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From the Office of the Superintendent

October 2, 2018

Dear Families,

The Smackover-Norphlet School District is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students.  To increase student safety, the school district has hired school resource officers, installed safety cameras, built fences, and installed safety doors with codes.  Additionally, the school district has trained personnel how to respond to crisis situations.

Unfortunately, sometimes events happen in which the safe and secure learning environment is compromised despite our best efforts.  When that occurs, our immediate goal is to quickly and safely minimize harm to our students and the employees of the district by doing the following:

  1. School officials will contact law enforcement and other necessary emergency personnel.
  2. School personnel will follow emergency protocols learned during crisis training.
  3. When first responders arrive on campus, the first responders will assume responsibility and work closely with school officials.

Families will be notified of the emergency.  All initial communication will come from the office of the superintendent once enough reliable and accurate information has been obtained.  Initial communication will be made using the following media :

  1. Phone messaging system
  2. The Buckaroo Blog

Due to the nature of some emergencies, initial communication to parents may not be available to families until after a lockdown situation is completed or the emergency has been resolved.  While we understand that this can be frustrating to families, please be assured that school district and law enforcement personnel are focused first on protecting students and resolving the emergency safely.

Additionally, no one is allowed into or out of a building which has been locked down except for law enforcement officials and first responders.  This is a measure of protection for students, school employees, and first responders.

We appreciate the support of families and community members for their patience during an emergency event.

Respectfully,

John Gross

Superintendent

FFA Members, Teams Receive Recognition in Agriscience Fair

(August, 8, 2018/National FFA Organization) – More than 20 agricultural teachers, state leaders and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to judge state Agriscience Fair winners on a national level.

Five students from the Smackover FFA chapter in Smackover, AR, have received bronze awards in the national agriscience fair competition.

Division one:

  • Rikki Holloway – Animal Systems

Division two:

  • Sawyer Cropper and Will Wilcox – Plant Systems
  • Sydney Zeek and Alex Demorrow – Food Products and Processing Systems

First-place winners in each state have qualified for the national pre-qualifying judging. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 in each category and division to move on to the national competition.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual national convention and expo. To qualify, members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.

Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grad 7-8, individuals grades 9,10 and teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12 and teams grades 11-12.

The 2018 National FFA Agriscience is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.