PHS Announcements - Thursday, April 4th
Dianna Johnson
Thursday, April 04, 2019



Thursday, April 4th

***Announcements presented to you by the Senior Technology Seminar Class***

Lunch : Grilled Chicken, Sandwich, Baked Chips, Sand Salad Cup, Carrot Coins, Spiced Apples, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Patience- “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” - Joyce Meyer



REMINDER:  Students when you arrive on campus DO NOT SIT IN YOUR VEHICLES. Students are to come into the building and not gather in the parking lot!

Congratulations Gage Guthrie and Bradley Baltz!!! They qualified to compete at Nationals in FBLA this summer!!


Project Graduation will meet Sunday, April 7th at the PHS Cafeteria to finalize plans and work rotations for the Jammin' in the Jungle tournament April 12th & 13th.  We need help from seniors/parents and or family members to run this tournament smoothly. If you are unable to attend please sign up for a shift on the Facebook Page "Pocahontas Class of 2019 Project Graduation".   We are needing drink donations to keep costs down!  Cases of water, can sodas (Coke, Dt. Coke, Mt. Dew, Dr. Pepper, Dt. Pepper, Pepsi) and Gatorade (grape, blue, red) are needed.  We will start taking donations immediately and they can be dropped off in the high school office or Mrs. Inman's room. Thank you in advance.

Seniors…… The Project Graduation agreement is out by the bulletin board across from the office!  These must be returned to Mrs. Dianna no later than May 10th and the sooner the better please! We need each senior to fill one out regardless of whether or not you are attending so that we can get a t-shirt size.

Seniors....There is also a card to fill out for Senior walk. Those need to be turned in to Mrs. Baty or Mrs. Edie Hall by April 12th. We do not need to know who you will be walking with. Also a reminder, pictures must be turned in (or emailed) by March 31st.


Any Junior or Senior attending Prom..... if you are bringing a guest who DOES NOT ATTEND POCAHONTAS HIGH SCHOOL, you will need to fill out a Prom Guest Registration form. Those are located in the basket across from the office. The deadline to turn those in are April 12th as well.


Attention 10th and 11th grade girls, you can now apply for Girls Who Code’s FREE Summer Immersion Program!  Email Mrs. Phelps for more information.

Learn more:


Flyers for students and parents


They have extended the sale of prom t-shirts through next Tuesday. They will be available to purchase during lunch in the concession stand area.  Shirts are $12 and you can choose from navy blue or black. You can also bring your money to the office and leave with Mrs. Dianna if you are not on campus during lunch. Don't miss out on the keepsake of Prom!


St. Bernard's is now accepting applications for this summer's Jr. Volunteer Program. The program allows students (ages 15 – 18) an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting where they will explore careers and gain experience in helping others. Participants will gain hands on experience in surgery, laboratory, nursing, radiology, rehabilitative services, exercise science, pharmacy and more! It will be a three-week session where we will accept 16 students into the program. The session will be held from July 12-August 2. *Remember, all High School students that are 15-18 years of age are eligible to apply.

See the nurse for an application.


PHS Relay for Life Team!


Money collected so far:

Seniors: $70.05

Juniors: $17.32

Sophomores: $15.25


Select teachers have jars set up in their classroom to collect change for the Relay for Life.  Like last year, the class that collects the most change between now and April 30th will win a free soda and snack! If you do not have a teacher with a jar in their room, you can put your change in your class jar in the office or library.  We all know someone who is battling cancer or who has lost their fight to cancer. Let’s all come together and help raise money for this great cause!


The nurse will begin conducting BMI screenings on 10th grade students during the next few weeks. If you do not want your child to be weighed and measured, you must send a written note to school for the child's file.  If you have any questions, contact the school nurse.

The Smoke Signal is looking for topics to cover in upcoming editions.  We would love to have pictures and information about what PHS Clubs are doing, trips our students take over breaks, or any other information you would like to see in our PHS Smoke Signal.  Please email or speak with on of the Smoke Signal Staff. Thank you! :)

PHS Clothing closet has coats and new shoes for use… Visit the closet if you have any clothing needs and take what you need.  Prom dresses are also available! Please leave it organized :)

Reminder: Please remember once a student has reached 6 absences in any given class period that a parent note will not excuse that absence. After 6 absences, the only notes that excuse students are doctor notes, death or serious injury in the immediate family, an appt with government agency, participation in FFA, FHA, or 4H activities, or exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal/assistant principal. Please also remember excuse notes must be presented to the office within 5 days of returning to school. Notes presented more that 5 days may not be accepted. Notes should be turned into the office first thing in the morning, (for more

details see page 27/28  of the District Pupil Policies handbook.)

Project Graduation 9 Pin No-Top Bowling Tournament - twice monthly now until April!



Parents and students! Please follow Mrs. Stewart's Facebook page, BRTC Career Coach. The

site will be updated regularly with special events and important information regarding college

and career planning


Parents and students! Please follow Mrs. Hampton’s Remind updates for specific grade


Seniors        Text @phs18-19sr          to the number 81010

Juniors        Text @phs18-19jr           to the number 81010

Sophomores    Text @phs18-19so         to the number 81010.



The ACT Scholarship Giveaway for Sophomores & Juniors

Eligible sophomores and juniors that register for the April, June, or July, 2019 US national test date (and opt-in to the giveaway during registration) have a chance to win. It’s just that easy!

One lucky student will win a $40,000 scholarship + a bonus $5,000 tech package! Three winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship + a $5,000 tech package.

Deadline - April 15th - The Summer Stem program is a vibrant week of problem-solving, exploratory learning, critical thinking, and team building for rising 9th - 11th graders interested in a future in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. You can find more information at


Deadline April 15th - 2019 Congressional Art Competition (open to grades 9-12)

Each spring, the Congressional Art competition (CAC), sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizes and encourages the artistic talent of high-school students throughout Arkansas' 1st Congressional District. The "Best-in-show" winning piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and its student artist will receive an invitation to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the national CAC winners' reception with paid airfare for two. The other winners' artwork will be displayed in Congressman Crawford's district offices. (Please see your student e-mail or Mrs. Hampton for a flyer with more information.)

Deadline is April 22nd.

2019 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.  Visit  

Student Insights will award the following prizes:

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.

  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each


.  * Please do NOT use your PHS student e-mail address for ACT, FAFSA, YOUniversal, college applications, etc.  You will not have access to it after you graduate.


  1. (ONLINE) Complete FAFSA - If you are considering going to college, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) form online @ (You may pick up a FAFSA ID Worksheet from Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton to record your login information. You WILL need this every year.)  

  2. (ONLINE) Complete YOUniversal Scholarship - Complete the YOUniversal Scholarship application online @ (to qualify for the Academic Challenge Scholarship)

  3. (ONLINE) Apply to Colleges – Complete online applications as an incoming, undergraduate freshman for any potential colleges you are considering attending

(Some colleges charge an application fee.  If you receive free/reduced lunches, you may be able

to obtain a fee waiver.  See Mrs. Hampton for more information.)

  1. (COUNSELOR) Submit Transcript Request – Obtain a transcript request form (list all colleges for which you completed an online application) from Mrs. Hampton or Mrs. Stewart, and return it to Mrs. Hampton.  

(This allows your listed colleges to receive your official transcript and ACT scores. You may also

need to complete a shot-record release form with Mrs. Gholson.)

  1. (ONLINE) Check Regularly – Make sure you check your email, FAFSA account, YOUniversal account, and college application accounts for any messages or tasks that still need to be completed.  You will have to ‘accept’ financial aid awards. WATCH DEADLINES!



Online Courses through BRTC - If you wish to take an online course

through BRTC, you must have a period in your PHS schedule to complete

the course work in the computer lab/study hall.  You will be counted absent if

you do not attend that class every day, just as your other PHS classes.


Dual Credit Courses (on BRTC Campus) - These courses must be pre-

approved by Mrs. Hampton.  If you wish to take a course on the BRTC

campus during the school day, you must provide the days and times the

course meets and have it pre-approved by Mrs. Hampton.  If the course will

not allow you to have 6 credit-classes in your PHS schedule per day, you will

not be approved to take the course.



If you are in 11th or 12th grade and receive free or reduced lunches, see Mrs. Hampton for one

fee waiver each school year.  To register, visit

Test Dates                                                   Registration Deadline

Saturday, April 13, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019

Wednesday, April 17 ACT Aspire Summative (All 10th grade students)

Morning & Afternoon (English, Reading, and Math)

Thursday, April 18 ACT Aspire Summative (All 10th grade students)

Morning only (Science and Writing)

Reminder: To take the ACT, you MUST take your ticket, a photo ID, a calculator, and pencils. Photo ID’s can be made at the DMV for $5.00


11th Grade – 1 day in Spring Semester

12th Grade – 1 day in Fall Semester

                 – 1 day in Spring Semester

If you are planning to take a College Day, please remember you must not have exceeded the

allowable absences in a semester and you will need to get a form from the office prior to the

visit. The student must meet with the school counselor and have the form signed by the

counselor and a parent; then turn into the office the day before visit. The student must provide

written verification of the visit to the office upon returning to school.


All representatives will set up in the student center during lunch  


10th-12th grade students, do you plan to play college sports? Pick up info about NCAA and

NAIA in the counselor’s office.


Please join Mrs. Hampton’s Google Classroom titled Scholarships/Contests to get information

and updates about available scholarships and contests! To join, go to Google Classroom and

enter the class code: ip32r8… or you can stop by the counselor’s office to pick up a paper copy of the list.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer program (in California) is now accepting applications for various summer residential camps/institutes in arts, humanities, science, and math for students in grades 8 and up. Deadlines to apply are approaching quickly. Admission is very competitive, and there is limited financial aid available. For more information, visit

2020 Census Jobs:  A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff are available to graduating seniors (must be 18 before you start.)

Hey guys! Are you 18 years old? Have you registered with Selective Service?  Selective service isn't the draft. There is no draft and hasn't been for nearly 40 years.  Selective Service is important for our country, and it's the law! It's adding your name to a database to be used only in a national emergency.  By registering, you stay eligible for college loans, job training, jobs with the government, citizenship for male immigrants, and a driver's license in most states.  It only takes 2 minutes, and you can register online at


St. Bernards Medical Center Babysitting Class (for students 12 years or older)

St.Bernards Medical Center is offering a fun and interactive babysitting class for students 12 years or older this summer! Select one date to come and learn the business!

  • Dates Available (Select one): May 29, 30, June 5, 6,10 ,11,

  • Time 8am-3:00pm

  • Location: St.Bernards Health and Wellness Center, First Floor Classroom

  • Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, snacks and supplies

  • Call 207-7822 to register

  • Wear tennis shoes!

  • Course also includes CPR and First Aid Safety! (No CPR cards will be issued. If you would like a card, there is an additional charge; see instructors for details.)


Entries accepted through April 21st

Law Day Art and Essay Contest (Arkansas Supreme Court)

The Arkansas Supreme Court is holding an art and essay contest for all Arkansas

students in grades 4-12. The contest comes in advance of a Law Day ceremony, which will take place on May 1. This year’s Law Day theme is freedom of expression.

Law Day Art Contest Flyer

Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will present awards to the winners during the May 1

ceremony at the Justice Building at 625 Marshall Street in Little Rock. A

winner will be chosen from the following grade levels: 4-6th grade, 7-9th

grade, and 10-12th grade.

When submitting an entry, please indicate the contestant’s grade level. Essays

should be no more than 500 words. If submitting art, please include a brief

description of the piece and its meaning.  

Submit your entries to Karen Steward.

Karen Steward

Arkansas Justice Building

625 Marshall Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

  • If you have any questions, call Karen at 501-410-1935.

Deadline April 26th

St Bernards Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer Program (For students ages 15-18)

The program allows students (ages 15 – 18) an opportunity to volunteer in a

hospital setting where they will explore careers and gain experience in

helping others. Participants will gain hands on experience in surgery,

laboratory, nursing, radiology, rehabilitative services, exercise science,

pharmacy and more! It will be a three-week session where we will accept 15

Students into the program. The session will be held from July 12-August 2.

Must have a 2.75 GPA


Thursday 4/4

  • State FFA judging contest in Fayetteville

  • Softball @ Westside. Please release players at 1:30 to prepare for the away game.

  • Check out the March edition of the Smoke Signal!!

  • Wellman Sr High Track Relays

  • Students may pick up an application for the Senior Tech Seminar course in Mrs. Blalock’s room.  

Friday 4/5

  • FFA members wanting to run for office applications due by 3:20

  • State FFA judging contest in Fayetteville

  • Baseball @ Walnut Ridge

  • Please excuse the following Art Club members to work on setting up the art show Friday:Jackie Arnold, Willa Berry, Tenley Bickel, Katie Hankins, Madison Jaeger, Bree Malin, Faith Moorman, Tigerann Morris, Micayla Smart, Shanna Warmack

Saturday 4/6

  • State Senior Chess



Apr 7 The Pocahontas Jr. High & Sr. High annual ART EXHIBITION  will be held Sunday, April 7 2-4 in the Jr. High gym.

Apr 12 FFA Scholarship application due by 3:20

Apr 21-24 State FFA convention in Hot Springs

Apr 27 Prom at BRTC

Apr 30 Jr & Sr High Spring Choir Concert from 6-8 in the Jr High Gym

May 2 FFA Chapter Banquet @ Junior High cafeteria. At 6pm


Apr 9 Home vs Batesville

Apr 11 Home vs Brookland

Apr 12 Home vs Riverside

Apr 16 @ Valley View

Apr 19 Home vs Tuckerman

Apr 18 Home vs Blytheville

Apr 22 Home vs Hillcrest

Apr 24 Start of District Tournament @ Brookland

May 2 Start of Regional Tournament

May 9-11 State Tournament


Apr 9 Home vs Batesville

Apr 11 Home vs Brookland

Apr 12 @ Hoxie

Apr 16 @ Valley View

Apr 18 Home vs Blytheville

Apr 19 Home vs Tuckerman

Apr 24 Start of District Tournament @ Brookland

May 2nd Start of Regionals


Apr 8 7th Grade Pioneer Relays @ Batesville

Apr 9 Pioneer Jr High Relays @ Batesville

Apr 11 Sara Low Sr High Relays @ Batesville

Apr 15 Sr Bomber Relays @ Mt Home

Apr 18 4A-3 Jr High Conference @ Home

Apr 25 4A-3 Sr High Conference @ Batesville