational content for students to enjoy and use for learning.  There will not be any work that needs to be completed related to the television programming.  After your student views the programs, we encourage you to have a discussion about what they learned from the programs viewed each day.

Television programming will be aired at the following times.  (You may set your DVR to record these programs if the times do not work for you and your family.)

  • K – 2nd grades: 8 am to 9:30
  • 3rd – 5th grades: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • 6th – 8th grade: 1 pm to 3 pm

Schedules

Included with the packet is a recommended daily schedule to use.  Please remember that this is a flexible schedule.  You are welcome to move things around to best meet the needs of your family.

Mathematics

To support your child in math, we have provided support materials for families.

  • Elementary students are encouraged to learn age appropriate math facts.
  • Middle school students are being provided with short daily math assignments to reinforce problem solving skills.

Families are also encouraged to create a free Khan Academy account for each of their children.  Thirty minutes of daily math practice on Khan Academy will really provide a boost for your child.

Hard Copy Packets

Hard copy packets will be distributed tomorrow (Friday, April 3) from 9 am – 12 pm on each campus.

Parents will only need one hard copy packet for the remainder of the school year.

Electronic Copies of Packets

Parents may download and print a digital copy of the same information by clicking on the links below.

Smackover Elementary School Schedules and Support Math Materials

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Norphlet Middle School Schedules

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Norphlet Middle School Support Math Materials

5th Math Support Materials

6th Math Support Materials

7th Math Support Materials

8th Math Support Materials

Closing Thoughts

Thank you for the work you are doing at home!  We know this is a huge responsibility. Together we will have a fabulous last nine weeks of school!

If you have any questions about Arkansas PBS, you may call the school your child attends.  Please leave a message that includes the name of the person with whom you wish to speak, your name, and phone number.  Messages will be returned within 24 hours.

From the Office of the Superintendent

Dear Buckaroos,

As many of you are aware there has been a lot of news coverage and discussion regarding the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what steps should be taken as a nation moving forward. We wanted to let our parents and community know that our district is continually monitoring information from federal, state and local agencies. As stated in prior communication concerning the coronavirus, this information is to remind everyone of the general guidelines to help prevent illnesses and provide the latest updates we have as a district.

Below are some general guidelines to help prevent the spread of illnesses.

  • CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine.
  • We are asking all staff and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the bend of your arm not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.
  • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds.

Guidance from the CDC for those potentially exposed to Coronavirus:

Any travelers (students / staff) who have returned within the last 14 days from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan should be monitored and should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible.  After 14 days symptom free, these people can return to work or school. Any suspected case (with symptoms) of COVID-19 should be reported to ADH immediately at 501-537-8969 (M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) or 1-800-554-5738 (after hours and weekends).

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious illness like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. As such, the following information was shared with school districts from the state health department recently. All citizens are asked to review and rethink travel plans to consider whether plans will put themselves or others at higher risk of transmission. SNSD will evaluate school-sponsored travel plans and ask school-district employees to consider risks associated with their personal travel plans, including spring break.

We appreciate your efforts to follow the guidelines listed above and want you to know we will continue to monitor developments and communicate with the community and school family as needed.

Go Bucks!

Jason Black, Superintendent of Schools

SES Announces Semester and 9 Weeks Honor Rolls

Congratulations to the following Smackover Elementary School students who had excellent academic achievement during the first semester and the second nine weeks of school!

SEMESTER Honor Roll and Merit List

All A Semester Honor Roll 

  • First Grade – Mac Bruton, Slayton Cropper, Madison Lucas, Gemma Maroney, Jexael Millan, Finleigh Moffett, Dylan Porter, Hadlee Richard, Christian Smith, Dylan Thomas, Maddox Ballard, Taylor Carter, Dexter Gaines, Morgan Hansen, Geneca Hensley, Brissa Hernandez, Emmalei Bullock, James Renfro, Addison Smith, Jace Blackledge, Dreydan Kid, Brantley Langley, Skye Miller, Gavin Raley, Serentiy Sweaza, and Starr Wilson
  • Second Grade – Allie Jackson, Aden Phillips, Cierra Philyaw, McKynlie Raley, Jacob Reeder, Alyson Stanley, Brylee Black, Olivia Burdue, Aidynn Calloway, Madelyn Johnson, Liza Knox, Brooklyn Landry, Emmitt Anderson, Heaven Banks, Alysson Diaz, Kaylen Hall, Ashlyn Harris, Justus Hicks, Kayden Roberson, Aubree Taylor, Makenna Thurlkill, Chance Abeyta, Israel Boother, Tylor Hodges, Adalyn Hubbard, Cooper McGaugh, Landen Redick, and Leigha Thornton
  • Third Grade – Alley Ainsworth, Abigail Burdue, Lunden Clark, Rachel Davis, Chole Durgin, Derrick Goodwin, Madelynn Massey, Anabelle Miller, Kimberly Parker, Analia Ramirez, Walker Slater, Braden Alexander, Kate Lee, Christopher Magee, Sofie Pearson, Dax Preston, Kannyn Preston, Katherine Wolfe, Riley Born, Isabella Daniell, Landon Griffith, Brayden Huckabee, Layton Moore, Maysa Saleh, Thomas Spall, Tiara Steven, Casynn Dews, Axell Diaz, Abigail Lucas, Ashton Schibler, and Lydia Tipton
  • Fourth Grade – Makayla Blackledge, Taylor Gray, Britain Sanchez, Kate Ward, Ella Black, Keldan Capuria, Lillian Fogle, Emerson Neal, Drake Rester, Aubrey Hendricks, Emily Langley, Marley Smith, August Tolin, and Jaci Webb

AB Semester Merit List

  • First Grade – Damien Abeyta, Gracie Belt, Devon Brown, Abdiel Hernandez, Avery Kate James, Jaxon Jones, Landyn Tipton, Gabriel Buzbee, Kaleb Carter, Ava Henley, Jensen Hildebrand, Abigail Newman, Niklaus Parslow, Braden Spaulding, Makenzie Stevens, Dani Benson, Miguel Cruz, Jordan Curtis, Isabella Hinson, Sophie Hudson, Aden Irons, Zoe Smith, Noah Dalton, Connor Harris, Mallorie Hill, Jaxson Holmes, Harmoney Hoosier, Braedon Nevels, Isabella Patton, VeLyzza Roberson, and Kaedon Watson
  • Second Grade – Addison Curtis, Piper Hansen, Cameron McGhee, James Odom-Tregre, Erielle Rucks, Harley Benson, Lily Goodwin, Ciera Hodges, Rebecca Smith, Tyson Trosclair, William Tuberville, Aspen Welch, Carson Deal, Reid Mathews, Donald Newton, Gunner Taylor, Brody Baughn, Shiloh Cearley, Sophia Lupton, and Brittlynn Tillman
  • Third Grade – Landon Bellew, Sawyer Carter, Anniyah Freeman, Christopher Scioneaux, Paul Thomas, Klare Yarbrough, Serenity Bridges, Dylan Collins, John Fitzgeral, Alyssa McVay, Alaysha Smith, Maria Algady, Annsley Baker, Tyler Barker, Jarret Brant, Laurel Green, Sara Renfro, Dalton Renfroe, Maddox Surbrook, Kyleigh Wisinger, Adelei Dunn, Taylor Scott, Eva Ward, and Landon Waxley
  • Fourth Grade – Toni Baugh, Zy’Laiah Bell,  Timoth Buzbee, Saylor Greer, Kasey Hicks, Trevor Jackson, Esmeralda Mendoza, Kaleb Noble, Joseph Stevens, Aa’Myah Wilson, Stewart Baters, Romahd Boone, Lane Falcon, Chole Goocher, Mason Loschieder, Kyndal McDonald, Christopher Millan, Evin Morgan, Lukas Pullig, Jewel Arnold, Landon Drummond, Kaylee Green, Thomas Perry, Brennan Poindexter, Clayton Winborn, Slade Arnold, Jackson Cearley, Timothy Crawford, McKinley Eisler, Delilah Hansen, Dylan Holloway, Vance Martin, Trason Parlor, Jesse Saulsbury, Michael Simpson, Claira Spall, Jet Tolin, Travis Tuberville

9 WEEKS Honor Roll and Merit List

All A 9 Weeks Honor Roll

  • First Grade – Devon Brown, Mac Bruton, Slayton Cropper, Madison Lucas, Gemma Maroney, Jezael Millan, Finleigh Moffett, Dylan Porter, Dylan Thomas, Maddox Ballard, Taylor Cater, Dexter Gaines, Morgan Hansen, Geneva Hensley, Hunter Manning, Beau Miller, Addison Smith, Dreydan Kid, Brantley Langley, Skye Miller, and Cason Odom-Tregre
  • Second Grade – Allie Jackson, Aden Phillips, Cierra Philyaw, McKynlie Raley, Jacob Reeder, Erielle Ruckes, Alyson Stanley, Brylee Black, Olivia Burdue, Madelyn Johnson, Liza Knox, Brooklyn Landry, Emmitt Anderson, Heaven Banks, Alysson Diaz, Kaylen Hall, Ashlyn Harris, Justus Hicks, Kayden Roberson, Aubree Taylor, Gunner Taylor, Makenna Thurkill, Chance Abeyta, Israel Boothe, Adalyn Hubbard, Cooper McGaugh, and Leigha Thornton
  • Third Grade – Alley Ainsworth, Landon Bellew, Abigail Burdue, Lunden Clark, Rachel Davis, Chloe Durgin, Derrick Goodwin, Anabelle Miller, Kimberly Parker, Walker Slater, Braden Alexander, Kate Lee, Christopher Magee, Sofie Pearson, Katherine Wolfe, Riley Born, Landon Griffith, Brayden Huckabee, Layton Moore, Maysa Saleh, Thomas Spall, Tiara Stevens, Casynn Dews, Abigail Lucas, Ashton Schibler, and Lydia Tipton
  • Fourth Grade – Taylor Gray, Britain Sanchez, Kate Ward, Ella Black, Keldan Capuria, Lillian Fogle, Emerson Neal, Drake Rester, Slade Arnold, Aubrey Hendricks, Emily Langley, Marley Smith, August Tolin, and Jaci Webb

AB 9 Weeks Merit List

  • First Grade – Damien Abeyta, Gracie Belt, Abdiel Hernandez, Avery Kate James, Jaxon Jones, Hadlee Richard, Christian Smith, Landyn Tipton, Gabriel Buzbee, Brissa Hernandez, Niklaus Parslow, Makenzie Stevens, Dani Benson, Emmalei Bullock, Miguel Cruz, Jordan Curtis, Sophie Hudson, James Renfro, Zoe Smith, Jace Blackledge, Jaxson Holmes, Harmoney Hoosier, Braedon Nevels, Isabella Patton, Gavin Raley, Serenity Sweaza, Kaedon Watson, and Starr Wilson
  • Second Grade – Addison Curtis, Piper Hansen, Cameron McGhee, James Odom-Tregre, Aidynn Calloway, Lily Goodwin, Ciera Hodges, Rebecca Smith, Tyson Trosclair, William Tuberville, Aspen Welch, Carson Deal, Reid Mathews, Donald Newton, Jace Ponder, Brody Baughn, Shiloh Cearley, Tylor Hodges, Sophia Lupton, Landen Redick, and Isabella Moorefield
  • Third Grade – Sawyer Carter, Anniyah Freeman, Madelynn Massey, Analia Ramirez, Christopher Scioneaux, Paul Thomas, Klare Yarbrough, Serenity Bridges, Alyssa McVay, Daxten Preston, Kannyn Preston Maria Algady, Annsley Baker, Tyler Barker, Jarret Brant, Isabella Daniell, Laurel Green, Sara Renfro, Dalton Renfroe, Maddox Surbrook, Landen Tate, Kyleigh Wisinger, Axell Diaz, Kyleigh Wisinger, Axell Diaz, Adelei Dunn, Taylor Scott, Eva Ward, and Landon Waxley
  • Fourth Grade – Toni Baugh, Makayla Blackledge, Kasey Hicks, Bryson Hodges, Trevor Jackson, Justin Martin, Esmeralda Mendoza, Kaleb Noble, Joseph Stevens, Aa’Myah Wilson, Stewart Bates, Romahd Boone, Lane Falcon, Chloe Goocher, Baylee Ham, Kyndal McDonald, Evin Morgan, Lukas Pullig, Jewel Arnold, Kaylee Green, Thomas Perry, Brennan Poindexter, Clayton Winborn, Jackson Cearley, Timothy Crawford, McKinley Eisler, Delilah Hansen, Dylan Holloway, Trason Parlor, Jesse Saulsbury, Michael Simpson, Claira Spall, and Jet Tolin