Community Service Project to Support Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Three years ago, Smackover High School Junior Reagan Richardson began a drive for Arkansas Children’s Hospital called “Feel the Love.”  Her purpose is to try to provide Christmas gifts for patients spending the holidays at ACH, specifically for teenagers. (Teens are not as much fun to buy for, so that age group tends to get overlooked!)

“Feel the Love” is beginning their big push for this year.  If you, your organization, church group, or family want to become  involved in something special, and then please consider donating on of the top 5 requested items for Christmas.

If you would like to help, you may purchase any of these, and take them to Reagan or her mother, Mrs. Aprile Richardson, at the high school by December 9th.  If you want to help, but you don’t like to shop, you are welcome to donate money, and they will do the shopping for you.


  1. Handheld games (word games and sport games)
  2. Adult coloring books and coloring pencils
  3. LEGOs (for older kids)
  4. Pajama bottoms
  5. Wal-Mart gift cards

They can always use sports team t-shirts, hats, and fast food gift cards.

2nd Annual Family STEM Night!

The 2nd Annual Family STEM Night for kindergarten through 8th grades at Norphlet Middle School which was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, was a huge success.  Over 500 people participated in all of the STEM activities planned by our community and industry partners!

Thank you to the following organizations providing STEM activities:

  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
  • Chemtura
  • Cross Oil (Martin Operating Partnership)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Murphy USA
  • NMS STEM Faculty
  • SAU Magnolia Society of Physics Students
  • SAU STEM Center
  • SHS AP Computer Science Principles Students
  • SHS Engineering Students
  • SHS Science Club
  • SHS Sports Medicine Students
  • SouthARK Community College:  Fundamentals of Information Technology Grant Staff
  • SouthARK Community College:  Industrial Process Technology Program Staff

Thank you to Sysco Food for providing the food and Coca Cola for supplying the drinks which were served by the NMS Student Council using Mayor Jim Crotty’s grill.

Thank you to the following for providing the fabulous door prizes:

  • Chemtura – 2 Gift Bags
  • Cross Oil (Martin Operating Partnership) – Sky Viper Drone
  • Lockheed Martin – iPad mini 4, 3 HP Chromebooks, Samsung Galaxy Tablet A, 3 sets of Star Wars LEGOs
  • Mike Corley – Insulated Ice Chest
  • SHS Engineering Students – PLTW Polo Shirt
  • SouthARK Community College – Four Hoodies, Two T-Shirts, Three Backpacks with T-Shirts

Plans are already in the works for next year’s 3rd Annual Family STEM Night in 2017!

Check out the fun from this year!

Pee Wee Basketball

Pee Wee Basketball Information for 3rd – 6th Grade Boys and Girls

We are joining this year with the Parkers Chapel School District to form a Pee Wee Basketball League.  This will be a great opportunity for our schools and students to participate in the game of basketball while competing with each other along with students from neighboring districts.

Details are still being ironed out in terms of scheduling and a few other areas.  The tentative plan is to begin games in January and possibly have a couple of skills camps in December before the season begins.  We are very excited to grow on the successful start we had last season with our own Pee Wee League.  We believe this will help resolve some of the first year issues we had last year and make the program even better.

The fee will be $40 per student.

Volunteers will be needed for coaching and other responsibilities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Coach Preston ( or Coach Rowton (  The registration form and payment will be due December 2nd.  Please bring forms and payment to your child’s school office.

We hope every student interested in playing basketball at Smackover Elementary, Norphlet Elementary, and Norphlet Middle School signs up to have a part in our league.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Preston or Coach Rowton.


NMS Honor Roll

Norphlet Middle School has announced students qualifying for the honor roll for the first nine weeks.  Congratulations to these students!

All A’s

  • 6th grade:  Adrianna Dixon
  • 7th grade:  Emily Bailey, Anna Crutchfield
  • 8th grade:  Alec Gatewood, Andrew Haynes, Caleb Watson

Honor Roll (A’s and B’s):

  • 6th grade: Emille Jones, Sydney Preston, Meg Rogers, Mason Scott
  • 7th grade: Kaeci Bishop, Kenley Brumley, Landree Clark, Laylah Gatson, Madison Johnson, Zachary Kiddy, Reese McKinnon, Evan Pietranski, Mackenzie Preston, Rhett Richardson, Skyllar Tanner, Jewel Tollin, Britani Williams
  • 8th grade:  Abb Beavers, Alex Carrillo, Carigan Crotty, Rylee Darden, David Davis, Kenadee Eisler, Jacob Eubanks, Sam Gathright, Sara Gathright, Paige Goodwin, Madison Ingle, Kendall Key, Stormi Lewis, Mathieu Malin, Melanie McNeely, Gracie Muckelrath, Preston Oliver, Hannah Parker, Tiyas Rester, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Anniston Ross, Courtney Smith, Sean Thornton, Ronnie Tucker, Karli Willet